Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Scrap Room Makeover (A work in Progress)



I'm always on the lookout for anything cute to add to my scrappy room. It's MY place, where I can choose the decor 100%, without having to take anyone else's needs or likes into consideration. Obviously most of what I have in there is practical & utilitarian but I like to add a touch of whimsy here & there. Recently I found a very cool heart-design lampshade & a sweet little satin cushion. Now I am on the hunt for the perfect lamp base!


At Mr. Price Kids I found these cool wall stickers. They peel off really easily & can be restuck so perfect if you live in a rented house like I do at the moment. The bee & the butterfly are from the Baby section & are made of felt & flat at the back but stuffed/padded at the front, for a slightly 3D effect. I make a point of popping into Mr. Price & Mr. Price Kids once every 4-6 weeks, as they seem to get new stock fairly regularly & the cuties sell out the quickest!


I found this Heart Picture at Mr. Price (Gateway). The hearts are plastic 3D ones & the frame is deep to allow for that. Of course, you can make something like this yourself, but this actually worked out cheaper than buying the frame alone so sometimes (sadly) it's actually more cost effective NOT to make it yourself. As time is at a premium for most of us don't feel guilty buying something eye-catching & effective if it works out more economical than crafting it yourself!


The above boxes I found at "Home, etc" at Gateway. They were relatively inexpensive (R35 I think) and come flat & you fold & popper them up yourself (which is quite fun actually!). I am currently using them to store various bits & pieces (they are A5 size) & each family member has one, where I put their memorabilia (providing it is not too big). If I'm doing a layout on an event where I remember there being an invitation, for example, I grab the box & look through it to see if there is anything relevant that I can add to my layout.


These butterflies & dragonflies were hand-made (not by me...) Painted & glittered then cut out of acetate. I've had them for years & never got to using them on a layout as they are a bit big so I've stuck them down the side of my window for now (using Prestik/Blue-tack).


I bought a little bookshelf at Game in December (the sample again so I got out of constructing it myself as so much furniture here comes flat-packed). I use it to store my Scrapbooking books & magazines in. I display a few cute things to the top of it. In another post I will show you all my little goodies close-up. I love the retro shape of the lime green clock (got that at the Crazy Store-our Dollar Store equivalent). I have 3 rubber duckies on the right & two fluffy ones on the left & 4 cute cupcakes, all of which have removable lids so are handy for storage too!


Lastly, this is my version of a chandelier! I replaced the light fitting with a 3 point spot (previously there was only one spotlight so only the area it was focused on illuminated at night - not very practical). As we are renting there is no point investing in anything better for now, so I simply bought some table-cloth weights & attached them. There is a bit of a sparkle & a teeny shimmer so that's as good as it gets for now!

I seem to be forever sorting out my scrap space but there always seems like more to do! Even my storage solutions are ever-changing but, hopefully, I am always going forward!

9 comments:

topkatnz said...

It's good that you can decorate your scrappy space how you want it ... I feel super-conservative by comparison LOL ... wow, at all the boxes for diff family members!!

vickiparker said...

Love your idea of the chandelier. Its like storage with scrappy stuff - its always evolving. LOL

Jenny said...

Those are all very cool!

Michelle Ramsay said...

I love those stickers from Mr Price - will have to go and see if they have any purple ones. My daughter has the Winnie-the-Pooh ones in her room - very cute. Your box idea for each of the family is really good and I just love the "chandelier". It is important to have your own space where you are happy, so enjoy future creations.

Lynette said...

I love it...it is so bright and colourful and inviting!

Desire Fourie said...

I can see you love happy and bright colours. Love the embellishing of the light fitting. Hugs from Desire

Jenny in Durbs said...

Its great I can see you are very creative. Your scrap space looks so "fun" & must be great to work in.

Helen Tilbury said...

Thanks guys...luckily it's a little room off the hall (which we don't use as a hall because we enter via the lounge) so no-one really gets to see it, therefore I feel I can basically be as unconservative as I like in there, LOL! I think it's basically an essential to have a "space" for your stuff, where it can be stored all TOGETHER, even if it's not "state of the art" & custom made. With scrapbooking one actually needs to gather together a whole workshop full of tools & supplies over the years so I don't know how people cope without a space actually...

jax said...

Looks absolultely stunning Helen! I haven't seen it for ages - Beautiful!!!