Start with a Blank Canvas: I
promised to share my progress during the creation of my new stamping
space. I’m still working on the final details. However, so many of
you are asking that I thought I would toss out a few ideas and
pictures that may interest you.
Here’s my “blank canvas.” It’s a 7′ 6″ x
19′ 8″ hallway in our basement that’s finished off. It originally
was a library area to store our books (hence the bookshelves).
However, my stamping wheels began to turn and I felt it would get
much better use as my Stampin’ Pretty Stamping Zone. TIP:
I used masking tape to lay out office furniture and a paper storage
rack in the space. As with a good card sketch, thoughtful space
planning is a must.
The bookshelves are a puzzlebox style (from Crate and Barrel),
meaning they slide to “expand and contract” in width, with lovely
little cubbies for easy access to storage. They will be used again in
the Stampin’ Pretty Stamping Zone.
From order, there is chaos. This is the uninspiring view after my
work space furniture was delivered and I began to move many supplies
into the work space. Confession: Messes make me freak out. My family runs for cover. This motivates me to stay on track 🙂
For each desk/hutch combo (one on each side of the hall), I purchased long tackboard. I found this funkalicious material (www.warehousefabricsinc.com)
called Dandie/Sweet Potato (is that a cute name or what?), that I
“attached” to the tackboard with a staple gun (upholstering would be an
overstatement). My task chair will get the same treatment. TIP:
This adds some instant polka dotty razz-ma-tazz. When I feel like a
new look and colors, I can take off the old and pop on some new
I wanted to share a quick and budget friendly storage tip today from my
new Stampin’ Pretty Stamping Zone. These 39″ rails were $3.99 each
from Ikea and
are “the bomb” for organizing punches. There’s a smaller version for
$1.99. The sad part for me, is that I don’t have an Ikea store nearby
and the shipping was as much as the four rails. I had to look past
that detail since they were essential and still cheap relative to how
efficient they are.
this fabric from my previous post? It’s called Dandie Sweet Potato
Natural, a burnt orange background with big, natural colored polka
dots. I discovered it on-line through Warehouse Fabrics, Inc. Click here for details
where it ended up? All the mahogany (darker colored) office furniture
was purchased recently at 60% off as a result of scratches on the panel
of the hutch area.
I purchased inexpensive tackboard and covered both of the open hutch
areas with my Dandie Sweet Potato . . . just the pizzazz I wanted.
Even my budget task chair (Target), get’s in on the polka dot action.
polka dot tackboard is not only “dishy” (as my friend, Karren would
say), I can pin up my sketches and ideas (note the inspiration page
from a Grandinroad catalog for today’s card) when I’m working on a
project. Along with adding 48″ strip lighting under each set of hutch
cabinets, moving these pages off my work area is divine. Otherwise I
wind up with the dreaded “heap” and I can’t find a thing.
designing your own stamping space, inject your own personality among
all the practical ideas (and you thought giant polka dots were enough
for me)? I have lots of cubbies that will be filled with tool storage,
ribbon holders, accessory organizers–the essentials for the Stampin’
Pretty Stamping Zone. However, I still wanted a few special (and
inexpensive) things to make it mine.
a big bird lover (always a bird book ready at our back window for quick
identification). This simple ceramic bird was marked down to $4.98 at
Pier 1 (from $25). It slips into my storage landscape without chirping
for too much attention.
tucked in this pretty glass bird (also Pier 1) next to an accent light
I purchased at Target years ago. The glass bird looks lovely in the
reflection from the light. The light warms up the overall look.
everything need to be modern? If you love modern, toss in a touch of
traditional–and vice versa. I loved the colors and pattern of this
grouping of traditional vases (Pier 1–I tend to shop in one place when
I don’t order on-line) and thought they added a sophisticated touch.
but not least, I stopped at Staples to grab a postal scale (enough
trips to the post office finally convinced me). I glanced at the
clearance bin and found all kinds of funky things for $.50. My
favorite? These lady bug push pins are now proudly flashing their spots
on my tackboard.
post highlights a bit more of my Stampin’ Pretty Stamping Zone and
hopefully inspires a few ideas to make your own stamping space more
organized and efficient.
