Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sharing my Creative Space

Well since I had to have my room tidied up.. thought it would be a good time to share some photos.  I've had to take photos of my "creative space" recently for a couple of assignments.  One of which is for Tattered Angels blog, and  the other for an upcoming article in Scrap-e-Zine ( a German Scrapbook Magazine). I'm super excited about that and will tell you more about it down the road when it gets closer. But back to the "Tattered Angels" blog. I wanted to be sure to tell you to pop on over there and check out the great organization inspiration from the TA Design Team girls. Wow.. it's been a fun month over there, seeing the photos the girls are sharing of their "creative space"  

I love seeing how others organize their supplies .. and how they set things up in their personal crafting spaces.. to make it work best for THEM.   I think that is really important.  It can be fun and cute..but if its not set up so that it works for YOUR needs. what's the point?    I don't have a huge room, by any means, and I have alot of stuff!  So... organization is a must for me.  I love organization and labeling! I do, I really do! lol  I think it's simply because I know how messy I am when I create, and what a pack rat I am about keeping things.  If things aren't labeled and don't have a specific place... I'm in big trouble.
Like I said, I am a messy gal when I am creating..but at the end , when I'm all finished. I clean up and put everything back in it's place before I start another project.

I think organization can be fun and it certainly doesn't have to be expensive.    I think thrift store, garage sale , and flea market finds are way more fun anyway.   I love jars, because I can SEE what's inside, without even labeling.    I really prefer jars and baskets over almost anything, simply because for me, if I put things away in a drawer or bin, it's easy for me to forget that I even have them. When it's right there where I can see it.. I will use it!
 All those little jars on the right with sorted buttons in them , are from the $ store.   So that I can see my wood mounted stamps, I have them set on expandable plastic (stair step) spice organizers for your cupboards I found at Walmart.  They work really well.
Those cute little metal bins below were from the Dollar Store also, but $4 a piece. They were already those colors, and they fit my shelf .. so I was happy.

I'm also a big fan of wooden boxes, cigar boxes, cheese boxes, .. ect. .. lol
And wooden soda crates work great for holding acrylic paints.



The prefab organizer below holds alot and it was 50% off at Micheals.. so I'm good with it. lol


Like I said... jars and baskets.. baskets and jars..lol


spice racks from garage sales work great for holding Glimmer Mist.  I use that mag rack I bought from a store that was closing some time ago, to hold my Creative Scraps.   I truly do utilize every inch of the space in my room. This is behind the door :)


Glass containers and old muffin tins work great  for holding embellishments.

I guess if I'm going to share.. I have to been honest and show you everything , not just pretty things. ha!
This is my closet. It's crammed I know. There are even two floor to ceiling shelves against the outside walls of the closet ,that you cant see here.  So the bin plastic bins are not for decoration..they are just serving a purpose. Again.. still like that they are semi-clear, but I still label them all.     I love my chippy old blue dresser (I got for $15) , holds alot.

... top drawer hold punches, second ribbon rolls, and bottom... more Glimmer Mist.




Like I said, I try to utilize any space I can, so I have the lids of these little jars screwed into the underneath of the bottom shelf in the closet to hold small embellishments.   Fancy Pants Flowers used to come in those little jars.
The plastic 12x12 hanging paper trays are from Walmart. About $10

Since I painted last fall, and changed my room around, I also changed to brighter colors. I used to have alot more solf pink, green and blue.  I liked it then ,but trust me, I spend alot  of time in here, so change is refreshing. 


Remember me saying I love using Cheese and Cigar boxes for storage?? lol  Yes.. I do!
These are in the little white cabinet next to the blue dresser in the closet. These boxes hold alot of the things I want to have in case I need them..but not things I use everyday.


