I've spend the last weekend decrap-ifying my scrapbook room. I am having a scrappy-garage sale here at my house in a few weeks and needed to get things pulled out and cleaned out. Before we began, you can see where I purchased/came up with the basic elements of my room. Lookie here, but then come back to see my cleaned up space! :)
Here is a collage of what I started with.
One word, people: CHAOS. Nothing is really where it is supposed to be. Papers piled up. Things just*there* and not in a real spot. So I began clearing out! I sorted things into piles (trash, garage sale, keep, other rooms) and began sorting. And sorting.
And this is what I have now.
Let me walk you through my room....starting with the wall next to the bookshelf. You can't really see it any of the photos. Its a short wall because the door going to the rest of my home is on it.
Perpendicular to the 'creative' wall, is the bookshelf where I keep my buttons, ribbon, extra embellishments, sewing machine, alphabets, and books. Thats a ton of 'stuff' for one bookshelf, so my goal was to hide what I could, and make it look as pretty as possible.
On the next shelf down is my Ball Mason jars, with my buttons sorted in general color families. Oh, and I have a jar for my thread. Then I use Milk Glass jars and bowls to hold pens, and odd and ends.
In this vintage bread box I keep embellishments, sorted by brand, that do not go in any current Studio Calico kit that I am working with. The black baskets holds alphabets, sorted by brand, then by color.
My sewing machine shelf that also serves as a place for extra vintage books.
The bottom shelf holds photo boxes, magazines and my photography binder.
Are you still with me?? I promise the rest of the room is quicker to view :) Next up is my workspace. You can follow the link at the top of this post to see my worktable, which is countertop. I had a problem of how to store all of my studio calico kits.
The wall above my countertop is a photo gallery, so I couldn't really go upward with my storage. So instead, I went UNDERNEATH my countertop, and added a shelf the full length of my counter. The shelf itself is deep enough to hold my kits, but not so deep that my legs are cramped. In fact, the shelf in never in my way! Perfect solution, yes?! Here is what it looks like.
Its kinda hard to see my shelf in this photo, but its painted black. I store my cardstock in the 3-drawer unit (a drawer for specialty paper, a drawer for nuetrals, and a drawer for color). Next to it, I keep 4 plastic boxes for my Studio Calico kits. I add a removeable label on the outside of the boxes, with the kit name and date. Inside the box, I keep cardstock on bottom, then pattern paper, then embellishments. Here is the what the inside of the kit boxes look like:
On the floor, underneath my shelf, I have a vintage inspired wire basket, that has two clear boxes inside of it. In one box I have pattern paper scraps, and the other holds cardstock scraps. Again, the wire basket just pushes up again the wall, out of my way.
Since my workspace is an 'L' shape, the under-countertop storage makes an L also. This side of my under-counter storage holds vintage lockers holding extra chipboard letters, vintage embellishments, and my border punches I also store my stamp binder and paper trimmers on this side. Lots of room to add me, too! Something to notice is that I have used a kraft circle (punched out of scrap paper) and clip it on the outside of my baskets,labeled with whats inside. I used a mini-bullnose clip to hold it on.
Now, moving back up to my countertop, you will see I have a metal basket with adheasive and bling. I keep both in arms reach next to my IPOD docking station and candy :).
Right above that, I keep a vintage metal bucket with my nicer, fancier ribbons and trims in it.
Moving along the top of my L counter (on the wall), I store my punches on curtain rods. No real rhyme or reason as to how they are put on the rod...they're just up there! Above the punches is a shelf where I keep fun things to look at.
Moving along the same wall, I have an inpirational memo board that my wonderful hubby and dad made me. It is made out of wood trim and chicken wire. (Fun fact about me: I used to raise chickens in FFA for the Houston Livestock Show). The inspiration board is in the corner, and an exterior door going to out hottub in right next to it.
This wall is a short wall, so I've resorted to using old coke crates for storage. In the one on the left, I keep my mists, Mr. Hueys, and paint daubers. Also, I have larger stamps in there as well. The middle black shelf was made by my dad, and stores my wooden stamps. The coke crate on the rights holds my glitter and stamp pads. The cabinet undereath it all was purchased for my from my husband. LOVE IT. Inside of the cabinet, I store extra glue, chipboard shapes, cards - things are stored by type.
On the top I use Milk Glass containers to hold twine, pins, floss and little letters. My hatpins are all stuck into a cork and then put in the jar. Here's a close up:
And one last view of my room:
Now, for the fun part! When I cleaned out, I found Studio Calico stamps, a Martha Steward All Around Punch (the circle one) and lots of Studio Calico exclusive papers. Leave a comment with your name and email address and I will send you a priority box full of SC Goodies (with other brand name good stuff!). I will draw a winner on Friday!