My Scraproom: Part 1

Hi, everyone!

I am finally doing it… finally sharing my scraproom.  Sorry it took so long!

This is Part 1 of 2.  I will share Part 2 later this week, along with a cool giveaway that is something from my room. ☺ 

First, here is the first video showing my room.  Please go HERE and then click on the “watch in high quality” under the video – it makes a huge difference in quality.

Here are some photos to go along with it.  I added some text saying what things are.

Shot 9 

Shot 1 info 

Shot 4 info

Shot 2 info

Shot 10 

Shot 3 info

Shot 5 info

Shot 8 info 

Shot 7 info 

Shot 6 info

Here are some notes about my room.  I go into a lot of detail… feel free to skip it all. ☺ 

My room is in my basement.  I like this because the other half of the basement is where my husband has his hobby and storage is nearby.  Also, I didn’t feel pressured to make it “fit” into the look of the rest of my house. Instead, “anything goes.”  Also, this is my job.  Therefore, I like that my work is somewhat separate from the rest of my life.  Somewhat… ☺ 

  • I like things closed up, but easy to get to, so use a lot of boxes, drawers and cabinets.
  • This room is used as much by the kids, so I have a ton of counterspace to share.  The girls work across from me and share my supplies. 
  • I haven’t measured the room, but Ken guesses it is 15′ x 25′.
  • My room isn’t always that clean. :)   I get a lot of shipments of products (this is my job) so it is hard to keep up with putting things away.  But I really try.  The kids are very helpful.

I used the most inexpensive of everything…

  • The carpet is inexpensive burber (didn’t want to worry too much about it) and I keep a small rechargeable vacuum under the counter.  I have mats down under my rolling chairs.
  • The countertops were stock from Home Depot.  I wanted something that wouldn’t show ink stains and I got the type with the backsplash to prevent things from sliding off the back.  Love that.
  • The large white drawers and cabinets support the countertops along with a few other simple supports.  Got this white furniture at Organized Living years ago. It wasn’t expensive, and since it was meant for office use, it was MUCH more practical and open than kitchen cabinets.
  • The paper racks are from Target.  I then use the Cropper Hopper paper holders to slide into the racks – a perfect fit.  I love this system.  I sort patterned paper by color, and also have holders for stripes, dots, etc.
  • The many little white drawers are from Ikea.  They come unpainted and unassembled.  I LOVE THESE.  They are great.  If you get them, be sure to sand them well before painting.  My dear parents sanded and painted all of this as a gift long ago.  (I told you I had the best parents.)  ☺
  • The jars are all from Hobby Lobby and were very inexpensive.  They are filled with buttons and flowers and a few other embellishments.  I love the colors showing.
  • The tall white cabinets are from the closet organization area of Lowes.  They are inexpensive and wonderful.  On the shelves, I use plastic spice shelves.
  • The white shelves that look like large squares are from Ikea – the famous Expedit.  I wanted a clean look, so I filled them with red boxes from Ikea and am really liking this system. 
  • The wall quotes are from onceuponadesign.typepad.comI can’t recommend them enough.  I encourage you to check them out.  These are two nice girls who are working hard and are good people – I love to support that.  Their prices are great and their designs aren’t “stuffy” like many are from other companies.  I love them.  I have other designs in my house, too.  My favorite thing of theirs is the large heart.  It is perfect for putting a favorite photo in.
  • I have all of my punches hanging on a pegboard on the wall… very hidden in a corner.  This system is fantastic – I love it.  Inexpensive and very effective.  You can get pegboard hooks and shelves at Home Depot.
  • The big buttons are from Pottery Barn – got them on mega clearance. I bet you could get them on ebay.  The big scissors are from Hobby Lobby.

At my workspace:

  • My dad had a piece of tempered glass cut to fit my workspace – a wonderful Christmas gift from him.  I adore having this.  When it gets yucky, I just spray it with cleaner and scrape it clean with a razor.  So easy.  Cost about $80 and is tempered with smooth edges.
  • Under my workspace are lots of 12” wide drawers.  Here, I have scraps sorted by colors.
  • In the drawers closest to my workspace, I have all the tools I need often within reach: wipes, acrylic mounts, blank notecards, adhesives, scissors,etc.
  • I also have a large drawer where I put things when I am done using them.  Once a week or so, I empty out this drawer.  That way I don’t have to do it every time I work.
  • The “Today I will be happier than a bird with a french fry” is from THIS seller on etsy.com

At my computer area:

  • I have all my computer stuff together in one side of the room.  This includes my Mac laptop and large flat screen monitor (it is an inexpensive but really good one from Gateway), printers (both are wide format – one is old and is just used for quick printing), scanner, Quickutz Silhouette, Epson Picturemate, etc.
  • I keep my idea books and work papers on a narrow shelf nearby.

