Welcome to Part 4 of a 10-part series called Where We Scrap, where our bloggers share their scrap space with you. This week, Connie Nichol is sharing her space.
I don’t have a fancy place to scrap but I am grateful to have my own little corner of the house to make a creative mess. When I started to scrapbook about 11 years ago after baby #2 was born, the only available spot in the house was in the basement next to the chest freezer. So, I put a table next to the freezer and worked on that. Of course over time the table filled up with ‘stuff’, so I used it more for storage and did my actual scrapbooking on top of the freezer. I vastly prefer to scrap standing up, especially when I am stamping, so this works perfectly except when somebody wants something from the freezer (“Mom, can you move your stuff so I can get some ice cream???”).
I would love to have big windows and natural light to work in some day but I’m stuck in the basement so my lighting is an overhead fluorescent and 2 Ott lights. I bought these ‘daylight’ lamps at Costco and they make all the difference. I usually work directly on top of an old desk calendar. One can pick these up pretty cheap a few months after the New Year or sometimes you can get lucky and even find them for free in the recycle bin. I love working on this calendar paper pad, because not only can I just pick it up and move the majority of the mess off of the freezer to allow interior access, but it is the perfect spot to ‘stamp off’, test a stamp to make sure I have it right side up, dab excess glue or paint, etc. Then, once this top layer of paper gets yucky, I just rip it off and start fresh on the next month.
Over time, my scrapbook stuff multiplied and I filled the little freezer room completely. And kind of oozed out into the neighboring laundry area and furnace room. Oops. I blame the rubber stamping. A rubber stamp collection can take up a lot of room, especially with a big collection of inks, embossing powders and so on. I store most of my wood-mounted stamps on shelves so I can see what I’ve got and remember to use it. The little door that you see in this picture is into my cold room, but my family often has to navigate through a maze of paper piles on the floor to get to it. The floor comes in handy when I am in a creative frenzy. 😉
I am very visual. I like to see as much as I can, otherwise I forget I have it. So, over the years, I have added more and more shelves to the wall (most are from Ikea) and hung up a few bulletin boards. I pin embellishments and stamps I want to use, inspiring quotes and sample strips from all the border punches I have acquired over the years. I have a weakness for border punches.
I also have a magnetic board that I purchased at Ikea to hold things that I don’t want to prick holes in. The bottom layout is from a class I took from Ingvold Bolme – I love it but it is too dimensional to fit into my scrapbooks.
On the other side of my little room, I have a tiny table that holds my sewing machine. I find that if my sewing machine is not out and ready to go, it does not get used. The same is true for my Cricut. The hotel key holder is from Jenni Bowlin and it is great for storing washi tape on.
For the most part, I store most of my paper vertically in Cropper Hopper paper holders. It works for me, especially for cardstock. I store seasonal papers or specific paper lines in jumbo ziplock storage bags from Zellers or pizza boxes.
I have two cats and they both love to scrapbook. Rusty is an especially good helper, because he sneaks up behind me with no notice and launches himself onto the top of the freezer, often landing in a puddle of paint, a pile of embossing powder or a glob of glue. Oh well. It just adds to the fun.
Thanks for joining me in this look at my scrap space in the moment of time that it was actually clean!
To view more of Connie’s work, visit her blog, Every Day’s An Adventure.