Diary of a Scrapbook Room Makeover: Part Three

If you need to get caught up on my diary, here are the entries so far:

PROLOGUE
PART ONE
PART TWO
QUESTIONS ANSWERED
PHOTOS HELD HOSTAGE, DAY 3

And now it’s time for Part Three! Yeah, like, FINALLY! Most of these photos were taken on October 5, which is 10 days ago. This is pretty much what my room still looks like today (10/15/09), other than a few little changes. As always, I apologize for the quality of my photos. My nice digi camera is out of commission because the charger doesn’t work and until the Money Fairy makes a drop at our house, I can’t afford to buy a new one, or a new camera. Thus…I have for you iPhone pictures!

So this is as you look into the room from the dining room doorway. Kids’ homework/crafting table in front, my scrap desk behind that, coffee table and couch back by the window, and the junk corner in the very back left.

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Here is my “cube wall,” which are Store in Style cubes with mostly Cropper Hopper vertical storage of paper/embellishments, and jars with ribbons, chipboard letters, etc. In other words, if there is a fire, this is the stuff I’m grabbing. Yep, one by one, cube by cube. Not. Kidding. What’s that? Oh, of COURSE I’d grab my kids and hubby first! Sheesh.

On the left, the white bin has office supplies I need to find a new home for; they came out of a cupboard in the L-shaped desk. The bag and cardboard box are things I brought home from my office when I was allowed to start working from home. That was in April 2009. Nope. Not unpacked yet. This is one example of things that were dumped in my scrap area and I was too busy to do anything with them at the time, so they just cluttered the place up. Don’t judge. It won’t take long to put the stuff away, I would just rather sort and put away scrappy supplies than work manuals, paperclips, baby wipes, and boxes of tea, wouldn’t you? Procrastinators Unite!….Tomorrow.

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Here’s the oak cabinet that used to hold a TV, VCR, old school Atari games, and kids’ DVDs/games; now it’s a resting place for my grossly overpacked SCRAPRACK. I have always had a big crush on my Scrap Rack, and it’s insane ability to sort my scrapbook supplies by theme. But I have abused Scrap Rack. I have overfilled Scrap Rack. Now I hardly ever touch Scrap Rack and we miss each other. I flipped through it a bit tonight and it was embarisken. I have some reeeeeeaaaally old things in there that need to be purged in a big way. Like Creative Memories stickers circa 2001, some Mrs. Grossman’s border stickers, and various shape die cuts from Paper Pizzazz.

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Note to scrappers who began after 2007: You are lucky. By the time you started scrapping, most of the products being put out there have been pretty designer-ish and awesome. But prior to that, especially late 1990s/early 2000s? There was some pretty rough stuff out there. You would cringe. So if you don’t know what “Mrs. Grossman’s” or “Paper Pizzazz” means, no worries. You didn’t miss a thing. Trust me.

Here is the new and improved bookshelf #4! It used to be toys from top to bottom. Now the toys have been moved into the new playroom, freeing up space for kids’ crafts. There is coloring, drawing, painting, scratch art, activity books, puzzle books, foam stamps, crayons, acrylic paints, markers, and brushes. Wait, what? That all sounds fun! Do I REALLY have to share with my kids? Hee.

It was fun but sad to purge the coloring and activity books, seeing things my kids had drawn and colored when they were much younger (yeah, it had been awhile since this stuff had been gone through). But I gave the old color books to a friend who’s going to use them in her Sunday school classes so that made me happy and they were easier to let go. I have tons of art and schoolwork from my kids, so in the scheme of things, they had to go. In return, clear and organized shelves – yahoo!

