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Posted 3/22/2013 by mommyof_3 in General Scrappin'


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Posted: 3/22/2013 7:07:22 PM
This is for the girls that DONT have there own scraproom. WHERE do you scrap? I have a 2yr old girl who gets INTO EVERYTHING, and a 4 month old girl, so I will have the same problem again in a few yr's. We are buying a house, and it's a 3 bedroom, 1 for each girl and my fiancee and I. Hence, no scraproom for me. How, where, when do you scrap? Storage? Projects that arent done but you have to walk away from? How do you handle it? I will someday have a space, but the 1st renovations are kitchen, living room, HVAC. An addition will be a few yr's down the road for me to have a room, bigger dining room, etc. TIA!! (Oh, Pics would be HELPFUL!!! LOL)

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Posted: 3/22/2013 7:11:48 PM
I have a counter height table in a corner of our family room. Maybe something like that would work for you, with the extra height making it less accessible to the little ones. The table I have is square, so I have storage pieces on top pushed back against the wall. It's really a lot of space especially when you consider all the paper I have stored underneath it!!!

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Posted: 3/22/2013 7:57:32 PM
I'm in a similar position. A bunch of kids in the house, no extra rooms for a dedicated scrap space.

I used to have a whole set up in my livingroom, with a 6 foot table to work on, and all my supplies underneath it in Sterilite drawers... But my DH hated the clutter, so I had to fold up the table and put it away in the pantry, and put all of my supplies in an unused television armoire.

I don't feel like I can scrap unless I have my stuff out in front of me, and I can go back and forth to it. But now it's all put away and I miss scrapping so much.

I technically can pull out my table to scrap, but would have to put it all away when it was time to do something else (make dinner, baby wakes from nap, etc.) It's just too much work to pull it all out for a half hour here or there.

Good luck in finding a method that works for you. I look forward to someday when I have my own room to use as I please.

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Posted: 3/22/2013 8:06:24 PM
A corner of my bedroom. Tight fit. I have a small house. No where else to have a space - we have an eat-in kitchen, no dining room and a small living room with not a spare corner.

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Posted: 3/22/2013 8:11:41 PM
When we were living in a 3 bedroom we had a formal living/dining room that became the kids playroom and my scrap area. With existing furniture and a desk made from Ms cubes and IKEA table top I cornered myself in. It wasn't pretty but pretty wasn't useful for our family. It was the first space that you came into when you walked into our house but it functioned well.
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Posted: 3/22/2013 8:19:46 PM

I used to scrap in my dining room. For storage, I had a closet down the hall and two cabinets that my guests would have thought to have been full of dishes. In order to protect my table, I put down a huge cutting mat, and when it wasn't in use I hid it behind my china hutch.

I loved using the dining table because the size of it made it easy to invite my neighbors over to scrap with me. The downside was having to clean up everything when I was done. No leaving projects out to come back to in my free time.

I had little kids in the house at the time, but I didn't have issues. If it was on the table, they knew the rule was "don't touch."

An addition will be a few yr's down the road for me to have a room, bigger dining room, etc.

I guess, for now, the kitchen table might be your best option. I bet it's still big enough for you and a friend!

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Posted: 3/22/2013 8:23:18 PM
I have no children but I live in a tiny apartment with no space to call my own. I have a bookshelf in the corner of my living room. I just got it two nights ago. I have all my most used supplies on it. It seems a bit obtrusive (sp?) But DH really wanted me to have an actual "station". I keep an empty Iris Case under the coffee table for Projects In Progress. The snap might keep small children out of you works in progress so that nothing gets misplaced.

Do you have an entertainment center with doors and/or drawers in your living room that you could store your stuff in?

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Posted: 3/22/2013 8:33:54 PM
When I had toddlers and before I had a room, I scrapped in a computer armoire . I think it's even still in my gallery

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Posted: 3/22/2013 8:45:16 PM
Before I moved my stuff to my fining room I scrapped in a huge desk. I stored a lot in the drawers and in those stacking 12x12 case things they sell at Ms.
I had 6 units that held 6 cases each. They held a ton of paper and embellishments.
I stored other stuff in photo boxes on the shelves above the desk in the closet I stored everything ( including the desk) in
I could close everything up and nobody would even know I was a scrapbooker.
I had my stuff like that for a long time.
Then when DD was pregnant with DGD I moved everything out to the dining room.
I never had a problem with DGD getting into my stuff when she was little. Ever

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Posted: 3/22/2013 8:45:22 PM
I have a 7 year old and a 4 year old and no scrap room either. I keep all my stuff in a corner of my bedroom and then scrap on my bed with the bottom of an old shelf. It's not the most ideal set up but it gets the job done.

