Monday, June 22, 2009

Scraproom Re-Do


Thought I would share the fruits of my labor over the past few days. Before we dive in, I want to issue a disclaimer. Lighting in this room is great in some areas, not so much in others. Forgive the picture quality please. Also, I am awaiting a new paint job from my super-painter boy, Keith! LOL! New color...soft robin's egg blue. That was the color I was going for here, but when I originally purchased the paint either I, or the guy behind the paint counter at Home Depot, was smokin' somethin'. This color isn't even close to the one I thought I selected. But it was late, I was determined to get the walls painted and I just went with it. I've lived with the color for over 3 years and it bugs the poo-poo out of me. Mostly because it isn't the one I originally wanted. Funny how the little things can get under your skin. OK, I think that is enough about all that, wanna see my new room?

My room was originally our guest room. Of course, all our family lived near by when I was married and we never needed the extra bedroom. Ironically, we divorced and given that the guest room furniture was antiques from my ex-hubby's grandmother, he took it with him. I converted the room to my space and now all my family lives out of town. Haha! Fortunately, I still have enough room to house them should they want to visit so it isn't really a problem. I just evict one of the kiddos from their room and send them to the basement sofa! LOL!

This is the view from the doorway. As you can see, I have my desk in the middle of the floor and a computer work station/embellishment drawers along the wall behind. I have my man to thank for putting this unit together for me. He was so willing to help me and he put these together on the Sunday we returned from the beach. Had he not been so generous, I would still be in construction mode.

This is the wall across from my desk. The book case holds all my idea books and inspiration journals. You can see the paper rack between the windows. What you can't see is the door to the right of the bookcase. It leads to Keri's bathroom, which proves to be convenient. LOL!

This wall is directly across from the wall of windows. The binders on the top left shelf hold rub-ons, stickers, alpha and thickers, as well as articles I'm collecting on photography, etc. The others shelves hold albums and craft boxes with various kit club goodies. I love the paper shelves for all my cardstock. The top portion is all Bazzill while the bottom holds cardstock from other manufacturers. The drawers hold chipboard, flowers and miscellaneous bulky embellishments. The top of my storage unit holds Making Memories jars with my button collection and the larger jars will hold my ribbon. I'm still debating throwing all my ribbon in these jars. As of now, they are in photo boxes, sorted by color. Maybe you guys could give me your suggestions on this subject.

A closer look at my bookcase by my comfy chair.

The following pictures show the smaller drawers that are part of the computer station behind my desk. It is a perfect solution for my smaller embellishments. What I LOVE about these drawers is that they are easily removable and I can take them to my desk to sort through all the goodies inside. This is my favorite drawer...the BLING drawer.

A drawer with journaling cards and labels:

Clips, pins and hardware are in another drawer. The smaller Making Memories embellishment jars fit perfectly in these drawers.

For obvious reasons, I decided not to show the contents of all the drawers. But I would be happy to share a list if anyone is interested. You may remember my "Master Plan" for my re-do. It involved mapping out what each drawer would hold. I even sketched it all out. Yeah, I'm a little over the top when it comes to planning. But it works for me. :)

This is the door to the walk-in closet. I felt it was the perfect place to "store" my punches. I think this is going to be one of my most favorite things about this make-over. I used to have them in a drawer and it was always such a pain to dig through to find the one I wanted. Now, it's easy pickin's. I have a feeling I will be using my punches so much more.

One wall in the closet has 3 shelves. The bottom shelf holds various tools (Bind-It-All, Cuttlebug, sewing machine, Xyron, etc.). Boxes on the middle shelf hold additional albums both large and mini just waiting to be used. The top shelf is rather high and I store supplies that are rarely needed along with totes that I use when I attend crops. Below these shelves are remnants of the wire unit that was previously used in my room to hold boxes of embellishments. Now it holds my ribbon boxes (may change) and mini storage drawer units. There really isn't alot in these little drawers right now, but that probably won't last! LOL!

