Wednesday, 23 October 2013


This might well be my last WOYWW appearance for a while as we are in Wales next week (sans internet / mobile reception / TV etc - huzzah) and then we are into November.  For me this means NaNoWriMo which some of you asked about last week when I mentioned it.  It means National Novel Writing Month and the idea is that you write a 50,000 word novel (or the start of a novel if you want to write a long one) in a month.  Crazy huh?!  The basic premise is that we can procrastinate over the first sentence or a chapter or whatever for years and years and never get that novel finished.  This way you bash out that first draft using the word count / forums / collective cheer squad of other Nano writers etc to actually get it done.  Once that first draft is out of the way you can start tweaking it but knowing that it is finished, or a long way towards it, keeps you motivated.  Its going to be tough but I think it will really help to drive me forward and not keep knocking my writing down the "To Do" list.  But that is November...

This week in Crazy Towers we have been making um... crazy towers.  I was lucky enough to be told of someone getting rid of a load of 12x12 paper trays from an old scrapbooking shop so I bought some.  I've spent a happy few hours since then having a sort out and rearranging my papers and then shuffling them some more and moving them again.  This is the start of proceedings...

About halfway through when I was beginning to lose the will to live...

And then this is how it looks now.  Still a work in progress with a few piles of things to sort and put elsewhere but I am loving my crazy tower of paper trays.  The black box on the top is a box of scraps that I have to sort but my accordion file where I used to keep them (that black case to the right) exploded so I needed to find an alternative.  I've decided to file them upright in poly bags on one of the bottom shelves that is now empty, or will be after another little shuffle.

The A4 paper lid and the flowery briefcase are both Christmas stash that needs sorting more appropriately and the pile of plastic bags in the corner there are Christmas presents waiting to be wrapped.  I would have done them already but there is not much paper about yet because the shops are still full of Halloween stuff.  Don't they know time is cracking on?!

And my desk, seeing as that is the theme of the day.

Still haven't cut my denim letters but I have experimented this week with using normal PVA instead of Mod Podge to stiffen the fabric.  I shall let you know how it goes.  Stiffening it makes it a lot easier to stick the cut letters on to cut around and gives it a better finish.  The page I am doing this for will go opposite this one in my album so you can see how the denim ties in

Time to have a look around some other crafty spaces with Mistress Julia for What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday.


  1. Your room looks lovely. That pink is a lovely colour for your books and drapes!

    I am going to pinch your idea of stiffening the denim before cutting...brilliant idea!

  2. Lovely room for being creative. good layout also. Happy woyww Jill #39

  3. The scrap room is really looking professional. Love the novel idea. I started writing years ago and have 3 started and never finished ideas - I'm rubbish at dialogue, I set the scene and then don't know what the characters are going to say!

    Keep us up to date with your word count every Wednesday.


  4. Sounds like November is going to be a busy month for you, Lisa, I hope you enjoy your writing and of course your stay in Wales. Lets hope the sun shines for half term!!
    Well done on that 12x12 storage, it's so hard to find here in the UK isn't it. Have fun organising all your papers.
    Hugs Lisax #56

  5. The paper trays are wonderful - and look how perfectly they fit! Totally understand that half way through moment when you wonder what on earth you've done...such a straightforward job always seem to have such a big knock on effect! Am super impressed as you know, about your plans for November..and erm..50,000 words..crikey - is that a short novel? Wow. See you on the other side, enjoy!

  6. What a great craftroom you have! Lovely supplies too! Uniflame - 68

  7. Great craft room, and totally understand losing the will to live half way thru, but how great will it feel when you're done?? And then you can mess it all up again being creative lol!!
    Happy woyww
    Debs #81

  8. Ooh, I love the look of those paper trays. I have paper tray envy :)

    Best of luck with the novel..hope we get an update or two on how it's going

  9. its been a while since i've used denim on a layout and you've reminded me why i like it so much.

    good luck with the writing....a little snippet here and there would make for good "blog" reading :) xx

  10. Cor, I bet your storage is awesome now! It all looks fab :-)
    Hope you enjoy all your creative endeavours in November!
    Hugs, LLJ 7 xx

  11. Lisa! You cracked me up when you said you lost the will to live! We spend so much time organizing and reorganizing...your studio is looking very professional, Wonderful find on the papertreys!

    Hugs robin 23

  12. Have a great time in Wales and good luck with the writing. Sounds like a great way of getting a book written! I really love your storage...I'm not in the least bit envious....Oh OK then, just a bit! Hugs. Pam#38

  13. I loved having a peek at your craft room, Lisa-Jane! And good for you for getting those stacking trays! Years ago I worked for a scrapbook store and they were letting some of those go. I passed because it's so dusty here (in the desert) and anything that's not tucked away gets dirty.

    Have fun in Wales, and good luck with your novel. Sounds like a cool project! :o)

  14. Good luck with the novel.

    Also so happy to see the rest of your craft room, it's fun seeing your desk each week and now it great to see the big picture, so to speak

  15. Holy Crow! You've got a lot on your proverbial plate! I write too and have a dozen half starts on a book. I can't imagine trying to do that all in one month! Best of luck to you! Great craft area and those paper trays were a steal!
    Angie #85

  16. What a beautiful room, Lisa Jane. I love the pink, and the brightness of it all! Well done getting the 12 x 12 storage - excellent to take advantage of such opportunities when they arise.

    I hope you have a wonderful time in Wales with no Internet to distract you from the novel - we expect a best-seller!!

    Thanks for your lovely comment - have a good nose - I'm like you about other people's houses too! Be warned though - the posts about the new house go back several months. You can see the transformation from the beginning.

    The Cougar is one of a family of cutting machines available from Thyme Graphics. It is a very powerful and sophisticated plotter/cutter which makes the Cricut look like a toy. You can use your own designs and are not limited to expensive cartridges. Mine has been out of action for months and I'll probably be like a beginner again once I get going!

    Glad you like my room. Only part of it is neat - the part I photographed lol lol!!

    Happy belated WOYWW,
    Shoshi #65

  17. I'm here at last (a week late) not joining in this week ans I'm so bust writing, drawingand dog sitting/walking there's no spare time! Now I know what NaNoWriMo means! (you left a comment last week!) I'm afraid my hem-hem door step of a book has more words.... which is why I decided to make it a two parter once on Amazon... now going to click on your lick to find out more!



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