Scrapbooking Center?

Hey fellas!
I'm wondering how many of us are fortunate to have a SWMBO that is in to the art of Scrapbooking! Well, mine is, and it really wasn't a surprise to me when she uttered the words "I'm considering getting you to build something for me to help me with storage and work space." I have a few ideas (and this likely would not be tackled until sometime in early spring), but was hoping to hear from those on the WRECK what you had put together to help your SWMBO out.
Thanks!
Chris Mooney
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I guess I haven't been paying attention. When did "scrapbook" become a verb?
On Sun, 11 Jan 2004 18:40:18 -0600, Christopher Mooney

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Oh Puleeazzzzze! Get over yourself!
Just when I thought this wasn't a group where people were so ANAL about grammar. If you don't know what I am talking about, read past to the next post!
Gee Whiz! PLONK!!!
On Mon, 12 Jan 2004 01:05:48 GMT, John Carlson

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Geez, sensitive, aren't we?
(Never did answer my question. I hate when people verb their nouns,)
On Sun, 11 Jan 2004 20:05:15 -0600, Christopher Mooney

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You mean like when someone takes a noun (such as "verb" for example) and uses it as a verb? I hate that, too.
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Why yes, exactly like that.
(I assume you realize the irony was intentional; I thought it was obvious enough not to need a smiley.)
On Mon, 12 Jan 2004 01:07:23 -0600, "todd"

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Actually "scrapbooking" is being used as a noun. In the phrase used by the OP, "the art of scrapbooking," scrapbooking is the subject of the prepositional phrase........dufus. <g> You brought it on yourself.
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Well, Mr. Language Person, a better question would be "when did Chris use the word 'scrapbook' as a verb?". The only point where the text "scrapbook" appears in his text is in the word "scrapbooking". "Scrapbooking" is a gerund, not a verb. You can tell that it's a gerund and not a present participle because it is the object of a preposition (and thus functions as a noun).
Thanks for playing.
As for Chris, my wife scraps ;-) and I recently made the mistake of making wood holders (if that is the correct word - I'm sure Mr. Language Person will correct me if not) for some stamps she bought. The stamps only came with the part that actually contacts the ink. They came with one plastic holder per set that you were supposed to put each of the stamps in as needed. Obviously, that would really blow, so I bought some 1x2 maple and used shaper cutters in my table saw to cut finger holds in the side of the wood pieces, cut them to length, and then she used contact cement to attach the stamps to the wood. Well, now, of course, she needs a place to store all of these stamps. Right now, I think I'm going to build a small cabinet with drawers just tall enough to hold the stamps. The design could also be expanded to include storing of the 12x12 paper that is so popular with scrappers.
I'm not sure which sickness is worse, the collection of Xyron machines, stamps of every style and case, seeminly endless supplies of paper and stickers, and punches, or the collection of table saws, routers, band saws, wood, and the most insidious of them all, clamps. It does, however, give good cover for me. I think we have an unspoken understanding that I don't complain when she comes home with a Sizzix, and the doesn't when I come home with a drill press.
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LOL, yep same dtente is in place here. What i did for my wife last year was to build her a "craft" room above the shop. 13x20, all drywall, ceiling fan, AC and gas heat, tons of light and and a bunch of built in drawers in the knee wall.
We have talked about other storage solutions but for the most part there is stuff out there that works very well, is fairly inexpensive and much lighter than I could make.
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On Mon, 12 Jan 2004 01:03:38 -0600, "todd"

Quite correct. But gerunds derive from verbs, so implicitly, "scrapbook" was taken to be a verb in order form a gerund from it.
(I think that the definition of a gerund is "the present participle of a verb used as a noun." But it's been a long time since grammar school and that might not be quite right.)
So technically, Chris did not use the word scrapbook as a verb. But then, if you'll re-read my post you'll find that I didn't say he had. I only said (and only by implication) that scrapbook had become a verb

