Scrapbook Storage and a Question

I need a storage solution and I am wondering if you all can help me out! Does anyone have a fabulous way of storing their rub-ons? Right now I have mine in a metal bin but they are all jumbled together – alphas, journaling spots, flourishes, shapes, etc – and it is not working for me. Plus, once I start cutting into a sheet of rub-ons, they don’t stand up well in the bin and I end up with small pieces, etc. I have thought of getting folders – the school type ones – and storing them in those… not sure how great that would work???

Any ideas??

Also, last month got away from me and I never got the chance to post about my article in Creating Keepsakes Magazine that featured my scrapbook room. It was fun to see it in there! It was interesting to put into words how I store everything and how that translates into my creative process. It really got me thinking about whether or not my room and the way my products are stored facilitate or hinder my whole process.

After I wrote the article and thought more about this whole topic, I realized that I needed to change a few things. It’s all about evolving right? When Loni was here she pointed out that I was storing some things in different spots around the room rather than in a common area. Even though it has worked so far, I realized that it would speed my process up if I moved a few things around and stored all like things together. I didn’t change any furniture or the layout of my room, just found new homes for a few things – gathered some things together that were scattered about. I have to say that I love it and it has helped speed up my process.

It’s something to think about – how do you store your products and why do you store them that way? Does it help to make the creative process easy, inviting and fun for you? I for one like things to be organized and I like my room to be clean. If it gets too messy I simply cannot have a clear mind and focus on my projects. I think that is why I am always re-organizing and purging things – always trying to keep control of the abundance and clutter!

Anyway, I know that many of you have asked to see my scrapbook room, so I hope you had a chance to see the article! For those of you that missed it, I will post some pictures in the coming weeks.

Hopefully you all can help me with the rub-ons! I really want to get that organized in a better way!

Thanks and have a great day!!

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  • Bobbi-Jo Grunewald
    June 12, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    I don’t really have an answer for your rub-on dilemna ’cause I’m suffering from the same problem. Mine are shoved in a drawer that is slightly too small, and not nearly organized enough.
    As for other storage solutions, my motto lately has been “If it’s within arms’ reach, I’ll use it”. My peg board has been helpful with that. I love having all of my tools, adhesives, etc. right on the peg board infront of me. As well, I usually store my newest items on the pegboard so they are there, staring me in the face just ASKING to be used. I can also see when I’m getting low on something that way.
    I altered a mailbox to store my latest photos. Actually, this year I’ve caught up with all my photos, so right now it doesn’t store anything, but you get the idea 🙂
    Can’t wait to read your suggestions for rub-on storage. The only thing I can think of would be to store them in page protectors in a 3 ring binder. I have a binder that I store all the new techniques/sketches etc. that I want to try. Works great.

  • Melissa
    June 12, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    Nothing earth shattering here, but I just use those Sterlite 3 drawer units. It’s the one for 12×12 paper. I use each drawer for different types of rub ons. Alphas in one (or two) and then “flourishes” in another.
    I have also found that if I staple the sheets as I am using them, they tend to stay together a bit better. When I start to get too many bits I’ll staple it to a sheet of paper and slide it into an 8.5×11 page protector and then slide it into the drawer so it can’t get lost.
    Again, nothing fancy, but, it works for me 🙂

  • AmyR
    June 12, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    GET A CLIP-IT-UP!!! If you use a lot of rub-ons you will LOVE that thing. It’s pricey but worth it (when I ctually saw how big it was and how much it held in real life I was WAY impressed) plus it will hold tons more than just rub-ons!! All That Scraps carries them here: http://www.allthatscraps.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=5_525&zenid=9d6fe6861d7c25628c76461c923878c1 (I’m a little biased since I work with them) as well as a bunch of ohter online retailers if you do a search for Clip-It-Ups.
    I HTH!!

  • Abby
    June 13, 2008 at 6:30 am

    Hi Maggie, I use the CLIP-IT-UP too!! Its a great storage solution for when you want them to ‘stand up’. I know what you mean. You can even clip 2-4 (or maybe more) rub-on sheets in their original packaging per clip! Good Luck!
    Love your scraproom, btw.

  • heather
    June 13, 2008 at 7:00 am

    I put mine in page protectors from the office supply store and store them in a binder. That I can flip through them without destroying them! HTH.

  • rubberbandgirl
    June 13, 2008 at 8:25 am

    Ouch! Good luck with that. Mine are just laying about in their own drawer. No rhyme or reason.

  • laura vegas
    June 13, 2008 at 8:32 am

    no great solution here on the rubons. i have mine all together in a metal basket … i just have them in there on their sides … but stacked so that i can flip through them. and then i have my MM rubon books standing up in their own small basket.
    i loved your article on your scrap space … and loved seeing more pics of it! i have been changing a few things with the way i organize too. it’s like flowers … i have them all my manufacturer … so they end up in about 20 different spots. lol! i still have some things/products that i keep seperate by manufacturer … but i have been grouping most like products together now. and it does save me some time … instead of searching out the entire room, i can just go to one spot.

  • Kaila Acker
    June 13, 2008 at 8:54 am

    At this time I don’t not have a good solution. I might try the CLIP-IT-UP!! But I would love to know where you got your pink storage bins, w/o lids and with lids. I love them! Your space looks great!

