Saturday, October 03, 2009

My addiction has a name. And it's not O-S-C-A-R.

It's P-A-P-E-R.

I know I sound like a broken record (is that colloquialism even meaningful anymore? Should I say a skipping CD?), but I l.o.v.e. my job. L.O.V.E.

I also love the color green. A seemingly random factoid completely unrelated to loving my job, but it will make sense as you scroll down. Trust me and hang on for the ride.

Back to my job. Paper and card-making, buttons and ribbon, these are a few of my favorite things...I was over the moon to find out that there is a day set aside each year just to celebrate how they come together to connect paper crafters all around the world. No kidding. It's called World Card Making Day.

Last year I used World Card Making Day to start getting organized, since I had only started my job about 5 weeks beforehand and had to get back into the swing of making cards. I had lots of stuff from my 18 year history in stamping, but almost all of it was.....well, uh, purgeable.

I'm an editor. I make up words sometimes.

So I swooped in on the room in the house that had the most potential: our living room/office/piano room.


Disaster, no? I had some of my stuff just piled in boxes to keep it out of sight, but a lot of it was downstairs in safekeeping. So I started bringing it up bit by bit.


At the end of the day (World Card Making Day...the motivation for this little transformation), I had a nice little workspace with plenty of room to grow.


I was happy with my little space -- I could sit and make cards while my daughter played the piano or used the computer in the office space adjacent to my crafting area.

And then my stash started to grow.

This addiction dream job of mine, you know.


It grew.


And grew.


And GREWsome more.


It didn't fit in my cute little space anymore.


Besides, the builder-beige on the walls just wasn't juicing my creativity. I love green. I needed green. Just like my office at work.


So my eight little cubes...


Became 25...uh, little cubes. And the walls got painted green. Shocker, huh?



I love how the new desk set-up works with the piano. It's my great-grandmother's piano, so it's pretty special to me.



Most of all, though, I love that THIS is the vignette I see as I sit at my craft table.



Especially the part of it right here.



Because our family? They're my ultimate inspiration.

Want to know what ISN'T my inspiration?

THIS:


You may have noticed that in my little craft area expansion (if I keep telling myself my craft area is little, I might just fool myself into thinking I still need to build my stash) involved swapping sides of the room.

Which meant that the ugly office could become....



...kind of a pretty office! I actually like to sit there and pay bills now.

Really though? The best part of this whole project is knowing where to find everything, then sitting down to get creative, and coming up with a few things that make me smile.

I had a blast with Cosmo Cricket's new Earth Love collection when I did this one.


And I made these invitations for a Minnie Mouse-inspired 2nd birthday party for a friend's daughter:


And as if that channeling of my inner girly girl (buried deep, believe me) wasn't enough for my husband to feel my forehead, I also made a card and shadow box for a friend and her brand new baby girl.



When I look back over the past year, from World Card Making Day 2008 to World Card Making Day 2009, it sure does make a meaningful set of bookends to an even more meaningful 12 months.

I hope everyone who is celebrating WCMD 2009 will find creativity, connectivity and collectivity in doing something you love.

And if you're not into card making yourself, you can be sure that you'll be getting one from me in the very near future. Because my stash is, well...not so little, and now I'm all organized.

Until next year, anyway, when I bust out a wall and take over the dining room too.

For real.

41 comments:

Dee Dee said...

How fun! I am thinking my craft room needs a nice coat of paint too.

Of course your stash is small, and probably lonely too. Don't feel bad about bringing new paper friends home to keep it company. ;)

Bernice said...

Wow! I LOVE how your craft room has a piano in it! It's pretty much like a family room! I wouldn't leave it... especially if I was crafting and my husband was playing piano for me.. :)

kimosabescraps said...

wow, that is a nice new inspiring environment... its amazing how our surroundings affect our emotions and our work so much!
Kudos for making it so fresh and inspiring...
You have inspired me to go revamp my studio a bit as well... well, after I make some cards! ;)

Kim

Ashley Nguyen Newell said...

I love your room now! Beautiful! And the cards, invite, and frame are fabulous!

