Today I am going to take you on a little tour of my scrap room. My room is not fancy - in fact, it's part of the laundry room. There isn't any pretty lighting, custom cabinets or beautifully painted drywall. It is however, my favorite room in the house! What it lacks in aesthetics, it makes up for in functionality. I am constantly rearranging, reorganizing and expanding it's size. My mom jokes that eventually I will take over the entire basement.
My room has lots of shelving that I have acquired from family or friends. This shelf at the start of the room holds all my punches, dies, vinyl rolls and other misc. items. I use baskets to hold everything.
Keep your eye out for store fixtures that are being discarded. This display was for greeting cards, it now holds all my dies and embossing folders.
As we move back into the room we get to my bulletin board, paint display and sewing machine. Having it ready and threaded means I will use it!
Paper - I love it, I hoard it and I love to see it. One can never have enough. :)
Now we come to corner of the room that is jammed with everything. I like to keep as much out in open view so that I remember to use it.
I keep my new "favorite things" in open Romanoff bins so that I can grab when ready.
I do keep buttons, charms and little stuff in plastic bins to keep them organized. I can grab the bin off the shelf whenever I need it.
I use an old cassette tape holder for my ink pads.
I saved this cabinet from going to Goodwill! It now holds books, mini albums and other altered items.
Stamps are tucked back into the corner...probably why they don't get used near enough.
I take most of my ribbons off of the cards and iron them - I hate the little kinks in them. (OCD!) After ironing, I put the end of the ribbon onto an extra large safety pin according to color. Each color has it's own pin and each pin hangs onto a hook. When I need a red ribbon, I simply grab the pin off of the hook, find what type I need and then trim a piece off of the bottom. It works really, really well. Got this idea from my friend Jen Gibel.
Remember when I said to watch for discarded retail displays? I got this tiered shelf from Holcombs for $5 when they closed last year. It is perfect for displaying stickers and embellishments.
Magazine Rack garbage picked from GNC.
Yes. I own two Clip it Ups. But it's only because my pal Shelly is in love with her new baby and thought downsizing her scrap room was a good idea. Booooooo.
I love my desk because it was my grandmother's desk. She worked at the Auto Club for many, many years. When she retired, they gave it to her. When she passed away last year, I was lucky enough to get it.
I have lots of different ways of storing items, mainly ones that were free or given to me.
The left side of my room is my technology area (and the washer/dryer). I have a large format scanner, PC, Cricut and a Wishblade. The only thing missing is a large format printer. (on my Christmas list last year, I am buying it for myself this year!) Having my computer and tools right in my scrap area has greatly increased my use of the digital cutters. I still do most of my graphic design work upstairs and use this older PC mainly for cutting and scanning.
Another treasure from my Grandmother. This Underwood is from about 1920 and still works. The best part about this rare find? It was used for legal documents and can accept 12x12 paper!
Thanks for stopping by my space today. I hope this helps everyone to see that a scrap room is what you make of it! Someday I hope to have a "finished" room but in the mean time - this one will do just fine.