Contributor Craft Room Tour: Suzanne Webster-Lowrie

Hello, it’s Suzanne here today from Scrapbookingsue.com. I am so excited for today’s post, as I get a chance to share my very own craft room with all of you! I will probably always consider it a “work in progress,” as I add and delete new items, and try to match everything a bit better. However, it is well organized, functional, and utilizes a system that works for me! Also, I am a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant, which is yet another reason why my space has to be so functional, because it is not only for fun, but for business as well!

Since my blog has a TON of pictures showing my craft room (My Craft Space: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3), I have selected a sampling of pictures for this post. Please feel free to visit my blog for a more in-depth look at my room!

This is my main desk area, where I do most of my scrapbooking, stamping, painting, etc. Within arms reach, I keep my basic supplies (scissors, glue, distressing tools, etc.), stamp pads and cleaners, markers and colored pencils, ready-made cards and envelope bases in white and off-white, ribbon, and some basic embellishments.

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Directly opposite the main desk is what I like to call my “Cricut desk.” This desk holds an Expression 2 Cricut machine, a jar full of tools, a laptop computer, and a Canon Selphy picture printer. Oh yeah, there is a cute owl clipboard that I made as well… just for a pop of color for the picture!

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Next to one of the windows, I have an IKEA 8-cubby storage unit. I have so many different types of things stored here, it would be hard to list them all. But perhaps most notable, the pink baskets on the top shelf hold some of my retired stamp sets. On top of the unit is my small ribbon storage. I wind the end pieces of ribbon around jumbo craft sticks.

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I picked up these long pink baskets about 8 years or so ago at Walmart for $5 each. These baskets are the perfect size to hold my retired stamp sets that I plan to keep.

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Above the storage unit, I keep this frame of cards. I made the frame myself by purchasing an old picture from Goodwill that had an ugly, but sturdy frame, and then re-purposing the frame with paint and crackle-medium. Very rustic!

The cards inside are switched out seasonally. Right now they feature fall / Thanksgiving cards, Christmas / Holiday cards, and the November Stamp of the Month.

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On the other side of the window is the pegboard that I created earlier this year. As you can see, the board holds my decorative scissors, embellishments, a few tools, Mod Podge, and my embossing gun.

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The final wall houses my very large IKEA 25-cubby storage unit, as well as my home-made paper rack. This large unit holds the majority of my scrapbooking supplies. All of my paper kits, pages in progress, albums in progress, vintage catalogs and retired paper colors have a home here. The paper rack holds all of my current CTMH papers, as well as my paper trimmers, craft mat, and score board on top.

Most of the storage in the middle section is from the Dollar Store. Trendy buckets, baskets and clear storage containers are both easy to find, and affordable. To see inside some of my storage containers, make sure to go to Part 3 of the craft room tour on my blog. The green and blue boxes are from Pioneer. I purchased them white and then painted them the colors in the my craft room to match.

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Here is my entire collection of wooden rubber stamps! I’m sure that many of you have WAY more than this, but less than a year after I joined CTMH, they came out with the clear, unmounted stamps; therefore, I never really had time to amass a large quantity of rubber stamps.

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And finally, here are my home-made sponge daubers. Although the quality is NOT great (they tend to tear and shred with continued use), I wanted so many of them that they have saved me a great deal of money over purchasing the name brand daubers. I use floral foam to hold them in place inside their containers.

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Thank you so much for touring my craft room with me today! If you are interested in seeing a lot more pictures of this space, peeking inside some more of my boxes, or learning about my Craft Inventory Binder, then please join me over at my blog for Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of the tour!

Suzanne

Craft Room {Clean and Scentsible}

Today I am sharing a craft room with you from one of my favorite bloggers – Jenn from Clean and Scentsible. She writes a blog all about crafting and organizing, so it is a perfect fit to share with our readers. Her space is the perfect mix of function, organization and pretty.

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I love the way she organized her inspirational ideas pulled from magazines and books. She can easily find what she is looking for without paging through a ton of pages. And these files take up so much less space than all those magazines and books did!

The desk area is very well organized and functional as well. I love the wall treatment she used to really make her space feel special.

I love the use of the white furniture to really brighten up the space. She utilizes the Michael’s Recollections storage cubes throughout her room. I have these myself and they are so great for storing scrapbook supplies as well as other crafting notions. They don’t take up a lot of space but really can hold  a lot.

Be sure to head over to Jenn’s blog to see the full craft room reveal. You will be even more amazed after you the see the before of her space.

Laura

California Art Girl {Richele Christensen} and Blog Hop Day Two

Let’s give a very warm welcome to Richele Christensen!  I love her craft room!  And you will too!  But first – just a reminder about our blog hop!  Check out all of the details here!  And make sure you read all today’s entire post – because we have a giveaway from our blog hop sponsor OrganizeMore!  Here’s a little sneak peek!

