Getting moved into our cheery new crop room! - 3rd Entry

The first thing in was my ScrapRack of course.  I brought in a small shelving unit from my old office and placed it at an angle at the end of my work desk.  My goal with this space is to leave the actual work space on my desk as clean as possible so I'll have lots of room to create! I've only added a couple of Spinders back onto the ScrapRack.  I'm going through them again, page by page to be sure I've "purged" everyting I don't need.

I used the shelves under my ScrapRack to hold my Paper Storage Boxes
  As part of my plan to keep everything off the desk top, I used a "purse hanger" (you know, one of those things you're supposed to use to hang your purse off a table when you're out to dinner) to hang my favorite paper trimmer off the edge of my desk.  It's accessible, its visible, it's easy to get to, and there's no way it can get buried. HOOORAY for that!
Pens, Pencils, Scissors, Rulers.....these items present a huge problem for visbility, accessiblity, and still avoiding stuff on the desk top.  I filled this adorable plant stand with plastic "terra-cotta" looking planters.  Then I filled each planter with the items listed above.  It's easy to see all of them, and when I want to use them, I just pull the "planter" from rack and set it on my desk top.  When I'm finished, it's easy to put away
      I still haven't filled the shelves or cabinets yet.  I'll be working on those this next week, We're gong to the Santa Clara Scrapbook Expo next weekend, so that could slow me down.  It you're planning on attending, please stop by the booth and say HOWDY! 
  Thanks for joining me on my quest to be organized!


Giant Flowers and Bright Curtains

Oh, we're getting so close.  The flowers are painted and the curtains are hung!  It is really starting to look good.  It's amazing what you can accomplish in a clean space with a few jars of paint!


One of our goals with this project was to try and keep it as inexpensive as possible.  We spent about $25 on paint.  The bright colored shear curtains were purchased at Big Lots for just $5 each panel.
Now that the painting is done, it's time to start moving in.  Please check back in a day or two and see what progress we've made.


Crop Room at the Office Next Step

Okay -
 We finally decided on a bright and cheery room with Fun Flowers!!! I know for many of you this doesn't seem like that big of a deal, but I am the only female inhabitant in my house, so "girly" things are few and far between.  Today we took the doors off the cupboards.  When you're creatiing a work space, you want to have everything easily accessible.  If you remove the doors from your cabinets, not only are the items stored there more accessible, your less likely to resort to the "cram and close" method of storage.

This is me in my TomBoy Tool Belt - it has a pocket that is perfect for holding my camera - taking doors off cabinets.
This is the adorable PJ - my mom's darling dog, she was a huge help.
  Here's mom, artist at large, designing the big flowers for our crop room walls.
These are all the colors we're using,  The Tootsie Rolls were our lunch of choice.

Okay, we're off to a good start.  Please check back in with us in a day or two to see how this Crop Room is coming along.  We do have the Puyallup Scrapbook Expo at the end of the week, so that may put me behind on the blogging but I'll do my best.
Thanks for checking in!


Finally a Crop Room at the office!!!

HOORAY - We've finally got space at the office to create a Crop Room.  I'm not sure if that's good or bad - I might have trouble getting my work done if I can slip into the room next door and Scrap. 
Anyway, we thought this would be a great way to show you how we put some of what we preach into practice.  So I'll be Blogging along as we get this room ready to use.  Here are the first couple of pictures of the room. 

I started by gathering all the Scrapbook Supplies together and putting them into a separate room.  If you're creating a new room or space I would certainly recommend this.  It's ugly, but it makes things so much easier when it's time to start putting things away.

 Pic #2 - MY PURGE BOX
 If you've taken our seminar or watched our video, you know that I'm a huge advocate of "purging" your supply stash on a regular basis.  This was a great opportunity to "purge."  I had a whole box of supplies that the art teacher at my boy's school was delighted to receive. 

The new room is actually too big to be an efficient scrapbook room.  Again, if you've taken my seminar or watched the video, you know I strongly believe that having everything within "arms reach" or should I say "rolling chair reach" is one of the biggest keys to getting scrapping done with as little frustration as possible.  In order to make this "big" room "small" we used an "L" shaped desk.  The cabinets were already here.  They are kind of a funky set up, so we'll have to see what we can do to make them more user friendly.

What happens next?
Next we go to Atlanta for the Scrapbook Expo.  When we get back we'll decide how to decorate and then we'll start the painting and decorating process.  That's the fun stuff.  I hope you'll find time to check back in the week after the Atlanta show and see how things are coming along. 
Thanks for visiting our Blog,