Ladies and Gentlemen: proudly introducing MY NEW SCRAP ROOM!  YAY!!!!  It’s FINALLY done, and organized, and clean, and beautiful, and wonderful!  And I’m so freakin excited, I can’t stop doing the happy dance (although I’m sure all my neighbors wish I would stop!)  For those of you who think I’m weird and/or have absolutely no idea what I’m talking about, you can catch up with the rest of the class here (part 1) and here (part 2) and here (part 3.)  to see all the before and during pics.  Or if you want to skip all that and take the speed course, here’s one of the BEFORE pics:

This was my work surface.  It was a little messier than usual since we were already starting to move some things around.  I had a small desk with two lamps on it, right by the window.  The lighting was so bad, I could only really work on anything during the day, when I had the light from the window coming in.

And now…

Here’s a pic taking in the same area of the room, that shows just part of my really huge built in desk!

Here’s a closeup of the gorgeous trim on the desk.  I was thinking about painting the leaves and vines, but I haven’t decided for sure.

Here is where the desk begins.  Notice the awesome blue grey wall color?  No more brown!

And here it continues all the way down the wall,

and around the corner, into what used to be a closet.  I have 14 feet of desk space now!!!!  In the closet area, above the corner of the desk, is custom built shelving high enough and deep enough to house my scrapbooks and other plastic storage.  Actually though, most of the plastic containers have only a fraction of what they used to have and some of them are even empty.  Why, you ask?   Because…

this is what lives on the other wall!  Most of my goodies were able to come out of plastic storage bins, and into the light where I can see them and USE them!!!  So here’s the pic of my long anticipated paper and embellishment shelves…TOTALLY worth the wait!

So, here’s a few pics showing some really great storage solutions and functional features in the room.  Some of these were our ideas, and some of them we gleaned off of Crafty Storage (which is a GREAT site btw…I strongly recommend you go check it out, but only when you have lots of time, since you could easily spend HOURS on there!!)  and then personalized to make them work for me!

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve asked some of my friends to save babyfood jars for me.  I cleaned them out, used Goof Off to get all the labels and adhesive off, spray painted the lids silver, and viola! Embellishment jars!  I think the can of spray paint was 97 cents at Wal Mart, and other than that, all that storage was free! (okay, for those of you who are detectives, you may have noticed six Ikea jars above the others…I got those a really long time ago for uber cheap.)

Here’s the ribbon storage idea that I thought was brilliant.  We got the plans and general idea from Nichole Heady’s blog  Of course, her ribbon doesn’t look as straggeldy as mine!  But they used pieces of crown molding on the front of each shelf.  Crown molding is cut on a diagonal, so the ribbon sits in there, leaning up against the molding, and pulls easily when you need to cut off a piece…genius!

Here is how I’ve decided to store my cardstock scraps.  I saw this idea over on Nicki’s blog and changed it around a little to work for me.  Nicki’s is way bigger and  prettier than mine, but I like mine, since I can leave it sitting right on my desk ready to use whenever I’m working.  I just cut small circles of the colors I had, and glued them to old file folders that I cut in to dividers.  It’s all sitting in a shoebox size plastic container at arm’s length!

Here’s two ideas that I really like.  Since it would be really hard for me to climb under the desk to plug things in periodically, we mounted a power strip/surge protector on the inside of the desk.  Any time I need to plug in a glue gun, my Cricut, whatever, it can go right there, and I don’t even need to lean over to do it! 

The second idea here is the curtains I made to go under the desk.  I’m also a crazy extreme couponer, so I have some really ugly file cabinets that I keep my newspaper inserts in.  Those fit right up under the desk, along with some other bulky items, and you never have to see any of them, but the curtain slides to the side if you need to use anything under there!

The last functional feature I really love is the door!  They cut it in half for me!!  Why, you may ask?    To keep my room and my paper hair-free from…

Bailey and Alyce, and…

J.D. and…

Megan, and…

Spottie, and…

Jack.  Hey Jack, what are you doing in my new craft room???  I guess he had to give his seal of approval!!

I hope you enjoyed the tour of my little corner of the world.  I’m going to get off my keister and make a video pretty soon too.  I’ll let you know…ie., don’t hold your breath!

