Organizing Tips & Tricks – Paper Scraps

Organizing Tips & Tricks – Paper Scraps
Organizing and storage ideas, and solutions for storing, locating and using your scraps!

At the moment I am crafting in a temporary space and I don’t have room for all my usual furniture, which includes my little Bisley drawer unit where I keep my scraps.

I’m just using a storage box to keep them in, and since I am too lazy to rummage through it, it’s overflowing with scraps I should be using instead of cutting into new sheets!

So my tip for today is to get your scraps organised!

You’ll definitely find that if you organise your scraps by colour you will use them much more often.

Organizing Tips & Tricks - Bisley Drawer Unit (image)
Organizing Tips & Tricks – Bisley Drawer Unit

This Bisley drawer unit is the one I use.

As you can see, for each colour I have both a plain, and a polka-dot labelled drawer.

I keep plain sheets in one drawer and patterned paper in the other – as a result I can really quickly find a piece of paper or cardstock for matting, die-cutting or stamping without cutting into a precious new sheet!

If you don’t have space for a drawer unit, there are other options for keeping your scraps organised.

Scraps Storage Options
Here are some ideas (all photos courtesy of Pinterest)

Organizing Tips & Tricks - Organize Scraps, By Color and Pattern, in Cropper Hopper Paper Holders (image)
Organizing Tips & Tricks – Organise Scraps, By Colour and Pattern, in Cropper Hopper Paper Holders

Source: via Pinterest

Organizing Tips & Tricks - Organize Scraps, By Color and Pattern, in a Small Crate (image)
Organizing Tips & Tricks – Organise Scraps, By Colour and Pattern, in a Small Crate

Source: via Pinterest

Organizing Tips & Tricks - Organize Scraps, By Color and Pattern, in a Magazine Holders (image)
Organizing Tips & Tricks – Organise Scraps, By Colour and Pattern, in Magazine Holders

Source: via Pinterest

Organizing Tips & Tricks - Organize Scraps, By Color and Pattern, in Envelopes (image)
Organizing Tips & Tricks – Organise Scraps, By Colour and Pattern, in Envelopes

Source: via Pinterest

Organizing Tips & Tricks - Organize Scraps, By Color and Pattern, in Hanging File Folders (image)
Organizing Tips & Tricks – Organise Scraps, By Colour and Pattern, in Hanging File Folders

Source: via Pinterest

And one final solution for today (this is similar to what Steph uses for her scraps!)…

Organizing Tips & Tricks - Organize Scraps, By Color and Pattern, in an Accordian File (image)
Organizing Tips & Tricks – Organise Scraps, By Colour and Pattern, in an Accordian File

Source: via Pinterest

Well, that’s it for today’s Organizing Tips & Tricks.

What do you think of what I shared?

Please share your thoughts about the solutions shared above by leaving a comment.

And, please share your scraps organization and storage solution, if you have one,
by linking to it in your comment.

We’d love to see how YOU organize your scraps!

I hope this has given you some inspiration and motivation to sort out your scraps – happy organising!

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PRODUCT HIGHLIGHT – Curver Rattan style storage boxes

Hi, it’s Sharon today stopping by with a product highlight. I recently saw these plastic storage trays on special offer in my local supermarket and grabbed a couple to see if they’d be useful.   When I got them home I realised they are the perfect size for quite a few crafty things. The ones I have are the small size, but they do have a selection of larger sizes too. They come in black, brown or cream and what I like about them is that they are pretty strong and sturdy, and have really useful handles at each end which means I can grab one easily and take it to my craft desk.

The small size are perfect for 6×6 paper pads as you can see:


I’ve used one for my envelopes:


Then I used a couple more to store my card blanks, and finished card samples.


Here in the UK I picked them up for just £1.50 each in Morrisons so I’m just going to grab a couple each time I go food shopping.   Since I’m in the process of building a new craft space I thought I’d find some shelving solution that works for them when I start planning the furniture.  Curver are an international company so I’m pretty sure you’ll be able to find them wherever you are. Here’s a link to them on the US website and more details.


I think I might try some of the other sizes to see what use they might have as I’m very impressed with the quality.

Thank you for stopping by CSI!


Just One Tip: Color Sorting

Happy Monday. It’s Cicily sharing a quick tip for you today.


