Monday, July 12, 2010

Scrapbooking on a Budget

As you can see from my scrapbook room photos, the room has evolved from its "one wall" and "closet".  We did a renovation on our home last summer and added a screen porch on the back and finished off the upstairs room to make an extra bedroom.  That was when I saw my chance to take over the whole room.  I don't even think I had planned it, it just sort of happened.  When I found the cabinet at the cabinet shop, I just could not resist.  My husband has been so supportive and I love him for it.  He helped me build my workstation and shelves and let me have the whole room.  We have improved the "man cave" as well and I have supported his hobby of "ham radio" which isn't cheap either. 

Later I found the desk on Craigslist for $100.  It might not look like it was worth a $100 but before I painted it, it was beautiful.  Kind of sad, that I did paint it but I am a woman on a mission to make a great scraproom.  I found the chairs at yardsales for $10 and $5.  (but have recently been on vacation where there was an "IKEA" and got three chairs for $23 each).  If you follow my blog you will see that I am always changing it around.  I think I have a need to redecorate and I just keep redoing my scraproom!  Not that I haven't redone other rooms in the house!  Remember I am a HGTV junkie! 

Most of my supplies I have bought second-hand through yardsales and Craigslist.  When I see a listing or yardsale, if it is good stuff I usually try to buy the lot for one price.  I have gotten some amazing deals this way and bought most of my supplies for a fraction of the cost.  If you have Craigslist in your area try searching for "scrapbook", "stampin up", or "stamps".  Whatever is your passion search for it, keep checking because it can go fast.  Most people who are selling go into this hobby and just let it sit, or now they need more room in their homes, or need the the money now.

Recently I bought a lot, it had to be worth $4000 $5000 retail and I got it for a mere $200.  I bought it over the phone and she named the price!  I didn't even try to talk her down, by the way I am a negoiater.  She lived a couple hours from me and brought it to me the next day!  I have been selling the excess and duplicates and have already made my money back, and added 50 Stampin Up sets plus a whole lot more to my supplies.  I even set my daughter up to start scrapbooking and stamping.  Aren't I a good mom?

This is a sample of what I bought once  for $75 and that I actually took photos, this link will take you to one of my favorite websites and my gallery:

I have learned to look at items at Goodwill and yard sales and find creative ways to make them work for me.   Such as..

The little shelf in the middle I got at Goodwill for $10.  The HP photo printer I got for $20 (I gave it to my mom and she has been having a blast printing photos)  I got the heat gun for $1.  I got the MM carousel for half off with a coupon at Michaels.  The desk was $100 off Craigslist.  I really like it because it is long and slim and I can pull it out when needed.

My workstation I built for just under $300.  The stamp storage unit cost me $10 of materials to make.  I have lots of primer, white paint, and scraps of MDF.

When this photo was taken, I had a custom clip it up on the top right two shelves which consisted of $1 curtain rods and some paper clips and small clothes pins. Really cheap! It worked until I found a one on sale.   I made round dividers to sort my stickers.  I have a lot of sticker don't I?  No worries, I have add some and purged some.  If I am not using something, I sell it or give it to my daughter. 

I got the two paper stands for $10 each and the wire stand to left $4 and it stores my large punches, most of which I got in the last lot I bought for $200.  The slat board spinner display rack was $30.  I had bought a bunch of slat board pegs when I got the paper racks for $2.  I sure am glad I kept them now.  Those things are expensive!  I have a ton of them.  The shelves in the sides of the closet I made from shelves from my workstation.  I used to have them as paper shelves before getting these.

The plastic slackable paper trays I got for $2 each.  I bought about 50 of them.  I still have some stashed in attic but you never know I might need them.  I got the little blue boxes at Walmart for cheap.  I got a bit crazy and bought a bunch of them but I have you to know I am using all of them.

Needless to say, I am a scrapaholic and I love to reorganize my room, good thing because when I buy a "lot" of supplies and I usually have to make more room.  I think I love organizing my room more than scrapbooking and stamping!  My goal is to buy and sell to support my habit.  Take a look in my Items for Sell List to see some of what I have for sell.

Let me know what kind of great deals you have found and I may share them on my blog.  Happy shopping!


  1. Hi there! Found your blog from This is one amazing scrabooking room. I am super addicted to scrapping. Thank you so much for the wonderful info from craigslist...I just might have to check that out. I love all the things that you are selling. Do you still have a most of that to sell? Thank you so much for sharing. Come and check out my blog when you have a minute!!!

  2. Hi Sharon,

    I love to meet other bloggers and share their scrapping spaces and organizational ideas, so I am delighted to meet you and tour your beautiful scraproom!

    You are quite the bargain hunter - I am amazed by the deals you have uncovered along the way!

    Please stop by Create With Joy when you have a moment - I'd love for you to tour my creative space and I'd be delighted if you decided to join my family of Kindred Spirits!


  3. Love your room and congrats on 'getting' the space to create such a fabulous work area. I too shop Goodwill and have come up with some neat finds there. TFS.

  4. Wow... I'm so jeleous, what a gorgeous craftroom.

  5. You are an awesome shopper Love the items you found!! TFS!! :-)

    I got an almost 6 ft. high spinner rack for $5.00. I use it to store my Cricut cartridges. Got a rolling cart for $10.00 (for my Cricut Expression and Your Story); and a flip-top desk for $20.00.

    You can see all of this on my blog:-


    Click on "craft space" under my "Labels" :-)

  6. Hi Sharon,
    I have enjoyed your room very much. I too have a beautiful studio. I have one question for you though. Would you kindly tell me how you got your stickles to stand like that on your MM carosel. I have 3 of them and would love to do this to one of mine so it will house my stickles. If you are on F/B you can add me to yours and see my pics of my studio. YOu can add me as Brenda Gallant. My email address is : I would love to hear from you as I am also a Christian. It is wonderful to have a circle who share our passion for this wonderful hobby. I also am always organizing my supplies. How do we collect so much?? YOu have gotten so many wonderful deals.
    Hope to hear from you soon, Brenda Gallant

  7. Hi Brenda,

    Thank you so much for your kind words about my room. It is a very special place to me. About my Stickles, I have them stuck on with Velcro. I attached strips of Velcro to my carousel and then attached small pieces to the Stickles bottles. Make it so much easier to use them since they are stored upside down.

    I would love to see your studio. Maybe you can send me a friend request on Facebook. I have really enjoyed getting to know more people who share my passion.

    Keep in touch and God bless,
    Sharon White

  8. Wow, I loved exploring your space and hearing about your bargains... awesome.


    Paula x x x

  9. hiya
    loved ur scarpbook room and u guys are so lucky i live in england and its not as big over here so hard to get all the lovely supplys u get, pls add imon fb under nicke chickpea goodwin-obrien love making new friends fromall over,i dont have a blog as wouldnt know where to even start with that lol