12x12 Paper Storage - Inexpensive scrapbook storage options?

Faith - posted on 12/07/2009 ( 39 moms have responded )

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I'm having a really hard time storing my scrapbook paper. I'm looking for something that is on the cheaper side and still has lots of paper slots. Any suggestions on storing 12x12 paper?

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Carole - posted on 12/27/2012

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i have all the 12x12 containers now i need a rack to put these all into. can't locate one anyone have ideas. keep finding the rack that holds 6. have over 30 12x12 with scrapbooking stuff organized in them

Linda - posted on 02/10/2011

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Hi Everyone....I love to bargain shop so I bought a cute magazine rack from a resale shop,sorted my many papers by theme and put them in 2 gallon ziploc bags (more than enough room for 12x12 paper storage...then in one corner of the bag I cut at an angle so I can flip thru them all without taking them out of the bag, I labeled them all and store upright in the magazine rack....when Im on the go I just grab a ziploc and go :)

Connie - posted on 10/25/2012

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I am new here, but not new to scrapbooking. Looking over the posts, I've seen several people suggest cardboard sucj as pizza boxes and priority mail boxes. The problem here is that CARDBOARD IS NOT ACID FREE. Neither is wood storage unless painted. I would be afraid of acid leaching onto your acid free papers which could damage your photos over time.

Michelle - posted on 11/23/2010

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clean/new pizza boxes from Gordon food services or Sam's club.You can decorate them to improve their look LOL

I found a 12x12 paper storage hanging file box at Michaels with a coupon it was only $14.00 and it has several hanging files in it to store paper.

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Connie - posted on 11/02/2012

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Cardboard and wood products are not acid free. They would need to be painted or lined with another acid free material.

Michelle - posted on 06/25/2012

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I got the new Priority Mailing (Medium Size boxes) they now come with the long edge unattached. I cut off the flaps for one side of the box. I assembled the box with the width of the box being closer to 12 1/4 inches across. (Hint use a paper pack to make sure your paper will fit through). On the bottom of the box cut off the short flaps. Fold the long flaps on top of each other and then use a glue gun to secure them as the slots will not match up due to the new width of the box.

Great thing is that Priority Mailing Boxes are free from your post office. Hope this helps you out and gives you some ideas.

Mary - posted on 11/11/2010

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Just bought the Cropper Hopper that everyone is talking about. Love it!!!!! Use your 50% coupons though.

April - posted on 11/02/2010

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I use the generations scrapbooking tote. It stores paper nicely and I can separate it. It's very durable; I've had it about four years.

Linda - posted on 10/29/2010

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The solution might depend on how much paper you have. I have a huge amount so I group it by colors in 12x12 paper storage plastic folders that come 3 in a package and I usually get them on sale. Then I store it on a wire rack cube stand that I got when it was on sale at Hobby Lobby. If you don't have huge amounts or can't afford the wire rack, you can use the clear folders and stack them or sit them upright next to something. They will stay upright with bookends or even sitting next to something if they are sitting on something that is not smooth (e.g. I sit them on the carpet next to the table). For smaller paper I use plastic hanging folders in a small file box that you can get at office or discount stores.

Kriss - posted on 10/27/2010

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I started with pizza boxes then upgraded tongue 11x11 plastic folders. Then Iris stacked at home. But my fave are my Crop in Style PSP binders thatvqwee meant for stickers. They protect the best. I keep my 8 1/2x11 in 3" binders stores in my XXL. I am ready to roll for a scrap-arthon at any moments notice. My station at home has 12 1/4" slots color corsinatwd and deaigne organized foe speed scraping plus a section for current projects my fiance built for me. We live in a small cabin and I can close the doors and switch it to a sewing station. He rocks But I started with three ring binders liberated from the military and hand offs and one theme. It will be 12 years this month since instarted and nfe from done!

Amanda - posted on 10/25/2010

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just found a folder that has 12x12 clear sheets perfect for 12x12 paper storage and its about $17.00

Wessal - posted on 01/09/2010

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I use an old Sauder Recycled chest, and I separate the colors, and paper collections I want to keep together with plexi glass sheets.

