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Hey guys!
So, we moved into a new house last month. We love it! The biggest bonus to me is the extra bedroom. Hello scrapbooking room! How nice is my hubby to let me have it all to myself? lol.

Anyways. I'm having a really hard time planning it. Since i have a proper space now, I can set up something permament, and really get it the way I want it. I guess I'm scared to buy things and have it not work out the greatest.

My room is about 10 ft by 11 feet. It has a window at about 5 feet on one wall, a light at about 6 feet on the other wall, and the third wall has sort of a devider sectioning it into 3 ft sections. Sort of makes it hard to decide what to put where. Ack.

I love it but I just can't wrap my mind around how to plan it or what I'll need.

Features I want to include:
-desk space for computer, printer and cricut.
-table space for main project area.
-some sort of virtical storage for paper
- and the hardest part is how to store everything else. Drawers? Cube storage? Shelves with baskets?! How do you decide?


 
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Look at the scraprooms in the gallery for ideas, then think about what worked for you in the past, and how to improve the rest. I am finishing up moving this week, and in the same boat as you. I don't want to spend any $$, so I have to work with what I have. Do you like a long table or everything around you in a u-shape? pegboard with items hanging on walls, or tucked out of site in drawers? Have fun!!


 
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Have a look at some of the scraprooms on here in the gallery or google it...you'll find a lot of ideas!
My scraproom is also a spare bedroom that is approx. 10x11 but it is also our home office and my son's schoolroom (I homeschool)....
So we put a desk around two side of the room, along one wall and then also under the window wall. It works great and I use under the desk space for a small filing cabinet etc...
I have a large bookshelf on one wall and an Ikea Expedit system on one wall that is all good storage.
Above the desk are shelves and my ribbon holder...

Good luck and have fun with it!
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Thank you for the replies already! So quick!

Yes I've been ALL over pinterest trying to figure out what I want!
In the old house I had a computer desk but that broke, and then 3, unmatching, not well sliding drawer dressers. So I would like to do away with those.

Also, in the old house the room could not be closed off from my cats or children. Now I can. So that changes how I can have things laid out. I can keep my ribbon out and hanging now if i want! Instead of smashed in a drawer!

I LOOOVE the ikea expedit systems. We just got an ikea here like 2 months ago. (winnipeg)


Here is a quick diagram of my room.

Help me plan my new room By Bcblondie


 
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I agree with everyone...look at the posts here in the gallery. Take notes and give yourself time. It always seems like I am changing how I organize my stuff.

One thing I 'love' are my cabinets...super easy and not too expensive from the big box hardware store. There might be a pic of them in my gallery.

Maybe start creating in there with a few items and see what you 'feel' you need.

Most of all...have fun! So great to have your own room...I share mine with the boys and computer/xbox...but I do love them being in there with me too.


 
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  • bcblondie Said:
Thank you for the replies already! So quick!

Yes I've been ALL over pinterest trying to figure out what I want!
In the old house I had a computer desk but that broke, and then 3, unmatching, not well sliding drawer dressers. So I would like to do away with those.

Also, in the old house the room could not be closed off from my cats or children. Now I can. So that changes how I can have things laid out. I can keep my ribbon out and hanging now if i want! Instead of smashed in a drawer!

I LOOOVE the ikea expedit systems. We just got an ikea here like 2 months ago. (winnipeg)


Here is a quick diagram of my room.

Help me plan my new room By Bcblondie



After seeing your room, this is my suggestion... Why don't you put a desk under the window from wall to wall(Ikea also sells desks in sections so you could get one to fit)...then you could put an island in the middle of the room. Depending on how big your window is, you could fit shelves on either side of the window, above the desk.
Also, the Expedit 4 square shelves are less than 3 ft. wide so you could fit a couple of those in between your wall sections (maybe they are there to build in a closet??).....
None of the Ikea stuff is too, too expensive and you could always start with your desk and build from there.
Have Fun!

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Congrats on your new room.

I just moved & my new room here is 10x10. I have used the cubes on one wall. I have a new computer desk on the other. I have a long counter that I want to replace with an expedit. I have another atack of cubes on another wall. I hope to have room to have a worktable but I am waiting to see where it fits.
my suggestions are the same as everyone else..look at the fabulous rooms here in the gallery. Also on PInterest. have fun & enjoy


 
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Thank you for the suggestions! Great advice.One really long desk is a great idea. I'll check ikea online for that. And I think shelves would fit on either side.

