28 May, 2012

Studio Monday: Scrap Closet Re-Do

(All pictures are clickable for a larger image, in case you want a closer peek at anything. )

It's been six month since I did any work on my scrap desk and honestly, I've been pretty frustrated with it. I'm frustrated with our living situation in general, but I didn't like how small my space was. I was forever hitting my arm on the edge of the closet! And of course swearing like a sailor when I did it. Add to that the plastic drawers were falling apart, there was crap in them I didn't use, and I couldn't get hold of things I DID use when I needed to!
No, something needed to be done. On May 25th I woke up with the idea to take the desk apart, use just the top of it, and use Jetmax cubes instead as the supports. Unfortunately I only had THREE Jetmax cubes, so I had to use Iris holders as the supports. Thankfully they were just a 1/2" higher than the Jetmax cubes would be. If you don't know, I live in a rural mountain town that doesn't much allow for just jetting off to Michael's whenever you want. I'd have to wait until we travelled down the hill on Saturday to get the next cubes.
 This was the result. I got to scrap in this space the whole day and I found I really liked it. I realized quickly that I'd need different Jetmax cubes though. One with four square drawers, and another with three pull out drawers. The cube on the bottom left would not work for my space anymore and has been relegated to the kitchen. The two cubes on the right would need to be put on the left as their supplies wouldn't be needed as much as the stuff that had been in the plastic drawers before.
 Saturday, May 26th, we went down the hill, enjoyed a movie, and did our shopping. When we got home we sat down and put together the two cubes on the right. I then took apart and put my desk back together. I cleaned *everything* completely, vacuuming once again too. I moved my paper cart to the left because I figured it would not only add more space for the drawers, but it would make for less of a "footprint".
 The top of my desk hasn't changed much at all. I added SMASH books, and a pants hanger for my washi "collection".
 Moving my light to the left side of my desk wasn't something I really wanted to do, but since it's now more "vacant" over there, and since the top drawer on the right wouldn't be able to open with the lamp holder sitting there, I didn't see as I had much choice. So far it's not been in the way though, so it's okay. My stamp shelves holding their envelopes remain as useful as ever.
And the right side of my desk. It's quite colourful with all my stickles, my ribbon, and my buttons.
 Here's the new drawer cube. They hold 4x6 photos perfectly, which I LOVE. The next is full of my dewdrop inks and their various applicators. On the bottom is my Greeting Farm stamp collection (and a few Some Odd Girl stamps waiting for a home). And then my Spellbinders dies as well as my Cuttlebug folders so they're right at hand when I'm ready to use them.
 These are my favourite drawers. The top holds all my most used tools. I really like this as it's easy to grab what I need and then put it right back in that top drawer. Right beneath that is all my general embellishments. Flowers, brads, multicoloured ribbon, Jolee's stickers, that kind of thing. Below that is my Halloween and Christmas themed embellishments as well as my specialized adhesive like pop dots and really sticky tape.
 This here's my paper cart. It went through some big transformations cos I got rid of two paper holders full of paper by USING it. A big accomplishment. Most of my Basic Grey is gone too, so I'll be getting rid of that soon I'm sure. I'm starting to think buying all that cardstock was a bad idea. Two paper holders full?! Ugh! Anyway, I'm down for using up all the paper on this cart quickly cos I don't like when things linger. I've also got on there my supply SMASH book, full of Copic combos and supply lists. And I've got my little tote with my Cricut carts and booklets. I haven't opened that in... oh, nearly a year now? Need to get to that!
 This is the top cube on the left side of my desk. It has a selection of wood mounted stamps, most from Stampscapes all organized in the drawers and my sort of "overflow" inks and my embossing powders. I don't use them that often so it's not a big deal if I have to crawl under my desk to get them. I've also got my coloured pencil set, my Copic paper, my Kraft paper, and my Cricut mats up there in the paper holders.
 The drawers here on the last cube hold bigger tools, my embossing gun, my tiny attacher, my glue gun, and then the bottom has an assortment of mini albums. For someone who doesn't like mini albums I sure have a lot of them!

So, that's it! My brand new scrapbook closet! I LOVE it, just so you know. I'm really liking the organization of it all and the cleanliness of it. I hope you like it too!


  1. Wow what a fabulous tour of your space and looks lovely and tidy too.......I love tidy!

  2. Oh I want you over to my house!You are seriously talented in making a small space work for you.What a miracle of organization!
    Judy #51

  3. I love what you have done to make over your space! We do take for granted just popping out to pick up some urgent supplies... well I do! Happy WOYWW, Helen 8

  4. A great space, just goes to show that small can be very, very beautiful. I love all the storage and how you have planned it. Happy WOYWW, Anne #38

  5. What a day to unveil your new scrapbook center. It is awesome. I can see why you like it now. Happy 3rd WOYWW Anniversary from #2.

  6. Love how organized it is! I love reorganizing my space and purging stuff I don't use! So much fun :) Thanks for sharing!

    Katie (38)

  7. Great reorganizing... you have been a busy girl!! Love the results.. enjoy!! Hugs May x x x#4

  8. Well done!! and perfectly reorganized...there is something so calming about a place for everything and everything in its place. I'm coveting your stamp rods, btw, where did you get the little clippie thingies that hold the plastic envelopes? tfs!

    1. My husband made the entire shelf for me, but the clippy things (technical term) are from Michael's. Their organization stuff goes on sale all the time so each bag of... I wanna say 25... is around $2.50. They were then threaded onto metal washers so the envelopes would sit straight.

      There's is a much cheaper option with little wooden clothes pins ($2 for a pack of 50) and colourful paperclips. It works GREAT if you're hanging stickers, or even stamps in their original packaging sometimes, but with the envelopes themselves the clothes pins were just not strong enough to hold the weight. HTH!!!

  9. Fabulous job of revamping your space. Thanks for showing it to us. #128

  10. How I wish i could be so tidy and organized ....love your space.Happy 3rd Woyww Birthday

  11. I love what you have done it is awesome, don't you feel so good right now with a space that can be played in with everything right where is should be? I am so proud of you, really a fantastic job and thank you so much for the tour, much appreciated. Definitely when I come to the states I am coming to play. LOL On the 3rd Anniversary you have a sort out. Love it.

    Eliza #140

  12. Hey Aeryn! You have me drooling over your well-organised scrapping space, and your immense collection of Copics! I'd love to see a close up of how your stickles are stored - I can see they're upside down, but how are you holding them there????

    Sorry to be so late getting round this week - the Queen's Jubilee got in the way!

    Happy WOYWW!

  13. Hee.. I've seen craft rooms on the WOYWW rounds before and craft corners and even craft sheds... but it's the first time I've seen a craft closet! :lol:

    It all looks very organised though! Thanks for sharing - and happy WOYWW anniversary!

    Ali #86

  14. Your desk is so cute and handy! I'm thinking of getting a trolley for my new room so I can have tools close at hand. Bigger isn't always better!


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