Saturday, August 28, 2010

Finally...A Clean Craft Room!

So do you remember about a week or so ago I mentioned cleaning and organizing my craft room? Well, I lied. Just a little. I did clean and organize, but I got a little overwhelmed by the project and stopped short (way short) of finishing. Well, this weekend my daughter was away spending the night with her cousins and I spent all day Saturday cleaning, purging, organizing, sorting, dusting, and cleaning some more until it was done. Really done. And now I have some pretty pictures to show you! Fair warning, these pics are not great; I didn't want to use the flash and the light outside was dwindling. But, I didn't want to prolong this any longer, so I'm using these anyway. I also included some notes to explain my storage (click on any picture to view it larger). And, although this is a long post, you might just want to be sure you read it all the way to the end (hint, hint!).

So, here we go on the tour. My craft room is very small and does double duty as an office space, too (that part wasn't clean yet, so I'm skipping that half of the room and just sharing the crafty space). I have one full wall devoted to cabinets and counter top for me to do my thing:



My storage and work area is all about function. While I like the "look" of things on display, I prefer to keep most of my things stored away. I do have two open cabinets for my cardstock, patterned paper, books, etc. I prefer to store my paper vertically in clear storage boxes. The ones you see here are from Stampin' Up. And, this may be hard to believe, but the paper you see in the photos is all I have. That's it. I try very hard to not stock up or impulse buy. At least when it comes to cardstock and paper (wink).

I forgot to take a photo, but there are a few more cabinets that my husband attached together to make an additional work space, with more counter top. Just like a kitchen island. It stores some of my supplies that are used less frequently and my daughter's craft supplies (like mother, like daughter!). We put it on casters in case I want to move it around, but it usually stays in one place. Okay, so continuing on, here is a bit more detail...















Okay, so I know you have questions now, right? I know this, because I always do when I look at someone else's room! The cabinets and counter top are all Ikea. Heck, 95% of this room is Ikea! Don't we just love that store? All along the wall under the cabinets is a rail system I bought at Ikea, originally used for kitchen storage. This system has several different accessories for storage, including the baskets that store my ribbon and the pen and scissor holders. The same rail was used to hold my punches, too. Oh and the button jars, got them there, too! The vinyl lettering was purchased online at Once Upon a Design. I believe these two designs are still available, but you'll have to check. The Copic storage cubbies I just bought online here. Am I forgetting anything? If so, feel free to email me and ask!

Now, here is the really exciting part! Like I said earlier, I cleaned and purged a lot of my supplies. Those supplies I've packed up into a medium sized flat rate Priority Mail box and have decided to give them away as mystery blog candy! There is a ton of stuff and it's all still unopened and unused (with the exception of a few tools). Are you interested?! Just leave me a comment and tell me your best cleaning and/or organizational tip. You have until Wednesday, September 1, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. PST to enter. I'll select a random winner shortly after and post it on my blog. Good luck and thanks for stopping by!


81 comments:

Lenet said...

oo wow!! this is a uber cool craftroom!!! I must confess i'm a boit jealous of you

Nora said...

Wauw, now I'm really jelous {;o) I have storaged my buttons in a rotating spice rack. But that's nothing compared to your ideas!
Have a nice weekend, Nora

ileana said...

Hi Jennifer! I just found your blog and I´m so happy I did it, I love how you organized your room, I´m going to start doing it very soon and your sharing your tips is very helpfull, thank you!!
At this moment I´m pretty disorganized (that´s why I really love your post here!) but I usually use whatever I have at hand to organize my little things. For example, I storage my buttons on those plastic cabinets with drawers used for screws and such found in the $$ store, and my flowers on empty glass jars I save all the time (olives, jam, etc...). My pattterned paper is on an IKEA laundry storage, now I have them flat but it´s hard to flip through them so I´m changing that to a vertical way as you have, but the cabinet is still good because it has those tiny black weels that make it easy to move it around my very tiny craft space (7x7feet...). My clear stamps are not storaged as fancy as yours (love the basket!!!!!), but it accomplishes the same purpose: I use empty ice cream plastic containers (I think I´m going to decorate them to have them look better... nothing like a good make up!!). Love your storage of ribbons, I´m for sure going to steal that idea from you!!
thank you so much for the opportunity to participate on your give away, you are very generous! have a great day, hugs,

nsmerkt said...

