Pals Paper Arts is celebrating its 100th Challenge in grand style! Playing at PPA this week is also your entry to win an amazing jackpot of blog candy – something from EVERY member of the Design Team! Show us your favorite technique this week – anything you enjoy doing from embossing to masking to water coloring……….the list is endless! But you have to play the PPA to win.
GIVE IT A TRY! If there ever was a week to join the PPA Challenge, PPA100 is IT! I'm giving away a stack of 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up! Designer Buttons (and the cute little drawstring bag) plus Pretty in Pink and Early Espresso ribbon (pictured below) as my contribution to the jackpot!
Here's the "scoop" about my birthday card for my grandnephew, Henry! I'm confident he will find it delicious.
STAMPIN' PRETTY TIPS:
The pennant triangle has so many uses. Not only does it work as Henry's birthday banner, it's an ice cream cone (and a Christmas tree–let your imagination run). NEW PRODUCT ALERT! Pennant Parade rubber stamp set (used for the "cone" and sentiment) is available July 1.
NEW PRODUCT ALERT! What could be easier than popping out perfect pennants with the Petite Pennants Punch. Available July 1.
Just Add Cake Designer Series Paper (NEW PRODUCT ALERT–available July 1) offers plenty of patterns that coordinate for a festive look!
My snippet of paper piercing on the Baja Breeze "tag" is going to have to quality for my PPA100 technique. However, I used oodles of punches if that qualifies as a technique?
I find the "wee ones" love having their names on their cards or envelopes. The Sweet Shoppe Alphabet Lower letters fit perfectly within the 1/2" Circle Punch. Such an easy way to personalize the pennants and envelope.
NEW STAMPIN' UP! CATALOG BEGINS TOMORROW! July 1 is the big day! Do you have your wish list ready? I'll post the on-line catalog as soon as it's available and orders can be placed–approximately Noon, MST.
Here's a sneak peek (of the envelope) of my Pals Paper Arts project for tomorrow's PPA challenge (it spells "henry"). Pennants are the rage in the papercrafting world and the new Pennant Parade Stamp Set and Petite Pennants Punch blast to WOW fast! Both are available July 1.
PLUS . . . PPA100 will offer a HUGE blog candy opportunity to celebrate our 100th challenge! Be ready to participate! See the latest the PPA Top Picks!
Are you ready to take a video tour of my Stampin’ Pretty Ultimate Stamping Zone? Here’s the 411 on creative craft organization, storage and lots of bonus tips along the way!
JULY 2, 2011
Welcome to my Stampin’ Pretty Ultimate Stampin’ Zone. This project has evolved over several months from ideas used in my original stamping zone and loft, reader suggestions and lots of planning. I will do a detailed video tour in July, after the new Stampin’ Up! 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog goes live and my stamps and accessories are restocked with new product.
Even when not stamping, my coordinating desk area allows me to spread out and take advantage of the view. A good place to concentrate.
Another angle of the desk. The little, blue printer stand (bottom right) is artfully covered with hummingbird decals. My daughter, Caroline (now 17), painted and decorated it for me when she was a wee one. It will ALWAYS blend with my d?cor
You’re seeing the final results, a dream come true for me. I spent hours and hours budgeting and contemplating the design. I mapped things out looking for logic and convenience. For example, I grouped adhesives together in a deep drawer and within easy reach, Punches, stamps and ribbon require quick access and instant visibility. Wall racks were the perfect solution.
My Cutting (and paper) Zone
Why the mix of two wood (maple natural and maple brandy) colors on the cabinets? Simply for a little artistic variation and it didn’t cost a dime more. Plus, it’s a craft room . . . a good spot for a trendy switch up! Did you notice that I swapped countertop colors, too?
PLANNING YOUR OWN SPACE?
Think about your available space, what will fit and where. My space measures 18 x 11. However, it’s not just about floor space, but available wall space, too.
Set a realistic budget. I almost gave up on the project after getting “budget busting” bids on the countertops and cabinets from “big box” stores. Fortunately, I found a local kitchen place that offered wood laminate (real maple sheets over melamine boxes and doors) that saved me 30 to 50% over the other bids. Back on track!
Many of the rack and storage options (see ideas throughout this post) can be purchased very inexpensively.
Establish your needs. List all your craft products and create a basic map BEFORE you start a cabinet design.
How do you “roll?” I work left to right and revamped my first plan because I realized I simply couldn’t do the reverse (right to left).
