Tuesday, February 8, 2011

My New Space

Let me first say that looking back at my "before" pictures, my space had gotten really messy!  Things were literally piling up, and I had run out of places to put all my great buys.  My old space consisted of office furniture (desk, file cabinets, computer desk) and a makeshift area for crafting.  So to make more room, I now have a separate office, and a room for crafting. The office furniture was moved out to a small bedroom upstairs, and the space remaining was filled with modular furniture from Ikea.  I kept my computer desk and hutch in my new space.  Here's a pix of the craft side of my room "before."

 And here's the "after" pix.
I did the same thing on the other side of the room, which used to be the office side.  Here's the before.
And here's the after.

And in the middle remains my computer desk. Before...
And the best addition of all is on the wall opposite my computer desk.  It's one of those "cubby" bookcases from Ikea.  I love it.  Here's the picture before the file cabinets were moved out.
And here's the after.  I love this bookshelf; it has so much room.
If you can't tell yet, my accent color is red!  The colors of the room are sage green, tan, and red.  My husband repainted the ceiling and the walls above the chair rail for me.  And of course, put all this Ikea furniture together.  That was a job.  The square baskets, the red boxes and magazine holders all came from Ikea.  I bought the photo boxes (red and green) from Joann's.  The white baskets with green trim I had bought at Michael's several years ago.
Now let me show you what I did with my papers.  For all the 12x12 paper stacks and cardstock, I laid them horizontally in one of the cubes, and labeled them on the binded edge.
I put my 8-1/2x11 white cardstock and other packaged colored cardstock in a basket, along with 8x8 stacks and 4x6 stacks, most of them standing vertically.  And because they're pretty tight, I don't think there will be any problem with them bending.
For my single sheets of patterned 12x12 papers, I bought a Cropper Hopper Vertical Organization Value Pack.  Says it holds up to 400 sheets of paper (way more than I certainly have).  A little expensive, but I used a 40% or maybe 50% off coupon at Joann's for this.  Original price $24.99.  I haven't filled it yet with my papers.  For my scraps, I got the cutest thing at Target.  It's a hanging file organizer, made of plastic and holds 10 hanging file folders.  Comes with clear tabs and labels.  I figure my scraps will be this size or smaller, and I plan to organize them by color.  I can store it away with my vertical paper holder and get one or both organizers out as I need them.  Isn't that great?!  Cost $9.99.

And I have another drawer (this one in my computer desk) that is full of more 8-1/2x11 cardstock, which unbelievably was given to me by a woman I work with!  How nice is that!?  She stopped her paper hobby and is into photography now, so I was a lucky recipient of a lot of her craft supplies!
Lots of storage in the 2 drawer units.  They both have 6 drawers each.  Here's what's in some of them.

And, here's my little scrapbooking mouse proudly displayed on a shelf. 

 Well, what do you think?  Did you perhaps pick up an idea that might work for you?  I still have some fine tuning to do, but at least I can function now, and hopefully keep my new space nice and clean as it appears in these pictures.  I'm thrilled with my new space!  Thanks for looking!  I certainly enjoyed sharing. -- Pat


  1. Great re-do. I love looking at people's craft rooms, so much fun.

  2. looks very nice !!! love the furniture !

  3. You and your husband did a great job ! I really love it ! Have fun in your "new" craft room :-)

  4. Looks fabulous. Love your color scheme. Gee it makes me know, I really need to do some work in my room!!
    Thanks for the inspiration,
    Cindy :)

  5. awesome. love the new look. nice and fresh. makes me want to go home and reorganize

  6. Wow Pat!! :) It looks fantastic!! I love that huge bookcase from IKEA! :) Very very nice! I know you are in crafting heaven right now. It was definately worth the wait :)

  7. This is SO impressive. I love the new look to your room. I have a couple years still before I get a room!


  8. I am so jealous! It looks fabulous and I love your color choices! Thanks for sharing all your storage tips!

  9. WOW! I'm so jealous! What a fabulous space you have!

  10. Thanks everyone for such nice comments. I am enjoying the new space and love walking into such a nice, clean room each day!

  11. I love what you did with your room. It looks fabulous....just love it.

  12. WoW! Can I come over and Scrap with you?? LOL Looks like so much fun!

  13. Your new crafting area is fabulous!I really need to clean up and reorganize in my space!

  14. This looks fantastic!!! Can I ask you what company made the stamp that is Santa's sleigh with the reindeer in front of it? I'd like to have one like it.

  15. WOW!!!! looks fantastic and very organized!! I loved it and thank you for sharing:)

  16. Thank you for linking up to my blog. I love your scrap room. I just realized that I may have a lot of stuff but I have a lot to go to build up my supply!! :)

    kreative.krystal at gmail dot com

  17. Thanks for sending me this link. I love your big bookshelf. I need to clean and organize.

  18. Love, Love, Love your craft room, wish mine looked like. I need more space the wall are closing in on me. LOl TFS


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