Storage Solutions for a Scrapbooking & Craft Room

Written by monica j. miller
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As an avid crafter and scrapbooker, you will want to organise your craft room so that all of your supplies are easy to find. Nothing can deter creativity and motivation faster than having to dig through boxes and piles to find just the right ribbon, scrapbooking paper, stickers or other crafting supplies. Fortunately, there are a number of craft organising solutions to help you organise your scrapbooking and craft room.

Rolling Organizers with Drawers

Rolling drawer organisers are a must for organising scrapbooking craft space. The more drawers the better, particularly for a large assortment of scrapbooking paper. With multiple drawer space, you can dedicate separate drawers to specific colours or themed paper. Rolling drawer organisers are doubly convenient, as they save space and can be easily rolled in and out of a corner.

Over-the-Door Organizers

If space is limited, take advantage of the door in your craft room. Television craft show host Carol Duvall uses an over-the-door organiser with pockets to hold craft supplies. In an article, "Storage Tips for Organizing Your Craft Supplies," Duvall describes her over-the-door pocket organiser as "the most practical and efficient use of a small space I've ever seen." Simply hang the pocket organiser on the back of your door to organise glues, cutting implements, embellishments and more.

Homemade Ribbon Organizer

If you've ever tussled with tangled knots of ribbon and unravelling ribbon rolls, consider making your own ribbon organiser from a cardboard box and ¼-inch dowel rods. Simply cut the top flaps from the box, punch holes in the sides and feed dowel rods through the holes. String rolls of ribbons onto the dowel rods to easily separate and access ribbons as you need them. Organise ribbons by colours and size.

Expandable File Folders for Scrapbooking Stickers

Stickers are a large component of any scrapbooker's craft supplies. If you have a large variety of stickers, it can be difficult keeping them organised and easy to find. A simple solution for organising scrapbook stickers is to store them in an expandable file folder (found at your local office supply store). Expandable file folders usually come with slots for labels, perfect for separating stickers according to holidays and other occasions.

Upright Silverware Caddy

Use an upright knife, fork and spoon caddie (the kind you take on picnics) to organise your scrapbooking pens and markers. Separate writing and drawing utensils by colour and nib width. Upright silverware caddies are also ideal for holding scissors and other cutting tools.

Label Makers

Label makers are a necessity for easily identifying your craft supplies. Use electronic label makers to create labels for drawers, pockets, expandable folders and caddies. Label craft supplies according to function, style, colour, size and holiday or occasion. For example, your sticker folder might contain various birthday sticker styles. You might label one section "Elegant Adult Birthday" and another "Cute Kid Birthday." Another example is to label pens according to colour and ink style (e.g. glittery, opaque).

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