Thursday, January 8, 2009

Scrapbook paper storage solutions...

Man, I have spent two days "googling" for a stacking system to store my paper. Thanks to Michael's "3 for 1" sales I have quite a selection and running out of room. There are no shortage of ideas and products except for two things: 1) The price is outrageous or, 2) The shipping charges to Canada are more than the product.

I came across a blog and, with Emilie's permission, I am posting the blog and putting a link under "My Blog List" to her website. Thanks Emilie, both for the permission and the incredible idea. Trust me, I will be shopping in the next day or two for the wire cubes. However, this is Canada and not everything makes it across the border!

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Make Your Own Paper Storage Rack

Here's a tutorial I posted over at Craft Critique and thought I would share with you fabulous blog readers as well. Let me know what you think!

If you're a scrapbooker you know about 'Scrap Spaces'. You've seen the scrap rooms of the Scrap Celebs. In magazines, online, on blogs...these amazing rooms with custom built-in shelves for each little brad and eyelet. Skylights. Endless work space. Cute little inspirations.

I love seeing these rooms, but they are far from my reality. With two kids and a husband in Masters school, I spent my nights scrapping in a dimly lit, damp and cold, unfinished basement (read: Dungeon) and my scrap storage consisted of whatever I could find on the cheap and make work! Then I stumbled onto this fantastic paper storage solution that improved my organization by leaps and bounds! This is a great solution for anyone....not just the starving college student!

By slightly modifying white wire storage grids you can create a personalized paper storage system which will hold any amount of 12x12 papers in an efficient and very organized way. And it's wicked cheap. I'll go through the steps of making your own here.

What you'll need...
1 box Wire Storage Grids (available at Target and Walmart) cost: $15-20
1 package Zip/Cable Ties (available at any home improvement store) cost: $1-2
1 wire cutter or seriously heavy duty scissors



{Make sure your grids measure at least 12" square so your paper will fit. Mine are 13" square...perfect.}

1. Start by throwing out the weird little white plastic clips that come with the cubes. You won't be needing these.


2. Build a basic cube (leaving one side open as shown above) by attaching the grids together using your zip ties. Make sure the little square nubbies are facing towards the outside of your cube so they don't catch on the paper. (photo below)


3. Next take the remaining white shelves and slide them into your cube and attaching them at 1 inch intervals where the grid already exists. If you need a larger slot for some paper sets just make it a 2 or 3 inch interval instead.


Make sure when you slide a shelf in that the wire grids are on the underside so that you get a slight lip on your paper tray. (photo below)


4. Use your wire clippers to remove excess plastic end from zip ties.


Fill with paper sorting by color, manufacturer or whatever makes you happy! Voila! Isn't it genius?!! I made 3 separate cubes out of 2 boxes of these grids and had some grid pieces leftover. I have even given these cubes as gifts to fellow scrapbookers with rave reviews!


Pros:

  • Inexpensive
  • Customizable to include large and small shelf heights

Cons:

  • May be hard to see certain papers since there is no graduation.
At just around $30 for two boxes of these I think they are a steal! And a great solution for organizing a craft area on a budget. I would love to know your thoughts!

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71 comments:

  1. We do not have a Target in Canada, BUT I did find the wire cubes at Canadian Tire. They were a four-cube system consisting of 16 sides per case and I bought 2 cases @ $24.99 each. It takes 25 sides (according to the instructions above) to make one paper storage unit. This way I can make the paper storage system PLUS, a cube on the top for some bulk paper items I have.

    Cat

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  2. Wow, this is so brilliant! I have these cubes at home - I bought them to make a craft sale display and zip tied them together too. I just never thought about using them this way. Bravo!

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  3. Fantastic solution. Target has them (6 cube) for 16.99. This is exactly what I've been looking for. Thank you for the idea.

    Peri - Austin, Texas

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  4. i was in the same boat as you were... i have been surching the google for cheaper paper racks or even mail sorters. but just cant get over the price :-O thank you soooo much!!!! the cube idea is great! i think i'm going to put a silverware sorter from the dollor store for my pens amd stuff!

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  5. One of our local scrapbooking stores gave me some 12x12 cardboard supports that paper is shipped with and I put this on the shelf first to support my stacks...works like a charm. I have never had bent or wrecked corners on any of my paper stored on the rack.

