Posts Tagged ‘scrap room’

A Space of My Own!

August 18, 2009

The time has come and I have decided that I will finally reveal my new and improved “Scrap Space”!

I have playfully dubbed it the “Diva Den” and I think the name fits perfectly considering that it is full of the colors hot pink, black, and white. I think it is very chic and sophisticated, but my opinion might be a little biased considering that I’m critiquing my own space.

Honestly though I think my scrap room was very well thought out. I used a lot of hand-me-downs, like my desk, two little round tables, two end tables, bookshelf, storage cabinet, and four drawer shelf. My parents completely restored all of the furniture; they made it all look brand new by cleaning and painting each and every piece.

A lot of the things I used were things I already had just sitting around the house or taken from my old house. I created new uses for most of my objects and used them for storage purposes. Considering that I am such a girly girl I already had a lot of pink things that were made useful in my new space, especially all of the Hello Kitty things I just couldn’t get rid of.

In the end I think I managed to make good use of the space I was given (especially considering the fact that I’m sharing half of the room with my husband; the room was split in two to accommodate both of us). Although I wish I had more materials to fill some areas of my room I am thankful that God has blessed me with the amazing space to begin with. For now I will enjoy all of the materials I already own and the incredible space that I have been blessed with.

I hope my Diva Den will be a source of inspiration and hope for all of you ladies out there who are starting to create a scrap space of your very own or for those of you looking to re-vamp an already decorated scrap space. Whichever the case….enjoy the pics and feel free to leave comments, questions, and/or suggestions. Happy scrapping!

Drumroll please for the big reveal…..Tuh-dah!

My New Scrap Room: The Diva Den

 

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Home Sweet Home

August 11, 2009

 

The Goenaga's Move In to Wake Forest, NC

The Goenaga's Move In to Wake Forest

 

Yes, I know it’s been a while and I haven’t had a chance to catch you guys up with what’s been going on. I’m sorry to all you readers who actually follow along with my blog, but I have good news…

I’m back to blogging! YAY! (And the crowd goes wild…or at least I do!) 

As most of you know already my husband and I recently moved to Wake Forest, North Carolina (the greatest place on earth) exactly 11 days ago. We came here to attend seminary at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Leonard will be getting his Master of Divinity in Apologetics while I will be pursuing a Master of  Divinity in Biblical Counseling. We are both really excited to start school and even more excited to explore the town of Wake Forest and all of the surrounding areas.

Thankfully we have a good group of friends from Miami already here in Wake Forest who have helped us get situated and acquainted with this big change. (Thanks Anne Marie, Kristel and Alex! You guys are amazing!) 

Although things are finally beginning to settle down, about a week of my life was spent surrounded by boxes and bubble wrap. There were moments when I contemplated jumping off of my balcony just to get away from the excess amount of packing materials, but thankfully a container of banana baby food calmed me down and knocked enough sense into me to change my mind. 

On the brighter side of things, we have completely unpacked our lives into our new home and it looks amazing. I will be posting a video tour of our house within the next couple of days for your enjoyment. I will also be posting a very special video tour that shows off my (drumroll please) brand new SCRAPBOOK STUDIO! Hopefully you’re as excited as I am because I’ve planned a three hour long video segment that really shows off, in detail, my scrap space. Just kidding, but that probably wouldn’t be too bad of an idea. 

After years of hoping and praying for an awesome space to scrap I finally have my dream studio and of course I followed through with my fav color combo: black, pink and white. I’m not gonna lie…it looks freaking FAAAAN-TAS-TIC! Now all that’s left to do is to find a group of scrapbookers over here NC, which I’m finding might be a little harder than I thought considering that they have no privately owned scrapbooking stores in my area. Sad, but true. I guess this will be my new mission in the next couple of weeks. 

I promise this time to keep you updated on all that is going on in my adventure-filled scraplife. Until next time…happy scrapping!

Scrap Out the Mess!

July 8, 2009

Do you have a whole lot of scrapbook materials that you never seem to get use of? Are you never able to find just the right paper that you’re looking for? Do you often purchase more than one of the same item because you forgot you had it buried somewhere at home? Well to help cut out the clutter, I have a few unique solutions to help make your scrap-space more organized and efficient! 

When I got into hardcore scrapbooking I dealt with all of these issues several times a week! It was often hard for me to find just the right paper or embellishment amidst a pile of materials scattered across a tiny table. It wasn’t until I became organizationally aware of my space that I began to use it to the best of my ability and my scrap-time became more productive. 

This is a picture of me in my current space. It is tiny and cluttered, but for all it’s worth it has made me much more scrap efficient. Once we move to North Carolina at the end of this month I will have an entire room dedicated just to scrapbooking, which will allow me to utilize my space much better, but for now I love my little space.  

Me in my tiny, yet awesome scrap space!

Here are a few solutions to help “Scrap Out the Mess”: 

-Organize all of your paper by colors (solid and patterned) and then place them into accordion file folders. I purchased 8×10 accordions from Target years ago and they only cost me $2 each on sale! My mother managed to find me a 12×12 accordion from a garage sale for only $1. Maybe you won’t be able to find them for these exact prices, but search around and you’ll be surprised how cheap you can buy them for.

 Accordion Folder Side View Accordion Folder Top View

 

 

 

 

 

-Organize all of your embellishments by theme (birthday, holiday, baby, wedding, floral, etc). For a cheap alternative to the “Clip it Up” you can purchase colorful pencil cases and organize your embellishments by themes, even colors. I purchased miniature wicker baskets in black from IKEA and added decorative ribbons in pink (to match my scrap space) and use them to store some of my most recently purchased embellishments so that I can always have them in sight. 

