Hello fellow bloggers and crafters,
Today is the day that Karen Valentine, over at My Desert Cottage, is putting on this blog hop for crafters to show off their crafty spaces whether it be a dining room, a closet, a corner of the living room, the kitchen table or a room of their own. I've been waiting an entire year to do this again! This party is for us to share our 'little bit of heaven' and share with all of you where it all happens. It might seem to some of you that I have alot of stuff but, I'm not the only one scrapping here. My youngest daughter, Jaclyn who's 23, scraps with me, hence the amount of stuff we own. Pssst, she also has more money to buy scrappy goodness and I get to use it!
This is my second year attending. Before we start, let me tell you that I'm an obsessed scrapper, a paper affaciando, an amateur photographer and a collector of eclectic items that touch my heart and soul. This is a long post, only because I can't seem to not show everything in my room. I hope you won't mind.
I've been scrapping for 13 years and I just love it! My obsession at the moment is mini albums--all sorts. I spend hours in here when I'm not working or cleaning the house. I invite you to take the tour:
My room hasn't changed a whole lot since last year, but I did want to share it again with those who may not have seen it last year. Some things have been removed, other items added and some have been moved from one spot to another. My creative space is always changing to suit my mood at the moment. My room isn't big at all. It's only approx. 12'x9'. I'm limited to moving things because it has 2 built in wall units, a radiator under the picture window in front of my desk and the 2 French doors.
My room isn't fancy or huge nor has all the bells and whistles that you might find in other rooms. It certainly wouldn't qualify for Better Homes and Gardens or be on the cover of "Where Women Create", but to me, it's my haven--my place of inspiration--the place where I create and am fulfilled. As you tour my scrap room, you'll see that I've added touches of teddy bears, handmade soft dolls, old cameras, items I've received from swaps, and other items that hold some sentimental value and I believe add character to my room.
So, without further adieu, here is my room. I hope you enjoy the 'tour'.
These are the French doors that open up into my scraproom. My room is off of the livingroom. It faces the side yard as well as the main street.
Let's start the 'tour' by looking around the room from left to right in a clock-wise direction.
These bookshelves are to the left as you walk in. These shelves are filled with patterned paper that would've fit on the paper racks. Plastic boxes are covered with paper and hold chipboard. I have a ton of chipboard. The bottom two shelves hold my and my daughters (she scraps with me) page kits (incomplete ones).
The tall narrow white bookcase holds an assortment of things from unfinished minis to CD's. This paper rack holds my cardstock sorted in ROYGBIV. Other slots hold themed paper (baby, vintage, holidays, seasons, etc). I've used many systems over the years and this works the best for me. To the right of the paper rack is my computer desk.
This is where I blog and meet people like you who inspire and encourage me. The top of the desk holds my printer and scanner. I 'decorated' my scanner and printer with a vintage style tea-dyed doll, an altered tray received in a swap over at Your Paper Pantry. The printer holds a box inspired by Laura Denison over at Following the Paper Trail along with another swap item from YPP. I love to display my swap items.
These are mini's that need more work and sit on top of the paper rack that I just showed.
This is a vintage suitcase bought at a yardsale that sits on top of the white bookcase (shown above) that hold my stencils. A cloth doll, vintage books and a couple of out-dated cameras sit up here as well.
A close up of the items sitting on top of the computer desk. I love having items like these around me as I create.
A different view of the paper rack and the narrow bookcase.
Sorry for the blurred photo. This is to the right of my desk. The cage is home to our hamster, Coco shown below:
This unit holds all my blank chipboard, mostly minis. The metal stand holds containers found at yards sales. The tin coffee pot hold colored pencils, the planter holds decorative scissors and the bottom glass jar hold trimmer blades and other small items.
