It's been awhile since I've shared my craft space and how I organize my Stampin' Up! supplies, so I thought it was time for my new viewers to see how I organize it all!
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As with any crafting or hobby room, my space is always evolving and changing. Some of my crafting supplies have moved around or are being stored a little differently now, but I hope these links and video give you some good ideas for organizing YOUR crafting space!
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If you follow me on Facebook, you probably saw the fun pile of pine wood boards that my neighbor left by my front door. Many of you asked what I was going to do with them? Well, they are for the backgrounds of my blog post projects!!
HOWEVER, I came across a little issue.... the pine is so "yellow" that it fools my camera and it makes all the photos really yellow, which require a ton of photoshoping to make them look better.. so.. I decided to buy some paint and start painting and distressing the yellow-ish pine boards to make them look more interesting and a little bit like they'd been weathered for a long time!
The boards were single left over pine planks from who knows what project.. and my neighbor (handy-dandy woodshop neighbor) glued them together into larger pieces.. he sanded them and did the beveled edges on them too!! It's so great to have handy friends!!!! :)
You can see from the photo below, that the pine boards I found in our garden shed, are quite yellow, and after my "distressing process" I managed to make them all look totally different!
I really should have looked on Youtube before I started this process, but I just dove right in with some bottles of acrylic paint, old paint brushes, an old toothbrush, foam brushes, sand paper and old rags.
It was about a 3 day process as I was trying to get the house decorated for Christmas at the same time, and couldn't devote all my time to this project.
My (totally amateur) process to distress the wood:
start with a wash of paint (acrylic paint watered down) and applied with a foam brush
sand when dry
add a 2nd color the same way as #1
sand when dry
add a 3rd color with a very dry paint brush to give the appearance of wood grain (with a light touch)
sand when dry
evaluate... like it? stop! needs more color? (probably!) :) add more colors either as a wash or with a dry paintbrush
add paint speckles or streaks with the toothbrush dipped in paint
distress wood with wire brush, coarse sand paper, or anything that will rough it up a bit
apply more paint
ya, you get the idea... you could do this for days.... I had to make myself stop!
For the blue ones, I started with white paint and added blue, then added more white
For the light ones, I started with white paint and added hints of gray, black and brown (with a very dry brush)
For the dark ones, I started with brown paint, and added white, gray and black paint
On some of the boards, I dipped my rag into water then into paint and kind of washed over the boards.
I basically experimented with every possible combination I could think of. :)
When I am ready to photograph my craft projects, I place them on a board and take photos, as you can see below:
I experiment with different boards depending on the color and size of the project, then crop the photo and add my watermark as shown below.
Above and below:
Examples of different wood backgrounds for my Merry Medley Christmas gift bag projects.
I stamped the Kraft gift bags with my Merry Medley background stamp and decorated them with some Warmth & Cheer designer paper for easy and fun holiday gift bags!
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I recently made some updates to my Stampin' Up! 12x12 Designer Series Paper storage in my stamp loft. I learned about these great Storage Studio plastic sleeves from my friend Cindee, and several of you commented on them in my Holiday Catalog Sneak Peek video (see it here).
As promised, here is the info and update on how well these "Storage Studio" Paper Files work in my Stamp-n-Storage Paper Holders! I replaced the old 12x12 holders I had with the Stamp-n-Storage paper holders to match my 8-1/2 x 11 holders, and I'm so happy with my paper wall of happiness!
To see the Stamp-n-Storage 12x12 paper holders - CLICK HERE
Watch the VIDEO BELOW to see how I updated my 12x12 Designer Paper Storage!
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For about 15 years I've used a similar, custom built, ink pad holder but it was a little bulkier and I needed 2 of them stacked to store all my ink pads. I'm so happy that now I can have all my pads just right out in front of me the way I like them!
Watch my video below for info on the great ink pad holders available at Stamp-n-Storage.
If you are unable to view the video, click here to see it on my YouTube Channel.
I love how streamlined these holders are, and that all my Stampin' UP! ink pads are at my fingertips!! You can paint or stain these.. so far I've opted to keep all of my Stamp-n-Storage products natural. Maybe someday I'll change that but I like the natural wood look for now. Thank you so much Stamp-n-Storage for these fabulous ink pad organizers!! It is true that you are more creative and more productive when you are organized!!
