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CHA 2012 – Cropodile’s New Power Punch by We R Memory Keepers

Ever wish your Cropodile could make a larger hole, like the size of a standard paper hole punch? How about tiny hole for things like brads? You’re not the only one, so We R Memory Keepers has delivered and we now have the Power Punch in two different sizes! Take a look at what it can do!

What Every Scrapbooker “Leading a Double-Crafter’s Life” Needs

My Worktable
I have two lovers that escape with me into the same hideaway — their names are Scrapbooking and Painting.

Scrapbooking and I have been together for fifteen years and I’ve been flirting with Painting much of that time.

Lately, Painting and I have been more intimate, so I have an accomplice who helps me keep my two lovers from finding each other out. My accomplice’s name is FRED. Do you see FRED keeping my scrapbooking under the table while Painting and I rendezvous directly above?

My Worktable

Portable Slanted Scrapbook Table

Actually, I have two FRED’s plus an extra metal matte. The most common question I get asked regarding my scrapbooking — and I think I get asked almost daily– is some variation of, “What is that slanted table thing you work on?”

It’s called a FRED. It has a metal removable matte and you can pin your scrapbook pieces to the matte with magnets.

I love that I can remove a matte with its layout to add a different matte and start on a new page. Or I can remove the FRED’s completely from my table and put them somewhere else while I paint or work on a mini-book, or some other sort of non-layout project.

You can learn more about FRED (and buy one for yourself) at MyScrappingBuddy.com.

I would love to be able to tell you that the link is my affiliate link, and that I make a small commission if you click through it and buy a FRED for yourself. Unfortunately it’s not, and I can’t. I don’t make any money by referring you to the site.

But if you do head over there, please let them know I sent you!

Scraproom Organization for Scrapbook Tools

Scraproom: Larger Tools
Excuse the piles and stacks of mess above and below this cabinet. I’m in the middle of a long and slow room reorganization (slow as in, I’m moving about two items per month so far).

What I’m really meaning for you to look at is the open cabinet from Ikea (the middle of three) — it’s where I’ve been keeping the tools that are too large to fit in a bin or basket.

(I know the Cropodile is hardly a large tool but it’s larger than all of my other hand tools and I can no longer fit it into my hand tool bucket. Into the cabinet for large tools it goes!)

Level 3 on the “Within Reach” Meter

  • Within Reach: Level 1 – on your work surface
  • Within Reach: Level 2 – off the work surface but within arms length without moving from spot. May require standing.
  • Within Reach: Level 3 – requires a zoom of the chair-on-wheels to a wall behind you or to the side (or you could take two steps if your chair is wheel-less; may require standing up to reach shelves.

Anything that requires more than two steps or a zoom of the chair is not within reach. That would include my closet, the cabinets to the right and left of the tool cabinet you’re looking at, and the shelf that is between my workspace and my closet.

The larger tool cabinet in the picture above is Level 3.

The Tools in my Level 3 Tool Cabinet

From right to left , front to back–

Why Isn’t My Cutting Tool on my Work Surface (Within Reach: Level 1)?

I got really tired of having a cutting tool in my way. I demoted it years ago.

Here’s the thing. When I move onto the embellishment phase of scrapbooking I do not need a cutting tool. Why have it take up so much space?

(Paperclipping Members should know my typical scrapbook workflow by now and why I have an “embellishment phase”).

When I’m mini-booking and using my task-batch mini-book process, I no longer need my cutting tool after the first step of laying the foundation.

Plus, I do other things on my table. I paint and art journal and sometimes I even alter three-dimensional items. Sometimes. I don’t need a cutting tool for those things.

Do You Really Use Your Cutting Tool All the Time?

I love that I can pull my cutting tool out for when I’m cutting, and then free my surface area when I’ve finished that step. Cutting tools are big — even my little Fiskars Trimmer is relatively large when you’re looking at the percentage of surface area it takes.

It goes like this . . .

  • When I’m painting, inking, or misting, I pull out a mat.
  • When I’m cutting paper I get out my cutting tool.
  • When I’m adding embellishments, I pull out my embellishments.

An Empty Surface is Full of Possibilities

I guess for some it could feel as intimidating as a blank page, but I doubt that. Over the past months I’ve removed more and more regular items from my work table until now it is empty except when in use!


I love that.

How would you respond to an empty scrapbook work table? If all of your tools and supplies were above, below, behind, or to the side of you, would you be inspired or intimidated? Or something else?