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Posted 6/10/2013 by ButDoctorIHatePink in General Scrappin'
 

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Posted: 6/10/2013 10:11:25 PM
I had a scrapbooking room, but my husband and son took it over for their computer room. I wasn't scrapping at the time so I let them.

Well, I'm back, so am kicking them out. Oh what a disaster it is!!! I think it is going to take me at least 3 days to get it in order, arg. Men! Now I know where all the spoons in the house went!

I have some of the large wire paper holders, like the kind Michael's or scrapbook stores use to display their individual papers, you know what I mean? So paper storage is good.

I have a large bookcase for albums and other stuff, I keep page protectors, etc there too. I have a revolving floor to ceiling shoe holder that I am converting to hold embellishments on clips, kind of like a clip it up on steroids.

And a desk, of course, which I got at IKEA specifically for scrapping - it's glass topped but has a space below and you can slide unfinished pages underneath so the cat won't step on them.

Everything else, stamps, punches, washi tape, are in bins. I have a smaller shelf for mists. That's kind of it.

Any ideas for anything that you really love that works for you? I'm going to Hobby Lobby tomorrow (for the first time ever) and will be looking for organizational stuff if they have it. (No idea) My main thing is if it's out of site, out of mind, so I don't like drawers or closed systems. Plastics I can see through are okay.

Thanks for any ideas you have!


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Posted: 6/10/2013 10:30:18 PM
I changed my room several times before I found what works best for me.
I've had my room the sane now for years and have no intention of changing it again.

My card catalog hold a lot of stuff all organized and labeled

My expedits holds a ton of paper and big baskets of stuff all organized and labeled

I use a lot of spice jars, mason jars and apothecary jars for storing smaller embellishments and buttons

I have photos on my blog you can look at if you want to

I have a new Raskog cart that's not on my blog.
But its super handy got keeping all my PL stuff in. I can wheel it over in front of the tv and scrap there if all doing is PL.


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Posted: 6/10/2013 10:40:46 PM
I have shelves behind my desk and that helps me a lot. I have cubes for paper and kit storage and shelves above them for holding various bins of embellishments, alphabets, etc.

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Posted: 6/10/2013 10:44:33 PM
As far as plastics that you can see through, I recently bought a case of clear photo holders for 4x6 photos in M's. I sorted all my die cuts by color and put them in these photo holders. I put labels with their colors on all 6 sides so that no matter which way they would up in my rolling cart, I could always see a label. I also store my SC PL kits in these and the big case that they came in holds all my washi. So far this is working well for me. I also got in M's, vertically stackable plastic containers that are about 3x 2x2 deep and sorted my wood veneers and put them in these. They are clear also and they snap together so they are stable. Each has a cover but since they are stacked you only use the over for the top one. I've been finding it helpful to have different containers like this for each type of embellie. Another recent thing I got was a magnetic metal strip from ikea... It comes in a pack of two (I think it's for kitchen knives). I put one one my wall and all my flair and other metallic embellies are stuck to that.

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Posted: 6/10/2013 11:22:11 PM
Oh good idea about the magnetic strip. I think I may even have one. If I can find it. :/.

I also would like a craft lamp. Does anybody have one they like? My house is super dark to begin with and night and winter means it is hard to scrap. It'd be nice to have a lamp where I could see the true colors of things, without spending a fortune.


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Posted: 6/10/2013 11:24:30 PM
the link to all of the older organizing challenges is in my signature.

also, the link to my blog w/ info about a new organizing challenge...

hope that helps!



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Posted: 6/10/2013 11:25:04 PM
I love 3 tiered metal stands. I have a few. They serve as display and storage.



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Posted: 6/11/2013 12:19:43 AM
I have most of my stuff in card catalog files. I used to have the clear plastic drawers but everything looked to messy...
What ever works for you is the system you should use.
I do have glass jars with goodies in them but the majority of my stuff is hidden.

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Posted: 6/11/2013 7:47:25 AM
I'm like you... out of sight, out of mind... so I hung all of my acrylic and cling stamps from a towel rod using Office Depot DVD/CD plastic holders and clips from IKEA. I'm on my phone so I don't know how to post a link, but I do have a photo in my gallery (which is small so it won't take you forever to find). If you like and use lot of stamps, you will love this system for storing them! So easy to find whatever you're looking for (and you can even easily see the stuff you didn't know you had!)