The wall across from this one is what I call my stamping wall. I am certain I have exceeded the legal limit for number of stamps allowed by any one person! LOL! All of these drawers hold my wood-mounted rubber stamps along with foam stamp sets and acrylic blocks for my unmounted sets. I have another nifty little system for my un-mounted acrylic stamps. I didn't photograph the third set of drawers to the left of these two. These drawers hold additional adhesives, rarely used small tools, and other miscellaneous items.

These two shelves are above the stamp drawers. Here I have all other stamping necessities...inks, markers, embossing powders, etc. See the three binders on the right? They hold my acrylic stamps. Anyone interested in the super cool way I get tons of stamps in these binders, just let me know. I'll be happy to share.

Before moving on, I have to share one embarrassing point. I am not really a stamper. I KNOW! What is wrong with me? I'm a wanna be stamper, but I don't even know how to make use of all these "things"! LOL! This is what happens when you are a craftoholic (Maggi) and want to try everything! LOL!

Finally, I wanted to share a few of my favorite little "spots". I love my mini album basket. All the little albums I've created (that I haven't given away) are in this basket between my desk and my paper rack. I love sorting through them from time to time.

I absolutely love this chair. I have owned this chair since 1986. My mom gave it to me for Christmas the first year I had my own home. I had a slipcover made for it and I can often be found all curled up in this chair flipping through magazines & idea books.

And the very last pic for today, is of my "treasures" on my desk...a yummy smell-good candle, a pic of my honey and of course, a stash of chocolate!

Hope you have enjoyed visiting my humble little space. And if you ever find yourself in Asheville, NC, be sure to look me up. I would love to have you spend a day with me crafting away in my little hide-away!



  1. what a lucky lady, Look at all that stuff, love your journal tab drawer, thats awesome. I love your space. The color doesnt look bad to me. I actually find it relaxing, but also in a natuical kind of way. Your chair is fabulous. I love red. I think I would have had to go with a yellow wall color with red and white accents.... or apple green with the red and black. Good luck with your new painting.

  2. Can I come over and play???? Seriously?? Can I???? Pretty please??? I'll bring chocolate!!!!! LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE your ROOM!! WOW WOW WOW! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  3. wowwwwwwwwwww, this room is beautiful! I love the blue! DAMN, you are SO organized! My drawers sure don't lool like yours! Wait, that sounded bad didn't it! lol!
    Well you get what I mean! I need to get my ass in my room and organize it!!!! xoxox

  4. Wow, you have a great system! I'm moving my craft area into a whole room this weekend with my sisters help. I can't afford all the great cabinetry you have though. I hope to get it a little at a time. I'm the type that needs everything within reach so I'll have quite a different configuration.

    Could you share your clear stamp filing system with us. I'm in the process of coming up with a way to store all my clear and ez mount stamps and can use any ideas I can get.

    Again, what a lovely room to work in!


  5. Oh wow!!! I am so J!!! This is beautiful!! I love the color and that chair and foot rest is to die for. I so wish i had a room like this. I hope you have fun in your room and create wonderful things. :) <3 Jamie

  6. The room looks awesome! Great organizational ideas! ♥ that little dish of chocolate sitting on your desk. I prefer to keep mine in one of the cabinets, just so it's not staring me in the face... LOL! (Not that it works, mind you... :-)

  7. Oh I want to come over and scrap with you! Save me some of that chocolate! I LOVE your room! Love the shelving and drawer units! Definitely put your ribbon in jars...seperate them by colors, they look so pretty in a glass jar! ROAD TRIP!

  8. Okay, so when I read an invitation like this, I really get depressed that I'm living so far from all you guys. How I'd wish I could just pop over, have a nice cup of coffee (black, no sugar!), not to mention some of those chocolates, and just scrap and chat the day away ... *sigh* such pretty dreams ...

    I love the room Lisa, and I'm not ashamed to admit I felt a weeny bit jealous looking at your room and all of those wonderful goodies you have!!! I scrap at the living room table or at my desk, also in the living room... which means my living area is usually a big mess! And all of my stuff, well, I'll take a pic of it someday, it all fits in one picture LOL. But I'm working on that haha. One day ...

