The Final Photo

Here it is.  The final photo for my organization project in the new craft "closet."

I've stored empty scrapbook albums and rarely used, but can't quite part with, tools in some pink plastic storage containers and have claimed one small spot in the basement for them.  I feel pretty satisfied with how things turned out.  I'm sure that, like anything else, I'll make some adjustments and rearrange a few things as I use the room and find what works best for me.  I've learned I CAN downsize!  Well, perhaps a little and then just reorganize what's left!  :)  There's still a little room yet for additions!  LOL!
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It’s the Little Things

While sorting through my craft room things, I found something that I love using.  It's a little sheet of clear stickers.
I just wish StampinUp! still made them!  They are labels for the ink pads.  I love 'em!  With all the new colors, I wish I had some of these labels on hand with the new color names!  Ah well, I'll try my label maker instead and see if I can create some of my own.
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Craft Room Reorganizing: Peak #3 (odds n ends)

Just a few pictures of some of the little things that make up my craft room:

This is where I"ll be keeping my albums that I'm working on.  The very top shelf holds my Copic markers, my scissors and tools and my liquid products (cleaners, crystal effects, etc.).  The bottom shelf will be changed once I decide what exactly I'll store there!

This unit is where I store all my patterned paper.  The bottom drawer also holds my oldest child's kindergarten papers.  The black file unit is where I store some of my 4 x 6 photos.  This idea is also from Stacy Julian's Photo Freedom.

This sits on top of the black file drawer and holds my paper/sticker embellishments.  I've also found myself throwing new items in there too!  There's something about having things out where I can see them!

I'll take a final snapshot of the overall room and post it tomorrow.  I found a vibrant colored folding chair at Target this week on clearance that just put the finishing touch on my nook!  So exciting!

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Craft Room Reorganizing: Peak #2

Here is another portion of my room.  I've decided to give Stacy Julian's Scrap by Color method a try.  I found the cube shelves and fabric bins at Target.  I was happy to be able to find all the colors for the ROYGBIV colors, plus neutrals!  Yay!  If you've never visited Stacy Julian's blog, you need to.  She's great inspiration.

The yellow drawers are where I store my larger photos (5x7's, 8x10's, etc.) that won't fit in my photo file drawers (will show you these later).  This idea I gleaned from Stacy Julian's book, Photo Freedom.  I've decided to store my cardstock on top of this tower of cubes in good ole Cropper Hopper paper holders.  I'm keeping my most used/loved reference books in the middle for easy access.

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Craft Room Reorganizing: Peak #1

Here's the very first peak at my newly organized, very small craft room.  It's been a challenge to squeeze all my scrapping & stamping things into this little space, but I have to say that I think I'm going to like the cozy nook I've created!

Here is what I've done with my stamp pads and punches.  My husband wasn't too keen on hanging my punches in my previous craft room, mostly because it doubled as a guest room.  This room won't be a guest room (unless we don't like our visitors...hehehe), so he was very helpful mounting the bars and the stamp pad storage boxes on the wall for me.  The metal bars are from an actual stamp/scrapping storage system, but I know you can get similar things from Ikea!  The stamp pad storage boxes I got from, one of the best scrapbook supply stores online, if you ask me!  I chose to hang the wire baskets from the bottom of the lower metal bar and have put some extra clear stamps in them (in CD cases) as well as my Cuttlebug embossing folders.  The hanging file system you see on the left edge of the photo is from Creative Memories and I have my current scrapbooking projects there for easy access.  (For example, "School Days," "Brothers," "Fatherhood," etc.)  Love having these things so easily accessible now!

I'll post more pictures each day this week, so stay tuned!

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Simplification Progress

Here's what my craft room has looked like for a few weeks now.  This weekend, I've made some progress, but will post the final pictures rather than bore you with pictures of each pile disappearing from the floor!  ;)  As you can see, it's a much smaller room than I had at our previous house, but do-able!  I love those experiences in life that teach me to simplify!  This was much needed, as you can see by the piles on the floor!
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Time Marches On

I haven't completely vanished!  The summer has been an extremely busy one for us this year!  We moved and welcomed a new little one into our lives, all within a month of each other!  Might as well get it all done at once, right?!  :)

In our new house, my craft room is more like a craft closet.  The original owners described the room as an office, but I'll have to say, it is a rather small one at 6' x 8' or so!  Amazingly, I've been able to fit the necessary furniture and storage items into it and I'm feeling rather proud of that!  I do have a pile of items to donate, however, like never used scrapbook albums (I've moved on to the 3-ring binder type so won't be using the post bound, etc. anymore).  Wonder if anyone knows where I can donate scrapbook supplies on the local level?  Anyone ever done it?  I'll post a picture or two once I finish getting things sorted and organized!  One thing I'm learning in such a small craft space is that going vertical is a life saver when you can't go horizontal!

