These are the paper organizers by Cropper Hopper. In my old house I used the wire cubes from Target for paper storage. When we moved, I bought these and these are SO MUCH BETTER. I love them.
I only have 3 but so far, it's been enough. The first is all cardstock (sorted by color, but not labeled by color) - this is the only one that's almost full. The next one is patterned paper by theme (labeled). The last one is patterned paper by color (labeled).
Did I mention that I really like this way of organizing paper??? LOVE IT!
Anything that's a generic color and not any type of theme goes in these (beads, glitter, buttons, eyelets, brads, etc).
Each is labeled with the color family:
- Orange & Yellow
- Purple & Black
- White, Clear & Natural
- Red & Pink
- Gold & Silver
I've had these organized like this for a while and really like it. The ONLY time it's a pain is if I'm leaving my house to scrap. It's not travel-friendly.
The top shelf is out of reach for me (I'm only 5'2") so it holds decorative items. From the left: a stuffed owl (my sorority's symbol), a framed photo of Spencer and his friend Hugh, an OLD camera that I snatched from my FIL, a painted horse (also snatched from FIL), and a vase of corks (I'm odd, I know...I just like them).
You'll see more detail on the other shelves in a second...
This is the inside of the other closet door. I store all of my fibers and ribbons here unless they are full rolls or tiny scraps. Each color family has a large binder ring which is hung on this kitchen organizer (I think it's made to hold potholders and such).
I LOVE this method. It really helps me *see* what I have and it looks fun too :)
The top shelf is totally full of completed 12x12 albums. I have NO idea what I'm going to do when I run out of space up there...which is going to happen soon.
Left side of closet: some plastic containers holding BowMaster, paper making supplies and garden flags (all appropriately labeled). I also keep empty Target and Michael's bags over here to use as trash bags.
Slightly more to the right: the file cabinet contains...yup, files. Boring. On top of it sits two plastic containers - one with old greeting cards (I'm a packrat) and one with stationary (for those rare times when I actually write a letter!). The basket contains full spools of ribbon.
To the right are 6 "blocks" created using the wire cubes from Target. These hold a little bit of everything: books, CDs, fabric, Spencer's school stuff, cards I've made waiting for that special occasion, Glue Dots, envelopes, brown paper bags, etc, etc, etc. The top left "cube" has sections and holds 12x12 bags of themed items...these are for themes that I have a LOT of stuff for or have an album going and want to keep all the supplies together - dog, school, house, horse, Christmas.
On the wire cubes are two bulletin boards that I made out of denim and suede lacing.
It might not have been obvious in pictures so far, but my scrapbook room is decorated in a western theme.
In the area between the door and the closet, is this western shelf. There are 2 metal stars hung on the wall (only 1 is showing in the photos). There's also a denim nightlight.
Top shelf: western decorative items and frame
Middle shelf: smaller albums (5x7, 8x8, 6x6), and a few other books (idea notebook, Bible, spanish workbook).
Bottom shelf: A couple more albums, sketch book and my precious teddy bear, Bradley.
Top shelf is where I keep my stash of adhesives (a perk of working for an adhesives company). The white drawer contains booklets from appliances, electronics, etc (not much fun). On top and beside that are various papers - printer, colored, photo, etc.
Bottom shelf holds boxes of misc. things that I don't use often. Dark blue boxes are shoe boxes that I covered in denim. White ones are just photo boxes from Michael's. Most of these aren't scrap related, but they are well-labeled!
Top shelf holds a Xyron, light box, basket with cross stitching and containers of foam alphabet stamps.
Bottom shelf holds larger "in progress" albums and some random things.
This is the view of the room as you enter the door (which is at an angle...kind of hard to explain).
I created the island by placing 2 of these cabinets back-to-back. They are open-backed as well, so it optimizes the storage space inside. This is my main work area and my basics are usually sitting out, as you can see in the photo (trimmer, adhesive, scissors, notepad).
I really love the island. I had the same furniture in our old house but we had it set up differently. All the cabinets are counterheight, which is perfect for me, as I prefer to stand while scrapping. By standing at this island, I can see the computer and the TV.
Here's my layout for today. It's also based on a sketch and will go into my "Book of Me". If you're bored, here's the journaling:
"While I was in high school, I just adored watching Disney movies such as The Little Mermaid, The Lion King and Aladdin. My friend Tabitha and I would waste away evenings or weekends with this as our entertainment – don’t worry, we had healthy social lives too! But, I watched them so much, that I had most of the lines - and definitely the songs – all memorized.
My favorite character in The Lion King was always Raffikki. I don’t know what it was about him – especially since he doesn’t even speak in the movie! In college, my 2 roommates, (Jamie & Meg) and I decided to take a summer trip to Disney World in Florida. I was very excited about the trip, of course!
