I love my craft room shelves! I’ve gotten them into a workable state, and I want to show them off! Of course they’re not quite “perfect” yet, but that’s okay. I’m using them and enjoying them as I gradually acquire the last containers/bins that I am hoping to get.
My intent is to have my entire craft supply stash (well, very nearly all of it, anyway) stored in this Expedit shelf unit from Ikea. A large portion will be scrapbooking stuff, since my paper-crafting supplies seem to take up the most room! Sewing is another one of my main hobbies, but I don’t tend to accumulate supplies that aren’t earmarked for specific projects. The sewing things that I will have in the shelf unit (my machines will live elsewhere, of course) tend to be tools and notions (I include thread in this category) and scrap fabric. (Oh yeah, and those bins of upholstery swatches…but those are for another day.)
So here’s a peek at how my shelves look today (click for a very slightly larger picture).
Here’s a “tour” of the shelves: row by row, cubby by cubby (let’s label each cubby A through E, left to right).
Row 1 (top): A: mini albums and jar of sewing thread; B: bin of “flat” scrapbooking embellishments (die cuts and journal cards, rub-ons, stickers, some chipboard); C: 100(!) colored gel pens and my PageMaps flashcards; D: bin of scrapbooking alphas; E: catch-all shelf currently holding my foam blenders, Project Life kit leftovers, and card bases
Row 2: A: bin of “not-flat” scrapbooking embellishments (flowers, rhinestones, brads, etc.); B: paper in Cropper Hopper paper holders; C: bin of punches and a few other paper-cutting tools, like a small paper trimmer and a circle cutter; D: 6×6, 8×8 paper, some card blanks, and scrapbooking kits; E: bin of stamping paraphernalia (mostly clear/acrylic stamps but a few other kinds, blocks, inks, embossing powders, rags)
Row 3: A: photo boxes of sewing notions, a couple journals, and my sewing machine manuals; B: drawer insert with sewing machine accessories and sewing tools (my shears, etc.); C: crafting books (sewing, scrapbooking, photography, flower arranging, etc.); D: drawer insert with my heat embossing tool, Silhouette accessories, and glue gun– and an entirely empty drawer(!!); E: folders of craft inspiration and my Lettered Olive Handmade paperwork and a photo box filled with an assortment of empty glass jars
Now, these last two rows of shelves are the most “in-progress,” since I don’t have appropriate bins to hold what will eventually live in them…You can see in the photo that I have bright orange scrap paper labels on most of the shelves to designate their future use.
Row 4: A: random scrapbooking stuff that hasn’t been put away (in the future, a bin with paint supplies will go here); B: (in the future, a bin for adhesives, extra staples, and other more general office supplies will go here); C: random Project 366 stuff that needs to be sorted (in the future, a bin for crayons and markers will go here); D: (in the future, a bin for beading supplies will go here); E: (in the future, a bin for flower arranging supplies will go here)
Row 5: A: Bible study binder and “stuff-to-be scrapbooked” organization folder (undesignated for the future); B: empty photo box and box of empty page protectors of various sizes; C: yarn and embroidery floss (in the future, this will be contained in a bin); D: plastic bags of fabric scraps (in the future, this also will be contained in a bin); E: random collection of (empty) picture frames, Silhouette mats, and other stuff with no home (undesignated for the future).
So probably, that was not very interesting to most readers. But writing it out has helped me to see what I “need” for the future:
- At least 7 bins/baskets to contain/corral/protect supplies
- At least 1 or 2 more Cropper Hopper paper holders and probably some dividers to keep my papers, especially the kits tidy and safe. There is a expandable file at the bottom right hand corner of the photo holding almost all of my patterned paper. I’d like to get this paper into the shelving unit.
- A system/place to store “stuff-to-be-scrapbooked.” Vague, I know, but I’m not sure what I envision yet.
- Right now, the bins for embellishments and alphas are sufficient. But I can see a time when I’d like them to be a bit more organized, so someday, I’ll want to have a better system for storing them.
- Frames for a few decorative items that I’d like to display in my shelves.