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My Scrapbooking Lunchbox

my scrapbooking lunchbox
scrapbooking lunchbox
After last week’s Paperclipping Roundtable, I’ve been having all sorts of discussions about scrapbooking in random locations. The knitters get organised with this sort of thing and celebrate with worldwide Knit in Public day, but we seem to be less ready for such an event… but I promise it really isn’t all that difficult in the slightest.

With my crazy over-zealous page kitting recently, I know just reach for my most basic of tools when I head out for some away-from-home scrapping. If I want to scrap in the park, I will a) celebrate that it has finally stopped raining and b) pop my scissors, pens and adhesive roller in my handbag. If I can manage it, I’ll also take either my brown or black ink pad and applicator, since I tend to use that on pretty much everything, but it does require the added step of putting it in some sort of protective bag otherwise everything in my handbag shall be covered in ink. I’m all for organic art, but that’s a step too far.

scrapbooking supplies
But there are other times when I don’t have page kits ready and that’s when I take my lunch box. It’s filled with basic tools plus an assortment of things that can be useful, so I can pretty much make something with only a little bit more. Add just the journal itself for journal entries, or some card blanks and a 6×6 paper pad for making cards, or larger papers for scrapbook pages. When I used this on a regular basis, I also kept a small tote bag (really small – not something heavy, just something small and easy!) with scrap papers, and that would be plenty to work on whatever projects I had in mind. That was probably the start of my good use of scrap papers, actually. Before that I spent a lot of energy keeping them separated by colour and pattern and although I spent a great deal of time putting things away, I very rarely took the scraps back out again!

scrapbooking tool kit
I emptied the lunchbox just as it is – untouched for several months really – and this is what was inside, starting from the top left. A journal. Mister Huey spray ink in white. Empty mini spray bottle for mixing up different colours, walnut ink, etc. Pack of mini brads. Square of sandpaper. Mini stapler. White eraser. (Moving to the second row, from the left.) Jenni Bowlin paint dabber in chewing gum pink. Selection of pen-sized tools, including nail file, craft knife, stylus, paint brush, mechanical pencil, brown and black writing pens, foam paint brush. Set of letter stamps. (Back to the left for the next row.) Post-it notes and mini to-do list notepad. Super duper silver Pritt stick (still my favourite for paper to chipboard). Two rolls of decorative tape. Mini adhesive roller (this kills me: it’s Kokuyo in star shaped dots instead of the normal little circles. I picked it up on holiday.) Glossy Accents liquid adhesive/gloss finish. Double-sided tape (on the large roll). Turquoise glitter. Black and brown embroidery floss and a sewing needle. Scissors (smaller than my usual pair). Distress Ink in vintage photo brown. Random little accent of several tiny file folders. (New row.) Bag of 7gypsies scrabble-style letter tiles. Pack of Making Memories metal frames with brads. Staz-On ink pad in black. Adhesive ribbon-finish tape from Martha Stewart. Black rick-rack. Cotton wool. Assortment of small die-cut circles and tags. A few coloured paper clips and some buttons.

That all fits into the lunchbox without any trouble! I’ve packed more in there by piling stuff into the space at the top, like a watercolour set, a roll of coloured pencils, a pack of odd playing cards… but really there is plenty here to make quite a bit!

So I promise you really can have a lot of creative freedom even while you’re on the go… but what would you pack in your lunchbox? And I think the answer of ‘lunch’ is considered cheating.


11 June 2012

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18 Comments for My Scrapbooking Lunchbox

  1. glee Says:

    Hi shim! I was so inspired by the show that I finally got started on an Amy Tangerine mini book chronicalling my sister’s visit. As soon as my kid stops his online gaming I’ll post pics on the 2peas site. mahalo for being ever inspirational! ;)

  2. so.Creative Says:

    LOve your lunch box! So cute^^

  3. carol in seattle :) Says:

    I have a little bag like that. I keep white floss, white pompom trimk and a bunch of buttons. As well as a few bandages, some medicine and some mints.

