Robyn sent us an email to share the gorgeous card she has created. Great work Robyn.
Robyn sent us an email to share the gorgeous card she has created. Great work Robyn.
One of our Victorian demonstrators Trish, shares her scrap space with us today.
Hi I am Trish and this is my "studio" or the scrap shed as it is known at home
I run a scrapbooking business from the "shed" so its set up a little differently.
Its half a garage lined and insulated. The big shelves and tubs house all the shop stock and the rest is MINE
The sky lights provide wonderful natural light. I have a split system to cope with the Melbourne weather.
All my stuff is on the create wall and in the book cases below.
The space is quite big I can fit 5 friends in for a crop!!
When I started scrapping, all my stuff fitted into one of those underbed storage plastic containers. When we built the house we live in, it had a separate office. I was under no delusion that would be my scrap space. My DH didnt quite realise the implication of this. LOL. We had been in the house about 4 days when Simon (then 2) went into the office / scraproom and picked up the biggest, fatest, inkiest marker, took the top off and ran. I ran after him but he dropped it nib down right in front of the entrance way. A nasty black mark resulted which you can still see today if you look hard enough. The event meant that Ricky went straight out (after he tried cleaning the blob) and bought a childs gate to go in the doorway. And I think that was the transition of the office into MY SCRAPROOM. LOL. That gate was such a handy thing to have and it trained the kids and visiting kids well.
Now I do have a system or should I say systems for storage but half the time I forget what they are! After a recent clean out I instituted 2 things which are working well for me. I got a small tote that holds all my pens and tools and swivels. It lives on my desk and everything can be found quickly! The other thing I did, was borrow from unused glassware from the kitchen and use these for buttons, small bits of ribbon, left over alphas and left over stamped, cut out bits and bobs. They used to mound up on my desk after layouts but not anymore and whats more I tend to use those containers to find that xtra thing I need for a current layout! Oh and I just put a corkboard up so I can pin inspiration and stuff to.
My basic storage are metal cabinets (one with doors and one without) and a 12x12 metal drawer set (cardstock). I still have a lot of stuff in this room which needs a home elsewhere and it will happen one day!
I love my scrap space, it is my creative zone.
Well, when i started scrapping all those years ago - wow it was in 2001! i only scrapped a little so the dining room table was my space. It worked well until the obsession kicked in and at my scrapping peak lol- when i was scrapping heaps for mags etc- and no-one ate on the dining room table for 6 months lol! Then A bought a desk and moved things around- which is where i have been since.
It is a space next to the dining table and you see it as you come in the door- not good when it is a mess. This is it all tidied and ready for me to scrap on. just have to move that lap top and i am good to go :) The 2 smaller pink tins ( picked these up painted with those flowers on at a garage sale for $2 - love a bargain.. anyway i digress- these have my pens, glue sticks, paint brushes and kids pencils for school in them. The last big one is my garbage bin! I WILL get around to painting that wooden storage container sometime. This has stamps, cottons, buttons and brads in it. I love the light her it is bright most of the day.
Here it is as a homeschooling Mum's desk :)
The chair on the left pulled closer and over the cupboards that i don't need to open until i scrap! I have some homeschooling stuff that i need on hand in those 2 white cane baskets so when i want to scrap i just pick them up and move them and have instantly more space :)
Close up of the baskets- just because i love them - got these from spotlight a while ago- set of three different sizes for 20 bucks- i bought 8 sets in blue, pink and mauve lol- I have the girls school books in the others lined up on the floor in the lounge room.
below are the cupboards my delightful cabinet maker husband built for me :) They hold all my mess 2 for scrapbooking stuff and 2 for school stuff- which is no way near enough- I could fill all of it up with scrap stuff or homeschool stuff- we need a bigger house
The other draws in the desk have fabric and other small embellishments with no rhyme or reason as to why they are where!!!! I also have 2 Chatterbox luggage cases in pink and brown filled with stuff in my spare room- can't scrap there though as My step kids sleep in there and my desk wont fit :( Anyway..... I am the most disorganized scrapper in the world- i bet- but i get there- not as much as i would like lately- need to pull my finger out i guess- this homeschooling sure takes alot of time though- hopefully I'll get myself in some me time sometime soon :)
Thanks for looking at my little space- I guess it's something to not aspire too lol
HI. Welcome to my scrap space (or spaces). I'm one of those that scrap at their dining room table. My dear husband hates it. I can't say I blame him. Its always a mess. But needs must. hehehe.
One day when we do up our house we'll create an area off the side of the living room that I can scrap in, while still being part of the family and also able to shut off should we need to hide the mess. But for now, this is where I sit and create.....
