Heather got “Punchy” :D

I received the big box of goodies from Maureen on Friday afternoon while Heather was at work.  Heather also had to work on Saturday so she came by last night to see what had been sent to her.

I have video of the box which will be downloaded to my iMovie thing later then edited.  My camera’s battery died shortly after Heather opened the box and began digging through it but you can see the generosity of Maureen.

Appropriately for the scrapbook lesson for Heather was the use of punches.  She now has some of her own, thanks to Maureen.  Also the next product I was intending on introducing Heather to was Rub-Ons and Maureen met that as well.

Do you remember the first time you used a border punch?  I do.  Trying to make sure you get the piece of paper jammed in the punch base straight before you mashed on the handle and worked extra hard at not wiggling the paper and getting wonky cuts.  Then moving that strip of paper along the punch to get a good border.  Man did I mess up several times.  Over cut on some places and missed entirely in others leaving a gap between the punched areas.

I had Heather practice on scraps of paper first before we tackled her pages.  Fun?!  You bet!  She was so excited to see the results.  Tools are so much fun to use 😀

Using her new punches

Using her new punches

The Rub-Ons were a bit tricky to explain.  How do you tell someone that the Popsicle stick is necessary without them laughing their heads off at you?

Do you remember the first time you used Rub-Ons?  I didn’t cut the pieces I wanted to use from the strip and had bits of adjoining images on my paper.  I didn’t rub the vellum hard enough in places, for fear of tearing through, so when I lifted the vellum I found open spots on my paper with parts of the image left on the vellum.  Have you tried to line that piece back up?

Heather had mixed feelings about the stick and wanted to use her fingernails. I remember thinking the same thing.  I just watched and encouraged as she worked away.

Rub-Ons as embellishments

Rub-Ons as embellishments

I opted to not use photo mats on this layout because the photos were already taking up a lot of “real estate”.  These boys are just so very cute.

This project with Heather is my way of giving back.  Reaching out to a soul going through a difficult time.  Heather’s little boys are in foster care.  No fault of Heather’s, just a really bad family situation that Heather wanted to get out of and the family had other ideas.

She sees these precious little guys on Friday mornings.  DHS is working hard at getting her reunited with her boys.  While she goes through this bit of trouble I am making it a priority for her to remember this time as only a moment in her life.  This is not forever.  While she has the time with her boys she can make it special and have something to cling to while she is getting through this.

Her assignment last week was to get down at her boy’s eye level to take photos of them.  I think she did an excellent job.  She is beginning to open up and be a bit more playful in this process.  Learning about scrapbooking and the importance of having an outlet that is not totally dictated by someone else.  I guide her, make suggestions, but she is free to make this book her own.

This week's lesson, punches and Rub-Ons

This week's lesson, punches and Rub-Ons

Heather called me today to see if I wanted to look at what she had done.  Of course!  Get over here 😀

She spent time going through the box from Maureen after she went home yesterday.  She added bits of items to her recent pages.

"Love" Thickers Rub-On

"Love" Thickers Rub-On

"Son" card stock sticker

"Son" card stock sticker

"Brother" card stock sticker

"Brother" card stock sticker

Heather's additions

Heather's additions

Heather was also pretty excited to show me how she used a frame thing she received from Maureen.  There were three of them in the box and this is the first one she made.  Am I proud of her or what?!

A picture frame Heather made

A picture frame Heather made

She wanted to make sure I got a picture of the back as well 😀

Back of the frame

Back of the frame

Maureen.  Your gift to this  young lady has made a huge difference in her life.  You being a stranger but my Friend, your generosity of giving from your stash has opened a world to her that we both get to be a part of.  Thank you Maureen.

You will be receiving a card I made last year with a letter from Heather enclosed.  You will also receive this card she made that comes from her heart.  I know this will put a smile on your face.  It sure as heck did mine!

From Heather

From Heather

Yep.  This says it all 😀  I could not say it any better.

From Heather's  heart

From Heather's heart

Okay, I’m bawling all over again.  I’ll get the video up in the next couple days.  I have some tutorials on things I’ve found out about Spellbinders and the Big Shot, plus I want to make sure you get a glimpse of the gift from Maureen.

Yes, Girlfriend.  You want to kill me about now because I’ve mentioned your name numerous times in this post but I am blown away by your generosity and your loving spirit and heart – everyday not just today.

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A Writing Contest about yourself.

Hmmmm, do I show the PRIZES first?  Do I set out the Contest Rules?

