Friday, March 31, 2017

Excerpts from the Diary of A Designer Volume # 4

Monday the 6th of March 2017

Dear Diary...

 I was looking over the themes for the April blog posts at Imaginarium today ... to my COMPLETE shock and horror the theme is 'my scrap space'..... Nooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

I knew this would happen to me one day.

I should have finished that damn business degree and become an accountant .... no one cares what an accounts work space looks like!! 

So now have to clean up ....

I hate cleaning up my work space ... I always get 2 minutes into the activity, find something interesting that needs to be put away and decided I just have to use it instead... hence creating an even larger pile of carnage than was there before the so called 'clean up'.
It is a vicious cycle that never ends diary!! And there are no support groups out there for people like me with this particular problem ... I've looked!! :(
and now the fateful day has arrived where I have to make this space public!!

Well.... I'm going in... wish me luck , I'm off to clean my scrap space up so that its presentable for next months ID blog.... I will pack a lunch first of course... but I'm definetly going.....

Tuesday the 7th of March 2017

Dear Diary...

Well I did it ... Ok I didn't ... but I did try!!

I packed myself a small survival kit and headed out to my workshop yesterday and began cleaning.
I would dearly like to say I kept on cleaning, but sadly it's just not true :(
It took about 3 minutes of cleaning the table when I came across this box that went to toss out .... I had a bunch of photos developed and they came in this box....

Just as I collapsed it down and stuck it in the bin I had the thought that it neatly folded to the side just like the box cards I love to make that all fold to one side and go back in their original envelopes ... I grabbed it back out of the bin and stared at it for a bit, folding it backwards and forwards ....

OMGosh ..... this would make THE BEST box card I thought to myself .... 
and that was the end of cleaning!!

But check out this awesome box card I made for my friend who was 
turning 75 this weekend instead :)


It only took one 12 x 12 sheet to cover it all...

It has a couple of acetate strips to support the layers...

These were the chip boards I started with ...

I cut up the bits I wanted and then painted them white 
and hit them with Crystalina Kindy Glitz :)

Made using paper and embellishments from the 
Indigo Skies Collection from Kaisercraft.

The message was printed and stuck on the back...

And YES ... it still folds down flat and fits in a very large envelope :)

Wednesday the 8th of March 2017

Dear Diary...

This morning as I walked into my workshop I was still reeling from the 
creative triumph I felt making that stunning box card... 
it had after all been somewhat forged in the heat of battle.
The sensations pulsing through me were both victorious and untouchable!

And then I saw my workspace ... it was worse than ever before ... as cluttered and chaotic as it had ever been ... i sighed and resigned myself to the long lonely road ahead of me.

I cleaned for a solid boring, lonely, depressing, life-sucking, morbid half an hour then I rang my friend Sue and asked if she wanted to go to maccas for coffee .... this of course was a trick question ... Sue ALWAYS wants to do coffee ... any time of the day or night I can count on her to drop what she is doing and join me for a cuppa :) Turns out she was cleaning her scrap room also and couldnt wait to get out of there ... so she grabbed a few magazines and we hunkered down with coffee's to autopsy all the layouts in the latest scrapbook magazine :)

It was an AWESOME afternoon and I came away some great ideas for pages ... 

Thursday the 9th of March 2017

Dear Diary...

I had too many great ideas from my cuppa yesterday to even bother pretending to clean up today, also one of the things I had found while cleaning yesterday was a pile of metal embellishments....  
so instead of tidying I got straight in and did these layouts using paper from the 
Kaisercraft High Tea  collection....


I love using metal embellishments :)

Friday the 10th of March 2017

Dear Diary...