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Here is the homework/craft table. See the clear mat in the middle? I got 2 of those at a craft store years ago and they were a smart purchase; the other one is on my scrap desk under my BG mats. They’re great for protecting your table from permanent damage, portable for moving to other tables or counters, and easy to clean. The clear mat was about 1.5 inches too long when I laid it horizontally across the table like this, so I cut the excess off. Guess what I used? My Basic Grey Magnetic Mat. How many times have I said I love that thing?!?! I lined the clear mat up on the BG mat grid, put the metal ruler over it, and sliced down the clear mat with a craft knife. It didn’t go all the way through so I flipped it over and cut in the same place and Voila! Then I used my Creative Memories Corner Rounder to make the 2 new corners match with the existing rounded ones. I was pretty darn proud of myself because that’s about as handyman as I get, LOL! Ideally, I would like this same kind of mat but large enough to cover the entire table. Then again, it’s an old banged up table so I’m not gonna stress on it.

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Here’s a top view of the newly cleaned up, cleaned out, organized, and labeled craft carousel. As you scrappers know, this is actually a Making Memories DESKTOP CAROUSEL, intended for scrapbook supplies. I tried to use it as such when I first got it, but it never worked for me. The main problem is that I need to keep my most-used tools in something portable for taking to crops. Even if I used it for least-used tools, the footprint is so big, that it takes up a lot of desk room once you leave it a wide berth to spin around. It really needs to be in the middle of a table or desk, and while my scrap area doesn’t allow for that, it does work perfectly on the homework/craft table, doesn’t it?

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The carousel had been on our dining room table for about the last year or so which has been Homework Central. It had crayon marks, broken erasers, pencil shavings, you name it. It was looking pretty beat up and fugly, and was not organized whatsoever. So I took everything out of it, turned it upside down over the trash to get the gookies out, and Windexed it within an inch of its life. Then I lovingly organized and labeled each section. Oh, and I spent about 30 minutes one night hand sharpening all of those regular and colored pencils. Now that was good fun.

See, lookie! Look at my labels! They totally rock, huh? Pencil sharpeners, little tapes, mini gel pens….

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Staplers and big tape, scissors, and all that other fun stuff…

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The husband and children have been instructed in the proper care of my baby. My baby has been labeled so there are no excuses. If they eff it up, there will be hell to pay. And I mean it! Don’t mess with me, I’m the mommy! And you know our family motto: (Say it with me now!) “If Mommy ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy….” See? Simple.

Okay, here are the 3 measly shelves I have restricted my books to. I know, it’s riDONKulous but something had to give. Scrap supplies or books? Scrap supplies or books? Hmmmm….SCRAP SUPPLIES! But clearly, my bookies need to be organized, alphabetized, and color coded. By Dewey Decimal System. Yet another project in the wings.

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Here in the Corner of Shame #1 are 3 boxes that need to go in the attic (“oh, dear??? honeybuns??? love of my life??? would you please do me an itsy bitsy little favor wavor?? thanks, hun!”). Cuz I don’t do attics. Did you know there are, like, SPIDERS up there?!? And it’s hot. Very hot. In other words, not happening. {Please revert to the family motto listed above…}.

The wire cube and panels sitting on top used to be under my desk; I used them to hide…erm, I mean….STORE a multitude of things. Like Christmas and birthday gifts, a family quilt, my sugar-free cookie stash…you know, that kind of thing. I don’t know if I’ll use them in my scrap room again. If not, they would make great toy storage for the new play room. If you want some of these cubes, you can get them at Target or Costco. Not the most sturdy storage, but they do work and the price warms the cockles of my ever-lovin’, bargain-huntin’ heart.

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Here is the front side of my big L-shaped desk. I had 3 of these 12×12 Sterlite containers before; they were on my bookshelves. When I moved the couch away from the front of my desk, I realized *gasp* people would be able to see all the crap I keep under there and also my fat heifer thighs. I decided, “No, this just will not do.” When I realized how perfectly these Sterlite drawers fit, I bought 3 more sets and killed 2 birds with 1 stone: lots more storage room and Fat Heifer Thigh View Blockage. A good purchase, don’t you think? {And I got them on sale for $9 instead of $12 each, hehe}.

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That big blue navy thing is my Crop In Style XXL aka Old Faithful. That thing has been jammed full of supplies, crammed into my Honda trunk, and rolled over bumpy hotel entranceways to more crops than I can count. She will be retired this Christmas when I get a new set of crop bags from DH and mi madre.

