warning – long post…

Sadly, it’s time to move on to Christmas season. (I did make my co-worker Halloween treats but they weren’t blogworthy so I’m not sharing this time around)  I’m not really ready to stop playing with my Halloween stuff but there’s no reason to keep creating ghost and goblin themed paper crafts at the moment and Christmas will be here before you know it.

Combine that with the awesome tour Anna Wight gave of her craft room yesterday and you get enough inspiration to put away the Halloween goodies, tidy up the craft room and put out the Christmas Inspiration Station.

Before I did all that though, I did make a card (using Mercy’s Tuesday Sketch) and an ornament (using SCS Try a New Technique Challenge)  Here’s the result:

I think the ornament turned out quite well and that this layout will be another of my go-to Christmas card layouts this year.  The ornaments are a bit on the small side if you’re thinking Christmas tree but I’m sure you could up-size then no problem if you can find long enough pins.  My pins were 2 inches long but I think I’d like to find 3 inch pins so I can add more beads to the bottom of the ornament.

The stamp is RAM Magical Christmas from PaperWorks Co and the paper is MME Colorful Christmas – which you’ve seen a few times lately.  I love it.   (it’s “retired” I believe but you might score some on the Net…PWCO is sold out)

Let’s move on to that tour.  A few disclaimers first:

1.  I took these pictures quickly.  They are NOT awesome but will show you the layout of my room.

2.  The room does NOT always look like this.  The surfaces (except the floor – that’s the only thing that’s changed since I moved to a bigger room) are usually covered in paper, cardstock and other crafty items.  However, it only takes about 15 minutes to tidy up if I want to as everything has a place. (today took longer because I was swapping out Halloween for Christmas).  I like my house to be tidy but I am a messy worker both at my place of employment and in my craft room.  I think it’s because of my short attention span.

3.  Nothing is staged.  Except for the fact that the stuff in my room is not covered in patterned paper and cardstock, this is where everything lives all the time – including the broom you might see in the background.  I spill zillions of tiny things on the floor every day (glitter, paper scraps, abandoned bits of tape) and there’s no point in putting the broom in the closet so out it stays.

Picture 1:

The green is off in this picture – it is not so yellow in real life (Asparagus by Behr).  You can see that there is a strip of wood that needs painting under the counter – this counter was put in at the beginning of the Summer and I’ll paint the wood the next time I have to paint something else white (which will be soon because Jack ate our french door the first week he arrived).  Pretend it’s white.  My room is in the basement so there’s not much natural light.  The chairs at the counter are for guest crafters…if Karen or Melanie Mac are reading…you know you’re invited.

Picture 2:

This is taken from the other side as I couldn’t get the whole room in one shot.  Here you can see my computer area to the far right (I’m there right now) and my sewing machine on the little shelving unit to the side of the big counter.  I actually crouch over the machine and sew.  I used to move the machine in front of my computer monitor which is a little more comfy but I don’t like moving it back and forth.

Picture 3:

The colours in this picture are a little more accurate.   Here you can see that the “working” side of the counter has JetMax cubes filled with crafty stuff.   There’s a closer look coming up next.

Picture 4:

Here’s a better idea of what’s contained under the counter.  You can also see the neglected elliptical and the wall of closets in the background.  I do all my cutting and scoring at this counter and this is where the majority of the paper and cardstock piles up when I’m working.  The shelves directly under the Cuttlebug hold my plates and all my Nesties (nesties are in one brown box and my other dies (except alphabets) are in the other).  The magazine holder to the left of the nesties etc. holds all my clear stamp sets.  I used to keep them in a drawer but it’s easier to flip through them when they’re upright.  Most of my single stamps are still kept in a drawer.  To the left of the clear stamps is all my 12X12 cardstock plus rarely used paper like vellum, photo paper, watercolour paper etc.  I also keep anything that is packaged “in a cool tin” in this area.

