found myself an excuse.

Every now and then, I get the eye and a brief lecture on how to tidy up my scraproom. Did I just say “scraproom”?! Are you joking me?! It’s more like our whole house is a scraproom, haha! Well, minus the kitchen. A girl can’t help the mess when this has become her full-time job! At this rate, a bigger place is sounding like a must. πŸ˜‰

I need space for cardstock. Then, I need space for the pretty patterned papers. And you can’t forget all of the embellishments, ribbon, punches, pens, alphas, tools, etc.! Oh, and I forgot to mention that I need room for scissors and paper trimmers. It’s a never ending list, I tell ya.

…so what do I do with all of those supplies? I create, of course!

These next two layouts were designed for my LSS, Memories Live On. They gave me some of the latest products from Sassafras Lass, and they requested me to make a couple of layouts for display. IΒ  LOVE the bright colors to these collections!

Layout #1: Yes, I used a MS punch… so sue me! I like EK Success punches, just so you know. πŸ˜‰ …and this layout is also a reminder that you only have a couple more days to get your project submitted in for the latest challenge over at TAAFOMFT. It’s all about your favorite memory. πŸ™‚ By the way, that’s not real stitching; I used Kiki Art‘s funtape. It’s like no other decorative tape I’ve ever used! It doesn’t rub off, and it doesn’t rip when you try to use it! It’s a definite MUST-HAVE!

Layout #2: Scrapping the Music‘s current song is “Better Way” by Ben Harper. It’s one of Gloria’s favorites, so I had to give it a go. I used a line from the song as my inspiration to scrap this one. To top that, I made this layout in honor of Julie. What do ya think, Boss?! πŸ˜‰

After I finished making these layouts, I left a stack of Sassafrass Lass over there by the stack of Imaginisce, which is by the stack of Kiki Art, which is by my bind-it-all, which is by the Urban Swank stuff, which is by another stack of supplies that was given to me by my LSS to design with. See… I’m not joking about the supplies being all over the place! A bigger house is lurking its way towards the top of the priority list. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, I read this somewhere, and every time I get the eye or a lecture about tidying up the scrap stuff, this is going to be my excuse:

Creative minds are rarely tidy.

It can’t get any better than that. πŸ˜‰ I rest my case.



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34 responses to “found myself an excuse.

  1. julie

    that is the bestest looking BOSS ever!!!! and hehehehehehehe….her employee is HOT too!! lol!!! I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee both LO’s …. OMYGOSH!!!!!! U are soooooooooooooooooooo creative and inspiring!!! and i love u!!!!!! Thanks soooooooooooooooooooo much for playing along with STM!! U rock!!!!!!!! And hehehehehehehehehehe…..go back to Deana’s post on her blog yesterday….i left a comment that U might like….just sayin’ “intervention” lol lol lol … love u! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  2. I love those layouts! The one for STM is just soo pretty and I love your Happy Memory one too…the clouds make me happy:) And can I just say “Creative minds are rarely tidy” is something I’ve tried to tell Anthony time and time again…who can be clean and tidy all the time when you have papers to cut up, stamp pads and ink to play with, and glue to use???? Not me, and frankly these scrappers that keep everything spotless, I just don’t understand…Totally not me!!! I try and try, but it never seems to work out. And I wonder why my kids are so messy…I guess it is inherited! LOL. Love, Jess

  3. Chris

    What a fun post – and with super layouts too! My studio is a bit messy but I usually keep my stuff all together. Right now I have to keep a certain kit all together by itself but actually if you remember my photos a while back, I don’t really have much stuff. I have not bought a single scrapping item this year or won anything so there are probably more layouts and projects getting done than new stuff coming in. Of course, I receive a Sampler every month just packed with goodies and I receive great stuff from Scrapgal – Maybe you just need to get some of those paper shelves and other stuff like that. Have a great week and lots of fun with your toys!

  4. lovin’ the whimsical layouts!!!! I’ve been trying to clean my den a bit too. Just seems the more I put away, the more I end up buying…lol. I’ve been creating quite a bit too. Posted a bunch of new ones on my blog πŸ˜‰ Looking forward to the weekend so I can create some more πŸ˜€ Kisses to Hilo and Maui!!!

  5. love love love the lo’s… too to fun!!! and as for the mess… the quote is a fab… I use it all the time… but my hubby doesn’t like it… I do have a ‘studio’… I share with Rainee… but even if the rest of the house is perfect… it always seems to be a disaster… I try… honest I try… I even try cleaning up after each project… but once I’m on a roll… there is not stopping the mess… sad really… but I continue to try harder… well… what can be said… it’s impossible… really it is??!!!

    Anyway… continue the creating… loving all the lo’s… they are just fab!!!

    {{hugs}} Michelle

  6. so FREAKIN’ adorable!!!!! And yeah….I need to retake that pic and send you!!! I may have some “cubes” but it’s not anywhere near getting cleaned up….May have to use that quote with “C”, wonder how it will go over?! LOL LOL


  7. I always find out about cool challenge blogs from you. If you keep turning me on to any more, my whole life is going to be consumed with scrapping for challenges! lol And that wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing.

