Friday, 13 July 2012

Where Bloggers Create 2012 My Paradise

This post is part of  "Where bloggers Create 2012". You can drop by Karen's blog to peek into even more rooms and have a good look around. While you're there, leave her some bloggy hugs for organizing this wonderful party.. To see more bloggers rooms click here 

My scrapbook room is in the basement. Although it does not have a window, it is still my paradise! I created my room on a budget so used Craigslist finds and clearance sales to outfit my room.

My workdesk is an L shaped counter. My son-in-law built it and installed it for me.  This is a view of the technical side of counter. It is a wee bit narrower than the other side of the L. I can sit back and surf the web or watch TV in between creating! The plastic drawers underneath my counter house some of my wooden stamps.
As you can see, I still have a bit of work to do. I need to choose some nice family photos for those frames. I am thinking of doing up the one on the left with scrapbook pages and embellishments like a little 3 views art piece.

Now you can see the other side of the L shaped corner of my workdesk. The counter is much wider here..somewhere around 39 inches wide. This gives me room to create, and yet still store jars etc at the back, up against the wall. The little square jars hold ribbons rolled up and the smaller jars on top hold flowers.

Here's a view of the upper part of the wall...sorry that I have had to cover the photos with vellum My family doesn't like their photos on my blog: ( Luckily, one of the frames doesn't have photos in it yet:) 
The bird cages and flying birds were another dollar store score! The white shelves were originally from Ikea but I picked them upat a  yard sale for a dollar each. I did have to repaint them as they were a bit marked up.
Here are some close ups of what is on the shelves. I have three of the  6 drawer units from Jysk and 4 baskets centered on top of those. The 4 green and brown baskets were 2 dollars each at Dollarama and the 6 drawer ones were around 15 dollars each.
The top shelf holds 2 big jars of foam stamps. I know some people think these are out of style now. I still like the look for certain layouts. The huge jars were another dollar garage sale score. The black leather square suitcase hold black glitter alphas and the little black metal, floral lunchkit is an altered Dollarama find.
It was a Homer Simpson mini lunchkit found in the kiddie toy section. It holds a ten pack of cards and envelopes in black and white floral that I made to match the tin.

I have a series of woven baskets in brown and green scattered throughout my room. The individual baskets are from  Dollarama, the dollar store and the matching woven brown drawer units are from Jysk.

Stickles are stored in these wooden selves I bought on clearance at a local scrapbook store. I have several of these and the others store glitter.

I was lucky enought to find all the cabinets on Craigslist for 100 dollars! What luck!
The shorter ones hang over my workdesk.This picture shows the hanging units and a row of pantry type cabinets. The combination of the width of the hanging cupboards and corner unit gave me the depth for that super wide countertop!!

This next picture is the inside of the upper cabinet you can see hanging above my counter...yes, it is just above the white  Making Memories tool carousel. 
The black boxes on the bottom shelf hold prefolded card bases. One holds solid coloured card bases and the other holds patterned card bases. I have been struggling to get everything labeled for this blog hop but ran out of tape today!
The next hanging cabinet to the right, holds my 8x8 and 6x6 supplies, paper pads, albums, sleeve protectors, etc. Like all scraprooms, mine is a work in progress...the bottom shelf holds packs of weird sized prefolded cards and envelopes. I would like to move those over with the card bases in the previous picture but those two black boxes of card bases are completely full! I am on the lookout for a third box that will nestle in between those boxes. 

Here some shots of the inside of my tall cabinets.


My scrapbook store moved and sold off a few of the fixtures.I got this 3 drawer base and matching shelf set for $20.00 The pesky electrical panel box prevented me from installing the full shelving so I dropped it behind the drawers for now. It does waste some of the shelves and pushes the drawers forward but I do not want to cut it down as we are thinking of moving. Perhaps it will be better situated in the new house!
The top 2 drawers hold all types of punches.
The bottom drawer holds Spellbinders, Memory Box Dies and embossing folders.

The door you can see to the right is the laundry room. I do my laundry while I work in my laundry has never been so caught up:)

Did you notice that in picture 3, there were white Michaels cubes to the right of the tall cabinets even though I just showed you the scrapbook store's 3 drawer unit and shelf? No, you are not seeing things...I had to move those white cubes to make room for the 3 drawer unit!
The white cubes moved over to the wall at the bottom of the stairs and are stabilized by the bookcase beside them. Each cube has 3 drawers and I use these to store embellishments. I have them divided by theme.

