I have been scrapbooking for over 15 years and crafting for about the last 4 years. When I first started scrapbooking, I used to sit at our dining room table. I didn’t have much storage either, so I had to keep it pretty simple. I made the best of it! Over time and a couple of moves, I now have my own craft room! I feel so blessed to have a space to call my own and to have freedom to create (and leave the mess) whenever I want to.
I really caught the craft bug after moving to Florida. Two things happened: one, I became a part of a women’s group in my neighborhood and one of the clubs I joined was Craft Club; and two, I received a Cricut Explore one Mother’s Day and my crafting world forever changed!
I have dabbled in all kinds of crafting, including but not limited to paper craft, painting, vinyl designs, canvases, iron-on, glass crafts, resin, photography, jewelry, mosaics, wreaths, and wood projects. You can imagine the amount of supplies I have collected over time completing all these projects. Hence, why organization is so important! Let’s face it, none of us want to be buried in all our supplies and not be able to find what we are looking for at a given time.
Storing craft and scrapbooking supplies can be a real challenge no matter how much space you have. You want your supplies stored neatly, yet you want them handy. Having a space to work is also essential. My craft room is not fancy like some of the photos I’ve seen of people’s spaces on Facebook groups, but it works for me. That is what’s important. It should work for you and it should be a space that helps you feel creative. Here are some tips I have for setting up your craft space or storage.
*Make your space your own, let it show your personality.
*Know where all your supplies are located, everything should have its place.
*Have a space to work. This could be a folding table, a desk, a permanent table, or even a workbench.
*Label containers, drawers, tubs, etc. This will help you find what you are looking for quicker. I use a label maker, but you could also use vinyl to label everything.Occasionally, go through your supplies and weed out things you don’t need and reorganize. Putting like things together helps you to easily see when you are low on something and when you have too much of something. Keep a trash can or multiple cans in your craft space, as well as, a container of some sort to place paper and vinyl scraps.
My craft room is not perfect and everything I own is not brand new. It doesn’t all match either. However, I keep it neat and organized and it works for me. It’s a work in progress and I enjoy creating in it … and I know over time, I can make it more beautiful.
There are some things in my craft space that help me to be more organized and items that help me to craft more efficiently. I am going to share 5 of those items with you. There are many more things of course that help, but these are my top 5!
- Hyper Tough Workbench (purchased from Walmart for $49)
- Utensil Holder (purchased from Walmart or Amazon $20)
- Photo Organizer Case (I bought this many years ago from a catalog – The Lakeside Collection, you can find it on their website for $20)Bag holder (purchased from IKEA $3) – perfect for vinyl rolls!Iris 6 drawer scrapbook cart (purchased from Amazon $50)
- I have many of these types of carts with drawers, mainly to store my scrapbook supplies, but they work great for vinyl and other Cricut supplies too!
There are of course other products I use in my craft room that help me, but those are my top 5! What products do you have that you absolutely can’t live without? Share with me in the comments below or on my Pinterest page under my blog post pin.
I do have a few honorable mentions. First, plastic shoebox type containers that you can buy just about anywhere, the Dollar Store usually has plenty. If you don’t have money to spend on containers, use shoeboxes, as you can see below, shoe boxes are a great size for stacking. Another item I have multiples of are the paper organizers you can buy at any craft store, they are usually about 14×14 in size, so they will easily store your scrapbook paper, cardstock, and your vinyl sheets. One of my favorites is the kind with the handle. They are stackable, very sturdy, and easy to tote with you wherever you go. One last item is a cute little organizer that has little mini boxes that you can put all those little things in, such as pins, brads, eyelets, beads, sequins, etc. I believe I purchased it from Michaels but I know I saw it at Hobby Lobby as well. See photos below.