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A Tour of My Scraproom

View of Jennifer Priest's scrapbook room circa 2010.
View of Jennifer Priest's scrapbook room circa 2010.

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ It's been almost a year since I took pics and alot has changed! Here is the view from just outside the room:

Die cut center, sewing area, storage, and ribbon wall in Jennifer Priest's Scrapbook Room.
Die cut center, sewing area, storage, and ribbon wall in Jennifer Priest's Scrapbook 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.

Die cut center, sewing area, storage, and Ikea FIRA boxes in Jennifer Priest's Scrapbook Room.
Die cut center, sewing area, storage, and Ikea FIRA boxes in Jennifer Priest's Scrapbook Room.

If you can't find that unit at Home Depot, try these ones:

Wiremold: Bottom Rollaway Chests: Viper Tool Storage Tool StorageFittings & Kits: 26 in. 5-Drawer Cabinet in White V2605WHR

Wiremold: Bottom Rollaway Chests: Viper Tool Storage Tool StorageFittings & Kits: 26 in. 5-Drawer Cabinet in White V2605WHR

Home Decorators Collection Cabinets Chelsea 24 in. W Wall Cabinet with Towel Bar in Antique White 1589400410

Home Decorators Collection Cabinets Chelsea 24 in. W Wall Cabinet with Towel Bar in Antique White 1589400410

SAUDER Bookcases Beginnings Collection 35 in. 3-Shelf Bookcase in Soft White 415541
SAUDER Bookcases Beginnings Collection 35 in. 3-Shelf Bookcase in Soft White 415541

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).

Sizzix Die Storage in Jennifer Priest's Scrapbook Room.
Sizzix Die Storage in Jennifer Priest's Scrapbook Room.

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.

Large Tool Storage in Jennifer Priest's Scrapbook Room.
Large Tool Storage in Jennifer Priest's Scrapbook Room.

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

Chipboard Letter Storage in Jennifer Priest's Scrapbook Room using Ikea FIRA Boxes.
Chipboard Letter Storage in Jennifer Priest's Scrapbook Room using Ikea FIRA Boxes.

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.

Sewing Center in Jennifer Priest's Scrapbook Room.
Sewing Center in Jennifer Priest's Scrapbook Room.

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 storage in Jennifer Priest's Scrapbook Room.
Under the table storage in Jennifer Priest's Scrapbook Room.

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…

Peg Board wall and ribbon storage racks in Jennifer Priest's Scrapbook Room.
Peg Board wall and ribbon storage racks in Jennifer Priest's Scrapbook Room.

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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…

Peg Board wall and ribbon storage racks in Jennifer Priest's Scrapbook Room.
Peg Board wall and ribbon storage racks in Jennifer Priest's Scrapbook Room.

Here's a closeup of my second Home Depot bookcase, in the corner. I have Quickutz dies inside the bottom and a few tools.

Flower Storage in Jennifer Priest's Scrapbook Room.
Flower Storage in Jennifer Priest's Scrapbook Room.

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…

Crop In Style Store In Style Cubes Scrapbook Storage in Jennifer Priest's Scrapbook Room.
Crop In Style Store In Style Cubes Scrapbook Storage in Jennifer Priest's Scrapbook Room.

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.

Crop In Style Store In Style Cubes Scrapbook Storage in Jennifer Priest's Scrapbook Room.
Crop In Style Store In Style Cubes Scrapbook Storage in Jennifer Priest's Scrapbook Room.

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.

How to Store Embellishments by Color in Jennifer Priest's Scrapbook Room.
How to Store Embellishments by Color in Jennifer Priest's Scrapbook Room.

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.

How to Store Paper by Color in Jennifer Priest's Scrapbook Room.
How to Store Paper by Color in Jennifer Priest's Scrapbook Room.

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.

Cute banner hanging in Jennifer Priest's scrapbook room.
Cute banner hanging in Jennifer Priest's scrapbook room.

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.

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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

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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!

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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:

A Clip It Up is a great way to organize stickers by theme!
A Clip It Up is a great way to organize stickers by theme!

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.

Look for drawers that fit your item perfectly, like this chest that fits CTMH stamps. Ikea doesn't make this anymore but you can find them on Craig's List.
Look for drawers that fit your item perfectly, like this chest that fits CTMH stamps. Ikea doesn't make this anymore but you can find them on Craig's List.

This is where I actually scrap:

Keep a craft mat on your table to protect it from cuts, marks, and paint.
Keep a craft mat on your table to protect it from cuts, marks, and paint.

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!

Put projects you're planning to work on in Art Bins.
Put projects you're planning to work on in Art Bins. They stack nicely too!

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

Put "messy"or ugly stuff in bins to keep it looking organized and clean
Put “messy”or ugly stuff in bins to keep it looking organized and clean

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:

Use a wide wire basket to store your sticker letters in for easy access.
Use a wide wire basket to store your sticker letters in for easy access.

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Jennifer Priest is a 20+ year designer in the arts & crafts industry and home DIYer with a passion for creativity. An Army veteran raised on a ranch, from her experience, she shares smart DIY projects that save money and fun craft ideas that anyone can make. Besides blogging, Jennifer is a Master Practitioner and Trainer of NLP, Hypnosis, and MER, and coaches other online entrepreneurs on money mindset, business, and living an intentional life. When not blogging, Jennifer is having adventures in the wilderness, on road trips, playing with her cats, and making paleo food.

