Packing My Craft Room in a Suitcase

When we decided to spend a chunk of time in Mexico I knew I didn't want to completely give up my rediscovered love of paper scrapbooking, but there are obvious challenges in trying to take the hobby with you, which is how I ended up digital scrapbooking in the first place. Luckily, I've been doing mostly hybrid scrapbooking, which means it's lighter to pack because I don't have to take a large variety of paper, or even elements, to keep things exciting. Making the switch to printing out most of what I need is what makes packing everything into a suitcase possible.

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Also, while I always talk about packing up my craft room, I've never in my life actually had a craft room. I consider myself lucky to have a dedicated desk, which I haven't always had either. The closest I've come to a room was a nice corner in Santa Cruz which I used as an office and a craft space. So when I claim to be able to pack everything in a suitcase, I'm not actually starting out with heaps and heaps of stuff. Certainly more than would fit in a suitcase, but not more than fits into whatever corner I'm using.


It's been really nice to have the excuse to really focus in on what tools and products I really use, simplifying everything down to the essentials. It's really easy to collect stuff when you're crafting, you never know when something might be useful after all, but I definitely find that the clutter can easily become a hindrance to my creativity.


The two big items that make my current crafty process possible are a color printer, which I bought here in Mexico since our luggage space was pretty limited, and a Selphy photo printer, which I purchased a while ago and brought along. While having printing capabilities in your house is not essential for hybrid scrapbooking, it certainly makes it easier to print on demand and not have to plan ahead and visit the print shop. When I first started dabbling in hybrid I did send out all my photos to be printed, and I also visited print shops to print out my papers and things. I wanted to be sure it was a hobby I enjoyed and worth investing in these more expensive tools. The other big item I use a lot, which I've left behind for the time being, is my Silhouette Cameo. I certainly miss it, but can live without it for a few months.

Aside from the two printers, I can show you want I packed in my suitcase:




I've had my desk and printer set up for a couple weeks now and the only thing I've found so far that I've forgotten is my mini doilies. I brought some big ones, but the mini ones fit so nicely in my notebooks. Otherwise I've been pretty happy making spreads in my notebooks. The junk journal has been a bit more difficult at the moment, but I think once my scraps box fills up a bit more, it will come be a bit easier. I need a little bit more junk I guess!

What are the items you can't live without when crafting? Let me know below and if you have any questions about my own choices.


Recent Comments

Kimberly Schroeder
Kimberly Schroeder Fri, 02/14/2020 - 06:44

I love everything about this post! The simplicity of the lifestyle, the creative process and then photos. Thank you for sharing your talent and gifts with the world! Thank you for showing up!!

Barbara Hall
Barbara Hall Thu, 02/13/2020 - 23:57

I'm in awe. Your energy level must be off the charts! Somehow, even with your semi-nomadic lifestyle coupled with a toddler and a newborn (or soon-to-be), the fact that you're able to pack physical scrapbooking supplies in addition to everything else kind of blows my mind!

Shannon Maguire
Shannon Maguire Wed, 02/12/2020 - 06:32

Awesome! Now that my daughter is getting old enough to not just waste stuff by cutting it into tiny pieces not good for anything, I think I'm going to pull my paper stuff back out again so we can scrap together.

Deanna Patterson
Deanna Patterson Wed, 02/12/2020 - 06:32

I have so many supplies it would be hard to decide what to take so when I travel I usually just stick to digital.

Kristal Daniel
Kristal Daniel Wed, 02/12/2020 - 05:28

Scissors, paper cutter, double sided tape, washi tape, glues, printer, A few inks and markers for edges, binding tool set, circle punch, fabric scraps, junk (like recycled file folders, cereal boxes, and even paper from my husbands office for making book covers and printing on), laptop and internet connection to go to my favorite website pixelscrapper! I have a ton more supplies than this but these things I use all the time. I would really like to get something like the scan and cut that would cut out the things I print out for me but I don't really know how well it would work and it is expensive so I need to research it more and save up my money. I also need to sort and donate things I don't use or don't like anymore but it is so hard! So I have just been purging other things like my clothes and kitchen items instead. :-)

Bourico Casper
Bourico Casper Wed, 02/12/2020 - 04:46

I have nothing of this material, I only do digital scrap
but it's very pretty, I like your work Marisa!

Bina Greene
Bina Greene Wed, 02/12/2020 - 04:04

Great post, Marisa, many thanks!
The Canon selphy printer, double sided- and washi tape, scissors, glue, papers, pens, brushes and watercolors are my must haves.

Beatrice Loren
Beatrice Loren Wed, 02/12/2020 - 03:30

Oh wow- I am pinning this post. I think this is the reason I am so intimidated by hybrid. So many things even though I love and have all of the things! Great post.