You may already know that the Spinder Binder was originally designed to help scrapbookers, card makers, & paper crafters who had bulging ScrapRacks, thin their racks. But like most of our products, there are multiple uses. In this blog post I talk briefly about 10 more ways to organize craft supplies with the Spinder Binder. If you have other ideas or comments, I hope you’ll share them with me/us by using the comment box below this post.
1 – Album Planner – Photo Storage
Fill your Spinder Binder with Perfect Six and/or Fantastic Five pages and use it as an album planner.
One of the things that really distracts Scrapbookers from getting pages done is repeatedly flipping through stacks of photos.
Think about the pockets on the Perfect Six page (4×6) or the Fantastic Five (5×7) as representing the left and right sides of a double page layout. Imagine that each scrapbook page will hold a maximum 6 4×6 photos or 4 5×7 photos.
Now, choose the photos for each side of the double page layout – or single page, and put them into the pockets. When you’re ready to scrap that event, your pictures will be presorted and ready. Add larger pockets, like the SuperSized Single if you want to include mementos in with the photos.
Use Dividers and/or Shut Your Flap tabs to label each section of your album planner.
2 – Project Life Card Storage
Do you love adding Project Life type cards to your scrapbooks, but find that organizing them in a visible way is difficult? Try sorting them into ScrapRack pages and storing them all together in the Spinder Binder.
Project Life cards come in 2 sizes; 3×4″ and 4×6″. We have two page designs that work well for these dimensions.
The Trader’s Twelve – 12 pockets, each is 3” wide by 4” deep.
The Perfect Six – 6 pockets, each is 6” wide by 4” deep.
3 – Kid’s Craft Binder
Do you have children or grandchildren who like to craft? From pipe cleaners to googly eyes, the Spinder Binder is an inexpensive solution for storing their supplies.
4 – Quilting, sewing, or needlecraft project binder
Are you a quilter who likes to travel with your projects? Do you attend open sewing events or classes at your local quilt store?
The Spinder Binder is large enough to hold precut quilt pieces, a large embroidery hoop, floss cards, thread and needles. Everything you need to work on your class projects or hand-sewn parts of your quilting project.
Use our Supersized Single (12×12) pocket pages for large panels, and smaller pockets like the Fabulous Four (6×6) pocket page for smaller pieces. Keep full projects together in our Expanding Project Planner Page.
5 – Stencils
If you’ve followed along with us for a while, you may have seen the Spinder Binder used for templates and stencils.
If you’re a card maker, you may have smaller 3×4″ stencils, which fit perfectly in the Trader’s Twelve page (above, left).
When storing stencils, I recommend that you create a “pull-up pocket” for each stencil.
You can use either the packaging from the stencil or just a folded piece of cardstock. Stencils can easily get “hung up” on each other or on page pockets. Having this simple “pull-up pocket” makes it easy to slide the stencils in and out of the pockets. This is especially true if you’re storing 2 or more stencils per pocket.
6 – Kiwi Lane Templates
Templates like the popular Kiwi Lane brand can easily be stored in a Spinder Binder.
We recommend the Vertical Double storage page for border templates (above, right).
Try the Flippin’ Storage Page for photo mats, and accessory sets.
The Essential Five page will work for larger Accessories sets, or card-length border sets.
If you’ve cut paper templates but didn’t actually use them, you can store those precut pieces in ScrapRack pages as well. I would recommend storing them in the correct section of your 4 section system though, not with the templates themselves.
The Spinder Binder is roomy, so if you have a Kiwi Lane Idea Book, you can probably zip it right into your Spinder Binder with your templates.
7 – Embossing folders
You may have seen the Big Fat Flippin’ Storage Binder on HSN last month. You can create your own Flippin Storage Binder by combining a Spinder Binder and our Flippin’ Storage Pages (below, right).
The Flippin’ Storage Pages work well for embossing folders because that page offers 2 sizes – 4×6 and 5×7 – of pockets. However, we’ve got several pages that will accommodate embossing folders. Try the Straight Eight for border-style folders (below, left). and the Trader’s Twelve for the small card-maker’s folders.
8 – Acrylic stamps & red rubber unmounted stamps
These stamps come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Coincidently, so do our ScrapRack pages.
I organized unmounted stamps by size and then created a catalog so I could easily find them. The pages I found most useful for my stamps were: The Trader’s Twelve for small stamps, the Fabulous Four for 6×6″ stamp sets, and the Fantastic Five for larger stamp sets. Of course, the Flippin’ Storage page is a good option as well.
9 – Cards you’ve made – Card blanks
Looking for a visible and accessible way to store cards you’ve made or card blanks? The Spinder Binder with Flippin Storage Pages is an excellent solution. You can also use our regular ScrapRack Basic Storage pages, too, depending on the sizes of your cards.
10 – Crafter’s Catalog
The Spinder Binder makes an excellent Catalog.
If you’ve created a color or tool catalog with me during a Get Organized Challenge, you know what I’m talking about.
You can mix and match 12×12″ pockets with 8.5×11″ pockets on our standard 3-ring Spinder.
In the Spinder Binder your catalog is portable so you can take it with you to crops, classes and conventions. You’ll be able to buy the products that complement your existing product rather than duplicating them.
What kind of crafter are you?
One of the things I’m regularly asking you to do is to determine what kind of crafter you are. Where do you craft? When do you craft? Who do you craft with? To choose the right organization products for you, you have to be conscious of what kind of crafter you are. The Spinder Binder has so many uses, that it might be a great fit for every crafter. But you should know how you’re going to use it before you get it home – and what do we call that? “Shopping with intention!” 🙂
Thanks for stopping by today. I’m sure you’ll be able to come up with a few more uses for the Spinder Binder. When you do, I hope you’ll take the time to share them with me.