Picture 5:

This is the other side of the counter.  In addition to my Tonic trimmer (a birthday gift from my parents last year) I have my inspiration station.  This is where I keep seasonal papers and embellishments.  I also have seasonal ribbon which is stored in a photobox and kept on the floor just to the right of the radiator you can see in the picture.  Seasonal stamps are kept in a wooden tray on the top right-hand shelf right under the inspiration station.  I just pull the tray out when I want to select a stamp and then put the rest of the stamps back on the shelf (in theory) so they are out of the way while I’m creating.  Larger Christmas stamps and sets are kept in a second photo box on the floor nex to the ribbon.  Christmas is the only occasion that I need to keep the boxes on the floor for.  Valentine’s and Halloween easily fit in my seasonal storage area.  Other items kept in the cubes on this side of the counter are patterned paper pads, white cardstock, glitter and fun flock (also on wooden trays that can easily be removed and returned to the shelf), alphabet dies (rarely used), and the drawers hold all my Basic Grey 6X6 paper, notepads, pens, coasters, and any other items that can be altered to make a gift for someone.  There’s a LOT of stuff in those drawers!

Picture 6:

Now we’re moving on to the other side of the craft area.  The black filing cabinet holds all my 8.5X11 cardstock and scrap cardstock.  I mostly use SU cardstock and will continue to do so for now.   I keep my colouring pencils in the wooden crate (I have 6 glass candleholders in the crate and my pencils are sort of grouped by colour)  The three-tier tray holds cut cardstock and paper that needs to be put away (I only do this every week or so depending on how full the tray is…it’s due to be emptied), white cardstock scraps that can be used for stamped images, and I usually keep my UFOs here too (unfinished objects).  They are in another wooden tray but are currently resting on top of the shelf above this cabinet.  You can’t see it in the picture because it’s decorated with green paper and is blending into the wall.

The shelf unit holds my SU inks (I have the cubes – they’re in the white 5-drawer container), Cricut mats and instructions that I use frequently (sewing machine, cropadile, etc), and my non-Basic Grey 6X6 pads and mat packs.  The drawers hold stuff that have no home…they’re kind of like junk drawers and some day will be put to better use.

Picture 7:

This is what’s hiding under my desk – lots and lots of patterned paper.  I keep my loose paper here by brand.  MME in one drawer, Echo Park in another, etc.  There are also some K&Co pads on top of these drawers and I keep my SU markers and stamp scrubber here too.  The white basket holds scrap paper for stamping off or testing colours.  The drawers on the left hold acrylic blocks, brads and bling in the top drawer, then all my reinkers and misc ink pads in the next, the third drawer holds my heat gun, circle scissor, eyelet setter and other tools, and the bottom three drawers hold my punches.

The drawers on the right hold adhesive, two drawers of ribbon, a drawer with clear stamps (singles) and acrylic paint, my cuttlebug embossing folders and spare plates are in the fifth drawer and the bottom drawer holds packaging  and finished cards that are awaiting packaging.

I do most of my colouring and assembling on this counter.  I keep most of my tools in the spinner on the desk and I would not be able to colour if I didn’t have that lamp nearby.  Because my ceiling light is in the middle of the room I usually am casting a shadow over my work when I’m using this space.

Picture 8:

My shelf!  I love this shelf.  Rich made it for me a couple of years ago for my old craft room (which was tiny) and I never cease to be amazed at how much this thing holds.  Obviously, all my Prima flowers are on the top two shelves followed by my unmounted stamps (there are a LOT of stamps here…if you are a stamper you know how much is crammed into these cd cases).  The bottom shelf has all my buttons in little glass jars to the left and my “liquid” craft supplies to the right.  I love having everything within reach.  Out of sight, out of mind truly applies in my case.

If you go back to the first couple of pictures, you’ll see that my “photography studio” is between my colouring area and my computer area.  It’s just a piece of foam board (got the idea on SCS and gave proper credit at the time but it was a couple of years ago so I can’t repeat the credit) and two daylight lamps.  They’re kind of in a weird spot – I’d like to have my Cricut set up here – but it’s the best place for them because I refuse to take the “studio” down and put it back up every time I want to take a picture.

So, that’s the tour…I know it was really long but I wanted to get the details blogged.   Now I have to go make some birthday cards before I switch over to Christmas mode.

Enjoy your day!