    I haven't forgotten about you Lisa, I'll send you an e-mail as soon as I can find some more time. The kids will be home soon for their summer vacation (they're home in July and August), and I have lots to do before vacation starts. This means lots of cleaning, organizing, ironing, getting the garden in "playing time" order, putting up the swimming pool, ... you get the idea ... this means no blog surfing :-( and no scrapping (double :-( ) However, there are a few blogs I just can't live without, so I'm sitting here reading those while eating my sandwich before having to get to work. I'll try to write to you this evening. If you don't hear from me by then, you'll know my conscience has won and I'll be ironing the night away...

    In the meantime, the weather's great, lots of sun today, so really it's not so bad having to do some work outside. Better get that pool up now! Talk to you later!

    Big hug xxx Peggy

  9. I know, I know, after that extremely long comment, it's hard to understand I still forgot to say something, but I did, and I have to say this: I LOVE THAT CHAIR!!!! There, I couldn't leave without letting you know haha.
    xxx Peggy

  10. Wow - that is about the most perfect room and so neat and tidy. You did simply fantastic!

  11. Ok girlie, that Blue is the same color in my accent walls...and I love it with all the white!!!!! Your room turned out PERFECT and I too am jealous.....can you please come help me redo mine!!!!! Love the punches being able to be seen!!!! AHHH...the chair is so inviting and welcoming and I love the red with the colors of the room!!!! You did a Fabulous job!!!! Have a great day!!!! :)

  12. You have such a fabulous craft space! I love that chair and your organization is amazing! I can't wait until we can get together!

  13. Congrats on the Craftaholic spotlight :) It was a lot of fun to read your answers to the interview!

    ANd, oh my word...this is such a great space! I'm a little jealous at how perfect it all is, and how neat that you get your own little scrapping room! Mine is crammed into the corner of the guest bedroom, which we have to have b/c I have in-laws that come for about a week usually 4-6 times a year...

  14. holy moly!!! i LOVE it! i wish i could come over and scrap my lil heart out there! great job organizing everything! i especially love those drawers with all of those goodies in there.

    hope you have a wonderful day,

  15. You say that...but do you mean it? I am totally coming to North Carolina to visit you. How close are you to Robbinsville? Don't be scared when you see a giant Glamazon red head pull into your driveway! :)

  16. What a gorgeous room, Lisa and so nicely organized.
    I love the white furniture (I have it myself)
    Thanks for letting us see a big part of your life :)

  17. It's so pretty! It's very close to the blue we painted our living room, at least it looks like it in the pictures!

  18. What a cute room! love it!
    Thanks for always stopping by and leaving me such nice comments, I appreciate it! =)

  19. Wow, must be worth a fortune. All these crafty stuff. You have the space for it and it's all nice and tidy! :-) To be creative, it's seems I need to have people with me, on myself, I don't have that: You go girl. And also I haven't made the space yet. I keep on waiting for the basement to be finish. Someday! Love the pictures you've taken. The blue on the walls is beautiful. It sets for a calm and inspiration.

  20. You must be good to your boyfriend to get him to put all those cabinets together!!!!!

  21. Lisa, I LOVE THE COLOR of the walls.. lol makes me think of blue skys.. lol My walls are Yellow and Sunshiney (if thats a word!) I love the reading chair too. I have one in my craft room but its not as pretty, I need to find a slipcover for it. Looking through your room and drawers, I see alot of the same tastes.. I knew I liked you!!
    tfs ~

  22. Very cool room..... I think we are neck and neck with the amount of stamps we have..... I am not a stamper either.... you say craftaholic....I have not aqcuired the official title as you have but I am right there with ya.... I love to try it all... then what on to something else... I guess that is why I teach at our church and LSS so it all gets used and does not feel lonely up on my shelves.... Ha Ha. I love your space and I am with Julie we are comin for a visit... Name the date and time and we will be there... LOL.

  23. WOW !! Can you come to my house and help me organize? It's absolutely gorgeous!!!! My room is such a mess!! When Im creating I don;t stop to clean!! But the funny thing is I know where everythig is!!! You are so sweet Lisa!! Thank You for everything!!!

