How do you store 6x6 paper pads if you have a ton of them?

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Posted 4/18/2013 by vicki123 in General Scrappin'


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Posted: 4/18/2013 11:22:00 PM
Some of you that have a ton of the 6x6 paper pads, how do you store them? Mine are on several shelves of a bookcase--on the shelves like books. There should be a better method.

Purchasing Ikea furniture is out of the question. There is no Ikea in the state I live in, or even near my state.

If you have figured out a good way to store them where you can flip through them, please explain. If you have a certain piece of furniture you use, please mention that.



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Posted: 4/18/2013 11:33:27 PM
I have them all in a white basket that is in my "Ikea" I am no help!


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Posted: 4/18/2013 11:38:29 PM
I have mine in a long plastic bin and can flip through them pretty easily.

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Posted: 4/19/2013 12:25:31 AM
I was lucky enough to score a vintage library trolley type thing for books. It fits the pads perfectly and the shelves are nicely tilted. Love it!

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Posted: 4/19/2013 12:43:23 AM
justlulu, I just saw one of those at an antique event and so wanted to grab it! It was a great deal, but I just don't have the space.

I keep my 8x8 and 6x6 pads in a narrow clear plastic bin and it sits in one of the cubbies in my Expedit. I can quickly and easily peruse them and grab what I need.


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Posted: 4/19/2013 7:54:35 AM
I have a small bookcase from Hobby Lobby, and I keep 2 baskets on each shelf. Each basket is filled with 6x6 and 8x8 pads in alphabetical order by manufacturer. Works great.

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Posted: 4/19/2013 8:34:11 AM
I saw somewhere that someone had them in the plastic milk carts. That looked like a good idea. I have mine in a basket from the dollar store. I can flip through them easily.

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Posted: 4/19/2013 8:48:18 AM
I have a select few that stay on my desk (either new ones or ones I use a lot). All other seasonal ones are in a folder with the seasonal embellishments. I only have 15 total, so not a ton but enough to make my DH head spin.


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Posted: 4/19/2013 9:15:47 AM
I use Target Itso bins for 6x6 paper pads. One bin holds 24-28 pads - I can't give exact number because some of mine are heavily used, and I have a few mat packs stuck in there too.

The pads are upright, in two rows along 13" side of the bin. I also use a bin for 8" pads and use remaining space for labels, some chip that goes with those pads.

Not super pretty, but efficient. I mostly sort by color but had to go off course for addictive little pads.

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Posted: 4/19/2013 9:43:02 AM
lined up in a long plastic bin
once I use it, I put it in a quart size bag to keep the tidbits together


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Posted: 4/19/2013 9:46:23 AM
Mine were in a small metal basket that I found at Big Lots. I could easily flip through them.

But I just recently took all of them and cut them down to 4x6 to use them in divided page protectors for some odd sized older photots.


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Posted: 4/19/2013 9:54:28 AM
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Posted: 4/19/2013 10:16:42 AM
I have mine in one of these


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Posted: 4/19/2013 10:36:42 AM
There was just a great post using the new storage units from CTMH. It was on this message board this week. Here's the link. I just purchased these and plan to use them the same way.

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Posted: 4/19/2013 10:39:18 AM
They fit in photo boxes. Although they are a little taller so you can either place your lid under the box or on top of the paper.
And they come in so many great colors and patterns and are super inexpensive. I pick mine up got under $3

I'm looking for a bamboo bin type thing for them though

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Posted: 4/19/2013 11:10:13 AM
Thanks for all of the ideas.

It sounds like I am going to have to purchase some type of container and store these containers on a bookcase--so the paper pads can be flipped through to find them.

Right now I have mine like books on several shelves of a bookshelf. I have a few in a couple of Artbin Super Semi-Satchel containers. The problem is what do you do with a bunch of the Artbin Super Semi-Satchels?

I do like the fact that the CTMH containers will hold a lot of the paper pads. These containers would probably have to sit on a counter.

I looked up the Really Useful Boxes. They have a smaller one that might work to put several on a shelf of a bookcase.

Smaller Size Really Useful Boxes
(I just went to Office Depot which is 40 miles away from where I live. I had to purchase 8L boxes for the 6x6 paper pads to fit. The boxes listed in the above link were not wide enough.) On April 21, I returned these to the store. For the lids to not fit, I ended up deciding these were a little too expensive.

I am thinking these would let you flip through the paper pads and probably wouldn't over weigh the bookcase shelves down.


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Posted: 4/19/2013 11:59:18 AM
Vicki, upright and flipping is key. I use mine so much more now they're stored in a bin.

Thanks for posting this question, I love to read organizing threads.


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Posted: 4/19/2013 12:24:34 PM
I just organized my 6x6 paper pads and did a blog post on how I did it..with a video

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Posted: 4/19/2013 2:32:28 PM
All together in a bin so that they are vertical and I can flip through them easily.

