A Craft Room Tour

My first craft space consisted of a small book shelf in the basement and the kitchen table. I would run up and down the stairs grabbing supplies that I had forgotten and would have to clear my stuff before dinner every night!  10 years later, I have a designated craft  “room” that was finally completed with our basement renovation two summers ago.  (If it doesn’t have a door then is it still a room, or is it a nook?)

The space is long and narrow so it has a long desk/table for working on one side and a big IKEA bookcase for storage on the other.  Let’s start our tour on the working side:

A Craft Room Tour - Birdwing Paper Designs

The thing I love most about this part of the room is the inspiration shelf!  When I design cards they all go onto the shelf where I can see them and decide which ones I like and which ones need to be reworked. I also display artwork, photos, and part of my butterfly collection.  (In a previous career many years back, I was an entomologist and raised butterflies at a butterfly garden in the Okanagan. My favourite type of butterfly was the Birdwing, hence my business name!)

A Craft Room Tour - Birdwing Paper Designs

I love looking at these gorgeous pictures of the kids taken by Baby Bee Photography

A Craft Room Tour - Birdwing Paper Designs

On the wall above my desk is a magnetic board filled with random notes, colours, stamps, project ideas, and a comprehensive list of all my Stampin’ Up ink and paper that I have on stock.

A Craft Room Tour - Birdwing Paper Designs

And finally in my workspace, all the tools I use on a regular basis in a handy carousel.

A Craft Room Tour - Birdwing Paper Designs

The other side of this narrow craft space is the storage area.  I have a large IKEA unit that holds all of my essential craft supplies (like all those stamp sets) as well as my photo books, Project Life albums, and Stampin’ Up! catalogues.

A Craft Room Tour - Birdwing Paper Designs

A Craft Room Tour - Birdwing Paper Designs

Last fall I wanted to redo the ink pad storage, but didn’t want to spend a lot of money.  I researched some DIY ideas on Pinterest and ended up making these shelves out of foam core.

A Craft Room Tour - Birdwing Paper Designs

I made each tower of shelves separately so I could expand as needed. Currently, I have 4 towers of ink pads and another custom tower for markers and pens.

A Craft Room Tour - Birdwing Paper Designs

I loved this storage solution so much that I made another one for punches and other small containers that store sequins, buttons, and embossing powder,

A Craft Room Tour - Birdwing Paper Designs

Other supplies like embellishments, ribbons, twine, and embossing folders are kept looking neat and tidy in white boxes.

A Craft Room Tour - Birdwing Paper Designs

A Craft Room Tour - Birdwing Paper Designs

The colourful paper is kept in magazine holders, and I keep every little bit of scrap paper! You can’t see it, but the scraps are tucked in with the regular paper according to colour.

A Craft Room Tour - Birdwing Paper Designs

Although my space is small, it is very efficient and I have made it work for me.  Everything is within arms reach and on open shelves so I know what products I have with a quick glance.

I love researching storage and organization ideas, so if you have any fantastic ideas that work for you, please share them!

Happy spring!

Leah

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “A Craft Room Tour

  1. Thanks for showing your craft room! Mine looked really awesome for a while and then the craft table got all piled up with junk and I acquired more supplies than I can find room for. It needs a good spring cleaning. I should put together a blog post of what it looked like while it was still tidy.

    • Having too many supplies is what got me started on cleaning things out, reorganizing, and building new storage! I should be good for a while until the cycle starts again!!

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