Hi my name is Nicky and I’ve been a reader of Scrapbook Creations for around 3 years now, so first I’d love to say a big thank you to everyone who has contributed to the magazine and blog along the way as I have been given such great inspiration from you all and without you I wouldn’t be the scrapper that I am today. Which leads to the reason that I am here with you today…. Welcome to my Scraptopia!
My room is located in the middle of the house and is an open area that would normally be used as a second lounge room. It is around 4.1 x 4 metres and has a nice big window that lets in lots of natural light. The room isn’t enclosed as it only has the 3 walls and is part of the hallway as you walk through the house so I had a bit of a challenge when I set it up to start with. I must have moved all my furniture around at least 4 or 5 times before I settled on the current set up! I’m glad I did as I am quite happy with it and really enjoy the space that I have in here.
In my room you will find A LOT of product. Lately I have been experimenting with Mixed Media so my room contains a lot of different paints, mediums, sprays and stamps that work well with my art journal projects. The other features of my room that you’ll notice are items that belonged to my Mum. She lost her battle with ovarian cancer just over 2 years ago and I have some of her items in my room to add that extra little bit of pretty and also so that I have little pieces of her near me when I create.
I have read a lot of magazines and trawled many blogs over the past few years searching for storage and organisation tips and added a lot of these ideas to my room. I spent a lot of time thinking through different ideas for my scrap room storage and in some cases, tried a few different options before settling.
When I started my ‘Operation Scrap Room Utopia’ project around 18 months ago the first thing I did was work out the colour scheme that I wanted. I have always liked damask patterns so decided my theme would be black and white, damask and a touch of purple which is my favourite colour. After months of mini projects, making lots of labels and going to so many different places to purchase boxes, containers or re-covering items I had already made I have found my Scraptopia! Are you ready for a tour? Let’s go!
This is a view of my room from left to right:
My favourite thing about the room would have to be my desks. I love sitting at the desk on the left to scrap away then slide over to the desk on the right to look something up on the internet, chat with a friend via Facebook or edit photos for my facebook page. I also love how organised the room is and the feeling I get when I’m sitting in the room creating something and being able to relax as there is no clutter and I know exactly where everything is.
This is the desk that I use to create on:
A few of the things that have worked in my room the most are the custom items that I’ve added along the way. There are some products that I bought one or two of and before I knew it, had the whole collection. I blame Tim Holtz for this! I have his whole collection of Distress Inks, Distress Ink Refills and quite a few of the Distress Stickles, Paint Dabbers, Distress Stains – the list goes on! And since I use the Distress Inks so often I wanted them to be close to my desk and organised in a way so that I didn’t have to mess around with them too much when I needed to use them. I came across a really talented man on the internet one day who made some really cool craft storage products and after a few months of drooling over them I decided that I was going to spoil myself and buy one! It was a really good decision as I have stored all of my Distress Inks in it and it sits right above my desk so I can reach up and grab whatever colour I need at the time. I have also placed a velcro dot on the bottom of each ink pad with an ink blending foam pad attached. This makes it so much easier to keep track of my foam pads and keeps everything together. The last step I took for this was to label all the Distress Inks.
This is what I get to see when creating on my desk. My Distress Ink storage unit, pretty Tinkerbell statues and photo inspiration hanger.
To the right of my desk within easy reach are my most used tools, a glass vase that holds all my double sided tapes and a layout stand with my favourite layout of my darling boyfriend sitting on it. The orchids that you can see in the vase were from my parents house. They were part of a flower arrangement vase type decoration that Mum used to keep on the dinner table until one of my nephews accidentally broke it one day. The vase they were sitting in smashed and she wasn’t able to fix it so she gave the flowers to me. Whenever I look at them they make me giggle as it makes me remember how many of her pretty ceramics that my sisters and I used to ‘accidentally’ break when we were little!
Under the desk on the right side is where I store the tool kit that I take to scrap classes or when I’m going to a friend’s house to scrap. I also have my two Tim Holtz cases in here. One has all my Distress Stains, Alcohol Inks, Paint Dabbers, etc in it and the other has all of the trinkets from the Idealogy range. On the bottom shelf to the left is where I store all the Distress Ink Refills, my christmas embellishments box and paper trimmers. On the right I store paperwork items like instructions for tools, techniques, manuals and my spare cutting mats for when my friends come around to scrap with me.
The desk on the right is where my laptop sits. At the back is a desk organiser that holds my Copic Refills, some journaling pens and mists then to the right of that is a little shelf that I keep my external hard drive, small camera, iPod and pretty pins on.
After a lot of begging and pleading, my Dad made me this really cool spinning rack to store my Stickles, Liquid Pearls and Perfect Pearls. As you can see, it fits a lot of them on there and I just love how I can just spin it around to find what I’m looking for!
Under the laptop desk I keep all the dies and embossing folders on the top shelf and my Big Shot, large die folders and a couple of bags on the bottom. I found these DVD storage boxes at my local discount store and knew as soon as I saw them that they would be perfect to store all the dies in!
I’ve spent a lot of time working through all my dies and organising them into a way that would be best for me to find them. First I got some CD cases from my local discount store then some adhesive magnet sheets from Officeworks as well as copy paper in shades of purple and green. After trimming the paper down to size I used my score board to score fold lines to fit into the CD cases then stuck a square or rectangle piece of magnet that was big enough to hold the dies to the inside. The next step was the front of the covers. I cut each shape using black or white cardstock. Then all I needed to do was stick the shapes to the front cover. I have one more step to go for this project and that is to get my Dymo out and make up name labels for each die and stick it to the front cover.
Over in the corner is my Expedit unit which stores most of my goodies in it! But enough about what’s in the boxes and more photos of my scrap space.
I don’t believe I’m an expert in organising but I have definitely learnt a lot about making things easier to store so if you have any questions about my room or anything to do with storage then feel free to send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) – I’d love to hear from you! If you’d like to check out my facebook page for projects I have made along the way you can find it here. Thanks again for taking the time to check out my Scraptopia and thanks to Scrapbook Creations for the privilege of sharing it with you all!