Monday, July 5, 2010

Craft Room Update

After a lot of hard work my craft room is finally beginning to take shape! Our trip to Ikea was great and I got everything that I wanted (plus a few extras!!) I was very organised and had listed the location of everything that I wanted before we went. It was Rebecca's first trip to Ikea and she absolutley loved it, she was busy planning what her house is going to look like when she moves out!
Justin was very lovely and put the expedit together for me when we got home while Rebecca and I put all the storage boxes together. There is so much space it is wonderful, I had toyed with the idea of buying the smaller one when I was there but I am so glad that I didn't.

I wanted to try and utilise as much of the storage that I already had, the small cropper hoppers were just too tall to fit into the gaps so I trimmed off the tops with a pair of strong scissors. They hold some of my cardstock.

I used to store the majority of my papers in these 12x12 stacking shelves which are the perfect size to fit into the expedit. I debated about how to sort my papers, into colours or manufacturers, I decided that it would suit me better to have them in manufacturers. I have also created a sections for background paper, templates, and transparencies. I was really strict when I sorted all the papers out and have a huge pile to pass onto my Mum (it has also meant that I have a couple of empty shelves ready to accomodate new papers!!)


I labelled all the storage boxes with black dymo tape which I thought would show up more than just hand written labels. I have tried to think about how I have stored my stash to make it as user friendly as possible, the storage boxes are great and even the smallest ones hold a good amount. There are boxes for jounaling, vintage, thickers, bling, embellishments, glues, flowers, promarkers .......the list goes on! In the large boxes I have put all my old packets of photos, I want to go through them all and sort them into time periods which should make it a bit easier to look for certain photos. I have also dedicated one to my paper scraps, before they were all mixed up in a drawer but I thought if they were organised into bags of certain colours it would make them a lot more usable.
The other side of the room isn't finished yet as we needed to get some different fixings for our walls, hopefully in the next few days I can show you the finished article. My aim is to have a work station type area where I can keep out the sewing machine and cricut to make them easier to use and have some shelving to store more little bits and pieces.
One thing sorting out my stash has shown me is that I have a massive pile of untouched kits.....again! I did really well a while ago and didn't have any pizza boxes on my floor but they seem to have crept in again. I think I might just have to take the kits apart as I tend to forget what is in the boxes. That can wait for another day though!
TFL
xx

13 comments:

Jen said...

oh wow, it's looking great!

Sarah said...

Your room is looking lovely and so organised! Can't wait to see the rest! x

Lisa said...

Well done on a good start! keep up the good work;-)

xx

Fluffy said...

It's looking really really nice & you have given me lots of inspiration for my new room. Tracee x

Rachel said...

looks great rach, i tried to get another desk today but it was seriously huge and rob said as i already have 3 i didnt need another doh! cant wait to see it all finished, you have been really quick organising it all though xx xx

Nikki said...

OooH!! your room is looking fab Racheal - you lucky thing :)

Jill said...

OMG Rachael you have worked hard on that, can't wait to see it - my craftroom is sort of a 'muddle through' (think I know where most things are though!!) how lovely to have a free rein though! Jill x

cathy said...

It looks fab Rachael!! so organized!!!
Can't wait to see the rest!

Sarah said...

This is looking great Rachael, I just turned round and looked at my expedit and after a few weeks of deadlines it's not looking very 'perfect' at the moment :o)

Can't wait to see it all!

Julesaroony said...

Oooh looking gorgeous Rachael. Can't wait to see the finished thing with the other wall!

Janice xxxx said...

bloody hell - you have separate sections for each paper manufacturer!! You have WAYYY too much paper there Rrrrach, you need to give it away, you will NEVER get to use it all......

Michelle said...

Fab craft space! :)

Trina said...

Your expedit looks fantastic! I love those co-ordinated storage boxes.

I have one too, but it looks very messy, I have the clear storage boxes which don't help!