I’m excited to introduce Blayne White to you today! Blayne is an entrepreneur; work at home mom, wife, and owner of both a professional photography studio and her newest creation, My Digital ScrapRoom. ScrapRoom was born out of her love for photography and scrapbooking, and an overwhelming passion for helping others organize their tremendous libraries of digital photos. She lives and works at home with her husband, Bryan, and her two children, Alyx and Tristan (yes, from Legends of the Fall), and her two rescue dogs Daisy and Cuddles. She has been a scrapbooker for 19 years and loves how her hobby and passion have now become her work. You are going to love her craft room. And don’t forget to check out the awesome coupon she’s offering to CSI readers at the end of this post!
When it comes to scrapbooking, I am definitely a collector. I love to have the complete set of anything – paints, pens, die cuts, you name it. And that can cause a problem trying to store everything. Several years ago, my daughter and I turned an extra room at the front of our house into an art room. I was a little worried about it being the first room in our house that people see, but really, art is what we are all about, so I got over it. I love that I can be in the middle of everything going on and also creating, or organizing, whenever I have a few minutes.
I have learned several things about myself when it comes to storage and how I use my ‘stuff’. I need to be able to see it, touch it, and find it in order to be inspired by it and use it. I use lots of clear and open storage in my space and find some of my favorite items at The Container Store and Ikea.
Because my scrapbooking organization is constantly changing and evolving, I don’t really have a budget in mind, but I am continually looking for items that are inexpensive or meaningful in some way. When we travel, I try to pick up a memento or container that reminds me of that place or time. For instance, on my desktop, I have a Butterbeer mug to hold my paintbrushes, a Pixar mug for my journaling pens, a George Michael mug for scissors, and an adorable glass vase from Anthropologie to hold Epiphany epoxies – all within reach, meaningful, and adorable at the same time.
I also like to use supplies as the decor in my room – washi tape is in a wooden tray I found at a thrift store, and I also raided my kitchen for tiny sauce cups/ramekins for my new baker’s cart. This is my absolute favorite item at the moment. I saw one in Ali Edwards’ office when I visited her recently and found my own once I returned home. It has ten 18×24 removable trays and I store not only supplies, but also projects I’m working on. When I need something, I just grab it and place it on my worktable, then put it away to work on something else. It really helps keep my tabletop a little more clear.
My favorite Ikea find is the little turquoise cart my friend Mary bought for me. It has wheels so it can go anywhere I want it to. I use this to store my paint, sticker letters, journaling cards and tags, stencil letters, ink pads, spray paints/inks, and stamping supplies. It doesn’t take up much space, but because of the vertical storage, it holds a lot.
Along with organizing in open or clear containers, I also organize by color. I use color on my Clip It Up, as well as some clear plastic boxes I found at the Container Store, and of course, all my paper. The boxes are great for taking with me to a crop since they are portable and while I’d love to have all my embellishments in one spot, for now the two options are working for me.
I have a problem with stamps. I love them, but I am bad about not using them. I found some cute little baskets trimmed in my favorite color – turquoise – at Target. I bought them without knowing how or even if I was going to use them. (Always, if you see something you love, buy all they have. You can always take it back.) I reorganized an Ikea printer cart for my stamps. I placed a cutting pad on top so I could stamp right where my stamps live, and stored my stamps in the new baskets below. I cut the snap closure off the Close To My Heart stamp cases (I know, I know – I had a hard time doing that!), and I was able to fit THREE times as many stamps in a basket. I do not miss the snaps at all. My larger stamps are stored in clear snap folders in larger baskets. Again, with the clear storage, I can just flip through and quickly see what I have.
My absolute love of organization was really the reasoning behind the creation of My Digital ScrapRoom, the world’s first all-in-one digital photo organizational and scrapbooking solution. I was so frustrated with the overwhelming amounts of digital photos I was taking and the process of finding them again to use in my projects. I almost stopped scrapbooking at one point. Now, with easy but robust searching and tagging options and a mobile app on the way, finding my photos is a snap. And extra bonus: I can use the same software to store my digital elements and make a custom digital project without having to use multiple programs! For more info, please visit my website: www.MyDigitalScrapRoom.com
I hope you have found some tips and tricks that help you in your own organizational journey. You can also visit my YouTube channel for more videos on organizing your supplies, as well as your photos.
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Isn’t Blayne’s room lovely? I especially love her baker’s cart. What a brilliant idea!
Not only has she given us a peek into her craft room, but Blayne is also offering a sweet discount to CSI readers who are interested in using My Digital Scraproom. Just use code: craftstorageideasrocks for 20% off! This offer is good through July 31st!
Update: Blayne has also posted a video tour of her space here.