Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Bakers Dozen Studio Challenge September! 8-)

For my Tuesday Throwdown Post Please click HERE or just Scroll down.. 8-)

Hi All! And a Very Happy Tuesday to you! 8-) It's time for the Baker's Dozen Studio Challenge.  This is a monthly opportunity for us to share what makes our stamping studios hum.  Each month we will have a fun, crafty question so we can share our favorites, some tips and tricks, stamping advice and more.
The Question for September is:
Within Arm's Reach - What do you keep within arm's reach at your stamp table?  Show us what you have access to without leaving your seat.  What organization methods do you use?  Tell us which ones you love and which ones you'd like to change.
Hmmm... What a Great Question!! And my response is going to be pretty lengthy, and you'll see why in just a bit, so hold on to you hats, lol ...

Well this is what you see when you walk into our home office that I share with my DH... Just for reference sake, lol.. 8-) 
My crafting area takes up a whole wall in our shared office, lol  So as you can see, I keep just about EVERYTHING within arms reach..8-) And I guess my organizing style is to make the most of my little space & organize it as effectively and efficiently as possible...8-) Here's the front view when you are sitting at my crafting (stamping) desk..
See, I wasn't kidding, lol I kind of keep everything within arms reach. 8-)... Directly in front of me you will see most of the things that I use the most..  I have a couple of Copic color combination charts  & my two favorite cloud templates accessible under my clear desk mat at all times.. My Favorite Coffee Mug filled with Coffee! ( Very important lol! ) My most used inks Memento Tuxedo Black, Rich Cocoa, Desert Sand & Distress inks, Tumbled Glass, Antique Linen and Vintage Photo and foam applicator are always right there in front of me.. You can also see my white gel pens, and a couple of erasers right next to my inks and that's pretty much where they stay.. In the Copper bin behind these things I keep my paper trimmer, Score Pal, and cutting mat, along with my schedule of projects, my Splat Mat and various doo-dads and embellies that have found their way into the bin cause I haven't found a better place to put them yet, lol.  And as you can see, my collection of ribbon is always at arms reach on the rod above...
To the left you will see my Cricut, the stack of stamps, stamped images or digi's that I am either working on or hoping to get to in the Very near future.  Just beyond my Cricut, you can see a peek of my wall unit that holds binders & magazine holders that store the majority of my stamps and baskets that hold all my 6x6 dp collection pads.  Back at my crafting desk you can see my caddy that holds all different types of pens, scissors, paint brushes, exacto knives, etc.. And then above that, my magnet board that holds various magnetic containers that hold all different types of embellies.. etc..  

Now to the right you will see my stack of containers of Cardstocks from Taylored Expression and some 6x6 dp collection pads that I am currently working with. I always keep a roll of painters tape on my desk too, to hold die cutting plates in place, or to keep dp in place for digi paper piecing purposes, etc.. Next you can see my SU ink caddy and inks, However I use the top of my Ink Caddy for items I used the most often and like to have within arms reach, my stamping blocks, various twines, my most used Copic ink refills, Stardust Stickles, cause it goes with everything, lol and various glues and adhesives too. Next to that you will see lots of little drawers, they hold more adhesive, ribbons and embellies.. plus they are great to stack some of my 8x8 dp collections on, my washi tape that I haven't figured out where to put yet and a big envelope that I keep all the left over extra die cuts that don't get used, cause I might be able to use them sometime down the road.. And my funny little mustache mug that holds more crafty utensils, lol 
Moving directly above my crafting desk to the cubbie on the left hand side, I keep all my Copics in empty paint cans grouped by color family, for the most part anyway lol.. It's really nice to be able to reach up and grab them as I need them..  Directly above, on top of my cubbies, are more containers with more ribbons, twine, paper flowers, and various embellies as well, that I may not use as often as those that are closer to me...   

In the middle cubbie, I have metal containers filled with more inks, border punches, my Corner Chompers and my big roll of TE Foam Tape.. In the  right hand side cubby I have my Cuttlebug, more metal containers that hold my Cuttlebug's sandwich stack plates, various dies, embossing folders, impression plates etc..
That brings us to directly underneath my crafting desk in the Big basket on the left, I keep my 12x12 patterned paper sets and CS, along with some 8 1/2 by 11 packs of CS, page protectors etc.. In the middle you can see extra large punches and packages of felt... In the Big Basket on the right I keep all my shipping supplies, padded envelopes, bubble wrap, lightweight cardboard, packing tape etc.. 