In my tall white cabinets:

  • In the tall white cabinets, I have my stamps on spice shelves.  This works great so that I can see the stamps, as they all stand up.  This is a great way to save on space, too.  The stamps are sorted by theme.  (I do have a lot of stamps, but keep in mind that is my job – I work for a stamp company.  I would never been able to buy all those!)
  • I also have my ribbon in bins in the cabinets.  The ribbons are wrapped around clothes pins, safety pinned closed and sorted by color.  (Thanks, Jana!)
  • My clear stamps are stored in large binders inside these cabinets.  (Click HERE for a video on clear stamp storage.)
  • In between my my tall cabinets are some more paper racks from Target.  This is my cardstock.  I purged this often and donate to schools.

In my Expedit (white square shelves):

  • The red boxes on my Expedit store rub-ons, stickers, chipboard and more.  I like that everything can stand up in here, making it easy to flip through. (I used to use drawers and things got buried so easily.) 
  • On top, I have black 3-ring binders for my scrapbook pages.  They aren’t all in there yet, but I hope to have that done soon.

In the small white Ikea drawers:

  • In my small white Ikea drawers, I have inks, brads, embellishments and more. 
  • Inks are sorted by colors. This works much better for me than sorting by ink types.
  • Little embellishments are divided into watchmaker tins within the drawers.
  • Several drawers hold various letters.  One drawer has A, B and C, another has D, E and F, etc.  This is a great way to keep old letters organized and easy to find.
  • If you get these drawers, be sure to sand them and prime them before painting.  (Mine are painted with a semi-gloss white trim paint.)
  • The little white drawers from Ikea – yes, they don’t have labels.  I move things around so much that I decided not to put any labels on them.  But I remember where everything is – it is that engineer mind of mine.  :)

Other tips:

  • I think long and hard before committing to a storage change.  I usually try out one and see if I like it before buying it all.
  • I purge often – once a month.  Things I know I won’t use get donated to my son’s school, fundraisers or are given away on my blog.
  • Many of my things are from Ikea.  I didn’t have an Ikea until recently.  So, even if you don’t have one, you can get these things.  I bought all the white embellishment drawers new on ebay (30 of them!) and the rest were from ikea.com.

If you have questions, just leave a comment on this post.  I will keep checking it and will edit to add my answers to the actual post.

Hope everyone had a good weekend!

137 CommentsOrganization, Videos

  1. Jennifer

    Wow, I can’t believe it. Your room is terrific. I have enjoyed reading about it and all of the tips you have given. It has really given me some things to think about for my space. Thanks for taking the time to do it!

  2. OH. MY. GAWWWW!!!
    I remember emailing you months back asking if you had pics posted anywhere I could show my friend what your awesome room looked like, but when you said you were in the process of “remodling” …. I ALMOST FELL OFF MY CHAIR!!
    BEAUTIFUL! Your scraproom videos are now my happy place!!!
    Thank you for sharing!
    Jen

  3. Linda Barber

    Girlfriend, I’m coming right over to scrap. Or at least to revel in your amazing space! Love love love it! You guys did good! ;)

  4. Debbie S.

    Wonderful space! Do you remember where you got the giant buttons hanging on the wall?

  5. Your room is so wonderful. How long did it take you finish this? was it a project that took years or did you just digg in one day? I am a sucker for organization.
    thank you for sharing.
    Can’t wait till part 2!

  6. Cindy C.

    W O W !! Your work woom is W O W !!
    I love it. I love that you alos sort you scraps by colour. I only wish I could do that!? Thanks for sharing.

  7. Julie

    I am PEA GREEN with envy. It’s a lovely creative space! No wonder you produce such great stuff :)

  8. Tami

    WOW! You are my hero! Your room is simply fabulous. I love all your organization. Hopefully, one day soon my space will be this organized!

    Tami

  9. Patricia

    Thanks for a peek in your creative space. I love how you are such a down to earth person. I see a lot of popular Scrapbook artist’s with rooms that have these expensive boxes and storage that middle class people cant afford. I love how you went to stores that WE ALL shop at and didnt buy everything from Pottery Barn. LOL !!!!

