Winter Storm 2015 - Welcome Home

 

ice storm 15Yes, it looks gorgeous, blue skies, ice sparkling in the sun, but all sorts of chaos has ensued.....

I came back from 64 degrees in Salt Lake City to our first official winter storm in N Georgia - losing power, and, in our case, water for 48 hours so far. We took the dogs to the dog hotel, got out and charged our phones at my mom's house, threw out everything in our freezer and refrigerator (while hearing dollar signs in my head) and generally hunkered down for the long haul. Our area has many trees down, breaking at least 10 wire and 2 poles just on our street. Transformers are laying on the ground. Electrical wires are dipping into the lake! Yikes!

We piled on the blankets and Bryan brought up a studio light that runs on batteries so we could all see to get to bed last night. During the very early hours I heard the reassuring hum of.....the HEAT! The power was back on. Those guys at the power company worked through the night to get 35,000 people back online. Bless them.

So this morning, we're trying to catch up on showers, washing dishes and clothes, and then going to the (now raided and empty) grocery store to restock. I had to use my Personal Hotspot just to get this article online because now we're battling the no internet problem. It's scary how dependent we've become on electricity, our cell phones, and our beloved internet. Hopefully be tomorrow we'll be back to what we know as normal.

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My Favorite Scrapbook Room or Craft Room Storage Ideas

While working on my current scrapbook room tour video (watch HERE), I wanted to share some of my very favorite scrapbook room storage products, along with links* to the actual products to make shopping easier. I love reorganizing my craft room and I do this often whenever I'm trying to de-stress. It's somehow soothing to me to be able to play with all the products and display them in a way that makes them easier to see and use or that just plain make me happy. Because all the 'stuff'' is a lot of the allure to scrapbooking and papercrafting, right?

These are the items shown in my scrapbook room tour and Raskog cart tour videos on the blog and YouTube. It's a long post, start scrolling...

DIE CUT STORAGE:

These are probably the prettiest storage boxes I've come across. They have a cool little plastic tray in the bottom that can customize your box for different size dies/sizzlets/long die strips, etc. Check the different sizes for different storage options. I kept mine plain linen, but embellished the fronts with canvas accents and Bazzill rhinestone buttons. LOVE them.

DSC 9078  This is how I decorated mine, keeping it simple.

Sizzix Die Storage Box by Tim Holtz Sizzix Die Storage Box by Tim Holtz for Bigz and Bigz Large Dies

Sizzix small box Sizzix Die Storage Box by Tim Holtz for Sizzlets Strip and On the Edge dies

For my thin dies, I had originally purchased the Art Bin Magnetic Storage, but I never could get the sheets to lie flat and my dies wouldn't stick to the pages, so I threw it out. :( So I just switched to the Zutter boxes, and while I hate the color pink, these work much better and I like the slightly larger size. I also store my older and larger Quickutz alphabet dies in here:

zutter magnetic die storageZutter Magnetic Die and Stamp Storage

 

STAMP STORAGE:

thin stamp storage Stampendous Thin Storage Solutions 8 1/2 x 11 - THIN/flat size

I use these for all my unmounted stamp storage, as shown in the video. I organize by theme and/or deisgner, depending on my mood, and store them standing up in a wire basket. Easy to flip through and see what I have.

Tim Holtz mini distress ink storage tins Tim Holtz Mini Distress Ink Storage Tin (also sold in 3 packs)

I LOVE these little tins! Why are mini things so adorable? And collectible? I re-purchased all the distress ink pads in the mini sizes and store them in these tins. AWESOME TIP: Did you know that the little mini-foam pieces fit in the underside of the ink pads??? So now you only need a couple of handles and can store the foam pads in the little storage tin. Made my day. Seriously.

 

thicker stamp storage Thicker Stampendous Storage - 8 1/2 x 11 x 1 inch.

This one is great for items other than stamps, like ink pads that would lay flat. I don't use this one as much, but thought I'd share.

 Avery Elle stamp and die storage envelopes Avery Elle Stamp and Die Storage Envelopes 

The name says it all. I use these to store my Ali Edwards Story Stamps, my Studio Calico stamps, Lawn Fawn, etc., but I also use these to store my chipboard letters by placing one letter, all styles in each envelope. For instance, all A's together, all B's, then all number 1's, etc. I use these envelopes standing in the top shelf of my Raskog cart, but if you want to use shelf storage, they also fit perfectly in these bins, used by Jennifer McGuire:

Refrigerator bins-double InterDesign Fridge and Freezer Storage Bins - double size

refrigerator bin single InterDesign Fridge Storage Bin - single wide

4x4 inch refrigerator bins InterDesign Fridge 4 x 4 x 14.5 

I use this one also in my Raskog cart. I have 2 of them and Tim Holtz's Distress ink pads fit perfectly inside - the regular size. I store the minis in a different container. I also use them for paint bottle storage (Dylusions Spray paint, ink daubers, etc.) Keep scrolling. :)

CRICUT CARTRIDGES:

I don't think the plastic storage I have for my Cricut cartridges are available anymore, but I might switch to this, anyway. I don't have a gazillion carts, and this would nicely hold the ones I have in one box instead of 3 or more of the ones I have. Easier, I think.

cricut cartridge storage ArtBin Super Satchel Cartridge and Tool Storage

And I can't imagine that anyone doesn't already have at least ONE of these (I have 2 so far): the Raskog cart from Ikea:

raskog cart Raskog Cart, Ikea

And THEN you need the little cups that hang on the side to store pens and smaller items. The cups just hang on the rail and also stand on their own - you could sit them on your desk while using them, them place back on the cart later. I can't find the name of them at the moment. Will update as soon as I can find the link. You know Ikea has all those interesting names...

This is a nice alternative to the Raskog cart and a bit more decorative. It comes in turquoise and white: 

turquoise cart  Linon 3-tier cart

Thanks for taking a look at what I use to organize my craft room. When I update, I'll be sure to let you know.

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*Some of these are affiliate links for which I might get paid a few cents if you purchase anything. It takes a lot of time to build these blog posts and videos. Any little bit helps. Thanks for your support.

 

 

 

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ScrapRoom Software, Blayne White Featured in Northside Woman Magazine

I'm so so excited to announce that ScrapRoom Software and our mission is featured in Northside Woman magazine this month! I'd like to thank Kimberly Brock for a lovely article! Read it HERE, or click on the photo, and please pass along to your friends! This is the first time I've ever heard the ScrapRoom message, as told by someone else. Wow.

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ScrapRoom Photo Alchemy Class Update

blayne-white-scraproom-software-photo-alchemy-classNo one is looking more forward to starting my Photo Alchemy Class series than me. I had planned to start in January - sounds like a good time to start over, right? Then the flu hit, then CHA, then my annual scrapbook retreat...and here we are almost February. BUT I have some exciting news that is really the true reason I'm dragging my heels a bit:

We have a new update coming very soon that will make organizing your photos even easier and will take a couple of steps out of the process! I was working hard on my class videos and realized there was just a couple more features that we really need to add before we begin class, so we're working on those now!! I don't want to jinx myself and announce what these are, or exactly when they will be available, but it's very soon and you'll love them! I promise, they will be worth the wait....

Stay tuned and make sure you're on the email list to be the first to sign up for class and get your update for ScrapRoom HERE. (If you are already receiving emails, you're good to go and don't have to do anything.) AND.....drumroll, I've been contacting several designers to get some FREE product for us to play with during class and I'm waiting on the donations to come in. Again, don't want to jinx it, but I have tentative agreements with people with initials BH and KP, and hopefully AE! More news to come!

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