Monday, October 27, 2014

A Tour of My Craft Studio
LOTS of Pictures !!!!!

 Hello & welcome to my little studio. I have been promising for ages that I would
take some pics & share them with you all & I have finally got around to it.
Better late that never !!!!

Now as a lot of you would know, I retired back in May this year and sold my
scrapbook shop after eight long years. After doing nearly all the design work
for the shop, teaching 5 to 6 scrapbooking classes per week, plus 2 to 3 card
classes per month over an eight year period, I had a considerable amount of
 equipment & yes I had to fit it all into my room at home !!! It wasn't easy I
can tell you. So for about a year now I have been searching for great storage
solutions to fit all these goodies & I think I have achieved it.

You might think I am being a little self indulgent, having all these supplies,
but doing all the designing & teaching at my shop, it was necessary.

So here we go on my little tour.
The previous picture (above), is my desk where I sit and create & as you can see it is
swamped with light with full length louvre windows. When it gets too sunny in the
afternoons, I just drop the blind.

Now as you can see I don't have too many things out on my desk. I hate clutter & I
need to be organised, thats just the way I am. These are the things like tools & mediums
that I use all the time & most other things are put away in boxes, as you will see.
I figure if things are out they gather dust & I certainly don't like making extra work.
When I am creating sure I make as much mess as the next person, but as soon as I
am finished I like to put everything away so it is all neat & tidy before I start over.

After a recent trip to Ikea a few months ago I purchased this fabulous metal rod with
the stainless hanging pots on it. Love this. Definitely one of my favourite items. I
also got this cool lamp at Ikea too. It is also Stainless Steel & was under $20. It is 
adjustable & sooo effective at night.
On the left of the desk is my sewing machine.

To the left of my desk I have this great four shelf metal stand that I used to have in
my shop & on the top I have all my mists. These are standing on a clear plastic shop
 display stand that is staggered. Old as the hills but does its job brilliantly & you can see
exactly what you are after. You could probably pick up something like this on ebay.
 Underneath the mists I have my printer, dies & other bits & pieces.
I also got some of these big black fabric covered boxes at Ikea too.
They fold flat for storage & are the perfect size for holding
12" x 12" layouts that are waiting to go into albums etc.!!!!
I thought in this post I would include a few ideas that I have implemented in
my studio too. I have created these swatch tags that I have put onto rings & 
I have all my mists, inks etc with the name written on so that when you
 are looking for a particular colour to match up with something, it makes it
 so much easier than trawling through numerous bottles to find the right one.

Now on the wall behind my desk there is a 3 door tall cupboard, a two door unit & then an open
bookshelf. Now all the furniture in my studio I purchased at our local Bunnings Hardware in their
kitchen department. They come as a flatpack & are really cheap. Everything in this room was a
budget price. Just goes to show, if you look around there are bargains to be had.

On the middle cupboard I stand my Big Shot machine & I store a lot of my sewing things. 
The bookcase on the end as well as my desk, were given to
 me by a dear friend & they match my cupboards perfectly. 
The bookcase houses albums, magazines & books, jars of flowers, 
boxes of ribbons, trims etc & more of those great black boxes.

Here is another good storage solution. I keep all my dies in these two ring binder
albums on magnetic sheets inside plastic sleeves. This is one of the best ideas.
 Because I have taught card classes for soooo long I have accumulated so many dies &
 this was the perfect way to store them & it is sooo easy to find what you are looking for too.

 Just back tracking to the three door tall cupboard, this is its contents.
the two door section stores all manner of things. I bought these great clear plastic 
storage boxes with a lid & a handle & I use these to store, Perfect pearls, Silks
paints, Distress Inks, Stickles, Embossing bits, etc etc etc.

Behind the door on the right I store my stamps. Now I have been a little
self indulgent with stamps over the years I will admit. I used to store them
in that middle two door cupboard as well as several shelves in another
cupboard too. Then I came up with this idea to throw away all the cellophane
packaging, it always gets torn anyway. I just keep them on the piece of acetate
 that they come on & I bought a heap of those Project Life plastic sleeves in two
different sizes to accomodate different size stamp sets & now they ALL fit onto
three small shelves. This took me weeks to actually do, planning, sorting etc
 but it is probably the single best thing I have done in my room. It is sooo
good to actually be able to find what you want.
 I think the secret to having everything sorted into these cupboards is
If you don't have everything labelled you firstly, forget what you have got,
"out of sight, out of mind" but it also makes it easy to find everything.

Here is another example of me being, shall we say, "anal"!!!!
I have all my inks etc labelled so that I can see the name on the side but I
also made an actual colour swatch & stuck it to the bottom of each one.
Sometime the colour shown on the package doesn't give a true
indication of the colour. Hence, problem solved.

