Monday, 20 October 2014

HAPPY MONDAY Craft Space - Ali

Hello lovely scrappers!

I am going to warn you now - there are a lot of photos in this post :/ Ironically I chose not to do a video as they take so long!! However, when I saw how many photos I had taken I think it would have been quicker for you in the end :D

Still, skim past what doesn't interest you and if you have any questions (or thoughts on how to improve things!) leave me a comment. It has to be said there were twice as many pictures originally but I have since decided that if you've seen inside one drawer you can pretty much guess what the rest are like!! LOL

So? How did I end up here? I started off with a card making kit from Ebay, and then that grew to a tote bag with various glues and glitters. Then I invested in some pretty boxes to house my ever increasing stash and then before I knew it I had taken over one of the bedrooms in our house!!

As you look from the doorway this is the left hand side...

 and this is the right!

Pretty much most things in my craft room are stored in colour order; ROYGBIV plus black, white and kraft. Although very little indigo and violet as I am NOT a purple girl in any way, shape or form! 
These shelves were made by my DH to house all my paper and card.
and Stickles!! They are on a magnetic strip. The jars on the top hold everything from washi to buttons to alcohol inks!
As well as being OCD about colour order I also have to have a place for everything and everything in its place! These drawers from the children's section of Ikea are brilliant for storing allsorts ;)  
If the label says embossing powders, then that's what you'll get!
All of these 28 drawers hold tools of the trade; like inks, paints, silhouette vinyl and o wires as well as dies, glue gun and melting pot. See what I mean? There is nothing you can't store in them; except 12x12 papers!

Underneath the first desk on the left (which is home to my Cricut, my Silhouette and my sewing machine) are a set of drawers. The top two have punches and the bottom one is my 'rainy day' drawer. You know, if I ever run out of photos to scrap then I will have something to do!

Then you swing around to the desk that I sit at to work.
and check this little beauty out; my nifty little desk tidy - also from Ikea, as are the desks. Cheap and cheerful as the tops get replaced once a year due to over zealous misting, inking and painting from my grandchildren :)

Next to my desk are my memory files - in a magazine rack guessed it! 
 And now for my favourite spot in the room; My happy wall :) Fit to burst with wonderful treats that have been sent to me by wonderful lovelies :) You can also see a bit of my beloved Ebay old typewriter!

Underneath the happy wall is another 12 drawers and a unit made by DH to hold various bits and bobs that I use regularly; like favourite stamps, inks and paints. The drawers hold embellishments sorted into colour order as well as a drawer for veneer, die cuts, PL 3x4 cards, brads, chipboard letters and card scraps - they are the only scraps I keep now!

the black and white drawer ;)
I find it easy to pull out these drawers and have a rummage! As I say I like to know where everything is but I do have a chuck it in bowl:
an antique pudding bowl that my Nana gave me years ago and is very precious to me and I also have a beautiful Torte box that Sanna sent me (complete with cake!) that I keep all my newest embellishments in so I don't forget them. 
You're on the home straight now! Just the wardrobe to go!!
On the top shelf are boxes of ribbons - yup you see a lot of ribbon on my layouts...NOT!! LOL Next shelf down are Ikea wardrobe tidies - I will show you a bit more of them in a sec. I keep tons in them :) Then we have stamps in the kraft folders (birthday ones in the red folder) and new PL albums. Then current albums - completed ones go in the loft! Then on the bottom shelf are card blanks and A3 card and any old thing that doesn't belong in a drawer ;)

Glitters, 4x6 PL cards and oddments, mists and in the one below all my stickers.
             So easy to pull out!
Lastly, this is how I store my stamps; I laminate the sheet and then punch holes for the ring works for me except I never know who made them! 
If you made it this far then THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! 

It has been a pleasure to share my space with you all; I have loved seeing where everyone else works and how they store their stash. Needless to say there have been one or two changes since these photos were taken; but that is what it's all about isn't it? Sharing our passion of scrapping and hoarding ;)

Ali (Ed) x

Saturday, 18 October 2014

November Sketch Challenge, day 2

Hello lovely scrappers.
Here we are with day two of glorious inspiration from our design team - do take a look at yesterday's 'pink' post if you missed it!!

We love this month's sketch; so many possibilities! Pick a couple of elements or use the lot...your choice :)

Our fabulous friends at Mixed Media Place have rustled up a doozy of a prize this month...

and as for our designers....well they have turned up trumps again!!!


Ali (yes I decided to play again!!)

Thank you all so much for calling in to see us today :) Hope to see you again soon!

Happy Scrapping,

Ali(Ed), Agnieszka (DT Co-Ordinator), Annette, Sandra and Jennifer xx

Friday, 17 October 2014

Happy New Sketch Day!

Hello lovely scrappers!
How lovely to see you here for the reveal of our NOVEMBER sketch challenge!

what do you think? Tons of potential?? We think so! AND we think you are going to love this month's prize from our very good friends at Mixed Media Place.

Scrumptious! Thank you Finnabair :) 

Right, so you've seen the sketch, you know what you could win, want to see some delicious inspiration? Then let's go!!


Gorgeous work, as always from our fabulous design team, without realising it they decided to have a pink month!! LOL Even more inspiration tomorrow from the rest of the team, although I cannot promise you pink!!!

Looking forward to seeing what you do with our sketch. Thank you so much for popping in today.

Happy Scrapping,

Ali (Ed), Agnieszka (DT Co-Ordinator), Jasmine, Terhi and Kim

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Sketch Winners

Hello lovely scrappers.

It's that time again! Remember the sketch? 

Remember the fabulous prize from our wonderful sponsor 7 Gypsies?

October Sketch Challenge Prize

After much deliberation because you lot are all too clever by halves :) we have our winner!!!!

what a treat for the eyes! Yvonne has packed so much onto her layout and yet there is still room to rest  and take it all in...very clever!

Yvonne please email me at so that we can get your prize out to you and sort out your guest designer spot :)

Next up we have our fantastic Super Scrappers!

Could this be any more bridal and feminine? A totally striking and yet gentle page. We loved the journalled words in the circle.

What a fantastic interpretation of the circles on the sketch! This is what we love to see...we give you an idea and you run with it! 

Scrap 365_1

Just look at that delicious background and the sublime details that make that fabulous photo shine off the page.

Superb work eh? Thank you so much to our wonderful winners - please don't forget to grab your badges from the sidebar and we look forward to seeing you on Friday for the new reveal!

Thanks for popping in today,

Ali (Ed) x