Laura’s Crafty Life Studio Tour {Contributor Team}

I am so excited to be here today to share my craft room with you! My room is a work in progress. It is nowhere near complete, but each year I get it a little closer to how I envisioned it!

My husband and I share this space. I do many kinds of crafts and have a lot of supplies. I scrapbook, make jewelry, paint, sew, and do a lot of DIY projects. My husband’s hobbies include archery, shooting and reloading. We have managed to combine both of our hobbies into one small room. It is not the most convenient, but I am grateful we have a space we can share!

Our hobby room sits just off the living room. We have french doors that both open into the room.

lauras crafty life studio tour

 

I will show you my whole room, moving from the left side all the way around. I have my craft cabinet that stores my sewing machine, my mom’s vintage sewing box and other supplies inside. The rest of that side of the room has all of my husband’s hobby supplies, as well as his archery trophies and some of his first deer mounts.

craft cabinet lauras crafty life

lauras crafty life left side of room

We have a small closet in the corner. This closet houses both my husband’s hunting gear as well as some of my gift wrap supplies and some other items. My ironing board hangs on the outside so it is easily accessible when I am sewing (the only time I iron!).

closet studio tour

 

I installed some small white shelves to display my buttons and twine. Below that is a hardware storage box that houses some of my jewelry making supplies. I have plans on painting it white so it blends in with my room better.

jewelry and button storage

Just to the left of my main desk, I have a small bookshelf. I have craft books, inspiration magazines, and binders that house my foam stamps and stencils.

lauras crafty life bookcase

Above my desk I installed a shelf and found some baskets on clearance at Walmart that has many of my most used supplies.

above desk area

One of my favorite parts of my room is the sign I made. I created a printable, had it printed out on photo paper and painted the fancy frame. It is a great reminder to keep me inspired.

wall hanging

As you move further around the room, I have a 6 drawer cart with pattered scrapbook paper. Above it, I have another 3 drawer plastic storage bin that stores my eyelets and brads, circle cutter and some other tools. My fabric is mostly in the corner. I used comic book boards to wrap my fabric and the boards are stored in crates. I am going to stain the crates as well to match my desk, and break up some of the white on that side of the room. (You can catch a little glimpse of our archery bows hanging on the wall above my storage unit. It truly is a blend of both my husband and I in this room.)

lauras crafty life corner of room

The last part of the room has my 12 Recollections storage cubes I purchased from Michael’s. I am able to store a ton of supplies in this little space! Many of the drawers have dividers, as do the shelves. I also have a white plastic trash can to store all of my wrapping paper.

lauras crafty life studio tour feature

 

Above the storage cubes I have more shelves with my Cricut and Cricut cartridges. I don’t have any more space up there, so I will have to find a different storage solution soon. I made the cover for my Cricut and tie-dyed it to match the teal and lime green color scheme of my room.

cricut storage

 

1. What kind of budget did you have when organizing your space?

I didn’t really have a set budget. This room has evolved over the years. It used to be just my space, but once my daughter was born, my husband moved in this space with me, to make room for her! We were lucky enough to be given the two desks in the room. The storage cubes from Michael’s were purchased a few at a time when they were on sale and with coupons. I like that our room is a mix of new and old, as well as wood and white furniture.

I tried to be creative when storing my supplies. For example, my fabric and silk flowers are stored by color in plastic ziploc bags. I punched a hole in the corner and hung coordinating colors by command hooks. The whole system cost me less than $5!

fabric flower storage

2. What was your greatest challenge?

Definitely my greatest challenge has been making this space work for both my husband and myself. I definitely have a lot more supplies than he does, and I am a total neat freak, perfectionist. I try to let him do what he wants with his side of the room. It is not a huge room, but we were able to fit a lot in here without it being over-crowded.

3. Are you a “organize it once” kind of girl, or are your storage solutions constantly evolving?

I am definitely not an “organize it once” kind of gal. My needs are constantly changing and evolving. I pick up new crafts. I receive new product from companies for sponsored posts. I have to try to make all that work! I don’t think I can fit too much more into the space, but if I find something isn’t working for me, I will change it up, using what I already have. If it isn’t easy to get to or put away, often I won’t bother crafting. I have two kids at home with me, so being able to be ready to go when I have free time is essential.

4. What is one thing you’d like to improve about your storage/organization?

I am not great at putting things away once I get them out. I am a bit of a procrastinator, so I am often working on projects at the last minute. Since I don’t give myself the time to work on a project from start to finish, often my supplies get left out and my desk is always a mess! I am working on it though. I would also like to tweak a few storage systems – particularly my washi tape and having a designated space for in progress projects!

To see more of my craft room you can visit me at Laura’s Crafty Life.

Laura

 

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