But I admit - I was most excited about going to The Animal Kingdom and having my picture taken with Raffikki! Though, as an adult, I don’t watch these movies as frequently, I do still love them – and I definitely still love Raffikki."
Patterned paper - not sure
Letter stamps - Provo Craft
Font: The Blue Cabin
"Midnight Blue" acrylic paint - Plaid
PS - I do not own an F-150. I know you probably can't read the journaling but it's just wishful thinking.
Patterned Paper - Scenic Route (background) & Creative Imaginations (border); Letter Stickers - Sticker Studio; silver wire; "Jet Black" ink pad, StazOn; Metal Tag - Making Memories; Font - Bodoni MT
This is a layout for Spencer's school album. It was Cultural Arts Day in Kindergarten. It's not the best quality photo, though. It was done based on a sketch for a challenge and I only had one day to complete it.
Patterned Paper - Bo Bunny Press; Letter Stickers - Creative Imaginations; "Smile" punchout - O'Scrap; "Working at Playing" sticker - Pebbles, Inc.; Hunter Green Zig Writer; Green embroidery floss
I don't think I've shared actual pictures of Dalton himself. Dalton's mom (our friend, Brigitte) sent these photos which were taken by Dalton's therapist at school. As you can see, he's absolutely adorable and very happy. It's amazing that this child has so many things he must struggle with daily.
Please keep Dalton and the Herron family in your prayers daily. Their strength and conviction is amazing and inspiring.
This is a layout of our snorkeling boat ride in Key West last year. I still can't believe I'm posting something with a picture of me in a bathing suit...yuck! BUT, I'm proud of how many times I've been able to incorporate pink into my albums lately!
I have not scrapped every room in the house yet, but I am waiting until the room is resembling "done" before doing so. So, I've done the entire downstairs where we've painted and made a small attempt to decorate, etc. We still have a long way to go, but that's the fun of it...a work in progress.
As you can see, I've tried to keep the album very simple so that it's not a huge "task" to keep it caught up. During the construction, I labeled each week with a number stamp (Jersey, MM) so now I'm using those on each page as well, but letters instead.
Last night I made 3 "new home" cards. One is for Spencer's teacher, who just moved yesterday. The other 2 are for new neighbors. The one on the top right is for our neighbors that we've already befriended. I thought the quote was appropriate since they only live two doors down ("The road to a friend's house is never long"). The bottom card has a quote that is hard to read in the scan: "Home is where one starts from".
I cut the doors from patterned paper but don't remember the manufacturer. Sorry! The striped paper is Wild Asparagus (MME). Top left "home" rub-on is from Colorbok. Other two quotes are from Memories Complete, I think.
This is a birthday card I made for my aunt yesterday. The photo is from a family visit last year. I used all Christina Cole paper...
Top row, left to right:
oldest sister, mom, aunt, 2nd cousin
Bottom row, left to right:
1st cousin, me, middle sister
I found this 8"x8" layout the other day. It was done in a class 2 years ago at the CK Convention. So, I went ahead and threw a picture of Rio on it and added it to his book. The only other thing I did was add the "friendship" rub-on to the metal plate.
This layout was done as a sketch challenge. As I was wrapping it up, I threw on some buttons to fit the qualifications for another challenge as well (nothing like the feeling of killing 2 birds with 1 stone!).
I rarely do baby pages so this was really fun. I had to make a special effort to buy some babyish papers at the Convention. I really like these. It was fun to crop the photos into circles as well.
Patterned Paper: Junkitz (Baby Collection)
Letter Stickers: Artic Frog (larger); Li'l Davis Designs (smaller)
"Denim" Zig Writer
This was a challenge to do a page about your morning routine. I took pictures of different "aspects" of my morning, converted to B&W and printed in a small size...
I hate this page...one of my least favorites in a while. Good concept, fine pictures, good products - horrible combination.
Letter stickers - Creative Memories, Stickopotamus, and KI Memories
Pens - Sharpie & White Gel Extreme
Patterned paper - Christina Cole
Now, you know there was a challenge... it was to use a number in the title. I went with super simple...just get the pictures scrapped and the challenge completed!
It's about time for Rio's birthday celebration again...anyone up for some Frosty Paws????
"R" - TLC
Ink - "Jet Black", Staz On; "Narcissus", Versacolor
(3 was printed on my computer and used as a patterned to trace and cut from cardstock)
There was a challenge to alter something (I know...God forbid I actually do something without a challenge first!).
I've had this white letter forever and it's just been calling out to me... "Alter Me! Alter Me!".
