My Scrapbook Room

I love to look at other’s scrapbook rooms. It’s fun to see how people decorate, store products, etc.

I have been asked to share mine, but since it is ALWAYS messy because I am always in the middle of multiple projects, have to unpack from a crop or bought new stuff and then threw it in my room, taking photos isn’t easy.

On this day, I decided it was clean enough and photographed it …

Welcome to my room …

It’s a small room — about 10×12 — but it has everything I need — including two large windows to let in the sunlight. (click on the photos to see a larger version)

It’s put together with repurposed and second-hand stuff — the armoire was part of my son’s bedroom furniture; the desk was purchased when a scrapbook store went out of business; the computer desk was put in here when my husband got a different one …

The animals on top of the TV are some of my favorites … I never have outgrown dolls and stuffed animals! The teddy is dressed in a track outfit. He was bought to remind me of my son. The moose I bought on my honeymoon and then proceeded to take photos of him visiting all over the UP!

This little shelf came with my house. It fits perfect above the window and holds my Tim Holtz dies.

I hung a shelf by 3M to hold my Robin’s Nest Dew Drops. I like the way they look and I use them all the time, so it works better to keep them in view.

The Kaiser binders hold my larger thin metal dies by QuicKutz and Dies Direct. I covered the inside with QuicKutz magnetic adhesive sheets to hold some dies. The 4×4″ dies fit perfectly in the zipper holders that KaiserCraft rub-ons come in. I love the system since it is easy to find exactly what I want.

My cling/acrylic stamps, catalogs and idea books are also stored here.

What used to be a rack for CDs is the shelf I keep my buttons, flowers and other embellishments on.

My Big Shot, Cricut, photos waiting to be scrapped, Copic markers (obviously I don’t have it all!) and other stuff all lives on the desk.

The basket is where I put stuff that I don’t feel like putting away or don’t know where to put until I use it. It’s messy, but it works for me.

The white shelf was here when we bought the house and seems to be permanently attached, so I just work around it.

The closet doesn’t open all the way, but the door holds my punches, extra adhesives and other stuff …

I bought this wooden cabinet at a craft show years ago. It holds my wood mounted stamps — well, at least the ones I don’t leave out to enjoy looking at!

I’ve had this little shelf for a long time, too. I got it for about a dollar on clearance. I covered the red drawers with paper and took the bottom three drawers out to hold some of my ink pads. I keep bottle caps, extra screw posts, rings, extra blades, staples and other “spare parts” in the drawers.

This is my favorite storage container. It’s a spice rack that mounts to the wall. I covered the jar lids with the color of the brads that I keep inside.

The KaiserCraft box I covered with Tim Holtz paper and a Ranger Paint Dabber sits prominently where I can enjoy it. It holds my Texture Fades Embossing Plates, Adirondack Color Washes and a few dies. I haven’t filled the drawers yet.

Also in this photo, although you can only see an edge, is my pink bag. I keep the tools I use all of the time — rulers, scissors, journaling pen, adhesive, piercing tool, knife, stapler, etc., in this bag. It’s easy to grab and go for a class or crop, too.

I have storage under my desk on both sides. This one holds paper and stuff to scrapbook (I have one for each kid, one for Christmas, etc.). The one of the other side of my chair holds tools, templates, stamp blocks, adhesives and other things I use all of the time.

My Ranger Craft Mat and heat gun stay on top, since I use them on almost every project.

I even stash stuff on top of the armoire!

Inside the armoire, I store cardstock, papers from my favorite companies, specialty papers, stickers/die cuts, page protectors, etc. My glitter and embossing powders are in the tackle box. Paints and reinkers are in the container in front. There is room for a shelf up top. I’ve been waiting for about 10 years for someone to make me one.

And, finally, my scrapbook companion. She thinks my room is her room, too. She gets mad every time my husband comes in the room and she sleeps in my chair every day. Often times when I get up, she’ll cry at me and get me to follow and she’ll take me from bedroom (at one end of the house) to my room (at the other end of the house). She thinks it is my job to crop! Someday, Winnie, someday!And, just to be fair …

You should never leave an empty Karen Foster bag laying around … you never who you might find inside!