This clear container is under the homework/craft table. It’s all organized and has scrappy hand-me-downs for the kids to scrapbook with. We make handmade cards a lot, too. My entire extended family and friends could totally be lying to me, but they all say they love our personally designed cards with custom artwork and handwritten messages. And if they ARE lying? Screw ‘em.

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Here’s the couch, so exciting. Ugly, old throw pillow. Oh, remind me to talk about pillows later. And now you can see the reason my scrap room looks a might bit better than it did last time you were here (see PART TWO, link at top of post). It’s because I stuck a bunch of ugly junk behind the couch. I’m calling it the “I’ll Deal With You Later” pile. It’s mostly old family memorabilia and photos that need to be sorted. It’s such a huge project, I can’t even fathom it right now. So I’m (partially) hiding it. It’s out of the way so I can continue making progress with my room….but it’s like the great white shark under the water while you blissfully swim in the ocean. You might be having fun up top, but you now it’s down there stalking you. Damn shark.

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It’s actually been really nice having that coffee table there. Just in the last month or so since I put it there, it’s been used for: Jetmax cube assembly, homework, hubby doing paperwork, a foot stool for kids reading on the couch, a game of table hockey, and a nice big area for me to sort and organize scrap supplies. Unfortunately, it’s also been used to lie on, stand on, and hide under. Hey, nothing’s perfect.

Here is Corner of Shame #2 aka Big Daddy Shame. I think I’ve told you already what most of it is. The two blue bins are monthly kits I used to get from MEMORY WORKS EXPRESS. I’ve always kept them together as a kit but I think I’m going to separate them out. I’m not sure…what do you do with kits? Keep them together or mix the items in with the rest of your stash?

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There’s also a wide format Epson printer that I spent boo coo bucks on a few years ago, and never used. I’m a horrible person. I won’t bore you with all the details. I have my reasons. But, yeah, now I need to get rid of it. Sell it? E-waste it? Goodwilll? I dunno. Of course, I would prefer to sell it, even for just $100 or something (I paid over $300 and used it maybe 20 times). But to prove to a buyer that it works, I’d need to spend about $100 on printer cartridges and I just don’t know if it’s worth it. Would it even sell? Bah.

Above the Corner of Shame #2 is my MM Embellishment Shelf. It’s pretty well organized but I now have THIS to install somewhere once it’s painted and cleaned up, so I’m still figuring out what goes where and whether to move this shelf.

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This photo is probably hard to figure out, because I was focusing on the scene outside the window. It’s the view into my backyard, the view I see when I sit at my scrap desk. Our backyard has a pretty pool and a gorgeous view, but this dog pen thingee is ruining everything! Must go. Will go soon. We borrowed it from our neighbors when we got LANDRY, who didn’t care to stay in the big dog pen on the side of the house. This kennel is a pain in the arse to return to our neighbors, as all four adults need to take a corner and walk it through a gate and across an acre of their property. But I need to make that happen, don’t I? And those atrociously dirty windows! Disgraceful. When is that window cleaner girl going to do her friggin’ job?!! Oh, wait. That would be ME, wouldn’t it? There is only a little overhang over all three of my scrapbook room windows/slider (no patio cover) and also no grass out there, just dirt, concrete, and gravel. So especially when it rains like it just did, the windows get very dirty, the screens very dusty, and it’s hard to keep up on them. But I must. What a waste of a wonderful view.

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Here is the Epicenter of Erika’s Craftivity. Chair, Basic Grey mats, Cutterpede trimmer, flat pack with most-used tools, Ott lite, little tote with scissors and pens, and the main requirement for scrapping, Diet Coke. There’s a single Cropper Hopper vertical file that I was thinking of keeping on my desk as a place to keep projects in progress and/or new purchases until I put them away. Now I have another idea for where to put recent purchases, but I like the projects in progress holder idea. I tend to be a “stacker,” with various piles on my desk. 12×12 piles take up a lot of desk space; at least getting them vertical would save some room.

