An odd-shaped attic and a case of plastic-phobia made storage a challenge in Scrapbooks Etc. contributing editor Erikia Ghumm's plans for a scrapbook workplace. But her keen eye for vintage finds and a homespun sense of style turned this challenging spot into her favorite room in the house.
A spray-painted curtain rod covered in colorful vintage fabrics hides plastic drawers from view.
Erikia rustled up bins and boxes from secondhand stores, estate sales, antiques shops, and friends. Old fruit and soda crates organize paints and albums, while colored boxes store old family photographs by date.
Erikia "beat up" this collection of storage cubes with alcohol ink and then replaced contemporary hardware with glass knobs.
Colorful locker bins hide "messy" items, such as accents, books, and cardmaking supplies. Below the bins, photo boxes hold old family pictures and negatives.
Old suitcases with "luggage tag" labels stash everything from photos to beads stacked in boxes.
From her kitschy snow-globe collection to the state plates on display, Erikia Ghumm's scrapbooking room fondly recalls another era. "I've always loved old things, ever since I was little," Erikia says. She personalizes her storage solutions with her creations, such as the tags on this wooden crate.
Rather than having a mess of paint bottles cluttering her workspace, Erikia turned the supplies into tidy dots of color in vintage soda boxes. She groups them by hue to make them easier to locate -- and nicer to look at. "It's less busy this way," she says.
Small items like eyelets and brads are easily retrievable in tiny jars housed in square tins.
An antique-store treasure hides rubber stamps from view.
Old cans and crates become perfect storage for tools.
Erikia purchases bags of trinkets from Goodwill and scans garage sales for discarded treasures to decorate her home and crafts projects.
Erikia heads to the couch when she wants to dream up a sketch.