Guest Author - Kathleen Rensel
Organization is a big topic for scrapbookers. Over time, they may collect more items than they can use at one time. Sometimes it’s just a good clearance sale that brings in many items. Or it could be that supplies got out of control for some other reason. Whatever the reason, there comes a point for most traditional scrappers that they need to organize their supplies. Here are some ideas for organizing paper, embellishments and stamps.
It’s time to organize all the scrapbook paper. Where to start? First, gather all paper sheets together and separate the different sizes. Typically, there may be 12 x 12, 8 x 8 or 8 ½ x 11 sizes. Some scrappers also separate scrap pieces. Take a look at how much paper there is to organize. The amount of paper will determine the organization. If there is a small amount (100 sheets or less), the scrapper may want to use file folders. Just make sure they are large enough to hold 12 x 12 size sheets. If there is much more paper, the scrapper may want to look into purchasing a system or shelving or files that will hold the paper. Again, make sure whatever the organization tool, it will hold 12 x 12 pages.
Now what can you do with embellishments? Gather them together and see what types may need to be organized. It could be stickers or ribbons. It could be tiny embellishments like brads or eyelets. Or it might be bling or glitter glues. As with the paper, start separating the different items. Some scrappers separate by color also. They may label their organizer. This is a great idea to keep things where they belong.
Stamping is a whole category on its own. The stamping scrapbooker needs to organize inks, stamps and maybe blocks. This has traditionally been a big area for needing organization. Old wooden blocks take a lot of space to store. Many people store them in plastic carriers or drawer systems. Some companies have tried to improve on storage issues with acrylic stamps and blocks. The stamps can be stored in a carrier file folder and blocks can be reused, meaning you don’t need one block for one stamp.
Sometimes companies will offer specific organizers to keep all the same product together. These may be a wise purchase. But organizers can be almost any type. They might be found as plastic tubs or glass jars – almost anything can hold items and keep them organized. It doesn’t have to be a “scrapbook organizer.” Sometimes money can be saved by buying organizers that aren’t marked for scrapbook specific.
Start at one point with organizing. Take it one step at a time. It doesn’t have to be perfect. The goal should be to keep your products safe and clean, in good condition. And to make it easier to find what is needed to get projects completed.