Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Scraproom makeover!

I had been wanting to redo my scraproom for awhile. Don't get me wrong...I loved my room before but it just wasn't very functional. Here are a couple before photos...
The plastic shelving was from our college days and the Cubicals units were cheap and falling apart - plus the cubed design really limited my storage and organization possibilites. My desk - actually an Ikea dining room table had a bent leg that was starting to cause some issues. 

So, I did some research about what was available at Ikea, took some measurements and found a free online room design program that allowed me to create this diagram for my new space...

And here is what my room looks like now...

Now, to point out some of the details and organization...

This is the taller of the two Besta bookshelves. On top,  in the white basket is a bunch of mementos, souvenirs and cards all in Ziploc bags waiting to go into albums. Hence, it's ugly and why it's high and out of site. Then I have my idea books held in place by white peace sign bookends. The triangular pasta  jars hold random pretties, namely non-washi decorative tape, ribbon scraps and felt shapes. The white photo boxes hold bling, paint supplies, photos I have printed and ready to scrap, and small paper scraps arranged by color. The top pink canvas drawer holds all my "use it or lose it" stuff. I make myself use something from this stash on every layout and then every six months or so, the plan is to donate whatever is in it and fill it back up with other stuff. Then I have jelly jars holding my buttons and mason jars for my flowers - both divided out by color. The wood chest of drawers holds ribbon (wrapped on 2" square cardstock) and also arranged by color. The binders contain Project Life planning stuff, my stamp catalog and sketches. Then I bought an extra shelf to hold my Cutterpillar trimmer when it's not in use. The paisley Vera Bradley box holds beads and it sits on top of several bead organizers that all hold brads. Yep, five organizers of just brads. Then my old Easter basket from when I was a kid hold various random packs of embellishments. The natural-colored basket with the striped liner holds journaling spots. The craft organizers that sit under it hold various small embellishments like wood veneers. My 4-tier turnabout tray holds mists, glitter, various tapes, die-cuts, twine, etc. The row of four canvas drawers hold acrylic and foam stamps and some stamping supplies. The bottom shelf holds all my patterned paper and kits to still use. My cardstock sits in the horizontal vertical trays to the left of the shelf and on top of that sits a basket full of mini-albums to use.

And here are some close-up shots of this bookshelf...

One of my new purchases was the Raskog kitchen cart from Ikea. The bottom of it holds my current pages in progress and kits I am actively using. The top and middle sections hold various supplies like adhesives, my stapler, my Zig Writers, craft trays, sanding tools, paintbrushes, etc.

This is the Alex on casters from Ikea. I LOVE it. I keep my Cricut on top and I can just wheel it over and connect it to my computer when I want to use it. I also use the extra surface when scrapping. The drawers from top to bottom hold (1) my current page in progress (I just slide everything in the drawer), (2) inks and embossing powders, (3) more writing utensils and office supplies, (4) punches, (5) overflow punches and wood-mounted stamps, and (6) various tools like my heat gun, ribbon straightener, circle cutters and Crop-A-Dile.

Here are my craft cubes and milk crates. The four-drawer cube holds Thickers and the three-drawer cube holds chipboard. The cube with shelves hold larger paper scraps to use and finished layouts that need to be put into albums. The milk crates hold Crop Holder pockets with various flat embellishments like stickers and rub-ons divided by type and/or theme. Five of them alone are for alphas.

 And here's the shorter of the Besta bookshelves. On the top is our printer, magazine files holding Andrew's laptop when not in use and one for his files. Then I have my two-tiered step file holding my various paperwork and files. On the next shelf sits magazine files that hold various paper and my Cuttlebug and embossing folders. The mason jars hold various sets of finished chipboard. The colored accordion files hold more mementos to be scrapped including stuff for Liam's baby book. Then I have two sets of hardware drawers - one holds various miscellaneous small embellishments and the other holds leftover alphas divided out by letter. My Close To My Heart organizer holds eyelets and other small metal embellishments. On the next shelf sits my Xyron, embroidery floss, Project Life Core Kits, sets of wood veneer alphas and two photo boxes - one for handmade greeting cards and one for bulky alphas. The bottom shelf holds my Project Life page protectors, scrappy magazines in white magazine files and two more canvas drawers - one for more Project Life supplies and one for all my spare adhesives.