As for lighting... I had pot lights installed in my craft room over a year ago and I love them. I also have a desktop OTT lamp that is always on when I scrap. That OTT light may have been one of my best scrappy purchases (or at least my eyes seem to think so)!


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Posted: 6/11/2013 7:51:32 AM
I love my cubes from Michaels because I can arrange them to my liking. I love my wire racks for my paper.

What I really do not like...is this the two tier CLIP IT UP!! I just can't stand it. It's empty now on the floor in a corner. I'm looking to sell it soon.

My space is small so I went vertical with my storage. Here's the link to my space. MY SPACE


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Posted: 6/11/2013 8:21:17 AM
Like, Like, Like, guys.......and spoons!!

Yes, I agree with all. Follow the links Crisi posted. I am doing a free class she linked and found the first weeks assignment of assessing my space with the seven page print out has been invaluable. She advised doing a layout with the assessment sheet at your side and find out what works for you. We each value our scrap tools and supplies differently so no two rooms with be the same.


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Posted: 6/11/2013 8:33:54 AM
My scrap space is in my bedroom and I change things out constantly, but what's currently working and has been for years is these two big pleather covered boxes I bought at Wal-Mart almost ten years ago. They are about 4 inches wide and 14 inches long and I store all my patterned paper in them. They are stored upright and by manufacturer and I love it! Makes it easy to go through them.



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Posted: 6/11/2013 8:56:12 AM
Having a "triangle" of workspaces has really been the best for me. A standing height project table, a tabletop for die cutting, then an additional workspace for misc. and my IKEA Expedit for paper and album storage.


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Posted: 6/11/2013 9:26:17 AM

I am doing a free class she linked


sorry, I would've been more specific, but... well, tou and all, you know...

i'm not even actually "doing" the challenge this time - just posting in response to each week's challenge - hoping it helps someone.

there's tons of links I added already - the older challenges here, pinterest boards, an awesome organizing blog, etc.

my plan is to just keep adding resources as I find them, so...




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Posted: 6/11/2013 10:06:23 AM
The following works well in my dedicated room:

- The position of my project table at an angle in the center of the room. Since I prefer a clean slate for each project & stand to scrap, everything is visible & easily assessible: wall of supplies on an opposing wall, large window facing the street, the entry door to the left, & the walk-in-closet door to the right.

- On the supply wall, two leaning ladder bookcases (Pottery Barn Studio Wall Shelves) flank a flat file (discontinued PB Bedford 5-drawer cabinet). Since most supplies are stored in open containers (e.g. Cropper Hopper Holders, generic bins, planters) on the shelves, they are readily accessible without looking cluttered. The flat file holds wood-mounted rubber & clear stamps, various sized blocks, embossing powders, a heat gun, etc.

- All supplies are organized using the same system among applicable storage containers & color-coded. For example, all Jenni Bowlin papers - cardstock, patterned, shaped, specialty - are stored in the CH Paper Holders/Pouches & divided by line; flat embellishments, such as label & tiny alpha stickers, are stored on the Clip-It-Up; & bulky embellishments, such as memo books & bingo card packs, are housed in a mesh bin. Since the clear stamps & punches are versatile, they are stored with like items: stamps are grouped together in the journaling drawer of the flat file & punches in the lower drawer of the project table. All labels of JBS products (e.g. on CH Paper Holders, CIP tab, bin bookplate, punch handles, films protecting clear stamps) are kraft, making it easy to mix/match product from the same manufacturer despite various storage.

- The oversized chair, ottoman, & OTT floor lamp in a corner next to the window provide a place for me to sit, draft journaling, sketch, & coordinate papers! A simple saddle stool sits next to my project table for leaning or, more frequently, serving as an additional surface for stamping to dry, collecting supplies that need to be reshelved, etc.

HTH & best wishes reclaiming your space!


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Posted: 6/11/2013 12:31:37 PM
What works in my Scrap Room? Well, it definitely isn't me!!!!! Just can't get it going on right now!!!! But I like the stackable white pieces at M's.

