Contributor Craft Room Tour: Jessica Frost-Ballas

Good morning and Happy Friday!  Jessica here, from All the Sparkle, to share a more detailed look into my crafting space!

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Here’s the basic layout of my craft room:

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When you’re standing in the doorway to my music studio this is what you’ll see:

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And if you’re standing in the opposite corner next to my Ikea Expedit unit this is your view:

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And this is the remaining wall:

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My husband and I built our first home in the summer of 2013 and I spent months browsing Pinterest for ideas for my craft room.  I knew this was one room where I could go a little color-crazy so I decided on a coral, teal, and white color scheme.  The wall paint is Sherwin-Williams Tantalizing Teal and I love how bright and cheery it feels.  I chose Ikea furniture for the price point and for the variety of styles that were available.  I use three Linnmon tabletops and one corner Linnmon tabletop for my main papercrafting workspaces and my husband and I constructed a table from a hollow-core door for my gift wrapping and mailing workspace.  I used different bases to support the tables…Alex drawers, table legs, and Ullrik units which give me a lot of versatile organization space.  In the future I’m hoping to get glass cut to fit the top of the tables for even easier clean-up.

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I use Organize More units to store all of my ink pads, reinkers, and distress markers.  I store my copic markers in Color Cubbies which are, unfortunately, no longer available as I believe the business has closed.  If you’re a regular reader of my blog you already know that I’m a big fan of color and sparkle and this wall of my room is one of my favorites.  It houses my copic markers, washi tape, distress inks, and 238 different shades and sizes of sequins! 😉
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Organize More recently built me 3 custom ink pad storage units to fit into my Ikea Expedit (they will also fit in the new Ikea Kallax) which has opened up a whole new world of possibilities and I’ve heard that Organize More will be offering the Expedit/Kallax units soon!  I will readily admit that Jennifer McGuire is a huge source of organizational inspiration so many of my storage systems are reproductions or adaptations of hers (as you can see with my stamp storage, ink swatch book, and peerless watercolor swatch book below)!  On my Expedit I store my embossing powders, glitters, stickles, dye inks, stamps, embossing tools, and cardstock/paper.

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My most recent craft room addition is a second pegboard and a gift wrapping/packaging table.

www.allthesparkle.com craft room tour teal and coralUnderneath the wrapping paper I have a portable sewing machine table and I also keep my Silhouette Cameo there.  The new wrapping table sits over my childhood spinet piano and the curtain keeps additional packaging materials out of view.  On the table I store miscellaneous gift bags, tissue paper, finished cards, envelopes, stamps, mailing stamps and labels, and various notebooks and planners.

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I recently talked about how I store my finished cards here if you’re interested in more information!

So that’s my craft room!  I hope you enjoyed the tour and if you’d like a more detailed look please visit my blog!  Thanks so much for visiting and have a fabulous weekend!

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Craft Room Tour – Tracy Weinzapfel Studios

Hi dear readers! It’s Amanda here and I am super excited to share this wonderful craft studio with you today. Tracy Weinzapfel is an absolutely amazing artist! I’ve been following her blog and tuning in on Mixed Media Monday’s for some time now. Her artwork is just amazing! So lets take a look into her space where she creates her beautiful works of art.

Tracy’s command central is this fantastic center island. Look at all those wonderful drawers! So much storage in one handy piece of furniture! On the table top she has a large piece of glass to protect the table top from paints. Not to mention… look at all those storage drawers in the background. Talk about taking advantage of every square inch!

At one end of the room Tracy really has maximized her storage by using up all the vertical space right up to the ceiling. I love how she has her paint stored on the rails of the right wall. You can find more information about that genius storage solution here.

Just outside the studio doors Tracy has these wonderful floating shelves to display recent works of art. How awesome is it to decorate with things you have created?! So cool!

I just love this photo…. (*sigh*). Nuff said.

Tracy is a wonderfully entertaining artist. She has regular videos sharing her Mixed Media Monday sessions where she paints live for an hour. Many viewers paint along with her and share their works on the facebook page. So make sure you hop on over to her blog and take a poke around. She creates some seriously awesome artwork. You can also view more photos of Tracy’s studio by following this handy-dandy link.

 

 

Craft Room Tour: Gayatri Murali

Hi, Jessica here!  I’m super excited for today’s craft room tour!

