Friday, August 24, 2012

Thinking Inside The Box with Storage

Creative ways to store your scrapbook supplies are always fun and cute, but they are not always best.  Sadly sometimes you need a box.  Don't be fooled into thinking that you should buy one of the many run of the mill scrapbook storage boxes that are sold in the craft stores.

Large craft storage boxes come in two verities.  Both of which Susy and I have made the mistake of buying in the past

Option 1: Classic snap top, 12x12x3 hard plastic case
     Upside:  It's durable
     Downsides: It's expensive($10), ugly, and relatively small at only 3 inches tall

See how the one on the right is bending?
Option 2: Flimsy snap together plastic storage boxes with lids

     Upside: cheap(a few dollars) and can easily be found in sizes 6 or more inches tall

     Downside: very flimsy thus not ideal for storing heavy things like paper

It's time for a new option:

Find your own box.  This is easier said then done.  Susy and I searched many stores looking for a cute affordable box that was sturdy enough to hold a lot of paper.

Eventually we found this wooden box from Ikea.  We plan to stain it to match the craft room decor.  The box is 14.5x12.5x12.5 and easily carries the 35+ pounds of paper we have in it.  What did it cost?  Only $6 at Ikea. 

The moral of the story.  Get out of the Big Box Craft Stores.  Explore your world.  All boxes may do the same thing, but they are not all created equal.  Those chain scrapbook stores don't have your best interest at heart.


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  2. Thanks for your comment Rory. I checked out your website. It looks like you have good deals on storage for people who live in the UK. Best of luck with your business.