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But first, here’s Richele!

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I’m a California girl and currently live in the Sacramento area. I have an amazing husband Del and we have two wonderful children. My son KC and his wife Amanda have three amazing kids and that makes me a Grandma. It’s the best! My daughter Ashley and husband Kirk are  busy with their carers.

Ever since I was a little girl I have had a love for art, sewing and crafting. Working in the paper craft industry since 2001 has lead me on an unforgettable journey. I currently work with Tim Holtz as his project manager, teaching workshops and blogging.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m very fortunate to have a large space in our home for my studio, it has two windows that bring in lots of natural light which I love. When I set up my studio it was important to me that things were easy to find and being organized helps. Also if things are handy I tend to use them more.RicheleChristensen_Studio1

The stamp wall in my studio is my favorite, they’re custom made shelves my dad and son made. (You can find similar shelves at Ikea). They hold my wood stamps, inks, paints and products I use frequently. The modular cabinets below the shelves are from Michael’s. The drawers come in many configurations so they work for almost everything like tags, dies, stamps, and other miscellaneous things.

 

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The tools on my work table are in a silverware caddy I picked up at a kitchen organizing store. You just never know when you’ll see something that will be perfect for your studio, like this antique stamp holder is prefect for all my craft tools.

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This magnetic board hangs on the side of my cabinet and holds all my Movers ‘n Shapers dies and is available from Ikea. 

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

I didn’t really have a budget but I tried to be economical. Most of the furniture has come from Ikea, Michael’s and Home Depot. My room has evolved as time has gone by. I recently moved into a larger space in my home and because my space is organized with modular elements they fit right into my new space perfectly.

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2. What was your greatest challenge?

 The biggest challenge in my studio was having things I use all the time handy. Since I use my Distress Inks, Paints and Stains all the time I store them on a shelf right behind my work area.

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

I love to organize my “stuff”. I think you can always improve upon it. My favorite cabinet is the Alex from Ikea. It hold a ton of stuff.

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4. What is one thing you’d like to improve about your storage/organization?
That’s a tough one. Im pretty happy with my space but I think having pull outs in my large cabinets would make it easier to find things.

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There are so many things about Richele’s room I love, but I have major envy over that drawer full of organized tags and her colorful distress ink wall!  What about you?  Make sure to visit Richele at California Art Girl.  Thank you, Richele for sharing your space with us!

And now on to today’s blog hop prize!  Our blog hop sponsor OrganizeMore is giving away a 48 Marker Organizer in white!  To enter, use the Rafflecopter below!

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And just in case you need it – here’s the list of places to hop on over to!

Rebecca – Scrapista

Lisa – My Paper Tales

Hazel – Play As You Go

Laura – Laura’s Crafty Life

Noelle – Paper & Ice

Cicily – Pink Dalmatian Scrapper

And finally – just a reminder that our Silhouette Portrait giveaway will close at midnight tonight!  Check out our original post to enter!

 

 

Craft Room: Creative Foundations (Vicki Boutin)

This is Cicily back with another craft room to share with you today.

This one is from the extremely talented Vicki Boutin of Creative Foundations. If her studio looks familiar, it was featured in Scrapbooks Etc!

 

I love her unique style of eclectic and found items.

Baskets and containers keep all the craft supplies organized and tucked away.

Re-purposed baskets and containers that hold crafty goodies add so much to a craft studio.

To check out the full studio tour and see additional photos click here.

Cicily

Craft Room {Jen-uinely Inspired}

Today I am sharing a beautiful craft room with you from Jen-uinely Inspired. Her room is pretty and feminine. Her supplies are organized and lovely. I would love to create in her space! Actually, her ‘CREATE’ sign is what first drew me to this room. I have been wanting to make something similar for my crafting space!

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She turned boring, standard plastic storage into something amazing. Look at these gorgeous fabric covered drawers!

She has all of her scrapbook paper organized by manufacturer and theme. I love how she found what works for her and made her supplies easy to find. She is absolutely correct when she says, “Half of scrapbooking is staying organized.”

Be sure to check out the rest of Jenny’s craft space, and tell her Craft Storage Ideas sent you! She has some fabulous organization ideas!

Laura

Guest Contributor {Gluesticks}

We are so happy to welcome Brandy from Gluesticks!

_MG_4900Brandy is a  mother of four and the wife to a member of the US Coast Guard. Having grown up with creative influences around her, she developed a love and appreciation for all things homemade. Every woman needs an outlet and Gluesticks is hers. On Gluesticks you will find crafts, recipes, kids activities and step by step tutorials for every skill level.

Let’s give her a warm welcome!