You're quite welcome, and thank you for the challenge. :-)
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"scrapbook"
as
Your definition of a gerund is incorrect. Going back to your original, off-topic post, are you aware that words, sometimes more than one, are added to the dictionary every year? Do you think English professors have a convention where they invent new words? Words get created because people decide that the existing lexicon is not sufficient to handle something they want to express. Thus, particularly in the scrapbooking community, "scrapbook" has become a verb. I suppose we could consider it a special word created by a defined group, making it jargon. But jargon has the habit of becoming part of regular speech. I wonder if I searched through your posting history, assuming it goes back far enough, if I would find that you used the word "e-mail" as a verb, prior to it being "officially" added to the dictionary. Besides, Chris isn't writing his doctoral thesis here. He's asking a question in an informal setting. So, how about stepping down as grammar Nazi?
Another question would be, do you have an on-topic response in this thread?
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On Mon, 12 Jan 2004 09:25:19 -0600, "todd"

Well, so far it looks like you've contributed at least as much off-topic verbiage to the discussion as I have. But since my contributions seem to upset you so, I'll stop.
But one last question, if I may: can you give me the _correct_ definition (and a reference) for gerund? As I said, it's been a long time since grammar school and if I need to refresh my brain, I'd like to do so. Thanks.
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Actually, I made an on-topic post in this thread. Additionally, I decided to challenge your self-assumed role as Grammar Czar of the ng.
As for a definition of a gerund, I'm pretty sure you have access to the World Wide Web. I bet if you went to www.google.com, you could find out for yourself.
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On Mon, 12 Jan 2004 01:05:48 GMT, John Carlson

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It happened when someone took "book" as a verb and put "scrap" in front of it -- as in "book" a cruise, "book" an order, etc. One of the awful and yet so useful characteristics of the English language, being a bastard derivative of so many other languages including old German, high German, midieval French, Latin, and nearly everything else on the planet, is that it tends to freely adopt new words and new uses for old ones.
Get over it.
As for my credentials, the last book I produced required 12 semi-trailer loads of paper for the first press run -- 3000 pages, 15,000 copies. I didn't write it all, but I edited and expanded on it for years through several editions.
CE
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MY wife scrapbooks too, and she wants me to make a sliding drawer to hold all the large paper. She just bought Rubbermaid stuff for all those stamps (thank God!).

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Wifey has much more in stamps, punches, stickers, die cuts, Quickutz, and papers then I do in my garage of manly man toys. BUT we don't discuss such things.
My wife was lamenting space for her growing stamp collection and was not impressed with the ISIS carts for $40 and up. She zero'd in on a cabinet that was about $175.00, but she won't spend lump sums, it's 7 trips at $50 that rock her boat.
So I pipe up that I could buy a piece of birch from the local Windsor store, and make her up a cabinet for under $50.00 that will have like 6 or seven drawers in it.
Gaunlet was dropped. Bought the board, got out a straight edge, the razor, some blue tape and the circular saw with plywood blade. Made a carcase that wasn't do great, but you couldn't tell. Then I made her 8 drawers on masonite slides just a hair skinner than the cabinet. They are 16 1/4" wide, buy 23" deep. It fit ALL her stamps, the pads, some other junk and she was hooked. I used my router to pattern the drawer fronts and made a hand pull buy notching the drawer itself. She stamped those and embossed them.
Then I made a 12x12 paper drawer, that was a bit too much as the hangers had to push the edge of the drawer over the clearance limit. The top drawer is usable, but the bottom drawer is still too tight. Someday will get some of the HDPE tape and fix it.
Then I made another 12x12 cabinet with a skinner type of hanging folder, and 4 drawers above that.
There is another cabinet to be made after a couple of other projects. I am trying to talk her into some on the wall storage, but she likes her walls mostly barren in her room.
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Thanks for the first-hand experience and ideas! I really appreciate it, and I am sure the wife thanks you as well :)
Chris Mooney
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Here is a link to the first cabinet I made for her:
http://arwomack01.home.att.net/images/cabinet.jpg
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