In Our Sofa…Welcome to Elena’s place

Posted by Elena Olinevich

15 March, 2014 -

Good morning, Maja Friends.

Today is my turn to invite you to my little scrap space

Elena-Olinevich-E  It was not easy for me to make the shots of my place after I have seen Jenny’s gorgeous room about a month ago. But anyway, though it is not even a sole room , I hope you will like to see the place where I create.

So I have 3 places where I create – my kitchen, my daughter’s room and our living room, espeacially the big windows that I use to make the shots of all of my projects.

More often you can find me here, at my daughter’s room, where we share one desk:

IMG_2479  You have noticed I have almost occupied her desk with my Shimmerz paints and mists, but  in turn, I allow her to use them too. She doesn’t mind.

The only issue that arrives almost all the time – who is responsible for cleaning the desk, as I may start to create, then she comes , finds a small place and starting to borrow almost all of my embellishments I have prepared for my project.

After I find time to get back to my project I can not find anything, but on the other day she comes to me and says: Look, Mom, what I have created for you.

So what else I need to say that just – oh, dear, this is adorable, but could you be so kind and don’t pick it next time without my permission first.

So it’s not easy to share something with someone , especially when DT boxes arrive, she looks in them and says – it is too much for you, I need 30% of it or I won’t let you create at my desk.

This is for instance how she says about my Chipboard box:


So doing it this way, I have struggled with her for providing me with one shelf, and she allowed me to use a half of it, so this is where I keep all my stencils, masks and some mediums:

IMG_2486  As I can not keep all my supplies in open access because we have another one little kid, my son, who is just 20 months old and who  explores life every minute, I need to hide the rest of my stuff.

So this is how I keep all my papers, if I don’t want them to be painted or leaving some sketches on them:

IMG_2490  The number 516 doesn’t mean I have 516 sheets of cardstock, it’s just a note that was made during the shipping the box to me by the customs office or someone like that.

As I design for several companies I decided to keep all the collections ( the papers and the embellishments in one box), it makes it easier to find and match them. For Maja Design papers I use their signed boxes and just make the notes which collections are in the box.

I am not going to show you my kitchen desk, as you won’t see something special there.

So our next stop is another room full of light and white furniture:

IMG_2702  This drawer is a shabby style one, an we bought  the same leather sofa, so next step is to paint the walls with white paint and add some decorations.

Don’t laugh at the number of the baby carriages, I bought them for my decoration projects, but I need to hide them as well as the kids are struggling for them to play with.

This is how many of my Layouts are kept, mostly the old ones, that I don’t like too much and I think I just need to put off the embellishments and give the papers to the kids. I need to think how to recycle them if I don’t want them to be on the albums or on the walls

IMG_2708  Yes, the paint is hidden even there.

And here is my favorite object in this room

IMG_2703  I am scrap addicted but I am book- addicted too. It is full of the books for the kids or teenagers mostly, but I buy those books that are out of age, and that are inetersted for everyone. I need to say that  for the past 5 years I have spent on the books almost the same som of money as for my scrap hobby. I seek for good and inspiring illustrations, good poetry and the text that makes you start thinking while reading. No needless to say that I find a huge inspiration from the books too.

My hubby doesn’t like the idea of spending too much on my hobby as well as on the books as his main argument is – we don’t have ebough space to keep it all. But I have already found many drawers and extra space everywhere, and I can not wait when our house will be built so I can have a huge studio and cabinet in one, half of it will be for creatong, the other one – for enjoying the books.

I hope you have liked my space as much as I love my house.

Next time Maja will invite us to her space, so stay tuned and don’t miss it on April 12th.









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  • What a fun tour – thank you! (I loved the baby carriages part!) It’s so awesome you share the desk with your daughter – she has her own personal master instructor! And somewhat like you, I too scrap out of my kitchen, spare room and dining room! It’s all about the light and extra counter/table space 🙂 I can’t imagine not loving every layout you create? I’m sure they will all be loved dearly!!!!

  • Kathy G. says:

    I have a huge room that my husband made for me with cabinets and countertops (storage galore), but it hasn’t made me more creative. In fact (although I won’t admit it to my husband) so much room makes it harder to remember what I’ve bought. Out of sight, out of mind. I think you’re sharing the space with your daughter is wonderful. Look how much you’ve inspired her already. I love all of your designs. I’d love to see the special gift she created for you.

  • Jennifer Snyder says:

    I have to laugh – your daughter is such a diplomat. She really knows how to be a business woman and drive a hard bargain.
    I also just love your reaction to your daughter’s beautiful projects – with your best embellies. I can appreciate how wonderful and sweet the project is from her, all the while using your best embellies. hehehehe – I feel for ya! I really do. But ultimately – her gift is adorable and she’s a paper crafter like momma.

  • Marsha Fitzhugh says:

    Elena, I can sympathize with you about the space issue. I have a whole craft room to myself now that my kids are grown–and I still can’t find things and don’t have enough room! My poor husband was complaining the other day that he gets one small space. 🙁 I think we all have similar problems when we are creative because there are always so many wonderful ideas and new things to create! 🙂 Thank you for all your beautiful creations.

  • Elena, thank you for sharing your creative places 🙂 They all look so bright and cheerful and cozy, even if they aren’t all for you 🙂
    It may be difficult to share space with your daughter, but also gives you the chance to spend creative time together, and she has the best teacher she could imagine!
    I’m also a book freak, even my boys own almost 200 books themselves 🙂

  • Thanks so much for sharing your scrap space with us Elena! Your scrap space is bright and cheerful, no wonder so many lovely creations come out of it! My scrapspace is my home office as well so it gets shared by the family too, sometimes keeping it in order can be a challenge for me too 🙂 xo

  • Jenny Grotherus says:

    Thank you for sharing a piece of your home. I think it’s brilliant that you share your desk with your daughter so she get’s creative while growing up. I think it’s just to bite the dust and realize that the best embellies may get little feet sometimes. Ha ha! I love your space, especially your books.

  • Oh, Elena! Thank you so much for sharing your space, and sharing the wonderful stories behind all of the nooks and rooms you store & stash your creative treasures. Ah, (sigh), I know only to well how it is to have children getting into your supplies. My daughter used one side of at least 13 papers of an entire Maja collection to play school….she had drawn on each of the pages (I was lucky it was only on one of the sides) … but needless to say, I had no idea she had even done it. She is sneaky that way.