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63 Comments

  1. Your space is so organized and clean. When I scrap it looks like a tornado came through! Awesome room thank you so much for sharing.

  2. MY goodness you could open a scrap store in your own house! I love your organization! I have a cube system too and I LOVE IT!! I also did something similar with my ribbons!

  3. I’ve been in stores that didn’t look this nice! ๐Ÿ™‚ You did an excellent job and now we’re all expecting even greater things from you. lol.

  4. I love the new reorg, makes me wan to finally finish my room. Well, I will be when the budget allows. And you had some great ideas. And I use those same boxes just different colors to hold my Big Kick dies too – they are just perfect!!!

  5. Jennifer, your room is so inspiring. I came here looking for ribbon storage ideas and got so much more!! Thanks for sharing

    Lisa

  6. Can I say I love love love love love your scraproom!!!!! Ok a little too much on the word Love! ๐Ÿ™‚ This is a wonderful room I will use your room as a guide to fix my craft room that I share with my husband!!! Wow!!! is all I can say!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Love your room, I am more of a sewer and have been looking for a way to store my ribbons. Was planning on doing a curtain rod, and saw that you had done it too. Though I really like the pegboard and the shelves. Our closest Ikea is over an hour away (from 10 minutes where we used to live); but we will be taking my SIL to airport next week, and that’s only 15 minutes away from there. That and Container store. Love them. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Very cool Jennifer! I am working on my scrap room and should have bought stock in IKEA as well – love your ribbon rack – such a lucky find!

  9. This is pretty and well done by a real person. I am no way as organized as you are. You’ve done a great job and with kids! (into everything). You are pretty amazing! You’ve proven I can get all my crap put away.

  10. Love your room. I have been purging and re orgsnizing thecpast few days. Like you i have to have it out to use…..moved my cuttlebug and cricut to be within arms reach. Love collecting alphabets too!

  11. Your room is wonderful! My “Momma-Cave” is a similar color (love it), and you are a visual person just like me. I have to have my things out for creative inspiration but also want them organized. You’ve done a wonderful job!

  12. Really love your room and it gave me a lot of ideas for mine. Was wondering about the FIRA drawers from Ikea. I live near an Ikea and looked online for Fira drawers and the search didn’t find anything. Could they be called something different? I’d really like to get some of those.

  13. Hello….

    LOVE the room and storage ideas…very helpful in my own room. I LOVE the lil’ FENCE/GATE you have on the top of your shelves…CAN YOU send me a link to where I can purchase one, PLEASE! Thanks
    hugs
    Rhonda
    Rhonda.davenport@yahoo.com

  14. Wow, you are the queen of creative and inventive use of space and materials. Ikea should consider using you as their official poster child. I am sure that the Ikea design team has never dreamed of your innovative use of their products. I am now off to clean and organize my craft space since I am suffering from a bad case of craft room envy!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Kathy

  15. Hi Jennifer!! Wow! What a beautiful, fun and inspiring place to work!! The colors are brilliant and the layout is perfect!! Thank you so much for your sharing this with us!

  16. Your room is amazing! I’m reorganizing my room and you have given me lots of ideas. I love the FIRA shelves from Ikea, but I looked online at Ikea and couldn’t find them. I live by an Ikea so now I need to make a trip to see if I can find those.

  17. I found this post via Pinterest. I “updating” the scrapbook/ sewing section of my basement. I have plenty of space but NO organization going on. I have 6 of the cubes and may get more after seeing how you have yours sorted. You have some great organizational ideas that I hope to incorporate into my own room. Thank you so much for sharing

  18. so pretty. love the new organization. i agree….practical and at hand is better than pretty. so jealous you have so much space.

  19. Oh my gosh–this is AMAZING!!!! No wonder you create such fun stuff–your workplace must inspire you! Totally jealous (in a good way, though! LOL!)!

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  23. Love your scrapbook room and how organized it is. I am looking to turn my dining room into a scrapbook room and found lots of great ideas. I really like your tables. What are the dimensions and where did you find them? Do you find them big enough for a workspace?

    1. Hello,

      I got them at Ikea. I’m not sure of the dimensions but it was a few years ago. I clean my table every time I make something and I only have the stuff on it I need right now. Hope that helps!

      1. Yes it did, thanks!

        I love the idea of a base cabinet with a bookcase or something similar on top for more flexibility with storage, but wasn’t sure what type of cabinet you used. Is that just a kitchen cabinet or is it something different? I see that most kitchen cabinets from Home Depot or Lowe’s don’t have a top so you can put a counter on it, but I notice that yours is solid on top. I hope it isn’t another IKEA find. I have not IKEA near me ๐Ÿ™

  24. What kind of cabinet did you use under your bookcases? Is it a kitchen cabinet or something different? Where did you get them?

    1. The bookcase and under cabinet were in the home organizing section of Home Depot. They don’t carry them anymore so I linked some alternatives in the blog post. Hope that helps!

  25. I don’t know where you live, but I really need help. I’m 60+ years old and just moved in to 55+housing I’m using my dining room as my craft area. I just don’t know how to organize therefore I am not very productive. HELP!!!

    1. Look into hiring a professional organizer to help you or even put an ad in the paper and get a high school kid to help out. Hope that helps!

  26. I have been surfing the web, store sites and Pinterest and your room is by far the best I have seen yet. You are very creative in how you put it all together. It has functionality as well as looking very neat and organized. Thank you for taking the time to share.

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