Sunday, April 15, 2012

Reorganizing - Part 4 - The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Wow! Am I really blogging four times in April? And I have another post already in my head to do about a layout I did yesterday? Maybe I'm starting to turn a page on this blogging thing! Only time will tell. :) Anyway, I left out some things yesterday from my scrapbook room photos that I did want to share. So many times I see all the great things about a room redesign, and I'm left wondering if there's anything that isn't shown. So, I'm going to show you my good (all my fun little details), my bad (things I still need to figure out that still aren't working for me), and the ugly. I have a couple of "disaster areas" that I want to show.

Let's start with The Good

This is my Project Life box.  I went ahead and added all my weekly title cards and daily journaling cards to my album.  That left me with a lot of empty places in my box.  I've been finding little embellishments that I like to add if I've got time to the box.  Labels, letters, and assorted other things are just waiting in one place. I love that box!  On the side you can see one of two glass bowls.  I bought these from IKEA.  One holds my Glimmer Mist/Glaze/Glam swatches that will be hung when I get a rod up and the other holds some embellishments for a canvas I'm working on.  They're contained but easily accessible.

Like many others out there, I've started collecting washi tape. I've gotten some from Target and Michaels but my favorites come from Two Peas in a Bucket. I was trying to figure out a way to organize this so I could get to the colors easily. In the photo above, I have some glass bowls on my desk. That was how I was going to store it originally. I didn't like it though. While unpacking the second MM Embellishment Center, I realized (duh!) I could hang them on the ribbon organizers. I love it! As I'm using the tapes, I'm leaving the edge open so it's easy to find the next time. If my collection grows (if? Did I really say if?) I can always rearrange and add a second row if I'd like.

With the second MM Embellishment Center, I can finally have out my Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze and Glimmer Glam. My collection has grown a lot. I'm buying a lot of them used. People try them out and don't like them, so, they sell. I love being able to pick up new colors at low prices.

Next on my wall is my magazine holder. This used to sit on the small shelf on my desk. I love it on the wall though so I have more desk space! It holds my Creating Keepsakes and Scrapbooks Etc. magazines as well as idea books and my Sketches for Scrapbooking sketch books by Scrapbook Generation. I've only got three of those right now. I'm hoping to get some for my birthday in June. Fingers crossed!

In the drawers of the magazine holder is where I store a majority of my Glimmer Mist. This part could technically go under "The Bad" but I didn't photograph it. I don't like it in the drawers because I can't see the colors! I've got a couple ideas on how to fix this but nothing that speaks to me yet. One thing I've figured out about myself - if the idea doesn't speak to me, wait! Something better will come along if I'm patient.

This is one thing I've never had before - artwork on my walls!  I picked these up at Target when they were having a sale.  I love that the words in are in rainbow order and the words themselves are very good advice. Hmmm...these might make good pictures to put in my Project Life album when I'm having a slow day.

Up next are my shelves hanging on the wall opposite of my desk.  I bought these a year and a half ago with the intention of putting all my Glimmer Mist on them.  Well, my collection of that grew too and now there isn't enough room.  I have my Chalkboard Mist on the medium shelf.  It all fits.  On the smaller shelf (not shown here) are the mists that don't fit on the other shelves.  On the largest shelf are the Glimmer Mists I've recently purchased (used!) that I haven't had a change to make swatches for.

My final good thing is my candy shelf.  I'm a third grade teacher and for holidays, I always seem to end up with a ton and a half of candy.  In fact, the large glass jar with the flower on it was given to my this Christmas by a student and it was chock full of candy!  I do like to nibble on something sweet while I scrapbook so it's nice to have a pretty display of my sweet treats.  My favorite thing to eat while scrapping is rock candy in the sticks.  Grape is flavor #1 followed by lemon and cotton candy.  I like that it has a stick so I don't have to get anything on my hands.  Does anyone know a cheap place to get rock candy in bulk?  If so, please leave me a comment!

 The Bad

My bad things aren't really too bad I suppose.  They're just things that aren't working for me right now.  For instance, these buckets on my desk.  I have some rods that I've purchased to hang them on but I don't have the right screws yet.  Fabulous husband and I need to take a trip to Lowe's.  They'll hang right above where they are now giving me more desk space.

Next up on my bad list is my Cameo cart.  I bought it second hand from my lss that closed.  (I miss you Scrap Shack!)  It's actually a microwave cart they were using for a small tv for a children's area they had.  I changed the handles from black to brushed nickle so they match.  However, there's a ton of paper I need to sort through.  And inside is a mess.  I want to get a shelf to put inside so I can maximize my storage space there.

These are my Bazzill swatches.  They're mostly in the order I want but totally in the wrong place.  They will go on the same rods I mentioned above that will hold my Glimmer swatches.  I like being able to find matching paper right away when I'm ordering something online.

My last bad thing is this corner.  I have four quarter round Jetmax shelves.  When I got to the end of the my reorganizing, they were still out in the hall.  They're in my bad category because I can't really use the bottom shelves easily.  It makes me sad but at least I can use the top ones!

The Ugly

Yes, there's an ugly place in my scrapbook room.  I don't want to show it but I know I have to.  Let's start with my bookcase.  This is a bookcase I've had since before I was married.  It's just a cheap, five shelf white bookcase I bought from Wal-Mart over a decade ago.  It's been through four moves and has held up pretty well.  This is generally an organized chaos spot.  On the top is a basket with my photo paper.  My Arccivo is underneath is and easy to get to if I'm scrapping on the go.  But on the left is a mess to sort though.  You'll see that word "mess" as a theme to my Ugly stuff.

This is the more organized area of my bookshelf.  It's my 8.5"x11" cardstock and some drawers I use to hold my markers and embellishments.  These drawers need a serious purge.

The bottom shelves hold my albums mostly.  There are also some storage boxes for my printer ink and some unfinished projects.  Do you see that pink suitcase?  That holds all my stamps that I haven't sorted through yet.  I won it in a blog hop from Rusty Pickle.  I love it! closet.  ARG!!  Don't look!  It's a disaster and a half.  In the front in the black crate are my scraps.  I think I finally figured out how I can store them so it's just a matter of getting the supplies and time to do so.  The large sideways box is my spray box.  I can mist in my room without worry now.  It's big enough to hold a full sheet of paper.  The rest of it are things that need purged badly.  A lot of it is baby stuff.  There are eight rubbermaid tubs of clothes my daughter outgrew.  I can't even get to it now.  That's my biggest project in the room and will probably be one that sits there for a while.

There you have it!  My good, bad, and ugly.  What do you think?  Leave me a comment and let me know!  Also, I am trying to be really good about updating more.  And about actually scrapbook pages -shocking, I know!  I'd love to get some more followers if you're so inclined.  Have a super day!



Cindy said...

Great scrapspace. Wish I had my own room. We seem to move a lot also.

Erika @ Scrapbook Obsession said...

I was actually happy to see you have some bad spots. You're normal!! Hee ...

Caroline Hackney said...

I was about to roll my eyes at looking at "yet another perfect craft room". I am SO relieved that you're human and have some not-yet-perfect spaces! :) (In my case, the not-yet-perfect is the larger category, but there's hope, right?!)

Anonymous said...

Amazing, I love your room and I love that you shared the good, bad and the ugly! It's makes the rest of us feel OK about our messy craft rooms too x

Troy C. said...

Thanks for sharing. I love seeing how everyone makes their spaces more usable.