Monday, April 2, 2012

Check out my Craft/Scrapbook Studio!

Welcome to day one of the great Spring Clean Out of my craft room!  You may remember this photo from yesterday and facebook:

Before:
After:
So, what did I do?  See the before shot again below. I've numbered the big areas that I handled:
  1) I consolidated this section of drawers down by purging.
  2) These are the Art Bin Cricut storage boxes - I'm redoing my Cricut cartridge storage due to the volume of cartridges I own (YIKES!)- that will be in another post.
  3) These were drawers full of scraps.  While I like the system of storing scraps in this way, it is taking up too much room on the desk.  I went through these drawers and cleaned out the scraps.  I got rid of scraps that were too small or of paper I just don't like.  I got rid of these drawers and replaced them with Jetmax drawers you will see farther down in the post.
  4) What is that?  It's a pink sterilite 3 drawer container.  It had contained punches and those 4.5"x6.5" DCWV paper pads.  I purged some of this and relocated a lot of the punches.  I wasn't using my punch space well.  I was able to put everything into the white 5-drawer sterlitle container next to it (more on that below).
  5) My Clip It Up with my Cricut Cartridges (more about this on THIS VIDEO).
  6) This is where my Expression was (without her little pink and white flowered cozie) and actually it is why I even decided to redo this whole desk layout of stuff.  The problem is that there is not a good place to put my computer since I'm using the Cricut Craft Room.  It's hard to put together the cuts since on the left, it is too narrow and of course, here, covered in paper.
  1) My Scotch ATG gun holder - love this!  I just picked this up at my local scrapbook store. I believe someone's hubby on the Cricut message board also makes these so you could ask over there for one. I need to alter it or paint it.
  2) The 5 drawer Sterilite container from above.  From top to bottom, drawer one has chalk inks, drawer two has stamp blocks and clear bags, drawer three has bling, wiggle eyes and twine, drawer 4 has iron on vinyl and extra ribbon and drawer 5 has those 4.5" x 6.5" paper pads.
  3) This is my cover for my Expression.  Kathy from Kathy's Cozies made this - it is quilted with two layers and very high quality.  She lets you choose exactly how you want the cozie to look.  You can see her cozies HERE and also order there.  I have covers for the E, E2, Imagine, Cuttlebug and Mini.  She makes them for all kinds of machines (including other brands like Sizzix, Silhouette, etc.).
  4) This is where I am storing my trimmer and Scor Pal (for now).
  5) These containers hold paper and paper pads relevant to the season we are in.  I change these out as the seasons change.
  6) My new funky pillow from Hobby Lobby (got it today - 50% off!). Chair from Ikea.
  7) My Clip It Up with stamp storage on it now.
Underneath my computer monitor/TV screen, I have a hook that holds my mats - very convenient!
Here is a close up of my ribbon and button storage.  Just pinning the ribbon down helped!  The plastic bottles for the buttons will not all fit nicely so I had to turn them and add a color code to the lid.  Above are my bottles of glitter and glitter glue.
I like to be able to see my stamps!  The top section works for those really large Martha Stewart punches OR her Punch Around the Page sets.
  Here, I have my full size ink pads close at hand.
And now my Clip It Up is being used for clear stamp storage.  I need to be able to see what I have and this is a quick way to thumb through them.  I should further organize these into categories at some point.
To hang the smaller stamps up, I used a few methods.  I got these sheet protectors from Staples that Martha Stewart makes (they have clear and this aqua color).  You can see more about them HERE. I like the one with two pockets as it holds two sets of clear stamps just perfectly!


The top tier holds lots of Close to My Heart stamps.  In addition, I reused some heavy duty envelopes I got at Hobby Lobby (look in the stamp storage section - these go in a black binder).

Finally, we get over to the paper and tool station (not sure what else to call it).  On the right, you can see the Jetmax drawers I got.  They are labelled with the color of scraps inside of them. Much more attractive looking. The open cardstock is easy to find.  The drawers hold adhesives, extra cuts I've made but not used, some embellishments, punches, electrical cords (gypsy, USB, etc.).  
The pink bin below holds all the 6"X6" paper pads.

I ended up donating my extra items to two of my mom's friends who are just getting into the hobby (the first one's always free...LOL!)

What do you guys think?

Check back tomorrow for the next section of the room - the Cuttlebug area!

