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Is there anyone out there in scrapbook land who does NOT have a scrap/craft room and has lived to tell about it? I live in an apartment. Half of my scrap stuff is in the garage downstairs and the other half in my bedroom. When I crop here, I take over the living room. What a mess? Anyone relate?


 
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I don't have a room, never have done, but I do have a whole, dedicated corner. I think if I had to have everything portable it would either drive me completely mad, or would make me a lot happier about going to crops!


 
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I used to live in an apartment and I had a small cardtable set up in the corner of one room. I scrapped that way for almost 10 years. Everything was in boxes that was stored under the table, beside the table or on top of the table. I didn't have as much then as I do now and sometimes I wish I didn't have as much as I do now because it gets overwhelming. As I was finishing up the most recent organization of my corner the last couple of weeks, I had made a decision to not buy anything new for at least the next year and to use what I already have. I will only be buying adhesive, photo paper and ink.

Even now, I just have the corner of one room (our office) and it works out just fine. There are recent pictures in my gallery (just posted last week). I have found that it's important to know how you scrap/work and make sure you have organizational methods that work for how you scrap/work. My space is a work in progress and I have tried many methods to organize things over the years. Only now do I finally feel like everything is how it needs to be for me to scrap/work efficiently.

I will tell you that all of my scrapcorner furniture was "hand me downs" from when my husbands company moved and didn't want to take the old furniture with them (I didn't pay for any of it). I know not everyone falls into situations like that and I am incredibly grateful for the free furniture. Otherwise I would still be scrapping on my cardtable from 1998.


 
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I've been blessed for the past five years to have my office/scrapbooking room, but prior to that I never had a dedicated space so I can definitely relate! I didn't even have a dedicated closet for supplies and looking back, I'm not exactly sure how I coped! If I were back in that situation today, I would probably set up a long table in my bedroom and invest in some attractive organization pieces for the table top and then maximize the space under the table with more organization pieces. Those rolling carts would also be nice as I could roll them out of the way when not in use and could roll them to my work area when I'm working on projects. Even better if I could roll them under the table! If I got really creative I might make a skirt that matched my bedroom decor to go around my table so that everything underneath could be hidden when company came over. I also would make use of a folding square card table that I could set up by my long table to make an L when I was scrapbooking. When not in use, I just folded it up and put it away. Simple ideas - hope they help!


 
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One more thing - I found a used office furniture store near my work and they have a HUGE warehouse full of mismatched tables, chairs - all kinds of goodies. The prices were incredible and the furniture is sturdier than what you can normally buy at Wal-Mart or Target. It was a treasure trove! I bought my long table that I currently use there. If you can find a store like this in your area, I highly recommend checking it out.


 
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My last apartment was 520 square feet including the bathroom and kitchen. My husband and I shared it, it was very small. My study space in the middle of the "living room" also doubled as my crafting space. I found an Expedit bookshelf for super cheap and that is what I stored all of my craft stuff in. Even if I did a small project the entire 480 square feet of living space looked as if a giant had sneezed scrapbook supplies everywhere. Apartment living when you are a scrapbooker can stink. And it also taught me how to be organized and take up less space.


 
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Thanks for the great input! I just love hearing everyone's ideas and stories about space or lack of.


 
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When I moved to Florida I have a corner of the living room for scrapping. Of course I didn't have so much stuff then!

I had a computer desk which held my computer and printer - and that is about it!

One corner was vacant so I put my 6-person dining room table there for a craft table so I could work on layouts. Stuff got stored in stacked up artbin boxes.


 
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Until recently, I had to scrapbook in my dining room. Before that I had supplies tucked away in 4 different areas over two levels of my house. To keep my sanity, I constantly reminded myself that I get a workout with each scrap session. Seriously, it kept me from moaning every time I had to go BACK upstairs to get something I forgot. In addition, thanks to my nosy cat, I also have the habit of cleaning up in between layouts. That was a lifesaver! I even find myself doing that at work (cleaning up between each assignment). It not only clears the space so that I can start fresh, but it also clears my mind for the next project,if that makes sense.


