August 3, 2016

Studio Tour - August 2016

As promised, a studio tour!
I will warn you ahead of time that this is a photo heavy post.

We moved into our new home a year ago and the third bedroom on the main floor became my craft studio. It is situated right across from the front door when you come into the house, so the pressure is always on to keep it tidy. Well at least the part you can see when you enter the house--lol! Still a work in progress but I think that is half the fun!

I had the IKEA cabinets and shelving from my space in our old house that was in a u-shape, see HERE. Although this room is bigger I had to change the desks and book shelves around to accommodate the walls and the island my hubby bought me for Mother's Day so I could look out the window while I craft and have a friend come and visit. It is the Stenstorp kitchen island from IKEA.

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I am going to move through the room starting from the left side. My three bookshelves are Billy from IKEA. I use them to store all my stamps dies, paper, embellishments and scrapbooks. I have been storing my stamps and dies 'Jennifer McGuire' style for a few years now. I sort alphabetically by Manufacturer, labelled and dies in behind the stamps. Stand alone dies are stored at the back of each manufacturer. The two bin on the top shelves overflowing with packages are all my leftover from 3+ years of the 12 Kits of Occasions. I use the white Michaels' photo boxes to store embellishments, twine, sequins and cards--all the boxes are labelled. A place for everything and everything in its place!

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The first of two Rakog carts. They make me smile every time I walk into the room. On this one I have my ink blenders in the top tray in an acrylic nail polish tray which was an absolutely genius idea from Arydth Percy-Robb that she posted a couple months ago on Instagram. I am still organizing this cart but each tray has plastic bins from the dollar store that fit perfectly (credit to Stephanie Klauck for those). I keep my supplies in there for stamp storage and work in progress. Hanging off the shelves are caddy's also from IKEA with my Copic markers, stored by colour family. I just roll the cart over to my island when I need them.

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The closet is actually over the stairs that go to the basement so it has some interesting features that I have to work around. I keep my wood block stamps, scraps, embossing supplies, inks, props and other supplies in these drawers. The far right bins and the bottom front bins store all my 12 x 12 patterned paper for scrapbooking. Each piece was purchased with something in mind and maybe one day I will get those layouts done!

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My Island is awesome. A huge work area and a perfect view. The light and the desk mat are again from IKEA. My mini pink Lazy Susan is from Pottery Barn Kids and I keep my essentials in there--tape runner, scissors, glue, Wink of Stella pens, water bottle and bone folder.

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The shelves at the back of the island have so much storage space. I haven`t taken the blue and white stripped protective cover off the shelves yet until I have decided exactly what I am going to store there.

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My second Raskog cart! The top two trays have IKEA Antonius plastic baskets that fit perfectly and have five different shaped compartments for storage. I keep my mini inks, ombre inks, envelopes, Project Life cards, MISTI and my ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers are in two IKEA caddy`s hanging off the front and my heat gun sits in another hanging on the side. I always make sure my heat gun is cooled down completely before putting it away.

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My display frame was given to me from a friend years ago, I believe it came from Winners.

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The other side of the room has a long table top where I keep my Scan N Cut, large Pottery Barn Lazy Susan, acrylic blocks, Big Shot and Fiskar`s Paper Cutter. I have been hunting for a paper cutter that works as well, mine is getting a bit tired. I have a Tim Holtz Tonic mini guillotine and might take the plunge and get the larger one. Advice is welcome...

Above the desk is a floating shelf where I display recent happy mail and I have three glass bathroom jars that I keep my washi tape in.

Underneath the table top are two IKEA Alex cabinet units, two drawer units and a rolling file cart from the Container Store.

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The drawers are so handy to keep supplies in. Top drawer most used inks--Memento, Versafine and Versamark, tape refills, embossing buddy, craft mat and foam tape.

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All my messy stuff. Embossing paste, spray inks, Glossy Accents, Stickles, ink refils, mini daubers, Gelatos, watercolour powders and the kitchen sink--lol

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Watercolour drawer Peerless, Gansai, Michaels and watercolour pencils.

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Other supplies--baggies, Press n`Seal, usually a roll of paper towel at the back.

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It you are still with me we are at the renovation wall! My studio that was a bedroom has an ensuite in it. Useful sometimes, but we do not have a washroom close too the front door, so that wall is getting closed off and the door is moving to the other side of the room so that we have the washroom off the front hall. When the happens the desk is being moved down and there will be a bit more adjusting. This is essentially my office area, the drawer unit contain all my office supplies--pen, pencils, a drawer dedicated to paper clips and Post It notes and tape all different sizes (yes I have an addiction) and all my labels  and personal files. There is one more Alex cabinet at the other end.

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If you made it here thank you for visiting. I would love to hear your comments and even suggestions.
Thank for visiting!

42 comments :

Rahmat said...

Lovely craft room Tracey! I particularly like the way the markers are stored, I will be look out for those when I visit Ikea, which is in Hong Kong though!! and I also love how organized your room is, everything has a place for it. Thanks for sharing the place where you create your awesome cards!

Hannelie said...

Your space looks amazing Tracey, can I come over and craft with you!? :)

Tracy Ercole said...

Your room looks amazing Tracey. Thanks so much for sharing :)

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Wow wow wow!!!!!! Your room is AMAZING! I loveeeeeeee it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Karen B. said...

Such an amazing space! I would love to send you a card so that I can maybe have the honor of it being displayed for a bit....would you email me your address please? :)

Carol Doggett said...

