scrap space tour // 2015

my little scrap space has seen many revisions over the years.

in our smaller house, i made our front closet into my own little space



then i got brave and made an entire wall in our garage.


then we moved to a house with some more elbow room and i now haveย a fun little corner to call my own.


since moving in almost 2 years ago, my corner has been through a few minor makeovers. to see the latest transformation, i put together a quick little video tour of how i store and organize my goodies.


i hope you enjoy!


happy scrapping!
xo ~andrea

project life organization // 3×4 card storage

hey there, ho there!

when i first showed you my scrap space, i showed you a few boxes full of 3×4 cards. they were not organized. just in there, willy nilly. i swore that was cool with me. but in fact, it was not.

it used to be. it used to be easy to keep track of what i had and where i last saw it.

but that notion no longer remains.

so during the extremely boring super bowl, i made some tabbed dividers with my silhouette and organized the heck outta my 3×4 cards. here’s what i came up with….and i made a video about it!

how do you organize your supplies? i find that when the types of supplies change, i will morph my organization style slightly. so since i have way more cards than i used to, i needed to expand. and that’s okay. ๐Ÿ™‚ a little change is good for the soul.

have fun out there!


my scrap space // a little tour

hello again!

the beginning of the year brought so many things that are making me happy right now:
>>> new supplies
>>> a desire to purge some old/unused items
>>> a continued love forย project life

organizing and making do with what i have has always been a priority in my life.
if i need something, my first thought is “can i make it myself?” or “do i have something that i could make work instead of buying it?”
most of the time, the answer is yes. and in the case of my scrap desk, it’s a hodge podge of well loved items that have had many other functions.

for part one of a series of videos i’m making, i take you through a general tour around my desk. i’m mainly focusing on supplies and how i have made storage solutions from items i already own. scrapbooking and documenting life does not have to be an expensive hobby. you don’t really need the latest or greatest storage solution or gadget or dispenser. for example, one item i don’t mention in the video is my washi tape. (honestly, i ran out of time and didn’t want the video over 10 minutes so i’ll touch on it next time) i store them on a small ikea shelf that i have had for years. i could have bought trays and baskets and such, but i used what i had and it works for me. they are on display so i can see them and they are up and out of the way.
in a small space, storage is key. but as a visual person, if i don’t see it, i don’t use it.

the video below is my first walk through video and it was kinda fun to make! i talk through what’s on my desk and hopefully it doesn’t bore you into hitting the pause button. and please be kind as i also had to edit it using imovie for the first time ever and it’s not as clean as i had hoped for. with a husband as a video editor, my standard are high, so next time i’ll be doing things a bit differently.

but until then, welcome to my scrap space!

thanks for watching, i sure hope you found something that has inspired you! ๐Ÿ™‚


christmas embroidery // a craft + template

when you think of christmas songs, which is your favorite?
mine? hands down, baby it’s cold outside by dean martin

i realize it doesn’t have anything to do with christmas, but it has everything to do with winter weather and a time gone by when people had class and morals with regard to relationships. the back and forth conversation is just fun and amusing.

obviously the title has been used a million times but it doesn’t lose it’s luster for me. i knew i wanted to display the sentiment in the house for this holiday.

with the cooler weather nearing, the thoughts of christmas are heavy. we’ve had a long and warm summer and i’m ready for some cold outside. embroidery came to mind and this project began to take shape.

christmas stitches

i designed the template on my iPad, using the rhonna farrer photo app. i saved it and then printed it the size i wanted by inserting the picture into word and enlarging it. i used the cluster of stars only because i liked the placement, even though i ended up stitching little asterisks to look for like snow. feel free to save the photo for yourself and make your very own!


this was my first time stitching on black fabric. i still used the same technique as i normally do but had to use a white pen to trace onto the fabric. (if you’re new to embroidery, i made a tutorial a while back).

since my colors this year are black/white/gold/red, i opted for an easy two color design. at this point, the white is done and i’m ready for stitches

the gold is done, i’m adding little stars for stitches

i used a small dowel and black embroidery floss to hang it.ย christmas stitches

because i was having so much fun, i also stitched another one. i found this printable on pinterest.

christmas stitches

christmas stitches

thanks for reading!

until the next time we chat, have a great week!


gray central station // an organizational project

the launching pad area of my home has been a constant struggle for me.
as much thought and time i put into making it functional and easy, it just never works right.
at times, our areas were too cramped, and we just had to live with what we had.
but moving into our new house has provided many areas that can be super functional.
and this is something a girl can get excited about.

the ebbs and flows of life call for different functions for our house to run smoothly and right now the struggles are:
1) piles of school work/mail that come into the house and
2) no set place to communicate items that need to leave the house.
added to the equation is a daily homework assignment for marshall that requires him to mark off calendar days and record the stories we read. for this he needs to have the calendar at his height and access to the colored pencils he needs for the required pattern.
we also have a 2.5 month perpetual calendar that needs to be in plain sight as well as hot items that we need to be reminded of.

hence, the start of a new project. setting up a functional, living and inexpensive command center.

here’s where it will be: the side of the fridge which is located next to the garage door, which we use for the main door in/out of the house. all traffic in and out passes through this area and it has the most real estate.

