Come check out the new Pumpkin Hill Stampers Stamp Studio
So today, I have a show & tell that is a little different. No cards today, but rather a Stamp Studio Reveal. Lots of photos, storage ideas and a bit of the journey to a new crafting space!
For those of you who did join me this past Saturday for my open house, thank you. It was wonderful to invite you in and do some fun stamping with all of you. I hope you will join me again for future stamp events.
Journey to new stamp space…
Okay, so it has been about 8 weeks of detail planning, re-arranging, moving my supplies from upstairs to downstairs, and having Brian home to build my custom work spaces in my new room. But before all that could happen, he had to agree to give up his Music Room on the main floor of the house and agree to move it all upstairs. And when we are talking about a full drum set, 4 guitars, amps, speakers and a piano, well that is a BIG ASK! So I want to give my dear hubby a BIG THANK YOU.
Now before we moved a single thing, I had to draw it all out, and mentally move into the space. Where would I put my supplies, tools, and crafting spaces? How would I want my crafting tables situated for the best flow of materials and tools? Also, you have to have good lighting! I have great light during the day in that room, but we will need to add some more lighting for evening stamp times. But that will be phase 2…
The biggest problem with moving into a new crafting space…
It’s a new space. It might be bigger, it might be smaller… but everything feels different, and it can throw you off a little.
Having moved my craft space several times in the last decade. Not just within the house we might be living in, but also between houses! You lose track of where everything is. Hopefully not lose things in a big move between houses, that happens and it is frustrating. But lose things between one room and the next! So you have to have a system that works for you.
If you have been a visitor into any of my crafting spaces, you already know, I have a place for everything, and everything (once in a while) will be in it’s place! But I can usually pull a requested item easily enough at a class. And, luckily I can usually find what I want to work with as well.
But changing spaces also means, the space you have to put your stuff in changes. So shelving and tables, and storage units, don’t always work out the way you wish they did. I was really spoiled this time, Brian did a lot of custom shelving for me. Some was altered, store bought shelves, while others were custom designed and crafted with love my him! I really do feel spoiled, and I love it!
Stamp Studio Reveal Photos
Demo Swap Cards
Cardstock and Cards!
Brian build me this custom shelving, on the left, for my cardstock and designer series papers. We have an old house with plaster walls; so hanging anything is at times difficult. But he was patient and installed heavy weight brackets for me. Paper is heavy! Then he decided it really needed support on the ends. So he custom cut framing for the ends. It works great, and now I can easily get to both my current and retired papers.
On the right, we modified a shelving unit we have had for years. I wanted to be able to put my finished cards into sorted boxes. I was already doing this in preparation for re-stocking the local florist, where I sell some cards. But they were stuck in a closet out of sight, and I would end up with piles of cards that needed to be put away. Now when I finish cards, and they are labeled for sale, I can easily store them right in my craft space.
It also works out well, for visitors to the stamp room, to both look for ideas, or purchase a ready made hand-stamped card from the collection.
Ribbon Storage Idea
I purchased these plastic drawer totes from Amazon last year. After digging and dumping boxes repeatedly looking for ribbon (I knew I had), it was decided a change was needed. Easy access was one requirement, and I also wanted to keep it clean.
When they came, I used my over-sized grid paper, you know our mess mats, to make dividers for each drawer. Then I spooled and sorted by color. Now when I need a ribbon to coordinate with both current and retired Stampin’ Up! colors, I can find it! As you can see, I tend to collect ribbon almost as much as I collect designer series papers. But if you can’t find it, you won’t use it, so store it in a way that works for you to use it.
Scrap Cardstock Storage Idea
Okay, last tip for today, how I store my scrap cardstock. So once upon a time, I had file folders for my scrap papers. Then I just started slipping it back into the package with the same color. But then there were too many bits and pieces, and they would end up all over the table and floor when I pulled out my full cardstock. So I came up with an easier way.
A few years back, one of our Sale-a-bration FREE items with an order were these Card Tins. As a demo, sometimes I end up with a lot of Sale-a-bration items! So I scooped these up and put them to use. I have one for each color family.
Inside each tin, I have clear cello bags. One for each color and each labeled with a sharpie marker. No guessing on the color. Sometime our retired colors are just a shade or two off from a current color. So it gets labeled.
Now if I am working on a card and need a REAL RED piece of cardstock for a tag or paper punch, even just a paper ribbon of 1/2 inch by 5 1/2 inches, I pull out the scrap tin. Find the Real Red bag, and see if I have a piece that can work for me. No need to cut a whole sheet of cardstock for a 2 x 2 piece right.
Cello Bags & Box Ideas…
Now I can help you order the Clear Cello Bags, but the tins were a special offering. You could of course purchase tins from a craft store, or you could up-cycle a container you already have. A shoe-box, a cereal box cut in half, or even a priority mail box from the post office. It might not be pretty, but you are a crafter! Dress it up.
Stamp Studio Video Walk Through…
Okay, so I did do a video walk through of the room on Facebook Live. I warn you ahead of time, it is a bit choppy and I don’t do very steady camera work while walking and talking and filming! But here it is all the same.
Just click on the link and it will take you into Facebook for the video.
If you can’t view the video, come see me in person.