Marty from Marty’s Musings is here to show off her Craft Room makeover and share some organization tips. enjoy! -Linda
Linda at Craftaholics Anonymous (love that title!) asked me to share my scrapbook room makeover and any helpful organizational tips I gleaned from the process. My original post is here but since I’ve worked in this room for six months now I’ll also share some of the things that worked and didn’t work for me.
The transformation was done over the course of a few weeks. This is the room my oldest son had been sleeping in for a year or so. (He has since moved to college. ~sigh~) Many of his clothes and things, though, were still in his brother’s room. You can tell from the before pictures that my stuff and his life were all crammed in together! I didn’t scrapbook in here because there was no available space. I had all my “stuff” but nowhere to work! The room contained a full bed which was entirely too big for the room. The space is 10′ x 12′, fairly small for a bedroom, but we live in an older house and that’s as good as it gets!
After I scrap my pics onto a layout there are always leftover pics. These go into one of four storage boxes, sorted by category. My categories are All About Us, People We Love, Places We Go, and Things We Do (each represented in a different color binder). Within these categories are subcategories such as one for each individual child, our extended family, church, vacation, holidays, etc.
I don’t worry about scrapping chronologically. I never really have. This system of Stacy Julian’s set me free! If I want to scrap an event I go to my binders located in my scraproom and look for the pics chronologically. But if I want to scrap a connection through the years (such as the layout displayed above of my daughter and her dad) I go straight to my storage boxes and the pics are right there! No searching through backup CD’s and boxes for pics of the two of them together.
If you can’t tell I adore this system. It works for me! The other part of my preserving our memories comes with relocating my favorite scrapbooks to a bookcase directly by the front door. If there were to be a fire they would be easily grabbed on the way out! Other than family and pets there is nothing more important to me than these albums. They contain our family history and memories.