I was excited to come and put up some answers to this, but it seems we have very different hobbies. Although, that might not matter, I'll just share my "technique" :LOL
For the last 3 months I've been working really hard on getting my crafting supplies organized despite the fact that I have no real money to do it like you said. That's actually turned out to be a blessing in disquise, though I have had to be very patient. If I'd had money, I probably would have rushed right out and bought all kinds of shelving and containers that wouldn't have worked right in the end.
So anyway, I have been very patient and have been trying to see things differently; looking for new ways I can use a container (old tins, a sturdy cardboard box that's just the right shape, a basket a friend is going to give away, etc.). If I think of something I might want to try, I'll grab the container and try it out for a while. Sometimes it doesn't work for what I initially thought of , but is good for soemthing else. So my space has been getting organized and reoorganized slowly but surely over the months as I find the right solutions.
Because of the lack of funds, I've had to be okay with an ecclectic look. Shelves my FIL passed onto me, and the random containers I've mentioned. But I am fine with it because at least I have a palce to work, right?
I have spent a litle bit of money, maybe $30 in the last 6 months. I found a couple of baskets at Target that were perfect for scrap paper. I bought a tall trashcan for wrapping paper rolls to stand up in (I keep them in my crafting area so I can use my little table for gift wrapping) and some other things like that. BUT, I had already tried some different ideas and had figured out exactly what was going to work for me so I knew I wasn't wasting the money.
One thing that has really helped me is to see pictures of others' spaces (which I know you asked for). For me, there is a website called twopeasinabucket.com that is all about scrapbooking and they have galleries where people can share their scraprooms. Some are very fancy, but I've gotten some great ideas. Here is one I picked up from there: Ribbon holders
. I got them at Target, just like this person, mounted them on the wall and they are so absolutely perfect for me. Cost me $7.50. But again, I knew it wouldn't be wasted so it was a good buy for me. The point is, do some searches and see if you can find images and details about others' crafting areas online and explore. It might help you figure out your own style and what kinds of organization will work best.
Well, I sure hope that helps! Just try to be patient and be willing to try just about anything. I'm sure I could come up with more suggestions if you want them!
Please share any ideas yu come up with yourself too!