I’ll do the Prizes first.  DISCLAIMER:  These Prizes are (sort of) new and unopened, never used.  They are from my stash.  Because some of you live out of the US and all items being posted have to clear customs I am keeping the prizes small so they will travel well through the postal system.

FIRST PRIZE:  A “Believe” chipboard word and a wooden block.  The wooden block is to be attached to the chipboard word so it will stand upright in your craft room.  There may be some sanding involved on the wooden block….to get the Jeff Foxworthy thing off before you attach the chipboard piece.

"Believe" chipboard with wooden block.  First Prize

"Believe" chipboard with wooden block. First Prize

SECOND PRIZE:  A Stampin’ Up! Hostess Stamp Set titled “Silhouette Sentiments”.  It is an unmounted set.

Silhouette Sentiments Hostess Stamp Set - Second Prize

Silhouette Sentiments Hostess Stamp Set - Second Prize

THIRD PRIZE:  A 6″x6″ canvas covered frame to alter.

6"x6" Canvas covered frame - Third Prize

6"x6" Canvas covered frame - Third Prize

CONTEST AND RULES:

This is a “Writing Contest”.  I’m a “Nosy Parker” and I love to find out why and how people get started doing the things they do.  You will write a Blog Post, on your blog, and answer these 10 questions.  Leave a link to your Blog Post in the COMMENTS section of this Contest Post.

  1. How long have you been crafting?  Not just card making, scrapbook layouts, or altering items.  Crafting in general.
  2. What was the first item you created, on your own, and personally purchased all of the products?
  3. Who inspired you to begin your first project?
  4. When you got serious about your craft who benefited from your creativity?
  5. Over the years, how many craft things have you tried?
  6. What brought you to paper crafting?
  7. What is your most favorite tool to use?
  8. What is your most favorite product to use?
  9. Do you listen to music or watch television when you craft?
  10. What have you created that you loved so much you just can’t seem to part with it?

RULES:

  1. Contest begins January 14, 2012 and runs through January 31, 2012.
  2. All entries must be posted on your blog and all 10 questions must be noted, in some fashion, on your blog entry.
  3. Leave a link to your blog post in the COMMENT section of THIS post.
  4. I will NOT be replying to any of the comments you post in this COMMENT section.  I will go directly to your blog post and leave a comment there.
  5. Length of your answers to the questions is up to you.  However, I do hope you can elaborate a bit more than just using one or two words to answer each question 😀
  6. You can add photos to your blog entry if you choose to do so.
  7. The deadline to enter this contest is at 8:00 p.m. Central Standard Time in the US on January 31, 2012.
  8. Winners will be announced on February 1, 2012.

Have fun with this.  You can be as private as you wish to be or as open as you are comfortable with.

Since I am automatically disqualified to win this contest 😀 I will begin to give you an idea of what to think about when telling your story.

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I began crafting at the age of 15.  Sewing was my introduction to creativity.  I have been crafting for about 41 years now.

The first item I made was a bright orange floral jump suit with Elephant style legs.  I had saved up my $3 weekly allowance for a month to purchase the fabric which displayed dinner plate sized white flowers on an intense orange background.  This was in 1969 and the Elephant style leg in pants was the “In Thing”.  I purchased the pattern, a pair of very sharp scissors, the straight pins necessary to pin the pattern to the fabric, and the spools of thread to complete the outfit.

My Home Economics class had a fashion show set up with the local 4-H Club and we each were going for the trophy.  We all had walking lessons to walk the runway in our fabulous garments.  I was so excited to do this I could not be brought down from the ozone 😀

Now, mind you, I have always been large.  At 15 years old I weighed in at 190 pounds.  The bright orange jumpsuit I made with the huge flowing legs I was sure was going to be the winner of the entire show.  A journalist was at the fashion show along with a newspaper photographer.  When I got a look at myself from a photo placed along with the article you probably can imagine my shock at seeing what everyone else saw!  Ginormous is all I can say.  After a few tears I put the jump suit away and never wore it again.  My love of sewing did not get put away.

The person who influenced my interest in sewing was one of my Foster Sisters.  Frances Taylor-Fry.  That girl could take a piece of fabric and create the most wonderful items without the aid of a pattern.  She was amazing and I wanted to be just like her.