See, A lot of stuff within arms reach and all in a compact space lol... 8-)  I guess if I could change anything it would be to have an extra table to work on for die cutting or to actually be able to haul my sewing machine out of storage and have it set up all the time, so I could sew on my projects too.. Right now, I pretty much take over my Hubby's desk when he's at work for die cutting etc.. But I need to have it all cleaned up and tidy by the time he gets home, lol..

Usually my crafting desk is Not this neat lol... It usually looks like a hurricane hit it and the piles on either side of my clear desk mat are usually much bigger.. 8-) But for the most part, there is plenty of room to work on my projects.. I do have a tendency to have the supplies for a few projects out on my desk all at the same time...lol Not always the best thing for having an organized work space, but I think it's due to my tendency to think 'out of sight,out of mind', so I try to keep all the projects I'm working on in sight lol..

Thanks so much for hanging in there with my rather lengthy tour of my crafting desk.. Now hop on over and see how the rest of the Baker's Dozen organize their crafting (stamping) desks.. 8-)



Hope you all have a Fantastic day & thanks so much for visiting! 8-)
Thanks for stopping by!

28 comments:

  1. Tiny, but really nice. I love how you store your Copics in those paint cans. :o)

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  2. Oh, I'm so jealous!!! This is fantastic the way you have everything withing arms reach Shannon! VERY organized too! Great space!
    Lynn

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  3. So sweet Shannon! I love your space (and I love that chair and your coffee mug is awesome!) So cool to see everything that you have at an arms length and I had to laugh about the die cuts that you are going to use in the future, i have two boxes of them- not sure what to do with those but i can't throw them out either :) Beautiful space!!

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  4. Shannon!!! This is awesome!!! LOVE the ribbon storage right there in front of you - it's functional and pretty! So much fun to see your space. :-)

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  5. Love your craft space Shannon! I can't believe you share this room with your hubby! Your organisation is brilliant!

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  6. What a great wall of fun and creativity! Love your ribbon storage.

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  7. Seriously, Shannon, your crafting table/area is as amazing as the creations you make! What a comfy place to settle in and get creative AND you get to share the room with your DH...I love that!!!

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  8. wow...love how everything is at arms reach---! I love how you store your Copics too! Great room!

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  9. Your crafting wall is wonderful, Shannon! Everything looks so pretty and organized as well! How fun to see everyone's spaces (and to get ideas as well)!

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  10. Your space is so pretty and organized! Love how you have your ribbon handy.

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  11. You truly make the best use of small areas to store your crafting supplies! I tend to spread out just a wee bit more. Ok, make that a LOT more :) In spite of all your organizational skills, there's just one thing missing - CHOCOLATE!!!!! :)

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  12. What a great creative space! Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Paint cans to store your copics? Fantastic idea! I've been searching for storage for mine and those lovely white box things most people have are no longer available......LOVE your idea - thanks!!!

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  14. How fun to get a peek at your crafting space! So very neat and color coordinated, just awesome! :) hugs, Kimberly

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  15. Fabulous space Shannon! It is always great to see how others do their space. Thanks for sharing :)

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  16. Aw, now I can visualize where you are sitting as those talented little fingers of yours create the sweet inspirations on your blog. How impeccable your crafting space is! Wow! Warm and Cozy.

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  17. Look at all of that beautiful color with your ribbon and copics - yum! Your space is super fab!

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  18. Fabulous space, Shannon! WOW! So organized and neat! I LOVE it!

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  19. Looks like you have it all organized and ready to create. I make a huge mess and have to clean it up each time before I can create again. LOL :)

    Hugs~

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  20. What a Great work space and the way you have it set up is perfect too!!!
    I just love seeing how eveyone has there work area set up, I always learn something!

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  21. What a fabulous post! I would be ashamed to show off my desk!

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  22. Wow, Shannon love all the ribbons and i love that you have everything at handsreach! Clever thinking, my desk is most of the time a big mess. Enjoy your evening, Colinda

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  23. I think if I ever had a chance to come over and play, I'd never want to leave!!!

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  24. Okay, show off!!! You will never see my work area. LOLOLOL

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  25. Nice! I also have everything within arms reach. Though I recently moved my Copics, colored pencils, other markers and ribbon across the room into dresser drawers. What I want a better look at is your Copic color combo charts.

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  26. OMGosh what an awesome craft space Shannon!! I love your room and your are so organized!!
    Hugs, Tammy

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  27. Hey Shannon - I am just getting around to this post. I think I need to fly you out here to help me get organized. I know there has to be a better way. Two of my walls are all windows so I can watch the wild life outside. You are indeed organized and I am so impressed!!!!! See you can teach old dogs new tricks. Mind you I am NOT a dog.
    sandy

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