This is a picture from Tim Holtz craft room. Can I just say WOW! How much fun would it be to just play in there for 1 day. It would be HEAVEN! And this spinner full of his product is just glorious!
I found one of the coolest projects from one of my favorite Stamp'in Up Demonstrators. Her blog name is Pootles, and she makes the BEST boxes, and has a TON of videos up on youtube on how to make them. But this one was SUPER useful to me this week. I've been trying to figure out how to store my stickles, and liquid pearls. Until now I've been storing them upside down in a tea cup on my desk. But I have too many of them. I hate only storing a few in the cup at a time upside down and the rest of them right side up. So when I go to use the ones that weren't upside down I get air bubbles, or the tip is all clogged up. I know you can buy this long plastic thing to hold them in, but it's really big. And I just don't want to buy something if I can make it. So I was watching Miss Pootles make this spritzer holder and I thought huh I wonder if I could modify that for the stickles. Maybe make it shorter or the holes bigger. SO I made one, and to my wonderful surprise the stickles, and liquid pearls tops fit perfectly into it. And because of the construction of the box they weren't too heavy or fell over. I've had it sitting on my desk for a couple of weeks now, completely full up with bottles, and there have been no issues with it at all. This makes me so happy!!!! YAY!!!!
Such a pretty organized ink storage unit!!!! I love it so much!!! But I think I'm going ot have to just bite the bullet and get a couple of things from
Stamp n' Storage namely the lock down punch holder and the ink pad holder. I've been trying to make do with holders that I can get from the dollar store or ones that I can make. But my system is getting in the way of my creating. The holders are a little bit pricy, but not so much that they are out of the question, and if it helps me to be more organized so I am more creative then they are really worth it.
Today is a clean up the studio day. And yes I spent WAY to much time organizing my stamp collection instead of cleaning off my two work tables like I should be doing. So I am posting this here as a triumphal image and a shaming so I can now get back to work on what I should be doing. I do love my stamp collection though (that's just half of it). The first 3 boxes are organized by season Spring, Fall, Winter. Most of my stamps are for Fall and winter. The fourth box in the row are basic decorative stamps. Then on a different shelf I have a box of sentiment stamps, background stamps, and a couple boxes of stamp'in up stamps. It's easier for me to flip through the boxes when I'm creating something. I use to have them in books, but that just never quite worked for me. I need to have things out in the open if I'm going to use it.
Ok, this is my Dream craft room #56 I just love the low shelf unit, and the color coordinated boxes. Also, it really doesn't look like it would be that expensive to do. Now if I could just find a free wall in my studio to do this. That is always the biggest part of this craft room organization problem.
This weekend was also all about trying to organize all my ink colors. I wanted to have all the colors stamped so that when I'm working on a project all I have to do is reach for the little ring of paper next to my desk to figure out which color I need. So now I am proud to say that all my ink pad colors have now been cataloged. My little OCD habit for the day has been satisfied. My boyfriend can now stop looking at me with concern, and I can also stop procrastinating on doing a whole bunch of other work I wanted to get to. This whole weekend was suppose to be dedicated to that... so was last weekend... and the weekend before. So now I will start doing it, I swear... right after I have a victory popsicle...and maybe lunch.
I just finished making a little shelf unit for my colorbox inks out of foam core. I couldn't find a storage unit that would fit in the cabinet I store them in soooo had to bite the bullet and make one. It took a long time but soooooo worth it! Basically it was just a lot of measuring with some trial and error thrown in. Then once I got a little template made it was a couple of hours of meticulous cutting. Hoping the whole time that I indeed measured correctly and all that time wouldn't be wasted. I ended up hot gluing all the shelves into place. In my department store display shop days I would have reinforced each shelf with a ton of pins, but I got tired of fiddling with it so I ending up gluing all the seams like I was caulking up a bathroom tub. All my hard work turned out in the end. And this little shelf unit turned out really sturdy and functional. It took a REALLY long time though. Practically my whole day, but I have a template now so the next two (one for my stampin' up ink, and one for my distress pads), I have to make might go a little faster.
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