Scrapbook Room Ideas

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Craft Room Ideas from Marty's Musings 

*I’m in the process of redoing my craft room and would love if you’d take a look at my inspiration board and follow my progress on Instagram!

***Want to see how close I got to my inspiration? Here’s the reveal of my new craft room!

I thought I’d give a little update on my scrapbook room with ideas and organizational hints and post a few new and improved photographs.

To refresh your memory my room before the transformation looked like this:

My oldest son and I shared the space. It started out as my scrapbook room (after having many different occupants), and then my son moved into it the year before he went to college. I had all my “stuff” here but no room to work. Last fall Joshua moved to college and I reclaimed my room! He still uses it on visits at home and during the summer, but since we have a twin bed now it is much easier to keep manageably clean.

I spent weeks devouring websites and magazines trying to plan out my space. I was possessed with this project, probably more than any other one in our 20 years in this house. My husband and I enjoyed countless hours talking through my options and ways to keep the remodel as cheap as possible. We actually transformed the room in stages, moving out the full bed, chest and bookcase and replacing them with a twin bed. This immediately gave us a tremendous freedom in space! My husband also painted in stages as we repositioned things around the room. I had also cleaned out my supplies BEFORE we started moving things around and sold the extras on Craigslist.

Here’s the main wall of the room. My husband built the countertop and shelves according to my specific needs and scrapbooking supplies. You will notice that my counter is waist high. I scrap and create standing up and there was much consternation over the exact height of the counter. Luckily, we figured right and it is perfect! I bought a desk chair at a yard sale and it was a great buy and the most comfortable chair. (My cats like it, too!)

The biggest splurge was the flat screen TV. The screen doubles as a computer monitor. Without this we couldn’t figure out a place to put the old TV without losing a ton of space. This was a great purchase. I also splurged on an Ott-lite because I have heard wonderful things about them. Half price at Jo-Ann’s.  The countertop was discounted at Home Depot and I adore it! Blends in with the room without showing lots of dust and “mistakes!”

Craft Room Ideas from Marty's Musings

This is one of my favorite storage solutions! I adore ribbon and have far too many rolls that I have gotten at yard sales and craft stores. I wanted to be able to see as much of it as possible because it inspires me and I use it often on cards and layouts.  My husband rigged the dowel rods and hooks. A perfect solution plus it’s pretty to look at!


I have a stool here in case I want to scrap or work sitting down. One of my top goals for this room was being able to keep my Cricut out to use whenever I wanted. Score! This little table was in our living room and I repurposed it for my room. Perfect! (Actually, now I have an old non-functioning sewing machine that belonged to my mom and serves as the table for my Cricut.)

My husband built this wooden shelving unit for paper, but I repurposed it for idea books stored in the closet.

I used two of the tackle boxes for alphabet letters and misc. small embellishments. It’s not the most immaculate closet but I can get to everything!


My scrapbook room’s design ended up revolving around the two units I bought at Goodwill for $20 total (below).  The unit had 6″x6″ cubbies with removable partitions. I removed several of them to allow the units to be used for 12×12 paper. Absolutely perfect solution for my massive collection! (I am slightly paper crazy.) This also allowed smaller compartments at the top for some of my other supplies.


Below this unit is storage I already had. All these units combined to give me one perfect storage unit that just thrills me to death! Inside the shelves and drawers are card products, pen and embellishment storage, etc. Don’t you just love it? I am beyond thrilled!

I bought the twin bed with headboard from my niece and used a mattress and bedding we already owned.

Best feature: more drawers for my ribbon stash! It seriously was taking over the world!


 Total Price for My Scrapbook Room Makeover: $500!

To see even more pics from scrapbook room transformation click here and to read about the way I’m enjoying photo freedom in my scrapbooking click here. Also, here’s a pic at how I used my Cricut to decorate my wall.
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  1. You did a great job on your
    crafting room.. it’s nice to
    have a space of your own and
    I have tried to make a corner
    of my room but it’s just not
    the same as a separate room.
    Very nice!

  2. Awesome creative Space โ™ฅ


    first of all, I must comment on your brilliant banner….! super cool!
    and all your touches of red….looks stunning.

    thanks for sharing your creative space…I think it’s so wonderful to have a dedicated space to call your own. A place that inspires you every time you enter the room! hope you’ll swing by to visit with me as well…it’s my first year to join up with Karen’s Blog Hop!

    ciao bella
    creative carmelina

  4. Love all your shelves. Everything has a place in your studio. It’s wonderful. Thanks for sharing. Visiting from WBC.


  5. So organized! What a great room to create; love all the shelves and baskets!

    • It is wonderful to have a space to create in, but for the summer I’d rather have my son here and invading this space! He will have to go back to college too soon.

