If you DON'T have a scraproom - how to do you organize your supplies?

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Posted 10/10/2013 by Magz811 in General Scrappin'

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Posted: 10/10/2013 9:18:46 AM
A scraproom just isn't in the cards for me right now. Currently, I have my most used supplies in an end table in my living room. I then have my crop tote filled with less used supplies in a closet.

I have really pared down my supplies so as not to overwhelm myself & for obvious space reasons. I actually stopped scrapping about 6 years ago because I was too overwhelmed with trying to "keep up." I ended up with way more supplies than I'd ever use in two lifetimes.

Just recently, I started up again - PL style with a few traditional LO's thrown in. I'm now very careful with my choices in supplies. I've made a deal with myself that I can only buy something new when I've used up something old.

Since my space is limited, I'm looking for ideas to better store my supplies to make it easier to get them all out when I want to scrap.


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Posted: 10/10/2013 9:48:32 AM
I don't have a scraproom these days, I'm in between houses since few months. I have pack my supplies in clear storages boxes : rubber stamps, inks, flowers, ribbons, blings... They are in a corner but would love to put them on shelves.
When I create, I first choose my papers, put them on my dinner table with my pictures and go trough the boxes to find what I need. I have to put everything back before everybody comes home, or before dinner or sleeping.
I used to let my work on a desk before moving with all the supplies spread on the room. Cannot afford that now...



PeaNut 267,997
July 2006
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Posted: 10/10/2013 9:52:12 AM
Right now I use one end of our dining room table and have filled the corner of the room with my supplies. I have a little cart, and a couple shelves with drawers. It's not great, but it works for now. We have a kitchen table too, and mostly eat in there. When we have people over, I clean out most of the area, and that part sucks. But, it's the only space I have right now, so I make it work.


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Posted: 10/10/2013 9:56:11 AM
I'm living in temporary housing right now, and my supplies are split between part of a closet (less accessed stufff) and a rolling cart. I did NOT get a Raskog (even though they are pretty pretty pretty) b/c I wanted something big enough to accomodate the cameo on the second shelf.

Top shelf: Recollections lazy susan (holds journaling pens, scissors, adhesives, a few mists, acrylic bases for stamping, etc) + a plastic container (holds my PL card stash and die cuts)

Middle shelf: Cameo + space for my laptop and ipad sit vertically and charge when I'm not using them.

Bottom shelf: Iris case of flat embellishemnts (alphas, stickers, etc) + 12x12 cardstock sets + Iris case of patterned paper + page protectors + One divided case of other embellies (wood veneers, sequins, flair, buttons, etc)

I switch stuff on the top shelf in and out of the closet depending on what I'm working on. So the PL stuff gets put away when I need the Big Shot to do a lot of die cutting. Or I'll add a box of inks/ stamps for cardmaking. Etc.

The idea is that I can load up the cart at my closet, roll it over to the dining room table, work as long as I want, then dump everything back into the cart when I'm done. I don't have to run back and forth b/c I forgot something, but I can also keep the table clean so we can do things like, I don't know, eating? without having to put everything away again.


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Posted: 10/10/2013 10:28:41 AM
I have an area in the lounge that has a Expedit desk/shelf unit and over looks the kids' play area. Other than 2 year old hands grabbing for EVERYTHING on my desk, it works great. Most of my supplies aren't in his reach, and I don't scrap when he's up and about anyway.

I have a small drawer unit under my desk that hold ink pads, punches, cables for electronics, and assorted stuff like that. It's six drawers, but two of them are actually empty at the moment.

In my Expedit, I have:

- two cubbies that hold photos
- one that holds memorabilia
- one that holds boxes of stamps
- one that holds patterned paper and cardstock
- one that holds my die cutter and dies
- one that holds misc papers/page protectors/etc
- a drawer unit in a cubby that holds embellishments and adhesives
- one that holds all my essentials like scissors, knives, pens, rubbers, etc.

Of course, that's way up from what I did have, so it feels really decadent. However, I still only buy what I know I will use and love. I also generally use up what I have before I buy more.

I used to keep all my scrap supplies in a rolling cart. This was brilliant as I could roll it away when I wasn't using it, but they were at hand whilst I was working on layouts. If I were in that situation again, I would definitely go that route and choose something that had a good surface so that I could use it as additional workspace (like for my trimmer).

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Posted: 10/10/2013 10:58:02 AM
I don't have a scraproom. My supplies were tucked here and there, wherever I could find a spot in my small home. However, recently my DH put together this scrapping desk for me, which gives me a place to scrap, storage for my most used items, and it closes completely so that none of the crafty mess shows (helpful since it is in our family room):

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October 2012
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Posted: 10/10/2013 11:02:19 AM
have you thought about using an armoire or entertainmment center as scrap storage? There have lots of room and can hide away your things whennot in use.

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June 2011
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Posted: 10/10/2013 11:25:18 AM
I have all my stuff in the living room in an armoire. Twelve of those Iris boxes ( it could hold 16)and a bunch of smaller storage boxes fit everything I need. Plus storage in the drawers beneath. No one would even guess I'm a scrapbooker. I love bringing out all of my stuff, making a mess and putting everything away. Even if I had a craft room I would still have an armoire. I love everything hidden and neat.


