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Learn all about this SUPER easy vinyl storage organization method and snag TWO free cut files to make your own! Get your vinyl & Silhouette/Cricut supplies organized and save time, stress, & money!

I think most people are probably bit by the organization bug around this time every year. The new year is just the perfect time for a fresh start, a clean slate, a new path….ya know, all that optimistic feel-good, “Let’s get our life together!” stuff.

One of my biggest areas of opportunity for organization is my craft supplies. Since I started this blog last summer, my collection has kinda gotten a little way out of control.

I unfortunately don’t have a craft room yet (#sadface, although I’m currently planning for my dream one!), so I’ve gradually taken over a corner of our dining room (much to my husband’s chagrin). It’s not ideal, obviously, but that’s how I’m rolling….and I am in serious need of an organizational intervention, especially with supplies for my Silhouette Cameo.

Not only do I have a tutorial for you here showing you how I put together this easy solution for vinyl storage and organization, BUT I’m also providing you with both of the cut files I used for free (divider tab labels and a cute, witty decal for the front), AND it’s Silhouette Challenge time!

Yep, so that means you’ll also be introduced to 32 MORE awesome organizational projects that you can make with your Silhouette.  Keep reading for all the details!

Easy Vinyl Storage Organization and TWO Free Cut Files!

 

Easy Vinyl Storage Organization and TWO Free Cut Files!

Behind-The-Scenes at WTSHB

Well, I’m a little embarrassed to even show this behind-the-scenes shot, but there’s nothing glamorous in these parts! No Pinterest-worthy, enviable, meticulously organized craft room here.

Instead, I’m keeping it real. Yep, this is real middle-class suburbia, messy, stay-at-home-mom-of-a spunky-toddler life

Here’s our coffee table that we moved out of our family room and into the corner of our dining room after my son became mobile. As you can see, it is now covered in random craft goodies as well as nearly all of my Silhouette supplies, including rolls/sheets/scrap pieces of vinyl, transfer paper, cutting mats, tools, and the inanimate love of my crafty life, my Silhouette Cameo.

It’s an organized mess, for sure.

Easy Vinyl Storage Organization and TWO Free Cut Files!

 

Hot mess, indeed! And this doesn’t even show the bins and bins of my other non-Silhouette related craft supplies that are up in our loft.

Here’s another angle just so you can get a full appreciation for my disaster area of a craft “room” (please don’t think too much less of me!):

Easy Vinyl Storage Organization and TWO Free Cut Files!

 

Not only is this disorganization a huge embarrassing, so-not-Pinterest eye-sore, but it causes extreme frustration because:

  1. It’s hard to find things when I need them.
  2. It’s hard to remember just what I currently have on hand, so I either think I have something then get grumpy when it turns out I don’t, or on the flip-side, I think I’m out of something so I end up ordering extra unnecessary supplies.
  3. It results in my precious vinyl getting damaged, which costs me money….and who likes wasting money?!

Can anyone relate to this?!?

Easy Vinyl Storage Organization and TWO Free Cut Files!

 

My Easy Storage Solution for Vinyl (and More)!

I’m part of some groups on Facebook for Silhouette lovers, and a while ago a discussion popped up on one of them for advice on how to store sheets of vinyl. Someone posted that they use an artist portfolio….I thought this was not only genius, but it would also be the perfect solution for my disaster area of (mostly) vinyl! So whoever you are, thank you for sharing!

Since I usually buy my vinyl in 12″ x 24″ sheets (except for colors that I use all the time, like white and black, which I buy in bulk rolls), I snagged an 18″ x 24″ artist portfolio/display book. It has 24 sleeves that are front and back, so a total of what they call 48 “views.”

It would easily fit all my vinyl sheets (with room to spare), and would keep them all organized and protected until I’m ready to use them….sounds ideal to me!

Easy Vinyl Storage Organization and TWO Free Cut Files!

 

As you can see, it’s basically a giant photo album.

Easy Vinyl Storage Organization and TWO Free Cut Files!

 

My Stash of Supplies

Since my portfolio was on hand and ready to go, I needed to do an inventory of all my Silhouette supplies to see just what I could include.

I originally planned on using this portfolio to only store my vinyl sheets, but once I started pulling things out, I kept finding more things that would easily fit as well!

Easy Vinyl Storage Organization and TWO Free Cut Files!

