Tales from the Dust . . .

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Today begins the installation of My Stampin' Studio cabinets.  Everything is on schedule, even after a brief scare that the truck delivering them had broken down.  It will take 2 to 3 days to get the cabinets installed, including my studio, laundry and a small bath across from my studio.  They will measure for counter tops once the cabinets are in place.  I'm cautiously optimistic the counters will get installed next week!  I'm itching to get everything in place!

 

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I have teamed up with Brett at Stamp-N-Storage to design the best craft room organization I could find.  Stamp-N-Storage products have a spot for most everything a crafter needs easy access to: paper, ink, punches, ribbon, washi and more. The photo above gives you a peek at my lock-down style punch storage (whale tail punch storage is also available) as well as the ink/refill/marker storage combination below.

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I had the storage units painted this week (they come ready for paint or you can keep them natural) to match the cabinets, a soft off white that contrasts beautifully with my Sherwin Williams "Contented" wall color.  Relaxing and fresh!  You're looking at my future 12 x 12 paper holders above.

A TIP FROM ARTIE, MY PAINTER:  Spray the Stampin' Storage boxes with the slide out inserts partially pulled out.  You can get further inside the cubbies with the paint.  Slide them back in place while they are still wet.  I won't be able to remove the inserts once the paint is dry (think of a window being painted shut) but don't plan to remove them to change the spacing.  This definitely is something to consider if you plan to paint.  The cute bins below are Embossing Folder and Steel Die Storage.

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As of last evening, my kitchen is now serving as a makeshift stamping studio.  The kitchen is being remodeled as well so it's going to be a kitchen full of paper, stamps, ink and contractors for the next few days.  Yipes, more noise and dust.  Many "Calgon" moments.
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30 Comments:

  1. Oh, things are looking up. Your white cabinets are lovely.

  2. Can’t wait to see it when it is all done!!!!

  3. Oh Mary, I am sure I’m not alone when I say, I’m so excited for you. It is like a kid in the candy shop watching your studio come to life. See, you inspire us on so many levels. Thanks for sharing. :)

  4. Whoo Hoo! I’ve been a long-time customer of Brett’s at Stamp-n-Storage. Don’t you just love working with him? Free shipping for such heavy pieces is one of the reasons I buy each of the new things he’s come out with. Just switched all my framelits over to the magnetic sheets, although I didn’t need the bins they fit into as a piece of my father’s furniture worked best. You’re getting so close to being “moved in”!

  5. Love the crispness of the white cabinets Mary, it’s so YOU!!! I can’t wait to see the whole space fully assembled in all it’s glory.

  6. Looking good Mary! Can’t wait to see it all put together and finished (as I know you are too!).

  7. Looks like there’s going to be many of us who are going to be very JEALOUS of your room!

  8. I got the magnetic sheets for the bins . . . the OCD in me couldnt resist one more way to keep things need and tidy! Ill be sharing every detail as things go together.

  9. How exciting! I also have all the pieces you have mentioned in my craft room. I am trying to find a home for my stamp sets. I am a wood girl even though I have some clear. I have run out of drawer and cabinet space. I have one wall left that currently has my desk (not for crafting) that I plan to move out of this room. Thinking of some type of bookcase but still researching before I commit. Any suggestions? How are you storing your stamp sets? Can not wait to see your finished room.

  10. Hi Mary it looks like you will have a great place to create and store your craft supplies.

  11. Hi Debra: Ill be taking you all on a tour of My Stampin Studio when things are in place. The stamp sets (I use clear-mount) will be stored on shelves in the upper cabinets to the left of my main working area. DVD storage can be a great alternative for clear-mount stamps. I love that our new wood-mount cases can be integrated with clear-mount and are much easier to store (but not DVD sized). Again, bookcases or shelves make for simple storage of either style. M

  12. Happy Trails, Mary. Looks like you’ve put together a beautiful plan.

  13. Sue.gunter@gmail.com

    I love, love,love it…so jealous..it will be a work of art when you are all done.can’t wait for more photos.

  14. Ooooo! Can’t wait to see finished studio! I’m looking forward to mine when I retire! I’m always looking for inspiration! Thanks for sharing your pictures-keep them coming, please! Have fun!

  15. Oooo, MsMary , it’s looking good , I showed my hobby , maybe he gets it …. Lol,
    Love it all , can’t wait !!!!!
    Hugs frenchie

  16. Loved your reference to Calgon. Haven’t thought of that for a while.

  17. How exciting!! I know you’ll have fun fun fun but don’t take her stamp supplies away.
    A place for everything helps keep the creating time exciting.
    So happy for you. Yippee. You deserve it.

  18. Mary! I love the look at how it is coming along and seeing all the lovely new goodies. I had to check out the Stamp-n-Storage webpage and I cannot tell you how vindicated I feel. When I went out shopping for my new craft desk I wanted a roll top desk. You cannot believe how many people tried to talk me out of a roll top desk for crafting. I wouldn’t have it and did find a desk to my liking. Now Stamp-n-Storage sells a roll top JUST FOR THE PAPER CRAFTER!!! Who’s laughing now, people?

  19. Brett is awesome! Hope everything comes together soon for you and you’ll be in stamping nirvana.

  20. I am in the process of planning my new stamp room with the Stamp n Storage. I was glad to have your paint tip because I too want to paint my purchases white. I have been following your progress and can’t wait to see what you end up with! Whatever it is, I am sure it will be gorgeous!!

  21. It may be a work in progress for now, but it is also a dream… your dream! Really looking forward to seeing your completed “happy” space!

  22. Mary, can’t wait to see your new room! Can u tell me what is the size of your new room? I’m in the process of creating a studio upstairs and we are trying to figure out shelves or cabinets?

  23. I have one of the awesome inkpad/marker and RF storage holders and it is GREAT! Never thought to spray it white….that would look very nice but no matter the color, it is the best storage item I ever bought. I am not known for my organizational skills …but this certainly helps me out, especially with keeping track of my markers and refills.

    Enjoy following your remodeling journey and can’t wait to see the final outcome!

  24. Hi Anne: The room size (before cabinets) is approx. 11 x 18. Im making use of the closet as well (not included in that dimension). There will be a Murphy bed and a little more storage in the closet to allow for added guests (since my studio sacrificed one of our three bedrooms). M

  25. Thanks for the painting tip! I want to paint my Stamp-n-Storage items but have never spray painted. I am a little chicken but will have to take the plunge this spring. Your room is looking great and I can’t wait to the tour!

  26. FYI: Artie (my painter) used a professional paint sprayer for the results I got.

  27. Oh Mary…..how fabulous! It seems as though you were just re doing the space in your other home…and now you get to ‘play’ all over again. What wonderful cabinets and storage items….thank you for sharing the tip about the 12×12 holders. Looking forward to your pictures of the completed room…and you being able to be out of the kitchen….I can laugh with you, I have taken over most of the family room!

  28. Oh Mary I can not wait to see the finished room. I have wanted my craft room to look like yours. I wish I had the money first of all and also someone to help me design my room. I guess I will just put it on hold till I move. I am so excited for you.

  29. Brenda ( Indiana )

    Mary you said your painter used a Professional Sprayer which we have. What kind of paint did he use with the sprayer. Matte or Satin. Possibly the name brand if you don’t mind sharing. I have bought 2 Stamp n Storage units and I want to paint them also. Thanks for your help.

  30. Happy to help. He used Sherwin Williams Pro Industrial Multi-Surface Acrylic Paint. M

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