NOTE: My designer paper and ribbon look a little sparse right now. I just cleared out most of the retiring accessories
and the open spaces are ready to welcome the beautiful new options in
Stampin’ Up!’s Spring/Summer 2009 Idea Book and Catalog, available Jan.
and for all, I wanted clear and open 12 x 12 storage for Stampin’ Up’s
Designer Series Paper and 12 x 12 card stock. However, it doesn’t come
cheaply. These stackable, lipless, clear storage bins run $60 for 10.
I purchased them for $49.99 (per set) on sale at Scrapbook.com.
If you can get past the price tag, they are wonderful combined with
Stampin’ Up!’s 12 x 12 Dividers (105528, sold in packs of four).
Perfect for additional organization and labeling.
divided my 12 x 12 Textured Card Stock by color family (108697-Earth
Elements, 108695-Soft Subtles, 108696-Rich Regals, 108698-Bold
Brights). Stampin’ Up!’s Die Cut Blooms (111376) are tucked in below.
The stackable trays keep both my paper and open storage shelving
looking neat and tidy.
On a budget? Stampin’ Up!’s 12 x 12 Paper Holders (115528, one is
featured on the right) are a less expensive alternative. They hold up
to 200 sheets and accommodate the 12 x 12 dividers (105529). I’m using
mine here to keep paper scraps organized.
Up!’s Ribbon Keepers (107634-Small, 107635-Medium, 107636-Large) turn
ribbon storage into a little grosgrain and taffeta library. I love how
they stack and are sized to coordinate with three different sized
“wheels.” With the three sizes stacked (large, medium and small on top), they are approx. 12″ high, 6 3/8″ wide and 4 3/4″ deep.
These Rubbermaid X-Cube Shelf Savers
are divine for marker storage and much more. The top box divides the
markers by Stampin’ Up! color families (105539-Bold Brights,
105539-Earth Elements, 105540-Rich Regals, 105537-Soft Subtles) and the
lower holds the neutral markers (Neutrals, 109126), my blender pens
(102845, right) and gel pens (non-SU, left).
These dusty blue magazine holders by
Cargo are luscious to look at and keep my magazines and catalogs ready
for duty. I purchased many different Cargo storage options (to be
shared soon) at 50% off (plus free shipping that particular week) HERE. The colors choices are delightful.
use Stampin’ Up!’s Forget-Me-Not Keeper (105525, in the background) for
organizing and storing my completed cards. It includes perfectly sized
dividers which I label by occasion. I plan to get another as my
valentine collection expands (and it was overflowing during the
holidays). Since Miss Isabel (my aging pug) kept wanting her belly
rubbed every time I got down low to take the picture, I allowed her in
the shot once she willingly “struck a pose.”
I spruced up my Stampin’ Pretty Stamping Zone
today using the smallest Thoughts & Prayer Tree (116002, in
Chocolate) from Stampin’ Up!’s D?cor Elements (a budget-friendly line
of vinyl wall coverings). The English Major in me couldn’t resist the
quote from Henry David Thoreau (116076, Chocolate) either.
process was surprisingly easy (think rub-ons on steroids) and the
results rival hand painted. I love the latest additions (and more
colors) to the D?cor Elements Catalog. It’s available for download on
my right side bar or email me if you would like me to send you a free copy (US only).
good news? Hooray, my Stampin’ Pretty Stamping Zone is complete and
all my beloved supplies have been tucked into their comfy, new homes.
I made a video to take you on a little tutorial tour. The not so good
news? The “stamper cam” isn’t going to win any Oscars . . . very
homemade–but we all love homemade, right?
For those that prefer things that don’t wobble, I took still photos for you.
The organization question I get asked most is about stamp storage. Here’s what I do:
- Remove retired stamp sets every six months (watch for my retired stamp sale in the upcoming weeks).
- Stamps are mounted, stacked in their cases alphabetically and tucked out of sight in the hutch featured above.
- I keep a 3 ring binder which holds images I stamp for every set. It’s organized by nature, greetings, occasions, etc.
- When I start a project, I grab the binder and flip through in a flash. No need to dig through my stamp sets.
Thanks to all of you who have been so supportive during my Stampin’
Pretty Stamping Zone journey. For the details from it’s bare
beginnings, CLICK HERE.
UPDATE: July, 2009. We moved to Tucson AZ . . . fortunately most of my “zone” could go with me. Here are the full details and more photos of my Stampin’ Pretty Stampin’ Loft, complete with view of the mountains.