 

Here’s what I had in my stash:

 

Organizer Categories

Now that I had a complete inventory of everything that was going in the portfolio, here were my final categories:

  1. Oracal 651
  2. Oracal 631
  3. Silhouette brand vinyl
  4. Scraps
  5. HTV
  6. Printable HTV
  7. Printable vinyl
  8. Specialty papers
  9. Cutting mats

(Note: I use Oracal 651 the most and it’s going to be organized by color, but I won’t be making labels for each individual color….I’m not *that* OCD.)

 

Making Divider Tab Labels for the Portfolio Organizer

Now that my stash of goodies was consolidated, I could move on to making the divider tab labels for the portfolio‘s pages. Since I didn’t have any spare tabs laying around from my working or college days, I decided to put my Silhouette Cameo‘s print and cut function to good use!

I first used a dingbat font called KG Flavor and Frames Five and found a binder divider tab that was to my liking. Then I duplicated it until I had nine tabs to match my nine final categories and filled them in with bright, cheery colors. 

I then typed out each category’s name twice (one for the front and a flipped one for the back)….*BOOM!* Instant labels!

{Psssst! Keep reading for your free cut file of these labels!}

Since I was utilizing the print and cut function, I of course needed to add registration marks in order to tell my Silhouette where to cut. Once they were turned on, I rearranged the tabs so they would fit within the boundaries.

Easy Vinyl Storage Organization and TWO Free Cut Files!

 

I then went to my Cut menu to see where my cut lines were. Only the outline of each tab was going to be cut, so I therefore needed to add my own cut lines in the middle of each tab in order to cleanly fold the tabs in half.

No problem! I just used my Line tool and drew a small line across the center of each tab, went back to my Cut menu, and changed each line to Perforate….this would create a dotted cut line that would be perfect for folding.

Easy Vinyl Storage Organization and TWO Free Cut Files!

 

Now that everything was set up, it was time to print!

I loaded up my inkjet printer with the same Target Up & Up-brand semi-glossy photo paper that I recently used for my photo magnets and ornament Christmas cards, then printed the tabs.

Easy Vinyl Storage Organization and TWO Free Cut Files!

 

I once again had another perfect print job, so I loaded up the sheet onto my cutting mat and then into my Silhouette Cameo. Then I changed the cut settings in Silhouette Studio and also adjusted my blade to match.

Next, I had my Silhouette detect the registration marks automatically in preparation for cutting.

For photo paper, I use the default Print Paper cut settings, but increase my blade to a #3….it works like a charm everytime. (But make sure you do a test cut first!)

Glossy Photo Paper Cut Settings for Silhouette:

  • Speed: 10
  • Thickness: 15
  • Blade: 3
  • Cutting Mat: Checked

Easy Vinyl Storage Organization and TWO Free Cut Files!

 

A few moments later, my tabs were cut out and perfectly perforated!

Easy Vinyl Storage Organization and TWO Free Cut Files!

Easy Vinyl Storage Organization and TWO Free Cut Files!

 

I then grabbed my trusty can of spray adhesive and finished putting the tabs together.

I just folded them in half, gave a quick blast of spray adhesive to the back, then folded the tab closed and gave it a good press. So easy!

Easy Vinyl Storage Organization and TWO Free Cut Files!

 

FREE Divider Tab Labels for YOUR Vinyl Organizer!

Now the tabs are complete! And like I mentioned, you can download the file I created and make your own set of labels for FREE! The colors and/or descriptions on the labels can easily be changed out, too, in case you have different categories you’d like to use with your portfolio organizer (or if you want to use the labels for something else entirely!).

(The Fine Print: This cut file is free for PERSONAL USE ONLY. No commercial use or redistribution is permitted. Check out my policy information for more details. Thanks!)

Click here to download your free Vinyl Organization Tab Labels .studio cut file!

Easy Vinyl Storage Organization and TWO Free Cut Files!

[NOTE: If you want to change the color and/or the text of the tabs, no problem! Just ungroup and make your desired changes. Also, the font I used is KG Feeling 22, so if you want to change the text and keep this same font, you’ll need to download and install it on your computer. I hope these directions work….I’m so not techy so please let me know if you have any issues. ;) Enjoy!]

***UPDATE!!: I’ve since created a miniature version of this organizer that is solely for scraps, and I have a new set of free labels that you are welcome to download too….there are several new categories, and I show a new way to attach them to the pages!

 

Adding the Tabs to the Organizer Pages

To add the tabs to the pages, I just used some double-sided tape and placed a strip on the bottom of each tab. Then I stuck the tab to the backside of a page….so simple, indeed.