 Now at the other end of the room is a three door built in wardbrobe & I have removed the
rods that you would normally hang your clothes on & fitted them out with some more of
those metal shelves that used to be in my shop & yes, you guessed it, more labelled boxes.

In the left hand picture I have two sets of those cheapie plastic drawers & I have just
stacked one on top of the other. Now in the far left you can see some skinny black
shelves. These were a great find. Another Ikea purchase. These measure just 12"
wide & come with seven shelves. I got two of them as they are perfect when you only
have a tiny space but you don't want to waste it. Perfect solution.

Now you can see the inside of the two doors on this wardrobe I have also utilised this
 space  too. The one on the left I have staggered some hooks to hang stencils & things.
 The door on the right  holds these great adjustable spice racks which I got 
in the kitchen department at Bunnings Hardware.
 These are perfect for paints etc. I used to be a folk artist for many years,
 this is why I have so many paints !!!!

Moving around the room we come to the door and I have not wasted this space either.
Although I don't seem to use them a great deal these days, I have collected so many
punches over the years for my card classes & I can't bear to part with them.
I know I should cull these, but hey, they aren't taking up any room !!!
Found this idea on Pinterest. Metal curtain rods & small curtain rod
brackets to hold them. Normal size brackets would let the punches fall through.

To the left of the door I have the second one of those 12" wide shelf units I spoke
about before, that I got from Ikea. This piece of wall would have been totally wasted
if I hadn't got this shelf unit, & look how much it holds too.

There is my little dog Tilly, whenever I am in there, so is she.
This is how I store my paper & cardstock. I have tried all manner of things.
I used to have proper paper racks but they were a pain. I have made dividers
for these to help identify whats what. This just works for me.
This two door cupboard  holds my "card making" stuff !!!
Also I used to be heavily into beading so all that is in here too.
This one is overdue for a tidy up so I won't show you the contents.
So there we have it, & we have ended up back where we started, at my desk.
I hope you have enjoyed the tour & have got some ideas along the way for your own
 craft space. Yes I know I am a neat freak, but it is what it is. I like to be organised
& tidy. I lead a busy life but I wouldn't have it any other way so I need good 
organisation around me. This room has taken me just over a year to put 
together & I think I can finally say "I am happy with it". It hasn't cost me a lot,
but collectively I think everything works together.
Thanks for taking the time to go through it & I would love to hear your
comments on whatever things you liked.
Until next time.


  1. oh my.... Di....... I have just fainted! What a craft room. WOW!!!

  2. Thank you! This was fun looking at your beautifully organized scrap room!

  3. Love your room and did get some great ideas. I am wanting all the time to change things around because it gets so cluttered (I don't like clutter). Thanks for sharing and have a great day!

  4. Thanks for showing your crafty paradise :)
    Perfect organised and every little space is utilized - perfect! And you are right - labelling is so important, otherwise you waste most of scrapping time with searching.

  5. Wow Di you are amazing! So organized and some really great ideas! I think my problem is I keep buying before I can use things up especially paper. Love the mist and paint storage this helps me with what I can do as mine are all in baskets and some even tipping over! You have a gorgeous room! Love all that natural light! Now I feel like I have to clean up my room! Thanks so much for sharing! All the best! :)

  6. Great storage ideas. Love the black and bright green with the wood furniture, and how cute is your dog. I especially like how you labeled your stamps. Thanks so much for sharing!

  7. OMG, you put us all to shame, please tell me it is not that neat all the time.

  8. Looks fantastic Di, great idea with the swatches and love how you keep your dies. Great work.

  9. Hi Di, Fantastic set up. I wish I had that much space. Oh so organised. Gives me some room for improvement though. xxx

  10. Hi Di, what a lovely craft space you have, I love how you have organized everything! If I had a craft room, I wish it would be like yours!
    Have lots of creative hours there!

  11. I love your space Di and I too like to be organised so I love the labelling. Your ideas for storing the dies and stamps is great and usung the back of the door for punches - genius.

  12. Wow, I love your space, Di! Thanks so much for sharing this with us. :D

  13. Di, your room looks great & has given me a couple of ideas. Might have to have another trip to Bunnings & one to Ikea. Mine houses my scrapping, sewing & embroidery machine (not to mention the ironing board which I find great with a silicone sheet covering where I can stand & scrap!)

  14. gorgeous room!! and you are so organized!! bravo sweet girl!! hugs Kristie

    1. Kristie do I know you from online? As your comment shows up only as "anonymous". Just curious. Di

  15. Your room is amazing, those full length windows & all the natural light they would bring to the room. So many fantastic storage ideas...I so wish there was an ikea near me! Also love all the cheap, but practical ideas...the spice racks, the curtain rods for the punches and great idea for your stamp storage (that's something I need to organise rather than them all being in their packaging & in a plastic tub).

    Just wondering what the black boxes are that you have for your paper storage? Are they wood? or something else? And where did you get them? Also wondering how you store your 12x12 stencils? Are they all kept inside the cupboard doors?

