Creative minds need creative spaces. You just cannot contain a creative mind within four “blank walls”, and expect the best results to pop up. (I wonder if that’s where the “think outside the box” cliché came from.) I’m not even an artist in the truest sense of the word, but even I look for some kind of inspiration and quiet spot before I begin to layout my next page or craft my next card.
Having an organized stash of supplies lets you know quickly what you have on hand and leaves you with more time to create. Seeing how other crafters set up their creative areas can be quite inspiring when it comes to arranging our own supplies, which is why I love seeing different craft rooms. A quick google on scrapbook or craft rooms, and you’ll be flooded with beautiful images of other crafters desirable spaces. Are you on Pinterest? Try searching craft spaces and you’ll find a plethora of the best ones out there. While you’re at it, look me up at pinterest.thepaperhappy.com, and you’ll see my favourite scrapbooking spaces pinned there.
Today I’ll share with you my own little craft studio. It’s more like a corner of one room really, but it is my little sweet spot that I go to when I need to work on a layout, fill in some orders from Etsy, get a dose of craft therapy, or simply relax amongst my beautiful papers, away from the busy-ness of daily demands (even it means only 5 minutes of downtime). My take on effective organization is making sure there’s a place for everything and that everything is in it’s place. That last part could be more difficult to achieve as a crafter, so I’ll share with you how my stuff gets back in their rightful spot.
I was lucky enough to get a three-foot wide wall to myself to place shelves that will hold most of my gadgets, the ones that won’t fit in drawers. Even luckier was when my superman of a husband bought me this Expedit shelf from Ikea. Expedit shelves are great for scrapbookers because the dimesion of each shelf is 13 sq. inches, which makes for a great fit for 12×12 albums and cardstock paper pads.
(Warning: You will see my loyalty for Ikea products when it comes to organizing my craft space, thanks to their smart yet simple designs and of course, relatively affordable price tags. We’re all on a budget and part of this blog site is to find frugal yet effective options in managing our resources, including of course, hobbies like crafting. Please note that I am in no way affiliated with nor employed by Ikea.)
For the shelves, I’ve chosen the 2×4 cubby dimension (it comes in a variety, from 2×2 to 5×5). The upper left shelf and the one below it are assigned to small embellishments like ribbons, buttons, twine, brads, and the like that are contained and classified within plastic jars and photo boxes. My Big Shot die cutter sits on a place of honour on the upper right, along with a couple of favourite craft books. The lower shelves hold the albums I fill up for the whole family as well as my collection of magazines and other seasonal ephemera tucked in those white boxes (from Ikea again) at the bottom.
Over to my work area is another gift from my superman. This table is actually categorized in Ikea as a “kitchen island” and can be found in the kitchen and dining furniture department. The height of the table allows me to do my crafting while standing. Unlike many who prefer to work while sitting, I feel more creative when moving about, plus it makes it easier for me to reach for the tools I need from the shelves which are located to the right of this table.
One of the best features of this table for a scrapbooker is the shallow and non-slamming pull out drawers, which come in handy for organizing the many little tools, gadgets, and trinkets that come with this type of hobby. The most used items are stored on the top three drawers within easy reach, and the ones that I use the least are within the bottom three. Everything else is organized within the middle sets of drawers. These little drawers make it easy for me to just grab what I need to use right at that moment, and to place them right back where they belong immediately after. The overall cleanup at the end of a project goes smoother as well.
I normally do not make use of wide ribbons for scrapbook layouts but they do appear on my giftwrapping designs, so I had to find a reasonable way to hold big spools of ribbons. I found an old curtain rod that we used more than 12 years ago while in an apartment, probably for the really small kitchen window. Using an inexpensive pair of brackets from the hardware store, and voila! The old forgotten rod is now the happy skewer for my ribbons.
The last fixture added was the floating shelf that used to be in the kids’ room. Since they now have their own bins to hold the toys that used to sit on this shelf, I was able to re-purpose it for holding up four photo boxes full of, well, photos. Hundreds of them.
Which means that for now, I’ve got some work to do instead of talking about where I do it.