Hi everybody! Kim here from My Kraft Kloset
giving you a peak into my creative chaos—I mean my craft space. It’s kind of a hodgepodge or eclectic as I love to repurpose furniture. It’s a crazy amount of stuff that I’m working on reducing, but it’s ok because it’s all mine.
My crafty space is located in our unfinished basement in a cozy 9 x 19-foot section with a playroom on the other side for my three sons which explains the superhero kites as decor. Those are coming down soon. There are also three large deep windows for lots of natural light and my hubby put down padded carpet we repurposed. Everything has a story which makes it homey and special.
If you look closely, my craft table is in the center of this chaos against the wall. It used to belong to my parents when I was a teenager and they gave it to my younger sister and me when we bought a townhome together. That was over 20 years ago and it’s still in great shape. I’m surrounded by bookcases, baskets and storage towers that you’d think would make me super organized, but for now it’s a never-ending process. It can get very overwhelming, but I’ve learned that if I take one section at a time that I can get a lot of stuff put away. The more organized you are, the easier you can see what you have and not waste time searching for things.
On each side of my craft table, I have white bookcases with four adjustable shelves that used to be in my daughter’s room when she was a little girl. Now that she’s grown up, I repurposed them in my craft area and they hold lots of stuff.
Let’s take a closer look at the white bookcase on the left. It holds my 5-inch Xyron sticker maker, refills and other various adhesives. The second shelf holds many issues of CardMaker
magazine that I have handy for inspiration. The bottom two shelves hold patterned paper collections sorted by season and cardstock that is stored in plastic Cropper Hopper organizers.
The white bookcase on the right holds all my wood stamps in baskets. I’ve tried several different organizers over the years and even contemplated un-mounting them, but that’s a huge undertaking. So, currently I have my wood stamps sorted in clear clamshell containers in baskets sorted by theme. I can easily grab a basket and see each stamp or take the basket to my craft table and get started. Moving a little to the right, I have a repurposed brown wicker shelf unit (that I want to paint white); this is where I store all my clear, cling and un-mounted stamps in four pink 12 x 12-inch binders. Each stamp/set is in a page protector sorted by theme. The second shelf is where I store loose ribbon in baskets. The third shelf holds my mini Cricut and my Silhouette Portrait machines that I like to take to crops or retreats because they are small and portable. On the bottom shelf is where I store scrapbook albums that are works in progress.
Here is my cute little boom box my hubby found at the thrift store. It works great and fits on this black storage tower (that I want to paint white, too). I have several of these towers around my craft space that I keep scrapbook pages and accessories in for scrapbook albums that are still in progress. I even have a clear bin with a handle I take with me on every vacation. I fill it with several kinds of paper, stamps, ink pads and markers. This allows me to stamp or color in the car, on a plane or even by the pool. It’s relaxing and a huge timesaver to have a whole bin full of stamped images ready to use.
On the opposite side across from my craft table is a metal rack system that holds my kids’ toys, but also divides my space from my kids’ playroom. On my side I’ve hung three pink over-the-door shoe organizers with clear pockets that hold my punches and some tools. In front on a long narrow folding table, I have two pink cosmetic organizers that hold little ribbon spools. I have a few more baskets that hold 6 x 6-inch paper pads and embossing folders. To the right, I have a white storage tower that holds most of my embellishments. On top in clear bins, I have cardstock and paper scraps and stickers. The black-and-white checkered bag on top is my very cool doctor’s bag that holds my Big Shot machine.
I must confess this is my “other” craft space at my dining room table upstairs. I live at 6,500 feet in elevation at the base of the Rocky Mountains in Southern Colorado and it gets too cold in the basement to function and space heaters scare me. So in the winter months I put my supplies in a basket and lug them upstairs and craft here. This is what it usually looks like while I’m working on a project. I’m sure you all can relate. We crafters like to spread out when we create. I try to work when my kids are at school or after they’ve gone to bed. When it’s dinner time, I pack it all back up in the basket until the next time I work on it. I can’t complain as I am very lucky to have both spaces to create and to retreat to. I hope I’ve inspired you to reuse, repurpose, and organize your supplies.
Thanks for stopping by the blog today!
Supplies used: Cropper Hopper organizers can be found at various chain stores nationwide such as Staples, Target, Jo-Ann Stores and Walmart; black storage towers from Jo-Ann Stores; white storage towers and white wicker baskets from Michaels Stores; organizing carousel from Nifty Home Products; faux leather albums from Simple Stories; over-the-door shoe organizer from Gilt.