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Posted: 4/19/2013 4:55:43 PM
I keep mine in a cd box from Ikea (the cardboard one) and on a shelf in my Ikea cart.


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Posted: 4/19/2013 5:04:17 PM
I have two pink plastic mini milk crates that I bought at Walmart. The pads are the perfect fit!


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Posted: 4/19/2013 5:34:57 PM
I was just a michaels and they have the perfect plastic bins that fit 6x6 pads. And they're 40% off!
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Posted: 4/19/2013 5:46:35 PM
Mine are in this Fabric Bin from Target. I don't use the dividers, and all my 6x6 pads fit on one side, with all of my other odd-sized paper pads (mostly 5x7) on the other side. I can flip through them easily and it fits on my bookshelf.

I used to have them in the medium sized bin (same brand), and they fit perfectly there, too, but I needed a larger container so I could add the odd-sized pads in.


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Posted: 4/19/2013 9:57:48 PM
Thanks for all of the ideas.

I went to Office Depot and purchased a few of these 8L Really Useful Boxes.

Really Useful Boxes 8L

The lid doesn't snap closed. Maybe the lid would latch if I would turn some of the paper pads sideways. I figure it is ok to just let the lid sit on top of the paper. On April 21, I returned these to the store. For the lids to not fit, I ended up deciding these were a little too expensive.

I think I need to look for some narrower bookcases, where one or two of these; maybe three, at the most would fit on a shelf.

Again, thanks for all of the suggestions. The general idea I got from the thread, was to find some type of container.


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Posted: 4/21/2013 8:33:39 AM
ArtBin makes a organizer called Super Semi Satchel that is half the size of the paper holders and lots taller. It works great and they stand straight up and are easy to flip through to find what you are looking for.


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Posted: 4/21/2013 8:54:19 AM
I have mine in a fabric bin and I put them each in their own plastic baggie so I can keep the scraps together with the right paper pad. Right now it is sitting on the floor but I hope to reorganize soon and find a home for it.

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Posted: 4/21/2013 12:13:06 PM
The large organizer from Close to My Heart works really well!


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Posted: 4/21/2013 12:18:46 PM
I have an old loose wooden drawer, that has a beautiful glass knob on the front of it. All my 6x6 pads stand up perfectly in the drawer and the drawer sits on the floor of my scrapbook room. I can just flip through them easily when I need something.


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Posted: 4/21/2013 12:40:10 PM
To the OP....just curious as to what was wrong with your original storage method? Sounded like you had easy access and they were organized.....

Mine are on a shelf-sideways and I use a Slick Writer to label the pad so u can see at a glance. Also- the closed storage I've seen lots of you use is a huge hindrance to me. Having gone through many re-do's to see what works for me, I've settled on open containers. If I have to deal with a lid...even if its attached, it's too cumbersome. Plus, I need to see it, to use it. Things with lids indicate something I would be storing away, not regular use. Thankfully we have myriad options for us all!!! I guess if I did a lot of scrapping away from home, the lidded storage would be a better option.
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Posted: 4/21/2013 2:49:16 PM
Princess Paper Lover, I am not sure why I think I need something different than what I have. The 6x6 paper pads are stored on shelves like books. Labeling the ends of them would help.

After reading Has2005 post above, I realized I had one cute plastic container from Michaels. I gave it a try and it fit the paper pads and fit on my bookshelf perfectly. I went back to Michaels this afternoon and they still have the containers for 40% off. So, I bought quite a few of them. Hopefully this will let me see the front of the pads and each shelf should hold a few more paper pads by storing them this way. (The lids of the containers won't be used.)

It will probably be tomorrow evening before I get to see if this method will work the way I am hoping it will. If not, I am probably going to give up on containers and put the paper pads back the way they were, like books on a bookshelf, but label the ends of them.

Photo boxes are on sale today for 6 for $10. I didn't buy any, for they were a little wider and for my purpose, the cute plastic containers fit the paper pads without using up a lot of extra room.

Thanks for all of the 6x6 paper storage suggestions.


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Posted: 4/21/2013 7:54:59 PM
I have mine on a bookshelf like PrincessPaperLover. I also label the spines like she does, with the manufacturer and line name. I also color coded them with washi tape. A Christmas tape for those pads, birthday tape for birthday pads, you get the idea. That way if I'm looking for something specific, I just look for the coding. It works pretty well.

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Posted: 4/21/2013 8:32:28 PM
I use the Ms white drawers. 6x6 pads fit perfectly in the one with 4square drawers. CD cases fit perfectly in these too if you store your stamps that way


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Posted: 4/21/2013 9:30:29 PM
I don't have a huge 6x6 stash - probably about 10 paper pads tops - so mine are just on a shelf with my patterned paper, for quick and easy access.

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