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Scrapbook Paper Storage and Organization Ideas

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Scrapbook paper is one of those things that you just keep on buying without realizing how much you already have. It's easy to get overwhelmed by how much paper you have, but a good scrapbook paper storage and organization solutions will be your saving grace. To address this problem and avoid any chaos, try to incorporate these scrapbook organization ideas below.

5 Scrapbook Paper Organization Ideas 

1. Divide and Conquer.

scrapbook paper color organization
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Ok, 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 scrapbook paper storage in a way that works for you. Sets of scrapbooking paper are extremely important since you'd be using them almost all of the time.

Thus, you'd want to properly organize them for easy access anytime you need them.

One of the most common ways is to keep your solid cardstock separate. Then gradually store them by color, and finally, sort your patterned paper by category or subject. You can also try to arrange them by size; putting all your 12 x 12 paper in one pile, for example, is a great way to stay keep everything clean.


For patterned paper storage (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!

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2. Color coordinate from the start.

How much time have we all spent sorting through our scrapbook paper stash to find what you need for a particular project? Since when did paper hunting for that perfect solid cardstock to match your patterned paper formatting, cutouts, and borders from your paper storage been so tiresome?!

diy paper storage
Scrapbook Storage Ideas: DIY paper storage made from pizza boxes!
For example, if you buy new Christmas paper to use for an upcoming layout, put it together in a vertical rack or organizer that perfectly matches the patterned paper. You can simply store them in DIY craft boxes or even use large shoe boxes to fit 12x12 paper or other paper sizes. You can also design your DIY boxes to match the color of your papers.

This is a great way to store colorful scrapbooking paper supplies, stay organized, and make things easier when it's time to scrap!

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3. Vertical racks on racks on racks.

If you have the space in your scrapbook area, vertical paper racks, shelf units, or a craft drawer is a great investment.

You can choose from a smaller organizer to tabletop racks, or from medium-sized storage up to a craft organizer that takes up half a wall.

It's a great way to keep your paper neatly arranged, especially if you're consistently buying new paper that you want to quickly add to the right spot in your ever-growing collection.

If not, try a DIY vertical paper storage using old crafts boxes stored at home. You will never go wrong with DIY storage to keep your paper sorted out. In fact, making your own storage at home will be one of the best recycling solutions you can do.

scrapbook paper racks
Scrapbook Paper Storage Ideas: Paper racks are perfect for storing 12 x 12 scrapbook papers!

4. Never doubt the accordion folder organizer.

If we're talking about scrapbook paper storage 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 store your paper by color, occasion, subject, and more. There are accordion folders specifically made for scrapbook paper storage, so be on the lookout for one to help keep you organized.

accordion folder
This expandable paper organizer can store over 200 sheets of 12 x 12 scrapbook paper

5. Have a yearly purge of your paper storage.

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 storage.

Take time once a year to sift through all your craft paper and sell, donate, give away, or throw out any paper you know you won't ever use.

This doesn't normally apply to solid cardstocks or generic patterned paper, but more so for particular color paper sets.

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 scrapbook paper to someone who will actually use it. This helps you keep your craft supplies 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!

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