Art display wall at home

Hello everyone and happy Saturday!! Today I´d like to share a DIY art wall with you all. See, I have been collecting art done by my crafty friends for a while now and finally had so much together, that I could decorate a whole staircase wall section with them.

Here is what it now looks like:

This staircase wall is the one leading to my studio upstairs and it took my husband and me a whole Saturday to get it done.

I´ve framed the art pieces (if they weren´t on a frame yet!) into IKEA shadow frames. I love the depth this type of frames create around the picture/art piece.

Most of the art is by my very talented and lovely crafty friend Tina Walker. I love what se does!!! And then there are pieces by Tracy Albrechtson Krueger, Maria Potapovich and Louise Nelson. Some, even, are by me. And a few of them were a result of a collaboration of some kind. Oh, and there is a mask from the Amazon in the middle of it all as I find that it perfectly goes with the rest of the art pieces. Our visit there last summer has left an impression – I truly was in awe of the beauty of the rainforest. I think a piece of my heart stayed there…

Anyway, this wall is very special and what better way to get inspired on one´s way to the studio than to pass a art collection like this!!

Here you can see the arrangement from the front, sorry for the bad lighting here, it was a little bit later and darker when I took the last photos.

This art wall makes me soooo happy! Have you displayed art on your walls? Is it by yourself or do you collect art pieces by your crafty friends, like I did? I´d love to see how you display the art!!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

My storage solutions – Scrap365

Hello there! Sanna here today to share some storage ideas I´ve incorporated into my scraproom. Before we moved to a house, I used to have my stash and tools in cardboard boxes piled in various corners of our livingroom. It was very frustrating because while scrapping, I very often did not find what I was looking for. I knew I had that particular embellishment/piece of paper, but just could not find it, and then eventually just left it out of my layout/card.

When we started building our house, one of the things I gave lots and lots of thought, was to create an area I could leave my crafting tools out in the open. So I planned very carefully. I have a space upstairs under a sloped roof, so I didn´t have the wall hight for big cabinets. I therefore chose lots of small units (mainly IKEA, because they are cheap and practical).

Most of the furniture is either IKEA or were given to us by our friends and family (tables). I did not spend that much money on the furniture and even reused some old furniture too. The most important thing for me was to have enought table space and area to spread my things and not having to gather it all together every evening.

This is the view of the room as it is now:

Now more about my storage solutions:

I stored the things I use all the time in little shelves and boxes on the wall and on the table. That way I can just grab them when I need them. Then I have two „Alex“ drawers (IKEA) under the table and I used to store my inks in there in the beginning. That did not work for me, since I have quite a few inks and use them pretty often. When you pile them over each other into a drawer, you are bound to take them all out to find the right colour and then pile and organize them back into the drawer again later. Very time consuming and unpractical. I now store wooden stamps, minibook covers, dies and embellishments in these drawers instead. That works for my needs much better.

So I then bought a bathroom shelf (IKEA again) and have my inks stored in there now. Now I can just grab the colour I need and use it and place it into the shelf again. Fast & easy, just the way I like it!

I have quite a few very random and various little boxes on my table where I store tags, chipboard, paint brushes and all kinds of little tools and goodies. They are easy to reach and go thru. I find that in my it is the best to keep all these little bits out in the open and within reach. That way they get used. If I store them in boxes and hide them behind cabinet doors, I will not think of them and use them that often. And since I´ve set a goal to use the stash instead of hoarding it, a different solution would be very contraproductive for me.

In the beginning I also used to have  all my media stored on the wall (IKEA – metal kitchen wall baskets), but they were very soon so full that I had to find a new place for all the media. I then bought a Råskog serving wagon (IKEA kitchen dept.) and find it really practical. I have the heavy media stored on the bottom of the wagon, next are paints and glitter glue´s and on top are all the mists. I like the fact that I can pull the wagon next to my working area when I need it and then push it back on it´s place when I´m finished.

I store my flowers in 3 IKEA glas jars and that is more than plenty for my purposes.

 I used to store brads in glas jars too, but that was not at all practical. I now have them in these little plastic boxes, sorted by colour. Much easier to take them out this way than from a jar…

For some reason I have managed to collect a reasonably big amount of wood veneer embellishments (..and..ribbon..*sidenote*). After sorting them into these little boxes it has been much easier to find what I need and to use them.

I store my papers in organizers (from Cropper Hopper) and have them sorted after manufacturer. The cardstock is stored after colour but I find it easier for me to sort the patterned papers by manufacturer.

So these are the kind of solutions that work for me right now. Would be interesting to see what you have come up with. So if you would like to share some ideas, just leave a link to this post. I also have a little video from my scrap room up over at my YouTube channel. I made this one for another blog some time ago, but since I haven´t changed anything in my room, it is still up to date. Have fun watching :)!

xoxo, Sanna

Craft room tour – Paperilla magazine

Hello lovelies! Anski has already showed us, where she does her amazing artworks and today is my turn to share my craft room with you. There are some detail photos over at the Paperilla blog and I also taped this little video for you guys to watch :).

Heippa! Anski on jo esitellyt teille askartelutilansa ja tänään on minun vuoroni näyttää teille, millaisessa tilassa minä askartelen. Valokuvia ja tekstiä aiheesta löytyy Paperillan blogista. Ohessa lyhyt video, jonka nauhoitin teille katseltavaksi. Tällaiselta minun työtilani siis näyttää. Nähdään taas pian!

