Scrapbook Paper Organization Ideas
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Scrapbook paper is one of those things that you just keep buying more of without realizing how much you already have. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by how much paper you have. To avoid any chaos, try to incorporate some of the scrapbook organization ideas below.
5 Scrapbook Paper Organization Ideas
1. Divide and Conquer.
Ok, so this is probably the most tedious part of all scrapbook paper organizing—maybe even of all scrapbook organizing, period. It’s so important that you take the time to organize your paper in a way that works for you.
One of the most common ways is to keep your solid cardstock separate, organized by color, then to organize your patterned paper by category or subject.
For patterned paper that doesn’t have a set subject, you can divide them into groups like “paisleys” and “abstract backgrounds” so you still have a general idea of what you have. It’s time-consuming, but you’ll thank yourself later!
2. Color coordinate from the start.
How much time have we all spent sorting through paper, searching for the perfect solid cardstock to match our patterned paper for matting, cutouts, and borders?!
Save yourself the time by keeping the patterned paper with the matching cardstock from the beginning.
For example, if you buy new Christmas paper to use for an upcoming layout, put it together in a rack or organizer with the red that perfectly matches the patterned paper.
This is a great way to stay organized and make things easier when it comes time to scrap.
3. Racks on racks on racks.
If you have the space in your scrapbook area, paper racks are a great investment.
You can choose from smaller, tabletop racks, medium-sized ones, or even ones that take up half a wall.
It’s a great way to keep your paper organized, especially if you’re consistently buying new paper that you want to quickly add to the right spot in your ever-growing collection.
4. Never doubt the accordion folder.
If we’re talking about scrapbook paper organization ideas then we can’t overlook accordion folders!
We’ve all seen those accordion folders. You know, the ones that expand and have a dozen or two compartments separated by dividers?
Those are the perfect choice for paper organization. You can organize by color, occasion, subject, and more. There are accordion folders specifically made for scrapbook paper, so be on the lookout for one to help keep you organized.
5. Have a yearly purge.
No, we’re not talking about the movie, The Purge. You know how you do spring cleaning every year? Think of this as spring cleaning for your scrapbook paper.
Take time once a year to sift through all your paper and sell, donate, give away, or throw out any paper you know you won’t use.
This doesn’t normally apply to solid cardstocks or generic patterned paper, but more so to more particular papers.
For example, maybe you have tons of piano paper because your daughter used to take piano lessons. If she’s done taking lessons and you’ve scrapbooked all the photos you have, you might want to consider giving the leftover paper to someone who will actually use it. This helps you keep your products organized, plus your friends will love you for giving them some new paper!
What’s your favorite way to organize your scrapbook paper? Do you keep your solids and patterns separate? We’d love to get your opinion!