Showing posts with label craft room organization. Show all posts
Showing posts with label craft room organization. Show all posts

Monday, October 12, 2020

Studio Tour 2020

Hello and welcome to my blog today I am going to share my Studio with you.  I just recently (yesterday) finished cleaning and organizing everything in the studio and wanted to take a little bit and give you a few tips and tricks to organizing your crafty space as well as a few organizing tips also.  

As you come up the stairs to my studio and turn to the right there's my desk area and my card display wall.  The cards on this wall are cards that I made and have blogged about since the new catalog went live in June.  I like to have pretty things in my space and my cards add color and art to the wall without having to spend any money.  I made the card display with Bead Board and attached a Mini Clothespin every so far with Hot glue and my glue gun.  

Rick Adkins Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Studio Tour 2020, Organization tips

Next to my desk I have a small folding table that I set up to house my lamps and file system.  This also has my mailing scale on it as well as a few little storage containers to house office supplies.  You know pens pencils sticky notes etc.  This is also used to hold my cards that I am working on editing the photos for my blog and to get stuff into the mail.  Underneath I have a file storage bin that contains paperwork and business papers.  

Rick Adkins Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Studio Tour 2020, Organization tips

As we turn around from the desk area you can see the full craft studio.  In the center of my room I have my set of large flat files that holds all my art papers, watercolor papers, and decorative art papers as well as drawing paper and printmaking papers.  So, they are heavy as heck and to hard to move so I came up with a solution.  I put a large piece of MDF on top of them and made it into a table or center island.  I placed a large floral arrangement in the center that I put together to add a little color and showcase my favorite flowers.  Don't worry they are fake so I can't kill them.  My center island serves two purposes one side has my cutting area on it where my Carl cutter can stay out all the time now and the rest I can use to sort and pack my class kits.  Each bin has a different project in it and I will place all the cut items in that bin for each project.  Currently the bins have the projects for my Fall Online Retreat ready to start cutting and prepping the projects this week to go out in the mail.  

Rick Adkins Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Studio Tour 2020, Organization tips
Underneath each side of the island I have room to store extra supplies that are to bucky to store anywhere else.  

Rick Adkins Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Studio Tour 2020, Organization tips

When you turn to the left you have my card storage and Mailing station.  The three cabinets you see above I found on the side of the road and store all my extra supplies, kits, ink pads, and mailing supplies.  The four storage containers below house all my completed cards.  Each drawer has a different themed or category of card on the inside.  So all the cards for that category goes in the assigned drawer.  I keep my cards in plastic show boxes for the last few years but had outgrew that system and this was the perfect budget friendly solution that I cam up with over the summer.  

Rick Adkins Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Studio Tour 2020, Organization tips

Here is a better few of the cabinets that I found on the side of the road a couple years ago.  I still need to get a countertop for them but the makeshift MDF one works great for now.  

Rick Adkins Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Studio Tour 2020, Organization tips

Next to the cabinets and mailing station is one of my Paper storage areas.  I was gifted this wire system from a friend who no longer needed it.  It houses all my bulk Stampin' Up! Cardstocks in Color family and the far left one holds retired DSP that Charles has access to for his new online Junk Journaling classes.  Above that I have storage to hold all those little items that we all need storage for.  Most of it is my adhesive storage and sponges, and other miscellaneous stuff.  Below the Cardstock in the bins are extra storage and overflow cardstock.  

Rick Adkins Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Studio Tour 2020, Organization tips

This area is my Photo area.  This houses all the supplies and my Light box.  I have all my photo props and backdrops stored here.  As well as my card magazines, retired catalogs, other notebooks and magazines that I get inspiration from.  
Rick Adkins Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Studio Tour 2020, Organization tips

Next to the bakers rack is my new Die Cutting and Heat Embossing Stations.  I have my Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine sitting out on the top of the counter and my dies, below that are my Big Shots, and Embossing Folders.  Next to that I have my die brush container, and a few little odds and ends.  The underneath containers holds prizes, printmaking supplies, my classroom easels, and items to make different 3D projects and Retreat gifts.  

Rick Adkins Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Studio Tour 2020, Organization tips

This is my main work area and filming area.  If you watch one of my videos this is where it's filmed it.  I got the Photo lights last year for Christmas and they have made a huge difference.  I have everything that I reach for all the time in this area.  All my ink pads, stamps, holiday and seasonal items, and my punches.  
Rick Adkins Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Studio Tour 2020, Organization tips

This is the backside of the island where I have everything set up to cut and prep my Fall Retreat.  
This is Carl's new home.  I am so excited he gets to sit out all the time now.  The boxes you see on the other corner are all things that are getting donated.  

