Hello and welcome to the CASology Design Team's Simple Studios Blog Hop!
We're inviting you to hop around, check out our craft rooms and and maybe pick up some ideas for storage and organization solutions.
The hop will run through Thursday, February 25th. For those who comment on all the blogs along the hop you'll be entered to win a $20 gift voucher to Simon Says Stamp. The winner will be announced Friday, February 26th, on the CASology blog.
Let's get started!
My craft room really hasn't changed much since my last two studio tours (here in 2015 and here in 2011) with the exception of cramming more and more stuff into it so I certainly wouldn't call it a Simple Studio. Over the years I've collected a lot of products because I saw them in magazines or saw someone I admired using them and then it turned out that they really weren't my thing or didn't work with my style. I struggle with getting rid of these things though because maybe one day I'll find a use for them or they'll become my style. Anyone else do this? Well, it's time for that to change because hopefully this time next year I'll have a brand new dedicated craft space and while it'll be all mine it will also be smaller so I'll have to do some serious and thoughtful culling to make the space less overwhelming and more user friendly.
Below is my desk which has the majority of my stamps stored on and under it. The shelves above have my Nuvo drops as well as some fun odds and ends and some of the cards I've received over the years from the wonderful people I've met through this hobby.
To the left of my desk is a little cart with my guillotine on the top, cardstock scraps in the binders and Christmas stamps in the bins. My old Papertrey Ink stamps are in the CD rack. The bookshelf holds patterned papers, non-Stampin' Up cardstock and craft magazines. The grey drawer set on the top hold brads and eyelets and I cannot remember the last time I used either of those things...
My favourite thing in this photo is the YAAAASS above the window. My brother gave me the letters for Christmas a couple of years ago and they always make me smile.
Moving left again we have lots of Stampin' Up cardstock, more patterned paper, glitter, sequins, embossing powder and miscellaneous embellishments. The binders on the bottom of the bookshelf are full of Unity stamps.
It's interesting how my storage needs have changed over the years. I was so excited when I first got the white shelf and drawer units but I have to say that now they basically just hold up the cardstock on top of them. My woodblock stamps are stored in the drawers along with different papers (mulberry, origami, textured), old ink pads and bits of ephemera. The only things I use from the drawers are vellum and clear sheets. The shelves hold 12x12 Bazzill cardstock and miscellaneous 12x12 patterned papers. Unfortunately being open as they are means the papers are prone to collecting dust and fading. I suspect these units will not follow me to the new craft room.
Another storage solution that I was so proud to get was this ribbon rack. It holds all the ribbon and looks pretty when you put them in rainbow order but it has also become a bit of a dust collector. Now it's another thing that will probably get culled. Below it are ink blending tools and in the boxes below are more ribbons and twine as well as extra adhesives.
Back around to the right of my desk we have the storage units that I'll definitely be keeping. I love the wooden ink holders (and clearly need a few more). These are great to stack on a shelf or hang on the wall and fit lots of different inks. The drawers below them hold punches, felt and other fabrics, gems, Stickles and mists, scissors and adhesives. There are also more Papertrey Ink stamps on the bottom shelf.
Luis made this washi tape shelf for me and I love it! The shelves are slightly tilted back so the washi doesn't roll off them and it allows me to make a pretty rainbow with the tape. Sadly I've learned that you've got to use washi tape pretty quickly when living in a humid climate like this or they get gummed up and become unusable. So I figure if they're not going to get used at least I can display them and enjoy looking at them!
And that's it! Hopefully you've arrived here from Deepti's blog and you'll be heading over to Nancy's next. If not click on the links below to catch up on any blogs that you've missed so you can comment and be in the running for the $20 Simon Says Stamp gift certificate!