Hi there! I’m Leslie Ashe & I’m SO excited to share my scrap studio with you! I’m from Fort Worth, Texas. I’m married to the cutest guy ever – for almost 22 years now (next month!) We’ve got 2 college aged kids – Savannah who just turned 21 & Shaypher who will be 20 at the end of this month.
Scrapbooking/crafting have been a part of my life for, well ever! Honestly – hardcore creating began for me about 15 years ago when my kids were little. I started from a closet where I stored most of my scrap gear, to half of my bedroom, to this incredible studio my husband helped me design.
I am blessed beyond belief to serve on the following design teams: American Crafts, Echo Park & Prima Marketing. It’s such an honor to be here to share my space to create with you.
- By looking in my room, you can tell I have numerous places to store items – even without having a closet in this room (it used to be the master dining room, then my husband’s office, now my studio!), it’s been easy to give every item I use a home.
I have baskets, cabinets, jars, , racks, paper holders, tins, bins, totes…everything has a home.
When I first decided to make an entire studio dedicated to my hobby – I knew right then & there I wanted bookcases with shelves so I could place my baskets, paper, stamps – as well as my printer, adhesives, computer, etc.
My husband drew up plans on paper, we moved things around (on paper) until I knew what would be the perfect fit. I have a HUGE window that I use for natural lighting that I had no intentions of blocking, so by framing it with bookcases, it really opens up my space. During the day I don’t even need a lamp on – plus it’s a gorgeous view.
Unique circumstances – most rooms have a closet. Mine doesn’t. I had to build a space that I knew was functional & didn’t look overcrowded. That was fun to do!
I also wasn’t sure about what kind of shelves I wanted. I searched and searched. My husband, the genius he is, came up with buying wood, decorating the outer edge with molding, staining & using gorgeous brackets to hold them in place. I am in LOVE with my custom-made shelves.
Quirky things to work around: Being as this room was originally a formal dining room – there are no doors. Just open walking space from my front entry, to my kitchen. At first I thought I wanted doors, but I really like the open space. Plus I don’t have to hear my puppies whine because they can’t be near me. Now they can just freely sit at my feet while I create. One more thing – I can’t stand looking at power cords. I try SO hard to hide them under my new rug or under the baskets on the floor. The computer and printer are easy to hide. Thank goodness!!
I also wanted a unique space to store my design team product. Under my large window – I have 3 baskets. In 2 of them I have DT product, the other is where I store my letter stickers. It’s so easy to get to!
Another unique space I wanted – I found this 2 tier basket at Hobby Lobby & I knew it would be perfect for my design team inks and embossing powders.
1. What kind of budget did you have when organizing your space?
Since I already had half of my bedroom as my space – I was fortunate to be able to bring the furniture I used for that, plus some bookshelves & baskets over to this new studio. My furniture was purchased a few years ago at a refurbished Office Furniture Supply dealer. My bookcases were fairly reasonable in price. All in all, I believe my overall budget I let myself have was close to $500 with all the new additions I added. I don’t limit myself to any additions I add to my room now since the “big” stuff is in here. I’m starting to collect vintage camera’s & they take up an entire shelf in my studio along with several shelves in my room. I love to use them for props!
2. What was your greatest challenge?
I would say my greatest challenge is with all the space I had now, where was everything going to live? I had to sit down & write what would go where before I started adding them to the room. Now I sit back & look. I’m so excited to say I even have a nook & cranny here and there with “space”
3. Are you a “organize it once” kind of girl, or are your storage solutions constantly evolving?
I’d say I’m a little of both. Once I had everything in place, I knew it was perfect. As I started adding things, my storage ideas started to evolve & a few things here and there move from time to time.
4. What is one thing you’d like to improve about your storage/organization?
If I could improve on any “one” thing about my organization/storage – I wish I had an extra wall to store my albums. As of right now, I store them as I fill them in a bookcase in our hallway.
I’m completely loving this space. The pops of color really make it interesting. I think my favorite thing is that black cabinet full of colorful mists and paints. I’d have a hard time closing the door to the cabinet! 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing your space, Leslie!
For more information about Leslie and to check out all of the projects she creates in her studio – check out her blog!