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Also, I put my little bookshelf stereo here. I didn’t think I would, but I really miss having the television in here, just for the white noise if nothing else. So I was compelled to hook up my stereo and play some K-Life and the college radio station also has awesome music. I don’t do well with total silence. It makes me spun up. Eeeeeee!!!!

Here’s the left side of my desk. Blue flat packs full of acrylic stamps and inks, shopping bag with some RAK stuff in it, Ziploc with a scrappy project, white holder for Prima flower jars and skittles, black tote for punches and Xyron “X”, and Amy Butler tote for cards and RAKs to and from scrappy friends. I’ve been slowly cleaning that out, putting stamps and other gifts away. I need a good storage system for or project to make with all those handmade cards that I cherish…maybe bind them into a mini book or something.

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Here is the view if I’m standing in front of the couch. Standing ON the coffee table??? Who, ME??? Nah, I would never do that. As you can see, I haven’t sorted through those idea books and magazines yet. In fact, I think the pile has grown larger as I come across more of them. Yes, it’s a sickness. And I don’t care.

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Just don’t look under the desk. Move along. There’s nothing to see here….

So that’s a tour of my scrapbook room and how the makeover has been coming along. I’m so happy you’re on this journey with me. Yes, it’s embarrassing to share my major clutter issues and extreme scrapbook supply hoarding. But, oh well, you still seem to like me.

I’m learning so much as I go along; basic scrappy storage things and even things about myself that are deeper and more telling than one would expect from a mere room makeover. Like I’ve learned that I’m happy with how much I cherish my memories and all the “things” that go with it. Yet I don’t have to keep it all. And just because I spent money on something doesn’t mean I have to be guilted into keeping it forever. Selling it or giving it away can bring happiness to someone else, like Sunday school kids, so that’s a good thing.

Please keep checking in with me and cheer on my progress so I follow through and don’t give up. And don’t forget about my 500,000 hits blog candy because we’re coming up on the end….at 499,413 as I post this entry. Good luck!

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24 Comments on Diary of a Scrapbook Room Makeover: Part Three

  1. nina
    October 15, 2009 at 2:14 pm (5 years ago)

    Love it! What an entertaining post – love your irreverence. :) Awesome headway on your project, looks like it’s all coming together! I love that white ‘X’ storage box thingy on your desk (with your Primas in it). Great idea to repurpose some of the scrapbook things you don’t use for your kids (like the MM carousel). I should give some of my (ugly) patterned paper scraps to my preschooler – he loves to play with paper. Can’t wait for the next (final?) installment…

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  2. Melissa Stinson
    October 15, 2009 at 2:23 pm (5 years ago)

    OMG, girl, you made me laugh so hard when I read this…and I’m at work!!! Now they all think (actually, I’m pretty sure I only confirmed something they already suspected) that I’m nuts. :)

    Your room looks great!! Don’t worry about the piles ‘o stuff. I bet even Martha Stewart has piles somewhere. :)

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  3. Angie
    October 15, 2009 at 2:50 pm (5 years ago)

    Wow, oh to have a whole room to accumilate junk in! :) It’s beautiful and I’m am turning green with envy as I type this. I have a table of shame, my dining room table. What a great tour guide you are, too! Where you gonna put that nifty new bookshelf that’s itching to come in?

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  4. Julia/grettas granddaughter
    October 15, 2009 at 3:08 pm (5 years ago)

    Oh to have an organized space. One of these days I will have to try my hand at organizing mine, but until then I will just admire yours. It looks awesome and a great tour of it.

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  5. Fooferoo
    October 15, 2009 at 3:26 pm (5 years ago)

    beautiful! Now start scrapping :P

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  6. Erica Hettwer
    October 15, 2009 at 5:22 pm (5 years ago)

    You are on a roll! I love that “procrastinators of the world, unite
    …tomorrow”. LOL!
    I have some of those wire cubes and I think they’ll be relegated to play area status too. They are a LOT sturdier if you put them together with zip ties instead of those plastic things they provide.
    Keep up the great work! :D

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  7. Ona
    October 15, 2009 at 5:31 pm (5 years ago)

    Wow, nice job! You must feel great!
    And your view…so lovely…us city dwellers don’t have that beauty. Cherish it.

