Monday, January 10, 2011

Take A Look At My New Scraproom!

I am almost finished with my new scraproom, at least to the point I can post pics.  I still need to do some fine tuning, make labels  and purchase some more cropperhoopper vertical storage and the most tedious part will be wrapping my ribbon around those little scrapbook thingies.  That should take me ages given the fact that I have so much ribbon.

 Without further ado, "Welcome to my new Scraproom"

Pic 1:  As you walk into my room there is a narrow wall and you can see 2 chandeliers I put on the wall.  There is a ribbon going up the wall to appear like a cord.  You cannot see it but I put crystal bling on the chandeliers.

Pic 2:  This is my stamping and die cut table. 

Pic 3:  My fabulous Christmas gift "The Vagabond"  My new favourite toy!

Pic4:  This is my stamping station.  This is the IKEA flip top table, it is just great,  as you can see I store all my stamps in there, it is hard to see but it goes back quite a ways and holds a lot of stuff.  I weeded through my stamps last year and got rid of the ones on blocks.  Tammy suggested I put my small stamps in a CD  case.  All my glitter, inkers etc (everything pertaining to stamping and embossing is in my |Making Memories cabinet above the stamping/diecutting desk. 

Pic 5:  Closeup of inside of flip table.

Pic 6:  This is looking toward the opposite side of the room.  I have a saying on the top of the doors.  You will see a close up of it in the next pic. Behind the doors is the big air exchanger, not much room to store anything.

Pic 7:  These are my priorities in life.

Pic 8:  This is the opposite side of the room.  I have my 4 decorative boxes stacked up and they hold my 7 Gypsy, Teressa Collins and Tim Holtz goodies.

Pic 9:  Sorry, the colour isn't very good.  This cube is beside my workdesk.  It is so nice to be able to print without having to go into another room.  I have my radio (an absolute must for me when I scrapbook) in one of the sections and also my photo papers etc. in another.  Don't you just love the iron decorative dress and my blingy clock!

Pic 10:  This is my work desk.  I just love it.  It is so nice to be able to just roll from the desk to the stamping/diecutting table.  I have kept a cube empty beside my paper towels to put my cutter and tote in.

Pic 11:  This is the expedit cube system from IKEA.  It is just perfect for me.  Each cube holds a ton of stuff.  I purchased the Martha Stewart canvas totes on sale and they fit in there perfectly.  Lots of storage space.

Pic 12:  I just love my turquoise bows on my totes. You know me I just could not leave them plain.

Pic 13: Another pic of storage cubes.  My scrap magazines are in the bottom cubes.

Pic 14:  I put some of my finished albums on the top shelf for decoration.

Pic 15:  Another chandelier I put on the end of my storage cubes and there is a shelf displaying a couple of mini albums and the Nest project we did with "Debbie Schuh" hanging under the shelf.

Pic 16:  This cube holds all of my mini paper stacks with 8 x 8 cardstock along with old dictionary book for tearing.  I could not believe it all fit.  It is so nice to have everything alike gathered in the same place.

Pic 17:  This blew my mind when Tammy and I were finished.  I had a clear shoe bag holding my bling.  Once we took it all out of the packaging it all fit in this one basked.  Amazing!!  It is unbelievable how much room packaging takes up.

Pic 18:  This has never happened since the day I started scrapbooking.  All my cardstock is sorted and in one place.  I even have a section for patterned card stock.

Pic 19:  Now this was a pain in the butt.  Tammy and I removed all the brads and dodads, buttons etc from the cards and they are all sorted in 8 bins.  My thumb and finger are still sore from all that.  When Tammy left on the third day I had 2 full green garbage bags full of packaging.  

Pic 20:  This tote holds all my Tim Holtz dies and folders.  The cuttlebug ones are in a separate container behind that one.  As Tammy says "All like things together".

Pic 21:  I decided to sort my paper mainly by manufacturer and then have a miscellaneous section.  I purchased a couple of cropper hopper vertical storage systems for my paper and they work well.  I just have to wait until my budget allows and buy more.

Pic 22:  I couldn't resist adding in this pic.  It is on the shelf above my work desk.  It is my buddy Nancy and I having 2 big martini's (my glass is as big as Nancy's, I guess this was a glare when I took the pic, the original is just fine).  This was just before we arrived in Buffalo for CKC last May and Sharon said "You are not driving, I am"  We arrived safe and sound with Sharon driving as Nancy and I giggled all the way and even during registration.

I hope I haven't bored you too much.  I wish the pics could have turned out a little better, but I didn't have time to photoshop them.  I truly want to thank Tammy for her amazing organizational skills.  She showed me things that I did not think were possible.  I never saw anyone able to put so many things in a small space and work so amazingly fast. If any of you are considering revamping or reorganizing you scraproom, I highly recommend hiring Tammy.  It was the best money I ever spent.  I am now organized and don't have to look in 10 different places for one item.

Now the challenge is to keep it that way!!!!!!!!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Sorry for the missing words on Scraproom post

Hello everyone, I apologize for the missing letters at the end of each line of my scraproom post.  I do not know what is happening, but I am sure you can get the jist of it.  My other post went just fine.  If anyone knows why it did this could you please let me know. 