My scrapbook room is done in a cowboy/western theme so I covered the front of the letter with some cowboy patterned paper (Karen Foster) and sanded the edges. However, I wanted to make it a little feminine. So, I added strips of Kaliedoscope paper around the edges, which has pink polka dots on it. I finished it off with several pink bows and my name in Heidi Swapp rub-ons. It's now hanging by pink ribbon from a cowboy hat hook. This was very simple to do!
No, my dog is not gay. There was a challenge to do a layout using every color of the rainbow. I thought this dreamy photo of my Rio would be perfect. This is 8"x8".
Basically I just used a variety of patterned papers (scraps) and inked the edges with an orange ink pad (Rubber Stampede), but you can't really see it in the scan. I made a very small attempt at doodling. Journaling was printed on the yellow scrap (font: Georgia).
This is an 8"x8" page for Rio's album (that's my dog, in case you're just tuning in). I just ADORE this photo. Too funny. Gamecock football season starts in 15 days!
Anyway... I modeled the saying after the KI quote stickers that Elsie Flannigan uses on a lot of her layouts...need to find some of those...but I digress.
Patterned Paper - Scenic Route
Sticker - Sports Solution
Fonts - 2Peas Tasklist & LB Cory
Inks - "Jet Black", StazOn; "Frost White", Colorbox
This page was done for a challenge to use a Dr. Seuss quote. In case you can't read it, I handwrote the quote on the a torn piece of notebook paper (isn't this the sloppiest, yet coolest, idea??? If only I'd thought of it). Anyway... back to the master of rhymes...
"The more that you read
the more things you will know.
The more that you know
the more places you'll go."
-- Dr. Seuss
The photo is of Spencer, in Kindergarten, reading to his class. It's been so exhilarating to watch him learn to read!
Patterned Paper - Creative Imaginations
Stickers - Pebbles, Inc.
Punchouts - O'Scrap
Ink pad - "Jet Black", Staz On
His teacher last year was totally different and, to my knowledge, never took a single picture. However, it appears that his 2nd grade teacher might be more like kindergarten. After only 3 days of school, she already had pictures on their class website from Meet the Teacher and the First Day of School. I had told her I was a scrapbooker so now she has recruited me for a similar project. I would love to find an easier way to do it, but still be creative. Of course, I did wait until the last minute last time...maybe just being more organized and proactive will help.
So, I guess the point of this post is to say I am such a glutton for punishment.
2. What's your favorite article of clothing? jeans and a “stretch tee” from Gap
3. Favorite physical feature of the opposite sex? eyes
4. What's the last CD that you bought? Carrie Underwood, I think. Now that I have an iPod, I just download songs that I like and don’t buy as many CDs.
5. Where's your favorite place to be? home
6. Where is your least favorite place to be? work (ok, I know it could be worse…)
7. What's your favorite place to be massaged? Back.
8. Strong in mind or strong in body? Mind – yes; Body – not so much
9. What time do you wake up in the morning? 5:00 a.m.
10. What is your favorite kitchen appliance? I didn’t know I was supposed to actually like kitchen appliances…
11. What makes you really angry? oh, I could write a book… people that drive too slow in the left lane LOL. Seriously though…lying – that’d be my worst.
12. If you could play any instrument, what would it be? I’d take any – would love to just be more musical – but if I could pick, I’d probably say the drums…wouldn’t that be FUN? Or maybe the guitar.
13. Favorite color? brown
14. Which do you prefer...sports car or SUV? SUV (but more specifically a truck – 2006 F150 King Ranch…brown, of course)
15. Do you believe in an afterlife? Yes
16. Favorite children's book? Where the Wild Things Are; All Judy Blume books
17. What is your favorite season? Summer
18. What is your least favorite household chore? I don’t like ANY of them! Vacuuming is probably my least favorite b/c I hate the noise.
19. If you could have one super power, what would it be? to either create more hours in a day, or stop time so I could get more accomplished
20. If you have a tattoo, what is it? no way.
21. Can you juggle? nope.
22. The one person from your past that you wish you could go back and talk to? Probably my dad’s parents b/c they both died when I was relatively young. It would have been nice to have had more of a relationship with them.
23. What's your favorite day? Saturday.
24. What's in the trunk of your car? Not much right now. A Lowe’s Vendor vest…gosh, that might actually be it.
25. Which do you prefer, sushi or hamburger? hamburger!
Patterned paper - Carolee's Creations
Stickers - K&Co
Navy Zig Writer
Patterned paper - Carolee's Creations
Stickers - K&Co
Navy Zig Writer
Patterned paper - Kaleidoscope (dots); Creative Imaginations (stripes)
Letter stickers - Creative Imaginations
Patterned Paper & stickers - K&Co
Pen - "Navy", Zig Writer
I included the actual patch also.