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Welcome to my home office/craft room/guest room. Yep, it has a lot of functions.
Originally this room was going to be our guest room. Complete with a full size bed and everything my grandmother would need when she came to stay with us on occasion, but then we realized that we don’t have family come see us often, so I decided to not buy a bed, but create a space with room for a queen size air mattress when needed. I placed the furniture against the walls and will pull out the ottoman box under the window when we use the Aerobed air mattress. There is plenty of clearance in front and space in front of the closet and walking space around the sides. It isn’t a very roomy guest room, but we had to maximize the functions and prioritize in this small space.
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1. What kind of budget did you have when organizing your space?
I didn’t set a budget for this project because I am pretty frugal to begin with. My room is a mixture of old and new. Re-purposed and purchased. The sewing machine stand and printer stand were both headed to the trash when I decided to give them another life. You can find details on that project here.
Most of the accessories were purchased from IKEA and Pick Your Plum. The white bookshelf is also from IKEA.
The crowning jewel of my room is my Craft Box. The Original Scrapbox is a sponsor of Gluesticks and so I worked out a deal with them with cross promotion.
These strategies kept the cost for my room to a minimum.
2. What was your greatest challenge?
My greatest challenge was storing all of my creative supplies AND still being able to have room for a guest bed, when necessary.
The solution to that challenge was been my Craft Box . It has solved so many organizational issues for me! Not only is it a beautiful piece of furniture, it transforms into a home office/craft space with just a few clicks. You can see a full video tour of my room and my Craft Box here!
I can store all of my sewing notions and supplies as well as my craft necessities.
When I am not crafting or sewing, I can use my table for my home office. When I’m done, I close it all off and it looks like a beautiful armoire. Stay tuned for more details on my Craft Box and a it’s functionality. It is simply extraordinary.
3. Are you a “organize it once” kind of girl, or are your storage solutions constantly evolving?
My storage solutions are constantly evolving. My craft box will not evolve. It’s functions will remain the same. However, This storage cube came from IKEA, along with the boxes. These are great because they are inexpensive (2 for $10), large, and hold my fabric! BUT…as the months have passed (and it’s been a year since I decorated this room) I am realizing that I am accumulating way too much fabric. I am going to have to either buy more boxes and take over the rest of the cubes and maybe the top of the book case as well, or come up with another organizational solution for my fabric.
4. What is one thing you’d like to improve about your storage/organization?
I would love to improve the storage area for my kid’s craft supplies. They have almost as much as I do! They also have taken over my craft box, as seen here. Ha! Do your kids do this too? A lot of their supplies are in boxes in the closet and are easily forgotten. I pull them out and rotate them in a basket on their craft table every so often, but I would love for the kids to be able to access them easier. I am working on this!

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Don’t you love her space?  And I really like seeing a craft box in action!  What was your favorite part of Brandy’s room?  Show her some love!  And don’t forget to visit here Gluesticks!

Craft Room Feature: {Shabby Story}

I came across the prettiest craft room to share with you today. It’s actually a 3-for-1, because it’s owner shares the various updates she’s made over the past few years. There was something to love from each arrangement she had. I hope you enjoy looking looking at the photos here, but be sure to check out her blog for even more photos of the variations of her studio.

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Believe it or not, this is a “before” photo of her craft room. It’s hard to imagine that she would need or want to improve on what she has here, but she downsized her crafting supplies and asked her husband to help her move her craft room to another location in their house – which he did.

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Her new room is located in their “Great Room,” complete with fireplace and view of their garden.

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Be sure to check out all the goodness she has stashed away in her repurposed hutch!

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Bright, clean and cheerful. I hope you’ll check out all the studio photos at Shabby Story!

Doris

 

 

 

 

 

All About The Furniture: E-Z View Desk from The Original Scrapbox

Hi there! It’s Noelle today with a furniture review for you. I decided to review the E-Z View Desk by the Original Scrapbox. I actually remember seeing this a few years back in a scrapbook magazine. I really LOVED the clear top and the compartmentalized places to stash all your embellishments! If I remember correctly, at the time they didn’t have so many options to customize this desk. I’m really digging on having this storage in the side you can pull out without opening a door!

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Now, I actually don’t have one of these…. But would you like to come down a little daydreaming path with me where I customize my own? I would love to pretend, for just a few minutes, that I have budget available to buy this gorgeous desk…. And, if anyone from the Original Scrapbox would like to send me a complimentary “sample” of one of these desks, you can bet I would not turn that down! 😉 LOL.

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Ok, well most of the furniture in my studio is black, so I personally prefer the black finish, though the white is very pretty too. I currently have my desk (a writing desk) in the corner of the room and would probably stick with that same configuration, so I would want the left hand side of the desk to have that access on the side, and the right hand side…. Maybe a filing drawer for some of my 8 1/2” x 11″cardstock??