My Cutting Zone (paper, punches, Big Shot, tool “chest”) is to the left of my drop down workspace. The Stamping Zone (stamps, ink pads and markers) and finishing touches (embellishments, heat embossing, etc.) are to the right. I use the products the most that are closest to my work area.
What’s your comfort level? Both my desk and drop down work space (where I’m likely to sit) are at a height of 30″ (standard desk height). The balance of the counter space is bumped up 36″ to gain more storage space (higher base cabinets) and is more comfortable when I stand and create.
Consider lighting . . . lots of it. I added natural light (solar tubes), track lighting on the ceiling and undercabinet (fluorescent) lighting above my workspace.
Don’t forget to budget for the potential costs of an electrician. You may need to move existing outlets and switches to conform with your layout.
TUCKED AWAY SPACES
Big Shot Dies (located in a drawer immediately left of my drop down work space) are easy to identify when stored in Stampin’ Up! die storage inserts. Two Large Inserts (#120801) are used in the photo above. I also use the Small Insert (#120802) to store my smaller Sizzlits and Embosslits Dies (the drawer above–not shown).
My Big Shot Die Cutting Machine (#113439) and cutting pads share the drawer below the dies. It’s easy to grab and easy to hide.
Adhesives need to be “on call” at all times. Different types (Sticky Strip, Mini Glue Dots, Snail, Stampin’ Dimensionals) for different purposes are located together to the right of my drop down work space.
This drawer (below my adhesive drawer) is dedicated to getting my stamps clean and conditioned. The Goo Gone is for getting adhesive off scissors and tools.
A wide drawer contains grid paper, boxes for embellishments and my trusty Color Coach.
My wood-mount stamps (recently reduced due to retiring stamps) are organized first by size and then alphabetically.
I regularly send out cards, projects and catalogs. Having my postage supplies organized makes it quick and easy. Larger envelopes and catalogs are stored below.
When I learned that the Stampin’ Up! cutting mat (which I use daily) was retiring, I began a search for a replacement. Boy, is there a wide world of self-healing cutting mats. I found this big, beautiful 36″ x 18″ cutting mat by Alvin on-line. Just google–lots of places sell it. There are loads of sizes to fit your space and even a few color choices. Mine is black but flips to green (maybe for the holidays?).
Let’s take a look at where this journey began. I have shared much of the following with you during the process on my Stampin’ Pretty Blog and on my Stampin’ Pretty Facebook Page. As I promised, it’s now consolidated in one spot for you. The Ultimate Stampin’ Zone will continue to be updated with more organizational ideas and tips in the future.
MAY 14, 2011: IT STARTED WITH A PEEPHOLE . . .
It started recently with the “peephole” in my ceiling above. After much discussion, budgeting and planning, I decided to revamp my current stamping space into something much more efficient (more storage and counter space, quick access), permanent (installed cabinets) and filled with fun organizational ideas.
The picture above represents the first sign of light . . . literally. I wanted more natural light and have installed two 14″ solar tubes in my stamping space (the loft was too dark). Talk about “seeing the light!” “Sky” (seriously, that’s his name–how appropriate for a skylight guy) peeks through from my roof after the first full hole is cut.
I’ll be using many of the ideas I learned from creating my original stamping zone and loft, PLUS introducing new ideas (many from readers) to make my Ultimate Stamping Zone journey complete. Be ready to share advice as I’ll look to you for input, too, along the way. I still have plenty of decisions to make (paint colors or new ways to store ribbon, for example). Ideas will be rolling while the dust flies on both on my Stampin’ Pretty Blog and my Stampin’ Pretty Facebook Fan Page. STAY TUNED.
Even Isabel (my very social pug) gets in on the action. She’s digging the brighter space. The noise sent our new kitty, Sasha, to a quiet reprieve in the tv chest.
MAY 17, 2011: WAITING ZONE–FEELING DISPLACED
Welcome to my new stamping space. LOL! I announced on my blog on Saturday that I’m in the process of revamping my stamping space to gain more counter space, storage space and pursue the the ultimate organization (at least that’s the goal) of all my Stampin’ Up! inks, tools, paper, ribbons and more.
However, I’m in the “awkward” stage where the previous space has evaporated (thanks to Craig’s List) and a makeshift stamping spot (card table for stamping and the floor for storage) present their challenges. At least my new maple floors are in. Loving them.