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113 comments:

  1. Nice Job! I so need to do mine next. I love all the updates you did. I have to find that atg gun holder. I love it. How i loose it every once in a while I don't know but I do.

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  2. Looking good! Can't wait to see the Cuttlebug area!

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  3. It looks great! Wish I had a scrapbook room! All my things are in a closet. I love the cricut cover-thanks for putting a link to her Etsy shop.

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  4. Wow Joy I think you did a great job on just day one. Looks great.
    Judy

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  5. wow! What a huge difference. it's so hard to purge. I was wondering what those drawers were from underneath the papers. Is that Ikea expedite and drawers? thanks!

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  6. can you trade with me you have allot more stuff then I have in my scrap book room. Maybe one day I will have this much and all that I need, I'm just starting out.

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  7. I want your craft room! I can use so many of these ideas in my room - thanks for the inspiration! I need all I can get for my own craft room cleanse I am currently working on :)

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  8. I can't believe that you got so much done in one day! it looks great. i'm like you in that i need to be able to see my stuff--that always makes for a much less orderly looking craft area. but, i'm big into labeling (fortunately i have a label maker that will make labels large enough that i can read them!) can't wait to see the rest!

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  9. This is the right time for me to see your post! I have no organizational skills in the scrapbooking area. I think you did a great job and your area looks like a great place to scrap. TFS.
    Sharon (scrappyone)(Circle)

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  10. Wow...great job. Love all the storage ideas! Lee-Ann :)

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  11. Wow! Fabulous Job!!
    Thanks for the inspiration to do some purging & organization in my own scrap'n space

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  12. This looks fantastic!!!! I really need to finish mine!

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  13. A good purge is always good! Things looks so neat and at a glance. I like the mat storage. How did you work out the plugging the cricut into the computer for craft room use?

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  14. Love the look of the "new" room! I just got my craft room after Christmas, and it's staying pretty neat, so far. Of course, I don't have nearly as many items, but the ones I do have were all over the house. Now, I can work much more efficiently, and it's fun to be able to take out and put away so easily. BethAnn M.

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  15. I had to finally go thru and organize my space. Love your room and it makes sense. I have my stuff in three different areas, my laundry room/craft room, garage off season, closet at other end of house has my card making and projects in progress. Too crazy. Purging was hard, but was the first to sell at my garage sale!

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  16. great job. looks good. i'm a bit of an organization freak, so i have to put things away as soon as i'm finished using them and that helps keep my craft space tidy.

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  17. Looks great! Wish my room looked like that!!!
    Rose D.

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  18. WOW you got a lot done in one day. Looks great. Where did you get the pink boxes that hold your paper and paper pads, I love those.
    Julie
    (luniegirls@yahoo.com)

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  19. Impressive! Can you come to my house next?

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  20. Your romm is really awesome. I just claimed my craft room. Our son was married and he just cleared out his room and It's mine! I have been scrapbooking for a while but. I just started card making and stamping. I think we might have to add on to our home. Wow. The stuff grows and grows!!!! Love it!!! Thanks for the grest ideas! I needed some good ideas.
    Kathy21361

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  21. I love it. Very nice and organized.

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  22. Thanks for the peek into your room, it looks amazing!!

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  23. I loveyour room...thanks for sharing!

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  24. WOW!!!! You did a great job....I did this twice and then entered a "garage sale" with my stuff I didn't need anymore from one of my favorite Scrapbook Stores, they got 10% and I got 90% credit at the store...and I got over 240.00 worth this last time!
    Hopefully you were able to give or sell your extra too.... I have a Expression and a Silhouette now ( thank you honey!) and I need covers, I am hoping she does custom ones as I have the material I want to use.... your spot looks so inviting....I would feel guilty not being there a lot! lol Sandy

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  25. Way to go! It is so much easier to get things done when your supplies and tools are organized!

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  26. Wow! Fantastic reorganization :) It looks cozy and inviting- bet it is much more relaxing and creative time now that you can find things and don't have to worry about it all caving in on you Kudos!

    Sheri

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  27. WOW! I am so inspired. Now I just have to unwittingly enlist my husband to help out with building me the right stuff. I loved some of your ideas like hanging your cricut mats to keep them straight and out of the way. Thanks for sharing.

