Monday, February 4, 2013

Craft Room

When im on youtube, one of the only things I do, is watch peoples craft room tours. I love watching them because you get to see the supplies that other scrapbookers have to work, with and you get fantastic ideas for furniture and organization to make your craft room even more efficent and organized for yourself. So many great ideas off one video! well I do not have a youtube to show anyone the way I like to store my stuff, but i do have a camera so I thought i'd show you guys!

My Craft room is in a spare bedroom in  my house. I bought a long desk from ikea, and mainly the rest is the white cubes you get from the craft stores. I also have a drafting table for my fine art side because I also paint and draw.

Most of my time I spend at my desk where I have a rotating organizier that I keep alot of the things i use the most in it, like tape and sissors and clear acrylic blocks. on the top of tht i have a little pencil holder that has rulers and paintbrushes in it. and on the side there just another little pencil cup with sharpies, pens, and pencils in it.

on the other side of my desk i have a magazine holder that I keep my art journals in it. I have my dylusions one, a very small one.. and sort of home made one. and then theres my stamp binder and a extension cord which is great for plugging a heat tool or hot glue gun in. to the right of my desk I have my first cube arrangement.. I dont know what you would call it

There 6 of the white cubes that you can buy at craft store and you put them together yourself and they come in all forms

ok, on the top of this, i have more magizine racks which have finished projects in them, and my speakers because I love music! in the shelves i just keep all different kinds of paper and paper scraps.
under the shelves i have cutting boreds and inks and even a clay roller on he right.

At the bottem is my drafting table and above it, a hanging shelf or sorts. its a towel rack from ikea and it has these little cups tht hook onto it and racks and hooks and its just fantastic! i have three of these in my room. this is all my painting stuff on here and my cricket mat.

right above my desk i have this embellishment center.. which mostly has supplies on it. i like this shelf because it looks nice and honestly is just so organized!. as you can see i have my ribbon, all kinds on inks ( including distress inks) my brand new dylusions spray inks, powders, paints and some embellishments.

This is probably the messiest wall in my room. I have another rack with buckets and baskets and I think its called a curtain wire tht has little alligator clips at the bottom that I store stickers and tags and things in bags. the top I have some sissors and alot of glues/adhesives and my heat tool.

the last area in my room is my cricket center! I just have four more of those cubes and my cricket sets on top! and a stackble drawer unit tht has yarn and fabric in it.

so I hope you guys found a cool organization idea in this. I like the way everything is set up for me its really accessible and organized in my opinion. everythings easy to find and I like to keep it tht way, when it gets a little messy i have to stop everything and fix it.

I am by no means bragging about anything I have! im just trying to give everyone organization ideas of maybe you would like to expand your art space to a actual room! at most stores the cubes are on sale and sometimes they run coupons! so you can get a great deal on those! and ikea has alot of great stuff and its really inexpensive as well! dont think you have to go out and spend a fortune on a great big space! because I certainly didnt!

I hope you guys enjoyed it! Have a fantastic day!

Clear/Rubber Stamp Organization!

         I know for one thing... it is not easy trying to find a way to keep your clear and rubber stamps organized. for me it was a challenge. when I first started buying all my stamps, which oddly wasnt tht long ago.. I started with the $1 wooden stamps at the craft stores and I threw all those stamps into a basket. then I started buying the clear stamp packages and i did not have a efficent way to keep them organized... i actully had them in a expanding file for a long time two actully, but eventully.. I got too many packages of stamps for them to hold! I went on youtube and alot of lovely people had posted a wonderful idea to store stamps in a binder.  they used baseball card page protectors...but i couldnt find those anywhere.. so i kind of made my own with a stapler:)

this is my stamp binder:

Its just a regular old black binder that I blinged up a bit. when you open it, I have some stencils (that i use for the dylusions projects) on the left pocket and stamps consume the rest of the binder.

Really all I did was buy a cheap binder and some page protectors. The Tim Holtz and Dylusions  stamp sets could fill up on regular page protectors and I just wrote the name of the set in the top right corner and when I wanted to use them I would pull them out the top.

For the smaller sets.. I would do follow these steps

1.) staple the top open area shut so it was sealed
2.) staple a line down the middle to have two seperete areas in one page protector
3.) cut down the right open side so tht you could slide the stamps through the right side

So for those people out there struggling to find a cheap, and organized way to store all your stamp! this is honestly a great way! its personilized and you can pretty much make whatever kind of size of stamps you need!

Thanks! I hope everyone has a great and crafty day!

12 Tags of 2013- Feburary!

Hello again! it feels like January flew by! the superbowl has gone by and were making our way deeper and deeper into 2013!

Love the new logo!
For this months tag, Valentines day seems to influence alot of peoples work, including mine:)

Heres how I made it

I actully used the Dylusions ink sprays to create the back ground, just one.. it was the red, and i used picket fence distress stain and tarnished brass to create speckled areas to make the background interesting

Then I stamped a few "floral" designs in black archival ink and vintage photo distress ink to add a pop to the background. When I was done with the background it looked like this:

I stamp the queen of hearts background stamp on watercolor paper and used three colors of distress markers to color them in, then, I just cut out the actual playing card part of the stamp and sat that aside.

I started making my little charm embelishment, I used one of the  fragment pieces from idea-ology and painted it completly black with acrylic pain on one side then flipped it over and painted it white. i dried it with a heat tool and then sanded some of the paint off soo it looked like it was "cracked" then I used the word stickers to write the same message tim did " i heart you". lastly for the charm I applyed some dimensional magic and let it sit over night.

I own a stamp set tht includes all the suits froms a deck of cards and on a red strip of paper I stamped the suits and on a black strip of paper I colored in little messy hearts. then glued both strips to a piece of lace then glued to the bottem of the tag.

I also cut another black strip of paper and wrote valentine on it. and glued tht at the top of the tag.

Then it was time to put it all together! I glued the card down. and the valentine strip at the top and used Tims trick to make the tissue paper ribbon. worked wonderful! then i took silver gems and colored them red with alchol inks to turn them red and glued them down on the tag as well. Finally i glued a Love adage ticket down and finished with some black paper string and my charm around the middle.

Finished look!

Got 2 out of the 12 tags done! so excited to see all these tags when there done!

Hope your day is fantastic and filled with joy!