My goal is to not outgrow my scrap space LOL!

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Posted: 8/6/2013 8:26:56 AM
Everybody talks about using up their stash, etc., but my goal really is to just not outgrown my scrap space. We moved into a new house last fall and my scraproom/space is now an open loft area on the 2nd floor. I love how bright and open it is, but the downside is no door and everyone who goes upstaires sees it. I have it decorated cute, but really have to be careful to keep it neat and my supplies confined (more or less).

Like most longtime scrapbookers I could scrap for the rest of my life with all the paper/embellishments I own, but what's the fun in that?


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Posted: 8/6/2013 8:37:27 AM
Lol! I know what you mean. I had an open loft space in our last house, and loved it too.

Now I have a studio in our new house (we moved in 6 weeks ago) about the size of a sun room, which is lovely, but smaller and all French doors and windows with less
wall space, so storage has to be creative. I'm down sizing my stash a little (mostly really old stuff from 2004-2006).

My studio is right next to the family room, so people can see it through the glass doors. I'm trying to decorate it so its cute also.

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Posted: 8/6/2013 8:43:21 AM
I'm with you on this.

Fortunately I can close the door of my tiny scrap room so no one sees when it's messy.

But I am constantly re-arranging supplies to keep them within their assigned space, to keep the things I use most frequently within reach and to keep everything off my worktable so I have room to scrap.

Have been doing better at using up things instead of just collecting. Still hoping to consolidate more drawers and open up more places for storage. Right now my green paper is the only one overflowing it's space and my washi tape has to sit in a basket on the floor. But I'm making a lot of greenish layouts lately LOL and working on ideas to store the washi by color. It's constant tweaking but I see progress.

Although I enjoy organizing, the real fun is in using the supplies.

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Posted: 8/6/2013 8:46:36 AM
Yes. I'm on a freeze to use my stash and part of the reason is that my space is packed!! It's organized but packed to the max. It's time to dwindle down and make all those goodies go from drawers to albums so that I can at least justify a future shopping spree.


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Posted: 8/6/2013 8:55:39 AM
I am frozen for one year. I'm with you all too. My space is packed to capacity. Not another embellishment, PP, washi tape, journaling card, glitter, embossing powder, paint, pens, markers, punch, stickers, Thickers, die cuts, chipboard, ribbon, NOTHING else will fit. So for 1 year I am frozen....and using my stash. My scrapbook very nice, it's our formal dining room. The first room you see when you enter the house, so with it being at it's capacity, it's difficult to keep it orderly. I am so excited that I am frozen and will use up my stash.

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Posted: 8/6/2013 10:16:43 AM
I guess I hadn't thought of it that way before, but in all honesty not outgrowing my space is probably my real goal About 18 months ago I moved (took over) one of our living areas and now my space is pretty visible for everyone that comes into our home. It has really helped me to keep things neat and put up compared to being in one of the spare bedrooms where I could just close the door behind me. I would love to use my stash on layouts but I'm okay with giving some of it away to those in my family with smaller scrappy budgets than I.

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Posted: 8/6/2013 10:24:06 AM
I recently moved to our new home and took a spare bedroom as my craft room. Redesigning my space and unpacking some 66(!!!) craft supply boxes really forced me to confront the reality of how many supplies I own and how many I actually use. I, just as some other peas said, have no more room for a single additional paper collection, embellishment pack, kit, etc.
This process has also forced me to be more introspective as to why I got to this maxed out status...I believe I've used shopping as a pick me-up to alleviate not so pleasant emotions (boredom, stress, difficult day, family issues). I doubt I'm alone in this...

Now that I'm set up in my new craft space and have gone through major organizing, I'm actually pleased with what I have and the desire to accumulate more has gone. I've found so many items I forgot that I acquired (!) I'm not tempted to get new items, because since I'm scrapping from 2004, I've seen trends come and go and get recycled as a different version of something I already own. Now when the urge hits to shop, I pull out one of my embellishment bins and get reacquainted with my supplies.

That feeling of maxed out, busting-at-the seams actually stresses me out because it makes it so much more difficult to efficiently obtain the supplies I need.
I'm with treyaut ! I'm frozen for a year!
I need to save up for new furniture pieces so this is a big motivation for me.


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Posted: 8/6/2013 10:24:35 AM
LOL Yes! My scrap space is the guest bedroom and a play area for my boys so I have to keep it confined or suddenly my scrap stuff IS their toys!

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Posted: 8/6/2013 10:33:27 AM
Same here! My stuff is kind of stored in the open (although in clear plastic boxes), and there isn't really a place to expand my storage without having supplies scattered all over the house, so I have to limit what I bring in!


