Friday, May 14, 2010

My Scrapbook Table

I've been scrapbooking since 1998, and over the years I've used various tables and desks to work on. We decided that since I do SO much scrapbooking, I needed a better set up. We went to an unfinished furniture store in our area, and bought this: a kitchen island.

Handy Man brought it home and finished it with polyurethane for me. He also reinforced the bottom, and put rubber wheels on it so I could move it around. I can move it into the living room and watch a movie while I scrap.

Believe me, my scrap surface is NOT this clean all the time! I try to start out this way, so I can find everything...but it ends up covered in pages and paper and photos, etc. The zippered case on the left holds blades and cutting system patterns. The long, black case in the middle stores stickers. The tall black case on the right stores paper. 

On the left is my 12" Making Memories trimmer , and the pages I'm working on are right in front of me. I also put the small trimmer to my right. The blue and white item on the surface is my Ott light. These lights are great for giving good, clear light for scrapping or any kind of crafting.

On the side of the island facing us, there is an overhang that is hard to see in the photo. I bought a bar-height chair that I can sit on that brings me right up to the table so I can sit in a good position to scrap.
I bought these baskets from the unfinished furniture store; they were reasonably priced, and fit perfectly. Inside them I store my EZ runner and other adhesives; large and small punches, extra cutting templates etc. etc. I can pick up a basket and put it on the surface while using it.

The back of the unit, which has shelves for storage: I usually store my photo boxes in there, and bags and cases that I use when transporting my stuff to a crop. I also store 12x12 page refills, and 12x12 pages that are in progress. I do have to pull the whole unit from the wall to get around to the back, but that is easy because of the wheels. Plus, I store things in there that I don't need to access every time I scrap.

These are the shelves opposite the basket shelves. Handy Man thought I should get more square baskets, but I wanted larger areas to store big items. I store memorabilia in here, stamps (which I don't use that much yet), and oversize memorabilia and such that won't fit elsewhere. I may get more square baskets eventually, but for now I like the more open storage here.

Above each side (where the baskets and large memorabilia are stored), I have small drawers. One side holds pens and a few extra blades; and the other side stores miscellaneous photos.

That's a tour of my scrapbook table. Right now, the surface is a mess, because I've been sorting some photos and memorabilia, but before I get to working, I'll clean it off. This holds most of the things I use to scrap. I do have some extra albums and pages in a closet elsewhere, because if I stored them here I'd have no room for my little things.But this table really contains all of the things I use when I'm scrapping.

I am also very careful when I think about buying something new; I think about where it would go on or in my table. I'm selective, because I do not want to outgrow this table. I want everything to be self-contained on here.

It can be hard to store crafts that have a lot of supplies (like scrapbooking, stamping, sewing, etc.) If you have a craft area and it is a huge mess, work on whittling down the amount of "stuff" you have. You can ask local schools if they would take donations of craft items. Think about different ways you can store your craft things.

This wasn't the cheapest option, but over the years I have struggled with storage, and having a large enough surface, so it was worth it to me to buy this piece of furniture. Handy Man thought about buying wood to make me something similar, but it turns out that buying all new wood would have cost more than buying this island and refinishing it!

Do you have a craft or hobby area? What is it like?

Linking to: Scissors and Spatulas/ Between Naps on the Porch/ Miss Mustard Seed/Organize and Decorate Everything

11 comments:

Brenda said...

I sew and quilt. I have a sewing/crafting table that I bought at Walmart http://www.walmart.com/ip/Sauder-Sewing-Craft-Table/1984564?povid=cat103150-env198509-module227129-rLink5 . It has a door that swings open and supports a fold up table extension. I love that I can put my sewing machine on the shelf inside and close the door. There is also a side with shelves and a door that I use to store books/magazines and current projects. I have a big storage unit with drawers on top that is used for storing screws, nuts, bolts, etc--I used it to store thread, buttons, needles, and all kinds of smaller sewing stuff. At one time when I did stamping I used it to store my rubber stamps.
Now that I'm going back to college I also use the desk for school work.

Bobbie said...

You're my hero. :)

Nadya said...

Love your table!!! :) Love that you can move it around and it has so much storage room.... :)
Nadya

Organizing Photos, Before & After « Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

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Prior said...

What a great solution! Good for you on thinking outside the box! A great mom cave! Lezlee

Lindy said...

Great table and great storage! Everything looks so neat and organized. Very nice MOM CAVE!

ButterYum said...

This is a wonderful space for creating. I love your organizational skills.

:)
ButterYum

KateB said...

I have a Mom Cave for scrapping and it is in need or organization...I do love baskets for storage; espec for my stamps and ink pads. I can't tell you how many times I've tried to whittle my supplies down to a more manageable amount but I just can't do it!

Roberta said...

Great idea and very funtional piece of furniture that you fashioned for yourself. I also have my new desk in the dinning room/living room because my husband likes me to be near him while I'm being creative...be it sewing, journaling or scrapbooking. We downsized and I gave up a dining room table because DH and just don't sit at it...we sit in our recliners when eating...oh well...that's just how we roll. We save sitting at the table for our patio or when we go out. Like you I have also repurposed furniture to fit my supplies and everything has it's place and I also think twice about bringing anything new into our smaller space. Besides when I had a bigger studio in previous homes, I spent more time looking for things and getting overwhelmed because I just had too much stuff! Best of luck in the giveaway, fondly, Roberta
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Naturally Me Creations said...

Your stuff is so neat and organized! :0
I wish my stuff would stay that way. In fact, i have SO much stuff that i don't even know where to begin organizing anything! Sheesh... :)

Jennifer said...

Thanks for linking up! Love your comment about the TV. I've already told hubby that I WILL be getting a TV for that room! I'm an addict! Probably the only reason I don't craft at night! That's when I sit in front of the TV and work on my computer!
Jen

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