I have long been an admirer of Gayatri Murali and I remember her sharing a sneak of her craft room creation last spring on her blog.  As I’ve been getting to know her better through “A Blog Named Hero” I decided to ask if she’d be willing to share more of her craft room.  Gayatri is an amazing paper-crafter and her design team resume and challenge wins certainly reflect that!  She designs for Penny Black, Pretty Pink Posh, Winnie & Walter, A Blog Named Hero, Curtain Call Challenge blog, Runway-Inspired Challenge blog, Tag You’re It Challenge blog, and is often a guest designer for many companies and challenges!  And now you can see where her magic happens!

Her craft room was a birthday present from her husband and it’s the stuff of Pinterest dreams! 🙂  She went from this (which is a gorgeous foyer…the home DIYer in me LOVES the striped wall):

The original entryway
The original entryway

To this downstairs…

Completed entry way
The completed entryway

And this upstairs!!!!

My tiny craft room
The completed craft room

She packs quite a punch in that space!  I love that everything is easily within reach when she’s working and it’s all organized!

Here are a few closer looks of her desk area!

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Craft desk
Cardstocks
Cardstocks and sprays

And a couple photos of her supplies organized by categories and various shelves:

All stamp sets and embellishments in boxes
All stamp sets in bins and embellishments in boxes
Some HA stamps, pattern papers and embellishments
Hero Arts stamps, patterned papers, and embellishments

I also like the window full of cards!  Great inspiration to see everyday!

Lots of dies
Die storage

And finally a few “in-progress” renovation photos!

Floor of the craft room
Floor of the craft room
Floor of the craft room from below
Floor of the craft room from below
Completed Craft Room
Completed Craft Room

So there you have it…you may have room for a dedicated craft nook in your home and you just never knew it! 😉

Thanks for visiting today and make sure you take some time to visit Gayatri!  Her designs are sure to inspire you!

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Craft Room Tour: Paper Crafts By Laurel

Hello!  Kim here from StampingImperfection!  I’m really excited for today’s post since I get to share the craft room of Laurel Beard from Paper Crafts By Laurel! 

Laurel’s room is a dream come true.  It’s uncluttered and organized.  It’s functional and you can see that she has really planned the pieces she uses to fit the needs that she has for the supplies she has on hand.  She uses great pieces from Ikea and she labels everything!

Laurel recently took a trip to a local Ikea and picked up a few pieces to add to her craft space.  The best advice she gives us is that when you reorganize, you first have to purge!  Isn’t this the most difficult part of organizing for a crafter?  We just don’t want to part with our stuff!  Laurel purges and uses the half of the proceeds that she gets to donate to her favorite charity!  I love this idea!  You sell your stuff to someone who might actually use it and you donate the proceeds to a worthy cause!  What better incentive to purge when your goodies are helping support a good cause?

I selected a few of my favorite pictures from Laurel’s craft room to share with you.  You can view all of her photos on her blog craft room tour.   Laurel includes links to all of the storage items that she has from Ikea on her blog as well.  You can see those here.

In the first photo, you will see that she uses several small pretty containers to hold craft supplies that she has artfully arranged on a wall in her craft space.  I love that this is not only functional, but it is beautiful!   What better way is there to decorate your craft room than by using your craft supplies and projects!

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Laurel uses an Expedit Shelving Unit from Ikea that is perfectly organized!  You can see that she left some of the cubes open and purchased the drawers and cabinet doors for several of the spaces.  It’s a clever way to display the items that you reach for all the time, while also hiding some of the others from view.

Laurel Beard Craft Space Tour

I’m seriously envying how wonderfully organized this is!  Here is a close up of her shelving system:

Laurel Beard Craft Space Tour

Can you see how she’s labeled everything?  The white boxes, also from Ikea, fit perfectly and corral the supplies she uses on  a regular basis.  You can get a more detailed description of her system from her YouTube Video where she gives you a complete tour and explanation of all the details!  You won’t want to miss it!

Finally, I love how she’s used these Fintorp Flatware caddies from Ikea to store tools and supplies.  Again, they add a decorative, yet functional element to her room.  They can also be taken down and carried to your work table when you need to use them!