 
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Yes, i clean up between layouts also. It helps me prepare for the next creative spurt. And it cuts down on the overall mess.


 
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I'm thinking I'll make the move from a big house to an apartment when my mom passes so I'm learning from you all. I made sure when I bougt my expite furniture to by one wide caes except for one so that I could move to a smaller area. I also have a few of the jet max cubes I'll put a top between when I set up a new room.


Edited by Sneezy1956 on 09-15-13 11:00 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
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Always a great idea to plan ahead - something I'm not very good at!

Bill talks a lot about moving to the Villages. If so, I will have no scraproom or a tiny scraproom. Mostly like the second bedroom will be my scraproom but also for company. Hopefully we would get a 3 bedroom so I would have a scraproom. But I know it will be much smaller.


 
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I started out on the coffee table, graduated to a dining room table and I now have graduated to a corner all my own. My husband and I share the office, so I have one corner he as the other. I have learned to go up with my storage as well as make it portable as possible. I go to an annual crop and hoping to add another soon. My best storage piece so far has been my 2 shelf, 8 drawer cart I got for Christmas last year. It holds both cutters (circut expression, silhouette) my cuttlebug, my Xyon creative station and I have my drawers (2 that are still empty). When I get ready to work I just roll it out and I have my husbands old drafting table for my surface. I am always on the look out for creative storage ideas and then find a way to copy it on the cheap. It has been working so far.


 
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I took your advice and ordered the two shelf cart from JoAnn's and it should be here Monday! I can't wait for it to get here. I have big plans for it and I think I can store out of site a lot items that are currently taking up valuable table top space.


 
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Glad I could help. I bought it mainly for the shelf space but when I got it put together, moved to my "scrap corner", and started rearranging I could not believe how much space it helped to free up for me, especially the work space. I hope it does the same for you.


 
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I dream about having a scraproom. My supplies are in my bedroom and I craft wherever I can. But I'm certainly not going to wait until I have a dedicated crafts space...lol I make the mess and worry about it later :-D


 
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I unfortunately have gone from having a huge scraproom to having no room. I now have a corner of the living room. Space is tight, but I make it work. I have a card table and a few rolling storage carts and a cabinet I keep all my stuff in.


 
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  • mrsrogers52513 Said:
I unfortunately have gone from having a huge scraproom to having no room. I now have a corner of the living room. Space is tight, but I make it work. I have a card table and a few rolling storage carts and a cabinet I keep all my stuff in.



Look at the Cart from Ikea I've got mine full and love it.


 
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Wow . Very cool!! I might get one!


 
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I like that cart a LOT! Thanks for sharing Jane.


 
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I used to live in a small apartment packed with stuff and a toddler running around. We went from a small townhouse with a garage and some storage space to having to store everything inside the apartment.

I'm ashamed to admit that our dining room table wasn't even available as stuff (lunch boxes, junk mail, baby toys, etc. ) was piled on top. I used to scrap on the floor after my toddler had gone to bed and would always have to clean up afterwards to prevent him from getting into my scrappy stuff. I stored everything in one of those rolling carts with 7 12x12 plastic bins. Got mine at Target at the time. It was such a pain, but apparently it didn't stop me as I'm still scrapping 6 years later. In fact, I think I was scrapping more back then than now.

I currently have a small scrap table, an expedit shelf, and 3 rolling carts all crammed into one corner of our bedroom. My stash has grown considerably since my apartment scrapping days. I'm currently trying to go through my stash and part ways with stuff I don't use because I'm running out of storage space. Sometimes I do wish I had a big room dedicated to scrapping. But then some days I feel that not having a dedicated space really helps keep my stash from getting out of control.


 
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I love that cart from IKEA...I've been seeing it all over YouTube like crazy. I am going to ScrapFest this weekend and there is an IKEA right next door. I'll have to think about it. Currently there is no more room for any rolling storage carts. I even have one right now that is in front of the cabinet that I keep a lot of my supplies in, so I have to roll that one out of the way when I'm working. We'll see!


