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!
What a great space Ellen!
Looks like you've already been hard at work in there! I love all your organizational solutions!
Have a wonderful day!
Wow, you have been busy! I like all your organizational ideas~I am going to do what you did and get in my room and get organized!!! Love what you did with your stickles...gonna do that~great idea! Thanks!!
You have some great organizational ideas! My room is teeny tiny so I am forced to pick-up often which I guess is a good thing.
I have a question about your homemade glue dots. Are they 'Permanent' or 'Repositionable' especially the ones with the Alene's Tack it Over & Over? Thanks.
what a great space, I love looking at others craft rooms, and I like the the idea of once a month clean up day too. Thanks for sharing
You say mismatched furniture, I say gorgeous display cabinet. You say its not a great space, I say its huge (compared to mine). I love seeing people's areas. Thanks for sharing!
Love the velcro idea for the stickles.
I love the before pictures. I think I spend as much time organizing my space as actually scrapping!
ooooooo, your space looks amazing!!! TFS, http://monicalott.blogspot.com/
I agree your space looks amazing although I do feel for you about the carpet. My space is a 5' X 5' closet so I need to clean up after every project. Seems every time I go to the craft store I need to reorganize in order to make room for what I bought.
Okay, I'm drooling here! LOL A craft room, TWO Cricuts, WOW! I love your ideas--curtain rod for ribbon, velcro for Stickles...love it! TFS
wow you have a big scraproom. I wish i had the space you have. I have an award for you on my blog.
Ummm, I think I need to invite you to the Casa de Bermudez for assistance in my craft cave. So how can I bribe..... er entice you to come for a scrappingly good weekend.
Your organizational skills are astounding! TFS. I love your customized Cricut cover!
Now that I see your space I really want to come and play in the loft with you!
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