Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Workspace Wednesday | Craft Room Tour

Hi everyone.  We are in the process of remodeling the entire downstairs of our house. What started out as just getting new wood floors turned into updating the breakfast nook, changing the island in the kitchen, new fireplace, new powder bath and overhauling my craft space.  I plan to show you all the new parts of the house but I thought I'd start today by showing you my craft space remodel.  

I thought I'd give you an overview of the room today and then I plan to go into more details each Wednesday for the next several weeks.  Thanks to American Crafts for requesting that I share my workspace on their blog. It kicked my booty into gear to get it done in lightning speed and it feels so good!

I did some Q&A on the American Crafts blog that is not featured here so if you want to know how long I take to scrap, what time of day I prefer to scrap, what my favorite tools are, and more, head over there to read all about it. 

I'm very fortunate to have a dedicated room for my creative space. It's constantly evolving to fit my needs and it's a great way to escape from the daily grind. My supplies are stored in various bags, containers, baskets and bins and stashed away in cabinets to avoid creative chaos and clutter, while my core essentials are kept within reach. I place my favorite new layouts on the wall next to me, which serves a double purpose for me and my girls.

My old room used to be painted with a faux yellowy brown and had the same colored wood floors so it felt kind of like a dungeon. A fresh coat of white paint on the walls, new floors and a fun rug really brightened up the space. I also had my hubby build a custom desk that hugs 3 of the walls in the room. The long desk now allows for a scrap space, sewing space (or a kids area) and my work desk since I work from home. I just recently got my Raskog and I'm still deciding what to store in it so for now, it holds a basket made from rolled up newspapers which is where I store all my lovely Thickers. Can you spot my dog, Spot?

I keep all my essentials at my fingertips in the little octagon carousel. It used to be black and since everything new was white, I just spray painted it. Now it's just like new! All my favorite paints, mists, pens, scissors, etc. are within reach in all these units on my desk. The same items in different colors that aren't used as much are in the cubbies below the desk. I have a little egg crate and ceramic basket that I put little odds and ends in to keep them from getting lost while working on a project. Once the project is done, I can easily pack everything away.

As we work our way around the desk, my sewing machine is ready for action. This also doubles as a crafts space for the kids or when my mom comes and eventually I plan to set up my video equipment here for process videos.

This is where I work, as in I have a full-time job type of work. I use 2 monitors so I can look at different Powerpoints, email, etc. at the same time. After work hours, I swap out my personal PC and then I can look at photos, Silhouette, Illustrator, or whatever and play my Netflix on the other monitor. The armoire to the right is one of my favorite things in the room. Take a look below.

I got this armoire several years ago from Pottery Barn and it holds all my goodies. Starting at the top, I have all my American Crafts cardstock, paper trimmer and room for more "stuff". The 2nd shelf holds my Minc and Selphy printer. I don't use the printer when I am at home so I may end up packing it in my "scrapping on the go" bag but it sits here for now. The 3rd shelf slides out and it holds my Big Shot and CAMEO. I will probably switch the CAMEO and Minc since I'll need to get to the back of the Minc when I use it. The 4th shelf is all about my beloved HP wide format printer. This baby prints 13x19 photos making it easy when I want to print a large photo for scrapping. In the cabinets below are the storage cases full of American Crafts collections. Like I said above, this makes it super easy to work on projects because everything from one collection is together in a bin. I have 14x14" cases for regular collections and 17x15" bins for larger collections like DIY Shop 2.

The black unit is mostly for my girls. They have their own storage cases full of papers and embellishments and they also have their own tools. It's all kept nice and tidy in the drawers. The door in the middle folds down to create a desk for them so they can pull up a chair and get crafty too! Also in this photo is a typewriter that used to belong to my grandmother. Did you notice the wood map? I just purchased it from Michaels and plan to add all our family's travels to it. The gold and black locker only has one thing in it so far (fabric) and is ready to be filled up with more supplies!

Thanks for stopping by for the tour of my scrap space today. Check back next Wednesday for a detailed view of my scrap deck section.

Several people have asked where I found the items in my room so here you go. Let me know if there is anything else you'd like to know about.


Chocoscrapaholic said...

So pretty, Heather! I'm going to tackle my room at Christmas. I need to clear out old stuff, re-paint, and re-organize!

Tash Daly said...

I love, love, love your creative space. It is so beautiful and well organised! Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

Unknown said...

What an amazing space! Where did you get the white storage thing next to the carousel? I'm in desperate need of some desktop storage!

Unknown said...

Alex - I got that from Michael. It's two units stacked on each other.

Unknown said...

Hi Heather, where did you get the wide three draw unit that is next to your octagon carouse? It looks likes shorter version of an IKEA set of draws. Thanks for a peek into your craft space.