Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

October 9, 2007

Around the room.


A work in progress. Yep, that is what it is.

I love this space. I love that it is lived-in and used and cozy.

I am always trying to find ways to make it more efficient. I want the things I reach for most often to be easily accessible. I also continue to be a big fan of finding things that can become a home for other things.

Many of my storage pieces have come from Goodwill, garage sales, or antique stores. I have been collecting these pieces over the last couple of years here and there as I find them.

Computer area (blue table from Goodwill):



Above the computer (wall pockets from Sally Shim and wire basket from Paper Source ):


Scanner, printers, Silhouette, and a cool red chair (antique store) that mainly holds books:


On the other side of the room (built-in closets are all along the wall) – long white shelf came from a kids-clothing reseller and the large file shelf came from Goodwill:


And a bit closer:


Little jars inside the top drawer for metal stuff:


Top-half of my shelf unit (open baskets seem to work best for me – they all have come from Target – sometimes you can find great deals on to be able to get a bunch of the same style). Some things are organized by manufacturer and others by type (rub ons, etc): 


Bottom-half (12×12 paper trays from Scrapbook.comI have pretty much narrowed down my cardstock selection to just a few colors – white, cream, kraft, black, and red which has really simplified my process and helps me focus more on the story):


Another white wall shelf (those things were such a score), a yellow wall shelf (garage sale), and a tall 12×12 paper holder from Display Dynamics:


Remember this post from July? Found that low shelf at an estate sale last summer and painted it a nice yellow – works really well right under the window (still haven't fixed up the chair from that July post yet):


Looking from the table towards the computer (table started off as a kitchen island, then as a changing table for Simon before becoming my scrap table):


And on my table (in addition to the nice piles you see above):


Spinner from Goodwill:


And as you walk out into the hallway:



  • 1.
    Emily J. said…

    Very eclectic and cool space!! Wow – My scrap stuff would be less than half of that……TFS, love it.

  • 2.
    cathy said…

    wow, love that! thanks for sharing your space.
    Now, I’m off to Goodwill! :)

  • 3.
    AmberCA said…

    I love to see pictures of your space! Man I wish I had a scraproom, I have a little corner in my master bedroom with a desk and cabinet…it works, a little cluttered though. I so want to create when I see your room, everything looks very accessable. I am counting the days until your new book comes to my local scrapbook store! Can’t hardly wait. Have a awesome day and keep sharing with us…Thanks Amber

  • 4.
    alexandra said…

    How fabulous to see your creative space – can only imagine the activity in there. I have filled my room with fun pieces too – lots of repurposed things from my grandparents’ house. Have to start my own blog so I can share too!
    Thanks so much Ali – loved it!!

  • 5.
    Shari said…

    This makes my mouth water and my palms sweaty!!! Love your space!

  • 6.
    Teresa said…

    Wow…what an amazing room! I wish I had a room like that…I hope you have a big insurance just for that room…there are thousands of dollars inside…
    Love all the little storage!!!
    Have a great day!

  • 7.
    diane said…

    thanks for sharing all of the photos of your space. I love the wall pockets.

  • 8.
    nicki said…

    wonderful! I must say Ali, I just recieved your new book today…OH MY GOSH!!! I t is incredible. You are truly blessed with an amazing talent. I can’t wait to read it from cover to cover, just flipping through had me SO excited! Thank you for being YOU!

  • 9.
    Molly said…

    Ali: Thanks so much for sharing your work space. I can see how it can easily become overwhelming (the options from which to choose) to narrow it down. I’m organizing my own small nook right now and It’s great to see how your salvaged elements come together in such a comfortable way. You should post these to the flickr craft rooms group! Molly

  • 10.
    Molly said…

    re: flickr group, I see you already have posted them. That’s great because we can see the enlargements! Thanks. All the best, Molly

  • 11.

    I think I’d seriously squeal if I saw that yellow wall shelf at a garage sale or Goodwill. As Napoleon would say..”LUCKY!” :D Looks wonderful, Ali! Love all the baskets.

  • 12.
    Erin said…

    Only one thing to say….can I come over and play in your room? hahaha…..thanks for sharing your creative space :) Erin

  • 13.
    kT said…

    Ali! I love and adore your space! I’m always changing my corner in my “sunroom” or my apartment (it’s so small i don’t think it should count as a room). I’m also not a fan of an enormous ammount of plastic boxes so I’m always lookin at IKEA, Target or Pier1 for eclectic forms of organization. Goodwill, antique stores and garage sales are places I haven’t though to try yet. Thanks for the suggestion and thanks for sharing!