    Glad I could help.

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  6. Thank you SO MUCH!!!! I was like you, and can't spend the $ on expensive storage racks. I'm so glad I found your blog! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

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  7. Thank you for sharing this. I too find all the other racks WAY too expensive. It's bad enough that scrapbooking is expensive in itself (but fun). I look forward to making this in the next day or two.

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  8. Thanks. I just ordered the grids and zip ties from Amazon and got free shipping. :)

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  9. Thank you for sharing. I was just going to buy one on line but couldn't because they are out of stock. When I was searching for another option I found your post and I couldn't have been happier. I figured I could do it myself but didn't know what items to buy. I am currently putting them together. This diy idea is perfect for people like me who are looking for ways to save $.

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  10. YEAHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!! There's IS a way to do organizing on a budget! Thank you VERy much!

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  11. I want to post this on my blog. Is that alright? I will add you as a reference.

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  12. Not a problem. I am glad that people can find economical solutions to crafting issues.

    Cat

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  13. Barb aka ScrapbookingQueenMarch 19, 2010 at 11:45 AM

    That is a fabulous idea Cat, thank you so much! i love how customizable it is, and the inexpensive factor is perfect. Now just to find the cubes in my tiny little town or online...

    Thanks again!

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  14. I thought so too, when I first saw it posted on a blog. I love mine.

    Cat

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  15. This is GREAT!!! THank you thank you!!!!!!

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  16. This is awesome... we've been looking and looking for a paper storage unit. We actually have all the stuff already and have just been in storage. Wonderful idea that will cost us $0... what could be better... Thanks SO MUCH!!!

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  17. Works like a charm and for my budget. You are brilliant! Thank you so much!

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  18. Cat! You rock!! I was searching Google to figure out how to use those stupid clips that came with my wire shelves. I was already using my cable ties, when I saw your page... BUT I never thought of using them for paper storage! Brilliant! I'm an artist and had spent ages looking up options online for storing my work-in-progress collages. Options were so big and expensive! Turns out I had the answer all along. Yay, you! Thank you for this post.

    Brandy, Loosetooth.com

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  19. I felt the same excitement when I spotted the original posting.

    Cat

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  20. OMG, you're an absolute legend ! Love love love this idea and am going down to the shops at lunchtime to hunt for the wire racks.
    Thanks SOOOOO much.

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  21. I LOVE this idea!! I am going shopping today so I can make one:) I have been looking for a cheap way to store my 12x12 paper & this looks great! So excited!

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  22. I just found these instructions and wanted to say thanks! I bought a cube system at Target for $17.49 and purchased a big container of zip ties (couldn't find just a pack) for $5.49. I made three paper cubes out of the one cube system! No way ANY of the pre-made storage drawers/containers would've been as cheap. Thanks very much!

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  23. cool deal ..thanks for sharing.
    Kimberly

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  24. What an awesome idea! I'll be doing this one! thanks so much for the idea and the tutorial on how to make it! Such a great idea!!! Thank you for sharing this!

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  25. Ditto what everyone else has said! My DH jut finished a beautiful craftroom for me. I am trying to find just the perfect place for all my things, and have not found a home for my 12x12 paper yet. Your idea is just perfect, as I can slide a single cube into one of my many new cupboards. THANKS AGAIN! Oh. And I found the wire grid at Walmart here in Ontario, Canada at just under $20 for 13 squares.

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    1. Thank you so much... I have been looking for something similar in Toronto, Canada too :)

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  26. I am glad this is still helping crafter's...

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  27. You have provided a great solution to my paper storage.....and I am grateful!

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  28. I literally have these laying in a pile and was looking for a scrapbook paper so this is perfect. Thanks!

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  29. Fantastic idea!!! I actually had a ton of those storage grids and was just about to put them in the donation pile. Thankyou so much!

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  30. You're welcome...just a hint though...do not throw out the big round clips. Over time the zap straps start to loosen and the rack sags. Put a couple of the clips on the backside for stability.

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    1. Great idea. I found these for 13.99 at Target and have made them up but slanted the shelves. I tried it first using twist ties in case it didn't work and will now replace with the plastic ties. Thanks!!!!