Beautiful space. Love the inspiration station idea! My organization strategy...baskets. I try to keep everything sorted and organized that way so that I can always find things and if I want to bring something to the family room or to a crop, I just grab baskets. Pretty simple but it works for me!

Goth Honey said...

Hi Jennifer! Firstly, I love your craft space, and have been inspired to try and get my own half-a-room slightly more organised - although I don't have access to such fabulous work units! I would say that my best organisational buy was a number of 12 x 12 paper trays (the type used by stores) - as they give slightly easier access than lidded boxes etc.

Thanks for the chance to win some candy!

Laura
xxx

katrynka said...

Thanks so much for sharing your photos and organizing solutions!! I love the magnetic tape idea. I do not have closet doors, I have the ikea Expedit square cubbies book shelves. My room needs a total clear out, like Peter Walsh used to do on that organizing show, because invariably I come up with some sort of solution, and then I find MORE of something, and it is back to the drawing board!

My one organization "system" that I like, and will most likely keep, is for my punches. They hang in the pouches of a clear shoe organizer, on the back of the door to the room. I saw that idea on someone's blog, and ran with it!

Thanks for the chance to win some goodies!

Lisa said...

Gorgeous room! I appreciate you sharing your tips and I especially love how you have organized your large nesties. Great idea!! I use 2 over-the-door, clear pocket shoe organizers (one on the back of the door and the other on the front) for storing my MS punches and rubber stamps. The organizer on the front of the door (my door stays open when I craft) holds my newest purchases -- such as embellies, or seasonal stamps, etc. -- for inspiration and to remind me I have them to use! Thanks again for sharing your room and tips *and* for the chance for goodies! :)

Julie said...

Wow Jen so love your room. I'm very jelly out here as I don't have a room of my own.

I have a stash of fishing reel cases here. 12 of them 3 each in 4 of my 12 by 12 storage cubby holes in my family room. I have my most used items sorted out in them and a spare one that I will pile up with goodies for when I go cropping.

Deena Hopkins said...

Thank you for sharing!! I love the magnets for the dies inside the cabinets! What a great idea.
Really my best tip for organizing is just to label label label. But it looks like you have a handle on that!

Suzanne :O ) said...

Thanks so much for sharing your craft room with us! I particularly enjoyed the Nestability storage, as I just picked up a GIANT roll of magnet tape at my Goodwill store for $5, but I haven't been able to figure out where to house the dies... the inside of a cabinet is a great idea! My organization tip is kind of old... I starting using fishing tackleboxes to store my embellishments (compartmentalized and portable!) and not too much later, they started making the same boxes but they were made in fun colors and sold in craft stores! :) Thanks again for your post, can't wait until Wednesday!

Amy said...

Jennifer...thank you so much for sharing your awesome crafting space with us! This is ideally what I want as a space....the cabinets, the countertop, the organization.....maybe someday! My space is functional but is set up "desk" style. I really like that your space is "white"....just makes any color you have in there pop!

Anyway, I think my best organizational tip is that I LOVE having my inks close at hand and found an old cassette tape holder at a garage sale, mounted it on my wall, and organized my inks on this.....it works perfectly and it's at eye level where I sit at my desk so I can easily just reach over and get the ink I need.

Karen said...

Your space is perfect. Functional and pretty at the same time. To keep my room functional, I constantly remind my self that if I bring something new in, something must go or get used up.

Terry said...

This week I'm going to be moving my scrapbook area from the family room into my office. Since it's a small room, I will be reducing a lot of things in order to make it work. Thanks for giving us a glimpse into your room - very organized and you've provided lots of ideas! And a giveaway - pick me!! The nearst Ikea is 3.5 hours away - how I wished it was closer. Have a great Sunday!

Susan T said...

Love what you did. So creative and organized for such a small space. Love it!!!!