Great space, love the light!!! I move in the spring and am hoping for lots of windows!! I love looking at other peoples spaces...gives me lots of new ideas! I just posted photos of my space too, on my blog. Thanks for inviting us over! Enjoy your space!

BeverlyBL said...

This looks so nice and so organized. I would love it. My space is nice, I just can't keep it under control. I like your buckets for copics and the rolling bins. Thanks so much for the tour.

Pam Cain said...

Thank you for the tour. A wonderful room ready for creativity!

Diane Jaquay said...

My organization loving heart is pea green with envy, Tracey lol! I'd love to have an actual room to organize like this, as it is I'm in a portion of my living room and have to keep things on a pretty small scale because of it. Your room looks wonderful!

Scrapthat said...

Looks like an awesome space to create in!! TFS

cm said...

Tracey: WOW! What an incredible craft space you have! I absolutely LOVE it! I'm especially intrigued by your 'island,' as it looks like it would be perfect for my 'must stand up' crafting position. Can you let me know what it's called? Investigating some new additions to my space...
Hugs~c

~amy~ said...

TRACEY! Your studio is absolutely wonderful! I loved the tour!

I Card Everyone said...

I hope to one day sit beside you at that marvelous island, Tracey! It is a lovely studio, everything a girl could want, right at hand! Ikea owes you a commission! xx
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Maureen said...

What a beautiful place to create! I just love the desk/island. Thank you so much for sharing!

Sheri Gilson said...

Amazing space...love the island! Thanks so much for sharing!

Becca Cruger said...

A place for everything and everything in its place! Loved seeing your very organized digs! What a great place for creativity!

Susi K. said...

Beautiful, crafty space - full of bright light and wonderfully organized!

Colleen said...

It is always so fun to move into a new space and reorganize! Your room is beautiful, love all the white and I had no idea about hanging caddy's off the Rakog cards...I must look into that!! Great room to play in, Tracey!!

Marybeth said...

Tracey it's all wonderful! I love your new craft space! I'm sure you are so happy in that room ,what a blessing! Thanks for the tour of your room!!!!!!

Michele Henderson said...

I am filled with such a mix of emotions - -wonder, awe, inspiration, crafty goodness, and of course, a little bit of envy too! This space is AMAZING! I love it! I have the space in my house, but my hodge podge of tables and shelves and storage boxes makes me feel cramped and crowded some days! Your space is bright and cheerful and looks so inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

Jinny Newlin said...

What a beautiful, useful, AMAZING room, Tracey! TFS! LOVE!

Maria said...

Awesome crafting room, Tracey! Love all the white space and organization!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

Cat Craig said...

Beautiful Space

Nancy said...

Love that you have room for a friend to create with! I love my room, but I do not have room for anyone else to join me so for that I am a tad envious! Thanks for taking the time to post this for all of us! I enjoyed every minute of it!

Sue McRae said...

Your room looks fabulous! Lots of great ideas and I love all the white!

Melody said...

The studio is perfect Tracey! Thanks for all the organizational tips. I am moving to my new home and into my new studio at the end of the month!

KT Fit Kitty said...

What an awesome craft space! Beautifully organized! Very impressive!

Bobby said...

Oh to have that much room for a studio. It looks like you are well organized, Tracey.

Jen Mitchell said...

Such a wonderful space. Everything is so neat and tidy and so well organized. Thanks so much for giving us a peek!

Lisa said...

Thanks for sharing your pretty craft room with us Tracey!! It should be in an Ikea catalog!! Great storage tips too. Your island with a view is wonderful!!

Amy Rohl said...

What a great space, Tracey! Thank you for sharing!!

Jeanne J. said...

Oh Tracey! This room is AMAZING! Wish I lived closer so I could come over and snoop around in all those drawers LOL! WONDERFUL! Thank you for sharing so many great ideas - love the nail polish tray for the inkers and your cool rool around carts!

Miriam Prantner said...

Your room is amazing! What a fantastic space! One day, maybe, although I'm quite sure mine will be waaaay messier.

Annette Allen said...

what a great craft room and so organized.. thanks for sharing.

LauraJane:) said...

Oh! Your craft space is Divine Tracey!! So clean, bright and NEAT of all things:)) Very much YOU
A Perfect room for creating all things LOVELY!! Thanks for the tour.
Some day soon I'll share my space..it is the complete opposite of yours;/ however it is the reflection of who I am:)))

Leigh Penner said...

This looks amazing, Tracey! Thanks for sharing your space!

Darnell J Knauss said...

Aaaah, you've made my organization-loving heart go pitter-patter with happiness, Tracey! This is so efficient and so pretty and so inviting!! Well done all around! I can't think of a single thing I would change! Thank you for sharing your beautiful space and organization ideas!! Hugs, Darnell

Michelle said...

Holy smokes!!! Awesome craft room Tracey!

Sharron said...

Wow, this looks amazing, Tracey! How wonderful to have so much room. Thanks for sharing the tour photos!

Barb Ghig said...

Late to the party, but so happy to see this post! Your studio is FABULOUS, Tracey! I love all of your storage ideas, and really love the island! How nice that you have so much beautiful light coming into the room, too!

Kim Heggins said...

Love the tour of your wonderful studio, just so beautiful and so well organized, mind coming to my craft room for a few days? Just imagine the fun we could have!

Judy Tuck said...

Thanks for the wonderful tour Tracey and it looks like you have a great crafting space. I've been looking at purchasing the Raskog cart but can't find the turquoise one here in Montreal.