The area is not the best to craft in. First, it's carpeted so it snags up all of those little "snivels" of paper. Second, it's the only place I have to store or use the Oriental rug so if I drop something like an embellishment or piece of paper I need, it's tough to find. And clean. And finally, the furniture is not the ideal -- a mish-mash of stuff that's been handed down from one house, a living room, a bedroom, wherever.
But it's mine!
So today, I'll show you some of the "before" pictures, and some of the organizational ideas I have going into this month.
Welcome to The Paper Jungle:
|The "before" picture ...|
Work desk a mess! Cricut on the desk behind my chair.
(I really want a swivel chair for in here!)
At least I face the TV and get easily distracted.
|The room has a cut-out for the window, so it serves as |
one of two of my computer work stations up in The Paper Jungle.
Best part is looking out the window!
|My third work table, 2nd Cricut. |
The photo storage box (upper right) holds cuts I've done,
awaiting either a card or layout. The rail (top) leads downstairs.
|Another work station, this one holding my |
Viking Diamond Husqvarna sewing/embroidery machine.
It's linked to my computer. The wooden shelving thing
(at left) is a spinning Lazy Susan display case I bought
from a shop going out of business, $20.
|Two long curtain rods serve as space for frequently-used|
ribbons and clipped-up layouts, etc.
The desk in front was purchased at Michaels.
It supports my Sizzix, Cuttlebug and Xyron and
holds all sorts of other tools and supplies.
|Within the storage drawers shown in the arched shelving unit (top picture),|
I've organized brads, buttons, beads and such in old pill bottles.
|A bamboo drawer organizer from Bed Bath & Beyond is great|
to store/use specialty pens (e.g., white markers, metallics) and my
collection of Cri-Kits and other pens that I use in my Cricut Expression.
|Glitter organized in another drawer.|
|Stickles get their own tackle box so they can lay down|
when not in use, to prevent clogging or air bubbles.
At left, there's a honeycomb unit I bought at a Creating Keepsakes
Convention, which allows you to store Stickles upside down.
|For me, when I want to hang my Stickles upside down, I use Velcro.|
Put the SOFT part on the bottle -- a little circle of it is all you need.
You can hang them onto a Velcro strip....
|... or on a revolving frame like this one (from Staples) when|
they're in use or storage.
|A lazy susan organizer (from Michaels, 50% off) stores my|
tools that I like to keep nearby.
|For tools I'm using at that moment, I also keep a small|
toothbrush holder handy.
|Can you tell I can't decide which glue I like best?|
I hope you liked this little tour of the mess upstairs. If I survive cleaning day in The Paper Jungle, check back for the "after" pictures!
Happy Monday, Happy April!