Storage

Traci - posted on 03/13/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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First, how do you store your pens? I just bought a huge new set of pens & I have no place to put them! I have a small bag w/ a few pen slots but there aren't enough. I would prefer a zippered case w/ pen slots but I haven't been able to find one anywhere! Does anyone know where I can find what I'm looking for?



Second, anyone have any suggestions for favorite storage solutions for other items like paper, embellishments, etc? I feel like I'm being run over by my scrapbooking supplies (I have very small space--a wall of shelves basically & NO floor space)! I keep a few things stored in my small bag but it's used mainly for transporting the few supplies that I need immediately to the living room to work on my projects.



Thanks!

Traci

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Tracy - posted on 03/14/2009

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Hello - definitely don't want to store your pens in an up and down direction. Laying them flat is the best it keeps them from drying up to quickly. As for the rest I have found that it is trial and error until you find storage solutions that work for you especially if you have a small space. I am very fortunate in that I have a whole room and I still go through trial and error on how I like to store things. Best of luck to you on this journey. As for the paper I use the upright plastic paper holders you can get dividers for them as well. I then store them on my shelf so I can see them and then I am able to see all the colors. It works for me.

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I have found that expandable file folders, the kind with many tabbed pockets and a flap closure, are great for storing stickers. I use the tabs to separate the stickers by season, sport, holiday, etc. I have also used the cheap photo books with the plastic sleeves you would slide you pics in to store smaller stickers and die cuts.

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Debbie - posted on 11/02/2013

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I have a full set of the Spectrum Noir pens -I use the large artbin satchel with the pen trays. It's perfect!

Lynn - posted on 03/28/2009

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I took a class that was really fun at bigpicturescrapbooking.com might want to check it out. The Organized Scrapbooker.

Melanie - posted on 03/27/2009

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For my pens I bought a pencil box. I also bought some of the storage drawers that Walmart carries for my paper and everything else too. For my brads, eyelets, and the other small embellishments I bought a couple of the craft boxes (I think they are for beads but they work) in the craft section of Walmart.

Erin - posted on 03/26/2009

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A good thing for storing embellishments or tools like punches are the shoe organizers that you can hang on the back of a door. Don't know if that's an option for you, but if it is you should give it a try.

Terry - posted on 03/26/2009

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My favorite paper solution is a rolling file cart. I buy the legal sized hanging folders, and put my paper in these folders, the beauty is that an inch of paper sticks out above the folder, so it is easy to find the color you are looking for. And you can store it anywhere. I keep mine in my bedroom closet for now, and just wheel it out to where I'm working. NO LIFTING...paper is so flippin heavy.



The other idea I have (that I haven't tried yet) is those flip down spice racks that you mount to the underside of your counter. I think this would work great for small embellishments.

Terry

Era - posted on 03/23/2009

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Sarah is right about CM they do offer some great storage solutions. Another thing you can do is check walmart or whatever is near you and get the stand up magazine holders. I always check the measurements. If not, check out the products from cropper hopper for you paper storage and your stickers. I have ALOT of stuff stored in those. It is also good when you are limited for space.

Traci - posted on 03/22/2009

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Thanks everyone! I got the CIS pen case which I hope will be what I want (ordered it online since I couldn't find it local) but I couldn't find another portable pen case to organize my pens seperately from one another. I have a case that I can put all my paper/cardstock in but I don't really like it, I would rather my paper be out & organized than in this case b/c I have to pull all the stacks of paper out every time I'm looking for anything! I have 2 of those smaller plastic 3 drawer containers that I have embellishments, glue, stamping, etc in. I got a smaller photo album w/ the sheets that peel to put all the stickers in (keep them on the sheets they come on or they'll be stuck forever the the album!) which works pretty well although I have to organize them in to theme so I can find what I'm looking for! I have cricut stuff on one shelf but I'm quickly running out of room! An entire shelf is taken up w/ albums (working, completed & yet to work on) b/c we literally have no place to put completed albums so they're stuck on my shelves! With all that, it still looks so disorganized! DH asked the other day when I was going to organize my shelves...I felt stupid telling him I did it last weekend!

Deborah - posted on 03/14/2009

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Just make sure that your pens are lying down and not stored in an up and down fashion. I have found that they tend to dry up when stored that way. Paper storage can be found in most places that carry scrapbook supplies, I keep mine in the upright bins, a friend of mine who has much more paper than I do, stores her's in 12 x 12 plastic drawers that you can get at Walmart, or Kmart. If you are carrying if for projects and you are scrapping somewhere other than home the 12 X12 boxes work nice, or the large clear envelopes, that tie or zip shut.

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