Organizing Strategies: Card-Making And Scrapbook Supplies

I used to scrapbook more than I do now (the baby books are finished), but when I did, I found I needed a place to store all the little tools, paper scraps and supplies. Not only did I need a place to store them, but I needed some of the papers and tools to be portable so I could easily take them to a monthly craft night.

Since I mostly did the work on the dining room table, I looked for something that could fit in the room without looking, too, well…storage-y.


I hit upon using some old suitcases I had found in thrift stores in this odd little space under our dining room china cabinet where, lo and behold, they fit perfectly.

The bottom suitcases store reference books and magazines (when inspiration is needed), scrapbooks I’m working on, and memorabilia that I want to add to future books.



The top one, though…that one turned out to be the best organizing tool for my supplies I could’ve thought of! It holds the things I use regularly, I can take it with me wherever I might need, and it’s easy to use.

Even now that I mainly make cards, it still works beautifully and is right near the table so I can pull it out and complete a card in no time.

vintage-suitcase-card-organizer

I use the top pocket in the lid for holding all my scraps of paper. The side pockets I use for pens, scissors, ribbon and small items I may need.


The bottom neatly holds all the items I use regularly for cards, tags, and scrapbooks, leaving room on the top for the papers and/or book I’m working on as well as a cutting mat that is not pictured.

I keep my full sized papers in paper files and when I’m going to be working on a project somewhere else, I take a few minutes to put the papers I need into the suitcase as well as the pages or cards. I make sure I have enough glue and other items and I’m ready to go.

For me, this solved a number of problems:

  • storage for small items
  • attractive storage
  • storage in a public place (dining room)
  • easy way to transport items for group crafting

What are some ways you store items that need to be in public spaces?

-Jami

This is linked to:
SNS @ Funky Junk Interiors
Favorite Things Friday
It’s a Hodgepodge Friday
Frugalicious Friday

Comments

  1. This was not what I was expecting. What a great idea! Practical and beautiful!!

  2. This is great. I threw out my scrapbooking storage bags because they were moldy andyucky and I aws able to save the scrapbooking stuff by airing it out..but now everything is just in a plastic box or cardboard filebox. So th is is a great idea for storage. I’ll have to see what I can find the next time I go to the thrift store. Have a great weekend. Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

  3. I like that a suitcase can hold a lot of supplies and keep them all neat and handy. Good idea! I always appreciate storage and organizing ideas.

  4. great idea

  5. What a great idea! However, my collection of scrapbook stuff would need to be housed in a big trunk, make that 3 trunks!

  6. Thank you for sharing this. My youngest is a Mr. Fiddle De Doo, so I rarely pull out my scrapbook supplies. I am definitely going to look for some attractive storage options when I go thrifting!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Love this idea! I’m going to use it for my quilting and crafting supplies.

  8. i think that suitcase is beautiful in itself and i really love the way you are using it and the others. resourceful!

  9. I use an old suitcase in the livingroom (stored on a shelf) to hold some of my Christmas decorations..so far, no one in the family has even really realized it’s there!

    Regards,

    Shelley

  10. What a great idea for such cute storage. My scrapbook stuff is in rubbermaid containers in my basement.

  11. What a great idea! I currently use plastic storage boxes, but this is a much more stylish way to store my scrap book items.

  12. I LOVE THIS IDEA.. SO MUCH THAT AS I WAS LOOKING ONLINE FOR NEW IDEAS I AM SUPRISED TO SEE THAT MY OLD ONES ARE STILL GREAT ONES… I HAVE FIVE OLD PIECES OF LUGGAGE IN MY SCRAPBOOK ROOM, THEY HOLD MY CARD MAKING AND HAIRBOW MAKING THINGS NICELY. AND SINCE I AM A DECOTATOR IT ALSO ADDS A NICE LOOK TO MY ROOM WHEN I AM USING IT AS A OFFICE.

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