Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Craft Room/Office Renovation, Finally!

After raising seven children, I finally have a space I can call my own. My last daughter living at home, moved to Haiti in early February to serve as a missionary. I didn't waste any time starting the renovation! I was sad to see her go, so this was my pick-me-upper. I'm a work-at-home Nana so I needed a space that serves as office, craft room, and area where I can maintain the grandchildren when I keep them. My craft stuff has been discombobulated for several years. I was on a hiatus for about 4 years while I completed my master's degree. It was time to get everything back together in one place. Last spring, my hubby suggested I take an area of our sun room so I worked all last spring to set up a "spot." I was able to reunite a lot of my stuff, but there were still items stashed in closets. I pretty much have most of it out now. What I don't have out, I have a place for as I am able to bash the closets and organize/get rid of the rest.

I had already accumulated a lot of storage items, so I decided to lean on the frugal side, and made do with what I had for the most part. My biggest investment was the IKEA Kallax shelf unit that I have wanted for some time now. I used tables, cabinets, shelves that we accumulated from school auctions and thrift store finds.  I also invested in the Fintrop rail/hooks from IKEA. Although I'm still tweaking here and there, I pretty much have everything arranged where it ended up functioning best for me. So, ready for the tour?

Here is where I keep my scraps. They are in rainbow order from pink to purple/brown, top to bottom. I am keeping my Cuttlebug here, and the plates are in the hanging pocket on the side, along with my most-used dies. The rest of the dies and embossing folders are in a bin on the Kallax shelves.

To the right of the drawers, I have a pocket folder hanging where I
keep paper/photos that I plan to scrap in the future, or I'm in the
process of scrapping. This is a dormer closet that stores stuff for one of my kids that lives out of the country.

Here's where you can see most of the wall. Just to the left of the drawers, is my Kallax cube shelf. I have all sorts of stuff stored here from paper, albums, projects, flowers, ribbons, etc. I also have office supplies stored in here, so it holds a wide range  of items. Further down, you can see my paper rack. I've this rack foreeeeeeever!  On the left is my cardstock in rainbow order, and at the bottom and right are papers organized by theme or designer. Last year I went through photos, embellishments, and paper and came up with theme names and they are all categorized under those theme names. This way I can easily gather my pics, paper, embellishments.

 At the end of the wall, I have two cabinets stacked that I acquired at a school closing  auction. These were from the art room.  On the top, I have my ink pads, a basket with my 6x6 paper pads, large paper trimmer and drawers that hold stencils, and misc. large embellishments. I have a little thing on the top that holds brads and old eyelets. Well see........
 Inside the cabinet I have containers that I've had for a long  time. I decided to keep them since so much of my stuff was already there. Inside I also have a unit that has my basic white and black paper, and on top is my Copic markers. The blue drawers hold my reindeers.

I have two carts. One with drawers my mother gave me years ago that serves as an embellishment cart. The top bin is where I keep embellishments that I have categorized by theme once I've used them up in a kit. The other is a RASKOG cart from IKEA that has tools and media supplies. I have a basket in the top that I got at Hobby  Lobby that has been great to just drop stuff in as I need when I'm scrapping.  

Here is an overview of the room. Now to the left side of the room..... I made a "U" shape with my tables so that I can pivot and have plenty of workspace. I'm quite a mess when I'm crafting! I finally have my Cricut and computer united on one area so I'm hoping to use it more now.  On the top right is a letter holder where I keep my papers and embellishments I'm currently using. I have storage items under my tables to keep stuff I use a lot, or just a place to set things down off my tables.
This is an acrylic shelf unit I purchased when Goody's was closing in our area. I have a hook that holds my Cricut mats, and some of my clear stamps, as well as heat tools and this is a place to set my ATG gun down when I'm not using it.   I have a box in the corner that I use to place paper to do any spraying that might get too messy for my desk. Under another table is a bin that holds kits I still need to kill.

Here is a view of my desktop. This corner is dead space because I can't reach the far corner. My center worktable is 35" deep, and I sacrificed the corner for a deeper work area. I think my printer will work out ok there. The  empty wall spaces will be filled with new creations yet to come!  Sitting on my desk, I stacked 2 drawer units from Lowe's that hold frequently used small embellishments.

Here is a view of the left side of my desk area. I am keeping my 8 1/2 x 11 Cardstock here because I am trying to remember to use this paper for matting  my photos instead of using up my 12x12. My Thirty-One file holds some of my office paperwork.  Here is where I ended up placing the Fintrop rail so that I could reach it lol. I have Thickers in one of the Thirty-One pocket.

 At the end of the desk, is the shelf unit I purchased at the Goodwill a few years ago. As soon as I spotted it, I KNEW it was perfect for punches!  I mentioned earlier that I have a small space where the little ones can play. My son was testing out the play space with one of my granddaughters!  On the back wall is a love seat. So, there  you have peek into my creative space!

