Sunday, January 8, 2012

New Year ...New space :):):):):):)

Hi everyone :):):)

Late last year June redid her scrappy space and that gave me the kick in the butt to get mine cleaned up :):):)

For those that remember, we moved at the end of last April, and I went from having a scrap ROOM to a scrap CLOSET! lol :) Which is just fine by me, as I never created in my scrap room before we moved, it was at the back of the house and it kept me away from my family :) So I used to drag stuff out to the living room in our old house and scrapped in there, so that I could be close to the family while I scrapped :):):) So, losing my scrap room wasn't that much of an issue... it was more the SPACE I lost from the BIG scrap room that I had, to the LARGE walk-in closet I downsized too... :):):):):)

I am also one that hates to have boxes sitting around FOREVER when I move... I need to unpack quick and basically put things where they fit :) So when we moved, I unpacked within a week... and the problem with that is..... I unpacked scrappy stuff and it got placed in the LAUNDRY ROOM, and NON scrappy stuff got put in my scrappy closet ... NOT good :):):):):):):)

So when I saw June's progress of her scrappy space... that got me going :):):):):):) And I am *almost* embarrassed to show you the "before" pics... but it is what it is :):):):)

Now ... My scrappy closet MOSTLY worked for me... I knew where all my DT papers were, where all my DT embellishments were... but the problem is.. I had to always MOVE stuff in my scrap closet to get anything that was past the DT stuff... which is NOT good when you have wanted to use your stash forever and a day ;)


So here we go........ (if you want to see any of the collages closer, just click on them to make them bigger)


Here is the BEFORE :)

I would say that probably about 70% of my scrap closet was scrappy stuff... but I also housed extra boxes, gift bags, the kids art/school papers in here... and I had extra stuff in the laundry room that should have been in here instead... so first thing I did was REMOVE all non-scrappy stuff and put it in the laundry room...and brought all the scrappy stuff into my "staging" area for this project, so that when I was ready, I could include them in here :):):):):):)


Next, I decided to sort ALL of my papers by manufacturer (KRISTA...where are you????  I need you to be proud of me on this one! ...no worries...she will get this statement! lol!) :):):):)

Here is my papers as I was sorting them by manufacturer... they were pretty much covering most of my living room floor and dining room table too :):):):):):):):) 


So after they were all sorted by manufacturer (again KRISTA... get in here... she will be so proud of me! lol!).... I bagged each set of papers by manufacturer and put them in my paper tray (that Toni gave me) and also a new rolling cart that Brian got me...
And and and and and ... I alphabetized my rolling cart so I know which drawer the papers are in!! (GO ME!!!)....and for my paper trays, I labeled the front so I know what's in each tray :):):):):):):)
And hehehehehehe... it might be too small to see in the collage... but I have TWO drawers labeled "CRATE".... hmmmm I might be slightly obsessed with Crate Paper, you think?!?!?! lol :):):):):):)


And here is the FINAL RESULT :):):):):):)


And some close ups :):):):):)

Pictures are stored in containers on the top shelf of the closet, my paper trays are side by side with another 12x12 tote bag, and my sewing machine, a couple of years ago I bought a Stickles storage container, and I finally have them all housed in it :):):):)


Here is an idea that I am really proud of... the shelves that are in my closet are wire and have racks on them.... I bought metal rings and binder clips and hung them on the racks... then I hung my embellishments from the binder clips :):):):) This way I can see what embellishments I have and they are easy to get too! :):):):):) I am determined to use A LOT of my stash this year!!! One of my biggest problems about embellishments is if they are in a box or "out of sight" I won't use them cause they are "out of sight"... well not anymore :):):):) I have them all hung up IN MY SIGHT and they WILL be used this year! :):):):):):):):):):) 

The white bins on the left house items I want to alter this year, the middle is once again a shot of where my papers are housed, and on the right is a close up of my sewing machine :):):):):):)

And this last one is a BEFORE and AFTER comparison :):):):):) In the AFTER you can see I can now WALK into my scrap closet!! WOOT WOOT! :):):):) I couldn't do that before! I am SO EXCITED!!! Thanks to June for the inspo! :):):):):):):):):):) 


And one more thing before I head out today..... I wanted to share an AMAZING giveaway that my scrappy buddy DORIS is HAVING!!!! WOOT WOOT!!! She is giving away a $25.00 gift certificate :):):):):):):):):):)



Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate it! :):):)

64 comments:

Antonia Krajicek {Green Horned Unicorn} said...