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I use one that has the paper laying flat rather than upright - its 12 x 12 and stacks each stack has 8 slots and it comes with 3 stacks so you get 24 slots - I purchased mine from the fox collection (thefoxcollection.com.au) it was $49 Australian Dollars and is brilliant - I think it normall retails for about $100 aussie dollars

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Michelle - posted on 01/07/2010

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Great ideas everyone! I'm going searching for some of them as I love the organizing almost as much as I love the scrapping! I also use the palette folders from Creative Memories, organizing my paper/stickers/journaling boxes/scraps by colour or theme. I can store these folders vertically or horizontally in the wire cubes mentioned above. Simple and straightforward! :)

Kathi - posted on 01/07/2010

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There are colored or even clear plastic 12x12 boxes with or without handles. Do you have a JoAnn store near you. Wait for a sale or get their 40% coupon. You can store these on a shelf with a label afixed and are wonderful for when you want to grab a project to go to a crop, friends, or whatever event.

Jodi - posted on 01/07/2010

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I have the Cropper Hopper vertical organizer...you can get it for different sizes, 12x12, 8x10 and so on. It fits up to 600 sheets of cardstock, it only has 3 compartments but I used the white filler pages that came in my albums with colored index tabs as additional dividers. You can find them on cropperhopper.com, but I got mine on Amazon for 15 bucks. I love mine, even though it's vertical my papers don't warp and I can easily rifle through the pages until I find the one I'm looking for instead of having to pick up a stack that is organized laying flat. I love mine...I highly reccomend it!

Jean - posted on 01/06/2010

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All these idea sound very interesting.I am going to check out some of the web sites. Thanks everybody for the great ideas.

Robyn - posted on 01/04/2010

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I'm looking for the same thing. Everything I have found is WAY to expensive for me.

Mandy - posted on 01/03/2010

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I also use the 12x12 plastic boxes from Michaels/Hobby Lobby to store my loose paper in. They work wonderful!

Luci - posted on 01/01/2010

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The pizza boxes are a great idea! I have a friend that could get me some for real cheap I'm sure. You could also glue patterend paper to the outside so that you can decorate them.

Amber - posted on 01/01/2010

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I use the Iris brand Storage boxes for scrapbooking, a few other people have mentioned these too. They are very strong, & you can get a set of 6 in a rack. They run about 70.00 but you can always use a coupon at Joann's and get them for 40% off, or if you live by a hobby lobby they are actually on sale 50% off this week. I love it, I can store them nicely and they are accessible, but I can pull them out and take them with me when I go to crops. I have heard a lot of good things about the creative memories paper rack too, the only down fall to that is you have to deal with hanging folders and it just doesn't look like it would travel well. I have loads of paper and really do favor the Iris system ( I have 13 of the boxes) and LOVE them!!

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An accordian folder would be a good option or a magazine holder. With a gift certificate, I bought a nice craft cart and it has 2 trays for 12x12 paper storage (cost $50 CDN).

Kelly - posted on 12/31/2009

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I had the same problem since I have tons of scrapbook paper! I found something to use at a company called 'Oriental Trading'. I bought three trays, not expensive at all, and it works pretty well. You can't overload them, but it really holds alot of paper. And its easy to get to without the paper getting ruined. You can find them online, and once you buy something from them, they will send you a free magazine every few months. Hope that helps!

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I have a great and cheap solution! Target sells wire cube sets. I think it comes with three white wire cubes for $14.00. Buy two sets of them and a pack of small plastic ties (the kind with the little hole you slide the end through and when pulled tight they lock into place). The cubes come unassembled. Put together three cubes and stack them on top of each other. Connect the three together using the plastic ties. The second set of cubes will be used as your racks in the three stacked cubes. Use the ties to add the racks/shelves into the cubes. It makes a great 12X12 paper storage stand. Hope this helps!

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For my patterned paper I have clear, horizontal 12X12 paper trays and I sort my paper by brand and theme. I bought them at a scrapbooking store. I use the 12x12 vertical paper storage by cropper hopper for my cardstock. I sort by color. I have used this system for about 5 years and I have to say it works very well for me.

Becky - posted on 12/23/2009

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I second the Cropper Hopper System. I also have some of the containers that lie flat that I use for miscellaneous stuff and also for stuff that I want to give to my daughter!

Chrisrine - posted on 12/23/2009

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Arggg! I was going to recommend the paper organizer I have. It's a 26-pocket paper organizer and I LOVE mine but, I went to their website and they have discontinued making them.

