Creative Space: Katie Gehring
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Hello crafty friends, Katie here today sharing a peek into my crafty space. A few months ago, I moved my craft room from a spare bedroom upstairs to a space on the main floor of our house. This room is located next to the kitchen and was intended to be a formal living room or a study. We weren?t really using the space as much more than a pass through or a dumping ground for papers and shoes, so we decided to try it out as my craft room. Although I have to contend with many more interruptions, I love that I am in the heart of my home near my family and I no longer feel guilty about popping in for a few creative mom minutes when I can.

The room features lots of furniture from Ikea. My desk was constructed by placing a solid wood slab trimmed with molding atop two 2 x 2 Expedit shelves. This is not a large room and one wall is a fireplace and mantle. I decided to handle the space challenge by having my desk extend out into the center of the room so that I could take advantage of the remaining wall space. I like this arrangement because I can also have my kids or a crafty friend join me on the other side of my desk.

To the right of my desk is another Expedit unit; this one is the 4 x 4. In this unit, I store my stamps. The drawers hold other crafty supplies like my glue gun, punch boards, extra cardstock, paint, etc.

Behind me is yet another Expedit unit?a 2 x 4. In this unit, I store most of my traditional scrapbooking supplies including 12 x 12-inch patterned paper, cardstock and chipboard stickers. I also store idea books and a few specialty project supplies in these cubbies like items for my Christmas albums and the girls? school day books. On the wall is lots of art and special projects created by the kids. They inspire me so much and I love being surrounded by their work!

For Christmas, Santa brought me some pieces from Crate Paper?s craft room organization line. I adore these grids so much! While I don?t like clutter, the reality is that I need to see items in order to remember to use them. These units hold all my most recently acquired scrappy and crafty purchases. It?s a little full right now as I have been amassing supplies faster than I can use them up!

I also have a cart behind my desk that holds adhesives and completed/in-process scrapbook pages. I keep a three-tier basket on top of the card that houses all my spray ink.

I own two of the turquoise Raskog carts from Ikea. This one holds my most-used coloring mediums including my Copic® markers. The second shelf holds watercolor inks, paints and markers. I found this Copic® marker tray for sale on Easy and I LOVE it. It fits perfectly in the cart and I can take the tray with me for crafty days away from home.

This built-in holds photos, 6 x 6-inch paper pads and my dies and Big Shot.

Moving around the room, one wall of this space is taken up by a fireplace and mantle that spans the length of the room. I found that these Alex drawer units are the exact same depth as the hearth, so I placed three units on either side of the fireplace.

The Alex drawer units hold lots of embellishments, sequins, washi tape, wood veneer, mixed media supplies, embossing powder, glitter and gear for my Minc and Silhouette.

This shelf makes me happy?it holds a mix of crafty supplies along with personal items from my kids and family.

I love the size of the desk. I have to admit it?s usually not so clean. I try to organize my workflow a bit by having organizers for my most-used tools. I also keep a bin of new stamps that I need to use for projects or need to be worked into my organization system. The long white unit is where I keep cards in process or bits and pieces which may find their way onto finished cards.

Next to my craft desk, I have my second Raskog cart. This one holds pre-cut cardstock panels and note cards, my MISTI tools and trimmers, and idea notebooks.

I think that?s about it for my craft room tour. Please leave me a comment if you have any questions about anything.

Thanks for stopping by!


7 Responses to Creative Space: Katie Gehring

  1. Joyce says:

    You are soo lucky . .I have a small corner of my living space and use cast off plastic drawers for storage. Someday I would love to have matching but as long as this is working . . .enjoy

  2. Donna Phelan says:

    WOW! How wonderful for you! It’s beautifully organized and color coded lol LOVE your space!!! I have a spare bedroom, a small one. But after purging and organizing it stays so much cleaner! YAY!

  3. Sue says:

    Beautifully Organized! Can I ask where you purchased the white bins used for the pre-cut cardstock, stamps, stencils, etc?

  4. Joan says:

    Beautiful crafting room! My room is also upstairs away from the family so you’re fortunate you were able to move downstairs. Is your ink pad storage also from IKEA? Thanks for sharing!!

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