If your house looks like the craft store exploded, check out these tips on how to simply organize your items and make them easier to find and use.

Just because you love to scrapbook does not mean you love to organize. Often times scrappers will start a project and then spend precious creative time hunting for just the right embellishment or photo that they know they just had at their fingertips. By using simple and cheap organization tips like the ones here, you can save time, money and most importantly, creative energy.

Photo Organization

Scrapbooking Organization(98992)Credit: AmazonPhoto organization boxes are everywhere, but if you just keep a “reuse” mindset you will find something around the house that works just as well as a photo box you would pay for at the craft store. Anything from the mailers that your online photo printing orders come in, to everyday file folders can work to organize your mass of photos that you are planning to put into beautiful scrapbook pages. If you are scrapbooking a trip that has multiple smaller topics or components, the file folder option is helpful because you can group your photos with your other items from that place on your trip. These folders can host receipts, ribbons, postcards, shopping bags, and more. Then when you have time to put adhesive to paper, you grab your folder and your coordinating papers and get down to work.

If you already have photo boxes to organize in, make sure to organize the photos within the box. You can use either the smaller print folders you get the photos in or something as simple as a note card sticking up between subjects. On the note card or print folder, make some simple notes as to the date the photos were taken, who was there and why you went there. This will help fill in the empty spots in your memory when you finally get the time to scrapbook the photos in question.

Embellishment Organization

Embellishments are the hardest things to organize for most scrapbookers because they have so many different sizes, shapes, textures and types. A lace paper overlay that is 12 inches by 12 inches certainly should not be stored with a container full of buttons and brads unless they are all separated and protected. This is where it is time to get creative with your storage options. Try using a leftover backpack with lots of compartments to store lumpy, bumpy items, and slide a large paper keeper inside the main body of the pack. You could also use one of the larger rolling scrapbook totes to organize your embellishments, making good use of the side pockets, pen loops, movable dividers and more. If you are partial to one type of embellishment, look into storage for that specific type of product. Small jewelry bead organizers work well for brads or if you love ribbon, there are multiple different storage options for those available.

Keepsake Organization

Children’s projects are so adorable, but there is no way you can keep them all and integrate them into scrapbook projects unless you have unlimited scrapping time and storage space. This is where parents have to get stealthy and choose the best of the best then get rid of the rest on the sly. Dedicate a storage tub or box to each child for the larger items that are almost impossible to scrap without destroying. Make sure these things are watertight and airtight so you can store them in the garage without guilt or worry.

The smaller items can be stored in file folders or boxes. Shipping boxes intended for sending shirt-size boxes work well and are easily labeled with the child’s name and year they created the masterpieces contained within. Then organize your photos from that year as well and you can take fun pictures of your kids from that year and place them on a backdrop of their own beautiful artwork. This way you get the most out of your space in your home and on your scrapbook page.

Greeting Card Organization

Even if you do not like to keep every greeting card you ever received, some life events make it worth cherishing the words and pictures on these cards. To keep these cards safe in a scrapbook setting, create a simple pocket on your page with vellum. To make a pocket, cut the top of the paper that will be the pocket a bit wider than the bottom to allow for the opening of the pocket. Then, use adhesive to hold the vellum to the paper, leaving the top edge open with no adhesive. If you can see your adhesive through the vellum and you want to cover it up, find a coordinating ribbon to use to cover the seams where the vellum meets the paper. Put a title on the page describing what the cards are from, like “Cards from my 40th Birthday”, and you are done. This way you get to keep the sentiments, funny jokes and reminders of who you were back then but the cards do not end up needing their own special storage spot in your home.

Finished Project Organization

Before starting a project, have an idea of where it will go, or who it will receive it as a gift. This way you do not start a project that will just take up storage space in your home. If you are storing completed scrapbooks choose a specific bookshelf or other storage device to be the spot for all finished projects. One shelf can be dedicated to books that are not completely finished, and the rest can be for books that are done and filled. Label them on the binding or the cover of the book with alcohol ink pens like Copic markers so you can easily find what you are looking for in the future. Keeping finished books and unfinished books separated is crucial if you do not have them labeled well. If you are like many scrappers, you do not scrap often enough to know exactly what is in each book, especially if they look alike. This way you can quickly sort through the one or two books you have not finished, find the spot you need and slide your new masterpiece pages into place.

Some scrappers finish pages before they even know which book they are going into. If you work this way, try to keep your pages organized how you intend to organize the finished scrapbook. The most common theme is to organize chronologically, so reference the dates you have noted on your storage file or photo folders and keep your finished pages in order so you can get them put into page protectors as soon as possible to keep your hard work covered.