 Black Wicker Baskets for Embellishments Tin Case for Pictures and Plastic Container for Stamps

 

 

 

 

 

-Recycle your pasta sauce jars and tin cans to keep small embellishments from getting lost. Wash and decorate them to add some personal flair to your scrap space. I keep all of my floral embellishments in tiny glass jars that I purchased from IKEA (five for only $5). I leave them out on display for easy access and for pure decoration. 
Glass Jars for Floral Embellishments Prima Floral Embellishment Jars  

 

 

 

 

 

-Use a paper towel roll holder to store and organize ribbon spools. For scattered ribbons pieces, get popsicle sticks and wrap your leftovers around them.

-Use tackle boxes to store your tiniest embellishments, such as brads, eyelets, and buttons. The clear plastic ones are great because you can always see what you have without having to open it up!

Clear Tackle Box for Buttons and Tiny Ribbon Spools  Gray Tackle Box for Eyelets & Brads

 

 

 

 

-Use a bulletin or magnetic board to keep your most recent layouts and ideas on display at all times. When you get a new embellishment that you absolutely love, stick it up in plain view to keep you inspired and motivated. 

My Idea/Inspiration Board

 

 

 

 

 

-Use small colorful plastic cups to hold journaling pens, scissors, and glue sticks. When I began organizing all of my materials I used cute little black and white cups that I purchased for about 50 cents from Target. Now that I have a larger space and many more materials I have upgraded to the Making Memories Desktop Carousel, which was much more pricey, but completely worth every penny! 

Making Memories Desktop Carousel

 

Making Memories Desktop Carousel Top View

 

 

 

 

 

These are only a few of the many organizational tips that you can use to “Scrap Out the Mess” in your scrap space. If you have any questions on how to utilize a small space or even a larger space please leave a comment at the end of this post. If you have additional ideas on how to make your scrap space more efficient please leave a comment too! Throughout the next two months I hope to add more and more organizational tips to my blog as I transition into my new and improved space. 

What are you waiting for? Get to work and start scrapping the mess!

Movin’ on up!

May 29, 2009

I’m sure you’ve noticed a sudden decrease in blogging on my behalf and I’m sure plenty of you are heartbroken (or so I wish) about my recent absent behavior. Well for those few adoring fans (meaning my husband and two dogs) I have great news: you’re reading a new blog post as we speak and several more will soon follow.

You see, I’ve actually been pretty scrap busy lately. If you didn’t know already, my husband and I are planning to move to North Carolina the last week of July and since I haven’t quite moved all my belongings completely from my parents house since we got married in October I’ve been going back and forth, house to house, moving the rest of my things (which sounds a whole lot easier than it really is).

Both of my sisters are currently pregnant (and because my sister is currently in labor I should be an auntie by the end of the day) therefore what used to be my old room at my parents house has now turned into a miniature version of Babies R Us (no joke).

So what used to look like a cute, calm, and completely tidy Kat’s room, now looks like a tornado came through with bucket loads of baby supplies, from diapers to booties, which has made packing just a tad bit more difficult. I literally spent about six hours yesterday fumbling through baby clothes just to find the rest of my shoes.

Anywho to make a long story short spending the past few days at my parents house, despite the tornado in my room, has been the biggest scrapbooking blessing that has ever happened to me. Because money is tight and moving is gonna put a nice little dent in our savings account, which is already hanging on by a thread, my parents have been more than kind to practically give me half of the furniture in their house. Okay, I might be exaggerating a little bit, but honestly I’m getting a pretty good deal out of this whole situation.

As many of you know I currently live in the tiniest house known to mankind (I’m not even sure if it can be called a house), better known as a hybrid (a combination of an efficiency and an apartment). Big enough for the four of us (Lenny, Jack, Darci, and me), but too small to fit a decent sized scrap space. But (ding, ding, ding) the good news is we’ve hit the jackpot. Since we are moving to North Carolina to go to seminary we are lucky enough to be getting campus housing, which will cost us less than half the amount we would pay for an apartment in Miami and (drum roll please) our new home will have TWO bedrooms!

After years without a decent scrap space I will finally have an ENTIRE room devoted just for scrap purposes. (Okay, well not completely for scrap purposes. I will be sharing the room with my husband who needs it for what he considers “work”. Hmmph! But at least I will finally have a space of my very own!)

And finally this is the reason for my blogging delay: a combination of the fact that we’re moving, I’m beginning to pack, and I’m constantly brainstorming ideas for my new scrap space my brain is on complete overload mode! I literally spend almost every waking moment daydreaming about my future scrap room and what I can do to make it completely amazing.

I have already come up with my color scheme, which will be a combination of hot pink, black, and white (sophisticated chic with a sassy flair). Now I am just trying to renovate my parents gracious giveaways, which include a white bookshelf, a vintage desk that will be painted black, several cute little tables, chairs, shelving and frames which will all be altered to fit my dream scraproom. I have literally hit the scrap space jackpot.

Now it’s just a matter of getting it to North Carolina and making my scrap space dream a reality! Although I am overloaded with work I will definitely have to try and take pictures of every renovation I do, from chairs to tables, and hopefully share a few ideas with you by the end of the week. It might take time, because as I said I should be an auntie within the next three hours.

So until next time, happy scrapping!