Shared-Space Scrapbooking Studio

Minimal space demands maximum organization. Check out how scrapbooker Jen Lessinger conquered her storage issues, and find solutions you can use in your own scrapbook space.

No Space Is Too Small

Jen makes the most of her small space with large, multipurpose furniture pieces. She's amassed a grouping that gives her plenty of storage options, ample scrapping space, and loads of style.

Pick Pieces With Flexible Storage Options

This Expedit storage unit from IKEA has 16 compartments that Jen converted into rows of shelves, drawers, and cabinets for easy organization. The base bookcase runs about $150 and can be outfitted with drawers, cabinet doors, baskets, and totes to hold -- and hide -- all sorts of supplies.

Organize Supplies By Color

Like many scrapbookers, Jen sorts her cardstock by color in clear stacking paper trays. The open-ended trays make it easy to access sheets and see when supplies are running low.

Stash Loose Items In Drawers

The drawers below her stacked cardstock hold Jen's stash of embellishments, all sorted by color. Jen finds that grouping by color makes it easy for her to pull together a cohesive color scheme when working on a project.

Use Plastic Bins

Low-cost plastic bins with snap-on lids keep Jen's painting supplies under control, and because they're clear, she can see what's inside. Plastic storage bins are easy to clean so they're a great solution for wet supplies like paints and inks that may spill or leak.

Make Your Work Space Inspirational

The space above Jen's desk can be seen from other rooms in her home, so Jen opted for an inspirational and decorative arrangement rather than a super hardworking one. She used large vinyl letters to add a quick quote about her craft to the wall.

Let Colors Shine Through Glass Containers

Colorful ribbons become a decorative detail when used to fill two large glass vases that sit on the shelf above Jen's desk.

Look For Low-Cost Solutions

Jen does most of her scrapping at the island she had installed in her scraproom. Though hers was custom-built, you could easily make your own version using stock base cabinets found at a home improvement store. The top of Jen's island is a cut-to-size piece of Formica, which is sturdy, easily cleaned, and not pricey. The cabinet doors provide lots of hideaway space for miscellaneous supplies.

Make Things Convenient

The drawers in the island cabinets make it easy for Jen to keep often-used supplies close at hand. Adhesives get a drawer of their own within easy reach.

Store Patterned Paper Upright

For easy access, Jen sorts her patterned paper by color and stashes the groups in vertical paper holders. Since the sheets stand upright, none are buried or hard to see, and the rigid containers keep sheets safe.

Install Pullout Shelves

A pullout shelf holds plastic baskets filled with chipboard embellishments, stickers, and rub-ons. The pullout trays make it easier for Jen to sift through her materials. Check with your local hardware store for types of cabinet retrofit kits.

Make The Most Of Your Surfaces

By pairing two sturdy cubes, Jen made a multifunctional base for her electronic die-cutting tool that enables her to leave it plugged in and ready for use without cluttering her desktop. The cubes sit near her desk, making it easy to access the die-cutting machine as well as the books and other supplies housed in them.

Make Tools And Supplies Accessible

Rather than sorting her buttons by color into small jars, Jen opted for a storage method that also gives her a chance to play a little. Black lidless bins house buttons of all colors and when Jen needs some for a project, she simply scoops out a handful and finds the right match. Often-used punches sit in a matching bin and are easy to access whenever she needs them.

Keep New Favorites In Plain Sight

Though most of her embellishments are stashed away, Jen keeps a few favorites in open view to remind her to use them on upcoming projects. This little carousel -- the Clip It Up! from Simply Renee, Inc. -- makes it easy for her to see what she has to work with.

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