Creative spaces and the 1st of September! Hope everyone is gearing up for a wonderful long week-end, it’s like the last hoorah before we get back into routine again. My son is no longer in school, but I must admit September routines are like resolutions in January…the are deeply engrained! I look forward to spending more time in my creative space as the weather cools.
We’ll keep our intro short today as Alyson Mayo has a great photo share for us…here we go!
Let’s take a peek…
I have been told several times that I have a very interesting (and organized) creative space. I actually deal with diagnosed OCD and it manifests itself in the form of perfectionism so I can’t stand disorganization. I also love the colour turquoise so that was a huge factor when choosing elements for my space.I am fortunate to have a large room in my apartment that I use for creating. I am a Close To My Heart Consultant and I am also on a few design teams so I need to be organized.
My desk has been attached right onto the wall using two 4×8 foot melamine boards. I wanted the depth and couldn’t get it with a standard size desk. My Cricut Explore is covered looking straight ahead and my printers are on pull out trays so they are not taking room on top of my desk.This is the view looking toward the back of my room. The standing table is on casters and can roll any direction. I love it and I work there much of the time. It is built from 3 IKEA Kallax units and gives me much additional storage space plus a huge additional work space. The organizers over the door hold design team information, order forms, other paperwork, etc.
My desk workspace is very important to me. Items I use most often must be close at hand. The computer sits at the V in my desk and my Cricut is just to the left of that. In the hanging organizers are items like adhesive, pens and pencils and the tools I use most often. Inks are all on the shelf above, along with the markers that I use the most. The turquoise plastic bins next to the ink pads (and that was done using fabric to cover up the ugly plastic bins) hold scrap cardstock pieces. The containers to the left of that hold ribbon and twine. To the right of the tools is a magnetic holder that holds cotton swabs, sanding tools and my tweezers. I keep my scissors in the hanging bag- a treasure I ordered for my car but it didn’t work there. It ended up being a perfect fit for my scissors!
The Ikea Raskog carts are so awesome! They fit my organizers perfectly and I store so many odds and ends in these… extra ink pads, embellishments, stamps from other companies… you name it. The white bin on top contains retired cardstock for the purpose of practice Cricut cuts.
This wall storage is something I found while visiting the US – The containers are magnetic and can be moved around on the wall plates in any configuration you wish. I love it because the items I use often are here – my ATG adhesive, my idea books, large and small storage bags, glitter pens and my heat gun. Perfect!
Check out this storage unit…
This combination of old Expedit shelving contains so much, there are labels on everything. Extra printer paper through to my scrapbook albums are stored here. Within the bins and boxes, everything is neat and organized – I have to know where to find something quickly or it drives me nuts
This stamp storage cart fits my stamp sets perfectly and I even have two drawers left at the bottom for more! I love that it is also on casters and can be rolled to wherever I want it to be. It currently fits perfectly right behind my door.
On the back of my door, I keep my most used resource books.
On the front of my door, I have a hanging organizer where I can showcase recent cards that I have created so when people come to visit, they can see what I have been doing and/or what they might want to create as well.
My paper storage cart was built for me. It is simply made from 2x4s and some old garage rails. I had a bunch of 12×12 hanging folders and I wanted to keep vertical paper storage. It is so much neater than horizontal storage. This cart was designed to fit under a fold away table…I LOVE this. It is also on casters and rolls wherever I need to move it.
The cabinet next to that is storage for other items, on top of that are these bins. In the bins are various small items – shimmer trim, corner rounders, small punches, tools that I use but not often enough that I need them close at hand.
hope you enjoyed the tour of my creative space. I love where I work and have tried hard to make it mine. My guests always comment on how much they enjoy working here and how easy it is to locate what they need. That makes me feel like I have done my job in creating a workspace that is inviting and useable for everyone.