Monday, January 17, 2011

And....The After!

Good morning my dears and a happy Martin Luther King Jr. day to you as well, for those of you celebrating.  The girls and I are home today because of it and for that I am very grateful.  I spent all day Saturday running around getting errands taken care of and spent all day Sunday sick as a dog. Not exactly what I had planned for either day.  I wanted to get TONS of crafting done on both days.  I'm happy to report though, I'm feeling 100% better today and I will get TONS of crafting done today!  :)

So Friday I posted my before pictures of my crafty space and today I have a very lengthy and picture heavy post of my after pictures.  Everything is clean and organized and beeeeautiful, in my opinion!  Join me on my tour, won't you?
This is a picture of my whole space...

This is where I store my unused card stock, by color.  The card stock is stored in one of those Jet Max cubes from Michaels.  On top I have finished projects that are on their way out the door.  The basket is currently holding the little heart boxes I made for Abie's class.
The Jet Max cube sits on top of some wire shelving that I picked up at Target a few years ago.  What I love about it is you can configure it to whatever shape you need.  I have the shelves held in with zip ties.  On this shelf I have back up adhesives, craft glue, fabric glue and inside that little lunch box is a stash of cards I have made in the past.
On the next couple of shelves sit albums I'm currently working on, followed by some magazines and old Stampin' Up! catalogues that I can't seem to cut up or get rid of just yet.  :)
This little diddy sits on the white desk, next to the wire storage.  It is my one and only QVC purchase EVER.  It holds all sorts of little baubles and embellishments.
It's cool because the little doors tilt open.  You can configure these little drawers too.  I'm going to see how many times I can use the word configure in this post. Haha!
This desk of mine use to be in our bedroom and then I gave it to Abie and now it's mine again.  :)  On the bottom shelf, I store the little bit of fabric I own and my hot glue gun.  Above this, I store my Stampin' Up! stamps, I took a picture, but it was super blurry and I'm too lazy to go back and take another one.  They're just stacked up on one another on the shelf.  Nothing fancy.  :)

This is a wall shelf that hangs on the wall next to my desk.  It was a built in at my mom and dad's and they were getting rid of it and asked if I could use it.  Don't have to ask me twice!  I jumped on that sucker!  On the top shelf is my Just Rite Monogram stamper, Prisma Color Pencils, Stampin' Up! Crayons, Mineral Spirits and Bic Mark Its.  The shelf below it is where I keep my Nestabilities.  I have them stored in CD cases on magnetic strips.  Those plastic boxes on the shelf next to the Nesties are empty....hmmm maybe I need to go shopping.  :)

On the next shelf I store my loose rubber stamps. I looked for a spice rack this weekend to keep them on, but these shelves are only about 7" deep and the spice rack I found was 8.5" deep.  Bah!  I'll keep looking!

Next shelf down is where I store my Papertrey Ink stamps.  When you buy them, they come in CD cases.  I color code the labels with gold card stock so at a glance, I know those are my PTI stamps.  My acrylic blocks are also on this shelf.
On the next shelf down, I store all of my other acrylic stamps.  Those are labeled with pink labels.  Above them is my stamp cleaner scrubby thing.  I don't really use it anymore.  I just clean my stamps with a baby wipe.

On the bottom shelf are some of my inks.  I haven't figured out the best way to organize them.  I'm not entirely happy with this, but it works for now!  :)
Next up is the large shelf unit.  Funny story about this, we were at the pool one day and one of our neighbors was having a garage sale.  I spied this totally awesome shelf from the kiddie end of the pool and had to have it!  Once Mike got to the pool to supervise the girls, I ran over to the garage sale and bought this puppy for $20!  I was so excited, couldn't wait to get in my crafty room!  On the top shelf, I have all of my PTI buttons.  there are two full rows and the start of a third row.  I got this idea from Dawn McVey's blog and thought it was adorable, but only problem with this is I can't see all of my buttons.  Hmmm.  Ideas?

On the next shelf I have my PTI ribbons, MS glitter and some of my acrylic paints.

