If you have your own scrap space do you like it?

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Posted 10/7/2013 by amom23 in General Scrappin'
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PeaNut 417,751
April 2009
Posts: 748
Layouts: 40
Loc: Chesterton Indiana

Posted: 10/8/2013 10:27:31 AM
I love my room. I designed a desk that my dad built and my mom painted. I cannot say how much it means to me. I am now buying containers to fit into the cubbies in the desk. So much fun. I will post photos soon.



PeaNut 417,751
April 2009
Posts: 748
Layouts: 40
Loc: Chesterton Indiana

Posted: 10/8/2013 10:27:40 AM
I love my room. I designed a desk that my dad built and my mom painted. I cannot say how much it means to me. I am now buying containers to fit into the cubbies in the desk. So much fun. I will post photos soon.


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PeaNut 31,617
March 2002
Posts: 9,964
Layouts: 59
Loc: southern new mexico

Posted: 10/8/2013 11:58:25 AM
I'd better like it, since I custom designed it when we contracted to build this house!

My scrap space is a loft off our great room. I love being in the main living area of the house; because it's upstairs, I don't have to keep it 100% picked up all the time and can leave projects out, which allows me to work in there for short bursts of time or long hauls. I have a sink, a small fridge for drinks, and built in cabinet space. I love my custom built desk; I only wish it wasn't so heavy! There is a small balcony through large french doors where I can go outside and sit (and think) if the mood strikes me. I love my scraploft; it is probably my favorite room in the house.

Here's a picture of it (before we moved in) looking up from my great room.

Marilyn (now in New Mexico!!)
SCUBA diving and SCRAPPING Mom of two


PeaNut 574,604
December 2012
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Layouts: 0

Posted: 10/8/2013 12:07:31 PM
No. It's the loft space and it doesn't have a door and I know that although my dh says nothing, that it bothers him that I make a mess up there. But I can't create in a neat, clean fashion. I've tried and it doesn't work. I'm messy when I'm creative.

My space being in an open area was one of my compromises when we bought this house and to be honest, I regret it. I KNEW he would hate my messes, he does hate it (but doesn't say anything because he knows I was the one making the compromise buying this house), I feel bad, but can't change. So then I often feel bad when I should be enjoying myself.

peaing from my beach room

PeaNut 142,772
April 2004
Posts: 9,916
Layouts: 3
Loc: Northern Indiana...Fighting Irish Country

Posted: 10/8/2013 12:41:58 PM
I love my room, but I do wish it was a bit bigger. My room started out life as an enclosed porch, then a playroom for our daughter, then a TV room for our daughter and when our firstgrand child was born, a bedroom for our daughter! When she moved out, I moved in!!

Since it was a porch the south facing wall is all windows as is the east facing wall. This makes the light great, but cuts down on wall space. It is decorated with a beach/vacation theme which is totally different than the rest or our house. I love it. It is all mine!


peaing from my beach room

PeaNut 142,772
April 2004
Posts: 9,916
Layouts: 3
Loc: Northern Indiana...Fighting Irish Country

Posted: 10/8/2013 12:45:03 PM
I want to see pictures of all of these great scrap rooms!!



PeaNut 268,110
July 2006
Posts: 3,699
Layouts: 37
Loc: New Braunfels, TX

Posted: 10/8/2013 1:04:38 PM
My room is my sanctuary. Especially since I decided to tweak my organization and it's been in shambles for over a week now. I couldn't get away with that if I scrapped in the dining room. I have a door but honestly, it's always open. It hides my washi tape on the wall from my kids.


PeaNut 517,754
August 2011
Posts: 722
Layouts: 0
Loc: in LOVE with Step cards.

Posted: 10/8/2013 2:53:07 PM
We live in a very very small town and a building downtown came up for sale, so my hubby bought it for me at a very very small town price. I love having my own space...........it is very eclectic and just my style.....he named it paperkrafters retreat it is not a store, just a place we can retreat to and create............I thank god every day for my husband.


PeaNut 32,891
March 2002
Posts: 620
Layouts: 19

Posted: 10/8/2013 3:02:32 PM
PaperKafter that is so cool.

GuizMom, does your neck hurt from looking up so often? Your rafters and ceiling are beautiful, great lighting too!


