Monday, June 22, 2015

Jen's Craft and Scrapbook Space To Do List

I can hardly believe that we've been in this house now for eight months. How is that even possible? Especially since I still have an entire room filled with unpacked boxes. It's enough to make anyone freak out a little. I've been mentally keeping a "to do" list of items I need to complete to get my Scrapbook and Craft Space in order. Here's a little look into my room so far:




I thought perhaps you'd like a look at what's on my current list (although it seems to be constantly changing).

Craft Room "To Do" List:


1. Paint color. Do I go really neutral with white, keep it the creamy yellow, or dive into something new?

2. Black-out curtains. While I love the south-facing window, it's totally messing with my video lighting. How to address that fan shaped window? Currently I'm using a tension rod to hold the curtain. Ideas anyone?

3. What is in those drawers anyway? Since the storage cubes I've been using for the past 10 years or so are in a new configuration, I can't find a thing. It's time to reorganize and finally label the drawer pulls.



4. Stamps, Dies, and Stencils oh my. I'm determined to get these organized in a way that's easy to find and encouraging to use. I'm going to give the Jennifer McGuire organizational method a try. Now I just need a "pretty" way to store them.

5. Photo prop organization. I'm nearly done with my photo prop station. I've decided to organize items by color as that is often how I "shop" for props when I'm photographing a project. Where do I get my photo prop ideas? I'll do a separate post on staging photos and finding cool props for those of you that are interested.



6. Desk. Do I go bigger or keep what I have now? This room would allow for a double desk (meaning two desks placed back-to-back). That kind of excites me a little, but also makes me wonder if it would simply become a staging ground for more clutter. What do you think? Bigger is better or make it work?

7. Decor. The slanted walls in this room are throwing me for a loop. I have little to no wall space for cool decor pieces, and I have so many beautiful vintage things I've collected over the years. I also don't want to overwhelm the room with too many shelving units. I like a little breathing room. It's a hard one to address.

8. Get some albums already. I have so many layouts not yet placed in sheet protectors that it's frightening. I need a better way to store my albums so that I can quickly and easily put away a layout once it's done. Where do you store your completed albums? Are they in your craft space or somewhere else in your home? I'd love to hear some suggestions.

This is just a basic overview of what I have in mind for my new space. I'm excited to finally have a place big enough to hold all my favorite crafting supplies. I feel very blessed, and look forward to the day when everything has a place. I think it will make crafting even more rewarding. What do you think?

If you'd like a peek at my old scrapbook space, you can find the photos HERE. Or you can watch the video HERE on my Youtube channel or below. I loved that room, but this room has some advantages that the old room did not. It's challenging to move to a new space. That's for sure.



Currently my daughter is working on her section of the room. Man, that girl has vision. Just wait until you see it. We're hoping to share a craft room tour soon so keep a look out!

14 comments:

  1. Oh I am so excited for you! I can't wait for the post on the photo prop and staging idea's :)

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  2. Agree with Deneen, very interested to see the photo prop and staging post.

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    1. Sounds like I need to get that one written soon. :)

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  3. Your new craft room looks so delightful. I love the open feel of your room and hope you find a way to showcase your vintage treasures without closing in your space.

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  4. I'm currently overhauling my room too! So many decisions! For the paint, I'd stay neutral. Any color is going to mess with the white balance of photos and video. For the curtains on the fan window, if you want to black out the window, just hang a rod above the half circle window with curtains that cover the whole window. The half moon will show when they are open but be covered when they are closed.

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    1. That's a great idea, Nancy! :)

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  5. Love your space!
    In my opinion, work with the desk you have. Do not go bigger! I have a huge workspace and guess what happens? It's always holding stuff!! Keep it simple. It's always the best way to go. :)

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    1. That is probably exactly what would happen to me: larger spot to leave a mess.

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  6. It already looks beautiful to me, but I can totally associate with wanting to organize more. I'm pretty organized and fairly good about cleaning up between projects, but I also struggle with piles (and getting my pages in albums--It's such a chore when I don't scrapbook in order). I think you can never go wrong with a really big desk though so two back to back sounds awesome. Loving the eye candy of your props organized by color! :)

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    1. I struggle with piles and putting pages in albums too. I think I'm going to hire my kids to help me. :)

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  7. Jen,

    Love your room so far!

    We'd love to feature it - the before and after - on Craft Storage Ideas when you're done (as if there is such a thing! ;)).

    If you're interested, please contact me at shackney@papercrafterscorner.com.

    Have fun creating your dream space,
    Steph.

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  8. Just saw this post, probably you have organized everything, ha. Cute room and I love the rug and I think white \neutral walls are the best.
    I would go bigger with the table (I use a tiny kitchen table and it's a pain. It also means I clean it every time during and after making a page, so no mess).
    And I don't have albums, I make smaller pages and then make my own cover \ binding, it's fun, I love the finished look, but this year I just pile them up and pretend it's ok, lol.

    PS. Jen, your colored props are awesome!!! I'd love to see a post about them.

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