Pocket Scrapbooking with Project Life

Cultivate a good life and record it.

Jun

10th

home office tour

 

About 4.5 years ago, David and I made a pretty big decision together that would change the course of our lives. We decided to start a small business. The two of us spent many, many nights working tirelessly. We personally answered customer emails, put out fires, and just figured things out the best we knew how. Eventually we hired a little help. Our team continues to grow today.

That little business has grown into something I’m not sure either one of us expected, but here we are. We’ve been through some incredibly tough things that have challenged us to the core and we’ve also experienced some of our greatest joy because of the blessing it is to work together to create something special that can bless the lives of others.

My point in sharing this? This space is where it all happens.

It’s no secret that our home office is one of my happy places. This space holds many, many memories. This is home. This is family together time. This is the kids’ homework and creative projects. This is where I wrap gifts. And this is also the headquarters for Becky Higgins LLC until we one day open an actual office space (a goal we are currently working toward). This is team meetings and photos shoots and video work and endless creating and writing and brainstorming.

Today I’m pleased to share with you a little tour of the home office as it is today. I cleaned up for the pictures, but rest assured this place gets plenty messy from time to time.  ; )

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I’ll share where certain things are from just in case the questions come up. Above: The chairs are called Wayfarer Side Chair in the Coastal Living line by Stanley Furniture. The white & orange storage boxes, as well as the white baskets on the shelves, are from The Container Store.

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Above: Those are Project Life Mini Albums (next to our wedding picture), which we really love around here. In fact, the kids are each working on their own little album. Great summer project. The framed black board (too old to remember where I got that) always has the latest baby / wedding / graduation announcements. The hooks below (Restoration Hardware I think?) always have a few bags and purses hanging from them.

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All of the family sunglasses are tucked into the shelves because this corner of the office is located near our garage door, so it’s an easy place to keep those since we don’t have a mudroom (or room for anything really) just inside the garage door.

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These are the nine books I published – all in my twenties. My first book The Art of Creative Lettering was published in 1999. My last book Best of Becky Higgins Sketches for Scrapbooking was published in 2007. Each book was absolutely a labor of love. The microphone is something that gets used once in a while when I need to record voice over or something. It’s a Blue Yeti microphone.

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We’re Mac people. The ol’ saying “Once you go Mac, you never go back” holds true for us. I got the clock at Target. Candlesticks and decorative balls? Can’t remember, honestly.

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The orange and white boxes are from The Container Store. The tins and white pots are from IKEA. The white vase is from Target. I wish I could remember where the yellow frame is from – but probably Home Goods, Marshall’s or Ross. The building in that picture frame is the Mesa Arizona Temple, which is very special to us because that is where we were married in 1995.

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I used to use these boxes to hold the kids’ larger art, but I have a different system for that now (did you see my post from a couple weeks ago about organizing kids’ stuff?). We have other stuff in these boxes now, but I just haven’t updated the labels yet.

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You can see a hint of the sunset photos that I have framed. There are eight of them around the office, lined up between the countertop and the bottom of the cupboards. I’ll share pictures of those on social media today (because we forgot to take pictures of those when we did this photo shoot). Just watch for those on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter – wherever you like to hang out.

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I frame my kids’ stuff. It makes me happy. Both of these frames that I’ve had forever were probably from Target.

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The mug is also from Target. Shocking, I know. I have white beans in there to “hold” my pens. Those were from the grocery store.  : )  And wouldn’t you know it? These are my favorite pens – hands down.

As for the other side of the office – that’s where I have this wall of cubes. These cubes are relatively old – and probably retired. They were made by Cropper Hopper back in the day, but I don’t believe they’re available anymore (someone correct me if I’m wrong). In these shelves you’ll see a lot of cloth albums. Grey = Family. Rain = Work stuff. Orange = Porter. Yellow = Claire. Green = Crew. That lamp is from Target and the cool camera print was a gift from Catherine Davis.

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Each of our three children have a dedicated cube for their stuff that is to-be-scrapbooked. More on that whole idea in my recent blog post called 10 Tips for End of School – and there’s even more about this in the in-depth video I did two years ago. It’s still watched a lot (26,000+ views) because of all the helpful information that I share about the process of Getting Organized with Kids’ Stuff.

