If you are anything like me, you want to craft something beautiful without spending the entire day at it, so let’s Organize Your Crafting! My Stamping Nook is right here in the kitchen. Big window to the birds on my left, and the coffee bar on my right. I have under-cabinet lighting, but turned them off for photography.
I mail A LOT of cards every month! The Nook might be small, but it is mighty when it comes to making 20 cards at a time. As you can imagine, this area needs to stay tidy when I’m not crafting so that splashes don’t damage my paper.
My tools and supplies have to be easy to find, but, at the same time, I can’t tolerate visual clutter. Stamp-n-Storage pieces fit my need for tidiness AND accessibility! They are worth every penny, and so well-made, these units will be passed down.
Because I batch my card making, I have a heavy-duty paper cutter from a teacher’s supply company. I score my card bases first using the Simply Scored from Stampin’ Up! because it has such a large scoring surface, and it’s scored every 1/8″. The height of this table is perfect for working, so that is why I bought this mobile kitchen island from IKEA.
Once the cutting and scoring are complete, my Big Shot moves to the top, and I pull the dies or embossing folders from the Stamp-n-Storage Creative Crate. The Crate is kept out all the time, so I bought the one with the lid to keep things from getting dusty.
Inside the cabinets above, I keep my stamp sets for holidays and children, whereas the stamp sets that I keep on the Nook counter are for Sympathy, Get Well, and Thinking of You. I bought the smaller Stamp Case Shelf to force myself to pare down to favorites and most used stamp sets. It’s a perfect fit!
I don’t use every color of ink pad available. Again, I have my favorites and use them a lot!
I hope you have been inspired to find a little Nook of your own and set it up with just what you need to make a batch of Birthday cards. The easiest way to organize is to have a place for everything. If you don’t have enough space, it’s time to have a talk with yourself.
- Do you sit or stand to create?
- Do you gravitate to certain stamp sets?
- Do you use all the ink pads you own?
- Do you have punches, dies, embossing folders?
- Do you buy colored paper, and are they safe from sun fading?
- What about ribbon, embellishments, and gift packaging?