*goes off to search some more*


 
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Do you have particular storage needs? Like, for instance, do you have lots of punches, paper, ribbon, or any other item that screams for a special method of storage? Mounted dowels or towel bars would work for ribbons AND punches. Do you need a table for an electronic device or computer/printer? I have found lots of organizational advice on a fb page called (if I remember correctly) 2011 Organizational Challenge.


 
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That's what I need to do, i think. Lay everything out so i can figure out what methods would store which items best. In the old house I used all dressers becuase that's all I had. I made do. I think now I can figure out something to work better.


 
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I just remodeled my scraproom and there is one thing I wish I had been able to do differently but due to the layout and other things that I wanted I couldn't do it. I would suggest a workspace that spans two walls connected at the corner that way you have two table workspaces and all you have to do it turn your chair. Good luck with your room.


 
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Definitely go with the shelves between the 3" walls - you can do expedit if they fit, or bookshelves with movable height shelves (adjust height to the boxes or paper storage or what else you need), or closet doors with shelves behind them if you like to hide stuff away. for the table, I would probably do two separate - one for computer/cricut/printer (clean desk), and one work table (dirty/messy desk).
I also like the island idea - in my previous scrappy half-room, I had a short side of the desk flush to the wall, with two long sides and one short open for access and moving around - it was a half island and worked absolutely great!
If you look through idea gallery, you'll see islands mounted on Alex drawers from Ikea - those are absolutely awesome, shallow and long and wide (or narrow, depending) - would be perfect for punches and inks and stamps and cartridges and all the small stuff.
Good luck and don't forget to take pictures and share!


 
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Update!! I finally figured out what I wanted to do.

I noticed Ikea had 60 inch table tops for THIRTY BUCKS! so cheap! And two of those fits across the length under my window PERFECTLY.

So then I bought 3 of the alex units, You know those drawer units for desks? So I can have one at each end and one in the middle. And I got 4 legs to support the back,

and finally I had to get one of those expedit cube storage units. Of course! So I'll have one big wall of desks and one cube storage, and I can always expand as need be.

I'm going to want some sort of narrow floating shelves or something eventually. But for now I'm STOKED with what I've got. Once it's set up I'll take a pic. I cant wait to get scrapping again!!


 
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Can't wait to see it!


 
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Here's a diagram!

New furniture I bought! By Bcblondie


 
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Boxes! Lol! Can you tell I'm excited?
This is in our unfinished rec room atm.

Furniture! By Bcblondie


 
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Excited for you. Have fun putting it all together.


 
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Congratulations on finding the desks!
I'm sure you'll have lots of fun on all the space now!
If you are looking for shelves....have a look at the Ikea Linjal, glass floating shelves.
They don't detract from a window view or decorating as they are glass. I bought 2 for each side of the window wall in my scrap space. I put one on top of the other on each side....
lots of storage!

Alison


 
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Can't wait to see the room. Looks like you rplan is so perfect for the room! Good luck!


 
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wow! I like the things from ikea but they are just too expensive $$ for me right now. We are moving into a 1 bed.1 bath YIKES so idk if I should share the bedroom with my scrapstuff and bed my bf and i share or take over he rarley used dining room??
congrats on a new room


 
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Thanks everyone!
We've had a busy couple days so finally today I got started putting things together. I got one alex unit together and 2 legs on a table. So here's what it looks like so far. lol. (will post a pic, wait for update)


Mindy I think I'd get into digital scrapbooking if I had a 1 bedroom place. I've tried before to pack everything up and then pull out the box of stuff when I felt crafty and it was just too much work. I need all my stuff laid out and accessable.





 
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Getting started! By Bcblondie

So I've got another table yet to go beside this one, and 2 more drawer units, and then the expedit cube storage.

Oh. And I thought of something. Do you think it would look cool to stamp the edges of the table and the cube storage with like black swirlies and stuff?!
*brain explodes*


Edited by bcblondie on 02-04-13 04:20 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
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I would think that the stamping could wear off. My surface is so full of clutter that you would not even see a swirl. lol


 
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I have the same size bedroom for my office/scraproom too. I just ripped the wire hanging shelf out of the closet because I wasn't really using it. I moved all of my cube storage out of the room and into the closet in stacks. I love it! So much more organized and more room in here.