As mentioned in the video above, I have two of the "24" holders and one of the "30" holders all lined up side by side so that I can have my 4 Stampin' UP! color families displayed horizontally in front of me. This is what works for me. Many people prefer the vertical orientation, but do what works for you and your space! When you go to the Stamp-n-Storage website ink pad holder page (here), you'll find several options as shown below:
When you click the Standard Ink Pad Holders option (Circled above) you'll find the dimensions below.. you can select from any of these sizes and shapes to store from 24 to 60 ink pads. I've circled the 2 sizes that I have (shown in the video above).
As you can see there are LOTS of options offered by Stamp-n-Storage for your ink pad storage, and this is what worked best for me. Measure your space, count your ink pads, then find a solution that works well for you!
And because everyone should have fresh flowers at their crafting desk....
Stampin' UP! also offers an ink pad storage solution called the Color Caddy (here). As I mentioned in the video, we all have different preferences and space requirements, so select an option that works best for your space!
Click any of the photos below to shop for your Stampin' UP! Ink Pads, or the Color Caddy!
Whether you have a large craft room, or just a tabletop or desk, or anything in between, I am guessing you love to have "the crafting essentials" right at your fingertips like I do! I love to keep Stampin' Up! Accessories like pearls, rhinestones, candy dots, dimensionals, and more, right on my desk.
This is the storage solution that I have on my crafting desk for my most used Stampin' UP! Accessories!
The container is a Linus brand 3-section divided cabinet drawer organizer from The Container Store #10048913, (see photo below). The dividers are Staples brand ultra durable poly file folders. I used them for my thinlit die storage dividers (here) and also for 3 of these accessory containers and I still have tons left from the package.
I cut the dividers into 4" strips then into varying heights so that some divider tabs were shorter in front and others were taller in back (with the taller accessory packages).
Both in my Accessory organizer above and my thinlit die storage below, I used my Brother P-touch labeler. I got it at Sam's Club. .. don't know how I ever lived without it!
See the product photos at the bottom of this post for the items I am keeping in my Accessory Organizer. The nice thing about these poly/plastic file folder dividers is that the labels will just peel right off if something retires and I need to make a new label for new products!
I did it! It's organized!! My Project Life cards, albums and pages are all happily organized and... drum roll... I've been USING THEM and have even completed an entire year in the past couple of weeks!
Thanks to Project Life by Stampin' Up! supplies and my Stamp-n-Storage organizer, I'm a happy camper and am committed to preserving our family memories in albums!
Being organized with the Stamp n Storage pocket Scrapbook Holder and having your crafting supplies at your fingertips is essential to a happy crafting experience and the key to USING your supplies!! I'm so happy now that I can just grab some photos and slip them into my Project Life albums anytime!!!
WARNING.. although this card organizer is amazingly fabulous.. there are some really disturbing MESSY MESSY MESSY craft room images in this video!! :)
Project Life by Stampin' Up! supplies available here! Albums, cards, accessory packs, pocket pages, stamps, journaling markers and more all available HERE ONLINE!
Stamp n Storage Project Life card organizer available HERE online (mine is the largest size).
As I mentioned in the video above, I did go ahead and have my neighbor install a raised countertop over the wood cabinet top.. so now I have about 4" more space, plus a slot between the countertops to store all the flat background boards I use for photography and video backgrounds, PLUS (BIG plus) it's about 5" taller so I can very comfortably stand at this counter and work!!
SHOP ONLINE: If you need any of the supplies to create a Project Life Album, just click on any of the product photos below and it will take you right to my online store.
QUESTIONS: If you have any questions, please leave me a comment!
NEED A CATALOG?: Please allow me to send you one if you don't already have a demonstrator! Leave me a comment or send me an email; PattyStamps@comcast.net
Disclaimer, More Products and a Tip.. the items shown below are most of the Project Life by Stampin' Up! supplies, but please CLICK HERE to see them all. AND, click HERE to see the video showing you how to view all the cards in each box! :)
TIP>> check out the Clearance Rack priced box sets and accessory packs HERE. . the discounted prices are not showing above, but they are a great way to try out a pack of Project Life cards for only $6.38!
I love that I can easily remove and use the framelit, and then replace the pieces onto the magnet cards without any other packaging!
