Scrapstorian Spaces III

Inspired by a regular feature on the Canadian Scrapbooker blog, Shar, Cheryl and I wanted to share where we create with your. Check out Cheryl’s creative space post here, and Shar’s here. It is my turn to share my creative space, so here we go.

Here is a snapshot as you walk into my scrapbook room. Yes, I have my very own room for scrapbooking and I feel super lucky for it. It is the perfect size for my way-too-much-stuff, has two big bright windows, and is just off the living room so I can still hold a conversation with my husband when he is sitting on the couch watching rugby or some other sport. ;)  As you can see, I like to pepper the room with all sorts of creativity-inspiring items (stuffies from my childhood, random pictures on IKEA Spontan magnetic boards, crafts from the little people in my life and more).


My actual scrapbook table is a large desktop found in the IKEA as-is section with the now discontinued IKEA Expedit cube shelves as the replacement legs. Amazing! So sad they got rid of these shelves at IKEA and glad I accidentally (lol) bought up five before they did.

BrandeTableSurfaceI have a huge bright work surface and the extra storage of four 12×12 shelves on each side – and we know any extra storage space or nooks and crannies is high priced real estate for a scrapbooker.


Oh, and speaking of those discontinued IKEA Expedit cube shelves, the bulk of my scrappy storage sits directly behind me or beside me on the same shelves. I have also peppered in some of the IKEA Billy Bookcases too, re-purposed from other rooms in the house.


Some fun storage ideas to share with you:

To organize my embellishments, alphabets, and other items like trading cards and more, I have bought these Michaels Iris Scrapbook Case. These cases are really affordable, quite durable, are 12×12, and go on sale all the time. I have one dedicated to alphabets, texture embellishments, chipboard, stuff for cards only, etc. They lids open right back so you can really rifle through stuff quite easily when looking for that perfect little thing for your page.

Inspired by Shar, I also use these to organize all the pictures and pocket page items for specific projects. For example all of the maps, metro tickets, and pictures for our recent trip to Scotland have their own case and I create a cute little tag for it too. So everything is together and easy to spot on the shelf. When I am done scrapbooking Scotland, I will use it for a different project.

For all of my tiny embellishments, I use Jewellery Making Storage Boxes from Walmart. I really like these cases because they offer so many little pockets, and they snap tightly shut. I have been the scrapbooker picking up and resorting all of my brads because my old storage cases didn’t snap shut fully. Not fun! Also as blogger, I need to make sure I can credit all of the products I use on a posted page – to help me do this, when I add embellishments to the case I cut the label off of the original embellishment package (the company, and name of product) and drop that little piece of paper into the tray as well.


Finally, I really like paper! {Insert your own admission to also loving paper here}. The Cropper Hopper Paper Holder and the Cropper Hopper Page Arranger pockets are the perfect enablers to my obsession. I store my entire paper collection upright in the Paper Holders which really do stand upright quite solidly, and are so easy to look through when picking paper for a page. I store my paper collections together in the Page Arrangers which offer a main 12×12 pocket and some smaller ones on the outside; so all of your paper, alphabet sheets, sticker sheets, 4×6 or 3×3 cards and more of a single collection are all together. The paper Arrangers fit into the Paper Holders. Perfect!


That’s my space … and all this talk about it makes me want to use it, right now!  :)


Sketchtorian VII

So, some of you may know I lost my camera on holidays! Boo! A camera card packed full of memories … so of course not only as a mom, but a scrapbooker, I sure am bummed!

I lost many many, many photos; thank goodness I do have some of them saved to a computer and have many printed! YAH COSTCO PHOTO CENTRE!

People, don’t be silly like me, load your camera card before you go ANYWHERE … start with a clean card and minimize your photo lost crisis! UGH

Anyhoooooooo … My point in my mini-rant was to admit to the horrible quality of photo for the Sketchtorian is cause I lost my key scrapbook tool! (UGH) However, this slightly distorted and poor quality pixelllly photo attempt may help ignite your imagination on where you could take this sketch! Note as well a great place for little keep sakes is the journaling spot; make it act as a pocket for extra photos, pamphlets tickets etc.

Here is the sketch:


A special sketch inspiration note:

This sketch is simply inspired by the feeling I get from certain photos. There are many photos which spark many different feelings and emotions and sometimes those are completely outside of what is happening in the photo. An example is a pic of my sister and I in Scotland; when I look at that photo, I see our photos from when we are kids. I see two little blondies and how far we have come, how much we have been through and how grateful I am for her in my life and the overwhelming gratitude of being in Scotland with her, doing what we both love, together! The smile on my face shows my laughing place, how carefree I felt, and the “everyday” life seemed like a billion trillion light years away … the very idea of a holiday or adventure!

So I challenge you with this sketch to choose a pic where you are at least one of the subjects and  really explore and meditate on the image(s) in the photo and be mindful of the feelings and thoughts that surface. Don’t just look at it and say that was a fun bowling night, lots of laughs; I challenge you to really take away the layers and journal what comes with that memory, your friends, the feelings you have for them or the gratitude you have for them, etc. Open your journaling up to the not so obvious moments of the picture, even the moments where you would say, “I wish I hadn’t gone that night, I would have been happier soaking in the bath tub with a great book.” Have fun with it!

A sketch note:
I know my sketches are a little different then the mainstream beautiful sketches that are out there right now; they are a little messy and doodley and not computer created for a couple of reasons:
1) I am a scrapbooker so playing on paper with any object from glue to a papermate is just dang awesome;
2) It’s meant to inspire and assist your layout instead of dictate it. I would be so delighted to know that my sketch inspired you on the smallest of details like a random brad in the top right corner or a tilt of a photo, to a complete replica, that would be just awesome as well.

I love to doodle, I love to doodle sketches and I have spent over 10 years helping fellow scrapbookers by doodling my ideas to help explain; I usually am too excited to verbalize in a way that can be interpreted!


Scrapstorian Spaces II


Inspired by a regular feature on the Canadian Scrapbooker blog, Shar, Brande and I wanted to share where we create with you. Check out the first post here. Well, since I lost my camera on holidays :( I am back with the not so great phone photos! Here is my scrap space in progress. I […]

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Scrapstorian Spaces I


Inspired by a regular feature on the Canadian Scrapbooker blog, Shar, Brande and I wanted to share where we create with you. I have posted about my space before but it is always changing. As my style and favourite products evolve, so does my storage and organization. I think I like organizing my supplies almost […]

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Transform your Backgrounds


Hello all, sorry for being away so long… I want to say I’ve been busy but I am so sick of that word! Let’s go with … it’s been an active time since my last posting and I have not managed to celebrate some free time by creating a layout! It feels good to be […]

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Sketchtorian IV


Are you ready for a new sketch?! This one is artsy, doodley and a lot of fun. Check out all of our sketches here.  

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Stuck on Stuck? Sketches!


Okay, I have had some serious stuck issues lately – starting pages, only to put them aside half finished, staring at paper and pictures for way too long and giving up, organizing and re-organizing my scrapbook room instead of scrapping. We have all had these days and even weeks. Well, time to get unstuck! Not […]

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Let’s Tag Team this One …


You may or may not have noticed my lack of scrapping since the April retreat. I noticed! I spent a lot of time wanting to create, thinking about what I would create, but no time actually creating. Sometimes, after periods like that, the first layout back is loaded with expectations. Over the weekend, I decided stop […]

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