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Share Your Space with For the Love of Scrap

Aloha!

Cassandra here and I’m excited to be back on the CK Blog to share my latest scrap space. As a military spouse I have gotten accustomed to moving every few years and adapting as I go along… unfortunately it seems that every time we move into a new home my craft space shrinks! In this past I have had an entire room to dedicate to my scrapbook addiction (once I even had TWO rooms – now that was AMAZING). Our latest move brought us to Hawaii in February of this year and I was met with the realization that I would no longer have a room to myself – cue the drama, the crying and the final realization that I was just going to have to make it work 😉 .

Our new home has a much more open layout with a combined living and dining room space that features a wall with an opening to a small family room. The living and dining space is really too small to be both so I created my craft space next to the dining space… the best part? I’ve positioned my craft desk at the wall with the opening to the family room which means I can craft while the family is in the other room and still watch a movie or hold a conversation with them. Plus, there is a TON of natural light flowing in from the windows.

Sooo… here’s my main space.

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I LOVE this desk. It has been with me through two moves and it’s so sturdy… plus all that storage! My biggest hurdle with my current craft area is lack of space so my desk is my main source of storage. I picked this one up at Costco about 4 years ago and if you have the space and come across one, grab it – you won’t be sorry. Aside from storage, the desk itself is at counter height which means I can comfortably stand and craft (or sit thanks to a counter height bar stool from Target). I’ve accessorized the desk with cloth bins from ThirtyOne and Target along with some plastic storage for embellishments, pictures and pocket scrapbooking cards from Michaels/Hobby Lobby/AC Moore/Etc.

While we were stationed in New York I had picked up a multi-bin rolling cart and it fits perfectly under the desk. It provides space for embellishments and the top is perfect for my Kiwi Lane template tray. I just pull it out when I’m using it and it easily rolls out of sight when guests visit.

Cube storage has been my best friend when it comes to finding homes for all of my scrapbook gear – albums and paper fit perfectly and they are easy to rearrange with each move and each new space. I picked up a few lighter finishes when I arrived on island as it matched my “beachy” decor a little better. One of these smaller cubes provides a space for my Cricut and albums. I have two larger ones in the closet under the stairs (which is where my stamps and the majority of my paper stash is (I’m a bit of a hoarder) and any extras that I didn’t have room for in the main space).

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I use large cloth bins from Walmart to house my paper (each collection or kit is kept in a 12×12 plastic envelope). My stamps, extra inks and accessories are all in Close to My Heart storage totes. Behind the grey curtain I have stored my scrapbook bags and the box for my Cricut, along with other boxes that we need for each move. I also keep an Ikea Raskog cart in here with some accessories and tools that I can wheel out when needed.

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One of my latest and most favorite pieces of storage is this modular set from Close to My Heart. I can rearrange as needed (for expanding ink, paper and tool storage). It sits nicely next to my desk or it is sturdy enough that I can quickly move it to my desktop when I need it within arms reach. It’s perfect for storing my current kits and most used inks/markers/etc.

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And that’s it! As you can see, I’m 100% a scrapbook hoarder and I’m not ashamed to admit it 😉 . The one thing I’ve found is that I absolutely have to be organized or it just gets too crazy. I hope you’ve enjoyed my space and that I’ve given you some crafty storage inspiration… Perhaps I’ll be back after my next move (which is actually to GUAM later this year)!

xo. Cassandra


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Share Your Space – Nathalie DeSousa

Hello everyone!

Nathalie here, and this month I am sharing my workspace/home with you all.   Trust me, i was reluctant to share my apartment with you all,  as I don’t have an specific work room.   But I think many of you might identify with my area of work, also known as my living/dining/office room, so I  welcome you all to my home!

 

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Welcome to the DeSousa household (a.k.a my apartment – and yes!, we are in Christmas mood already!).  We are blessed to own this large apartment with huge windows that let lots of natural light in.

 

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This is our dining room, and our dining table doubles as my scrapbook table most of the time.  In a few occasions, I have had to open a second table so that this is available for my teens and their homework.   As you can see, my inspiration comes from my family, I just have to look up to see all the beautiful memories captured in the black and white canvases.

 

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Whenever i am working on a project, I usually set my mat on the table (i own a few mats, but this American Crafts is one of my favorites).

 

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I always cover my mats with white paper when I am working on them.  This way, i can throw it away I have an accident with any media.

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This is how i keep all my embroidery floss. I have a bit of OCD when it comes to organizing it.  Plus this saves a lot of space on my shelves.

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I found this box at Target, and filled it with all my most used tools. There is an old cookie tin on the table that serves as garbage can, and my Starbucks cup filled with water.

 

When the kids were little, we purchased a small plastic toy box (it looks like a small sofa) that now houses all the paper pads and collections I own.  Please don’t judge, I love pretty paper!  Once the lid is on, there is usually an Iris case containing the kits I am working with.  This bench/sofa sits next to the dining room table, and it is my littles (niece and nephew) favorite place to sit and play when they visit.

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My dining room table is set next to the door that leads to our balcony.  I use the back of the door as a way to organize, and store some of my supplies.

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We built the pallet from an old book case.  Usually the clips house layouts that are  being worked on, and they come in handy for hanging embroidery hoops full of washi tape (my daughter collects washi tape, there is at three more hoops  in her room!)

 

Since my work space is also my home, we have added furniture pieces that serve dual purposes one of them is storage for some of my scrapbook stash.   Here is small slide show showing you some highlights from my space:

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I hope this gives you an insight as where and how I work,  and what inspires me.   I love my work space since it allows me to be part of my family happenings while still doing what i love.  I am sure many of you might identify with me.  Though once one of the kids leaves the house, I will most likely used the extra room as a craft room!  Time will tell  😉

 

This is all for me today, let me know if you have any questions.

Have a great day!

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