Thursday, August 14, 2014

A Tour of my Creative Space

I'm so excited to give you a tour of my creative space. Here is the video of my room...


Please be kind. I'm new to this video making process and sound like I'm twelve. LOL A BIG shout out to my son (Alex) for helping me with the editing and composing the music. He rocks! 

Now for some more information and pictures about my space in case you want to skip the video...
This room is a bonus room in our house. It was set up as a game room by the previous owners when we looked at the house, which my husband liked,  but I was SO excited to transform it into a craft room because of all the natural light. There are four windows and two doors in the room which makes it  nice and bright while working. (I had all the blinds closed this day so there wasn't a glare on the video or in the pictures.) 

Also, as you can see, the colors are bold. I did this because this is my happy place. The rest of my home is more neutral colors and I wanted this space to be vibrant and energize me to be creative.

Let's start the tour in pictures...
When you enter the room to the left, you will see this white cabinet (from Home Depot) and a gallery wall above that. The gallery wall consists of a canvas that I created in a Jennifer McGuire class, some of my favorite layouts framed (frames from Kohls and Michaels), and two prints from Baby Bird and Bub Bub
On the top of the cabinet is an extra large clothespin (Michaels) that holds cards that I receive from friends. There are some stamps displayed around that which are new Hero Art stamps that will be coming out soon. These are specail to me because they are my handwriting. More about that HERE
To the right is a spinner (Pottery Barn) that holds cards from friends. They received the stamp I designed at a craft retreat and sent me cards using it. SO sweet. :)  Inside the cabinet holds photographs, mini albums, the cards I create, and organizational items. 
Continuing on to the right....This wall has two large windows and a door. That door leads to the back covered porch, which is my favorite spot to retreat when I need to step away from a project for a few minutes. The curtains were made by my friend's mom (who is a fantastic seamstress) and the fabric is from Heather Bailey many years ago. 

These shelves that mirror the door were made by my sweet hubby from some scrap wood he had laying around. I organized all my wood block stamps on these shelves by theme. I like that it is open and I can see what I have at a glance. 
Next up is my wall of shelving. This is the wall you see when you enter the room. I got all of these shelves at Ikea.I was thrilled when I measured that wall because it only leaves inches on either side of the units, making them look like built-ins. 

So for the shelving on the left of the window...
Starting from the top and working from left to right.....

-Love Notes Box..it holds all kinds of notes/cards from my hubby, kids, family, and friends. 
-Yellow Baskets (Target)-holds Xyron Sticker Machine, Acrylic Blocks, and Misc. Stamping Supplies
-Red Buckets (Target)-holds sewing supplies and jewelry making
-Antique Scale-holds magazines that I was published in
-Red Cabinet (Hobby Lobby)-holds all my Spectrum Noir markers
-Metal Bin (Kohl's)-Extra Card Making Supplies
-Three Red Boxes (Container Store)-holds Project Life stuff, Patterned Paper Scraps, and Large Photos
-Magazine/Idea Books
-Antique Locker Baskets (Antique Store in Indianapolis)-hold Larger Stamp Sets and Bakcground/Cling Stamps
-Two Green Design Baskets (Pottery Barn Outlet) and Clear Binz (Home Goods)-hold acrylic stamps
-Empty Large Glass Jar-is empty at the moment. I like to keep some containers open so I have a home ready for new items coming in. 
-Green Basket (TJ Maxx)- holds 6x6 paper pads
-CD Baskets (Target)-holds Hero Arts Note cards and Papertrey/ Amuse Stamps
-Metal Large Bins (Kohls)-holds stencils, embossing, and extra trimmers
-Two Silver Trays (Target)- holds Distress Stains and XL brads
-Green Tray (TJ Maxx)-holds watercolor sets, paper, and brushes
-White Box (Micheals)-full of more love notes. 
-Four White 12x12 boxes (Michaels)-holds Rub-ons, Calendar Making Items, and Kid Projects
-White Cubbies-holds my 8.5 x 11 cardstock (the cases on top hold Bo-Bunny dot paper and cardstock and my Ranger mat is on top)
-Albums-Yellow/White Stripe from Project Life line

Next to the shelving unit is a small desk that holds a sketchbook (TJ Maxx), some markers, and a caddy (Target) filled with Glossy Accents, Stickles, and Perfect Pearls. Under the desk is where I store my rolling tote that I take on crops. 

