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Posted: 1/5/2013 9:15:53 AM
We are remodeling our home and for the past five years my supplies have been in boxes. We are about to start creating my scrapbooking space in our new family room and my husband is asking me what I want, but it's been so long since I've had my own space that I'm going in circles. I will have about 12 feet of lower cabinets and an island, but no uppers due to the windows. I've looked at a lot of beautiful spaces online but am looking for function ideas. Help!

I should also mention that DH is a cabinet maker so everything will be custom. The rest of the room and trim is in hickory, but I'm worried about using real wood in a crafting space...


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Posted: 1/5/2013 9:49:16 AM
Lucky You! I would love this dilemma!
I love drawers. I know very simple, but I have an Ikea Expedit and tend to put things in drawers. Big drawers, small drawers, and trays to organize things in those drawers.
Congrats on your scrap room!


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Posted: 1/5/2013 9:59:55 AM
I love my baskets for corraling supplies. And the view out my window in October - it overlooks our backyard yellow maple! Though that isn't really applicable to your question.

If I were you, I would seriously think about HOW I scrapped, and what I liked visually. Do you need to be able to see everything (open type storage) to remember you have it and use it? Or does having too much out on display feel like clutter to you?

Do you need album storage in your space? With a cabinet-maker for a DH, you could have custom shelving to hold 12x12 albums nicely.

Check out pinterest, or there's an organization challenge thread floating around (originally done by Wookiemouse - I think it's on the 6th round or so).

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Posted: 1/5/2013 10:06:07 AM
I love that my table fave a sliding door. I can use the day light to light my table during the day. I can also look outside. It really makes me happy. I wish I could live in a glass house....with a private space in the middle. Some business are not for the public view...

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Posted: 1/5/2013 10:10:11 AM
What I love about mine is that it's rearrangable and I have a LOT of drawers. I use the Jetmax system and have an expedit. I love drawers! Good luck with whatever you decide!

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Posted: 1/5/2013 10:13:31 AM
Drawers, drawers, drawers!!! I have to have everything put away behind closed storage...visually pleasing to me. I can never have too many drawers . I would also want a cabinet to house my sewing machine so that it can be put away in between uses. Lots of pretty aqua color with a touch of red. Love the color combo! I'm easy!

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Posted: 1/5/2013 10:21:37 AM
Glitter Girl's video from last week was about organization and craft room ideas. You might get an idea from that.

I am in the process of redoing parts of my room. My husband is going to custom make some additions for the desk area where I scrap. The things I asked him to make were to help me with the items that I am always having to get up to get while I am creating. It seems that I put things away and then the next time I scrap, I have to get up and get them again. I asked him to make an additional shelf that goes along the back of my desk to hold tins from Target's dollar spot to hold these items. He is also putting up the rails and hanging buckets from IKEA to hold the punches that I use most often. He is also making a new base for my desk so that it has shelves to hold other kinds of things like my Cuttlebug. Right behind my chair is a holder that has my trimmers in it, or else I would be asking him to make something to accommodate that.

I agree with the other poster who said that the first thing you need to do is think about how you scrap. Maybe you can stand at a counter or something (since you said you stand to scrap) and imagine yourself scrapping. What are you reaching for? What do you want next to you? That might help you know what to ask you husband to make for you.


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Posted: 1/5/2013 10:22:07 AM
I'm very lucky. Definitely doing drawers and pull outs. One of my main dilemmas is patterned paper. I just can't decide how I want to store it. I've tried by theme but there is so much I can't categorize and then it gets sucked up in the chaos, lol. I'm also thinking about setting things up in stations? Maybe different work surfaces?


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Posted: 1/5/2013 10:28:30 AM
What I love most is that I have a fireplace right across the room, so in the winter, I have those lovely crackling sounds made by a fire. I could stay there all day.

I also have a huge entertainment center turned scrapbook nook that houses all my baskets, bowls, boxes, etc. Everything has it's place.

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Posted: 1/5/2013 10:30:26 AM
Great ideas everyone! I will, definitely check out glittergirls video. I like a little bit of pretty supplies out for decoration-other than that everything needs to be stored in the cabinets since it is a shared space. I'm thinking of a two level island where I can stand a nd scrapbook on one level and have a lower level for guests.

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Posted: 1/5/2013 10:31:46 AM
For your island, you may want him to build two extending shelves that slide in right under the countertop, so if you needed to expand space for a certain project, you could slide them out and either pop them up or brace them up. That is one thing I wish I had done with my island!!

When I had my cabinets built, I measured the width of actual machines/devices. So the one that held my 900, 510 and refills was wide enough for me to put it in there and my hand, too. I do know someone that only made it wide enough for her devices and it was a MAJOR pain to get them in and out.

I had mine made taller than normal since I like to stand to work and I knew I was never going to sit at my cabinets to work and I am not short.

