Updated December 2014 – I've added bigger photos so you can see the details more easily as well as affiliate links to the places you can find most of the organizing tools I used. I hope this helps you get your space organized and working for you!! Here's to many more happy scrapbook rooms, craft studios, and creative spaces! Now back to the original post:
I've been doing a few changes so I wanted to share new photos of my scrap room 😉 It's been almost a year since I took pics and alot has changed! Here is the view from just outside the room:
I used to have 3 tables in the center of the room and now I moved the bookcase on the left over and put the two tables on the one wall with 2 tables in the center of the room. I really like having my sewing machine out and ready to go plus all this prep space is great for when I am working on big projects.
Starting with that bookcase — I got it from Home Depot, similar to this glass door cabinet –the cabinet and the bookcase are separate pieces and were just over $100 together. I love the cabinet to put messy stuff and I like the bookcases for stuff I use alot.
If you can't find that unit at Home Depot, try these ones:
Those colored bins are from Target and they fit Sizzix dies PERFECTLY! Who knew? I have a few more dies than this but I am trying to keep my collection to just this size. If I am not using a die, it goes on etsy (just sold a huge lot of 25).
Inside the cabinet is all my Bind It All stuff. I do not like to sort by manufacturer but with Bind It All, I kind of have to — that's the only acrylic, clipboard wood, etc that I have so it is easy to keep it all in one spot. And it is easy to roll my chair over here when I am creating class samples to flip through product and choose what I need.
There are some stamps (too large to fit in my regular stamp storage that I'll show you a little later in this post) and a couple Ott Lights in there too…gotta find a place for everything! I keep the O-Wires in a HUGE Rubbermaid in my Master Bedroom closet with all my bulk class supplies (stacks of chipboard, bags of flowers, ribbon overflow, etc). There is just no way I could fit all that stuff in my scrap room and have room to scrap. The shelves are nice and deep in this cabinet, perfect for 12×12 so that is why I love them 😉
Moving over to the right you can see these boxes with drawers with letters on them — those are Ikea FIRA boxes that I assembled, Xaver spray painted them black, and I covered the box fronts with papers from a Polka Dot Whimsy kit. I used one pack of chipboard letters to label each drawer–inside each drawer are chipboard, metal, and diecut letters for each letter of the alphabet. The drawers without labels are Punctuation and the Numbers 0-9. If you want to recreate this you'll need FOUR FIRA 9-drawer boxes from Ikea.
There's my sewing machine, sitting out, threaded, and plugged in– I use it wayyyy more often now that it is out. The floating shelf used to have display items on it but now I use it as a photo staging area when it is too dark/windy/wet outside to take pics. I got the “gate” wire thing from Collective Journey for about $25 — they still have some at the store and I would love to get another but have nowhere to put it! LOL
The things holding my stick pins are actually candle holders I got at a flea market — love them! And the bulletin boards below that were from Tammy I–she covered them with this cute polka dot paper — they are the same white magnetic Ikea boards I have on the other side of the room (you'll see later) just a lot cuter.
Under the table are bins from Target. The pink ones are from the kids' section and have wheels on them — I love these but they are starting to split open at the sides because Matthew thinks he is supposed to ride in them while Katie pushes him really fast….hmm. Anyways, the pink ones are filled with HUGE ziplocs full of scraps, sorted by color. This really helps me to use them up more but honestly, I still make scraps faster than I can use them. Target doesn't have these actual bins anymore but if I were to buy again, I'd get these metal bins!
My Tammy I case is in the middle–still working on filling it. A tripod for taking pics of samples and step-out photos for tutorials…
In the green bins (also from Target) are some page kits and projects I am currently working on. I also have a Rubbermaid tub of kits in my hall closet (I know, the “scrap” is everywhere in my house). I try to work through these kits in the bins first and then replenish them with kits from the closet.
Over to the right a little more is my new pegboard 😉 Xaver put it up a few months back and just finished painting it for me this weekend. I got these ribbon racks from a local scrapbook store that closed (sad) but they work great for my ribbon! Here is another style of ribbon rack that might work for you. I plan to add some kind of hooks to the rest of the pegboard but have not decided what to put there yet. And there is Matt getting into mischief…
Here's a closeup of my second Home Depot bookcase, in the corner. I have Quickutz dies inside the bottom and a few tools.
