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Cut the Clutter

July 8, 2009

Just when I thought I had come up with some of the best ideas for scrapbook storage I was surprised to find this on the internet. Better Homes and Gardens has an entire page dedicated to scrapbook storage. So just like I promised I will be posting more fun and unique ways to store and organize your scrapbook materials and supplies, courtesy of BHG. 

Here are some of my favorite tips: 

1. Use a rolodex to store your chipboard letter stencils in alphabetical order. This way you can always find the letter you need and you’ll be able to pick which style you prefer fast and easy. 

2. Store all of your unmounted stamps in a binder. Place them into clear page protectors and organize them by category for easy reference. 
Stamp Binder

3. Show off your stamp collection by displaying them on small shelves.  
Stamp Collection

4. Purchase a spice rack  with plastic or glass containers and use the containers to hold your tiniest embellishments like buttons, eyelets, brads, and flowers.
Spice Rack with Containers

5. Store all of your paints on a Lazy Susan for easy access.
Lazy Susan

6. Another stamp storage option is to use a wall louver  to keep all of your mounted stamps within reach and on display.
Wall Louver

7. Use an old mug tree to store your journaling pens, scissors, and more. 
Mug TreeThese are only a few of the ideas that the Better Homes and Gardens website offers. There were so many more unique ideas, but I just wanted to showcase a few. For more info check out their website and also stay tuned because I will continue to post new ideas as the week continues! Until then…happy scrapping!


Scrap Out the Mess!

July 8, 2009

Do you have a whole lot of scrapbook materials that you never seem to get use of? Are you never able to find just the right paper that you’re looking for? Do you often purchase more than one of the same item because you forgot you had it buried somewhere at home? Well to help cut out the clutter, I have a few unique solutions to help make your scrap-space more organized and efficient! 

When I got into hardcore scrapbooking I dealt with all of these issues several times a week! It was often hard for me to find just the right paper or embellishment amidst a pile of materials scattered across a tiny table. It wasn’t until I became organizationally aware of my space that I began to use it to the best of my ability and my scrap-time became more productive. 

This is a picture of me in my current space. It is tiny and cluttered, but for all it’s worth it has made me much more scrap efficient. Once we move to North Carolina at the end of this month I will have an entire room dedicated just to scrapbooking, which will allow me to utilize my space much better, but for now I love my little space.  

Me in my tiny, yet awesome scrap space!

Here are a few solutions to help “Scrap Out the Mess”: 

-Organize all of your paper by colors (solid and patterned) and then place them into accordion file folders. I purchased 8×10 accordions from Target years ago and they only cost me $2 each on sale! My mother managed to find me a 12×12 accordion from a garage sale for only $1. Maybe you won’t be able to find them for these exact prices, but search around and you’ll be surprised how cheap you can buy them for.

 Accordion Folder Side View Accordion Folder Top View






-Organize all of your embellishments by theme (birthday, holiday, baby, wedding, floral, etc). For a cheap alternative to the “Clip it Up” you can purchase colorful pencil cases and organize your embellishments by themes, even colors. I purchased miniature wicker baskets in black from IKEA and added decorative ribbons in pink (to match my scrap space) and use them to store some of my most recently purchased embellishments so that I can always have them in sight. 

 Black Wicker Baskets for Embellishments Tin Case for Pictures and Plastic Container for Stamps






-Recycle your pasta sauce jars and tin cans to keep small embellishments from getting lost. Wash and decorate them to add some personal flair to your scrap space. I keep all of my floral embellishments in tiny glass jars that I purchased from IKEA (five for only $5). I leave them out on display for easy access and for pure decoration. 
Glass Jars for Floral Embellishments Prima Floral Embellishment Jars  






-Use a paper towel roll holder to store and organize ribbon spools. For scattered ribbons pieces, get popsicle sticks and wrap your leftovers around them.

-Use tackle boxes to store your tiniest embellishments, such as brads, eyelets, and buttons. The clear plastic ones are great because you can always see what you have without having to open it up!

Clear Tackle Box for Buttons and Tiny Ribbon Spools  Gray Tackle Box for Eyelets & Brads





-Use a bulletin or magnetic board to keep your most recent layouts and ideas on display at all times. When you get a new embellishment that you absolutely love, stick it up in plain view to keep you inspired and motivated. 

My Idea/Inspiration Board






-Use small colorful plastic cups to hold journaling pens, scissors, and glue sticks. When I began organizing all of my materials I used cute little black and white cups that I purchased for about 50 cents from Target. Now that I have a larger space and many more materials I have upgraded to the Making Memories Desktop Carousel, which was much more pricey, but completely worth every penny! 

Making Memories Desktop Carousel


Making Memories Desktop Carousel Top View






These are only a few of the many organizational tips that you can use to “Scrap Out the Mess” in your scrap space. If you have any questions on how to utilize a small space or even a larger space please leave a comment at the end of this post. If you have additional ideas on how to make your scrap space more efficient please leave a comment too! Throughout the next two months I hope to add more and more organizational tips to my blog as I transition into my new and improved space. 

What are you waiting for? Get to work and start scrapping the mess!

Top 10 Money Saving Scrap Tips!