I hope you enjoyed this peek into my scrapbook room.

I Made Art!

Oops … I thought I had set this to publish yesterday, but it didn’t work.

But, the problem has been fixed and here it is …There are two designers in the scrapbooking world who greatly influence me … Tim Holtz and Wendy Vecchi. In addition to providing unique, quality products and teaching us how to use them, both artists encourage me (and millions of others) to take what we learn and make it our own. In fact, Wendy regularly instructs people to “Make Art.”

So, for a contest at Scrap Tales, I finally did.

The rules were simple … use Art Parts, Studio 490 stamps and Clearly For Art, along with a product by Ranger or Tim Holtz Idea-ology to make art, Wendy Vecchi style.

The execution was a bit more difficult.

It took me several days to think up my art. I wanted viewers to see Wendy’s inspiration, but I didn’t want it to look like a poor imitation of her work. Figuring out how to balance my style with her style was an enormous challenge for me. In fact, there were several times when I turned off the light and walked out of my room in order to prevent those lovely Art Parts from making a journey to the trash can.

But, inspired by a Studio 490 stamp that said, “Never be afraid to sit for a moment and Think,” and knowing I wanted birds (my latest obsession) on it, I persevered.

And then, on Saturday, with the base and background finally finished, it miraculously came together. The piece started talking to me, inspiring me, encouraging me and practically finishing itself. It became more fun each time I glued on another component. And, when I finished and looked it over, I was giddy with excitement. I MADE ART!

Yes, I do artsy projects all the time. And, yes, I like most of what I do, some more than others. But I have never experienced the sort of satisfaction I did on Saturday when I looked at that finished piece and realized I had made art — real art — the sort I would actually buy in a store.

I used a lot of techniques learned from my “mentors” Tim Holtz and Wendy Vecchi. I also used some ideas from other crafters far greater than myself. But, there are also some modifications to those techniques that make them uniquely mine, as well as the velvet, lace and bling of the Victorian era that I love.  Although my inspiration stamp didn’t quite make it to the finished piece (it was too large), in the end, I think it’s pretty darn cool!

While I won’t go into all of the products that I used in making this, I wanted to share some of the bigger ones, so you can be inspired to make your own art.

The Art Parts are from Wendy Vecchi, as are most of the stamps, the instructions for making the rose, and the idea of using background stamps to spice up simple images, like the butterfly at the base. Wendy also taught me it isn’t too much of a pain to cut out a stamped image — especially if you use Distress Ink to color it.

The paper, saying, Grungeboard, Grungepaper, dies to make the leaves, rose and bird’s wing, the Grungeboard butterfly, the flower button, the metal flower, the spinner, Distress Stickles, Distress Ink and jump rings are all from Tim Holtz, as is the inspiration (and permission) to alter buttons and flowers with paint.

As with most of my projects, I used Paint Dabbers, Alcohol Ink and Archival Ink from Ranger and ribbons from May Arts. The little crystals are from Maya Road.

The entire thing is held together with Art Institute Glitter Glue in clear and Glue Dots, with the exception of the lace ribbon. It is attached with Trio, by JudiKins. As it turns out, Art Institute Glitter Glue will hold anything and everything in place — wood, plastic, metal, fabric, chipboard, paper, etc. — UNLESS you use Ranger Metallic Paint Dabbers. It just doesn’t hold well to that, so I used my Trio.

The Glue Dots are also great for immediate staying power. I used a couple of the Pop Dots to attach the rose button, since it was such an odd shape in an odd position. I also used them to adhere the birds to each other and to hold down pieces of the vine.

While I won’t teach you how to make the Grunge Rose (there are many instructors who teach it), I will tell you I covered most of the petals in Rock Candy Distress Stickles after I put it together and then I added a very thick coating of Picket Fence Distress Stickles to look like a snowy top on the rose.

See the post below for info on the leaves …

And then, make some art, Wendy Vechi style!