I hope everyone had a good weekend! I’ve been very busy since I got home – cleaning, organizing and catching up! Because I was working on swaps up to the very last minute before I left for Salt Lake City, my “Stampin’ Studio” looked like a hurricane came through. I had stamp sets piled everywhere, paper on every possible surface, and ink and punches in shameful disarray. My project today was to get that all organized and I’m happy to say I was successful!
Before I get all creative again (i.e. in the “stampin’ zone”) and make my room messy again, I figured I’d post a few pictures and give a little tour. I also want to preserve these memories because in October I’ll be moving to a new location in my house because I’ve outgrown this room. So here is a tour of my Stampin’ Studio (a term used at Convention that I actually love as it sounds more masculine than “craft room”! – not that there is anything wrong with that!)
Stamp Set Storage
Along a face wall in my room I have two shelving units set up where I store my stamp sets. These shelving units were built from materials obtained from IKEA and customized with parts from Lowe’s to adequately store stamp sets. Each unit holds approximately 505 stamp sets and the two units combined hold 1,010 stamp sets. I store my stamps by catalog (i.e. Annual, Holiday, etc.) and then in alphabetical order. I also keep some of the retired stamp sets that I am fond of and couldn’t stand to part with! As you can see from the picture, the top two shelves (which I can’t reach on a regular occasion) and bottom two shelves are currently being used for storage. They’re available for future stamp set storage when needed (*smiles*).
Paper, Ink, Ribbon and Punch Storage
The side wall of my studio holds my paper, ink, ribbon and punches. I purchased the ribbon holder, lock-down punch holders (x2) and 60 insert Combo holder (for ink, refills and Stampin’ Write markers) from Stamp-n-Storage, a company that I highly recommend. The shelving unit was built from materials obtained from IKEA. For paper storage, I use 13″x13″ kraft paper storage boxes available at Hobby Lobby. I have a box dedicated to each color where I store 12″x12″ cardstock, 8-1/2″x11″ cardstock and project scrap to be used later. I also have a box for specialty paper (i.e. Kraft, window sheets, glimmer paper, vellum, etc.) and for each type of Designer Series Paper. Today I added new boxes for Designer Series Paper that will be available in the upcoming 2014 Holiday Catalog. Each box is labeled and color-coded with the paper color and the boxes are organized by color family (regal, bright, subtle, neutral, In Color 2013-2014, and In Color 2014-2016).
My work table is the Norden Extendable Dining Room Table available from IKEA. I keep the extension in the table, which extends the table to 10 feet so I can spread out. On my main work surface, I use a self-healing cutting mat with a silicon sheet on top. This allows me to work on pretty much any project at any time without having to worry about damaging my work surface. Plus, the cutting mat provides nice cushion when stamping to make sure I get a nice, even impression, especially with background or photopolymer stamps. I have a few electrical outlets in the floor right under my work table to allow me to plug a hot glue gun, heat tool, sewing machine, or any other tool necessary to complete my project without running cords all over the room.
The final stop on the tour is my tools station. This is where I use my Big Shot, Texture Boutique Machine, Simply Scored, Paper Trimmer and where I do wet embossing. The work station is the IKEA Varde base cabinet, which works well for these functions because it is counter height at 36″ rather than table height at 30″. I store my embossing folders and framelits in storage solutions I acquired from Stamp-n-Storage. The framelits are mounted to magnetic cards, available with the storage solution. Finally, I have a TV mounted above my Tools Station for background noise, or to watch YouTube or other training videos. My work table in the previous picture faces the TV, which allows me to easily pause and play tutorials, as necessary, when creating.
I hope you enjoyed the tour of my Stampin’ Studio! As I mentioned before, I’ll be moving from this room in a couple of months. I’ll be moving to my basement, which is a walkout/daylight basement with plenty of natural light. Down there, I’ll have a little more room to spread out and create! I’ll post pictures after I’ve settled into my new creative space!
Have a great week. I’ll be back soon to finish my Convention recap and post pictures of some new projects!
Let’s stamp the day (and night) away!