After I got out of the Foster Home and began living my own life I continued to sew.  My children were the first I sewed for.  I made their onesies, the plastic protectors that went over the cloth diapers.  Later, as they grew, I made all of their clothes.  It was cheaper to make their clothing than to purchase it at that time and I loved going through the fabric shops to pick just the right patterned fabrics.

Later in my years of sewing I made Joe’s shirts.  He likes to have two pockets on the front of his shirts, something that is not easy to find, and he likes to have short sleeves.  Nearly everything in his size has long sleeves and don’t fit him well.  I made all his shirts for about 8 years.

I made Joe's shirts

I made Joe's shirts

And my daughter's Prom Dress

And my daughter's Prom Dress

I started out sewing which later lead to crocheting, then knitting.  I began embroidery at 22 years of age, then that changed to Counted Cross Stitch, Candle Wicking, Lace Net Darning, Needlepoint, and finally Plastic Canvas work.  My interests changed and I took up acrylic painting of plaster objects, which only lasted for a little while.   I have delved into so many crafts and had not found anything that held my interest for long.

My introduction to Paper Crafting came while I was out doing my “Day Job”.  I rode with Joe for almost 2 years before I began driving myself.  During the time I rode with him I took tons and tons of photos.  I found a book on making scrapbook pages in 2001 at a home improvement store and I became interested in this craft.

I have one Favorite Tool and it is a clear grid marked quilting ruler.  That thing gets used constantly in my paper crafting.  I’ve had the metal 17″ rulers and the wood 12″ rulers but I really like my clear grid ruler.

My Grid Ruler

My Grid Ruler

My most Favorite Product to use is a Scotch ATG Gun.  I love that thing.  Seemingly endless supply of adhesive and it is really easy to reload when I run out.  I balked at the initial price of it but after I considered how much money I spent in purchasing refills for the smaller adhesive tape runners I had the cost of the ATG Gun and then some.  Yes, it would be considered a tool but I love the adhesive products that are used in this gun.

My ATG Gun

My ATG Gun

I listen to a local radio station sometimes.  Mostly I listen to Native American music.  Navajo and Cherokee.  The drums and flutes of their music help get me in a meditative place.  The heartbeat of the drums calm me.  This music has the opposite effect on Joe.  It grates on his nerves and unsettles him.

The thing I am most delighted with are the plaster houses I painted many years ago and have them displayed at Christmas time under our tree.  The many hours I spent making each house cause me to wonder at my sanity.  I have no desire to do that again but I do so enjoy looking at them.

Painted plaster houses

Painted plaster houses

Okay, now it is your turn 😀

Trying to get out of hyper drive

Before I begin this post I would like to let you know I’ve added my cards to the “Ribbon Challenge” post of a couple days ago.   So go take a peek at that past post, scroll down towards the bottom for the addition of my three cards.  Not very imaginative, but they are there none the less.

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Zowie, these past couple of days have been a week long.  Or at least them seem to have been.  There has been so much packed into them that I’m thinking this would be better posted on my other blog – Foolishness and Mayhem.

Crafty business has been going on so it belongs here.  Of course you know of the photos from the Fake Poker game, which was total fun.  I’m so lost I don’t even know what day it is.  I have to look back at my blog posts to know what day it is.

Sunday was the Poker night.  Monday, yesterday, Joe an I spent most of the day traipsing around Oklahoma City and Norman running errands.  Trying to get him ready to leave once again is an all day long affair.  Auto parts stores, shops that sell tools, pharmacies for his prescriptions, photo labs to get things he needs for a gizzy  he is putting together.  The list goes on.

Today I had an appointment with Heather to come by so I could teach her how to make a couple scrapbook pages.  She made it over at 1 p.m.   Joe and I had to leave once more to run further errands at 4 this afternoon.

So, whining aside, there has been quite a bit accomplished.  Heather has never made a scrapbook page before.  I peppered her with questions and gleaned that she wants to make some pages for her two little boys.  They are 2 and not quite 1, so they are still itty bitty.  Colors she wants are mostly blue with a little red and yellow, maybe a bit of green.

Heather has NO scrapbook supplies at all, nor any inkling of what this entails.  I have a TON of scrapbook supplies but next to nothing as far as baby or child images goes.

