i promised to share something of my craft space with you so i decided since i am probably not gonna be able to craft for a few days since i stabbed myself in my finger with an awl, had to go for a tetanus injection and am on anti biotics AGAIN! i should probably take this lul in crafting and share my untidy studio with you. Above are my paper stands that i just couldnt llive without, this is certainly not ALL the paper but i put the newest ones on here as i get them so i know what i have, there are other papers stashed away that i go through every now and again when i cant find what i want.
there is a debate going on about the best way to store ribbon amongst some local crafters on a group that i belong to so i decided to share what works for me. This was a really fugly bookshelf, minus the shelves, but when i saw it i knew exactly what i was gonna do with it.
i bought these little brackets, not sure exactly what they called i got them at the habby and normally it think they are used for bathroom curtains
i screwed them into the sides of the bookcase and threaded my ribbon onto a dowel and then just popped them onto the bracket
I have two of these large printers trays with all my charms and metal bits in, i find that this is the easiest for all these little bits cos then you can find what you looking for at a glance
All my pearls and rhinestones are kept in these bottles, my mother bless her, made all the little jam jar covers for them so that i could have a color scheme going on in my space.
i had a long hard think for my punches, i found a cupboard thingy, not sure what it was originally used for, but i drilled holes in the side panels, threaded dowels through it and mountedit onto the wall so i could see most of my punches, unfortunately there are a few still in drawers, not many though
My stamps i stamp into a file, then give each stamp a number
you can see the numbers written in red next to each stamp
then i have each of my stamps, some of them more that one, in a cd case, i look in the file for the stamp i want, take the number and find the box that its stored in, voila!! easy to find stamps
these large sweet jars house all my roses and flowers, the jars were around R10 a jar, my mother and a friend of mine Sue made the covers for the lids for me
here you can see into the jar, each jar has a color, some of the colors spilled over into more than one jar.
these are my brads, i bought these great plastic boxes that have little partitions that open individually, so if i need to throw out a whole lot to scratch through i dont have to empty the whole box and also the colors dont spill into one another
i also have anther similar plastic box with eyelets so i know where they are
these were cardboard boxes that i found a gazillion of, they were flat packed and easy to assemble and just covered with some paper and added a label
this the sad story of all my embossing folders that i just had to have and hardly see the light of day, perhaps i need to find a better solution for these so that i would use them more often
this here is my pride and joy!! i had an old tv stand in my wood workshop, it was calling to me for months before i had one of those lightbulb moments!! i made a frame to fit the top, added pin boards to the frame, then added another layer inside so that i could stick magnetic sheets to it for all those dies that cant hang.
here you can see the panel that opens with the magnetic sheet on the inside. this stand, being on wheels can turn and move around, each of the four sides opens like this, so i can store a WHOLE LOT OF DIES!!
here you can see two of the sides
this is above my desk that i sit and craft at, these are all my colorbox chalk ink refills and the bottom rows are copic refills and distress ink refills, on the side is another magnetic sheet that i keep my Magnoia dies on so they dont get forgotten
My diestress ink stamp pads right in front of me while i work in case i need them. Also distess markers, and memento stamp pads
more stamp pads
all my Martha Stewart punches on a crib rail that i picked up at the junk store and mounted onto the wall
this was some kind of cutlery caddy that my dear friend Moz's husband altered for me so that i could put all my prisma pencils in. i just covered it with my paper when it came home to me
My copic storage system, boy this one has been so many things before i found this the best system
A cup stand that i sprayed an antique white rustoleum, houses my most used scissors and lives on my desk
these last few pics are an overview of my space. the table in the centre my husband kindly donated in case i feel like sharing some of my space and time with fellow crafters/ friends. My children sometimes come and sit here with me while i work
thats the desk i sit at in the far corner
Here you can see the junk piling up in the corner next to my paper stands till i have another clean out and find what i want to do with these items,then the ribbon stand with paint brushes etc on top of it, and then the stand that has all my little bottles of pearls and rhinestones.
those boxes that you see at the bottom of that stand were tamato boxes kindly donated by Dale a friend who also has a lot of them in her studio, i painted mine and then put a black chalk board paint strip across the front so i could label what was in each box, i also made liners for them, thats the checked fabric you see peeping out of the box.
I hope that some of these storage ideas will help others.
have a great weekend