Wednesday, March 4, 2009

My TINY Stamp Room!

So as most of you know, Nick and I share the office. I use it as my stamp room and he uses it as...well...the office! Haha! If you remember back to this post, my area started simple and small. Over the past year it has really started to grow because my amount of stuff grew and I kept running out of storage space. Anyway, one day Nick brought me home this fabulous cabinet that someone was just going to throw away. Well of course he thought of me so he set it up in the only space we had available (between the closet doors) and installed some organizational items inside of it. So, today I wanted to share some pictures of what my room looks like and how I try to organize. Before I begin, you will see some random artwork all over the room. This is all Nick's art (he is very talented) and I told him he could display it in here! He has an entire wall of art (above my desk)! I hope you enjoy!

Here is a picture of the cabinet all closed up. It fits perfectly in between our closet doors.

On top of the cabinet I have 6 jars (from Hobby Lobby) full of ribbon, flowers, buttons, and ribbon scraps. Each jar is labeled as most things in my room are. I bought a label maker from Wal-Mart and have used it MANY times! The ribbon in the jars are wrapped around the old fashioned clothes pins. I found the clothespins at Hobby Lobby. Behind the jars is a little drawer organizer that Nick found at our local Ace. I have organized the drawers by SU! color family and each drawer is labeled with it's own color. Inside each drawer I have my reinkers, sponge daubers, and wheel ink cartridges. This organization system has proved to be very beneficial because I am no longer digging around trying to figure out where each sponge dauber or reinker is.

Here is a picture of the cabinet opened. As you can see, when it is opened it takes up a lot of space! :) There is so much room inside of it and Nick has done a lot of work to it. I store almost everything inside of here so you can see why I love it so much.

This is the middle of my cabinet. Shelf 1: On the top shelf I have my Sterilite drawers holding my current and retired SU! designer paper as well as my 12x12 card stock. Next to those drawers I have my card basket and stamp box (which can be found over at There She Goes). Shelf 2: On the second shelf I have another set of drawers which hold my non-SU! designer paper, my designer paper scraps, and my embellishment packs. Next to that set of drawers I have a basket that holds my Bind-it-All, Crop-a-dile, and label maker. Shelf 3: The next shelf has a third set of drawers that hold my coloring tools (pastels, watercolor crayons, Shimmerz, Stickles, paintbrushes, etc.), other tools (hand punches, extra scissors, brayer, paper crimper, etc.), and my different types of adhesives. Next to those drawers is another basket that holds all of my alterables. Shelf 4: The bottom shelf has all of my embossing powders, glitters, etc. I keep all of these in individual containers and inside each container is a spoon. I have found this to be an effective method because it is much cleaner and powder less is wasted. This shelf also holds my card boxes (which are stuffed).

This picture is of the left door. I store my nestabilities on magnetic strips so that I can easily find them and grab them. Underneat that I have a little spot for notes I might have. At the very bottom is a little rack that I picked up at Ace. I use it as a sort of makeshift Clip-It-Up. I used snap rings and binder clips to hold my 6x6 packs of designer paper, rub ons, and stickers.

Here is a close up shot of my makeshift Clip-it-Up.

Here is the right cabinet door. On this door Nick installed a bunch of short towel rods (from Ace) that hold MOST of my punches. The punches I keep here are the ones I use most often. The others are in my tool drawer. Underneath the towel rods he also installed some j hooks and dowels to hold my spools of ribbon. As you can see, I am going to need to upgrade this area because it is very full and I have no more room! :) Below that he attached some baskets (from Wal-Mart) that hold my little embellishment containers (most of which are from SU!), SU! wheels and handles, and extra clips and clothespins.


Here is another wall in my room which has my "desk", as I call it. My desk is the same card table that I have had since the beginning. On top of my desk is my fabulous Making Memories Carousel which holds the tools I use the most as well as my dimensionals. Above my desk is my covered bulletin board which is where I keep track of my sketch challenges (yes I know I am obsessed). Above that bulletin board is my dry erase calendar. To the left of my desk is a tall Sterilite drawer set which holds my Big Shot materials, sewing materials, and anything extra I might need to store. In front of it is my pink file box where I store all of my card stock scraps and my Big Shot. On top of the drawers you can find my SU! markers, colored penciles, and a cute little spice rack that I picked up at Ross for super cheap. The little spice containers hold different brads, eyelets, and dew drops. To the right of my desk is a dvd tower that holds my SU! sets and other wood mounted stamps. Next to that is a file cabinet that has all of my card stock and SU! demo supplies. On top of the file cabinet is a spinning cd rack that holds most of my unmounted stamps. Above that is my SU! ink caddy.

