Sunday, 16 June 2013

Scrap Storage Idea

Good evening fellow crafters

After making some cards this weekend I realised that I was probably wasting a lot of cardstock as I always tend to go straight to my full sheets of cardstock when looking for a colour I want to use.  I had my scraps/offcuts sorted into colours and kept in cello bags in a box.  I then realised that because they are out of sight I never look there first so this afternoon I've been crafting to make a solution.

I've made some boxes out of A4 sheets of card and only time will tell if this will work for me.  So, I thought I would share with you how I made them.

I had some 200gsm card that I bought for stamping but its not as good as I thought it would be so I didn't mind using a few sheets for this.

I started with an A4 sheet and marked the centre point on the longest side.  I decided to make the width of my boxes 3cm which I think is about right for storing scraps, so I then marked 1.5cm either side of the central point and scored two lines, as below...

I then scored 3cm in from each side, lengthways.  Whatever width you decide on for the box, this measurement will need to be the same, as below...

Next, I made two small cuts along the score lines which will form the two small internal edge flaps, then folded all the score lines inwards...

The next step is to turn the whole thing over and add double sided tape to the small edge flaps, and the two side flaps at one end...

Then you need to stick the small flaps to the inside of two taped sides...

and then stick the untaped sides around the outside of the taped sides to form a box, open at the top...

I then coloured in some labels with Flexmarkers to indicate the colour range contained within each box...

And here's my finished set.

I need to make a couple more for my gold/silver scraps, and perhaps my creams as I currently have these in with my whites but for now I'm pretty pleased with this and once I'd worked out how to make the first one, I completed the set in no time :)

I just now need to make a mental note to look here first before cutting into my large cardstock unnecessarily. 

Hopefully this may give you some inspiration if you are looking for your own solution, and its a nice inexpensive one too!

Bye for now


  1. Your handmade boxes are fantastic, Neet! Thank you for sharing how you did it. I love the color-coded labels and how organized and neat they look! I have mine in a roller drawer cabinet under my desk, really handy, but I still need to work harder at looking there FIRST. (I think it's because I'm a paper ho and have tons of it, naughty me!)

  2. P.S. You might want to make a top tab that says something like "Organization Tips" to make it easy for people to learn from you. xxoo Darnell

    1. Thanks hun, good idea. I've got them labelled as 'Storage Solutions' at the mo but they're probably harder to spot amongst the labels :) xx

  3. Ooooh what a fab idea hun! I keep all mine in plastic wallets, in magazine folders. I still struggle to use it all though lol!
    Lizy xx

  4. Love this too. Why can we never get rid of them scraps! x


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