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Sunday, October 27, 2013

My Craft Room


A friend of mine asked me to take some pictures of my craft room to show her husband.  She's getting ready to overhaul her space and wanted to show him some ideas.  Almost everything in my craft room came from IKEA.  The space is actually a sunroom with 3 walls of windows, and it opens up completely to the kitchen/family room area.  The challenge was to create storage without bookcases...no walls to set them against.

In the picture above, the stack of drawers (in both cases) have embellishments, scissors, adhesives, paperwork, etc. in them.  I keep paper scraps in the blue baskets in the center.  I have a Ziploc bag for each color and then the colors are grouped together (not by Stampin' Up! color family...more like reds with reds, pinks with pinks, etc.).  My ribbon is stored the same way...by color...in the plastic drawer stack on the right.  I used to store it by ribbon type, but this way has been much better because I can easily tell if I'm low on a particular color.


In this picture, in the upper left-hand corner you'll see my Big Shot die, framelit and embossing folder storage.  I have a few more dies than that and they're stored in a box on one of the shelves below.  I found the die storage box on the shelf I think on the Sizzix website.  The framelits and embossing folders are stored in the little "crates" that you can buy at Walmart and office supply stores.  Probably not the best solution, but that's what I've got.

My 8-1/2x11 card stock is stored in the hanging file folder cart.  I've used this for 8 years and it works perfectly for me.  My clear blocks are in a basket on the top shelf beside the file cart.  The shelves to the right have some "miscellaneous" items (there's a lot of "miscellaneous" storage around here).

The drawer unit in the middle was my solution to storing some of my punches as well as 12x12 paper.  I use 12x12 scrapbook page protectors to store my DSP.  A pack of SU! paper will fit nicely in one.  I also put the scraps back in the page protector.  The paper stays remarkable flat.  It works for me because I just don't have anywhere else to put them, and you know I HAVE to have my DSP!



Some of the other drawers hold my old-style punches.  I picked up the drawer dividers at Walmart.

Lastly, I store most of my stamp sets and new-style punches on this little bookcase.  It's a "Billy" DVD case from IKEA.  Unfortunately, they don't make the short ones like this anymore.  However, you can get a taller one and a wider one which I would have if I had the space. 


My holiday sets are stored separately as are my wood mounts sets (actually in a cabinet in the kitchen).  I also have a few odds and ends in the one and only room upstairs....our guest bedroom.  I also try to part with some of my supplies each year when the new catalog comes out.  If I'm not using it, I need to send it on its merry way to another good home to make room for new stuff.

I keep toying with the idea of moving my craft room to the upstairs room because I would have a lot more space.  However, this is pretty convenient - even if it looks like a train wreck a lot of the time.  Our son has special needs, so being downstairs is more convenient to take care of him...like getting him more Dr. Pepper! :)  (He was programmed to like Dr. Pepper from an early age.)  On the other hand, if I had my craft room upstairs, I would get my daily exercise running up and down the steps.  I'll keep thinking about that one.

I hope you enjoyed this little look into my crafting space.  I straightened it up just for you!  If you have any questions about anything you see in the pictures, let me know.

Thanks for stopping by,
Beth

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2 comments:

  1. I love your craft room! I think I will be checking out IKEA very soon. Do you remember what color you used on the walls?

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    1. Thanks for your sweet comment! The color is Macadamia (Sherwin Williams).

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