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!
But first, here’s Richele!
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.
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.
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.
This magnetic board hangs on the side of my cabinet and holds all my Movers ‘n Shapers dies and is available from Ikea.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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Here’s a big welcome to Lori from Thrifty Décor Mom! Thanks for joining us today!
Hello! My name is Lori and I blog over at Thrifty Decor Mom. I live in Lewis Center, Ohio with my Handyman Hubby, 2 teenage daughters and a Maltese named Benny. Decorating is my passion and I love the challenge of putting a room together on a tight budget. In addition to decorating I also enjoy scrapbooking, stamping and crafting.
I’m so excited to share my organized craft space with you today! My supplies were an unorganized mess and I needed a permanent place to scrapbook so I decided to create a space just for me!
What kind of budget did you have when organizing your space?
Not much! I didn’t have a set budget but I wanted to create the space without spending much money. To do this I had to get creative and use items from around my house. I also repurposed some items to work in this space.
The table was part of our dining room set that we never used. We were going to sell it but decided to try it here instead and it’s worked out perfectly! I love having a large area to spread out pictures and scrapbooking supplies. It also makes a great place for the kids to do homework.
This bookcase used to be in my daughters bedroom. She no longer wanted it so I decided to use it here. Now my sewing and scrapbooking supplies are all organized and within reach.
What was your greatest challenge?
Besides working with little to no budget, the space I had to work with was definitely a challenge. My craft space is in a small corner of our finished basement. It isn’t in a separate room so I couldn’t close the door and hide the clutter. I had to get creative with storage and make it pretty yet functional.
This bookcase was given to us years ago for free. The top was scratched up and it wasn’t in great condition. To create a larger work area we covered it with a sheet of white laminate shelving. The shelves are the same laminate and add much needed vertical storage.
I used a lot of baskets and plastic bins from around my house to store supplies. The photo boxes were purchased on sale at craft stores and are great for storage!
Are you an “organize it once” kind of girl or are your storage solutions constantly evolving?
My whole house is constantly evolving! Nothing stays in the same place for long and I’m always tweaking the smallest detail. It drives my family crazy because they go to look for something and it’s been moved somewhere else!
I added some fun and color to the space without spending a lot of money. I printed out free subway art, painted some old frames and purchased inexpensive wood craft letters and a white/magnetic board.
What is one thing you’d like to improve about your storage/organization?
I wish I had a separate room that could be closed off from the rest of the basement. A bigger space would be nice too but neither of those are an option at this time. Right now I’m planning on repainting the whole basement a lighter color so that will really give the space a fresh look.
Thanks so much for allowing me to share my craft space with you! I share all my creative and thrifty ideas at Thrifty Decor Mom and I’d love for you to stop by and say hi!
While I’m not much of a stamper, I love looking at the craft areas of people who primarily use stamping as their creative outlet. There is just something satisfying about seeing those wooden stamps all lined up. I know, I know…I’m nuts 🙂
For several years I kept an inventory of my stamps in binders and while it works, it’s pretty cumbersome to pull these huge, heavy binders out every time I want to find a specific type of stamp. When my stamp collection grew to fill two 4 inch binders filled to the max, I knew I needed a new way to inventory my stamps if I was ever going to use them again.
My solution? To create a stamp inventory that is electronic and can be accessed from my computer as well as my iPhone. I recently found a free program called Evernote which does all of this and more.
Evernote makes it easy to remember things big and small from your everyday life using your computer, phone, tablet and the web. There are a series of videos on the Evernote website that explain exactly what you can do with this program. Click here to view them.
I knew that it was going to take a long time to get all of these stamps switched over to a digital version so to keep from getting overwhelmed, I told myself that I would only spend 15-30 minutes each night transferring them over to the new system. Then I ended up getting sick and while I was stuck in bed, I actually finished it quicker than I thought.
Whether you have 20 stamps or 2000, don’t let the idea of starting from scratch overwhelm you. Depending on your lifestyle and schedule, set aside a specific time each day/week to enter your stamps into your Evernote Inventory and believe it or not, it WILL get done. Sooner or later. (LOL)
First of all, each “inventory” is called a “notebook” in Evernote. Each entry in your inventory/notebook is called a “note”. Below are step by step instructions for how I’m use Evernote to create my stamp inventory binder:
Open Evernote, Choose “File”, “New Notebook” and then name your notebook whatever you’d like. I named mine “Stamp Inventory Notebook”. If you wanted, you could separate your stamps by category or by manufacturer, but I find it easier for me to keep them all in one notebook.
Click on “New Note”, where it says “Click to set title”, click there and enter the title of your stamp set. I always put the manufacturer in front of the name if I know it. For example: “Paper Smooches – A Little Lovin’” is the title of one of my stamp sets.
