Project Life Card Organization

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A few months before we moved, I stumbled across the perfect solution to store and organize my many Project Life Core Kits.  For those not familiar with Project Life, check it out here.  For me, clear containers work best otherwise it truly is – out of sight, out of mind – which is ok for some things, but doesn’t work at all for me when it comes to scrapbooking materials.

The Project Life Core Kit boxes did fit nicely in my Ikea shelves but then they changed the packaging and I wasn’t a fan.  Plus, it became too much of a hassle to keep restacking the core kits back in the shelf so the accumulated in a nice tower around my scrapbook table.

While this was somewhat easier, it still isn’t ideal – I don’t want the big pile in the floor. You can also see the two different styles of packaging in this picture – nice box vs flimsy tray.

So, I turned to my friends Bed Bath and Beyond and The Container Store.  Since we don’t have a Container Store here, my first option was Bed Bath and Beyond.  They had one clear hinged box I thought would be perfect but when I got it home, turned out to be about 1″ too short to clear the cards (I want them to be standing up in the boxes).  However, I loved those boxes so much I used them in my bathroom cabinet to give that room a refresh – I think clear boxes are always the way to go!  I need to do a few more tweaks and I’ll share an updated look at this cabinet too.  LOVING the clear containers though.

Since I ended up with an additional 6 containers that didn’t solve my Project Life problems, I turned online to The Container Store.  I had a couple reservations with ordering 1) you have to spend at least $75 to get free shipping; 2) I’d be guessing more or less on the products since I couldn’t actually see them in real and 3) I’d have to go to Atlanta or Nashville to return (not paying the fee to mail back!) if they don’t work.

I settled on 2 different style boxes and placed my order… the next day, I had shoppers remorse and did some online research to see how others organize their cards.  Not many people use completely clear containers and that’s really what I was after.  I finally stumbled on a quick youtube video where the lady had used the large shoe storage drawers from The Container Store!  I headed back to the website and placed another order for 6 large shoe boxes and also the dividers (sold separately).

My first order arrived and it was obvious that the products weren’t going to work.  I had a complete miss with that order.  Then, my second order arrived and the stars aligned!

The drawers are such a nice clear, sturdy container and they slide very nice and smooth on the tracks.

 (ignore the mess in the back!)

Here’s a shot of the dividers – I love that you can use them 3 different ways. I chose to section them off side to side and keep a complete core kit together in one section (4×6 cards and 3×4).  They fit perfectly and have room to flip through the cards as well.

 I added a post it tab to label which core kit is in each section.
The stack of empty core kit boxes I was able to transition to the clear boxes!  Look how much I was able to consolidate as well.
I’m pretty sure the boxes will live like this on the corner of my scrapbook table for easy access.  I do need probably 2 more to fit the rest of my core kits as well.  I also noticed that when the top drawers are completely extended it gets top heavy.  I may stack my pen/scissor/foam mounting supply box on top to serve as an anchor.

It’s been several months since I switched to the clear drawers and it was the perfect solution for me.  Once I get the rest of my scrapbook room all settled at the new house I’ll share some more solutions that have worked for me.

Happy Monday!

4 thoughts on “Project Life Card Organization

  1. Love This Idea! Thank You So Much! I have 6 Project Life Core kits I want to organize and this would be perfect! So it looks like you can fit three Project Life kits in each clear shoe box?


    1. Thanks! It took me a few tries to get down a system that would work for me and clear containers are always my go to! Yes, you can get three sets in each shoe box and maybe more but I didn’t want to mix the sets up 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!


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