Saturday, 14 September 2013

Craft Room

I don't know about you, but I love seeing other crafters' work spaces! I'm always looking for good organizing ideas and tips and maybe I'm a little nosy, too!

Anyway, I thought I'd share some photos of mine. I have done a minor clean up but I find that it's really an ongoing process and I'm constantly making little changes and I figured I'll never actually be DONE.

My craft space is a little room (probably 10x10) with a beautiful big arched window. In the summer, I keep the blind up, but during winter evenings, I put it down so my neighbours don't have to watch me getting inky! The window faces north, so I don't get direct sunlight and it's generally a lovely, bright place to work. Except that it's the furthest room from the furnace/air conditioner, so it's not always the most comfortable place to be. But I digress....


Here's the view from the door. IKEA desk and bookshelves. Pottery Barn Kids 'nooks' on top of the short bookshelves. Cheap Staples chair. To the right, the door of the closet is off its hinges and has some of my punches hanging on it in a clear shoe hanger.


View from the closet. More IKEA products (2 sets of drawers, stacked in the far corner) and just the edge of a 'workstation desk' visible. In the right hand bookshelf, you can see my Copics and my Stickles (hanging upside down by velcro dots) as well as my unmounted stamp storage on the shelf at the right hand side.


My most-used inks. Mostly Stampin' Up, but some Memento and Hero Arts as well. My 'less-used' inks are in a box on the bottom shelf of this same bookshelf.
You can see some of my DVD Stampin' Up unmounted stamps and some of my CD cases of clear stamps. Ah, clear stamps and their storage - it's my constant challenge. Some are in CD cases (mostly alphabets).


Many of my older stamps are in these clear storage containers from Stampendous. Back in the days when it didn't matter what manufacturer I was using (because I wasn't posting), I organized them all by theme. For example:


This is my container with my favourite Happy Birthday sentiments. When I'm making a birthday card, I pull this out and see which one works best (as well as checking my wooden stamps - see below).  Or if I need a pumpkin (or an animal, or a shape), I can see them all in one place and choose the best one. It saves me flipping through every set I own, every time. But it means I often don't remember who the manufacturer is.


So I started this system, as demonstrated by Jennifer McGuire.  These are my newer sets, stored in  Avery Elle storage pockets, with a piece of Michael's white cardstock inside. I colour code them (with a stripe of Copic colour) - green is sentiments, yellow is backgrounds/elements, pink is floral, plain is other, red is Christmas. On the left side of the bin, I have all my dies also in pockets, on magnet sheets. I'm loving this for the dies, but I do feel like I'm flipping through all my clear sets all the time to see if I can find a suitable sentiment. Not 100% sold on this system, although it does allow me to give credit where credit is due!


Here's a better view of the workstation desk. On the upper shelf, and under the drawers (and in the spot where one would sit if they were sitting at this desk), I have stacks of drawers that keep things like tools, small punches, glitter, bling, ribbon scraps and supplies. Having this workstation leaves me a nice big clear space so I can leave my Cuttlebug out (the drawer under the Cuttlebug has all my plates and embossing pads, as well as sandwich instructions). See below for what's in the left hand drawer. Can you see my circle nestabilities hanging from 3M hooks on the side of the IKEA drawers? I got sick of taking them out of their storage every single day to use them. The boxes behind the Cuttlebug have finished and almost-finished cards in them. To the left  of the workstation is the edge of the monstrosity of a ribbon-keeper I bought in my 'have to own everything' stage. Fortunately, it's behind the door, so I can forget about it most of the time.


The left hand drawer of the workstation has all my embossing powders, my heat gun, my silicone 'grabber' and my foil 'reflector'. I put the piece of cardstock I'm embossing against this foil-wrapped piece of chipboard to help reduce warping and burning. 

On top of the IKEA drawers is more ink storage - my Kaliedecolor and distress inks are here (and my Walkman and speakers).


Inside the IKEA drawers, I use shallow bins to help keep my wooden stamps organized. They are organized by theme, for the reason above. It will horrify some of you to know that I do not keep my Stampin' Up stamps in sets. The ones I want to keep, I write the name of the set on the side, and I sell the rest in my LSS's semi-annual garage sale. BTW - wooden stamps are my favourite (except for those very small ones, then I prefer clear).



Finally, in the closet is my coloured paper storage. I was able to buy these used 12x12 clear stacking racks from my LSS at a great deal and I keep each colour in a 9x12 'ziploc' type bag - full sheets and scraps. It takes up a lot of space, but it's definitely easy to find  a colour when I need it! At the bottom is my mess of glitter, shimmer and patterned papers. To the very left, you can see the door with the punches hanging on it.

I think I've hit all the highlights - and more! I hope you've enjoyed this little 'tour'! Feel free to ask any questions or contribute any helpful tips!


