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by Denise Gormish

One big challenge everyone faces when organizing a scrapbook space is how to handle the tools of the trade. There are a wide variety of tools used in making scrapbooks. Many scrapbook tools are small and easy to misplace if they are not stored well. Other scrapbook tools are large and bulky, which makes them difficult to store. 

Here are some of the tools to be considered:

Small items

  • Anywhere hole punch
  • Eyelet setter
  • Paper piercer, safety pin and/or needle
  • Popsicle stick rub-on applicator
  • Paintbrushes
  • Scissors
  • Basic journaling pens
  • Small hammer
  • Craft knife

Large items

  • Paper cutter
  • Ruler
  • Cutting and/or eyelet setting mat
  • Personal die-cutting machine
  • Labeler
  • Xyron
  • Sewing machine

If you have a designated scrap space, you can often leave them stored on your desktop in an appropriate container.  However, if your scrap space is in a dual-purpose room accessed by other people in your household, you may need a solution to hide them away when they aren’t in use.  Whether your tools are large or small, hidden or displayed, there are several ways you can keep them all contained and convenient while you work.

Small Tools Storage
Small tools can be stored either as a group of tools or as individual tools located with or near their complementary scrapbook supplies. Alternatively, you may choose to implement a combination of the two methods. Using the descriptions below, assign your tools to their best location.

Stored as a group. Using the products listed above as a guide, gather all your small tools together. Look at them as a unit. Since they are small, it would be possible to place them all together. Most of the small tools are medium in length and narrow. This shape allows for several storage options.

Tin, paint or storage can - Small items can be stored upright in a can. A can could either be left on your desk or taken out of storage when you begin working. If you have several small tools, you may need more than one can. To enhance your décor, decorate the storage can.

turnaboutTurnabout tool holder - These holders, often used for office supplies or kitchen utensils, are similar to a tin or paint can but they have extra slots to keep items separated. They also rotate, giving you easy access to all sides of the container.  The holder can be left on your desk or placed in storage and taken out when you begin working.

Drawer - Small items can be laid flat within a conveniently located drawer. If the drawer has a divider, individual items can be organized in the dividers. If the drawer doesn’t have a divider, a divided container, such as a silverware organizer, will work to keep loose round items from rolling around in the drawer. The containers could also be removed from your drawer when needed. Often-used tools should be placed near your workspace and made easily accessible while working.

Basket or shallow plastic bin - A small basket or shallow bin should hold most small tools. It can be left on your desk or taken out of storage when you begin working. For function and beauty purchase or reuse a beautiful basket that fits your style.


Shelves - A small shelving unit can be used for tools. A wooden, plastic, or even metal shelf, preferably with several cubbies, can be placed on top of your desk or mounted on the wall near your desk. Choose a shelf that is deep enough for your tallest tools. Tools can be laid flat inside the cubbies right within reach of your workspace.

Stored Individually – Another option is to store each tool with or near its complementary scrapbook supplies. Look at each of your small tools. Consider where it is used most often and where it would be easily found. For example, the paintbrushes would be stored near the paint. If your paints are held in a storage box, place the paintbrushes in the box too.

The advantage of storing the tools with its complementary product is that they are kept together and are easily available when needed. The disadvantage is that sometimes it is hard to find a storage solution near the product. In addition some tools are versatile and may have more than one complementary product.

Consider how you use each tool and when it is needed.  You may find that you need to store some tools with complementary supplies, but others are so versatile, that you need them close at hand for nearly every layout you create.

Large Tools Storage
Larger tools are bulky and sized differently, making their storage solutions more difficult. Often these tools are used on every layout so they need to be close at hand while working. Here are some suggestions:

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