For our three hour session today I taught her the following:

1.  Measuring card stock for photo mats.

2.  Cutting paper with a paper trimmer.

3.  Using the measuring devices on the trimmer.

4.  How to use a Snail Adhesive.

5.  She was introduced to Dimensionals.

6.  Sticking an already sticky tag to card stock and cutting a mat around said tag.

7.  She was introduced to brads.

8.  I showed her my technique using a grid ruler to mount letter stickers to a title border.

So here are the two 8-1/2 x 11 pages Heather made today.  Giving her the basic concepts and guidelines of scrapbooking I let her see how to arrange items in a balanced manner that would be pleasing to the eye.

Heather's two page layout on 8-1/2 x 11

Heather's two page layout on 8-1/2 x 11

No photos.  She has not been to the store to get them printed just yet, but that is alright.  It is good sometimes to start this way then add the photos later.  She is quite excited about getting the photos placed so her Scrapbook will OFFICIALLY be started.  I’m very glad I could help with that.

Joe and I had more errands to run…have I already told you that?  I’m losing my mind I tell you.  I needed some wood cut for a project I’m starting while I’m working on Tim’s holders.

We made a trip to Lowe’s Home Improvement Center to purchase the wood and have it cut.  Here is Joe and the store guy cutting my wood.

Getting my wood pieces cut

Getting my wood pieces cut

Measure twice cut once

Measure twice cut once

Okay, I’m off to bed.  I have a really busy day ahead tomorrow.  Starting by getting Joe out the door and heading to Dallas.

Have a good night everyone, and a great day tomorrow.  There are errors and typos (most likely) but I’m going to be bad and just go to bed.

Craft paper flowers

I’m working daily on trying to become friends with flowers.  I love, love, love to look at real flowers and wonder at their beauty.  I just have a problem making them myself or using them on projects.  The problem is simply – FEAR.

Fear of not putting them in the right place.  Not using the right color.  Not combining sizes right.  Mostly it is just a fear of being judged and found wanting.  This year I am attempting to get over myself and “Just Do It”.

Fear holds me back from so many things.  Over the years I have conquered some of my fears and lived another day 😀  So now I’m working on this one.  So far…..I’m still alive.  I’m surviving the ordeal, and I’m pretty pleased with the results.

Kathy, from Paper Phenomenon, has a video on making little roses.  You can watch this video and hopefully become inspired as well.

I have a huge roll of craft paper.  Don’t know when we got it, where we got it, or even why we got it.  I just have it.

Roll of craft paper

Roll of craft paper

It resides in a corner of my foyer.  If you want a giant roll of paper you can find this at your local home improvement store.  I think it is used to protect floors from paint and other construction/remodel stuff.

This paper is NOT ACID FREE and I don’t recommend using it in scrapbook layouts.   You can use the products you make from this paper on cards or anything else that will not be placed in scrapbooks.

This roll of paper makes a great umbrella stand 😀

Umbrella stand

Umbrella stand

I had to make a box for the clock going to our friend at Dependable.  I don’t have card stock in a large enough size to cover a box that measures 12″ x 11″ with 2″ sides.  So I figured I’d use this craft paper.

I cut up a piece of the cardboard sheet I have for my Post-It-Note Holders.  Let me tell you, making the box for the clock was a trial in Math and construction.

Cardboard sheets

Cardboard sheets

The roll next to the cardboard is cork.  That will be used on bulletin boards I am going to be making later.  Nice thick stuff.  The stick pin won’t be going through the back of the frame I will be using.

These are the pieces of craft paper I have left over from covering the box and lid I made.  I just could not bring myself to throw this stuff away.  Crazy old broad 😀

Craft paper scraps

Craft paper scraps

Here is the box and lid I made for the clock.

Box and lid closed

Box and lid closed

The paper strips inside the box on either side of the clock are to make it easier to get the clock out.  Man did I make it a tight fit 😦  That thing isn’t going to be moving around inside the box.

Paper strips to help get the clock out

Paper strips to help get the clock out

This craft paper is extremely hard to get smoothed flat after it comes in contact with moisture.  I’m not over the moon about this box and the way that it looks but it will do.  I’ll have to find some other kind of paper to use the next time I build another one of these boxes.

Wrinkles in the paper

Wrinkles in the paper

This is the first cardboard box I’ve ever constructed.  Covering it with the craft paper left open edges that I needed to hide.  So I used a wide piece of satin like ribbon I’ve had for a long time.

Ribbon hiding the edges

Ribbon hiding the edges

I tied the stand on the outside of the box with some jute twine.  Not very pretty but it will do.  At least Joe won’t have to keep putting his hand on the box while he drives to Akron, Ohio to deliver his trucks with a stop over in Joplin, Missouri to deliver this clock.