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  28. Great post and re-org solutions!
    http://paperribbonsbling.blogspot.com

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  29. Looks great!! Where did you get those pink containers for your paper/paper pads underneath your table?? I could use some of those for my paper stacks!!

    http://scrapinexpecttheunexpected.blogspot.com/

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  30. You are so right about "the first one's always free". Okie shared so many things with me when I began using my Cricut. Now I have an entire room full of stuff----and it's all her fault!

    Love your room!

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  31. Love your room...now I am motivated to get my work space organized! Thanks for sharing!


    smiles4mike0325@yahoo.com

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  32. Love how your room looks!!!! Thanks so much for sharing how you organized. Now, would you mind telling where you got the pink containers that you store your seasonal paper in? I love those!!!!!

    tmjordan1913 at att dot net

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  33. looks great but you used the p word...purge. I need to do more if that to get my room in decent order again.

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  34. Wow! I cant believe the transformation! Great job tho your room looks great! I cant wait to see whats next! Thanks for letting us into your haven!

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  35. Very nice work on your room! I love to organize--which is a good thing, since I can't KEEP organized for very long! My crafting time is very limited, and I would rather create than clean--but that also wastes time when I have to look for things!
    Shellee

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  36. Wow! That's the best tutorial on organizing a craft room I've ever seen! Thanks for doing the before and after, and the labeled pictures. TONS of new ideas!!

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  37. WOW....Joy your room is looking fantastic...it is a lot of fun being apart of this..so thanks ever so much for sharing...can't wait to see what tomorrow brings. Wooo Hooo

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  38. What an amazing transformation! How many hours did you put in to get that done? Wow! Thanks for sharing! It's great to see, first of all, what it started out looking like and second all the different ways you store your supplies and tools! I have a friend who's awesome with a sewing machine who I want to make a cover for my Cricut, but if not I'll definitely give your link a try. TFS!!!!

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  39. Great space. I wish I had this much space. You gave me some great ideas for my little corner though. FTS

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  40. It looks amazing~just like a little store! Great job, and if you start to pitch out some cartridges, my address is 1695 Longf........ :)

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  41. What a JOY it must be to go into your area now! It looks beautiful and you must feel more creative. PLEASE come help me now!

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  42. I'm envious. Your room looks great! Does it work for you? The way it's organized, it looks like it would flow well.

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  43. Unbelievable! Bet you feel like you've been hit by a truck right about now... Always makes me feel better and more productive when I'm organized!

    gdtwin1@yahoo.com

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  44. don't you just love being organized?! Looks fabulous ~ just hope you remember where everything is!
    SusanJ in atlanta

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  45. I think it is amazing! You did a wonderful job and now you need to come to my house. PLEASE!!!

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  46. You did a fabulous job!!! Doesn't it feel great to be cleaned out and reorganized? Seems like I am always reorganizing! LOVE your room! :)

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  47. Spring must be in the air in your neck of the woods also. Nice job cleaning up, it looks fantastic!

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  48. Wow Joy...awesome job!!! Love how you have things right at your fingertips. Can't wait for part two.

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  49. Room is looking good. My craft area is slowly coming along.
    Hubby bought me 2 pantry cabinets. Then I bought velcro and clear zippered pouches at
    the $ store. I attached them to the
    inside the cabinet door.
    I created my own Scrap Box only
    smaller.
    Dawn RI

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  50. Looks wonderful! Especially like the desk by the window.

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  51. Looks like a! It gives me ideas of what to do in my basement/craft room.
    Thank you for sharing both the before and after!

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  52. Love what you have done with your crafting space! I would like to know the dimensions of your cabinet that holds your punches,stamps and ribbon. Showed my hubby and he is gonna make me some! woot woot!

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  53. Wow it looks great!! Christina

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  54. You did a great job. If I had a craft room like that - I would always have it organized. Mine is small so has to be organized. You did a great job.

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  55. You did a crazy amount of work in a short time. It looks great ! Can't wait to see the other areas. Keep up the good work.

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  56. It looks fantastic! Could you come to my house and get mine organized? haha :) Really, it looks so neat. I wish mine was that organized. Maybe someday!

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  57. looks fabulous. I'm envious. Just might head upstairs to purge an area...after I finish all the cuts from the From my kitchen cartridge for a project. how do you find the time????

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  58. WOW!! Fantastic job - would you come to my house and help me? Congratulations on your ability to purge items, I alway fall into the land of "I might use it someday. . ." Beautiful!