So ... back to the "not so fun" part of my room. Don't get me wrong I love this big library table. I do alot of work right here!  I'm just not a fan of typing up supplies and directions.  The computer is a great tool, it's just that I'd rather be getting messy with art stuff than doing this. lol   The library table was actually given to me by my cousin Paula.They had gotten a number of them at an auction.  I'm a lucky girl, aren't I? :)  I didn't take a photo, but under the library table I even have a revamped old prefab wood tv cart on rollers that holds bins of supplies. I can just roll it out if I need things.
I wish I could show you a bulletin board that was a "inspiration board" filled with fun colorful art...but the truth is this board ..it right in front of my face when I'm at the computer.. so it is the only way I stay can get things done on time. lol   The calendar with dates for upcoming assignments and the papers with the blog guidelines for the DT's I'm on are the only way I function. lol  Otherwise I get to many things going and my old brain just tosses things out. lol   In other words, it' s nice way of saying "I'm scattered" and if I don't have this right in front of me to keep me in line.. I'm lost :(

Again, it's back to what I was saying at the beginning of this post. I think setting your work space up so it works for YOU, is most important.  Each of us works differently.   Sure it's fun to have the space you spend creative time in cute and fun..but things being easy to get and set up the way they work best for you.. is really important.  My room isn't for anyone but me.  Nothing is fancy or perfect...it's just a place for me to create that is filled with things "I" like.. and need to use.

Sure there are things about my room I wish I could change.. like it being BIGGER! Preferably a loft with a ton of windows.. where the natural light just flows in everywhere! lol    I wish it didn't have carpet, ect.. but we all work with what we have for now, and make changes when we can right?   Things I DO love about my room....    I love that my windows look out into the field and that I can see for miles.  I also love having my room UP stairs.  I love my retro pink phone that my sweet Jarad bought for me on ebay :)      Oh.. and a little secret.  See where my sewing machine is sitting on my printer in the corner? Well, Dan put Wes's little dorm fridge from his college days in the corner. That's what the printer sets on.  At first I laughed and said .. "I don't need that in here"..but now I love it. Dan uses one of the other rooms up here, as his "sort of den", and watches TV in there, so we both enjoy having  that little fridge up here for cold drinks. 

That's pretty much it for my room.  I have a huge closet outside my room that hold my AccuCut and dies, along with Class supplies ect.  I'll share that another day.  I think I've overloaded you with photos and chatter enough for one day. lol 
If you have orgainization ideas you'd like to share.. Please do!  I love to hear other peoples ideas on organization.  Or if you want to share photos of your creative space.. leave a link to your blog!

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Celebrating 5 years of blogging all month so.......

This weeks GIVEAWAY
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OH.. I almost for got I need to post a giveaway for this week. So how about I'll pick 4 winners and send each of the 4 winners , 3 precut shadowbox die kits  (I'll just cut each one out of different papers, so it will be a variety)
Here is what the dies look like.  This is just one .. each of the 4 winners will recieve 3

Here is what it looks like assembled ,but not yet decorated. ( that fun will be up to you)    There is also a link on the right sidebar of my blog to a video on easy assembly :)


Okay... so just leave a comment saying you'd like your name in for a chance to win, in this post , if your interested. 
I'll draw for the four winners on Friday (April 22nd)


Thanks for letting me share.. and have a great day!


90 comments:

Sherry Wright said...

Wow Vicki, love this.. especially the paint and mist storage!! :)

LindaC said...

I would love to come to your house and bring my white seam binding...I would spray a yard or two of every GM color you have! What eye candy I could create!

Julie Higgins said...

Of course I want my name in for the drawing:) Doesn't everyone:)

I hope Pam sees your blog with your room......you were definitely High Scope trained!!! Plus it's in your blood!

Doing school work on my laptop..always a nice break to pop over to your blog!

wendy said...

Would love to have my name in the drawing. Love it even more if I could win. Enjoyed seeing your room and storage ideas. I try to find creative ways to store also. Thanks!

Tracy said...

I love seeing your craft room and pretty things! I am coincidentally cleaning out my craft space today too and am wasting time by sitting here. lol! I have so much stuff I don't need and I am planning to donate a lot tomorrow. I love having everything neat and organized. It just feels so good. :)

KateB said...

