Sunday, 21 October 2012

My Crafty Work Space

Hi, how are you?
I promised to let you see some pictures of my recently re-organised crafty space. So I have some images to show you. The place I use is actually a spare bedroom, however it allows me to very quickly turn it into either a bedroom or a crafting space at very short notice.

My first picture is taken from the door looking out the window, it gives you an idea of the general layout of the room. What you don't see is the big mirrored wardrobe to the left and tucked around the corner (where I have other parts of my crafty stash stored like mounted stamps, ribbons, punches, cards & envelopes etc).

This is the new addition and what I have been so excited about. The storage units are 5 single bookcases joined together. My dear husband Frits earned HUGE "Brownie Points" for making these for me. They came flat-packed and he spent a great deal of time on a Saturday putting them together for me. Didn't he do a great job?

We thought we'd get them from IKEA but they are so expensive here in Australia so we went to a local furniture shop and got them there. The beauty is the shelves are adjustable so you can move them where you want them.

The paper storing units at the end were three units I bought from a Scrapbooking shop in Coffs Harbour.

The next images are just close-ups of the shelves. Clare I did these photos for you so you can see what I have put where.

I used my new Spellbinders Dies to make the labels and my Xyron machine to make them stick. The containers are "Decor" plastic food storage boxes. I wanted to get drawers originally so I thought that sealed containers would work just as well.

In my binders I keep all my reference pages and articles that I want to keep taken out of magazines I read or subscribe to.

I keep the remains of 12 x 12 pages that I have used for projects and cards in plastic bags that are stored by colour. This keeps them tidy and I go to the bag first to see if I can use any pieces up before using a new sheet.

I also have all my HOTP paper books stored alongside.

I have another box (creative memories) for loose sheets of patterned paper as well.

When I first started crafting I bought these small boxes with the blue handles from Staples in the UK - they are designed to store CD's. They are perfect for storing like or similar items together and make accessing them very easy.

You can see my Big Shot here - this is a new machine not long in my possession; I am starting to collect a few Sizzix dies that I can use with it.

On the middle right shelf I have a few dedicated Christmas crafty items and papers. This keeps all my Christmas gear together.

Here you have a better view of my card stock - mostly Kaisercraft as I love the colours and it is easier for me to get a hold of.

You can see my Spellbinders storage folders labelled 1 - 5 , this is such a great idea. I saw Beate Johns explain how to do it on YouTube and had a go. I make them from chipboard  cover with pretty paper, then take them to Office Works locally to get them punched and bound.

Underneath you can see my lovely Pink Spellbinders Grand Calibur - what would I do without it - no idea!
I keep the plates for this in an old Laptop bag which is the perfect size to keep them altogether.

I really liked the Storage boxes you get from JustRite Stampers. So I continued to use them for all my cling and clear unmounted stamps.

Underneath and on the left you can see I have stored my ink pads according to type.

On the right you can see a couple of empty boxes. They probably won't stay that way for long, however it does give me some space should I need it for other items.

So there you have it. My newly re-organised crafty space. Thanks for stopping by and having a look.
Until the next time, stay well and be safe.

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