My pug Isabel enjoys them, too. Meanwhile, I’m planning my paint colors, hired an electrician to move my electrical outlets (counter height) and have the cabinet order rolling. The date for cabinet/counter delivery is the second week of June. I’ll be exploring options and sharing lots more organizational tidbits until then.
The big question: Will I be able to endure the chaos until then? Let’s just say, I don’t do well with chaos or clutter. Sasha found refuge on top of my tv cabinet when the floors were installed. She appeared more relaxed (below) when I was videotaping my new on-line class. I had to use our master bedroom while the floors were installed. I feel like a bouncing ball
MAY 25, 2011: CONTINUED CHAOS BUT PROGRESS
Had to move the electrical to accommodate the cabinet height last week.
I don’t do well in chaos or stamping on a wobbling card table. Things are in a heap here. I debated on repainting the fireplace a new color but opted to keep it the same!
More electrical changes by James, my electrician extraordinaire.
My beautiful Stampin’ Up! punches deserve more respect. Stay patient my darlings. You’ll have a special spot soon.
Here’s my painted wall (yesterday’s project). . . I used two different greens in the room. A “pickle” green covers the big wall, where most of my stamping area will be. The cabinets will cover most of where it used to be blue and the holes. The green on the fireplace was there before . . . a modern yellow/green (see below).
Cleared out and ready for duty!
This will be where my desk will go . . . looking out over the Santa Catalina Mountains and my desert landscape.
Hard to believe that this will be My Ultimate Stampin’ Zone on June 9 . . . I’ll be up all night organizing when it’s time!
JUNE 9, 2011: THE TRUCK IS HERE!
My Ultimate Stamping Zone is taking a big step today. Cabinets and countertops have JUST arrived and are being installed. I’m posting continuous before and after photos on my Facebook page throughout today, if you want the play by play (go to this link and be sure to “like me” to stay notified).
There was a “moment of silence” from the “guys” when they learned my loft was upstairs.
Installation lasted until 10:00 p.m.
JUNE 10, 2011: DUSTING MYSELF OFF!
SO MY DREAM of having an Ultimate Stamping Zone to organize and relish in throughout the night hit a few stumbling blocks. Did you notice a lull–LOL? There were several issues with cabinets (drawer function, several of the hinges broken, one door the wrong size, missing the proper screws to install all the hardware, etc.) AND my wonderful installer (thanks, Mark) worked tirelessly until 10:00 p.m to finish (we fed him pizza and tipped him well). By that point, I headed to bed.
TODAY I dust myself off, literally and figuratively. I’m going to start cleaning the dust from the drawers, floors and counters and the cabinet store will be calling me to get the broken items repaired. My electrician is coming to install the undercabinet (fluorescent) lights and my husband will be in charge of installing rails and racks. Normally, he is not allowed access to any tools (trust me, there’s a history here). However, he excels in the “rails and racks” department and this keeps him involved in the project.
BEYOND THE DUST I have some touch up painting to do (it’s still blue below my work area) and a little drywall work. Chairs need to be purchased and, of course, I get to add decorative touches which will pull things together. I’ll continue to keep you posted. The pieces are in place but there’s still plenty to do to make it “ultimate.”
? JUNE 11: MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION
There was encouraging progress on my Ultimate Stampin’ Zone (craft room) today. The cabinet guy arrived, tweaked a few things and will be replacing the “suspension” for my upper storage cabinets. They should raise up and hold so that I can “have the shop open” when I’m working and “closed” when I’m not. It’s a neatnik thing on my part to keep things tucked away and organized.
I got a chance to start organizing my paper storage.
Husband, Scott, my favorite “racks and rails” guy!
My husband, Scott, and I put up the Ikea Bygel rails (more details in my “Racks and Rails section below) for my punches last night. I made sure to have plenty of room for future additions. This is one area I tend to underestimate so I got plenty. The rails are still the best way I personally have found to have punches “ready for duty.” I have used them since the renovation of my original stamping zone.
James, my electrician, “rocks out” my undercabinet lighting. Good lighting is essential.
JUNE 13, 2011: FUN AND FUNCTIONAL ART!
I love having a bulletin board over my work space and nothing gives it jazz faster than a little reupholstering with a spiffy fabric.
I got the Richloom Oslo Bluebird fabric through an on-line fabric store.
A yard easily covered my 3 x 2 bulletin board (purchased at Office Depot).
JUNE 18, 2011: RACKS AND RAILS
I believe good organization of stamping space means easy access and visability. Racks can be a fabulous way to accomplish this. Here are examples of how I have incorporated racks and rails into my “zone.”