Now for the next shelving unit...
...again, starting from the top and working left to right...

-Monogram letters (Pottery Barn, Hobby Lobby,Michaels)
-Pez-seems odd but I've collected them for years and keep a small amount out on my shelf because they make me happy. I rotate them every so often. 
-Red Bread Boxes (Target)- holds my letter stickers
-Red Boxes- holds extra ribbon and misc. tools
-Red Jars (World Market)- holds ribbon and washi tape
-Canvas (Kohls) and Stand (Pottery Barn)
-Wire Display (Antique Mall)- holds Wood Background Stamps
-YES plaque (Home Goods)- I'm a fan of Bethenny Frankel's and I love her motto of coming from a place of yes. 
-Yellow Basket (Michaels)- holds all my spray mists
-Large Glass Jar (Hobby Lobby)- holds Gingham Ribbon
-Black Columns- these were from Sizzix and used to hold my dies but now it holds all my Hero ink. 
-White Tray- holds all of my Distress Inks and applicators
-Green Tray (Target)- holds little jars of embellishments
-Red Flower Pot (Michaels)- holds extra ribbon
-Large Metal Bins (Kohl's)-holds fabric, paper scraps, and card kits
-Metal Buckets (Target)-holds journaling cards, tags, pockets, and frames/labels.
-Twilight Books and Designing With Calendars
-Laundry Baskets (Target)- holds foam stamps and magazines
-Metal Boxes (Container Store)- holds gems, eyelets, and extra foam 
-White Boxes (Pottery Barn)- holds vinyl, cutting system, and chipboard
-clay pot- my son made me this when he was younger and it holds my paintbrushes

Moving on to the wall on the right as you enter the room...

Two White Shelving Units (Making Memories)- holds flowers, thread, ribbon, paint, brads, and glitter
Shelves- holds buttons, i-pod, and dies
Table-purchased from Jenni Bowlin.. I was hoping her mojo would come home with me as well but that didn't happen. ;) The table holds my Big Shot and Cuttlebug and has a plexi glass top to display layouts underneath...
To the right of that are some vinyl butterfly decals on the wall I created with my die-cut machine. There is also a red cabinet that was meant for a computer but I made it into some crafty storage....
It holds all my colored cardstock, larger dies, embossing folders and the tray where the keyboard would be pulls out to reveal all my punches. Under that are some totes that have paper and embellishments by theme (Halloween, Christmas, Stickers, etc.) and also some mini albums and Project Life items.On top of the cabinet is some artwork I purchased from Etsy. Those scissors were from Hobby Lobby and the small metal quote plaque is from Pottery Barn. I hung a hook on the wall to the left of the cabinet to hold all my tote bags that I take to crops. I like that it's hidden...
To wrap up the tour is the center of them room where my work station is....
I would love to find a large, white dining room table to put here but for now these folding tables will do. I have it set up for four people. Everyone has their own light (JC Penney) and garbage can (Ikea) because I like having family and friends over. I also have my travel totes out filled with essential tools because I'm always on the go. 

I hope you enjoyed this tour of my creative space. Feel free to leave any questions or comments. I would love to hear from you. Thanks so much for stopping by! 

7 comments:

  1. Love your crafty space!!! It's so bright and cheery!!!

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  2. What a happy happy place! I love the pops of red with the green walls. And those shelves that Ted built are perfect! Great job on your video!

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  3. You are incredibly organized! I love how everything has a place in your room.

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  4. Accessibility, visibility and all accomplished by your saavy shopping. Your room is exactly what I am working for now in my own space. Bravo...just love it.

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  5. Love it Heather. Wish I lived close so we could create together.

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  6. Such an amazing space to work in Heather, you are one lucky and very organized lady. Thanks for sharing:-)!!

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