  • 14.
    Heather Prins said…

    Whoo Hoo, thanks for sharing!!! Now i feel like i need to go scrap, funny how seeing other people’s spaces inspire me to create! I love your space, no, i love all the stuff in your space, no, i love what you create from all the stuff in your space!!!!! Thanks again, Ali!!

  • 15.
    kate said…

    beautiful space… I am working on organizing my craft space right now, but it is a tad bit hard as it is just a corner of the second bedroom in our rented home… not alot of space, but mine none-the-less…
    yours was inspiring!

  • 16.
    Kim K said…

    Thank you so much for sharing! We’re in the process of building our craftroom home addition right now (DH’s idea, believe it or not!)…and I have so much to decide on! I just love seeing what other people have done…love this eclectic mix! Thanks for giving me even more to think about!

  • 17.
    Elaine said…

    Your room is seriously amazing!! I am so copying some of your great ideas for storage. I’m so glad you posted this. I’m working on my organization and this is so helpful!! Thank you for opening up your world and sharing.

  • 18.
    Patti M. said…

    I just don’t know how you do it. I look at your room and see everything in it’s spot and SO MUCH stuff! I have recently become overwhelmed with my scrapping supplies and given up the hobby for now. Sadly. I love to see your space because it makes me realize that it is ok, this stuff that I have. Now it all just needs it’s own space.

  • 19.
    Leslie said…

    Thank you so very much for sharing pictures of your space… is amazing!

  • 20.
    Misty K said…

    Your space is great! I love going to Goodwill and finding all kinds of treasures. Although I have never found anything like that awesome blue desk that you found. What a score!!! Just this past weekend I found a paper rack, that they sell at Target, for just $4.99 and a shelf with 5 drawers for $5.99! Wow was I excited!!

  • 21.
    Shelley said…

    I love it! Mostly because it looks like a happy place.
    It does inspire me to go clean up my own space, though!

  • 22.
    Deborah said…

    It’s so funny that you post this today because I am reorganizing my scrapbook room as I’ve moved it to (again for the 3rd time) to a different area in my house. I’m not brave enough to take any pictures yet… maybe I will and post it on my blog. I always have a hard time trying to get all the little embellishments in a spot that I’ll be able to see what I have and use it. Know what I mean? Thanks for posting this, it always helps to see what others have done with their space. I’m now loving mine!

  • 23.
    Regina said…

    That was a fun tour! hehe.
    I love to look at people scap-creative areas….

  • 24.
    Danielle said…

    Awesome space. Thank you so much for sharing-I love seeing into scrappers rooms..lots of inspiration!

  • 25.
    vee said…

    omg, gorgeous!! :)

  • 26.
    KIM said…

    thanks bunches for sharing!! I am at the tail end of a move & am struggling to organize my room… I have a whole room now as opposed to the cubby I had & am still wanting everything in arms reach LOL Lazy or efficient?! ;)

  • 27.
    Kelly V said…

    Hi Ali,
    Right now I am procrastinating! I just started to sort and organize the heap that was completely covering my scrap table and, feeling overwhelmed, I decided to check my favourite blogs. Yours gave me a kick where I need it. I better get busy. Anyway, thanks for sharing. Your space is great and it is so nice to see repurposed finds rather than mass-produced plastic for really useful and stylish storage.
    Thanks again,

  • 28.
    Katie said…

    Wow Ali! Thanks for sharing. I love your scrap room and love even more the fact that it looks used! Kudos for not being afraid to show your “nice piles”! I am so going to stop by the Goodwill tonight! lol

  • 29.
    Kirsten V. said…

    Thank you for sharing your space. I love how you use things you find at Goodwill, etc. to store your stuff. For me that seems very inspiring and personal. I’m going to keep my eyes open for things that inspire me that I can use for my space. Plus…it’s all about living green and recycling, right?!
    Side question…you work on a Mac, right? I noticed that you have a Silhouette. Does it work well for you? I heard there might be limitations when using on a Mac. Thanks!

  • 30.
    Lindsey Trego said…

    Love, love, love

  • 31.
    Veronica TM said…

    wow, so organized! i love that almost everything in your work space is recycled.

