Hooray – FINISHED! What dud I finish? Mt October monthly marker coloring class from Kit and Clowder, that’s what! I have just learned so much from these classes. The backgrounds are always optional, and I usually avoid them because I am afraid of ruining my […]
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A Tour of My Studio
Hello again. It’s a bright sunny spring morning here in Minnesota and I am itching to freshen my home. That urge disappeared quickly when I wandered into my wonderful crafty area. For a change, it was relatively clean. Therefore, instead of cleaning the house, I thought I would give you a tour of my studio – my happy place. I am getting ready to go through my things and downsize a bit, but I love my space and its organization. It took me years to finally get everything stored so it works well for me; I have been arranging and rearranging this space since 2009.
My studio is in our walk-out basement and I am blessed to have plenty of light. Starting the tour at the door opening onto our backyard, I have shelving my husband made from a converted free-standing bookcase. The plastic bins store sewing supplies and miscellaneous paper-crafting embellishments. Oops – ignore the yellow box that my new LED lighting came in! Half of the bins are empty now as I have started working on downsizing. I just don’t have the heart to donate or recycle them yet. There is a work table in the middle of the room where I can have friends over to crafts or use for extra crafting space. When the table is clean, I can seat up to 6 people. Right now it is holding fabric for my new summer wardrobe.
Moving along to the right, we come to my sewing area and my photo booth where I take pictures for my blog. These cabinets hold sewing supplies and my serger. All my cabinets and work surfaces came from IKEA. You can see the wonderful light I have in this area. Here’s another view with one on my favorite features –
My boy Freddie keeps me company when I am crafting. I have to move his blanket nest around depending what I am doing, but he is content to just hang out. He’s not very helpful when I ask for advice though!
Continuing to move to the right, I have an old cabinet that belonged to Dave’s grandmother. I have jars of supplies, boxes with steel rule dies (two of them are empty right now), and my 6″ x 6″ paper pads. My daughter made the blue heron sitting on the counter from a dried gourd. It’s amazing. Mt easy chair came from my mom’s craft room and is a comfy place to read or find inspiration.
Coming to the end wall, we encounter the stamp center.
Except for some wood-mounted stamps that are stored in the bins I showed you in the first photo, the majority of my stamps are stored here in an old entertainment center. I am sure many of you will recognize Jennifer McGuire’s stamp storage system on the shelves. I have some storage units from Organize More and Stamp N’ Storage on the top of the unit with my Papertrey Ink and Stampin’ Up! stamps. There is also a unit to hold punches and some paints and color mousse. My cover plate dies are stored on magnet cards in the one unit. Some of my colored pencils and watercoler pencils are stored on the bottom. The tall white cabinet to the right holds some of the supplies I use most often. In the drawers I have brushes and daubers, adhesives, my MISTIs and score tool, and watercolors.
I previously stored 12″ x 12″ papers in the top of the tall storage unit, but I sent most of them along to new homes recently. Now I have filled that space with three Stash and Store units from Totally Tiffany, and they are just what I need here. I have my stickles, Nuvo drops, pearls and crystals, embossing powders, and small ribbon spools readily available.
Turning the corner to the right, we now come across what I like to call the COMMAND CENTER!
This is where I color, cut, create and spend most of my free time. Everything I need is within easy reach so I don’t waste time looking for things like I used to.
My desk is in the corner of the room and I am surrounded by all my creative tools.
First come my dye inks and refills from My Favorite Things with full size pads in the left unit and cubes in Tim Holtz containers on top.
The next unit holds my hybrid and archival inks and the third are my Tim Holtz Distress inks and refills.
Finally, just within reach of my right hand are my beloved markers – Copics, Zig Clean Color Brush, Tombows, calligraphy. I am a sucker for markers and office supplies in general too.
On the wall next to the marker storage I have my Wink of Stella and other glitter markers and gel pens.
The lavender boxes on the tops shelf hold my extensive collection of sequins which I use for cards and for sewing, especially Christmas ornaments.
Next to them are my ink sponges and miscellaneous cleaners and blenders.
Back to the work surface I have my computer for keeping up my inventory and watching instructional videos, and a storage unit with my Prismacolors pencils and my most recent purchases or projects I am currently working on.
The cabinet on the right with the door holds my white papers and specialty papers ready to pull out and stamp.
Above that is my cutting station with my rotary cutter and Vagabond. My most used embossing powders are in the storage unit along with a few border and circle punches. There is an outlet strip running behind the units on the desktop to make it easy to plug in my computer, heat tool or whatever other accessories I need.
At the end of the counter is my laser printer and my laminator beneath it. The cabinet contains my foils for laminating.
Finally, a portable shelving unit holds all my cardstock and my wafer thin dies stored on magnetic cards. My cardstock is from My Favorite Things, like my inks, We have to have everything matchy-matchy, now don’t we? I also store some of my background stamps here, as well as my embossing folders. I absolutely LOVE looking at this beautiful rainbow.
I used the word “portable” in describing this unit because Dave put wheels on it when he built it. However, holding holding hundreds of steel dies on thick magnet cards, as well as a complete collection of colored cardstock does not make for a unit that wants to move very far or very easily.
So that concludes the tour of my wonderful getaway. I hope you enjoyed this peek into my creative world and maybe picked up some ideas that may work for you space. I have been working on downsizing my collections, and will be doing another purge later this summer, My goal is to be able to empty all of the plastic bins of papercrafting supplies and just have my pretty fabrics on display in that shelving unit. More pops of color – I love it!