Now can I just say that if you have a scrap room please don't be offended by this post - that is not my intention. And if you are of a nervous disposition you may want to look away. Not that there is anything to look away from but it just seemed to flow from the previous sentence.
This is a post for all those who don't have a dedicated expedit-lined sanctuary to create in. It is for those who make do with a corner of a room, or have to drag the stash out and put it back again 'cos you scrap in the lounge/dining room/bedroom/kitchen*. It is a post to (hopefully) share that there are loads of us out there, creating in corners, and to unite us together.
*I haven't included bathroom so apologies if that is where I would find you with your scissors and glue.
Please don't get me wrong. I don't dislike people who DO have craft rooms, you are all lovely and wonderful, it's just that no-one ever seems to blog about their NON-CRAFT ROOM SPACE, so I am redressing the balance now!
And I guess if I did have a spare room I might craft there instead ;)
This post was inspired by something I saw on Facebook (no not a cat video or a funny sign). More boringly it was several posts asking how people organised their stash/paper.
We had an extension several years ago (this is relevant I promise) to provide more bedroom space. We decided to NOT give each child their own room - sharing never did us any harm *although my sister and I did resort to have a dividing line down the centre of the room at one point*.
We are best friends, as well as sisters, now so the damage wasn't lasting.
We chose to make the smallest room into a second bathroom instead, and it has been well worth it. (Goodness don't teenagers spend a long time in the shower?)
The extension did mean that we gained an extra reception room downstairs. This rapidly became a multi-use room, it hosted the x-box, pc's, piano and a variety of furniture (that stored my best china and all the other 'stuff' that doesn't have it's own home).
And I got one little corner, one little spot to keep my crafting goodies and albums. The overspill went under the stairs.
The overspill has gone, along with a good chunk of papers, punches, dies and embellishments that rarely/never got used. This is what remains. (This sort of continues in the second part of the post which I am hoping to finish next week).
The large paper bags are from Quirky Kits. The striped bag contains said kits, the pink one has my cardstock in (almost exclusively white) and the yellow all the oddments, offcuts and a few sheets left from my pre-kit days that I WILL use. It also houses an impulse TKMAXX buy of a HUGE stack of My Minds Eye papers.
The larger green boxes house some alphabet dies, a couple of extended strips, the plates for the bigshot and my mists/paints/stencils.
The two smaller green boxes hide washi tape, twine, stamps, thickers and xyron runner.
The bright yellow box has PL cards in it. In the cream tin are my glues, sticky dots etc. The blue tin contains ALL my ink pads,
Yep that is them - 4 x jenni bowlin, 1 distress pad (for inking edges) 6 x momento and 3 x versa colour - actually I think two are on my dining room table but you get the idea ;)
The silver and black tin contains chipboard alphabets and some gems/dots. And the greeny-grey box at the back has my embellishments (die-cuts, stickers, wooden veneers and Nuvo drops).
That is it.
All my 'stash'.
The more I had, the less I used.
I still like to get it out and spread it all over the dining room table - but at least it doesn't take too long to put it away again.
So be loud, be proud and be honest about where YOU scrap if it isn't in one of those specially built log cabins in the garden or in a beautiful white walled room with central heating and purpose built cupboards (*not jealous at all*).
And if you do share, I may show you what that corner normally looks like when I haven't tidied it and
half most of it is spread around my dining room chairs and table :)