Thursday, April 10, 2008

Get to Know Alice Golden

This month we have the sweet & talented Alice Golden to share her designs and inspiration with us! Alice has recently made a space just for her and you will love how she organizes everything!

Don't forget to leave a comment on this thread for a chance to win "Alice's Favorite Things" that she personally picked from the store!

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Get to know Alice:

Hi everyone! My name is Alice Golden and I’m thrilled to be the guest designer at Emma’s Paperie this month! I live in Massachusetts with my husband, three boys – ages 13, 11, and 8 – a dog, two cats and assorted fish. I got started in paper crafting about ten years ago as a rubber stamper, but quickly became addicted to creating all kinds of paper crafts and scrapbook projects. I especially love making home décor and gift items and had a hard time choosing which fun products I wanted to work with this month – I think it’s great that Emma’s has so many unique containers and packaging ideas.

Although I still consider myself mainly a SAHM, I’ve been lucky to have been able to turn my love of paper crafting into a part-time (sometimes closer to full-time!) job. I taught classes at a LSS for five years until the store closed and then I finally got up the nerve to submit some projects to Paper Crafts Magazine. Since my first project was published in August 2004, they have kept me pretty busy and I just finished serving a two-year term on their Editorial Board which was a total blast. I’ve also been designing for a bunch of different manufacturers - including Karen Foster Design, Me & My BIG Ideas, Technique Tuesday, Therm O Web and Green Sneakers. I’m really excited about starting to teach classes again and will be heading down under at the end of next month for the Australasian Scrapbook and Papercraft Convention in Brisbane. When my husband and I were first married, we lived in New Zealand for three years, so I can’t wait to catch up with old friends in that part of the world!

In addition to paper crafting, I love to read, cook and work in my vegetable garden. We live in an old farmhouse (it was built in 1768) and that is the source of never ending projects. Most of the time it seems like our house will never actually be “finished”…the work that we did when we first moved in 15 years ago is starting to look dated and I still don’t have that master bathroom that I’ve been dreaming about (yes – I have to share my bathroom with my husband AND three messy boys!!). One change that we have made recently though is moving my creative space from a corner of our laundry room into what was supposed to be the formal living room. Actually my stuff had taken over not just the laundry room, but was exploding into the hallway, our bedroom and most of the few upstairs closets our house has. It is so wonderful to finally have everything in one place! This is the first time I’ve ever taken photos of my new space and I’m excited to share.

(Scraproom1) This is the view of my desk reflected in the mirror over the fireplace (one of the perks of living in such an old house is that we have lots of fireplaces).

(Scraproom2) Eventually I plan on moving my computer to sit on the second table, but for now it holds recent purchases and products for design team assignments.

























(Scraproom3, 4, 5, 6) Gotta love IKEA! This storage unit holds so much – I put a lot of my flowers and buttons in glass jars and the drawers are great for keeping design team products handy.












(Scraproom7) Another IKEA find in the “as is” section – I use this to store most of my coloring mediums – pencils, crayons, markers, paints, glitter, etc.













(Scraproom8, 9) A nearby closet keeps all my papers, stickers, rub-ons and embellishments organized and hidden away. These two tall stackable drawer units are my best purchase ever! You would not believe how much each unit holds!! I keep my ribbon sorted by color in these drawers – it’s so easy to pull out a drawer when I need something, bring it to my table, and then pop it right back into place when I’m done. I love being organized (can you tell how much I love my label maker…my husband teases me that I’ll be trying to put a label on him next LOL). I’ve been so much more productive now that I have this space.

I recently have gotten much better about updating my blog and I would love it if you stop by www.alicegolden.typepad.com. I’m going to be having my own contest later this week to help me come up with a name for my blog that isn’t so goofy J. Thanks so much!! ~Alice

Comment to this thread for a chance to win Alice's hand-picked Favorite Things:


Grayson Hall Papers by Collage Press
Chipboard Accents by American Crafts
Black & White Chipboard Buttons by Making Memories
Flowers by Prima
Ribbon by May Arts
Stationery Boxes



53 comments:

Tanis said...