Easy Vinyl Storage Organization and TWO Free Cut Files!

 

Granted, it’s not as secure as Fort Knox, but it works well enough to stay on while thumbing through the pages to find what I need.

Plus, the tabs can easily be removed and applied to another page if when I go on a shopping spree and need to add some more pages to a particular category.

If there’s one thing I like more than organization, it’s adjustable organization!

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Beautifying the Front of the Organizer

Now that I had an organizer for my vinyl (and other supplies), I of course had to make a VINYL DECAL for it! I mean, hellooooo!

I am obsessed with my Silhouette as well as vinyl, so any excuse to get my craft on is more than welcome. Plus, a plain, black front of the organizer is just boring and blah….it was practically begging me to slap a cute, witty decal on the front!

So here’s what I came up with. I made a slight adjustment to the Robert Palmer classic ….hey, replace “love” with “vinyl” and a lot of the lyrics can be applied to Silhouette-aholics!….and made a decal with the phrase “Might as well face it–I’m addicted to vinyl”.

I don’t know if truer words have ever been spoken….

Are you a vinyl addict too?!? Then you can snag this cut file for FREE!

Click here to download your free “Might as well face it–I’m addicted to vinyl” .studio cut file!

Easy Vinyl Storage Organization and TWO Free Cut Files!

(The Fine Print: Once again, this cut file is free for PERSONAL USE ONLY. No commercial use or redistribution is permitted. Check out my policy information for more details. Thanks!)

Lots of people have wanted to know about the fonts and dingbats I used in the decal as well. Here they are, and they’re all free!

 

Applying the Addicted to Vinyl Decal

To make this decal, I loaded up some mint Oracal 651 (which I also used for decals here and here) onto my cutting mat and then into my Silhouette.

Once it was cut out using the default Vinyl cut settings, I weeded away the excess vinyl and then applied some transfer paper to the top.

Easy Vinyl Storage Organization and TWO Free Cut Files!

Next, I did a rough measurement to center it near the top of my organizer and then applied it using the hinge method, which I talk about here, here, and here if you’d like more details.

Man, I just love that mint vinyl and how it pops off the black cover!

Easy Vinyl Storage Organization and TWO Free Cut Files!

 

The Completed Easy Vinyl Storage Organization Solution!

Now that my tabs were applied and my decal was on the front, I just slid all my supplies into the pages of their respective categories.

Like I mentioned earlier, I organized the Oracal 651 by color (mostly Roy G. Biv-style, of course), but they each don’t have individual labels.

And here it is: my easy (and super cute) vinyl storage organization solution! Now it’s so easy to quickly flip through and see what I have on hand.

  • Hmmmm, how much silver 651 do I have?….PLENTY!
  • Do I have any royal blue?….YOU BETCHA!
  • I just need a little white….I bet I have a scrap!….SURE DO!
  • Where’s my last sheet of printable vinyl?….RIGHT HERE!
  • There’s a sale going on now!  Should I stock up on anything?….THE ANSWER IS ALWAYS ‘YES’!

Easy Vinyl Storage Organization and TWO Free Cut Files!

 

Everything couldn’t be easier to add to or remove from the pages….seriously. And there are still plenty of pages left if when I get more supplies.

Easy Vinyl Storage Organization and TWO Free Cut Files!

 

Another thing I love about this organizer is that it doesn’t take up much space: it can easily be laid flat on a table or the floor, or slid behind a bookcase, shelf, or into a closet.

Once loaded with supplies, it is rather heavy, though, and I wish it had a closure of some sort as well as a carrying handle, but it’s not like I’m going to be lugging this thing across a college campus or anything.

It certainly serves its purpose and reduces the clutter while keeping my supplies damage-free….and providing me with some organizational sanity.

All in all I LOVE THIS ORGANIZER!!! It has rocked my Silhouetting world. :)

Now I just need to organize the rest of my craft stuff….and house….and life….ha!

Easy Vinyl Storage Organization and TWO Free Cut Files!

 

The BEST Way to Organize Vinyl Scraps (and More)!

Like I mentioned, I’ve also created a miniature version of this organizer that is solely for SCRAPS! You can check out all the details HERE, and also snag TWO new freebie cut files!

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 here’s how I’m now storing my other Silhouette goodies, as well as the rest of my craft supplies!

