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PeaNut 144,928
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Posted: 1/13/2013 6:01:54 PM
I have been out of the loop for awhile, and now getting back into the groove. I am getting a scrapbook room and wanted some suggestions for the must haves in my room. What are things you can't live without or wish you had? Any suggestions would be great.


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February 2007
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Posted: 1/13/2013 6:25:33 PM
For me, it was storage and light.
You might like to take a look through the official scraproom gallery . It will give you lots of inspiration!

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PeaNut 193,131
February 2005
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Posted: 1/13/2013 6:37:43 PM
Check out the organizing thread (originally by Wookiemouse). It's full of ideas, and the first step is to analyze how you scrap.

Do you need items on display so you can remember what you have, or do you prefer closed storage? Do you sit or stand? Do you need a computer or die-cut machine in the room (may need to plan around outlets, and have extra desk space). Do you want a dedicated sewing spot? Etc...

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PeaNut 21,626
September 2001
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Posted: 1/13/2013 6:38:55 PM
counter space, counter space, and oh, counter space.
You never have enough place to put everything when working.

also - lighting is key.

for me, i need see-thru baskets/cabinets, etc...if i can't see it, it's out of sight - out of mind...

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PeaNut 427,403
June 2009
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Posted: 1/13/2013 6:51:34 PM
For me the number one thing that led to productivity was my dh buying a little tv for my room. He works nights so I originally started scrapping when my kids were babies to fill the evenings.

After a while though I would say oh I'll just sit here and watch this show and then go into my room and create, 9 times out of 10 I would just sit mindlessly in front of the tv and then never actually make it to my room. Once i could sit and create and have the tv in the backgound I did much better.

I also love having my laptop in there so I can watch videos or look for inspiration on the net. Although sometimes I get trapped by the peas.

I also suggest looking at wookiemouses posts she helped me get my room organized. I just reorganized it again with new containers and purged a bunch. I love it now.

I have a room not a studio by that I mean most of my stuff came from the $ store, target or Home depot so it can be done pretty cheaply. If you got the money I would love to have matching cabinetry and built ins but not going to happen here at least for the 10 -15 years.


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PeaNut 113,955
October 2003
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Posted: 1/13/2013 7:09:43 PM
Plenty of light, a nice sized work surface and TV are the best parts of my space. I wish I had a big desk with drawers instead of using the dining table. I also wish I had a door to keep the cat out when I'm not there.


PeaNut 43,225
July 2002
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Loc: Philadelphia Suburbs

Posted: 1/13/2013 10:00:13 PM
Desktop with lots of space and a TV to watch while I scrap



PeaNut 43,225
July 2002
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Loc: Philadelphia Suburbs

Posted: 1/13/2013 10:00:13 PM
Desktop with lots of space and a TV to watch while I scrap



PeaNut 43,225
July 2002
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Loc: Philadelphia Suburbs

Posted: 1/13/2013 10:00:13 PM
Desktop with lots of space and a TV to watch while I scrap


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PeaNut 156,343
July 2004
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Posted: 1/13/2013 10:03:45 PM
Expedit shelves and desk, computer, over the door shoe holder and some 12x12 sterilite drawers for overflow...

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PeaNut 435,437
August 2009
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Posted: 1/13/2013 10:06:35 PM
An Ott lite, counter space and a TV. I catch up on a bunch of silly shows while I scrap.


PeaNut 38,135
May 2002
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Loc: Iowa

Posted: 1/13/2013 10:32:25 PM
For me, it's a counter height desk. I have found I am more efficient standing. It's just easier to reach everything. I also can't have to have my desk against the wall. I have it in the middle of the room at a diagonal to the corner. The two walls behind are covered in slatwall so I can store everything within arms reach and rearrange as often as I like. I have pics in my gallery. I've rearranged a lot since then but the basic layout is the same.

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PeaNut 231,107
November 2005
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Loc: Maryland

Posted: 1/13/2013 10:57:53 PM
great desk (or two), great lighting and I am a HUGE fan of baskets!

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PeaNut 475,510
July 2010
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Loc: Cali

Posted: 1/13/2013 11:30:59 PM
My best suggestion is LOTS of desk space.


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January 2001
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Posted: 1/14/2013 12:35:10 AM
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July 2003
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Posted: 1/14/2013 6:25:33 AM
I have to agree about the TV/DVD player. I find I can be really productive when I've settled in with my favorite movie or TV show and scrap the afternoon away.

Also, electrical outlets. As many as you can have. I buy those devices from Wal-Mart that turn a 2-plug outlet into a 6-plug.

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PeaNut 52,171
October 2002
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Loc: Froogville

Posted: 1/14/2013 7:38:06 AM

wish I had a big desk with drawers instead of using the dining table.

I have a big wooden office desk. It's about 3 x 5 feet of surface. Plus the 2 pull-out writing surfaces.

A tv is a personal option. I don't have one, don't want one. If I wanted to watch a dvd I could use my laptop, but I don't, as it would just take my attention from scrapping to watch it. Sometimes I have the radio or cd on but sometimes I don't as I can quite enjoy the quiet.

