The Storage & Organization of My Craft Room
…such as it is!
Welcome to my craft room!
Today I’d like to just show how I have organized my supplies and tools to make my craft time more productive and enjoyable. I have found that to have a (somewhat) neat and organized work area is essential to my creativity. I have collected quite an extensive supply of crafting materials (Thanks, Cindy!) and have found that if I can’t easily find them I don’t ever use them! So I like to have as many things as possible “at my fingertips” without having a cluttered work area.
Just to let you know before I get started, all the * (starred) items are available at www.stampingscrapping.com.
My work table (facing east)
What I keep close at hand: on the right, small paper cutters, tape gun, boxes of paper scraps (one is just small white pieces for sentiments); and on the left is a basket with odds and ends such as die cuts, stamped images and embellishments I made and didn’t use (yet), a box with stamped and computer-generated sentiments, categorized by occasion, my stamp-cleaning pad, wet wipes, McGill cushion pad* & tools*, and my new favorite: a little tray for holding my tiny Tsukineko sponge daubers*! The tray is a Crafters Companion* for holding Copic markers but the daubers fit perfectly. In the middle of my table is a self-healing Creative Memories pad with a grid on it, some Tim Holtz applicators*, Stickles*, my can of colored pencils and my glass container of miscellaneous tools, pens, scissors, tweezers, etc.
Under the table I have most of my wooden stamps* in the three-drawer box and in containers on the shelf below: the clear & cling stamps* are in the basket and box and need to be organized much better! I’m open to suggestions for these!! Wastebasket on right (I’m right-handed) and way in the back is a little shelf unit with all my old photos waiting patiently to be put into albums…LOL!
This table is raised about 6” with plastic leg supports so it is ideal for standing at to cut, emboss, and use my glue gun or heat embosser…those are stored under the table and connected to a power strip. On the table I have my large paper cutter (found at a flea market), my Cuttlebug (still my favorite!) and my Spellbinders Grand Caliber. In the corner are the SGC plates & mat, and all my Pack N Store* notebooks with most of my dies; the rest are on magnetic sheets* attached to my bulletin board or on 2 clip boards with magnetic strips to hold them. All are labeled with names, but the Card Creator sets* I need to go back and organize correctly and number each die because I’m sure I didn’t put them back right! The little shelf unit holds all of my embossing folders, Cuttlebug plates, and several jars of buttons, all organized in baggies by color.
The bulletin board is just a piece of cardboard covered with cloth and framed. On it I put all kinds of items that mean something special to me…just for fun!
In file drawers (left): embellishments*,
odds and ends, back-up supplies.
In file drawers (right): sentiment stamps,
inks*, 8x10 papers/card stock/plastics/etc.
Here are more pix (some close-ups) of certain areas in my craft room:
I use paper-covered boxes to store many My large button jars are from Hobby items;.justmade the small one to hold my Lobby, but any clear jars work great!
small embossing folders that kept getting I even decorated a few: my color theme
lost & ignored. The large folders are just for my craft room is black & white with
held in a small black letter holder. accents of pink and green.
Punches just piled under ribbon! Hmmm…
Inside the PackNStore notebooks
My huge box of scraps! The white envelopes
hold really small scraps! Yes, I’m Dutch!!
My 12x12 paper, solids separate and
prints divided by main color, labeled.
Now, as always, I am open to questions, comments and suggestions! Please!
You can message me through this Techniques and Tutorials website or contact me via my email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I’d love to hear from you! I’d LOVE it if you’d share some pix of YOUR craft area and ideas on how to organize and store craft supplies! If you’ve seen something but can’t find it in a store or online, just ask Cindy…she can find ANYTHING!
Thanks so much for reading all the way to the end!!
Sandie Lobbezoo (aka ScrappySandie)
PS – A little treat for you all! Well it was a treat for me anyway…to meet Stephanie in person and spend a little fun time with Cindy and her, last spring!
Me, Cindy, Steph - May 2012
Well, that was my "tutorial"...what do you think? Any questions? Thanks for stopping by today! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend. We are going out for dinner tonight with good friends who we haven't seen for over 3 weeks now! I'm ready for a gab fest! Bye now!
Blessings to you all!