need help organizing

Melissa - posted on 01/27/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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ok girls, I am a mess, I love to scrap and have a terrible problem with buying and buying and buying more supplies even when i don't need them. So I have a big mess in my scrapbooking room and get very overwhelmed when I go in and try to put things in order....:( I really get aggravated and end up not being able to concentrate on what I'm doing. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks, Melissa

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Today I discovered something called "Clip it Up"!! I am going to save my money to get one. You can do a google search for it. Of course, I think, everyone deserves this item. No, I'm not a sales person for them, it just makes perfect sense.

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I just finished turning a closet on our home into my scrapbooking station. I bought some white wood paper sorters and drawers (stackable) from Micheals. They have a pretty good variety of organizational tools. If you have a full room for you scrapbooking, you could go crazy! I just had a closet to work with.



I also found a use for the old magnetic photo albums...I put my embellishments in them. Now all I have to do is flip open the album to the section I need (baby, Nature, ABC's, etc) and easily flip through to see what I have. No more pulling everything out and trying to find something, having everything fall all over the place. I have a weakness for Vellum Quotes but always forgot to look through them for what I need, this makes it super easy to see them.



Good luck, as with anything it takes time to get organized but then you will be able to scrapbook faster. When you know what you have and where it is it is always faster! Have fun, don't give up!

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Clear containers! If I can't see it, I might as well not own it. I love my clear plastic stackable 12x12 paper storage. I have 3: one for solid cardstock, one for patterned papers, one for scrap paper. I also love clear 12x12 project holders, like envelopes with button and string closure on the back. I use them to organize my theme stuff. I have one for each of my kids, one for my wedding, one for my life in China, one for our trip to Disney, one for alphabets, one for stickers, etc. Yes, clear containers are the way to go! Also, organizing your stuff can be quite satisfying. Just getting to look at it and touch it is a good reminder of what you have and can be inspiring, too.

Susan - posted on 01/29/2009

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I currently organize by Theme.  Birthdays, Christmas, Sports, Princess, Pets, etc... It saves me lots of time having ALL of my embelishments, stamps, stickers, paper for a subject all together.  It also makes it easier to keep up the organizing when I buy new things.  Buying the clear Iris boxes with the flip top lids that you can find almost anywhere, Joann.com, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, all carry them, and they are also good cause I can see into them. I also have one of these for paper scraps.  These also fit into my crop bag.

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Alright I will have to admit I have a touch of OCD but even my scrap room is a disaster at times... LOL  I sort most of my embellishments by color, don't be afraid to mix brads with eyelets and snaps, etc.  Also, when you buy something for a specific event, picture, etc come home and put it in a file folder marked for that event.  I got a big 12x15 file folder thing and just put all the paper, stickers, etc I wanted to use for say my daughter's soccer pics and put them all together, that way I'm not searching all of my stickers for the soccer balls and all of my patterned paper for the grass sheets I bought, etc. 



I hope this helps!  I can give WAY more ideas if you need them!! I LOVE to organize, it may be an illness... LOL

Debbie - posted on 01/28/2009

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This has to be a universal problem- I have worked at a scrapbok store in my area for 7 years and hear this nearly everyday. What what I have seen- it depends if you scrapbook at home- have your own area, or is it mostly storage and not where you get most of you work done, and need to go to friends house or crops to actually scrap. I have sorted and organized every which way imaginable, bought bins, totes, file folders and you name it. What I have seen that seems to work for most- as mentioned- organized by theme and event- example- you do not need to go through Christmas when searching for Beach stickers or embellishments, and vie versa. So find something that helop you seperate paper, stickers, embellishments, and all by theme.

Something that has been helpful- I used to be a HUGE ABC person (before Cricut) and I finally learned to get an expanding folder, and filed by color, so I could just go to one place to find what I needed. Also bought a tackle box(for less that 20.00, for all my chipboard, metal and other ABCs. Now I do not have to look through 26 letters to find a D or whatever in the caolor or font. See what I mean- it will take some time- but you probably will spend less, and get more done getting organized! Now- about spending less- ignore the Michaels' and Hobby Lobby coupons and you will have that licked- AND IF YOU MASTER THIS PART- Please help me do so! HA!!!!

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As my collection of scrabooking supplies increases I had to do something quickly. I was running out of room!
I bout a desk from walmart (no more then $25)
I have a book shelf to organize my scrapbooking books, magazines and etc.
I use jewelry and fishing containers (the clear plastic ones) to organize everything. it ranges from simple brads, buttons and any other misc items. I also sort it by color too!
Also for stickers go, i bought 2 file holders and file folders. i sorted my stickers in to themes, from holidays and broke it down from there. one folder is new years, then another valentines day, etc.
i also have a huge, tall containers that has stuff sorted in it and also i bought a tall paper holder to hold all my themed paper.
the collection goes on from there lol!
hope that heleps!

Melissa - posted on 01/27/2009

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Thanks for the advice, it really bogs me down when I go to scrap and remember buying the tight stickers just don't know where they are...stickers seem to be my biggest problem...I can be out and see them and think oh what a great page i can create with them and get home and forgot everything! :) I am going to work on it though! Thanks again ladies!

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For quite a long time, I too was a scrapbook supply COLLECTOR- not a scrapbook supply USER.  One day I reached my limit and made a concentrated effort to not even go to the stores until I could figure out what the heck I already bought.  As with most things, baby steps.  Get some sort of rubbermaid bin or even a store bag and sort by item- stickers in one bag, paper in another, brads in another, etc. and just keep breaking it down from there. 



I'm not the most organized person by far, but once you see what you have and get a chance to figure out what elements you like to use the most or what is hardest for you to look through when doing a page, then you can invest in some of the organizing products. 



It will get better- you just have to start!

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Oh I am glad I am not the only one. I ended up having a scrapping party. I called a few of my friends. I told them to bring a book , glue, pictures, special items they wanted to put on their pages but I also said "I am cleaning out my supplies" so all my items are up for grabs too. It worked out... but now I am back to where I started.... I am a sticker hoard!! I hate using my stickers because I am scared I wont find them again... so I buy doubles... sometimes triple!!

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For quite a long time, I too was a scrapbook supply COLLECTOR- not a scrapbook supply USER.  One day I reached my limit and made a concentrated effort to not even go to the stores until I could figure out what the heck I already bought.  As with most things, baby steps.  Get some sort of rubbermaid bin or even a store bag and sort by item- stickers in one bag, paper in another, brads in another, etc. and just keep breaking it down from there. 



I'm not the most organized person by far, but once you see what you have and get a chance to figure out what elements you like to use the most or what is hardest for you to look through when doing a page, then you can invest in some of the organizing products. 



It will get better- you just have to start!

Bekah - posted on 01/27/2009

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Some people I know have a "scrap to spend" agreement with themselves, i.e., I must complete 10pages, and then I am allowed to spend $XXX on new supplies. It cuts down on new products!

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