This is a build-in book case to the left of the window. This is also to the right of my desk. This was one of the features when we came to look at the house, that made me decide we had to live here so I could use this room as my scrap room. My husband wanted it as a bedroom, but I put my foot down. This unit holds so much! The top shelf holds a box of K&co. stickers and embellies;, another holds Lisa Bearnson foam stamps. The top is decorated with items purchased at yard sales. The second shelf down holds a box of tags received from many swaps over the years; another box holds items for the Book of Me I've yet to make; another holds small paper packs and another some items for altering. The third shelf hold boxes and boxes of stamps from acrylic to wood. The fourth shelf has everything from tags, paper piecings, rubons, and miscell. embellies. Other shelves hold photos, stickers, computer stuff and sheets of chipboard and packs of cardstock.
If you look closely you'll see that all the 'boxes' (which are the containers from the Sterilite units bought at Walmart) are covered with patterned paper. That's because I couldn't stand to see the 'innards' of the boxes. As long as the boxes are labeled, then I know where to find things. Some people need to see where all their stuff is, but it was to much for me.
This wooden rack was bought at a yard sale. I'm not sure what it's original intent was, but I keep all the inks that I use 90% of the time here. Other inks are stored elsewhere.
The vintage style birdhouse that hangs above the window seat.
This is the 'window seat' that faces the side yard. The seat holds all the minis I've received from swaps over the last year or so. I just LOVE mini albums! The bottom space is where I store my sewing machine, my sewing box along with a box that holds patterns, a cloth doll, a book on vintage scrapping and a small cabinet bought at a yard sale that displays tiny teddy bears and minature items. If you were standing at the French doors looking in, this is what you would face.
Sorry it's a bit blurred. This is to the right of the window seat. This book case holds tons of stuff stored in an assortment of Sterilite containters. The 'stuff" I refer to ranges from themed embellies, buttons, flowers, paints, vintage embellies, glitter, floss, inks, fibers, etc. I have small tags on most of them so I know where to find things. I used a rose garland to decorate the top edges of my book cases and the valances.
The baskets holding SOME of my ribbon, were once used to hold my 9x13 Pyrex baking dishes. I decided they were more useful for storing my ribbon.
I have to label most of the drawers. These small ones hold themed embellies.
Just a small sampling of my flowers.
This is to the right of the doorway. This is the desk that I create at, if it's not too messy! I added another bookcase (see below) and two more of the Sterilite units. These units hold ribbon, wooden embellies, punches, etc. The baskets (see photos below) hold more embellies. One stores letter and word stickers and rubons. The other holds a wide assortment of paper embellies. I store them this way because I just like to look at them.
This is my desk which won't stay clean for long! It faces the porch and Main Street.
To the right of the desk sits these items: Stickles, Xyron, a vintage style suitcase that hold all kinds of Tim Holtz items. The small box with the bird stores small tools.
This is a vintage sewing box that stores lace--some vintage and others that look and feel very vintage. The cover of the sewing box displays two bracelets that a friend of mine made from vintage type-writer keys.
I use items found at flea markets and yard sales for storage. The purse is one of them. the altered tin was made for me from a swap over at Your Paper Pantry. I just LOVE Tim Holtz.
Another yard sale item that stores pens, business cards and other little assorted misc. items. The top has another box that holds handmade cards received from swaps. I also display 3 altered spools.
To the right of my desk and behind the door is another paper rack and bookcase made by my dad. The bookcase holds books and magazines related to scrapping and the paper arts
The top of the bookcase displays a small assortment of birdhouses. I love birdhouses.
A small sterilite container holding all my journaling pens
This is the bookcase to the left of my desk facing the wall unit. These are more punches, my alcohol inks (need to find storage for these). This unit sits on top of a bookcase bought at a yardsale. Here it is:
This bookcase holds my Cricut and cartridges, the Cuttlebug, circle cutters, the Slice and the Gator.
Here's a closeup of the covered containers.
A closeup of the mini albums (half of them) on the window seat.
The other minis
Below the window seat----:
And a close up of the little cabinet:
Well, that's it everyone! I hope you enjoyed my room and are inspired in some way. I'll be visiting you as well and I'm sure I'll walk away with more ideas to use in my room.
Thanks for stopping by