That print off to the right? That was a gift from Mye in Singapore. And the tulips were even a sweet gift from my neighbor recently. People are so kind! The little frames of each of the kids are from Target.

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Oh, Oreo. That’s our family pup. He’s a Havanese. And if I’m being completely honest, he’s my shadow all day long and really prefers to be wherever I am. It’s pretty sweet considering I was absolutely the most resistant person in our family to get a dog in the first place. Speaking of fun videos and totally random topics … have you seen that video I made about Our Christmas Miracle when we surprised the kids with Oreo? Over 10,000 views and I still cry every time I watch it.

Back on topic. The fun coral / silver pillow is from Home Goods recently. The yellow pillow and the black & white basket are from (you guessed it) – Target! Same with the similar-looking black-with-white-trim baskets in the photos below. The grey chair is from Potato Barn – a furnishings place in Arizona.

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We picked up the little green Bisley 5-Drawer Cabinet at The Container Store too. One thing we forgot to add to the whole office set-up when we had this space custom designed nearly eight years ago, was simple drawers under the desk. We have big drawers for hanging files and large cabinets, but no small drawers for the smallest office supplies. Oops. So this little unit helps for those things.

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I’m a fan of labels. Some labels are missing in my office, but the albums? They’re all labeled. I just make my own in a document on the computer, printed out on white cardstock, and trimmed to size. As indicated here with the Rain albums, I even store all of my Photo Pocket Pages for Project Life in 12×12 albums. I use the Scrapbook Dividers to keep them organized.

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Like I said – it all happens here. Work. Play. Family. Business. Tears. Laughter. Stress. Joy. And I am thankful every day that this is a part of our home life. I can’t imagine it any other way.

COMMENTS

51 Responses

  1. akshada says:

    wow…. its very refreshing place….. thanks for sharing….

  2. Jody says:

    Thanks for sharing! We have just moved our office from our home (where we have worked for over 8 years) to an actual office…I had been feeling fine about it but having seen your photos today I am really missing being at home :( I loved working from home and will still get to some days but not in the same way. Its been exciting and I have very mixed feelings about it all but I know this move was necessary and a positive step forward for our businesses. Your home office is beautiful and very inspiring! :)

  3. Karen Jacobs-Cooke says:

    Wow, very lovely.Thanks for the Tour.Thanks for sharing.

  4. Kasondra Farmer says:

    Amazing!
    It’d be great to see a printable or template for the page binder labels. I also store my plastics that!

  5. Pink Ronnie says:

    Love this glimpse into the place where it all happens!! :)
    Ronnie xo

  6. Susan says:

    What a bright and sunny happy place! Thank you so much for taking the time to share all of the photos and text!!

  7. J3SS1C4 says:

    What an awesome space! I love how that bookshelf looks with all of the albums on there in pretty colours. I’m in the process of starting my office/craft room in my new house, and I’m going to custom design mine, too! :)

  8. Karen Loper says:

    Beautiful space. Love the colors!

  9. Jennifer P says:

    Why the change from leather albums to cloth albums?

  10. Donna Collins says:

    We need projectlife for pet lovers!!!

  11. Chris says:

    Thank you for sharing. I too would love a close up of how you label your family/kids albums and maybe a tutorial on how to actually do it for those of us who are a bit more challenged in creating! I love The Container Store and just visited the one in Las Vegas last weekend and came upon the Bisley file cabinets. For those looking to organize your project life cards out of their original packaging you should check out the Bisley cabinets and the drawer inserts you can get…they actually have both shallow and deep inserts that will organize the 4×6 and 3×4 cards. If you choose the shallow style you can actually stack 2 inserts per drawer in the 5 drawer cabinet. The 5 drawer costs $99 and the inserts are rather expensive at $13.99 each but if you like organization this is a great option. And, the cabinets come in a large variety of colors too!

  12. M says:

    I am also curious why you changed to cloth albums? I remember your family albums being red. What happened to all of the red albums?!

  13. Kaylee says:

    Can you please share the name of the green wall color throughout the space? Looks great!

