Wednesday, February 4, 2015

My Creative Mess (aka scrap room)

Hey there!

Today I am going to share my scrappy space with you.

I will admit that I am not a clean scrapper. I do my best to have things organized in my room, to have a place for everything but my desk is very often quite messy. I try to clean up between projects but that doesn't always happen and I often have piles of things left over from previous projects.

I have been on various kit club and manufacturer teams over the years so I have quite a bit of product and keeping it organized is often a chore. I like to store items by type and I keep my design team product together by manufacturer so that I can quickly grab what I need for an assignment.

I lucked out when a friend gave me the shelf above. It is there that I have most of my spray mist, some of my washi tape, some punches and other little things like glitter glue and flowers.  

I share this craft room with my kids (I won't even show you their side of the room! It is such a mess!). Because of this I like to make the most of the space I have. I like to build up so that I can take advantage of the space better. I have lots of little storage units/shelves that I stack up on top of each other to use the space to its full potential. 

Here you see lots of buckets and baskets. They are my go-to when it comes to keeping things organized. 

I like to store things by product type, so I have a basket for alpha stickers, others for paper punches, twine, embellishments, etc. I also have that handy thread holder that I use to store some of my washi for Queen & Co trade show projects. I love that I can store it sideways in that small space and still see all of the tapes. 

As you can see, right now my desk is a mess and that is just the way it is. 

I've seen pics of other scrap spaces that are immaculate. I wish that I was more tidy but I tend to pull out a lot of things when I scrap so my desk isn't always clean. When I am working on Noel Mignon projects I dump out everything so that I can see what I have and be able to grab it quickly when I need it. 

I store my paper in vertical storage cubes and like that so far. I have cardstock together in one unit and patterned paper in others. I have to sort through periodically and put the newest papers together for use in magazine and other assignments where I need to use the most current product. 

I use magazine holders to store lots of things because they are thin (thus not taking up lots of shelf space) but can hold a lot. I use them for paper, embellishments and to hold my photos. 

As you can see, I also have a little dvd player. Sometimes I like to have it quiet when I scrap and other times I play a movie or Gilmore Girls re-runs for background noise. 

I also really have a thing for cute containers. I find most at places like Hobby Lobby or Target and use them for a variety of things: 

Here you can see that I've used some buckets and other containers for embellishments, tape, glitter glue, twine, scissors, roller stamps and wood veneer. 

I use plastic storage containers to keep my punches organized by type. This one has border punches. I have other containers for my shape punches. 

Here is another example of some of the containers I use. The green one is a large photo box and the other is just a big pail I found in the spring decor section at Hobby Lobby. I use it to store my big spools of twine. The small bits are in the purple container above and admittedly some more twine is thrown together in a big Ziploc bag, but at least all of the twine is together in an organized way. 

On the wall next to my table and other storage shown in the pics above is a closet and this tall bookshelf. Here I store my magazines (which I am glad I kept since they are now almost non-existent) including those I have projects published in. I also store my albums here. The albums on the second shelf are still empty because I am horrible about getting projects put away. I have boxes of layouts that need to be sorted and put in albums, unfortunately. I would rather spend my time scrapping.

The fabric bins are supplies from previous design teams. I really need to go through and purge a bit. 

The plastic organizer houses older embellishments from Sassafras and other companies that I just haven't been able to get rid of yet. 

Thanks for indulging me in this little tour of my scrap room. I hope that it will help you to be creative and find items you already have at home to organize your own space. 

Have a great day! 


1 comment:

Becky said...

Great space and I particularly like the shelving unit that holds your mists etc!