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Sunday Scrap Space – Karen Shady

September 19, 2010

Karen Shady

Nickname: hmmm, Ok, I will tell. Way back in the 1980’s, I, like many others of my era had really BIG hair!. I would spend hours teasing it, using jar upon jar of gel, to make it as big as possible. Well, my lovely brother decided then to call me “BOOFHEAD” (gotta love brothers), and it’s stuck. Now lots of my family call me that, I even get “Aunty Boof” from my nieces and nephews.

In a former life, I was a nurse, but now I am a stay at home mum with 5 children. My husband and I also own and run a 5000-acre cropping farm, so I am also a tractor driver, fencer, vet, accountant, bookkeeper, grain merchant, mechanic, fireman, etc etc…

What I cant live without when I scrap: that would have to be patterned paper. It’s quite easy to construct a whole layout using just patterned paper. I have lots of dies for my Cuttlebug, so I make a lot of my own flowers and embellishments just with patterned papers.

Where I find my inspiration: I have become a bit addicted to blog surfing. It astounds me the amount of talent out there on the net. I also love to buy all the scrappy magazines.

On my desk: umm, right at this moment, there is a paper trimmer, a ruler, my cutting mat, my light, a spare pair of glasses, because Im always losing them, a dummy and a matchbox car. (The dummy isn’t mine).

Playing on my ipod: I don’t own one. I need to be able to hear what’s going on around me, goodness knows what my children would get up to if I couldn’t hear them. :)

My favourite item in my scrap room: I love my new wall unit. It holds all my albums and baskets full of bits and pieces, and keeps everything away from helpful little people.


I am lucky that I have recently acquired a whole room just for me, and my scrapping. My daughter moved out of home, and I had moved my stuff in before she was even out of the driveway, lol. My son and I painted it a gorgeous sage green colour, and my Husband put up some shelving for me, but it is still a bit of a work in progress. I am constantly changing the way I store my products, and am always on the lookout for great storage ideas.

My Desk:

My wonderful husband put up 2 shelves above my desk, where I keep my tools (in the white container) I store my flowers in the jars. I keep all my wooden stamps in the large pink box on the top shelf, and my lace, string and ribbon in the other 2 boxes. I bought some organisers from a hardware store, which hold all my brads, eyelets, and all my other small bits and pieces.

My wall unit:

My wall unit is home to all my albums. I keep all my acrylic stamps in the pink folders. All my mini albums and BTP projects are stored in the baskets, which also store all my dies for my cuttlebug. On the top of the wall unit I store all by buttons in the little jars.

My layout display rack:

My Dad made me this cool rack to display all my current layouts. It is simply a curtain rod purchased from a haberdashery store; the layouts are displayed in their page protectors, held on to the rod by plastic shower curtain rings. It’s a fabulously inexpensive way to display your favourite work.

My (messy) wardrobe:

I have a built in wardrobe where I store all the messy bits and pieces, I can close the doors, and my room is lovely and tidy again. I keep my tools like my heat gun, hammer etc in the chest of drawers, which is also home to my border punches, which take up the 2 top drawers ( I have a bit of a thing for border punches) On top of the drawers, I keep all my cardstock, and patterned papers. I store all my patterned papers in 12×12 display folders, by manufacturer. The 5 plastic drawers on the next shelf hold just about everything else, stickers, die cuts, chipboard embellishments, rubons etc, plus all my adhesive, inks and bling. The top shelf is, well, mess at the moment, but I will get to it one day soon :)

The latest project I have been working on is this Kaisercraft photo frame. I decorated it using the “secret bird society” collection. It is a present for my gorgeous niece Tiara.

Thanks for looking, and I hope you are having a lovely weekend.

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  • Reply Kirsty P September 19, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Karen, your scrap space is lovely! I adore the green walls!

  • Reply Leanne Allinson September 19, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Loving your space!! And your lo display is fantastic!!

  • Reply Dale September 19, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    I love your room Karen. So lucky. I love the colour you painted it too. My room is the thoroughfare for the entire house and as such it is hard to get peace and quiet for journalling.

  • Reply CamillaE September 19, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    Fantastic space!!!
    And I love your layout, Karen!

  • Reply Nerrida September 19, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    I love love lurve those pretty storage boxes and your messy wardrobe isn’t really that messy – its pretty organised & what a clever idea from your Dad. Lucky you – a whole room…

  • Reply Kerryn September 19, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    What a fabulous space Karen! Love your photo frame!!

  • Reply Facebook User September 20, 2010 at 6:33 am

    Thanks guys :) nerrida, but I cant take the credit for the LO display… It was my best friend Stacey’s idea.. THANKS STACE !!!!!! xx

  • Reply Milena September 20, 2010 at 8:27 am

    OMG! What a lovely place!!! I put a link of this post in my blog, I hope you don’t mind… Come to visit me! ;)

  • Reply Facebook User September 20, 2010 at 9:11 am

    thanks Milena:) No dont mind at all about the link :) I will certainly come and visit you
    Karen xx

  • Reply Facebook User September 20, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Fabulous space. LOVE that layout display too. Such a cool idea.

  • Reply Jane September 20, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    This is absoultely gorgeous. I am a bit worried about your definition of messy, in the cupboard, though! LOL….Jx

  • Reply LG Belarmino September 21, 2010 at 6:29 am

    I adore your space! Very organized!

  • Reply Sabine October 7, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    WOW, your desk is empty! I adore that :-)
    I am a kind of “messy” scrapper and need all facilities around me :-)

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