Maureen said...

so fun to see your storage and work area :) It always feels good to have a clean and organzied work space. One of my favourite storage solutions is putting my clear stamps (ie Verve and Waltzing Mouse) into binders. I keep the acetate folder they come in and use scor tape to adhere it onto cardstock...then I fit them into page sleeves and add a label to the top. Then I can easily flip through the binder to find what I need. The smaller sets get put into 4x6 sleeves and the Plain Janes get put into the trading card sleeves. Thanks for the chance to win :)

Jennifer said...

Wow, I LOVE your room! So many great ideas too. I'm moving soon, so in process of purging, and reorganizing. The best tip I have is to use stacking containers for small embellishments. (I got mine at Storables, but can't find them online.) I have them separated by color, so it's easy to grab a brad or flower that's in the color I'm looking for.

Michelle LL said...

Wow... your craft room is so beautiful! Ikea makes for great organizaion and you've created an inspiring work/play area.
My one organizing tip involves scrap paper. I've tried to organize my mess in many ways, but the one that actually works is my set of six clear drawers from Target- I have my cs scraps separated by color: Red, Orange/yellow, Green, Blue/Indigo, Violet and Neutrals. I don't have so many patterned paper scraps so they have their own separate basket.
You've inspired me to go down into my crafting area and give it a good clean! Thanks!

Moira said...

I am just starting to get all my supplies organized as my youngest headed off to college. I label my stamp sets and love the SU clear cases for my WMS collection. Baskets are my choice of storage and I love your idea of magnetic tape for Spellbinders - I have a roll left from when I did cross stitch magnets. Thanks for the great ideas!

IamDerby said...

Wow this is a gorgeous work area! You are a lucky girl! A tip from me: use the patterned paper as soon as you buy it... I keep it right on my desk now... no more hording! I also quit buying paper packs (no matter how great the deal) because I never ever use them all up.

Danisha said...

Hmmmm, I am still trying to organize my little craft space to work for me. But I have recently bought some MDF "cabinets" for lack of a better word, to organize my stamps and my embossing poweders and some other tools. It is an ongoing process. But I loved looking at your room. One day I will have something like that! LOL

{ kelly jo } said...

Oh my gosh- this room is a dream! Not only is it well-stocked but it's adorable!!

I keep all my 8 1/2 x 11 papers stored in manilla folders sorted by paper color/families.

I rarely clean up after each crafting session so when I have a pile of scraps next to my paper trimmer big enough to make me want to pull my hair out, I carefully bring my scraps over to those manilla envelopes and put the scraps big enough to keep in the front of each color. As we all know, those scraps come in very handy!!

Jennifer Lubbock said...

Wow, what a great craft room!! I store my long Nesties in DVD cases with magnetic strips. That way I can store them on a shelf with my smaller Nesties in CD cases. Thanks for offering the blog candy!

Cindee Stacey said...

Great craft area! Thanks so much for sharing! My favorite is putting my stamps in CD cases, like you have, but also using Stampin' Up's new case that they use for their new "wood-less" stamps. You can buy them seperate, & they've come in handy for those bigger sets that don't fit in CD cases. I think it's much like the DVD cases.
Thanks again for sharing all your ideas! It really helps us that are organizationally challenged! ;-)

Angy said...

wow Jennifer, love it! Looks very nice and organized.

My best tip for organizing is to find a place for everything - whether it is in a drawer, a box, etc and when I am finished crafting I try to put everything away. That way next time I come to my studio I can get started right away and I should be able to find everything right where it is supposed to be.

Anne Alagna said...

I love your space! It looks so clean and funstional!

My best clean/organize tip is to put everything back where it goes between projects. Even if I think I will use it again on the next one, it has to go back in it's place... no piles of scraps, no trash pile, no tools out... and since everything I use most often is right at my fingertips anyway, it doesnt waste time by putting it away and getting it back out... but from past experience I know that it sure wastes a ton of time when you lose a tool under a pile of scraps and trash. =D

LaurieJ said...