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Well, maybe not, maybe a simple shelf would work better. Then I could put all my Cropper Hopper Paper Pouches inside. Love how you can figure out what would work best for your space!

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I think my most favorite part is the clear top that houses all your smaller goodies. No more small things sitting out getting spilled, no more looking in 84 places for a red eyelet, or a gold brad.

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So, that was my little daydream! Thanks for coming with me! 😉 What is YOUR dream piece of studio furniture? We’d love to know here at CSI, leave us a comment below. Have a wonderful day!

Noelle

 

 

Genevive Rulona {Thoughtful Crafts}

Good morning!  I’m thinking you are going to love today’s guest post!  Here’s Genevive!
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I’m Genevive Badilla – Rulona, a Filipino based in Singapore, wife to my very supportive and loving husband Benjo Rulona, and mom of two adorable boys Rujim and Miguel.  I am a teacher by profession but motherhood and scrapbooking changed my career plans. I am now a busy stay-at-home-mom, taking care of my boys, maintaining my online craft store, ThoughtfulCrafts.
Welcome to my “happy place”. So thankful to my dear husband for approving and supporting my hobby and passion to the point that he allowed me to use part of our dining area as my studio. I used to be in this room but I decided to shift outside so I can use the bigger table when I have workshops (yes I conduct a class of four here!), but more than that, I like to see my kids while doing my stuff and they won’t think their Mommy is hiding in her room all the time haha..
1. What kind of budget did you have when organizing your space?
 
We are just renting this house so all the things you can see in my craft room are movable and temporary. As much as possible I don’t want to spend too much on storage. Apart from the fact that I am quite a stingy person haha! But I feel so blessed to be able to work as scrapbooking instructor and design team at Made With Love, a local scrapbooking store and so most of my stuff are freebies or bought using our  DT vouchers on top of huge discounts during sales! My greatest splurge so far is whenever I go to Ikea where I practically get anything white — from the white billy book case to white baskets and boxes.  I also like to go to  Cash Converters (a second hand store in Singapore) where I got these glass containers to hold my buttons and flowers…
2. What was your greatest challenge?
I must turn the lights on when I work and I must go outdoors to take photos of my projects. So when I will have my own place someday, that’s the first thing I must keep in mind!

3. Are you a “organize it once” kind of girl, or are your storage solutions constantly evolving?
 
I think  I’m an “organize as I go” kind of girl and yes my storage solutions constantly evolve. There are times when in the middle of creating something, I just think of an organizing Idea and I do it right there and then. Like when I thought of this twine basket. I was cutting some  dress form die-cuts for a project when I just thought using it as  twine spools. It turned out cute 🙂 
 

4. What is one thing you’d like to improve about your storage/organization?
 
If we will be blessed to have our own place in God’s time, I would like the wall to be painted white instead of orange, I will get rid of those boxes under my work table (by using up those papers fast!) and think about a better way to organize my punches. 
 
 
… see my son’s art work on the wall 🙂
… latest projects on a, this was a  grocery basket given by a friend last Christmas 🙂
…out of sight, out of mind. I use washi tapes all the time and I believe it’s because they are right in front of me when I create.
 
…putting up this shelves was a fun experience for me. I felt like I was altering a giant printer’s tray 🙂
 
… I put all my dies at the bottom because they are heavy.  These bookcases will curve over time when you put heavy stuff on them.
… those white boxes hold my ribbons and embellishments.
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I really do love Genevive’s room!  It’s perfect!  And I love that it’s not hidden away, but in plain sight so she can still interact with her family!  Be sure to visit Genevive’s blog for more details about how she works!

Craft Room: {scrappingklo}

Hello! Welcome to my latest craft room feature! This room has to be one of the most well-thought out, highly functional rooms I’ve come across! Scrapping Klo designed and had this room built to her specifications. I hope you’ll find it as inspiring as I do!

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What an awesome transformation here, making the very most from the inset that is the closet in this room! But just wait – it gets even more amazing!

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Pull out drawers in cabinets make for concealed, yet handy, storage.

Those aren’t just cabinet doors, they are each carefully designed drawers, that accommodate everything imaginable!  Check out the photos here for more details.

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This is her storage adjacent to her computer work station. Once again, the use of slide out drawers and platforms makes using and storing her equipment and supplies quick and easy!

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Wall mounted work station

More ingenious, space-saving ideas – the wall mounted work station. Not only does it provide a great space to actually work on, it doubles as wall storage for all her paints and glitters, etc. Be sure to check out her blog to find out how you could have one of these for your very own!

There are just too many amazing ideas in this one craft space – you need to check it out for yourself! Just follow this link for a really great “tour” of Scrappin Klo’s craft room.

See you next time! ~ Doris

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