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Small Space Organization: Craft Desk

December 29, 2007 Sarah Coggins
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Each year after Christmas and with the New Year on the horizon, I tend to get into a spring cleaning mood a bit early. This year I thought I would share some of the scrap room organization ideas I’ve incorporated over the past year. I’m going to break it up into multiple posts over the next few days. Hopefully, you’ll find a bit of inspiration. Click on any of the images for a better view.

The room where I “play” is the smallest bedroom in our house – 10 feet by 10 feet – but carries a LOT of responsibility. The computer area, my scrap space, and cats’ litter box all squeeze in. Until about 3 months ago, the treadmill lived in there too. Yup, chaos! LOL The floor plan to the right will give you an idea of how tight things are.

My scrap desk is located opposite the door. I like this spot where I can see the tv and see the furkids coming and going. Sometimes they just lay in the hallway outside the door and watch me or nap.

Scrapbooking Desk

The desk itself was the first official scrapbooking/craft¬†furniture purchase I made when we bought the house. I got it at AC Moore for $50 using a 50% off coupon. That’s just the start of my “deals” in this space [remember, I’m a big coupon-er and money saver].

The light fixture next to the desk was a hand-me-down from a friend who was moving. So glad I scooped that up as it gives me excellent lighting when working on my projects.

The wallboard and shelving are from Pottery Barn. It’s a discontinued item called “Wayne Modular.” I was eyeing it in their catalogs and online late last year, but it was out of my price range (the board alone was over $100!). In January, they slashed the prices by up to 90% so I managed to get 2 boards, 2 shelves, 5 ledges, and 1 pin board for about $120 (original price about $600!). The other board hangs over our computer desk, but that will have to wait for another post as this one is already getting long.

On the ledges over the craft desk, I keep a variety of embellishments and tools in Making Memories storage jars. The top ledge has the large size jars with foam stamps. I’ve added a simple MM metal rimmed vellum tag to each and printed the stamp types in Two Peas Old Type font.

The ledge below it has a collection of 12 of the smaller MM jars with buttons, tabs, flowers, etc. The jars are flanked by two metal tin containers I picked up at the Target dollar spot in the spring. The one on the left holds my MM paints and the one on right right I use for miscellaneous loose embellishments I’m currently using.

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  • scrappermimi December 29, 2007 at 1:41 am
    Such a great scrappy room! Love it! I organized my cardstock today! Of all things to need to straighten, lol!
  • Ter December 29, 2007 at 2:37 am
    awesome! When are you coming over to my house to organize my space? ;)
  • angel December 29, 2007 at 9:52 am
    oh how I wish we had a potterybarn!! They have the cutest stuff ever! Love love love that!
    Your closet looks great!
    have a great weekend
  • Gina (frazzledmom) December 29, 2007 at 1:08 pm
    Wow!1 I'm jealous of how organised you are. You really have maximized your space.
  • :: gingerkitty :: December 29, 2007 at 1:15 pm
    Okay will you come to my house and organize. I have a cat littler box in my design too. LOve the wall shelving
  • oceans5 December 29, 2007 at 2:20 pm
    Love your space. I plan on posting pics of my scrap area soon. I just haven't gotten around to it yet:)
  • Ryzmomplus2 December 29, 2007 at 2:38 pm
    Love this and I love organizing my scraproom. I don't care how much room you have - it always needs to be organized!
  • Colleen December 29, 2007 at 5:32 pm
    It's was interesting to see your space! Like the idea of the foam stamps in the jars! I have some MM ones in a box, but think I like that idea better!
  • Emilia December 30, 2007 at 12:47 pm
    oh! I love this post! I am always curious about other's crafty room! Yours looks great and I love how you organize it! Super neat!
  • Lorie March 2, 2008 at 5:13 pm
    I really love those shelves!! Im always on the lookout for great ideas. Thanks!
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