WOW, I love your space Jennifer! Thanks for sharing the pics and tips. I use the same jars for my buttons. I've been debating about the rail system and seeing yours gives me a nudge in that direction. I also especially like your idea of the magnetic knife strip. So cool! Funny, I don't really have a wow organizing tip for you because I store most of my things the same way that you do, e.g. Spellbinders in CD cases, upright paper storage, etc. I do store most of my clear stamps in binders, which works well.
Have FUN creating in your clean space!

Sally Watkins said...

I'm a big fan of hooks from IKEA, I hang stamps, stickers, brads, etc all in the packaging on hooks on the same rails as you use. You can see this in my post here, http://sllybean.blogspot.com/2010/01/organization-do-over.html. Since I took these pictures, I have added a new rail and I hang my spellbinders dies from the same hooks. Thanks for sharing your space.

Stacy said...

Your room looks wonderful - I want to come play at your house! My room is in desperate need of a cleaning. Tip - I love my old printers drawer that stores my wooden stamps - I have it hanging on a wall in my craft area.

Sus said...

I love love love your craft room! I love your ideas for storage... Especially the magnetic strips right inside your cabinet door for the spellbinders and pti dies! My humble tip is to create kits ahead of time for the season or occasion. For my daughter's bday, I made one sample of the invite, party hat, etc., then put all the supplies into a closing Tupperware container so I could have them all handy when I had some time to work on them. Thanks for sharing your crafting space!!!!

lynn said...

thank you for sharing your wonderful room jennifer!! i love it all, but, the magnetic holders and vinyl words are my favorites!

i store my pti stamps in recipe sized cubes, and i can just flip through them like recipes cards. works well for me:)

thanks so much for the giveaway!

Laurie said...

Hi Jennifer! Thanks for sharing your craft room/storage ideas...some really good ones I hadn't thought of!
For my part, I try to "think outside the box" and use things meant for other purposes (i.e., I recently bought a white charging station for $8.64 on the clearance rack at Target for storing my copics and it even has a drawer for erasers, embossing buddy, etc., AND a little shelf for my inks used most often)! Plus I can charge my cell phone while I'm working and have it handy! I use an office paper sorter (cardboard) for storing my 8 1/2 x 11 papers, and although not sooo creative, tupperware for all kinds of embellishments, etc. I would love to have the Ikea setup you have, but I'm afraid that's many years away for me! I am trying to go with the white theme and buy turnstyles and cubes in white. Slowly but surely! Thanks for your inspiration!

Laurie said...

Jennifer your space is amazing! I love the white cabinets! So bright and clean! Thanks for sharing it with us!

My favorite organization tip I actually finished last night! I finally have all my PTI CS in a filing drawer right next to my table! Each tab has a little sample color so I know right where I need to grab! I keep all the ribbons, buttons and paper scraps in the drawer right above! It feels so nice to be organized!

apron girls said...

My best cleaning tip is if you haven't used it in 6 months you probably don't need it and if it hasn't been used in the past year, definitely get rid of it.

Judy Cook said...

Jennifer, love your workroom. You are the only person I've seen that stores their Spellbinder dies with magnets on the inside of your doors. I do the same. It's the only way I found that doesn't take up space and works for all sizes. I have them above the counter where I use my machine so it works out perfect. Only problem is that I have six doors to work with and they are almost ALL full top to bottom. I know that's what you call obsessed. I do love storing them that way however. It's just the best yet.

Agustina said...

Jennifer, Thanks for sharing and inspiring us on organizing our craft rooms. My best organizing tip I have use is a Peg Board on a small wall. I've hung baskets and many buckets (small and medium sizes from Target $$ spot) the hang on hooks, I punched a small hole to tie a small tag labeling them. I store my blocks, pop dots, glue dots, stamp cleaner, pens, tools, and many more stuff. Thanks all you do and for the chance to win your blog candy.

Summer said...

Jennifer, I love your ideas and crafting space!! Thanks for sharing the pics with us. My best favorite tip for organizing my space is to clean up after each session. It's also the most challenging for me. But it makes a huge difference the next time I sit down to create.

gocanucksgo said...

Hi Jennifer!! You have a fabulous craft/office space. As of now, I don't have enough supplies or a room to say that my area gets too messy (however my parents beg to differ lol). My big thing is that I like to stick things in those ziplock bags. You can see what you have and are able to put small projects in their just in case someone needs to invade your craft space to have friends over ... geez lol. Thanks so much and keep up the great work =)

maryse n. said...

