Six Essential Organizing Approaches for Scrapbooking

by Megan Hoeppner
Six Essential Organizing Approaches for Scrapbooking

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Hi. I'm Megan Hoeppner, creative editor for Creating Keepsakes scrapbook magazine. Today we're going to go over six essential organizing approaches for scrapbooking

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And now, Six Essential Organizing Approaches for Scrapbooking.


On a scale of one to 10, how organized would you say you are? Wait. Before you answer that, keep in mind that being organized doesn't necessarily mean being neat and tidy. It's more about having a system and an order to how you sort your supplies, than whether or not you actually put those supplies away. And whether you've defined yourself as a perfect "ten" or a hopeless "one" on the organizing scale, you'll improve your orderly approach and make scrapbooking more efficient by understanding what motivates your scrapbooking in the first place.


You see, organizing isn't a one-size-fits-all concept. What works for your best scrapbooking pal may be the last thing to work for you. To find your method, think about the way you scrapbook. Do you always take the "people" approach, scrapbooking about certain people at certain times? Or is your style more to scrapbook by theme or event? Are you a creature of habit, always completing your layouts in the same creative order? Or is completing a cohesive design your top priority? Is the incredible assortment of scrapbooking products what gets your creative motor running? There's no right or wrong answer here, but knowing what answer most describes you will help you select a successful method of organizing from the following six approaches.


1.      Organize by Person. If you find yourself buying scrapbooking supplies with specific people in mind, and you have unique albums set up for various individuals, you may want to sort your supplies by people, at least for those you scrapbook about the most. This way, as you buy supplies for little Sally, you can immediately file them in the "Sally" box until it comes time to make her pages. For those in your outer circle or for products that will work for more than one person, create a catchall container. And don't forget that box labeled "you!"

2.      Organize by Color. If creating a cohesive design is your cup of tea, look at sorting your stash by color. This way, as you're working on that green and blue layout, you can easily locate those beautiful green brads you need to complete your page.

3.      Organize by Product Type: If you're a creative creature of habit, this is a smart storage style. As you get to the various spots in your scrapbooking process, you'll know right where to reach. For example, say you've got your patterned paper and photos down on your cardstock. Now it's time to add that title. You can quickly reach for that group of letter stickers and efficiently begin step four in your process.

4.      Organize by Company. If you have favorite go-to companies whose products you purchase often, this approach is for you. That way, if you know you want to make a whimsical page, you'll instinctively reach for your favorite manufacturer of playful product, whereas a more edgy design may have you pulling out a different file. And since companies make products that match, you'll know right where the ribbon that goes with that fantastic patterned paper is.

5.      Organize by Theme. Does your calendar guide your scrapbooking? File your supplies by what month or season your product's theme lends itself to. Keeping bins and folders for different holidays and events within these calendar sections will expedite your creative process. And don't forget a third, neutral storage box for all of those catch-all extras.

6.      A Little Bit of This & a Little Bit of That. Don't be afraid to mix and match organization approaches to fine tune your system. If you create cohesively but also like your patterned paper left in company collections, sort your accents by color and file that paper by manufacturer. Pick and choose until you've got a well-oiled organizing machine.  


Remember, organizing is a personalized thing, and knowing how you scrapbook will help you select a successful method of organizing, and more importantly, create beautiful scrapbook pages in less time.


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