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Posted: 3/22/2013 10:09:43 PM
I had an inexpensive storage cabinet like this web page You can put cabinet baby locks on the door handles to keep little fingers out.

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Posted: 3/22/2013 11:43:19 PM
I hear you. I live in an apartment, and EVERY room is a multi-purpose room. I scrapped at the dining table for years - I'd drag all my stuff out, then the family would have to eat dinner in the kitchen (very cramped) for a few days until either my project was finished or my DH lost his patience (LOL), at which point I'd pack up all my stuff and not scrap again for months.

Then came (cue spotlight, angel choirs singing Alleluia)... The Work Box.

I see the price has gone up since I got mine, but it has totally changed my crafting life - no kidding. All your supplies are within arm's reach. My dining room changes into a Scrapping Superstation in less than fifteen SECONDS. I can lay my hands on my supplies in an instant - one of the kids needs a snippet of yellow ribbon for a school project? No problem! Need a birthday card in a hurry? Give me 20 minutes, and it's done - AND CLEANED UP.

For in-progress projects, you can just slide them to the back (non-collapsing) part of the desk area, then collapse the desk and close it up. The drawers hold an eye-popping amount of stuff. I have a drawer dedicated to scrapbook projects in progress, another for just Christmas supplies, and another for pictures & memorabilia that I want to scrap in the future. My Cricut is the one big thing that does not live inside the Work Box (though my Slice and Big Shot both happily reside there) - it could live on the back portion of the desk, but as I said, I like to be able to put pages-in-progress there.

I can have a full afternoon of crafting, then put everything away for dinner, then resume crafting after dinner. It's amazing. This thing was designed and built with scrappers in mind, so it's a different animal from other "craft armoires" (let alone office armoires!) - it is really efficient. Furthermore, the customer service has been a dream.

And no, I do not work for the company, nor do I personally know anyone who does. I'm just that thrilled with it. I had young children when I got my Work Box, and being able to keep my stuff out of their reach was really important. Save your pennies, or put it on your wish list for your rich uncle (mine was a gift) - it will solve your problems!

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Posted: 3/23/2013 5:45:14 AM
I had a scrap room, then had 2 babies and now am without an official scrap space. I went from a room to a 4x4 Expedit in the guest room to nada! I am currently moving out of my current space. For awhile, I had planned on keeping my shelves and just moving into our bedroom, so you could do that. When I first began scrapping, I was in our bedroom, too. Just a problem when I wanted to scrap and DH wanted to sleep. Which was often.

Now my plan is to purge stash and relocate completely. I am putting anything I could possibly associate with gifts (trims, finished cards and tags, alterables I plan on gifting) in an over the door shoe holder in our bedroom closet, because that's where I store our gift wrap.

I've moved my foam stamps, paints, colored pencils, punches, raw chipboard and glitter (general crafty type items) into an over the door shoe holder and a 3 drawer sterilite unit with the kids' craft shelf in the hall closet.

The remainder will have to fit in our kitchen pantry. I made room for a 12x12 sterilite drawer unit, 2 shelves for my CH paper holders, stamp binders, and embroidery floss boxes that hold embellishments, and then another over the door shoe holder for random and awkward items.

Our computer, printer, and my silhouette are going on a small desk in our bedroom. I plan on making big batches of page kits using those big 12x12 plastic envelopes, then pulling one out and scrapping on our kitchen table. While a project is unfinished, I can put it back in the envelope and stash it quickly back in the closet.

My only problem now is where to store my tote for crops. I usually keep it stocked with basic supplies and a variety of my favorite embellishments. I'm guessing it will end up in the garage.

