Craft Room Reveal

It’s done! My craft room is finally done! Almost a year ago (for Mother’s Day) Bryan told me the home office could become my craft room. He no longer needed a home office since he has his business office now. With the boys being so curious, crafting in the dining room wasn’t working. Leave anything out for a bit and they were getting into it. So now a year later, the room is done! As you can see from previous posts, this has been a long time in the making. I moved things around several times, we got new furniture, I purchased cabinets and drawers to put it all away, and the last step was to paint!

Here is the finished product!!!

This is what you see when you stand in doorway. The left side of the wall is the school area. Bryan and I are calling the office the SCOR, school-craft-office-room. I am homeschooling Christopher next year so I wanted a space to work for him that is away from the distractions of the other boys. Cameron also has a desk for future schooling. He can work on some preschool type activities while Chris does his school work.

Chris’s desk is on the left and Cameron’s desk is on the right.

View from the doorway looking at the right side of the room, my crafting space!

Lots of cabinet space for supplies – stamps, adhesives, embellishments (eyelets, brads, tools), etc. The clear boxes at the bottom are for pages that are being worked on for the boys’ scrapbooks. Hoping to get scrapping very soon and get closer to being caught up on their albums.

This cute buckets are from my wedding! They were the centerpieces on the tables in the reception. Now they are repurposed for craft supplies. These have chipboard, stickers, and rub ons. More are in the cabinet underneath that hold small letter stickers, various scissors, and more.

This is my main workspace.
From top to bottom:
top shelf – paint & CM cutting system
long shelf – various sizes of ribbon (the boxes are FULL!!!)
hanging rods – flowers, buttons, pens, tools
underneath – Cricut machine & drawers for bow stuff, cards, and ongoing projects

This is more workspace!

More storage on the walls!
The tall cabinets hold scrapbooks that are in progress, idea binders and tear files, more paper pads and scraps, Cricut mats, 8 1/2 x 11 paper, and TONS of alphabet stickers.
Notice all the pictures I need to scrap on the left. They are FULL of pics from Jan of 2008 – February 2009! I need to get busy.

Close up of the wall storage over the work area.
Small trash can for little pieces of trash and a bin for little scraps.

Lots of stickers – now I can actually SEE what I have!
Please leave a comment and let me know what you think!!!
Thanks to my wonderful husband for 1) giving me the space to be creative (and relax!!!), 2) for painting the room for me on Monday and Tuesday nights after working ALL day, and 3) for putting up all the shelves and rods all afternoon today.
Bryan, I love you so very much. You are always willing to go above and beyond to make me happy. Thank you so much for loving me!

Craft Room – Reorganized!

You might be thinking to yourself, “Didn’t Allison just redo her craft room?” Well, yes, you are correct. It wasn’t that long ago that I purchased several cabinets, spent a few days putting them together, and totally overhauled our home office to make it into an office / crafting space.

So why am I organizing it again you ask? Lots of time recently has been spent in the craft room as I worked on Christmas presents and various other things. I quickly realized that 1) I still had lots of organizing to do – the mess was driving me crazy & 2) Some of the cabinets were not arranged in a functional way. I found myself having to stand up each time I needed something out of the drawers since they were stacked on top of the cabinets. Plus, with the 6 foot table in the middle of the room, it was feeling a bit cramped!
Most of my Saturday was spent moving cabinets, organizing the closet so all office supplies were in there thus making more room for my craft supplies in my cabinets, and then getting settled in. You can find pictures of what the previous “redo” looked like here.
Rearranged and Reorganized
My half of the office

A view of the newly arranged cabinets

View from in front of my craft table

My Cricut, how I love thee!
With it on the rolling cart I can wheel it over to the table easily.

I so wish I had a wall full of ribbon! For now, this will have to do.

Next year, this will become the office / craft room / school room.
In order to prepare for homeschooling CB, I made him a little desk area of his own. The pocket chart was hung so I can post sight word for him to practice or words he wants to use to write notes. I gave him the organizer on the desk and CB put in all his “stuff”. Too cute, but OH SO VERY like his mommy!!!

The left side of the closet
Rolling cart full of MORE craft supplies and wooden crates with art supplies for the kids.

Right side of the closet
Office supplies, no longer taking up my craft space in the cabinets!

We will see how this works out. I am sure it will need some tweaking, but I am planning on trying to get some scrapbooking done over the next few weeks, so I will be in here a lot.

Craft Room Makeover

For Mother’s Day, Bryan gave me a very thoughtful present. On top of my standard gift of scrapbooking supplies, Bryan also decided to turn his office into my craft room. He put a sign on his office door and told me that after he cleaned all his things out, I would have a craft room. Part of his motivation for this was the fact that when I would scrapbook or craft, I typically haul all my supplies from the office to the dining room table. When I would leave things out the boys would get into my supplies and would even routine my crafts sometimes.