  6. Bravo to you on a great room for such small money! Thank you for sharing.

  7. You are very organized:) Following from the blog hop and hope you can follow me too:)

  8. Came over from Sew Much Ado party! Love your space. It is so organized and cute!

    • I look at other people’s scrapbook rooms and think there’s is much cuter, but I didn’t want to spend too much money so I went for thrifty over cuteness a lot of the time!

  9. I LOVE this! I am coming to you from Women Living Well. This organization is so inspiring, and I hope to do it one day. Beautiful!

  10. Wow that’s so organisere and oh my you have so many things!!!! Very nice, and great job, it looks like a Dream craft room ๐Ÿ™‚ have a happy day

  11. A very nice transformation! I love that you used a counter top, it really makes for a lot of work space. What a great idea!
    โ™ฅ Terrie โ™ฅ

  12. wow! I consider myself an organized person…but not nearly as you!

  13. LOVE IT! I am in the process of claiming a section of my garage for my craft room and am working on painting an old dresser to server as a table/storage station. I LOVE your ribbon display. Mine is pretty slim in comparison!! Found you through Thrifty Home’s Penny Pinching Party. Would love a follow-back if you get a sec! Thanks – Jen at

    • I started out with a small crate of scrapbook items 15 years ago so I have amassed quite a collection! I do love ribbon, though. It makes me happy! Thanks for visiting!

  14. Debbie {Visual Eye Candy} says:

    Love that you have so much storage! It turned out great! =)

  15. Oh the organization!! It’s wonderful!

  16. My Little Corner says:

    Wow, love that corner work area! Thanks for sharing!

  17. {northern cottage} says:

    look at you & all your stuff organized so well!! great job!


    p.s. LOVE your header pic – cool idea!

    • Thanks so much for visiting! My niece did the blog header and she did a great job! I love sharing my love of thrifty things, and this room is a special place for me to create and step apart from the rest of my chaos!

  18. This looks great! You have an awesome craft space ๐Ÿ˜€

  19. Love this! Thanks for sharing! We would love to have you link up over at our party!

  20. Pretty jealous about how wonderful this looks! And how much space you have! We are moving and I lost my craft room, so space saving ideas are at the top of my list right now. The ribbon hangers are a great tip I may just have to steal!

    • How sad to lose your craft room. I love having my stuff where it’s within reach. There are a lot of ways to save space and I’m glad you like the ribbon hangers. I have a ridiculous amount of ribbon! Please feel free to use the idea!

  21. Oh it looks great! What a fabulous makeover!!!!!

  22. Found you through the Frugal Days link up. I LVOE your idea for using a tackle cabinet with a drawer for each letter. That’s been such a frustrating thing for me – my embellishment drawer looks like alphabet soup but your method makes sense! Great finished room!

  23. It looks great and much more easier to find something when you need it for that fun crafty project I’m sure! ๐Ÿ™‚ I like the long shelves along the walls it makes for lots of storage space. I think we may have a tie when it comes to having all that “paper”! hahaha…we have WAY more than we could probably ever use! So much that we aren’t “planning” on buying more any time soon…but it always catches our eye at the craft store! so most recent visits we just steer clear of the paper isle! Please come share this at our link party – “Home is Where the Heart is” Homesteading and Homemaking
    Please feel free to link any other posts you’d like to share!

  24. Fabulous room make over – what a difference it made. I adore all your storage baskets, I had hoped to use these in my space, sadly didn’t turn out to be possible for me – but wow do they look wonderful in your room!

  25. Wow, it’s so organized and looks like it is very functional. Love the ribbon organizer!

  26. What a great transformation of your creative space, love it. Thank you for sharing.

  27. What a great room! It’s super organized and looks fantastic ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks so much for linking this up to The Fun In Functional!

  28. Oh my gosh! That is a scrapbookers dream studio!!! what a wonderful transformation! Thank you so much for sharing it with us!!!!

  29. Looks like a great space in which to create!

  30. Your craft room is awesome – I don’t have anywhere near as much stuff as you but it was awesome to have a good old nosy!!

    Visiting via the Bacon Time Hop ๐Ÿ™‚


  31. Looks wonderful! I love all the baskets up by the ceiling!

  32. I am SO impressed! I pinned this for inspiration!

  33. What an impressive space!! It must be so wonderful to go and there and just create to your hearts’ content. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Inspiration Friday!

