When you make a conscious choice to be happy, no one can take it away from you because no one gave it to you: you gave it to yourself.

A quote from April Green's - Bloom For Yourself Journal

Wednesday, 3 July 2013



Well today is that day we all look forward to, the day when we all rush to the laptop/tablet at silly hours compared to normal and start typing, oh and, of course, we stand in our PJ's taking photos of our desks/spaces (or is it just me!) or if we are slightly more organised we take photos when it's not so gloomy.  I confess I'm slightly more organised this week, my photos were taken later on Tues when my project was at that boring stage of glue drying. Now before I carry on - I am aware I am rambling, I insist you go over to The Stamping Ground, read the rules and join in!

Right my desk is a definite WIP state of affairs all inspired by Sam (Hettiecraft). When we first met at the 1st Crop Sam was working on an amazing Christmas album and then this year I got to see the final album and I was blown away. Now the crafter in me needed to make my own, but wasn't sure so I have trawled through Pinterest, watched video's on Youtube and finally decided to just start. Being my first I wanted to do a general theme. So I found a tutorial for a bag album as I had a number of bags in my stash. I've tweaked it a little to suit, but I feel I know what I'm doing and know where I'm going with it!!

Here's the photos -

 Right side

My altered box (was a dog food box) to hold my fav & best Tim Holtz, Dylusions & Wendy Vecchi stamps so they are to hand.

Window side

Lots of bits and bobs drying really.

Some of the drying parts for the album. I'm at the decorating the base pages before I bind it all together stage. I'm using some fab Studio Calico papers that I bought along with matching stickers etc. They are all super designs, but neutral in theme.  

Now most of you spotted the new Ebosser on the right side desk last week, but no one spotted the 2 new Smash books!! The brown one and the dark blue one on the top shelf!

Anyway I'll stop now, I will share my album and how I did it once it's done. Okay time for a shower, then coffee then I'll be back!

Take care Zo xx


Jackie said...

Morning zo
Haven't you been busy turning dog food boxes into lovely holders for those stamps
Just think if you hadn't have got the dog there would be no dog food boxes and you wouldn't have made a lovely holder!!!!
It's a nice size of fitting those Wendy Vecki Stamps in
Jackie 38

Julia Dunnit said...

Well, you SMASH aholic you - am a bit jelly of your collection of them, they look fab! Love the Studio Calico papers you've chosen, but even more, love that after the research and blahdy blah, you just decided to get on with it. No better way to make something your own believe me! Have you done a review of the ebosser that I've missed?

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Your version of the album is looking good!! I wouldn't even know where to start!! I love your desk, it's always so neat and tidy... I can't stand working in mess either, it drives me wild searching for stuff I need. My inner OCD is getting worse, lol
Hugs, LLJ 59 xx

Anonymous said...

I am so with you - out of sight, out of mind! My problem is I have run out of available real estate on my desk! Still the box is fab. Have a Happy WOYWW

Mary Anne (19)

Lisa-Jane said...

Oooh! I love the colours in your album, those papers are wonderful. Can't wait to see the finished thing.

sandra de said...

love the papers you have chosen for the album. I still get a jaw dropping experience when I see all your markers so beautifully displayed.
Sandra de

Uniflame said...

I love your box!! I must do something like that too some day! :)

Monique said...

Wow that looks like a great workspace.
Happy WOYWW and I wish you a lovely week.
xx Monique #74

shazsilverwolf said...

Love your workspace Jo, and those papers are lovely. love the book idea too. Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #41 xx

Unknown said...

I am completely inspired today, because I think you are the fourth or fifth person that has turned a box into something absolutely amazing! You are just a girl after my own heart too with your gorgeous papers and all those Smash books! I only have two Smash books--but I think I'm planning on eventually having about five more!

Daniella said...

LOL about taking pics in your PJ's! I've done the same!!
I love the tour around your space!! Tons of awesomenss!! I can't wait to see your album!!

lisa said...

It's so great when you are inspired to try something by another crafter isn't it. Your album looks like it's going to be stunning. Can't wait to see how it progresses.
Hugs Lisax #72

ike said...

Eeeek !!! Look at all those lovely pens... I shall probably be sneaking into your house tonight !!! LoL

IKE xx #30

Sarah Leonard said...

I am so jealous of all your markers - displayed all pretty :) They look fab. And that radio is the most British radio I have ever seen!

Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

Helen said...

Good for you, it looks great. I'd need a much larger box for my fave stamps though!! Have a good week.,

okienurse said...

great looking desk and so much fun stuff to see and play with! Hope you have a great week and thanks for visiting my desk and leaving a message. I know I sound all doom and gloom but that is the way it is this month!! Vickie #93 said...

Brilliant desk today Zo, very creative projects. Love Alison xx

Darnell said...

Well done on your WIP, Zo! That Sam is quite inspiring, isn't she?! I'm sure your album is going to be brilliant when you're finished!! All the best and thank you for coming by to visit the Playhouse! Happy WOYWW!! Darnell #77

My name is Cindy said...

Hi Zoe!! I didn't realise that album had been started att he first crop - obviously wasn't paying attention. It was amzing though wasn't it? Well done you for doing your own, can't wait to see it!! Thanks for stopping by, Cindy

Gita said...

Love the paper. So pretty. Brigita #139

The Taming of the Glue said...

It's obvious, I need a pet! I keep seeing what you've all done with cat and dog food boxes and I need some storage so....!
Great projects on the go, love the mini book and the papers are fab. Hugs. Pam#27

Annie said...

I'm rather late calling by this week....a long day looking after the twins yesterday and I just ran out of time.
What a fab crafting space you have there....plenty of light. I love how the album is coming along too.
Thanks for calling by at mine.
A x # 46

ria gall said...

Hi Zoe
I am loving those papers you have used on your album and you have been really busy with it by the looks of your desk. I look forward to your tutorial on it once finished
Happy WOYWW enjoy the rest of your week
Ria #52

Michelle said...

Hi Zoe,

I love what's on your desk and I love the space that you get to work in! Thanks for visiting my desk, too:)


Michelle #26

Hettie said...

OMG Zoe. I feel quite touched that I have inspired someone to make something!! Wanna see what you are doing in the flesh now! Show me show me!! Don't hide it now! It sure is looking good! Glad you tweaked it to make it your own too! Way to go Girl!

fairy thoughts said...

Hi Zoe even wwhen you are in full crafty mode you are still tidy.... respect
have agreat week and enjoy your album
janet #31

Unknown said...

Oh my… color me green, I love your all your toys!!! Wish we could have a play date. Your current WIP is turning out very nicely. I love your color scheme. I love making journals and scrapbooks. I'm currently working on making a journal from a bisquick box. Love your recycled dog food box. I'm all about making projects by recycling. It also definitely helps the wallet. I've enjoyed my 1st visit to your blog. Have a great weekend. (((HUGS)))

Neet said...

Looking forward to seeing your finished work. Love the altered dog box.
Sorry I am so late - I've just been prioritising my class prep - hope I am forgiven.
Thanks so much for visiting me, I will try to do better next week.
Hugs, Neet xx

Sue from Oregon said...

Oh your book is turning out lovely! Your line of of markers are like a rainbow!!! Happy really late WOYWW! Sue Kment