Gotta have Prima flowers!! More Ikea goodies–these jars from the kitchen section. I sort all my flowers by color except for my class ones. It is so much easier to create having everything sorted by color. Also you can see a ridiculous amount of baker's twine–went a little crazy buying…plus some Glimmer Mist in some fun wire baskets from Marukai, a nice Japanese store with a 99 cent only style market (everything is about $1.69) that Elena introduced me to. And there are some Copics on my shelf too…
Moving to the right you can see my “Wall-O-Cubes” — that's right, I think maybe 23 or 24 Crop in Style Cubes. Plus Matt getting into more trouble… Crop In Style went out of business so you can no longer get the cubes. JetMax makes similar craft storage cubes – they are not as heavy duty but alot of crafters use them.
All of my embellies are in here by color and I just LOVE this system. I just label the drawer using a scrap of cardstock that matches the stuff inside.
You can see my little dot boxes in there with little bins of fun embellies in that color. The drawers are alot more empty now–I've been using stuff, purging, and just trying to stay organized. I have finally convinced myself that just because a drawer is there does not mean it has to be FULL.
And my paper is arranged the same way, at eye level and a little above that, all by color, cardstock on the left, patterned paper on the right of each color section.
Over my cubes is this fun banner I made using Prima papers, page protectors from the Canvas Albums they offer, plus a bunch of flowers and the stitched mulberry paper animals. Each panel has a quote I love. I also have some Options totes filled with bulky stuff like felt, tulle, bags for classes, and foam paint brushes.
Moving to the right again is my “ribbon wall”. People love this and it is really fun to look at but it can be a major pain in the butt when it gets all tangled. And it is tangled cuz Matt likes to play in it like a jungle. It's kind of in the way of my Silhouette too but I am taking that as a cue to use up some of the ribbon. I'll let you know how that works out ;P
The ribbons are held up by a curtain rod with brackets that extend about 4″ from the wall, both from Ikea. Above that is a wire note holder from PierOne, $10. And then a floating shelf (Ikea) above that. I moved all my display goodies over here plus we put up some of my framed stuff that doesn't go anywhere else in the house–a fake award I got from a job, my birth certificate, and an embroidered piece my mom made for me when I was a baby. The cute little hippo on the ribbon rod is from my friend April–cannot believe she found a purple hippo! Love it!
This is the view from the “window”/pass-thru from my front room to the scrapbook room.
Directly to the right when you walk in my room is this view:
I have my Clip It Up on this little dresser from Ikea. They discontinued the dresser, sadly — it fits the Close To My Heart 6×6 Acrylic Stamp Envelopes PERFECTLY!
I have been slowly moving all of my non-CTMH stamps to these envelopes. Each drawer is divided into sections by theme using just a nice thick piece of chipboard and a label from the label maker — nothing fancy, just does the job.
This is where I actually scrap:
One table is for scrapping and the other has my laptop and Silhouette on it full time. Like the sewing machine, I use it more if it is out, set up, and plugged in. I hate to give up the table space but I could say it is worth it because I am using that expensive machine a TON more!
The container with my pens and tools is an herb pot from Crate & Barrel on a wooden lazy susan from Ikea. Matt and Katie sometimes spin this and my stuff goes flying…they kind of know not to do that now but every once in a while I gotta get on Matt for starting to spin it.
To the right of my scrap table is this weird triangle shaped section of room that has a window right next to the front door–handy for when I see the UPS guy coming!
I have two of the Target cubes that have glass door fronts on them on the floor. They just have office supplies in them right now because I just moved them out from Xaver's desk but soon I hope to have some more of my tools in them. Art Bins are stacked on top with class stuff, pages in progress, and projects I hope to get to some day. Some of my ribbon for classes is here too for easy access when designing classes — it is really easy to forget what you have if it isn't right in front of you. And then there is a magnetic bulletin board from Ikea so I can keep track of stuff 😉
Behind that is this little desk pictured above (from Ikea again, must remember to buy stock in that place) that used to be Katie's. It has bins with crepe paper, ribbon, Silhouette mats and blades etc in it. My Sizzix Big Shot and the Epic are on top, for easy access in hopes I will use them. This is not working out as well as I would like since I would love to store them where I can use them. There is just not enough space on this desktop to use them so I have to move them to use them.
Also on top of the desk is this fun easter basket I got from Target that I filled with alpha stickers:
Yes, I need help. This is a mess and I can't stop buying the stupid alpha stickers. Ugh. I have a Silhouette and BUNCH of QK fonts — what do I need stickers for? So they can fall out of this lovely basket I guess…
So there you have it, my scraproom. Thanks for looking!! Though I took these pictures yesterday it no longer looks this pristine. Have to seize the moment with it happens! LOL I created some pages last night and also worked on some kits so it is a bit crazy in there but I try to clean up at least once a week, totally clean and put away everything. Otherwise it would look like my front room (aka kit central) and I am not showing you any photos of that 😉
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