I love being first :)
Great choice of fun stuff, Alice!!
Love your creative space too...
Thanks for the chance to win!!

Maryfrances said...

Hi Girls!!! Love your room Alice and congrats on your new venture Cindy!!!

Wendy Sue said...

Wow! What an amazing and beautiful room you have to work in! I love the colors and I love how organized you are!! :o)

Julie Masse said...

Wow! What a beautiful space!! So funny . . I recently moved out of our laundry room into my own space (in our 1850's farmhouse!) :) Thanks for the chance to win!

Rosanne said...

Wow! What a gorgeous scrap room and its so organized!

Parker and Emma's Mom said...

I'm drooling!

p.s. I'm a labler maker addict too :-)

Teresa said...

Oh my goodness - your scrap space is amazing! So organised - please make me feel better and tell me the rest of your house is a pig's sty!
I love your choice of products for this prize too :)

huntla1 said...

Wow a creative space with its own fireplace! Your room looks so warm and inspiring. I love the choice of goodies you picked. It was very nice to meet you. Now I will head over to your blog to see what is going on there!

Brenda said...

What a fabulous craft space...can I come and play?
Thanks for this chance to win!
~Brenda H.

About Me. said...

I love your scrap space. It is a dream come true. Do you know the name of the large bookshelf with drawers that you purchased from IKEA? I will visit your blog. Check mine out as well.
www.roomswithaview.typepad.com

Amy said...

What an absolutely fabulous space! Alice has such great taste in "favorite stuff," too! Thanks for sharing!

Veronica said...

You have an amazing craft room! I love your IKEA storage. I added your blog to my favs!

Nettie said...

Alice, I love your new space and shelving. You have done an amazing job at restoring the house. It is easy to see why it has been a 15 year project!
Nettie

Bunny B said...

Amazing! I love the space that Alice created - it's so neat and organized. Love it!

Vera Matson said...

Great craft room! Thanks for the chance to win some great products!

Stampin Cats said...

A will orgainized area. I'm wating for the day my stamp areda would look so good. Great colors for Alice's favoriters. Thanks for sharing this awesome person with us.

Pat said...

Amazing craft area..love the ikea ideas!!!!

Melanie said...

ooooh - I just LOVE your space, Alice. My Ikea storage shelves don't have all those drawers and doors. Your work is beautiful and I love your picks!

Shawna said...

Wow! You have a great room to create in. Love all the IKEA stuff. I wish i lived closer to one.

Alice said...

Thanks for the warm welcome everyone!

Julie - isn't it great to be out of the laundry room? it was such a pain trying to work while the washer was in spin cycle :)

Teresa - with 3 boys, a dog and two furry cats, have no worries - my house is often a pigsty LOL It makes me crazy though...I just don't feel productive when everything is a mess

and About Me - the large bookshelf is the large Expedit unit and now they have separate drawer and door units you can purchase. I like being able to hide a lot of it away...behind all the doors are where I keep my "alterables" and they are all just shoved in there any old way they will fit.

Keep the comments coming - and good luck in the contest - those products are fun, but I especially LOVE the papers - just gorgeous!

Sally said...

I dream ofbeing as organized and accomplished as you. Literally!Congrats on your many achievements. I am inspired.

Christa said...

WOW that scrap space is amazing! I bet she is inspired just by walking into the room!

Char- said...

Now that is a scrap space.
She is so well organized.
Thanks for this chance to win some of her favorites.

Annelies said...

I wish I had such a great scraproom, but as long as I live with my parents I'll have to do it with a corner in my bedroom, I'm afraid.
Thanks for a chance to win!

mochamama said...

wow, love the creative space. You are soooo organized!

Robin said...

Yowsa! Great space!

I don't know how I would ever decide what to use if I had that much stuff to choose from :)

What a great problem to have. . .

