Susan BudgeYou don’t need a scrapbooking room

One of the things that I love about Kiwi Lane and the Play-to-Create system is that it’s all about “keeping it simple”. Not only in the playing/designing department, but also in the area of what tools you need.

Just recently I downsized to a smaller home, and in doing so I no longer had my “scrapbooking room” where I had previously accumulated closets full of stuff. What I’ve realized is that I didn’t need all of that “stuff” to be a scrapbooker or crafter. I know many people worry about starting or continuing with scrapbooking due to the fact that they think they need to purchase a lot of tools and supplies in order to create something worth sharing with others, or to do their pictures justice, but you really don’t need much! You can make beautiful layouts without spending a small fortune on supplies.

Now…there is nothing wrong with having a room full of craft supplies, and endless options at your fingertips, but what I’ve found is that simple is faster, and less tools mean less distractions. This, combined with the speed of the creative process when using Designer Templates, makes scrapbooking simple and more enjoyable for me overall.

So, now I have this cabinet in my laundry room, that I have turned into my scrapbooking closet. It holds everything I need and USE!

Here is the breakdown:

  • Designer Templates
  • KLD Idea Book
  • Paper
  • Adhesive
  • Ink, daubers and pencils
  • Scissors
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Some alphabet stickers
  • Basket full of ribbon that I use occasionally
  • A couple of other basic embellishments (buttons and brads)
  • Family Photos
  • Finished Albums – Although I do have others in the living room. ;) 

Oh and my sewing machine. I don’t necessarily use it on my scrapbook layouts – although that can be really fun from time to time – but for an occasional amateur sewing project.

All you need is the basics

It was hard at first to figure out what to keep and what to give away or sell. It came down simply to asking myself “Susan, what do you use?”, and then having the courage to get rid of the rest.

Surprisingly (or maybe not that surprising) I have not missed anything, and I have still been able to create layouts that I Iove and am proud to find a place for in my albums. This has been the clearest indication that I obviously did not need all of that ‘stuff’, and has reinforced my belief that any new scrapbooker can honestly get started with just a few basic things (the things that I mentioned in my list above).

Storing My Designer Templates

Here is a tip for how to store your DT sets, especially if you have limited space. I just happened to get lucky enough that my scrapbooking cabinet was big enough to hold my DT Tray with most of my Designer Templates in it. A fun trick for the rest of them is to use a wooden dowel, set on some curtain rod support brackets (I had some extras hanging around), and some decorative drapery clip rings that I picked up at the store. I just screwed the brackets right to the back of my cabinet to hold the dowel. The little clips on the curtain rings help make it easy to un-clip my DT sets when I need them, and to store them again when I’m done.

I did this same thing back when I had a full-sized scrapbooking room, hanging them above my scrapbooking table (as you can see in the picture below).Hanging Designer Templates

If you are a scrapbooker and wish you had a full on “Scrapbooking Room”, or are thinking about starting to scrapbook and think you need one before you are a “real scrapbooker”, just remember that scrapbooking is really about preserving memories and finding a sense of creative fulfillment as you do so…and also about taking a little time for yourself sometimes!

I promise you that you don’t need a room full of toys to achieve any of these things. A simple closet or cupboard full of useful, effective tools and supplies is all that you need (and think of how much easier it will be to pack up your things to take to a weekend crop!).

Almost always, the right advice is to keep it simple! You will find that you are less intimidated and more motivated to actually pull those photos out of buckets, create gorgeous, personalized layouts for them and put them into albums to share with your loved ones. You will be amazed at what you can accomplish, and the sense of fulfillment and accomplishment that you will experience once you do.

Do you have a room full of scrapbooking supplies?

How much of it do you use regularly? Share your experience with us below!


By | 2017-10-11T11:33:30+00:00 April 6, 2017|Categories: Play To Create|Tags: , , |1 Comment

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  1. Pam Wesson April 9, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    I love how you used the space to store your scrapbooking supplies. I have so much paper and an embellishment collection that is separated out into categories that it would easily take up over half your closet space! I have been down sizing my supplies and sharing paper with my scrapbooking buddies but I still have a STASH! I have been blessed with a scrap book room… known as “Pam’s Cave.” I have the DT tray but my 12″ borders tend to get all tangled up in it. I like your dowel rod idea…… Thanks for sharing.

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