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The Silhouette Challenge

Last month I took part in my very first Silhouette Challenge with my red-nosed reindeer photo ornament Christmas cards, and I had so much fun being a part of it, I made it one of my blogging goals for 2015 to complete ALL TWELVE challenges this year!

And wouldn’t you know it that ORGANIZATION is the theme of January’s challenge….perfect!

Not only that, but this year we’re having little bonus challenges each month as well, and this month’s bonus challenge is….wait for it….VINYL! Ha! I think I nailed it with this project. ;)

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Want to Check Out More Silhouette Organizational Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

{The collage is clickable so just click on a picture, or you can find links below!}

Organizing With Icons Butterfly Labels Customizing Your Erin Condren Life Planner Weekly Layout Organizing Your Craft Supplies with Labels Weekly Menu Box Peg Board Entry Way Order In Kid Land A Fun Way to Label Binders Sugar and Spice Looking Oh So Nice Turning a Plain Cabinet into Something Beautiful DIY Cash Budget Envelopes Flour and Sugar Pantry Container Labels Personalized Hair Bow Organizer Organize your Refrigerator DIY Vinyl Decorated Coupon Organizer 2015 Blog Planner Designed For Dragonfly & Lily Pads Laminated Labels with Your Silhouette The Secrets of How We Built Our DIY Play Kitchen Creative Way to Dry Winter Mittens Organizing Canvas Toy Bins with Labels Kids Closet Storage {with Rubbermaid Drawer Dresser and Vinyl Labels} Cute Gold Binder Labels {2015 Organization} Easy Vinyl Storage Organization and TWO Free Cut Files Personalized Ring Holders Upcycle for Organization Organizing Makeup with Style: A Monogrammed Makeup Case Vinyl Tupperware Labels How to Make a Chalkboard Clipboard Christmas Card Memory Book Simple DIY Holiday Storage Labels DIY Vinyl Frame Calendar with {FREE CUT FILE} Ribbons & Tapes Upcycled Organizing Box Print and Cut Pantry Labels

1. Please Excuse My Craftermath… // 2. Simply Kelly Designs // 3. Daily Dwelling // 4. Ginger Snap Crafts // 5. Our Southern Home // 6. Sowdering About // 7. The Moberg Family // 8. Decor Adventures // 9. Pineapples and Pinecones // 10. Patina Paradise // 11. The Thinking Closet // 12. It Happens in a Blink // 13. Adventures in All Things Food // 14. From Wine to Whine // 15. Practically Functional // 16. Dragonfly & Lily Pads // 17. unOriginal Mom // 18. One Dog Woof // 19. Creative Ramblings // 20. My Favorite Finds // 21. Create it. Go! // 22. A Prudent Life // 23. Where The Smiles Have Been // 24. Barb’s Life // 25. Everyday Paper // 26. Pitter and Glink // 27. Peanut Life Adventures // 28. Feto Soap Blog // 29. Our Rosey Life // 30. Two Purple Couches // 31. My Paper Craze // 32. TitiCrafty // 33. Lil Mrs Tori

 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Marla

Monday 20th of July 2020

These are wonderful ideas. Thanks for sharing. I wonder if you have any great ideas about storing svg files?

Melissa in KY

Monday 28th of March 2016

I wish the pages were a little sturdier. I feel like I am going to rip them out! Have you tried changing out the black paper inserts for something heavier?

Emilee

Saturday 23rd of January 2016

Ok, I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea, and your implementation is fabulous. I shopped for one of these and was flabbergasted... I've seen it some places $40-$70. Any tips on getting this cheaper? I'm not ready to bit the bullet and spend $40 on this. I don't have that much vinyl...but maybe it would be more helpful when I do?

Christine

Sunday 24th of January 2016

Hi Emilee! I think when I purchased it from Amazon it was around $32. Others have said they've seen similar portfolios at Michaels or Hobby Lobby, but I've never looked for them there personally. You might be able to use a coupon if you can find it at a craft store. Hope this helps!

Jody

Thursday 7th of January 2016

I love this idea you are a wonderful!! Thank you so much!!!! I don't have the money to buy it right now but you can bet I put it on my wish list!! I have been going thought my house cleaning and organizing for a week now and this is the best idea I have found for vinyl.

Sumguynobuddynoes

Monday 4th of January 2016

I tried the "Pizza Box" idea but it takes up way too much room and you have to open each box to see what you have. This idea makes soooo much sense. Quite sharp and innovative. Thanks!

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