When I took this photo I had just finished about 3 LO's in a row, so its kinda messy *grin*, but it gives you an idea of what my poor hubby has to put up with. When I look up, I see Auckland city across the water, so I have a pretty cool view to look at.
Beside me is a set of shelves which has all my 'must haves' on it....
Then out in our 'sleepout' (an old converted garage) I have my main storage....
There are obvious drawbacks with having my stuff stored away from where I'm working. Particularly in winter, brrrrrrrr, but hey, one day it'll be different and I'll look back on these photos and grin.
Here's a look at some close ups. Some of this is from the shelf system beside my desk,
Plus my paints, a bookshelf with some altered projects on it, and my ribbon storage.
So thats pretty much it. I don't really have any cool or unique ideas, most of mine have been 'stolen' from other scrappers who have been scrapping longer than me. But it seems to work (except it keeps growing! Eeeeeeeek. LOL) for the moment, and I can sure see some more ideas from the ambassadors here to 'steal'. hehehe.
When we moved into our new house three years ago i was very fortunate to get a whole room to myself where i could keep my scrapping supplies, in our previous place i scrapped on the dining room table and all of my supplies fitted into my navigator which just goes to show how much you can accumulate over six years of scrapping.
My mother in law works for a kitchen manufacturer and she organised for the huge pin board which is hanging on my wall to be made and both of my fantastic paper racks as well.
And i can display my latest creations on my pinboard for a while before they go in an album.
We live in the country so my desk is next to a window that overlooks paddocks, trees and rolling hills, it's very peaceful.
I store my stamps, inks and embossing powders in pull out drawers and we had the wardrobe in my scraproom "modified" with shelves which are currently overflowing with supplies.
So that's my piece of heaven, i hope you enjoyed the tour.
My scrap space - This is the total area of space I have to work in, situated along one wall of our lounge, not far from the computer so I can move easily from one to the other.
box of painting supplies, sketching supplies, stamp press & Fiskars/Heidi Grace stamps, ribbon jars, tool caddy for rulers, pens, pencils, knives, scissors & glue.
box of photos to scrap soon
adhesives, xyron & extra glue
work space, trimmer and rubbish bin (I usually have two rubbish bins one for recyclable stuff and one for non-recyclable stuff).
multi drawer units house all sorts of embellishments eg buttons, brads, pins, plastic embs, the two larger bottom drawers hold ink cubes/pads etc etc
large orange box holds monthly kits, basket of often used tools, tool tote (will be filled when I next go to a crop), Fiskars tote bag containing all the papers & embellishments used only for demos.
two 45 litre containers with zip lock bags of cardstock, patterned paper, and scraps all separated by colour, also some bags of specific manufacturers papers. These containers are on wheels so are easy to pull out to find just the right papers/cardstock.
My semi organized scrap cupboard. bottom shelf: magazines and idea books. second shelf: larger embellishments eg flowers, bling, frames/tags, boxed chipboard alphas, craft wire etc. Drawers to the left house more stamps.
The red binders house diecuts and stickers in theme order (I am frequently purging these to give away as these are some of my oldest supplies, however do try to recreate these supplies to look new again). The clearfiles contain all my alpha stickers, rub-on sheets, word/phrases stickers, and chipboard alpha sheets. I have also stuffed page protectors on this shelf too.
Top of the unit houses a box of stuff to one day use for OTP projects also my Cuttlebug and empty ziplock bags. Top shelf houses a whole bunch of miscellaneous stuff but the big box in the centre houses the rest of my chipboard goodies. Under this box is a huge container of fibres separated by colour (hope fibres come back into vogue one day soon cos I love them)! Also a container of alphas eg brads, plastic, mini tag alphas etc all separated into alpha order.
Fiskars drawer for my apron, tools, business cards etc. This drawer is emptied into my orange tote if when I go to a demo.
Whilst some of my supplies need more purging/organizing, I am pretty much able to use this small space with no problems.
Our home is way too small for a separate room for scrapping and I do like to be amongst the family whilst scrapping. My children are 15yrs and 12yrs old now so I can leave anything out on my desk and know they won't be getting into it. (Have to be more careful if any of the 8 step-grandchildren visit though - they range in age from 9mths to 14yrs)!
I make up page kits on a very regular basis, to taking to crops, so generally the only layouts I make in my scrap space are those based on forum challenges which have an early deadline.
Here is a link to my blog post about how I make up a page kit
I see from other scrap spaces that I need to make some OTP creations to decorate my scrap space. One day I will make my space more pretty now that you have all inspired me.
