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A Transformed Room!

In case you missed it here is the before picture:


And here are the after pics around the room starting at the door and moving around from left to right.

I used most of the shelving that was in the closet but added the four white shelving pieces on the right (from Michael’s).  I stocked up on photo boxes because they are great to use as storage and used more of them that I thought I would.  The ones you see here store my cards (finished and need to work on) and envelopes (all sorted by sizes).  This area was organized before but looks SO MUCH NICER in boxes, it’s amazing!  And things are easier access too.  I also have a stash of new Close to My Heart products here.  The bottom drawers are for my girls and their supplies.

This is the inside corner of my closet.  The wall is slanted so it makes a point to the corner.  It’s not the best for storage but not space goes unused.  My tower for my Close to My Heart stamps fits here at an angle and then I have a basket of other stamps that sets on top.

The shelf on the wall I found on a rummage sale.  It was one of those that you often see that had another piece on the top with cutout hearts.  It took some muscle but I pulled that top piece off so I could use more of the top for a shelf and update the look.  I didn’t even bother fixing the unfinished edge when I was done because it is along the top that you can’t see.  I love the shelf along the wall in this room and I use it to store my cricut cartridges and display artwork.  The table is for my girls to scrapbook/craft at.

Believe it or not, this corner desk and side piece is another rummage find from way back.  It was probably one of my best deals ever.  The side piece fits 12×12 albums.  I can’t remember anymore but it was something like $25-$50.  The shelf piece on top I got for free at an auction house.  I told the guy I wanted it instead of a new desk because it matched the one I had and he said to take it because he was just going to throw it away!  I have found that I use my Cricut all the time now that I have it out and easy to access.  I got the ribbon shelf on the right from Crop Chocolate and the other white desk organizers at Michael’s (always at 40-50% off!).  The brown/pink bag on the right of my desk I purchased at Hobby Lobby.  This has all my essentials in it because I often scrap away from home or need to bring things upstairs (now with a little one) to scrapbook.  I can just grab this basket and my project and I’m set.  The “organize me” basket on my desk is also from Michael’s.  It was too cute not to buy and it’s where I toss things when I don’t feel like putting them away and it keeps my desk clean.  Of course, when it’s full I have to play clean up.

These look mismatched because I found them piece by piece at rummage sales.  They serve their purpose and fit in this space perfectly.  Take note of the corner cabinet that I even use the space on top.  These are the Close to My Heart Work-In-Progress Albums.  I love 3-ring albums and these have a box to hold them and they stand up on their end very nicely!  You can’t beat the $15.95 price either!

Here’s a look at the inside of my cabinet.  I think I got this at Shopko and although it is that cheap stuff it has worked great for me and even survived a move.  I love that the shelves are 12×12 to fit my paper.  I have had it for years and the shelves have held up the weight of all that paper!  Everything in here is labeled and you can see more of my paper organization on this post.

Here’s the newest addition to my room, some much needed 12×12 storage, bought at Michael’s on sale.  I haven’t decided if I want to add a couple more to the left side.  I originally started with a couple there at worked and they got moved to the closet.  Now that they are gone I like having the extra space there but need to find a place for the boxes that are sitting on the floor.  They store page kits as I make them up for each of the girls’ books.  I’ve worked around the white board that came with the house and use it to keep track of my projects and deadlines.  I have to also add that I got that white shelf on a rummage sale too for $10!  You can see details for my CREATE letters on this post.

And finally what started everything!  I saw on Pinterest how Lisa had stacked her storage cubes like this and thought I’d give it a try in my room.  You can get these at Target.  It has given me so much more space!  I have to also add that I got that white shelf at the upper left on a rummage sale too for $10!  It’s meant to hang but it rests just fine when stacked like I have it.

Here are just a few more closeup pictures of how I have things organized:

This is just some of my ribbons.  I like this as a storage option because it is so easy to find what I am looking for but I do have to use my ribbon iron.

I have a lot of stickers/rubons/etc. that I store kind of by theme in baskets around my room.  I took some heavier cardstock (with prints that I didn’t really care for), cut them and added tabs on the ends to stick out for labels like you see above.  Some of my tabs are family, baby, birthday, holidays, butterflies, words, misc.  I just thought about how I scrap and if I need a birthday-something, I just go to the marked basket and it’s all right there.

I hope you enjoyed the tour.  Now that I have everything neat and organized I feel like being in my room again and you should be seeing more projects posted again. I have some catching up to do!

