IRIS Scrapbook Case and Craft Organizer Tray

IRIS Scrapbook Case and Craft Organizer Tray

I use these scrapbook cases for storing quite a bit of stuff in my craft room.  They are the perfect size to hold 12″ x 12″ paper and other scrapbooking materials that size.  They are roomy enough to hold a lot of stuff, but not so much stuff that it becomes hard to find things in the box.  I store my re-inkers in one, alcohol inks and supplies in another, heat embossing stuff in one, etc.  These scrapbook storage boxes are sold separately or with the storage unit (scrapbook chest).

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IRIS 6-Compartment Storage System

I also really like the organizer tray that was designed to fit inside this box.

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The organizer comes with 10 adjustable dividers which is nice because they hold items in place if you don’t have enough to fill the section of the tray completely.

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One of the things I use the case and organizer tray for is my Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads.

I have 44 ink pads and several foam applicator tools in mine.  (The right column is wider than the middle two; the left column is smaller and not as wide as a distress ink pad.  However, if you rotate the ink pad a quarter of the way around, you can fit a few more on the left.)  I have each of my ink pads in a 4″ x 6″ plastic bag.  I do this to keep a foam pad for the foam applicator with each ink pad and also to keep the ink from drying out.  (I’m not sure if that’s at all necessary, but I just feel better keeping them sealed well!)

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HERE is a link for the bags I use for my ink pads.

I made my own labels for my ink pads since you can’t see the colors when they are stored in the box.  I recently found a pdf file here that contains labels for the distress pads on the ranger site:

http://www.rangerink.com/pdf/organize/DistressInkPads_Labels_2016.pdf

http://rangerink.com/pdf/organize/Distress_MiniPad_Labels_CHA2016.pdf

I like how they are colored and may need to re-label mine!

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(There are a lot of good organizational goodies on their site which you can check out here: http://rangerink.com/organize-your-ranger-products/.)

I store this box (and one other that contains extra foam applicators, foam pads, mini misters, reinkers, etc.) in the storage unit.

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A note about storing ink pads on their sides – I have heard some people say that ink pads are best stored upside down so the ink stays on the surface of the pad.  I have been storing my ink pads on their sides without a problem.  I did have a problem years ago when the few ink pads I owned were just tossed in a cardboard box, and they dried out.  I don’t know if the lids were not secure since they were bumped about in the box, or what, but that is why I now store them in the bags.  I also tend to ink up my stamps by keeping the stamp on the table facing up and tapping the ink pad down on the stamp.  As I work, I place the ink pad face down on its lid on my desk.  Maybe, the ink “moves” to the surface while it sits on my desk like that – who knows!!

For what it’s worth, I found this HERE on the ranger site :   “How should I store my Distress Ink Pads?   The molded plastic case is designed to create the proper fit needed for the ink formulation. While storing the pads flat with the bottom side up will neither help nor hurt, we usually store pads on their sides or flat with the right side up.”


Another thing I use the box and organizer for is ribbon storage.

I have to confess, I am not a lover of ribbon as some crafters are.  (I use a lot more jute, raffia, etc.)  I admire ribbon on others’ projects, but I often can’t seem to make it work on mine.  As a result, I probably own less than most, but what I do have was making me crazy because I didn’t know what to do with it!  Originally, I had all the spools thrown in a few plastic bins with lids.  I could never find the colors I needed, and the ribbon always unraveled and got tangled when I rooted around the bins. When I moved into my craft room, it all got placed in a drawer which quickly became an even bigger disaster than the original bins because it was bigger so there was more of a mess in there!  Then I discovered that the ribbon fits nicely in these scrapbook cases, and if you use the organizer trays in them, the ribbon all stays put!

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The dividers that come with the tray hold the ribbon in place if there isn’t enough to fill a whole column, and when the lid is closed, the ribbon does not move around at all!  Again, one of the columns is wider than the middle two and one is more narrow.  The small spools of ribbon that I bought in packs at the craft store fit perfectly in the thinner one.  I have two of these boxes filled and they sit stacked in the drawer.  (There were a few spools that were larger than most that didn’t fit in the case so I put those in a box to the side.  Since there are so few, it’s easy to keep them in order.  I also have loose pieces of ribbon in a bag stored with the larger spools.)

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I put my twine, jute, string, yarn, raffia, etc. in the bins I was using before since they are too big for these boxes.  This system is working out much better for me!


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Stamp Storage

I’d like to share my system for stamp storage with you!

(I’m going to show you the types of containers I use for storing my stamps and my system for easily locating all of my stamps when I need them for projects.  My system is easily adapted for using any containers you either prefer or may have on hand.  Here’s what I use …)

This is the corner of my craft room where all of my stamps are located.  (You can click on the photo to get a larger view.)

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I have 4 different types of containers where stamps are stored:  BINDER POUCH, VHS CASE, CD CASE, and BOX (with number).


The first type of container is a BINDER POUCH filed alphabetically in baskets on the shelf unit.  These binder pouches (actually called binder pockets) are from Staples and are the perfect size for my Gina K Designs stamp sets and for most of the other larger unmounted sets I have.  I use Gina K binder sheets to store my unmounted rubber and acrylic stamps, and they fit in these pouches perfectly  The pouches have velcro to keep the stamps or sheets of stamps from falling out.  I make a label with the name of the stamp set and company for the outside and a copy of the stamp images for inside.  (I would have used all clear pouches, but usually Staples carries more of the colored ones at a given time.)


