Hello everyone. Welcome back to the Moxxie Blog. I am Michelle James and I want to talk to you about your craft space. What are some ways you like to organize your stashes of paper, punches, embellies and all of the other fun scrapbooks needs/wants? I recently needed to re-organize my space and I am telling you it was a lot harder than I thought.
In my not-so-long-ago life I owned a retail scrapbook store in my little Midwest town. When I closed the store a couple of years ago the “things” that I wanted to keep went into storage boxes in the garage. I was going to get them into the house and incorporate them in with the things I already had at home. I have to tell you that most of my craft supplies were at the store. This is where I did all of my crafting for work and for personal projects. I did not have an extra room at home.
When my oldest child decided he should move out for college, I finally got my room. I did not organize fully though and did not tackle all of the boxes from the store. Well, I have been trying to get my entire house organized and this was one of the main projects on my list. So, I went to work. I knew it would be a long, drawn out project but I kept at it until it was done. I think the hardest part for me was organizing my paper. I asked the other Muses, and most of them organize patterned paper by manufacturer and solid card stock by color.
I knew I had to do what worked for me. I ended up with some by manufacturer and some by theme. I am happy with the way it turned out and sooo glad the project is finished. The mess definitely got worse before it got better.
Would you like a little tour?
These first pictures are during the process!
Now for the after pictures.
I have a desk top computer and my laptop which are sometimes used at the same time. Okay so sometimes I am watching Netflix but a lot of the time I am using both to work.
I made some awesome fabric boxes. They are extremely inexpensive and easy to make.
I saw the idea on the Sew Many Ways blog. You must check it out. I could not find a step by step tutorial for the boxes on her site. Although I am sure there is one. I did one that you can find on my blog Everyday Life.
I made 12 of them in varying sizes and placed them in the room. The yellow boxes across the top of my shelving house paints, stencils, heat tools and things that I don’t use everyday.
You can see the others in the pictures above and below. The two (flowered fabric) boxes shown (above) together hold my liquid adhesive, mod podge, re-inkers that I use often and note pads and post it notes. I use those quite often as well. Then, the three above my Cricut machine and wide format printer (above) hold printer cartridges, Moxxie samples, and Glimmer Mist. The others which are in different places around the room, hold school supplies that my son never thinks he needs (he is sixteen so enough said) and my Bamboo tablet.
Below the series of yellow fabric boxes are two 12 x 12 drawer containers that hold some of my paper. This is solid card stock, and the themed papers such as holidays, baby, etc. I also have one set of drawers for 8.5 x 11 paper.
The series of plastic containers that are right in front of my workspace hold all of the things I use all of the time. Tools, scissors, adhesives, ink pads, stickles, Cricut cartridges and key pad covers (out of the box) and more. I also have within reach (sort of…I have very short arms), my trimmer, and extra blades, my crop a dial, and my Xyron. And in the Cropper Hopper storage boxes is all of my relatively current and most current Moxxie paper. I wanted to be able to get to it super fast. I love this. I can just reach up there and grab whichever line I am wanting because they are labeled not only by the line, but by the release date as well. This makes everything really easy to find.
I was able to purchase some extra lighting at a garage sale for .50. What a bargain. Now if we could just get the breaker to quit shutting off we would be in business.
Underneath the work table are two containers that house stamps I use often (organized by theme) and Cricut Cartridge boxes & vinyl.
Continuing to move around the room…
This is my little sewing area. I don’t do much sewing but I do use the machine occasionally for scrapbooking and to hem my pants. (I have short legs too) LOL! Behind the machine is a little pink bucket that I keep a pair of scissors and my seam ripper in so I can have them near when I finish stitching.
Above the machine on the shelf are my clear stamps that I don’t use as often and some clear containers for die cuts, flocking, dew drops and other little things.
I have transformed the former closet into a cutting area with storage above for things such as computer discs, idea magazines, cleaning supplies (because sometimes I need to dust), my Zutter and my well used label maker. Some of these wonderful containers from Neat Nix are even empty so I can store more crap..I mean supplies! Below I keep my rolling bag, computer bag and a couple other bags that I use every so often.
Then I have some more of my paper on slat wall and my ribbon. I like to have my ribbon out so I can see it and grab it quickly. So, this is what I came up with. The loose ribbons have been wrapped on clothes pins to keep them tidy. (Yay for Pinterest)
Below the paper shelving on the floor are six containers. The first three are where I keep and letters and numbers that are chipboard and wood. The next three hold things like card kits, small gifts I have made and extra baggies. Again, everything is labeled. Love that label maker!
Next to the paper, tucked in the corner behind the door I have a small cupboard with some shelving and a drawer at the bottom that holds things that I don’t want out in the open such as rubber bands (because one of our cats loves to eat them), push pins, small metal rings, etc. Those are on the top shelf in small orange containers and they all sit on a lazy susan so I can find what I want easily. Then I have some printed digital pages and some printer paper, labels and velum at the bottom. In the drawer I have some small projects that will be altered into something fun and a little extra space for more storage.
The stacked drawers are on wheels so I can roll them over to the workspace when I need them. In these drawers all of my stickers, rub-ons, and chipboard embellishments by theme and they are all labeled of course.
And last but not least, I have a fun little surprise on the back of the door. I used the Martha Stewart recipe for chalkboard paint and used it on the panels of the doors. Then I used some scrapbook paper to make some pockets for notes, etc. I painted the swirlys because who doesn’t love a swirl?
I hope you like my craft space because I am in love with it and could spend tons of time in there everyday if I did not have to go to work. LOL!
This was a tour of my room but below are some pictures of the craft spaces of some of the other Moxxie Muses.. Well, those individuals who were brave enough to send a photo. LOL. These ladies are so talented and I have linked to their blogs. The rest of the muses have blogs as well and you can find those links at the top of the page to the left. On with the spaces…
Cathy Harper – I love that Cathy sent me photos. She just moved into her place and had some deadlines to meet with her design teams. So she through her room together and makes it work. I love the paper rack. This makes things easy to find at a glance. You can head over to follow Cathy’s blog Scrap Playground. She has a wonderful site.
Ange Weisbeck – Ange has a two-year-old so she has her space positioned so she can see her living room, dining room, and the hallway that leads to her back door. She calls this space her “don’t touch mommy’s stuff” space. I love it! I really like the way everything is within reach.
You can see Ange’s work at her blog One Person’s Scrapping Compulsion.
Dana Tatar – Dana’s says her space is more of a storage space located in a corner of her bedroom. She enjoys working at the dining room table, kitchen island or the family desk/computer area. I love the ribbons hanging on the wall. So pretty. Visit Dana’s blog at They Call Me Tatar Salad (such a cool name)
Well, there you have it. Be sure to check out the Fabric Box Tutorial at Everyday Life. I would love some comments about your scrap space! Let me know what works for you.
Until next time,