I plan to be better about posting my layouts in the future.    I'm on a mission to bash my stash this year. My goal is to complete a layout a day. I've managed to accomplish 45 layouts so far. I'm hoping to get my mojo back in my new craft space. I would love for you to join me on this new crafting journey! Thanks for looking!

Monday, May 22, 2017

My Girls

I have here today a page I made of my daughters together. As adults, they all lead busy lives and live in various parts of the world. It's a special time when they are all together. This was my oldest daughter's birthday weekend. Her husband had surprised her the day before with an overnight stay for all the family at a waterpark. We came from all over to celebrate her 30th birthday! This particular moment was while we were out and her husband was at home working on yet another surprise- an official party!

I wanted to capture the earthy feel of the photo, and I selected the Hazelwood kit. I fussy cut all the butterflies except for the large one the bottom. I cut out the doily from a stash of Bazzill Basics paper with my Cherry Lynn French Pastry Doily die. I am entering this in the Scrap Our Stash May Challenge.

For this challenge, you must use something from your stash for each of the letters in the word
MOTHER.  Here's my stash for MOTHER:

M-My Girls, title, Media
O-Outdoor Photo
T-Today in the layout, and Tsukineko Shimmering Mist (gold over the butterflies, and corners)
H-Hearts, Hazelwood paper
E-Epherma (the large butterfly, gold foil hearts, gold "lovely" and the flowers); Embellishments (button and heart paper clip)
R-Re-inkers (Close to My Heart, Sweet Leaf, Moonstruck speckled in the corners)

Thanks for looking! Feel free to leave a comment, and I would love for you to follow me!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Shades of Cool

I can't exactly say I've dived back into scrapbooking, but I have been working hard at setting my room back up, and sorting through all my long lost stuff. Grown kids don't move out and stay away, they come home, and when that happens, my scrap room becomes dismantled to make space. My husband finally suggested I make a place in our sun room. I was reluctant, due to the huge windows and so much light that could potentially damage my products. However, I love that particular space. It's a very refreshing place to be early in the morning. I enjoy reading my Bible and having my quiet time with God in my rocking chair there. Needless to say, the rocking chair has a permanent spot in "my space." We found room dividers at Hobby Lobby, and dear hubby hooked one side to the wall for me, so as to make it a temporary, yet stable divider.  The room is long and narrow, and I still have plenty of space for the sun room to feel like it's own room. I have been sorting through paper, embellishments, dies, stamps, etc., and I have tried to really look at what I want and don't want. I actually discovered that my taste hasn't changed much, and it was refreshing to know that I can still use "old" stuff with a fresh look with the new things I have.

Graduation came and went last weekend. It feels like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders to know that I am completely finished with my education.  I'm tapering off my caseload in the rehab center as an addictions counselor, making way for more time at home for the individual we care for, as she needs me to be home. This is giving me more time for what I enjoy, and that is putting my memories on paper!

 I did a layout today and used my March Doubleshot kit to create "Shades of Cool" of the granddaughters showing off their "shades." The kit was from The Scrap Room and it is the American Crafts On A Whim by Amy Tangerine. Everything is from the kit except a the black paper for matting, and a few accent pieces that were in my stash. I followed the May sketch challenge from The Scrap Room. I fussy cut the sunglasses as one of the "rings" in the sketch. I used a circle punch to make another "ring," sort of rainbow style to pick up more of the paper in the horizontal banner. I punched black dots and placed rhinestones on them to connect the circles. I matted the photos and the "shades" paper in black in order to keep them the focal point of the layout. The title Shades of Cool represented the theme of the photos and the paper, making for a fun layout!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Scrap Itch

The Scrap Itch is a rare disease that you acquire when you haven't held or manipulated patterned paper, glue or anything shiny in your hands far too long! I've been on a paper crafting hiatus for over four years while I completed my master's degree in counseling. This is my first attempt at a scrapbook page in four years!  My scrap room is discombobulated, but I have the Scrap Itch! I have decided the only cure for this disease is to dive in and play. I'm looking forward to a full year of a scrap-happy life. Every counselor needs self-care, right?

For this layout,  I used the January "Jumpstart" Sketch Challenge from The ScrapRoom Blog. All of the papers are from Fancy Pants which were included in the January's Flavors of the Month club kit and patterned paper add-on kit.  I fussy cut the balloons, and highlighted them with a silver paint pen and silver sheer shimmer mist, popping them off the page just a bit. I accented the sprinkles on the cupcake with stickles.  Some of the embellishments came from previous month's kits, and some from the little bit of stash I could find. I had fun creating the page to celebrate my granddaughter's first birthday!