Sunday, March 27, 2011

Scrap Space

I've found that as my scrapbooking evolves so does my space where I 'create' - There's been some talk on-line lately about our space & organization, etc. So I thought I'd share what my space looks like NOW - as opposed to 2009 when I last invited you in -
I know, despite the OM[old stuff] Giveaway, I still have a LOT of stuff - but it *IS* organized in the way I use it best. First to note is that I've slowly taken over the other desk in our office area:This is where I now do all of my painting projects - mixed media materials are kept in baskets to the left and stamps & paint & 'whatnots' are kept in the drawers to the right. Gesso and Glue [I make my own mod podge -shhh] are underneath along with a couple of bookbags and a lazy susan I got at Ikea and have dreams of painting one day. [FYI - This desk is an old door set on a couple of file cabinets.] A couple of favorite things: The pedestal bowl [made from an old candlestick from a thrift store and a seasonal bowl from Target], the whimsical cake stand with dangling flowers [80% off Hobby Lobby], the giant teacup [a planter, on sale at Joanns,] and I {{LOVE}} my make-up case re-purposed for stamping - it holds my favorite stamps and the paint caddy with favorite colors fits in it nicely for travel.
Now on to the window alcove [my original scrap space]: To the left is my cricut [original - I'm so NOT a die-cut person,] a set of wire shelves that holds albums, notes from classes I've taken, favorite magazines, cricut cartridges [see how few I have compared to others I know-] and on top a desktop file sorter that holds layouts [sorted by album] until they get put in thier spot. [Lots of crop bags and boxes are stored underneath until needed.] Next is a couple of stacking drawer units that holds my paper divided by color [roygbiv] and theme [seasonal, holiday, etc.] as well as knitting and crochet info. On top of those are a basket that holds alphabets stickers [I can never have too many!], and my [Memory Makers] paper cutter. Above THAT is the [bathroom] shelves we bought at K-Mart and turned sideways [Craig did a great job putting in extra dividers for me!] to hold glitter, tools, ribbons on the spool, more mini albums, and photos that are ready to go to the LOM boxes on the bookshelf. Glass jars on top hold a variety of embellishments [chipboard, metal, etc.] Recent layouts hang below. Favorite things: the basket I bought at The Straw Market in Nassau and the glitter holders [found at various flea markets.] And of course I have my "shrine" to The Mouse.[The top corner has several little tin lunchboxes from the world and the land.] - It's a joke y'all. That's my original mickey ears from my trip to Disneyland as a 7 year old and the golden ears from our trip to WDW that year.My desk is a re-purposed table we had built for our very first house. It's counter-height and I love it since I'm a 'stand-up' scrapper. I use a carry-on with tackle boxes to hold embellishments and my CM circle cutters [easy to zip up for a crop.] Pens are in a flat snap container to the left, most often used tools stay in the carousal holder that's also easily taken to crops, photos are organized by month and special occasion / story to tell in the black file folder, drawers hold embellishments that need a quick tucking away [these are later sorted to the tackle boxes] and the bin to the right holds monthly kits I get [when I do a page I just stuff all the leftovers back into the bag it came in and when I've used all I want of it it goes into the OMGiveaway box that sits in front of the wire shelves.] Other caddys hold scraps of paper and bits and pieces I plan to use on future pages. Favorite things: my scripture roladex that inspires me, the rolly carry-on that is so easy to take to crops, my carousal tool caddy, fiskars cutting mat with thick glass table cover [remember Hobby Lobby for 5 bucks-] and of course Figment from WDW for my imagination!
To the right is a shoe bag that holds punches, two bulletin boards that were in our boys' rooms before we moved covered in lots of ideas, a framed newspaper print, hanging file that holds 'whatever' and my apron hook. [But you probably noticed my most used apron flung over the chair next to the paint area... Favorites here: the clear shoe bag that helps keep my punches in view.
So there you have it - I t looks a mess, and I know it's not 'all that' but it works for me. I feel fortunate to have a space to spread out a little while I work on crafty things. But I do feel a little guilty for taking over almost the whole room....

9 comments:

September said...

It is definitely a work/working space. That's really cool. Thank you for sharing it!!!! <3

Donna said...

Ok you've got alot of FUN stuff! Oh and you must share your home made MP recipe :)!!!! I'm guessing white glue perhaps??? with water??? Love it!

Marianne - Fiskateer #6701 said...

I love seeing how other people use/organize their creative space. You have a lot of good ideas that are practical. I love that you have a window right in front of you when you are creating!

Whispers and Wishes said...

Your space is so workabble... and that, I think is the crux of good organization... it doesn't have to be perfect or pretty, but it needs to allow you to work and it needs to inspire you to work... I think you've got it down.

Viji Siddharth said...

Wow! Loved the pics of your restroom. It is true sometimes even though it looks messy to others it works for you. Some great ideas there for organization.

LindainNCtoo said...

We are normal. These people who have everything away and nice and tidy in a huge room are not normal in my opinion.

Your room is a working craft room, Judy! :)

My craft room is my dining room unfortunately; so everyone that comes to our house sees my "craft room" right away ( I try to keep it slightly organized).

craftymom205 said...

Thanks for sharing. Very workable space.

Gloria L. said...

I spy a guitar!

Hollyk said...

Love you crafting area. I am currently moving my crafting area and think I may borrow a few ideals from you. :)