Saturday, August 15, 2009

My creative studio....

Welcome to my studio, my haven, my PERSONAL space. This is one of the main reasons that I started a blog. Every time there is a post about crafting spaces, all the cool kids say "Oh, here is a link to my blog where you can see my space." And I was left trying to dig out pictures. So 5 minutes ago, KWIM?

Now that I'm a cool chick with my own blog, I figured it was time to post my space so that I can point all those important people here when they want to see my digs. So here we go.....



This is my main work space. I love that everything is right where I need it, only a few steps away. But I have enough room that I don't feel crowded or cluttered. The glass top desk, legs and pink chair and boxes are all from Ikea. The white cabinets and countertop are from Home Depot.



The white cubes are from Michaels and ACMoore (Jetmax). They are all labeled and hold everything from rub-ons to embossing powder to spot sized stamp pads to stamp sets in CD cases. If I could only have one kind of storage in my studio, this would be it. So versatile and neat looking.



This is where I do the vast majority of my trimming and stamping. The counter gets lots of natural light and is perfect for matching colors and such. The Making Memories white spinner holds all kinds of tools like Exactos, paper piercers, scissors, spatula, pens, ATG, etc. The Stamp Pad caddy from Stampin UP! holds all my full sized SU ink pads. The large trimmer is a Carl DC220 heavy duty trimmer. It will cut through a stack of 10 sheets of 120 lb cardstock like buttah!




I use Bygel rods and baskets from Ikea to store my punches. It keeps them neat but still in sight so I use them much more than if they were stored away in drawers.




This is an Expedit 4x4 unit and a Billy bookcase, also both from Ikea (seeing a trend here, LOL?) The white boxes on the bookshelf hold all of my Stampin Up! stamp sets as well as loose stamps like House Mouse and such. They are all labeled for quick access, but neatly out of sight. LOVE that!



This is my "die cut center." The counter houses my Big Shot, plus Sizzix towers of dies, my Cricut Expression, and my Klick-N-Kut XL, which is under the cutting plotter cover. The drawers in the cabinets underneath hold Sizzlit alphas, Cricut cartridges and my secret stash of chocolate. What is a studio without chocolate, right? The cabinets hold boxes of ribbon sorted by colors, acrylic paints, Club Scrap kits and other bulky items that need somewhere to go.



My Making Memories Embellishment Centers hold all my "bits and bobs" that crafters need, but get lost in drawers, boxes and such. The glass jars are from Ikea. They hold Papertrey Ink buttons, Prima flowers and anything else that I can think of. Most of my ribbon is sorted in boxes in the cabinets underneath, but my Papertrey Ink and Stampin Up! ribbons are special enough to be kept on the spools in these shelves.

I know that they are skewed in relation to the counter top here. The MM center on the far right will be moved to the far left soon. The gap between the cabinets and the wall will be filled in with a tall "pantry-style" cabinet to store larger items and many shelves of goodies. The problem is that I can't decide exactly what kind of cabinet I want, LOL. I've narrowed it down to three or four and as soon as I pick, I'll order it and slide it right in there.

Many people ask me if my room looks like this all the time or does it get to be a mess. Honestly, it always looks just like this. I didn't clean up to take these pictures; see all the papers and junk in the trash can under the desk? Oh, there may be a few papers on my stamping counter sometimes, but nothing more than that ever. The best thing about my studio is that everything has a place. And when everything has a designated location, it only takes a few minutes to put everything away when I am done with it. I always take 5 minutes when I am finished to put things back in their places. This not only keeps my room neat and tidy, but it also allows me to find things the next time I want to use them. I guess it's the engineer in me; I cannot create in chaos. My mojo runs and hides if I try. LOL~

Well that's about it. Many thanks for looking. I'm off to my studio to relax and create some new things to show you all tomorrow.

49 comments:

  1. OMG! I'm in Heaven! So organised, so spacious, so pretty, so JEALOUS! LOL!
    Aimes
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  2. Wow! I so wish I had a space this big! You have a lovely studio

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  3. Fabulous Studio! Love it! I left you something on my blog.

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  4. oh. my WOW! I'm envious. you're space is beautiful, I dont' think I'd ever leave!

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  5. Thanks for commenting on my space! I totally love your space as well. Wish I had this large of room. LOL about "No channel surfing husbands to deal with". I totally know what you mean.

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  6. Love your room. I can only aspire to be that organized and disciplined to put things back in their proper place.

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  7. I sent a link to this blog post to my DH as a not so subtle hint. lol! Gorgeous room!!

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  8. This is an awesome space! I am planing on using this long weekend to rearrange. I love the organization part.

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  9. Great space. I just got my second MM embellie center but now that I see yours I'm wondering if that will be enough room.

    Is the desk from Ikea as well?

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  10. wow!! I love this room! beautiful space

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  11. This is AMAZING!!! You should charge people to organize their spaces!

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  12. Followed a link from SCS here. Your space is wonderful! So organized and clean. LOVE all the storage you have!

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  13. I love your space. You look so organized.

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  14. wowza. LOVE your space. i'm keeping this for future reference :)

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  15. Hopped over from SCS..OMG i am like so fricking jelious... you are one lucky little minx, your space is just awsome... i wish i could get storage like that in the UK at a reasonable price... :)

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  16. I love looking at other's spaces, yours is beautiful! I have often wondered about the lazy susan thingy from Making Memories. I'm not sure it's price makes it something that I would really benefit from. I guess I should really look at it the next time I see it in a store. Thanks for sharing all your ideas.