Stand tied to outside of box

Stand tied to outside of box

Okay, now for the flowers.  I have a “Baby Cricut”.  I bought this one in Wichita, Kansas just after this machine hit the market.  It has been a long time….since around 2006.  If you have a Cricut Expression or one of the newer models I think what I’m about to show you is pretty much the same.  The Expression has buttons on the side for other things and I can’t help you with any questions about that machine since I don’t have one.

The cartridge I have been using is the “George and Basic Shapes”.

Original Cricut with George cartridge

Original Cricut with George cartridge

I have the “Paper Saver” button on.  This will not leave a lot of space between cuts.

Paper Saver feature

Paper Saver feature

I have the “Shadow Black Out” button on.  This feature cuts the outside shape of the item with no other details.

Shadow Black Out button

Shadow Black Out button

I have used the flower feature that is in black.  Using the Shadow Black Out feature the hole in the center of the flower will not be cut.  I pressed the black flower button six (6) times to get that many shapes cut.

Flower image to be cut

Flower image to be cut

I stuck a piece of the craft paper to the sticky sheet thing and cut several of the flowers out.

Craft paper used to cut out flowers

Craft paper used to cut out flowers

I forgot to tell you.  I cut the flowers out at the size of one inch (1″).

1" flower

1" flower

This craft paper is pretty coarse.  The first thing I tried for was SPARKLE using one of my concocted spritz.  This one is Bashful Blue from Stampin’ Up!.

Bashful Blue spritz

Bashful Blue spritz

Bashful Blue spritz rose

Bashful Blue spritz rose

The color and sparkle didn’t show on that one so I decided to use some acrylic daubers from Ranger.  The first one is Red Pepper and I only daubed it on one side of the paper.

Red Pepper acrylic dauber

Red Pepper acrylic dauber

Red Pepper acrylic daubed rose

Red Pepper acrylic daubed rose

Next I tried Sunset Orange acrylic dauber and put the paint on both sides of the paper.

Sunset Orange acrylic dauber

Sunset Orange acrylic dauber

Sunset Orange acrylic daubed rose

Sunset Orange acrylic daubed rose

The brown craft paper needs a heavier hand with the acrylic paint to overpower that brown.  So the next one I tried was with Broken China Distress Stain.

Broken China Distress Stain

Broken China Distress Stain

Broken China Distress Stain rose

Broken China Distress Stain rose

And here are the four roses I’ve made this morning.  Kathy, from Paper Phenomenon, says these are quick to make and she is right.  It doesn’t take long to make these.  For a “beginner” it took me about an hour to make these four flowers.  It would have been less time involved had I used just one color thing – spritz, acrylic dauber, or stain – instead of trying to figure out what would work best.

As you can see from the results.  This is a good way to make the roses.  The craft paper still is very evident and the color does not take well to this paper.  I kind of like the way they have turned out.

Four paper roses

Four paper roses

Okay, now I have to get back in my craft room and get cracking on the seven Post-It-Note Holders I have been requested to make.

“Later Gators” 😀

Organizing your craft room/space

Are you thinking about getting your craft space organized?

Clutter and disorganization

Clutter and disorganization

How big of a room are you creating in?  Do you have access to a large open space like a basement?  Have you converted a bedroom or a dining room into your creative space?

Have you gone to the big chain stores and purchased storage pieces to hold all of your crafting products?  Have you watched the numerous YouTube videos of craft spaces of other people?

I know I have done all of the above to figure out the best way to store all of my products in a small bedroom.  It seems that I go through a whole revamp of my room yearly in December.   At least that is what the dates of my photos indicate.

Before you even begin thinking about how to arrange your room to best fit your needs you have to assess what kind of crafter you are.  Considering this aspect of it first you will be able to plan your space for the least amount of hunting and gathering.  Digging through boxes, bins, and drawers for the items needed for a project is time consuming and is a major cause of the aftermath of clutter.  Trust me, I know this only too well.

Card makers, scrapbook creators, book and journal makers all have one thing in common.  Paper.  We have card stock, design and graphic papers, paper pads and stacks.  There are specialty papers like vellum, glossy, shiny metallic like, chipboard, and corrugated.  I am a paper freak and have a lot of it.

Are you a rubber stamper?  Do you have more rubber stamps than paper?  Do you have ink pads, refills, and spritz bottles?  Do you have multiple paper trimmers, scissors, and die cutting tools?  Are these products the dominant theme in your crafting?