 
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I'm finally trying to get my scraproom back. Hubby and his 'puter moved into it and it's never been the same I'm reclaiming it and he can move to a different room. I already have my closets set up (and full with other crafts) and I have crafting wallpaper on the walls, so it's definitely my room.

I'm planning to order kitchen-type cabinets from an online site, but I'm wondering if any of you who have made your craft rooms have any thoughts of things you wish you had done differently. I pretty much know what I want, but want to avoid falling into a mistake that I'm going to regret.

I'll have a U-shaped work area, mainly so others can scrap with me, if they want. On another wall I'll have a sewing table, plus space for a chair that I can crochet in or a visitor can sit in or Hubby can read while I scrap.

Anything you wish you had done differently?~Judy


 
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Jane, even if I used stazon?

Scrapchica glad you're getting it how you like it!

Judy, I totally hear you on fear of buying and then regretting.
Regarding cabinets, I didn't go that route because I think I'll like to be able to see all my supplies. ANd while you're working all the doors will be hanging open and that would bother me. It WOULD look nicer though, and more organized if stuff could be hidden and closed up when you're done. But. Depends what you want, I guess. I know it's so frustrating trying to decide.
U shaped area would be great. This room is likely being redone when we finish our basement in the spring, so the closet area will be gone, and I will expand my work desk area.

My line of thinking is that if I have some cube storage, some drawers, and some shelves, there would really be no reason why I'd have any storage issues. A little of everything!


 
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More progress!!!
I assembled all the drawer units myself. so tedious! 15 drawers. phew.

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Looks good. How tall are your drawer units? I know...I could actually go look it up online, so if you don't know off the top of your head, don't run to find a measuring tape...I'll make the effort to do something :>)

I totally get your point about wanting to see your stash, but I'm the person who drives hubby crazy...I want everything nice, neat and unseen, although I'll have my normal toolbag and things like that out on the work area. Things behind closed doors will be things I don't use that often and back-up supplies. I have a couple ribbon organizers for walls and will use some type of magnetic or Velcro method to store stickles, etc.

I used to sew all the time and have a fancy new machine that also embroiders and hooks up to the computer, but it's been in the box it came in for two years. I opened the box to make sure it was really in there, but have no idea if it even works. Anyway, I have enough fabric to open my own store, so that's also in this room, plus I did ceramics...and I crocheted...and all kinds of needlework. Unfortunately, my buying isn't limited to scrapping stuff. I've had years of practice, so there is a lot of stuff "to hide" :>) Whatever my current craft of choice, I buy everything possible for it

I also want the room so my daughter, her m-i-l, and crafty friends can come over and play in my Play Room. One little room...so many demands that I plan to make on it. (If I had my way, it would also include a cot, a little powder room, a microwave & small fridge and I'd never have to leave my space!)

I've scoured the scraproom gallery and found some good ideas, but still looking for pointers. Once we get this room done, that's how I want it to stay. We're old. I want to craft, not keep remodeling rooms!

Good luck with getting your room together. How fun once you're all done! ~Judy


 
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  • bcblondie Said:

Oh. And I thought of something. Do you think it would look cool to stamp the edges of the table and the cube storage with like black swirlies and stuff?!
*brain explodes*




I don't know how it would work on whatever material your cabinets are made from, but I have an old (my grandparents had it in their kitchen in the early 1900s) metal-top table with wood legs. I painted it white with regular indoor paint, then used light blue acrylic paint and stamped designs on the top and brushed the paint into grooves on the legs, then I used clear spray acrylic over it all and it lasted really well...until hubby began using it for his little fix-it table and chipped some of the paint off the edging. The part he hasn't demolished, is still in great condition. It all lasted perfectly through normal use.~Judy


 
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  • Vae on 02-05-13 01:19 PM
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Judy, do you have an Ikea nearby? Last time I was there I saw the cabinets I want in my scraproom. The doors lift up instead of opening like normal kitchen cabinets. They have some that stay up by themselves, but then others that actually lift up and then slide into the top of the cabinet so there's no door sticking out and in your way. THAT's what I want for my room because I agree with you about keeping it tidy, but I just know I'll always be leaving the doors open and then probably bumping into them and causing all kinds of bruising. Anyway, I don't have my own room yet but there's my 2 cents


 
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Lol Jarvae you sound like me, walking into things.