What a drastic difference!!! It sounds like a ton of work, but I'm sure it will help you create more quickly and efficiently in the end. I love all those green bins and am happy to see you found a use for the paper stand :) Want to come organize my stash next?? Ha!

papertrails leaver said...

Wow! You go girl! That's an awesome transformation. I am not going to show you mine scrappy closet for shame because it's currently housing my wedding dress and tons of stuff I need to destash. I hear you on the paper. It's an addiction I don't want to quit for fear I will pack on pounds from food instead of buying paper. Happy creating to you!

li-bee-ti said...

Way to go for re-organizing your scrappy closet! I'm sure it feels a lot better now.

Annette Bowes said...

WOO HOO Big pat on the back for you Julie, must have took ages but so well worth it!! Had to laugh my craft desk is in my Laundry room lol, along with crafting stuff and I also have crafting stuff under the stairs. I never know how to sort my papers have some by manufacturer and some by theme, must make my mind up lol! Take CareX:)

Michelle H. said...

WOW!! Love it!! Very organized!!
Love all the variety of containers you used!!
So glad Brookie is feeling much better!!
Big hugs to her!!

Annette Bowes said...

p.s. just catching up on your older posts sending cyber hugs to Brookie and hoping her new medication is making her better, big hugsX:)

Charlotte said...

Yeah! You did very well with the re-organization. Looks great. And so many things you have for scrapbooking. So great! And I love to take a look at others scraprooms/closets. :)

karenw said...

If you lived a wee bit closer, I would beg you to come and reorganise my stash...

We will be moving soon as well, so time to get organised then (I hope..)

Great job xx

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Oh wow, you are very organized!!!!

JulieJ said...

Bet that took ages, but well worth it. A New Year re-org seems to be scrappers' version of spring cleaning. I'm due a scraproom move. I scrap on the dining table but stuff never gets put away properly so attracts comments from my parents. Plus I'm like you and don't use stuff because I don't see it. I think that's why I couldn't organise my stash by manufacturer - which is why I have problems sorting stuff for the A -Z challenge I did F yesterday though - go me!)

shire said...

wow, your new space looks so great!!

Dora said...

That is amazing what you have done, looks great now...can you come here...and organize for me:):):)

Christiane said...

girl, i'm really, really proud of you!!!
and i'm glad that brookie is feeling better!!
hugs

Jolanda said...

Wow Julie, this is an amazing make-over!! I love you´re space, it really is so well organized now. Wish you lots and lots and lots of fun using your new closet.

Sheila said...

GLAD Brookie is feeling much better! LOVE how you made the most of a little space...June inspired you, now you have inspired me...I have a room dedicated to crafting, but in the next month, I will redo it!!! As soon as I can get my painter guy to commit to a date I will know more! THanks!!!

Cinnibonbon said...

Now that's a stash!!!

Nancy said...

Wow that is a brilliant difference, I really need to sort my scrapping space out and I am inspired now. I also need to go on a scrap busting mission to use up alot of my bits.

Thanks for sharing your tidying journey.
x

Sara Zenger said...

Happy to hear Brookie is feeling better! You have done some great organizing!!! keep it up!!

June Houck said...

Julie, I am amazed. Sorting paper by manufacturer alone is a monumental task. I actually told my dh a couple of weeks ago that I want a way to hang my My Pink Stamper stamp sets from my wire rack in my closet; I just hadn't gotten to it yet. Perhaps I was waiting for YOU to inspire ME. You have totally "wow"ed me. I'll bet you will be even more productive now too. What good advice: don't keep embellies out-of-sight.
You & I have swapped spaces; a year ago I had a teeny craft room away from my family in a very small upstairs bedroom and a closet that I was afraid to open the door of (it looked waaaayyyyyy worse than your before pics!) Now I am in the basement where we hang out all weekend and I have a nice big room.

