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!
On September 1, 2020 we moved! Yep, during the pandemic. While I was still struggling with long Covid. And it has been the best experience of all my 34 moves in this lifetime. We don’t have to move again in Heaven, do we?
(picture of the house from the street coming May 15 as the flowers start blooming)
I deliberately pared down my stamp supplies to have at hand so I could use the kitchen nook … Overlooking my backyard garden and bird feeders! To my right is the coffee bar. Now tell me, was that smart or no? (there are artificial sunshine lights mounted under the cabinets here but I turned them off for a better picture)
As you can see, I use punches a lot for creating my “4 Cards in 30 Minutes” and I actually make cards by the dozens. I have everything popped up on Kickstands that gives me some shallow space for storing a nifty brush for quick cleanup. You know I don’t keep scraps! Swoosh, and into the bin they go.
I assembled a mobile kitchen island, from IKEA, for my cutting station. It holds my Big Shot, Simply Scored, and a teacher’s paper cutter. This is where I stamp, too. I do a lot of my work, including some of the alignment portion of assembly, while standing. I only sit down to clean up and address envelopes. And drink chai tea!
On the middle shelf I have a Creative Crate from Stamp-n-Storage for embossing folders, Framelits, Thinlits, and additional Magnetic Cards from Stamp-n-Storage. I pull the bin up to sort through and then I have the top for Big Shot work. Just outside this window I have hummingbird feeders, and a tray feeder for the Buntings and Cardinals. It’s like working in Eden! There’s a quarter circle flower bed way in the back of the yard that needs some serious sorting.
The cutting island has two wheels at one end, so I can move it closer or farther away from the desk in the nook. I score and cut card bases in batches. Once they are finished, I can put everything back on the shelves and use the top for all my standing work. I use only sunlight and the lights installed under the kitchen cabinets, so I’m not a late night stamper.
(picture from across the nook to show the drop-leaf table)
Everything I put into The Greenhouse has saved me time and space to dedicate to what really matters: making and sending cards. I have my most used stamp sets out on the nook, in the Shelf Unit to the far left. My card stock is tucked away in my clothes closet right now to keep it from getting sun bleached, and will get a custom paper holder made for my upper kitchen cabinets.
I WOULD LOVE TO ORGANIZE YOUR SPACE! I start by creating your stamping space with the minimum of pieces to give you a place to work without clutter. The smaller the better! I’m used to small and tidy, and have outfitted an RV for crafting on the road.
Stamp-n-Storage’s attention to detail and ecologically sound practices was a very pleasant surprise to this daughter of a cabinet maker. My father would have highly approved of these units, and the smell of fresh lumber makes me happy, so I haven’t painted anything, but they come sanded and ready for paint.