A simple dowel system keeps ribbon accessible and looking organized. It’s easy to slip off rolls on the right or use them while they are hanging. The little $.99 “buckets” from IKEA hold ribbon scraps. The rods (actually a curtain draw rod) fit through Stampin’ Up! rolls perfectly (IKEA: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10079366).
Take a closer look. These sweet In Color Designer Printed Brads (#122940) give new life to boring hardware.
My husband, Scott, touches up where my prior punch racks (IKEA Bygel rails) were located. He’s such a good egg about my “essential” changes. Isabel supervises.
Scott and I worked as a team lining these DVD racks up and installing. Rack details below.
Note: The racks are designed to hold DVD’s vertically. I flipped them horizontally so that I could read the spines easier (when you’re 50, you’ll understand). I don’t have any problems with them falling through the open back as long as I have at least 3 DVD’s in a compartment (to fight gravity) and push them flush to the wall. I pull them out as a stack when I need one and return them the same way.
Nope, I couldn’t give them up. These 8.5 x 11 paper storage racks were an amazing find when a local hobby store was getting rid of their display rack. Got them for a song about 3 years ago.
I’m still using my clear, stackable 12 x 12 paper storage but sized this cabinet (30″ wide) to accommodate 26 trays. They are in my “cutting” zone but disappear when the cabinet is closed. Note: It’s looking a little sparse in there as I wait to order new Designer Series and 12 x 12 paper from the Stampin’ Up! 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog (available July 1).
I use Stampin’ Up! 12 x 12 Dividers (#105529) to keep my paper organized and easy to find.
I still haven’t found anything better to keep punches displayed and ready to go than these IKEA Bygel Rails. I maxed out the wall space and allowed for “future expansion.” LOL.
TIP: They DO work for the new style Stampin’ Up! punch if they are in the open position. Just set them on the rail gently.
Did I mention that the rails are very inexpensive? Here’s the information on the 39 1/4″ rail ($2.99) and the 21 3/4″ rail ($1.99). IKEA no longer ships the rails. You’ll need to purchase them at the IKEAstore.
A TIP FROM MY HUSBAND, SCOTT:In those areas where studs weren’t used due to cosmetics and alignment issues, I used 3/8″ – 1/2″ plastic toggle drywall anchors with 1 1/2 inch screws. The screws and toggles are packaged together and can be purchased at Ace, Lowes, Home Depot. Just one holds up to 140 pounds which is more than enough security considering the minimal weight that these racks and rails will be holding. Use a 5/16 inch drill bit to drill your toggle holes in the drywall (or you can just push a hole using a small phillips head screwdriver).
Punches are ready to report for duty. I planned my entire layout dependent on this being my “cutting zone.”
TIP: I have the rails spaced a tad over 6″ apart (that’s pole to pole). It accommodates getting them on and off easily. The bottom pole is 2.5″ from the counter. I laid them on the floor first with the largest punches to determine what would fit in the space between my counter and the bottom of the cabinets (total open space is 25″, top to bottom).
Whoosh! Also in the plan was this waste bin. Just cut and sweep the little scraps into the bin.
JUNE 19, 2011: COOKING UP ART WITH DECOR ELEMENTS!
Check out this yummy new art destined to go over my fireplace! Take 1 Vanilla Mat Board and add a delicious dash of Stampin’ Up! D?cor Elements. Set timer for a simple frame (I’m having it done professionally) will make the recipe complete. Note the large “Create” (117460, 30 x 11 3/4″) in black has sold out on the retiring D?cor Elements Last Chance List. Chocolate (114117) and White (114079) are available while supplies last. There are lots of alternatives in the Stampin’ Up! Definitely Decorative product line!
JUNE 22, 2011. UPPER CABINET STORAGE
I love my upper cabinets for storage. They are designed to lift up and stay open when I’m working and “close up shop” when I’m away. I mounted them 24″ above the 36″ counter height base cabinets (that’s 30″ above my drop down desk area, which is 30″ high) to leave plenty of wall space for racks and rails.
Here’s what is hidden behind door #1. I finally weaned myself off my photo tent. It’s always been in a separate room and is a bit of an eyesore. Having my “photo stage” in my Ultimate Stampin’ Zone saves me time and is a very cost effective set-up. Plus, I can hide it away by closing the door. I reused the lamps (daylight bulbs) that came with my tent. A very simple Foamies white background completes the stage and keeps the backdrop seamless.
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