Organize Scrapbook Paper

“I put a piece of paper under my pillow, and when I could not sleep I wrote in the dark.”

-Henry David Thoreau-

journal entry:

It used to be that scrapbooks were bound books with pages of blank, black paper.  People scooted little adhesive corners onto each photograph and stuck them to the page.  Sometimes people wrote under the photographs with white ink.  As the years went by, the pages tore and the photographs got lifted out of their corners and “borrowed”.  Not only have things changed since then, the possibilities for creating the scrapbooks of today have increased to endless.  When you can choose from “endless” of something, you better be organized.

This is how I organize scrapbook paper.  I use these Wal-Mart baskets for most paper. I use larger baskets for 12×12 paper. This photo is of 8×8 and 6×6 paper.  This is what I like to do:

  • Separate paper by color
  • Type the color names for the tabs on the computer
  • Cut the color names out
  • Round the top of each tab with a corner-rounder
  • Attach the tab to a piece of 8×8 card stock paper with a tiny piece of double-stick tape
  • Run each ” divider with tab” through my laminator
  • Trim each tab with scissors
  • Round each corner with the corner-rounder
  • Put everything into the basket
  • Label the basket

These baskets fit well on my craft room surfaces.  I like this way of organizing because it is very easy to see the tabs and find the paper !

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