My husband and I recently built a home. What an experience that was! We didn't go overboard though - we were very careful and very budget conscious. For that reason alone, we didn't build a scrap space that could only ever be that. Instead, we built a room that could easily be converted to a bedroom, but serves as a lovely space for me to store my stash and enjoy a little peace and quiet away from the kids, in the meantime.
I do love this room though. The window overlooks the kids outdoor playground so I can scrap while keeping an eye on the 'goings on' out there. Makes me smile to look out and see my girls enjoying the sunshine (when there is sunshine, that is!).
As you can see, no hooks on the wall yet so the room does look a little bare - instead, I keep plenty of products around in baskets and on my workspace to add a splash of colour and keep me inspired.
As I already mentioned, we didn't create a custom-built space for my scrapping room - it doesn't seem to make too much difference. Sure a wall full of shelves and pretty catalogued storage boxes would be nice, but these Cropper Hooper vertical paper holders make a pretty and functional alternative. Love seeing all the colours mixed up and random. I'm definitely not one to colour coordinate!
I also love to see these W R Memory Keepers albums all lined up with bits and pieces of ribbon and tags spilling out over the top.
My tools are always on hand - right on my work table. I feel the need to group items and allow them to work as a decorative focal point and not just a gaggle of tools.
Probably my greatest inspiration and a huge source of happiness for me is my collection of Strano (and other ribbons). Pretty and colourful they never cease to make me smile.
I like to see my products constantly and I also like to be mobile. While I love my room, I also feel the need to be around people often. I like to be able to take my supplies into the family room and scrap at the dining room table occasionally, especially when my dh is watching the footy. It allows me to hang out with him and at the same time indulge in one of my favourite past times.
This layout says a lot about how I feel about my space. The colours are calming and refreshing - totally how I feel when I'm in my scrap room. My journalling reads: "I'm not sure if I'll always have this space. BUT, while I do, I will definitely continue to make the most of it. This is my place to be me!"
And finally, all of this logically leads to my choices in colour. Have you spotted a recurring pattern? You'd be forgiven if you haven't - I do tend to chop and change a little, but more often than not my layouts do contain a lot of colour. Multiple colours with just a splash of black and white for some added contrast. Primarily, pink, teal, green and orange grace my pages as they do my scrap space. Happy, bright and girlie!