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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Where Bloggers Create - Desert Cottage Tour

Welcome to all the My Desert Cottage viewers - this is the place where I create!

Take a look and let me know what you think!!  Thanks for looking .....

My Scrapping Corner is finally complete! I would like to give you a little tour of the finished room.
This is my desk area and the new desk area for a guest to scrap with me. Hubby bought me a TV for my scrap room, not sure I'm ever going to get anything done now! Ikea Expidit shelving under the counter top.

Desk area for two to easily scrap. Ikea Expitit shelf hanging from the ceiling for additional storage. A new light above my desk, to go with the new paint and flooring.

Bottom left you can see my Cricut, and then my laptop, storage of buttons, brads etc in the stacking jars and candy jars. Storage boxes house my stickles, Sizzix/Cuttlebug folders, extra bling and flowers and paints. Punch storage on the wall with 5 towel racks again from Ikea. Tee hee, my vintage radio doesn't really fit with this room, but it's the only radio that will pick up anything in the basement :o)

Peg board for all my beading tools, scissors and fragile chipboard pieces that I don't want to put into bins. My Ott light and tool caddy. A cow bell to ring in support of my favorite hockey team when viewing the games on the "big screen" 19" TV. I think I need a larger splat mat though!

We used inexpensive counter top on top of simple 2x4's anchored to the wall - supported by balusters and trimmed out with baseboards! The Expidit shelving unit has optional drawers which I added two sets. I switched out the ugly knobs that the drawers cam with for some porcelain knobs that I picked up at a garage sale years ago, they are perfect! I added a shoe rack on top for my inks to sit on/in - until I find a better solution.
My stamp shelf is a 'plate shelf' again from Ikea and the cutting table is an old piece of furniture that we have had for a while, this was once my craft table, if you can believe that - that space and nothing more! As you can see, I have expanded LOL. The paper rack on the left is an inexpensive set from Walmart, and the rack on the right was built by my loving husband about 7 years ago; the shelves slide out, and it is on casters, built of plywood.

In this piece which I picked up from a yard sale I keep projects that I am working on on the right, and miscellaneous mini albums and such on the middle shelves. Magazines and my Copic class materials on the left. In the drawers I store my cling stamp sets and Big Shot parts. My Clip-It-Up on top - and room for two layouts on display. Love this flooring - simply beautiful!

Having my printer and my sewing matching out for use at any time sure makes it easier to throw a little stitching on a project, or print up a journaling spot or card sentiment. The dreaded plastic bin under the counter top is left over from my previous space and houses all my cards that I have made and not sold or given away. I will hang my bulletin board eventually.
Not the greatest shot, but shows you a full view of the back wall. And ignore the stack of layouts begging to be put into albums on the paper rack - you weren't supposed to see that LOL!

All in all I have 162 square feet of Scrapping Corner, and I'm loving my new space .... currently it is nice and neat and tidy. Ask me again in about a month for a photo and well ... it just won't be the same!

I would love to hear what you think of my space, please leave me a comment below.



  1. What a great spot! Love the splashes of pink and the nice big work areas (can't have enough work space!). Thank you for sharing. ; )

  2. Wow...your room looks AMAZING! You have organized it perfectly!

  3. Wow very organize Lorena! Wonderful studio! I am happy you did the Blog Hop with us!

  4. Very organized. I like the punch holder rack & the table space.

  5. OH, I LOVE your space! It is SO organized (something I am really lacking in my creative life right now). But I just love it! As a fellow scrapper, I can see how functional it all is. I love the peg board with items hanging on it (I might need to adapt that to my space soon!) thanks so much for sharing!

  6. Oh my so tidy and organized! My hubby would love it if I were more like this!!! Such a sweet space to create in!

    Not as organized but I am loving my new little space I created this year!

    bee blessed

  7. Wow, so organized and tidy!
    Thanks for sharing your great space!

  8. Your space is much room to work, and everything is so organized...thanks for was a joy to see your space.

  9. You are so organized. And you have so many wonderful tools. I love the soft touches of pink and cream...such a lovely creative space. Thank you for sharing. Best Wishes, Bobbie

  10. It looks great! I love the use of pink in the room and the fact that everything has a home. Your amount of workspace is enviable. You've done a great job!

  11. So pretty with the touches of pink!You are so organized!!! Looks like a great space!!!

  12. Love it, Lorena! Look at all that great storage! And I love those storage boxes. You've done a great job of using every available square inch of space in such a functional way and it looks pretty, too! Great job! Thanks so much for sharing your tour.

  13. A neat and tidy girl like myself... ahhhh! Kindred spirits! Don't you think it more inspiring? Not that I don't love every nook and cranny filled, because I do. It just doesn't work for me. And I love that you have all those tools to help you create. The Sizzix, the Cricut, and all the others that help make your crafting easier. Way to go!

  14. Scrap-tastic studio!!! Love those little rails for holding your punches. Really great space, so organized, must be a fun place to play. Thank you for sharing.

  15. Oh, look at you with all that beautiful tidy space to create in. Lovely peaceful peeps. keep smiling and creating

  16. WOW, so neat and clean and organized! It looks like a space that functions so efficiently. Just love the uncluttered look! I know what you mean about the does make it harder to get anything done, LOL.

    Come visit my folk-art-y "studio" (aka dining room, LOL) when you have time!

    Thanks for sharing!

  17. So organized, everything I am not. What a great place to be creative.

  18. Your space is so organized and cozy. I would be so at home in your room. Thanks for sharing! Take care and will be back soon.


  19. Your space is so clean and organized. Thanks for the lovely tour and for sharing your space. Have a great day. Angela

  20. Oh my gosh Lorena, you must be in heaven! That is a scrapbookers paradise! Thank you so much for sharing it with all of us!! Sorry it took me so long to get here, but better late than never!!!

  21. WOW!!! WOW!!! WOW!!!
    You lucky girl!!! This looks like heaven! I really mean it! WOW!!!

  22. Love your scrap space! I really like how you configured the countertop and put the Ikea shelves beneath:very clever! I bet you have a lot of fun in there.Thanks for sharing with us!

  23. What a wonderful scrapping area!! I love your organization ~
    And your scrapbook pages are beautiful, as well!!
    Thanks for sharing your space with us ~

  24. What a terrific space you have. I love your storage solutions and will definitely be copying a few. I have never seen punches stored on a towel rach and never thought of it but it is GENIUS! I like the idea of having them right out in the open where I can get to them. I also loved your use of a plate shelf for your stamps, another great idea. And of course I cannot forget your pegboard! Your whole space looks so inviting, I wish I lived nearby and could drop in and create with you!

    Thanks so much for sharing your studio with us all, I really enjoyed seeing it and got lots of wonderful ideas from you as well.


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