I love all your containers and creative storage...I too never wanted a "white boxy" room and so my space is supposed to just be an extension of my house; I like a lot of stuff so ...It does need a revamp/purge but no $ until late in the year. I dream of a loft too!

Here's an older look at it and it pretty much looks the same except I cleaned it up this week (kinda)

http://kateblue.blogspot.com/2010/10/mom-cave-saga-continues.html

Debby said...

Love your room.
Now that's a bunch of good stuff, wow, a bunch.
Enter me in your giveaway. Your die cut would be fun to create with.


grammypetals@yahoo.com

Debby said...

Me again. I hope that you got my crazy email about my address. I could only write in the subject line. Good news though my old computer is fixed and I can now get on to my blogs. I love the box you made in a previous post.
ANd I love the clown glasses. If you didn't get my email just let me know.
National Scrapbooking Day is coming up and I am going to scrap scrap scrap. (((((HUGS)))))

Donna said...

Oh yes yes! I definitely wanna put my name in the hat for one of those great shadowboxes!! And I enjoyed another stroll through your studio---very pretty AND practical. Do you know what color blue you used on that wooden stool? is it the same as the blue on the chest in your closet? Oh and having huge windows sounds great but take it from me....I used to have a studio with one wall of floor to ceiling windows---it was gorgeous and so very cheerful on sunny mornings but it was horrible for my supplies. Papers faded, glues dried up, etc. :( Now I just have one regular double window and it's much better.

Phyllis M. said...

Yes would love to have my name in for the drawing. Wonderful storage ideas jars and baskets and bins. Thanks for a chance to win.

Denise Young said...

would love a chance to win.
Love your craft room and all the organization tips.

http://www.papercuties.blogspot.com/
pictures of my craft room or located on top right of homepage
scroll to the bottom to see some of my organization ideas.

JensTreats.com said...

So wishing I had an organized space like this! It seems like I spend more time trying to organize than actually creating! Ok- off the computer and into my room for now. So hoping I win!

The Rambling Papercrafter said...

What a beautiful room to create in. I would love to be able to have my items that organized.

I would love to have my name in the drawing.

Colleen Brown said...

I love your organization and your style of using fun things to organize with. I love the use of the jars and cigar boxes. Deffinately inspirational. Thanks for sharing and please enter me for the drawing. Thanks!!!

Jackie said...

Holy Moley, are you sure those aren't pictures of a store!!!! That's one awesome scrap space!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the chance to go in the draw for your giveaway. Love some of your ideas for storage.
Shelley

huntla1 said...

Love your space Vicki! And I would love to be in the drawing for the shadowboxes. I received one in a kit I purchased a long time ago and used it in an altered book. I'd love to have some more to play with!

VAWM said...

Vicki, Your space is great and you are inspiring me to neaten up!
I would love to have my name in the drawing! Have a wonderful week!

Thanh Vo said...

HOORAY! I heard a certain somebody from BC is going to be flying out to see this very room, very soon!!! I am super envious ;)

ddlady said...

Vicki, I love hpw organized your room looks. One of these days I will get all of my purchases put away so I can do some crafting. And I would like to have my name in for the drawing. Have a great day!!!!

dibsndabs said...

I love your room Vicki and thank you for all the storage tips. Please include me in the drawing.

Renee VanEpps said...

Oh boy oh boy am I jealous!!! Your room is so beautiful!!!!! Impeccable organization, lovely and so-sweet garage sale and dollar store decorations, and so many supplies I think u could open your own brick and mortar store!! TFS and I would love to be in the running for those cuts!

Karen Stephenson said...

I love seeing your space. Mine is in the process of new flooring so I understand the need to go through things and get organized.

Angela said...

Wow what an amazing space you have. If my craft room looked like this, I'd never leave. I'd love to go shoping in your craft room LOL!! Beautiful room! hugs, Angela

Jan said...

