The BEST Way to Organize Vinyl Scraps Plus FREE Cut Files!

Here are several interesting facts about me: I’m obsessed with my Silhouette Cameo, few things in life make me happier than some good organization, I have a *slight* hoarding streak, and I looooove saving money.  So, what do you get when you combine all of these things??  This very scraptacular organizer!

Now, I realize it’s a little presumptuous to declare this method as being the absolute BEST, however……it is for me!  Yep, just like with my original vinyl organizer for my large sheets of vinyl and other Silhouette supplies, this little booklet has been a crafting game-changer for me.  I hope you find it helpful too….which is why I’m also sharing my FREE cut files so you can make your own!

And you’re in luck because I’m also back with another 20% off code for you to save on The Hungry JPEG’s October deal: The Beautiful Bundle!  I used a couple of their fonts for this project, so keep reading to see all the amazingness that comes in this month’s deal (psssst, it’s not just fonts) and snag your discount code!

The BEST Way to Organize Vinyl Scraps Plus FREE Cut Files! Whether you have a Silhouette, Cricut, Brother, or another die-cutter, this tool can help you get organized AND save you money! Via Where The Smiles Have Been

[There are affiliate links here, and many thanks to the awesome folks at The Hungry JPEG for sponsoring today’s post!]

 

The BEST Way to Organize Vinyl Scraps Plus FREE Cut Files!

Supplies

 

Earlier this year, I shared my method for storing and organizing all the supplies that I use with my beloved Silhouette Cameo….and it’s still one of my most popular posts!

All it is is simply an 18″ x 24″ artist portfolio, and it has been a true lifesaver, craftily speaking (craftsaver??).  You can find out all the deets about it here (and grab the free cut files for the “Addicted to Vinyl” decal and colorful organization labels, too!  I’m also sharing two more free cut files below, including a new decal and an updated set of labels!).

Easy Vinyl Storage Organization & TWO Free Cut Files!

 

When I put together that vinyl organizer, my collection of scraps was very minimal since I’d only had my Silhouette Cameo for about six months, plus my scraps consisted of only vinyl.  I had yet to discover the wonderful worlds of HTV, stencil film, or contact paper.  Boy, was I missing out!

I was therefore able to easily fit everything into a simple 8.5″ x 11″ plastic folder….

The BEST Way to Organize Vinyl Scraps Plus FREE Cut Files! Whether you have a Silhouette, Cricut, Brother, or another die-cutter, this tool can help you get organized AND save you money! Via Where The Smiles Have Been

 

….and it worked nicely in the Scraps page of my large organizer.

The BEST Way to Organize Vinyl Scraps Plus FREE Cut Files! Whether you have a Silhouette, Cricut, Brother, or another die-cutter, this tool can help you get organized AND save you money! Via Where The Smiles Have Been

 

Well, fast-forward ten months and this is what my Scraps page had turned into: o_O

The BEST Way to Organize Vinyl Scraps Plus FREE Cut Files! Whether you have a Silhouette, Cricut, Brother, or another die-cutter, this tool can help you get organized AND save you money! Via Where The Smiles Have Been

 

Yikes, indeed.  Everything was just shoved in there together….vinyl with HTV with glitter HTV with miscuts with contact paper with stencil film with random specialty sheets with a hodge podge of seemingly everything else.

That made it super hard to find things when getting ready for a project, and resulted in wasted money since I’d either miss a scrap I could use, or pieces would get bent, creased, and/or stuck to themselves or others.  Grrrrr to wasting time AND money!

So, when my husband asked why I had purchased a new smaller portfolio when I already had a large one, all I had to do was whip this page out and he quickly understood.  His exact words were “WOW….that is a *horrendous* mess.  Yep, good call on the small one.”

And here’s my new miniature portfolio that is solely for scraps!  It’s 9″ x 12″ and is the perfect size for scraps of all kinds, even the tiny little bits that I just can’t bring myself to throw away.  Since it’s so compact, I can easily slide it onto a shelf.

They also make lots of different size portfolios too, such as:

(I’m a visual person, so I placed a pencil next to it to give a little perspective on its size.)