Laurel Beard Craft Room Tour

I really love how Laurel has created a clean, organized space with a subtle color palette.   The bright pops of color come from her craft projects and supplies.  The room feels so complete and pulled together.  She shares a lot of great little tips and suggestions. I love this space!  It must be so relaxing to create in a space this pretty and organized!

Make sure to visit her blog at Paper Crafts By Laurel to see the rest of her pictures, glean more tips and ideas and check out the video with all of the great details!

Thank you for joining us today at Craft Storage Ideas!  I hope you feel as inspired by Laurel’s craft room as I have!

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Jennifer McGuire’s Studio and storage ideas

Hi, all! Sharon here! I’m just so excited to be featuring Jennifer McGuire’s studio with you today.  I’m a total tidy freak when it comes to my studio and how I organise my supplies, and I have got an incredible amount of inspiration from Jennifer’s blog and videos.   If I could have a replica of her room I wouldn’t change a thing!  If you haven’t visited her blog then it’s a must, she is the most kind-hearted and sharing person and her blog and YouTube channel are just full of great ideas, but more on that shortly.

Firstly, here’s a photo of her studio.  As you can see, she has a fantastic island in the centre for working on, and most of her supplies are hidden away in custom made cupboards – this really appeals to me as I can’t bear too much clutter.

What I like most about Jennifer’s room is that, because she designed it from scratch, a lot of thought has gone into what products she wants close at hand, and how she wants to store them for easy access.  For instance, she stores her ink pads in the centre island, so they are right by her workspace – and the OrganizeMore cubby fits perfectly.

I could go on forever about this room and all the ideas I’ve picked up from Jennifer, but I’ll just share one idea here, then you can pop across to Jennifer’s blog and YouTube channel to see the rest (and I HIGHLY recommend that you do).

Aside from her stamp storage, one of the best ideas I’ve picked up from Jennnifer is her ink swatch idea.  She uses the Simon Says Stamp ink swatch stamp set to put together a swatch book, and she so generous, that she’s even shared ink swatch downloads for almost every ink brand you can think of, so you just need to print them out, cut them to size (and she’s added cutting guide lines too), then stamp them out.

I highly recommend you set aside some time, grab a coffee, and watch all her storage videos here.  I guarantee you’ll be inspired to start re-organising your supplies!

Thanks for popping by, and I hope you enjoy exploring Jennifer’s blog and videos.

Sharon

Neat and tidy craft room (Kelly Cutler)

Hi everyone!   It’s Sharon here with a beautiful craft room from Kelly Cutler to share.

 

What I love about Kelly’s room is that she’s managed to have all her supplies fairly visible and close at hand, but it still all looks very neat and tidy.

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I would love to sit at this desk and craft – look at all those lovely supplies right there within easy reach!

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We’ve seen a lot of Raskog trolleys lately, but I like this trolley of Kelly’s as the drawers make things much neater.

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Her paper storage is great too – she’s got a lot of paper there and it looks really easy to find exactly what you need.

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If you’d like to visit Kelly’s blog you can find her here.

 

Thanks for stopping by CSI!

Sharon

Wilna Fursterberg heART Studio: Before and After

Hello to you all.  Hazel here and today I want to share a “before” and “after” craft room.  I’ve been following Wilna Furstenberg’s iheartblog for the past few months and knowing her style (sort of) I wasn’t surprised with her craft studio. But it even got better ………………………… she had pictures of her previous room (2009) as well as her current room on her blog and in her Flickr gallery.

So, I indulged to bring you:  heART Studio – BEFORE: (Link)

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Three  Things that i heART about this room:

1. The mood board:

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2. Even Mini Schnauzer, Max’s, cushion coordinates with the room:

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3. Just enough personal items to give the room LOTS of personality, makes it functional and organized without cluttering it:

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heART Studio – AFTER: (Link)

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Three Things that i heART about this room:

1. The room is bigger but Wilna re-used all her old goodies. She only added a chandelier and a chubby organizer from potterybarn.

2. Of course, Max and his “toned down” cushion cover.

3.  It still has LOTS op personality, no clutter and has a “old” new feel to it.

I hope you have enjoyed our journey in a time capsule moving back and forth between Wilna’s old and new craft studios.  Treat yourself and have a look at the videos on her blog – I bet you will be become a regular visitor.  While there, leave a comment and tell her that Craft Storage Ideas sent you. And, please thank her for sharing her space with us!

