Sunday, November 30, 2008

My Scrapbooking Room in Progress - part 3

Now for the last part of the tour.....

This shelf is also a very inexpensive one from Staples - I store paint, buttons, ribbon, books, magazines & sewing needs on this easy to access shelf.

Scrap storage is always a dilemma I've tried them all. Keeping them in a bin works best for me. I sometimes get the best inspiration from 2 unexpected papers/color combos just waiting in the box for me....

Now for the closet.... The woman who owned the house before us put "cubbies" in the closet because she was a quilter. The doors have seen better days & were always falling off so I hung a shower curtain to hide the clutter. I really didn't do a lot of organizing here yet. It's just sorted by like theme on each shelf for now.....

The Home Made "Clip it Up" type storage is made with a metal paper towel holder & page protectors. It holds an amazing amount of flat items & it's easy to page thru. Cost me $10

I have a metal shelf hanging outside the closet. It doesn't hold a lot but I put on fav rubber stamps. Hanging items with binder rings stretches the storage too. I have my bling, small rub-ons & small chipboard albums hanging on it.

Behind the door I have an over the door shoe caddy to hold my punches.

My Scrapbooking Room in Progress - part 2

OK - now continuing the tour....

These shelves are on the same wall as the dresser.

Now for the most important part of any scrap area... THE DESK

I had 3 of the Michael's cubes & this week my darling hubby bought me 3 more & a piece of finish grade wood for the top to make a desk. It's very useful & stores a lot

Inside the drawers I've stored my most used tools/supplies. It's not totally finished since I still have 2 empty drawers.

The workspace though not very deep is perfect for working on a layout. I like a longer table as my last workspace was a dining room table that was wide but not long. I can sew right where the machine is if it's just a quick seam around a layout & move it to the middle for a longer quilting session.

My Scrapbooking Room in Progress

You all know we've been moving furniture all week. Several have been asking to see photos of the scrapbooking/craft room in progress. I've got things put away enough that it's presentable.... "Ta-da" - the world premier of my own little creative space (it's not a showplace like many on 2peas but I'm tickled to death to have it) I love that it's not in the living area of the house. My hubby hung the shelves that run nearly the length of the wall. It's still got a ways to go but I'm able to use it & I SO ENJOY IT!

These first photos are just taken as I go around the room.

Now I've taken more photos & put captions under it so you can see more of the details.

The old dresser is really useful as a work surface & stores so much stuff. This is to the right of the desk so still easy to access supplies.

Here's a peak what's inside:

I'll break it up into multiple posts because blogger isn't always easy to keep photos together & lined up in....

A Few of My Favorite Things

For today I thought I'd share some of my favorite & most used products...

Any kind of buttons... I love vintage ones but Basic Grey has some great colors to add to my stash.

Bo Bunny has a double sided cardstock called Double Dots. It comes in a variety of rich tone on tone colors. It is one of the best papers I've used for distressing. I always keep many of the colors in my stash. (some are subtle & others are a little brighter)

I have a love affair with patterned paper that shows in my ever growing stash...

Webster's Pages is a favorite paper line of mine right now. It's just so pretty! They have journaling cards & ribbon that is to die for. Their website is a favorite hang out for inspiration

Other favorites that I will buy multi pages of is October Afternoon, Crate, My Mind's Eye, Scenic Route always has great paper for boys, & with release of newer lines Basic Grey is a new favorite.

I also never pass up a die cut Making Memories 12x12 paper. They really are versitile & can "make" a layout something special.

Jenni Bowlin Bingo Cards are a perfect addition to many of my pages & even make great mini albums

I use this EVERYWHERE! Love the shadowing on edges of layers so the Chestnut Roan "Cat Eye" is a perfect soft finishing touch.

American Crafts sells cardstock now in packs. It's very similar to Bazzill (which I will never give up for their great color choices but I like being able to buy in a package - with a discount coupon). I always have a pack of white 12x12 on hand.
Other cardstock I always have on hand is a pack of 25 kraft paper available at Hobby Lobby for $3.99 each (then they do 50% sale on that!)

The Cricut Expression is a workhorse in my scraproom. I love making my own layered letters for layouts - I can have that "Thicker" look in the perfect color/font/size without the cost.
I don't have a lot of carts - the 2 that come with the machine are still my favs - though my wish list is gradually getting bigger lol

Just got "Joy of the Season" cart this weekend & it makes amazing cards quick & easy. I sure am having fun playing around with different techniques to get my cards made.
The Cricut website has great tips on how to use this tool to it's fullest.

You all know how much I love to sew on my pages. So last but not least is a sewing machine - no layout is complete without a little attention from this most used tool.