WOW! You have everything so organized and it looks great! I like the way you store your acrylic paint..looking at the bottom would make it much easier to find the perfect color :)

scrapalajen said...

Vicki it's so cute! It's my first time visiting and I came here from Vintage Street Market!

Artful Hands said...

Oh Id love a chance to win the die cuts, thanks! Your studio is gorgeous too, great inspriration.

SuZeQ said...

Your room is delightful ... you are extremely fortunate. Sure would love to come over and play!

Yes, please put my name in the hopper for this great giveaway ... I'd love to win!

Lucy said...

They are really cool! I have a room for scrapbooking but it doesn't look like yours! I wish I could be more organized. Your room makes me jealous :)

debbiek said...

Loved this blog Vicki! Oh my gosh you are soooooo organized. Wish I could be that way. When we love crafting, no room is big enough...lol!!!!

Anonymous said...

I'd love to have my name included on a chance to win in your drawing. I love the pink retro phone......lol thanks for sharing, I see alot of good ideas for storage in my craft room I can borrow.

Mary Anne in NJ said...

LOVE your room Vicki...its so YOU! Wish I had more space too, but if I did, I'd just fill it up with more junk...(did I say that?...I meant necessary supplies!)..anyway , would love a chance to win the shadowbox dies...love them..Mary Anne in NJ

Jane Wetzel said...

Hi Vicki- So glad u had this post as I am currently "re-thinking" and purging my craft room! When I started stamping (yrs ago) ofcourse I had ALOT of the SU sets which I NEVER uses anymore...I want to get rid of them now and wondering..is there any point to keeping them...I hope to get somewhat organized cuz I really want to do different things now..thanks for the inspiration..always love coming here and YES..add me in for the draw! :) jane W.

Annie said...

What a gorgeous room! You have a ton of stuff, and it's so organized!

I, too, have some cheese boxes and cigar boxes, they're great for holding my vintage seam bindings and rick rack and flowers, tags, etc.

Thanks for sharing!

Melanie said...

Yes...I would love to be entered in your drawing!

Thanks and have a great day!

Melanie

MYLIFEMYPUGSMYSCRAPBOOK said...

Love your creative space! Even the parts that you think aren't so "pretty" I love containers just stacked with stuff not sure why just do lol even if they are just plastic :). What I found works great for holding my glimmer glam are those cup holders/carriers from McDonalds or any fast food place. Each spot can hold 3 glimmer glams and then you can stack them on top of each other if you have more than 12 which would fill one whole carrier up, and to see what's underneath just lift the on or 2 on top up. :) Cheap way to store them and when you go to a crop if you get a container that is taller you can just pick them all up in there holders lower them into the plastic container and away you go :)

Valerie said...

I was very fortunate that my husband created a beautiful craft room for my retirement gift. I am always amazed at how messy I can become in just a few hours of playing and creating. I like you though have to clean up before I begin another project and put things back where I got them. Otherwise it's so frustrating to spend all your time looking for stuff. Your room is still inspirational though...I love that you have screwed jars to the underside of the cupboard.

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

thanks for a chance. I love how you shared your space - and wish I had a small part of your organizational skills!

Anonymous said...

I wish my room looked like yours. I can't even get into my room Jackie K

Miss Shawn said...

vicki you are the organizational queen. I bow down to you. Oh, please enter me in your contest. :)

A Vintage Chic said...

Oh, VICKI!!! Wonderful creative space, my friend! So filled with beauty & organized so wonderfully well...love it all! I really need to get cracking and get my loft space organized--think you can come to CA & help me out?!

Hope your day is fabulous, my friend!

p.s. It always makes me smile when I click on your blog and start to hear Roger Cline...!

Julie

Lois said...

I would SO love to win one of your awesome shadow box die cuts....But first, let me tell you how inspiration it always is when you 'clean up' your room. I love to see what you have done differently and I always get inspired to organize MY space for effectively as well....Thanks for the chance to win!!!

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Sonja Ruisch said...

