Vintage Photo Album turned Paper Organizer

Vintage Photo Album turned Paper Organizer

A paper organizer for my craft paper supplies (vintage stuff, like old greeting cards, tags, labels, etc.) was not high on my list of “priority projects”. But, I spotted a vintage photo album at the thrift store the other day, and, well, fate had another plan in mind.

Vintage photo album at thrift store for upcycling into paper organizer or craft organizer by Sadie Seasongoods /

It was heavy and in terrific condition, but it was the photo pages that really sold me! Instead of sticky pages covered in plastic film, this vintage photo album boasted heavy duty pockets with large cellophane windows.

Vintage photo album or photo book that will become a paper organizer by Sadie Seasongoods /

And I thought, “Gosh…this would be FABULOUS for my collection of paper ephemera. Vintage seed packets…labels…old greeting cards, etc.”.

Plus, it had these great Baby Book-type pages up front for filling out family information.

Additional pages inside vintage photo album that will hold scrapbooking supplies by Sadie Seasongoods /

Old photo album or vintage photo album to be used as a craft organizer by Sadie Seasongoods /

I was smitten! So I placed it in my cart and brought it home to upcycle into a craft organizer for my vintage paper “stuffs” and scrapbooking supplies. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Making a Paper Organizer from a Vintage Photo Album

Of course, I could have just brought home the photo album, removed the price tags, and start organizing my craft paper supplies right away. But what’s the fun in that?

So, I grabbed some bright aqua paint, a brush, and began to give it a makeover.

Painting a vintage photo album that will become a paper organizer for scrapbooking supplies by Sadie Seasongoods /

Because I had already started stenciling some craft supply organizers earlier this year, I used the same stencil so that it coordinated nicely.

All I did was center it on my vintage photo album, and used painter’s tape to hold it in place.

Stenciling a design on old photo album that will used as a craft organizer for craft paper by Sadie Seasongoods /

And yes, just ignore those pretty colors still on the stencil. I do *some* stencil cleaning after a project, but I don’t spend a lot of time on it or worry about removing every last bit.

To keep it clean and simple, I used black craft paint (and my stencil brushes from this online shop) to decorate my vintage photo album turned paper organizer!

Upcycling a vintage photo album into a paper organizer for scrapbooking supplies by Sadie Seasongoods /

Vintage Photo Album as a Paper Organizer for Scrapbooking Supplies

And that was it…now I just need to fill each pocket with related craft paper and paper ephemera, such as my vintage seed packets.

Organizing scrapbook supplies and craft paper in a vintage photo album by Sadie Seasongoods /

Something that I plan to do but hadn’t finished by the time this blog post was published was add labels. Once I’ve organized my craft paper ephemera into the vintage photo album, I’ll create labels for each page to keep things more organized.

This vintage photo album is seriously a game changer for my scrapbooking supplies! It’ll keep everything flat and away from sunlight, AND I can see everything through the cellophane pockets. No more digging through a box or bin.

Craft organizer for paper ephemera and scrapbooking supplies in a vintage photo album by Sadie Seasongoods /

Curious where I find much of my vintage paper supplies? Check out Crafty Lisa’s Vintage on Instagram – she’s my main supplier!

And now my paper organizer will match the other craft organizers in my craft room! Well, maybe not match, but will coordinate nicely…which I actually prefer over too much matchy-matchy.


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(Giveaway is open to Residents of the USA, age 18 years and over and will  be open to entries through April 2, 2019. The winner will be contacted on April 3, 2019 and will have 24 hours to respond with their mailing address. Sadie Seasongoods is not responsible for damage that could occur to box contents during shipping, lost items, or any other potential issue during the shipping process.)


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  1. Lori Sawyer says

    Such a neat idea and i love color!

  2. This is great! I keep most of my little bits – stitckers, paper cuts, & such – in a large 3 ring binder. I use the different sized pocketed inserts to keep things divided up. Of course they do need some beautifying on the outside still! ; )

  3. Great project! As a rubber stamper, I have used GW $1 notebook binders with acetate papers and photo pages (5 pockets on a page) to store my flat rubber stamps and embellishments. Organization is such a good thing. Unfortunately, I bet you thought of umpteem projects while you were organizing these, didn’t you?!?!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Ha!! Other way around, more like it- I’m working on another project with some of my paper goodies and realized how unorganized they were!

  4. Oh my goodness! What a great idea, it turned out great!


  5. Another great idea!

  6. I love this!

  7. WoW! I’m sooooo excited to do this project! I am behind on projects, (spring plants/salsa garden) so I pinned, made notes, put all supplies in a project basket. Labeled so i know exactly what i want to do. Thank you for sharing and giving so much detail. Love your ideas, creativity and truly inspiring!

  8. Janet johnson says

    Love that color. I try to stay organized but sometimes labeling a box is the best I can do. ha ha

  9. calhounfaye says

    I LOVE this! Such a great way to use old photo albums. And what a find! 🙂

  10. Great idea!

  11. What a find, I don’t think I have ever seen one like this with the pocket pages. I never would of thought to paint and stencil to bring it up to date, and look so pretty!!

  12. Debbie Boytte-Norris says

    Love this AND its one of my fav colors!

  13. Maddie F. says

    This seems so cool

  14. What a great idea! Love the color and all your other craft room organizers.

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