Tuesday, February 26, 2008

A Blast from the Past

When I first saw these papers, My Reflections Good Times from Close To My Heart, it just screamed "retro" to me. And retro mean to me anything from the 70's and 80's. The pictures I used were from a trip we took to Denver in the summer of 1981. I just found out I was pregnant with Kevin. It was the first time meeting anyone from Dave's family. Sure glad it wasn't everyone all at once. He has such a big family, I think it would have been a bit overwhelming. As it was I got to meet his mom, his sister, Nancy, and his brothers, Pete and Tim. The picture was taken just as we were saying our good-byes and heading back to Las Vegas. Tim joined us on our return and spent the summer with us. We did alot of traveling that summer and got to see alot of California.
Back to the Rubber Room and more creating!
Until next time...
Happy Scrappin'!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Mission Organization - Before and After

Greetings once again from the Rubber Room!
I thought I would share my before and after pictures of what I've done in my rubber room. I can't seem to keep this room as organized as I would like...then after lots of contemplation and procrastination...I just jumped in with both feet and got my hinney in high gear and this is what I've done.
A great big Thank you to Mary Vogel for the idea of hanging paper packs. Its just gives me more added space.
The before:

This is kinda the norm when I get ready for a workshop, or when I'm into a big project. I pull things out and drag them out to the livingroom to work on. I can't always work here in my room since I share it with the twins when they are here.
This is a close up of my ribbon collection:
Please no comments about the TV remote in there. LOL Its an old one and when I scoop I grab everything! LOL
Here are the after pics:
Many many thanks to JennD for her suggestion on using the canning jars. I picked mine up at Ace Hardware for $10...but I also saw them in the grocery store for about the same price. I sorted a spools of ribbon up in the gutter according to the color spectrum. ROYGBIV I put the white and pink before the red and the browns and black at the end. It may not look all that neat but when I go to use my ribbon, I pull out the whole spool. I thought about drilling holes in the gutter...it wouldn't suit my purpose.

This is the whole wall now. Notice the brown pizza boxes...I'll explain about that in a minute.

Inside the wardrobe:
I had to move my boxes of stamps since I put my ribbon jars up on that shelf. So, I did some rearranging on the book shelf.

I had all my My Accents and embellishments in more than one place. I didn't know what I had and it was always so messed up;
The before:

And the after:

I plan on decorating the pizza boxes eventually. I put just about everything in the pizza boxes, buttons, wire, mesh, My Accents. So when I got to do a project, I can pull the whole box and have all the embellishments right there.
With all the different places I scrapbook within my house...I think this will work best for me. Clean up won't be so difficult.
Thanks for looking and thank you to everyone for the inspiration you all have given me. A special thank you to JennD and MaryV for their ideas.
So, until next time,
Happy Scrappin or Happy Organizing!

Monday, February 4, 2008

Mission Organization

Greetings once again from the Rubber Room!

A few weeks ago, I asked a group of friends, what are their main/basic supplies they have on their work table/scrap area. I got a lot of responses. Thank you everyone who responded to my question.
I had a dual purpose in asking this question.
1. With the New Year upon us, its appears to me all my friends are starting to clean up and reorganize their craft room/area, I thought it would be helpful to all of them by starting off with the basics. See if you have all of these items close by.
2. The other reason I asked, was to help me organize my little rolling cart. Not sure if you all know that I have two 2 year twins that come "home" every Thursday through Sunday. I share my rubber room with them. So, when they are sleeping, I work out in the livingroom on my various projects. But when they return to their mother, I can move back to the rubber room and continue on with my projects. I didn't want to have to duplicate (even though I could) for both areas. I made up this little rolling cart and it moves really easily from one place to another. I have taken pictures of my little cart and the basic tools I use a lot and would like to share. But first here is the list (in no particular order) of the items everyone thought were important to have readily available.
Basic Supply and Tools
12" trimmer with replacement blades
Acrylic Blocks
Tombow, ATG Gun, etc
Liquid Glass
Glue Dots
Pop Dots
Paper Piercer and Mat
Double Scrubber
Spray Bottle Stamp Cleaner
Bone Folder
Hole Punch
Red Eye Pen
Eyelet Tool Kit (in my case its my Click It)
X-acto Knife and blades
Sand Paper and block
Stickie Notes
My Legacy Writer Pens
Stapler and staples
Write and Rub Pen
Embossing Tool
Embossing Pen
Blending Pens

Having this little trolley helps me stay even more organized than before. And it helps keep my work area clutter free (somewhat). You all know that adage...(I hear my mother's words) "Everything has a place, and everything belongs in that place...(so on and so forth!)LOL

This is only part of what occupied my weekend. The twins developed "pink eye" and I told my son not to bring them here. Pink eye is too highly contagious and they need to keep it confined. The twin's mother wasn't too pleased, but oh well!

I worked on getting the Rubber Room a bit more organized. Nothing like starting off the New Year, with a new perspective. Cleaning and reorganizing always helps the creative juices to flow. I don't know about you, but I have a hard time being creative when there is so much clutter around. So, that is what I did this weekend. I will post some pics of what I've done in the Rubber Room in the next few days. So stay tuned.

So, until next time, thank you for taking the time to come visit my little Rubber Room!
Inky Hugs,