Article Courtesy Scrapjazz.com: by Rachel Myerson
Storage and organization is a continual challenge for most scrapbookers. Buttons, a staple in every scrapbooking stash, present their own unique storage challenges. Although many scrapbooking manufacturers make beautiful buttons to match their collections, buttons can also be acquired at fabric stores and by removing them from old clothing. Since most buttons do not come in containers that they can be stored in, many scrapbookers find it necessary to store the buttons immediately after purchase. They should be stored in a way that does not take up too much space, provides easy access to the button stash, and looks attractive in the scrapbook room.
Another challenge is how to sort the buttons. If you hope to publish your layouts, you may need to know who manufactured all the supplies including the buttons. Mixing buttons from different manufacturers in the same container would make this difficult. However, if you are only looking to match the buttons to your project, then sorting the buttons by color makes it more convenient to find the color you are looking for.
The next question is what to store the buttons in. One excellent choice is small jars, such as spice jars. You can even purchase a spice rack to mount the small jars. In this photo you can see an example of how Mary Eason stores her buttons in spice jars. In general her buttons are sorted by color, but she has a few multi-color collections which she stores separately because they match specific collections in her stash.
Kay Norman also sorts her buttons by color and stores them in jars as shown here. Rather than spice jars, hers were specifically designed for scrapbook storage. Note that it would be possible to use similar jars with buttons sorted by manufacturer or collection. An identifying label could be placed on the top of each jar.
If you don't have enough buttons or space to justify a collection of jars, the bead boxes designed for jewelry making may be a good option. Choose a box designed for the larger beads, which may be a similar size to buttons. As you can see in the photo of my button box, I have my buttons sorted by both color and manufacturer. I like to cut out a small piece of the packaging and place it in with the corresponding buttons. This way I will be able to identify the manufacturer and collection. Since I mostly purchase BasicGrey buttons, I know that the unlabeled buttons correspond to that manufacturer.
There are many ways to store buttons, depending on the number of buttons and whether or not you want to be able to identify the manufacturer in the future. If you are unhappy with your current button storage, I hope that I have inspired you to find a button storage solution that will meet your needs.