Well I thought that you might like a look into where I spend many hours most days at the moment.....and it's not always playing and creating.....it's often working and planning Events for FISKARS.....so lots of time is spent in this room.
It is actually our loungeroom.......but with three boys left home we weren't using this space much as we live mainly in the family room......so I have acquired this room now and gradually over the past few years I'm spreading further around the room.......LOL!
I started on the table 6 years ago....now look where I've spread too......ROTFL! I love this room as it looks out into our front garden and it has plenty of light.....it's a room where I feel I can claim it as my space......and as such I both WORK and PLAY in there! I took these pics on May 13th....and this is how my room was then......and it could be the same on any given day......it's my space.....and I have it how it works for me.....I do like to de-clutter every now and again......in fact I need to now....but other things have taken priority around here......so "what you see is what you get"....welcome to my "creative chaos".....LOL! XOXO Lyn Dwyer
Hi I’m Tamara and this is my space! It is half of our spare bedroom and often creeps over the whole thing. I have an addiction to changing it around so it doesn’t stay the same for very long. At the moment I have some hanging space in front of me, some stacked spaces either side of me and some hidden back further to one side in a cupboard. I really like drawers for organising, it allows me to pull the whole thing out and look or search through it and then put it back again with the cleanup half done. I am a VERY messy crafter and my space only looks like this once in a blue moon, normally it’s piled high with stuff, but as I’ve not long attached some new things to the wall, I had to clean it up a bit. It is not unusual for me to only have enough free space in front of me to make a card – about half an a4 sheet in size! My cardstock and paper is currently in the file folders off to my right, I like it being out for me to see, but am frustrated at the amount of dust it can collect. I think when we eventually move house I will get some drawers to put it in to try and keep that problem at bay. The drawers to my left contain a lot of my stash. The blue and clear drawers contain a lot of embellishments, rubons, adhesives and some tools, the multi coloured ones contain most of my stamping materials including three and a half drawers full of different inks! A bit further around to my left there’s a cupboard that has another of each of these sets of drawers and these contain some of my lesser-used or more bulky items and tools in my collection. When I am crafting up a storm the door stays open to allow me access into the cupboard, but it is nice to lock away the mess sometimes! Another thing that I struggle with storing in my craft space is my overflowing collection of ribbon! You can see that I have some baskets hanging up on the wall over my desk that contain my spools of ribbon, the rest of my ribbon is a blue bag that hangs of the door of the cupboard next to me, I have tried a lot of different ways to store my cut ribbon, but have yet to find one that I like. At the moment my method for finding what I want is dump it out onto the floor, move it around until I find what I want and then shove it all back into it’s bag! The spools are a lot easier, I can just cut off what I want and throw it back into the basket. Is it possible to have too much ribbon perhaps? (and now we will pause for those ribbon addicts who need time to pick themselves back up off the floor after hearing my blasphemous words!!). Two recent additions to my craft room that I really love is my repurposed bottles that hold my buttons and my hanging alphas! I found the flowers that were in the bottles too annoying to dig out and I wasn’t using them, but I LOVE them for my buttons. I am finding that I’m using them more now I can see them and gosh, don’t they look pretty?? The alpha hanging is a bit of a made up storage solution, but I think it’s fantastic! I bought some clips so I could hang things up and located a handrail type thing to hang them on that I’ve attached to the wall with hooks to make it hang correctly. I love being able to look up and see a lot of my alphas in front of me rather than rummaging in a drawer. My computer sits right beside my desk, which is both good and bad! Often I can get too distracted looking at my favourite blogs (especially my Fiskars inspiration list!) and sites that I forget to actually pull out my stuff and DO something, but it can also be good when there is a Cyber event on, or a project that I’m working on that I want access to the computer for, I can just turn my chair around and I’m there. I have a lot of Fiskars tools in my stash, most of which stay close at hand. I have a few favourites that stay out on my desk and I have a tool caddy that sits beside me with most of my cutting, folding, poking and prodding tools in it. My favourites in my tool collection lately are my 12” trimmer, Fiskateer scissors, Stamp Press, 15” Fiskars ruler and my three circle squeeze punches. I was a Fiskars fan long before I became involved with the company and am always on the lookout for more to add to my crafting arsenal! The most recent additions just arrived in the post today…a new Fiskars Portable Rotary trimmer and a scallop blade for it! If you haven’t got one of these, you need it, seriously! They are available at Lincraft if you have one close to you, or if you don’t, Lincraft now has an online store that you can purchase it from. This is where I got mine as my nearest Lincraft is a 1 ½ hour flight away! Thank you for letting me share my space with you, I hope it’s given you a little insight into my crafty world. Tamara