  • Bobbi-Jo Grunewald
    June 13, 2008 at 10:35 am

    Oh, another tip I just heard about was when you cut out a rub on, cut it out while still in the wrapper – then you aren’t messing with pulling it out, putting it back in, whatever. I loved that idea – thought I’d share.

  • Sasha Farina
    June 15, 2008 at 5:53 am

    I hang mine… urmm… I have this white wooden plain shelf from IKEA, cost only a few dollars where I like up my acrylic paints, glitters, stickles and all, and there are some space there for me to hook up some “S” hooks. That’s where my rub ons are.

  • Sharyn
    June 15, 2008 at 7:19 am

    Thanks so much for sharing your scrapbook space with us in Creating Keepsakes. I’m just starting to redo my scrap room and found your room really inspiring! Can you share with us the source of some of the great stuff in your room… where did you find your desk and chair, your different magnet boards, and your bookshelves? And any tips on where to find great wire baskets? Also, for your rub-on question, I second the comments above and recommend a Clip-It-Up. It’s fantastic! Thanks again, Maggie!!

  • amanda jones
    June 15, 2008 at 9:43 am

    Can you share some sources for your room supplies…? Great baskets, magnetic boards, chair, etc…so fun!!!

  • Talia
    June 15, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    I have a binder for all of my rubons…each rubon sheet goes in it’s own sheet protector. That way you can browse and look through all the rubons you have, and the little pieces can just be collected in the bottom of the protector. Also, you can use dividers to store your rubons in sections…alphas, shapes, flourishes, by brand, etc. Hope that helps!

  • Talia
    June 15, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    I have a binder for all of my rubons…each rubon sheet goes in it’s own sheet protector. That way you can browse and look through all the rubons you have, and the little pieces can just be collected in the bottom of the protector. Also, you can use dividers to store your rubons in sections…alphas, shapes, flourishes, by brand, etc. Hope that helps!

  • traci
    June 16, 2008 at 11:39 am

    right now my rub-ons are in a folder in my drawers (hanging folder). i want something similar to the clip on (mentioned above) but i don’t know what it is called. it is a piece of thick wire that u attach to your wall and there are clips (looks like a clothes line for your rub-ons) to attach the rub-ons. I would use some type of tab to divide them. i also want a small set of stackable drawers to put the rub-ons in after i cut them.
    i learned a great trick (i’m sure other people know it but i just heard about it) with rubons. Instead of opening the package and taking them out, cut the one you want while it is still in the bag. KWIM?
    make sure to show us what u decide to do!

  • Kathi K.
    June 16, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    I use a three-ring binder and page protectors and combine stickers and rub ons. Actually, I use four binders. One biggie with letters separated by color. One small one with just black letters as those are the ones I have the most of and my other binder got too fat. Then I have one sorted by theme and finally one that just have scrolly design type things. Then I also have a box that has all the ones that come in a ‘book’ (Creative Imaginations and such). It seems to work well – except I usually end up with a big old stack on my work desk because I’m too lazy to refile them once I’m done. Working on that aspect.

  • Alison
    June 16, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    I use two Store In Style binders (the fabric zippered ones). One is for alpha rub-ons and the other is for any other type of rub-ons. I tried keeping them all in a bin and they got completely destroyed. So this is what works for me right now.
    I will say that I got one of those Clip it up things and I use them for my letter stickers and I totally love it. If I had more room, I would get another one for my rub-ons. The best part is that I can pick it up and take it with me if I need to.

  • Carla
    June 18, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    I loved seeing your scraproom in CK, it was cool to see. Beautiful space. We have a small room in the basement for my scrapspace and our computers/office. I organize my rub ons and stickers together in a cropper hopper sticker organizer. I think it measures about 7×14″. There is some more info and pics at by blog entry
    http://in-time-out.blogspot.com/2007/06/pics-of-scraproom.html
    There is also a pic of how I store my chipboard as well.

  • Alena Honeycutt
    June 19, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    I used to use a binder with the rub-ons in page protectors, but then they would get stuck to the protectors and a lot of them got ruined. They may have gotten too hot at one time or something. I’ve since changed to just putting them all in a basket from Ikea, but I need to do something different, because I just end up having to look through them all every time. I have a Clip-it-up, I may try that idea!!

  • Lisa D
    June 24, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    Hi maggie! I agree with what a couple others said; get a Clip It Up for storing rub ons! I love mine for that purpose!

  • ScrapNSister1
    August 9, 2008 at 5:09 am

    I know I’m a bit behind but here are some of my tricks.
    Use a 12×12 clear scrapping zip lock.
    Cropper Hoppers XXL clear sticker holder.
    Crop In Styles Paper Taker, the one that has 3 compartments and folds over and closes with velcro.
    I use the CIS one for most of the storage and the other 2 I use to keep ones on hand that are smaller in size or that I’m currently using.
    Best of luck!

  • ~sharon
    September 4, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    Hi Maggie, I’ve found the best way to store rub-ons, even the teensie pieces that you’ve cut out, is to staple them to the backer then slide back into the original packaging. Admitedly, the sliding thing can be a bit of a hassle but after trying all sorts of different solutions, I like this method best.
    hth

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