Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Studio Tour - Part 3

Onto the age-old question for a scrapbooker - how do you store your stuff?
WARNING: this will be pic heavy!
This is how I currently store all of my scrapbooking stuff - just remember for me it is constantly evolving. Some parts I love and they will continue to be stored that way... other's I'm still working on.

So onto the tour...
A scrapbooker's staple - my photos are all stored in photo boxes, by theme.
I have holidays, heritage (the 6x4's are in the tin), girls, enlargements, etc. I also have 1 box which holds my negatives and photos I'm not going to scrap.

 The boy's photos (6x4 and 5x7) are kept in this photo box I altered which is kept on display.
Now for embellishments...
My embellishments are stored in different ways - this first are flat containers which hold bulky items (containers of beads, ring binders, etc), items still on the packaging (resins, bling strips, etc), some chipboard I have lots of (label holders, chip words), and larger journal pages.
The containers stack nicely and don't take up a lot of room, though storing a lot of things.

I also have small embellishments stored in divided containers. These contain the tiny things like brads, tickets, charms, etc. Very easy to see what you have and what you want at a glance, but keeping them neat and tidy.
I also use the divided boxes for my ribbon. I'm sure you've all seen this before. I haven't changed this for years and I am really happy with it. Easy to choose exactly what shade/colour ribbon I want for a project!
I do have some bulk items for scrapbooking, especially after my stint on the DT for Kaisercraft. They are all stored in these boxes. One is empty so don't think everything is full... lol
Rub-on's and Diecuts...
For me, these have been an on-going change. I am never happy with what I've got, but now I think I might actually be onto something. I have them all sorted into themes, sorted by rub-ons and diecuts (also tags) and stored in A4 plastic document folders. It puts no pressure on the rub-ons and being sorted by theme, it's easy to find what I'm looking for.
I keep all of my paper stored in Cropper Hopper vertical files. I'm not sure if you can get these any more (well definately not the black ones....) and paper is sorted by cardstock (by colour) and pattern paper. Pattern paper is sorted into manufacturer and then further into ranges. As I will usually use a full range when I scrapbook it makes it easier.
All of my scraps are stored in a tub, and also my 6x6 paper pads. The paper pads I'm happy with, the scraps not so much! I also have kits, 12x12 pads, chipboard sheets and paper the kids can use stacked next to it.
Alphabets are all stored in tubs... thickers in one, smaller alphas in another and the rest in 2 other tubs....
My loose chipboard alphabets are all stored in Kaisercraft drawers sitting on the top of my shelves.. Love these! And it's a great way to mix and match alphabets.
Chipboard is stored in a couple of ways. Sheets of grungeboard and also chipboard pieces are kept in tubs...this is still very much a work in progress until I find something better.
Though all of my loose chipboard pieces are again stored in the Kaisercraft drawers, sorted by shape.
Though anything larger than this has been stored into another set of drawers. Originally it was meant to be 3 drawers across, but I joined them up to make long drawers to store the longer pieces of chipboard
All of my clear stamps are stored in the A4 document folders again, stuck onto laminated sheets. All of my wooden stamps are stored in a box, including the Kaisercraft ones I haven't sorted out yet. I also have a book I need to stamp so I can easily see what stamps I have when I'm looking for one.
Paints, mists, colourwashes, stains and stickles, etc (all that messy stuff!)
This is only new for me... before I've had them stored into a trolley I could pull out, but I wanted them within easy reach. So I sorted them by type and colour, and stacked them on the top of the Kaisercraft drawers. To lift the back bottles slight so they could be easily seen, I 'borrowed' a couple of pieces of square 40x40 (I think) timber from the husband and used it as a step. Works beautifully and raising the bottles enough. And you have to admit... it does look pretty!
I have another set of drawers, this one is the smaller drawers. This one holds all of my Tim Holtz (and some other) bits and pieces all nicely sorted...actually a lot of stuff I would use for off-the-page!
By now most of you know how I store my flowers... all in old coffee jars, sorted by size and colour. They do look so pretty on the shelf on my wall.
Joining them are jars of buttons (colour themed), jars of lace and string. There's also a jar of mixed pieces of ribbon (the 5-10cm bit always left!).
I've also hung a piece of dowel to hold my decorative tapes.

Ink pads are a sore subject for me... I still haven't found a storage solution I like. But I have stored all of my Versacube inks in this metal basket I picked up...

Well there you have it... not perfect by any means and there's still things I'd like to do.
My storage is always evolving. I hope you found some ideas there, but what works for me might not work for you!


Mrs Frizz said...

wowser ... jaw dropping ... you are totally organised ...

Karen said...

Wow Toni! I feel so inspired to share my storage ideas you mind? I love your ideas and how you've shared them. Its great how we can always learn more about storage from other people. I have the same problem as you where some items are really hard to find suitable storage for. My storage system is evolving too...always will probably. Thanks for sharing!