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Mar 05

Scrapbook Paper Hanging Folders

IHeart Organizing is a huge inspiration for me, considering I’m currently one of the least organized people in the world. So when they posted some scrapbook paper organization help, I was ON IT. But I was also not about to spend $2 per folder on these scrapbook file folders. Maybe in the future, but not now. SwankyLuv: Scrapbook Paper Hanging Folders

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I originally had my paper in 12×12 drawers, but not only was it hard to access, it was bending the paper that was on top and that made me sad.

SwankyLuv: Scrapbook Paper Hanging Folders

The best folders I found were the job were Office Max brand hanging folders. They’re cheap and easy to use, while also strong come with tabs.

SwankyLuv: Scrapbook Paper Hanging Folders Of course, the folders are only about 9×12, so they need some help to fit 12×12 paper.

First cut one folder in half at the crease.

SwankyLuv: Scrapbook Paper Hanging Folders Then, cut one metal piece off of a second folder. I held onto these in hopes to figure out a way to use them, but you could also just discard them.

SwankyLuv: Scrapbook Paper Hanging Folders This folder gets folded to create a 12×12 folder. If you’re using the Office Max folders, the crease you see immediately to the left of my scissors will be matched up with the bottom one of four. If you’re using another folder, match up the two folders and use a piece of your paper to create the proper size.

SwankyLuv: Scrapbook Paper Hanging Folders Now, just tape both sides (they should overlap, so make sure you tape both front and back) and you’re done!

SwankyLuv: Scrapbook Paper Hanging Folders

Just do it about 30 more times depending on your categories. For the record, my categories are pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown/tan, black, white (solid and print), stripes, geometric, polka dots, letters and words, baby, travel, holiday, family, and two-sided. I tend to give myself an “other” category, but I know I would have ended up with a TON of stuff in that category.

So far, it’s worked, but of course, I haven’t used any of the paper since finishing the box. It holds the paper, and I have drawers to hold other things now so I’m pretty excited about that.

How do you hold your scrapbook paper? Is it organized or thrown into some drawers all willy-nilly?

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  1. Andrea

    Thanks so much! I just made a bunch of these to organize my paper. And I found a use for the extra strip you cut off! I had some “books” of scrapbook paper I didn’t want to separate, so I opened them up to the center, slid in the metal hanger piece, closed it, and hung the whole book the rack. Works great!

    1. Kim

      Great idea! I’m probably going to make some jewelry out of my leftovers, but that’s an excellent idea!

  2. Kristyne

    Great idea, where did you get the box from?

  3. Kristyne

    Great idea. Love it. Where did you get the box from?

    1. Kim

      Hi Kristyne! Thank you for your comment.

      The box is actually from the Itso line at Target! It’s the 13×13 box, which is the perfect size. Unfortunately, it looks like they no longer carry the line and have replaced it with Threshold, which appears to be similar and can be found here: http://www.target.com/p/threshold-storage-bin/-/A-14368649#prodSlot=medium_1_7&term=threshold

  4. sherri

    What box did you find that’s deep enough to hold 12×12 size file folders?

    1. Kim

      Hi Sherri! Thank you for your comment.

      The box is actually from the Itso line at Target! It’s the 13×13 box, which is the perfect size. Unfortunately, it looks like they no longer carry the line and have replaced it with Threshold, which appears to be similar and can be found here: http://www.target.com/p/threshold-storage-bin/-/A-14368649#prodSlot=medium_1_7&term=threshold

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