How you do store you goodies? I have been using a PSB but it really doesn't
butter the biscuit!
I have been looking at some Cropper Hopper Boxes? How do you feel about
I will send some links to the ones I have been looking at.
Dorothy in NY
I use the 8.5x11 plastic three drawer units from Wal-Mart for
stickers/embellishments/die cuts/ribbon/etc.... Each drawer is labeled by
theme. Then I also use the 12x12 three drawer units for paper by theme.
I have my pattern paper in a rack in folders labeled by theme and colored
paper labeled by color. Stickers, diecuts and small embellishments I have
in a flip top hanging file folder container filed by theme. So far it's
working pretty good.
My stickers are in a huge coupon organizer type thing separated by
theme. I box up all my projects and just spent the weekend making sure
my embellishments were all in the right boxes with the projects. The
rest are sorted by type (fibers, metal, etc) and I keep them in little
baskets. I have brads and buttons in a artbin container.
When I finish with a project, extra embellishments are put back in the
mix or given away (depends on my mood and if I ever plan to do a similar
I use the three drawer plastic units , plastic and cardboard
shoeboxes, and I have a PSB that I hardly ever use. I used to buy tons
of stickers on clearance at HL when I first started scrapbooking, and
that is what is in my PSB and I just don't use stickers as much as I
used to. I eventually want to get a whole set of the three drawer
plastic units so everything will be uniform and organized. I think
they work the best for me so far. You can use 40% off coupons at HL to
get the drawer units when they are not already on sale.
I also use the 3-drawer plastic units and have some of the coupon
folders for the smaller items. All of my sticker letters are in those
plastic folders organizers since some are too long for the units. I
actually have 3 different sizes, one has all my fibers etc. They work
really great, and also allow for easy storage in my desk space when
I'm done. I love the drawer units.
I made my own paper organizer w/these wire storage cubes. I made 2 cubes
then used some of the remaining wire pieces to make shelves. I connected
the shelves w/nylon ties. You can make your shelves as thick or thin as you
want, minimum is about 1 inch. I really like it.
As for my stickers. I use plastic zip bags, a heavier plastic than the
ziplock brand. I organized them by category and put the bag, large and
small, in a large basket within arms reach. I'll have to take a picture of
my room. I just took over 1/2 of my critters room. I have 2 ferrets that
share their room with me. They had fun exploring the new stuff in their
Here's the link to see the storage cubes I used. I will take a pic of what
they look like fixed up.
I purchased mine at Target for either $20 or $30. Tam in IL
I keep stickers, die cuts, and the like in legal size hanging folders in a
sterilite file box with a lid. I have a folder (or two) for each theme.
They store in a fairly small amount of space, stay dust free, and are easy
to get to.
My stickers are in a 9x12 manila envelope in a drawer of my paper chest. It
is no longer flat ... more bloated-shaped, and it won't close. I think it
is time for me to get serious about organizing my stickers! So I'll be
reading this topic closely.
Gina in Virginia
I store my cardstock in the vertical CH storage and patterned paper in
12 x 12 trays. I have a 12 by 12 cart that I store my stamping
supplies, tools, adhesives, etc. My stickers and embellishments are
in the slots of a shoe cubby organizer that is hanging on the wall (I
have two that each have 25 cubbies on either side of 4 shelves). I am
also a knitter, so in the other cubbies I store my yarn. On the
shelves, I store my paper, photos, and idea binders. I also have the
Pottery Barn Project table that is perfect for standing and
scrapbooking because it is at the right height. It has two
bookshelves on both sides where I put all my books, ribbon and buttons
in clear glass or plastic containers, etc.
Just a quick warning for anyone thinking of getting the plastic three-drawer
units. Make sure you get the type that has support all the way across
between the drawers. I don't know the brand-there are a couple different
ones-and they are a bit more expensive. But they are well worth it. The kind
that has only bars down the sides to support the drawers will warp once they
are full, and the drawers fall into each other, and will not go in and out
smoothly. I have used both types, and ended up getting rid of the side bar
types. I have found some wonderful 12x12 drawers at Target that work very
I think I have one of those units Mel.! Sometimes the drawers to come
off their side rail, But I just make sure it is stacked on top of the
other one, and the drawers are not loaded with anything too heavy and
its not too full and it does ok.
Dorothy, Firstly I use those photo albums with the
seperate pockets for each photo - I use this for die cuts and bigger
handmade embelishments. I TRY to sort them to colour - but this is a
constant mission because everytime you get new stuff - you have to
reorganize. I might change to theme rather than colour. These I have in a
three drawer trolley. I also store my tools in one of the drawers of the
Then for the really small stuff like eyelets, brads, beads etc - I use those
containers with the little drawers that men use for screws, washers etc. My
DH mounted these to my wall, so they dont fall over and make a mess. also
you can remove the little drawers by themselves when you use the contents
and they dont get lost or roll around your work surface. If you really
want to be super organized - you can even paste an example on the front of
your little drawer so that you don't have to open them to see what's inside
( I haven't found time for this, but if I really sit down and do it - it
will SAVE me a lot of time! - Ironically)
For the bigger sticker sheets I use what we call over here "flip Files".
It's A4 size - I think its about 8x8 in US measurements. It's got clear
page protectors - but very inexpensive. I sorted these by theme - Alpha's
in one file, flowers and nature in one file - etc.
My ribbon, I buy on a spool (a lot, but much cheaper on the long run). My
DH have installe a wall mounted rod for me and I just add the spools as I
buy them. It's easy to just pull down the length of ribbon you need and cut
it from the spool.
I'm at the moment busy sorting my scrap leftover papers and cardstocks from
LO's for my cardmaking and will also sort them by colour in a flip File. I
use to keep them in a basket, but this causes too much waste of time in
searching for matches.
HTH! And thanks for a great topic :)