  10. Mindy Gailey- Once upon a design

    Jennifer,
    I can’t thank you enough for your kind words and your recommendation we have had a lot of inquiries coming from your blog and even some sales. I appreciate it so much. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! And your room is beautiful, you did an awesome job! Thanks again!

  11. Sheilah

    This room is simply gorgeous. I have a nice space, but kind of a hodge podge of containers, cupboards, etc. This inspires me to work toward a more integrated design. I have two different expedit bookshelves filled with scrapping things, but they dont look nearly as nice as these ones!!

  12. Tonya

    ummmmm. speechless. wow. holy crap.. you go girl. that has to be the most amazing scraproom ever.

    whoa.
    :D

  13. Jen

    This is just lovely. This may seem like a silly question/comment but I was wondering…when you first started scrapping what did your scrapping area look like? I’m very curious about how all of you who do this for a living now…if you all started out on your kitchen table or in some small corner of your house like most of the rest of us do? ;D We don’t often blog about our kitchen table scrap areas…I know I don’t! I have my scrap area in my basement…but it sure doesn’t look like yours!!! LOL!

  14. I love how the red in your room doesn’t take over and the space in your room is great! I love to sit on the floor and sort through stuff and my kids like to play in the room while I craft. TFS – I’ve been taking notes! :)

  15. Paola Norman

    Great room Jennifer. Thanks for taking the time to show us. I know this post took you a lot of time to type out and I just want to say thanks.
    That is a dream room for many! So glad a wonderful person like yourself is blessed to own it.
    Have a wonderful day.

  16. WOW! WOW! WOW! Your room is AMAZING!

  17. Debbie

    VERY inspiring! I have 2 questions:

    1. Tell me about your backless “kneeling” type rolling chair? Do you like it?

    2. In the video you show a drawer containing your “notecards”. There were lots of them and they looked like they were org. by color. Are those what you use for card bases? Did you pre-make them yourself using cardstock or were they purchased pre-folded. If so, where did you get them? What is the quality like?

    Thanks again for your video and descriptions. They are really helping me set up my new scrap room!!

    Debbie

  18. Cathy

    Totally Awesome. Can you please tell me where you got hte wall art- ie the love heart and the be quote?

  19. Maureen

    I love your style both in your room and on your cards. I have been enlightened by you in both creativety and music. Your son is so cute. I have a 4 1/2 yr old grandson who is the light of my life and he loves to craf. Thank you for the insight. Mdw

  20. ML

    Beautiful workspace! TFS.
    What kind of three-ring binders do you use for your pages?

  21. Uaoooooh! You have a great scrap room!

  22. Dawn

    Oh my word!!
    This is totally amazing – never in my wildest dreams could I dream of this – it must be heaven!!!
    Can’t wait for Part 2!

  23. Lim

    Wow!!! I found your blog thanks to my friend Dawn and let me say I’m speechless. Your room is breathtaking and you did an incredible job putting the video and all the pictures together for us. Thank you so much for sharing your amazing room with us.. Thank you for all the ideas and the tips.. WOW. You are amazing.
    Hugs,

    LIM :)

  24. Beverley

    Jennifer, I just love the work you do… and I love your room. What color did you use to paint the walls?

  25. Lainie

    Holy Toledo!! This has gotta be the bestest organised scrapspace I’ve ever seen in the last 8yrs (before that I didn’t know SBooking existed). Thanks for the indepth reading and all the details.

  26. BuncoAddict

    Just love your room… I am like you… I like the drawers that you cant see through.. Cant wait to get my scraproom again.. most of my stuff is in storage… TFS!!

  27. Kami

    I LOVE your room and got some great ideas for my own room. I am now trying to figure out how tall I want my “desk space”. A typical desk is 29″ but most cabinets are just a little taller that that. How tall is your desk area? Thanks Kami

  28. i am not sure of the height, but it is normal desk height, not kitchen height. i love it!

  29. Unfortunately Target must not carry those paper racks anymore! I can’t find them anywhere. I’ve been hoping to find something to use for such a long time now. I just have stacks of paper. I sound a little like you – I am picky with storage..I have to try it little by little until I’m satisfied :) Haven’t found anything yet. I really think this set up you have would be superb! Have you seen these paper racks anywhere else by chance?? Thanks, and GREAT GREAT GREAT job.

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