The BEST Way to Organize Vinyl Scraps Plus FREE Cut Files! Whether you have a Silhouette, Cricut, Brother, or another die-cutter, this tool can help you get organized AND save you money! Via Where The Smiles Have Been

 

The Mockup

Just like with my previous vinyl storage organizer, I of course needed to add a cute little decal to the front.  Helloooo, this is for vinyl after all, and what better way to use up some scraps, amiright?  Plus, I love cute office supplies.

I first created my mockup in Silhouette Studio with the punny little saying “and she lived scrappily ever after.”  I’d also be adding some cute polka dot paper to decorate the spine, but more on this in a bit.

The BEST Way to Organize Vinyl Scraps Plus FREE Cut Files! Whether you have a Silhouette, Cricut, Brother, or another die-cutter, this tool can help you get organized AND save you money! Via Where The Smiles Have Been

 

The “Scrappily Ever After” Vinyl Decal

I then cut out the saying in two different colors of vinyl (white and pink) with my Silhouette Cameo.  And how cute is that “scrappily” font??  I mean, seriously.  Those swirls are so fun!

After adding some transfer tape to the top, I carefully applied all three pieces to the front of the cover….and luckily they were straight and level!  That always makes me let out a sigh of relief.

(If you’d like a complete tutorial on how to cut out and apply vinyl decals, check out my Project Gallery….I’ve got lots of ’em!)

The BEST Way to Organize Vinyl Scraps Plus FREE Cut Files! Whether you have a Silhouette, Cricut, Brother, or another die-cutter, this tool can help you get organized AND save you money! Via Where The Smiles Have Been

 

The Fonts

Since invariably with every project I share, people always inquire about the fonts (hooray for font addicts!), so here are the two that I used in this project, both of which are part of The Beautiful Bundle from The Hungry JPEG:

The gorgeous script font that I used for “scrappily” is called Secret Garden.  I just LOVE the swirly, twirly goodness and the cute but still classy hand drawn vibe of it….because goodness knows my handwriting is hideous, even as a font!

The Beautiful Bundle from The Hungry JPEG! Only available during October! Save 20% with code Smiles20!

 

Just look at all the fun extras!

The Beautiful Bundle from The Hungry JPEG! Only available during October! Save 20% with code Smiles20!

 

See what I mean about swirly, twirly goodness??  So many options to play with!

The Beautiful Bundle from The Hungry JPEG! Only available during October! Save 20% with code Smiles20!

 

The second font that I used for the rest of the decal (“and she lived” and “ever after.”) is called Robinson, and it’s actually a bonus font that comes with the Flowers In The Dirt package….also part of The Beautiful Bundle!

The Beautiful Bundle from The Hungry JPEG! Only available during October! Save 20% with code Smiles20!

 

This package comes with allllll these adorable designs…..

The Beautiful Bundle from The Hungry JPEG! Only available during October! Save 20% with code Smiles20!

 

….as well as the free bonus Robinson font.

The Beautiful Bundle from The Hungry JPEG! Only available during October! Save 20% with code Smiles20!

 

The Organizing Labels

Ok, now back to the organizer!

What good is organization if it’s not labeled, right?  Cute labels would be just the trick to make finding all my various scraps a breeze once slid into the pages.

Luckily I already had a set of labels made from my original vinyl organizer, but I modified them a bit by adding some new ones (like Stencil Film and Glitter HTV) and removing some (like Scraps….duh!).  The complete set that I have now includes:

The BEST Way to Organize Vinyl Scraps Plus FREE Cut Files! Whether you have a Silhouette, Cricut, Brother, or another die-cutter, this tool can help you get organized AND save you money! Via Where The Smiles Have Been

 

To avoid recreating the wheel, I’ll spare you all the details on how I made and cut out these labels, again with my Silhouette (it’s my crafting BFF).  You can find all that enthralling information (including how to modify and edit them to fit your own needs!) in my original vinyl storage organizer post.

And if you’re after a complete run-down of how to use Silhouette‘s awesome print & cut function (it’s quite incredible), check this out.

