An organized space.

A few weeks ago, my scrap space had hit an all time low. It was so cluttered and messy that I didn’t even want to go in there! And if I did have to go in there for something, all I wanted to do was turn around and walk back out! It was not at all inspiring. Finally, I decided that enough was enough. This was supposed to be my happy space, my creative space. This led to some major de-cluttering, purging, and reorganizing for me. I am still in the midst of it, but I thought I would share some things as I go along.

Being a one-income family, we are on a budget, and I have learned to be frugal and work with limited resources. I hope that I can help other people who are in my same position. I have read lots of supposedly “Budget friendly” articles on scrapbook rooms. Most of them start out something like this…”My dad just happened to have this $500 desk and shelving area for me to use as my workspace.” And I am left wondering about those of us who don’t just “happen to have” expensive storage/organizing items lying around that we can build from. So, most of my storage items are readily accessible and very inexpensive.

I have been meaning to do something like this for a while now, but my frustration with my room finally gave me the motivation that I needed. I knew that I didn’t want a clip it up for several reasons. First, being the price. I can get around that with a fake one, but it seems to require a lot of materials and is just so bulky. With very limited table space, I didn’t want to have a clip it up taking up so much room, so I really needed to utilize wall-space.

So, here is my version. This project for me was absolutely free. (And here I go w/ the things I just “happened to have” lol) I already had all of the supplies lying around for my first one. I did, however, decide that I wanted another one, so I purchased the supplies for that one, and here are the prices:

1 curtain rod $2.37 at Wal-Mart (this will vary depending on the size you get, and I just got the least expensive one there.)
2 boxes of small clips @ $.88 each (although I might recommend getting a box of larger ones as well, depending on your needs.
1 package of 10 metal rings $1.00 (these can be found at office supply stores, or some scrapbook supply stores). If you use them a lot on albums and such as well, you can buy them in bulk for fairly cheap as well. I have seen packages of 100 for around $6-$7.

So, in all the project was just a little over $5.00. I just used basic clips and rings. It works similar to the clip it up, only since mine is mounted directly to the wall, all of my items are facing outward. I may be able to store more things on it if I had it in a place where everything could face sideways, but I kind of like this set up so far.

This is right above my workspace. I am very much a person who wants to be able to see everything and have it within easy reach while I am working. Which, bodes well for me considering that I have a limited amount of space to work with. My scrap space is located in a corner of our spare bedroom.

Note: In the picture, you will see that I have extended my curtain rod. This is the one that I just happened to have lying around that we weren’t using, and I had to do that in order to make it reach the studs in my wall, I wanted to be sure it was mounted to studs. I would recommend purchasing a curtain rod that is long enough without extending it, so that it will be stronger and will bear the weight of your items more easily (i.e. without a bit of a sag like mine has).

Here is my wonderful husband, hanging my curtain rod for me :) Isn’t he the sweetest! Note: No husband is required for this project, lol! But it sure did make my job easier, and I definitely appreciate him for that.

So, there is my curtain rod storage, which holds my rub-ons, as well as a few other things I stuck up there. I have another one which holds a bunch of stickers and such.
I have a TON of other storage/organization overhauls that my room has undergone lately. I will be sharing them as I finish, and as I get pictures and get everything written up. I don’t want to overload you guys with storage and organization!
Also, in organization news, I went through all of my layouts and got all of the 2007 ones in an album!!! It was very liberating to do that, even though my AC D-ring binder is completely bulging out and I’m going to have to get another one and separate it into 2…it’s still nice to have it most of the way finished.
So, no scrapping for the last few days for me, but I have been very busy in my craft area nonetheless…


  1. Chelsey says

    Wow! This is such a good idea. I would love to have everything hanging right in front of me. It is easy to forget what you have when you sit down to do a page. And only $5!!! That is great! I cant wait to hear about the rest of your organization ideas – I am an organizing junkie! :)

  2. Lisa Dorsey says

    Such a great idea! Thanks for adding my name to your inspirational list. I am honored to be part of that group. :)I love that I got to hear Amazing Grace when I opened your blog. You have some great songs on your playlist. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Casting Crowns and Jeremy Camp. I got to go see them in concert last summer. It was an amazing concert! I highly recommend going to see either of them if you have a chance. :)

  3. Jana Eubank says

    This is brilliant! What a sweet hubby, too! I can’t wait to see the rest of your ideas! Thank you for visiting my blog and for adding me to your Inspirational list. Holy cow! I really don’t feel worthy to be there, so it is very flattering! :D Thanks for making my day! ;)

  4. jediflame says

    I love this idea!! I have a Clip-It Up, and I dislike it for the reason you mentioned- it takes up far too much space. I like the curtain rod idea much, much more!I’ll be watching your blog to see what other organizational ideas you come up with. I’ve been decluttering my house, and as I do so I’m finding that I’m clearing off tables and emptying containers that can be used in my scrap room. Slowly but surely!

  5. Stacey Michaud says

    You are the sweetest! Thank you for adding my name to that amazing list–I am honored! Love your ideas for the scrap room! BTW: I just finished my article and I am so glad you contributed! Can’t wait for you to see it!

  6. Georgina says

    great idea Crystal, cant wait to see what else you have going on in your room. A lot of my stuff in my room is cheap and cheerful and none of it matches! I did splurge on a clipit up in December though and have to say I love it to pieces. Yours is remarkably similar though and just as good – for half the price. I needed you before I splurged1 LOL

  7. Meg Giroux says

    Great ideas Crystal!!! I have a couple cafe rods with all my thickers on them in my scraproom too. They work out really well! Have a great weekend!

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