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Get organized this year!

The new year is the perfect time to get organized or just re-energize your creativity—and Archiver’s is here to help. All it takes is a little bit of time—and a few small steps—to get on the road to total organization. Any of the tips below can be accomplished in a short amount of time, so there’s no reason not to start today!

Organize your photos and memories

Organize the digital photos on your computer

  1. Set up folders on your computer, one for each year, with subfolders for each event or month.
  2. Next, file your photos in the proper folder. Don’t worry about organizing ALL of your photos at once—just start with a recent batch and go from there.
  3. Finally, burn your photos to a CD so you’ll have a backup in case your computer crashes. We have a handy CD binder to keep all those CDs in so they’re in one place when you need them!

Sort your printed photos

Sort them by event, date, or category and put in Archiver’s archival-safe envelopes. Label each envelope and file them in a photo box. You’ll be able to easily find what you’re looking for, and by using all archival-safe products, you won’t ever have to worry about your precious photos deteriorating! Or, take it a step further and organize your photos inside photo albums.

Gather your photos for scrapbooking

Set aside (or print) the photos you know you want to scrapbook. Combine the photos along with the papers and embellishments you want to use for each page inside a page protector. Put all your page protectors inside a binder. When you’re ready to scrapbook, you won’t waste time searching for an embellishment, piece of paper, or particular photo. Everything will be right inside the binder, all ready to go!

Write down your memories Write down the funny things your kids say, details you want to remember, interesting quotes you’ve heard, or anything else in a cute notebook. Keep your notebook in a handy place (like in the kitchen or near the phone) so it’s right there to jot down notes when something happens. Or, set up a document on your computer to keep a record and make a point to update it at the end of the day. By writing everything down, you won’t forget the important details when you’re scrapbooking!

Try pocket pages

Create a traditional scrapbook page and then include additional photos behind it in pocket pages—just slide your photos in and you’re done! You still get to be creative, but you can include more photos and do it faster!

Organize your supplies


  • Organize your paper by color or theme. That way, you won’t have to dig through stacks and stacks of paper to find that certain color of cardstock or specific themed paper! By knowing what you have, it’s easier to get started.
  • Consider storing paper vertically in 12x12 paper files—they take up less room than storing paper horizontally!


  • Organize your clear or cling stamps on a Clip-it-Up. Spin the upper or lower tiers around to find the stamp you’re looking for. Or, create a handy clear stamp organizer using clear sleeves and the Zutter Bind-it-All!
  • Remember to store ink pads upside down to keep the ink pad moist and prevent it drying out.


  • Sort embellishments by theme, color, or type (buttons or flowers, for example) inside a small bin or jar. Not only do they take up less space when they’re out of the packaging, but it’s also easier to find what you need.
  • Boxes with divided compartments are great for storing buttons, eyelets, brads, and other small embellishments.


  • Store all your punches in one spot, such as a large stackable bin or tote.
  • Separate punches into alike styles—all your circle punches together, for example.


  • The Clip-it-Up ribbon organizer (available in large or mini styles) keeps your ribbon neat, tidy, and out in the open where you can easily find it.
  • Try a ribbon box or ribbon tote, which can be easily taken with you to your next crop!

Most-used supplies

  • A desktop organizer keeps all of your most-used supplies—like pens and scissors—right at your fingertips. Or, a small portable tote works for storing your supplies and taking them on the go!
  • Remember to always have these basic items close by:
  • Trimmer
  • Scissors
  • Pens/markers
  • Craft knife
  • Adhesive