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Posted: 3/23/2013 7:00:56 AM
I have a 2 yr daughter as well.. So I know what you mean.. She gets into all of my stuff if I leave it out! I live in a small apartment (too small) for the moment untill we can buy a house.. So what I did was made room against a wall in my living room and set up an area there. I have a desk, pegboard, storage cubes for paper and drawers, an Alex drawer unit from ikea and a few other things.. It doesn't look terrible out in the open because I made sure to match to with the rest of my living room furnature & my office desk and computer and so on are right next to my scrap area on the same long wall.. When I'm in a middle of a project and have to get up I just put everything away... I don't tend to leave things out when I scrap anyways for example if I need my scissors I grab them from the jar cut what I need to cut and Immedtily put them back even if I know ill need them 2 minutes later.. I do that with everything I use its just the way I work.

So when I need to get up there's hardly anything for me to put away.. What you could do is get one of those 12x12 iris boxes from ms and throw everything in there if your scrapping and have to walk away. Maybe there's room in your new home where you could set up an area to scrap or maybe even a closet you could use,.. I have seen people transform very small closets into a scrapping area,. Storing all of the things on the shelves and even using a shelf as a desk.. Try getting a pegboard they take up no room and you can store a ton of things on it!! Good luck HTH



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Posted: 3/23/2013 7:54:44 AM
My stuff is in a bedroom closet and I pull out a folding table when I want to work on something at home... Otherwise I go to a monthly crop.


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Posted: 3/23/2013 8:04:50 AM
I have 2 shelves in my dining room with my stuff (I try to keep it organized so it doesn't look cluttered ) and do all my scrapping on my living room coffee table.

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Posted: 3/23/2013 8:06:33 AM
My scrap space is in our lounge, right next to the play area. I keep most of my supplies above waist height, and a lock on the cabinet under my desk (where there are knives, permanent inks, etc). Mostly I just have to keep a really good eye one him since he likes to climb the bookcase or anything else he can find, and I make sure all sharp and mark-making equipment is locked away.

I can easily scrap with my daughter around now (she's 5), but my son is a complete handful (he's not quite 2). I usually scrap when he's in bed, and try to do less mess-inducing stuff whilst he's up if he is happily entertaining himself... things like editing photos, etc. Honestly, though, most of the time I don't even try.

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Posted: 3/23/2013 12:06:17 PM
I have the same issue, no space. No extra bedrooms, loft, etc. We have a closet downstairs in our family room that is a walk-in. I have taken it over for my 'scraproom'. It's the size of a 1/2 bathroom. It's small but that is what I have for now. I use every inch of space top to bottom


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Posted: 3/23/2013 12:08:16 PM
I use to have a computer armoire in a corner of our bedroom. For awhile, after that, I moved down to the kitchen table with a rolling cart. Everything always got put away so the kids couldn't get into it. When they were old enough, I moved down to the unfinished basement and gave them their own table with their own supplies, so they wouldn't get into mine. Good luck, it's so challenging crafting with little ones!!

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Posted: 3/23/2013 2:47:45 PM
Before I had my own room all in part to oldest moving out, I had a corner in our office. I took our front coat closet put shelves in it to store my stuff. Prior to that, it was totes to store my supplies (but then I didn't have much) and the kitchen table. So I had to clean up after each scrap session and couldn't leave anything out. I am not sure if you have the space, but would an armoire type piece work to house your supplies? Just a thought..

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Posted: 3/23/2013 6:18:43 PM
I have 4 children ages 2 - 11 and we live in a 3 bedroom apartment. Fortunately our Living Room is slightly long so I had enough room to push my couch forward, closer to the TV, and put a desk behind the couch (like a sofa table) then to the side of that (in an "L" shape) I added a book shelf. My most recent addition was the rod with hanging baskets from IKEA above the shelf.

The children don't get into my stuff, too often. Especially if i keep the desk chair push in when I'm not using it.

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Posted: 3/23/2013 7:12:03 PM
before i had a room for my stuff, i scrapped in my bedroom,,keep stuff under bed, and in totes and scrapped on my bed..

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Posted: 3/23/2013 7:30:19 PM
I don't have a room, by choice.

Instead, I have two 4x4 Expedits on the rear wall of our family room. Most all of my scrap supplies are in those shelves. Though I've since added a desk for my Cricut. Haven't figured out the storage in the drawers.

Anyway, the table I scrap on is for family use. It gets used for folding laundry, homework, school projects, Legos, crafts, sometimes eating, puzzles, games, etc... Sometimes it's a pain if I want to scrap and I have to fold a bunch of laundry first or one of the kid's projects is on it.

If I had issues with curious little ones, I would most definitely have a taller table that keeps my projects out of their reach.

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