Behind the Scenes: Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking Craft Space


Kerri Miller, Managing Editor

Kerri Miller, Managing Editor

It always seems

impossible until

it’s done.

– Nelson Mandela

When we first moved into our new work space and I saw our craft/meeting room, this is the quote that popped into my mind. Here, let me show you a before picture so you can see what I mean.




Can you feel our pain? There were piles upon piles of paper crafting supplies acquired over several years by many different people prior to coming to this new space. I will spare you the details of the things we found as we sifted through boxes of stuff. Let me just say there was a lot of “Ew!” We began by sorting everything into piles like ribbon, twine, dies, alphabets, clear stamps, ink, fabric, etc. Had it not been for the looming deadline for Creative Spaces, Vol. 3, I’m not sure it would look as good as it does today.

After countless hours and several garbage dumps and numerous trips to the store, we were able to organize, contain, and label all of our craft supplies. Hurray! Then all we needed were the finishing touches. From a curtain valance and crown molding to vinyl design and décor, we all pitched in and the impossible happened – we were finally ready for our own Creative Spaces Vol. 3 photo shoot.

And here is the after shot:



Much better! Because we are just down the road from IKEA, we tend to use a lot of storage and furniture from this store but we are always looking for ways to alter the look. In this case, we added vinyl pattern to the door fronts and tabletop as well as finished off the cabinets with crown molding. We are so grateful for Julie Arrington at Sorella Vinyl for her help in dressing up our cabinets, window, door, and table. It really set the mood for the entire room, don’t you think?

Wall Storage

Wall Storage

Spray paint is one of our best friends for upcrafting, and our friends at Krylon shared all the cool new paint colors and formulas with us. We spray painted glass items to match our overall décor color theme using Krylon Frosted Glass and Satin Sea Glass. We also painted and applied large rhinestones to the wall-mounted CD holders to store our inks.

Paper Storage

Paper Storage

This shoe cabinet from IKEA became the perfect 12×12 paper storage. The patterned paper and vinyl really change the look of the piece so it blends in perfectly with the rest of the room. We added small décor items here and there in our color scheme to give it a homier and pretty feel. That starburst mirror was made by Amanda Coleman for the issue and we liked it so much we used it in our room for the photo shoot. Overall, we love the results!

Have you caught the craft space bug yet? Creative Spaces Vol. 3 is full of fun ideas to try in your own home. Just remember, it always seems impossible until it’s done! But what you are left with is one beautiful crafting space!

Happy Crafting!




P.S. Creative Spaces, Vol. 3 is also available as a digital version so you can read on your computer or using the Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking iOS app. If you’d like to win a copy of Creative Spaces, Vol. 3, head over to the Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking blog.

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10 Responses to Behind the Scenes: Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking Craft Space

  1. Regi H says:

    Beautiful! I would like to know (I’m sure I’m not the only one) where you got those things for hanging the stamp pads- what a great idea!

  2. Tracy J says:

    What catches my eye is the stamp pad holders. What are they and where do we get them?

  3. Jenny says:

    Love your wall color too! Brand and paint name?

  4. Katrina Gallup says:

    Ditto! Where did the stamp pad storage come from?

  5. Lucero says:

    In love with pad holders! What are they?

  6. Faye Thompson says:

    I’m with everyone else. Where can we get those ink pad holders?

  7. Good way of describing, and good paragraph to take information concerning my presentation topic, which i am going to convey in school.

  8. ditto – would love to get my hands on those stamp pad holders!

  9. Katrina Gallup says:

    They are cd holders, but still don’t know where to find them! Does anyone respond here?

  10. Jamie Malden says:

    I only wish I could be as organised!

    Crafting for me does tend to get a bit all over the place and I keep saying to myself that I must find time to get organised, but then another project comes along!

    I specialise in textile and fabric art, but the need for good quality space and everything in order is still high.

    Good luck with your crafting.


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