Maple was my choice and there was never anything I could not wipe off if there were spills on the actual cabinets. Quartz countertops are virtually stain proof. Also nice to be able to use a heated tool directly on them, too!!

I liked having vertical storage (like you'd find for cookie sheets in a kitchen) for things like my Scor-Pal, MS board, cutting mats and such. Made it really easy to pull out/put away.

If you are going to have some 'open' cabinets and will be using baskets or other containers, buy them first and have a sense of the space you want between them both vertically and horizontally.

Is the 12 feet a straight shot, or will it curve along an outside or inside corner? A lazy susan can be a great thing for storing the little this and thats and not losing that inside corner. Open/display cabinets are a good use of an outside corner.

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Posted: 1/5/2013 10:51:35 AM
How exciting. I would love to have built in racks for my 12x12 paper. I my 60x60 inch scrap table.


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Posted: 1/5/2013 10:56:30 AM
Lucky you! I don't love my scraproom, it's just a guest bedroom that eventually I shoved so much stuff into we had to take the bed out. But one thing I do like about it a lot is all the wooden cubicle units and now that the bed's out, a bookcase too for storing embellishments, stamps, etc.

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Posted: 1/5/2013 11:51:23 AM
I love all the natural light I have, my Expedit unit and how my space it's so big as to let me be a scrapbook hoarder.


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Posted: 1/5/2013 11:56:39 AM
My scraproom is a tiny space. I have repurposed alot of items from other areas of my house to make it "my space"-- while throwing in a few new items from Ikea.

I love that my work table is actually an old dresser top that runs the length of the room. Its wide enough to hold my layout and storage.

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Posted: 1/5/2013 12:20:20 PM
I just got my scrapbook room last March. My favorite thing about it is that it has a door and I can close it for peace and quiet. I used to scrap at the dining room table and it was like scrapping on the freeway!

Also I love my L shaped table from Ikea which gives me lots of room to spread out. I have my Expedit shelves sitting behind me so I can reach all my stuff easily. I thought about what I would need to use the most and put those things right behind my chair.

All of my loose stuff is in Ikea baskets so it looks neat all the time. Don't look in the baskets though!

One more thing that I love is that the desk doesn't face the wall. It is in the center of the room. I have my recliner and tv in the room also.

For a small room I get a lot of use out of it.

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Posted: 1/5/2013 12:54:21 PM
My glass french doors...hubby wanted regular ones, I wanted glass - and double doors, not a single! It makes the room feel so much more open and let's what little light comes in from the basement windows right into my room! So glad I held firm on those!! I also love my trestle table from Target! It's a great size and the shelves on either end are perfect for long baskets and "need to have at hand" items!!

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Posted: 1/5/2013 1:01:29 PM
My scrapbook space is in a room that is ALL MINE! It has a big window that overlooks a park so I get a lot of natural light. Also, it has a door that I can close when it gets too messy or it's overrun with the contents of bags/boxes from my shopping sprees!


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Posted: 1/5/2013 1:42:22 PM
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Posted: 1/5/2013 2:00:55 PM
I love my table. It's one of those hard plastic folding tables from Costco, etc. But the thing takes a beating and holds up wonderfully! I've used my circle cutter right on the table, no problem. Yes, it leaves marks. But I don't care because it was cheap.


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Posted: 1/5/2013 2:05:53 PM
My scrap area is in a remodeled area of a "rec room" that used to be the bar. I LOVE having a little sink right there. It makes it so easy to clean up from paints, sprays, stamping etc



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Posted: 1/5/2013 2:43:00 PM
wow i'd be in heaven if i got given those option's!

i would think about the space you want to create on,
what storage you would like/need
what colour scheme you would like
what space you have to play with
what style your looking for

considering all of these option's & maybe put some mood boards together & then decide or go from there?

hope this help's? x


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Posted: 1/5/2013 8:55:18 PM
I love that it is:

My space that I can close the door when I leave from a project. This keeps three year old fingers out of my stuff

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Posted: 1/5/2013 9:25:32 PM
I love that mine is in the middle of my home near everybody and I can see them and talk to them while I scrap. I'm not stuck somewhere all alone and away from my family.

I love the color of it and my storage

I love that everything is so organized that I can tell my family exactly where a tool, embellishment or piece of paper is if they text me or call needing something when I'm not home.

I love that my table is big enough to have my DGD and/or kids join me

I love that my room is always cleaned up as soon as I'm done for the day or evening.

I love that I'm near a sink

I love my room

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Posted: 1/5/2013 11:19:05 PM

Glitter Girl's video from last week was about organization and craft room ideas. You might get an idea from that.

I did - thank you!

For your island, you may want him to build two extending shelves that slide in right under the countertop, so if you needed to expand space for a certain project, you could slide them out and either pop them up or brace them up. That is one thing I wish I had done with my island!!

I never would have thought of that even though I have a kitchen table that has those, lol. It's on the list


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Posted: 1/6/2013 7:00:07 AM
The tall table so I can stand when I scrap. The good daylight. The walk in closet.