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Posted: 6/11/2013 12:56:54 PM
I have an expedite from IKEA and several Cropper Hopper paper holders. My plan was to put all the paper holders across the bottom of the expedite, but they don't fit. I keep seeing pictures of people who store their paper this way and I can't figure out how they can do it and mine don't fit. Anyone know? My expedite is about five years old. Does that make a difference? The paper holders are about 1/2" too tall.

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Posted: 6/11/2013 1:25:36 PM
schmike - I think the people that use cropper hoppers in an expedit trim them, but I believe they also fit if you tilt them on their backs.

hope that helps!



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Posted: 6/11/2013 1:27:11 PM

My expedite is about five years old. Does that make a difference? The paper holders are about 1/2" too tall.
With the older CH paper holders, peas have been cutting off the tops or rolling the paper holder onto it's back. The new CH paper holders fit.

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Posted: 6/11/2013 2:38:18 PM
Some great ideas in this thread! Awesome, thank you.

OTT lamp? Sorry, what is OTT? Acronym, brand name?


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Posted: 6/11/2013 3:18:47 PM
Drawers are working best for me right now. I recently bought 3 Sterilite 4-drawer bins on casters. I keep them all at my work table for quick access.

I keep misc. punches in one (MS punches hanging on door). The other two drawer units hold my adhesives, paints, ink pads, washi tape and other go-to stamps and frequently used items.

Drawers work best for me because its neat with fast and easy access. Much easier than individual containers of things.

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Posted: 6/11/2013 3:36:39 PM
My favorite thing are my 3 drawer Sterlite drawer systems that hold 12x12 paper. Hobby Lobby does carry them. The front of the drawer is clear however I do label each drawer.

I put one or two paper collections that coordinate in each drawer plus the embellishments if I bought any that match a collection. What I love is that I can keep all the bits and pieces of paper together. I just pull out an whole drawer and take it to my table to work.

These work great also if you work with kits. You can stack at least 2 of these together.


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Posted: 6/11/2013 8:20:00 PM
Having as much as possible within arm's reach is really important to me.

My bins are pretty opaque, but they are very well labeled, so I can grab "washi tape" or "chipboard alphas" without wondering where they are. I can sit at my desk and see all my bins in front of me... "Hmmm, do I want a die cut here, or a dimensional sticker? A bit of bling, or some ribbon? Buttons, or paper flowers?" I find that I don't need to see what's actually IN the bin at all times - the label is enough.

I really like having a secondary flat surface behind me. When I'm pulling materials (stamp sets, papers, embellishments...) for a project, it's nice to have a place to "hold" them that isn't my actual work surface - does that make sense?

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Posted: 6/11/2013 8:28:20 PM
I love my OTT lights. I have two in my room. A floor model and desk top model. I purchased mine at Micheals with a 40% off coupon.


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Posted: 6/11/2013 8:53:34 PM
I love my IKEA Raskog cart. I like having everything accessible. The top tier holds my newer embellishments and I will wheel it beside me while I'm working.

I also like having an open basket on my desk that holds scraps etc.

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Posted: 6/11/2013 8:54:31 PM
I love my IKEA Raskog cart. I like having everything accessible. The top tier holds my newer embellishments and I will wheel it beside me while I'm working.

I also like having an open basket on my desk that holds scraps etc.

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Posted: 6/11/2013 9:24:46 PM
"Having as much as possible within arm's reach is really important to me."

This!! This is me too! I have a lot of great storage solutions that work well for me all over the room, but the single-most important part is keeping the most-used items right on my workspace. I use one of those multi-slot totes that are open on top with handles on the sides (which is great b/c I can just grab it for crops). The tote holds a lot, like all my tools and adhesives, most-used embellishments and matting cardstock, fave stamps, etc. My workspace also has a desktop hutch for all of my pens, inks, brads, flowers, & other miscellaneous items, several open-top holders for paper/collections that I'm using in my current project, a couple of cases that fit into my drawer system (10 drawers on a rolling cart) for my most-used punches and other ephemera, and my desktop work light. Oh, and a small desktop trash bin for scrappy scraps!

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Posted: 6/11/2013 9:31:50 PM
I do have the IKEA cart. Since I've been scrapping in the dining room, I found it handy to keep the stuff I was using on it and wheel it out of site when needed. So I will probably do something similar when my space is reclaimed - keep the stuff I'm currently using on it near my desk. I love that pretty cart - mine is aqua!