Rick Adkins Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Studio Tour 2020, Organization tips

Here in the filming area is my book case that used to hold all my stamps but now it holds plastic containers that hold all my most used tools and supplies that I reach for all the time.  There's also some empty drawers so I have places to put things as I get them.

Rick Adkins Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Studio Tour 2020, Organization tips

Here is my Stampin' Up! Storage for all my Ink Pads, Stampin' Write Markers, Stampin' Blends, Ink Refills, and Ribbon.  All my Annual Catalog Stamps are in this bookcase.  I put them behind me so I can just turn around and grab whatever stamp set I need for the project I am working on.  They are all in Alphabetical order.  
Rick Adkins Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Studio Tour 2020, Organization tips

My filming desk is long and narrow.  That way I can't fill it up will all the stuff I use all the time and have to clean it off at the end of the day.  I found that with my big desk I would just keep filling it up and not put things away.  With the narrow desk  I have no choice but to put things away when I am done.  In the small bookcase on the end I have all my Holiday and Seasonal Stamp Sets, and Ribbons,   I will change these out when the January-June Mini comes out.  On top of the book case is clear DVD storage unit that I got on Amazon that hold the Stampin' Up! clear DVD cases.  Inside each DVD case is my embellishments.  Each case is labeled and I can easily grab what I need and put it back away.  

Rick Adkins Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Studio Tour 2020, Organization tips

Video Tutorial: 

Here you can walk through the studio with me and I will tell you everything I can about how I redid my Studio and what I used to store things in and I talk a lot more about creating each Zone.  Thanks for dropping by today.  I did add links to the items that you can get off Amazon that I used today.  I also have listed the Storage by Stampin' Up! items also.  


Happy Stampin' 
Rick Adkins 

Out with the Old and In with the New!

New Year New Customer Rewards Program.  It's a new Stampin' Up! Year and it's time to update a few things and I have started with my Customer Loyalty Program.  You can read all about the new program by clicking here.  You will also find the new Crafty Rewards Tracker Sheet there as well.  All past rewards points have now expired for previous years with this new program.  

If you place any size order with me during the month of October you will receive the October Creative Stampers Tutorial Bundle from me as a little thank you.  This month's tutorial bundle is a Mega Tutorial Bundle featuring projects for both Fall & Halloween.  There are 20 tutorials featured this month.    The Creative Stampers Tutorial Bundle can either be earned for FREE with any size order or Can be purchased for $22 from me.  As a bonus for ordering during the month of October you will also get the Coming Home Tutorial Bundle as well.  

The month of October Stampin' Up! has a Designer Series Paper Sale going on on 15 select Designer Series Papers.  Each pack of paper is 15% off so it's a perfect time to stock up.  You can find out all the details and my ordering special for this sale by clicking here.  This wonderful sale ends on October 31, 2020 so don't miss out!  

Amazon Items: 

Large Plastic Storage Bins -

iDesign Plastic Storage Bin with Handles for Kitchen, Fridge, Freezer, Pantry, and Cabinet Organization, BPA-Free, Medium -

6 Pack - SimpleHouseware Foldable Cube Storage -

mDesign Stackable Plastic Storage Organizer Bin with Built-in Handles - for Craft, Sewing, Art, School Supplies in Home, Classroom, Playroom or Studio - 16" Long, 2 Pack – Clear -

mDesign Wide Stackable Plastic Kitchen Pantry Cabinet, Refrigerator or Freezer Food Storage Bin with Handles - Organizer for Fruit, Yogurt, Snacks, Pasta - BPA Free, 14.5" Long, 2 Pack – Clear -

mDesign Plastic Storage Organizer Container Bins Holders with Handles - for Kitchen, Pantry, Cabinet, Fridge/Freezer - Large for Organizing Snacks, Produce, Vegetables, Pasta Food – Clear -

mDesign Plastic Food Packet Kitchen Storage Organizer Bin Caddy - Holds Spice Pouches, Dressing Mixes, Hot Chocolate, Tea, Sugar Packets in Pantry, Cabinets or Countertop - 2 Pack – Clear -

STORi Stackable Clear Plastic DVD Holder - Holds 14 Standard DVD Cases -

HOMZ 3 Drawer Medium Storage Cart, Set of 1, White -

Sterilite 17918004 3 Drawer Unit, White Frame with Clear Drawers, 4-Pack -

SimpleHouseware Heavy Duty 3-Tier Metal Utility Rolling Cart, White -

Supply List: 

Monday, April 15, 2019

My Storage by Stampin' Up! Setup What It Did To My Desk & my Attitude. Sneak Peek Week!