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  8. Mary Demmons
    October 15, 2009 at 5:39 pm (5 years ago)

    looks good. I’m jealous! LOL. Wish I had a scrap room. Right now I have a wall in my bedroom.

    Mary

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  9. CKReader
    October 15, 2009 at 6:22 pm (5 years ago)

    What a great post!!!!! Love the pics, love the message, love your writing style. You should be writing articles for a scrap magazine, Erika. Submit! Submit!

    Super {{{{{hugs}}}}}

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  10. scrappinpsyhco
    October 15, 2009 at 7:40 pm (5 years ago)

    Wow – your room is looking great. If your like me – you’ll be afraid to scrap in there for awhile. Great job!

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  11. scrappinpsyhco
    October 15, 2009 at 7:42 pm (5 years ago)

    Wow – your at 499,666. that is awsome. I actually made it past 1000 – can’t imagine almost 150,000.

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  12. LBOregon
    October 15, 2009 at 8:21 pm (5 years ago)

    Lookin’ Good! This made me laugh the “I’ll Deal With You Later” pile. You have to be careful of those. I have some of those piles that are years old LOL!

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  13. susan
    October 15, 2009 at 8:26 pm (5 years ago)

    What an awesome space! I wants that ScrapRack. Everytime I see one of those babies, I salivate. and what a great place to put it too. Everything looks perfect…now start crankin’ out those LOs!

    oooo! oooooo! I’m number 499,692 !!! Woo-Hoo!

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  14. Julie Howard
    October 15, 2009 at 11:09 pm (5 years ago)

    LOL @ gookies.. that really cracked me up.

    Love what you have done with your space!

    And I am a huge fan of those sterlite drawers (I have 25 of them) They are FABULOUS for sorting things into.

    As far as kits go – I tend to keep them together until I can’t make a page out of them anymore. I get plastic paper totes (I forget who makes them – I have taken all the labels off – but I get them at Hobby Lobby) which is big enough to hold the kit including all the embellies, alphas, etc that comes with it. Those are kept in an open sterlite container and sits under my desk.

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  15. Jenny McGee
    October 16, 2009 at 5:13 am (5 years ago)

    WOW, Your progress is great. I love your storage and the desk. Looks like a great all purpose / crafting room.

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  16. Jill T
    October 16, 2009 at 6:53 am (5 years ago)

    Looking to you for organization inspiration. I’m in need of major organizing for all things scrappy. Your project is going great. Keep us posted.

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  17. heidi y
    October 16, 2009 at 10:19 am (5 years ago)

    Great room – organized and all!! (BTW, you’re around 499,957 by this comment!!)

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  18. Gloria
    October 16, 2009 at 11:11 am (5 years ago)

    Here’s a comment for you, Erika. Ya know I love your blog.

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  19. Gloria
    October 16, 2009 at 11:11 am (5 years ago)

    And here’s another. Are we at the big number yet?

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  20. Gloria
    October 16, 2009 at 11:12 am (5 years ago)

    And one more and I’m out of here. Love ya, too.

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  21. Jingle
    October 16, 2009 at 11:13 am (5 years ago)

    Your room is looking great!

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  22. kaydrenth
    October 16, 2009 at 11:19 am (5 years ago)

    Awesome room! You always give the best info and advice! Thanks for that!

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  23. YvetteDownunder
    October 16, 2009 at 2:05 pm (5 years ago)

    You know, I lusted after those wide format printers when they came out, but couldn’t get hold of one over here! How sad are we? Then this year for my work office, I got an A3 printer/scanner and I lust over one of those for home! Sigh!

    Your room is looking great. I am enjoying the journey.

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  24. Tina Sawyers
    October 19, 2009 at 6:11 pm (5 years ago)

    I recently found your blog and actually went back and read your entire journey of the scraproom makeover. I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time. I think my favorite was the commentary on the area under your desk. Anyway, I truely loved your wit and your blog. I will definetly be back regularly.
    Tina

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