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  17. Was wondering if you had to special order your cabinets and counter top from Home Depot? The Home Depots in my area no longer carry this line in the store, and do special orders only. Any suggestions? Did they come assembled or unassembled and were they the Kitchen cabinet line or some other? Thanks for any info you can provide. There is so much info out there...I am just trying to wade through the stuff I like!

    Thanks,
    Kathy
    kwhite1@satx.rr.com

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  18. I love it! What is the size of your haven? Thanks for sharing.

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  19. Hi Kathy!

    I bought the first of my cabinets at Home Depot about 4 years ago so they were not special order. Mills Pride, I believe. And yes I had to add the doors and assemble the drawer unit.

    I added the second set (the 10' run with my die cutting machines) more recently and had to go to Lowes to get them. They came fully assembled but I can't remember the brand, LOL. I'll be adding two tall panty cabinets into the gap in the new year.

    My room is approx 16'x20' but I do have an attached closet that is 16'x6' and a "walkway" that is 4'x6' that is good for shelves or cubbies on one side. So I guess my total space is about 20'x22'

    Thanks for asking!

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  20. THANK you for posting your link on SCS. I LOVE your room. The only one I've seen that's this good is my cousin's (she got me hooked on stampin)! I am SO glad you shared your sources. I have been looking for the Bygel rods but didn't know where to find them. You are a GEM!
    MTRx

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  21. What a great space, Deb! I love looking at others' spaces and I totally get your need for order - I'm the exact same way. A place for everything and everything in its place.

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  22. oh WOW! what an incredibly inspring & gorgeous studio! thanks for sharing! i'd love to know if you store any chipboard alphas or shapes & what your suggestion(s) might be for them! thanks!

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  23. I love your studio....I am totally in awe of your organization abilities.Everything is so warm and welcoming. I believe I could spend the entire day in a place like that and be lost to the world. You are a fortunate woman indeed.I am now inspired to try to get my room in some type of order.

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  24. This is amazing! I am so jealous, LOL!

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  25. Unbelieveable. It is so pretty. I would totally go with white with pink inserts if it was me, and I wish it was! Beautiful room.

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  26. I would like to hear suggestions for chipboard, I also have the white drawer-cabinets.
    The majority of them are the Crop n Style brand and a half dozen Jetmax.
    I am still stumped as to what to do with 6 drawers of chipboard!!! Help?
    LOVE your space.

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  27. Well, I don't really use chipboard all that much. I do have one drawer in my 3 drawer jetmax cubes dedicated to chipboard albums, letter sets, grungeboard, etc.

    If I were a big chipboard alpha/embellie user, I think I'd look into the dividers that they sell for the jetmax drawers. It basically divides the drawer into 12? 16? compartments that would allow smaller chipboard elements to be sorted by color, shape, letter, etc.

    HTH~

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  28. I am drooling. I am in awe. I am fighting the little green eyed monster on my shoulder... What a beautiful space! Some day I am going to move out of my teeny tiny apartment into a slightly larger teeny tiny apartment and then I'm going to give you a run for your money. LOL! Nice job on the organisation of your space.

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  29. Wowsers! You must be one SERIOUS crafter, Deb! I am off to have a looksie around the rest of your blog :)

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  30. Wow, what a fabolous crafting area you have got there!! Wonderful layout and seems to have lot of space :-)

    Greetings from Norway,
    Anne

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  31. Oh...my...goodness....I am green with envy, I am so jealous! How fun it must be to have such a great space to work!

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  32. holy cow, you are my hero. my studio is all mismatched. this is what i dream of.

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  33. your studio is perfect! Love everything!

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  34. How I ended up here I don't know but am absolutely loving your space!! If I can just figure how to do this here in Australia..(no home depot here!) Just beautiful....I love everything organised as well...will go to bed now and dream of scrapping spaces!! Kind regards Karen Kemsley, Port Macquarie, Australia.

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  35. You know what I admire most??? All the electrical outlets and at waist level, at that! Now that's what I call good planning. I agree that with a place for everything it's fairly simple to keep it neat, but...And that's a big BUT: after years of having no place to put anything I'm afraid my habit of leaving things where they were last has become too much of a habit to break. It would be fun to try, though! TFS and giving us stuff to dream of.

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  36. Wow!!! This scrap-room is AMAZING! I hope i can acheive a tenth of this when I move over the summer, and build my own dream scrap room :)

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  37. This is amazing. Lucky girl!! My DH said "don't be getting any ideas"-lol

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  38. ooo! how much are the 3 drawer jetmax cubes?

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  39. Wow! какая потрясающая комната!

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  40. So hmm How does End of Next Month sound for you for my move in? ROFL... OH I would NEVER leave that room! LOVE it.. and FYI wow.. really it always looks like that.. GIRL then you will NEVER see mine Ha... Not even close.. Ok it is nice and pretty when I clean it and then ... WELL its just one creative mess as I like to call it Ha... LOVE IT :)

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  41. wow! your place is brilliant:) i hope i wanna live your place~~~~

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  43. Wow..Super awesome studio!! Can I come play?? heehee..Love those Jetmax cubes..thats what I have in my room. Thanks for sharing Miss Deb.

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  44. WOW, what a studio!

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  45. Love it!! When can I move in??

    ;)

    Birdie

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