Creating the Best Scrapbooking Room: How To Make Your Scrapbooking Space Your Own
I have decided to devote this issue to all of us out there who need scrapbook space. Yep, that’s right, a place of our own to create our scrapbooking convections. Now I’ll admit that I am not the one who would make my kids share a room just to have my own space. But I do think there is something to be said for people that are able to keep all of their scrapbooking stuff together and “out” so that a page layout or card can be made even in you only have a half hour.
You have probably seen some fabulous spaces out there. I think it is time to create your own fabulous scrapbook space. The space needn’t be huge or even a room in itself. Find a place in your house that will work – under the stairs, an unused attic or bonus room, a corner of a tv room, or even in the garage (you would be surprised how many women have had to resort to this space). I realize that some of us will always be “mobile” scrapbookers (scrapbooking at each other’s houses or at stores), but I think we all eventually need some space to call scrapbook home.
After you have your space chosen, the next important thing is to assess the stuff you have and decide on what type of storage and work space will work for you. Some things to consider:
-Do you want to stand or sit when you scrapbook?
-How much space do you need while you are scrapping a page?
-Do you want everything to be at arms length while you are working on a page?
-Can your space be permanent or do you have to be able to move it (i.e. you rent your place or will be moving in the next few years)?
-How much money do you have to spare to get your place started?
-Are there things you already have that could work for storage or a desk?(use an old table for a desk top, or filing cabinet for papers).
-Do you need to make space for your computer & printer?
If you have to start from scratch and want the option of something non-permanent, modular storage cubes are probably the way to go. These cubes are usually 14″-24″ squares that either have shelves, drawers, doors, or are open for your own storage. Target and Walmart sell some different kinds. You can also check out Ek Success’ line of cubes (http://www.scrapbookfinds.com/content/search-results.php?name=storage%20cube ) . Just get as many cubes as you have products and stack away.
There are, of course, many other ways to put together your scrap space, but these are my favorite. Don’t forget to get some fun storage boxes that are perfect decor too. Also, make sure you make your place your own with fun decor and paint. Good Luck! Check out some fabulous scrapbooking rooms here at these websites to get more ideas:
1.)Creating Keepsakes 2001 [http://www.creatingkeepsakes.com/magazine/article.ihtml?index_field=732&issue=November+2001&backIssu]
2.)The Organized Scrapper
3.) Creating Keepsakes 2002
4.)Mad Cropper [http://www.madcropper.com/scrap-room-envy/]
Let me know if you have a fabulous room that you would like to show off!