How To Make Mini Ephemera Pocket Drawers – Free Printable with a video

A Labeled Archives DIY Project

This little craft supply storage system fits on a page of your junk journal, so you can organize the ephemera you haven’t had a chance to use yet. The mini ephemera pocket drawers project comes in three colors: gardener’s green, robin’s egg blue, and shabby chic white:

mini ephemera pocket drawers

Download your free project files (below) and craft along with this video tutorial to create your very own set of mini ephemera pocket drawers!

They’re the perfect way to store small, flat elements, and the drawers even have labels! Are you a bit of a hoarder, like me? Want to make an entire wee things archive? Print as many of these as you need, and off you go. Whee! There are three different designs (all the same size), so you can even mix and match.

Ready to get crafty? Let’s start by getting your free project files.
Just click “Add to cart” and go through the ‘checkout’ to access the high-resolution JPG print files. You won’t have to enter any payment info.

If you don’t have access to a printer, you’re still in luck! This project works just as well with any random papers you may have laying around! It’s just a bit easier with the printable because everything’s already in the right shapes.

How To Make Flat Pocket Drawers For Ephemera Storage

Get your paper ready and craft-along!

How To Use These Mini Ephemera Pocket Drawers

Just imagine… you’ve made a junk journal for a dear friend who’s never journaled before.  You want them to experience all the little joys of journaling, so you’ve gathered some beautiful collage elements they can use themselves.  What better way to present them than in this neat little filing cabinet?  This project comes with a green and a blue minimalist/vintage style, and also a painted white shabby chic French style, so one of these should work with most themes. And since you’ve so kindly preselected your friend’s first batch of ephemera, they can be sure it all matches the journal you gave them!

The drawers in this kit fold out and can hold all sorts of tiny ephemera.  Glue them to a page on your junk journal, and store all your unused treasures flat, ready to be pulled out and collaged in later.  There’s even a tiny label on each drawer so you can mark down what’s inside, for reference. (Can you tell I once worked in a library?)

Do you send out happy mail and craft supply swaps? This little paper sorter will be sure to delight your pen pals!

Looking for some mini envelopes to fill your shelves? These are the kits I used to make the envelopes you saw in the video.

Make it your own!

It’s all those unique little choices that make your craft projects one of a kind! Here are some ideas you can use to customize this little set of drawers:

  1. Put a bead or button at the top of each drawer so you can tuck the edge in place to hold it closed.
  2. You can use one of the drawer liners in this kit as a template and cut out your own papers.
  3. Think of this like real furniture! You can decoupage, add stickers, even put tiny objects on top! If you have any of my cabinet of curiosities kits, the tiny objects from those should be the perfect size!

Also seen in this video:

This project was made as part of The Big Bite Challenge, a junk journaling challenge which you are welcome to join! It’s in Michelle Rauf’s Facebook group, “Junk Journaling For Everyone“.

Can I see how it turned out for you?

Once you’ve made this project, I’d love to see what you created! If you want to inspire others, you can upload photos of your project along with a review if this free kit, here: mini ephemera pocket drawers.

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