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I left these labels the same size as my original set since I’m offering them as freebies and readers may want to use them for a different size organizer.  However, they would have stuck out too far if I applied them to these 9″ x 12″ pages in the same manner….boo.

Soooo, for this mini organizer, I just used my scissors and snipped off the bottom portion of each label, added some double-sided tape to the inside of both sides, then sandwiched it around its corresponding page.  Worked like a charm!

The BEST Way to Organize Vinyl Scraps Plus FREE Cut Files! Whether you have a Silhouette, Cricut, Brother, or another die-cutter, this tool can help you get organized AND save you money! Via Where The Smiles Have Been

 

The Polka Dot Spine Insert

To amp up the cuteness factor even more (because, why not?), I cut out a new insert for the portfolio’s spine in some adorable white and silver polka dotted gift wrap that I snagged ages ago from one of Michaels’ dollar bins.

Luckily, the insert that came in the portfolio listed its exact dimensions (3.7″ x 12.7″….thanks Itoya!), so it was a breeze to cut out a perfect replacement with my Silhouette.

The BEST Way to Organize Vinyl Scraps Plus FREE Cut Files! Whether you have a Silhouette, Cricut, Brother, or another die-cutter, this tool can help you get organized AND save you money! Via Where The Smiles Have Been

 

Now that I had my punny decal on the front, the colorful labels applied to the pages, and the polka dot spine slid into place, all that was left was to separate my scraps and introduce them to their new homes!

 

The Completed Vinyl Scraps Organizer!

And here’s everything put together!  The fun saying on the cover coupled with the playful polka dots just puts a smile on my face.  Cute organization and office supplies set this nerdy girl’s heart aflutter.

The BEST Way to Organize Vinyl Scraps Plus FREE Cut Files! Whether you have a Silhouette, Cricut, Brother, or another die-cutter, this tool can help you get organized AND save you money! Via Where The Smiles Have Been

 

Being able to quickly flip through the pages and easily find what I’m looking for is icing on my crafting cake.  You just can’t beat cute organization that saves you time, frustration, and money!

The BEST Way to Organize Vinyl Scraps Plus FREE Cut Files! Whether you have a Silhouette, Cricut, Brother, or another die-cutter, this tool can help you get organized AND save you money! Via Where The Smiles Have Been

 

Here are views of all the pages I currently have.  Pretty neat, huh?  The front of the portfolio has a handy dandy pocket, so I went ahead and placed the several extra labels in there until I need to add them to the pages.

The BEST Way to Organize Vinyl Scraps Plus FREE Cut Files! Whether you have a Silhouette, Cricut, Brother, or another die-cutter, this tool can help you get organized AND save you money! Via Where The Smiles Have Been

The BEST Way to Organize Vinyl Scraps Plus FREE Cut Files! Whether you have a Silhouette, Cricut, Brother, or another die-cutter, this tool can help you get organized AND save you money! Via Where The Smiles Have Been

The BEST Way to Organize Vinyl Scraps Plus FREE Cut Files! Whether you have a Silhouette, Cricut, Brother, or another die-cutter, this tool can help you get organized AND save you money! Via Where The Smiles Have Been

 

These labels are so cost-effective (thank you photo paper!), plus I can easily adjust them if needed as my scrap supplies change.

Also, I still use the Scraps page in my original large organizer for things that are too big for this Scraps-only one, which for now includes large pieces of contact paper and stencil film.  This mini one, though, is super handy for all the tiny bits!

The BEST Way to Organize Vinyl Scraps Plus FREE Cut Files! Whether you have a Silhouette, Cricut, Brother, or another die-cutter, this tool can help you get organized AND save you money! Via Where The Smiles Have Been

 

Don’t Miss The Beautiful Bundle!

You all know I’m a huge fan of The Hungry JPEG because they always have great deals on high-quality fonts (I used three fonts from their September bundle for my recent Home Sweet Home sign), and they also offer up great freebies too.

This month, though, they’ve really outdone themselves because not only does this October bundle come with dozens of incredible fonts like normal, but it also has gorgeous graphic elements too.  Clip art, overlays, frames, doodles, watercolors, and more….it’s not called The Beautiful Bundle for nothing!

