We all know how expensive Scrapbooking can be; you need paper, tools and all kind of other stuff. Once you have all that, then what?? Where do you store it and how do you keep track of what you have so you won’t buy it again??? I love to scrapbook and I try to find new products all the time. I even turned our PC room into my scrapbook room, however I did it all on a budget. I can’t afford to spend as much on my scrapbook room as on a kitchen remodel. I see all the wonderful scrapbook rooms that have build in cabinets and I’m not lying if I could afford it that would be my dream scrapbook room, too… BUT the key word was “Afford” it. So I come up with ideas that still look good in the room, just are on a cheaper scale and hardly anyone knows they were free or just a few $$.
I store all my “loose” ribbon, stickers, letters anything I have no box for in Mason Jars, the fit nicely on my desk and I can see right away what I have in each Jar. They also come in different sizes, making them perfect for scrapbook storage. I do have a tip buy them at Walmart. They are in the canning section, they are a lot cheaper than if you buy the “Special” scrapbook Jars at Michaels… Between you and me, they are the exact same thing, just cost 3 times as much…
Use boxes that you have around the house, I love Roche Chocolates, they always come in cute little plastic boxes like above, I don’t throw the boxes out, I save them and store my scrapbook stuff in them as you can see above. They store well and stack on top of each other, keep looking around the house, you will be surprised what you will find. The picture above to the left are actually “tape” cases that I found at my office and they were gonna toss them out once they were no longer needed, great small cases to put small stickers or leftover paper in, they also stack nicely and came in handy quit a few times. You could also use Rubbermaid containers, they end up cheap or Free at the grocery store with coupons quit often. You see Scrapbook Storage doesn’t have to be expensive.
These containers were bought at Target, I have 3 stacked on top of each other and each will hold 3 pull out trays, at the time I got these they were on sale for $7 each, I think they are regular $9.99; so much cheaper than buying paper trays at craft stores. What I love about them is, they close and dust and dirt won’t get in to ruin your paper. Plus it looks nice and organized on a shelve or Table. When you scrapbook all your paper is easily accessible, and they are light enough to pick up and carry to the table if wanted. Simple, cheap but very affective.
I needed more storage and shelving is a great way to increase extra space. I went to home depot picked up some inexpensive metal rods and shelves and we installed them on the wall… effective, fairly cheap and still attractive… You will be amazed on how much these shelves can hold. It made a world of difference in my room.
I hope that gave you some ideas on building your scrapbook room and organizing it on a budget. You don’t have to break the bank to create your craft space and still look nice…..