I didn't make it to the store today, as I'm *still* cleaning. Oh my, I really had no idea how bad it had gotten. I don't think I'd been in there in for years, except to stand at the door and tell them something. It wasn't like a hoarder room or anything, but who knew when I pulled something out I was going to find an inch of dust, old homework papers, and a variety of plastic cups? I should have had our housekeeper go in there. I took out an entire bag of garbage!

Tomorrow is my chemo day so probably won't be working on it. Thursday I promised to take my son to a friends house so maybe I'll go to Hobby Lobby on the way home. I have never been and want to see what they have, and I can reward myself for my hard work with a desk lamp! (I need chairs too, the chairs I bought for that room when I set it up for my scrapping a few years ago are already ripped!)

Your comments have been helpful, especially to scrap a page and see what isn't working. I've looked at all the pictures and am going to take advantage of the challenge as soon as I get past the cleaning and organizing what is there point.

I definitely need some help with organizing photos too, that one I can't blame on the males.


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Posted: 6/11/2013 9:51:47 PM
Having things close to me. I can be a lazy scrapper and don't like to get up once I start working. Plus, stuff can get put away as I finish.

Things I reach for first to start my project are a little further away (pictures, paper, stickers, die cuts, stamps). I carry those to my desk. Things I might reach for "second" or all the time like pens, markers, rulers, inks, journaling spots, scraps, alphabet stickers are all on my desk or in drawers and bins next to my desk.

I haven't touched my inks,
embellishments (brads, buttons, eyelets, flair put together but sorted by color in jars on my desk), dies (in binders by theme. Although I did move the binder closer to my desk), photos (by year/month and event in an index card file cabinet with notes of bigger photos and memorabilia on an index card for each event), stickers/die cuts (by theme), or stamp organization so that def works for me (inks by color in drawers, markers in a drawer together, clear/cling stamps in binders by theme, and rubber stamps by theme in drawers.

Since I don't like to get up I have my big kick on my desk as well as a spot for stamping and getting messy. I just be careful not to get it on my project. I wish I had space for an L or U shape desk as my sewing machine and wishblade reside on another desk. But, I figure I could do that stuff separate at the end or beginning of a layout.

Something new I've tried is putting my ribbon, wire, twine, embossing powders, etc in clear plastic shoe boxes divided by color. So far I like it. I can bring over whatever color(s) match and it has the stuff I want in it to match the layout. I tend to think by theme and then color. I also put my paper in the big boxes they sell that look like photo boxes but are flat. Those are sorted by theme and color. Cardstock is sorted by color and specialty in clear plastic envelopes.


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Posted: 6/11/2013 11:43:43 PM
What IKEA desk has the glass top and the shelf underneath??

We're moving in a couple of weeks, and I will likely be changing up my scrap storage.


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Posted: 6/12/2013 7:56:01 AM
Not too much to add to help you that hasn't already been mentioned. Plus, I like photo storage boxes as they stack neatly, but they aren't clear.

If you have many small ink pads, the floss boxes are great for those. I can fit 3 1-inch cubes or 3 cat's eyes into each slot. I can only fit 2 of the dew drop small pads per slot. The one larger slot in the boxes is nice for those slightly larger, like Ancient Page inks.

I also use floss boxes for holding small embellishments (wood veneers, buttons, brads) so I could rid myself of a lot of packaging.


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Posted: 6/12/2013 3:45:13 PM
Jen, I bought the desk about five years ago so I'm not sure if they still have it, but I found a photo:

Ikea Desk


It's called Vika Gruvan. I bought different legs because I didn't like the trestle legs; IKEA lets you mix and match legs. I bought some prettier wrought iron ones, in the Vika line, I think.

You can see in the center there is a divider. So you can use it to put stuff away for drying while still seeing it and can work on a matching page and still see the first one. I suppose you could put a tray of ebellishments or something to pull out if you like to work that way too.

I bought it because my cat had a tendency to sit on whatever I was working on so I wanted a place to slide my unfinished pages under if I had to get up and protect them. But that poor kitty is gone now. My other cat doesn't sit on my paper (although she does sit in my scrap bin).


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Posted: 6/12/2013 4:38:26 PM
oh, I forgot about my card cataglog. 60 drawers to house nothing but embellishments. I love it! I organize my embellies and just label the fronts of the drawers so I know where what is.


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