Hello and welcome to my blog; today I am going to share with you my first product from the new 2019 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog which is also my new storage solution for my desk. Yes, I said storage solution and it came from Stampin' Up!. Which makes it even better.  Did you even know that we now have a storage solution for ink pads, stampin' write markers and more.  I am sure you know the answer to that question.  Storage By Stampin' Up! will be in the new catalog in June, but was released early so that everyone could start getting a little more organized.  I am going to share with you what I did with what I purchased.

I have never gotten this many large boxes from Stampin' Up!, so it was fun to see what was inside.  Each item in the storage system comes in it's own box and wrapped with foam and plastic so it's nice and protected.  But, I am sure you want to see what my desk looked like before hand.  Most of you know if you watch my videos I always talk about how I need to clean it.  Well here's a little picture.  

Video Tutorial: 

If you are viewing this post by email you may have to click here to view the video.  

Tips & Tricks: 

After getting my storage and getting it set up these are a few things that I decided to do and somethings that I noticed.  But, before we get into that; here's how I created mine.  As I mentioned in the video there is a configuration sheet you can download that here.  This document will help you figure out how many pieces you will need.  
  • I Figured out since I have replaced my old style ink pads (besides the retiring 2017-2019 In Colors) I knew I had to order 10 of the ink pad and marker holders.  This way I could place all the color families together.  I prefer to place my ink pads in color family order because I can see whats in that family super easily.  I have tried rainbow order this year and I had a hard time putting them back in order sometimes.  Some reasons included being in a hurry and then just putting them in any open slot.  Or not taking to time to place them where they needed to go because I didn't want to because I found it hard to remember where they went.  
  • To accommodate my Stampin' Blends (and yes I have all of them that are currently out) I had to purchase five.  This way I could split them into groups of three and have the correct numbers below each color family.  Each individual blend holder holds six so a set of five will hold 30 blends.  Knowing this made it really easy to figure out what I needed.  By the way another little sneak peek that I am slipping in for you today.  There will be six new Stampin' Blends in the new catalog.  
  • I believe that they are So Saffron, Pretty Peacock, Purple Posy, Gray Granite, Rococo Rose, & Seaside Spray, (but don't hold me to the names just yet I am learning them I m pretty sure that the names are correct).  
  • Okay so back to the storage.  At the top of each set I used the Storage Topper to hold my Ink Refills.  These are also great to hold adhesive, small blocks and more.  
  • For my other ink pads like Stazon, Memento, and my ink pads that I didn't upgrade.  I used the open storage cubes with the Storage Lid to to close the top one off. 
  •  Okay to answer you question before you even ask no they don't really fit in the ink pad storage.   The Stazon and Memento and Versamark do not fit at all.  
  • The old still pads will fit but it is not recommended because they lift the ink pad tray up the tiniest little bit and if you stack all of them in this manner your storage unit will be extremely unstable.  
  • The Storage Lid on the top is perfect to place a pencil holder or some other type of container on top or you could place some decorative element.  I used a colorful little tin bin that I picked up at Dollar Tree to hold my spritzers, blending brushes, scissors, and my watercolor brushes.  
  • The Storage Cube is also perfect to hold our punches.  So if you want Punch storage these will be great for you.  Sadly the Storage Cube isn't available currently due to the high sales volume, but will be back in stock soon.  
  • The great thing about the Storage by Stampin' Up! is they are completely customizeable  I can add to and move everything around to fit my needs and so can you.  
  • They are also budget friendly.  You can purchase what you need when you need it.  So if you only have a few of the new style ink pads you can start there and add to them as you grow.  
Thanks for dropping in today, I hope that you have enjoyed my little sneak peek today as well as my walk through of the new Storage by Stampin' Up! that's in the upcoming 2019-2020 Catalog.  

Say you want a catalog well I will send you one for free when you make a purchase from me this month. I will start sending out the new catalogs in mid May.  So everyone that has ordered from me in the last six month's will get one as a gift from me. 
If you haven't placed an order with me but would like a new catalog you can get one two ways.  
  • One Place a order with me in my online store.  
  • Two send me a message and I will send you a PayPal Invoice for $6.00 to cover the shipping of the catalog. 
I have to purchase my catalogs and pay for shipping them, so when you order from me this helps to cover those costs,  So if you have a demonstrator you work with regularly please contact them to order a catalog.  If you are a demonstrator your complimentary catalog will be send in your preorder before May 12 after that it will be mailed to you.  IF you don't have some one you work with I would be happy to take care of you.  
 Happy Stampin'
Rick Adkins 

Stampin' Up! Shopping List: 

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