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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.