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I save everything. Tiny pieces of scrapbooking papers, cut outs, and anything else I can get my hands on. I have found a great solution to keep tiny pieces of papers and stickers organized. I saved a lot of old advertisement CD covers (plastic boxes) from internet companies, etc. thinking one day I would find a use for them.
I remove the advertisements from inside. I then put scrapbooking letters, numbers, etc. in them. Then I use my DYMO labels to label what's inside. I put it on the edge of the box so I can identify what I need quickly.
The best part of this is, they stack up neatly and require very little space.
I have about 30 or 40 now and you wouldn't believe how little space is used!
You can also just purchase new ones from Wal-Mart or almost any store that sells music.
Needing more storage for scrapbooking paper and supplies? After drooling over the pretty scrapbooking rooms some people shared on the internet, I looked for a solution for housing all of my craft, scrapbooking and sewing supplies. I came across a $23.00 plastic shelving unit at the department store (like the kind people use in their garage or for food storage in a pantry.)
It worked perfect. The only tool I required to put it together was a rubber mallet. The shelves even had room for my sewing machine on the bottom shelf. Although, not as fancy as built-ins, wooden bookcases or custom purchased products; it is very nice and clean, functional, and gives me lots of storage.
I am still in the process of covering the cardboard box paper holders with old calendars, fabric etc.
By Hoptownracer1 from USA
I believe in recycling everything, To organize all my flowers for my scrapbooking, I use my cat's Pounce cat treat bottles and put each color of flower in their own bottle. I have a nice shelf unit I got free from a neighbor that they fit in just right. I also use shoe boxes to store small craft supplies and label them and keep them in a closet in my craft room. Another use for the Pounce containers are for small things like brads, eyelets, etc.
I also use tins to store buttons and other sewing notions and I use old fashion glass mason jars to store my ribbons in. I keep all my DVD and VHS tapes in my sewing room in photo boxes that are the decorated ones. That way they are not just laying in piles in my room and the boxes look great. I use a lot of 8.5 x 11 paper and cardstock, so I have one 2 draw file cabinet for the paper and one for the cardstock and they fit right under the counter top my husband and I built in my craft room.
By PJ from Newville, PA
Small pizza boxes are a great way to store scrapbooking paper (clean ones can be purchased and sometimes you can get them for free by asking for a couple when you go in to pick up your pizza order!).
I store "like" paper in the same box (ie: all solid colors in one box - labeled on the end of the box; floral in another - labeled, etc.). These boxes can then be stacked on a closet shelf.
Scissors, adhesives, stickers, etc. can all be stored in pizza boxes as well with a label on the end of the box with the list of contents.
By Bonnie from Mount Vernon, WA
I have another idea for that dishwasher basket. Every scrapbooker needs to be organized, and most scrapbookers wish they could find inexpensive or free methods for storage. Why wouldn't you want to find products that were low cost or found in your own home. I am a frugal gal at heart, and reusing anything for another purpose always makes me smile.
Over the past twelve years that I have been scrapbooking, I have accumulated a lot of supplies, and I have had to find storage methods for everything along the way. I often look right in my own home for innovative ways to store my items.
A couple of years ago, I came across an old dishwasher basket. Since then, I have probably added a half dozen to my scrapbook area for all types of supplies. Although everyone has one in their dishwasher, you would probably like that one to keep washing your silverware, so don't remove it. But, what do you do instead? Where are you going to get one?
First, keep a watch out at garage sales, flea markets, and other places. I have seen them at a lot of them, and have purchased several. You might ask around to friends and family to see if anyone is replacing a dishwasher or has an extra one somewhere in the garage or basement. You can also purchase them from stores that carry replacement parts, and they are pretty inexpensive.
What scrapbook supplies should you store in your dishwasher basket?
Anything and everything. I use them for almost anything that fits.
You might also consider using them for card making, rubber stamping and any other crafts you might dabble in. Oh, and they make great utensil storage (of course) for picnics, as well as next to the stove for cooking.
By marianneryan23 from Des Moines, IA
I know a lot of people who do scrapbooks. I love to make them, but have a limited budget, so I've come of with some ways to make my money go further. Instead of buying expensive sticker binders, I use the envelopes that come with my credit card offers.