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first, i determined that i needed:
1) in/out boxes for each person,
2) a new calendar,
3) a small bucket to hold writing supplies,
4) magnetic clips to hold items and
5) clips to hold notes

so i set off to target. i found these plastic pocket folders in the school supply section for $1.20 each. they are perfect because they’re flat and durable. Untitled

i peeled off the velcro from both sides and also cut off the flap as well as the section where the binder holes were. Untitled

i used a thick kind of double sided sticky tape by 3M and layered the folders 3 inches from the top of the one above it. then i used labels i already owned that are 1″x3.75″ (there are 4 labels per sheet) and used word to print our names on each label.

after hanging the file folders and the calendars with awesome command strips, i began to add the fun parts of the FUNctionality. haha, get it? Untitled

aaaaanyhoo…the file folders were up a bit too high to i moved them down to fit the title card i wanted there. i used a project life 4×6 title card and printed the words GRAB + GO on it, using word. cute huh? and free! Untitled

then i placed a few silver binder clips to each person’s file that could hold a little note or reminder for that person.

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now it’s getting close….. i added marshall’s calendar, which is now held by a heavy duty magnet clip you see down there. i was using the magnet clips to hold the bucket and the number flashcards, but it was a bit too wobbly. so i used hooks with adhesive instead. Untitled

in the bucket that i found in the dollar spot at target, i have project life 3×4 grid journalling cards because, well, i have a ton. marshall’s colored pencils and a sharpie for notes along with a few extra binder clips. Untitled

the fun part is updating the calendar.
you guys, i really do love updating my calendar.
some things to note:
1) i do not rely only on this calendar method. everything that goes on here, comes from my digital calendars. i subscribe to both of my kids’ school calendars. (if you’re not savvy or your school doesn’t really get down with the online thing, sorry, but it’s the best way for me to keep track of stuff going on a school that i may not know about otherwise.)
and 2) i use a perpetual method that may confuse you off the get go, but i don’t like to waste calendar space so i just start the next month where the previous month ends.
3) i use the command strips so i can remove the calendars from here and put them on the kitchen table to work on them. Untitled

the other thing i’ve started doing recently is using washi tape for each event. i have always used white boards but the pens are never fine enough to write small and if i have to erase something and put it somewhere else, it just gets messy.
washi tape can be written on with sharpie, then moved anywhere you like.
each family member still gets their own color, which helps everyone know their stuff. birthdays get another color and family events or holidays get another.
the dates are all written in white board marker so when it’s time to start fresh, just remove all the tape and use a baby wipe to clean it off and a paper towel to dry.
and presto! a brand new calendar!Untitled

here it is, the main part of gray central station. my hope is that it will be used with ease and that it doesn’t become the forgotten wall of shame. Untitled

anyways, i spent just under $30 on the 2 calendars ($7 each) and the clips and folders and bucket. not bad for a brand new space of organizational bliss.

and now, i need to figure out how to best use my little side kitchen counter to tackle the incoming papers and action items.
i am envisioning some sort of tray situation…not sure. but no doubt that i will be back to tell you all about it.

so now tell me, what areas of your home do you struggle with and what have you done to make it better?

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back to school

my kiddos went back to school today!

kindergarten for the marsh-man and seventh grade for the gibber.

here’s how the obligatory photo shoot went this morning.

marshall is his cute self, as per usual.

love being able to document his stats at the beginning of each year. gibson says he wants one for him now too. ย ๐Ÿ™‚OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

if they could both just look at me at the same time, that’d be great.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

ah, there we go! love this shot!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

gibson was nice enough to snap some pics with me.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

i absolutely adore this photo. marshall was hiding from the camera and gibson was watching along. this is one i will cherish forever.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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….and you’ll never guess who is in marshall’s class again this year…the lovely alexis (aka, marshall’s girlfriend). they were both absolutely elated to see each other, showed off their backpacks and chatted until it was time to go in!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

and now, my very favorite school song…enjoy.