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    1. Wish I could find it here in Sweden too!

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  32. Love this idea! I found two sets at a thrift store, 4.00 each, so for 8.00 I was able to make two racks! They are black and match my craft area.

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  33. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I was having the same problem. I actually have a ton of these grids that are not useful anymore now they can be. AWESOME!!

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  34. I am not a scrapbooker, But I am a preschool teacher! This is my new solution to buying expensive puzzle racks! Thank you soo much!!!!

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  35. Don't throw out the circles!! Give them to a teacher. The kids break them or they tend to disappear. I'd love to get more!! I've used super glue on some of the circles and they've lasted for 2yrs. I'm sure going to try the zip ties!!

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  36. What department of WalMart has these grids? I looked in the "Organizer" department, but all I could find was sets for shelves, or shoes, or other specific projects - no plain grids.

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  37. I presume the "organizer" section. I found mine at Canadian Tire.

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  38. Don't forget about garage sales! I found a set for $2! They are black but with a little Sharpie magic the white zip ties aren't noticeable! Thank you so much for the idea! :)

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  39. Don't forget the resale stores, such as Goodwill, to look for these grids. I just purchased 58 pieces of grid for $7.50. It was a fabulous find for me on a fixed income. Hope everyone enjoys their new storage units. I do mine!

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  40. in Canada esp in Ontario our dollar rama's have these cube grids for $3....enough to make 1 square 5 peices plus corners... worth a check out at your local dollar store..

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  41. Superstore out West here used to carry them. They may still.

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  42. I have made a doubke one many years and I still use it. I was lucky to buy a real scrapbook paper rack from a closed store.

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  43. I was really searching for such a nice post and got here...Thanks for sharing such a nice information, its beneficial for me...Keep sharing more.
    scrapbooking stores

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  44. yay found them at Dollarama ,cost me $12 to make 2 boxes.Very cool thanks!

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  45. I di the exact same thing, a while back,, instead of zip ties, I used strips of hoop n loop tape, it was intended to use to stake a plant to a support. its reusable, and there's no little "nib" to get in the way.

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  46. I run a home daycare, and what I'm seeing here is not paper storage, but tray puzzle storage!! FAR less expensive than the ones you can purchase ready-made. THANK YOU!

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    1. I am glad that your mind saw another use for them.

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  47. Just bought a 6-cube wire set at Target - reg. $24.99 for 19.99. I thought it was a good buy - and guessing with all of us wanting them, prices went up over the past few years. I'll search resale shops now for more! Love this idea!

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  48. By adjusting the shelves, you could also use this to hold your alum. foil, plastic wrap, etc. in the pantry.

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  49. By adjusting the shelves, you can also use this for storing your alum foil, plastic wrap, etc, in your pantry.

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  50. Thanks for sharing such an inexpensive way to create storage. My daughter is going to be SICK when she hears how much I'm paying for mine!

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  51. Thanks, I have prob abt 40 racks and no connectors. Went on line those connectors are 54 cents each. Try selling those that come with the shelves to others on etsy on etsey for 25 cents for those that want the original size cubes and do this with the shelves. Now all I need are the zip ties. Excuse me while I run to the Hardware store

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  52. I have bunches of the grids I got at a garage sale, now I will put them together with the zip ties. I hated those round thingys for assembly-thought they were useless.
    thanks for the great idea.

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  53. they have them at walmart dirt cheap (the zip ties) back in hardware

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  54. Thanks for the idea. I am going today to Target!

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  55. Can't wait to make this...it is going to help me so much in my tiny craft room. I can keep some of each of my colors out where they are easily accesible & the others can go on the shelf outside my room ....I am really excited over this! Thank you so much!

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  56. This looks like a great solution, but I'm wondering if you have any trouble moving the paper in and out of the grids with it snagging on the grids?

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  57. No trouble at all...lots of room.

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  58. I found a source, yeah! I have a question...If all of the pieces are the same size, is there a gap between the top/bottom/sides?

    This is such a great idea.

    Annie

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  59. Hi Annie...no gap as you are using the ties to bind it all together. Take a closer look at some of the pics and you will see no gaps.

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  60. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    Annie

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  61. I JUST DID THIS!!! Love. Love. Love.

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