My Studio

My husband and I recently moved from a 3-bedroom, 1800-square-foot home to a 2-bedroom, 800-square-foot home. To say we downsized, would be an extreme understatement and finding places to put everything has been a challenge.

Many friends have asked me about my crafting space. Well, I can say, where there is a will, there is a way.

My space is important to me and I’ve managed to carve out some in each home we have lived in. But, with this move, it was a priority. Space for my studio was carved out first and we fit the rest of the furniture around it. Fortunately, we found enough space that my husband was able to get his couch, too!

Anyhow, I wanted to show you how a small area can still offer everything you need for crafting — with a little imagination. (click on the photos for a larger picture)

I couldn’t resist these beautiful windows, so I set up my space in the living room of the house — right next to the front door.

Since it is the first thing people see when they come in, I wanted it to look as neat as possible. I find that I keep it cleaner than I used to — just in case. Of course, old habits are hard to break, so I still have a pile of paper and embellishments (I hid it for this photo), but I’m doing better …

The cabinets are from IKEA. They are modular and you add whichever features you want — like doors, shelves, drawers, etc. So far, they seem to be working well. The counter space on top allows me space to set die cut machines, my computer or stamp sets while I’m working. And the cats love to look out the windows, too. I keep my ribbon, in a variety of jars, on top, along with my Cricut, QuicKutz dies (in the little pink tins) and two Pampered Chef utensil holders that now hold my Copic markers, paint brushes, files, piercing tool, knives and other tools.

The open shelves hold die cuts, fibers, stamps, embellishments and more.

The doors hide paper, paint, beads, more stamps, Xyron machines and other products that don’t look so pretty out in the open.

This drawer holds my wood-mounted stamps and the other holds miscellaneous items, like embossing powder, Coluzzle templates, Flower Soft and other stuff.

The little pink box holds most of my Stickles (15 bottles) — upside down. I bought it at Staples for a few dollars. It’s a great space saver.

On the edge of my desk (facing the IKEA cabinets), my husband glued a metal sheet to hold my magnetic containers of flowers. I also put up a couple of 3M hooks to hold templates, my heat gun, air compressor handle and other items.

My desk looks over flowerbeds, bird & squirrel feeders, and a wooded area. I can also watch my niece and nephew jump on the trampoline or play football.

I keep my laptop, ATG and paper trimmer on the shelf underneath. I keep my ink pads, chipboard letters and large paper trimmer on top. Additional supplies are stored in the little cubbies built into the back of the desk.

I have carts underneath that hold papers and embellishments, punches, photos, tools, ribbon and more.

I made this using a kit from KaiserCraft and Tim Holtz papers, ink, paint and embellishments. The drawers hold all sorts of little things I have nowhere else to put and I keep rulers, adhesives, spritzes and other bottles in it as well.

My studio has very little wall space, but I had a few little shelves that I had collected over the years that I still wanted to use, so they all hang in the corner. The corner shelf holds CTMH and Stampin’ Up stamp sets, a few of my favorite wooden stamps and jars of buttons, flowers, brads and more.

The checkerboard shelf I bought at Joann’s for a few dollars in the clearance section. It was red and white. I covered the red in K&Company paper and removed the three bottom drawers. It holds extra blades, ink applicators and other tiny things. The tin at the bottom holds my gems.

And, finally, this little shelf is another KaiserCraft Creation. I covered it with K&Company paper, Studio 490 stamps, Prima flowers and Tim Holtz embellishments. I keep the rest of my tiny bottles of things on it.

So that’s my room … I still need one more IKEA cabinet for the other side of my desk, but everything else is at my fingertips and ready to go!

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