Judy I sew too. It sucks LOL. So much stuff to store. Also my hubby will use a small area for making model cars or whatever. It'll be all sorts of crafty goodness in that room.

Ok, expedit unit up. Pic coming up!


 
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Oh and the drawers are 27 inches tall. I would have liked taller but what can ya do.
The table top adds the other 2 inches you need for desk height.


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We have an Ikea, but I've never been in it. I'm looking at their online site. Is everything particle board? It seems like everything I've clicked on has been. I do like the "garage door" type of door though. That sounds like a good idea.

We're also remodeling our kitchen and need cabinets. I found an online place that is much cheaper than the big box stores, so thought if I wanted those type of cabinets for my craft room, I should order them all at once to save on shipping. Too many decisions and all I want to do is play :>) ~Judy


 
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Thanks Susy on the drawer height for the Ikea sets. The problem with most base kitchen cabinets are they are 34" high. I know many scrappers like the higher height because they like to scrap & stand. I'm only 5' (oops, first I put 5" and that would be really short!) and have hips and knees that would like to be replaced but I don't have time Anyway, I sit and scrap, so 34" is definitely too high. I'll keep checking the Ikea units and also want to check out ClosetWorld and see what they show. I just want this all done!~Judy


 
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I know the feeling. I hummed and hawwed for a LONG time, stalking kijiji (which didn't have anything that would span the whole length of my room) and checking walmart, sears, ikea for desks, etc. But this makeshift desk system really works well.
Not sure what you could do about height though. 5 feet is really short lol. I'm 5'9 which is scary tall!


 
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I'm going to throw another thought out there for scraprooms...what kind of flooring do you like (and why)?

We have a concrete slab floor and it stays cool/cold. Our So.Cal houses are made to stay cool, but when we get cold, the houses stay cold, plus I'm always cold, even in the summer. Around the house I'm usually barefooted, so I freeze.

I had thought about putting wood flooring in the scrap room so pins/needles wouldn't get lost in the carpet when I sew and when (not if) I drop paint, stickles or whatever mess I make, it could be wiped up easier than with carpet.

Then I think of my blue, freezing feet and carpet sounds nice. Now I'm kind of thinking of a flat-type carpet—not really in/out, but something that isn't plush and could hopefully be easier to keep clean for a messy scrapper. Maybe in a nice dirty brown color so my mess would blend in :>) Of course that's when I'd drop a whole bottle of white paint!

I need carpet like the casinos have where nothing shows up! Have you seen those that look like colored confetti has been thrown all over? Perfect!~Judy


 
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  • Vae on 02-05-13 03:42 PM
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Lol Jarvae you sound like me, walking into things.





OMG I bump into everything. LOL! I feel like I need to put padding around all my furniture. Coffee table is the worst, but in the kitchen when I'm putting away dishes, I'll leave a cabinet door open and then I'll bend down to get something from the dishwasher and smack my head right into the corner of the cabinet door. EVERY time. LOL. I never used to be like that... I guess my age is catching up with me. I bump things. That's my slogan. hehe


 
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Judy, what about a large room rug? That way if something gets spilled on it, you can clean it without worrying about it getting into the carpet pad.

I want some laminate or tile flooring in my room. Then I some of those really cushiony kitchen mats that are like over an inch thick for the areas where I stand (like my cutting area). And then a large carpet to cover and protect the rest of the area, but easy to clean.

My feet also get really cold, especially when I'm sitting still for a long while. Usually when I'm scrapping I'm up and down all the time, but occasionally I sit for long periods especially when I'm on the computer chatting with you guys But I thought a hard floor would be safer to have a small floor heater to keep my feet warm without having to worry about the carpet catching fire. Maybe you could do something like that?


 
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A large area rug is also one of my options, but I keep thinking that I need it around the edges where my feet would be, not in the center of the room :>) I also worry about tripping on loose edges. In the dining room I'm planning on wood flooring with an area rug under the table so all of us with cold feet can keep them warm. Maybe I need a runner (like for a hallway) all around the work-U that I'm planning :>) Hmmm...maybe that's not really as dumb as it sounded when I first typed it. Another thing to think about.

