Tidy Tabletop Storage Solutions
Create Easy Tabletop Scrapbook Storage
Turn a single table into a fun and functional crafts space. These supply containers are easy to remove or hide when you're finished!
Create a Spinning Tool Caddy
Craft an inexpensive desk caddy for go-to tools and supplies. Clean up cans of all sizes and stick them to a lazy Susan with heavy-duty adhesive. Wrap the cans in patterned paper for a personal touch. (To eliminate sharp can edges, cover them with masking tape.)
SOURCES: Lazy Susan: IKEA. Patterned paper, buttons: Autumn Leaves. Paint: Delta.
Design a Personalized Tote
Make over a plan canvas tote with punched paper flowers, ribbon, pom-pom fringe, and rickrack. To create the flower leaves, fold ribbon scraps in half, staple the ends together, and tuck them behind the stem. Use brads or adhesive to attach embellishments, You could also sew accents onto the container with a needle, thread, and buttons.
SOURCES: Canvas tote: The Container Store. Patterned paper: G&D Studios (pink circle), JilliBean Soup (orange star)), K&Company (orange dot), KI Memories (black). Brads: American Crafts. Buttons: Making Memories. Adhesive: Aleene's Thick Designer Tacky Glue.
Customize Storage Solutions
Choose organization options that allow for personalization. This Doodlebug Design apothecary chest allows your to place paper or fabric between the drawer and a plastic cover.
Keep Basic Scrapbooking Tools Handy
Tabletop organizers, like this handy carousel (from Pottery Barn Kids), keep your must-have tools tidy and visible. A quick spin on the lazy Susan is all it takes to find the tool you need. Each side of the carousel has a label holder you can personalize, you'll know exactly where to put your tool when you're done.
Use Storage Space Under a Table
Modular storage systems, like this compact six-drawer chest by Family Treasures, keep scrapbooking supplies at the ready. The unit is sold in single or double versions enabling you to add more storage space as needed. Other varieties may have drawers of different sizes to store both large and small tools. Both this unit and similar units can be stacked to create tall towers of drawers that take up very little floor space. Whichever model you choose, look for one with casters for easy mobility. Add labels to each drawer front to make identifying what's inside a snap.
Organize Desk or Table Drawers
Keep items neat and tidy in desk or cabinet drawers with compartmentalized organizers. Look for an organizer that's deep enough to hold your supplies but doesn't require you to stack items, making them hard to find. You also want to choose one that fits snugly inside your drawer. Take your drawer measurements with you when shopping to guarantee a fit.
Pick Moveable Storage Solutions
If you're a scrapbooker on the go, a portable system comes in handy. A toolbox will help you move from your scrapbook nook to the kitchen table to a crop party with ease.
Use Wall Space for Storage
Empty wall space can become a useful storage area, and it's a great way to keep scissors and other scrapbook tools out of little hands. Choose a cute frame, cut a piece of pegboard to size, and secure the pegboard inside the frame. Give the wall hanging a coat of paint for a uniform look.
Create a Small Inspiration Board
Design a small space for clips of inspiration or photos. Hang a personalized clipboard above your space. If you have room, hang a collage of different clipboard designs. Click through the next five slides to see five of our favorite ideas.
Paint stripes in several colors and sizes. Use painter's tape to keep the stripes straight, or freehand each stripe for a whimsical look.
Paint and Add Rub-Ons
Apply rub-ons to the front and paint to the back of a clear clipboard.
SOURCES: Clipboard: Staples. Rub-ons: 7Gypsies, BasicGrey. Paint: Anita's.
Use Chalkboard Paint
Chalkboard paint turns this clipboard into a message center. Stick buttons to the top with adhesive dots or crafts glue to add color.
SOURCES: Clipboard: Staples. Paint: Anita's. Buttons: vintage.
Cover Up the Clip
Attach a wooden accent with E-600 adhesive to disguise the metal click for a chic look.
SOURCES: Clipboard: Staples. Wooden accent: Michael's. Paint: Anita's.
Embellish a Cork Board
Self-adhesive cork makes embellishing easy. Add a pretty ribbon and chipboard accents to soften the design.
SOURCES: Clipboard: Staples. Chipboard accent: Heidi Swapp. Cork: Duck.