Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Craft Room Tour - Blogging Friends Blog Hop March 2016

Welcome back to another Blogging Friends Blog Hop!

I want to welcome all of you new visitors to my blog!  Thanks for following along our Hop!  Be sure to Subscribe on the right hand side of my blog so you don't miss out on our Blog Hop next month!  We are a group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators and we will be bringing you fun paper crafting ideas using Stampin' Up! products on the 1st of every month.  I hope you have been enjoying the Hop so far.  So many fun ideas from so many talented crafters!!!  


This month, we are sharing a peek into our crafty spaces! 
I have been super excited for this month's hop!  I love seeing how people organize and decorate their creative spaces.  As excited as I have been to see everyone else's space, I have been dreading sharing my own!!!  I have been doing a lot of reorganizing recently and my space is kind of a hot mess, lol.  So, I thought I would share the area of my room that I just reorganized.  



Yup, this is reorganized, lol.  I'm so visual and really need everything out where I can see it, so these open cube style bookcases are perfect for me.  These two 8 cube bookcases are by Better Homes & Gardens.  I also have an Ikea Expidit on the opposite side of my room and I am really happy with them both.  I would love to have a prettier space where everything is tucked away behind cabinet doors and drawers, but that just doesn't function well for me.  I need to see everything!


So, let's start at the top left and go cube by cube.  This is my "room to grow" cube.  I have a few empty containers and some free space to display recent cards I have made or received.  I do keep my roller stamps in that one container on top and I keep my old school label maker and refills in that box in the back.  I also keep a candle and some matches in here.  Yup, I often create by candlelight :) 


Next up, Washi Tape & Ribbons.  I keep my masking tapes from Studio Calico in that little ceramic drawer.  Behind that, I use 2 washi tape dispensers to house my Stampin' Up! washi tape.  I'm outgrowing it though and need to pick up a couple more.  You can see on top that I created little washi collection swatch cards.  I include the label, a strip of each washi from the pack and a list of the coordinating colors.  My Stampin; Up! ribbons are in that black ribbon holder box that I have had for years.  My ceramic piggy holds my most used baker's twine.  That little camera tape dispenser is empty right now, but I love it and keep it front and center.


This cube is for more washi tape :)  I got the box recently from Michaels.  It has 6 divided sections inside.  My We R Memory Keepers washi tape dispenser sits on top.  I keep my most used non-SU! washi in the dispenser and my other non-SU! washi goes in the box.


This cube is less exciting, but it holds my necessities.  Stapler, staples, thumb tacks, paper clips, adhesive refills, post-its and some extra pens.  That gray, fabric covered divider tray is also by Better Homes & Gardens.  They are drawer organizers and I have a bunch of them.  I love them and use them for everything!



This cube is for my Stampin' Up! Kits.  It looks messy, but I like to keep my kit contents together until I use up most of the kit and then I work the leftover bits into my stash so keeping them in the bags works best for me.  I have the Tin of Cards Kit, Watercolor Wishes Kit, Perpetual Calendar Kit and a couple retired kits in there, too.


Ah, the paper cube.  I'm still trying to figure out the best way to store my papers so I bought this organizer that fits this cube style bookcase from Stamp N Storage to try out the system.  They are not cheap, so I wanted to just get one to try it out and see how it works for me before I dive all in.  Because, I have A LOT of paper!  So, right now I'm keeping some of my Stampin' Up! paper in here, but if I'm being honest, there is paper everywhere in my room.  It is the number one supply that I need to purge and is it certainly my least organized supply, too.  When I finally figure out what is going to work for me, I'll share it here :)


Oh, Hello Paper Pumpkin!  This is one of my happiest cubes :)  I keep my past Paper Pumpkin stamps, instruction sheets and little leftover bits in those two 6x8 Project Life albums.  Behind them I keep my extra full kits and refill kits.  I love reaching for a Paper Pumpkin kit whenever I'm feeling creatively blocked.  Sometimes I just want to play and not have to think about creating a design or matching a color scheme.  I love knowing that everything I need is in that little red box!  I also have a few retired This & That journals and their matching washi tapes in this cube.  They are on the clearance rack now for a steal and I have a few ideas brewing that I hope to share with you soon!  I'll link them below to my store if you want to get them and play along :)

Product List
Epic Day Designer Washi Tape
Epic Day Designer Washi Tape
This And That Epic Day Journal
This And That Epic Day Journal
This And That Documented Journal
This And That Documented Journal
Retro Fresh This And That Journal
Retro Fresh This And That Journal


Right next to my personal Paper Pumpkin cube is my business Paper Pumpkin cube.  I keep a few kits on hand to sell at events.  I also keep some of my gifts for my Paper Pumpkin subscribers in here.  When you subscribe to Paper Pumpkin you will receive a free gift from Stampin' Up! in your first kit.  I keep the free gifts going for my customers and mail them a free gift after they subscribe for 3, 6 and 12 months.  When you buy a prepaid 12 month subscription you will get an awesome package of free gifts all at once! (and now during Sale-A-Bration when you buy a 12 month subscription you also get to choose 4 FREE Sale-A-Bration items!!!)  Sorry, I'm getting off track :)  Paper Pumpkin just gets me super excited!!!  And, so does Sale-A-Bration!!!  Who doesn't like FREE stuff!?!   If you want to sign up for Paper Pumpkin now, here are links to my online store...

