Hello friends!! Rosemary here with my very first CardMaker blog team post! I’m excited and a bit nervous, too! Today I’m going to talk about my creative space or more accurately how I store all my crafty supplies. You see, I don’t actually have a crafty space to call my own. I do all my paper crafting at my kitchen counter.
Most of my supplies used to be stored in a closet upstairs in our house. It got old really quickly going up and down the stairs to get everything I needed. So, I started searching for ways to store items closer to me. I ended up purchasing several different types of storage units that could be placed in a little corner of the room we call the playroom. A computer desk had previously occupied one entire wall of the room, so when my husband decided to remove some ugly shelving that had been installed by a previous owner, as well as the computer desk, I took the opportunity to claim that wall. After I started getting things organized, I realized I needed to label things and invested some money in a label maker.
When I moved fully into the playroom, I purchased a storage unit with a nice tabletop and multiple drawers. All my single wood-mounted stamps are stored in this unit, as well as some large Sizzix dies, my heat gun, colored pencils and some other miscellaneous items. I primarily use inks from Stampin’ Up!, so I purchased one of their ink pad storage units and that sits on top along with most of my Copic® markers.
My next large storage purchase was a metal shelving unit. This is where I store my cardstock (in magazine holders), patterned paper (in baskets), most of my clear stamps (in bright pink and blue bins), ribbon and embellishments and all my distress inks. I discovered Snapware at Jo-Ann’s and that is primarily what I use to store my embellishments and distress inks (on the bottom shelf of the unit). Snapware comes in various sizes and is great to use when you have limited storage space because you can stack the containers and have the ability to keep like items together.
My most recent purchase was two CD stands. They are used to store all the stamp sets that are in clear plastic CD cases or in stamp storage cases that fit in the unit. I also purchased magnetic storage sheets and binders so that I can store my metal dies in the binders and they sit on the top shelf of one of the CD stands.
I have one small unit that contains 12 x 12-inch storage cases. I keep all my 12 x 12-inch patterned papers and a few miscellaneous items in the storage cases and on top I have baskets that I use to store my jars of buttons.
I also have been able to carve out some space in the storage area under our kitchen counter and that is where I keep my Big Shot die-cutting machine, paper cutter and clear boxes that contain cardstock and patterned paper scraps. A drawer above that cabinet contains my Memento and Hero Arts inks, as well as unopened packages of adhesive. A small storage unit sits on the countertop and that is where I keep all my acrylic stamp blocks. I recently decided to start using my Ranger craft sheet and that sits on the counter right by the small storage unit and that is where I try to do most of my crafting.
It isn’t the most ideal situation, but right now it works for me. It has also forced me to be relatively organized, to start a project and finish it in a timely manner and to make sure that I clean up after myself. The downside is that I can’t really be overly messy or try out trends like mixed media. Maybe one day!
Thanks for stopping by and I hope that I was able to show you some storage ideas that might work for those of you with limited crafting space and/or storage.