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Hello Creative Scrapbookers! It has been a LONG time since we shared a WHERE YOU CREATE blog post! The pandemic took all of my routines and put them into tail spin, allowing very little motivation at the end of my days for many things on my [happy] to-do list! But here we are, back on the blog with a creative space to share! I call that a WIN!!!

Back in 2015, we had the pleasure of sharing Ardel Doll’s creative space. In that blog post she talked about a future art room being in the works, guess what? It’s here and we are excited to share the details! Here’s what Ardel has to say!

My previous craft space was shared on Creative Scrapbooker Magazine’s Where You Create.   I noted that we hoped to build a room downstairs as I was outgrowing my space.  Never give up on a dream!  My previous room was 8×9, this one is 16×18.Creative Scrapbooker Magazine / Where You Create / Ardel DollCreative Scrapbooker Magazine / Where You Create / Ardel Doll

This room was a collaboration with myself and my husband.  I explained what I needed in the room to make it easier for me work and the importance of easily accessing my supplies.  He came up with the measurements and design.Creative Scrapbooker Magazine / Where You Create / Ardel Doll

Most important, was to have a large island to work on, high enough that when I stand to craft I would not have to bend my back.Creative Scrapbooker Magazine / Where You Create / Ardel Doll

We made both sides of the island open so two people can work at the same time.  The bonus… we brought down one of the art tables from my old room and it slides underneath the opening!  I have that available for someone to work on by sliding it out into the room.Creative Scrapbooker Magazine / Where You Create / Ardel Doll

The storage units under the island and counter space are from Michaels.  My husband built bases for these units to be at the height that I wanted.Creative Scrapbooker Magazine / Where You Create / Ardel Doll

I am able to store all of my creative magazines and art books in one place on the black shelving units.Creative Scrapbooker Magazine / Where You Create / Ardel Doll

I am a scrapbooker, paper crafter, and mixed media artist. I also like to sketch, paint [wood & canvas] and sew.  I have many of my paintings and decorative art throughout the room. I also collect art from a Canadian artist, Denyse Klette from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, which hangs on the corner wall by the white cubicle.

I happily showcase dresses that my mom and grandmother sewed for me and my sisters. These and other memorabilia provide me with inspiration when I am in my room.Creative Scrapbooker Magazine / Where You Create / Ardel Doll

I wanted the majority of my supplies to be very accessible and visible. This is why I went with the units from Michaels.

I’m truly grateful to my husband for making this room a reality for me. (Now to start on his man cave)Creative Scrapbooker Magazine / Where You Create / Ardel Doll

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  1. Wow this is gorgeous. The amount of careful planning and work shows in your details. It looks like you thought of everything. Your visible storage approach is so smart and organized. Wouldn’t it be fun if we could have open house studio tours ? I would stand in line to experience this in real time. Well done indeed. Thanks for sharing.

    • Ardel Doll Reply

      Thank you Pam – it was an accumulation of many ideas throughout the years😊

  2. Your island has given me a great idea on how to use my two rolling architec tables, and 4 tower card stock holders.
    Thank you

  3. Please advise where you purchased the desk. Really nice.
    Thank you.

    • Ardel Doll Reply

      Hi Lillian – the large Island my Husband built for me – he used shelf units we purchased from Michaels and added height to those by building a base for each of them The top is a counter top slab purchased from Home Depot. The smaller desk that slides under the main workspace is also from Michaels

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