I thought I would give you a tour of my craft room studio today, while it is temporarily picked up.
Maybe you are wondering why I would be pretentious enough to call my scrap shack a “Studio?”
It just sounds more important.
Plus I have a desk name-tag leftover from my days as a loan officer, and a notary stamp, (that expired back in the 90’s.) I feel qualified to work in “a studio” based on those merits alone.
I used to BE SOMEBODY!
I have weird issues.
This is the view coming into the craft room:
The flooring is pergo, and it has really been a good thing. I spill paint on it, ink pads and drop scissors. The only time I have disliked it, was when I dropped a giant tub of brads. They gleefully scattered everywhere! I am still finding them under the craft room baseboards.
This is my counter-top.
It was a remnant at the counter-top place. Someone chose it to make a bar, and then changed their mind. We got it for pretty cheap. I liked the color. It is 4 feet wide, and eight feet long. Plenty of room on both sides of the counter for people to work, without crowding each other out.
Let’s pretend it is clean.
My sewing machine is on the end of the counter.
I have to pull it out a bit when I sew, or else my layouts jam up against the window.
This is the view above the counter.
I have slat-wall on three of the four walls in the room. This area has shelving to hold my Letter Pressing stuff, and Xyron refills (top shelf) a basket with thread for the sewing machine, the black box holds miscellaneous journaling cards, and the end is my Xyron (all on the second shelf).
The silver bucket is full of delicious blingy rhinestone brads.
Sometimes I take it down, just to run my fingers through it.
Judge if you must.
It is the squirrel in me.
We will look at the third shelf better in a minute. Underneath the third shelf, the buckets hanging are tools that I use almost every time I scrap.
It is just convenient to take the buckets down, and have the tools at my fingertips.
This is to the left of the counter.
The tilt bins are full of sewing supplies, and miscellaneous bits. This is also the craft room closet, with the doors taken completely off. We installed a counter-top inside the closet, and this is where I have my computer area, and more storage.
Here is the full view of the craft room closet.
The bins on the upper shelf are full of cloth, felt, embossing powders, older sticker sheets, chipboard, extra photos, and to the far left, is where I store copies of magazines I have been published in.
The middle shelf is all my die-cuts.
We will look at that junk closer in a bit.
To the left of the computer is my Silhouette machine.
To the right is my scanner, and printer. The hanging bucket holds rulers.
I like them close to be able to measure out journaling boxes for layouts.
This area is to the left of the computer closet.
The wall is covered with tilt bins. The bins are full of craft punches. I still use them. I bought all of the tilt bins on clearance when my scrap space was the size of a postage stamp and in the laundry room. At that time, they stored everything I owned.
My stash has grown a bit since then.
On the top of the bin wall, and at the bottom, I hung skirt hangers to display layouts.
To the left are crafting aprons.
They were given to me by a manufacturer.
I never wear them, but they look cool.
In the magnetic folders, I have dies stored in categories (Christmas, Valentines, etc. and whole alphabet sets). In the binders are smaller (2×2, 4×4) dies. The basket on top has cutting mats.
See my official name tag thingie?
I work in a STUDIO. 🙂
See that little guy there? Here is a tutorial for you to make your own little Frosty Snowman! —> Paper Snowman Tutorial
And the little drawers behind Frosty? They are full of brads, buttons, and other small embellishments sorted out according to color. Mikayla, my ten-year-old assistant, helped me do that a few months ago.
It was tedious.
But so nice now-to just pull a drawer out when you need a certain color.
All of the paper in the Expedit are contained in vertical paper holders. This way, when I need a specific color, or paper manufacturer, I can just pull down the paper holder. They are crucial to keeping the paper organized, and protected from bent corners and sagging.
The bottom row of baskets hold mini-albums, items I bought to alter, (photo frames, coasters, etc.) and the basket to the far left, is full of my leftover embellishments.
Like when I use a package of brads, and have a few leftover, or random bits.
This is the basket that my kids know they have free reign to use.
The second row has a few cubes designated to Core’dinations Cardstock, one of my favorite companies now. I keep their cardstock separate from the cardstock rainbow above.
The best part?
I don’t really know why I love them so much, but here are my swatch books.
They are little bundles of tiny samples of all of the paper Core’dinations makes.
They make me happy.
Of course it is handy to be able to reference the exact color when you are writing up instructions for a project, or referencing a certain collection.
But truth is, they are little, and cute.
I told you I had weird issues.
Also above the sink, is my bin of vinyl rolls for the Silhouette. The tree covered bin thing is full of free standing stamps. The other pegs have gift bags and blank chipboard albums.
The shelf unit by the sink is full of scrapbooking magazines, and idea books.
Also my owner’s manuals for all my machines, and my design team contracts, and manufacturer catalogs.
On the top of the shelf is my label maker.
I love that thing.
If there is one thing I can whole-heartedly recommend to help you organize, it would be to invest in a label maker. When things have a designated place- that is clearly labeled, it is much more likely that they will find their way back to their place. 🙂
Then, to the left of the window, is my craft room bucket/embellishment wall.
I got the smaller buckets in the dollar spot at Target.
The bigger ones were also from Target- they weren’t a dollar, they were $2.50.
In the white bin above the buckets are spray adhesive, etching cream (not itching cream) and glitter spray, plus other similar things that I use a lot.
On top of the cabinet is a big fat drawer full of impossibly tangled ribbon.
I haven’t figured out a better system that works for me.
I am not fussy enough to wind my ribbon on spools, or something cool like that.
I use the “dig and stuff” method for now.
The tote above the ribbon graveyard is full of unfinished card bases or weird cards I had to do for assignment. (Happy St. Patty’s anyone?)
The pink box is full of finished cards, organized by event. (birthday, wedding, etc.)
Also always on top of the counter-top is my inspiration journal.
Another pretentious title.
It is that red plaid notebook. I have been keeping- like a SMASH book for about ten years.
When I find a random magazine clipping that I find inspiring for whatever reason, I tape it into the book. Then when I need an idea for a layout, card, or project, I can thumb through the book, and hopefully find something good.
Under the book is a slab of marble.
Handy for hammering eyelets or whatever.
The drawers underneath store hand-tools, extra paper trimmers, adhesives and cutting mats.
The top drawer holds ink pads.
The bottom drawer holds all of my stamps.Also underneath the counter are two giant totes.
One is full of patterned paper scraps.
The other is full of cardstock scraps.
Again, no organization here.
My kids know they can have free reign of these totes.
Ideally, if the scrap of paper is big enough to make a card out of, I will cut a card base, fold it, and add it to that card base box.
Most of the time.
I get lazy, though.Over on this side of the under-counter…used to be a mini-fridge.
Sam (my husband) made me take it out.
He said it was a waste of energy, and “who is too lazy to just go downstairs and get a drink?”
We got our last power bill.
I kinda saw his point.
I took it out, and it is sitting in the garage.
I might pull it back in, cause you know what? I AM too lazy to go all the way downstairs and get a drink.
So this tote is hanging out here.
Saving a spot for the fridge.
It is full of finished layouts, that I haven’t put into albums.
And there you have it.
A tour of my craft room scrap shack.
If you have any questions about anything, just leave them in the comments, and I will answer them there. Create your own space. Get inspired by the craft storage supplies from ConsumerCrafts.
And if you are in the neighborhood, and want to hang out…I have four comfy rolling chairs.