Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Craft Room Tour! & Storage Tips.

Hi all,

(This post originated as a video but I didn't like it, so...)

I know storage can be a problem for crafters, particularly if you don't have a spare room.
The room I work in now used to be the computer room, but since everybody's got a laptop now, the computer went. Leaving a room spare. So my parents got me a new desk and the rest is history.
I used to work on the desk in my bedroom, which was fine until I accumulated too many supplies to fit!
I actually don't have that much stuff even now, I only buy what I really need and anything I don't want any more goes on eBay.

 That's my first tip - Get rid of anything you're not going to use. 
Have a huge clear out. Be ruthless. Open an eBay account. Put together bundles of embellishments and people will buy them. Same with die sets, stamps, anything. So long as you're honest about the condition and don't sell anything you would put in the bin, you'll be fine. Then you can spend the money on things you actually want.

So here's my craft space. It's in the box room and the box top is reserved for eBay packing.
My craft room is generally clutter free. I can't stand any type of clutter. It makes me feel frustrated.
Anyway...
My desk area:

My laptop also lives on my desk, for procrastination purposes... and also because I sit in here to do uni work, write ups, blogging, research, etc. Also my mouse is wireless so it doesn't get in my way.

Which brings me to another Tip - Get an extension lead and have it level with your desk.
You can't see it on here, it's behind my laptop. But it is screwed to the wall and has four sockets so my laptop can be plugged in, as well as a glue gun, hairdryer (I still haven't gotten around to buying a heat gun...) etc. Saves you fumbling around behind the desk, knocking things over and getting generally annoyed.

Also you can see the bin under my desk. But when I'm making something, I put all my rubbish in a little plastic box and then tip it into the bin when I'm done. Saves aiming for the bin and things falling past the bin onto the floor and the frustration when you have to bend down to pick it up.

Other bits and bobs on a bookshelf.


The printer lives on the box-top and on top of that is where I put my layouts that need to be stuck in a scrapbook to keep them from getting damaged.

I like to keep my most recent products to hand to make things with. 

Here's my folder with my latest Quirky Kit inside.


Then I have a toolbox with the smaller items of my latest Docraft PDT Kit, and a magazine file with the larger items in.




Then when I get newer products, the older things get put away. 

I keep my embellishments in these little pots I got from Sainsbury's. They do lots of different sizes and the smaller ones are great for die cuts packs, wood & chipboard, tags etc. They used to be labelled but as I bought more boxes and switched things round, the labels are probably wrong. I should probably redo them... Also on this shelf I keep glue, stationery and other bits.


Then on the little shelves on my desk I keep my scrapbook pads and 12x12 chipboard sheets. There's some drawers where I keep dies (one for Xcut, one for Sizzix) and the bottom one for borders and trims. In the pink 'Really Useful' box are my embossing folders and border punches...


Tip - Go down to your local boot sale
At the one at the Keepmoat Stadium on a Sunday there's a stall where they sell Really Useful Boxes dirt cheap. Don't be wasting your money at Staples. 

Up top I've a box filled with washi tape and another with 6x6" paper pads.



Really Useful Boxes come in a variety of sizes and they do a 12x12" for scrapbook paper. This one has all my loose sheets inside. 


Another box tip - TKMaxx do gorgeous boxes. This one has all my stamps and some ink pads in.


Then all my mini ink pads live in another Sainsbury's kitchen box.


Little box with compartments for my little bits.


Old wine box upcycled to store my stickers/flowers.


Tray with all my inks, paints, tapes, pens.


Set of drawers decorated with deco papers. In here is my glitter, sequins, buttons and twine. And some star boxes on top that I don't know what to do with just yet. Also next to it is a notebook where I write all my ideas and a calender where I schedule my blog and deadlines and the like.


To my bookshelf. More magazine files. On the top shelf is what we're selling on eBay.
Second is my coloured cardstock, more plastic boxes with larger embellishments like frames and journalling cards. In the magazine files are stamps, deco papers, stencils.





 Then on the shelf below are my scrapbooks - my new one for 2016, one that I keep my 'miscellaneous' layouts in, and my 2015 book. Then I've display books/expander files. One with A4 papers, one with smaller full sheets of paper, one with off cuts that are still usable, one with alphabets and decoupage sheets and one with pictures I never got around to scrapping, things I have for sale on etsy, and other things I've made and don't know what to do with. Then I have a 5 year journal, a new notebook for when my current one gets full, and all my magazines. I regularly try and get rid of magazines I'm not bothered about any more because they take up too much space. I kept all my issues of Scrapbook Magazine but anything else I get rid of unless I really like it or I'm in it.


Below that shelf is all mine and my mum's sewing things, plus stationery, all sorts really.

Last thing... I seem to have missed out my die cutting machines. I have a Big Shot and Xcut Xpress. I'm currently debating which one is best so my Big Shot is on a coffee table type thing near the door and my Xpress is folded up on a shelf because I got annoyed with it for destroying my A4 embossing folders.

So, that's my craft room. I hope you like it and that I've given you some ideas for your craft space!

Emily xx

5 comments:

  1. Wow I'm exhausted lol. I've loved looking st your craft room. I've just had a tidy through of mine but I'm not good like you - I didn't get rid of anything even though I have kits I'll probably never use! X

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  2. You are a lot tidier that me. My craft room is a converted garage and most time I have to fight to find a work space lol xxx

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  3. It's always fun to see other peoples' craft spaces - thanks for sharing yours! I'd have to do a lot of tidying to be half as neat as you.....

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  4. Great craft room Emily,how tidy is that.Mine stays tidy for about a day then I make something and it looks like a bomb went off.

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  5. Such an interesting blog post! I love seeing how other people organise their craft spaces hehe. Also some really good tips I'd never thought of like the extension lead nearby and mini tub for rubbish instead of missing the bin each time :p xxx

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