I have carpet in my office (our kids moved out and we took over their rooms, so that's how we each get our own office and I get a scraproom. Loved having our four kids, but I also love having the space they took up :>) ). Anyway, I have a little portable heater that runs almost the whole time I'm in the office, which is most of the day since right now my crafting stuff is in here also, and the carpet doesn't get that hot. The heater faces up a bit instead of blowing right on the carpet. I do turn it off if I'm leaving the room for more than a couple of minutes, but have never had a problem~Judy


 
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What about hard flooring and wear slippers or something?
Our new house is all laminate, I like it, having small children and pets. But the basement is unfinished and we will be putting carpet in because it's just too dang cold here for hard flooring in a basement. (Minus 40 these days)


 
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I don't like rugs. Seems to defeat the purpose. You want soft, get carpet. Not laminate and a rug lol. Pain to clean around!


 
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It's funny... I've gotten to the point where I get up and down so much and stand so much when I scrap that I've started putting on my sneakers to keep my feet warm and keep them from hurting. What's really funny is me wearing my pajamas (my preferred scrap attire) with my sneakers. I also have some of those super fuzzy socks (meant to be worn like slippers, not with shoes) and end up putting my sneakers on anyway over them. I'm SOOO glad that my hubs never thinks to take pictures of me scrapping. LOL


 
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LUCKY you are gonna have your own scraproom how sweet!! Your doing a really good job getting all your stuff set up just right!!! go girl!


 
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Thanks Mindy!

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In reponse to MrsDriver5, yes, I think most of Ikea is particle board. However, the table top I got (with the attachable steel legs) is some of the toughest particle board I've ever seen. (Not chippy/bendy/soft like my ClosetMaid cubes that I almost instantly took a small chunk off a corner.) The leg attachments were pre-drilled and a screwdriver and battery operated drill didn't cut it. We had to pull out a plug-in drill to get the screws into the bottom. HTH!


 
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I think it depends on what you get specifically. I do know that ikea has some things that are made of solid wood. The Expedit shelving that I have is particle board but it's one of the sturdiest pieces of furniture I have. I've had other things from ikea that didn't last so long, but I usually kind of knew it wasn't too durable when I bought it. I bought some end tables there that I figured would last maybe a year or two and they were only like $2 each on one of their doorbuster sales. I think we've had them for 5 years now and the corners are starting to chip.


 
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Yeah I think most of it's partical board. THe table tops and thick edges of the expedit are filled with like, recycled paper but braced sideways so it's actually very strong. My kids crawled on it and they weigh 25 and 40 lbs.

My goodness, we did more shopping. My husband spoils me! My old desktop computer would have taken up a lot of space so we got a 24 inch tv we could mount, and then cordless remote and mouse so i can throw them in drawers when not in use!

Also got a new chair because my old one was literally ripped to shreds. Very very old.

SOO stoked to get everything set up! Oh my goodness!!!


 
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Yea for getting your new scrapping space set up the way you want it...plus, yea for a new chair and spoiling husbands :>) Hope you get lots of time to enjoy your space, TV and comfy chair!~Judy


 
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Thanks The tv is essentially my computer screen. But it'll be nice to flip to tv mode at times too (although we dont have cable right now)


 
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I have a TV by my desk, but hubby & I have tv tuner cards in our PCs, and I'll put one in my laptop when I get moved back into "my room", but it's nice to have a little bottom square of the monitor with the TV, but still be able to use most of the monitor space. (Boy, a school kid could use that last sentence as a classic example of a run-on sentence!) We do any program recording with our computers instead of paying for DVR service. We just have basic cable—mainly wanted to be able to get the local news + 1 or 2 programs, but hubby watches baseball/football games on his monitor while surfing the 'net or playing games once we have our "down time" late in the evening.

I'm still trying to figure out what I want for my craft room. I think we're to the point that I'll design what I want and hubby will build it. I was hoping for something quick and easy, but that's not how my life typically goes ~Judy


 
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Dont worry judy. it literally took me 2 full months to figure out what I wanted in there. You'll find it.

Almost done my scraproom! By Bcblondie

Got my comp set up!!!


 
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I just posted pics of my new scrapspace in my gallery! Lovin the progress Blondie!


 
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