Where it says “Click to add tag”, click there and start typing your tags with a comma in between words. Here is an example of tags that I used for the “A Little Lovin’” stamp set:
“announcement, baby, carrot, crown, elephant, frog, heart, i love you, kangaroo, lips, kiss me, new baby, mom and baby, paper smooches, welcome baby, thump I’m in love”
I put both tags for the images and the sentiments so that when I’m searching for something, it will be easier to find it.
Next, I find an image of my stamp set on the web, and use my “snippet” tool to copy and paste the image of the stamp set into Evernote. If you don’t know how to use the snippet tool, click here for a tutorial. You’ll be amazed at how much easier this little tool will make your life! (online anyway LOL)
So I go into the text portion of the note and either right click and choose “paste” or I just use ctrl-v to paste the image I snipped. (See image below)
If you do not have the name of your stamp or the manufacturer, you can just take a photograph and copy and paste it into your inventory notebook. I have some that I stamped out and photographed because I bought the stamps at a thrift store or just forgot to write down who made the stamp and what it was called. Here is a sample:
That’s it! Your first note is complete. Now, just start all over and click on “New Note” again. Easy right? Time consuming, yes but in the end I you will have a searchable database of all of your stamps which will make you more likely to use them more!
As much as scrapbooking and crafting in general is therapy (for me anyways), no this is not THAT Dr Phil! If you’ve been involved with Close to My Heart you may have heard of Dr. Phil of DrPhilScraps.com. He just redid his craft space and was willing to share some of his finds with us.
For the focal point of his room, Dr Phil has this hutch he couldn’t resist. He purchased it and painted the drawers and back panel to compliment the new room color. The hutch holds lots of product, some for sale & some for personal use.
Of course with CTMH products, he’s utilizing their great storage.
He also utilizes hanging space with this wire contraption. It’s on wheels so he can move it out of the way.
I can only imagine how necessary it is to be organized while running your business out of your craft space. Dr Phil has mastered this!
Do you love everything vintage when it comes to home decor? If you do, the craft room I have to show you today will definitely make you smile! Diane over at An Extraordinary Day recently shared photos of her wonderful craft studio!
From furniture and decor pieces she chose to use…
…to the beautiful baskets used around the room for storage of all her crafty goodies…
…to the genius way she uses these jars…
…she has put together one fantastic craft studio with a ton of character and functionality!
For more details and photos, be sure and stop over and read Diane’s blog post in its entirety! You won’t be disappointed!
Happy Independence Week! We are celebrating here at CSI by featuring a few posts about how you can gain “independence” from your crafting stash. When I talk to fellow crafters about organizing their supplies, the thing I hear more than anything is that they are overwhelmed. Either they can’t find something, or they have too many choices, or they just don’t know where to start when it comes to organizing their stash.
According to an article I read recently on Oprah.com, when you look around your space and start to feel anxious, your body releases cortisol, a stress hormone. Yikes! Here are some pointers to help combat a messy and/or disorganized space.
Keep your workspace clear. Your workspace is the single-most necessary thing to help you actually create something. And if it’s not clear, you are far less likely to sit down to start a project. Even if the room around you is a mess or unorganized, make your number one priority to clear your workspace.
Storage shelves. No stacking or double shelving allowed. In other words, if you have small items behind larger items, etc., get them all in one single layer. Those hidden items are hard to find and lead to frustration.
Paper storage. I know it’s hard to believe, but chances are if you are a scrapbooker, you have more paper than you’ll be able to use. Go through it all, if it fits into one of the following three categories, keep it. If it doesn’t, give it away.
Paper you love
Paper you use regularly
Paper you can’t find anywhere else
Don’t pile items on the floor. It’s a vicious cycle. I’ve done this many time. I say “Oh, I’ll just put this here for now”. And before you know it I’ve got multiple piles that I have to climb over on a regular basis.
Keep a donation bin. This might be my number one piece of advice. I’ve managed get myself into the habit of making decisions about supplies and even tools when I am cleaning up after I’ve completed a project. Will use that scrap of patterned paper again? What about that stamp? Was it hard to use? Do I have another project in mind for it? Have I used all of those letter stickers to the point I won’t use them again. You get the picture. If the answer to any of those questions is yes, I either recycle or add to my donation bin. It even makes cleaning up a little easier.
Remember the six month rule. Have you used it in six months. I’ll even say, you can make it the one year rule. J If you haven’t you should seriously consider donating it. Tastes change. Ideas morph. Give yourself some freedom.
One In, Two Out. When something new comes in, at least one thing, preferably two, must go. I know, I know. 😉 What if we said, if one comes in, USE one within the next week, or donate. Would that help?
Ultimately, and at the risk of sounding harsh (I swear I don’t mean it harshly), your craft room is not supposed to be a warehouse! It should be a place where you find inspiration, comfort and your inner creative. Now go out there and do it! I’m rooting for you!