Saturday, October 06, 2007

my new scrapbook room

My new scrapbook room! Everything is pretty much done except for three photos (that go underneath the flower picture) and some basic decorating so I thought I'd share. This is the view from the front room. The light fixture will eventually be gone and be replaced by a fan/light combo. Most of my pieces are mismatched but I don't care, it works for me! :-)

The majority of my stuff is in a nook to the left of my desks. I like that it is kind of tucked away. I tried to label everything as best as I could so you can see how I have stored things. I didn't take any close ups of my color drawers because I think those are pretty self explanatory... I love storing my embellishments this way, it makes everything easy to find.

I try to keep a lot of things in groups/zones, for me it's a big time saver.

I normally pull my scrap drawer out when I am working and set it on one of my desks. When it gets to full to open, I clean it out and throw a lot of smaller pieces or pieces that have been in there for a long time away.

When we bought the house, we knew we'd never use a formal dining room so we decided this area would be my scrapbook room. I like that it's close enough to everyone that I can still hear what is going on but it's seperate enough that I feel like I have some privacy and a place just for me.

I usually stand when I am working so my desk is counter height. I have a second work place for when I do want to sit or for things that might get pulled out - like my color drawers. My "stuff to alter" storage is missing a shelf, which is why there is still stuff loaded in the Shiner box and looks like a mess! I forgot to label it but my sewing machine is going to be stored underneath the open space of my desk.

I tried to keep certain things in zones so I would be able to get to them easier. My Quickutzs are in a drawer in front of my Revolution. I bought Magpie tins and put my alphabets in there so they'd fit in the drawer. The black magnetic folder contains my cookie cutter shapes and a smaller alpha set.
My desktop... my husband made me the wooden shelving unit. This space will always be in flux. It's normally where I set new purchases to remind me to use them and items I use often. You can also see a bit of the photos that still need to be hung on the wall. I use beans in the metal canisters to keep the pens, adhesives, and scissors standing up.

More zones... I wanted to keep all of my Epson print packs in front of the printer so it would be easy to access. The same goes for my stamps, I have everything grouped together as best as possible. I think the misc. drawer will be in flux too, I'm not sure what I want to store in there yet (or what makes sense to keep in there).

This sits on the floor to the right of my desk. Honestly, I didn't know where else to put them. I'm so used to my ribbon being stored by color in bags I wanted to keep it that way while I was getting back into the swing of things. The ribbon bagss will eventually go into a basket with a handle that can be moved to a desk for easier use.

For as nice and organized as I think I have it, it's not perfect (but what is right?). I thought I'd add a bit of my reality from the move...

I think I'll officially call this zone, the crap zone! :-) Eventually it will have a pool table in it (that's my husbands deal) but for now - it's a mess!

And this is my new scrapbook room! It's so nice to have a place just for me after being so packed in at the other house.

I love it!


The Cute & Adorable, Yet Ever So Humble, mE said...

Fabulous Space!!! I love how open it is! You've done a great job organizing your space!

Inky Smiles!

Greta said...

love how you did the whole "zone" thing...i might have to rearrange my scrap room is my formal living room and my formal dining room is my's nothing right now but storage...i moved July...i guess it's time to get that stuff where it belongs huh? I'm such a slacker

LOVE LOVE LOVE your room any tips you want to share feel free to email me. :)

Maya #351 said...

Looks awesome! Congratulations on your new scraproom - can't wait to what you will create there! :)


Rhona said...

Well done for getting your scrap room organised, it looks great!! I am just about to pack up my scrapbooking supplies but there is a part of me that doesn't want to do it yet - even though I haven't done anything for a while ;). Love your idea of putting beans in the tins to keep things upright - might have to pinch that one. Thanks for the inspiration. xx

Michelle said...

Wow, I feel like I'm looking in a magazine! Looks good! Must have taken you forever!

~Michelle #915

{Susan...Seriously.} said...

i know that you are happy to have a space all your own again...i remember when you packed it up eons ago to get ready to sell your old house. enjoy it!

TamiV said...

Your new space looks terrific, so well organized! Love it! My scraproom is in what is supposed to be the formal living room, just makes more sense to use these spaces for "real" living doesn't it! Thanks for sharing!

melita said...

Looks wonderful Gretchen! Can't wait to see what you create ;)

shawnna said...

bet you r super stoked!!!!

Cassie said...

OMG. To quote my daughter, THAT IS FREAKING AWESOME!!!!

What an amazing space, just think of all the creating you are gonna be doing inthere.

Alicia said...

Gretchen, that is awesome! Man... that is quite huge compared to the old place! You are going to LOVE it! I need to finish mine!

Lisa J. said...

44I think your space looks really nice and clean. Love the clean lines! Enjoy!

jacqui said...

Hi Gretchen

I love your new space. I wish mine looked like that. Keen to pop over and help me sort mine out...?


Jana said...

You lucky girl, your room is wonderful!

sara said...

Such a nice space for you!!! I like your view too. :)

Anonymous said...

I love your space. How do you get the labels on the photos? PhotoShop Elements?

cstoler said...

I also have mismatched pieces in my scrap room. I worked with what I had on hand and it works for me too. I would rather spend the money on new scrap stuff than on furniture.