31 Days #22: How Do I Decorate a Scrapbook Room on a Budget?

by Lain Ehmann on July 22, 2012

Ty Pennington I am not, but after scrapbooking in a closet (literally!) for almost a decade, I had a lot of fun decorating my first official “scrapbook room” this last year.

In today’s video, I answer a question about that process:

How Do I Decorate a Scrapbook Room While Watching My Pennies?

Watch the video and I’ll share my tips! As usual, I have a lot to say… hardeeharhar!

Links and Resources Mentioned in Today’s Video:

July’s Free Scrapinar: Driving Traffic to Your Scrapbooking Blog

Nichol Magouirk’s “Take Amazing Project Photos” class

A video tour of my scrapbook room from 2011 (I’ll do another one in a week or so – after I clean up!)


  • http://www.facebook.com/DaniTaylor126 Danielle Taylor

    Good timing on this one as I’m setting up shop in my new scrap room! Funny but true I bought myself a kitchen island yesterday to use as a work station!! Photos coming soon :) 

  • Sue

    I don’t have this but wish I did . . . On a site somewhere they had used two inexpensive bookshelves to support a door.   The door was their workspace and the bookshelves (or Expedits from Ikea) provided storage. 

  • Gela

    Loved your earrings on yesterday’s vedio. You have no pictures on your wall!? Those walls look mighty bare. :)

  • Lainehmann

    I do have pictures, but not over “there.” You can see the bulletin board behind me in the video (my head is in the way). I also am going to hang a wire to attach layouts to. Always a work in progress! But the bare walls don’t bother me at all. I have lots of inspiration all over the place!

  • Lainehmann

    I’ve seen that with file cabinets, too! Such a smart idea!

  • Lainehmann

    Can’t wait to see!

  • Rosann Santos-Elliott

    Lain, thanks for picking my question chica. I have already started scouring the room for furniture that will look better in my scraproom. I have also picked some 12×12 pages that will look better in a frame to decorate the walls. OO and the local thrift shops might not be a bad place to find some stuff that could use a coat of paint or some stenciling. Thanks for the ideas.

  • Lainehmann

    Perfect ideas! The record album frames are typically about the right size for scrapbook layouts. Let us see when you’re done! :)

  • Heidi Giesinger

    I love these videos, Lain! Please keep them going. Do you have any tips about keeping track of what’s on each of the Cricut or other die-cutting cartridges? I love my Cricut but it always takes so much time to find a certain image or theme.

  • waldenbunch

    Great info and great amount of space in your room! My scrapbook room was a gift from my husband (we planned for months) and is here if you want to check it out.  http://www.martysmusings.net/2012/02/scrapbook-room-update.html

  • Linda Ellis

    I go to 3 or 4 retreats each year and always have a challenge when deciding what to take with me.  I start out being very organized with just a few supplies and projects; but always end of taking almost everything I have……. which is a room full.

    Any suggestions on how to simplify when going to a retreat?

  • Jen D.

    My craft room is a work in progress. I have moved spaces and changed around the space that I am currently in multiple times. When planning a space it is helpful to think about how you scrapbook or craft best. I like to stand, so having a counter high space is ideal for me. There are many ways to keep it budget friendly. Craigslist is great for this as well as local market places. I have re-purposed furniture/household items and mostly used what I had. For example: I used a bowl from my kitchen to hold some embellishments and a ceramic piece from my bedroom that is meant to hold jewelry to hold buttons and brads that are left over from something.  If I had my choice I would get an Ikea Expedit  large cubicle bookcase, but I chose to use what I have. There are so many possibilities.  Pinterest is a great place to look for inspiration. I am always looking for new ways to organize my craft things and ways to bring me into my space. Good luck! 

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