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  59. That was an incredible amount of work! Well done and it look great. Thank you for passing along what you did and all the wonderful pictures to go with the transformation.

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  60. Looks great! Thanks for the inspiration.
    dshores4@juno.com

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  61. You have done such an awesome job. It looks so nice. I'm jealous.

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  62. You've inspired me to show my craft room updates. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas. I think that sometimes we assume that your set-up is so much more grand that what we have. It'snice to know that you have some of the same issues. Thanks so much for sharing. :)))

    Shortscrapper

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  63. Awesome job. I really like what you did. I had my doubts (based on my own inability) when I saw the Before pictures yesterday, but I am very impressed. I too am using the Cricut Craft Room a lot!!! However, they took away the bookmark feature in the latest version. Maybe we can start a write-in campaign to get it back as I really like that feature. Have you found a clever way around it?

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  64. P.S. Kathy also made me a cozy for my Expression and my Cuttlebug. She does an great job. You can pick out your own fabric via her website. Super easy and definitely worth it.

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  65. Love it. Can't wait to see more.
    marilyn2222 @ hotmail.com
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  66. Love your room, so nicely organized! I love that big window. Also, lovin the pink laptop cover and gypsy covers, I have the seem ones on my laptop and gypsy! Can't wait to see how you organize your Cuttlebug folders, mine are just labeled and in media boxes but I don't always remember what I have.

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  67. WOW--don't you feel sooo much better. I am working with so many cleaned up surfaces since my reorganization started that it's like taking a shower... Tx for sharing

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  68. Great job organizing. I'll bet your workroom is the envy of many. Thanks for sharing.

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  69. Wow ! It's looking great ! I got some great ideas from what you've done as well. THANK YOU !!
    Anna N.
    ann2236@juno.com

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  70. Thanks for sharing. I too am in the process of reorgainzing and purging. I am loving the new found space. My newbie to scrapping friends love receiving purged container, papers, and tools!

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  71. I love your make-over Joy. I got a lot of new ideas from you. I spend all day in my room and just have so much fun. There's nothing like retirement!

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  72. looks great! I have approx. a 6ftx8ft room for a craft room for now!Not to sure how long,for now, is!!! So my room often ends up looking like the first pic. by the time I am done doing whatever in there. I really need to figure out better organization for that little space and my growing collection.I need to figure out how to better utilize the space I have.
    Love what you have done!

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  73. Looks great! Good ideas for storage! I find those pieces of extra paper are my downfall. I hate to just throw them out; but after a while, I get so many that I don't know what I have!! I sorted them by color like you did, but still don't have enough room. I think I need to purge them!

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  74. I want a craft room. I have my craft things in the dinning room and living room.

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  75. I am impressed! I need to do taht too. It's been a year and boy I made lots of messes in that year.

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  76. Wow that is impressive, I like what you did with it and how you did. Making a plan right away is a fantastic idea. I love your desk! that would fit perfect in my room, I'll have to look into something like that.

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  77. Well first and foremost...still impressed you shared this the other day! WOW ~ your space is AMAZING! I LOVE what you did! So many fabulous and great ideas or should I say solutions! I think you have worked REALLY, REALLY hard to get your space is such GREAT shape! Oh I meant to tell you ~ I just LOVE that chair. I forgot to say it on my comment from the other day..TU for telling us where and what you used! I can't wait for part 3! Oh before I forget.. where did your desk come from??? I need something like that!

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  78. Awesome, are you available to redo my room? lol

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  79. Holy moly what a transformation! Great job. Now when will you come and help me out?

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  80. Awesome work Joy!!! My craft room is very small and I don't have even 1/4 of the stuff you do... It won't take you long to get me straightened out... when can you come!!! ;)
    Great ideas Joy, thank you.

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  81. I love it Joy!! Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing the ideas with us!! I will be starting on my craftroom transformation this summer, after our addition is done. I really like some of your ideas and can't wait to see the rest of them.

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  82. Your room is sweet! I am just doing the same thing and know how you feel to organize amd even find things you forgot you had! I love your room and will take hints on your organization. Just beautiful! As always, TFS!!!

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  83. Looks great! Can you organize my room next :-) TFS

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  84. Wow! Your space is awesome! You sure worked hard, and I'll bet that it feels so good to go in there to work now! Great job, and can't wait to see the next part!