  4. Catherine A Says:

    Thank you for taking the time to let us peek into your lovely lunch box. I am inspired to create my own.

  5. dolly/scrapthat Says:

    Well…I think you have it covered like a true pro! NOW I know why I need a mini glossy accents, mini matte medium etc! I was wondering why one would buy such small sizes when I really could use the industrial size bottle! LOL TFS, I’d love to have a kit like yours. :D

  6. Madeline Says:

    You truly amaze me Shimelle with the way you do things. ow I want to be you when I grow up

  7. Madeline Fox Says:

    Yikes…since switching to an ATG I’m not sure much else will fit into my lunchbox! Maybe I could squeeze in some shipping tags, washi tape, Staz-On, mini stamps, and my Pentel water color set.

  8. J3SS1C4 Says:

    Wow, I thought I packed a lot when I take my stuff away with me, but it would seem I take very little! I usually have double sided tape and a glue stick, a pencil and eraser, usually 1 or 2 pens to journal, my sizers, cutting mat and craft knife. I don’t have any embellishments apart from what I’m specifically using for a project, which I usually keep in a ziplock bag with all my papers and things. I even take this stuff to work with me to use and then just add in the specific pages or card that I’m working on!

  9. Ann Marie Says:

    Hmm… My lunchbox would hold: cutterbee microtip scissors, tombow tape roller, mini glue dots, soot distress ink, black AC slickwriter in fine tip, a CD case with a few journaling, flourish, bird, and sentiment (studio ae) acrylic stamps, white, clay, and shimmer mists, baggie of silk flowers, baggie of ribbon scraps, tiny attacher, baggie of random metal embellies (mini brads, clips, frames), bit of sandpaper, small paintbrush, empty mister, a handful of twinkling h2os, and a Baggie of tags, labels, etc.

  10. Laura Says:

    Great ideas…I have a scrap n go bag that I use for my smash book, but not my regular 12×12 scrapping

  11. Kirsten Says:

    I would pack my phone. With the You Tube app, I can watch lots of inspiring videos. I never seem to be able to do much of anything on the go but get inspired for my time at home anyway.

  12. Natalie Says:

    I don’t scrap on the go, but I’d like to scrap outdoors one day. Perhaps we should have a scrap in the park day for Londoners (and whoever else wants to join) – if it ever stops raining!

    If I were to scrap on the go, I would take my scissors, brown distress ink and applicator, butterfly and scallop circle punches, DDST, glossy accents, pop dots, couple of rolls of washi tape (loving WRMK ones at the moment), Mr Huey White, a pack of mixed mini brads and a journalling pen. That would probably do me.

  13. KateT Says:

    I think my smallest butterfly punch would fit in there and I don’t think I could work without it!!
    Couple of questions:
    Where are those sweet little file folders from?
    I am finding that when I dot white Mr Huey on pages it isn’t drying and days later will smudge when it goes in the page protector. Do I need to heat set it?
    ** Kate **

  14. Jil Larson Says:

    I have a small square basket with a lid and toggle closure, and it holds much of the same things. I also have an edge distresser, a needle and thread, tiny attacher staples (always running out), pop dots, and a tool that works for rub-ons and piercing holes for brads.

  15. Amy Lassiter Says:

    I haven’t scrapped on the go for such a long time, mostly because I’m afraid I’ll be missing something. Now I am inspired to pack up a lunch box, and enjoy some scrapping out and about! Thanks so much for sharing! :)

  16. 9isfine Says:

    Good things do come in small packages! I love the idea of a small tote and lunchbox to do some on the go scrapping. I used to commute by ferry and wish I had thought about this then. Now I’ll have to just take the kids to the park more often so I can grab my tote and go!

  17. Michaela F. Says:

    that is so inspiring, just what I need to see before our travel to Canada.
    Thanks for showing

  18. Michaela F. Says:

    Just another note
    with a closer view i saw your mechanical pen. I brought the same from our last trip to London (5 years ago), and it took only 5 minutes to find it.
    It is on my desk now, thanks for reminding me

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