Frugal Scrapper Extraordinaire:)

For those of you who have been following my blog, THANK YOU, I'm still here and as FRUGAL as ever. I'm just expanding my blog title to further reflect my "altered" muse. I'm still the same (sometimes goofy) FRUGAL SCRAPPER that I've always been and will continue to focus on FRUGAL papercrafting projects:)

Friday, June 15, 2012

FD Craft Room Blog Hop and awesome prize!


Ya know, things just work out  they should sometimes, don't they?  The Frosted Designs Blog is hosting a Crafting Room Blog Hop from Friday, June 15th at 6 p.m. Central Time until Sunday, June 17th and since I JUST redesigned my craft room, I was THRILLED to be able to participate.

First of all, I just have to show you my "old" crafting room...well now I know that I am still VERY BLESSED in the fact that I do have a crafting room of my own to begin with, ya know?

O.k., now on to my current crafting room.  This is the picture of my current room BEFORE the redesign.  Now, this is when my "creative" juices were flowing, but I have to be honest and say, I almost NEVER cleaned it up (much to my OCD hubby's dismay).


So, I know that I should count my blessings (and I do) since I do have quite a few of those crafting cubes but I never seemed to have enough storage space.

We then found ourselves the proud owners of a corner desk that I knew would be the PERFECT addition to my space...so my very sweet hubbie and I proceeded to move the desk from our garage into my crafting room...BOY was that desk (and all it's parts) HEAVY!

Here is my redesigned crafting space.

I wanted to show you all a close-up of my work space, too.

I just LOVE the depth here.  I can leave my recently created projects out for inspiration. Below is the other side of the room.  The shelf at the bottom is actually from Target and is supposed to store shoes.  I did not install the cross boards because I wanted bigger openings.  I found rectangular baskets at Michaels that are perfect for storing ribbon, punches, catalogs, etc in them.



I've had the shelf at the top for a very a long time.  I store my alcohol inks, stickles and mini misters along with jars filled with buttons on these shelves.

I also want to show you one of my favorite organizational tips.

Being a HUGE Tim Holtz fan, I have a TON of distress inks and organize them here.

I got a really cute suitcase from Michaels a while back and it's perfect for storing my inks.  I also placed a few long, narrow baskets in the lid to store some of my favorite and most used tools/supplies.

When I want to go to a crop, I just take the baskets out and close up the suitcase for easy travel with my inds.  Here is a close up of how I label my inks to keep them straight.

I know there are many ways to do this, but all I did was take a sticker sheet and type all of my colors on it.  Then I trimmed the list so they would fit on the side of the ink containers...yes, I know, I could even get more organized and put them in alphabetical order...maybe another day:)

I hope you've enjoyed taking a look at my crafting space.  With all of the added drawers from the desk, I have plenty of storage space now...can you keep a secret????  I actually have 2 or 3 drawers that are currently empty...just don't tell my hubby, o.k.?

O.k., now if you've made it all the way to the end of this message, first of all, you deserve a huge THANK YOU...and of course a chance to win a most wonderful PRIZE!


Now since this is my first prize offering, I will need to limit it to the 48 contiguous states at this time.  To enter, just leave me a comment below and I will randomly pick a winner.  You have until 12 midnight Pacific time on June 17th to leave a comment.  I will randomly choose a winner on January 18th at 7 p.m. Pacific time.  I will post the winner on my blog at that time and ask you to contact me with your address.

Thanks so much for visiting!  Now go on and get to the next stop in the blog hop.  The links are below.

Ann http://annsnovemberrose.blogspot.com// prize
Teresa Jaye http://teresajaye.blogspot.com// prize
Anita http://theflamingochronicals.blogspot.com/ /
Lynn http://scrappyhappymom.blogspot.com// prize
Michelle http://daisymaisiejournalingmomma.blogspot.com// prize
Lori http://scrappinmystressaway.blogspot.com// prize
Sarah http://scrapsbysarah.blogspot.com//
Lydia http://kiwimumscraps.blogspot.com//
Sassy http://sassymoments.blogspot.com// prize
Ashley http://ashleyspaperdoll.blogspot.com// no prize, this time
Brenda http://www.brendasscrappyblog.blogspot.com// no prize
Susie http://www.thedieshaveit.com// no prize
Laurie http://www.laurielariviere.blogspot.com// no prize
Lori M http://frugalscrapper.blogspot.com// prize YOU ARE HERE:)
Carol http://carolpaperie.blogspot.com// prize
Channa http://crafts-pieces.blogspot.com// prize

Don't forget to leave a comment by June 17th AND stop back on June 18th at 7 p.m. Pacific time to see if you've won!

45 comments:

Ann said...

Your secret is safe with me! I'm also pretty sure that those drawers won't be empty for long! Fantastic space!

Lynn said...

I just love the before and after photos! What a fabulous space. I agree that those drawers won't be empty for long!

Laurie LaRiviere said...

what a gorgeous space, I love the marble counter and all those drawers!

April said...

WOW that deak is amazing!!! It's perfect for your space. :) Love the suitcase idea too...

Andrea Fogleman said...

WoW very cool ideas and love the makeover. Fabulous! Thanks for sharing.

Lori Apgar said...

LOVE that suitcase!!! I had no idea there were so many ink colors!!! Great room!

debbiebakk said...