PeaNut 510,214
June 2011
Posts: 411
Layouts: 50
Loc: Mississippi, USA

Posted: 10/8/2013 3:14:39 PM
i have a room that steps down and has french doors off the family room. I have no idea how it was meant to be used. It is approx 12x10 with built in bookshelves at one end. It has our computer, printer/scanner (all on a 6ft plastic banquet table), sewing machine (only used for scrapping) and an old dining room table(where I scrap)in it. I love that I have my own space and it is downstairs! I can only really use the 1st 2 shelves due to height; so ALL of my embellishments are on the wall via a Pottery Barn wall system (magnetic boards and hanging boards) I wish I had the money to put in "built ins for scrapbooking", i.e. Stacy Julian's scrap desk!

"It isn't easy being green." by Kermit the Frog


PeaNut 26,963
January 2002
Posts: 1,144
Layouts: 1
Loc: No. Virginia

Posted: 10/8/2013 3:39:17 PM
I have a room in the basement that is mine. I'm glad to have a room of my own but I don't care for how it's set up. Half of the room ends up being the dumping ground for everything in the house. I feel I spend more time weeding through that stuff and tossing away what isn't needed instead of actual scrapping.



PeaNut 55,678
November 2002
Posts: 5,119
Layouts: 101

Posted: 10/8/2013 3:40:06 PM
Love it! It's my dining room where no one has ever dined, right next to the kitchen.

And the King will tell them, when you did it to one of the least of these,you were doing it to me.


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PeaNut 139,268
March 2004
Posts: 6,559
Layouts: 73
Loc: Lima, Ohio

Posted: 10/8/2013 4:35:04 PM
I love my crafty studio room! I have been everywhere in our little house, trying to carve out a space for myself. First, a computer armoire in the living room, then that armoire moved to my bedroom. Then I moved to the basement and was down there for a few years. Now, I am in a bedroom on the main floor, since the oldest graduated and moved out. It's an 11x12 room, so not huge, and I have a day bed in here with me, but it's coming along nicely. I am planning to do a big reveal of it next month

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PeaNut 35,782
April 2002
Posts: 5,098
Layouts: 1

Posted: 10/8/2013 4:57:52 PM
I my scrap space. My space is in our finished walkout basement. I have half of the room, and the other half is for our big TV and DS used to play his games down here. DS is now off to college, and DH doesn't like the sofa in that room so it is all mine!

I have a large room, with a walk in closet and a bathroom. I have two huge windows at the end of the room so it isn't too dark. We moved here about 16 years ago. I have a very large/long desk from desk from Ikea that I built using their modular desk units back in 2000. I also bought 4 bookcases at the same time, and another table.

I love my room much more after I did a organization challenge here that took a few months. We worked on one item a week. One week it was paper, another week it was stamps. I'm an organized person, but that challenge really helped.

I count my blessings every day and am very grateful for the space I have.

Debbie in MD.


PeaNut 28,992
February 2002
Posts: 160
Layouts: 0
Loc: UK

Posted: 10/8/2013 5:03:52 PM
I scrap in my shed at the bottom of the garden. I love it there. Weirdly I enjoy it more when the weather is cold! I feel quite cozy in it when the rain is coming down.



PeaNut 273,602
August 2006
Posts: 3,993
Layouts: 99
Loc: Phoenix, AZ area

Posted: 10/8/2013 5:11:05 PM
yes and no. I like that I have 'my own space' (one of our extra bedrooms) and it does have a large window, lets in a lot of light, and has a door (to keep the cats out).

But, the fact that it's an extra bedroom (upstairs, when our family room is downstairs) is also why I DON'T like it. I feel 'cut off' from the action if I'm up there working. So I don't, very often, at all. Plus, I don't keep it clean and organized, so always have to keep the door closed whether I'm in there or not, to keep the cats out of my stuff. That adds to my dissatisfaction with it.

Maybe if it was a room on the first floor, I'd like it more, because it would be easier to wander in and out of...?? probably not, because it would still be disorganized and cluttered. (but that's not the room's fault, it's mine!)

"Accepting anything without question is the antithesis of critical thinking and education. ~wren*walk, 8/20/12"

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PeaNut 121,208
December 2003
Posts: 13,269
Layouts: 74
Loc: SCV, CA

Posted: 10/8/2013 5:34:09 PM
I *just* moved my craft space from the communal home office to our formal dining area because (like most others) we HARDLY used our formal dining room.

