I used to scrapbook more than I do now (the baby books are finished), but when I did, I found I needed a place to store all the little tools, paper scraps and supplies. Not only did I need a place to store them, but I needed some of the papers and tools to be portable so I could easily take them to a monthly craft night.
Since I mostly did the work on the dining room table, I looked for something that could fit in the room without looking, too, well...storage-y.
The bottom suitcases store reference books and magazines (when inspiration is needed), scrapbooks I'm working on, and memorabilia that I want to add to future books.
The top one, though...that one turned out to be the best organizing tool for my supplies I could've thought of! It holds the things I use regularly, I can take it with me wherever I might need, and it's easy to use.
Even now that I mainly make cards, it still works beautifully and is right near the table so I can pull it out and complete a card in no time.
I use the top pocket in the lid for holding all my scraps of paper. The side pockets I use for pens, scissors, ribbon and small items I may need.
I keep my full sized papers in paper files and when I'm going to be working on a project somewhere else, I take a few minutes to put the papers I need into the suitcase as well as the pages or cards. I make sure I have enough glue and other items and I'm ready to go.
For me, this solved a number of problems:
- storage for small items
- attractive storage
- storage in a public place (dining room)
- easy way to transport items for group crafting
What are some ways you store items that need to be in public spaces?