  24. Lisa I'm so jealous!! What a great scrapbooking room! I havent been scrapbooking since a few months ago...was being lazy about getting some pictures copied!! I need to get an all in one printer/scanner!! The chair is so cute and looks very comfy. You have a lot of scrapbooking stuff!! As you can see I like to us a lot of these !!!!! LOL! Great job on the room...PS I think the ribbons will look very colorfully displayed in the jars!

  25. WOW! What a fantabulous scrappy hideaway! I'm so green with envy right now...LOL...but way to go girl! Thanks for sharing...I like the blue can't wait to see the NEW blue when it gets done!

  26. I'm on my way to NC!! lol! That is an amazing room and I'm so dang impressed with how organized you are! I'd die for that chair! Comfy!! And love your comment that you're not a stamper! Too funny but you might not want to tell too many people! Fun stuff!

  27. I love it girl!! It looks great! I especially love the bling drawer!! hehehe But, I think the BEST idea is the punch holder on the door. That is great!

  28. OOOOO I totally LOVE the blue and white! And I think I might just come "shopping" in your room, lol!!!

  29. Girl you are sick, sick, sick. What are you- addicted to scrapbooking or something??? LOL!!! You have seriously got a lot of stuff. But it is organized perfectly. Your room looks cozy and inspiring. I really do wish we were closer together so I could come over and scrap with you. I am especially envious of your bind it all. It is the one tool I want and don't have. I also love the bling drawer. We all love bling right!!

    Oh and about all those should watch the videos on 2 peas. It's the "thinking inking" free class and they give a lot of ideas to use stamps and it's only week two of the nine weeks.

    So get your challenge layout over to me when you're done! Can't wait to see it!!

  30. What a beautiful room! I love all the storage options. You've got SO much stuff!!! I thought I had a lot of stuff. LOL
    BTW, I have something for you over on my blog. It's an award...because I think you totally rock! *blush*

  31. What an absolutely divine space to scrap in! I envy your fabulous storage systems (especially that paper rack!!) - I love everything to have a place & to be in it!!

    Your desk is beautiful & that chair looks so inviting! I have to agree with Lynette, I thought my stash was large, but yours knocks spots off mine!!

    As for ribbon storage, I have tried several methods. from bags to jars to spools on a rail, but have just found a way that works for me. I have wound all my 'loose' lengths onto lollipop (popsicle?!!) sticks with a pin to hold the end in place. These I now store along with carded & spooled ribbon in a sweet little bread basket! It's easy to rummage through & there are no tangles & knots!

  32. sorry i have been so mia.
    things have been crazy. i am so completely impressed with your room. it is so clean! oh i wish i had time to clean you hire out? ;)

    i love the shoe thing for the punches. genious, i just sold mine at our garage sale for 50 cents. stupid.

  33. Oh my my my my!!!!
    You are soooo lucky!! Your room is just stunning!! *gasp*!

    Love your white, love your desk, love your storage and love love love your cosy chair!!!

    ENJOY my friend!!!

  34. Wow, it looks great! I love that shade of blue.

  35. I want to come scrap in your scrap room! lol Love it!

  36. Wow, I'm in awe of your stash! Love your room, i think the white with the blue is beautiful, but it's your room so. I like it though.

  37. Holly tamales!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Can I come play one day?
    Your room is gorgeous, I love the desk, the color of the walls, that RAD chair and everything else.
    Good for you to have such a special little spot.
    Have a wonderful week!!!!!!
    BIG BIG hugs from South Florida :)

  38. Hi lisa,

    I have left you a blog award on my blog, you can view it at

    Cheers and {H}ugs

  39. ooooh i love your room! the blue is fabulous and that chair?! can i come snuggle up in it for awhile? tfs!!

  40. Looks AWESOME! WHen are you coming to overhaul my space? ;-)

  41. Hey Lisa, I haven't been dead... just busy. Your scraproom is amazing! Thanks for posting pictures!


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