As you can see above and below, I cut the Staples Poly file folders down into smaller pieces and used them for my dividers! I cut them to 7" wide to fit the boxes perfectly. I used my P-Touch label maker to create categories. You are welcome to copy my suggested categories, or do what works for you! To see how easy it is to make file folder tabs with the Envelope Punch board, WATCH THIS VIDEO.
Each magnetic card is labeled with my P-Touch label maker. You could also add the Stampin' UP! product code, or # of dies per set to the label.
I am super happy with my current storage solution!! Stamp n Storage is a terrific company right here in the USA and they have always provided me with top notch service!
Stampin' UP! offers the Big Shot Die cutting machine as well as a wonderful selection of framelits, thinlits and edgelits. I'm providing shopping links below for you, should you wish to purchase any of them.
Most framelits and thinlits are available at a 15% discount when you purchase the matching stamp set in a bundle - SEE all bundles here
Oh my.. help! I need a fairy Godmother to come wave her magic wand and help me get my craft room back in order!!!! I've been piling up everything since I got back from Convention and I need to get in there and make customer thank you cards and Luv 2 Stamp group top seller recognition cards.. AND I need to put away my new goodies from Convention!
There are true downfalls to having such a small crafting space... one of them is that there just isn't room for it all sometimes.. so.. I need to step away from the computer for a day and get this room under control.
I'll be back with a fun project for you soon, and in the mean time, if you want to see what my craft room is SUPPOSED to look like,
take my craft room tour here! or watch the video below.
I love seeing how other crafters organize their creative spaces and store their crafting supplies, so I thought you might like to take a tour of my space! I have a video for you and photos below with storage solution and organization ideas for your craft room. Join me on a video tour!
This is my tiny space... it's about 8' x 8'. I would love a big space like many crafters have, but I also know it's more space than some people have... it fits me just right.
Watch the video below to take a tour of my little stamping loft creative space!
Above: my stamping desk with Stampin' UP! ink pads, markers, Blendabilities, Washi Tape, Dimensionals, pearls, rhinestones, scissors, bone folders and adhesive at my fingertips. The ink pad holders were purchased about 15 years ago from a company no longer in business. You can find a similar ink pad holder at Stamp-n-Storage HERE, then use the drop down menu to click on "30" and click on "24-4x6" to find the long, low sleek holder similar to this design.
About a month ago I saw an idea online with a beautiful drawer full of cardstock ready to stamp and use in card making, so I bought 2 each of the 8-1/2" x 11" Cardstock Assortment packages from Stampin' Up! plus 2 extra packs of Whisper White, and I created my own
Paper Drawer of Happiness !!!!
Doesn't that just make you want to craft and create cards!?
The drawer divider was from IKEA .. thank you to Christina's comment below.. here is the link to the drawer organizer at IKEA. I have 2 in this drawer.
If you'd like to do the same thing, below are the links to the paper packs I purchased. If you don't relish the idea of cutting all that cardstock, consider taking it to FedEx Kinkos or Staples.. they can usually cut it for a very nominal fee.
I cut it in 1/2 first, then cut one of the stacks in 1/2 again for the 1/4 sheets.. hope that makes sense? I did that with 2 packs of each assortment and 2 packs of Whisper White.
HOLD THE PRESSES!!! GREAT NEWS!!
THESE PAPER PACK ASSORTMENTS WILL BE ON SALE FROM OCT. 1 to OCT. 6!!
be sure to visit my online store to get your 15% discount on the paper packs!!
Thank you to Brenda Cardinal who originated this great chart!
You can add Pearls and Rhinestones to your chart and color them.. it's fascinating to see how beautiful each and every shade turns out!
Right now, as you know, customers can purchase 6 of the sets, plus the Skin Tones and the Memento Black pad and Color LIfter pen, but as of Aug. 1st, customers can also purchase the remaining 6 sets of markers! whohoooo!
I've always wanted "a statement piece"... you've heard that expresssion, right?
They toss that phrase around on the DIY Home Decorating shows all the time... like a really cool chair, or lamp, or big armoire... well, I've never had one. So when the opportunity came to redo an area behind my computer desk in my home office, I thought, "I'll get some really cool lamps.. those will be my statement pieces!". I wanted Coral or Blue or something REALLY Zippy! well... guess I'm out of touch with what's cool because after going to SEVERAL stores, I didn't find ONE thing that could really be considered a statement piece and everything was neutral colors!!! .. geesh.
