My Creative Space

Everyone needs a place to create – whether it’s at your dining room table or in your own craft room. Over the years, I have been blessed to have craft rooms where I was able to escape the real world and immerse myself in creative endeavors.

This room was my absolute favorite! A room where I could go and be by myself, or hold crops with friends. This was my sanctuary…the place I went when I needed peace.

www.craftytam.com | My creative space

The ultimate craft room!

This is the progression from start to finish:

Gotta start somewhere:

www.craftytam.com | Craft room1: Gotta start somewhere

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Everything moved in:

www.craftytam.com | craft room2: Everything moved in

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It gets worse before it gets better!

www.craftytam.com | craft room3: It gets worse before it gets better

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Final sorting:

www.craftytam.com | Craft room4: Final sorting

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A closer look: Misc equipment and storage

www.craftytam.com | Craft room5: A closer look - Misc equipment

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A closer look: Ribbon, flowers, ScrapRack

www.craftytam.com | Craft room-6 Ribbons, flowers, ink, ScrapRack

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A closer look: My desk

www.craftytam.com | Craft room7: My desk

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A closer look: Chipboard & misc embellishments

www.craftytam.com | Craft room8: Chipboard & misc embellishments

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A closer look: Paper storage – I had tried so many different methods to store my paper over the years. This was BY FAR the best! It was away from dust and sunlight and easy to see and access. It was sorted by color – then by solid and patterned. When I needed to find something, I could pull the drawer all the way out and sit it on my lap to flip through.

www.craftytam.com | Craft room9: Paper storage

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Paper storage: more info – I used these Sterilite drawers. They have 3 drawers. The tops are easy to remove and then they are snapped on top of oneĀ  another. A while after I had put mine together, Sterilite came out with drawers that had individual lids – I would have used those if they had been available before I had spent all that money on mine.

www.craftytam.com | Craft room10: Paper storage

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A closer look: Acrylic paint storage

For the acrylic paint storage, I used wooden spools found at Michael’s and 2 wire storage shelves. I used heavy duty wire to attach the spools between the wire storage shelves. I also used the wire to make the hanger and then tied ribbon on it to hide the ugly wire. I found that once I put the paint in, it didn’t sit right because the wire shelf was right against the wall, so I hot glued a round wooden button behind each spool. This solved the problem.

www.craftytam.com | Craft room11: Acrylic paint storage 1

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www.craftytam.com | Craft room12: Acrylic paint storage 2

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Wire storage shelves purchased at Target – very versatile!

www.craftytam.com | Craft room13: Acrylic paint storage 3

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A closer look: Rubber stamp storage

I mostly had Stampin’ Up and Close to My Heart Stamp sets. I kept them in alphabetical order in the plastic clam cases that they came in (or the plastic envelope for acrylic stamps). These fit very nicely into Sterilite 6-Quart plastic storage bins.

www.craftytam.com | Craft room14: Rubber stamp storage

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A closer look: Rubber stamp storage

Because all of my stamps were in bins, I needed a way to easily know what I had. Whenever I purchased a stamp set, I would immediately stamp each piece onto a piece of cardstock and put it in this binder so I could easily search through. After a while, I started just cutting up the catalog and putting the image in the binder (a little less work)

www.craftytam.com | Craft room15: Rubber stamp storage2

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One last look:

www.craftytam.com | Craft room16: One last look

I can’t even tell you how amazing this space was!

Unfortunately, we sold this house. I’ve had one other craft room since, but now I am only scrapping digitally.

Someday, I would love to have another room like this that I can escape to as well as share with friends!

 

2 thoughts on “My Creative Space

  1. man this room was awesome! That had to be painful to let go of. Can I ask what made you give it all up and go digital? Do you miss regular scrapbooking? Thanks for sharing this space with us!

    • Hi Kat! It was definitely painful. Unfortunately, the troubled economy hit us hard and we had to downsize. I had been contemplating switching to digi for quite a while, so this was a good starting point. I really enjoy digital! I love the flexibility, the portability and the compactness. I don’t really miss paper scrapping because it was labor-intensive for me because I was creating 4 pages of the same thing at a time (one for each of my children and one for me). I DO miss crafting in general and hope that someday I will have another space to “spread my wings!” Thank you for your comment :)

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