For those of you who took the crash course and haven’t read the history behind this room, all of the furniture was custom built by my neighbor Chris.  His wife Suzanne, did the designing, painting, and tons of other stuff.  They ripped up my disgusting carpet, replaced the electrical outlets, put in new GLORIOUS lighting, cut the door in half…everything!  Of course my sweet hubby helped with painting the trim and other sundry jobs! (I heart him!)  Out of pocket, this room cost us a grand total of $22.  Yes, $22.  No, that wasn’t a typo.  We exchanged the neighbors redoing the room for me dog and housesitting for them while they’re on vacation.  Yes, I owe them quite a bit of dogsitting!  And Chris says he would love to build special orders for any of you who may live close ๐Ÿ˜‰

Amy England

Creator of the Scrap This Save That blog and Youtube channel and curator of a ridiculous amount of paper crafting supplies!

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  1. Jovan says:

    Your room looks great…CONGRATS! I wish I could say my room cost that little. Your neighbors are AWESOME! Those paper shelfs are just great!

  2. Maribel says:

    Oh my gosh! You have an amazing craft room! I wish I had a place like that to create in. Gorgeous!!

  3. Norma says:

    Hi Amy, WOW!! I love it:) Your neighbors did a fabulous job along with hubby:) I love the card stock shelving!! The craft room looks very clean and organized what a amazing place to craft! Have fun Amy creating!!!!

  4. CLaire says:

    All I can say is WOW your one lucky lady having all that space just for you.. there is anough room there for two !!!!!
    the storage is amazing… looks so neat and tidy hope it stays that way

  5. Unknown says:

    amy, this is great. it's so nice to see the finished product!

  6. Kat says:

    I love your new room so much that I'm going to feature it on my blog and link to it permanently ๐Ÿ™‚ You did an awesome job! I'll email you with the url to the post as soon as it's published. (Within the next week!) Thanks for letting me know about it and for visiting my blog!

  7. Maquel says:

    A-MAZ-ING!!! Totally and completely fantastic!! You are one lucky lady, and I am super jealous!!! Words can't do it justice! I wish I lived closer so Chris could do this for me! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. ScrappnBee says:

    Fabulous room! Congrats on getting it done! Gorgeous!

  9. Marty Walden says:

    You did a great job! Our rooms are very similar in the need for organization and space to spread out. I am also a yard saler/couponer/Swagbucks freak! Good job!

  10. Amy says:

    Your room is fabulous! You are soooo lucky! I love your cardstock scraps box! Genius! I'm your newest follower ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Lunch Lady Jan says:

    That is such a change from the old room – wow, it's amazing. Not only is it organised, you can see where everything is, so it'll save so much time hunting for stuff. The ribbons shelf is genius, pure and simple – I have ribbon shelf envy!! ๐Ÿ˜€
    Hugs, LLJ xx

  12. Janiel/ janny says:

    LOVE YOUR ROOM!!! You should have tons of mojo flowing with your room looking that way..
    hugs, Janiel

  13. Helen Pigott says:

    Wow that is fabulous! I am sooo pleased I have seen your room as I am kicking OH out of the office he never uses and I'm having it as a craft room, I now have some amazing ideas, thank you very much for sharing.
    Rum x

  14. MaggieC (Silvercrafter) says:

    What a fantastic and organised space you have, and such wonderful neighbours. I bet you soon get lots of stuff lying around the place, because you will have to get more stuff to fill it. There is one unbreakable rule of crafting – if you have space, your stuff expands to overfill it. Have lots of fun.

  15. dianneo says:

    WOW – Really nice! The paper and embellishment wall is really awesome! Have fun playing!

  16. Helen says:

    What a fabulous transformation – and a great price!! Enjoy using it.

  17. Spyder says:

    What an amazing craft room!! all you need is a till and a pile of baskets in the corner, …it's all really bigger than my local(not very crafty) craft shop! Fabulous!!
    Happy WOYWW

  18. Anonymous says:

    I need your neighbours! love the new room, brilliant job, I hope it gives you many happy hours.

    Brenda 67

  19. Kristy says:

    I totally love your room! Thanks for leaving the link! I think I need to change over my scrap storage again. I like yours MUCH better, and I also really like the trim on the edge of your desk. : ) ~ Kristy

  20. Julia Dunnit says:

    RESULT! Totally worth the planning and waiting – it's just wonderful. And a great way to achieve it – good for you. Wishing you many happy hours..especially with that view.

