Well, I was hoping for some sunshine this week to show things in a better light, but this is London and it's grey, cloudy and rainy. What a surprise! Perhaps that explains my need to keep everything in my scrap space in very happy, sweet-shop-inspired colours!
This room would probably be used as a formal dining room by most people but we have plenty of dining space in another room for just the two of us, so I am lucky enough to call this room my creative home. Can I show you around?
I scrap and sew standing up, and this island in the middle of the room is my work surface. It's made from two kitchen units and topped with an offcut of kitchen counter surface. There are three drawers on the left and one drawer plus some cupboard space on the right. The bulletin board has been painted and recovered a dozen times to fit with different rooms, and I think I paid £2 for it in the first place! It magically fit here so I covered it with pink polka dots and add happy things to the board as it's the first thing I see when I come here to work in the morning.
Each of the three drawers holds something I use on almost every layout. The top drawer holds pens, adhesives, scissors and paper flowers. This is the middle drawer, which holds letter stickers in a big box, envelopes in the corner, rub-on letters in the large red box and bling in the small red box. Plus a box of my favourite pens!
This letter rack sits on top of my desk and holds papers while I am working on a layout. It's great to be able to see all my supplies without taking up lots of work space.
Like any scrapbooker who used to live across the street from Ikea, I have an expedit! These squares show my stamp storage: a basket in the top left corner holds all my Banana Frog stamps. Stamps I don't use very often live in the pink boxes at the back of that cube. Below are two metal buckets that hold more clear stamps -- designs on the left and alphabets on the right. Then the hanging baskets hold wood mounted stamps. The baskets are also from Ikea -- they are meant to hold spices and such in your kitchen cupboards but they fit perfectly here too. Below that you'll see my typewriter on the left (love her!) and to the right there is a binder filled with unmounted red rubber stamps, my heat gun and the pink zip case has all my basic inks in the small size so I can grab that when I crop away from home.
Most of the top of the expedit is covered with a line of 12x12 albums, except for this corner of storage + happiness. You can see the stuff stacked up behind waiting for a project, so I just put cuter things in front to hide those boxes. There's a chalk board I found in a market on a trip, a broken and ancient camera, the camera I used when I first learned to take pictures, a photo from a very lovely day and an Alice mug with the White Rabbit. There are Alice mugs with different characters dotted all over the room. They won't fit in my kitchen cupboards and they are too cute to hide away anyway! Instead, they hold all sorts of little things that need a home.
This shelf holds my gocco inks and bulbs in a little tray that is easy to cart around. We went to Japan last month so I stocked up on pretty ink colours!
And this is the corner where the gocco lives -- on a little folding table. That door goes to the hallway but I don't use it as the other end of the room opens onto the living room. The ribbons that hang there hold bits and pieces right now but when I am printing something I take them off and hang the prints there to dry. The storage cupboards in the back hold boring stuff and supplies for classes so I don't accidentally use them for myself! The pink cabinet to the left is a radiator cover -- there's a giant radiator down that whole wall.
These little shelves are from the children's section at Ikea and they sit right on top of the radiator. Each cubby hole holds something different, like the jars in the bottom right hold all my brads. The top of the shelves hold lots of minibooks plus some rather silly but happy paintings.
I repurposed a CD shelf to hold small pieces of fabric, mostly arranged by colour. The ironing board lives out in the open like that. I asked for the pretty cover for Christmas last year because I thought it might make it a little more acceptable just out all the time, as our flat doesn't have a good spot for hiding it away. You can also see wood mounted letter stamps in the last cubby hole there.
My sewing machine lives on this table made by my husband. It started life as a demonstrating table for trade shows but it is very heavy and we live upstairs so it mostly stays put now. The top is another offcut of the same kitchen counter material. Behind the curtain there are basket-style shelves to store more stuff! The table is the perfect height for near-sighted me to stand, sew and see my stitches all at the same time. The clipboard holds my to-do lists and assignment details.
More storage and more Ikea! These drawers hold all sorts of small things, like markers, ink pads, embossing powders, paints, chipboard and more stamps. The print on the top is from The Black Apple and the frame is from Urban Outfitters.
Round the corner and you're now looking out the window that I face while I scrap. I tried having my table right under the window but the light and shadow was too harsh, so I moved it into the middle of the room. Now I have shelves under the window and jars hold ribbons and buttons on top. The baskets hold things I ought to put away!
Which leads us to the all the paper! I bought these paper racks from a store that closed. I have four but can only use three as one is in the dead space in the corner where I can't really put the paper into the shelves. But three is plenty -- I use one for cardstock (sorted by colour) and two for patterned papers, mostly organised by brand. I put wooden planks on top to make a shelf to hold more mini books, this cake stand of bits and pieces and some framed layouts. The fabric you see at the left wraps around the back of all the shelves to keep the sunlight from streaming in and bleaching the papers.
And that is the tour! Now just don't ask how long I can keep it nice and tidy like this -- that is an entirely different discussion!
Love and glitter,