On the same shelf, I have my PTI card stock and PTI scraps.  I keep it separate from my other card stock because I use it for cards and not scrapbooking.  I also have a large package of card stock I bought a Walmart that I use for various things, when I don't want to use the heavier,  more expensive PTI card stock.
On the next shelf is my stuff for embossing.  I got this storage idea from Jennifer McGuire.  I dumped my powder into these storage containers and it makes it super easy when I'm embossing.  In the brown bowl is my embossing buddy and a couple of powders that I very rarely use.

On the other side of this shelf is my PTI inks, twine and in that bowl are Autumn Leaves buttons.
On the next shelf down, I have a box that has my pictures I need to scrap and my tub of baby wipes.
On the bottom shelf, I have all of my patterned paper, full sheets and scraps.  I store my 12" scraps by color, in a page protector and then in a Cropper Hopper.  My page kits, rub ons, stickers, paper pads etc. are all on this bottom shelf.
Next to the big shelf is a big piece of peg board.  It has packages of brads, rhinestones, ribbons, doilies, vintage trims, stick pins and all other sorts of goodies stored here.
Here's where we turn the wall.  I have a small shelf where I store my Cricut cartridges.  Below that, on the floor is where I keep my rolling totes, for off site crafting.

Here is my Cricut, sewing machine and there's a small silver tray that holds little bits and pieces of ribbon or stamped images that I haven't used but that are too good to throw away.  On the peg board are my acrylic sheets, Cricut mats, embroidery thread, stickles, glimmer mists, scissors, crop-a-dile, corner chomper, rulers and a few other tools.  On that clipboard are various magazine pages that have given me inspiration!
My desk is another story.  After doing some research on Two Peas, I came across this idea.  Several Peas have made this desk and I am grateful to them for the idea!  I bought two Closet Maid cubbies at Target and then bought a top at Home Depot.  Painted it and Mike screwed the top on for me.  Voila, instant desk.  I have two bar stools, so I can sit if I want, but I find that I stand most of the time.  On this side, I have my Cuttlebug, Cuttlebug dies and embossing folders, envelopes, flowers, felt, bags and tags, and on the bottom row things to be altered.
On the other side, I have more ribbon, my punches, more ribbon, my Xyron and the bottom row is the girls stuff to craft with.

The top of my desk has a big cutting mat I bought at Joann's in the sewing department, my trimmer, scor pal, a spinner thing that I got at Hobby Lobby and inside that three drawer cubby I have my most used adhesives; score tape, red liner tape, glue dots, pop dots etc.

Now this is on the other side of the room.  It was requested by Abie that I put pictures of her and Landry's area in this post :)  This is Abie's crafty area.  Very clean and organized right?
Here's an inside shot of Abie's area...

Here's Landry's crafty area.  It doubles as an easel.  Not sure what I'm going to do as she's about outgrown this...
Finally, the play area.  This is where Landry spends most of her time and after awhile Abie gets bored crafting and she ends up in the house with Landry too.  :)

Alright friends, sorry for the long post.  Thanks for hanging in their with me!  I'm really happy with how this organizing foray turned out.  Also, I hope this inspires someone who has an unfinished basement to see that you can make a great use of your space!  Let me know if you have any questions. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a totally awesome crafty Monday!


  1. Love all the photos! I could endlessly organize...and sometimes it's a great way to stall when I'm stuck in the middle of a project! I love your pegboard. I've been thinking about adding one as I have stuff I'd love to hang up out of the way but still have easily accessible. I might just look into it. Thanks for the ideas!

  2. Doesn't it feel so good organize!!Enjoy your new space

  3. Your space is so open. I love it.
    You and I have a lot of the same organizing ways.
    Nice Job :)

  4. love love love it! great space!!

    i love your desk. i am in the market for a new one. what are your dimensions of the desk with width-length and height--i am loving it!!!

  5. So glad you're better. And your craft room looks amazingly organized with a spot for everything. Wish I was less cluttered and messy.

  6. Glad you are feeling better. Your space looks awesome! I love how you included space for your little ones - so much fun.

  7. Great organization. I was wondering what is the name of the thing you have your embellishments in? I can not find one anywhere.