My Scraproom

I keep saying I’ll blog about my scraproom soon but never seem to get around to it.  Well today is the day!  :)  You may remember that in the spring of 2010 we moved to a new home.  In my old house I had set up some scrap space in the basement.  I made it very bright and cheery but still…it was next to my washing machine in the basement.

I had painted the concrete floor blue.  Put down green and orange rugs and bought white cabinets and a white countertop from Lowes.  Added some pegboard to the unfinished wall and that was my scrap space.  Now I gotta say, there wasn’t much I thought I’d miss about our old house, but leaving this scrap space was one thing that made me sad.

UNTIL I got my new scrap space set up.  :)  In the new house I took over the spare bedroom.  Cause in 10 yrs of being married we’ve had house guests a handful of times.  So am I going to set up a whole room that will never be used?  I think not!

As you step in the door, which is just off the right side of this picture, the desk is what you come to first.  With my cricut, computer, and printer this is where the digital part of my hybrid scrapping comes into play.  I love having the office in the same space as my scrap supplies!

Continuing around the room you get to my scrap corner.  I set up the long table I use when I go on crops and my desk in an L shape.  I wanted the desk looking out the window so that I have a view and so that I can use natural light while scrapping.  I have a tiny square table in the corner with my TV on it.  I love to watch movies and HGTV while scrapping.  The long table holds my supplies and also becomes my pile area as I’m working. In the 6 drawer unit I have my paper scraps, organized by color.  Red/Orange, Yellow/Green, Blue/Purple, Brown, White/Black/Gray, and the bottom drawer is currently empty.  The two drawer bin holds my inks and my cardboard scraps (I save cereal boxes to use as chipboard with my Cricut).  The overflowing box to the left of my scrap table is where I put my paper scraps for recycle.

Continuing on to the left of my desk I have my sewing machine.  This old sewing machine table of my grandmothers is where I have it for now, but the machine won’t fit down inside so I’ll have to figure something else out.

And then there is the best wall in the whole room.  *sigh*  My organizing zone.  I was so inspired by Stacy Julian’s podcasts on color  I decided to organize my supplies the same way.  I bought two 9 square white shelving units at Walmart and got the bins at Bed Bath and Beyond.  My bins are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, black, white, brown, and multi colored.  The two additional bins house punches and other misc supplies (refills for adhesive, cutting blades, etc).  I have two small 3 drawer containers that each have their own cube, which contain stamps and such.  And several cubes for larger items that just wouldn’t fit anywhere else.

Ok so back to the color organization.  Each  bin contains any embellishment in that color, buttons, bling, glitter, markers, letter stickers you name it.  When I get a new sheet of embellishments I think about what color stands out to me and that is where it goes.  When I’m scrapping I decide what colors go with my layout, pull out those bins, and find what works best.  I do not have separate containers for holidays but since most Christmas items are green and red they go in the green or red bins.  Then when I am doing a Christmas layout, it typically is green or red, so the green and red bins are the ones I pull out and then I have everything at my fingertips.  It’s perfect for using up old supplies too because when organized by color you find things you forgot you had.  I LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT!  phew…deep breath.  :)

Now back to the wall.  The paper is also organized by color.  I have clear trays on top of the shelves where I put my solid cardstock.  Then to the right of the shelving I have a paper shelf I got at a going out of business sale for only $10!  What a find!  There the paper is also organized by color but within each color I have a shelf for solid/monochromatic and a shelf for patterns.  In this case I do also have a shelf for holiday themed papers.  Finally, on top of the shelves I have 12 magazine boxes where I store my scrapbooking mags by month.

And there you have it.  My haven!  What does your scrap space look like?  Blog about it and link us up in the comments section so we can see!

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4 Comments

  1. Suzy
    Posted January 6, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    Love your room!! If you make any snowy projects in there this week stop by and link up at thepapervariety.blogspot.com for a chance to win a kit! :)

  2. Lain
    Posted June 13, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Permalink

    How do you like the by-color sorting? I've toyed with the idea but haven't done it yet!

  3. Monica
    Posted July 8, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    I LOVE by color bins. But that has always been how I scrapped. I've tried lots of things over the years but had so much trouble finding what I wanted. Now when I'm working I grab a color bin and dig through. I find all kinds of things I forgot I even had. For me it is perfect. But then again, color is how I think. :)

  4. Lain
    Posted July 18, 2011 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    How do you like the by-color sorting? I've toyed with the idea but haven't done it yet!

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