My Craft Space
February 15, 2016
For those that missed the Periscope tour last week, I'm sharing some of the pictures of my craft room. Actually, I would call it more of a craft corner. The space that I am using is about 7 ft by 8 ft. I also have a craft desk and a closet, but I'm looking to sell the desk and reclaim the closet for non-stamping stuff. The shelves and desk shown in the picture above are from Ikea.
On the top of one of the shelving units, I like to display some projects and photos that make me smile. I've got a piece of my daughter's artwork, a couple of Stampin' Up! project kits, photos of friends and family, gifts and cards. The creativity sign was made with vinyl and My Digital Studio, back in the day. I keep it because it helps to explain when my area is a mess. LOL
On the shelves, I organize my stamp sets alphabetically. I only keep current stamps on the shelves, and remove them immediately once they retire. You can also see some of my Project Life by Stampin' UP! kits, Paper Pumpkin Kits, and a few completed scrapbooks.
There is a lot going on in this picture, but this is where the magic happens. On the top shelf, I have my sewing machine, Silhouette Cameo, Color Caddy filled with ink pads and refills, a ribbon holder, and the Stack & Store caddy for my embellishments. The dress form was temporarily relocated here, so I'm not sure that she'll be staying. The shelves are filled with card stock and punches.
Here is a close-up of the inserts that I purchased from Stamp-N-Storage. There are 12 slots on the paper holders. I place the individual 8-1/2" x 11" colors on each shelf, organized by color family. Any 12" x 12" cardstock from that color family goes in the 11th slot, and the 12th slot is filled with that color family's Designer Series Paper Stack.
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my punch holders! It is so nice to have them at my finger tips. I was concerned that the smaller punches would slide too far back and be difficult to reach, but they've got a neat little trick for that. When you order the punch holder, you receive spacers that will push your small and medium stamps forward. Genius!
One more thing.....these units come fully assembled and fit perfectly into the Kallax shelves from IKEA. If you don't have this type of shelving, be sure to check out Stamp-N-Storage anyway. They've got many other storage solutions available.
Tucked away in the corner is an IKEA Raskog cart that I use for my Big Shot. I assembled the cart with the top basket upside down. My big shot fits perfectly on top. The lower baskets are filled with dies, cutting plates, embossing folders, etc. Because it is on wheels, I can easily bring it out when I need it and roll it away when not in use.
Under my desk, I have a set of IKEA Alex drawers. This is filled with Silhouette cutting mats and supplies, vinyl, and miscellaneous contraband (non-Stampin' Up! stuff). When I am working with my Silhouette, I will wheel this out and place my Cameo on top for cutting projects.
This little cart isn't shown in any of my photos. I purchased it years ago from a craft store and I know I've seen them recently online and in stores. It's just a simple rolling cart with 8 drawers that will hold 8-1/2" x 11" paper. I've labeled each drawer with a color family name (or white & vanilla), and this is where I keep all of my scrap paper. It's nice to have it organized this way because I conserve a lot of full sheets of paper by checking my scrap drawers first.
The biggest benefit to having an organized space is that I can be a lot more creative without the chaos. I know where to find everything and it's relaxing to sit at my desk to create now.
I'm not finished, though. I've still got room for improvement and will be adding a few more things in the next couple of months.
Thanks so much for stopping by!