Proper scrapbooking storage can keep delicate papers and other craft materials looking like new as well as keep all supplies within easy reach. Whether a scrapbooker has a whole room for her craft or just a small corner, there are storage ideas that will work for everyone. Since scrapbook supplies range from large bundles of paper to small stickers, one of the best tips for scrapbooking storage is to organize the materials by size.
Scrapbook papers are typically sold in packages of square, flat sheets about the size of the folded, packaged gift wrap found in greeting card shops. Most of the papers designed to be cut and used in scrapbooks to decorate pages or frame photographs are patterned, while others may feature a glitter or metallic finish. Inexpensive, flat cardboard boxes with lids purchased from the closet organization section of a department store are simple to assemble and can make good scrapbooking storage boxes for the craft papers. The boxes could be placed side by side on the bottom of a shelving unit; the lids on these folding cardboard storage boxes tend to be easy to lift and replace.
For storing spools of ribbon on a shelf, the kind of paper towel holder that consists of a stand with a dowel pole can work wonderfully well. The round, ring-shaped ribbon spools can be stacked neatly on the dowel and simply lifted off when needed. Small drawer units available at stationery or closet organizer stores are also ideal for holding scissors, craft knives, paper punches, markers, colored pencils and other tools for scrapbooking storage. Alternatively, clear canister storage or canning jars could be used to display each of these items on the shelves. These drawers or miniature wooden apothecary drawer units are also perfect for storing stickers; a sticker that represents the type in each section can be placed on the outside of each drawer.
By having a bookcase for scrapbooking storage, it can keep a table top clear for creating photo pages. A can or jar on the table top is handy for storing tools such as scissors, punches and markers used for the current scrapbook project. A three-tiered paper tray such as the type commonly used in offices can sit on the desk to hold other items needed for the current project such as papers, stickers, photographs and ribbons. The rest of the desk or table surface is then able to be left clear to hold the scrapbook.