Julie, I am so impressed, proud, and delighted over what you have accomplished. YOU are an inspiration!

Lea said...

Wow Julie this is impressive. Two drawers of Crate huh? LOL I just revamped my scrappy space as well. Easy access to items makes a big difference!

Helen Tilbury said...

Congrats my friend! It is so much more organised & I know how good that feels - I can tell how excited you are to be in such a workable space now!! You will love having your papers sorted out by manufacturer & now that you've done it it is easy to maintain from now on - I changed to this system 3 years ago & have never looked back!! Enjoy!!!

Heather said...

I love how the new year always brings out the "lets get organized" in all of us. Last week after the tree came down I re-arranged the living room and dinning room and did a little touch up to the kitchen. I just love the "new" feel of moving things around. :) Looks great!! Have fun.

scrapbookertink said...

I bet you feel better and more organised LOL, have fun in your new area, take care Doreen x

lenas said...

Wow Julie... I'm impressed!!! It looks soooo tidy!!! I also don't have a scraproom, not even a walk-in closet like yours... my stuff is stored throughout the whole house!! Sometimes I even forget where I put away my things... I have to get more organized!! *sigh*

Jenna Ruth said...

Your space looks great! Every once in a while I love to sort through all my stuff... you never know what cool things you'll find!

Angi said...

You go girl. I'm sooo inspired. What kind & size of plastic bags did you use for the paper? I like to scrap in the living room too so that I can hang out with Rachel. My scrappy closet is a mess too. Gotta get some rings to hang my embellies. Great idea. Love this!

Cindy deRosier said...

Wow- awesome! It's so much easier to work in a neat space. Have fun!!

Debbie P said...

Wow, what a difference. You did an amazing job! Good for you!!!

Georgia Visacri said...

Julie, your space look great, you did such a good job on this! I was laughing here when I read about the way you unpack because I do it exactly the same way, LOL, what a coincidence!

have a great week, my friend!

Erica Marshall said...

That looks great!! So you store your stuff in that closet and then take out what you want to scrap with and bring it out somewhere in the house? It sounds simple enough yet I NEVER thought of that! =) I may have to do that in our new house too instead of obsessing about needing a room! Thanks Julie and great job!

Jinny Newlin said...

Whoooooa, girl! Totally impressed with your organization! Please, please, PLEASE come do my space now ;)! TFS!

Krista said...

:D very, very proud of you girly!! nice job. and you 'll love how much easier it is to get to your stuff and how much you'll actually USE!

Jeanet said...

Wow, Julie!! Amazing work! It looks so tidy and clean! What a job ;)
Love the rings with the binder clips, great idea!

Nati Tristan said...

You did a fabulous job!!!!!!!!!!! Now please please come and do mine! :o)

Linda Jordan said...

Wow, what an amazing transformation & an awesome stash!!

Linda
http://lasteve1.blogspot.com

dlwidder said...

So glad Brookie is feeling better! :-D Awesome job reorganizing your scrap space! Amazing transformation! Totally need to organize mine so I can at least see my scrap table! LOL

Thanks for posting the link to my giveaway! I greatly appreciate it!!!

Sherrie K. said...

Hi Julie,
I came over from visiting June's blog. Wow, I really need to go back and have her kick me in the butt to get my room organized and clean after seeing yours. LOL! You did a great job-I am sure it feels good to have it all done too:)TFS!
Sherrie K
http://sherriescraps.blogspot.com

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Wow...awesome job! cherry

Linda B said...

Wow, Julie, I am so impressed! I've just GOT to get organized!!!

Leintje* said...

How cool is that, you've got a scrap walk in closet!!!! Look at all those amazing stuff!!! I love it!!

Love from The Netherlands,
Leintje*

Carin McDonough said...

