Hello! It's Mary, here to share some peeks of my craft room. Most days it is quite messy, as I tend to pull out tons of products and papers whenever I'm in the midst of a project. I don't like starting new projects while my desk is messy, so I will go through and clean up after a major crafting session. My room is rather large, and I may be the only person to think this is less than ideal. I would have preferred a smaller room, so that my clutter would have been better contained, and I would have a set space for furniture.
I use an old side table with fold out leaves as my craft table. I am planning to upgrade to a new table sometime this summer. I prefer kitchen tables that are open underneath, and typically wider then a desk. I have one shelf above my desk that holds most of my tiny embellishments: brads (organized in small jars by color), gelatos (housed in old crystal glasses), buttons (in a small dish and the rest in a large jar), washi tape and twine (in a fishbowl) and gemstones/candy dots stored in an old library desktop storage box (it used to hold date due slips and possibly a date stamp/ink pad).
On my desk, I have a basket that holds my crop-o-dile, my October Afternoon sticker sheets (yes, I have many!) and any new products that I want to remember I have. Next to the basket are two smaller wooden crafts that I got at Michaels last fall. They are the perfect size for holding adhesives and stickers.These wooden crates are also the perfect size to hold cards that you've made, but haven't given away yet. I don't have a picture, but I have a large spinner off to the right on the top of my desk. It was meant for screws and nails, but I house my embossing powders, date stamp, spray mists, glitter, stickles, and other often used items here. My pens are stored in a small pail from the dollar store and my scissors, rulers and tools are stored in a desktop spinning organizer.
Under my desk, I have three baskets (and my garbage can). One basket holds my tiny paper scraps, sorted into baggies by color and my journaling tags/die cuts, which are in two baggies of their own. Next, I have a wire basket that houses my smaller punches. My larger punches are stored in a dresser drawer (to the left of my desk). The dresser is rather large and I'm planning to get a bench with storage underneath to take the place of the dresser. The third basket holds my smaller clear and cling stamps. I didn't want them to get lost among the larger stamp sets, so these live in their own place. My sewing machine is also under the desk, which is pointless as I never pull it out. I'm planning to put it on top of the desk whenever I make the switch to a new table.
Next to my desk, I have slowly collected these bins. They are also from Michaels (I believe they are the Recollections brand). I love that the open squares are the perfect size for my American Crafts albums, and I use the four-shelf boxes to hold paper. Patterned paper is divided by manufacturer (it's sort of sad that I remember paper by manufacturer, but I couldn't find anything when I sorted it by color). I have my cardstock divided into neutrals, warm tones and cool tones. I have to admit that I don't use many colored cardstocks beyond red and yellow (and maybe an occasional blue). I use mostly neutrals. I would not recommend the draw bins - I have the two, purchased at the same time. The size of the drawers is nice, but they are really difficult to open. The drawers just sit on top of one another - there are no sliders for them on the sides of the container. On the top: the left side holds my desk light and my Canon Selphy printer. I print at home infrequently, but on the occasions I need a 4x6 print, I will use this printer. So far, I have no complaints (except that the finished print is not quite 4x6). In the middle, I have three bins. One holds letter stickers, one holds extra adhesives and acrylic stamp blocks and one hold large scraps.
If you turn to the right, I have four odd-shaped closet spaces in my room. Two are rather large, and two are much narrower.
I have two old bookcases from Target in one of the larger spaces. These hold my Distress Inks and foam applicators, my paints and painting supplies, extra towels, my smaller paper pads in bins, card supplies and envelopes, my stamps and my 8.5"x11" papers. On the bottom shelves (not pictured), I have many cases with photos. I store most of my smaller wood block stamps in open bins, and my clear/cling stamps are stored by manufacturer in a basket. For my Distress inks, I have a foam blending tool for each color since I use them a lot, and it's a pain to switch out the foam pieces every time I want to change colors. I bought one tool each time I made a trip to the scrapbook store, so it didn't cost a fortune up front.
In the next "closet" space, I have a small bookcase from Target. I love this bookcase. It is the perfect size to hold my American Crafts albums along the bottom shelf - there are 9 albums now, but another one will fit. On the top shelf I have cloth bins from Target (I have these bins all over my craft room as they are easy to carry and hold a good amount of supply). These house my ribbon collection, which I store by color groups and I take off of the spools. On top of the bookcase I have an old jewelry spinner rack that holds my embroidery flosses. The picture here is crooked - I promise the board isn't really crooked in real life - that would drive me insane! Above the bookcase I have a cork board and on the right wall I have a cloth pin board with favorite photos and ideas.The two hanging strands of hearts I got from a shop on Etsy. They are made of old maps and sheet music and sewn together to create the hanging garlands.
That's about it in terms of my room. The computer and printer sit off to the left in the corner of the room. I don't use these as much in my scrapbooking, as I tend to hand write almost all of my journaling. I do use my Silhouette for some projects, but I'm still learning how to create my own files. Once that happens, I'll probably use it more often. If you have any questions about anything in my room, or how it's organized, feel free to leave a comment after the post and I will do my best to answer your question.
...and as always, happy creating!