My countertop has the additional support of my husband's childhood dresser set. The top drawer holds my cutters and odds and ends of tools. The other two drawers hold my finished cards and more card supplies. Here is a shot of the interior of the second drwer. The long label you can see is on the handle of the drawer above

Well, that's about it...Hope you have enjoyed your tour!


Darnell J Knauss said...

What a great tour around your fantastic, organized space! It's fun to put spaces with names!

Anonymous said...

Very organized. I love your layout and your skills!


Redanne said...

Well, aren't you the organised one! Love how you label everything, I think I should take that tip from you. An amazing space.

soapHOUSEmama said...

WOW!!!! That is an amazing space and so beautifully organized!!!!

Lisa Rukin Swift said...

Such a great space!

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Enjoyed the tour of your wonderful space!

Connie Mercer said...

wonderful space!!! So organized!!!

RatherCrafty said...

So neat and organised!

Definitely an inspiration to get my space neat and tidy :)

Maureen said...

So organized! I must tell you, I have that very same small shelf you have your Stickles on too!

Jilliene Designs said...

Fabulous! You are so organized. How do you keep track of what you have. This is my greatest issue with my scraproom. if I put it away, i might as well not have it. So now I reorganize about every 3 months so i can refresh my memory. lol

Erika said...

Wow very when you popping by to sort me out. I need help! LOL
Enjoy your craft space, hugs Erika.

Anonymous said...

What a great space! I love the chandy vinyl! So cute. Very organized and workable space for sure!

Leanne said...

What a great space! I think I most enjoy seeing everyone's studios because I love to see how people organize their suppllies, and WOW! You've done a fantastic job with yours! That's some great storage you have there! Thanks so much for sharing your pictures with us all.

Diana Seal said...

Awesome space, very lovely cards, thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I think it's great that there are so many ways to decorate and organize on a budget! I can't believe all that cabinetry was only 100 bucks! that's awesome.

your SIL did a nice job on the table....that's always a bonus to have talent in the family, right!

thanks so much for sharing your space.
hope you'll stop by mine too.

ciao bella
your newest follower
creative carmelina

Glenda Atkins said...

I am totally impressed,what an awesome craft room!

Rita Barakat said...

You look so organized!I love those beautiful wood cabinets!

Kathy said...

It looks great, Mo! So organized and clean. The cabinets are beautiful!

Tracy said...

What a great space!!
I too work in the basement, in a room with no window, and beside the laundry room.
Unfortunately my room looks to be much smaller than yours.
Great organization.

Rita Barakat said...

Hey Mo - it's never to late to go back and color! I can't tell you how many times I tried to stay with neutral colors! I just was never happy with it and finally changed it! I am really happy with it now and although it's different, if it makes you happy go for it!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Wow! Look at all that fantastic storage! You must love having those cabinets. Love the baskets for organizing, too. It looks like you've got a great size space here, too. Thanks so much for sharing your tour!

Julia said...

I'm having some scrap room envy!!! You have a beautiful space to create in!!! Thanks for sharing it with us!!

Lisa-Jane said...

Great tour! You keep everything so organised and neat.

Kathy said...

I love the way you decorated the fronts of the plastic drawers and might just have to borrow that idea, it looks great!! Thank you for sharing your creative space.

Elizabeth said...

Your room is beautifully organised and so tidy, Jane. Many thanks for the tour - I've spotted a few ideas that I may incorporate into my own craft space. Thanks also for visiting and commenting on my blog - I'm feeling much better now - cold going and feet much improved :) Elizabeth x

Elizabeth said...

Hi there, I don't know what came over me but I think I called you Jane ... apologies to you ... one of my senior moments, I guess. Elizabeth x

Sandy said...

Great space, very well organized. Happy creating in there and thank you for sharing.

Barb King said...

Mo, that is a great space, and those storage units are fantastic. Thanks for showing us around! Barb

Shelby said...

I think I just died and went to crafter space heaven! Beautiful work space


StasaLynn said...

You are so organized! I love Stickles too!

Thanks for sharing.... I will be following because I love to make cards too!

Thanks and take care!

Karen said...

i love your craft space! it is so pretty and wonderfully organised! wish we had baskets that good at our £1 stores - they are so cute & dinky hugs Karen

Karen Valentine said...

Awesome studio!!! I love that everything is so beautifully organized and that you did it so beautifully on a budget!! Thank you so much for joining the party and sharing it with everyone!!