Wednesday, June 27, 2007

My Stampin' Space

Here are pictures of my stampin' space. I thought it would be really fun to share how I organize all my stampin' stuff.
I would absolutely love to hear about how you store your stamps, paper and accessories. There are so many good ideas out there - so lets share them.
I HAVE BLOG CANDY! Submit your stamp room organizing tips (and pictures of your stamp rooms if you like). I will pick one lucky winner to receive a free "Tags So Much" Stampin' Up! Hostess set (only available until the 29th). I will draw my winner next Friday - July 6th. If I get more than 100 submissions I will draw for a 2ND BLOG CANDY (I have a few wheels looking for a home).
Okay - here is how I store my items and where I got them from:
I store my stamps in the wire cubes that you can get from Target. I have bought all of them when they were on sale (I think they're on sale this week along with the steel shelves that I use here too). I believe you can make 6 interlocking shelves from one box.
The black canvas drawers on top of the wire shelving in Picture 1 were bought using my 20% off coupon to Bed Bath & Beyond. I went back 3 times to get them all on sale. These hold all templates for scrapbooking, my cuttlebug and its diecuts/embossing folders, my sizzix dies (useable with my cuttlebug), some pictures & cards in the drawers. Another of the drawers holds my chipboard pieces.
My miscellaneous ink pads, craft and encore ink pads (see pic 1 top right) are all in a big inkpad holder bought on ebay. Unfortunately I cannot remember the ebay store I bought it from, but I'm sure you could find one by doing a search on ebay. I don't think I paid more than $30 for it.
My classic ink pads stored in a stampnstore ink pad holder (pic 2) on my drafting table. The inkpad holder from stampnstore was a christmas gift from my Mom a few years back. These are a little pricy, but I like the sturdy acrylic.
To the right of my drafting table (pic 2) you will see 2 wire shelves filled with boxes and such. Here you'll also see how my paper is stored - the paper sorter on the top shelf was bought at a garage sale, but you can find them at any office supply store. I keep 2 colors in each slot. I keep all my scraps in drawers from Oriental Trading Co. The plastic frosted drawers and boxes run for a package of three 12 x 12 boxes Ithink it's around $17. For the 3 drawer unit (frosted plastic) it is $19.99. (you can't see the 3 drawer on in the pic, but I use this one for my scraps).
In the red canvas drawers - purchased from Target (on sale 2 for $11) I keep embellishements, tools, ink cartridges, adhesives(I keep lots in stock). In the round Hat boxes I keep misc. ribbon, brayers and attachments, cotton balls/qtips, miscellaneous stamps. The hat boxes were all bought from Hobby Lobby when they were 75% off. I don't think I paid more than $5.00 for any of the boxes. There are 2 red suitcase type boxes also bought from Hobby Lobby at 75% off which holds all my coloring mediums - pastels, WC pencils, WC crayons, blender pens, aquapainters ect. The other 3 red boxes (Hobby Lobby 75% off) hold my scissors and other tools.
Anyway - that's how I keep all my stuff together. How about You? I'd love to hear!
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Thanks and have a super day!!


Lilian June 27, 2007 at 6:34:00 PM EDT  

hello! i have a honor of the first post!

i purchased a rolling cart from costco with drawers that fit my 12x12 paper and deeper drawers for my stamp sets. i love it because i can wheel it around the house, since i don't have a designated stamping space. :)

jodene,  June 27, 2007 at 6:46:00 PM EDT  

Hello. I love your stamping space. So jealous!!! I have to keep all my stamp and scrap supplies in my closet no etra rooms in my house. So I organize my items by stamping or scraping or if they can be used for both they are together. Not to organized I know but it is hard with limited room.

Kathy W,  June 27, 2007 at 7:58:00 PM EDT  

Wow, what an awesome stamping space! I only have a table, desk and the corner of my bedroom. With limited space, I store my loose ribbon color coded in snack baggies. I punch a whole in each bag and stick them on rings so that each color has its own ring. Then I slide the rings on a hanger. The bags fall around the hanger like a carousel. I haven't figured a good spot to hang it, so for now it is on a little shelf under my desk. Thanks for the blog candy offer!

Cindy Vernon June 27, 2007 at 9:22:00 PM EDT  

YOu are so lucky to have such a large stamping space. I only have a corner, but at least it's my corner. Here is a link to my blog tip for last Tuesday which starts discussing organizing stamp sets

scfranson June 27, 2007 at 9:42:00 PM EDT  

Great blog and great organizing! I keep my stamps in baskets, separated by type. My paper is in cropper hoppers and ribbon is wound around cardboard in a plastic shoe box type storage thing. I only scrap in a closet, lol.
Claudia F.

Angel,  June 27, 2007 at 9:42:00 PM EDT  

Your craft room looks very neat and organized. I love my craft room. I posted some pictures of mine on my splitcoast gallery:
And just recently on my blog I added how my daughter oragnized my reinkers. I think it is a cool tip- use the matching cardstock and punch an office hole punch and adhere it to the top. (I ran mine through an X). Thanks for offering blog candy!

SusanH,  June 27, 2007 at 11:39:00 PM EDT  

Great room!!! I don't have a lot of space but one of my fav "organizing" tips is from the hardware store - I found tool boxes with movable dividers - when you place everything just right you can store stamp pads in them (by color, company, whatever) and they close up with a handle. You can take them anywhere!!

