When you get into paper crafting as a serious pursuit or a fun hobby, it’s easy to accumulate a lot of supplies in a short time. You will want many different types of beautiful papers with a range of colours and textures, as well as all of the other supplies such as glue, tape, scissors, rulers, pens, glitter, stickers, pencils and so much more.
If you don’t have an organisation system for these paper crafting supplies, you can find that things get messy and cluttered quite quickly. A cluttered crafting space isn’t great, because when you want to find something that you need for a project you will waste a lot of time looking for it. Also, when your materials are not stored properly they can be damaged.
So, how can you store your paper craft supplies in the right way? Here are some tips for storing all of your materials.
- Look for an organiser that is designed with shelves and drawers to hold your art supplies. There are many different types at furniture stores and office supply stores.
- When you are sorting scraps of paper, organise them by colour. This makes it so much easier to find the scrap you need when you are working on a project.
- Hole punches and other punch supplies can be stored with an easy hanging system on the wall. Use small hooks to attach a metal rail to the wall and then slide your punches onto the rail.
- One of the best ways to store ribbons is to place them in glass jars or canisters. Not only will they be easy to find and clean up, but they will also be attractive to look at and will add visual interest and colour to your space.
- A Lazy Suzan can be a great way to organise your crafting tools and craft supplies. It is a circular storage unit with a base that you can turn, so that you can rotate so that whichever tool you want to use is closest to you.
- An accordion file is a great solution for storing paper scraps, ticket stubs, postcards, name tags and other little bits and pieces that you want to incorporate into your projects.
- Archival photo boxes are a great place to store your prints in order to keep them in perfect condition while you plan how you want to incorporate them into your scrapbook.
- Spice shaker containers can be a great way to store glitter, because you can simply shake out the amount that you want onto your project.
- Clear jars are great for containing small embellishments such as buttons and sequins. Also, when you keep them in clear jars the embellishments will become a decorative item in the crafting room.
- Keep all embellishments together if they share a particular theme. For example, you might have a section for birthday craft supplies, one for a Mother’s Day theme, one for Christmas, etc.
- Think about the tools and materials that you use most often. These objects should be close to hand. The items that you use only rarely on some projects can be tucked away in drawers and a little bit harder to access.
- When you are organising your crafting space, make sure that you have plenty of empty space on your work table so that you have room to spread out and work on a project.
- Having storage space under the table or hanging on the wall can help you get clutter off your work table and give you more room to spread out.
These are just a few tips to keep in mind for organising your paper crafting supplies. Remember, if you come across something that you never use – make sure that you give it away or get rid of it. The less unnecessary clutter you have in your crafting space the easier it will be to keep it organised.
It might take a while to get your paper crafting studio to this level of organisation, especially if you have never really been this organised before. However, once you set up systems to keep you organised it will be so much easier to stay that way in the future because everything will have a place.