My New Craft Room Part 2

Last week I posted the first post of my new craft room.  If you missed the first post you can find it here.  This post describes a bit more about my organization and shows the remaining shelves I use for storage.  Let’s start with my stamp sets.  My Close to My Heart stamp sets and some of my other smaller stamps acrylic stamps sets are stored in these towers.  I have them divided into categories to help me find them when I need them.

Craft Room Make-over stamp setsThese 5 drawer rolling carts (4D Concepts 5 drawer chests) fit the CTMH stamp sets perfectly.  I have them categorized into things like sentiments, birthday, celebrations, fall, winter, animals and boy (you get the idea).   I purchased the the 6 x 6 Paper Organizer Z335 to put my non CTMH stamp sets in and then use the Tab Dividers Z1839 to organize my stamp sets. Here is a closer look:

Craft Room Make-over_Stamp sets drawer


I also use Evernote to categorize my stamps so I have a visual of the images before I go searching for them.  Evernote is a free program that allows you to organize things.  There is a paid version too which allows you to do a lot more but for what I am using it for the free version is perfect.  It does take time to get all the stamp sets logged when you initially start but once they are in there adding a few new ones is not a big deal.  With the free version there is a limit to the number of entries you can do a month so if you are just starting out it may take you a couple of months to add all your stamps (also I could not do all mine in a month as it was a tedious process).  Here is what an entry looks like.

evernote screen shot ~ catscrapbooking

You can add categories or tabs which represent what is on the stamp set so if you look at the top bar all those blue highlighted words these are your categories.  So if I am needing an “apple” for my project I can run a search for “apple” and it will pull up all the stamp sets with an apple.  As you can see there is room for a photo so I can then look at the design and pick the one that works for me.  I include the drawer each stamp set is in (hence the d1 = drawer 1) and find it rather quickly.   This system did take time to get organized but it now saves me time since my stamp set inventory is over 200 stamps sets.

Also in these drawers I have my ribbon.  I use photo boxes to store my ribbon.

Ribbon Organization_5109Instead of leaving them on the spools or bags or however they come I staple one end to the photo divider that comes in the photo box and then wrap the ribbon around.  There are not nearly enough photo dividers to hold all the ribbon I have so I purchased poster board and cut those to be the same shape. You can really use type of paper but you want it to be ridged. Here is a closer look at the individual sleeves.

Ribbon Organization_5111

As I mentioned in the last post that I even used the studs as shelves to hold ink and a light.  Here is what I was referring to.

Craft Room Make-over_stamp pads

I also have two tall shelves which house the remaining craft materials.

Craft Room Make-over tall shelves-1


On the tip top are my extra albums and some other items I don’t access often.  On the top shelf I have my flower collection, some tools and my cards that I have created.  I keep my designed cards in the large CTMH organizers Z1834 as they fit very well.  I use the  Tab Dividers Z1839 to separate out the different types.  One of the boxes is entirely birthday but the other includes holidays, baby, wedding, thank you’s, sympathy, anytime cards, etc.  The next shelf down I use to hold my Copic markers and button collection.  The middle shelf is my CTMH embellishments and ribbons which are kept in the two mediums organizers Z4139.  I use the now retired accessory bags to keep my “M” sized stamp sets and they too are cataloged in Evernote.   In the My Acrylix organizer Z1038 I have my new Shin Han markers.  I purchased an Artbin organizer which I have set inside to keep the makers in place.  It is not a firm attachment so if the box gets jostled too much it dose slip.  I use the small organizers Z1438 to organize my pigment ink pads and daubers in one and my wash tape in the other.  The second shelf form the bottom is my memorabilia that needs to be scrapbooked in bins labeled with the year they pertain to.   The bottom shelf is some other paper packs and a few of the other stamp sets I own which do not fit into the drawers.  Also I use our work in progress albums to keep my layouts which I have completed but have not put into the final album.  One of these if for layout that I have completed but need photographs.

