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Scrapbook Paper Storage: Horizontal vs. Vertical
by Michelle Fulton
Ask a majority of scrapbookers what their "weakness" is... and they will say paper. From unique colors of cardstock to beautifully patterned paper, we often use the logic, "Buy the paper and the layout will come." In the meantime, your scrapbook space, big or small, becomes overrun with stacks and stacks of paper waiting to be used.
So, it's time to get organized... but what is the best scrapbook storage solution?
As with everything scrapbook related, there is no correct answer, just what best fits your situation and we're here to provide you with some ideas on how to best store your scrapbook paper. Let's start with horizontal scrapbook paper storage!
Most scrapbook stores will store their paper horizontally because they have the room for rows and rows of shelves and racks. Now, most of us don't have room for all those shelves, but horizontal storage is still a possibility with 12" x 12" plastic snap top cases. You can buy them individually, or as part of a three-drawer or six-drawer cart, so you can make the most use out of your vertical space. These snap top cases are also great for storing the components of individual projects. Working on a mini-album for your son's birthday? Keep all your paper, pictures, embellishments, etc. together in one case, so you don't have to dig around for all the pieces when you actually have a minute to work on it.
If you don't like to stack your paper or have skinny bookshelves that can't take a wide storage solution? Try vertical paper storage. Depending on your preferences, you can use traditional magazine storage files for 8.5" x 11" paper, but you will have to get special storage files for 12" x 12" scrapbook paper. Vertical paper storage is best for cardstock or other papers that you will be accessing frequently because you can just slide the storage file out and pick the paper you need. These paper holders also come with dividers, so you can store multiple colors within a singe file! Just one thing to keep in mind is that you will need very tall shelves if you plan on using these vertical storage files in a bookshelf.
In the end, you may decide that you want to use a combination of horizontal and vertical scrapbook paper storage, it's all up to you!!
Michelle has been scrapbooking for over five years and is the owner of Choubox Scrapbook Design (http://www.creative-scrapbook-layouts.com). Choubox is your source for pre-made scrapbook layouts, quality scrapbook supplies and valuable information on how to start scrapbooking.