Welcome to My Craft Studio!
For the last several years, all of my paper crafting was done at my dining room table (and we have no kitchen table). Every time I crafted, all my supplies needed to be put away by dinner time. It certainly cut into my precious crafty hours!
This winter, after our walk-up attic had been insulated, I created a crafting sanctuary there for myself. IKEA and I got pretty chummy, since most of my storage and office components are from them. Love IKEA!
I know the silver-backed insulation isn't too pretty, but I tell you....I am SO happy, content and relieved to finally have a space of my own. The lack of usable walls, with tufts of insulation poking out here and there, does not bother me at all. In fact, all that reflective silver actually makes the attic brighter than it ever was. And the best part is the quiet. Upstairs, I cannot hear what happens on the lower levels of my house, and it is peaceful. I've got a space heater, and an air conditioner on wheels, too. Happy dancin'!
Let's begin the tour, shall we?
|After walking up the last step to the attic, this is what you see straight in front of you. Make a right here to get to my desk. Watch your left elbow on the suitcases!|
These soft chenille throw rugs are from IKEA. The light beige carpet is from our dining room before we renovated.
You've made a right turn from the raspberry throw rugs into the main crafting area. All of the units you see here are from IKEA, including the chair (the FINGAL). The two tallest pieces are ALEX , the two small bookcases to the right of them are BILLY, and the two metal drawer units to the far left are HELMER.
|Here is my desk, also from IKEA (LINNMON high gloss table top, ADILS legs). I assembled most of the pieces myself! I'm feeling mighty proud. :-) Hubby hung track lighting over my desk, attached to a piece of 2 x 4 wood. The sheer LILL curtains are from IKEA (told you we got buddy-buddy!). They're only $4.99 a pair. I just wanted something to soften the hideous old, dirty windows.|
A look at some things I keep on my desk:
|Got a few essentials here: coffee, a Jambox speaker for music, a small VACKIS clock IKEA (99 cents!), magazines for inspiration, old books for their pages to use in projects. The SKURAR candle holder (looks like a lace vase) hides a Yankee Candle Flameless Fragrance Sphere in Lemon Lavender.|
|My basket of clear stamping blocks sits directly in front of me, stamp spray cleaner to the left and stamp scrub pads below. I've got my custom stamp in this basket, too, for using on the backs of all my cards. You can see a picture of the stamp in THIS post.|
|Three former soap boxes now house various punched shapes, most of which are separated into little clear bags.|
|I need constant reminding. :-)|
Now let's look a bit more closely at supply organization within arm's reach of my chair:
|These pretty boxes once contained Christmas gifts. Now they hold the following --|
|The small box holds stamped images that were never used but may find a home one day.|
|The large box holds most of my gems, separated by color family and stored in zip-top baggies.|
|Because I use pearls most often, there are too many to fit into the other gem box. This plastic tote box came inside a zippered beverage cooler.|
|Tiny jam jars from Hawaii, brought home in our suitcase, store sequins.|
If I turn my chair ever so slightly to the left or the right, these are things I see:
|These Stampin' Up! color charts help me easily remember the names of my card stock.|
|All of my card stock scraps are sorted by color family and filed in this large tote from The Container Store. (I could not find this item on their website; must be discontinued) I keep it under my desk.|
|When I crafted in the dining room, all of my dies were held on magnetic vent covers inside an old TV armoire's doors (see THIS post). That armoire would not fit up our stairs, and now I have no walls, so a clever idea needed to happen. My genius husband came up with this adaptation: a large, sturdy piece of foam board in black (got mine from Staples), covered with magnetic vent covers (adhere with double-sided foam tape). If I had walls, I could hang this board perhaps, but I've got it leaning against the end of my kids' toy shelves right near my desk.|
|Since I'm an organization buff, I am always on the lookout for little containers and boxes that I can repurpose. This box came in the mail. I trimmed off one side and store my cut-and-scored card bases in it.|
|The box of cards (shown one photo up) is stored on these bookcases, as well as all of my Stampin' Up! stamps and the plastic tote holding pearls. See the purple binder by the floor? Check out the next couple of photos to see what's inside.|
|Every time I buy a new punch or die, I make an image in black and add it to these binder pages, along with the name of the product.|
|Spellbinders dies have handy pictures on the package. I just trim and add to the binder.|
|Remember these paper holders from earlier in our tour? They're just a foot or two behind my chair.|
|I record the name of a paper pad on its spine for easy reference.|
Okay, I'm opening select drawers now so you can peek inside.
|Adhesives go here....|
|Anything related to heat embossing goes here, along with a curling iron for getting wrinkles out of ribbons.|
|Glitter, glitter, glitter.|
|Liquid Pearls, dye re-inkers, Smooch inks, Crackle Paints and Creative Inspirations Paints go here.|
|All my neutral ink colors are stored here, as well as all Ranger Distress Inks.|
|All the other inks call this drawer 'home'. This drawer is deeper than the one containing neutral ink colors. I'm amazed they all fit!|
|I've got three shallow drawers of flowers. This one is dedicated exclusively to my Inspired By Stamping blossoms.|
|One of several ribbon drawers. This one is full of whites/creams/grays/blacks.|
|Another ribbon drawer. Pink, blue and purple ribbons live here, as well as vintage spools of thread.|
|The two smaller metal cabinets house my punch collection. This is a sample.|
The tops of storage units work hard, too.
|On top of a card stock storage cube, clear plastic SAMLA boxes house clear and rubber cling stamps.|
|Bought this pretty galvanized container a while back at Tuesday Morning. It holds all of my Inspired By Stamping stamp sets.|
|Ribbon scraps - and any ribbon not on a spool - are sorted by color family and stored in zippered curtain bags, then tucked into this pretty hydrangea box.|
Hang on! We're almost finished, but I've got one more spot to show you.
|We're back to the beginning of our tour and I have another small area to show you. See straight ahead, behind the small metal cabinets, there's a table peeking out? You can see a bit of the wooden table top and chrome legs beneath the windows.|
|A plastic shoe box holds embossing folders, Memory Box dies, Sizzix Bigz dies.|
|Little Sizzlits dies go in this decorative box, which matches two others I showed earlier in our tour.|
I'd LOVE to hear what you think! Please leave a comment before you go. I'm happy you allowed me to share my new space with you. Wish you could come over for a cup of coffee, crafting and chatting! :-) I guess this tour is the next best thing.