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Sunday Scrap Space – Elizna Parsons

November 1, 2009

Sunday Scrap space

Today we take a  tour of Design Team member, Elizna Parson’s creative scrap space!!

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Name: Elizna Parsons

Hometown: Port Elizabeth, South Africa {known as both the windy & friendly city}

Occupation: Scrapbook Teacher & full-time mom I can’t live without….{most definately} chocolate{!}, my camera and my QuicKutz die-cutting systems….this is a serious addiction….

My favourite dessert is…baked cheesecake.

My inspiration is found here…..blogs & magazines. I have lots and lots of old & new magazines & books that I love to page for inspiration. I love to just play around and find things {in my scrap space} that mathes my pictures…and work from there!

On my playlist…I am not particular…enjoy anything from classical music to techno!

On my desk… always to much stuff! My husband cannot understand how I can work with all my “stash” piled up on the table. He just cannot understand how I can find anything in my “organized” mess…!

What I love the most about Kaisercraft is… how gorgeous the products within every range compliments each other. Everything works together to form a perfect picture! I {off course} love the bling and pearls and those new embellishment packs are just stunning! I cannot choose one item…..I just love all of it! A sure sign that I am really addicted…

My scrap space…

“I am one of those lucky ladies that have a whole bedroom changed into a scraproom. And I love being in my special scrapspace….

I must confess that I did clean up my desk…it is normally completely cluttered with all the stuff that I am working with at that moment. I just had to make it look better for the pic…..he-he. Although my desk is normally a mess, you will see that I am a bit of a “neat freak”….

I love the fact that I can just pull the door closed and does not have to clean and pack up every day!”

Below: “My husband built me a drawer “cabinet” with  shallow drawers. I label each drawer to know exactly where I store what…as it can sometimes be a challenge to find older “stash”. On top of this “cabinet” I have containers with paper, die-cut fonts, photos, chalks and some flowers.”

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Below: “This display is on top of a needlework “cabinet” that keeps my sewing machine and overlocker.I love those little buckets that keeps brushes, scissors and pencils. I also keep some stamps on this cupboard.”

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Below: ” Onto the drawer ‘cabinet’, I have a few open shelves where I store some more paper, albums and my die-cutting system & fonts.

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Below: “I am using the 4th bedroom as a scraproom and this is the inside of the “bedroom cupboards” in my scraproom. My husband replaced the shelves with thicker wood shelves that would be able to carry more weight.

In here I store my magazines, albums and baskets with either {more} paper…{blush} & unfinished projects.

In the baskets you will also find completed layouts that have not been placed in albums. These baskets are sold as “magazine racks” and the dimensions work perfectly for the size of our scrap papers.I use similar baskets, just smaller, to store stickers and rub-ons. These are divided into themes, eg.: boy, girl, travel, family, Christmas, etc.”

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Below left: “I also have a lot of plastic containers, nicely labeled, that holds embellishments, chipboard letters, flowers, mini albums & more. The labels makes it very easy to find whatever you are looking for.

I love the plastic containers for the fact that whatever is stored in there is safe from little children and also water damage {if that should happen}…..it is also easy to retrieve and stack these containers. I have these containers in small, medium and large….depending on what I am storing in them.”

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Above right: “On the inside of the cupboard doors I have small utility containers with embellishments….hanging on hooks. At a glance you can find whatever little embellishment it is that you are looking for. This really works for me!

I also hang my stamp onto these hooks on the inside of the other cupboard doors.”

Below: “I have on the week-end moved around some stuff and added these little wall mounted storage shelves above my desk. I also have a carousel on my desk for all the stuff I use every day…scissors, pens, pencils, rulers, glue.

Seeing that I am very messy when I scrap and have everything on my desk at the same time, I needed a big table. My husband built this work table and put it on wheels so I can move it around if I want to.”

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Scrap storage tips:

Storage is a very personal thing…and what works for the one doesn’t work for another!

I have found that I am happy with sorting all the same things, eg. chipboard into one container. This included alphas, brackets, and all other chipboard items. When I need something in chipboard, I retrieve that container and will find what I am looking for.

But I also have paper and embellishments that matches and sometimes I do not want to split these into different containers. I will then pop the paper and embellishments into a plastic sleeve and store it upright in my baskets.

You will have to find ways that work for you. The more you look around at what others do, you will soon learn what suits your own need & taste.

Her latest project:

And now for one of Elizna’s latest project!

“I made a birthday card for a boy with an inside pocket for money. These stamps are just sooooo nice….and it is wonderful to have the exact colour to stamp in!”

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Above: Birthday Card

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Above: Inside money pocket

Materials: Rewind paper, clear stamps, ink pads, Rub ons (RB811 Birthday Cards).


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6 Comments

  • Reply Rona November 1, 2009 at 9:51 am

    Wow Elizna,
    how organised does your scrap space look :-)

  • Reply Samantha November 1, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Oh how YUMMY does it look! i’m so have to get more organized…lol love those cards! Fantastic!

  • Reply Nikki.A November 1, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    OMGoodness Elizna…..your scrap space is so beautifully organised. I love all the cane baskets and your card is just gorgeous :smile:

  • Reply Pam November 1, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    What a great space you have!!

  • Reply Tanya November 2, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Love the organisation Elizna! It looks like a place I’d like to scrap in :)

  • Reply Donna VanWert November 3, 2009 at 2:24 am

    What a lovely space to create in.

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