From Dark Basement to Dapper Scrapbook Room
See how smart storage solutions helped one scrapbooker claim space in a family-friendly basement office that accommodates the whole clan.
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Basement Makeover Creates Fun Space
This basement makeover started with a smart new layout that tripled the Crow family's work space. Homeowner Nick Crow built two desks on one wall and added a peninsula made of modular cubes topped with medium-density fiberboard. The cubes add loads of storage for Michelle Crow's scrapbooking supplies and the kids' toys and games. An acrylic pegboard and a carpet-tile bulletin board maximize vertical space.
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Nick and Michelle Crow's basement was once a collect-all area for toys, boxes of paperwork, and computer equipment. Determined to turn the tide, the couple crafted a room where Michelle scrapbooks, Nick works, and their children, Bella and Eli, play. "It has allowed each of us to do something we enjoy yet be together as a family," Michelle says.
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A desk organizer makes a perfect home for a portable cardmaking kit filled with stamping supplies and embellishments.
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On the Wall Storage
Shelving mounted on the wall or on pegboard helps maximize counter space.
Use pegboard accessories to add storage options, such as a bar to hold ribbon and decorative tape.
Clip stickers and rub-ons on a clipboard that can be easily detached and taken with you.
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Convenient Scrapbook Storage Options
Colorful hardware caddies keep small embellishments such as buttons, brads, and eyelets contained.
Modular cubes with slots make it easy to organize 12x12-inch paper while keeping it accessible.
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Game Board Gallery
Display photos or finished scrapbook pages by attaching a clip to a game board.
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Keep Your Desk Clear
Glue or nail carpet tiles to the wall for a colorful bulletin board to hold your inspiration, color swatches, or half-finished pages.
Mount a spice rack on the wall or prop it on a ledge to store colorful embellishments.
Store photos and digital scrapbooking supplies on CDs and stash them in a basket near your computer.