We head behind the scenes at Madge's Scrappin Lounge to tour her craft room in Lehi, Utah.
I have to admit I have many things that I love about my Scrappin' Lounge. The bright walls done in Green and Pink scream happiness. The bright white cabinets make the room look fresh and clean. However, my very favorite thing about my space is that it is MINE! I can go into my little studio of heaven, turn on some music or watch a movie and get lost in the creative process.
Tell us about your space
My Scrappin Lounge is 384 square feet including the bathroom and the large closet. It is located on the side of my home in a separate building. The outside building doubles as my craft space and my husbands office. The Building is 684 square feet. One half of the space is my husbands business office, and the other half is my Scrappin' Lounge. It is separated by a wall and door. We designed it this way so we can work together yet still have our own privacy when needed. This little piece of heaven is where I create all of my projects, record tutorials and do my computer work.
What have you done to make your space cosy, beautiful or inspiring?
When choosing paint colors I knew that I needed something that would make me happy and yet inspire me as I work. I ended up taking two colors from my avatar. Pink was a must since it is my favorite color. And the green complements the Pink perfectly. I have hung two vintage doors on their sides along with cables to hang my projects from. I also have added some vintage items to make it unique and inspiring.
How do you keep organized?
My large white paper cabinet keeps all of my papers organized. I have each shelf color coded raging from light, medium and dark in each color. I also have my Pattern paper in this cabinet broken down into manufacture. I do it this way because I know which lines I like from each company. It is easy for me to grab Graphic 45 and complement it with Authentique. Two companies that love the vintage feel yet have two different looks. I have tried to break my paper down into catagories like flowers, dots, boy, girl, vintage, simple etc. But, it was a system that just wasn't working for me. I am big on if the system doesn't work for you then change it! I am constantly changing how I organize my items. One fun thing that I have to organize is my old vintage postal service stamp holder. I used this for the same purpose as the Postal Service but instead of Postal Stamps I use the fun wood handled stamps from American Crafts and Studio Calico. I also use 12x12 plastic bins with lids to organize all of my embellishments and holiday items. I have labeled them with a label maker on what is in each bin. This makes it great for when you are working on a project say Christmas. I go and pull my two bins and take them back to my work station and I have all of the Christmas items on hand. I also use these bins to keep my Design Team products separated. Each Design Team that I am on has their own bin, same concept applies. When creating something for a specific Design Team I grab their bin and take it to my work table. I love these bins. However, I bought them when a company was going out of business. I bought everything that they had and have yet to find others like them that will fit in my cabinet.
Any tips & tricks for organising supplies?
Do what works for you. Just because it works for some may not mean that it works perfectly for you. I would suggest take the concept and tweak it to fit in your space. Always have your general crafty items- scissors, cutter, glue, pop dots, foam squares, pens and markers available.
It helps me to keep my creative mojo if I clean up after myself while I work and if I start with a clean work space with each project.
Which are your favourite possessions and are there any of your own creations on display?
I have several projects that I display in my craft room. I have one particular project on display that I am extremely proud of. I created an altered boot using Graphic 45 paper and mod podge along with many different embellishments. My boot was seen on Facebook and I was asked if I would like to have my boot published in the newspaper. I was super excited and thrilled beyond measure to have the opportunity to share my creation. I was given a copy of the article in the newspaper and it hang proudly in my craft room.
How do you organise your inspiration and ideas?
To tell you the truth most of my ideas and inspiration come to me late at night. Let me ask you this. Have you ever woke up with an idea or concept for a project and it is amazing? That happens to me all of the time. I have a notebook by my bed that I hurry and write my idea down before I go back to sleep so I remember in the morning. This helps me keep focused while creating.
Where do you look for inspiration?
However, I love Pinterest and get inspired by many different crafters out in the crafting community. Reading fellow bloggers posts and watching tutorials is another way to get the Mojo flowing. However, I would suggest if you find a tip, trick or idea based on someone else, be sure to give credit where credit is due. That is important. Keep the crafting community a great place to share, and find ideas.
If you had three wishes, what would you do to make it the dream space?
If I had a fairy godmother who granted me three wishes this is what I would wish... Bippity Boppity Boo!!!
* I would like new flooring in my craft space. My husband wanted to do it when we remodeled but I wanted to get in there and get working, I said don't worry about the floor, it doesn't matter. Oh buddy I was wrong it drives me crazy!! LOL
*I would love to have a bit larger workspace. My table is a little small and I love to spread out while creating.
* More lighting, I have quite a bit now, however now creating tutorials and videos better lighting would be great!
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