64 comments:

Tracey McNeely said...

Visiting your your craft room when I was there was one of the highlights our big day out!

Michelle Lupton said...

WOW, Ardyth! I am so green with envy! I can't wait until I actually have a room to myself, with a real desk!

Hannelie said...

I feel like Michelle... green!
This is awesome Ardyth, white and airy!
(also love the new wider bigger layout of MAskerade!) Fabulous!

Lesley said...

Fantastic organization! Love the way you organize your stamps, I do the same thing. And the big window is awesome!!!
Thanks for sharing, Ardyth!
Lesley

aileen (mum) said...

Thanks for sharing, it helps people like me who are still trying to get some organisation going. I have to admit I love keeping my stamps like you did before, same words together as it cut down on so much hunting and unlike you I dont have to worry about giving credit as I dont have a blog so I'm lucky there. Just love the room

Cathy said...

Thanks for the tour Ardyth and for sharing your storage tips. Your room looks fabulously organized! Cathy x

Neets B said...

What a fabulous room, Ardyth. I have a shelved cupboard in the hall of my very small flat and have to transport my stash to my lounge table to get crafty. I'm so envious and your huge window is fantastic :) x

Claire said...

Oh I am sooooooo jealous Ardyth! My craft 'space' consists of a bench top, a cupboard and a chest of drawers...I'll be showing this to the bloke just to give him a major hint! And the amount of stamps you have....no wonder your cards are so amazing...looks like you have an entire shop to choose from!

Janet a.k.a. swanlady21 said...

So clean and tidy and organised ... hope I can work my way to this!

mypapercraftworld said...

Lingeringly and longingly wandering (and re-wandering) through your tour, Ardyth ... what an awesome craft space full of so much loveliness ... light, space, storage, supplies ... and not a speck of dirt or dust to be seen anywhere! A haven of delight ... I don't want to leave! Anita :)

Lynn said...

I absolutely love seeing your craft space! Awesome!

Dotty Jo said...

Totally green with envy, what a fabulous craft space! Jo x

Susan Raihala said...

Ardyth, what a wonderful place to work! LOVE your white shelves and drawers. So crisp looking, and everything is easy to find. You're right, though, about organizing never being finished. New stuff always throws off the balance and requires a bit of rearranging.

Heather T said...

Thanks for this tour, Ardyth. Your room looks very inviting and I have picked up some great ideas. I feel like an ikea trip might be imminent.

Gerrina said...

Loved this toor! Your room is so organised and spacy... (mine is 2x3m)And that window and on the northside is (allmost?) perfect!
I know I have to much paper for someone who makes the background paper herself so often, so I have to work them into the scrapalbums as quick as I can, so I get back some of that workspace I would like... Maybe I´ll make some pics of my room and show them in the far futher, cause I think most people would get a hartattack if they see my room and I don´t think most people believe that I can create anything here...
Have a fun and creative weekend, Gerrina

Susan Joyce said...

Thanks for the tour Ardyth. I love the shaped door. I wish I was brave enough to group my sentiments out of their original boxes, I spend so much time trying to find stamps at times. I have found that my book cases and DVD shelves from Ikea can have extra shelves added to store more, just need someone to drill some more holes to hold the left over fittings and buy an extra shelf or two. I have been looking at the sets of six draws like you have in the corner, I have found the plastic ones start to collapse if I add two many punches. Hugs, Sue

Happy Dance said...

Truly, madly, deeply...love your craft room!!! Thanks for sharing. What a wonderful space to create, and it's got your CAS style and touch all over it. You've inspired me to start making changes in mine, but they have to wait until after Christmas...What an amazing room. : ) Bev

shirley-bee said...

Ooh, this is so timely! I'd just spent an hour browsing and pinning on Pinterest craft room storage ideas, then saw your post.

Your ginormous, spacious craft room is fabulous and it's given me lots of ideas for my new craft "room" (I use the word loosely - a real estate agent could only describe mine as "bijou"!). I'll post some pics when DH has finished DIYing and I can get in there!

Deborah Frings said...

Ardyth - your crafting room is just fab. I love the big arched window and all those lovely white units containing your stash. I do like the paper shelves - so pretty. Thanks so much for sharing.

Bobby said...

I think you are very well organized. To me, organization means to be able to lay your hands on what you want, when you want it. It has nothing to do with lack of messiness. Everyone works in a different way, and need their supplies in different places. I love that your space is light and bright. It obviously is an inspiring spot for you to work.

Rose said...

you have an awesome craft room!!!
thanks for the tip on embossing on the foil, going to try this :)

cm said...

Awesome, fabulous, oh-how-I-want-one-just-like-this craftroom! A space like this just exudes creativity! Beautiful! My craft zone = kitchen counter, with a spillover to the kitchen table. Wishing, wishing...
Thanks for sharing!1
c

Oleta Carpenter said...

