April 12, 2007

You sure you wanna see this?








EDITED ONCE AGAIN TO ADD: The letter *H* in my plethora of M's is from an Archiver's class I took. It was an altered letter for HOME or Harmony. The plastic tiered ribbon holder was from a friend. She was quitting her jewelry business and had all of her beads in there. It's actually a display case for beads so maybe you could do a google search for *acrylic bead displays*, etc. I dunno, it was FREE so I nabbed it! And yes, I promise to post about selling cards soon. How I do it, how much I charge, how to get customers, etc....just promise me you won't come to Kansas and take over my beloved hickville customers! LOL!
Okay, here goes! Many of you have asked to see the rest of my stamp studio. I am very privileged to have my very own room for my crafting, and let me tell you I have filled it to the max! But let me say first off, it's a total MISH MASH of stuff! I have bought storage units from every place possible: my table came from a garage sale for $35 bucks, my cool green shelf came from a craft show, my sister got the wire baskets on EBay and my utility tables came from my MIL's church. I just pick items up here and there and shove them in. Whatever works, right?

I have found though that being *somewhat* organized, and I use that term loosely, is a GOOD thing. I know, I know it's hard and I am NOT good at it. I am not a neat freak either, nor do I wish to be. But I have done a few things that have helped me tremendously when it comes to crafting.

Here goes:EDITED, MY PHOTOS GOT OUT OF ORDER BUT I PUT THE NUMBERS BELOW THAT CORRESPOND TO THE ORDER OF THE PHOTOS POSTED... SORRY, I'M SURE YOU CAN FIGURE IT OUT!

3. Group like items together. For example in the first photo, I have stacked all of my 3 drawer Sterlite units together and have like items grouped together in the drawers. Adhesives in one drawer with labeled tag on the front, Stickles and glitter together in another drawer, chipboard pieces in another drawer, etc. All are labeled with a tag that I stuck to the front with giant glue dots. Nothing fancy but I can find anything I need within seconds. It wasn't always like this...it took me hours and hours to sort those drawers one day. I did a lot of purging too. See that area to the right? That is my most prized finds ever! My friend Cami turned me on to these Pottery Barn (YES, POTTERY BARN)slot shelves that I got for a steal, I tell ya! I bought two units and then they went on sale even more....I called and got one more. DH is gonna spew when he finds that out! This is where I have my Inspiration Station like I showed in my last post.

4. My second photo is my work table. My mom called one day while on a *mission* as we call them...aka garage sales. She said you want it, I said sure bring it home! It was perfect, with drawers and standing height too with drop down leafs! Woohoo Mom! Anyway, keep your work table clean and you will thank yourself over and over. Work on one project at a time and clean up and put away everything when you're done. THEN move on to the next project. Keep your scrap colors all separated and labeled so you can put them away easily. You will save yourself HOURS of clean up if you do this. This is hard to do because clean up sucks, I know. It's my best tip though, guaranteed!

5. The third photo is my tool table. I was tired of lugging these items in and out of my storage closet all the time, so I set up a table just for my tools. It houses my ink storage, Cuttlebug, Cricut and garage sale sewing machine. Nothing else is allowed here, although I do see my daughter's paper dolls on there! By the way, the answer is YES.....you DO neeeeeeed all of those tools!

6. Fourth photo is my metal storage unit from Sam's Club that holds my EBay wire baskets. These are HOT right now. Remember as a kid when you went swimming and you put all your junk in a wire basket? It had a metal plate with a number on it and then you got the matching number on a giant safety pin. Same thing! If you find them cheap, get them ALL! These baskets hold a bunch of my SU! stamps and other junk. I love em!

7. The next photo is part of my ribbon storage....notice I said *part*. I have enough ribbon to last a lifetime, but just don't tell my husband. This is a plastic pegboard from the hardware store with wire hanger things attached. I put about 5-6 spools of ribbon on each wire. I used little wooden pegs above the ribbon to hang my Fiskars scissors. Remember when they were about the only scrapbooking tools there was and you used your half price coupons to purchase every set ever made? Boy, did every photo mat have nice, pretty edges?? Snort!

1. And then there is my white spinner tool caddy. I got it at Target and it is COOL! It has 4 divided areas on top, drawers, a magnetic area and elastic strips for scissors,etc. I found a mesh magnetic storage thing from Making Memories and slapped that on there to hold small items like my dimensionals,etc. The little white storage box is new, I just found it at Target too. Fun stuff. You neeeeeed them both.