    Loved seeing your many fab ideas. Thanks so much for sharing :) xx

    1. Hi Linda, thanks for taking m tour. The black tubs that I store my paper in are just plastic & they measure twelve & a half inches wide by eleven inches deep. They also have handle cut out at the side for easy lifting. I got them at a discount store down here for just $9.95 each. A real bargain I thought. Wood would be too heavy once all the paper was packed in. About 12" x 12" stencil storage, I only have a few that size, I prefer the 6" square ones, but they are all on hooks inside that door. Just place your hooks accordingly.

  16. Great scraproom! Scraprooms almost always fitt to the scrapstyle, and yours is no exeption. The colors , bright and fresh in combination with black, thats Di! :)

  17. Di, your craft room is fabulous. I love your label system and everything is so neat and tidy. Thank you for sharing some tips as well. Hugs xx

  18. Wowsers Di !!!! Your craft room is amazing!! Like Linda, I love all the natural light you have and your organisation is awesome! You have given me heaps of fabulous ideas, I think I will be coming back to this post quite often for reference because I definitely want to use some of your suggestions. Thank you so much for sharing ... Love your room!! xx

  19. You're a fabulous scraproom with a lot of arrangements. I saw your windowns with screens, have you something problems with the monkeys ?

    1. No Corine, we don't have monkeys here in Australia. The slatted screen you can see through the windows is a shade screen. Outside my window is a small deck &on the far side of that is like a wall of timber slats, so you can see through it without blocking the view but it stops the sun considerably because of the angles. Hope this answers your question. Thanks for taking my little tour.

  20. About bloody time Di !!!! Love love love it. You have a magnificent room and if I ever "redo" mine would you please come help me design it?? Knowing you like I do its a wonder you didn't put a label on poor Tilly. : )
    Im wondering if its to late to write to Santa for a new room ?? Hmmm !!!!
    Thanks for finally sharing this amazing scrap space and its no wonder you create the layouts that you do working in this environment.

  21. What a wonderful space. You are so organised. No wonder your cute little doggie likes spending time in there with you. Thanks for sharing.

  22. Fabulous use of space! I love IKEA and I know they have some amazing space saving ideas there! Love this!

  23. I love it when a post starts with 'Lots of pics!' !!!! Awesome scrappy space!!! Love how you've organized everything!

  24. What a great looking and organized room you have! It puts me in the mood to reorganize (for about the 100129515235th time) mine! :)

  25. Wow what great use you have made of space and storage ideas. Your room looks so light and welcoming. I however have to confess that my favourite item in your room is that little black and white Staffie, what a beauty she is . My Staffie don't visit me often as he doesn't like all the up and down and cupboards opening and closing , but if the weather is bad he crawls under my desk.

  26. Awesome craft room....all easy to find and really well stored! I am green with envy!!!!!!! ;-)

  27. fantastic Di , yes I agree when things are organised it saves heaps of time and also helps with creating ... love love love your space .... I cant wait until mine is renovated ... it is all happening before xmas so I will share it then .. loveeeeeeeeeeeeee your room ... thanks for sharing with us x

  28. Wow Di - great post! Thanks for the peek!! I have a lot of similar systems and maybe about 3/4 of the stash you have, but my real problem is I only have about half the space and it's just not enough!! I am getting more built - right up to ceiling level - but your room looks about twice be size of mine. Here all those simple and cheap storage boxes just aren't available which is why I've given up searching and gone for pallet wood now. Like you I label everything - simply can't remember otherwise! And I prefer my paper stored the way you have it but got horizontal storage built into my room before I decided that vertical was easier for me too :/. I have tubs without kids (crates) on the shelf behind where I work and love that I pull them out and don't have to take off any lids. I have 2 big craft mats next to each other for my counter space and would prefer more. When I'm creating I get into a bit of a frenzy and work quite fast and always finish in one session, so my countertop gets pretty full of stuff! I have under my counter narrow pull out drawers that store a lot and also work well as they are fast to whip out and close again. I love your die storage but wouldn't know where to get the magnetic metal pieces from. I have very few dies though so have one of those plastic boxes that come with magnetic sheets in (smaller) that I was lucky enough to win! Your stamps are also really well organises. Mine are in little plastic drawers and I have thrown away most of the packaging too! The big difference I notice between you and I is that I store everything according to manufacturer. That makes things a bit more complicated for me but I swapped to that way some years back and it works better for me to play along with challenges at Prima etc. Great tour and your room is awesome :) well done!

    1. Thanks Helen, glad you like it. Always good to see how someone else does things & maybe pick up an idea here & there. Debbi Tehrani has the BEST scrap room I have ever seen, it is in her basement, but unfortunately most countries don't have basements!!! Well worth having a look at it. She has a tab at the top of her blog where you can view it. You will be green with envy, I know I was. :)