Saturday, January 23, 2010

A tour of my scrap room

Well for no other reason other than I cleaned and I want to look at how my space changes over the year, I am giving you a tour of my scrap room.  I would like to come back to this post in a year from now to see how it has changed and how much I have used!  So here it goes!

Due to my scrapping resolution (which you can read about HERE), I have started to clean out a lot of stuff. But I still have a lot to go through! Anyways, it is kinda clean, so I thought I’d share where I create. My hubby calls it my “workshop” because he says I am like an elf up there working away around Christmas time. I also tend to start singing or humming the music I am listening to really loud and he will shout up: “ I can hear you!”

Anyways, here are two shots of the room. It is a guest bedroom, which I of course clean up when guests come. It also has a lot of our odds n’ ends storage cabinets and furniture.

The best part about this room is that it has a sink and a bathroom. The sink is separate from the tub area, and on the otherside of the tub area is another sink area which is in Charlotte’s room. I do a lot of my painting and misting and such in the bathroom so that I can clean it up right away. It is nice to have a sink handy.

This is my desk area where all the “magic” happens! It is an old computer desk and I really like it for a few reasons: it has a pull out tray for a keyboard where I keep my trimmers and my notebook.

It has a raised shelf on the top in the corner which is supposed to be for a monitor, but I keep my tote up there with my punches, adhesives, and scissors, and then my mists, stickles, etc are just on top of the shelf, too.

Underneath the shelf I keep my tidbits of stuff. Does anyone else have TONS of these? These are little pieces of goodies that I have either made, or have taken out of my stash cause I want to use them. Right now it is a mess. I really need to sort through these things and decide what and how I am going to use them.

There are also two other shelves on the desk where I store my albums, and a container of current projects and papers that I am using/working on. You can see that I also have my bulliten board with sketch and other things up there for inspiration!

To the left of my desk on the wall I have a whole bunch of these hanging baskets and hooks from IKEA where I keep all my stickers, rubons, alphas, and bling. I keep everything in its original packaging. I have just gone through all of this stuff and organized it better. I put all my alphas together by color, and did the same with rub ons and the other stickers and things. Hopefully I can get it to stay this way!

To the left and slightly behind where I sit I have a few rolling carts that store different things. One houses chipboard, mini albums, and things like loose glitter, large flowers and other misc. things. The cart next to that is all stamping supplies. I have a drawer of inks and blocks, a drawer of CTMH stamps and a few smaller stamps (the dollar bin kind) and then another drawer of stamps from other manus.

On top of these drawers I have a four drawer sorting system for my scraps. I first divide my scraps into cardstock and pattern papers. Then I separate out large pieces (bigger than 6x12) and smaller pieces. That leave me with 4 piles. I have to say that I don’t use my scraps nearly as much as I should. I am thinking about spending a month just using scraps…we will see.

On top of these I have a few other small storage containers for embellishments like flowers, brads, small chipboard, buttons, etc. They are all organized by color.

Next to these I have a cabinet that used to be an island in our kitchen in our old house. Inside is my cricut, items that I want to alter, and unfinished projects. The drawer above it has my cartridges (which I only have 4) and my QK dies. On top of this cabinet is all my patterned paper and cardstock. As you can see I use old priority shipping boxes for my papers. Most of my papers are organized by manu and I also keep them in the original packaging, too.

This other cabinet I have has some older paper, my paints, large Ziploc bags from kits, masks, and other crafty supplies.

I used to store my ribbon in one of those clear tote things with holes, but I had too much and they were getting tangled.  So I bought some foam board and cut 4x6 pieces and wrapped the ribbon around it.  RIght now they are secured with tape, but I am going to use some rubber bands end to end to secure the loose ends of the ribbon.  I keep them in a cardboard box under the bed.

Last is my closet, which has a lot of junk in there that we are just storing, but it also has a lot of my craft stuff, too. There are bags of fabric, old photo frames, cross stitching, my serger, sewing patterns, and a lot of my scrapping kits. All of the kits I have ordered I have still in their packaging on my shelf. I can still pretty much remember what is in each one!

If I had the money and the resources to redo this room, I would probably get some storage that matched and go floor to ceiling with one large storage cabinet at the foot of the bed and take down the shelves that are there now. But I am happy with what I have and it really works for me right now!

Hope you enjoyed the tour of my room!!! If you have any great storage ideas, please share!!!


wendy said...

Thanks for sharing! I love seeing what others do for their craft area. I really like how you stored the racks hanging on the wall, I'm going to try and look for something like that. Having the bathroom close by is a great idea, I am always going in there for something. I can't wait to see it evolves to over a year :)

Star Rork said...

looks like alot of stuff with alot of room! I love those wall hangers! I really want to reorganize my area!

Vanessa, Florida, USA said...

Wow, you have such cool stuff in there! :) I got my bookcases at IKEA and found it to be pretty well-priced... other ideas include goodwill stores and flea market finds... love those too!