So jealous! I wish my room looked like that. My tip is to clean as you go. It only takes a few minutes after a craft session to tidy up and when my room is clutter free, I feel like creating. Thanks for the blog candy!

bonnie said...

I have open shelves in my room. I put a magnetic strip for dies at the edge of one shelf.
The thing I like best is that my button are on the window sill in old cups that aren't really usable for liquid but, I couldn't bear to part with them for one reason or another.

Jennifer K said...

Such a great space. I love how you have both open and closed storage.

Britt :) said...

I'm totally speechless and in awe of your craft room! I'm super unorganized! I just moved to house that has an office, so I'm very excited about setting up my crafts! Any advice from these ladies is much needed!

Princess Danell said...

Awesome room1 My fav was your storage idea for Spellbinder dies. So brilliant! Thanks for sharing.

Big Momma said...

Jennifer your craftroom is awesome! I love Halloween too and can't wait to see more of your projects: )
I recently worked on my craftroom but one thing about me is I am a ribbon lover and I have too much for the organizers I have seen so I used a white PVC house gutter and it turned out great !! I cut one down for a smaller area so it was custom to fit any space.. thanks for letting me peek at all your neat projects!

Tertia said...

You and I both had the same idea this weekend. My hubby found an abandoned chocolate stand from a shop and hauled it home for me. It is the perfect size for my craft room and I spent most of the weekend reorganising my space. There is no better feeling than a clesn room when you start working. My best tip? I clean everything away before I start a new project. That way I always know where everything is and what i actually have.

cgargus said...

How awesome, all neat and organized!! My space is not nearly so neat. I did label my PTI inks and my Ranger distress inks to make them easier to locate. Thanks so much for sharing!

Holly Saveur said...

Hi Jennifer
LOVE your room love all the soft colors.
I too went shopping in Ikea for my room.
You call your room small but mine is tiny(2 by 2.6 meter) with a big closet from Ikea for the clothes.
I have their boxes from creme cardbord..love them in Billy bookshelfs
Wooden box with 6 drawers(2) and 3 times a wooden letterbox ..with all my scrappapers and in the front section all my Copics..so handy.
The wooden cd rack holds my PTIstamps and also my cd cases with Spellbinders.
I think the best tip for a scraproom is go to Ikea!

Char in Kentucky said...

My wheels are spinning. Right now my stuff is in the end of my dining room. I have an "old" kitchen from before a remodel that I would love to claim as my craft room. Need to talk dh into purging a second stove & refrigerator. Maybe if the trade off to give him a "little" sink where he comes in from working outside, he'd go for the idea. Thanks for all the wonderful ideas, so sad that Ikea is 3 hours away!!!

Debbie Nelson said...

What a gorgeous, organized and inspiring space you have...have just recently had to "retire" from job of 20 years because of fighting cancer again...so I plan to re organize my craft space....thank you for some wonderful ideas!

Lee said...

Your craft room is absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing your great ideas. I have labelled the drawers at my desk and keep certain things in each drawer...at least I know where to put things when I tidy up. LOL.

Barbara DeBose said...

While I'm not quite as fortunate to have a room as I have a small corner in our living room. The best organization advice...hmmm. Well I absolutely love the organization cubes you can find at Michael's. They are great! I also organize my PTI stamps in alpha order in the 4 drawer cube. Lastly, I love the Magnetic Binder by Quickutz. I store my nesties and PTI dies in these and they are fabulous and take up very little room. Thanks for sharing your newly cleaned space!

Roxanne O'Brien said...

I use simple plastic velcro-closure folders that I found on the cheap (I think 6 were about $3 at Meijer) that I store all my scraps in. I have one for each color and I store my stickers that way as well grouped by category. It's nice because they are all contained, nothing falling out and it makes it easy to find things!