    • I love your blog! Thanks for stopping by to visit. This is a special room for me but I also share it with my son on school breaks. Truth be told, I’d rather have him home than all the space, but I guess he has to leave me again for school!

  34. Wow Marty. This is incredible! A place for everything. So neat and tidy and organized. Anyone would love working in that space. Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

  35. I love me a thrifty craft room! All those baskets and organization make my heart flutter:)If you get a chance I would love for you to link up at Get Schooled Saturday linky party going on all weekend!
    xxx Kim

  36. Wow! It looks awesome. And so nice to have everything in one organized area I bet!

  37. Wow! I want a room like that! I’m hosting a linky party “One Creative Weekend” at I’d love for you to visit and link up this idea and/or anything else you’d like to share.

  38. Your room is wonderful. I’m planning a studio in the near future and love seeing great ideas! I especially love the higher counter. I also find myself working either standing or using a tall stool. I’ll also have space for sitting to sew, etc. I also love the ribbon storage. Not only Completely functional, but beautiful. Just looking at those gorgeous ribbons will inspire!! I, too, have a large box of ribbons and can’t wait to display them. Great space. I will also have a pullout couch when there is an overflow of visitors. Multi-functioning a room is the only way to go.

  39. It must feel great for it all to be organized!!


  40. Amazing and wonderful ideas for my own redo. Thank you!

  41. It looks fantastic. I love the little labelled baskets along the top shelf and the rods holding the ribbon. So organized, so pretty, and so functional.

  42. Anonymous says:

    What a great room! And so much counter space is awesome!! I love the way you organized your ribbon. I used cafe curtain rods for mine. And I also used another rod with drapery clips for hanging inspiration peices. The cafe rods are really thin and they come with the hardware to screw into the wall! I love all your wicker baskets too! I think I am going to steal the tool/drawer organizer idea for all the small letters and embellishments! I love that idea. I never know what to do with all those small things and how to find them!

  43. Unbelievably organised. Great post. I found you via the Tuesday Talent Show from Chef in Training
    I have linked a pizza I did with leftover roast chicken. Have a good week.

  44. Awesome job! I love your scrapbooking room.

    PS: Thank you for linking up to Show Me What You Got Tuesday’s @ ODH via:

    Mrs. Delightful

  45. Hi, I’m Shar!
    Your newest follower from the blog hop!

    I love this post! I love to see how others get organized! ๐Ÿ™‚

    xoxo โ™ฅ -Shar

  46. Wow! This is so impressive! I wish I had a space like this! Thanks for linking up with me for Friday Favorites. I’m featuring you this week.

  47. What I would do for a craft room (specifically yours!) I’m in NYC where space is tight and I can only dream of a room like this. Sigh. Great blog, now following you via the blog hop and would love a follow back. All the best,

  48. This looks amazing! You must be so happy when you walk into that room

  49. Oh wow. Looking at your space, I don’t think I can really call myself a crafter. You’ve got lots of stuff and your room looks so organized! Amazing!!

    Thanks for sharing at Show and Tell on SNAP!

    xoxo, Tauni

  50. This is great! I love it! I love having my own craft/scrapbooking room, too. It’s so nice! Thanks for sharing at our Handmade Tuesdays party.

  51. I can’t even begin to express how insanely jealous I am over this room! It looks fantastic! I love that everything is out and in sight! Makes it so much more usable and accessible! Great transformation!

  52. Heather Marie says:

    It looks so much bigger! Are you sure that’s the same room? ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I found you through… Your daughter, I guess. About seven, almost eight years ago (Really? Now I feel old…)
    Love you, Mama!!!

  53. Wow, that looks great. I am constantly working on my space. Love your photos too. Stopped by from Creative Me. Hope you’ll come visit.

  54. Oh, my! What a great working space you have! Well done! Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  55. The room looks great! Thank you for posting on Saturday Show and Tell. I hope you’ll be back this week with more.

  56. Wow! I need a place like that for crafting!

  57. Participating in Mom’s Monday Mingle for the first time & I’m your newest follower! ๐Ÿ™‚


  58. what a fabulous job!!!
    extremely envious of your workspace, lol
    your newest follower – would love to have
    you come by and visit ( and following back
    would be great )

  59. Oh my goodness, it’s heaven on earth!!!!!!I have a designated room but all that orgainization and work area. You are a very lucky lady.

