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!

my craft desk
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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Cataloging Supplies

Hello fellow crafters, it’s Cicily the Pink Dalmatian Scrapper. Have you ever found yourself at your favorite store, (that would be a crafting store btw!), and you can’t remember if you have that embossing folder already? Been there, done that!

In my quest (the never ending quest that is) to be organized I endeavor to know what supplies I have. Thankfully I have not purchased too many duplicates. But I have heard stories where people even purchase Cricut cartridges they already own! I’d much rather spend my money on new, the identical twin does not already exist in my craft room, supplies!

Here are some ideas to help catalog your supplies for easy reference, especially when you’re away from home. Most everyone has a smart phone so these first options are for you!

Evernote is a free app that I love to use. It lets me create Notebooks and then Notes in each book. I have my Cricut cartridges, Glimmer Mist and Distress Markers organized in here for starters. Each “note” in the notebook is categorized alphabetically and your notes and pictures can be added. Evernote also links up to a PC account so you can access all the features on your computer.

Evernote Collage

I also use Pinterest to organize my inspiration and ideas. You could use it to catalog supplies as well. I hope all you crafters are using Pinterest but for those who haven’t yet or aren’t quite sure what it’s all about, here it is in a nutshell. You create your personal account and  create your own “boards”, think of them like cork boards. You can have as many as you want and name them anything you want. Then while anywhere on the web or on Pinterest itself if you see something you like you can “pin it” to your board. Then when you want to see your pins you select your board & everything is there for you! Click the individual picture and it will take you back to the original website, so all the information is a click away! Here are some of my boards and my pinned inspiration.

Pinterest Collage

Another organizing tool I use on my phone is my shopping list. I don’t alway have planned trips to my favorite crafting stores and of course my mind draws a complete blank as to what supplies I just ran out of or need to work on a project. I have a shopping list app on my phone that lets me create lists for different stores. I created a “craft” list and add supplies as I need them. Then when I happen to be in a store, I can look at my list and get what I need. Ok so I do add some wants to my cart too!

So maybe the apps aren’t for you. Never fear you can still catalog your supplies (and there’s lots of ideas on Pinterest!). I created these tags more for reference in my craft room, but they could be tucked in a purse and taken to the store.

tag collage

I’d love to hear how you catalog your supplies!
Cicily