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Posted: 8/6/2013 10:35:23 AM
Thank you! That is exactly how I would put it. I hadn't found the right way to express it



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Posted: 8/6/2013 10:45:41 AM
I used to have a scrap room but since our sudden move I have lost that. I am in the process of building a scrap desk that will house most of my supplies. It is going to be right outside our living room so everyone that comes over will see it. I am going to have to keep everything organized. I do not have much so that should be easy.

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Posted: 8/6/2013 10:49:33 AM
I said the same thing. I started out with one bookshelf with bins for supplies, but unfortunately did have to buy a second bookshelf. Couldn't help it--I love a LOT of different embellishments/tools.

One thing I have stuck with though is I promised myself I would NOT outgrow my rolling paper storage rack. I really don't have any other place/space to store more paper, so I've kept my paper organized in that one rack.


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Posted: 8/6/2013 12:18:55 PM
Amber, I resemble that remark! Having too much stuff has zapped my creativity and the reason I started this hobby. I'm having trouble purging still...

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Posted: 8/6/2013 12:34:20 PM
I don't have a door on my space either. And it's right in the center of my home.

So, I cannot outgrow my space either

I am very very choosy about what I buy.
I went for a 4 or 5 years and bought NOTHING

I scrapbook and make cards everyday and still have so much.
I finally made a decent debt in it when I pulled out my papers and cut up the ones with multiples into 4x6 and 3x4 pieces. I use them all the time now especially for my PL

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Posted: 8/6/2013 1:07:14 PM
I have this feeling too. I have a corner in our kitchen/dining room, so I really cannot make it bigger without starting to risk damage to my supplies by food items. Small and simple is good for me anyhow, I was in a small closet in our bedroom before that. Keeping a small stash helps me think.

The only place where this gets a bit frustrating is for tools like physical stamps. I've done what I can to make them smaller (unmounting, hanging them on a bar instead of in bins) but eventually I will get more than my current storage allows for. Do I sacrifice something I truly love for space? I'm just not sure.

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Posted: 8/6/2013 1:16:53 PM
Good for you for trying to avert it before it's a problem. My computer room/scraproom seemed to burst at the seams overnight. I know I need to cut back on buying and start creating more. My other dilemma are my non-consumables (embossing folders, tools) and items with longevity (ink pads, sprays, washi tape). Even using them frequently, it can take a while to use something up.



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Posted: 8/6/2013 3:17:34 PM
Well I have failed in this department.
I started with just a small cupboard in the dining room, then took over the coat closet as well.
Then we made me a scrap/craft room downstairs.
I thought this is the life, I have all this room, this is great.
Well now I have spread out into the laundry room, the rec room and even brought supplies upstairs.

I am so bursting at the seams, I was thinking of purchasing a new home, lol.



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Posted: 8/6/2013 4:01:35 PM
Same here!

I'm so lucky to have a room to scrap in and if I can't keep it contained and tidy in that room, then I've got too much stuff... I would love to have everything, but I feel *for me* that if I can't make the choice to say no to stuff then I'm letting my hobby take over my home/budget/life, and I don't want that...

I want my hobby to be a fun escape that I don't feel guilty or ruled by... The luxury for me is that I have time to do it, not that I have all of the fabulous stuff that's out there...


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Posted: 8/6/2013 6:52:26 PM
I've committed to not purchasing another container for my stash. I was feeling over run with art bins and totes. It really is easier to shop for cute supplies then actually sit down and be. Relative. I am committed to making a dent in my stash and not outgrowing my space.

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Posted: 8/6/2013 9:06:10 PM

but my goal really is to just not outgrown my scrap space.

Oh, you and me, both!

My "space" is just a corner desk in my bedroom. That is it! And some wall shelves for albums above it.

So the containers I have to hold paper/embellishmentas are all I can have. There is no where available to add more. So I cannot buy more paper and embellishment than will fit in those drawers, or else I have to start storing them on my flat work space, which I have already done on the 2 far ends and do not want to do any more.

I've passed up a few RAKs due to my extremely limited scrap space. I appreciated the offer, but knowing that I was barely going to have room for the new lines I was planning to buy, I just couldn't accept them.

So using and purging my stash is a must do for me. And that's probably a really good thing.


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Posted: 8/6/2013 11:43:38 PM
I understand completely. I moved from a spare bedroom, which ended up being my daughter's room to an open loft as well. The space is about 6x8. I actually like it more because it caused me to downsize a bit and to appreciate and better organize the space I have. I am trying keep it under control by not overfilling it.


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Posted: 8/7/2013 12:25:39 AM
Aeryn - love your new scrap space!

I also adored it when it was in the closet and thought it was practical, small, and had the bare necessities.

This is my current scrap space, but it needs new photos.


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Posted: 8/7/2013 4:17:13 AM
My scrapspace is a spare bedroom. My husband fitted out the closet with shelves.