  60. Bobi Jensen says:

    Wow, it’s beautiful! I love it!

  61. I’m SOOO jealous of all your PAPER!! I’m a little paper crazy too, so I would just love to have a collection that big.

    I’m going to be moving my craft room to a smaller room by the end of the year, so I’m thankful for all of your great ideas. Thanks so much for sharing them!

  62. OH my gosh you craft room is gorgeous – I am so zealous! I so have to get going on mine and you have inspired me. A great, pretty functional space! I think all 3 pieces look better with old white, I just love that color and use it a lot in my home! The pieces don’t seem to be as heavy and take up as much space beung lighter. You did yourself good! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sundayโ€™s Best โ€“ you helped make the party a success!

  63. Thanks so much for linking up to Make the Scene Monday at Alderberry Hill. You are being featured later today!

  64. This is such an inspiration! I just recently reclaimed part of a room we were using for a playroom. It is a large enough room that I have a full size table and 2 closets to store all my beading. It makes such a huge difference to work at my craft when I feel organized and have room! Congrats on your new space ๐Ÿ™‚

  65. One day… day I’ll have a craft room like this! thanks so much for sharing. I’ve already showed the hubby and told him this is the begining of my craft room “wish list”. New follower ๐Ÿ˜‰

  66. Holy smokes!!! Love it! What a transformation! I’m in the middle of doing mine now {well for the past several months!}. Popping over from the LLR Blog Hop!
    Kristy @ Cup Of Jo

  67. WOW! So organized! And well-stocked! I’m jealous!

  68. Great room, Marty. I always think it’s so much fun seeing other bloggers’ craft-sewing rooms. You just never know where you might pick up an idea or two!

  69. I absolutely LOVE the shelving that goes to the ceiling, what a way to utilize the space. This room would send me into a creative frenzy (not a bad thing) lol.

  70. awesome! i may have to copy your craft room, but i was wondering if you had the space to turn the bed sideways and use it like a sofa too! also, i love the yellow & turquoise dining room…i want that color scheme in my next apartment!

    • Hi, Kenya! We have arranged this room many different ways when it was a bedroom, but this works the best right now for a single bed. If I didn’t use the bed like it is now you could push it against the wall but then it would cover up the heating vent. Small rooms are fun! Thanks for stopping by!

  71. WOW! I love all the shelving! This is awesome!! Thanks for the inspiration!!

  72. Hi my lovely husband is building me a craft room on the end of our garage as my craft things are taking over the whole house. A lot of my things are in boxes and baskets and i did noT know how to store them until I saw your beautful craft room. I took one look and said thats how I want mine to look. thankyou for sharing and giving me insiration

    • Hi, Carol. How exciting that you’re getting a craft room! I plotted and planned over this one for weeks and weeks and had so much fun trying to do it on the cheap! Hope yours turns how well and you love it, too.

  73. What a beautiful, organized space! Well done! Thanks for sharing at Throwback Thursday!

  74. Ahhh! So jealous. Love all your shelves and cute baskets. Adding it to my Dream Craft Room board. ๐Ÿ™‚

  75. What an awesome space you have for scrap booking. My jaw dropped when I saw all of your supplies. You must have so much fun in this space.

    Thanks so much for sharing at Throwback Thursday.

  76. I am so jealous of your creative space! It so well organized and pretty. Thanks for linking up to Throwback Thursday!

  77. Um ya, I need to come over and help me organize my craft room now! Love it! New follower, hoping you’ll follow back ๐Ÿ˜‰

  78. Tracy Marah says:

    I noticed your blog and love the craft room. I have a counter top and want to move my room. My husband doesn’t want to anchor it to the wall. Yours looks like you put legs on? How is your counter top anchored. And if by legs how did you attach them?

    • Hi, Tracy. Here’s my husband’s response to your question about our countertop: The legs you see are only attached on the front of the counter top and are secured with L-brackets that are screwed into both the leg and the under side of the counter top. There are no legs in the back. I secured a 2″ x 4″ the entire width of the wall with 3″ screws that went through pre-drilled holes in the wood and into each stud in the wall. The top then rested on that support and secured with L-brackets. I suspect your husband’s objection to securing the top to the wall is to prevent extensive damage to the wall. Screwing through the support wood and attaching to the wall will eliminate much of the damage and, when removed, will not leave any larger hole than a nail for a picture would. I would NOT suggest nailing through the wood into the wall as this will require prying it loose later and causing substantial damage. Good Luck!

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