I bought a kitchen cart a couple of years ago to use as part of my scrapbooking space. I looked for several months before I found the right cart that was compact, yet had storage space and was inexpensive. I found this one at Big Lots. I can’t recall what I paid, but I know it was no more than $150 (my limit for the purchase). I lucked out that this one also was in colors I found appealing and it has a drawer! My drawer above is a bit of a mess. I keep spare adhesive, rulers, pencils, a mousepad, and a couple of go-to markers for quick journaling. I keep my main adhesive roller and paper trimmer on top of my cart. I keep scissors, other types of adhesive (e.g., glue dots), and paper piercer hanging on the wall behind where I stand to scrapbook. I pull them out as needed, but they live behind me on the wall and not on my cart.
A bonus with this cart is that it has a towel rack. I hang old washrags/towels on it for use with inks and sprays.
There are two shelves that are hidden behind doors. I keep all of my photos on the top shelf in storage containers from Creative Memories. I have one box for the current year. I also have a section for discards (photos that I am not going to scrapbook). Once I finish scrapbooking a given year, then the extra photos go into more permanent storage on a shelf in my scrapbooking space.
The bottom shelf is really just storage. I keep my cinch down here because it fits well. I also have paper towels handy for messes and my splat mat. On the right have a Longaberger basket protector (I can’t recall what I am using the basket for, but the way it is being used means the protector doesn’t fit in it). This container is large enough to hold file folders. I keep ephemera in here. This includes ticket stubs, paper stuff from vacations, swimming lesson reports, and so on. For most of these items, I include a small note in my photo file reminding me that I have additional materials for the subject.
The top of the cart is large enough to work on a 2-page 12×12 layout spread. I mostly do 1-page layouts, but there is room for a larger spread. The spot where my paper trimmer and adhesive is placed actually folds down for even more compact storage.
Another key feature of my cart is that is on wheels. I scrapbook in the upstairs hallway. The hallway has built in bookshelves and a very tiny workspace. I roll the cart out from where it currently is and face away from the bookshelves. This way I can use the tiny built-in workspace behind me to set stuff.
Overall, I would highly recommend using a kitchen cart for scrapbooking, especially in small spaces or for the budget conscious. I think my favorite part is its height. It is counter high, which works well for me because I am almost always standing while scrapbooking.
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