  14. Wow! Your room is so organized. It also looks like your room is filled with warmth, creativity and joy. Thanks so much for sharing your photos. :)

    Mary from NH

  15. Jennifer Adams says:

    I REALLY need/wish you would create something (I will purchase if need be) that has ALL the designs on one page. Almost like a table of contents, but where I can SEE (visualize) all the designs on one page. For example, I can’t ever recall that Design A looks like *****, or Design Z looks like ***** (is there a design Z? I don’t know…I need a design list).

    • Chris says:

      Jennifer if you click on the Freebies link at the top of Becky’s home page and then scroll down there is a page design/digital template printable that will meet your request for a visual of all the pocket page designs. I have one that I refer to daily when creating.

    • Ebony says:

      She has a page design PDF refrence download under her “Freebies” page:-)

  16. Rhonda Steed says:

    What an amazing set up!!

  17. Margie Mae says:

    Wow, Becky – what organization skills! I’m so jealous!

  18. Marcie L says:

    What a beautiful, happy place! And I thought I was organized…

  19. Amber says:

    Hey Becky –

    Have your kids’ albums always been the colors of your logo? And then your logo is a reflection of your own family? (Which would be awesome!) Or did you make the switch once you finished your branding to help keep things cohesive? I’m absolutely in love with your space!!

    xoxo

  20. Wendie Waldman says:

    Thanks for the tour – you’ve been an inspiration for years

  21. Monique says:

    I live in Wyoming. In early April (while you were in Australia), I emailed your customer service people about getting your “office” address so I could come and take a picture by the door/sign for my album while I was visiting Peoria, AZ. They were very gracious – and now I understand why they didn’t give it to me! That would have been a little awkward! ;) I guess it just goes to show what a professional business you have. I would have never guessed it is run out of your home. Thanks for sharing your beautiful space.

  22. Enid says:

    Very lovely place. It is so refreshing. Thanks for sharing it.

  23. Judy W says:

    I was wondering what the boxes in the children’s cubbies is used for and where do you get them?
    Love the room!
    Thanks!

    • Elena says:

      See her “organizing kid’s stuff” video for these… they’re from Target and she puts her kids stuff to scrap in them.

  24. Maria Cary says:

    I would LOVE a copy of the cultivating a good life and recording it framed picture…will you be adding this to your range…such a lovely visual for those who enter your home to see that you live what you believe in.

  25. Elena says:

    OK, so WHERE is the computer and WHY do you not have a mess of wires under the desk? LOL

  26. Leslie S. says:

    Thanks for the tour, your office is lovely. Makes me want to organize my scrapbook room now!

  27. dawn says:

    What a beautiful office space you have, thanks so much for the tour. I too was the one saying “NO” to getting a dog and now Lucky has been with us almost 4 years and goes everywhere I go.

  28. Karen says:

    Love, love your great room and thanks for sharing a lot of great ideas. Framing your child’s message is great. I have a few and just did not know how to store them. Have to steal your idea of storing your page protectors in a notebook!!! Thanks as always for sharing!!!

  29. Sarah Innerst-Peterson says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your space. So inspiring!

  30. Michele says:

    Becky-

    You’re truly an inspiration from PL to photography to organization! I don’t know what we’d do without you. Thank you. I have a couple of questions I’d like to ask and I know you’re busy and look forward to hearing from you.

    1) Where did you get the book shelves that holds all of your family/kids albums? (if this was stated somewhere in your blog, I apologize, can you please direct me?) :)

    2) Do you know where your Silhouette instruction will be posted on your blog? I’d like to try it this summer and I’m anxious to get started.

    Many thanks Becky!! <3

    • Alison says:

      She writes in this blog entry about that :) “they were made by Cropper Hopper back in the day, but I don’t believe they’re available anymore (someone correct me if I’m wrong). In these shelves you’ll see a lot of cloth albums. Grey = Family. Rain = Work stuff. Orange = Porter. Yellow = Claire. Green = Crew.” They look great don’t they! We have similar from Ikea- Expedit shelves.

