Wednesday, February 2, 2011


My first class in web design and animation was supposed to happen tonight but the school has been closed because of the blizzard. So grateful because my car cannot be moved. To see more picture you can go to my Blizzard 2011 set on Flickr.
My car is not going anywhere any time soon. Someone stole my shovel
Now on to the main event. The reorganization of my craft space.

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First I thought I should move the bulletin board out from behind the door. How inspired can I be by something I can't even see? I removed a lot of junk and added some organization stuff. The To Due section is for things that have a deadline. The Ideas section is for images and notes that don't make it into my notebook. The row of envelops above Ideas contain cards with timed activities for  when I need a bit of direction/inspiration. Here is a sampling of the cards:
  • Journal
  • Read for pleasure - sometimes I need to be reminded.
  • Make a card with Glitter on it - yes I need to be told to do this.
  • Make a card with ribbon on it - yes I need to be told to do this too.
  • Clean off a work surface - I generally only clean off the space I need when I need it.
  • Finish an altered project - I am good and getting things started but this year's one little word is Complete and hopefully this will help me complete things.

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Several WOYWW visitors have commented on how organized the space above my desk was and I was happy with the set up to a point. But I got tired of being hit by falling punches and stray wood mount stamps. I decided to rearrange to minimize the damage to me and my supplies caused by, well, gravity.

I have always been jealous of those who organize their punches on Ikea Bygel rails. Well I decided to see if I could do that too. The holes don't match those in the peg board but the pegboard hooks worked ok to attach it – Yea!. I also wanted to move the pencils so they were no longer in shadows, and moved the distress inks so they were within easy reach.

I removed the organizer I was using for ink and sponges from the pegboard because I had trouble reaching everything anyway and put it where the bulletin board was and put shelves there so that nothing everything would be easy to get to.
We'll see how this new set up works out in the coming weeks. So far so good.

Of course I have to show off a project so here's a page I worked on at a crop recently. I have had a lot of bad luck lately but when I stop to think about it each bad turn could have been a lot worse. Each episode turned out to be the best case scenario, financially, so I scrapped them all on this page. The faulty carbon monoxide detector, the knee injury, the plumbing problem, and when I find the key tag from the car repairs I will add that too. I guess I really am blessed.

The particulars
Paper: patterned paper from Stampin' Up!, Solid papers Summer sun and Only Orange. Die cut from Silhouette and Spellbinders. Happy Crafting,

*Edited to add Flickr link.


Neet said...

Oh my goodness - I am supposed to comment on your neat and tidy desk but am frazzled at the sight of all that snow. Where do you start with clearing it and how do you move forward?
What a mess that knee is, must have been awful painful. No wonder you decided to put those disasters together. My thoughts are with you.

Rhonda said...

Your desk looks fab, but your poor car is in need of some serious help! How mean of someone to steal your snow shovel. Stay warm and dry. Happy WOYWW and thanks for stopping by my desk. #15

Sue from Oregon said...

What a great page first off. You are like me I see...I like everything at my fingertips! wonder how long your car will be buried...OH MY!

Chrissie said...

Your space looks highly organised... wonderful. I hope the dreadful weather abates soon!
Keep warm!
Chrissie #22

Scrapcollectr said...

Good luck digging your car out (it makes a great picture, but I guess that's no consolation.) Great reorganization... Those punches are too heavy to be falling on you! Enjoy your new found area... *smile*
and Thanks for visiting me!

madebyKarla said...

Wow! I've never seen that much snow! that's amazing! do you just wait for it to melt? will someone digg it out? I love your space, thanks for all the ideas!

Sue said...

Hi Katie
great post, wow that is some amount of snow, we come to a halt with 5inc! lol, luv your desk with everything to hand, did chuckle at the flying punches & stamps, great must do list, great layout, lovely colour bruise!! have great day, happy WOYWW sue,x (36)

Cardarian said...

Lovely post, very organized crafty area - How I wish I could put up my punches like that! Hope you don't get too snowed in!
Be warm and safe!

Handmade with Love said...

Your craft area is beautiful and looks very organised! I looked through yourp hotos and can't believe how much snow you have had! I don't think i will ever moan about the few inches we get again! Hope you stay safe and warm. Tracey x

Shaz in Oz. said...

So beautifully organised, Katie! and once again I turn bright shade of green on my WOYWW tour.. ah well we get ideas too, I wont trust my space with punches hanging, I know what I am like.. I have drawer with them in anyway and just lift it out when I want one.. and dont have a set fixed table as tend to migrate to dining table so can really spread out... should re-organise though so I can..
thanks for popping by!.. hope the poor little car thaws soon.. poor little thing, feel really sorry for it..
Shaz in Oz.x

Twiglet said...

Wow - such a neat well organised work space! The best case scenario is a great idea but that knee looks painful! Have a great week and I hope the snow goes soon so your little car can break free!

Victoria said...

OMG how much snow!
I get my copics when I can i have the caio's and just a few sketch x

minnie_mac said...

That's quite a snowfall. Good idea to spend the time in your craft room.


Angie said...

I think you would not be able to leave your home even if you still had your shovel lol. That is such an organized work area you have there.

Anonymous said...

LOL! The image of dropping punches almost overshadowed all the snow! Poor you. Stay in a craft is the best plan.
Hope you had a great WOYWW!

Mary Anne
(a day late but determined!)

RosC said...

Hi Katie
Had a look at your blizzard. That's a mountain of snow! Sure beats me for shovelling and I used to like doing that when I lived in Vancouver for a while.
Ros (86)

S said...

