scrap room,  scrap space

Back from “vacation”

Vacation is in air quotes because I didn’t really take a vacation, my hubs was off of work all last week which meant we tried to knock out any large projects that had been looming. Of course they all took longer than expected lol. But one project we did get done was rearranging my office/studio! I needed a larger table to pack orders and things but without a major shift had no room for it. Its done now! Mostly at least as I still have some things to sort down further πŸ™‚ Want to see piccys? There’s alot lol. Here we go! First the Before…

And now the After…

And the office side of the space…

The tool basket and monitor can easily go to the floor if I need more space but the table is 4′ x 4′ so should be plenty big without doing it πŸ™‚ The shelving for all my crafty stuff is the Rubbermaid Closet System.

The best thing is its all adjustable shelving so I can tweak and play everytime the whim takes me! I opted for alot of shelves with 4 basket drawers. These drawers have my rub ons, 12 x 12 sticker sheets and sketch books then my camera stuff in the bottom.

This drawer has all my Thickers and label stickers

And this one has all the embellishments that couldn’t hang like chipboard, flowers and journaling spots

Everything that could hang is up on my pegboard

Then all my buttons and brads and such are in the magnetic tins below the pegboard

On the shelves next to that are my inks, paints and scraps sorted into a hanging file box, then my ribbons and dymo, next a basket of spooled ribbon and card bases. My cuttle bug, embossing folders and dies are in easy reach though I need to find something to put the Nesties in.

I also made a home for my sewing machine in the shelves so it can stay set up for easy use πŸ™‚

Across the top is all photoboxes with packing supplies, finished cards, printed pics and extra sewing things. All my paper is stored in cubes under the table top. First has my newest papers and cutters then my cardstock below.

This one has all my patterned paper. I’m going to sort those out into single colors in the Cropper Hopper Paper holders and expand it into the ones below, hence the mostly empty bottom cube. I did a little decorating with our stamps. It will keep growing as our line does, like a visual reminder.

Over on the office side, I decorated with embroidery hoops

Our school cubby unit I bought from the antique fair holds all our stock of stamps, my wee bundles (they’ll be moving to the shelves soon), wrap and mini albums.

Even my Momiji dolls found a new home on the window sill.

I totally recommend the Rubbermaid! The site has one of those handy online designers that you can play with to get an idea of what you’d like. It will even print out a parts list to recreate it.Β Thanks for taking a look at my space! I love how it turned out! Even though it was a big 2 day project. I can use a real vacation now lol though I am happy to be getting back to a regular schedule this week. It was all wonky last week with DH home all day too, I already miss him though. πŸ™‚ Has anyone else done any re-organizing? I’d love to see links!

ETA: Here is how I store my stamps

ETA: Here is the space one year later



  • Rene' Sharp

    What a great peak into your room Kristy!! I absolutely adore those open shelves and where you hang your goodies. I am also a Thickers fan, but I don’t have nearly as many as you!! πŸ™‚

  • Vera Yates

    Wow, what a fun peek to your creative place, Kristy. Have to say I love, love, love your collection of embroidery hoops. One of this day, when I can find time, I’d love to do this idea. πŸ˜€

  • Amanda R

    Love it Kristy! I could spend all day reorganizing, really sparks my creativity to sort everything and see what I have forgotten about. Love the new little image posted by the stamps hanging on the wall!

  • Jani

    Wow, fantastic craftroom!
    I will reorganize mine tomorrow…because today is my last exam for this term and I finally can start crafting and creating again! Wooohooo!
    But I have just a corner in my daughers room…not as fab like yours!
    Have a nice day!
    Jani x

  • Dawn

    Kristy, I love the way you organized your space. Really nice job! The embroidery hoops are a great idea. I will have to try that! πŸ™‚

  • Kellie

    Jealous, jealous I wanna come and play in your room lol! I have been thinking about something like that on my wall, was going to do this in our old house our bedroom where my crafting area was so now I have an idea on what it looks like I think I might have to get me one! Thank you πŸ™‚ And I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE your room it’s awesome! So funny I think we are one! I was looking at a cubby house thing the other day but was in QLD about a 3 day drive lol! Not sure hubby loves me that much hahahaha!


  • Leah Crowe

    omg i totally love those shelves!!!! You just reminded me that I reorganized back in April, and I never took after shots and blogged it. I need to get on that. LOVE the embroidery hoops and that colored in fairie? girl in the photo.. and of course your stamps are off the hook cute in the photo.

  • Michelle

    Looks fantastic!!! Love everything about this project- totally worth the effort! The stamps look fantastic hanging on the wall as well as the embroidery hoops.

  • kate

    Wow! I love your organization! I’m moving at the end of the month and can’t wait to have a fresh start for my crafting area. I’m also super in love with your embroidery hoop wall – it’s adorable!