Well, after over 5 years of chaos I decided to do something about my scraproom.  I decided to devote the month of December to do a major overhaul of my room including furniture.  It was just so overwhelming that I hired Tammy from the Scrapbox to get me organized.  Let me tell you it was the best money I ever spent.  Tammy is absolutely amazing, her organizational skills are outstanding.  She is a whirling dervish.  It took us 3 complete days to get to the point where I am now.  I am almost finished and putting the final touches on things.  I thought you might like to see the before and I will post the after tomorrow night.  Have a great weekend.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Happy New Year Everyone!

No , you are not imagining things, it is little old me updating my blog.  I did a lot of reflecting the month of December and it all started with my decision to do a December daily album this year.  It made me really stop and think.  The main thing that I realized was that I did way too much last year.  I went back to work 3 days a week and that was great! I really liked the job and especially the people (I am actually starting back there next week until June).  The whole point of it was extra dollars for scrapping etc.  I over did it and went to CKC in Buffalo, Creative Escapes in Arizona and Donna Downey in Syracuse.  Although I had a fabulous time I realize now it was too much for me.  I have decided on one out of town scrapping event only this year and that will be Donna Downey's "Inspired Workshop" in North Carolilna.  It will be great because I will also get to visit my American cousins in Charlotte.

My word for this year is "present' to be in the present and enjoy the present.  I spend too much time thinking about what I am going to do next and that has to stop. It is going be very hard, but I am going to try. 

I was in Peterborough, Mississauga and Brampton (both my older grandsons were in a hockey tournament) during the hollidays and below is a pic of my family.  All of my grandchildren together in the same room, which very rarely happens due to one family living in Ohio and the other in Peterborough.

Please note that I am in the process of revamping my blog and it is a work in progress.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

I'm Back!

Yes, I am still amongst the living. My friends have been giving me a hard time that I have not posted in a few weeks. What can I say, I have gone back to work for awhile. I don't like it but it is a means to an end. We are going on a cruise in April with friends of ours. I finish my contract the end of March and we leave on 10 April. I am sure I will be taking a bazillion of pics! I have missed cropping so much that I went to the Scrapbox last week for the coffee crop. I was so happy to be there. I did not realize how much I miss Jenn and all my scrappin buddies. The first thing I did when I entered the store was a big inhale to fully appreciate all the scrapbook smells. I was starting to get really concerned as my "Mojo" just wasn't there. I think the saying "use it or lose it" is very true (in my case anyway). The next day my "Mojo" was back. YIPEE!!! I had so much fun playing. I had chip tiles spread out all over and lots of bottles of glimmer mist, went through almost an entire roll of paper towels and was covered in glimmer mist and gold zing embossing powder. It felt like I was in bling heaven, what fun I had!!!! I had been wanting to try this neat technique I saw on the TA blog. I just loved the way it turned out. I made a really neat and different album with TA embossed Chip tiles. I will post a pic later this week when I have finished putting the ribbons and glitz on. Speaking of having fun, have you gone over to Debbie Schuh's blog yet to see the 3 projects that we will be making at Jenn's event in May. All I can say is I CAN HARDLY WAIT!! Go take a look, you will have to lift your jaw up off the keyboard after you have seen them. Absolutely fantastic! The photo tray is truly awesome!. I will add her blog link at the side and go take a look. Click on her upcoming classes and you will see all three of them. It is going to be a busy and expensive time for me in April and May (which is why I am doing a contract). Cruise in April, Debbie Schuh event the end of April and then Buffalo later in May. Thanks for reading my update and I will post on the weekend.

Monday, December 28, 2009

I'm So Excited!!

I am so excited, I can hardly wait! My family from Ohio should be here around 9:00 pm. My grandson is playing in the Bell hockey tournament, so I will be at hockey arenas for the next few days. They live so far away that I cherish every moment they are here. I am looking forward to having fun, fun, fun!!!! Lots of food, laughter and hugs.

I just finished this canvas and I really like the way it turned out. Lots of 3-D and pretty little charms and beads hanging from a little pin. Ignore the glare in the pic, I was in a hurry when I took the pic to post. This is a birthday present for my daughter-in-law Julie who is in the pic. YEP! that is my Ohio family.

Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

A Christmas Card!

Yikes, I am behind in my blogging. Going back to work has certainly had an effect on my life lately. I am settling in at the office, I guess it is like riding a bike you never forget, the basics are all there, different places just do it differently. I, like everyone else is busy preparing for Christmas even though there is just hubby and I. My son and family will be here on the 28th. My grandson Andrew is playing in the big Minor Hockey Tournament held here in Ottawa every year. They will be here for 5 days. My other son and family will come in from out of town for a day during that time. I will be attending a lot of hockey games. I am looking forward to seeing everyone and having lots of fun! I am posting one of my 2 Christmas cards that I am sending out this year (hope to get that done today). I will post the second one shortly.

The picture definitely does not do this card justice. The sliegh was embossed in Zing Copper glitz embossing powder and is really sparkly. I used copper shimmer paper and embossed it using the cuttlebug and added a cute copper tree brad.
Thanks for looking!