Sharing My Scrappy Space

So, it’s my last blog hop as an official CropChocolate Design Team member.  If you are just starting, make sure you hop back to Amber’s blog to join in on all the fun (and to get in on all the giveaways).  Here’s a list of all the ladies involved in today’s hop:


But if you have already been hopping – WELCOME!  You made it to the last stop.  So, on to business…

When the team said they want to take on “organization” as a topic, my heart sank.  Here’s the thing – I would love to be organized – just ask my husband…I LOVE lists, and timelines make my heart pitter-patter!!!  But when it comes to my scrappy space, I’m not.  I blame it entirely on two issues.  The first is where I scrap – I am a kitchen table scrapper.  I have a happy little corner in the kitchen that houses my goodies and my work space (hang in there, I’ll share it in a minute), and everyone in my family has access.  Which leads me to issue #2 – who I live with – namely, the following:


The only thing better than getting in mommy’s crafting stuff is….

…Eating it????

And remember – this is only ONE little gal of two!  🙂  So, I’m cutting myself some slack and sharing with you what I do have going for me – a great little space with room for everything that I need that is in the heart of my home, surrounded (and sometimes invaded) by the people I love! For those of you who are kitchen table scrappers, I do have some tips just for you (I’ll call them KTSTs – Kitchen Table Scrapper Tips) – because let’s be honest, we can’t all have an amazing space dedicated just to scrappiness!

So, here is my little storage area – almost everything I scrap with is located right here.  Really (4 shelves, a drawer and my colourful rolling contraption).  Just to the left of the picture is our kitchen table…okay, my scrappy table, and when I can clear enough space – our kitchen table!  I do try to clean it off when I finish a project, but let’s just say that my hubby is pretty patient!  So, here is KTST #1 – Cut yourself some slack and make sure your kitchen table has a leaf in it!  That way, you don’t have to put everything away before your project is finished to make room for family meals. Just slide it to the side! 😉  Picnics are great, but maybe not for every meal!

KTST #2 (and this is a painful one) – Keep your stash contained.  If you start overflowing your space, no matter how small it might be, purge, purge, PURGE!!!  There is always something you can get rid of – that paper pack you haven’t touched, or those embellies that you’ve had for over a year, the tool that is a pretty and “should” be useful – so do it, and don’t look back.   Drop off a few items at your local school or church, and I can guarentee that you will feel like a hero!

There is even room in there for all the crafty stuff for my girls – and they have almost as much as me!

Each drawer is labelled and dedicated to a type of product or tool

Baskets in my drawer make taking out the tools I need a breeze!

This is my entire paper collection – bagged by collection. 

I feel like I am letting you peek inside my medicine cabinet – this is probably more exciting though!

KTST #3  – If you need to store your paper vertically, and do not have one of the fancy systems to keep things organized, try something as simple as clothes pegs.  I have my paper grouped by manufacturer – with each collection in a separate baggie.  The clothes pegs help me identify very quickly, what I am looking at and where things go.  Large pegs are for companies for which I have more than one collection, and the smaller ones are for companies that I currently only have one collection.  Whether you group by theme, collection, or colour, the pegs can really help you see what you have in one quick glance.  And they are cheap.  And they are easy to find around your house!

Speaking of things to find around your house – here’s KTST #4 – Use the tools you already have – they may not be made for scrapbooking, but they will work just as well, especially in a pinch.  And the best part is, when you are finished, you don’t have to find room for them in your scrappy storage space!  Here are some of my “go to” favourites:

– Need to clean a Cricut mat (or other sticky surface)?  Get out your spatula or cutting board scrapper!  Two or three passes, and every bit of paper is cleared off!
– Need to tie a bow or make a twine pompom? Use a fork.  Different sizes for different size bows or pompoms!
– No bone folder for tight creases?  Fold it by hand and run your rolling pin over top!
– Use those handy toothpicks – they are perfect for everything…in my space, for rolling flowers of course!
– And last but not least – need a non-stick matt for spraying or inking? Get out the silicone baking sheet.  They are not huge, but will do the trick!

So, while my space will never grace the pages of our favourite scrapbook publications, I still love it!  I hope you had a bit of fun peaking into my world, and try not to give me too much of a hard time! 😉  Oh, and since I need to put my money where my mouth is – I did a bit of a purge, purge, PURGE, just for all of you!  Leave a comment below, and I will enter you into a draw to win one of the 3 – 6X6 paper collection (and yes, that is Little Black Dress, and yes, that one does hurt a bit)!  Once you’ve done that,  head on back to The Crop – we always love seeing you over there!

Thanks for stopping by everyone!


120 thoughts on “Sharing My Scrappy Space

  1. I have no idea where my comments went previously. Sad. I was sharing about how I used to be a kitchen scrapper until my son moved out. I finally have a craft room, but it took a while. I think you have done a super job utilizing space! Love your work that you have shared on CC the last year! Thanks!

    • Hi paperdoll – it is still there! Just on a few pages back! Hmmm – maybe if I paint the kitchen nook purple, the family will move out of that space! 😉 What do you think?

      • LOL!!! Hahahahaha! Careful, some colors can cause people to eat more! LOL!!!!
        I guess I didn’t look close enough to find my comment. Thanks for letting me know!

  2. I am so impressed! Your work is so awesome, and yet you have the least supplies of any of us! Great to show other kitchen table crafters that it can work! I have a craft area (a combined mess right now of my craft stuff and stuff I had to bring home from when we cleaned out my mom and dad’s house), but find that I often like to use our kitchen breakfast bar so that I am around my family. Thanks for all of your inspiration while on the DT!

    • I like being in the midst of family too! I could probably make space upstairs in the guest room, but it’s so isolated, I’m just not sure that is for me! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  3. Karen….wow….you are one ORGANIZED gal! Love the grab and go baskets….great easy accessible idea….also love the clothespins!

  4. Love the fact that I’m not alone in having a small scrappy space. I have most of a loveseat to use! But I’m not NEARLY as organized as you! Wow! You sure do some wonderful work in a small space, and I have enjoyed seeing your projects this past year 🙂 Oh, and I was already a follower of your blog.

  5. Great scrap area! You really have mastered the art of maintaining a smaller area. I love the baskets in the drawer idea, the clothes pins are ingenious, & lastly I loved your kitchen utensils ideas – just wondering, do you think you came upon using those utensils because your scrap area is so close to them?! Whatever the reason, thanks for sharing them! I have several Pampered Chef scrapers and one of them is making it’s way to my scrap area – tonight!
    Joyce (aka Juliet)

  6. What a fabulous way you’ve got your stuff contained!! My favorite part of this post was your pics of little G “helping” you. 🙂 Best part of crafting. 🙂

  7. Purge??? What is that?? You have the right idea. Save money, use only what you have and don’t impulse buy. These are all things I need to learn from your tips. Thanks for sharing with us.

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