And here's a shot of the one set of hardware drawers that holds my miscellaneous leftover alphas divided by letter.

And here's my washi tape. The number of rolls has doubled since I took this picture. I got the idea to use a four-tiered pants hanger from a friend over at Birds Of A Feather.

And just because I love the way they look, here's a shot of my Making Memories paint on my Pottery Barn picture frame shelves. 

Whew! And that is my new and improved scraproom. It's much cleaner and more organized for better functionality. After working out of it for a couple weeks, I have to say I am thrilled with my new room.

Now, I did purge my stash of lots of supplies so I think if you've read all of this post, you deserve a chance to win some of those purged goodies! So I am giving away a RAK to one lucky person. All you have to do is be a follower of my blog and leave a comment on this post. I will draw a winner next Monday!

26 comments:

Jean said...

Looks so fresh and clean and organized!! Love the washi holder!

Tina Mayo said...

Good Job!! love that feeling after I clean and organize my space..and the feeling of purging and giving it away to make some on on the HAPPY!!!!

marie o hanlon said...

So bright and airy. Lovely soft colours. Wish I had the space to do something as lovely as this. Beautiful.

Laura C said...

I love the openness but yet organization of your room! Great job Megan!

LisaM said...

Your room Looks so springy and happy!
I Love the "use it or lose it" idea! May have to try that myself! I am also loving the pant hangar for washi tape storage!
Awesome work mean!

Laura said...

You did a great job with the organization Megan. I love it!

janet said...

I love it before and after! Great organization. Love where you put the desk, love the washi holder and I need to get to Ikea because they have the kitchen cart in stock...love that thing!!

Jenny said...

Your room looks fabulous!!! I LOVE IKEA!

ScrapMomOf2 said...

Fabulous! I envy your gorgeous space! I love your shelving and on my goodness, I love that cart! Cute, cute, cute! You are very neat and organized now! Must make creating a joy! Enjoy your gorgeous space! :)

Paisley Petals said...

Looks great! I wanna come play :) I'm so needing one of the Alex pieces....

Dria said...

WOW!! It looks amazing! Love the Alex cart and the Raskog kitchen cart !

Katie said...

Awesome makeover! I am loving the great colors you have in your room.

Scrapenabler said...

This turned out great. I'm sure you love spending time in there. Love the hanger for the washi tape.

mustangkayla said...

Wowee Megan! Fantastic redo! I will be returning spending a lot more time studying your pictures. I am about to unpack my scrap space and have some MAJOR work and organization to do!

Lori said...

Wow - what a great space to work in! Love the washi holder, too - what a great idea!

Sally Cranney said...

Love this Megan! So bright and cheery! So many fun organization ideas you shared! Nothing makes me happier than a nice organized space!

Colette Bate said...

Omgsh, you have a couple of my 'must haves' ...your Raskog cart ... I've had my eye on that one for a while. And your Alex cabinet. ohhh, REALLY want to hear from you how you like them after you've used them for a month or so.

Totally love the fresh, cheerful space, girl! I can a see a whole lotta crafty goodness happening in here!

Enjoy!!!

Jennybean said...

Love the new look! I wish I could make that raskog cart work in my room!

Becky said...

Megan, it looks lovely and very functional. When I get my new scrappy place when we move I think I will need your help. ;)

Danielle said...

Love it! You inspired me to draw up my dream scrap space....which I seem to be outgrowing as well!

Jeanette Nyström (Jeany) said...

Beautiful scraproom Megan! You have a lot of great storagesolutions, mabye I lift a couple of them:). Ikea is the best:)

Joni Parker said...

I'm so jealous....I don't have the room to be as organized as that...and I have other "room roadblocks" as well (only 1 wall that I can use). Love how cute all this is!! Happy scrapping!

Sherri said...

Man, I am jealous. I have a room but it isn't near that neat. I really need to re-do mine. I even bought something at IKEA and haven't put it together yet. I am always amazed at how much scrap stuff we all have!! You have your's organized so well now. Love the colors of your room too and the bright sunshine coming in the window. nice.

Cheryl L. said...

Amaaazing room, congrats!!!

Monique Liedtke said...

Wow! LOVE your scrap space!! Lots of ideas I would love to use too, but my space is soooo small.

runzalot81 said...

What a great space! I just love all the fresh colors.