Do I love my new space? Not yet. I desperately need a piece of furniture that will hold my paper, photo boxes and a bunch of other oodles that don't have a home in my NEW craft area. I don't want an armoire and I know I have to get creative with furniture because I still want the space to be easy on the eyes vs. an obvious craft space.

The other part is? I can't leave anything out. Even a work in progress has to be corralled together so that my desk doesn't look like it imploded.

It's definitely something I'm working on...but one thing's for sure: I AM ON A SPENDING FREEZE...I can't fit it all in the new space.


PeaNut 10,888
February 2001
Posts: 1,504
Layouts: 23
Loc: Adelaide, Australia

Posted: 10/10/2013 4:22:59 AM
I love that I have a space that I don't need to put away after making a mess in.
I don't like that I have to share the room with my children as they don't seem to understand that mummy's desk and anything on it is off limits unless she says you can use it.

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PeaNut 570,639
October 2012
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Loc: pea formerly known as GIPfunny

Posted: 10/10/2013 8:09:56 AM
No, I don't like my scrap space. It's in our unfinished basement with the washer, dryer, and many shelves of toys and books. I get plenty of day light, but have a single bulb for light at night. The pros of the room is lots of space to spread out and that's all I can think of that is positive.

I'm slowly trying to get rid of a lot of supplies and move everything upstairs to my living room in hidden storage. I have other plans for the basement.


PeaNut 479,236
August 2010
Posts: 322
Layouts: 178
Loc: Singapore

Posted: 10/10/2013 8:14:22 PM
I love my basement scraproom 'cos it opens into the back bamboo garden. it's such a nice, quiet spot to scrap.


PeaNut 432,196
July 2009
Posts: 1,193
Layouts: 2
Loc: Ozarks

Posted: 10/11/2013 1:52:16 AM
Yes, I have my own studio. Yes I love it! No, I don't at the same time.

I love my beautiful studio full of all the things I love and inspires me. Everything has it's place. It is beautiful and I am so lucky to have it. My DH said to me the other day how much he loves my studio.

My DH has his own studio too. He loves it very much too. Mine is all neat and pretty. His looks like an earthquake happened.

We both also don't love our studios because we are not together any more. You can all stop laughing. We really miss each other. He will be working in his studio and I will work in mine. Our poor cat can't decide who she wants to hang out with so she gets sad too.

We have decided to make an area in our living room for another small art area. That way we have an area we can hang out together. When my DH is at work I have my room. Of course he has his separate room for all his noisy dirty work. He's into glass fusing and woodworking right now.



PeaNut 58,882
December 2002
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Layouts: 128

Posted: 10/11/2013 12:37:51 PM
I LOVE my space. I recently added a counter high desk, so that I can sit or stand to scrap depending on how my hip feels. I wish I could just spend all day there.


PeaNut 337,400
September 2007
Posts: 504
Layouts: 1
Loc: UK

Posted: 10/11/2013 1:21:44 PM
I'm just in the process from moving my craft supplies from a spare room to a brand new studio out in the garden. So far, I love it! I had just about given up crafting and sewing because it felt so cramped to work in there. Now, however, I am realizing how much I have and finding wonderful doodads I'd forgotten I had! I can't figure out how to post pictures on this forum (instructions wuld be appreciated) but I have pictures on my blog. Sorry for that but I'd be delighted to have you look.


My blog: Crafty Tidbits



PeaNut 308,633
April 2007
Posts: 43
Layouts: 0
Loc: Iowa

Posted: 10/12/2013 7:47:42 PM
I love my scraproom! It is the perfect cozy size for me and all of my fave stuff. It also has lots of natural light and a fantastic closet.


PeaNut 595,327
October 2013
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Layouts: 0
Posted: 10/15/2013 12:57:11 PM
I have just moved into the Shed in the garden. I love it there. I have my own little space. I can fit all my goodies in and have electric and a heater. Previously I was scattered around the whole house. I do come in to craft too as I am a bit out of the way but it's lovely to have a craft space where I can keep everything x


PeaNut 369,487
March 2008
Posts: 80
Layouts: 0
Loc: The Mile High City

Posted: 10/15/2013 1:15:52 PM
I have the finished side of the basement as my craft space, and while I am happy that I have a spot for all my stuff, I never scrap down there. I'd rather be in the living room with the TV on for background noise or sitting with Bf while we both work on things.

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