Here are a couple more pictures of my file cabinet area.

On this wall is a couch (where Nick sits when he is on his laptop), an UGLY table (which is why it is covered in fabric) that has my sewing machine on it, and another dvd tower that holds a couple of random jars and embellishments as well as my JustRite sets.

Here is a closer view of the tower. In front of the tower is a basket that holds all of my old catalogs and magazines. Ignore the falling rack behind the couch. It is for future decorating!

Finally I wanted to show you the fourth wall which has our computer desk as well as another filing cabinet (which actually holds important documents) and other office supplies. This is where I do all of my posting and that is why I display my cards here. It reminds me of which cards I have not posted yet!

Well, I hope you enjoyed the tour of my little room. Sorry it isn't much to look at! Nick is still working on my pretty desk so things will hopefully change in the near future. I already have plans for when we build our new house too. I am excited about being able to add color to the walls!

20 comments:

Jessica said...

Thank you so much for posting pictures of your crafting space! I love to see where others create :)

I love how organised everything is. I try soo hard to keep everything nice and neat but then my girls get a TON of random craft stuff from their grammy and now I have boxe (yes BOXES!!) of random stuff taking up room in my two craft room closets. My room is in a big need of some spring cleaning!

Jen Tapler said...

AWESOME tour Steph!!! Thanks for sharing that. I picked up a few new organizing ideas from your post that I'll be trying out in the near future!! Joel and his stepdad completely revamped my craft space last summer and I STILL haven't posted pics of it yet. You just might have motivated me to do some cleaning and get some pics taken...we'll see if it actually happens!!

Lori a.k.a. eeyorestayl said...

I hopped over from the Blog Links Group on Stamp TV and I LOVE your stamp room! You have made me realize I need to get myself in shape and get more organized!!! Thank you!!!

E.T said...

love it! You are such a CLEAN person! LOL

Kathy W said...

Great space Steph. It's very well organized. I must say I'm jealous. It's nice that your husband can help by doing some carpenter work on things to make them more stamper friendly. Thanks for sharing.

Maria Gurnsey said...

I love looking into peoples worlds!! This is really organized (my kind of girl ;) I love the way you organize your 6x6 pads. Gonna try it :)

Giovana said...

Really nice and organized space!! I am trying mine at least nice and clean. I really want to buy some cheap cabinet so my office would look a little bit better.

I love your room.
God bless
Giovana

Denise (peanutbee) said...

I love your stamp room!! Wow, it's so organized....and much bigger than what where I stamp. Thanks for sharing a peek of your stampin' spot...I love seeing stamp room pics!

Christi said...

Wow! I love your room! I stamp on my dining room table and only have a closet but I LOVE how organized your closet is! Thanks for some awesome ideas!!

Allison said...

I can definitely relate to the small space. My fiance and I share our office too (though I've gradually been taking over his side with my stuff)! I LOVE my label maker too - I'm such a dork I had asked for it for Christmas a few years ago! Your cabinet storage is fabulous!

MakiJo said...

It's very nice room, Steph. I love how you did inside of the white cabinet. Very organized!

SueB said...

It was t'riffic taking your stamping room tour - TFS! That cabinet is da bomb!

Jessie/knightrone said...

Do you and Nick travel cause SERIOUSLY, my room needs HELP!!LOL!!

Jovita said...

Wonderful stamping area, everything is nicely organized. Like you I started with a tiny little area and I have since taken over half of our unfinished basement. Even though I'm no longer using any of my stamps I still enjoying seeing everyone's crafting space and thanks for sharing yours. ;)

Terri said...

Steph,
I think your stamping room is incredible, You and Nick have done a wonderful job of having a place for everything and everything in its' place! I love your cabinet!! I think you are totally organized and it makes me feel that I have a lot of work to do in my own room. Thanks for sharing.

lauriewe said...

I followed the link from stamp tv, I was in the middle of painting an old particle board cabinet white and thought- wow look what it can become! Could you share what you used to hang your punches with- i have been trying to figure it out, but to no avail!

Bryt said...

what a great use of space!!

octogurl_83 said...

Your cozy crafting room is beautiful! ...I LOVE the clip-it-up idea -- brilliant!

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