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Monday, July 21, 2014

Creating Beautiful Life on Less: Craft Room Tour with Gabrielle

 Creating Beautiful Life on Less: Craft Room Tour

Hello, Gabrielle Watson here from Denton, Texas. I am a working mom of two adorable kiddos, who's married to a swell guy of (going-on) 8 years. I also attend graduate school part time, deal with the stresses of an old home (or money pit), live on a tight budget, and strives for perfection in everything (who am I kidding?), I strive for simple satisfaction. I love scrapbooking, especially in my very yellow scrapbook room. I hate the color, but I'm honestly too cheap to buy paint and actually update the walls. I'd rather be crafting! I am super stoked to share my budget-friendly, miss-mash craft room with you today. When I'm not at work, sitting in class, cooking dinner, or hanging with the fam, I can be found in my scrapbook room. Scrapbook room, scrap room, craft room, creative space, crop spot.

Call it what you will, but I am LOVING my updated scrap room.  Thing is, my scrapbook room is always a work in progress.  I freely admit that I have more fun organizing and rearranging my creative space than actually playing in it. Silly I know, but I like organizing. I also love scrapbook stuff, so it marries two of my passions.

My scrapbook room is a place where I go to unwind and get crafty. I have nine finished scrapbooks, and I am always working on new layouts.

Creating Beautiful Life on Less: Craft Room Tour

So this is my scrap space. I have a dresser that houses tools, extra storage, fabric, washi tape, tags and extra adhesive. It also holds my Canon Selphy and Silhouette Cameo as well as a knock off Clip it Up from Hobby Lobby. My Ikea Expedit 4x4 bookshelf keeps cardstock and pattern paper on display with Display Dynamics ; punches, ribbon, stamps, and embellishments organized in locker baskets; scrapbook kits, finished albums, magazines, inspiration books, and other stuff. I keep a number of chick flicks on hand to watch on my new (to me) TV - would you believe I only spent $40 on this flat-panel Westinghouse? A steal, I know! I also keep all my photos organized in Iris Photo Keepers on the three-tiered wired shelf. That is also where I keep my sewing machine and Cuttlebug
Creating Beautiful Life on Less: Craft Room Tour
This is what you see when you first step into my house.
Creating Beautiful Life on Less: Craft Room Tour
In my updated room, I have a small sitting area.
Creating Beautiful Life on Less: Craft Room Tour
I like to organize my Thickers by color. I keep kit leftovers on this 3-tiered plate stand.
Creating Beautiful Life on Less: Craft Room Tour
A very full Ikea Expedit. The new system is called Kallax. My favorite craft movies, and who doesn't love to zone out with some Super Mario Bros. now and again?
Creating Beautiful Life on Less: Craft Room Tour
A closer peak, the bottom shelf has locker baskets with ribbon, punches, stamps and embellishments.
Creating Beautiful Life on Less: Craft Room Tour
Old magazines. I hate that everything is digital now, but I'd hate for them to
go away entirely, so I'll take what I can get and won't throw a fit.
Creating Beautiful Life on Less: Craft Room Tour
Buttons in a colander, crepe streamers in vintage Pyrex, and 6x6 pads, handmade cards and other stuff from my travels and experiences to be scrapbooked are housed in this vintage card organizer.
Creating Beautiful Life on Less: Craft Room Tour
I finally invested in a tool carousel, and I keep brads in this little vintage Pyrex bowl.
Creating Beautiful Life on Less: Craft Room Tour
This small drawer holds used Thickers without the packaging, and I keep
scrapbook kits that I've purchased or designed myself in this rubbermaid tote.
Creating Beautiful Life on Less: Craft Room Tour
To keep clutter at bay, I put large kit leftovers in this yellow basket as well as my most used and loved tools, scissors, pens, pencils and my handy stapler.
Creating Beautiful Life on Less: Craft Room Tour
 On either side of the dresser, I have Iris Storage. The right set houses the kids
scrapbook and craft stuff. The one of the left holds Christmas/Holiday and Disney kits as well as large format pictures and recently finished scrap layouts.
Creating Beautiful Life on Less: Craft Room Tour
I keep extra tools in the dresser, like paper trimmers, a big bite, and
xyron sticker makers. 
Creating Beautiful Life on Less: Craft Room Tour
I keep inks, mists, washi tape, tags, twine, and various adhesives in
these blue baskets (4 for $1 @ Dollar Tree).
Creating Beautiful Life on Less: Craft Room Tour
Here you'll see all the fabric, that I don't know how to sew. Owning a sewing
machine does not mean I know how to use it.
Creating Beautiful Life on Less: Craft Room Tour
Last but not least, what I am currently working on. Such a sweetie this little guy.
I hope you enjoyed the tour of my scrapbook room. Like I said, it is definitely a work in progress. Some of the things I would like to update include the lighting in this space as well as the paint on the walls, ceiling, and trim. I prefer neutrals, and well the whole atmosphere can be rather yellow in this room, making it hard to color match at night when I find the most time for my hobby.

As you can see, I also like to collect colorful vintage here and there (flea markets are my fave), so it is nice to be able to show off those pieces on a blank canvas.  And just if you're curious, there was a lot of art on display in this room. I am IN LOVE with Ping IrvinShe often comes to the Arts and Jazz Festival in Denton, and this is where my husband and I buy her prints. Her original art is AMAZING, beautiful, and it really speaks to me. It is just so unique, and I love her color palettes and beautiful imagery. Each year my husband and I buy a new fine art print from her. 

Have a great night folks, I hope that this little peek into my scrapbook world has inspired you to get to crafting or maybe even organizing! It's so much fun!








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Thank you so much Gabi for sharing your creative space. It is absolutely inspiring! Don't forget to check out Gabi on her blog, Pinterest instagram, and on twitter. This gal's a sweetheart!

XO Danielle 


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3 comments:

  1. Thank you Danielle for sharing my craft room today, and thank you Ashley for the sweet comment. I try to keep it mostly organized when I'm not creating. I tend to get overwhelmed with clutter and lose my sense of inspiration and creativity when things get too messy. Right now it's a mess since I just got back from a 5 day scrapbook retreat :)

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  2. I was also going to say that it is very nicely organized. It is so neat to see all of your different storage systems. And a 5 day scrapbook retreat sounds like fun.

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