Wow Julie, what a difference that must have taken ages to sort out! Love what you did with your embelies, what a fantastic idea! :)

Diana Fisher said...

Wow! That is an amazing re-do! Great job organizing it all. I have my papers by manufacturer, too. Love it! :)

Theresa said...

woot!!!! you go girl!!!! =) way to use the space you have... Awesome job. It is always more of a mess before you get to the end. looks so organized.. wish I could see it in person. I store my papers by manufacturer too. it's how my brain works best. and I struggle how to best use my embellie stash too. i have a clip it up, but there is still too much in drawers. ooh.. and i love crate too.. never too much crate. =)
Happy Sunday!!!

anne g-i said...

wow! amazing!!! i am in the process of gutting my room so i can re-organize. it was a disaster and so un-usable before (of course i'm not done so it's still un-usable!). my challenge is to create a system where i can easily pack and go when i crop elsewhere and easily and quickly put it all back so i can actually crop at home too! i've had my papers sorted by manufacturer but i've gotten away from that over time. will be interested to hear what impact you notice from your new system.

Diana Waite said...

way to go Julie--this is impressive!!

Debbie said...

It's amazing to see the difference in the before pictures and after pictures! I also store my papers by manufacturers. Love how you hung the embellishments. My closet also has wire racks and I'm going to buy some rings and get my embellishments organized like you. Thanks for sharing!

margie c {The Bumble Girl} said...

Wow! Look at all that yummy stuffs! You go girl! What a great way to start out the new year :) TFS!!!

Sheena said...

YAY!! Good for you! Weather you have a cloest, a room or a rolling bag, it is always great when you know where everything is and can get to it. Way to go!

Linda R. said...

Amazing transformation. You have to feel so good right about now!!!

Hugs, Linda

Lisa Andrews said...

Wow. what a great use of a big closet. Love how organized you are. The rings with embellishments hanging on the is a great idea. Have fun using up all of those products!

Jennifer said...

LOVE all the great organization, Julie!!! Very inspiring!!! The binder clips are perfect!!! I know what you mean about out of sight out of mind.
My goal is to get more organized with my craft stuff etc... I'm going to make an IKEA trip soon! (= Thanks for the inspiration!!! (=

Sudha - Art Admirer said...

Wow awesome. U have lots of lots of stuff n how smartly u have organized each n everything. LOve it.

Sudha
sudha-kalra.blogspot.com

Tyggereye said...

Wow this is great. You did such an overhaul. Good for you! I'm struggling with what I want to do to my areas. I'm not feeling them as is.

Leah Crowe said...

You are my hero!! I don't know how you pack all that into that little space, but you do, and it looks fabulous!!!! Rock on Julie!!! :) :) :)

Audrey Pettit said...

Wow! Good for you, Julie! I know this was a TON of work, but how satisfying it all must be now. :)

Lynette said...

You are super organised...that must be how you get so much done...I am seriously impressed.

Deana said...

Looks awesome! Very organized! Love it!

Staci said...

BRAVO!!! Now come do my room!!!

yyam said...

Oh wow! That's a lot of work getting organized! And you have a ton of stuff! :)

Glad that you are all organized now and can see and use all your stash! :)

shaunnaRooskie said...

holy cow! 18000% improvement, i am super impressed!!! wanna come do mine next??? :D

Kim said...

Loved seeing your craft space! Thanks for sharing! Hope your using your stash better now! I agree out of sight out of mind!
~Kim

Joni Parker said...

Wow...ALMOST makes me want to clean up my space. But I get started and I just end up scrappin!...LOL!!

Val said...

Wowzers, you have been working hard on organization, it looks great! I bet it makes scrapping even more fun:)

Teddyree said...

WOW I'm super, super impressed ... want to visit Australia and help me get organised; since you're now an expert LOL

I'm going to bookmark this in my favourites as inspiration to get my scrap space cleaned up ... complete with embarrassing before and after pics hehee. Oh and I have two drawers for Basic Grey paper so don't feel bad :))

Once again ... job well done!!