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 ZoneTIP:  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 :)

S7303380-1For each desk/hutch combo (one on each side of the hall), I purchased long tackboard.  I found this funkalicious material ( 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 material.

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  1. Your new space is awesome!!! I look forward to all of your creations that will come from it in 2009!

  2. Hi Mary,

    I love your stamping space! It looks awesome! I love your paper tray storage unit – would you mind sharing where you found that? You are inspiring me to declutter my craft area and “dress my stamp nest” 🙂

  3. Mary, Please remind me how you store your little scraps of cardstock.
    I keep my sheets and scraps together in a folder.
    Love the way you have all your card stock out in the open to have easy access.

    Thanks for your help.

    Hi Jennifer: I have paper scrap storage tips ready to go later today. Stay tuned! Hugs, Mary

  4. It looks like a wonderful space to stamp. I’m actually trying to get out of the basement, but ours doesn’t look as comfy as yours does. Congrats on the new space!

  5. You’re off to a great start! Clutter forces me to thrust forward and create order. I’m excited to see how everything turns out. Thanks for sharing this experience with us.

  6. I am slobbering! That is the coolest space I have ever seen. And how you laid it out with tape…smarty pants! 😉
    The fabric you chose “looks” like you. NO! Not dotty…vibrant!:)

    Can’t wait to see you sitting there thinking of more great ways to amuse me!

  7. what a beautiful room!! love the color, the dark wood, the shelves, etc… Good luck with everything, take care 🙂

  8. What fun! I’d love a new stamping space like this, it’s no fair my hubby has a bigger office than me! Love the storage ideas and the funky polka dots! Hope you get your “mess” sorted soon! 😉 Hugs, Monica

  9. Kathy Tolleson

    How wonderful! I love that material too!
    You are truly blessed 😉

  10. It looks like you’re having a great time organizing your new space; can’t wait to see it when it’s done. It’s a perfect area for those cheery polka dots!

  11. What a nice Stamping place you have Mary!! Everything is great there.

    God bless

  12. A beautiful start – I can’t wait to see the results!!

  13. How fun! I’m with you though on messes. I can’t stand it.

  14. Oh MY Oh MY! I am going to need a mop soon, as I wipe at my mouth.Working on my space also , it would absolutely put you in an insane asylum, it just about has me there already.
    Can’t wait to see the rest.

  15. What a lovely set up. Having the professional shelving like you do must be a dream come true. Organization is so hard in our world, and you succeeded in a successful haven for yourself.

  16. Grace Lange-Way

    Hi Mary:

    Looks like you have one heck of a start on setting up an “ideal” stamping space. I am blessed enough to have a spare bedroom that I converted to a computer/stamping/quilting space a few years ago. Now I’m ready to empty it out and totally reorganize but, until I retire, there just isn’t the time. I can’t wait to see the finished area. It’s going to be a stamping heaven! How are you fixed for electrical outlets in your area?

  17. I love the pop of orange, Mary! Of course, this is coming from a girl who stamps in a orange room. LOL Can’t wait to see the room in its full glory!

  18. colleen kramer

    A work in progress! Fantastic! In order to really organize, purge, etc., you really do have to go through every single piece in your collection. In the midst of this, it’s hard to believe you are cleaning/reorganizing! Freak out—I so get that! 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to share with us. {I’m still struggling with lighting issues, so let me know how you handle that in your new space.}

  19. How I wish I had a place to make into a stamping room….. right now I am using the kitchen table or whatever else is unused to stamp on….. Good Luck with your area and I am really looking forward to seeing the finished area….. God Bless

  20. Keep your eye on the goal – a beautiful space. I can see the end-design coming into view already. Keep up the good work. And thanks for sharing.

  21. It is going to be a great space—I have the same size stamping room—very narrow and long! Keeps you clean and uncluttered, let me tell you! Good luck and can’t wait to see the final pix

  22. What an awesome use of space, very creative. Were you in a spare room before? I love it. I have a snow day today and I am going to make my Valentine cards. Yahoo!!!

  23. Breathe, Mary. The mess will soon be over! LOL! I can totally relate. I get a little hyperventilatey when things are too messy…I can’t wait to see the finished room and then what comes out of it!!

  24. When you make up your mind to do something, look out. It’s looking good so far. Thanks for sharing, but you are making some of us out her envious of your new space. LOL

  25. What a great space to be able to start from! Can’t wait to see the finished version!

  26. Looks awesome already. Can’t wait to see more as it goes along

  27. What a project to begin! I know it will be fantastic when you are finished. Good luck!

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