Aloha!! I thought it would be fun to share my new scrap room. It is mostly organized the way I want it (for now at least) and then I will tweak it as I scrap more in it and see how things need to be re arranged.
This is a photo I took when we first moved in!! It’s all mine! When I first saw this room I knew it would be perfect for scrapbooking in. Lots of windows and natural light!! Amazing.
In our old place I didn’t have a room either, I scrapped in the living room. I had part of the room to store all my stuff. And then not all of it fit. (isn’t that how we scrapbookers are though we buy or have more than our space really should have)
It is glorious to have my own space, I can see the kids when they are in the yard playing. I can hear them in the living room. But I still have me space and it’s nice because I spend a lot of time in my room creating and watching youtube videos, or watching class videos on scrapbooking.
Now that we are mostly all settled in the new house, I really wanted to share my space. It still is quite small, but I like it that way. I have to be smart with the purchases I buy! I have to be smart with how I store my supplies.
Here is a picture of my crazy room, before I put the albums away and got it all organized!! Isn’t a little chaotic? I thought so. (I will admit though, most of this clutter is from the albums and layouts that needed to be put away)
This is what it looked like after I cleaned it up. Everything is within arms lengths reach while I am scrapping, which is nice!
Here is a more up close look at my window sill and desk. There were a few projects out, when I took this, but I feel like it gives a real look at what my desk looks like when I am creating and haven’t finished a layout or project. It is nice to be bale to leave it out knowing it won’t get touched, right?!
I also have a video on my YT Channel showing off my room and how things are stored right now. Things will probably get changed as I get using my room and i find out what works here and what doesn’t. That is the fun part of scrapping and having your own space, figuring out what works. How the space is organized and how much you use when it’s that way.
Thanks for stopping by!! Have an inspired week!!
Also I would love to here some fun tips on how you organize your space to be more productive!!
I feel like it has been forever since I last did a blog post. Looking it was the the end of May, and let me tell you so much stuff has happened since then too. Moving!!
What can I say about that?!! It has been a crazy ride. Moving is always interesting and there is always a bit of the unknown when it comes with moving. Even more so when you are moving because of a job or the military. You are often moved to an area you have never been, and don’t have the chance to go there before hand to check out the area.
Moving from a place like Hawaii really adds another set of problems too. You need to plan on your vehicles getting shipped, your household goods getting packed and shipped, figure out how you are moving your animals, what you are doing about living arrangements while cleaning the house you were in, cleaning and getting out of that space, then living in a hotel until you fly out. All your belongings are limited to your suitcases. Because you don’t know where you are living in your new city, you can’t just ship some boxes ahead of time.
Then when you get to your new city, you need a rental car until you get your vehicle. You need to get into a hotel, hope it has a little fridge, and a microwave so you don’t have to eat out every meal. You need to look for housing, you need to learn driving in a new area, and then the hubby is having to go back to work.
This doesn’t account for any little (or big) things that may arise during the move.
The thing about moving though it can be so exciting. You get to see new things. Meet new people.
Can I just say this move feels so much different then the other moves. I don’t know if it’s because I am so connected to the scrapbooking community in a big way. I really enjoy the friendships I have made, I really enjoy seeing what everyone is up too and making. I really love being apart of something so much bigger than me, by helping others be inspired.
This move has had it’s share of challenges. First my husband’s vehicle dead before we moved. Then when we got to Washington, our son Sam went into the hospital and was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Thankfully we caught things when we did and he recovered quickly. Now we are just learning how to change how we do meals and a little difference to our daily routine.
We are enjoying the new environment so far. When it isn’t raining it has been beautiful. The mountains here are gorgeous!! Our view of Mt. Rainer (when it is visible) is jaw dropping beautiful. It is the perfect summer temperature too. Not to hot and not to cold. I am glad we got to move in the summer so I can ease into the cooler weather too. Even though can I tell you I am so looking forward to fall time and all the leaves changing and pumpkin spice lattes.
Now the biggest and hardest thing is being in the hotel most of the time. Since I am waiting for my vehicle, I am limited to this room. I am hoping as routines are being formed I can get lots of crafting done. Since I still have all my crafting stuff with me. I have only had time to make two layouts. But I am really looking forward to spending this month, creating, and hopefully (if the internet keeps up) watching youtube to find inspiration too. Blogging is something I am hoping to get too as well.
I think sharing the challenges I am facing through this move could be helpful. I also look forward to having this time to help get a routine that I can continue when I get into my new house. And to be inspired by what is going on in the community by staying connected with less distractions of having a huge house to take care of.
I hope you all are having a great week, and looking forward to your summer or winter if you live in the other hemisphere. If you are traveling I would love to hear how you stay connected and how you get inspired to create on the road.
Also, I had posted an update Vlog on my Youtube channel. Here is the video if you haven’t seen it.
Aloha My Scrappy friends!! This Week I am up on The Crafty Maven Getaway. I am posting for Mix It Up Monday. basically this day is for cards, mini albums, projects that don’t fit into the other days on The Crafty Maven Getaway. Since I am moving soon, I thought it might be helpful to share how I am packing for my upcoming move.