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I've been in scrapbooking mode the past little while and, thus, the lack of posting here!  I found myself wanting to try my hand at stamping again this week, though, and here is a newly made flowerpot card!  The tutorial can be found at Splitcoast Stampers.  Easy to make and fun to give away!

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Organized for an Hour

 (to the right is my big white cabinet...mostly full, of course!)
I sometimes find myself wondering if I'm the only one that finds it difficult to keep my creative space organized.  I know this isn't so, but why is it so hard to keep things looking in order as shown in the picture above?  I don't know about you, but I find myself arranging, then rearranging my supplies quite often.  (Think I should stop looking at fellow crafters' stamp and scrap rooms, perhaps?)  We always want what we don't have, I suppose!  :)  Anyway, I wanted to show proof that my craft room CAN look slightly organized and neat!  This is my latest arrangement.  Still not my "dream" studio, by any means, but it's my nook in our house and I do find it relaxing!  When I allow myself to relax, that is!  My two monkeys (aka boys) have a little table they work at across from my desk!  That has been a life saver for me.  Who knew paper punches could keep little ones occupied for so long?!  :)  Currently, I'm agonizing over how to best store my cardstock.  I can't decide whether to store it in a file, horizontally or vertically.  I'm finding I'm a pretty visual kind of person.  You know, "Out of sight, out of mind!"  However, I don't want to give up too much space.  Decisions, decisions!!

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Life’s Sweet

I seem to be on a Magnolia kick this week.  I guess I'm back in the mood for lots of coloring!  What fun!  :)

Here is a card I made for a recent Magnolia sketch challenge.  Love this little gal and doesn't that chocolate cake look tempting?!  Good thing this particular one is totally calorie free...and tastes like paper!
Stamps:  Magnolia images from Yummy collection, sentiment from Paper Trey Cupcake Collection
Paper:  SU cardstock (only orange, gable green, very vanilla), DP from Basic Grey
Accessories:  SU rhinestone brads, gemstones, SU eyelet border and Boho blossoms punches, Prima flowers, Stickles
Coloring:  Copic markers (see below)

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Skating Pair

I made this for this week's color challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers.  I love watching figure skaters when I get the opportunity.  I had the privilege of attending a performance by some Olympic skaters once with some co-workers & it was absolutely breathtaking!  The skaters always seem so graceful and make things seem so easy.  Then I go ice skating myself and realize just how amateur I am!  LOL!

Stamps:  Magnolia, SU Short & Sweet (snowflakes around main image), Warm Words (sentiment), SU Jumbo Sassy Sparkles wheel
Ink:  Encore! metallic silver, Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Brilliant Blue, Real Red
Paper:  misc. DP from my stash, SU Yo Yo Yellow, Brilliant Blue CS, Paper Trey white
Accessories:  gemstones, CM cutting system (circles), SU Modern Label punch, foam squares
Coloring:  Copics (as seen below)

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After Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day always comes and goes before I realize it's gone!  Afterward, I'm left wondering what to do next in my craft room!  I looked at my handy calendar where I keep track of birthdays, anniversaries and the like and saw I have a few little girl birthdays coming up in the months ahead.  I also saw Memorial Day smiling at me as I dared to look farther than the spring that I'm impatiently waiting for!'s what I came up with.  This way, if I change my mind about what card to give to the girls on my list, I can save this card for Memorial Day!  Oh yeah, there's always July 4th too!  LOL!

Stamps:  DRS Designs (main image), Paper Trey (sentiment, It's a Celebration set), SU Sweet Stars jumbo wheel
Cardstock:  SU Real Red, Brilliant Blue, Paper Trey white
Ink:  SU Basic Black, Versamark
Coloring:  Copic Markers
Accessories:  star brads, Stickles (Diamond), corner rounder punch, SU ticket corner punch

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