Product Highlight – Exclusive Inks Organizer

Here is a picture of mine filled with supplies:

Z4131 Exclusive Inks Organizer $69.95
Z4135 Re-inker Tray sold separately $8.95

As you can see I used labels on the side of the organizer so I would know where each ink color belongs.  My kids will use them and not put them back in the right spot or I will take out a bunch and can’t remember where they go.  I have mine sorted by the CTMH color families with the Neutral colors on the bottom.  The best deal is to purchase the entire organizer (or earn it as a 1/2 price item with a qualifying gathering) but you can also purchase it in pieces as you need them.

Z4132 Stamp Pad Tower $11.95
Z4133 Marker Tower $14.95
Z4134 Handle and Swivel Base $15.95

I purchased the Re-inker Tray way before I bought any re-inkers.  This tray can be used for anything!  Throughout the years I have used mine for a variety of things including embossing powders, other ink pads, sponges/daubers, and glitters.

Another item that goes along with this that I like is the Z4136 Organizer Carrying Case $34.95.  If you travel and take your supplies with you it is a worthy investment.

Rummage finds for my scrap room

So here is the start of my cleaning…I had to find homes for some of my new things:

I think I paid $4 for this shelf.  I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it but I knew it would be great for organizing scrap supplies.  Not sure the flowers will stay there but it works for now.

I wasn’t sure where I was going to use this little set of drawers until it sat in my house for awhile.  Originally, I had planned to use it for socks, shoes, and hairbands, etc. in my daughter’s room.  Then I realized that the drawers hold the CTMH stamp sets perfectly!  So it now has a home in my scrap room.  I paid $10.

I only paid a couple dollars for this black set of drawers.  It doesn’t match but I knew it would fit perfectly with my other storage.  I suppose I could paint it but it’s fine for now and serves it’s purpose.

Organizing my Embellishments

I’ve had this basket designated for Close to My Heart but the problem is that it just keeps growing and I am constantly digging to find what I’m looking for.  Today I decided to organize it and I changed this:

to this:

Here is my solution:

I got this spice rack from my mom.  I wanted one for my scrapbook room for embellishments but I wasn’t exactly sure how I would use it.  This was the perfect idea!  I have eliminated all the excess packaging and it will be much easier to find what I need to add flair to my projects.  My plan was to decorate the jars so they were pretty in my room but for now the labels are more practical.  I’m feeling more like organizing than creative today.  Maybe I’ll decorate them another day.

Organizing Cardstock & Scraps


I think I finally have a system in place that I love.  I used to use these Cropper Hopper Scrap Storage envelopes and had one for each color family. (updated: Since these are out of stock at Amazon, here’s a link to Joann’s.) After seeing Jennifer Payami’s system on Pinterest I decided to update mine.  I use only Close to My Heart cardstock now.  It’s simpler because I am familiar with the colors and I love the weight and white core.  Here’s how it turned out:

I cut the labels for the front of the boxes out of my CTMH Idea Book.  (updated: As colors change, I’ve just removed theses labels and updated with new ones, applying with double-stick tape.) For the most part each group fits in a box.  One or two are a bit tight but I’m stocked up on cardstock now so that will change as I use some of it up.  The basic colors (not pictured) take up two boxes because I have more of those and I have one scrap storage envelope for each color.  For the rest (seen above), I have two colors in each scrap storage envelope with the color separated with a divider.  So the scraps for the first color are kept in the front pocket and scraps for the second color are kept in the back pocket.  Scraps larger than 6×12 are kept in the front of that color.

Here’s a picture of the labels:

With the new arrangement of CTMH colors it was difficult at times to see which color was which with similar ones right next to each other (and they are stored in the corner of my room with not as much light).  This system has solved that problem.  Before I would still have to dig for scraps because I only had them separated by color family.  Now with each color in it’s own place it is very quick and easy to find exactly what I need!  Dh saw what I was doing and said it looked too organized…what’s that!?! 🙂

If you are thinking about doing something like this, they often go on sale at Joann’s.  You can see them well on Amazon.  They come 3 to a pack.  The larger holders and dividers are sold separately.

Here is a picture of the envelopes that I use, pink is the front and blue is the back.  It holds 12×12 paper and there is a pocket in both the front and back that is 6×12 where I keep scraps.  I put a tabbed divider in the middle to label the paper name.  The second tab is on the envelope.  Seems like the correct term is “paper file” like these on Amazon but they don’t have the pocket for scraps.  I’d try Joann’s since they have this bundle online.  They may sell more separately in the store.  I have 6 envelopes in each holder.