Creative Space: Heather Hoffman
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Good morning! Heather here today to share a little tour of my craft space! I did tidy it up slightly, but since I’ve been super busy with family stuff, it certainly isn’t at its cleanest—so you are seeing it exactly as it looks on an average day! It isn’t a super large space, so I’ve had to use the area I have as wisely as possible. Here it is from the outside looking in from the kitchen area of our house:

I’m a homeschool mom, so this room also houses our homeschool area. To the left are both my daughter’s school desks as well as my “teacher desk” as I call it where I do all their school planning, preparation and correcting. To the right is my little crafty world! I love how centrally this is located in our house. You can see a little bit in the photo the fabulous barn doors on the outside that easily slide across to hide the area when we have company or it is a particularly bad mess! Haha!

Here is a look at my desk area—lots going on you may notice, and while it isn’t particularly messy, it also isn’t particularly clean either! For the most part, everything has a place and a purpose, so it works well for me.

The main thing this room was lacking was decent lighting, so we got these lovely simple lights from Ikea and my dear hubby hung them up for me. I also love the Ikea furniture we purchased to build my desk area. I have one tall drawer unit on which I have my die-cut machine, and two shorter units that hold the desktop up. To the left on the floor, I have a file folder that holds my most frequently used cardstock. I keep spares in the closet in the room, but these are close at hand for me to grab when I need and organized by manufacturer.

Here is even more Ikea furniture, my very full Raskog cart from Ikea, and my sewing machine off in the other corner. I mostly use the sewing machine to sew on cards, although the occasional small repair job or sewing project comes along. The desk it sits on is actually one that my grandpa built, so it even has some special sentimental value!

Here is a closer look at the desktop itself. On the wall, I have storage for my most basic and frequently used cardstock (white, cream, kraft) as well as acetate and gold and silver cardstock. My Copic® markers are here as well as a bulletin board that I hang all the handmade cards I receive as well as any upcoming sketch or inspiration challenges I need to work on. My most frequently used supplies are on the desk (paper cutter, watercolors, tape runner, scissors, heat gun and my most used ink pads). I also use a cutting mat as a cushion, topped with a nonstick mat for easy cleanup. The basket on the left-hand side holds new releases for design teams I’m on, placed in order of release so I know what to work on first. To the far right I have all my ink swatches and Copic® Hex Chart for easy access since I use these VERY frequently! The rest are various items that I use on a regular basis and like to have in easy reach.

I won’t show you inside ALL the drawers but here’s a peek inside a few! These two house some frequently used embellishments such as doilies and Pretty Pink Posh sequins, beads and confetti.

Here are all my Simon Says Stamp! and Reverse Confetti inks which are labeled on the sides with a color-coded dot so I can quickly see what I’m looking at.

Here is a recent splurge. I blame the friend who loaned me hers for enabling me! I played with them and fell in love, so I invested in the entire set of Altenew inks. I LOVE them for layering and the colors are SOOO pretty!

Some of the other drawers aren’t so pretty, but they hold my favorite extra adhesives, embossing powders, other watercolor supplies, most frequently used dies and washi tape—all at easy reach.

And then here is my Raskog cart that is super overloaded! I mostly use it to hold all my 6×6 papers—those are on the top along with my very often used Mini MISTI. Right now I need to thin some of the older ones out to share with my daughters. They love to use my extras, and it is good for me to clean them out on occasion! The middle layer holds the seasonal papers (fall, Christmas, and winter) as well as embossing paste and other random embellishments that I haven’t found a better place for yet! The bottom is my ribbon stash, as well as my full size MISTI.

The final area to share is my card photography spot. It is currently in front of my sewing machine, which obviously makes it a little difficult to use very often! These lights were a recent investment that I LOVE and have made card photography so much easier for me. I was so often limited by daylight hours, and in wintertime that made things very difficult to plan ahead for deadlines and such. I often had to opt out of other activities so that I could be home in the proper lighting to get good photos of projects that were due. Now I can take great photos anytime of the day.

Thanks for stopping by to see my little happy space! Feel free to let me know if you have any questions and I’ll do my best to answer! Have a wonderful day!

Heather

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4 Responses to Creative Space: Heather Hoffman

  1. Dorothy Green says:

    Thanks for sharing your crafty space!, Heather!

  2. Cairsa says:

    I love these sneak peeks into craft spaces!

  3. Beautiful space, love your furniture and I want those Altenew inks so bad!!

  4. Paula DeRuntz says:

    Love your cards… Your space is so functional! Thank you for sharing… Especially the photography area…

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