  8. gloria

    *ahem* i know you have room for card stock and new patterned paper. *the eye* it is simple. maximization of space through clever organization techniques. =P i put my money on it that i can make room for you in your scrap room to creatively store all your accumulating scrap collection.

    perhaps it is time for another RAK. haha.

    the larger home would be nice if the avg home price of where we want to reside does not cost at least a million dollars, but i guess that is the premium we pay for good weather, food, ocean, and diversity. hawaii is starting to look like a pretty good option. =P

  9. gloria

    btw, i forgot to tell you.

    i love your latest LOs. it constantly reminds me of the fact that we’re in dire need of a vacation. *cough cough* bora bora *cough cough* st.regis *cough cough* yes? hahaha.

    have a wonderful day.

  10. i sleep in the “scraproom”

  11. Vel

    I couldn’t agree more…I used to be tidy, then I started scrapbooking and it was all downhill from there. Love your pages (despite the MS punch…hahahaha). I love EK Success punches too, btw. My fav.

  12. Sarah, I just adore your layouts! That sassafrass stuff is great! Don’t you just love them?
    Even when my “space” is clean… it doesn’t really look clean…I’m ok with that, cause it’s fun!

  13. Just get a bigger house, with a nice big craft room. You will β™₯ it so much that you’ll keep it totally organized. That will settle everything. I’m good at spending your money, aren’t I? Sorry again, Gloria… πŸ™‚

    Both LO’s are just way too adorable. The clouds & sun make me happy just looking at them! And all the photos are too cute!

    Have a great day, you craft girl, you!

  14. I would change that quoet to “Creative minds are NEVER tidy.” I havent met one yet anyway… πŸ™‚

  15. These both look great! The colors are so bright and fun…love them. πŸ™‚

    I’m right there with you on the needing more space. Hmmmm…I wonder if my hubby would go with the idea of us needing a bigger house?? πŸ˜‰

    – April

  16. you are sooo funny! I love your designs, and look at Miss Julie, Lana, Thelma, whatever the hell her name is! lol lol
    So cute!!! And you’re in the bay area, MY HOME, which I am transplanted away from and miss horribly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ugh, I wanna come back!!!!!!! Then we can scrap till the wee hours, how fun would that be!! xOxO

  17. WOW! Layouts are AWESOME! But of course you knew that already :)! I love the creative saying. However warning : Even with your scraproom its still going to be messy.” Just ask my husband…hehehe Thats when I tell him be happy its not all over the house anymore…lol

  18. Jamie

    Wish I could get my hands on that new Sass paper. My local store closed down, so I’ll have to get it online. That quote is so true. I can’t ever keep my space clean either!

  19. julie — left you LOVE over at deana’s blog. hehe.

    kat — ummmm i don’t think it’ll fly… just look at gloria’s comments.

    deb — move back and come hang out! πŸ™‚

    gloria — a vacation in the near future?! oh heck yes…! and why is it that all the houses here cost close to 1 mil…. ARGH! well, i can’t complain. i LOVE it over here. everything is so nearby… even the nerds from all the tech companies. πŸ™‚

  20. Beautiful pages! Great Blog too! My dinning room was being taken over by a scrapping monster before my husband set up a room downstairs for me. I love it and right now it’s all tidy… we’ll see how long that will last…lol.

  21. Awesome layouts, girlie!! I can relate on the scraproom cleaning…it seems like a never-ending battle. Just about the time I get some stuff put away, more stuff arrives! It’s a nice problem to have, though. πŸ™‚

  22. Audra

    Looove those LOs… That stitching looks great… I thought it was real! My scraproom is always I mess too lol… I’m constantly organizing and picking up!

  23. It is all in your organization skills cause if I moved all my stuff out of my 6×8 “closet” scrap room. It would take me 2 truck loads…. How do I get a gig like that… I want companies to send me stuff….I need it for the events….We need to talk!

    Your layouts are so great and your handwriting makes me very jealous. Beautiful….Hugs,Amy

  24. These look great Sarah. lol at the puppy pics too.

  25. Love these LO’s Sarah! I am totally stealing that quote and hanging it in my scraproom. Thanks for sending me some sunshine today:)

  26. Oh good. My mind is super-creative then. πŸ™‚ Why do you think I invested in that massive paper shelf this week? Haha. I recall a time when all my supplies fit onto one shelf of our bookcase. One shelf. And I was all, “Look how nice and tidy my supplies are. I’m not going to become one of ‘those’ scrappers.” Once again, I’m reminded to never say never. Your mess is justified — you make such pretty things.

  27. Great pages!!! I hear you on trying to contain the creative clutter. After only 5 months, I’ve taken over most of the guest room, and much to Nate’s dismay, some of his “half” of the studio. Ooopise! I’m so jealous that scrapping and craftiness is your job…sigh. Someday πŸ™‚

  28. LOL! Love your story on your scrap space! It can definitely consume your world!!! Your layouts are just gorgeous!! πŸ™‚

  29. Mo

    you said it sister! i just adore you sarah….thanks for the giggles.


  30. OOOH my goodness! I love both of these layouts… the papers are so much fun!!! I love the picture of you and Julie! Great job on the challenge, thanks for playing along with us at STM!

  31. anne gaffney-iehl

    wow – love both LOs!! Happy joyful pages!!

  32. Wow sarah!..I LOVE your layouts! are on a roll..and I love that quote…gives me hope πŸ˜‰
    Loving Gloria’s idea of a RAK ..I can still use some stuff, since I do only use my scraproom..;););)
    Loving your posts and all the replies you get..always make me smile!!Have a great day!!

  33. Love, love, love the photo of you and Julie!!! I love all the Sass goodies too!! Awesome layout!! Thanks for joining in the fun at STM!!

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