Anonymous,  June 27, 2007 at 11:43:00 PM EDT  

Your stamp space looks like the Taj Mahal compared to my card board box!! I wish we at least had a basement. I keep all my inks and ribbon (both in SU! products) on top of my craft cabinet. I keep all of my 8.5x11 papers in an egg crate with dividers with colored tabs. They are divided into color families. All of my 12x12 paper is in a SU! product as well.
My cabinet is full of stamps, punches, cuttlebug, paper trimmer, markers, the bigger items. Then I have a 3 drawer thingy on rollers that holds all my small items like tape, glue, glitter, sponges, embellishments, you get the picture.

CAKVD June 28, 2007 at 5:14:00 PM EDT  

Ok, I'm drooling over your craft room! I used to have a nice big craft room until I quit my job to be a SAHM. Since our income was 50% less, we had to move into a house that was half the size. Now I share my room with the office and spare bedroom! So most of my stuff is here and there, but this photo is my pride and joy: the pegboard in the closet! It organizes the things I use the most. Enjoy:

Cheryl KVD

Linda SS June 29, 2007 at 2:48:00 PM EDT  

If you saw my craft room today, it looks anything but organized:) I have an armoire that I use to store all my stamps. The sets are in piles on the top shelfs and I buy Dollar Store containers with lids and for my single stamps. They are separated by holiday or style. I have 2 desks in my room. One is for my computer and containers of colored pencils, pens, markers, and scissors. The other desk is where I craft and has an area for all my inks and stacks of photo boxes which hold envelopes & cards. I have a shelf on roller for paper and paper in desk drawers. Embellishments are in large square decorator boxes. My closet holds more shelves to keep all my supplies. I love my room:)

Melissia June 30, 2007 at 12:09:00 AM EDT  

Oh my goodness, your room is very inspiring.

My SU stamps are filed in their cases in drawers by theme. It's easy for me to flip through them like files to get what I am looking for.

My paper is stored in file folders by color in a file box that fits under my table for easy access.

My inks, stamp cleaners, embossing powders etc.. are in a little cart with wheels that also slides under my table. It's quick to just roll it out and have all my inks handy.

Ribbon is rolled and put in the small cropper hopper embellishment boxes and then stored in the cropper hopper embellishment box.

Buttons are seperated by color and stored in spice jars in a spining spice rack.

Eyelets, brads and beads are sperated in containers andmkept er in a craft mates book type holder.

Misc tools, adhesives, markers etc. are stored in the small rubbermaid containers with the drawers and sit on my table within reach.

12x12 cardstock and pattern paper are in the clear stand up paper holders.

janet allen,  June 30, 2007 at 1:46:00 PM EDT  

I have cut way back on my supplies. I purchase as needed rather than having an over-stock like I used to. And I get rid of the old to bring in the new. Now I just have a desk and keep supplies needly in the drawers or in a few containers and a lazy susan on top.

Jenny in Maine,  June 30, 2007 at 6:27:00 PM EDT  

Hi Laura!

Great looking studio! I also have the 12x12 frosted looking containers from Walmart that I use to store my 12x12 paper. From Target last summer I was able to purchase great tins that were actually for like backyard bbq'ing to put ice and soda in they are wide not narrow, in pink and orange. I have picked up great pink buckets that I store my most used stamps and punches in and keep on my worktable, and I have a pampered chef caddy that I use on my worktable to hold everything needed from pens to rulers.

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JoAnn July 1, 2007 at 9:12:00 AM EDT  

Wow! You have a great room set up! One of my best organizational ideas is that I keep my paper scraps in cello bags by color group. That way, I can check to see if I have a scrap that'll work instead of cutting into a new sheet of paper. I use the SU Stampin' Stacks for my brads, eyelets, buttons, etc, and the ribbon keepers for my ribbons and cords.

kathy July 1, 2007 at 9:14:00 AM EDT  

You have an awesome stamping place. I would like to offer you a tip on organizing. ok here it goes.My tip is we invite you over to organize our mine is a mess

carrie July 2, 2007 at 10:09:00 AM EDT  

WOW. I don't have a traditional stamping space - yet. I have everything neatly organized in a cupboard.

My best organizing tip? Stay organized. Everything with a place and in a place. Once you stray, you'll never go back. Oh, and I label all my sets with my labelmaker so I can find them easier.

Thanks for the candy chance and the comment!

melissa roth,  July 2, 2007 at 10:48:00 PM EDT  

I'd be in scrap heaven if I had your room!!! I have a desk in the spare bedroom and I keep supplies in the drawers and in a few boxes under the desk. Not much room so I have to keep my supplies to a minimum. I love the new organizer you got at Hobby Lobby!

Tamara Wheeler July 4, 2007 at 4:12:00 PM EDT  

WOW, your space is inspiring and fabulous!

I store my paper in my rolling P-3. As for stamps, they are in baskets. I LOVE baskets. Ink, well, they are also in baskets.

Dawn Mercedes July 15, 2007 at 11:31:00 PM EDT  

I have those 3 drawered plastic containers...the ones with wheels...where I store a bunch of stuff. I can always buy another with they fill up too which makes it rather nice. I got a great ink pad organizer for christmas...sold on ebay...Great for the inks. Also, I have several jumbo pencil/supply cups...from Staples...that hold pencils, exactos, punches/scissors. I used to always be looking for some tool that I just put down. Now I put the took into one of the containers...and I know where to look first! haha.

Also recently, I bought some pencil holders at Staples for a penny each. In the first one, I put all my colored pencils...since the cardboard box they came in was getting ragged. My kids think they are going to get more than one of these boxes...but truthfully...they can each have one...I need the others to use for organization!

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