 
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I forgot to mention that in Feb, i will have a scrap room!! But i will need to watch my spending!


 
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I love my cart, one tray is dedicated to mists and paints, one has my cases that hold my spellbinders, big bite and other cases like that and the other has misc in it. I don't know how I got along with out it.


 
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That's the cart that I want, too. I don't have a scrap room. I have a card table set up in my family room. I have no space for a scrap room or even a scrap corner. I put the card table up when I'm not scrapping and have bins to carry back to my office at that time. That's why I want the cart. I'm going to order it soon in dark gray.


 
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I would have a TON of storage space if I could part with holiday decorations. I have 4 bifold doors in my hallway - a mile of storage space and it has a/c ststem on one end and then the rest is all Christmas. And its good stuff, not stuff I would ever put in the attic. About 20 Lynn Bywater limited editions snowmen, a wrought iron Christmas tree with delicate globes which is 4' tall that I paid over $400 for. Two or three cookie jars that were several hundred dollars each. Before Bill and I got together I was in real estate and spent what I wanted. Now I would never pay that for decorations.

The closet in my scrap room is all shelves. One for Valentines Day. One and 1/2 for Halloween. One and 1/2 half for Thanksgiving. Easter. Even decorations for the minor holidays.

The top shelves has my 5' skeletons (Red Hat Hilda and Hanna) who I dress up in red hats and fancy clothes and costume jewelry and seat at the dining room table with their own dishes and bowls and glasses with black widows on them. The lay across the top shelf with all their accessories.

I used to collect the figurines by Dean Griff. Now I can't even think what they are called. Charming Tails - that's it. I got rid of all of them except for my favorite holiday ones so I have 30 or 40 of those in holiday stuff.

And at least 1 and sometimes 2 or 3 tablecloths for every holiday, not to mention place mats, napkins and serving platters and dishes for holidays.

If I could get rid of some of that (I should because we are never home at holidays, I haven't decorated for a holiday in 3 or 4 years) - I would have loads of storage space for scrap stuff.


 
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can someone post the link to the cart? I have been looking for one (am not sure what to search for on IKEA site)........ thanks.


 
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I am not in a three bedroom apartment so the third bedroom is my scrapbook room. But I work from home so that was how I really got away with it. But before I did I got one of those giant china hutch things and put it near my dining room table. It housed almost all of my scrapbooking stuff and I was able to be close to the table. But then able to shut the doors when I was done. It worked really well. During that time I had a friend that used under the bed storage boxes on wheels. I think she had about 6. When she scrapped when would just drag them out to her dining room.


 
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THere is a link in the post I did. "Cart from Ikea" is the link.


 
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  • Sneezy1956 Said:
  • mrsrogers52513 Said:
I unfortunately have gone from having a huge scraproom to having no room. I now have a corner of the living room. Space is tight, but I make it work. I have a card table and a few rolling storage carts and a cabinet I keep all my stuff in.



Look at the Cart from Ikea I've got mine full and love it.



Thank you! Some how I missed the first page of posts.... I would love to get that cart-very nice! Once someone also posted a picture of a cart from hobby that was turquios but was made different. I really need both carts!

......thanks again for telling me how to find the link.


 
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I do not have a scraproom in my house, but a section of my bedroom is use for my scrap stuff. I have a big desk that I use that I redid over, the desk was free of course because this guy was going to throw it out anyway.
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Your desk is beautiful!! I love it.


 
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Know the feeling but lucky yo have a scrapbook.


 
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I live in a tiny apartment with my husband and one year old son! Space is such an issue that I am severely limited in what I can buy as far as tools. (Plus I am on a tight budget!)

I make do with my healing mat, metal ruler, and exacto knife! I also make a lot of my own embellishments by drawing and using my prismacolor pencils.


Edited by Madding on 09-18-13 09:30 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
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