I'm uber jealous of your crafting space!!! It's gorgeous!

guess said...

when I redid my craft room I used the nonskid mats in my drawers that I store my punches and ink pads in so they won't move around when opening and closing the drawers. I,also, went to BBB and got the spice racks that are like steps and stored all of my Martha punches on and I also stored the bottles of flowers on them... takes up less space and you can see what is in the back of your cabinet.

nice digs.
rls

Cheri said...

Wow! Your craft room looks GREAT! My best organization tip is to get things out where I can see them. I have a long counter much like yours, so I have my stamps in CD racks, buttons in the little wonderful glass jars from IKEA, etc. I figure if I can see it, I'll use it. If it gets put in a drawer, somehow it just gets lost! Thanks for the chance to win a fun surprise!

Nancy L. said...

Wow, your space is awesome! So creative and useful on everthing you have done!
On my craft "space" I have a space of everthing. I have to clean up everytime I craft, so I makes it so much easier!

Marie Swan said...

Love your blog and your designs. I keep my scraps in gallon ziplocks, by color family. They are stored in a zippered tote originally meant to store an album. I use up a LOT of scraps this way. No digging for colors, they are all sorted.

Vera W. Yates (Ling) said...

Wow, your scrap room looks amazing! My cleaning tip would be to do quarterly purging. I do this, since I have limited space. And I love using Sterilite drawers & labels everything.

Jen said...

Wow! The way you've designed your space almost makes me think it's possible for me to have a special crafty space of my own. I need to rethink how my guest room/craft space is organized. i rarely want to work in there. Thank you for the inspiration! I need to visit Ikea again... SOON!

Karin said...

Love you room!!! I too like to keep things out of sight, so much neater looking. My best storage solution for me, is keeping my punches in a shoe bag that is hung over the back of my door. So convenient and out of sight :) Thanks for showing us your room and your fabby blog!

Laraine R said...

I have started working on a room for all my stuff. I have got my clear stamps and nestabilities in CD cases so far. I have a lot more to go. Thanks for showing us your room. It looks so functional. Hopefully mine will get to that point soon. I need to visit IKEA!

Toia S. said...

WOW!! I love your space!! I am in the process of redoing my space (that I share with DH). I love all the storage you have and the way you have things organized. Thanks for the inspiration!

Naomi said...

Love your room and all your ideas. My old but it works for me is to keep all my unmounted stamps in loose leaf binders. Thanks for giving us a chance at the candy.

Meredith said...

So many great ideas - every time I see a post like this, I want to re-create my whole space!!

I have all my stamps organized according to use - so Valentine's are all together, Xmas all together (they are a unit to themselves!), sentiments, flourishes, backgrounds, etc... all in rubbermaid stackable drawer units. I love that this makes it so quick and easy to access something for a specific use. All my WMS are in a basket same as yours, beside the drawers!

I ENVY your die cuts... who makes the ticket stub one? I LOVE that!!

Jenn Copeland said...

Dang! The nearest IKEA is at least 5 hours away! Can I come play in YOUR room??? Hee! Very cool, my friend! I bought some neat storage cubes at Target that have fabric bins that slide in and out. I keep a lot of my goodies in those. Then my prize Longaberger baskets are on my table to hold many of my most frequently used tools. Must say, however, I am rather envious of this beautiful space!!

Tricia said...

Wow, Jen! What a great craft space! I like to use baskets to keep my punches and ribbons and anything I'm "in the middle of!"

June said...

Absolutely love your craft room!!!! Unfortunately I collect lots of everything and it is getting harder to organize!! I love how clean your room looks but I am more of a visual person and love to see all of the pretty colors!! I have to say that I love to organize my embellishments and paper by color!!! Thanks for sharing your craft room and for the awesome giveaway!!!!

LindaR said...

Your room looks great! The only hint I have, is clean up after every project. When you let it go after one...you let it go after two...and it snowballs.

Nadine said...

I've enjoyed the tour of your craft room Jennifer! I wish I had an Ikea here on the islands! Sadly, I have to make do with Walmart & Target purchases…
I absolutely love the way you stored your larger Spellbinder dies with magnetic tape! Very clever! In fact your whole room is awesome!

Robyn W said...

What a wonderful craft room! I think the biggest challenge for me is finding a place for everything. My space is limited, so I am always looking for ideas to maximize my work area.

mel said...