Yes, I love your craftroom.Thanks for the tips I look every day on your blog.Love the nice cigar boxes so organized everything :-)

Hugs,Sonja from the Netherlands

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lynn said...

you have to have alot of determination to keep your craft space that beautiful.. as for me.. im one of those crafty messy people.. who comes across something in a pile and say.. wow i wondered where that was.. lol thanks for the chance to be in the drawing... i just love those shadowbox dies.
big ladybug hugs
lynn

Diana said...

I love your room. You always inspire me with your beautiful art work and now your simply drool worthy room. Yum, Can you please come and redo my room.
and yes, I would love to be in your drawing.

kathy/North Carolina said...

I love your room...and your ideas. My goal for this summer is to revamp things in my craft room. I got some good ideas from this website. Thank you.

And, I have made several of your shadowboxes as gifts. I wish you could see the joy on the recipient's faces. They are SO much fun to make! I need more, so I hope I win! LOL

nannyj said...

Ilove the look of your work room. I am in the process of clearing out my spare room and seting up a workroom. Got lots of good ideas from your pictures. Love the use of the soda carton.

nannyj said...

Also meant to add that I would love to be entered in the drawing for the shadowbox frames.

Karen McAlpine said...

Love your space! I like how you used pretty containers for all your things. Love the spice rack idea too. Very sweet candy. Looks like the cuts would be very fun to work with. Have a great day.

stampqueen said...

LOVE the pics of your craft room!!!! Someday I will have a room too :) - I have told DD that when she goes to college her room becomes my craft room :) We will see how that goes, 2 years to go....
I would love to win more cuts of your die!!! I haven't done one in awhile so may have to dig out my stash....I have been hoarding the ones I have.
I would really love to just get the dies - you don't know if the die fits in the new Vagabond machine? I just got the vagabond but it is still in the box - gotta clear a space and other projects keep coming up.....
I would take pics of my craft room but am too embarressed - looks like a bomb went off sort of, its all in piles but piles on top of piles and all over the floor, cabinets, shelves......

harrahx2 said...

Okay, so you need to visit DC, right? And you need to stay with me while you do, right? So, let's just put it this way....come visit, stay with me, we'll do DC and you can organize me.....it even rhymes!

Country Liv . . . said...

Loved every second reading and eyeballing this post! I was looking for my post showing how I organize my clear stamps but I guess it was on my old blog; I'll have to find the photos and post them so you can see that I can be organized too! LOL! Actually, I had more fun organizing my paper scrapbooking stash than using it! Think I'll do a post like you!
Hugs

Denise said...

Please enter me in your drawing! I love the shadowboxes!
Love your room. Thanks for sharing the pics with us.... my room could never look so neat!
DeniseB

Linda S. said...

Great post and pictures, Vicki. Enjoyed looking and looking again, and reading every word. I am so happy to see and hopefully use your idea of the soda case to store my acrylic paints. I would love the chance to win one of your shadowbox die projects. Look like fun. Linda S. in NE

Yvonne said...

You have a great room! I work in half of an 8x8 room. But have a window and no more basement! I have to be very organized.

Beth said...

I'm totally impressed with your organized create space. I would love my name in your drawing.

Beth said...

Love your craft room! Love that die cut too :D

Moodeebeth@aol.com

Debbie said...

Can I move in with you. Your room is the best.

Thanks for the giveaway

Debbie P

Gingerlee said...

I want your craft room! You have such great ideas for organization. Loving the blog hop!

Queen Mary said...

Vicki, I agree with you 100% that organization has to meet your own needs! Some rooms are gorgeous, but I'd be lost! My favorite in your room is the old soda bottle rack for paints! I'm hunting one down for myself!

Kinzie said...

Vic - your room is awesome!! LOVE the bottles hanging in your closet - and by the way, I would be thrilled if my closet looked that!!! I will tweet.

Saimi said...

I just happened by your blog and I'm glad I did! I mean WOW what a great craft room you have!!

I think my sewing room needs your decorating touch!