  31. Alison says:

    It’s a beautiful room, Becky- Has Becky Higgins class all over it. A fabulous workspace. Mine looks the opposite and it is my dream to have a room like this. Just being so organised must help free the brain to be inspired. I love how your signature PL colours are incorporated throughout the room. If you ever feel like doing a makeover for a desperate Aussie I’ll happily volunteer lol. Thanks for sharing. x

    • Michele says:

      Thanks, I understood it as the plastic holders for papers are from Cropper Hoppers not the shelving. :)

    • Alison says:

      You could be right :) I was surprised as I thought they were from Ikea

    • Alison says:

      I think cropper hopper used to sell square cubes that she has stacked for shelving, in addition to plastic paper holders, which is what she meant. And yes IKEA does have similar all-in-one shelving (expedit), although I think they changed names this year. They are thicker then the shelving shown but are great for 12×12 binders. HTH:)

    • cheryl says:

      Yes, also, her shelving holds six albums! Expedia only holds four per shelf. I always wondered why hers held six and mine only held four until I read this and realized hers are not Ikea shelves. Too bad Cropper Hopper discontinued them.

  32. Sheryl Pyle says:

    I love your space and tried to make a similar space in our new home. Not as large as yours but similar. Is your countertop/workspace and peninsula countertop high or lower. Mine is countertop so am trying to find chairs that work well with that. Thanks for all of your inspiration and can’t wait to organize my space. It will never be as neat as yours..but you inspire me to try!!

  33. Rachel Tomlinson says:

    I couldn’t resist watching the Arrival of Oreo video – that is so sweet and I had goosebumps all through!

  34. Kris says:

    Thank you for sharing! Very beautiful!

  35. Rachel Pomeroy says:

    what a beautiful video… I have just watched it… a beautiful treasured memory keepsake xx

  36. Annegrete Wettstein says:

    Wow! Really amazing space!
    I’m moving into my new home in a few months and need some ideas to build my workspace, which i’m going to share with my husbands home office. Can you give me a hint where I find images or ideas ( books, sites, etc…) because I live in Brazil and haven’t acces to the stores you mentioned

  37. Dianne Dixon says:

    Becky I love the way you have done up your office I whish I was as good at organising as you are but I only have a very small spare bedroom but it will improve when I am able to get some book case
    Cheers
    Dianne

  38. kat-in-texas says:

    Becky, I’ve always wondered what the color was on your walls!!! I love that!!!

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  41. Stephanie says:

    WOW Becky, your office has changed and the kids are so big. I was able to met you in Orlando when you were pregnant with number 2. You we tree not feeling good but gracious to all of us. Thank you for all your wonderful ideas.

  42. cheryl says:

    Becky, are you trying to kill me with that Christmas Miracle new puppy video?! I’m sitting here balling like a baby! I know I’m late to the party, but I hadn’t seen this video before. I’ve thumbed through this lovely montage of office photos many times before and seemed to miss that link and the fact that your shelving is the now discontinued Cropper Hopper cubes. This explains why I continually say to myself when I’m organizing my shelves, “just how does Becky Higgens get six albums on her shelves when I can only get four on my mine?!” Duh! I have the Ikea Expedit shelves and yours are something else. Finally, I know the answer! Anyway, as always, loaded with amazing tips and helps. And back to the dog, I plan to see A Dog’s Life coming out this weekend (I think that’s the name of the movie). I’ve been crying watching the trailer for 6 months now, wondering if this movie was ever coming out. Can’t wait to see it. We, as well, were reluctant dog owners. In fact, we did not have a dog until our kids were grown and on their own. My daughter wanted a cat but my son begged for a dog. However, he was never home. Too many activities. He gets it, I don’t think he’s scarred for life, haha. But less than 30 days after he got a place of his own, he adopted a dog! No surprise there. What is a surprise, is that my husband and I adopted a dog 4.5 years ago. My husband, the biggest hold out, came out of his manacle (we’re empty nesters) and sat down across from me, with a serious look and said “so, I hear we’re getting a dog”. I knew about it because it was my son who wanted us to adopt a dog he met at his groom shop but I hadn’t had the nerve to bring it up to my husband. I guess my son called him about it and well, the rest is history. Jonah is the light of our lives (along with our grandkids) and we can’t imagine how we lived all these years without him. We are a true dog loving family now!
    In love and light,
    Cheryl

  43. cheryl says:

    That was supposed to be ‘man cave’. My husband came out of his man cave. :)

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