January 3, 2009
10. Do not impulse shop! If you are like me, once you see something that you “absolutely need” you get the urge to buy it immediately. My best tip is to be patient and wait. Often times something you think you need, you might not even use. Purchase only the necessary tools and supplies needed to complete the project(s) you are working on in the moment, everything else should be placed as secondary. Keep those things on a separate list and if they are still “needed” at the end of the month, then go back and purchase them. (Also keep in mind that scrapbooking trends are constantly changing and something you bought last month might not be of any use this month.)
9. Recycle Your Chipboard. Buy a sheet, or pack, of chipboard accents, punch them out, use and re-use them. Instead of using them once, use them as stencils to use over and over again. (Stencils in general are more time consuming to use, but save you tons of money!)
8. Become Friendly at Your Scrap Shops. Ask your local scrapbook store if they give out frequent shopper cards. This is a great way to earn points (and get goodies in return) for all of the money you spend. Often times the more you shop at a store, the more perks you will recieve.
7. Buy the “stack”. Purchase your patterned paper in “Stacks” (from brands, such as DCWV). These stacks come with over 60 sheets of 12″x12″ or 8 1/2″x11″ paper with various patterns and designs and are usually on sale at Jo-Anne Fabrics for less than $10. (Stacks are a great product for people who scrapbook often and use lots of paper. The only downfall is if you don’t use the paper often they will eventually become outdated and might never be used.)
6. Be a bargain shopper. Wake up early on a Saturday morning and hit the garage sales! Search for storage containers, little plastic and glass jars, and paper trays. This is  a great way to build your scrapbook storage area or expand on your already built scrapbook studio.
5. Utilize the Web. Instead of purchasing a magazine subscription or buying scrapbook idea books search the web for layout ideas, scrapbook tips, and info on the layest trends. My favorite sites to search are and (Search through different blogs daily to get a frequent dose of inspiration!) Another great place to search is your local library system. You can check out the books for free and keep them for at least 30 days, which gives you just enough time to find the ideas you like and put them into action! Bookmark my site and check it daily for some quick info on the latest trends, ideas, and layout designs.
4. Schedule a Scrap Swap! Gather all of your unused products and supplies and meet up with your fellow scrappers. Trade your stuff for other products and supplies that your friends no longer want. Most often you’ll find that what others consider trash you consider treasure!
3. Go on a Scavenger Hunt. Search your house for embellishments. You’ll be surprised how much stuff you can find around the house that can be utilized in your layouts, such as bobby bins, a stapler with staples, paper clips, old hair clips, yarn, bottle caps, thread, old buttons, and so much more. Be creative and incorporate the things you already own. Most of your basic scrapbook tools are things you probably already have hanging around the house, such as scissors and adhesives.
2. Scan the dollar section! Check your local Target and Dollar stores for great $1 deals. The dollar section is usually located at the entrance of most Target stores and is jam-packed with scrapping goodies. Although these products are not always of the best quality, considering thier price they’re a steal! I constantly find myself stacking up on cute ribbons, stamps, stickers, and papers because with each new season comes new goodies…so shop often!
 1. Clip some Coupons. Take advantage of the Sunday morning paper by clipping out the coupons from the Jo-Anne Fabrics and Michael’s ads. These stores have great deals on scrapbooking products year round! (Check my sight regularly for weekly links to these great coupons.)

Kick off the new year just right!

December 30, 2008

For all of you newbie scrappers out there, I have compiled a “Beginners Kit” that contains all of the must-have tools and supplies every scrapper needs to get started. Of course this list will contain only the most affordable products, because trust me scrapping can get expensive!

Must Have Tools:

1. Photo Safe Adhesives (archival quality only)

2. Pigment Pens and Markers

3. Small sharp scissors

4. Paper Trimmer

5. Solid Colored Cardstock (sizes 12×12 and 8 1/2×11)

6. Patterned Paper (of your choice)

7. Embellishments (stickers, rub-ons, brads, flowers, ribbons, etc;)

8. Scrapbook Album


Optional Goodies:

1. Ink Pad

2. Chipboard Letters and Cutouts

3. Craft Knife

4. Cutting Mat

5. Punches

6. Paints and Chalks

7. Decorative Scissors

8. Stamps

These basic tools and supplies should be enough to get you started, but are only a few of the many wonderful products that scrapping has to offer. All of these items can be found at your local Walmart, Michaels, Target, or Jo-Anne Fabrics store. (Helpful Hint: Register your e-mail and personal information on the Michaels and Jo-Anne Fabrics websites and recieve free monthly coupons.)

 Once you have you’ve compiled your “Beginners Kit” it is time to get organized. Gather together all of your photos and separate them into several piles according to the event and time in which they took place. Once you have completed this step jot down as many notes as possible about each of your photos. This can be completed in several ways.

Create a photo log using a simple word document which contains the date, location, and theme (birthday, anniversary, celebrations, holidays, seasons, and/or vacation) of the event that is taking  place in each of your pictures. List all of the names of the people in the picture and explain what is going on as best as possible. If you prefer a more simple solution I suggest using sticky notes or index cards to jot down this info.

Once you have compiled all of this information and your photos have been sorted into chronological piles, find an archival-quality (acid and lignin-free) photo storage container to put all of your photos. (Helpful Hint: If you decide to use a plastic storage device only use plastic containers that are specially labeled for photo storage.) Separate them with an index card listed in a way that you prefer: whether it be by the year, month, theme or event.


Now that you’re ready to scrap, it’s time to get that creative energy flowing. Create a scrapbook journal/idea book that contains sample page layouts, titles, color combinations, quotes, magazine clippings, and any other forms of inspiration. Map out  and sketch your layouts before you begin scrapping, this will save you lots of energy and give you more quality scrapping time! Writing, drafting, and doodling in your journal is simple and fun. The best part is it can be done during a lunch break, while your kids are napping, or when you have a little free time.

Constantly search for ideas, techniques, and products in magazines, blogs, and websites; this will allow your creativity to expand and grow. (Helpful Hint: Instead of purchasing the latest scrapping books, I check them out from the public library for free!)  Once you begin this process you will find that your scrapping time will be more efficient and productive.

Follow the “Beginner Kit” and you’ll be on your way to becoming a frequent scrapper! Good luck and good scrapping!!!