Thanks for looking at Craft Storage Ideas today. Have fun, craft on and remember to try something new!

Hazel

 

Craft Room Tour: Daisy Mae Belle

Welcome to today’s Craft Room Tour.

It’s Cicily and I’m super excited to share Melissa’s craft room from her Daisy Mae Belle blog.

I immediately fell in love with her blog, from her great pictures, her sense of style and her sweet southern charm. I think you’re going to love it too!

I’m so in love with her Playhouse! Her dad built this for her 3 girls and now that they’ve outgrown it, it’s been transformed into Melissa’s Craft Room! I’m thinking my kids need a playhouse!

Melissa recently posted a Craft Room Tour which you can see in its entirety HERE. But we’ll share a few sneak peeks.

Baskets and eclectic dishes are home for craft supplies.

Her organization technique: store like items together. This corner is dedicated to her wreath making supplies. Not only are these all items waiting for projects or projects in progress, but used for decoration and storage in the Playhouse. Example: the birdcage is home to her wire cutters!

If I had to choose a favorite organization idea it would be this one. Ladder, no it’s shelving!

I did think this was pretty clever. What else would we put in a scale but old books! BTW I so need that Owl and Pussy Cat book! Can you spot the S&P shakers?

 

I’m so very intrigued by all these items and will be checking back often with Melissa to see how she repurposes them!

Cicily

A Look at (Parts of My) Craft Room/Office

This post could be subtitled “the art of selective photography” or “how to make your office look somewhat clean when your toddler’s home for spring break.” Because I’ve got to admit, parts of this place are pretty rough. But that’s life, and I really work in here many, many hours a day.

It’s not pretty, but it’s where the work gets done. And most of the work gets done here, at my desk.desk wide view

This giant L-shaped glass-topped beauty is a great place to spread out projects. As you can see, my computer is on one side and there’s a crafty workspace on the other. The desk holds some of my office essentials like pens, clips, a stapler, my dictionary and stylebook (journalism training never quite goes away) and a box of old business cards that I use constantly for writing down notes, making lists, etc. I do wish it had drawers, but other than that I love it.

One thing I’ve done recently is to give my cutting mat semi-permanent residence on the long side of the table. That way the surface is a little protected if I have a quick cutting or gluing job to do (I still break out newspaper for painting jobs) and I can measure things easily when I need to.baskets of inspiration

Here it’s helping me to show off a couple of my favorite “storage ideas”: little baskets to hold scraps and stuff. I call these my baskets of inspiration.

The little blue basket holds scraps of fabric and ribbon, which I often grab for mixed-media projects. The bigger basket is a lot of stuff I’ve been working with recently or want to use again soon, so there’s little bits of yarn and embroidery floss, findings and charms. Some yarn needles and sewing pins live here, too, so they’re always easy to find.upper shelf desk

The desk has this little upper shelf that I’m sure is supposed to be for a monitor, but I use it to hold things I like to keep accessible. My mug rack with scissors on it is up here, as well as my fancy pens (for now; I keep waffling on where they belong), my grandma’s button jar (the pom-pom is just sitting on top for whimsy) and a little box I bought recently that holds sewing needles and a bit of thread.yarn winder swift

Over there you’ll also find my ball winder and yarn swift, which is that crazy wooden thing. I am a professional knitter and I need to wind a lot of yarn balls, and I love having them out all the time, even if they are in kind of a strange place.bookshelves

Next to my desk, mounted on the wall, are some overburdened bookshelves full of knitting books. Underneath you can see a vintage thread ad; this is where my sewing table is going to go as soon as I find one.paint box

On the opposite wall sits my printer (this is an office, after all) on top of a wooden filing cabinet. Next to the printer is an obnoxiously green file drawer I picked up at a local vintage shop; it holds my paint. On top of that is a blue tray from Hobby Lobby with some yarn I want to use soon. It’s really inspirational to have a little of it on view aside from what’s in my shoe hangers on the doors.

What I’m not showing you is the back wall, which is lined with bookshelves full of crafty books. They’re lovely shelves, but there are also books in front of the shelves, a pile of fabric here, a basket of plastic Easter eggs there. It’s would be kind of like a crafty staging area if it weren’t such a horrific mess. Let’s just pretend that part doesn’t exist, why don’t we? At least I can admit I have a problem.

Sarah