Organizing Pocket Scrapbook Cards

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There’s been lots of “talk” on the Project Life/Pocket Scrapbooking forums and groups about separating kits by color or leaving them together. In my opinion, there’s no right or wrong. Do what works best for you. I like to be color coordinated so separating was definitely for me…it’s just how my brain works.

To start, I needed a container to store my cards. I absolutely LOVE photo boxes. They’re big enough to fit lots of stuff but not so big they take over my tiny craft area…and you can get them at Michael’s for cheap, cheap, cheap! They’re perfect! Since there’s no dividers with the photo boxes, I made my own using materials I had lying around the house. I’ll show that in a different post.

First, what themes and colors should I divide my cards into? I decided to separate my cards not only by color but match journal cards by color and also holidays/themes. I ended up with 11 colors and 9 themes/holidays…pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue/aqua, purple, brown/kraft, gray, black/white, multi, birthday, christmas, easter, halloween, thanksgiving, valentine’s, wedding, seasons, and travel. In hindsight, I should have added a school theme but since I don’t have any kids…it’s no big deal right now.

To make the dividers, I chose thick file folders I bought at the local dollar store…6 in a package for $1.25. I was afraid using card stock would be flimsy and tear when flipping through my piles of cards. I cut the file folders into 30-4×6 cards and 30-3×4 cards. Using Silhouette Studio, I created the tabs, printed and cut. So easy!!

Divider cards cut from heavy file folders.

Tabs designs, printed and cut using Silhouette Studio.

Tabs designs, printed and cut using Silhouette Studio.

Since I’m a visual person, I stamped each tab with a matching color or theme so I can pick it out easier. I then glued the tab to the folder and voila…done!! 🙂

Tabs printed, stamped and cut. Waiting to be attached to divider cards.

Tabs printed, stamped and cut. Waiting to be attached to divider cards.

Pocket scrapbooking dividers – both 3×4 and 4×6 cards.

I absolutely LOVE how this turned out! It’s so easy to find the perfect card without having to flip though boxes and boxes of cards. Now…off to create my first layout! 🙂

All done! Pocket scrapbooking cards organized by color and theme.

All done! Pocket scrapbooking cards organized by color and theme.

Until next time…


Organized Chaos?

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I wonder if what they say is really true…a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind.

Lately, this is exactly how I feel. My craft/office “corner” (it really is a corner…in my bedroom) has become a giant pile of stuff. There is more time spent searching through the pile then there is being productive and getting things crossed off the “to-do” list. Since I’m working with limited space I know it won’t be ideal but it’ll be much better then what I have. So, I’ve gotten more storage containers and have begun to organize and label everything. I’ve even remembered to take photos! 🙂

Check back soon! I’ll have some photos and instructions for many of my DIY storage solutions!