I clearly need to reorganize/redecorate/refurnish my stamp room! My problem is that I don't clean as I go, so I end up with shrinking work space on my desk. ..until it's so tiny I HAVE to put things away or move to the dining room table! Some great ideas...thanks for sharing!

Carol D said...

I just love your craft room, I also have lots of Ikea just love it. I have the worktops and drawers, my craft room is in at the top of the house, and has sloping walls.so can't put any shelfs on them. I store my buttons and loose ribbons in jars also from Ikea.
You have inspired me to label my Tim Holtz ink pads.
Thanks for the chance to win some stash.

Big Hugs Carol x

scrapping4twins said...

Your room is so beautifully organized! I love the rail system and the way you put your larger nesties and PTI dies on the inside of you cabinet - such a great idea!

My best organization tip is also using the rail system to house frequently used punches! Love IKEA!

Earline said...

Hello Jennifer your room is every craft person dream love the space and all it is full of style.
One of my best organization tip is useing a regular closet hanger or a man tie hanger to hang my ribbon on the are pretty neat place to put them. And congratulation on your new place.

Krissy said...

I am so jealous! I don't have a designated craft area, right now I use the dining room table (ugh!)

To organize my wood mounted stamps, I use the acrylic shadow box picture frames that you find at Walgreens for $1. They are the perfect depth for wood stamps, and then the acrylic frames stack inside my drawers. I have my stamps organized by occasion, so I just need to grab one frame and I get busy making my cards.

Love your room, and love your blog - thanks for sharing your creativity!

Krissy
www.paperinkspirations.blogspot.com

Nancy said...

Thanks for sharing your creative zone with all your neat organizational ideas. I struggle with office papers, checks, bills but I found these neat boxes at The Container Store called Snap-Up Boxes. They are one of the smartest storage options around. They fold flat when not in use, then assemble in seconds to provide roomy, protective storage. These fiberboard storage pieces are constructed from 100% recycled paper material availabe in Kraft or Black color. Thanks for the chance to win!

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

What an AWESOME craft room Jennifer! WOW! Sigh. . .can I come live there? LOL Love the new blog design and pics too! ;)

Lynne Phelps said...

I do not have all that counter space, and I like my most frequently used ink pads, glues, and sponges near to hand, so I use those double decker lazy susans you find in the kitchen section for spices.

I use the Inksential blending tool for sponging my Distress Inks and I cut the foam blending pads in half, I have one for each ink color. I cut a piece of cardboard about 2 x 2 3/4 inches with a hole punched in one end and the ink name written across the other end. I put a piece of the hook side of velcro tape in the center and it holds the pad. They are all on a ring on top of the lazy susan.

mycraftyways said...

What a beautiful space ! I'm pretty sure inspiration is flowing out from these cupboards ;)
I love the clutter-free functionality of it all and that everything seem to have a place and is easy to actually use.
I have to say, I am swooning a little bit over here, just looking at your space ! Great job.

Flo

A Little Licht on the Subject... said...

Wow! Thanks for the inspiration. I'm cleaning and purging myself and I really truly love the idea of storing the dies on magnetic strips. Genius I tell you, genius!

My best tip would be to grab two smallish baskets. One for leftover scraps of cardstock and one for printed paper. Then keep them out in sight. If you see them (and keep the baskets small) you'll be more likely to use them - and be able to justify buying new paper!

Bonnie said...

Love your craft room Jennifer !! It must be great to have room to spread out and be creative.

My best organizational tip would be, that I separate my paper scraps into those accrdian file folders, I sort them by color, so when I am making cards I can just fan through for the color I wish.

Thanks for the tour!!

dazey said...

Love your craft room! I'm so jealous. My best organizing tip is to organize around the way you work so that it is easier to stay organized. Applying someone else's great system doesn't help if you can't keep up with it!

Misty said...

Oh, I am swooning over your craft room. It is dreamy!!!

My favorite organizing tool is my Pampered Chef tool turn-a-about. It's supposed to be used for kitchen utensils, but it works great in my craft area.

Thanks!

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