21 April 2014 – The Big Reveal!

I’ve been a bit quiet blogging for the last couple of weeks but I do have a good reason!! My husband and I have been re-decorating my craft room!! Happy Dance time!!

I’m really happy with the way it’s turned out. I painted my first wall ever!! I wanted a feature wall so of course I had to choose an SU! colour. I went with Rose Red and it looks great!!

So coming into the room, the first thing you see is a cute ladder that I found at Freedom furniture. I thought it would be perfect as a display stand and it certainly is. You can also see that I use the cupboard doors as a notice board for all my current swaps. Great for inspiration!!

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Then there is my new desk with an Ikea 5 drawer unit. I actually have so many drawers now, that I don’t know what to put in them all!! I bet that doesn’t last long!

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I have my paper storage for DSP tucked into the corner and then my computer zone with the washi tape and ink pads on the right hand side. I didn’t want the ink pads too close to the window as I don’t want them to dry out in the sun which hits my room in the morning.

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Then there is my awesome punch storage unit and then the big shot zone!! I presently have all my embossing folders in the box in the corner.

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Below the desk I have my filing cabinet and then a 3 drawer Ikea unit, which holds my Big Shot dies. The unit in the centre (also from Ikea) has my Whale punches in the top drawer and then there are 3 shelves in the cupboard which hold my envelopes, extra paper trimmer, embossing gun and a few other bits of equipment.

room 4

Above the desk, I have a shelf which goes the whole way across. I wanted this to hold all my stamps and framelits. I actually thought I would fill it with just stamp sets but they only went half way!! I’ve put them into alphabetical order to make them easier to find. I also got 4 battery operated down lights to help reading that little writing on the stamp sets at night time!! (I really think that writing has got smaller, it’s not that my eye sight is getting worse!!)

room 1

Above the shelf are the cupboards that we built. We bought the doors from Ikea and then made the cabinets ourselves. Fortunately, the building process went well and there were no arguments!!

room 2

I have always wanted an Ikea Expedit unit and never had the space or a place to put one that matched my decorating. When we decided to do my room, I decided that it was time to get rid of the bookcase I was using and get an Expedit! I love it!! I’m using it for all my cardstock storage. I have one colour per drawer. The bottom shelf holds my extra catalogues, my box of cards, and my scrapbook albums. I also use the top as an extra display area.

room 3

I hope you enjoyed my tour of my craft room!

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13 June 2011 – Craft Room

I thought it was time that I shared my craft room with you.  Also it is looking rather tidy, so I thought it was a good opportunity to take some photos!!

My craft room is located at the end of the hallway, next to the laundry and garage.  It also has the biggest wardrobe, which is why I chose it to be the craft room.  I had my Dad make shelves in the wardrobe so I could store more in there.  I have been a crafter for a long time, so I have lots of stuff!!  I’ve done many crafts over the years including patchwork, folk art, embroidery, scrapbooking, card marking and cross stitch.

So this is the entrance!!  I have a wallhanging that I’ve made, a folk art hanging and a decorated letter “R”.

To the right of the door, I have a large bookcase with all my boxes on it.  I love boxes and decorating them, although I have tried to down size in the last year as I’ve tried to use up or sell some of my supplies.  Beside that I have a smaller bookcase where I keep my current stamps and big shot accessories.  I’ve separated my stamps into clear and wood.  I love the clear stamps as the boxes are easy to stack and seem to take up a lot less room.  I also love being able to see the images on the side (even if you need a magnifying glass for some!!) I’m finding that I tend to use them more often as I can see what the images are without having to get the box out.  You can see my big shot bag at the bottom of the bookcase.  I’d love to have a table or bench to have it out permanently but I’ve run out of walls to put it against!!

We then come to the main wall, which I had my wonderful husband put up some shelves for me.  I tend to only use what I can see (thus, it’s all out!!) I’m afraid I don’t have a beautifully tidy workspace but it works for me.  I have my paper storage at the right (I have had hours of fun labelling every drawer!!)  I have my laptop and extra screen set up on small drawers which have some of my older style punches in them.  I’ve just got a new storage unit for the new flatter punches which is fabulous!!!  I used to keep my punches on the bookcase behind me which was a pain, as I’d have to keep getting up to get the right punch.  I’d then end up surrounded by punches!!  So now, I’ve got them right to hand which is great!!  Underneath the desk, I have some extra drawers and my filing cabinet.

Now we come to the main working area, where all the crafting happens!!  Now I know my desk looks cluttered, but I don’t use what I don’t see, so I’ve got all the important bits to hand!!  When I’m on a roll, I often end up with just my craft mat visible and all the bits piled up around me!! With everything having it’s own home on the desk, it’s easier to put it back during a session.  I’ve just put the ink pads to the left side and it seems to be working well.  They’ve had a few homes on the desk over the years, but this just might be their permanent home.

Beside this is my craft trolley which I take to workshops.  I can just wheel it in or out to put into the car.  I keep most of my workshop equipment in the trolley so that I don’t have to remember to pack everything when I go to a workshop.

On the wardrobe door, I have a poster of the Stampin’ Up! motto which I got at convention a couple of years ago.  Nothing like keeping inspired!!

I hope you have enjoyed checking out my craft room!!  Let me know what you think!!