Thursday, January 21, 2010

A Tiny Green Room of Her Own

I'm absolutely obsessed with looking at photos of scraprooms! I can look at craft rooms, scrap rooms, art studios -- whatever you want to call them! -- for hours on end. Not only do like to see the various styles of decorating, I love to get storage and display ideas for my own room. When someone posts photos of their scraproom, I never think of it as being "braggy" in any way. I think of it as a contribution to scrapbookers everywhere -- A gift to man-kind!

I love so many types of scraprooms -- big ones, tiny ones, rustic ones, green ones, you name it. I have favorites saved on my computer all the way back from 2002. I recognize a scrapbooker's profile pic on a message board and think, "Oh, she's the one with the lovely red scraproom with the cute Pottery Barn Samantha Bench..." You get the idea!

My scrap "space" started out in 1997 as cozy nook with a card table in the corner of my family room, right next to my new baby's Pack'n'Play. He played or napped, and I learned how to scrap, and the rest, they say, is history. Over the years, with moves to different houses, I've had "shared spaces" for my scrapbook supplies ranging from a really large laundry room that had built-in shelves and a desk, to my kids' playroom which had a mural of hot-air balloons painted on the wall, and my little added counter-top in the back of the room. None of these spaces were perfect, but I managed. Of course I kept hoping for my own room, and would constantly reconfigure rooms hoping to find space JUST FOR ME. That finally happened about a year ago. We shifted the boys around, and I took over a tiny bedroom. It was great fun to decorate, and being the only girl in the house, it was quite a new experience buying PINK things! All in all, it turned out well for me and it is indeed my favorite "go to" place.

Although I would hate to think of giving up my room should we move, I do find it ironic that scrapping was actually much easier back when I simply had one Iris cart and a Rubbermaid tub in the midst of teething toys and plush baby blocks. Yes, sounds pathetic, but I swear, I got a TON of scrapping done back then! I'm not going to say that the layouts were exquisite works of art, but they were completed quickly, and the process wasn't at all stressful. (And when I look back at them, I love these early pages!) As I type this, and look around my room which is overflowing with patterned paper of every hue, and printers and die-cut machines covering most surfaces, I can't help but think of one of my husband's favorite quotes: "“The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously.”

Hmmm... what a concept! Scaling back? Out with the old, in with the new? Simplifying? Definitely an option to explore in 2010.


Lizzie said...

Ha, haa! But would you want to go back to the card table in the corner? Or the desk in the laundry room? I'm just moving from our laundry room, to my son's old bedroom. It's bliss!
But I agree about the amount of time that can be spent, going through so much stuff, instead of just getting on with the business of crafting. Back when I started out, I had a shoe-box (I made cards first of all), then a couple of shoe-boxes, then a tall, thin chest of drawers and the shoe-boxes... you get the idea! Now I'm waiting to buy about a dozen shelving boards, to mount on the wall, to go with the bookcases, desk and adjustable-height table in my new space... I think my only hope is to arrange and label everything, so I don't waste so much time searching for "lost" items!
Love your green craft room. It is very pretty.

Andrea Amu said...

yes, it may have been easier to scrap with less, but who wants to give up an entire room of scrapping heaven? Lol! I know what you mean though! I love your green room :)

Tonia Sherrill said...

Oh how I remember our early scrapping days. I feel the same way when it comes to more scrapping with less. Now that I have a designated area (not a beautiful room like yours) to store all my supplies, it seems the supplies REMAIN in storage.

Chris said...

We share the same obsession! I could look at them for hours! Yours is wonderful! It's the perfect shade of green!!