The thing I mainly wish I had was my own room. One thing I really like about my setup is just about everything is within reach or right near me. I don't have to walk around the room or somewhere else to get it. I have some stuff high so I do have to stand on my chair to reach it. My scrap area.

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June 2006
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Posted: 1/14/2013 8:49:58 AM
I went to a furniture store and looked in their clearance section. They had a 60x60 dining room table that had scratches on it. I picked it up for $125.00. It is the best thing in my scrappy space. I it.


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PeaNut 563,248
August 2012
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Posted: 1/14/2013 8:59:01 AM
If you want things to be with each other (punches, inks, die cuts, mists) I would suggest drawers (shallow & deep). If you want them to be seen I would suggest a shelf or rod.
If you want things were they can be seen (ribbon, washi, lace) I would clear or colored glass jars to put on a shelf. If you want them hidden boxes are great.
Pattern paper is a tough one, so many choices (cropper hopper, magazine holder, or go flat with 12x12 iris bins).
Good luck with your adventure!


PeaNut 280,770
October 2006
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Loc: Tennessee

Posted: 1/14/2013 9:13:32 AM
I agree with the advice of thinking about how you scrap when determining how to set up your space. I have a large farm style table that I love and gives me plenty of surface space, but I've discovered that I stand about half the time I'm working, so in my next space I plan on having a counter-height table with a tall stool, so I can scrap comfortably sitting or standing.

I also second lots of lighting!

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April 2003
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Posted: 1/14/2013 10:22:27 AM

When I go to the scraproom gallery post, anything I click does NOT take me to photos of scraprooms. What am I doing wrong?

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PeaNut 224,352
September 2005
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Posted: 1/14/2013 10:44:21 AM
Different work heights (sitting/standing), storage, storage, storage and lighting. Those are the three biggies no matter the size of the room, IMO.

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PeaNut 377,524
May 2008
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Posted: 1/14/2013 10:53:27 AM
Lots of fantastic suggestions, especially outlets. If you can do it, I say add as many electric outlets as you can.

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June 2003
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Posted: 1/14/2013 11:07:16 AM
A great office chair, if you scrap while seated. I bought a really comfy chair on sale at an office supply store. Make it ergonomically correct.

I need my room to look pretty, not just like a big craft storage area. It's fairly small, too. Everything is organized in M's cubes. However, it doesn't come together in that, "Voila" way. I've struggled w/this for a few years and it's time to get it together. I have Ikea Galant in Birch( I think)and the matching cabinets and a bunch of M's cubes and a cherry armoire. I have to make the different woods connect somehow.


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February 2006
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Posted: 1/14/2013 11:25:30 AM
Great lighting is a must, space to put aside wet things that are drying (like a page with wet Stickles on it), a table large enough for friends if you plan on getting together with them to scrap, lots of plugs, a safe place to corral your drinks, a super soft office chair with arms and a television are what I have found to be my must-haves. Oh, and chocolate!! Have fun setting up your new space and share pics later!


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May 2009
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Posted: 1/14/2013 12:26:23 PM
ott lite if its bad lighting more the laptop and or computer to the craft room
storage space
comfy chair

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October 2002
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Posted: 1/14/2013 3:15:02 PM
A lot of counter space with plenty of shelves with see through baskets. I also like pegboard.

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June 2009
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Posted: 1/14/2013 7:05:57 PM
My 11 yr old niece who is the only one who ever buys me anything to do with scrapping bought me new baskets for Christmas. I loved them so much I had to reorganize my scrap room and take pictures. I just posted them in the gallery

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October 2012
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Posted: 1/14/2013 7:32:55 PM
I suggest an Ott Lite, they are very bright!


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March 2002
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Posted: 1/14/2013 8:45:25 PM
One of my favorite things that we did is attache my surge protector to the underside of my desk. I love not having to crawl around the floor to plug or unplug things

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January 2012
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Posted: 1/15/2013 2:03:50 PM
Figure out how you want to store your supplies and go from there. I like baskets so I can get at supplies and put supplies away easily. But they require lots of shelf space. I also like to see my supplies. Otherwise things don't get used.

I also need lots of paper storage so I can keep my paper sorted. I wish I'd spent more time figuring out that before I got my room, because I would like more slots.

Also figure out if you sit or stand when you work. I most often stand, so my husband built me a great scrap table that is at kitchen counter height. I can use a stool when I want to sit,but it is the perfect height for working while standing.

And good light. We just replaced the fixture in my room with one from Ikea and I can't believe what a difference it made!

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PeaNut 76,445
March 2003
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Loc: KY

Posted: 1/15/2013 5:20:18 PM
Definitely put some time into thinking about how you scrap BEFORE you start planning storage ideas.

Think about whether you use color, theme, etc to select things for a page. Think about photo storage too. That is one of my biggest weaknesses.

There are some great rooms in the gallery. Take some time to sit down and cruise through the pics. They are sure to inspire you!


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