Don't worry about putting my name in for the drawing I just wanted to complement your cute craft room!

Catherine lippert said...

Thanks for sharing your workroom! And for having a giveaway!

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Wow.....i love your room..I love to use old vintage goodies for storage as well. I would be thrilled to win one of your sweet shadowboxes! keepingmy fingers crossed. cherry

Debby said...

Wow...I love how you organized yourself. Fantastic job. The jars are a great idea. Hmm...maybe I should get some of those and play around with them. Please add my name into the dravwing for the pretty boxes....I could sure use one...wink wink...thanks for sharing as always

Christine Real said...

I have plain white drawers that I want to modge podge but I am afraid to do it. What if I mess up?

Love your space!

america57@comcast.net

{VICKI} said...

Yeah, I want in!
Thanks for sharing your room---love you storage ideas and those cigar boxes.

Linda Hahn said...

Please put my name in the drawing!!! I'm working on my scrap room and you gave me so much inspiration!!! My head is spinning with new ideas for storage!!! Thanks!!

Renee said...

Vicki thank you for all the great inspiration on organizing. Please put my name in for the drawing.

marie said...

)f course i would love to have my name in the draw. how i wish i had even one eight of your space. you are an inspiration.

Carol said...

I love how you are utilizing all your available space! TFS your craft room.

Sue Colombo said...

You are so well organized. I would love to win the shadow boxes. Thank you for the opportunity.

rush said...

put my name in for a chance to win the shadow box. i would have a bunch of fun with this. i enjoyed the tour of your studio. mine is kind of like your, except most of my storage is in shelves, including 3 8' high industrial gray shelves. i had to screw them to the wall in my not-so-plumb house.

shmasat said...

Add my name to the die cut give away chance please! Love those!

Michele Brooks said...

Your studio is AMAZING! What a wonderful place to create in! I could hang out in there for hours. :D

Peg said...

Wow, I could make such a mess in your art room, devine!!!

Char- The Mad Shopper said...

Please through my name into the hat for the diecuts shadowboxes. I have been wanting to play with these.
Love your room!

bev said...

Vicki your space is awesome...I just love everything about it:) I really got some great ideas for my space after seeing yours.

Please enter me in the drawing for the giveaway.

Meme said...

Can you come to my house and make my craft area look like yours?

Of course I am interested in being in the drawing also!

Thanks for sharing!!!!

Mommy said...

Just loved the pictures of your creative space! I love finding interesting containers at garage sales and thrift stores and making them work in my crafty basement space too! Thanks for sharing!
:) Jill

Marlene (cards4u) said...

What a fun post - you have inspired me! I'm on a mission to rid myself of plastic storage. Actually your blog started me on this journey awhile back but this post has encouraged me to continue on : ) Love those shadowboxes - made one for my mom and she loved it! Thanks for the chance to play!

Barb in CA said...

Count me in - I'd love to win!!

Jamie said...

Would love to win the great shadow boxes! Thanks for the chance. Love the works space. All of the boxes and jars are wonderful. I love organizing my craft supplies almost as much as using them. Hahahaha!

Tara said...

I have to tell you how much I adore all your storage ideas. I am in the process of redesigning my scrap space and I now have so many wonderful ideas. I will be heading to the flea market for spice racks this weekend for my Glimmer Mist. Thanks so much for the inspiration and for a chance to win.

Rbarakat said...

I love this post! I am planning my new scrapboo room right now - and I I am scatterbrained too- I need my calendars and assignments in front of me to keep track! LOL! Your room looks fabulous!

Eileen Hull said...

Wow- what a fun place Vicki! Thanks for sharing. I can't believe all the Glimmer Mist you have! :-)

Erica Hettwer said...

This is amazing! Right now my room is aqua and white with touches of black and I'm really thinking that putting in pops of pink, green and vintage would just make it a happier place to be. Your room totally proves that! I love it!

Brandi said...

Your room is amazing, I love all your storage... especially for your misters.