Craft Room Make-over_Tall shelf 2


Lastly this is my last shelving unit that I am going to explain about.  This one is really more of a hodgepodge of all my remaining craft items both for paper crafting and just crafts in general.  I do keep my page protectors and flip flaps in the flat 12 x 12 boxes on the second to bottom shelf.  I have my punches in two bins on the middle shelf – I have a hard time organizing these as they are bulky.  I have My Creations items on the lower shelfs.  I try to keep the items i will used the most on the back or sides of my desk so they are readily accessible.

I hope this helps you to see how I organize things.  If you have questions or would like more of an explanation of how I did something, please feel free to contact me directly.

Happy Crafting!



My New Craft Room part 1

Well I can now officially say I am settled in, since my craft room is now set up.   I was really spoiled with my last craft room with the size of it but the view of from this one is better.  I now can look out the window and see the back yard and beyond, where as at the last house my window was under the deck so not much of a view.  Unfortunately the lighting in the last and this one are not the best.  I will say I do have more natural light coming in but over all the lighting is not great and I hope to improve in the future.  I am certainly not complaining as I am just happy to have the space.  I am going to walk you through my craft room and how I organize it.  So lets get started….

Craft Room Make-over overviewSo as you can see everything is out of the boxes and I had to add a little extra to this room – a playroom.  Gavin got a new train table for his birthday and the only place it could go was here.  I hope this arrangement works and allows me a bit more time in my craft room while Gavin keeps busy 🙂

Craft Room Make-over overview 2I used all the space I could including the exposed studs.  I mounted a light, hung the baby monitor, and used it as a shelf for all my CTMH Inks so they are at eye level.

I changed my table last year so that it is one I stand at instead of sitting.  I really like this as I can move and reach everything I need and not feel sedentary. My table is actually composed of 5 pieces. Here is a look at each of them.

Craft Room Make-over - Table endThe two ends are bookshelves I purchased at Walmart, if memory serves me correctly.  They give me a bit more space for books and other items.  The other side has all my how-to-books, sketches and magazines.

Craft Room Make-over table middle This is the center part – they are two rolling carts I purchased at Michaels. Each unit holds 7 of the 12 x 12 paper bins and I can then stack a few more on top.  I keep all my non CTMH papers in these and they are divided based on colors and then common themes.  What I mean by common themes? There are certain papers I love to scrapbook  ~ Halloween/Fall,  Christmas/Winter, Boy and pets; so I have bins with the papers that fit these themes.

Craft Room Make-over Table topMy top is actually a melamine covered board I purchased at Home Depot or Lowes.  We then added trim to the edges but unfortunately the movers damaged it so I will have to re-do some of the trim. On my table top I use a cork pad as it helps to keep small items from sliding a round.  I also have my new CTMH All- purpose mat on the left.  I also keep my current catalog out so I can reference easily.

Craft Room Make-over shelves lowThis is my new piece of furniture – Kallax shelving from Ikea.  These shelves are great as they do hold 12 x 12 paper.  As you can see this is what I used to store below.  It works perfectly for my Silhouette and Cricut on top.

Craft Room Make-over_printer shelvesI used this shelving to house all my Sterilite sheaves which I have had for years.  The bottom shelf hold some of my non-CTMH stamp sets and adhesives. The middle shelf is my glitter, heat embossing, photo paper, cards, and blocks.  This shelf works great for my printer and large paper cutter which sit on top.

Craft Room Make-over_middle backThis is in between the the two long shelves behind my desk.  These are from Michaels and the bottom one I use for scrap pieces of my CTMH cardstock.  I will save my scraps providing they are of a usable size and they work great when you just need a piece for a card or on a layout.  In the open cube I have retired CTMH paper.  On top of this stack are two plastic drawers which hold my Stickles and re-inkers.

Well this is the first part of my new craft room, stay tuned as I will post part two later this week.  If you have questions about how I organize things please let me know.

Happy Crafting!