Are you a scrapbook enthusiast?  Do you have drawers and bins chock full of letters, numbers, chipboard pieces, die cuts, rhinestone flourishes, epoxy stickers, rub on sheets, and all manner of other embellishments?

What are  your  needs besides a table to work on, a comfy chair, and lighting?  Everyone would like to have easy access to the items they use the most.  How do you make this happen without blowing your budget and hiring an interior designer?

The first thing you do is measure your room and diagram it out like an architectural floor plan.  This is easy to do and you can measure while most of your stuff is in your space.  No need to haul everything out and start with a bare room.  You will need a pad of paper, a measuring tape, a pencil or pen, and it helps to have someone else with you to hold the measuring tape as you pull it out.  It can be done by yourself but it takes less time if you have help.

You need to measure the length and width of your room.  PLUS you need to measure the height and any places where the walls jut out in odd box shapes that are called “bulk heads”.  These juts in your room are space that is not available to you but need to be noted and diagrammed.  Also measure any windows and doors in your space.

Next thing you will need to do, on a separate piece of paper is to measure all of the storage and furniture you currently have in your space.  Don’t forget to measure your desk or table and your chair.

Next you will begin creating your floor plan.  Creative Home Decorating Room By Room has an excellent guide to create your floor plan.  They even have PDF files to download.  You can print the graph paper from one of their PDF’s and download the work sheet also.

Making a floor plan is pretty easy to do.  The things that will trip you up will be the measurements that are not a full 12 inches.  For example if you have one wall you would like to have  your table or desk facing and it measures 10 feet 5 inches you will have to be a bit creative when it comes to marking the start and end of that wall.

I have a furnace jut out on one of my walls.  You can see from the photo where the wall turns to the right at the end of the cabinets I have, then it turns once again where the furnace ends.

Bulk head for furnace

Bulk head for furnace

Now comes the really hard work.  You have your floor plan made.  All of your furniture and storage equipment has been assessed and you have figured out what is going to go where.  Now you need to clear your room.

You are going to make piles.  Lots and lots of piles.  Each pile is a group.  Placing like items with like items is what you will do.  Put all of your paper in one area.  Make stacks of the 8-1/2 x 11 and 12×12 and any 8×8 or 6×6 pads you have.  Even the small stacks of card stock.  All paper goes in one area.

All of your paper

All of your paper

Have another area stacked with your ink pads, refills, spritzes, chalk and so on.

Inks

Inks

Another space for your chipboard items.

Chipboard

Chipboard

Another area for your rubber stamps.  I don’t have many because I’m not a card maker.

Rubber stamps

Rubber stamps

Make another pile for your flowers.  I don’t have many of those because they scare me into a brain freeze 😀

Flowers

Flowers

You are going to wreck your house with the piles and piles but this is an important step in getting your room organized.

Piles everywhere

Piles everywhere

More piles

More piles

Now is not the time to go take a nap 😀  A bit overwhelming, isn’t it!  You are just getting started.  This is the time when you are going to refer back to the first question I asked.  What type of crafter are you?  What items do you use the most?  What do you have the most of?  Start there.  For me it is paper.  Gobs and gobs of paper.

What storage pieces do you currently have and will be using for this major pile?  I have the Jet Max Cubes and purchased them specifically for my paper.  You can get the Jet Max Cubes at Michaels.  I think you can also get them from Target but I do know Michaels always carries them.  This room has morphed many times over the past several years and I hope this is the final time I’m going to be doing this monster of a job.

I had the brilliant idea of using a Color Wheel to help me in sorting my paper.  Not such a brilliant idea because the full gamut of paper colors I have are not represented in the color wheel.

Color Wheel

Color Wheel

I wasted about an hour trying to make that infernal contraption work for me.  What I ended up doing was just making piles of the papers in their color families.  Then sorting them from lightest to darkest.  I started with the 8-1/2 x 11 first then went to the 12 x 12

Sorting by color

Sorting by color

After an agonizing two hours I had the paper put away.  Stored by color family within one of the slots.  Both 8-1/2 x 11 and 12 x 12.  In another slot is my specialty papers like vellum and odd stuff.  Another slot was for the paper pads by manufacturer.  Like Graphic 45, Stampin’ Up!, and the numerous other paper pads I have.

Paper stored

Paper stored

Next was the sleeves of scrap paper I have.  No division by color just all lumped in and jammed full of scrap.  I also have scrapbook layouts I’ve made that need to have photos and embellishments added.  Before I forgot to leave a space for my Score-It Board I included that in this section.

