Where I Create

As I mentioned in my last post, my scrapbook room became quite the disaster over the holidays. It became the catch-all for presents, garbage, out of place items, scrapbook supplies I simply dropped off after I cropped the weekend before Christmas, etc. It became a haven for hidden cat toys, if the cats could even get through the door. Don’t believe me? Here’s proof:
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With the addition of the sewing machine from Santa Steve, I also needed to find a way to give it a new, functional home in the space. I scoured 2Peas and Pinterest for some inspiration. I was willing to rearrange the furniture some, but I did want to leave one corner available for a TV that I’d dearly love to add. So, that also meant that I couldn’t really change the orientation of my desk, now sitting perpendicular between the 2 windows in the room.

Under Matisse’s watchful (read: pesty) eyes, the overhaul and clean began.
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And now the reveal of the finished product, that is always a work in progress.
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My scrap table, Raskog Ikea cart, sewing machine, Silhouette Cameo and photo printer on Bygel utility cart, also from Ikea. In fact, the bulk of the furniture in this room is from Ikea. The table that my sewing machine is on is an old repurposed printer stand. On the walls hang 3 of my fav pieces of scrapbook paper from Rouge de Garance before they were bought out by Sandylion. I just bought some frames for them at Ikea to create the triptych. The Welcome sign in the window is an old Creative Escape project, and is joined by my Michigan and Red Wings gnomes on the sill. So much of this room is a collection of all things “me”, like the gnomes.

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The Ikea Expedit shelving across from my scrap table holds completed albums and fully empty albums, idea books, completed cards, a few personal trinkets, projects on display, some pictures, some Build a Bears – Galadriel Bunny and Arwen Bear, my Patriots flag, my running medals and sports teams spirit beads. Most importantly, it also holds my Sirius Stiletto radio dock. The clear drawer cart holds seldom used tools and other extra supplies.

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Hanging on the closet door is my Heidi Swapp & Jessica Sprague apron from a Creative Escape, decorated with some Jennaye and Kelli Collins fabric flowers also made at a Creative Escape, and in the corner is the catnip blanket for a quiet cozy place for Socks to curl up, and she does in the summer all the time. Right now she prefers the warmth of the heating vent, and I can’t say as I blame her.

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My small diecutting table and gallery wall featuring some of my fav pictures. The table is an old Ikea Mammut. On the shelves on the side unseen is my Zutter Bind-It-All and my 7Gypsies Binderie punch. The shelves hold my Vagabond accessories, dies, embossing folders and my old QuicKutz alpha and shape dies I can’t bring myself to part with yet, even though I haven’t looked at them in easily over a year.

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I moved one of my Expedit shelves around the room to give me a little more behind the desk space, a home for my Clip-It-Up, and to make those supplies a little more accessible to me. On display are more mini books, projects, and photos. The heart rug on the floor? Also Ikea. Most of the items in storage in the cubbies are empty mini-albums that were my previous passion until I started doing sketches.

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Behind my table you’ll see another Expedit, and a bunch of the Michael’s paper storage cubes. I keep changing up how I organize my paper in those, some are theme, some are colour, some are manufacturer and far right is all cardstock and transparencies. Now that my 6×6 paper pads are in those holders I made with the Silhouette I have used them a lot more than when they were stashed away. I’ve put all my ribbon together on top of the cubes in the spools, or in the 2 & 3 collapsible bins, the QuicKutz magpie storage has trinkets and binder rings and displays more projects. On top of my ribbon storage is my Sweet Pea stuffie, one of Steve’s names for me :)

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Now a closer look at some parts of my storage; like the Raskog and Bygiel carts, and the Expedit that holds a lot of my supplies.

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Storage bins from a store called Solutions holding unfinished projects, chipboard and flower embellies, miscellaneous paper embellies, and acrylic stamps.

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The Raskog cart with my wet and dry adhesive, paint, distress inks, embossing powder, glitter, markers, glimmer mist, and some extra supplies.

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Inks, woodmount stamps, projects in progress, page kits, paper packs, misting screen and Project Life style card holder.

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Bygiel cart with Cameo, photo printer and iris cases storing extra page protectors but also easily accessible to take papers on the go. Punches and twine are stored in the little drawer beneath the Cameo.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed the mini-tour of my space where I love to create! I hope I’ve been able to inspire some storage ideas as well. I’m very much a type of person who needs things accessible and visible or they are easily forgotten and not used.

Thanks for stopping by!

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6 thoughts on “Where I Create

  1. Wow!! Thank you for sharing all of that. What a great space to play in!! I loved seeing the transformation from chaos to inspiring! lol

  2. Funny enough I just went through this myself. Your space is awesome and it looks great after all your hard work. My craft room is a catch all space too so I totally know your pain.
    Cheers to hard work and lots of creating in our organized spaces :)

  3. Wow … I am jealous! I love all the space and all the cubbies etc. I love the “disaster pic” … my living room looks like that all the time when I’ve been scrapping! hehehe.. Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. Holy cow you have a lot of stuff. Let me just say… I looooove Ikea:):) I want SO much of their stuff and honestly, I think a lot of it’s perfect for scrapbook rooms.

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