Don't you find that a little reorganization can leave you feeling inspired and more productive. And take heart, you are not the only one who has been clobbered by falling craft supplies. Great page - love the titling.

Morti said...

Oh my - that's some serious snow! Love your desk, and love that you were able to see the positive side to three not so great incidents. Fab. Thanks for stopping by!

karen said...

Your space is looking very nice and organized!
But the picture of your knee .... ouch! ... I like how you have such a positive outlook on all these incidents!
Thank you for visiting me and the lovely comment!
xoxo Karen

Shazsilverwolf said...

That is a lot of snow!!! Your workspace is looking good- I often move things round till I find the 'perfect' place for each, depending on how often I reach for it, lol. TFS, Shaz #108

Jingle said...

The snow is INSANE! Your studio looks ready for you to hang out, though, so no need to dig that car out just yet! LOL!

MaggieC said...

Good for you, getting rid of all your stress at the bad things by finding the good side. That is a true and healthy optimist. Another optimistic trait is using the time youare stuck in the snow to reorganise your space to suit your needs. In my experience, that is probably a weekly operation, but things do look beautifully set out at the moment. Hope you can soon see your car.

Shari said...

yeah, I agree with you, I don't think your car is moving for a while. WOW, I thought we got the snow bad. I think your "TO DUE" is very clever, I love it and I love organizing! Everything really is neat and tidy. Your LO is really inspirational as well, I would not thought to scrap the less thrilling moments in life to remind me of how blessed I really am, but that knee looks painful! TFS, really enjoyed reading your post. ~Shari #103

Suzilou said...

Fab post, love your organised wall space, I so need to do something like that. Wow to all your snow, my boys would love that! The UK grinds to a halt when we get 5" Thanks for popping by my blog and giving me the link to that fab wedding card, am liking that idea :)

nnalorac said...

Love your workspace and LO. Gosh! That is snow!! Thanks for sharing. Carolxx

Sarpreet said...

gorgeous scrapbook page, great workspace, happy WOYWW, thank you for sharing, #9

Sue, a.k.a. midwestgirl said...

Organizing really is an ongoing process, isn't it? Love some of the solutions you've come up with! Thanks for stopping by my WOYWW and leaving a comment!

Julia Dunnit said...

Well done, you've been busy and creative! More than I have in the last couple weeks! I need reminding about glitter too....good call Kate, thanks!

okienurse said...

OMG! I am hating this snow. How long will it take for all that ice and snow to melt away? I like your LO but once again I am bogled by all your bad luck. Do you have a little black cloud hanging over your head like Linus does? Vickie #80

Anonymous said...

Amazing snow photo Katie, you got more than me, and I think we're in the same state, we ended up with about 10" but the roads are all fine now. Can't believe your run of bad luck, est to look on the bright side as they all could have been so much worse.

Brenda 91

Linby said...

OMG all that snow-even if you dug out would you get anywhere??
Falling punches and wooden stamps sounds a tad dangerous in your craft room but it looks serene!

Mrs A. said...

Thats a lotta snow you have there.
Just shut the door and ignore it!!!
Stay safe and warm.
Mrs A. #82

Susan ~ Killam Creative said...

I can't believe all that snow *or* that incredibly organized wall. They are both very impressive! Love the "Best Case Scenario" layout. Thanks for visiting my desk. I'm hoping Etsy will help me destash, too. Or maybe eBay.

Susan #114

Marjo said...

OMGosh that snow looks really cold. great layout. Thanks for the peak and sharing, hugs Marjo #1

akilli melek said...

even if i hadn't lost my shovel that car still wouldnt be going anywhere.

thanks for popping by earlier
caroline #112

PS the word verification for this comment is suckedin - dont you think that is soooooo appropriate for WOYWW. I am completely addicted lol

Kathy said...

wow! the snow looks incredible - I heard something about how much snow there was in the US on the radio the other day - hope you dig yourself out soon! Thank you for sharing your inspiring craft space - I might be able to"pinch" some of you ideas!

Nicky said...

Love your re - arrange board would love to have a space where everything can be on show - I know its a pain the car being snowed in but the snow with the lines in looks lovely like the sand on the dunes in the winter when the wind whips it up ~ Nicky no.12

Lydia said...


Holy cow Katie!!!

Hey - your space looks awesome! Is that just a pegboard your ink pads are on? I'm intrigued!!

Starla said...

What a great workspace! Thanks for sharing the peek! Star 125

Lynn Stevens said...

Oh my gosh, you really won't be going anywhere for awhile, it was a great time to reorganize your studio. good thing too sounded a little dangerous!
and your page. omg your knee? the pipes? I hope nothing but the best comes your way now!
hugs Lynn

Ciara said...

Ouch, I imagine falling punches must hurt! My goodness, your poor car. I guess you're kinda snowed in then. Hope you're keeping warm, x

Kathryn said...

Great space, it must be lovely to see everything you need. I need to try the ikea rails as well. Ouch that knee looks sore! Kx #90

Terry Blais said...

I can't believe someone stole your shovel! It's a great snow photo, though. I love the way you reorganized your space. It looks great!

Terry #16

Gail L said...

I love how you have everything so close to your workspace! Great organisation! Thanks for the comment on my blog too! x

Holly said...

My first thought is how does one remove all that snow to get their car out? That is a lot of snow!!! Love your reorganized craft area you did a fab job! Sorry I'm late making my rounds from last week! Thanks for taking the time to stop by my desk!