I love the corner desk - that is what I need. Love the idea to label all your distress inks- I think I will go do that TONIGHT- before I get into another project.. Thanks for sharing your wonderful craft space with us I enjoyed this blog hop very much Happy Scrapping!

Audra said...

Love your new desk so many drawers yet so gorgeous and I am so going to label my distress inks that way so I dont have to dig threw the stack. Thanks for sharing.

Susan Martin said...

You have SUCH an amazing space.. that marble counter top is beautiful!!!! I love how you store everything. I'm going to label my ink pads like that! I did them in marker, but I love the white labeling.. stands out so much better!

Karen Bahit said...

Yes Yes Yes I LOVE your space... All of the counter space is WONDERFUL!!! Oh to have a space like that one day!!

You are indeed blessed!!

hoppily,
Karen

Karen T said...

Love your counter tops- and work area, thanks for the tour!! I'll be taking before and after shots myself this weekend, as I continue to organize my space as well.

Allisa said...

That is one awesome desk and it looks like it does weigh a ton! it is gorgeous and look at all the drawers it has! I love it! Congrats on your room remodel!

Julie Dionne said...

You have a gorgeous space ! Love all the storage ! Thanks for sharing. Unfortunately I don't live within the territory you specified for your giveaway so good luck to all who do !

silvia said...

Great craft space!! I LOVE the suitcase that you are using for ink storage!!

Angela said...

Neat area! I really liked how you labeled your inks! I think it is a great idea!

Jacquie Southas said...

love the desk & desk top Lori - the new space looks awesome!

D- said...

I know you could put your inks in alphabetical order but how long would they really stay that way? lol. Your space is wonderful. TFS.
dmcardmaker at aol dot com

sandee said...

wow, what a beautiful corner desk, with that top I bet it was heavy, but gorgeous to look at! Love your new space, I bet those 2 drawers will fill up soon! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

Christina Ketelsen said...

Girl you did great at redoing the room. I am in love with the desk you put up. May I ask where in the world did you get that pink paper trimmer? LOL yup I love pink but fave is purple. Thank's for taking the time to share your work area! Christina

loulou said...

I'm absolutely green with envy that desk is wonderful, cheers Linda

Lori said...

LOVE that work space, just ideal for my taste! So much light, I am so lacking the light.

lori.bourg@gmail.com

Channa said...

I am loving your room after the remodel, so much space, just lovely!
Channa

Cat said...

Ooooh how lovely! I needed an idea for myown distress inks and bits and the suitcase idea is wonderful! Xx

Teresa Jaye said...

oh.my.goodness - that desk is completely amazing! SCORE!!!!!!!
I LOVE your space - so bright and beautiful! I was going to show my distress ink storage too but then my post got so photo heavy that I skipped it! Thanks for sharing your space - now try to keep it neat !!!!

Sarah said...

That's a great corner desk! I love the suitcase idea too! (you can leave me out of the draw...I live in Canada...just wanted to tell you that I love your room!)

sarahstone said...

I love your desk. I really want a big one like that. Thanks for the inspiration.

Sarah
sarahstonecreations.blogspot.com
sarahstone@marykay.com

Emily H said...

What a fabulous remodel! Your craft space is beautiful!

Ceal said...

Love your new space!

julie e said...

What a great remodel!

Laura Alberts said...

Love your post-remodel pictures!!

Tami said...

I'm loving this blog hop since I'm soon going to move into one of the bedrooms for my own space! Dad's making me some beautiful iris carts that are customized. I can't wait!
Fondly, Tami
www.thisandthatfromtami.blogspot.com

LindaV said...

Your new space is fabulous!

LindaV
The Tulip Collector

scrapbaby! said...

What a beautiful (new) space!

csewy-csescrap13 said...

Wow! Your new scrap desk looks wonderful...love the large work area and all of the storage space! Thanks for sharing!

Rachelle said...

what a beautiful crafting space! i love the suitcase! great for storage and very interesting to look at :) you are so lucky to have some empty drawers...they will be lots of fun to fill <3 thanks for sharing!

Barbara said...

Love the redo! A suitcase.....excellent idea! Thanks for sharing.

Becky B. said...

So glad that I discovered your wonderful blog...I'm now a follower! :) Thanks so much for sharing the pics of your terrific craft room...your giant L-shaped desk is fantastic and perfect for spreading out projects-in-progress.

Kim said...

Wow what a fabulous work space the desk offers!! Thanks for sharing :)
follower
~Kim
http://crazyaboutscrapin.blogspot.com

Debbie said...

How lucky you are to have that large work space to create! Love the idea of using the suitcase to store your inks! Thanks for sharing!

Laurie Petritis said...

What a dream! Countertop is amazingly gorgeous. Great remodel job! Love the shoe cabinet idea....very clever! Laurie email LP3Leos@comcast.net

Katherine said...

You have an amazing space! What great work area. Thanks for the chance to win.

Roxy said...

Unfortunately I'm in Canada, so I'm not eligible for your prize, but I wanted to leave a comment to say I love your space and your massive corner piece - beautiful!!!

Margie said...

I love seeing your crafty space, and especially your Distress Ink storage!

Robin said...

I'm so glad to see your CA space. Now I can just see you at that gorgeous desk creating your beautiful cards. You've come a LONG way from that tiny room in your PA basement. Love it!!

CraftyGirl said...

What a cool space you have!! The corner desk is gorgeous and the perfect addition to your room!! I love the way you stored your inks!

Barb :)