And you can very easily use all these graphic goodies with your Silhouette, as well as of course the fonts!  Tracing will do the trick, then you can add them to digital creations, cut them out, or use them in a print & cut project!

Here’s a sample of what’s included:

The Beautiful Bundle from The Hungry JPEG! Only available during October! Save 20% with code Smiles20!

 

And you’re in luck because as promised, you can save 20% on this amazing bundle by using the coupon code Smiles20!  Woot! :)  I’m so happy I was able to help lots of you save on September’s bundle and I’m back with another discount for this month!  Enjoy!

Just to add a little perspective, the Secret Garden font that I used and talked about above normally sells for around $40 by itself, so this bundle is a HUGE deal (think 95% savings)….plus you get full commercial rights for everything too!

The Beautiful Bundle from The Hungry JPEG! Only available during October! Save 20% with code Smiles20!

 

Get Your FREE Cut Files!

If you feel like making yourself one of these handy dandy organizers for all your vinyl (and other) scraps, feel free to download the files I used to jazz up your portfolio!  I’m sharing both the “Scrappily Ever After” decal and the organizing label files for FREE!  Just click on the links below to download….enjoy!

{THE FINE PRINT: These files are Silhouette Studio Version 3 .studio cut files.  Sorry but I am unable to convert them into another format at this time.  Also, both files are for PERSONAL USE ONLY.  That means you are free to use them on things for yourself or as gifts, but not for any commercial purposes.  So don’t use them on anything you’re selling, and don’t sell or redistribute the files themselves.  Thanks!}

 

If You Enjoyed This….

If you liked what you saw here today, make sure you check out my Project Gallery too….I’ve got lots of other freebies, Silhouette projects, fontacular fun, and all kinds of other goodness!

 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have fun getting organized!

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About Christine

I'm Christine, a SAHM to a spunky toddler and his mini-me infant brother, and married to the best guy you'll ever meet. I (try to) spend their nap times getting my craft on and I blog about my creations and adventures in parenting at Where The Smiles Have Been. My loves are all things DIY, especially Silhouette projects, wreaths, & personalized decor. And ice cream....definitely love me some ice cream.

Comments

  1. Ana Wilkinson says:

    This is amazing!!!!!!! I have to do this right now!!!! Thank you so much for sharing this great idea and those free cuts!!!

  2. Oracal used to send out freebies. They still do. I had too pay $3.00 for shipping.This is still a cheap way to try some of their products with out spending a lot. Thanks for sharing with us.

  3. This is so awesome! I did the larger one a few months back. It didn’t even dawn on me to do it on a smaller scale. And…I was in luck!! I work for a scrap book company and we have these albums called preservation albums. They are perfect for this! I’m using the 8 1/2 x 11 and the 12×12. Thank you so much!

  4. Hi! I just wanted to tell you how amazing I think your blog is! I felt it was so amazing that I nominated you for a Liebster Award! :) Let me know when you post your reply and all your answers <3

    • Hi Kelsey! Thank you so very much for the nomination, but I just checked out the official rules and I have too many followers! Therefore I won’t be able to accept! Thank you for the kind words though, and congrats on being nominated twice! :)

  5. Christine, I am a total scrap hoarder, too! But I don’t have an amazing organizational system like yours. I definitely need this in my life! Thanks for sharing this genius idea :D

    • Hooray for hoarders, Emily! ;) Glad to hear I’m not the only one….although my husband sure thinks I am. He just doesn’t understand that I pretty much can find a use for anything….it may take 20 years before that use is found and fulfilled, but it’ll happen! :)

  6. AHH this is too cute! I use an accordion folder for my scraps that I love, but I ADORE that little saying! And, nooooo, I haven’t checked out the October bundle this month yet and now I’ve bought it ;) oops.
    Thanks for sharing, Christine!

    • Sorry for more font enabling, Brittany! ;) An according folder sounds like a really good idea too! I really like how this portfolio is flat and doesn’t take up much space, plus being able to flip through all the pages and see all the scraps is a big help too. I’m lazy and impatient. :)

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