Monday, 21 July 2014

Craft Room/Studio Tour

Good morning! I was thinking about my craft room the other day and how it was this time last year that the basement development was finished and ready to put together.  A year ago!  Man time flies...

This post is way overdue!  It's time that I share my craft room/studio with you.  Some things have changed since the initial set up because they just weren't working as well as I had hoped but the set up as it is now is perfect.

A little bit of background - I share the basement with a spare bedroom, bathroom and a play area for the kids.  I am lucky enough to have the largest portion for my craft room/studio.   This was one of the reasons for our move last year.  In our previous house, my studio was in our rec room so when I held classes, the family was confined to the upstairs.  This wasn't a problem when the kids were younger and were in bed by 7 but now that they are older it was becoming a bit unfair.  We decided that a two storey house with the studio in the basement would solve the problem and it has! Everyone is loving it.

So here's a little tour.  This first photo is what you see when you come down the stairs.
We inherited this beautiful piece of furniture from my parents.  It's actually meant for a dining area sideboard but it works perfectly for storing tons of stuff!  I have magazines, old catalogues, resources and my team meeting supplies in the cupboards.  The drawers hold manuals, packaging, empty containers and retired ribbon.  Then along the top is where I keep my upcoming class sign up sheets.
This is the view from one of the back corners.
This is the big shot station.  It's actually a butcher block type table that we had picked up at a garage sale a couple years ago and used as a kitchen island in our previous house.  It holds my printer, unfinished projects (in the bin on the bottom shelf) and then my big shot(s).  I picked up the gorgeous frame from IKEA last year and have still not done anything with it!  My intent is to spray paint it and then add some burlap and use it for display purposes.  Some day...
I have my cardstock stored in bins that were made for me by our contractor.  They are 12x12 but I store both 12x12 and 8-1/2x11 full sheets in here.
Next to the paper storage, I have an Ikea Expedit shelving unit with my scoring tool and some apothecary jars with embellishments.  A frame that I repurposed with chicken wire to display some cards.  I'd like to eventually spray paint the frame... but again when there's time, which there never seems to be.

Along the back wall I have some Ikea kitchen cupboards and butcher block counter top. The two photos show the entire span of it.  It is 16' of awesomeness!  I love this set up.

Beginning from the left, I added an Expedit shelf on top.
Initially the intent was to hang it but I'm on the shorter side so I wouldn't have been able to easily reach the upper shelves so we just set it on top and it's the perfect height.
To the right of that shelving unit is my crafting space.  This is where I create.  Right now it's set up as the technique station for stamp club.  But my ink pads are right there, I have a little bin with all my most used tools (adhesives, bone folder, scissors, etc.).  To the right of that area, under the counter is a filing cabinet with all my scraps of cardstock (I'll share more on that tomorrow).
Then to the right of the filing cabinet is another cupboard and Expedit shelving unit.  This is mostly resources and business supplies.
To the right of that is my computer work area.  So it has my laptop, planner and Silhouette.  I spend a lot of time sitting at this spot.
The last cupboard is a pantry cupboard and this is where I store my albums, extra page protectors and retired patterned paper.  The top cupboard is binders with MDS downloads and other resources.  As you can see, I will soon outgrow this cupboard so I may need to find a different spot for the stuff along the bottom shelf.  However, there are a few empty albums along the top shelf so I'll be ok for awhile:)

So that's a quick tour of my craft room/studio.  I will share some more detailed storage ideas with you over the next couple days - like how I store my stamps, dsp, ribbon etc.  I am so blessed to have this space and so very grateful to have a supportive family and the opportunity to earn money sharing something I LOVE to do. 

Have a creative day!

Sherry

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