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Tuesday, 15 December 2015

My Creative Space

Welcome to the December Cross Canada Blog Hop, with our theme Where We Create. If you need ideas about how to organize your creative space and supplies, or if you just want to see our crafty spaces, this hop is for you.

If you just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you want to work your way across Canada, please start on the East coast with Michelle's blog. If you got here from Kirsten's blog, you are in the right spot! Now on to our hop!

My creative space is in the basement of our house, which is nice in the summer because I can stay nice and cool, but it can be a bit cool in the winter. I keep a poncho down there to wear if I get too cold. I would like to move it upstairs but right now there is no place I can use. I do work in the dining room sometimes and keep a bit of a stash upstairs. The Flood of 2014 (our fridge ice maker sprang a leak - but that is another story) destroyed my craft room and it is slowly being rebuilt and reorganized, so please bear with me... 

My craft room is long and narrow but gives me a lot of room for all of my goodies! As you come in the door, you see my Welcome sign on my wall. I made it with the chipboard banner Close to my Heart used to sell several years ago. I covered it with Claire B&T (retired) and cut the banner and Welcome using my Cricut and Cricut Craft Room.



To the left is my desk and my Cricut Explore Air. My paper racks are also at this end of the room, and as you can see there are a lot of empty spaces! That can only mean one thing - I don't have enough paper!! 



 I have a bookcase with most of my stamp sets, but I have a pile on my desk that still have to be added to my inventory spreadsheet. I am in the process of categorizing them to make it easier to find the one I want for a project. Right now, I have to go through them one by one to find what I am looking for and it is really time consuming. The red toolbox belongs to my husband and will be removed to the garage pretty darned quick!



I also have a big workspace that has a temporary countertop (will be replaced soon) where I do most of my creating. Under-counter lights give me tons of light to work, and my little Rasog cart from Ikea is awesome! I can pull it to where I need it and keep pretty much all of the "use most often" stuff on it - blocks, stamp cleaner and scrubber, scissors and tools, etc. The cupboards above my desk are a nightmare right now with all sorts of projects, tools, and bits and pieces. I REALLY need to tackle that one of these days...



I have my inks in the CTMH tower but took it apart so the sections sit flat against the wall. This makes it so much easier to find the one I want and takes up a lot less room on my workspace.

And I can't forget my Scrap n' Easel! I love this thing! Instead of my layout or card pieces lying flat on my desk, I can put them on the easel with magnets. It is also great for holding the instructions and cutting guides for workshops!

One last thing, and the BIGGEST thorn in my side and biggest time consumer - paper scraps. I have mountains of them! There is so much in my room that needs to be organized but every time I start, I see the boxes and containers of paper scraps and can't think of anything else! I am planning on hauling them all upstairs and then organize by cardstock and B&T, then separate those into colours and patterns. I am also planning on cutting some of it into squares and rectangles that can be used to quickly put together a layout or card when needed. I just need to find a container to keep them in. I think I have one, but need to see if it will work. Oh, ignore the bag of bows in the black and white striped box. That box is nearly full to the top with paper scraps. The bows just ended up in there for some reason and I didn't notice until I put the picture here. 

That is my creative space. It is a work in progress, but it is coming along. I have lots of cupboards (oh, that is going to be fun to tackle...) and drawers for storage, and I know they will be FULL once I get it all organized!

Thanks for hopping along with us this month, and I hope you have gained some inspiration for organizing your own space. Again, please leave any comments as we all love to hear from you!

Next up is Candra's blog and more great craft space ideas.

Now mark your calendars for January 15, 2016 when we will be showing you our love of watercolours! Until then, Merry Christmas and a safe and happy new year!