I was whinging to Sandi Spink last night on facebook about having to clean up my work space for this theme post next month and she gave me some really good tips..
Apparently you dont just walk up and start cleaning a pile of mess, you need to divide and conquer...
do inks first, sprays next, papers, adhesives etc ...
she assures me the horrendous pile in front of me will slowly but surely disappear ... 
Sandi would know .... she scrapbooks all over the place .... she's an outdoor adventurer when it comes to scrapping so she's good at taking what she needs and bringing it back  :) 
So I tried it .... and IT WORKED!! 


Now let's be honest here ... the piles themselves were not terribly neat, but eventually the piles on my work table receded to reveal an alarming number of coffee cups that had been suspending what resembled a second story balcony of paper supplies. I kept cleaning until I was down to the bottom layer which was where I found this awesome canvas I had started who knows how long ago!!?

I had seriously done enough cleaning for one day so I decided to jump back into this long forgotten canvas .... it's so exciting when you find a half done project and you can just get going with the colour and embellishments as all the groundwork has been done :)


Something quite strange began happening though ... I would look at my canvas and think .....'uummmm .... I think crackle medium would work well there' but then the thought would be followed by 'but I don't want to get that box out because I'll just have to pack it back up again' ... I then envisioned Pebble Rocks on it and got all excited only to reason that this too would create a huge mess to clean up ..... in the end I just stared at the canvas ....
 too scared of making a mess to try anything :( 

It was the saddest creative moment of my life :( 

It was with great resolve and strength of character that I then made my bravest decision ever ... I was going to create without consequence! Bugger the mess... I grabbed paints, pastes, rocks, flowers, chipboard ... everything I could get my hands on and before too long my workspace was nothing less than a fallout zone!! Good I thought ... thats the way I've decided it's meant to be!

With my head held high I walked out the workshop turning the light off as I went ... It may be the messiest workshop in the world but I have the time of my life in there, so according to my long and convoluted reasoning it is nothing less than a sacred site!

Of course this did not stop me marching straight up to my husband and demanding we hire a builder and interior designer to prepare my workshop space for the blog post next month.
He looked at me and replied ' Sure ... use one of the gold bars under my side of the bed!' 

AND I WILL .... as soon as I clean a path to his side of the bed! 


Kelly-ann Oosterbeek has been a scrapbook and paper craft designer for the last 18 years and lives in Northern NSW with her super-sized family.

She has her own line of gloss finish butterfly stickers ( featured on the projects in this post), and sells these along with Kaisercraft Collections and layout kits online ...


  1. Oh my, all I can do is giggle at you and your ramblings!! So funny xx

    1. I live to entertain :) And scrap ... and anoy Nat! :)

  2. Still laughing and feeling the same about my craft space. Today i shall tackle the inks and paints... well we shall see

    1. You are a CHAMPION Leonie .... if all else fails go to the movies ... that always makes me feel better about cleaning stuff ;)

  3. Oh Kelly-Ann, you are my hero. I swear I have been non stop cleaning and organising my craft room and spaces for years now. Looking forward to April.....

    1. Lol .... so good to know we are all in the same sinking ship!! he he he

  4. Funny Kelly-Ann . Can't wait to see whether u ever did get your workroom cleared and tidied.
    That cat in your blog. Is he real or just stuffed.

    1. Sadly not my cat ... just pictures I felt best represented my state of being!! Lol AND here's the irony of it all .... not 10 seconds after finishing and posting this blog article and submitting photos for next months 'scrap space' post, Cyclone Debbie hit us and flooded my workshop ... we labored for days and now it's never been cleaner in it's life ... Bhahahahahaha ... life amuses me no end! 😜

  5. I just love your sense of humour Kelly-ann and totally agree with needing a creative space. My partner, Grant wanted to put a dividing line down the centre of our office which I was not allowed to cross over from my 'creative' side in case I contaminated his! However, we've now decided to make my scapbooking area part of the Utility room....that way we'll both stay sane and mum will still have somebody to take her to Saturday's Scrapbooking class!

    1. Well I would say you have your priorities spot on there Robyn lol ... Getting mum to that scrapbooking class is the most important thing after all! ;) xo