Inexpensive Project Life Storage Solution

I wanted to share my cool find with any Project Lifers out there. I do much better with these kinds of projects if it’s easy to pick up and work on whenever I have an extra 15 minutes. Meaning, the cards need to be easily accessible, pens need to be right there, additional embellishments (I like to embellish my Project Life layouts because I am a scrapbooker and I have extra stuff….but you totally don’t have to!) need to be nearby.

I love the set up Michelle Wooderson has in her space, but this does not work for me as I can’t leave stuff out right now. I love all the things Leena has collected to work on her album. But again, I’d have to find a place to store all the different bins. I’ve been looking in the school supply isles at different places to see if I could find something that would work.

But it wasn’t until I was in Joann’s the other day that I found the piece I had been looking for:

It’s a plastic insert for a 12×12 storage box. I found it in the scrapbooking section near the Iris boxes and plastic photo boxes. You can also find them here on Amazon: Darice Tray Insert. It’s got several different sized compartment perfect to hold the bits and pieces I need.

Whenever I have scraps of cardstock or pattern paper that I’m going to throw away, I grab my punches first (check out this post if you missed it). In one of the compartments — on the left photo above — I have a variety of punched shapes in neutral colors that I use all the time — butterflies, scallop circles, hearts, etc… and some flowers, some additional journaling cards and some office supply index tabs.

The next row — on the right photo above — is long so I can actually fit 12 inch sticker sheets (sometimes you have to trim the bottom and/or top to get it to fit), packages of embellishments, large title cards from My Mind’s Eye that I’ve never used. This is the perfect row to tuck in any ephemera I want to use that week too.

In the next row, I plan to keep the 4×6 date card inserts — on the left photo above. This row of compartments is also perfect for my BIC Mark-It Ultra Fine Point Markers.

In the final row — on the right photo above — I will keep the journaling cards and a few other stickers and embellishments. If you have any of Jenni Bowlin’s mini bingo cards, they fit perfectly into the journaling card slot in the Style A page protectors. I still have a stash and hope to use some in my Project Life album this year.

I may not be able to keep this out in the open in my craft space, but I did make room on the shelf in the closet for it.

Whenever I go to work on this album, I can just grab my insert, bring it to the table and I have enough to work from. I will still need to grab punches and stamps and adhesive, but all of these items are also easily accessible and don’t need need to be inside this insert.

If you are looking for more project life ideas, here are a few fun things I found in my web wanderings this week:

  • Lisa has a great tutorial for making custom PL embellishments with the Silhouette
  • Kerri Bradford has some cool PL shapes for electronic die cut machines, sized perfectly for the PL page protectors
  • Wendy shares another storage solution. Love the idea – on a smaller scale, I was thinking a cookie sheet would also work
  • Ali has a free PL digital download to this week
  • Jessica Turner has a free printable of all the stuff you should be collecting for PL

Have you found a storage solution for all of your Project Life goodies yet?

Thanks for stopping by today!


  1. what a great storage idea! also thanks for the links to some fun project life blogs and tips! i have them book marked! thanks@!!!!!!!

  2. Oh wow, that is a nice little container . . . don’t you just love new containers/storage items? :>)

    We’re redoing our laundry room and I get to go shopping soon for some new storage bins! YIPPEE

  3. Awesome storage idea!

  4. I’m not doing Project Life but still think those are just some great general storage ideas. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Great, informative post! : )

  6. Thanks for sharing! I need to have my stuff out there so I can work on it too! This will be perfect!

  7. This is great! I was just flipping through my cards, after I took them out of the box and thinking to myself, “Becky, you really need a storage fix for this PL mess” 🙂 Thanks for the links, I’m off to check them all out!

  8. Those are super cool! I have never seen them before! Good luck with the project life! This sure looks like it would make it easier! Thanks for sharing! -Amanda

  9. That is a great storage idea. You do need to keep everything within reach to stay on top of that project!

  10. These look like they will work perfectly for you.
    I have seen others that organize their stuff and looks great.
    But I need something a bit more…out of the way.

  11. I started with a smaller container from just the bare basics that came with PL, but since I have that same container as you’ve shown, and it is currently underused, I think I will switch them out. And then I also think I will rifle through my scraps box to punch some shapes like you have – as my scrap folder was getting stuffed again. Thanks for the great solution.

  12. Thanks Tammy for this wonderful storage find! I need something exactly like this for my Project Life stuff, plus, I think these fit into my existing 12×12 IRIS clear boxes! I’ve been wishing for a better way to organize some of the smaller stuff in my IRIS boxes, so this will be perfect!


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