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Small Space Organization: Crop In Style

December 30, 2007 Sarah Coggins

Probably my favorite new scrapping piece is my Crop In Style modular unit. It’s a combination of four pieces – (2) Accessorizer cubes with added inserts and (2) 3-drawer Organizer cubes. I constructed a base for them to sit on using wood 2x4s and base molding. That idea I lifted from a user at Two Peas – abrandstetter.

The top left cube holds my patterned papers in a Cropper Hopper Vertical holder. I have them divided by theme and a few by category using the Cropper Hopper paper files and page planners. The latter are great when you want to organize papers with scraps or certain flat embellishments. For example, I use one of the page planners for my Disney papers and keep stickers in the smaller pocket.

Also in the top left cube are two magazine files – one for scrapbooking magazines I’m keeping for reference and one to hold blue plastic document holders I bought from the Target dollar spot. I keep chipboard shapes and 6×6 papers in the document holders. Next to them are the Pioneer Space Saver photo albums I mentioned in my Photo Organization post.

The top right cube holds my albums horizontally. I personally prefer to store them this way versus standing upright. Also it enables me to lay a few recent and/or in progress layouts on the top album until I’m ready to place them into their album.

The drawers along the bottom hold a variety of fun scrapbooking goodies. I added labels using the same font (Two Peas Old Type) that I used on the foam stamp jars. They are categorized as follows: alphas, ribbons & punches, tools, embellies, stamps, and misc.

The alphas drawer is as the name says – a drawer dedicated to alphabet embellishments [except stickers….I’ll cover that in another post]. I split up all of my various alpha embellies (metals, plastics, chipboard, etc) by letter into large Cropper Hopper embellishment boxes. I labeled each box with the appropriate letter or symbol using some Making Memories alpha stickers from my stash. The boxes fit perfectly (with a few extra to spare) and still leave some space in the back for larger alpha and chipboard items that won’t fix in the boxes. Another $$ saver tip here – I’m using index card cases by Better Office Products to house some of those larger items. These cases sell for $1.00 at CVS and are basically a freebie when I shop using my CVS ExtraCare Bucks.

Next to the alphas drawer is the embellies drawer. I keep those items separated with a Crop In Style Drawer Divider. I choose not to use the middle insert so I would have larger, rectangular spaces for some of the bulkier items. In the front you might notice the Cropper Hopper 3×3 Embellishment Bags. I recently bought a second package of those. They are very handy for storing little items such as brads and sequins.

The final drawer I’ll share an inside photo of is the ribbons & punches drawer [pardon Cali’s tail – she was curious ;)]. I don’t own very many punches so it’s easy to share the space with these two items. I keep them separated with an old paper file we had laying around collecting dust. I was about to add it to our donation pile when I realized how perfectly it divided this drawer.


  • jill December 30, 2007 at 3:23 pm
    So many ideas that have me thinking! Love your alpha storage/org. The base adds a nice finished touch to your cubes :)

  • Heather Bares December 30, 2007 at 4:31 pm
    I wish I could get organized like that. I don't have a space yet, but that is my goal for next year, to have my own little space set up.
  • Colleen December 30, 2007 at 4:38 pm
    Look at you go girl! I spent yesterday at my scrap table not scrapping - unmounting rubber stamps and ctaloguing all the stamps I do have! Another organizational task I've been thinking about for a while!
  • jp December 30, 2007 at 5:41 pm
    Sarah, you have it figured out! Your storage ideas are great. TFS! Janet
  • Ter December 31, 2007 at 12:42 am
    Girl, I need a mop, I was totally drooling over your little organizational tools. I actually have seen something similar to the shelves/drawers (or the same?) at Michaels and I thought about buying them, but each peice is pricy on its own, and I don't really have a spot in my house where I could solely dedicate to such a use. I hope in the next couple years we will have our basement completely furnished then I could do that!
  • Jennifer Priest December 31, 2007 at 8:26 pm
    I LOVE my crop in stayle cubes!! And I arrange my alphas the same way--by letter. I have them in little drawers though--I really like the way yours look. Your organization is inspiring me to clean my space!!
  • Benita December 31, 2007 at 11:02 pm
    Love how organized you are! Can't wait to see some more pics of your room :)
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