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  85. Wow you did a great job, now would you like to come over to my house and organize my craft room :)

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  86. Love your organizing and can't wait to see more. My son is getting married this summer and I am already drawing diagrams, planning the take over of his room! :) Got lots of good ideas from your post. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas.

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  87. Love how it's coming along! Good job and thanks for sharing ur ideas.

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  88. You did an awesome job, very inspiring, now I just need to get to work, lol!!

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  89. Had to enter...but also tell you what great ideas (yours or not) that you pass along to all of us!!!
    Thank you!!! Love this Tag System...I'm using hunt & peck right now & I know I'll do this tag system!!

    Best to you! Love your Site!!!

    Great job on that room! Glad you didn't say it got it done in a few days!!! I've started cleaning mine out!! TOO MUCH STUFF!

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  90. momof4inArlingtonApril 4, 2012 at 6:02 AM

    What an extraordinary transformation! I love organization! Congratulations on being able to purge craft items, I'm not sure I could. You were already so productive, it will be interesting to see whether your productivity and inspiration increase in your newly organized space. (As if it were possible!) Thank you for sharing with us, especially the "before" pictures!

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  91. My craft space has never looked like that, so neat and organized! To dream. How long did the transformation take you?

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  92. I love looking at how others organize their space as I am just building my room. I love those ribbon/odds and ends shelves that you have on your wall.

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  93. Wow! Your space is looking awesome! I love your hook for hanging the Cricut mats!

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  94. Great job, your room is reLly looking good! I saw few ideas I am goin to implement too, hopefuly I get organized soon so I can serch less and craft more ;) TFS
    Liz

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  95. WOW!What a craftroom I'm speechless!

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  96. WOW!!!! Will you come and help me organize my craft room? I love your additons and think I need to copy! :)

    bdcampers@msn.com

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  97. Very cool and very clean. Well like I tell mu children " everything has a place and there's a place for everything." I use to have a room then God bless me with my little one. So there went my room and now I have a small corner in my husbands office. Thanks for all you do and share, God bless you and yours. 1205love@gmail.com

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  98. I love your space! Great minds think alike...you and I have the same color computer case!

    rissaflor atyahoo dotcom

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  99. Fantastic!! I am redoing mine as well. And, watching yours everyday. Thanks.

    Justine
    jsjkstill5@gmail.com

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  100. Wow, wow and double wow. Love how you tackled this room. Great job. Now if I could only do mine !!!!! So much to do. Help!!!evette k.

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  101. What a fabulous job! I have a room with two large windows which cuts drastically into my shelf space. I love your ribbon shelf. I have tried to make one to no avail. I'll have to buy one I guess. Love the die box idea!! Mine are in a box as well, however I never thought to do the ring! That's the next project!! And I have small ones as well so the tags will make it easier to see the design. I'd really like to have the "make your own die" set!! We have so many names that I'd like to make but have no way to emboss them onto a card. I'd love to try this one!!!
    Thanks for all the great ideas! Your clean room is inspiring!
    Patt JP
    PJPMAX@aol.com

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  102. I love that your craft room looks like mine. So glad to see I'm not the only one with floor to ceiling storage. You can never have too many scrapbooking supplies.

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  103. Oh I just love your craft room. It is great! bringler@att.net

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  104. This is just so cool. Inspiring...
    The cuddlebug storage is just the best thing I have ever seen. Thanks Lilaha

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  105. All I can say is you are just craftily awesome!

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  106. I need to do this as well.....thanks for the inspiration!
    luv2stamp05@gmail.com

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  107. LOVE THE IDEA OF THE EMBOSSING FOLDERS FOR AINVENTORY LIST RECORD. I DID THAT WITH MY PUNCHES, VERY NEAT I MUST SAY. I LOVE organization! SOME SAY I'M TOO ORGANIZED, THEN HOW COME I CAN NOT FINE WHAT I NEED! THANKS FOR A CHANCE TO WIN THE GIVE AWAY.

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  108. Wow - very impressive1 Where your paper storage is it looks like an IKEA expedit cube storage thingy with the expedit drawers in it, but what is holding your 12 X 12 papers upright???? Does IKEA have another storage option for the expedit cube shelving unit or am I totally barking up the wrong tree???
    Thanks,
    Shelley

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  109. I am completely envious of your space! My scrap room is primarily a guest bedroom so it is hidden in a closet most of the time. Great job organizing!!

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