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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

H2H Challenge: Organization

The H2H Challenge this week is a little different:  Organization!  How do YOU store it all?  Well, as an Army Wife, we move ALOT, so I never know how much room I'm gonna have to devote to crafting.  In Alaska, I had my CTMH rolling carryall and a small closet with lots of shelves.  Believe me when I say it was PACKED!  It worked for me there because I did most of my crafting away from my house, so I would just grab what I needed, put it in the Rolling Carryall Bag, and away I went!


But here in GA, I do all of my creating at home.  Fortunately, we have a ton of space in this house, so I got a craft room (or at least 1/2 a craft room, as it is also our guest room...)  It's a perfect set up because it is located just off the "Man Room" and I can craft while the guys are playing xbox, but still be close.  And I can shut the door and walk away, just leaving a project (or projects...) out in all its' messiness.


I found this big table at the thrift shop and it is the perfect size to create on.  I have a lamp, some sticky notes, pens, most used punches and scissors on the desk, while my paper cutters, ATG gun, and other adhesives are in the baskets attached to the wall.


On the other side of the table is a wall of plastic drawers.  The blue ones on the bottom(under the white drawers) contain all my punches, sizzix big shot dies, adhesives, and embossing materials.  The white ones on the top contain all my embellishments sorted by type (brads, eyelets with Crop-a-dile, flowers, buttons, ribbons, waxy flax, etc.) and tools (scissors, brayer, distressing sponges, Sharpies).  Then on top of that are my distressing toolkit box, corner chomper, re-inkers and Stickles, and Smooch.  Painting supplies, Cuttlebug Alphas, and Sizzix Big Shot are on the top.  A display shelf above holds some "pretties".  There are 2 sets of 12x12 drawers that I store my current projects in.


The butcher block bar is my "stamping station"  where I have my CTMH Inkpad Tower filled with markers and inks.  A basket holds my clear acrylix blocks and cleaner.


Now for the wall of "creating".  I have 2 bookshelves pushed together. On the very top, I have clear boxes filled with materials and alterables and frames I use to create dry erase boards.  The top shelves hold all my CTMH stamps organized by theme, then size/numerically in our stamp organizers.  The E Sized Alphas are in a magazine file and the blue notebook holds an index of all my stamped images.  The basket holds stamps that are being used for current projects.  The 2nd shelf from the top hold all my cardstock organized by color in Cropper Hopper files.  Then I have scraps organized by color in Cropper Hopper Sticker file folders.   Then all of the paper packs I am currently using filed alphabetically.  The magazine files hold stickease, 9x9 pages, chipboard shapes and alphas, chipboard.
The middle shelf holds my organizer cases that go in the rolling carryall.  Embellishments, ribbon, coluzzle, and acrylix blocks.  The baskets are for alterable projects I'm working on.  Then my "library" of CTMH Idea Books, Keynotes, WOTG, and how to books.  The big blue box holds my made cards. Second from the bottom are supplies for alterable items I make.  The bottom shelf holds alterable found items like toilet paper tubes, etc., my CTMH Catalogs, and items for sale like paper packs, stamps, etc.


I have an armoire on the guest room side of the room that holds albums, mailing supplies, gifts inside and display items on top.  So, now that I've talked your ear off... I hope you enjoyed the "tour".  It's not perfect, but it works for me!

16 comments:

Lorrinda said...

Oh I think I'd call this perfect...it's all organized so nicely, and those windows are amazing! You don't know how lucky you are to have all that natural light! I could feel very at home in this room :)
Thanks for sharing your space with us at H2H!

Karen Day said...

This looks so beautifully organized! If I was a guest in this bedroom, I wouldn't be able to sleep - I'd want to play! I love the baskets on the wall, great use of space. Thanks for joining us this week at H2H.

Jessica said...

Great way to use your space, everything is at your fingertips and ready to go.

jennifer trying to blog blogger said...

I am jealous and would love to have my space set up like that and ready to use whenever I get a chance (oh wait I need a space!) anyway I love yours!

Katy said...

Oh my....I would LOVE TO HAVE your snowy view out my scrapbook room window...it was right at 80-degrees in Texas yesterday and it's turning out to be a "repeat" today!

Sonya said...

Katy, That white stuff outside my windows is actually other houses! We live in historic military housing so all the houses on our street are almost identical. Still, moving from Alaska to Georgia, I can totally relate to missing the "snowy view" because I really DO miss it.

mom said...

GREAT JOB!!! SO GLAD YOU HAVE THAT GREAT SPACE!

Now, your mother desires a crafts room organizational consult in KY and an invitation to a BED AND BREAKFAST SCRAPPING/SPA WEEK GETAWAY in your new room.

Mary said...

Great tour! I love that you have some items you created on display as well. Thanks for sharing with us at H2H!

Melanie said...

Love the way your room is set up. That is the main draw back with mine... although it is set up to work for me... i have to space to include a friend... i miss that.

Gina Brandstetter said...

I LOVE how you are so organized! Thank you for sharing!

Corina said...

Hi Sonya!
Your space is so perfect! You really have done an amazing job in organizing. Thanks for sharing with us at H2H!

Lisa Stenz said...

Great space! I love that table. What a great find! Thanks for sharing your studio with us! *Ü*

Jenifer said...

Love the room!! Thank you for letting us peek in your craft room! :)

Sharon Blakemore said...

I Love your room Sonya! So nicely done. I love all the nice big windows.TFS

Melinda said...

Your space looks very inviting. I love your windows. I like natural light.

Anonymous said...

I'm coming for a visit for a scrap-a-thon! We need to set the date:) You are awesome and never cease to inspire me! Love ya! Sarah M