My New Space: Scrapbook Studio in Progress

by Lain Ehmann on May 17, 2011

Hey Hey Hey!

I figured it’s about time for a little update on my scrapbook studio in progress. I’m organizing, sorting, purging, and decorating — all at once. It’s a bit overwhelming, but I’m really enjoying having my own space for the first time in, well FOREVER!

I thought as I work along, I’d give you a glimpse into the process, as well as show you the solutions I’ve discovered along the way.

First, let me tell you — DECORATING AND ORGANIZING YOUR SPACE IS A WORK IN PROGRESS. You cannot do it all in one fell swoop — I don’t care who you are. Even Becky Higgins took time to figure out what would work for her and what wouldn’t! Something that looks great in a magazine may or may not work for YOU. (I rely heavily on the advice from the amazing Smedley/Garvey team in this book: The Organized and Inspired Scrapbooker.

A little background on my space. It’s big. I’m lucky. I do know that AND I have waited 12 years for this. So I figured I”m entitled.

So, today, here’s where we are.

-Paint is done

-All furniture is in

-All furniture is assembled

-All boxes are in

To do:






Not too much to hope for, is it? :)

Today, I spent some time getting this together:

Seems a funny thing to start with, but one has to start SOMEWHERE. And buttons are fun. I decided to sort by color and store them in cute little jars I got from IKEA on one of my many trips the last few weeks. The large glass jar on the right is from an order from the Ribbon Jar (they send all their orders in these adorable vintage glass jars!). The bookshelf (which I’ll give you a better view of another day) is from Pier One. I got two of them and may very well head back for more.

Here’s another thing I’m in love with: My three Alex carts from IKEA. I don’t know how I lived without them! They are huge and gorgeous and have WHEELS!

I’m going to show you what I’m using one of these for today. It’s kind of an eclectic mix of stuff, but it all fits nicely. Oh yeah, it ROLLS! :)

Here it is:

The one labeled drawer says “Alphas.” I’ll label the rest of them as I make a final decision as to what they’ll store.

Here’s what’s in it:

Don’t they look lovely in there! :)

Here’s the rest of the drawers:

Cardstock scrap storage (I have my patterned paper scraps elsewhere).

Sticker storage — for the old stickers I have around, sorted into plastic folders by topic. I’m most likely moving these elsewhere.

These are large sheets of unthemed stickers — labels and things like that.

And finally, rub-on storage! Most of them are in plastic Zip-Locks, just like I talk about here. The few loose ones on the top are ones I just tossed in there and haven’t had a chance to add to the bags.

There’s one more drawer at the top that I have my Slice cutting board in. I may change it later.

Okay, that’s the tour for today! More coming soon.

  • Lynnette

    Lain, it looks awesome!  So glad you are getting organized.  I am fortunate to have a large space, too.  I’m wondering how you will set up to have things at arm’s reach?  I know I can’t complain, but sometimes I wish I had a workbench or island kind of set-up to keep things cozier.  Oh, and can I say I was salivating over that alphas drawer! 

  • Kirsten

    That is so inspiring! My room is currently torn apart, trying to rearrange things, and I keep getting distracted as I find new projects and product. Must focus….

  • Anonymous

    That’s the trade-off: Larger space means more spread out. I do have an island. I’ll show you photos soon!

  • Anonymous

    It’s hard to focus. That’s why I just went with the buttons — I figured I had to do SOMETHING! ;)

  • SueLynn Harwig

    Looking good so far!  Love the drawers!  I’m keeping track of ideas for when I get my own scrap room again.

  • Jennifer Mcguire

    Looks fabulous! I love the drawer units from Ikea. My little closet and I are envious.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks, j!

  • Anonymous

    I’ll share all my steps and missteps!!

  • Olivia

    Looks great! love those Alex carts :) 

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know how I survived without them!!

  • Kristie Sloan

    I’m trying not to be jealous of your rolling carts!  So happy to see you getting things in place!

  • Janice Carl

     Love the drawers. A year ago, I was gifted 2 very old, solid wood, flat drawer cabinets and they are awesome. They serve as the base of my worktable, the top is a solid wooden door. I don’t know how I lived/worked without them. I also have alphas in one drawer, although only chipboard in mine. I think I’ll move stuff and add alpha stickers to the drawer below. 

  • Anonymous

    Isn’t it amazing when you get something really cool you’re like, “GEEZ, what was I doing before???” ;)
    Please share photos when you’ve made some changes!

  • Laura T.

    Looks like your space is coming along nicely.  I LOVE those drawers. 

  • Anonymous

    You can’t see all the boxes in the photos!! :)

  • Sasch101

    You’re getting there.
    Love the Alex cart too.

    Good luck with your sorting and purging.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you!!! :)

  • amyptucson

    oooh, my blood curdled when I saw all those cardstock scraps tossed together in one drawer. I’d never be able to find what I wanted! I have mine sorted by color, in separate folders. It still takes a while to find just the right blue IYKWIM. Since I want only the very best for you and your scrapbooking life, I wish for you to have the same!

  • Anonymous

    It works just fine for me! :)

  • Gladdie

    Lain, looks like you are having so much fun!  Lovely to see and be part of !

  • Anonymous

    Thank you! :) It is so fun!

  • Iceteeeeee

    I am so happy for you!

  • Anonymous

    Thank you so much! I’m having so much fun setting it all up…

  • a1983alaskan

    Lain,  I do hope you are taking before and after shots :-)
    When I moved into my scrapbook room with tons of boxed up materials and 3 tables, I took photos of the havoc.   When it was transformed into a workable space many weeks later, I took  photos of all the spaces and places :-)
    It’s never looked that clean again! LOL! ;-)
    Love watching your progress.  Can’t wait for the next set of photos!

  • Anonymous

    Definitely documenting the process!!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks, Trisha!!

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