Welcome to my craft room! We converted a guest room into my new crafting space. Since this room contains a full 4-piece en suite, it does not leave a ton of floor space in the bedroom itself, but it is perfect for my needs and I am so happy to have my own space!
Please join me for this 3-part series into my craft room. Why a 3-part series? Well, there are a lot of large pictures associated with these posts, which can mean a long, slow load time for this page. Breaking up the picture-intensive posts makes it quicker for you to get to the pictures!
When you first enter the room, the bathroom is straight ahead. Then, you turn the corner and see this…
We’ll take a counter-clockwise tour of the room, starting with my main desk to the right of the entrance. The large black desk and turquoise chair are from IKEA. Within arms reach, I keep my basic supplies (scissors, glue, distressing tools, etc.), stamp pads and cleaners, markers and colored pencils, ready-made cards and envelope bases in white and off-white, ribbon, and some basic embellishments.
Here is my Close To My Heart ink and marker storage system. It swivels around to easily access all of my inks! CTMH switched to high quality ShinHan Touch Twin Markers this year. These markers are much wider than our old ones, and don’t fit in the original base, so it’s mainly stocked with older markers and colored pencils.
I included a dollar store basket on top to add a pop of color to the black tray (and to make a deeper storage unit). In the basket, I store my stamp cleaning pads/sprays, and some re-inkers.
This is my Recollections wall-mount storage unit. I use it mainly for embellishments, but also have some markers, watercolor pencils, and Stickles displayed and within easy reach. The bottom shelf came with a dowel for ribbon storage, but it’s such as inconvenience to take the entire thing apart every time a roll of ribbon runs out, that I ditched the dowel and now use the entire shelf for storage.
So where did my ribbon go? Full rolls of ribbon ended up on this nice unit below. Both the ribbon storage unit and the stamp storage unit are from Organize More. You may remember my Ribbon Storage Unit review over at the Craft Storage Ideas website, here? I love this unit because the ribbon rolls can be taken out and put back with ease… no dowels to thread them through!
The bottom organizer is actually a stamp/ribbon organizer (you can see the larger space and small dowel rod for holding the ribbon in place). However, I have way more stamp pads than ribbon, so I use it how I need it. This unit is filled with retired CTMH stamp pads. I bet you can spot the “old style” stamp pads right away…. they are smaller, and stored upside down to keep the ink at the top! I love the newest style pads with the swivel tops and the ink pads automatically stored upside down.
Here is the pegboard that I created earlier this year. You can see more on that post, here. I purchased the size of pegboard that I wanted, painted it white, and painted Lagoon-colored trim to go around the outside. As you can see, the board holds my decorative scissors, embellishments (retired CTMH embellishments front-and-center so that I remember to use them up!), a few tools, Mod Podge, and my embossing gun.
This small side table holds the most current CTMH Idea Book / Catalog, some How-To inspiration books for scrapbooking and cardmaking, a very large tape runner gun and my Washi tape dispenser. There is some memorabilia in the large, clear bin under the table.
Next to the table is an IKEA 8-cubby storage unit. I have so many different types of things stored here, it would be hard to list them all. But perhaps most notable, the pink baskets on the top shelf hold my retired CTMH stamp sets… the ones in the 6″ x 6″ envelopes. I have my old wooden stamps stored elsewhere. To see the inside of these baskets, and my wooden stamp storage, be sure to check out Part 3 of this series.
On top of the unit is my small ribbon storage. I wind the end pieces of ribbon around jumbo craft sticks. You can see the post here for more details.
Above the storage unit, I keep this frame of cards. I made the frame myself by purchasing an old picture from Goodwill that had an ugly, but sturdy frame. I discarded the old picture inside, lightly sanded the frame, applied a base coat of paint, crackle medium, then a top coat of paint. Once the frame cracked, split, and looked “antique,” I sealed it with a Mod Podge spray. I added screws with “eyes” to tie some jute string through both ends, and then use clothespins to hold my cards in place. Very rustic!
The cards inside are switched out seasonally. Right now they feature fall / Thanksgiving cards, Christmas / Holiday cards, and the November Stamp of the Month.
Here is a close-up of the crackled finish on the frame… and a cute polar bear, too!
Going around to the 3rd wall in the room, this is my Cricut desk. Above the desk is some family art that I made with the CTMH Skylark paper. The colors matched my wanna-be theme of blues and greens (and sometimes pink!). Under the desk are my large rolling CTMH tote and shoulder bag that I use for parties, crops, workshops, etc. It is HUGE! It carries a ton of product and has a nice telescoping handle to roll it all away with ease.
Here is a closer look at my Cricut desk. On it you will find… an Expression 2 Cricut machine, a jar full of tools, a laptop computer, and a Canon Selphy picture printer. Oh yeah, there is a cute owl clipboard that I made as well… just for a pop of color for the picture! You can see more altered clipboards in this post, here.
The Cricut heads were cut from the “Storefront” Cricut cartridge. The laptop is an old computer (well, old in computer years anyway) that we had and were planning on getting rid of… until my husband came up with the idea of using it as a dedicated Cricut computer! Now I don’t have to lug my laptop upstairs every time I want to make complicated cuts… I use it solely for the Cricut Craft Room!
I hope that you enjoyed the first part of this tour! I know that there’s only one wall left to show you… but it’s the biggest one, so you won’t want to miss it!
Check out the other posts in this series:
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