Creative Space: Niki Coursey
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Hey! How is your summer going so far? Niki here and today I thought I’d share my craft space with you. I posted a picture a few years back on my blog when I first got my Workbox, but the shelving configuration has changed a dozen times since then according to whatever it is I’m currently obsessed with. Here’s what it looks like at the moment.

I tidied up just for you! It still comes across as cluttered because of all the little bits and bobs, though.

My “craft room” is conveniently located behind the couch in the living room, so I don’t have a lot of real estate to work with. Since space is limited, I need a ton of storage. At first, there was only a bookshelf and table, which I grew out of pretty quickly. That’s when I invested in the Workbox and desk.

Onto the mini tour! This cutting-mat-covered table is where I make stuff. I’m in my 40’s and blind as a bat, so I need a ton of light (hence the two lamps on the desk and the two overhead).

I keep my cardstock in reach right in the center of the shelves. My iPad is to the left so I can watch YouTube or browse Pinterest while I’m crafting, and I store my stamps in the gray boxes under the shelves. Off to the right side is a Tonic Table Tidy with my paintbrushes, AquaFlow brushes and paper scraps from recent projects.

I usually wouldn’t clamp the Table Tidy there, but I never close up the Workbox, so it’s not in the way. I needed a bin there, too. When I start making stuff, I pile supplies all over the table and end up working in a tiny, card-sized space. It’s nice just to bulldoze everything to the side for cleanup later. 😉

I store my dies on the outside of the doors with an adhesive magnetic whiteboard. My most used dies are around the center area with the least used at the top and bottom of the door. See that cute little cart? That’s where I store all my new “just arrived” stamps and dies. I try to use them all at least once before I sort them into their appropriate boxes.

You wouldn’t believe how much stuff you can hide (organize) in those bins in the doors (see the first photo) and on the shelves. The flat bins you see above contain mostly specialty papers and kits, punch boards, and the lower shelves hold embossing powders, custom stamps and planning stuff.

Behind where I sit is my other desk. It has storage bins in it too, and a clear top with drawers so you can find what you’re looking for quickly. This area is where I store my inks, foils, Silhouette products and vinyl.

It’s a high desk where I can stand up and craft. I like to color here, as well as weed vinyl designs and trim papers for future use.

That’s all for the tiny tour of my craft space! If you have any questions, leave them in the comments, and I’d be happy to answer them for you. Thanks for coming by today!

Niki

15 Responses to Creative Space: Niki Coursey

  1. Beautiful space and that glass topped desk is AMAZING!!!!!!!!

  2. Cassie T. says:

    Wow! Where did you find the adhesive magnetic board? I’ve been looking for one for my dies. Thanks.

    • Niki says:

      Cassie, they are giant stickers that fit right into those doors – you can find them at The Original Scrapbox’s website. Another great alternative is the printable magnet paper from Silhouette! Hope that helps 🙂

  3. April says:

    Great crafting space. I bet it is nice to be centrally located in the house instead of isolated in a room. April
    http://www.sandc101.com

    • Niki says:

      It is, April! I often think that I would love to have my own craft room, but the reality of that (and my husband feels the same way about a dedicated office room) is I would be lonely! Haha 🙂

  4. PamC says:

    Thanks for sharing. Love the ideas for storage.

  5. M'Liss says:

    Such a fabulous room. How do you store your Copies? I love this!

  6. teresa kline says:

    oh my WOW…this is amazing…so glad to see someone else in a living space in the home…I do not wanna be away from the hubs! super nice space niki!

  7. Lynn DeKock says:

    It looks so thought out! I liked how you displayed your copies. What storage container is that? Do you remember where you got it. Thanks

    • Niki says:

      Yes I do! It’s from CarpeDiemMarkers(dot)com. The one I have is specially suited to Sketch style markers, but they have stands for other kinds as well. 🙂

  8. Donna says:

    Craft room envy…
    Could I ask where your light box came from, please? It looks far better than any I’ve seen.
    Thank you… 🙂

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