Each Monday we have been featuring a member of our design team, talking about their style and influences and showcasing some of their layouts that best represent their style. Now you've met them all, we thought we'd start all over again and have some fun talking about the part of the house they quite possibly spend a lot of time - their scrap areas. We asked them about their top storage tips, home decor and colour schemes and how these might carry on into their scrapping style.
The brave Chris Millar again kicks off with answers and some fab layouts.
The journalling on my layout reads: "Who would have thought that a small basket of scrapping supplies could have turned into a whole room full?! Actually, Jason would have thought! He knows me too well!
My scrap space evolved from that very first small basket of precious essentials, to a small section of our home office, to virtually taking over the whole office! As I've become more involved in scrapbooking I've worked out what set up works best for me.
I like to see what I've got in my stash, so the bookcases were a wonderful way of displaying lots of bits and pieces without taking up too much floor space. My most recent storage utensil is the 'clip it up'. This is the one of the most marvelous inventions and allows me to see all my rub-ons, stickers, button packets etc. with such ease. I have positioned it to the left of my desk and can reach over and spin it around and find just what I'm looking within seconds.
Earlier this year I changed the way I stored my cardstock and pattern paper to the Cropper Hopper Expo divided storage holders. Not only do they take up less room than paper racks, they also preserve papers and cardstock better by not allowing the moisture and dust to warp and harm them. I can easily transport them to crops if I wanted to as well.
I think the most important storage we can have in our scrapping spaces is our albums. The Scrapworks Anthologie Albums are in my opinion, the Rolls Royce of layout storage! They are so roomy, the ring binding allows easy access for putting layouts in and out of the album and the album totally encloses therefore protecting the layouts completely.
For photo storage I've adapted this recipe card holder that I bought from Office Works to hold my pre-scrapped photos.
I have to admit, when it comes to choosing pattern papers and embellishments for layouts I am completely drawn to the girlie type colours. I think mainly because I have two beautiful daughters but also because I love all things pretty! I love putting together combinations of pinks and greens as shown in this layout using the Twirl range from Crate Paper and the touch of brown gives this layout a warm feel. I also love bright, happy colours and lately have been putting together shades of green, orange and blue for a fresh look.