Kelly said...

oh, wow! what a great space! what great projects! what a great inspiration! my husband is telling me we're enclosing the garage after christmas to make a craft studio for me... you can't hear me, but i am shrieking! thanks for the ideas! ~k

Chris said...

Your room looks fantastic! I'm so NOT a crafty gal, but I LOVE that you are. Kinda like in college... you don't have to be Greek if you have Greek friends. I don't need to be crafty, I have you!

Kimberly Crawford said...

LOVE your space! Its wonderful! Your photo arrangement on the wall is lovely and being a piano player myself, I *might* be torn between sitting at that gorgeous piano or stamping! LOL!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Paola said...

Your transformation is simply beautiful. The fact that you have a family heriloom in it makes it even more specail.
Lucky girl!
Happy WCD!

Nicole said...

Love it, the new craft area is great. I love the cubes.

Pamela Gibson said...

i have that same 8 cube bookcase, is it the one from ikea? i have baby pink canvas boxes in mine tho, well in the bottom 4, and matching baby pink dvd and cd boxes and magazine holders (for paper of course) in the top 4. :)

susan opel said...

Happy WCMD to my favorite cheesehead! The craft room is indeed FABULOUS! Hope you are having a delightful day!

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Laura O'Donnell said...

thanks for sharing your crafty space with us!

Latisha said...

Awesome transformation of your room! Your projects are all so cute.

Ewik21 said...

I love your room now! Beautiful! And the cards, invite, and frame are fabulous!

ashjoy said...

Beautiful room, congrats!

Kim Dellow said...

Ooo lovely room! And adore your makes, the shadow box is fabulous. Kim

Stephanie said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the inspiring space!! Great CREATE sign :)

Dora said...

love seeing how it is growing! very cool.

Winter said...

Happy WCMD! Love the work space! :)

Sue McGettigan said...

Fun projects, and a great looking work space!! Happy WCMD to you :)

Quirky said...

I love your craftroom and I hope to have mine soon one day :)

:)b

Anonymous said...

looks great. Happy crafting.

Christine said...

Your before pictures look like my now pictures but I'm working on it!!!

Blessings,
Christine

Jen P said...

We all need a craft room like that!! :)

Cathy said...

What a GREAT space!

Linda said...

Wow, your room looks great and I'm sure it brings you tonnes of inspiration. Fabbo schmabbo!!

Betsy V said...

I love your room and it's even prettier in real life! Oh, and the piano is gorgeous, but it would be even better with some eclairs on top. :-) Happy WCMD Jennifer!! P.S...my day went great!

Vanessa said...

Love your room! I wish I had one!! Happy WCMD!

Hugs,
Vanessa

Ravengirl said...

What a beautiful room! Mine is nothing like it. Can you say 70's shag and cardboard boxes!

Mary said...

What a lovely craft room you have, love those cubes. Perhaps today I will declutter my craft room, but how can I throw things away I ask myself. Have a good day.
Mary Arnoldtrech

Laura said...

Great room makeover! I love the "bouquet" of cards and the & ! @ symbols on the wall -- very cool. :-)

Elise said...

I'm just reviewing paint chips for my craft room walls also! And I love the piano in your room, mine is upstairs... but that's okay as I'm the pianist so far, my little ones won't be serenading me for a few more years! Happy WCMD!

Ramona said...

I love what you said about paper. I have always adored anything paper. When I was in grae school, I wanted to get locked in the school at night so I could get all the paper and put it in my desk. Moma had to let me buy a pack of paper and a pencil everyday. My blog heading says, "I love paper...the life I give it...and the life it gives me."

Becky said...

That is a smoking hot craft/office/piano room!!

What a wonderful year!

B-

dotygirl said...

love your little piece of heaven, its so nice to have our own little place to get away and create and still have family around. Very nice thinks for sharing a part of your world.

Espbfdl said...

Happy world card making day:) Great room!

Sherri said...

Love your crafting space! ...and I love your create project!

Sandra said...

lucky you! I wish my place was so neat!
Love your projects.
Sandra

jonaks said...

loved your space!

Donna said...

I have a room and I am constantly working on improving it - what onderful inspiration! Thanks for sharing! Donna Woods Fiskateer 6036