I don’t know about you, but I love to see the craft rooms and studios of others because it helps provide organizational ideas, and I could always be more organized. I’ve moved several times and each time I’ve had an opportunity to redesign my craft room. The home we’re in now has – by far – the very best craft space I’ve ever had. After spending countless hours drawing floor plans on the iPad with Penultimate and then making small cut-outs of my furniture (to scale) and playing with where things would go, I finally had the perfect floor plan! I was excited to discover that I had room for an island in the middle of the room. Sometimes I prefer to stand when I’m stamping, cutting, or need a break from sitting. It’s also great to have additional horizontal space for incomplete projects AND it’s wonderful for inviting others over to craft!
I could have waited until I felt the room was 100% done, but I decided that I’m fine with sharing it the way it looks right now as I sit in this room. Sure, I have ideas for touching up the paint, adding some more art on the walls and adding pegboard behind the desktops, but I don’t want to wait until all that is done. We creative types are known for tearing things down and redoing them or rearranging things until they’re perfect. For now, this room is perfect for me. So, let me take you on a trip to my crafty oasis… my craft room… my craft studio… the place where Cards By Stephanie’s creations are lovingly crafted!
This is how the room looks as you enter my magical crafting space.
The desk on the left is for crafting and the Cost Plus World market desk on the right is where another friend can craft, but it’s where I keep my computer and printer so it’s often where I compute. I’ll show more pictures of the craft island in a moment, but I want to point out that there is space for storage under there. I keep my empty containers that house craft supplies when I go to a crop to craft with others.
Hanging above the window are several special cards and mementos from friends. I don’t have any of my own art hanging up there because I give away or sell just about everything I make. You can see my paper tower, Cricut station and my crafting island in the picture. I love how spacious the room is! Finally, I can have up to three friends come over to craft with me!
This is the wall that the door is on. There are shelves with special things and some closet built-ins that were already there. I’m storing paper, embellishments and all sorts of things inside them. Why do I have skirts and t-shirts hanging in this room? Well, there was a clothes-hanging bar there and not everything fit in the master closet, so as unsightly as it may be, it’s where I’m storing some seldom-used clothes. On the floor there’s my speaker tower that plays music from my iPod and on the floor is something I made at a friend’s Paint Night party. I really don’t know what to do with it. The red flames look like a giant garlic clove, an onion, or something other than fire.
Aren’t those plates cute? They go with the color theme in the room and I found them at Ikea.Their official name is “GRÄDDIG Wall decoration, set of 3, button, assorted patterns.” The wardrobe storage units on the left are full of craft supplies and they’re from Ikea’s PAX line, circa the late 2000s.
Here’s the rest of the room. You’ll notice I have a lot of “soft friends,” as I call them. I’m not looking to acquire any more stuffed critters, but these have all been lovingly given to me throughout my life and my whole craft studio is full of sentimental things others have given me. They make me smile when I look up and see them because there’s a story associated with each one.
The wall seems to go on for days to meet up with that vaulted ceiling! The room had no lights, so we installed Ikea lights and shades with hooks in the ceiling. Now there is plenty of light when I need it!
What’s kept inside the cubbies of that craft island, you ask – well, I’ll show you. I keep my 8.5″ x 11″ paper in magazine holders and I have boxes of projects or little kits I’ve made to keep all of one type of project together. If I’m working on social media app ornaments, I grab the box with the contents inside. Working with rub-ons? I grab that box. I also have a couple of containers of in-progress cards and projects to complete. I also store my current Close to My Heart catalogs here so I know where they are when a customer requests one.
The other side of the craft island has some ribbon, current Close to My Heart embellishments, washi tape, embroidery floss, embellishments, Copic and ZIG markers, my distressing tools, Close to My Heart pigment ink pads, retired CTMH catalogs, Cricut vinyl, Cuttlebug accessories and my Cuttlebug and Tim Holtz Vagabond machine. I LOVE this island. I had pinned several ideas for craft islands my husband Dale could build, but when Fred Meyer had all Closet Maid products on sale for half price on Black Friday, we picked up two of the nine-cubical organizers for the island. A few weeks later, we found the table tops for only $5.99 each at Ikea! This awesome craft island cost about $60-65, which was much cheaper than building something from scratch. It was near-instant gratification! It’s the perfect height, around 36″ tall.
I love these ribbon carousels for my American Crafts ribbon. You can find them at Hobby Lobby stores and at Amazon.
I built this Closet Maid shelf (that was 50% off the day after Thanksgiving) to hold some of my favorite photos and mementos from friends and beloved grandparents. My husband made me that really cool picture frame! He is a man of MANY talents.
Right above my crafting space are my Close to My Heart acrylic stamps in an easy-to-reach location. I’ll be making future craft videos by placing my iPhone or iPad on the shelf where the stamps are. That way the camera will point down directly at my craft space.
This is another Closet Maid shelf I built. It holds my Stickles (glitter glue) and other types of liquid adhesive and stamp pad re-inkers. Someday I will decorate the chalkboard on the left. I want to paint the frame and decorate it with flowers and buttons.
This bulletin board is full of some of my favorite things, mementos, photos and key chains. It sits to the left of my craft space where I can get inspiration or a smile.
Finally, here are the cards and special things strung above the window on a zip line thing from Ikea. Like I mentioned, I didn’t make these things but special people in my life made or gave them to me.
Thank you for touring my craft studio! I hope it’s given you ideas and inspiration for your crafty space. This blog post is dedicated with love to my favorite cousin, Mandy-Mo.