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The rest of my stamps are stored on the tall VHS storage shelf or in the media cabinet.


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The second type of container is a VHS case filed alphabetically and stored on the tall VHS storage shelf.  (I had more than would fit on this shelf so they continue into the cabinet to the right.)  All of my wood-mounted Stampin’ Up stamps are stored in these cases.  I ordered these cases online where they came with flat interiors (no hub).  I put labels containing the names of the sets on the spines of the cases.

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The third type of container I use is a CD Jewel case filed alphabetically in the media cabinet.  I bought these at Staples.  They need to be the standard (thicker) cases, not the slim ones.  The inner part that normally holds the CD in place is removed and the stamps stick to the inside. A picture of the stamp set is copied (and reduced if necessary) and attached to the front.  I put labels containing the names of the sets and the companies that make them on the spines of the cases.  These are for smaller sets of unmounted stamps.

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The fourth type of container I use is a plastic box that is often used for school supplies.  I purchased a bunch of these at Walmart when they had all of their back to school stuff out. These boxes have numbers on them.  These contain miscellaneous wood-mounted stamps.  I don’t worry about separating these stamps by theme; I just fill up a box and move on to the next one.

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Here’s how my system works.

All of my stamp images are located in this “Stamp Index” binder.  I’ve divided the binder into the categories I use when looking for stamps.

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I either stamp the actual image on the page in the binder, or I use a copy of the label or image sheet that came with the stamp set.  I make a note on the sheet of the location  where I store the stamp.

Here’s an example of a page in the binder.

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For this one, I copied the original image sheet that came with the stamp set.  I made multiple copies of this sheet and placed them in all of the categories that I would look when looking for these stamps. This particular sheet can be found in the following sections:  flowers, leaves, encouragement/sympathy, and GKD sets (alphabetical).

When I need a stamp, I look in the category in the notebook to find the image I want.  Then I note where it is stored (binder pouch, vhs case, cd case, or box#).  Then I simply find the corresponding container and get to work.


Here is a card sample and how I would have found the stamps to create it:

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If I wanted to make this Christmas card, I would first look in the binder in the Christmas section.  I would flip through the pages until I found the image I wanted to work with.

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The deer image is on this page.  The sheet tells me it’s in a binder pouch and is in a set called “Christmas Silhouettes” so I’d go to the baskets and pull the alphabetically filed pouch with that label.

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In addition to the deer stamp, I also need the sentiment stamp to create the background.  I found that in the Christmas section in the binder as well.

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The sheet containing the stamp I want says this set is in a VHS case and is part of a Stampin’ Up set called “Star Santa” so I’d go to the shelf and find it alphabetically.

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Here’s another sample card.

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This is a birthday card so I’d look in the birthday section for my stamps.  (This owl could also be found in the “Birds” section.)

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I can see that this stamp set is in a CD case and is called “Birthday Hoot” so I’d find it in the cabinet filed alphabetically.

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Another example:

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This card required a number of stamps, but if I were just looking for the pumpkin stamp, I’d look in the fall section of the binder.

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This is an example of an image I stamped directly on the page in the binder.  Next to the image, it says it is in Box 14 so I’d go to the box labeled 14, and this wood-mounted stamp will be in there.

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Another one:


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This is another Christmas card so I’d look in the Christmas section in the binder.  The santa image is in box 19.  Notice that all of the Christmas stamps on this page are stored in different boxes (which contain non-Christmas stamps as well).  The number next to the image in the binder makes it easy to find this particular stamp regardless of the theme or category.

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To find the greeting stamp, I’d find it in the Christmas section of the binder as well.

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According to the sheet, this one is in a CD case.

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A final example:

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The images on this card would be filed under Miscellaneous in my binder.  (It would also be in the birthday section.)

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This system makes it very easy to locate stamps quickly.  Browsing through the binder in each section also helps me to remember what stamps I have.  It does require a little work when I first purchase a stamp or set, however.  A sheet needs to be added to the binder in all of the sections that would help me find it later.  I also need to prepare a label.  However, once it’s categorized and “filed” in the appropriate container, it is easy to locate.


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Darice 32 Compartment Storage Container

I’d like to share a storage idea with you!

The product is the Darice 32 Compartment No Spill Organizer Storage Container.

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I use them to store my Memento Dew Drop ink pads and my sponge daubers.

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What I love about these containers is that these items fit into the compartments perfectly.  They stack for easy storage and close to keep the contents secure.  I also like that they fit perfectly into my IRIS 6-Drawer Scrapbook Chest.

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While not a problem for me based on how I use these boxes, I just want to point out that the compartments are not adjustable, and the box itself is pretty shallow.  Thirty of the compartments are 1.5″ x 1.875″  and are about 1″ deep.  (The two by the “hook” that closes it are smaller.)  I think the box itself is about 1.5″ high.

I purchased my Darice Organizers at Walmart in the craft department with the beads and jewelry-making supplies.  You can order them online at amazon.com or walmart.com.

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