Scrapbooking Storage Ideas For Small Spaces

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7 Genius Scrapbooking Storage Ideas For Small Spaces

We’ve talked before about organizing your craft room on a budget, but we also get a lot of questions about scrapbooking storage ideas for small spaces.

If any of you are hoarders collectors like us, you know how frustrating it can be to find a convenient way to store and access your paper craft supplies. It’s not just enough to have a box to hold your scrapbook paper, punches, stamps, etc. You also need to be able to quickly find and use them.

Plus, out of sight, out of mind. If you can’t easily see your supplies, it is easy to forget what you have. This can lead to buying duplicates or worse, not scrapbooking at all. *gasp*

In all seriousness though, if you have a small space, storing your paper craft supplies can be a real pain. Take a look at our list of 7 genius ways to store your scrapbook supplies in small spaces and regain control of your craft room.

1. Punches, Tools, & Ribbon Stay Out of the Way in an Over-the-Door Organizer

A lot of crafters use a pegboard to hold their tools and other scrapbooking supplies, but they can be hard to build or install. Plus, they give an industrial look that doesn’t mesh with the decor in all homes. We recommend instead to use an over the door organizer like this one:

We like this style of organizer instead of the plastic shoe holders because scrapbooking tools can get quite heavy. They can rip through the plastic and also make your storage solution look too cluttered. Plus, using storage baskets give you a lot more space and flexibility. For about the same price as a shoe organizer, you can get a lot more class. You can read more about this one from Storage Dynamics here.

2. Vertical Scrapbook Storage Maximizes Your Small Space

Even a small room can have a lot of unused vertical space. Using a tall bookcase to store your scrapbook supplies can make a huge difference.

The trick here is to find a bookshelf that reaches almost to your ceiling. Sure, you might need a small step ladder to reach the top, but that beats the heck out of rummaging through heavy, overstuffed boxes under your desk.

You also want to think about the deepness of the shelves. Aim for a depth of around 12 inches so you can store your 12×12 inch scrapbook paper.

 

We like this tall, narrow bookcase from South Shore Axess. It has a height of 7.5 feet and the shelves are 11.5 inches deep.

3. Use Labeled Boxes to Appear Organized & Tidy

In your tall bookcase, use coordinating colored or patterned boxes and stick a label on them. Then, you toss all of your scrap papers and other bits into each box without visually cluttering your space. It helps enormously to use a label maker. If you don’t already have one, this one from Brother is the label maker that most of our staffers prefer. This one by DYMO comes in second place.

Of course, you can also just make your own label by writing on a pretty piece of washi tape. Labeling the boxes is important though, because rummaging around for your scrapbooking supplies wastes precious crafting time.

4. Bed Risers Help You Reclaim the Space Under Your Bed

If your craft room is also your bedroom, as is the case for many young people, you need to be even more creative. Fortunately, you can purchase inexpensive desk or bed risers and reclaim lost storage space.

These heavy duty risers from Jeronic can give you an extra 8 inches of space underneath your entire bed or desk. We like this brand because they are notoriously sturdy. You wouldn’t want your bed to come crashing down during some rigorous…..exercise.

If you can afford it, you should also consider getting storage bins specifically designed for under the bed storage. They are a little pricier than regular storage bins, but they have wheels and are made to slide under a small space.
We like these wooden bins from Homz Long because they have a chalkboard for easy labeling. It’s also much more convenient to use a bin without a lid for items that you want to access regularly.

 

For under your desk, try a storage cube like this one from Foremost. It is only 15 inches high, so it can pull double duty as a scrapbooking storage solution and a foot prop! Plus, you can combine multiple cubes to maximize all the under desk space you have.

 

5. 3-Ring Binders Save Space & Time

We’ve already talked about how much space you can save by using binders to hold your stamps.  You can also do the same with embossing folders, dies, washi tape, stickers, embellishments, card bases, etc.

The best part is that you can stick a label on the spine of the binders and store them on your tall bookshelf for painless access.

 

Scrapbooking Storage Ideas For Small Spaces

image source: Noel Mignon Layouts

 

We prefer these binders from Wilson Jones because they are inexpensive but notoriously durable. But you can use any kind of binder you like. Just make sure that it is labeled for heavy duty use or it will quickly fall apart from holding your scrapbooking supplies.

6. Take Advantage of Awkward Wall Spaces To Display Your Pretty Items

Every room has a few awkward wall spaces. Take a look around your room right now. You can probably see a few empty spots where you could hang a thin wall shelf. Some major awkward spots can include behind doors, above outlets & light switches, behind TVs, the sides of book shelves, and above/below artwork.

While these are not the most typical spots to store your scrapbooking supplies, if you have a small space then you need to get crafty. (hehe, we made a pun!)

If possible, installing a small but sturdy (and pink!) wall shelf like this one from Fast Home Goods is your best bet. They are lightweight but still allow you to hold a lot of small items.

 

But if you cannot drill into your walls, try this cool adhesive shelf from K-Zer. A few caveats though. First, this is best for displaying finished projects and other lightweight items. The manufacturer says it can hold up to 10lbs, but you should keep it around 5 lbs to be safe. Second, be sure to follow the installation directions exactly. This shelf definitely works but it feels like a bit of a physics miracle. You have to install it in the correct way.

 

7. Magnetic Tool Bars Are Your New Best Friend

You might have to wander into your local hardware store to find this magnetic tool organizer, but it is definitely worth the trip. (Or you can get a set of 4 here on Amazon.)Normally, the style of these magnetic organizers is a little too industrial for our tastes. However, the holding power of these bad boys is definitely worth losing a few “fashion” points. You can hold a lot of tools on this guy and still have them within easy reach.

Plus, you can peel the logo sticker off with a rubber adhesive remover. Stampin’ Up makes a really good one.

So there you have it, our 7 Genius Scrapbooking Storage Ideas For Small Spaces. Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

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