Back when my scrapbook supply collection hadn’t overtaken my room and I wasn’t so concerned with organization, my sister had me flabbergasted when she coordinated her cardstock by color. I thought she was a little off her rocker. Then she sorted her buttons by color. I still wasn’t fully convinced.  But then I started thinking about how easy things are to find if you were able to go straight for the right color.

Then this happened in my room!


My buttons, card stock and scrap paper soon followed suit and were sorted by color . I have to admit it helps a lot when searching for a specific color of something. I even sorted my patterned paper by color, right next to my card stock. I don’t do this with everything, mostly with supplies that I don’t have too many of, like my washi tape and markers.

Organizing is all about what work’s for you. If you haven’t tried color sorting, give it a whirl!




Storage Solutions Roundup: Using tension rods for flexible storage

Hello crafty storage mavens! It’s Noelle stopping in today with a great idea for you.

P1210500-impI recently purchased a used ink pad organizer that rotates. I used to use this vintage train case to hold my ink pads, but the one issue I had was that without individual shelves, if I pulled out a lower pad, then they all dropped and sometimes spilled all over my desk. So, when I saw the used organizer for sale, I figured it was a good bet. But then I had this (IMO) uber-cool vintage piece that was not being used! 🙁

P1160085I do design work for a stamp company called The Cat’s Pajamas, and am lucky enough to get a nice discount on all the things I don’t get for free (thank you, sweet Alma!) and a few months back I purchased a whole LOT of beautiful Divine Twine in pretty colors. I love that stuff, I really do use it for a ton of things, and I love that I don’t worry about  running out with the big spools. I just had it sitting on my shelf, though, and I wanted to hang it somewhere that I could access it a bit easier.

P1210503-impOne day, the proverbial light bulb went on, and I wondered if I could use mini tension rods in the train case to hang up my twine! I went to Bed Bath & Beyond with a stack of 20% coupons in hand (they really do have the most generous coupon policy I’ve ever seen, they take multiple coupons, expired coupons, etc. SO cool!) and I picked up several packs of these tiny rods and took them home. I was able to take off the end caps to slide on my twine spools, and….. Voila!



Well, the more I thought on it, I figured there had to be other folks out there who had made some cool storage solutions with tension rods. They are cheap (particularly if you pick them up used!), and come in a myriad of lengths!

Here’s a few that I found:


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Sew Many Ways: Tension rods between table legs.


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Midwest Living: Easy Organizing Solutions for Every Room Beautiful storage for large papers and ribbons! You could also store large cuts of fabric this way!


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Yahoo Homes: 10 Ways to Store Kitchen Necessities I realize these are cutting boards, but wouldn’t this work just as well for Silhouette cutting mats, 12″ stacks of paper, or stamp sets?

Thanks so much for stopping by! Don’t forget, we have an awesome giveaway going on right now from Organize More! To comment to win, go to the previous post and chat us up a bit! 🙂

Have a fabulous day,


Craft Room Tour {MASKerade}

I’m so excited to announce a new member to our contributor team, Lisa Elton!  I know ya’ll will give her a very warm welcome!


I’m over the moon excited to be a contributor here at Craft Storage Ideas! I’ve been a card maker paper crafting blogger since April 2011. My stamping journey began with a birthday gift of a stamping class from my husband. The following year I began teaching that very course! I’ve loved all forms of art since childhood and have always had a fondness for pretty papers, colorful art supplies and flowers. My professional artistic journey began after high school with floral design. After working for several local florists I was offered the job of an instructor with our local University’s continuing education department. During that time I also opened my own florist. Marriage, working, running a home and having an energetic little boy created a full life. To keep that life running smoothly I was and continue to be Mrs. Organization! A place for everything and everything in it’s place! I am always on the hunt for the perfect storage vessels. Looking for ideas to make something ordinary  extraordinary!

Like so many others I enjoy seeing where artists create, how they decorate and organize their space. Large space or small we artistic types seem to accumulate a lot of stuff! For that very reason the right furniture and containers for storage are essential. Today I have a delightfully bright craft room for you to visit from fellow stamper and blogger Ardyth Percy-Robb. It’s filled to the brim with storage ideas!


A combination of Ikea and Pottery Barn furniture outfit Ardyth’s sun filled room. Just look at that arched window!


She’s maximized her space by going from floor to near ceiling with her shelving and cubbies. This gives her space a variety of organizing options!