  • 32.
    MichelleW said…

    Ali. Truly love your space. Very inspirational and inviting! What I love most of looking at others’ scrap spaces is that they’re all so different, as each person is unique. What is one’s creative space is not anothers’. It’s fun to see what space each person creates as their own. And a few organizational tips never hurt anyone! :) Thanks for sharing yours!

  • 33.
    Jill said…

    Loved the tour. Thank you. I am so jealous. Your space is fabulous!!!

  • 34.
    Lauren Z said…

    (Sigh) Such a happy cozy place. I am still working on cleaning my Scrapbook room\craft room.
    Here is a link to a few pics of my Craft room.(it is a blog post about it) but I love how warm and cozy your room feels…. maybe I will have to start going that direction color wise :)
    The post is from 9/21/07- so it has been messed up and re-cleaned a few times

  • 35.
    O said…

    Hi Ali–thanks for the peek into your space. Oh….be still my creative heart! I love that you’ve figured out how to simplify, as in having on hand only white, cream, kraft, black & red cardstock. Those colors speak to me…as does all of your work. I like simplicity, clean lines, not a lot of muss & fuss when it comes to my LO’s but I do like to throw something in unexpected for a little quirkiness or to soften all the linear-ness. Again, thanks for sharing your space. I’d love to be able to go yard-sale’ing & thrift store shopping with you. You’ve got a wonderful eye on how to use things other than their intended purpose. Take care & have a great day :)

  • 36.
    Krystyn said…

    Well seeing all your goodies make me feel 2 things: (1) less guilty of hoarding all the supplies that I have :-) and (2) jealous that I don’t have all that space and product. :-)
    Awesome room! Can I come over and play?

  • 37.
    cris said…

    Thanks for sharing your space. And thank you for resisting the urge to clean it up and showcase it all spotless. By leaving it “as is” I can really see how your space helps you work and how it flows.
    I adore the spinner thingie on top of your desk. I see it is filled with tags from my current fave- every jot and tittle!

  • 38.
    Anna said…

    Oh my, love it Ali. So funny, I am also working on my room right at this moment and just took a break from dressing my girls in their Halloween costumes. I too love dressing up my room with yard sale finds.

  • 39.
    psmullican said…

    NO WAY! I can’t believe that spinner came from Goodwill! I wonder if it was originally from Target (in our area they donate to Goodwill). Your spinner looks like something I saw there-a brief line of items from the Junk Market gals. Yet another great find I passed up. Looks great in your room! :)

  • 40.
    Maria said…

    Thank you so much for sharing this!! I can see where the heart and soul of your creations is encouraged ~

  • 41.
    Heather Moll said…

    I love your room! Can I come over and play?! I can just feel the inspiration coming in that room! Love all of your treasure finds! I need to get better at looking for things like that. So cool!

  • 42.
    MNScrapbookmom said…

    Love the eye into your Scrap area. Such a cool place to hang out. Love that almost every piece means something – or you remember exactly where you got it. Love that. I can’t even imagine how fun it is for you to play with so much stuff. What a dream. ¥

  • 43.
    Ashley Schultz said…

    I have found tons of treasures at Goodwill too. Love it. Your space looks great!

  • 44.
    Karla said…

    WOW WOW WOW…this does look cozy! I love how everything is organized ‘loosely’ :) We are moving into our first home in Dec. and I am going to have my first scrap room. This came in time for I could use the tips! Thanks so much for sharing with all of us honey :)

  • 45.
    Andrea said…

    Thanks for sharing your space. I love that you “recycle” old found things. I just ordered your book and can’t wait to read it/look at it!

  • 46.
    betsy said…

    way too cool stuff. thanks for sharing.

  • 47.
    Shari M said…

    Oh, I love your room. You’re so right, it is lived in and cozy. Great to see what such a creative mind uses for her own space. I was so encouraged by the fact that it looks alot like what I imagine my own “dream space” to look like! Thanks so much for sharing.

  • 48.
    Krys72599 said…

    Thanks for sharing! Seeing that your space looks like “home” and not like some “done” decorator room makes me feel all warm and fuzzy! I can’t wait to create my space!

  • 49.
    suetreiber said…

    I am drooling over all your cool finds. It would take me a lifetime to find one or two of those cool things.

  • 50.
    nicole said…

    oh my gosh. that might be one of the most amazing things ive seen. lucky duck.

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