craft room storage and organization

Craft Room Storage & Organization

craft room storage and organization

When it comes to craft & stamping room organization, I am ALL about having things at my finger tips.  I don’t want to waste time digging around trying to find what I need or filing through complicated systems getting my supplies out for a project.  Keeping things accessible makes it easier to clean up also.  (The picture above is of the right side of my U-shaped crafting area, the center of which is my desk.)

Everyone has a little different philosophy.  Some people need everything out of sight, but I’m in my happy place if my crafty stuff is visible and organized.  On my Stamping Julie facebook page I’ve been posting specific pictures with storage solutions, so I won’t duplicate that here, but I do want to talk about strategies.

stamping office

Last year I moved from my home in Texas with this great office (see all my stamp sets in the cabinets!) to Kentucky.  We have an office in our KY home also, but my husband is using it for his work, so I’ve taken over a room in the basement with a beautiful view of the rolling hills in our neighborhood!

The challenge was to move from having built-in cabinets to setting up a similar storage solution without them.  I decided I would use what I have, shelves, dressers, etc. and eventually I would install some cabinetry in my new space.

So here’s my organization strategy:

  1. Determine what you use all the time:  ink, paper, stamps, adhesive, etc., and place those things on your desk or right next to you in your primary space.
  2. Determine what you use second most often: favorite embellishments and tools, and place those in your secondary space, close, but not as close as your primary space.  Shelves or drawers or containers nearby.
  3. Determine what you use least, other embellishments, extra supplies and tools.  These item can go in less accessible storage areas.  Top or bottom drawers or shelves.
  4. Determine what you don’t use at all and eliminate it!!!  No, seriously, if you haven’t used it in six months give it or sell it to someone who will use it.  Keep only the stuff you need, use or love!!!
  5. Contain everything!  Everything should have a place and be contained in a box, on a shelf, in a drawer, in a container.
  6. Every few months reassess!  Take a good look at the items in your primary and secondary spaces and determine if they still deserve their place.

For many years, I crafted without a dedicated space.   I kept my supplies in covered tubs and when I was ready to create, I transported the crate from my closet to the dining room table.

I wish I had a picture of my 17 yo son’s room.  I’ve tried to teach him space and organization principles to no avail.  He has a game wheel, that he has had for two years and he has NEVER used, that sits on the floor in his otherwise clean room in a box!  I say, “Get rid of it.  You don’t use it, you don’t need it! And it is taking up prime space!  At the very least put it on the very top shelf of the closet.”  Of course, after my little lesson in organization and space planning, the game wheel has been moved to the top of his closet – NOT!

Visit Stamping Julie on Facebook and let me know about your craft spaces and organization problems and solutions.  Here’s to your success with organizing your craft and stamping space!!

Enjoy, Julie

Stampin’ Up! Reason to Smile – Going, Going, Gone

The fabulous Reason to Smile Stamp Set is only available during the month of July, so if you blink, you’ll miss it!

Featured StampingJulie Reason To Smile Samples:  (Click on the picture to go to the original post with supply lists and project descriptions.)

1. Butterfly Thank You Card

reason to smile thank you card with butterfly

2. Thank You Bling Flower Card

reason to smile thank you card

3. Birthday Wish Tag Card

reason to smile birthday card

4. Butterfly Art Friendship Card

Reason to Smile Butterfly Art Card

5. Simple Greeting Card

reason to smile you're the best practice card

Samples from Stampin’ Up!:

1. Scrapbook Page

stampin' up! reason to smile scrapbook page

2. Birthday Gift  Bag

reason to smile happy birthday gift bag

3.  Dream Card

reason to smile dream card

Order your Reason To Smile Stamp Set today while it’s still available.  Only $5 with a $50 product purchase.

Reason To Smile $5 stamp set - July 2012 ONLY!

Order your Reason to Smile Stamp Set today and start creating!

Enjoy!  Julie

Check This Out rafting trip album page

Happy Sunday And Give Back!

Check This Out rafting trip album page

In May we visited my husband’s family in North Carolina and took James, Kristin and Joel (Kristin’s husband)  white water rafting on the Ocoee River.  This was the first time Joel had been to NC and rafted with us.  It’s such a blast and even though it’s a little rougher than some of the other rivers, you go down with a guide so it feels a little safer to me.

This page was created with the Check This Out album pages in My Digital Studio.  During the month of August Stampin’ Up! is offering discounts on card and album printing, so this is the time to get your projects done.

I’ve been reading and enjoying the DIY projects on the Pretty Handy Girl blog for some time.  Today she featured a post about her friend Colleen.  You can read Colleen’s story here and if you think you can help, click on the picture below.

Colleen fundraiser button

Reason to Smile Butterfly Art Card

Butterfly Art and Addicted 2 Decorating

Reason to Smile Butterfly Art Card

This Butterfly Art card was featured in this post.  And was sent with other goodies to the lucky winner this week.  Today I linked it to Addicted 2 Decorating in her linking party.  I love Kristi’s blog.  I follow it regularly for design inspiration!

For all the details on dimensions and how-tos for the butterfly art visit here.

Stampin’ Up! Reason to Smile Scrapbook Page

stampin' up! reason to smile scrapbook page

This sweet Stampin’ Up! scrapbook page was created with the Reason to Smile Stamp Set and beautiful colors – Island Indigo, Baha Breeze and Wild Wasabi.   For other supply details, click on the picture above.

Order your Reason to Smile Stamp Set today for only $5 with a $50 product purchase.  Add your order to the shopping cart, then add #131274 for the wood-mount or #131275 for the clear-mount Reason to Smile stamp set.  Offer ends Tuesday.

Also, during the month of July, place a hostess or customer order of $450 or more and receive an additional $50 in free product that can be used to order anything in the catalog or select specially-priced Stampin’ Rewards products.

This lovely Stampin’ Up! scrapbook page would be easy to duplicate and will be a fabulous addition to your scrapbook.

Enjoy!  Julie