Hallo! Anski hat bereits ihren Arbeitsbereich gezeigt und heute bin ich an der Reihe euch  mein Scrapzimmer zu präsentieren. Fotos und Erklärungen gibt es auch auf dem Paperilla Blog (leider nur auf Finnisch), aber dafür gibt es eine kleine Videotour hier zum Schauen! Bis bald wieder, ihr Lieben!

xoxo, Sanna

Ordnung muss sein – Vol. 2

Ich hatte meine Brads bis jetzt in Glasbehältern aufbewahrt. Sie sehen auch so sehr schön aus, nur ist diese Art von Aufbewahrung nicht praktisch. Jedes Mal wenn ich eine bestimmte Farbe verwenden wollte, musste ich den ganzen Inhalt des Behälters auf dem Tisch leeren, um etwas zu finden. Mühsam! ABER jetzt nicht mehr. Ich habe Plastikschachteln mit Trennwänden aus dem Baumarkt geholt und meine Brads nach Farbe einsortiert. Vieeel besser! Jetzt heisst es nur mehr verwenden, verwenden, verwenden.

Säilytin niittejäni tähän asti lasipurkeissa. Olihan ne kauniita katsella, mutta eivät todellakaan käytännöllisiä. Joka kerta kun etsin jotain tiettyä väriä, minun piti kipata koko purkin sisältö pöydälle löytääkseni jotain. Vaan eipäs pidä enää! Ostin paikallisesta rautakaupasta muovisia ruuvien ja muttereiden säilytyslaatikoita (väliseinäisiä sellaisia) ja järjestin niitit värin mukaan. Nyt ei tarvitse muuta kuin ahkerasti niittejä käyttää..

I had been keeping my brads in glass jars until now. They looked really pretty in them, but were not that practical. It was really hard to find anything. When I needed a certain color, I had to empty the whole jar to find something. Very unpractical!! BUT not anymore! I bought plastic boxes (with partitions) from a local hardware store and organized all the brads by color. Much better! Now all I have to do is to use them, ´cause I own way too many…

Thanks for stopping by,
xoxo, Sanna

Ordnung muss sein Vol. 1

Als ich meinen Scrapbereich eingerichtet habe, bin ich davon ausgegangen, dass er so am Besten funktionieren würde. Natürlich kommt man dann mit der Zeit drauf, dass das eine oder andere Detail noch optimiert werden könnte. So habe ich mich zum Beispiel immer geärgert, dass meine Washi Tapes zwar in einer schönen Schüssel aufbewart werden, dies aber ziemlich unpraktisch ist, wenn man etwas Bestimmtes sucht. Wühlen ohne Ende. So habe ich Haken von Ikea besogt und ein Rundholz damit an die an der Wand hängenden Körbe befestigt. So können die Tapes dort jetzt in Griffweite hängen. Zum abziehen geht es auch ganz einfach. Ich muss die Tapes nicht runter nehmen, denn ich ziehe einfach am Ende des Tapes nach und löse ein beliebig langes Stück zum Bearbeiten. Einfach! Derzeit gefällt mir diese Lösung besser. Ich muss nur mehr das Holz schwarz anstreichen, damit alles Einheitlicher aussieht :)…

Muuton jälkeen kun aloin järjestellä skräppinurkkaustani, oletin, että se alunperin suunnittelemani järjestys toimisi ikuisesti. Tietysti sitä ajan kanssa sitten kuitenkin huomaa, että joku juttu vaan ei toimi niin kuin oli kuvitellut, vaan pientä viilausta vaaditaan edelleen. Minua ärsytti mm. suunnattomasti se, että kaikki washi-teippini olivat ihanasti kivassa kulhossa esillä, mutta kun tarvitsin jotain tiettyä väriä, se ei enää sitten löytynytkään helposti. Penkominen ja etsiminen ärsytti. Minulla oli pyöreä rimanpätkä varastossa kuin odottamassa käyttöä. Kiinnitin sen koukkujen varaan roikkumaan seinällä olevien korien alle. Siellä ne nyt kauniissa järjestyksessä on aina silmien alla ja käsillä. Käyttökin on helppoa. Vedetään vain nauhaa rullasta sellainen pätkä kuin on tarpeellista. Ei tarvitse ensin purkaa koko rakennelmaa. Helppoa ja nopeaa! Tämä ratkaisu tuntuu nyt ainakin tällä hetkellä todella hyvältä. Nyt pitää vain enää maalata tuo rima mustaksi, että sointuu seinällä olevien korien väreihin paremmin :).

When organizing and planning my studio after our move I had assumed that the planned solution would work that way forever. Naturally it didn´t. There is always something that needs adjusting or approvement. I had this beautiful trey for my washi tapes and it really was lovely to look at, but honestly, it really was not that practical. Finding a particular pattern or a color ment lots of digging and searching every single time. When you are in the middle of creating something you really don´t want to spend all your time searching, do you? So I took a piece of round wood, threaded my tapes through it and hung the whole thing underneath my baskets. Now they all are immediately within reach and easy to use. I don´t even have to take them down when I want to use them. Easy! At the moment I´m very happy with this new solution. Now all I need to do is to paint that piece of wood black so that it goes better together with the colors of the baskets :)…

If you have found practical ways to store stuff, please do share your link. I´d love to come over and take a look!!

Take care,
xoxo, Sanna