Now if I could just get it clean and organized!

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Posted: 1/6/2013 9:04:57 AM
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Posted: 1/6/2013 9:07:54 AM
I love the color of my room. It is a beautiful sage green color that I find so soothing.


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Posted: 1/6/2013 10:10:25 AM
I can't wait to have a room to call my own scrap room! For now, I work on my dining room table. But I did just get some really nice shelving for Christmas - it sort of holds all my stuff I love it!
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Posted: 1/6/2013 11:03:14 AM
I just like that I have a space I can call my own. I can leave projects out on my desk or whatever. My storage is pretty hodge-podge, lots of Ikea furniture. My space is very small and one corner is taken up with the family computer desk. That is one of the things I would change if I could. I have 2 doorways to my room, one right by the front door and one off the kitchen. I love that as I can easily be involved with what's going on in the kitchen and still be working on stuff.

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My wall color. I debated long and hard, but went with a bold yellow. I ADORE it. Makes me happy every single time I go in there.

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Posted: 1/6/2013 12:35:12 PM
I love everything about my scraproom! Well, except the size - it needs to be larger so that I could host a crop with friends.

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Posted: 1/6/2013 3:24:38 PM
Great ideas here! wow!

I also stand to scrap. In my old space, (I currently don't really have one) I had two separate and specific work stations, one for paints, inks, powders - anything messy. I used a basic, moveable kitchen island for this, which I will be putting on casters when we get into our new place. It had enough room to place baskets at the sides, paints etc at the back, cupboard in the middle for inks, powders and stamps, as well as a draw.

My desk is a Workbox, and held all my papers, embellishments, cardstocks etc. The Workbox was a great depth and width, so I could lay out my pages, do all the design and fiddle around with it all, had my trimmer on there and also had adhesives, pens, tools etc on top of the desk in a caddy. It was also a great surface to take photos of projects. I had a shelf above that space to put flowers in jars, and just a few nice decor items.

That set up worked well simply because I had everything I needed at my fingertips without having to get up and go somewhere else to get XXX paper or embellies.

Ideally, I'd definately look at how much natural light you have, and have enough good lighting at night. I'd also loved to have had a sink, a place for a computer and printer/scanner, and nice comfy chair to read in, a place for my sewing machine, die cut machines etc, and a tv. I had used the loft space in our prior house, so it was a great area.


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Posted: 1/6/2013 3:58:24 PM
I love that my room is shared with my family room, so that I can scrap and watch tv or watch my son play. I don't feel isolated or that I am not available.......if that makes sense.

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Posted: 1/6/2013 4:20:45 PM
I love just about everything about my room. It's in my gallery.

This room was designed by me to be a home office, so I did not design the built-in cabinets tall enough for 12x12 storage. If I could change that, I would. {When we moved in, I scrapped upstairs as the boys were younger then.}

Also, I should have had an outlet placed into the middle of the floor. But, que sera, que sera, I live with a brown extension cord on my hardwoods.

I have added also under cabinet lights and wish those wires were hidden, too. But - my issues are all minor ones I think.

Oh - I would push the walls out, too, about 2-3' on each side.


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Posted: 1/7/2013 9:29:17 PM
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Posted: 1/7/2013 10:07:34 PM
I love having a lot of my tools close to my work space. I also love the drawers and one of my favorite things are the covers that all match on my machines. My scrapbook room


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Posted: 1/7/2013 10:20:37 PM
I love that after 10 years scrapping in a 3x9 dormer, I know have an entire room to myself. Most of my furniture is re-purposed, but all painted white to match. I love my 4x4 Expedit for storing my albums. I love the little white 2-level shelf I have on my desk for storing all the things I need to have at hand all the time. Love that I have pictures and watercolors on every wall. Love that I have a giant closet for storing all the stuff I don't want sitting out. Love that my room is just steps away from the kitchen, but just out of sight enough for some alone time.



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Posted: 1/8/2013 12:05:20 AM
My answer is that I have one!! I am so thankful to even have a space to call mine to do what I love!!


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Posted: 1/8/2013 12:05:42 AM
My answer is that I have one!! I am so thankful to even have a space to call mine to do what I love!!

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Posted: 1/8/2013 3:20:32 AM
My studio is part of our family room (we also have a more formal living room). I love that I directly face the television, when I'm at my desk. Perfect for watching Andy Griffith on DVD.

I personally prefer to have most everything hidden away in drawers/cabinets because it is our main living space. When company comes unexpectedly, I keep the door closed but even for my own daily life, I prefer things uncluttered. I will admit to constantly piling my desk up with things I buy and projects in progress.

But overall it's great being in the family room where I can easily get to everything during my day. If I had custom cabinets - I'd make one for my printer/Silhouette Cameo and scanner. Those are the only things I really have sitting out and I'm thinking of switching my current storage to two large armoires so absolutely everything can be hidden.

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