I'm almost embarrassed to show you this but this was my old method of storing scrapbook paper in a large plastic box.....
And as you can probably see, it just wasn't working anymore. The paper was not sorted and it would take me forever to find a piece of paper that I was looking for and worst of all - the paper was sometimes getting bent!
So, I new I needed a new method and started searching for new ideas. I knew that I didn't want to shell out a lot of money for a fancy storage unit, I wanted to DIY it. So, I googled, I asked friends, I looked on Pinterest, and finally I stumbled upon this you tube video and the wheels started turning in my little head.
So I took a couple of these boxes
mixed in with a few other supplies.
And now, my paper is stored like this.....
Wanna know how I did it?
What You will Need:
Large boxes - I used old priority mail boxes that are 14 1/2 by 13 1/2 inches.
Post it tabs
Paint color of your choice and foam paint brush
Hot glue and glue gun
Labels for outside of boxes
How to make the boxes:
1. Cut your box to size you want using the X-acto knife. I cut mine so that it was about 12 1/2 inches tall.
2. Put your box together and secure with tape.
3. Now paint your box! My box needed 3 coats in order to completely cover all the writing on the box.
4. Once your boxes are completely dry, glue on your ribbon using your glue gun. I did this because I'm not the best at using an X-acto knife so my edges are a little choppy in places so the ribbon covers up un-clean edges perfectly!
5. Create labels for your boxes and glue them on. I made my labels in my Silhouette software and then cut them out of white cardstock. I just used glue dots to adhere them to the boxes.
Now let's talk about the different labels and how to store the paper.....
I ended up with 5 different boxes for the following main categories: Colored Cardstock (I have two colored card stock boxes), Holidays and Themes, Patterned Paper, and Paper Packs. Each box then has sub categories. For example, in the holidays and themes box, the paper is divided into subcategories like winter, Christmas, summer, cooking, etc... At some point, I'll probably add a box for scraps and most likely end up with the holiday paper and themed paper each in its own box.
When I was sorting the paper, my living room floor looked like this for a little bit....
Once I had it all separated, each subcategory is stored in one of these jumbo ziplock bags......
I got them at Walmart and there are 12 in a package for about 2 dollars. I didn't want the zip top on them so I simply cut them off at about an inch from the top.
Then I used these post it tabs to write the name of each category on....
I also got those at Walmart and there are 24 of them in a package for about 3 dollars.I just wrote the name of each category on a label using a Sharpie and then stuck it on the top of the bag.
Here's what it looks like when it is in the bag with the label tab.....
So I just did that for each subcategory and then put them in the box for each main category. I have both 8 1/2 x 11 paper and 12 x 12 paper in the same bags. I put the 8 /12 x 11 paper in the front of the bags with the 12 x 12 behind it. I have my boxes all lined up on my bookshelf and just love how it looks and how easy it is to just run to the bookshelf and just grab the bag I need and then when I'm finished I just slide the bag back in the right box.
Here's a couple of more views......
close up side view of one box
front view of one box
top view of one box
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