So here is the problem with what my sweet husband did…. I could NOT work in that office! It was so disorganized and dysfunctional that my OCD brain couldn’t focus! Recently I have felt the need to purge and reorganize the ENTIRE house. This started with the craft room (I am hoping to get busy making crafts for Christmas). With just a bit of money and a lot of organizing and purging, I would be able to have a space I could work in.
Here is what the office looked like about 2 weeks ago:

It was sort of a dumping ground for all sorts of things: Bryan’s work stuff, old college textbooks, my teaching junk, kid art supplies, scrapbooking supplies – you get the picture!
Bryan’s old desk that he cleared out completely for me. So loving – but this is NOT a desk that is conducive to crafting since there really isn’t much actual desk space. So instead, it became where I dumped all the stuff I needed to file, work on, etc. Walking in the room and seeing this made me nuts!
My workspace. A table where I could spread out and really scrapbook since I like to have lots of space to work. This became where Bryan would set up and work when he needed to keep the boys from bothering him.

Here is what the office / craft room was transformed into:
I cleared off the desk for Bryan so he could still have a workspace in the office (at least for now, this time next year this area will have a desk for homeschooling).
My new Closetmaid cabinets and shelves! This makes my heart skip a beat! So many places to put things and so many ways to organize my supplies.
These shelves are for paper storage and scrapbooks in progress. Each of the boys has a clear 12×12 box where I keep the pages I am working on.
A rolling cart for scrapbooking supplies to stay organized in. Each drawer houses different supplies: embellishments, adhesives, cutting system parts, scraps, etc.
The finally product (for now). I would still like to paint to make the room a bit more serene, but that will have to wait!
Lots of shelves for scrapbooks, paper, accordion files, pictures ready to be scrapbooked, and supplies for gifts.
The boys even have a space that has been reorganized for all their craft supplies. The drawers are now complete with labels too!

Ribbon Storage

I have been trying to think of a way to organize and store my ribbon without them being in bins.  I have seen several great ideas but just never found one I thought would work for me.  So one day I was pulling into the garage and I happened to look over at my teaching “stuff” that is taking up space against the wall.  This small video organizer caught my eye.  I instantly knew it would be perfect for my ribbon.  Now I just need to get more to fill it up!

File Folder Menu Planner

For my sister-in-law’s bridal shower, I decided to put together a “basket” of cooking items.  She got dish towels, pot holders, a cookie cookbook, and it was all put into a cute lime green colander that I found at Marshalls.  She really likes to cook and so that got me thinking.  A file folder organizer doesn’t just need to be used for a Christmas Planner or an organizer.  I decided to make it into a menu planner.  The four pockets became holders for various recipes: appetizers, main dish, side dish, and dessert.  The look on her face when she opened it was great!  She loved it.  This is something I can continue to add to for her as well by typing up more recipes and giving them to her!

Christmas Crafting

This year I found a wonderful website to help you get organized for Christmas.  If you know me then you will know that I LOVE anything organizational, so I was excited about getting all organized for Christmas.  Anyway, part of getting organized is to make a planner.  I used a binder but I saw the idea for making a planner using a file folder.  My initial thought was, “That looks like it would take WAY too much time!”

Fast forward about 2 months…  My SIL is getting married in February and I am thinking about her shower gift.  I wanted to give her a few recipes but in a cute way.  So again, I was drawn to the file folder pocket file.  I decided yesterday to try it out.  I was amazed to find it only took a couple of hours.  The first 30 minutes was just trying to get the measurements right for the folding.  Today I made another one and was able to do it in just an hour.  These are very versatile and fun.  I am already imagining the different ways I can create these for people as gifts.
Here are the directions:
1. Take a regular file folder and score it so that it will create 4 sections.  From the middle you measure 4 1/8″ to the left and score it.  For the right you measure 4 1/4″.
2. Score the folder 3″ from the bottom and fold up to create the “pockets”.
3. You have now created the basic shape.  Next comes the fun part… adding color!
4. Using decorative paper, cut out the papers to fit the outside of the file.  (Note:  I discovered that the “tabs” can be cut on once and used on the front and back.  This saves you a step and extra cutting.  I just use the same paper for the front and back.)
5. Glue the paper to the outside leaving the “pocket” part unglued for now.
6. Glue the papers to the front of the pockets.
7. Add coordinating papers to the inside of the files.
8. Fold and your book is almost done!  Here is the finished inside.
Here is the outside.
9. Finish with two eyelet holes on the front and back covers and lace with a ribbon.  I have not yet done this step since I don’t have an eyelet punch or ribbon that coordinates with this paper.  Stay tuned for more!
I can’t wait to make these as gifts.  This one is for a special friend.  She knows who she is and she knows why this one is for her!!!