Sunday, January 29, 2012

My Paper Studio Tour

I'm on to the third configuration of my paper crafting studio within the last two years.  I think I'm settled now.  You can see the pictures from configuration one here: First Studio Tour.

The second configuration was very short lived (about 3 months).  I made it in order to make room for a large 6 foot by 2.5 foot table I bought from a Scrapbook Store closing sale.

I broke up my two Ikea desks which were back to back in a large square shape in my first room layout.  I made an L-Shape and shoved one desk over by a window.  That was going to be my "guest seat" and mine was in the alley.

I was sitting on my pilates ball (since it doesn't get any other use!) but it kept rolling under my table when I got up, so that didn't make it to configuration three.  It was also a little bit tight in the alley, even though I am a small person.

I did really like how my white cubes fit just under the window though.  They did look nice there.  However, being right handed, sitting to the left of the room light was not good.  Since most of my crafting is at night with artificial light, my right hand cast a shadow on my work.  That wasn't very good for cutting.  (Besides, I missed sitting by the window!)

Enter: Configuration Three!
(Sorry for the slightly blurry picture.  I have a room video (silent, text only) that you can see better.

The table I snagged from the store closing fits perfectly along the back wall of my room: from the far wall to the closet door opening.  So, that's where I stuffed it.  You can see my corkboard under it.  That is what I use to pin my paper quilling.  Under the table is a wire cube configuration with my Accucut Grandemark dies in it.

Here, I have stepped in to the room.  The door I came in is on the right.  The closest (with the door removed) is in front of me and my Accucut Grandemark and large table is on the left.  My white cubes have migrated to the closet.

This is the view if I stand between the white cubes in my closet.  My Ikea desks are now in an L-Shape.  My guest can sit right there in the middle of the room and I sit beside the window.  The left wall is the "junk wall".  I've designed a ScrapNCube wall studio (on paper) for future purchase.  It will house all my papers and stamp stuff.  My paper is currently in the white cubes.  Once I transplant all the paper, most of the stuff along this wall will go in the cubes in the closet.  Also on my "upgrade" list is some seating.  I have had my chair since highschool.  I plan to get a storage ottoman or small storage bench instead.  That way, I can use the real estate under my butt for more storage!

A couple of storage ideas in my room: my stickles holder, copic storage and ribbon organization.

This is a 12 inch by 36 inch pine board I got at Home Depot.  I covered it with scrapbook paper (3 sheets).  My husband helped me pick out some conduit clamps and I picked the coat hangers.  I measured out and he assembled it all for me and mounted it to the wall.  I saw this idea from the Crafty Storage blog.

Here's a picture of the conduit clamps.  They had silver metal and this plastic grey.  I knew I had a paper to match the grey.  Home Depot sells them in packs of 5 and 20 (or 25).  (I was not big on painting the metal ones.)

My copic markers sit in these stacking kitchen drawer organizers that I got at Solutions (an organization store).  The black Kettle Creek purse (canvas and shaped like a mini duffle bag - yes, acquired in the 80's!!!) holds my Letraset markers.)  These are in the cubby by my left leg when I am sitting at my desk.

Lastly, my ribbon storage.  If there is a lot left on the spool, I leave it on the spool.  If there is not a tonne left, I take it off and hang it.  I don't like getting part-way through a project and running out of ribbon.  When the ribbon is hanging, I can tell how much I have left.

This is my homemade version of the Ribbon Ring.  (The real thing is way better looking than mine).  I stapled each ribbon to a cardstock tag.  If the ribbon is too long, I loop it and use a straight pin at the base of the cardstock through all the loops.  Each ribbon has its own cardstock tag and the tags are grouped by colour families and put on a jump ring by punching a hole in the cardstock.  Most groups are by colour but all my Christmas ones are their own group.

Now that you've seen the "still version", you can click to watch the video version on my Vimeo channel.  (Sorry for the camera shake.  I'm still new to videos!)

Hope you enjoyed the tour!


  1. wow what a lot of work, but looks great, makes me want to do my room !!!

  2. What a really beautiful studio...can I come live there? Really magazine lovely. You have to see my messy studio... definately better not seen. LOL I enjoyed your tour though, lovely and so well organized too.


  3. Yay, I love peeking into studios. Yours looks great. The storage board is especially awesome.


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