I started scrapbooking five years ago because after having Tanya I decided I wanted to document our family memories in a more detailed and fun way than the traditional photo album.
I started by Googling scrapbook supplies and came across my all time favourite site scrapbook.com but I was devastated to learn it was in American and postage was a killer, we only had the one income at the time so money had to be spent carefully. On a visit to Spot Light with my Mum I was super happy to come across an amazing selection of scrapbook supplies right at my finger tips and then to find Kmart and Big W had a pretty good selection too. We were living in the Northern Territory at the time and there wasn’t much of a choice so these stores were a god sent!
I have a facination with flowers but I find it difficult to use them in my layouts as there so bulky.
I store all my card stock and papers in there Cropper Hopper sleeves.
Skip forward five years and I have since come across some amazing Australian scrapbook supply stores. Here are a couple of the stores I frequently visit (even if its just for a look)
Then last year I came across a post about Project Life. I thought it was an interesting way of scrapping but left it at that as I had already accumulated tons of craft supplies and didn’t want to spend more $$$ on supplies only to find I didn’t like it. Well that thearory lasted about 4 months until I finally realised I simply didn’t have the time to do the traditional style and this PL might be what I was after…a fun and less time consuming way of documenting our memories. I did some research and brought my first core kit: Strawberry. 10 months later and I now have a nice little collection of core, value and mini kits and embellishments.
I know quite a few ladies do their albums weekly but I knew this wouldnt suit me so I do mine monthly. At the beginning of every month I print off the previous months photos and then have the whole month to do my layouts. I tend to set aside a few hours every week, mainly when the kids are in bed, Tanya’s at school or on a Sunday to do my layouts. I’ve found that deign F page protectors work best for the way I photograph.
For years I struggled with the perfect storage solution for my craft items, then Tanya started getting crafty and I had more items to find storage for.
The main reason I struggle is because I don’t like miss matched containers, boxes, baskets etc. I like to use the same item because I know it works and it looks good and in all honesty I like things to look nice. I also found a lot of the items I did like were more than what I was willing to pay for or were going to be a deleted item.
You name it I have more than likely brought it, tried it and then re-homed it! So when I came across these large clear container from a bargain store I purchased 2 ‘to see’ if they were what I was after and guess what….they were and for $8 each I thought that was pretty good too!
Being the size that they are they allow me to store books up to A4 size, paint, pens, glue sticks, smaller containers and all sorts of other bits in them. Being clear we can see exactly what’s in them, I do label them just because I can’t see everything in them (the joy of being short). And they are stackable! I may have done a little happy dance when I brought them home.
Then came the fun bit…deciding how I was going to categorise all the items. This took a bit of time as I wanted similar items together. I finally decided on:
1: paint & brushes
2: activity & educational books
3: craft items
4: craft kits & paper
They sit on the second top shelf in the cupboard in my craft room. The cupboards actually a double door wardrobe so I’m able to stack 3 on top of each other.
My names Tamara. I am a 27 year old Mum to two, Tanya 5 and William almost 1. My partner, our children and I live in Northern Queensland with our cat Tilly and puppy Mia.
I have been thinking about starting a blog for several months now but like most people had no idea where to start but I took the leap and here I am. I hope you enjoy my blog and if you have any questions please ask away 🙂
Along with being a Mum I am also a self confessed planner and stationery addict. I enjoy Project Life, horse riding, reading, writing to my pen pals, organising our home, walking, cooking, baking, netball and journaling in general.