Tuesday, February 12, 2013

My craft space - Part 2

My "Create" board which holds recently made items

Hi Stampers!

I think I have been a bit hesitant in sharing these photos of my space as I feel it's all quite basic! There are no new built in shelves, no freshly painted walls (the lament of renting!), no amazing earth shattering storage ideas... but here's hoping that something here will inspire you to organise your space so that you can make more time for enjoying your stamping hobby!

Above is the view of my gloriously large stamping table (our previous dining table!). From where I sit, everything is within easy reach :)

This is the view from the doorway into our study. I love catching sight of my "Create" board which holds my latest creations when I walk past the room.
I will now briefly explain where I have placed everything.

From the back left of the desk I have my Big shot storage box. I just LOVE this storage box as it holds all my Big shot dies and embossing folders. The only thing that doesn't fit currently is my set of Alphabet sizzlits that you can see sitting on top which came in their very own storage box. I also store my embosslits and other sizzlits in the Alphabet's box.

As you can also see, my stamp pads are now within easy reach on the lovely Stampin' up! Color caddy! I also store buttons and brads as well as a couple or re-inkers in the top of my Color caddy. 

Next to my ink pads I have my Stampin' pastels, ribbon (which is currently stored in small tubs - I'd like to find another alternative for this), Blue box holds all my different adhesives, Stamp-a-majig (which is my hero when it comes to perfectly lining up stamped images), Mat pack and Paper piercing tool and the little basket holds my Color coach (a fabulous tool to inspire different colour combos) and current ribbons or buttons from mini catalogues. And of course we can't forget the stampin' scrub and mist to keep our stamps perfectly clean (There is a new slightly larger Stampin' scrub available now).

Next stop I have my stamps of course! These are all my current wood mount and clear mount sets. As a demonstrator we can only use current sets in our workshops so I keep them separate and more accessible so that I know what is current. To the right of my stamp sets are some little plastic drawers which hold spare adhesive, blades for my paper trimmer, ribbon and paper scraps. The pink pen holders hold my essentials - Paper snips, Craft scissors, Bone folder, Aqua brush, Pencil, Hole punch etc. My Stampin' write markers are held in the white basket above these drawers (It's always best to store your markers horizontally) and the metal tin holds retired brads and buttons.

Above you will see my main workspace. I love the Grid paper. It comes in a pad of 100 sheets which gives the perfect pressure to stamp on. It's also great for catching any ink from my stamps or drawing a quick sketch idea if it pops into my head. My paper trimmer is also at the ready so I can quickly cut my card stock to size (There is also a new and improved paper trimmer - it must be AWESOME because I love this one already!). 

And finally, the piece de resistance,  My Big Shot! I love that he sits right beside me as I craft so I can cut and emboss with ease and without having to move lots of things around!

So, all in all this area is working beautifully for me so far. I am keen as I mentioned above to improve on my ribbon storage and I am also  planning on purchasing some of the 12x12" paper organisers to store my cardstock on the table. I am still working on the shelves in the wardrobe and will probably relocate the little plastic drawers in there... so it's all a work in progress really but this extra space is so great!

Don't forget my offer of 10% off all Stampin' up! storage items in the Annual catalogue. This offer is exclusively with me until the end of February 2013.

This photo will give you an idea of what the new paper trimmer looks like:
Stampin' trimmer #129722 $49.95AU
 There is also a new Tabletop trimmer available this year:
Tabletop paper cutter #106959 $79.95 AU

Happy Stamping!
Love, Claire

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