The closet proves to be the perfect storage space for her cardstock with this great stacking system. You can also catch a glimpse of her hanging shoe bag on the left that stores her punches.

Thanks for stopping by Craft Storage Ideas today! I look forward to working with the team and getting to know our followers better! For more ideas from Ardyth stop by her blog MASKerade and tell her Lisa sent you!



Independence Week: Overwhelmed By Your Stash?


Independence Week

Happy Independence Week!  We are celebrating here at CSI by featuring a few posts about how you can gain “independence” from your crafting stash.  When I talk to fellow crafters about organizing their supplies, the thing I hear more than anything is that they are overwhelmed.  Either they can’t find something, or they have too many choices, or they just don’t know where to start when it comes to organizing their stash.


According to an article I read recently on, when you look around your space and start to feel anxious, your body releases cortisol, a stress hormone.  Yikes!  Here are some pointers to help combat a messy and/or disorganized space.

Keep your workspace clear.  Your workspace is the single-most necessary thing to help you actually create something.  And if it’s not clear, you are far less likely to sit down to start a project.  Even if the room around you is a mess or unorganized, make your number one priority to clear your workspace.

Storage shelves.  No stacking or double shelving allowed.  In other words, if you have small items behind larger items, etc., get them all in one single layer.  Those hidden items are hard to find and lead to frustration.

Paper storage.  I  know it’s hard to believe, but chances are if you are a scrapbooker, you have more paper than you’ll be able to use.  Go through it all, if it fits into one of the following three categories, keep it.  If it doesn’t, give it away.

  • Paper you love
  • Paper you use regularly
  • Paper you can’t find anywhere else

Don’t pile items on the floor.  It’s a vicious cycle.  I’ve done this many time.  I say “Oh, I’ll just put this here for now”.  And before you know it I’ve got multiple piles that I have to climb over on a regular basis.

Keep a donation bin.  This might be my number one piece of advice.  I’ve managed get myself into the habit of making decisions about supplies and even tools when I am cleaning up after I’ve completed a project.  Will use that scrap of patterned paper again?  What about that stamp?  Was it hard to use?  Do I have another project in mind for it?  Have I used all of those letter stickers to the point I won’t use them again.  You get the picture.  If the answer to any of those questions is yes, I either recycle or add to my donation bin.  It even makes cleaning up a little easier.

Remember the six month rule.  Have you used it in six months.  I’ll even say, you can make it the one year rule.  J  If you haven’t you should seriously consider donating it.  Tastes change.  Ideas morph.  Give yourself some freedom.

One In, Two Out.  When something new comes in, at least one thing, preferably two, must go.  I know, I know. 😉  What if we said, if one comes in, USE one within the next week, or donate.  Would that help?

Ultimately, and at the risk of sounding harsh (I swear I don’t mean it harshly), your craft room is not supposed to be a warehouse!  It should be a place where you find inspiration, comfort and your inner creative.  Now go out there and do it!  I’m rooting for you!


Display Dynamics Trays

Like many scrapbookers, I’m a kit club subscriber. I receive monthly kits from 2 different clubs and the product can really pile up sometimes, especially if I’ve purchase extra add-on kits. While I have a system to store the kits once I’ve used them, how to manage the current/new kits was always a problem.  I needed a container that had a surface that was big enough to hold the paper flat and tall enough to accommodate the irregular packaging of the embellishments.  I also wanted to be able to see the product and have easy access to it.

Display Dynamics Perfect Paper Stackable Trays fit the bill for my storage need. Designed to hold the paper in scrapbooking stores, the clear stacking trays are clean, compact and strong. The tray’s interior measures 12.25″ x 12.25″ x 2” high so paper (even the kind with the extra border and big flat sticker sheets) lies flat.  Each tray exterior measures approximately 13.25″ x 13″ x 2” high. When stacked, the space between levels is tall enough to accommodate thicker items.  Here you can see materials from 2 different kits easily stored on top of each other with room to spare. (I used the lipped trays here, which can be set on an angle with a special adapter piece. The trays can also be purchased without a lip.)

I also use these trays to hold pending projects (like my September list project on the bottom) and paper collections that I need to keep separate from my stash. And my favorite feature of all; they fit perfectly into an Expedit cubicle!

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According to the manufacturer, they can even be used vertically. I definitely plan to add more of these and could easily fit six of them in that space.