2. Lastly is my *monogram* area. I have one collection of M's in my room that I grouped together on another cool shelf with knobs. Below that is some Pottery Barn knock off magazine racks that I bought at a home collection store. I store one each of every mini catalog, envelopes and paper items in there.

Soooooo, I told ya it was a Mish Mash. But every little area has a story behind it and that's what makes it fun! You stumble across stuff here and there and then all of a sudden your husband thinks you are obsessed and possessed. A cult for women, he calls it! I just say *whatever*, one of my favorite words. How much did that new turkey gun cost ya, deary? LOL! Actually, he is very supportive and only rolls his eyes every couple purchases. He also knows that I pay for every bit of my crafting supplies on my own through workshop and craft sale earnings so he can't complain much. Now with all that said.......and if you hung on til now....GIT YOURSELF TO STAMPING, GIRLS! Organize those rooms, get to some garage sales (missions)...or Pottery Barn if you can afford it....and just do it! The ideas will flow forth, I tell ya! Okay, my hands hurt from typing now so I'm outta here. Frozen pizza, here I come!

26 comments:

Joan said...

On behalf of slobs everywhere, I bow before you.

beate said...

Girl, you have one amazing room! Gorgeous!!!

Bethany Paull said...

Wow! That just rocks! So, I see the collection of M's. What's the H for?

Anonymous said...

Great room!! Question...on the bottom of your wire shelf you have ribbon on a 3-tiered thingy...what is that/where did you get it?!!
Thanks!! :)

Valerie Stangle said...

Okay, there is no GREEN coding! LOL
Again I will repeat myself, I am coming to visit you someday, someday ....

Anonymous said...

MICHELLE!! Will you come help me FIX my space?????????????? :)
Tandra Boyer

Jan Scholl said...

I can't work in neat. I have to have chaos to create-even a salad.

Lisa said...

Green with envy.. I think I need an intervention.. My craft room will ever look this good..

Anonymous said...

Thank yopu so much for showing us your creative space. I love it. I actually bought one of those desk top organizers yesterday from Target! The only problem is mines not spinning properly on its base so I think I need to exchange it for another. I also just got a new desk, a hoolow core door I put on top of some cabinets I had. I now have a 36"x80" space to work on and LOVE it.
TFS!
Ruth A.

Kelly A. Battles said...

Wow! I just love your blog. Now I'm a little more inspired to get my space more organized!

Kim said...

So, like, do you want to hang out? ;-)

Love your room, it's so well organized and beautiful! I'm also very blessed to have my own room but it never, ever looks this good!

And I love your idea on an inspiration station...think I'll need to copy that!

Thanks so much for sharing!

Chris Scrappin and Stampin in Texas said...

WOW, Michelle I love your space...Excellent!!!Your one lucky girl! I love those wire baskets!!

Alicia said...

Ok so I am just gonna come move in with you alright??!! lol LOVE your organization!

Juanita said...

SPLENDIFEROUS!!! Your suggestions have been pricless and your room is like wonderland to me, TFS.

Barb Mann said...

Michelle, I love everything about your work space & your creations too. I also want to know about that 3 tiered thing where you have ribbon - Where did you get it? I'd love for you to email me someday. I want to know about your card business. Love all your fabulous tips!

Elena said...

Found you through A Muse and then saw a link on Scoopy's blog...I love the inspiration in your card of the week ideas for A Muse. I like the unique storage/organization methods you have, too. Thanks for sharing your crafty ways!

Susannk said...

Great room! Everything looks so organized. Thank for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Thank you SO much for showing us your stamp room. I, too, am fortunate to have a separate stamping room - okay, it's more like a tiny closet(LOL) - but I love it. I really like the under the shelf storage you have in photo 5 for your giga and mega punches. I MUST find those shelves! Thanks again - it's a beautiful room. Love your blog!

diane said...

I will pay you lots of money to come help me do my stamping room!!!!!!! HELP!!!

Sherrie said...

loving all your "show and tell" you have a great space to work in!

Pam/Iris said...

WOW! Love your room Mish! And I love what you've done with your Pottery Barn wall units, I finally got to see them, LOL!!

Heather said...

ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE!!!!! What a fun FUN stamping area!!!!! WOW!!!!!!!!

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scoopy said...

Love your stamp room Mish! Tag - you're it! (Don't worry, it's an easy one). Play along only if ya want too. :-)

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