  21. Regina says:

    OMGOSH…I can't type anymore than this…the drool will kill my keyboard!!!


  22. The Crafty Elf says:

    Super room! You are lucky to have such handy neighbours, everyone has done a wonderful job! Enjoy!

  23. Marjo says:

    Wow, awesome craft room, I am beyond green with

    thanks for the peek and sharing.

    xoxo Marjo

  24. Theresa says:

    What an amazing craft room. You must be thrilled beyond reason.

  25. Denise Gifford says:

    Wow What a wonderful room…
    You are truly organized, what a lucky girl …

    Enjoy, and thanks for sharing


  26. S`andra V. says:

    How wonderful. I am loving your room and really wish I lived close. How functional the door is too. What a great room you will be able to enjoy for a long time. Thanks for sharing the transformation. Hope everyone is doing well. You have a great set of neighbors. WTG!!!!
    S`andra V.

  27. CRAZY4 CHRIST says:

    wow I really wish i lived close, my craft room could use a face lift!! Love the paper and embelishment wall that is my dream way of storing my paper and stuff!! I love the curtain idea and the half door!! I store my scraps the same way in file folders but i have mine in a magazine rack and not a shoe box. love the pale blue walls really makes the room feel bigger and lighter not so dark with the brown!!

  28. Felicia - Scrapper in the Making says:

    Wow, what a gorgeous room. I wish your neighbor lived near me. TFS. I'm a new follower. Smooches… Felicia (

  29. abusybee - DoubleClick Connections says:

    Your space is awesome! So worth some dog sitting! Love the wall of embellishments! So fun!

  30. Chriss America Real says:

    Love your space! I am really enjoying seeing eveyone's space! So much fun! This was a cool idea Jovan had to have us post!

  31. RiNNE says:

    Oh wow!!! Your craft room is gorgeous!! Love all the desk space and the paper holders!! Your neighbor is awesome!!!! And for $22??? So amazing!

  32. MadeByKarla says:

    Thats a great exchange! I'll dog/house sit for them too! LOL.

  33. Delia says:

    Wow, I love your organizational tools. The paper holder is the bomb. Very pretty. Delia

  34. Delia says:

    Wow, I love your organizational tools. The paper holder is the bomb. Very pretty. Delia

  35. Fierypixiedust says:

    Holy Moly! This is like my DREAM room! Lucky duck! P.S.- I want to steal all your cute kitties haha

    -Mee Chelle

  36. Aeryn Lynne says:

    Your new craft room is amazing! Love it! Am completely jealous over the cardstock shelves, may I ask where you got it? Or was it DIY?

  37. Melissa says:

    OMG, I am loving your paper storage, your room looks great!

  38. Chriss America Real says:

    This is so great! You might want to stop by my blog during the Desert Diva's Link Up, I am giving away a prize!


  39. teachermom5 says:

    What a wonderful space, I just love the workspace and paper storage. Wow!

  40. abusybee - DoubleClick Connections says:

    Great space!! Love how organized it is! Thanks for joining us over at Craftin Desert Divas Link Party! Guest Designer Carri~Abusybee

  41. Norma says:

    WOW! such a fantastic craft room and I love your storage for all those yummy colorful card stock!!! Thank you for linking up with us for Tara's linky party at Craftin Desert Diva's. Have a great evening!!

  42. Unknown says:

    I am loving your craft room!!! Thank you for linking up with us for Tara's linky party at Craftin Desert Diva's. We hope that you will join us again for future linky parties!

    Cut One Designs by Robin

  43. Lori Comeau says:

    Great space. I would love to work under a window like that.

  44. Norma Gomez says:

    Gorgeous space!! I'd be doing a happy dance too! Love the color on your walls and all the white it looks so fresh. Beautiful job, love it!!

  45. Missy says:

    What a lovely room! I like the detail work in your trim and your paper storage is incredible!!

  46. Country Lady Designs says:

    What a great craftroom. Lucky lady!
    I hope you have lots of fun with it.
    Thanks for sharing with us.


  47. Unknown says:

    Love your space!!!

    Question about your paper organizers…did you make or buy them? and if so can you give dimensions and directions or a website??

  48. Stitchingranny says:

    is the uk close enough?
    I love the paper storage cupboards, though I do like my A4 plastic storage boxes as they keep my paper clean.

  49. Courtney says:

    love your shelving!! where oh where can I buy this?!?

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