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Posted: 10/10/2013 12:17:01 PM
Mine is also in an armoire in the living room. I can't get over how much it holds. I also have a small three drawer rolling cart in my closet with extras. Like my supply of adhesive refills, xyron refills, things like that.

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Posted: 10/10/2013 4:17:20 PM
I cleaned out our linen closet. The highest two shelves are still extra blankets. But then i made room for all our towels under the bathroom sinks, so I have about 3/4 of our hallway linen closet empty, so I put all my supplies in there.It actually is a great location to store stuff because its not out in plain view in any room. Then we have a little loft, extra large landing at the top of our stairs and I have a craft table where I can sit and scrap at.

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Posted: 10/10/2013 4:22:34 PM
I have a closet in my home office(I work from home) plus an expedit in my finished basement.


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Posted: 10/10/2013 4:59:52 PM
I bearly even have a bedroom so storage has been a big questions for me. At the moment it's not too bad because I'm just starting out and don't have piles and piles of supplies...yet.
Luckyly enough I am moving house soon to a room where I will be able to fit a desk.
My plan is to get a large corner desk, big enough for my computer, printer and a decent craft and scrapbook area. I have been looking into lots of storage ideas and there are some good youtube videos and blog articles. I particularly like the reused goods storage. I am planning on hanging papers, making a washi rack, bins and baskets for stamps and pens etc.

Something I seen that looked like a great idea was a two tier dish rack lol, sounds dumb but would work super well for storage, the cutlery bins you can use for pens, places for stamps, the plate racks will hold paper and the tray at the bottom can collect scraps of paper you might want to use latter, plus there are some fairly complicated dish racks out there so you can get the one that suits you hehehe and best of all it's movable so you can have it up on your desk or anywhere else you want. Just an idea.


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June 2012
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Posted: 10/10/2013 7:00:54 PM
I built a desk using the cubes at Michaels, I have eight cubes and two top pieces hooked together. It sits in my living room and all my supplies fit in it. I'm fairly new to scrapping so I don't have that much of a stash nor do I really want too. My plan is to never outgrow my desk.


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Posted: 10/10/2013 7:17:52 PM
For a lot of years I lived in military housing. There was one "great room" that served as both living room and dining room (kitchen was too small to be an eat-in type of kitchen so all meals were served in the dinning room)

I had a cheap 5 shelf book case with cheap wicker baskets to contain small items. Everything I had fit on those shelves. I worked on the table and put things away at night so we could use the table for meals the next day.

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Posted: 10/10/2013 10:30:02 PM
I'm still in high school so my desk is left for studying and school stuff an my room isn't exactly big, so I keep all of my supplies in iris boxes in a extra 2 drawer dresser. Whatever doesn't fit goes under my bed.
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Posted: 10/11/2013 12:43:21 AM
I have a large cabinet in the dining room. It has solid doors which nicely hides the stash inside from view It's only a few feet from the counter, so I can sit at a stool and scrap at the counter and see the television while pulling supplies out of my cabinet.


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February 2013
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Posted: 10/11/2013 8:11:45 AM
I highly suggest the scrapbox to anyone who doesnt have a scrap room.

That thing CHANGED my life. I love it. I adore it. It keeps me organized and forces me to purge from time to time because I have a very cleary limited space.

Believe me when i say. A LOT of stuff fits in there!

The scrapbox is my very small living room aligned opened against a wall. When I am done scrapbooking I just take the project in progress and put it away, close the table and put the chair back in the kitchen. That's it.

I don't need to put anything else away because everything is at arm's reach and, therefore, doesnt need to be on the table. I just put it back when I'm done with it.


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Posted: 10/11/2013 8:34:51 AM
I scrap in the living room so I have to put it all away when I am done. All my PP, empty albums, misting box, and christmas stash box, fit into a closed shelf in our entertainment system. I have to share it with DH and his video games, but I don't have a lot of PP anyway. The rest is in an IKEA Raskog cart. It fits everything I need - adhesives, mists, pens, scissors, embellishments, some stamps and inks, and the bottom shelf is all thickers. When not in use, the Raskog is tucked in the corner of the room. If we have company, it fits perfectly into the pantry in the kitchen. Everything else I don't use often like punches or adhesive refills is downstairs in the laundry room/den area on a shelf. And then my Cameo is upstairs in the "office" area next to the printer and laptop.

I keep the project I am working on in a Becky Higgins PL page protector box. It fits 12x12 papers perfectly and is thin enough to put anywhere. It also sits well on top of the thickers in the Raskog when I am not using it. I love it that if I get interrupted I can quickly shove the LO in progress into the box and cover it up so nothing gets lost.

I wouldn't say this is my dream set-up. But I really like it, regardless. It suits our situation perfectly at the moment and I would highly recommend it to people with a small stash.


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Posted: 10/11/2013 9:32:19 AM
before we moved into a larger home, I crafted out of a small armoire. my previous scrappy space

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Posted: 10/11/2013 9:37:26 AM
I have a corner in my living room area. I use ALEX DRAWER units fr Ikea.. LOTS OF STORAGE... AND WHEN I NEED to be creative and make something, I pull out what I need and work on our kitchen table. It works for me.

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