My Stamp Room Makeover

Ahhhh… finally sharing my stamp room makeover.  Last fall, when I joined FSJ as a coach, I completely overhauled my stamp room.  It was time, after 11 years as a SU Demo, to do a full clean out and streamline my craft room.  Now with the Spellbinders-FSJ merger completed, over Thanksgiving I did it again!  

Here is a shot of my final space.  Read on for the full transformation.

Stamp With Jill, stamp room makeover 2018


Below was my HOT MESS of a stamp room (in my basement) just about 18 months ago.  The picture may be a bit older but this is what it looked like….all. of. the. time.   Piles of stuff everywhere and multiple projects all over the place.   How the heck did I create anything in this mess?  

Stamp With Jill, stamp room makeover 2018

The desk and cabinets below were a hand me down from my parents flooded kitchen 10 years ago. They were the few that survived.  The countertop was from Lowes and the table was plastic!  So much stuff!

Stamp With Jill, stamp room makeover 2018

Makeover last fall

I already had these Ikea Expedit bookcases against the right side wall that you could not see in the first pictures.  I cleaned them out and moved them to the left wall.  Then I trashed the counter top, old kitchen cabinets and desk from that area that just were not functional.  Already a huge improvement!

Stamp With Jill, stamp room makeover 2018

I kept the plastic table as my “desk” and added a 2nd one where I shoot videos and FB lives.  Got new chairs and as you can see the back wall is pretty much empty.  The stool at the end of the table holds the trash can up high so the dogs don’t get into it.  My white standard poodle Lexy was naughty in my stamp room and she loved to eat card stock!!  

I popped up a 3rd plastic table (on the left of the picture) about a week before Thanksgiving. I was struggling with table top and storage.  This was the sign that I needed better organization!!!  

Stamp With Jill, stamp room makeover 2018

I got rid of 2 stamp cabinets (see the hot mess picture) and put my power paper cutters away.  Slid this table (from Ikea) down to be my die cutting and and paper cutting table.  I also got a new ink pad organizer for the wall since I no longer had SU ink pads.  I kept just a few organization items like the buckets (from Ikea) and the plastic roll carts (from Lowes).

Stamp With Jill, stamp room makeover 2018

Even with the extra table up, it was so much cleaner and more organized!  

Stamp With Jill, stamp room makeover 2018

Wondering where all the stuff went?  I sold almost all of my SU stuff.  Selling for a new company I did not need it anymore!  Bye to the stamps, dies, punches paper.  Pretty much all of it.   I also trashed lots and lots of things that I had not touched in 8-9 years. (scary I know).  Can you believe I still have more to get rid of? 


Here is my finished, almost completed stamp room makeover.  Just waiting on a few organizational items to come for the drawers and 2 bins for stamps for the bookcase.  I am having glass cut for the top of my main work desk as I will never, ever keep a white table clean.

Stamp With Jill, stamp room makeover 2018

These desks/tables above are from Ikea called Skarsta.  They move up and down with a hand crank under the desk so I can sit in a chair, sit on a stool or stand!  OMG love love love this feature.  Sometimes I get so stiff from sitting all the time.  Having a stand option, without leaning over, is PERFECT! Plus no more tripping over my chair to get up and get things!

I cleaned out a little more of the bookcase below and added 4 drawers to the right hand side.  They hold ink refills and random items that I don’t use all the time. 

Stamp With Jill, stamp room makeover 2018

The most functional items I added were these 2 drawer carts pictured below.  They are the wide Alex drawers from Ikea.  These hold all the stuff (and more!!) that was in the 3 plastic red carts with drawers to spare!!! yes I have empty drawers!   A big bonus is that they are sturdy, fit right under the existing table and are white to match everything else. 

Stamp With Jill, stamp room makeover 2018

My stamp room will always be evolving, but I just love the way it turned out.  No more plastic!!! I can easily add more storage to the bookcase and in the room if I need to.    Plenty of room for my puppies too!

Now back to creating pretty cards and projects!  



  1. Shannon Jaramillo
    November 30, 2018 / 4:24 pm

    Jill, I love seeing how your stamp space has evolved! You have been working hard! I use garage work benches as my work surfaces because they are raised up so I can stand or sit on a stool while I work. I love that your desks raise and lower, that’s a great feature! Great creative space!! ❤️

  2. Gayle Mower
    November 30, 2018 / 5:21 pm

    What a great job Jill, it looks perfect.
    Happy Holidays Gayle Mower

    • jillhilliard
      November 30, 2018 / 6:39 pm

      Hope to see you at the Library Gayle!

  3. Jan Dare Brown
    November 30, 2018 / 6:34 pm

    Well, this is inspiring. And instructive. And hopefully will help me in my own organization. And OH, to have all the room that you have!!! sigh. Is there any way to take advantage of some of the things you are off-loading? As a beginner, I have lots of needs… OK,, “wants” but I can’t afford all things new!

    • jillhilliard
      November 30, 2018 / 6:38 pm

      I have a huge pile of stuff. I’ll send you a separate email

  4. Pat
    November 30, 2018 / 11:25 pm

    Great space, love that you have the option to stand. Something I want to look at

  5. Jennifer
    December 1, 2018 / 9:15 am

    Thank you for sharing your amazing craft space with us! It is definitely inspiring! I am hoping to start a renovation of my room also using mainly IKEA. Can I ask where you store your paper? Many thanks!

    • jillhilliard
      December 1, 2018 / 10:25 am

      I store my card stock in the dark wood file cabinet on the left of my die cutting table. Its the 1 piece of furniture that has stayed in the exact same spot for ever!!! the 8.5 x 11 is stored in hanging pockets inside the cabinet and my 12 x 12 is on the top. the 12 x 12 Designer paper is stored in pouches. you can see them in the pictures. The are now on the left side of the left Wide Alex drawers. 6 x 6 pads are in a drawer.

  6. December 1, 2018 / 8:18 pm

    Love this Jill! I am envious of your basement! I have that same sit or stand table from Ikea. Sadly I can only fit one.

  7. Jacqueline Frisbie
    December 1, 2018 / 10:32 pm

    Love, love, love what you have done to your Stamping room. I only wish I had room to do that with. I live in an apartment and my bedroom is my stamping room. My girlfriend just made part of her basement over into the neatest stamping room and I can go there any time I desire. I just have to have my cards and such already cut out and ready to assemble. Very nice of her to let me be a part of her new Stamping Room.

  8. Linda
    December 15, 2018 / 6:56 am

    Thanks for sharing before and after photos. How/Where did you sell old supplies? I have 2 boxes and probably more, mostly scrapbooking supplies.

    • jillhilliard
      December 15, 2018 / 7:40 am

      Thanks!, I sold them in Buy sell trade groups on FB and here on my blog

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