Don't feel bad about breaking up stamp sets. This is actually a great idea. I have many stamp sets that I buy and never use some of them. I use clear stamps and this poses more of a problem of breaking up sets, but I'm sure someone could use the ones that I don't. It's a shame that some one them never feel ink.

Lucy Baxter said...

Great tour! Thank you for sharing it with us!
I wish I could have a room like yours! So much storage space! Unfortunately though I am bed bound so even if we had a spare room I wouldn't be able to manage in there as I have to do everything from my bed but I can dream! Hopefully one day I will be well enough and live in a big enough house to have one!
I'm sure by then everyone else will have figured out the best ways of doing things too! ;-) hugs x

Jacquie Southas said...

Thanks for sharing - I love peeking at crafty spaces. Love the vertical storage and that glorious window!

GrĂ¡ O'Neill said...

Gorgeous crafty space and storage, I'm still at the kitchen table stage. What about stamping all your birthday sentiments on a sheet with directions to where they are stored? Create a folder with the different categories. It would take some time to set up, but would be easy to add to and everything would be visible at a glance, like your old system and no more flipping through every set. Just a pleasant flick through your stamp book, your own personal catalogue :)

Jane said...

Wow! What a fab work space! So bright and tidy and super organised.

lostinpaper said...

LOVE your light airy room Ardyth, it looks so organized and 'user' friendly! I am definitely going to try a foil reflector and now I have to go and google what a 'silicone' grabber is too lol. Thanks so much for sharing.

fun stamping said...

I never will show you my room, because its just a big mess....Love your room, thanks for sharing!

Karen M said...

Thanks for letting us peek into your craft room Ardyth - it's a beautiful space and I love all your white shelves! My room is very small(I say cozy) but I love it and I seem to fit all my supplies in somewhere:) Hugs xx

Kim Heggins said...

Wow...what an amazing room. I can see why your cards are always just stunning, thank you so much for sharing.

Ann said...

That was fun; thanks for sharing. :0)

Darnell J Knauss said...

That was an awesome tour, Ardy, thank you so much for taking the time to do that! I LOVE how neat and organized you are and that there are so many similarities to our styles, especially that we store our stamps by theme. When I started, I never knew from blogs, so who cared who made them, including Stampin' Up. I even have trouble remembering what I have by theme, let alone if they were by set! But it's a very personal thing and I know the other way works best for others.

I'm heading out of town but I will come back and oooohgle when I have more time! Thanks again! P.S. LOVE the new profile photo! Hugs, Darnell

Laura B. said...

I am in awe of your space, Ardyth! Such a beautiful window and your organization is incredible! I need to try this foil embossing thingy! I'm so frustrated with the warping. What a dream room!

Gabby said...

Nice craft room! Like how organized you are. I like those stacked sets of drawers in the corner. They would be perfect for all of my wood/single stamps. Note that I have separated 100s of SU sets, too. My bad? Hee! You have such a beautiful window that lets you work in natural light. How nice for you. My window is south and the sun beats in and glares all day long. By the time it moves, it's not light enough to be of benefit to me. THANKS for the tour. :)

Fit Kitty said...

When I dream of a having my own craft space, this would be it. You are incredibly fortunate. I craft on my dining room table.

Kylie said...

Ardyth, your space is amazing and that gorgeous window with natural light - fabulous! Thank you so much for the tour of your space. :)

Barb said...

I loved viewing your craft room. I especially like those Ikea drawers you have in the corner. As well, the way you store your stamps..eg the birthday...great idea!!

Char said...

Your explanations and rationale are great! I have no questions, but I do have a serious case of envy. Lucky you! :)

Barb Ghig said...

I love all the light you have in your craft room and your organization ideas are great, Ardyth! Thanks for the tip about using foil on chipboard for embossing...Genius idea!

N@ Ali said...

wow! I've just had myself an amazing tour of your fabulous creations, starting with a tour of your craft room! How absolutely inspiring!!! I just couldn't stop myself clicking on "older posts", so glad to have had the time today ; )

D. Stempeltatze said...

Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful craft room.
I love my white ikea drawers as well, they are just perfect for storing.

Super Jen said...

Enjoyed the tour very much! Thank you!

Vicki Dutcher said...

What a bright and cheery space you have! It is fun to see the ideas I have seen in blogland being utilized. I am going to try your "foil" for embossing -- I haven't seen that idea before - TFS

Carole said...

Wow what a wonderful brilliant space. Nice organized and roomy too! Not obsessive...there's room for more. Thanks for sharing your crafty space.

Dana said...

Fabulous room. I wish I had that much light.

Joyce said...

