June 18, 2008

Scarlet's Scrap Space

Since I recently became organized (and we won't even talk about what I was before that) I thought I would share a bit of insight into my scrapbook storage system. I should also mention that I just completed a major purge, keeping only the essentials close at hand. I wish I had taken a photo of my three-foot-tall stack of patterned paper and cardstock before I packed it away for a future yard sale. My paper stack has now dwindled to about 6 inches (plus a couple of boxes of Studio Calico goodies that I can't bear to part with yet)!

My reorganization coincided with a move into a charming little house, where my scrapbook space resides in my dining room, so clearly it must be functional and visually pleasing at the same time. I purchased a pub table to use as my workspace. I like to stand when I scrap, so my new table is the perfect height! Right now the only thing that stays on my table is my rack full of stamping ink pads. I envision adding one or two more little stands or baskets to keep my favorite items (or possibly the goodies from the current SC kit) within easy reach, but until I find the perfect solution, I am content with what I have.



One of my favorite things in my scrap space is my display of rubber stamps. I have seen similar ideas on blogs and in magazines, so when I spied this old printer's drawer at an antique store, I knew exactly what to do with it! Before Nadiya was born, I was an independent demonstrator for Stampin' Up!, so as you can imagine, my stamp collection was pretty large. I had always kept my stamp sets in their original plastic boxes, but when I reorganized, I purged all of the stamps I didn't want and discarded all of the containers. The small ones found a home on my wall and the rest were tossed into a couple of galvanized buckets, where I can dig through them pretty easily.



Another major piece of furniture in my scrap space is my new white hutch. With glass doors and shelves in the top and drawers and cabinets in the bottom, it is perfect for displaying some things while hiding others. The top of the hutch is where I keep my pretty things, such as jars of embellishments and thread, stamps, fabric, and several of my favorite books. Down below is where I keep my paper and tools and other randoms like albums, magazines, and more embellishments. I may not have a lot of space, but I think I use it well! Please let me know if you have any questions. I'd be happy to answer them :)





Here's a little sneak peek at how I have combined scraps from my Studio Calico kits with other items from my scrapbooking stash to create art for the walls in my dining room. Please stay tuned for more...

22 comments:

joanne (spagirl) said...

i love it!!!
so nice and clean and organized!
the printer's tray is so cool!
like the birdie peek! can't wait to see more!!

Kristii Lockart said...

You are so organized! I love your space! Can't wait to see more!!

Larajc said...

Wow, very nice. At first when I saw the clear table with the spinner rack, I thought, "boy did she really purge" and then I thought "how does she keep it so neat". It looks wonderful!

Anilu Magloire said...

Just beautiful! I see that 7G paper ;)

Emily Pitts said...

this is exactly what i expected from you. and it looks lovely, that paint color is wonderful!

Greta said...

what a fabulous looking space! I sure wish I was as organized as you.

love the sneak peek too!

rachel said...

I love what you have done. We've been 10 months in our new home and I think my scrap space might end up in the dining room too. Its nice to see your ideas to make it cohesive with the rest of the room. Thanks!

Scarlet said...

Just a couple of notes:

Emily... my whole house was already painted that color when I moved in. I like it too :) Oh... and thanks!

Rachel... I actually have two tables in my dining room. There is a round table in the center of the room. The hutch and the pub table are in opposite corners. I wish I could take a better photo of the whole room, but there's just no good way to do it!

Deb L said...

beautiful space! wish mine was so uncluttered and elegant like yours. TFS!

Joy Madison said...

love this little space scarlet!!! awesome purging. This seems like a perfect place to make art.

Denise said...

I think I have your three foot stack of patterned paper currently on my desk. Yikes! I need to purge. Love that you showed you scrap space. It is great and so organized!

Kimber McGray said...

i just recently got my stuff organized and 'looking' nicer too.

my stamps are out in the open too! LOVE it this way!

congrats on a beautiful space!

karen akaliz said...

ummm...can you say clean? wow!

Angie Tieman said...

Wow! This is a gorgeous space! Thanks for sharing it with us! That printer's tray full of stamps is *beautiful*!!

april said...

stay tuned, because I was just logging on to blog about my scrap space. I will wait until tomorrow.

and I must give scarlet props for all the organizing she has done. now the hard part begins....keeping it that way, right?

Scarlet said...

Hey! That's how it looked after several nights of working on sneak peeks and canvases. It's so much easier to pick up after each project. Who knew, right?

Elisa said...

Oh, this is so beautiful, tidy and with gorgeous furniture.

Barb said...

Thanks for the peek into your world, Scarlet.

(And, is that THE 7Gypsies paper I see?)

julie k said...

love your space! i love that it's not over-loaded with supplies, yet perfectly functional! :)

melanie said...

What a gorgeous, clean space- I'm envious! I so need to pare down too. It's hard to part with stuff though that you think you *might* use 2 years from now. ;p You've inspired me to start thinning out my junk!

Brenda Hurd said...

how cool is this - love your space!

Mary Jo said...

Simple, elegant and so nicely organized!!