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diy painted sign // a craft

when i first moved in to our new house, i knew i would need to cover up the old brass fireplace cover.

but the solution wasn’t exactly clear.

i toyed with a few ideas and searched pinterest until i decided that a large painted sign would be the simplest and cheapest way to go. and it turned out to be one of my favorite things to look at.


i started by measuring the width and height of the fireplace cover. i added 2 inches to each side and 2 inches to the top for my total dimensions. the plan was for it to just lean against the cover.

at lowes, i had them cut this size from a 4×4 piece of mdf. i didn’t need a fancy piece of wood and this one cost $12. once they cut the two sides off, i was left with 2 other pieces to use for another project….score!!!

i measured how tall i wanted the letters and which fonts i wanted. i printed the letters using MS word to make it easy. watched some tv while i cut each letter out by hand.


after 2 coats of white spray paint, i lightly glued the letters down. measuring and adjusting as i went.


2 coats of red spray paint and some dry time later….


…we were able to start peeling the letters off.


i love that some parts didn’t come off and that other letters don’t have a super clean edge.


it is easily my new favorite piece. ๐Ÿ™‚

happy crafting!

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my craft space // an update


if you recall the bare bones workstation i created in our new house, you’ll notice a simple design, free of junk and unnecessary clutter.


being fond of the simple kind of life in this space, i was looking to add a bit more in the way of organization and color.

enter // phase 2


after spending a significant chunk of time in this space a couple weeks ago (see: reason why), i realized some flaws in my setup.

number one // surface space was lacking

my trays of paper and supplies were taking up so much desk space that after adding the paper cutter, little trash bin and my phone and water, i barely had room for a single page to work on.


so i found a larger box in my garage (from our local big box store), some empty shoe boxes and reorganized how i stored my 4×6, 3×4 and smaller scraps.


instead of making sections myself like i did here, i used some smaller boxes and containers that were being used elsewhere. two of these are the base and lid from one of my first project life kits.

this lid holds my 4×6 inserts perfectly.


the bottom of that box holds two rows of 3×4 inserts which makes looking through them so much easier.


these other boxes i found at target’s dollar spot. they are perfect for the little scraps and small paper embellishments.


number two // smaller accessories were hidden and not easy to get to or took up too much space

another supply that commandeers my work surface is my growing collection of tapes.

so what better place than up where i can see them all! thankfully i still have a little ikea shelf that ended up being perfect for these little rolls of colorful goodness.


you’d think this would mean i can’t buy anymore tapes since they go from end to end, but wait!…..there’s room for a second row behind there! boom!



my acrylic stamp collection is also growing. they needed their own home and were in a few different places before. in one tray and on top of a bigger ikea shelf was perfect.


oh look! what’s that under the shelf?


i spray painted mason jar rings and nailed the lids to the underside of the shelf and now, those little half pints store chip boards, buttons and flowers that would be otherwise shoved in a box and never seen or used. hello functionality!



all pens and tools used to commune in the same desktop tray. but i covered a narrow shoebox lid and can keep all the journaling pens horizontal like a good little scrapper but all the other tools get an upright position in a mason jar.





we can’t forget about ribbon, twine and rick-rack. they get to mingle in a larger mason jar and stored in the big box of papers and scraps. now it’s super easy to see what i have and can use them frequently!



i’m using a magazine holder for tall sheets of alpha stickers and another little box for a couple circle punches, extra glue sticks and tools i don’t use too often.


magic can happen in small spaces, all you need is a few jars and empty boxes.


happy scrapping!

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our new digs // my closet

seven years.
my clothes spent seven years in a closet the size of a matchbox. a matchbox that i split 75/25 with my dear husband.

but those days are over.

because now, i have a closet that’s about 25% larger and i don’t have to share it. in fact, matt’s closet is the same size and he doesn’t have to compete with skirts or ruffles. lucky him.

but seriously, let’s get back to my closet. it has mirrored doors, did i mention that?

here is the left half…
tops, organized by color. and shoes.


and here is the right half…
the green to blue tops, then dresses, then skirts, then pants.ย and yes, more shoes. these need to be weeded through. it’s something i just couldn’t do before the move.


a colorful little bunting adds the right funkiness to my accessory area, don’tcha think?


it’s made from fabric scraps and simple sewn together at the top. no hems, no bindings, just raw edges and push pins to hang them up.


a peg board holds earrings, necklaces, bracelets and belts.

two ribbons, attached to the wall at top and bottom, hold my hair clips and fabric flowers.


over the last few years, i have made so much of my own jewelry. but my tastes are changing and i have decided to toss or reuse some of the items i am not wearing anymore. only a select few made the cut and got to remain on the board.

this peg board has been magical. seriously. i need to see my stuff, or it will never get worn. i can easily select the right accessories and they have a permanent home. plus, it’s pretty, and that’s half the battle. ๐Ÿ™‚


rings, stud earrings and chunkier bracelets live on my dresser. this is a clear plastic organizer that i bought at target. i think it’s meant for a drawer but it’s perfect for this.





do you struggle with a small space? how do you organize your closet? by sleeve length or by color? i’d love to know!

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