Kerri - posted on 12/18/2009

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someone suggested to me that you could go visit your local pizza shop & ask for a few pizza boxes.cheap & free ;)

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I love the paper holders from Cropper Hopper! They hold tons of paper and include dividers so you can organize the paper within each holder. I have both the "library" paper holder which has four smaller, removable paper holders in it and the regular paper holder. One trick about the "library" holders - take the smaller holders out and you can store twice as much paper than if you keep them inside the larger holder! The "library" holder retails for about $20-$25 at Hobby Lobby & Michaels and the regular holder retails for about $7-$10; use a 40% off coupon and they cost even less!

For crops, I use a Crop in Style Paper Taker. It holds quite a bit of paper, but you have to be careful to not crinkle the corners of the papers. I've had it for awhile, but I think it retails for about $30. I also have a Mimi large wheeled tote that has an accordian paper file inside it. Using these two together, you can take more paper to crops than you'd ever possibly use! I know, because I do it every time I go to a crop. :-)

Andrea - posted on 12/17/2009

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Hmm thanks ladies! I too wondered what other people used as 12x12 paper storage. I use the clear 12x12 boxes but think I will check out the racking system. The only problem is I travel to scrapbook so I am not sure that the racking system easily travels. I thought about the accordian file boxes as well but thought the wrinkling would be an issue. I want an easy way to divide and organize by theme and/or color.

Bela - posted on 12/16/2009

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Creative Memories has a new racking system. I really like it. Holds a lot of stuff. You can check my website... www.creativememories.com/sites/belapage
Hope the site helps, they have a lot of storage systems that are really great and easy to take with you if you go to crops.

Carla - posted on 12/15/2009

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I bought 3 hard plastic scrap book paper cases from Michael's ( for paper size 12x12). For each purchase I used a coupon (at different times of course). The retail of each is about $9.00. After my 40% discount, I payed less than $6.00 each. Not bad. Hope this helps.

Lindsay - posted on 12/15/2009

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I use the racking system from Creative Memories. They are awesome!! You can even organize page layouts in them as well. Very versitile. Check out creativememories.com

Dorothy - posted on 12/14/2009

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i use jerky boxes holders from mavricks they are just mthe right size to stand your 12x12 paper by color

Mandy - posted on 12/07/2009

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I like to use a craft box for 12x12 paper storage.. some have handles and some don't. They don't have any slots, just one box but it keeps the paper from folding and easy to take to crops. Also use an accordion folder that I got from Flower Factory but the edges of my paper always get folded or wrinkled...not good! I got the craft box at JoAnn Fabric but have seen them at other such stores.

Linda - posted on 10/29/2010

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The solution might depend on how much paper you have. I have a huge amount so I group it by colors in 12x12 paper storage plastic folders that come 3 in a package and I usually get them on sale. Then I store it on a wire rack cube stand that I got when it was on sale at Hobby Lobby. If you don't have huge amounts or can't afford the wire rack, you can use the clear folders and stack them or sit them upright next to something. They will stay upright with bookends or even sitting next to something if they are sitting on something that is not smooth (e.g. I sit them on the carpet next to the table). For smaller paper I use plastic hanging folders in a small file box that you can get at office or discount stores.

Amanda - posted on 10/25/2010

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just found a folder that has 12x12 clear sheets perfect for 12x12 paper storage and its about $17.00

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An accordian folder would be a good option or a magazine holder. With a gift certificate, I bought a nice craft cart and it has 2 trays for 12x12 paper storage (cost $50 CDN).

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I have a great and cheap solution! Target sells wire cube sets. I think it comes with three white wire cubes for $14.00. Buy two sets of them and a pack of small plastic ties (the kind with the little hole you slide the end through and when pulled tight they lock into place). The cubes come unassembled. Put together three cubes and stack them on top of each other. Connect the three together using the plastic ties. The second set of cubes will be used as your racks in the three stacked cubes. Use the ties to add the racks/shelves into the cubes. It makes a great 12X12 paper storage stand. Hope this helps!

Andrea - posted on 12/17/2009

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Hmm thanks ladies! I too wondered what other people used as 12x12 paper storage. I use the clear 12x12 boxes but think I will check out the racking system. The only problem is I travel to scrapbook so I am not sure that the racking system easily travels. I thought about the accordian file boxes as well but thought the wrinkling would be an issue. I want an easy way to divide and organize by theme and/or color.

Mandy - posted on 12/07/2009

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I like to use a craft box for 12x12 paper storage.. some have handles and some don't. They don't have any slots, just one box but it keeps the paper from folding and easy to take to crops. Also use an accordion folder that I got from Flower Factory but the edges of my paper always get folded or wrinkled...not good! I got the craft box at JoAnn Fabric but have seen them at other such stores.

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