Just Started Scrapping curious what everyone uses as a desk surface when scrap booking I use a small cutting mat but would love more surface space if I use inks I sometimes get all over my small cutting mat and it;s not enough room Where can I purchase a big mat.. how about a quilters mat seems like same material but found in another area in craft section.. Thanks
I have a small 12" x 18" cutting board and i use it often without being frustrated that i don't have more space. I also when to a thrift store to buy a computer table to use as my "scraproom". It's got great little cubbies to hold all my things and there is enough work surface without taking up a whole bunch of space in my house.
I have done the same... I have used scrap paper, cardboard. Honestly mostly nothing because my desk is really old, good but old. the owners before us left it in the workshop, so I adopted it for craft table.
I use a quilters self healing mat-- I love the fact that it is gridded-- It protects my wood desk top-- I have used my eyelet setter on it, my x-acto knife etc.. The only problem I have had is that I warped it a little with my embossing gun--I got mine for less than 25.00 at WM. It was definitely a good buy!
Here is my scrap space. we live in a RV so we don't have very much space but I have the whole desk file drawer and 3 totaes under the daybed/couch with all my embellishments in there. I really like the fact that I am in the livingroom with my family. my paper shelf is in the bedroom closet. so I have to go in there to get the paper but there is just no place for it out here int he livingroom.
I have two different small mats. One is the creative memories one and I use that for all my cutting. The second I have is one that came with my perfect layers and I use that for anything messy. (Glitter, embossing, inking) So you might wnt to think about a standard one that stays down all the time and a second smaller one for the messier projects.
Love all the ideas ladies! I just started and don't have a whole lot of room. I got a nice organizer with wheels at a yard sale this weekend. Looked like it wasn't even used. They still had the wheels in a bag. Perfect for my supplies. Keep all your great ideas coming. I know I need all the help I can get!
I have one of those self healing cutting mats it was a really big one and never fit anywhere I wanted to use it so We cut it to fit on on a deskin our old house. the only problem is that I can't stand the look of it on this desk. I ave the smaller piece that we cut off of it but it is warped and I can't figure out how to get it back flat. I would love to beable to put it on the deska nd use it instead of the little one I am using right now.
I'm actually working at a large desk I meant more what do you lay your page on when your stamping glueing etc..The desk surface seems like a uneven surface and I get glue, glitter, ink on desk..
I use a large plastic mat, 2 x 3 feet under what I am scrapping. If I need to move the layout, I can just move the entire mat. I also have 4 of the same type mats, but only 8 x 11, that I use when I glue, emboss, or do other messy things. Pluse I have a special rubber stamping mat for stamping. On my other table I keep the Fiskars cutting mat and move to use it. I have a scrap room, so I have the advantage of several work areas. I am so spoiled that I even take my mats with me to crops! My niece always scraps with me; for our first crop we didn't take the mats, then we realized how spoiled we were to them. They really define our spot. Plus, if the crop has you eating dinner in your spot, just pick up the mat with everything in tack! I bought all of them at Big Lots in the school section.
I have a desk I made w/my dad out of a door slab that we covered with shower board to make it a whiteboard top- I can doodle on it, make shopping lists, whatever and it wipes right off. I clean the tough stuff off w/goof off or windex. I've even used simple green on it. LOVE IT! It's pretty much indestructible. I don't cut on the surface directly, I have a 24x36 self healing fiskar's quilters mat that I use for cutting on. I like that the mat is HUGE and I can put it out on my desk or the pool table top and work there if I need MORE space!
I have a folding table.....2 x 4.....that has a hard plastic surface. On it I use a 15 x 17 in. self healing, magnetic mat. I also save the cardboard backs to packaging or the inserts in the page protectors for all the inking, painting, etc.... to keep the mat and table clean.
I also have another folding table behind me.....it's one of the cheaper ones (the top is cardboardy like) I use it just to lay things on dry and have a little room to spread out, but definitely want to upgrade someday to the table legs from Ikea and a countertop type top. If that makes any sense.