Scrap paper, Score-It Board, created layouts

Scrap paper, Score-It Board, created layouts

Next was my rubber stamp collection.  Since I don’t use them much they are going up higher than eye level and in no particular order.

Rubber stamps

Rubber stamps

Large rubber stamps

Large rubber stamps

All rubber stamps

All rubber stamps

Next to be sorted and stored were the chipboard mini albums and things, and the assortment of tags and pockets I have.

Chipboard pieces

Chipboard pieces

Drawer for chipboard

Drawer for chipboard

Drawer for tags and pockets

Drawer for tags and pockets

I gathered all of my beads and charms.  I don’t do much with these so they will go up near the top.

Beads and charms

Beads and charms

Up high

Up high

Next I combined my assortment of embellishments.  Brads, eyelets, paper clips, and so on.

Combining embellishments

Combining embellishments

More embellishments

More embellishments

More and more

More and more

 

Finally the last of the embellishments

Finally the last of the embellishments

The empty wood drawers will be put back in the storage unit they came from and will be used for things like feathers and stuff.

This storage unit is now done.

Storage unit filled

Storage unit filled

This cupboard, above my table, used to hold all of my Sizzix dies and assortment of embossing folders.  I have a rolling file cart that has lived under my table and was empty for quite some time.  I am going to be hauling that thing out and moving the die cutting stuff to the file cart.

Cupboard above my table

Cupboard above my table

File cart for die and embossing folder storage

File cart for die and embossing folder storage

Sizzlits and Nestabilities

Sizzlits and Nestabilities

I’ve put two scrap pieces of foam core between the wire brackets to contain the Nestability dies I have.

Scrap foam core

Scrap foam core

 

Spellbinder dies

Spellbinder dies

Now all of my die cutting stuff is in one place.  Including the Big Shot and all of the plates and cushions.

In that cupboard that held the die cutting stuff I now have all of my ink supplies.  Oh and my glitter.  So this mess….

Ink pad jumble

Ink pad jumble

Morphed into this 😀

Inks and glitter

Inks and glitter

The spritz bottles, ink refills, and Distress Stains now all live close by the other ink items.

Spritz, ink refills, Distress Stains

Spritz, ink refilles, Distress Stains

Plus the tray that previously had the jumble of ink pads is now holding all of my punches.

Paper punches

Paper punches

I still have about an hour or so to finish in this room.  Finding a place for some odd items but it is finally better organized than it has been.

Across the room from the hallway

Across the room from the hallway

From inside the room looking to the door.

From inside

From inside

The previous state of my desk top 😦

Desktop before

Desktop before

After…still needs a little work but at least I can see the entire table.

After

After

When it comes to creating your space always keep in mind the things you use most.  Keep those items within reach.  Easy to access and easy to put away.  The items you use the least, store those further away.

Think about your storage units and how they can work for you.  The things you frequently go to keep at the distance from eye to waist level.  Things you don’t use often keep them higher up.  Have a flow to your room where the most frequently used items are within reach.  Where are your paper trimmers?

Paper trimmers

Paper trimmers

Where are your scissors, bone folder, and other small items you frequently use?  I have mine in a box that my daughter and her husband made for their wedding in 2005 and I love this box.

Small hand tools

Small hand tools

Where are all of your adhesives?  Tape, glue, foam dots, and other adhesive products.

Adhesives

Adhesives

Towel holders are unconventional as storage items but IKEA has baskets that can hang from the towel bars.  Use the towel bars to hold your paper punches.  You can also purchase little clip up hooks that hang from the towel bars.  Clip up your assorted embellishments in the packages they came in, or your clear rubber stamps.

Hang items from the towel bars

Hang items from the towel bars

Hanging clips to hold light weight items

Hanging clips to hold light weight items

Towel bars and buckets

Towel bars and buckets

Towel bars and baskets

Towel bars and baskets

Also display the items that make you smile.  I have two friends that have given me things that I cherish and keep in my sight all the time.  These things inspire me to be thankful and grateful.

Gifts from friends

Gifts from friends

Friends keep a smile on my face

Friends keep a smile on my face

I hope this helps anyone that is thinking about creating their own craft space.  Now I need to go finish this so I can work on the final two Post-It-Note Holders.  I can actually work in a full space instead of a little piece of an avalanche area 😀