I am speechless at your incredible room. What an amazing place to create.

Lindsey said...

Wow, wow, wow! How fab to have a dedicated room! Moving on (no, I'm not jealous...!) you said with yr embossing stuff you have foil wrapped board to help prevent warping. How does this work pls? Cos I can never emboss my one layer cards - they always warp! I would be v interested in any tips you may wish to impart. Best wishes x

Jen W. said...

Awesome! I love seeing other people's crafty space!! That huge window is amazing - I want one like that in my room! I like your system of storing like stamps together. I too get fed up of going through every set set to find just the right Happy Birthday sentiment! As for questions.. could you tell me a bit more about your embossing process? I'm curious about the foil-wrapped chipboard and that cool little silicone grabber.

Gillian R said...

I am so jealous of your space! I am lucky to have the spare room, but it doubles up as the guest bedroom so have to keep my stuff fairly compact.

Geri said...

Oh my goodness gracious me sakes alive (huh?) No wonder you create such amazing cards! Heck, just stepping one foot into this room would inspire even my DH. The natural light has me swooning!

AND your perfectly organized 'schtuff'. So much room for the creative energy to flow!

Thanks so much for sharing these pics and your storage solutions. I have picked up several tips that I would like to implement over the winter!

I would also love to know about the silicone grabber and the foil reflector ???

Maureen Merritt said...

You are seriously organized, a girl after my own heart! Everything is so neat and tidy, it looks like a fabulous place to create. No wonder you have so many awesome ideas, no clutter to make your mind wander! TFS!

Tanis Scott said...

Wow, I can't imagine my craft room ever looking this tidy! I wish I had the perfect answer for you about stamp storage, but we all have the same struggle. Though I'm not crazy about SU cling mount, I do love how they have little pictures on the spines of their DVD cases so you can see at a glance what's inside. That's exacltly why I stuck all of my dies to giant magnetic boards on the wall, so I can see them all when trying to find something just the right size or shape. Like you, I also have a separate work station so I can have my Cuttlebug out at all times. Without that desk, it would just sit on the floor all time time because I can not put it away! Wish I had the gorgeous window you have. Mine is much less dramatic!

Kate said...

I really enjoyed seeing your craft room. All that white was just lovely. I was also interested in your stamp storage. It is a problem we all grapple with, and the issue of knowing what one has. To this end, I am currently making up a paper catalogue. I am stamping up ALL my stamps (gulp!) on heavyweight, very smooth paper and putting them into plastic sleeves in a folder. They are organised thematically. Initially I did this for insurance purposes but actually it will make a fantastic resource when I am stamping. It has taken me several weeks already but will be worth it when it is done.

wienerhoneymooners said...

Thanks for sharing Ardyth!!!!

Sian Ridley said...

All right, I'm pretty jealous now! Ha ha! I'm glad you have such a fabulous space in which to spend your alone time, that's just perfect! I am lucky enough to have a 'space' in which to make cards etc which is a major step up from sitting on the floor which is where I was crafting not long ago! Now, I aspire to having some natural light :)

Next step...a space like Ardyth has! This is definitely going to sit open on my computer screen so that when the other half walks past he can see exactly what I NEED! ;)

Cheryl said...

Ardyth, your craft space is so well organized. I was recently inspired by Jennifer McGuire and the Avery Elle pocket storage system. I'm loving it.

Jill Norwood said...

Such a wonderful space! Love your organization!! And I think we all struggle with the stamp storage issue and having to use time to locate what we want to stamp with!
Thanks so much for sharing!

Melissa said...

Okay, now I see I've been missing some great posts here on your blog while I've been busy doing other things! :)
Your craft room is beautiful, Ardyth! Just look at all that wonderful natural light you get to work with! I'm a huge fan of white furniture too, so your creative space looks like something I could work in! *wiping drool from my mouth as I type...* Your organization system for everything makes lots of sense and, like you, I still struggle with the best way to organize my stamp sets. Guess that's why I'm constantly rearranging things?! :)

maria f. said...

Sheesh. Yeah, color me green too. What a lovely and bright room. I agree it is (in my case would be) clever to store stamps by theme. And I dream of a magnetic wall to store dies. TFS.

Craftilicious said...

I have definate room envy! Especially with your lovely big window and all that space to fill. Do you happen to know what the name of the ikea draws are - would love to see if we have them in the UK.

Marybeth said...

Love your craft room ...thank you for sharing! I am dying to know where you got your clear stamp storage bin..the one with color coated stamps in it. Is it a refrigerator bin?
Such a well organized room. Beautiful Ardyth !

Michelle said...

I love your space Ardyth. I love that it is so bright. I know what you mean about it never used to matter if you knew the name of the stamp because it didn't matter. Now I feel the need to label everything! Thanks so much for sharing with us!

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