    On another note, I was the winner of your “nerds are huggable” print as part of Freckled Nest’s May giveaway

  • caz

    Bit late to the party, I’ve been away for 2 months and am slowly catching up on my blog reading! (I am trying to read all the way back! XD)

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the new space!! Jealous of all your supplies but I’d be so overwhelmed with so much choice!! Hope you are still loving the space!! So many great ideas for one day when I get to have a craft space that isn’t the dining table in the living room!

  • Sandra Lomas

    lucky you to have such a great (and organized) space. i love the 4×4 table. i have a large drafting table in my space. okay, so i had to know exactly how big it was so i got up and measured it. it’s 5 x about 31/2. because it’s a drafting table i can adjust it from sitting to standing height and it also tilts.
    i love how you organized all your Thickers and other stickers. your peg board has inspired me to keep all my product in their original wrappers and hang them up on my peg board. thanks for the extra little “push” i needed to finish up all the organizing. i love your space!

  • Rachel Arcishewsky

    I don’t know what is more beautiful, your studio space or your website! Your work is so great! I love love love your header! πŸ™‚ Quick Question: in one of the pictures you show a metal rack holding some paint tubes. What kind of rack is that? I need one! πŸ™‚

  • auntie em

    What a lovely bright and well organized space! I love the natural light from the windows and those magnetic tins are awesome!
    Enjoy your new crafting room! πŸ™‚

  • Evette K. Ciampo

    Your finished project is just fabulous!! My hubby finally but my two new “huge” shelves up for me in my craft room (my daughters room first, now my craft room). You have given me lots of ideas, appreciate that gf, so now I have to get into the room, hard to do as everything is such a mess, and get busy!!!!!!! Yikes. Hubby home from school this week so I have to light a fire under him to help move heavy things as my back is not good. Sigh………But can not wait to invite my gf’s over to play in the eventual “NEW CRAFT ROOM”. Yeah!!!! Thanks for posting all those pictures. If u have any other ideas for us please post them asap. ekc

  • Lynne Vork

    Your organizational skills are awesome! Congratulations on the project and your business! I am so proud of all you have accomplished!

    Lynne Vork

  • Kelly Rushton

    I am trying to organize my small extra bedroom into a craft room. I love how you have worked so hard on yours. i especially loved the Rubbermaid system you used and also the table in the middle!!! I did have that idea but I am in need some help with the plans or dementions to make it. Is there any way you can help with that. I would be so grateful. thx so much ! Kel

    • Kristy

      I’m happy to give you some help Kelly! Ask away!

      I used the Design tool on RubberMaid’s website ( to work mine out before buying a thing! It even has a printable parts list when your done and has all the features (drawers shelves bins etc) that you can virtually play with. Definitely give that a looksy before committing to buying anything. I’d also really think about how you like to work and what might work best for you. I *needed* the big desk for order packing, having it for crafting is awesome but ultimately a side benefit πŸ™‚ I wish I had an area to keep things like my cuttlebug and dies set up but totally out of room lol.

  • Tash Daly

    Hi Kristy, I love your craft room revamp, it looks amazing. Since I am reading this post 1 year after originally posting it I just wondered whether now that you have “lived” with it, whether there was anything you changed that wasn’t working. I would be really interested to see a post about any changes you made, difficulties you encountered using the space and any other tips or tricks you have discovered along the way. Thanks again. πŸ™‚

  • Virginia

    JESUS!!!!!!!! I found your room while searching something on PINTEREST!!! WOW! You did an extraordinary changing of your room: the before and after is great, the room seems larger and pretty more shining!!!
    GREAT!!!!! πŸ™‚

    A big hug from Italy!

  • Andrew McMaster

    I too just found your room while searching for craft inspiration on Pinterest. I just love anything like this. It gets me all excited and I want to start making something, just anything! lol. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  • Marianne

    Fabulous space and ideas. It’s always great to get a peek into other people’s craftroom to see how they store their stuff. Don’t have my own space (yet) but it’s a good thing to see what options there are out there so that I know what I want if and when I create my own space. Of course living on an island (Crete/Greece) can be quite a drawback when it comes to buying heavy stuff.

  • Sandra L.

    I’ve stop by your blog often and love it. But for some reason never looked at the images of your studio/office. Love the new version.

    I was wondering where you purchased those magnetic items below the peg board. I have the ones from Ikea with the screw lids but the ones that look like bowls are adorable and would be so handy for things you “grab” often.

    • Kristy

      Thanks for stopping by Sandra! Those lil bowls were a Target $1 spot buy. I wish I would have grabbed a few more as they are super handy!

  • Sandra L.

    Thanks so much for replying so quickly.

    They are just perfect especially for our studio’s. We don’t have a Target anywhere close to where I live, so I don’t get there often. It seems to be the rule of life, find a good thing but don’t grab extra’s. I’ve done it a few times, found something but wasn’t sure how it work, then go back to the store and they don’t carry it any longer. I’ll have to keep my eye out if to see if there is something similar out there.
    Have a great week.

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