Craft Paper Organizer or Scrapbook Organizer in a Vintage Photo Album

Craft Paper Organizer or Scrapbook Organizer in a Vintage Photo Album

A craft paper organizer for my vintage ephemera (i.e., old paper stuff like labels) 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. It just seemed ideal to be upcycled into a scrapbook organizer!

Vintage photo album from the thrift store for organizing craft supplies

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 old photo album had heavy duty pockets with large cellophane windows.

Old photo album that will be upcycled as a craft paper organizer

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.

Vintage graphics in an old photo album that will be used to hold the vintage ephemera

Aren’t those graphics and information on the pages wonderful?

Pages of a vintage photo album from a thrift store for organizing craft supplies

I was smitten! So, I placed it in my cart and brought it home to upcycle into a craft paper organizer or scrapbook organizer!

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Upcycling a Vintage Photo Album into a Craft Paper Organizer

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?

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

Painting a vintage photo album to upcycle as scrapbook paper storage

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

Paint brush holder and organizing craft supplies in wooden containers from the thrift store

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

Using a vinyl stencil on an old photo album that will become a craft paper organizer

And yes, 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 craft paper organizer!

Scrapbook organizer or scrapbook paper storage in a vintage photo album

Craft Paper Organizer and Scrapbook Paper Storage

And that was it…now I just need to fill each pocket with my vintage ephemera and other scrapbooking supplies.

Vintage ephemera in a vintage photo album as a craft paper organizer

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 paper organizer for vintage ephemera and scrapbook paper storage in an old photo album

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

And if you enjoyed this upcycling idea for organizing craft supplies, then you’ll love my DIY cork board or framed cork board, too!

Framed cork board or DIY cork board by upcycling a picture frame into cute office decor

Craft on!


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Scrapbook organizer for vintage ephemera or craft paper organizer in an old photo album


  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.

  15. This is a really great project. Where did you get that wonderful stencil?

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