Searching for Normalcy

"And finally, above all else, it is about leaving a mark that I existed: I was here. I was hungry. I was defeated. I was happy. I was sad. I was in love. I was afraid. I was hopeful. I had an idea and I had a good purpose and that’s why I made works of art…" – Felix Gonzalez-Torres

Where the magic happens January 28, 2009

Filed under: Scrapbooking — Lulu @ 4:37 pm

Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of posts showing other peoples’ scrap rooms and art studios (see links below), which inspired me to photograph my scrap area during one of the rare times that it is actually clean and organized. I’ve purged a lot of papers and other miscellaneous items, so this was a perfect time to photograph the area.

And just to clarify, when I say scrap area, that is exactly what I mean. I don’t have a dedicated scrap room; it’s literally a wall and a half in the spare bedroom that I use as my office (I work from home). And because I rent, the walls are a lovely shade of industrial apartment white. Not the most creative or artistic, but it is what it is. I also don’t have the cool Ikea Expedit shelves or anything like that (yet!). Also, I’m pretty cheap frugal cost-conscious, so I’m a big fan of repurposing items and using bins and containers from Target or the dollar store to house supplies.

This is the view from the doorway into the room. My office/work space is over to the left side, but that’s boring and no fun, so I’m not even going to bother to show you that. The two tall bookcases I’ve had for years. Before I started scrapping, I used them as bookshelves. But when I started accumulating more scrap supplies, I moved all the books into the wall unit in the living room. The two short file cabinets used to hold work files, which have been moved over to my desk.IMG_1363

My absolute two favorite things in this room are the table, which my dad made for me, and the huge metal sheet mounted on the wall (also by dad). I use the metal sheet to display layouts (held by magnets) until I’m ready to put them in an album. The lamp in the corner is good for two reasons: 1) lighting (obviously), and 2) I can stick my magnetic rulers to it.

On the left side of the table are my tool carousel (from Oriental Trading), and miscellaneous containers/jars with writing instruments, loose embellies, journaling cards and tags, and mini alpha stamps.

On the right side of the table is my Making Memories organizer thingy-do (I don’t think that’s the official name), which holds the items I’m currently working with, photos, staplers, and Colorbox ink palette. In the drawers are adhesive rollers, dymo tape and tiny rubber-mounted stamps. To the right you see my heating tool and apron, which hang on the wall.

Always on the tabletop are my Basic Grey magnetic cutting mat and the awesome Tonic guillotine cutter that was a birthday gift from Anilu. 

To the right of the table, the first tall bookshelf is where I keep the items I use most often. It holds containers (mostly from Target) that house my alphas, embellishments, paper scraps, rub-ons, and other tools, including my portable paper trimmers. (The three tiaras on top are all plastic, toy tiaras that were given to me for my birthday two years ago; just wanted to clarify that!)IMG_1375

In the center (top to bottom) are: my wall-mounted CD player; a corkboard with pins and cards I’ve received; all my cardstock (the clear plastic bin is from Michael’s; the paper rack I got online for about $15); miscellaneous jars with chipboard alphas and tools; a carousel with deco scissors from Sam’s Club (I can count on one finger the number of times I’ve used those scissors); my favorite, most often used punches; and my 12×12 albums. 

The tall bookshelf on the right holds my art books, ribbons, stamps, holiday-themed items, and tools and supplies that I don’t use as often. All of my patterned paper is on the fourth shelf. The two black wire baskets on the right hold all the papers that are loose. The first one is sorted by manufacturer, and the second one is sorted by color (unknown manufacturer). The paper on the right side of that shelf (not in baskets) are kits and paper packs.

There is a little file cabinet/table thing to the right of the second tall bookshelf that holds all of my cardmaking items and other miscellaneous items. These are definitely the things I use least often.


The box holding the ribbons was from a Lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker gift set that my sister gave me. The container holding the felt and cork sheets originally held a 12×12 album that I ordered online.

So there you have it. My purely functional, not-at-all cute or stylish, scrap area. Like I said, it is what it is. If you want to see some scrap spaces that are actually PRETTY, check these out:



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