Project Life Organization Tool Box

January 29th, 2014 | Craft room, Frugal Finds, Scrapbooking

Project life organization idea- perfect for crops

This past Christmas I asked for Project Life and thats what I received, a boat load of supplies! This seasoned paper crafter has avoided the Project Life train for far too long! I didn’t want to change my ways because I love, love, love to cut and paste. But when reality set in, I realized I actually only scrapbook about once every other month! It takes me about an hour to make one layout, and keeping up to it just isn’t happening. Project Life to the memory keeping rescue!

Not sure what Project Life is?  Its a new age scrapbook where you can easily document your daily life with pocket pages. Rather than making a big spread you just insert your photos into pockets along with some journaling cards and a few pretties. For the full scoop check out the details from creator Becky Higgins.

When I start something new I have to start out organized. I came across an awesome series from My Sister’s Suitcase that is the perfect place to start, you have to read their tips if you’re thinking PL!

With my hoard of new supplies, my brain immediately went to how I was going to store all my goodies? I have a giant craft room, so space wasn’t exactly the issue. What I needed was a practical solution for storing the tidbits, and something I could pick up and take along, since most of my scrapbooking is done at crops away from my desk. When I was out shopping the boxing day sales I came across this lovely little tool box, for only $2.99, and I knew I had found the perfect project life organization for on the go!

Old tool box turned into practical storage for project life and craft supplies #crafts #projectlife #scrapbooking #craftroom The tool box was in really good condition, (with the exception of scratches) so I just had to wipe it down, and sand a few rust spots from the inside. I used Beauti-tone Rust Coat from Home Hardware, this spray paint is literally half the price of other brands and has really great coverage!

Home Hardware rust paint, half the price of competitors

I was so happy with my results, but it still needed a little something extra. I have a bit of a gold fetish these days, so I cut a sheet of gold polka dots and my name from gold vinyl, stuck them on, then it was absolutely perfect! I had considered painting the dots, but this way I can peel and replace if I tired of the gold or pattern.

An old tool box converted into a cool scrapbooking / project life storage box via For the inside, I thought through loads of possibilities of how I would separate my goods, even building little wooden dividers… then I came across these plastic drawer dividers at the dollar store that fit like a glove!

Dollar store plastic drawer dividers for holding project life supplies A glove I say!!

An old tool box turned into project life organization from #scrapbooking #projectlife #crafts #papercrafts #washitape #craftroom #organize #craftstorage The top shelf is a touch more narrow than the bottom, but the two tiny baking pans fit so well that I wasn’t bothered at all!

Project life storage idea from an old tool box! via

I know it doesn’t hold hoards of supplies but for on the road I think it will do quite nicely! The essentials are all I need!

Refashioned vintage tool box into #scrapbooking storage #projectlife #pl #craftstorage #vintage #diy #storageideas The big plus to this project life organization solution is that it has been sitting on a shelf in my kitchen (so I can do a little PL when I have a spare second) and it hasn’t became an eyesore yet (I’m sure Mr. Fynes loves it there)!

An old tool box gets a makeover to store craft supplies!! From

This Project Life Organization baby will be making its first road trip in March, I’ll be at Crop and Create Moncton, I’d love to see you there! I have a few little tricks up my sleeve you don’t want to miss!

Do you have any great Project Life organization secretes you’d like to share? Or even some tips for this newbie, I’d love to hear them!

Still needing a bit more crafty organization? Check out my craft room reveal below.  craft room reveal from

Oh, one more thing… My friend Krista of Happy Housie also refreshed a vintage tool box in a unique way, you should check it out!

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