SO.. what did I end up with? THE STORY OF MY LIFE.. a "safe" design.. "safe color", "safe design", nothing fancy.. but that's ok.. I will just have to jazz up the REST of my new little area!
Stampin' Up! Celebration Basics Banner Kit to the rescue!
I used the Celebrations Basics Banner Kit and the Bermuda Bay and Calypso Coral Celebration Add-On kits. You'll find all of these supplies on pg 30 of the Stampin' Up! Occasions catalog and ordering info at the bottom of this post.
The banner in the kit says "CELEBRATE" but I just used part of the supplies and spelled CREATE.
<< So this is the lamp I ended up getting... not exactly the "statement piece" I would have liked.. but, they are pretty (I got a pair)... I got the bases at Lowes (thanks to Lisa for helping me pick them out) and I found these shades at Target! All 4 pieces were under $150 (for the 2 lamps) including the light bulbs :)
The shades have really pretty very dark brown stitching on the linen shade.. I really like them.
The bases are very dark brown - almost black. Dark enough that if I want to do black accents on my desk it will look fine.
What do you think about my DIY charging station? I repurposed (or is that Upcycled?) a letter tray, and covered a piece of cardboard with some left over fabric and batting, attached binder clips to the back of the tray and it holds the charging cords for my phone, my tablet and my camera battery charger! yay!
Now for a quick tutorial on making the flowers for the CREATE Banner:
I used the printed papers from the Calypso Coral and Bermuda Bay Celebration Add-On kits and die cut them with flowers from the Secret Garden framelit package, sponged them with Calypso Coral ink, stamped them with the Dahlia stamp, cupped them in my hand, then added them to the banner!
I used Snail adhesive and Stampin' Dimensionals for everything except hot glue on the flowers.
So what's YOUR statement piece?
And I'm just warning you .. if you say it's a Red Chair.. I just might come move in with you! :)
I love organizing my crafting supplies.. don't you?
and I love to keep them HANDY on my desk
I bought a literature sorter and was thrilled that it fits the Stampin' Up! storage boxes so that I can organize all my loose accessories on my stamping desk. I found this sorter at the Container Store but you can check office supply stores as well.
I elected to recycle and use the packaging from my rhinestones, pearls, candy dots, doilies, etc., and just write on them with a Sharpie marker. I slipped those into the clear covers on the cases and those are my labels.
Of course you can fancy it up and create labels with My Digital Studio, or on your computer.. but this was my quick and cheap (and eco-friendly) solution.
Go forth and Organize!! :)
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I realize that a raised countertop may not be the most exciting news to a lot of people.. but in case you are a crafter who likes to stand when you craft, cut, or die cut, or, maybe you are on the taller side like me (almost 5'-8"), you will appreciate this idea...
My hubby got some free countertops and we were going to replace my existing stamping loft countertops, but.. then we got this idea... if we put the NEW countertop on TOP of the OLD countertop and put a spacer in bewteen, then it will be higher and more ergonomic for me when I stand to cut cardstock or do die cutting on the Big Shot!
Bless my hubby.. he was so kind to do all the measuring and cutting and installing! So here was the process...
We decided to leave the existing old green countertop in place, and build a maze of 1"x6" dividers on top ... this will form a platform for the new countertop, but even more exciting... I will be able to fit plastic storage container boxes in between the old counter and new counter!!! See next photo..
ABOVE: you can see how the new counter sits on those vertical dividers and creates a space for the plastic storage boxes in between the 2 counters!!!
Since my space is very tiny.. only 8'x8', I need to make the most of my area, so those extra 8 plastic box storage cubbies are PERFECT!
He still needs to finish the trim on the front, but other than that, it's a GREAT new space for my paper cutting and die cutting and I don't have to bend over!!
Ya, I know it looks like a mess... but that's only a sign of a busy crafter :)
On the other side of my stamp loft, my hubby added the matching new black countertop.. this is where I sit to stamp... of course now it's covered with STUFF.. but this is when we first put it in ... yep.. trim needs to be finished, too...
We were blessed that these countertops were no longer needed in the office they were being used in, so they were free... whohooo! Gotta love free!