Creating Storage for My Seashells

Good morning! It’s the last day of July! Can you believe it? Do have children getting rady to go back to school? Or maybe you are! I still have  a few weeks left before I go back. So today I am heading to the zoo with Lauren and my two little nieces. It’s supposed to be over 100 degrees today (actually this will be 26 days in a row!), but we are going anyways! The zoo does have a water play area, so we will be spending time in there getting wet!

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Last week, I pulled down a box from my closet, not even sure what was inside. It ended up being fabric. I wondered where those fabric pieces had gone to! For some reason, this time when I looked at the box, I came up with the perfect use for it! My seashells!

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Here’s how I had them separated. Real classy, right? Yep, good ol’ ziplock bags!

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I knew I needed more than just 4 compartments, so I dug through my scrapbooking paper and made some more dividers.

seashell box makeover scrapbook paper dividers

I measured each section and then cut pieces of paper a little larger than would fit across each one. I then folded the edges to create a place to glue. I cut 4 pieces and then varied where I glued them in, so that some of the spaces were bigger for my larger shells.

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The dividers in the box weren’t exactly straight, so some of my pieces are a little bowed, but that won’t matter once the shells are in it.

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The lid had one corner missing. I don’t even remember that happening, but I had to find away to fix it, at least a little bit.

 

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I guess I forgot to take a picture, but I cut 2 little strips of cardboard and glued them on the side and around the corner. Then I glued a burlap ribbon over the while edge of the lid, so it was all covered up. You will see it in the finished pictures.

This is my ancient Cricut machine. I’m sure it’s an antique now.:) But it still mostly works! It took me forever to decide what I wanted to put on to of the box. I knew I wanted it to say ‘seashells’, but I couldn’t decide how I wanted to do it. Stickers, chipboard, paint? I looked through my stash, but finally decided I could get the style I wanted with my Cricut.

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I love this paper! Once I had my letters cut out, I drew a chalk line on the box so I could keep my letters in a straight line and then glued the letters on. Once I had the letters afixed, I just wiped off the chalk.

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Here is the side of the box. I added the ribbon to cover up the fixed edge and then added the sailor knot to cover the spot where the ribbon comes together. I added the label too, just in case I forget what’s in the box again. 🙂

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Now my shells are all organized and neat! I love that I can easily find exactly the kind of shell I want!

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Now I have room for both small shells and large ones.

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I’m really pleased with how this turned out! Now I probably need something for all the driftwood I have! Hope you all have a great week!

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Here are some other ideas for your seashell collection!

seashell speciman frame sand dollars      family room shelves, coastal, books, seashells     boho seashell mobile hanging outside

Scrapbook Paper Signs

Do you ever go shopping in an arts and crafts store and see something that you absolutely didn’t need and you bought it anyway?

Yep…all the time…

Well, on a certain trip to a certain Hobby Lobby with a certain mother of mine (you know who you are), my certain mother HAD to stop in the scrapbooking aisle.  Not that I didn’t want to stop in the aisle, but it’s for the purpose of the story.  So as we looked down the aisle, we both realized that some of the 12 by 12 paper was really cute.

And that’s when I realized that I was going to purchase some of these cute pieces of paper.

I bought 2 turquoise and 2 white papers to use.  I wanted to hang them on a wall in the living room at the apartment, so I had to find something to hang them with.  So, continuing thought the certain Hobby Lobby with a certain mother of mine, we found cork board that I could put the paper on.

So the cork board came with stickers to put on the back that would attach to the wall.  I liked this because then I didn’t need any other hangers.  I then hung the paper on the cork board with gold tacks that I had left over from my push pin art.  So, with one pin on each corner, the pictures were hung on the wall.

And here’s the finished product!

Scrapbook Paper Signs

I love how the pictures look.  I know that deer and arrows are all in right now, so it worked perfectly, along with the words Love and Hello.  It looked great on the wall and I love the pop of color.  Now…if only I can get them to stay on the wall…

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The Messy Side of Life

I have quite a few projects going on right now and during the summer I try to get my scrapbooking done from the past year. I am kind of behind since I haven’t even done vacations from last summer! But my goal is to get caught up! This is the desk where I plan on scrapbooking.

Nice and neat.

Nice and neat.

My friend L commented how my rooms always look so nice and neat and how she wished her house looked that way. Well, I set her straight right away! Friend, I only move stuff out of the way or into drawers when I take the picture so it looks that way! Isn’t that the life of a blogger? So, to show her the real thing, here is the desk today! No, I didn’t add stuff to make it look worse, it really is this bad!

What a mess!

What a mess!

There is so much stuff here, it’s going to take awhile just to clean it up before I can even get started on the scrapbooking! There is stuff from Haley’s graduation (almost a month ago!),

Graduation stuff

Graduation stuff

A pile from redecorating my bedroom. I am not sure what I am doing with this yet.

More!

More!

Here are some papers Lauren used for a school project (a month ago), some clear page protectors and my paper cutter I used to cut out tags this past weekend.

and more!

and more!

And this is just a pile of random papers I need to go through! organizing the desk 6 Yeah, I think I have some work cut out for me! I will let you know my progress. Hopefully it will only be a few days! 🙂

A few days later…..

It’s done and ready to go! It really didn’t take as long as I thought it would. I just needed to put things in their proper places :). The graduation things are ready to be scrapbooked, the piles are no more, even the pile on the floor is gone. Now it’s ready for some serious scrapbooking!

Much better!

Much better!

Scrapbooking time!

Scrapbooking time!

I have more projects coming soon! Stay tuned!

Sunshine and Blessings