Kerttu said...

Love your room. We have just bought a house and i got a scraproom...finally...my very first scraproom..im so freaking happy, lol!
It's not finished, so i'm going to Ikea next month, for some funiture and goodies.
Anyway, i got some ideas what i have to look for in Ikea so thanks ;)

Sabrina said...

That is an amazing scrapspace!!! I also love what you picked for your favorite things. Thanks for a chance to get it! :)

Cindy Vernon said...

Love your room, you are so lucky to have to! Great choice of favorites too!

Cindy said...

Words can't describe how awesome that crafting space is and how jealous I am! Beautiful!

debbiedee said...

oh WOW!!!!! I love your stamp room! I just keep looking at all the lovely pictures you took of it.
would love to be entered for this wonderful blog candy!

Cassie said...

Lovely room! I can't wait to see what all you share this month Alice!

Sunnymommie said...

I love your scrap room!!! very organized!... I wish my scrap room just like your :D

Katey

pattyo said...

I am in awe of your scrap room. I love organization and this is truly amazing. I am new to scrapping, so this is giving me quite a few of ideas. Congrats and looking forward to seeing more of your work.

Giovana said...

Hi Alice,
I love your space craft room, I wish I could have one like yours???
Thanks you for choosing the yummy giveaway!!!

God bless you
Giovana

AnnaSigga said...

WOW - your scrap space is my idea of heaven!!!

Stacey S said...

Love your room, Alice! The black and green are beautiful! I'm in the middle of a sbroom redo/move so I'm finding it very helpful seeing how others are organizing all their "stuff"! Thanks for sharing

Linda said...

I absolutely love your craft room- you are the most organized crafter I have ever seen. Thanks for sharing your pictures.
Linda Peterson
craftylin1968@aol.com

Scrapthatpaper said...

Such a gorgeous space. I see some great storage.. Something I need to start doing better with ;) Thanks for sharing it all with us!

Julie A. said...

WOW!!! Your scrapbook room is fabulous! I am a huge fan of organizers and having a system to organize my supplies, and I'm so impressed with what you did with your room. I am making a trip to IKEA in a few weeks and can't wait to take a look at what they have :) Thanks so much for the opportunity to win the great blog candy!

ஐBeatriz Jenningsஐ said...

WOW!!! LOVE your scrap space! just GORGEOUS! :)

Corey said...

wow. love your room, Alice!

Kimmie said...

Oh my that room is to die for. Love the "vintage" things. Thanks for posting!

SAR girls said...

Congrats on your fun new venture Cindy! Alice-your room is FAB! I see lots of creative things happening in there! :)

~Jan

Sheila D said...

Now THAT is a craft room. I have a crap room. Disorganization is my middle name. Thanks for picking some yummy favorites.

Aleta said...

Oh WOW!! Those colors are gorgeous. I love the red and green. And I'm a bit jealous of your storage!

Erika M. said...

Welcome Alice! I love IKEA as well - you have a lovely scraproom.

Pamela Jane said...

Ikea is great for organizing us scrappers, but your amazing folding screen pulls everything together so beautifully! Thanks for sharing.

Sandra Paul said...

Hi

I love Ikea they have a lot of organizer shelves, storage units...

Sandra

dawnsing said...

Wow!! Alice, I LOVED seeing the photos of your work space! SO cool! Thanks for sharing with us!

Liz :) said...

I love your room!!! I just created my own space too and I love it. It motivated me to get working on my pictures. I love your room more though! :) The Ikea products are so nifty, and organizing.

Congrats on being guest designer!

Laurence said...

Hi, I arrived here from anabelle and lilybean's blogs and I discover a wonderful inspiring blog with great products and projects. Congrats to Alice, I am jealous of your space, lol! Off to explore the site a little further !

shellyannb said...

Love you work and love the SL card kit. Would be interested in the dimensions of the envy liners too but I can post or email to your blow. I am jealous of your work space (not to mention your organization! TFS