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Old 08-31-2020, 11:33 AM   #1
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I am tring to find something for my 12x12 scrapbooking paper. I seen these cube organizer stackable plastic storage shelves. Has any one used these for you paper storeage. I did not know if they could hold the weight of the paper. It looks like they have these round plastic circles that hold them togeather. I add a photo so you know what I am talking about. If you do use them. can you let me know what you think and if they can hold a lot on a shelf and if you use something diffent can you post a photo of what you use and inof on it. I just need something. thank you. 
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I have used those cube organizer stackable storage shelves for a number of years.  The only problem I have had with them is, I have had to use zip ties to keep the ends from popping out the round plastic circles.  Since I put the zip ties on, I haven't had any problems.  I put about 7 or 8 12 x 12 pads in one cube.  I try to keep the weight evenly distributed so the shelves do not bow.
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Old 08-31-2020, 03:56 PM   #3
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I was thinking about the zip ties. I was not sure if the round plastic circles would stay. I did not knwo if they could hold the paper. So I will for sure use the zip ites. Sounds like you have a lot of  paper on the shelves. Can you post a photo of one so I can see it? Thank you for letting me know you have them. Sounds like they work. 
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If you’d like something sturdy, a 4-cube Ikea Kallax unit could work. I have the previous version (Expedit) in an 8-cube version, and found shelf dividers to split the cubes horizontally. 12x12 paper can be stored flat or vertically in paper holders. It’s not how I store paper any longer but works well. 

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Old 09-01-2020, 03:09 AM   #5
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I have been looking at the Ikea ones. I am not sure if I have the room for the cube and not sure If I want to pay that much for one. That is a big reason I am trying to see what everyone has. I love the Ikea one don't get me wrong. I want to put it by color of paper and I think I have to get one paper holder for each color am I correct on that? I did look and I think the paper holder that fits in the cub is $50.00 each. If I need to get one for each color then that can add up. Let me know if I am way off on this lol. Thank you for letting me know about this one. I have been looking at them .

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Paper holders can be horizontal or vertical, and cost depends on type and company - but if you’re thinking of the Ikea cube inserts, it’s up to you whether you separate every color. I don’t, and my 12x12 is stored differently than 8.5x11 so it depends on what works for you.

Totally Tiffany has cardboard boxes for vertical storage like these:

I used to use plastic boxes similar to those but found them awkward to pull out and go through. Eventually I went with a rolling cart so I can sit in front of it and flip through paper in 13x13 hanging files. But patterned paper isn’t my mainstay. 

You can find horizontal storage for Kallax not just on Ikea but on Etsy and other places by googling something like, “ikea paper inserts kallax” and a bunch will pop up. And maybe some older threads about paper storage can be linked for you. I can look later if others don’t chime in.And maybe others who have used the wire storage will weigh in. 

ETA I just googled on “splitcoaststampers 12x12 paper storage” and a bunch of threads showed up. The search function here works though sometimes google or another search engine is easier for me. 

I’m not trying to talk you out of the wire racks, they may be your best bet. Keeping in mind bowing or balance would be fine for some and not others.

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Yes it can be ongoing for sure. I will try and see what comes up for the other paper inserts. I will also look for the other threads. I just dont know what I want to do. I think that would help if I did lol. Thank you for all the info again. 
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Yes it can be ongoing for sure. I will try and see what comes up for the other paper inserts. I will also look for the other threads. I just dont know what I want to do. I think that would help if I did lol. Thank you for all the info again. 



You can say that again (helping if we knew what we wanted)! The only thing I’d add is to visualize yourself using whatever system you’re considering. You’re a crafter so have a good imagination! Literally see yourself using the storage, where you’d sit, reaching for papers, etc. 

I first stored 12x12 patterned paper in an Ikea cube in plastic vertical holders similar to Totally Tiffany ones. But the papers didn’t face me, so flipping through them was awkward, or a holder was taken out of the cube and put on my computer desk, pushing things out of the way. But the holder sides were tall so I couldn’t see all of the pattern. Even if the papers were solid colors it would have felt awkward.

If I had made pretend I was using the holders before buying, I may have realized it wouldn’t be a good fit. Luckily I hadn’t spent lots of $$, and it helped me realize I wanted 12x12 vertical and facing me, so that eliminated many options. 

Since then for other storage I’ve gone through the exercise - pretending to use it mentally, sometimes physically.

It’s one thing to think a storage solution is neat or pretty or you admire someone who uses it. It’s a whole other ballgame if it will be the best fit. But you’ll get there!

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Very True! 

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I use the Totally Tiffany Paper Handlers and Cropper Hopper paper holders.  They fit nicely on the cube storage from Michaels.
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The only problem with them is I don't have the space to put them on something or in. I need something that can be standing alone. Thank you I did take a look at them. I just don't have the room to put them. I would need a lot of them.

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The only problem with them is I don't have the space to put them on something or in. I need something that can be standing alone. Thank you I did take a look at them. I just don't have the room to put them. I would need a lot of them.


They fit in the 4-cube Ikea Kallax.The Ctopper Hoppers were the ones I mentioned above - couldn’t remember the name. Dividers can be added to separate colors and types. 
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I would love the have the cube I just don't have the space to fit something like that. I wish I could I just don't have the room .

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Ah - so the wire cubes take up less space, it sounds like. The 4-cube Kallax is about 30” wide. 

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Yes they do take up less space. I have a huge book self type thing. My mom gave it to me so I don't want to get rid of it. I do use it for my albums and some other things. It takes up a lot of space. I would love one of the cubes. I even thought of the Michaels paper storage. I just did not know how much paper you can fit in one. I think you can get move shelves I think if I am correct. I am guessing the weight would be no different than the wire cubes and I would think it would take up about the same space. I just have to look in the cost of both and see if I can some how get the cube to work some how and then the cost lol. It seems to always come down to cost.
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Solid cubes weigh more than wire, but if wire or solid interior measurements were roughly 13x13” the amount of paper they’d hold would theoretically be the same, whether from Michaels, Walmart, Ikea, Target, Wayfair, etc. 

I’d want to see wire in person to check stability, push down to check bowing, like bjy1947 posted she was careful about, etc. Actually, I’d check the return policy, since I don’t go into stores yet!  

If your big book shelves can be adjusted to higher than 12”, the paper handlers would fit on them. You’ll figure it out. 
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I did not even think of the shelves I have. They can be adjusted. I might just have to look at that. I really like the Ikea paper holders. I wonder if you can get them cheeper than Ikea ones. I don't want to spend $300 dollars or more just for paper storage. I know what I will be doing today. Thank you.

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I did not even think of the shelves I have. They can be adjusted. I might just have to look at that. I really like the Ikea paper holders. I wonder if you can get them cheeper than Ikea ones. I don't want to spend $300 dollars or more just for paper storage. I know what I will be doing today. Thank you.


Do you have the URL/link or name of the Ikea paper holder? 
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No I would have to go on the site and look for it. 

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Okay - I just don’t see one, just some on Etsy and other sites. BTW, the 4-cube Kallax unit just went on sale for $34.99, not $50.00. But it sounds like with luck your current shelves will work. 
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I will take a look at the Kallax unit for that price. I am still looking around and seeing what will work in my space and the cost is one other thing I have to look at. I am going to look at the unit. Thanks for letting me know about the sale. What place did you see them on sale?

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