Product List


This cube is packed full of extra retired Project Life by Stampin' Up! card collections and accessory packs.  Another amazing clearance rack deal!  I'll link a few of my favorites below, but seriously the deals are too good to pass up!  I absolutely love Project Life so when some of my favs retired (and went to a crazy clearance price) I stocked up!  When I bought them I thought they would be perfect for a class, but I'm tempted to use them all in my own albums ;)

Product List
Everyday Adventure Project Life Card Collection
Everyday Adventure Project Life Card Collection
Everyday Adventure Project Life Accessory Pack
Everyday Adventure Project Life Accessory Pack
Happiness Is Project Life Card Collection
Happiness Is Project Life Card Collection
Happiness Is Project Life Accessory Pack
Happiness Is Project Life Accessory Pack



This is my "business stuff" cube.  I keep my current Stampin' Up! catalogs in that cute magazine holder that I bought at Michaels.  That smaller, matching organizer holds stickers, post-its, bookmarks and random planner stuff.  Behind that I keep extra blank notebooks.  So, that's not my whole bookcase, but it is the most interesting stuff so I think we'll move on because this post is already going to be super long!


So, while I'm still deciding about what I want to do with my paper storage system, I am 100% certain that I made the right choice for my ink storage!  I got this unit from Stamp N Storage as well and it is just perfect for me!  It is new and I'm still moving into it, but I love that I can store me ink pads, re-inkers and coordinating markers all together and visible and pretty looking!  I keep my case of sponge daubers on top of the unit along with 2 green plastic baskets that hold my retired SU! ink colors and my Pigment ink pads.


Next to my ink organizer I have some foam tape and foam sheets that just don't have a better home.  Then, a magazine holder that is currently empty because I just purged the contents.  I'm thinking of  that as my Outbox.  Next to that I have a bin with stuff that I have for sale in my Etsy Store.  I'm trying to get better about purging the supplies I'm not using so I'm slowly going through my supplies and either listing them in my Etsy store or putting them in my Outbox to donate.  And, next to my Etsy bin is my 6x6 paper collection.


Moving on to my messy desk :)


It is organized chaos, I swear!  I have 2 acrylic organizers and each has 3 compartments.  I keep my most reached for things here.
The left one has...
  • staple Stampin' Up! embellishments like pearls, rhinestones, doilies and some die cut banners leftover from a paper pumpkin kit.  
  • Cards in progress
  • Stampin' Dimensionals and Glue Dots leftover from paper pumpkin kits
The left one has...
  • Scraps from recent projects
  • Alpha and word stickers from recent Project Life Pages.  I try to keep my partially used alpha and sticker sheets out until I use them up.
  • The bottom section is kind of a holding area.  Right now it has some samples of SU! papers and ribbons from the Occasions Catalog that my upline sent me.  It also has a few Project Life cards that aren't really me and I was trying to decide if I could use them or if I should purge them
At the foot of the acrylic organizers, I have a couple cute, ceramic egg holders.  They hold little bits and pieces that I want to use right away so I want to keep them front and center.  Mostly, it is stuff for my Project Life album.  The last sticker on a sheet, a stray die cut, a wood veneer that says the current month, it all ends up here with the hope that it makes it into my album :)


And, this is my main work area!  I have had that work mat since 2002 when I was first introduced to Stampin' Up!  I wish we still sold them!  I love mine dearly and it has served me well!  And, that big pile in front of my mat?  Let's start from the left.  That purple jar was a candle from Bath & Body Works.  I cleaned it out when I used it up because I thought it was cute and now I use it as a mini garbage for little scraps while I work.  Behind that I keep my most used clear Stampin' blocks in a plastic bin.  Then I have three more little organizers lined up to hold my most used tools.  I won't list them all, but if you want to see a closer look at this area or another area of my craft room, just leave a comment below and let me know :)  This post has been long enough!  We can save that for another day :)

I hope you enjoyed your visit to my craft room! 
I just love peeking into everyone's creative spaces!
Stop back and see me again soon!


Next up on the Blog Hop is Deborah!
I can't wait to see her workspace! 

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Blogging Friends Blog Hop!
Danica Ferrante --- You are Here :)

12 comments:

  1. OMG, Danica! I LOVE the color in your craft room. It's so classy and elegant. I like all your neatly organized "cubes". Such a wonderful and cheery space! We are all SO lucky! xo Crystal

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  2. I spotted a new idea I'm going to use - love those acrylic holders you have on your desk for your embellishments (pearls, etc). Looks much neater than my cluttered basket! Great room, Danica; you're very organized!

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  3. Danica, I love all of your neat little containers! I am a total sucker for Wicker baskets and such, I honestly think it's a disease! TFS!

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  4. Danica, your cubes look awesome, and I love the decorative pieces you have!

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  5. Great space! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. You can never have to much paper!

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  7. Yes, you can never have too much paper. I have a lot of DSP and a lot of retired DSP. I need to purge my retired papers and stamp sets. Great job!

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  8. Love the wall color and your little accent storage!

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  9. Such an awesome space! I too always have troubles storing my paper. I have a cubie similar to yours that I am using now for my current DSP and then another one for retired. All my non SU! paper is in a completely different place ....LOL.

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  10. Hi Danica! Love your ceramic pig and egg containers. What a great way to organize.

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  11. Wow Danica! This is great! Aren't are rooms always a work in progress for reorganizing? I think I'm on my third time this year. I love your tip about the Washi Tape card. I'll have to try that instead of going back to the catalog each time. I've been using my retired DSP as envelopes. Cut them to the size needed (generally A2) and still have some scrap left over to make a few more cards. Thank you for sharing your space.

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  12. Great Space! I love the cube storage idea.

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