As scrappers we like to be prepared. I think that is why there are tons of videos on packing for crops, organizing our scrap space. But what if you are moving and want to pack a few things to get you through until you have your space (and house) organized to fully scrap.
I don’t know about you but the thought of going 4 to 6 weeks without scrapbooking makes my eyes bug out! I start to stress thinking I won’t have my main form of distressing after a long week, or day. I knew I would have to pack some things to help me get through this move.
I am pretty limited on space though. And we are going to have to fly on a plane, which definitely makes things more difficult. I am only bring a small amount of liquids for this fact. I don’t want things to spill in my bag or on my other scrappy stuff. Basically I am only bringing a couple of 1 oz Heidi Swapp Color Shine bottles and a couple of watercolor brushes that you add the water to the barrel. I will pack my watercolor palette but that is it for mixed media type elements. This my make things tough for me, but when I get my stuff back I can pull those items out and use them again!!
I have some pre cut silhouette cut files with me too. This will help stretch my layouts more, and add some fun elements. I just spent a little extra time, mass cutting out files I thought I could use for future layouts. By cutting them on white card stock they should match with whatever papers I use too.
I also added to my 12×12 box (which is what I am using to hold my stuff) three scrapbooking kits. Two are my latest current Kit Club Kits (I subscribed to Clique Kits, Hip Kits and Ali Edwards Story Kit. Two of these I am stopping in May while I move. This will help me save money and help with mailing issues as I get situated in my new place.)
The third Kit is a Stash Kit that I put together for a stash kit series I am dong with Crafty Meggy and Felicia. These three kits should get me a decent amount of layouts. I figure I can make about 5 layouts at least with each kit. (My stash kit and Clique Kits I may even be able to make 7 with depending on my I use my paper.)
I added a 6×6 paper pad to add extra paper. I added two extra alpha’s one that had word phrases and a thicker that I barely used. I also have an old package from an embellishment kit I used to get. I am filling this with some random embellishments I think will go with my kits and papers I already have, I have some old Maggie Holmes die cuts, Pink Paislee die cuts, some phrase stickers from Pink Fresh Studio (summer themed), enamel dots, heart/circle stickers and some phrase flag cut outs and some small thread spools. These embellishments are thin and will add to my layouts without adding too much dimension.
This is something to think about, you have to store your layouts in the same container as your supplies. If you add tons of dimension this could ruin or squish your layouts as you travel. That wouldn’t be good. I am also bring an extra plastic patterned paper bag for adding my layouts in, while traveling. This will help things not get on my layouts, if intact something spills and if something falls off then I can find it quickly.
I added a pack of white card stock to the bottom of this 12×12 box. This will help with either matting photos or backgrounds for layouts. I like to use white card stock quite often. (my pack is 25 sheets, so this should be enough, to hold me through.)
Lastly I am packing a small pair of scissors, my trimmer, and my ATG tape runner. The trimmer and ATG tape runner will have to fit in my carry on. I will take the blade off the trimmer while flying.
This is how everything fits in my case. I have to remember that this will just have to be enough stuff. Whether it really is or not. I can make do, it is only 4 to 6 weeks right?!! Plus once I get to my new place I can pick up a few things if I really need them.
One last thing I want to remind you to take, or at least think about. When traveling, we tend to have less time than we think we will. I am trying to keep this in mind. I may think I need more than I really can use. While traveling and moving you will be busy doing lots of stuff. It’s ok to focus more on taking photos instead of scrapping.
Don’t forget to pack those chargers and cords!! I am taking my laptop, my iPad mini and my DSLR camera. I am not taking my snowball mic and my camera stand, I just don’t think I will have space. I am thinking I may need to take my external hard drive too though. We will see. All this stuff weighs or takes up space. this are things to think about when moving or traveling.
what are you going to use?! Make sure you are really packing things you know you will love and use. If you pack tons of stuff but don’t really love it you won’t use it. Pack what collections or kits you really love!! This could really be a good time to just use up those things you have been dying to use.
Also don’t forget to print up pictures ahead and take lots of photos to scrap. Either add pictures that match your kits, or photos that are black and white that can be used with any colors or patterns. This will help you get the most mileage out of the printed photos you do take. I have been printing photos since February to prepare for this move.
If you are planning on printing pictures as you go, bring an in tax printer or selfie printer. Make sure you have enough ink to print too. These printers are fun and you can scrap current photos. But don’t worry if you don’t have them either you can always take your sd card to a local walmart or walgreens and have photos printed out if you need too. Or get them ordered from a place online like shutter fly or persnickety prints. These are options so you can scrap current photos while on a long traveling session or while moving.
I am not taking my printer so I am thinking I may use the online photo printing option once I get settled and until I get my stuff. I do have tons of photos though, so it should get me by for a while.
Here is a look at my Mix It Up Video of what I added to my box!!
I hope this is helpful if you are moving or traveling!! I know everyone does things different, so if you have some cool pieces or nuggets of advice I would love to hear it!! As things get packed up and I start actually move I will keep you all posted as well for things that worked and things that may not have worked!!