My issue is not my scrappy supplies & tools, so much as it is the 'other' stuff that takes up so much space - My buildabear's entire wardrobe (which used to share our closet in the old house, but for which there is no room in the new house), genealogy, sewing, and boxes full of memorabelia to scrap *someday*.

It's all organized and put away, but it looks like a warehouse, nothing *cute* about it.

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Posted: 8/7/2013 8:04:34 AM
OP: your scrap space sounds like mine! I too have a scraploft and it's been a challenge from the day we moved in to keep the decor inline with the rest of the home. I don't worry too much about leaving unfinished projects out on my desk since you can't see them from downstairs. What I have to fight is the urge to add one more organizational cube from Michael's!

Having too much stuff has zapped my creativity and the reason I started this hobby.

I've also experienced this and felt much better after purging AND putting the brakes on new spending. It also helps that I've started shopping and storing differently. Now, I MOSTLY purchase things to be used together at the same time; I immediately bring them home, pair them up with cardstock and store them in kits. When it comes time to scrap I grab a kit, sometimes a sketch, some photos and get to work. I supplement from bulk/generic embellishments (like brads, flowers, washi, ribbon) from my stash as the layout comes together. I am enjoying scrapping so much more since switching to this system...and packing for crops is so much easier, as I grab photos, match kits to the photos, pack my most used bulk embellishments and GO.

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Posted: 8/7/2013 8:44:58 AM
Same here as OP. I am getting to the point where I don't have much room left in my 10x10 room. I am too am fortunate to be able to close the doors when I want. I took a 6 year break and made up for all the shopping I didn't do this year. However, I will be frozen as of Jan 1 2014. I will not be buying anything for a year. I am hoping this will make a huge dent in my stash to make room for 2015 supplies.

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Posted: 8/13/2013 5:20:41 AM
I'm not frozen but I really want to spend as less than I can. I joined the free Counterfeit Kit Club Challenge and the free Scrap Stash Kit Club : you have to put a homemmade kit together (and use it of course) and it's a very exciting way to use your stash !
With the counterfeit kit club, you copy a real kit and as for me, it's as if I was getting the real one ! I feel as excited as if everything was new ! It also inspired me to create some items (for example, a chevron stamp, or a polaroid one : I made my own and didn't feel the urge to buy them anymore).
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Posted: 8/13/2013 7:59:01 AM
loft? lucky you
my place/space is a mess i got to really purge and fix up so i can sit in it in the fall and begin my creativity

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Posted: 8/13/2013 8:46:10 AM
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Posted: 8/13/2013 9:46:34 AM
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Posted: 8/13/2013 10:07:04 AM
I am not frozen at the moment but I am working my way to it.
I am lucky, I have a room all to myself and a door that I can close if it gets too messy.
Right now I am working on getting better looking storage.
I will be frozen after I get Dear Lizzy Polka dot party kit and PL and Maggie Holmes Recorded and PL.
Everything has a place right now but somethings are busting at the seams like pattern paper and embellishment.
Plan on a self freeze in january for one year. I dont need anything else.

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Posted: 8/13/2013 11:09:49 AM

Just remember that in desperate times,LOL,storage is available under beds and couches!



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Posted: 10/14/2013 11:07:39 AM
My scrap area is in my living room, the room you enter from the front door~ so I have to keep it neat, clean & organized. When my son moves out, I will have a scrap room cause DH really doesn't like to see my scrappy goodies.

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Posted: 10/14/2013 11:15:43 AM
I purged a LOT when I downsized over the summer. Oldest graduated and moved out, so I took a bedroom. My studio has been in the basement for years. While I had TONS of room, I HATED being down there. So when the girl moved out, I moved the boys into her old room and took over the bedroom that they were in. I have less than half the space I had downstairs but I like it so much better.

My room is about 11'x12' and I have a daybed in there. When I was moving everything upstairs, I went through it all and purged a ton. Sold a lot, gave a lot away, and took a lot more to Goodwill. I think having too much stuff does become everwhelming.

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Posted: 10/14/2013 12:41:51 PM
I've been doing that with my wardrobe and kitchen. Next stop craftiness.


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Posted: 10/14/2013 2:20:44 PM
I am lucky I can close the door. But I really dont want things to outgrow the containers they are in - in fact I want to use up enough so I can get get rid of some containers. I am trying not to have anything on my table except the project supplies I am currently working with. I have a ways to go but I am happy that at least everything currently has a home even if its not in the best spot.

Good luck with your room!


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Posted: 12/31/2013 9:35:56 AM
I have a craft space. I have lots of supplies and have just committed to be frozen and start using up what I have and love! It is time! 2 peas store is my downfall since there is no LSS. Staying out of Michaels is not a hardship for me!
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