Monday, January 21, 2013

My Stamp Room is Finished!

Hi, guys! Hope you had a nice weekend. I am so happy to say that my stamp room is now complete!  It has been a project that my husband and I have been working on since the spring.  I thought I would share how it has turned out.  What I love most about this room is that there is a place for everything and I was able to arrange my supplies in a way that I can easily find what I am looking for.


The desk was from Ikea.  We had a glass top made to protect it from inks and paints (and me!).




My Tim Holtz shelf my husband put up so I could keep his books out to inspire me.



My husband was able to snag two sets of patent drawers from his office that were going to be tossed out. The metal drawers are sturdy and shallow which makes finding stamps very easy.  The stamps are sorted by type and/or stamp company.  Finding stamps has never been easier for me.


Distress Inks, anyone?  This is how I store mine.  The shelf is lined with brown paper and the pads are laid out on top.  This cabinet is from Ikea as well.


I keep my various punches in a couple of the drawers as well.


The use of Billy bookshelves (Ikea again) along the wall made it easy for me to lay out the supplies.


I really love the use of lazy susans on the bookshelves to arrange my paints, sprays, stains and various powders.  It cuts down on the "searching" for a specific item, and leaves more time for creating.










I surrounded myself with images of Paris.  I have always been so fond of Paris; even as a little girl I would dream of going there.  So when I was fortunate enough to go there, I was officially hooked.  My husband is happy that I have now have a place where all my Paris stuff can reside (I don't know why he doesn't love the Eiffel Tower).




My hubby was so helpful by making labels for all my binders and drawers.  I decided to use mini binders to store my embossing folders and my Tim Holtz stamps.


We used an Ikea CD tower for housing my acrylic stamps that are kept in CD cases.  I noticed that my Tim Holtz steel rule dies also fit great and it is an easy way to keep them orderly as well.


Every stamp room needs some aprons!


Love my Ott Light on the desk!  


My tool chest which houses all my Tim Holtz embellishments.  It is a good way to find all the goodies without too much digging around.  I love all his metal embellishments and before I was keeping them in jars and it was time consuming to locate any specific thing.


My chalkboard is fun for me.  I love to make notes to myself as well as reminders.


Last but not least, here is my roomwarming gift that my husband gave me.  It has been a blessing as I am very short and I am able to pull things from all the shelves and even from the top of the bookcases.  I love this step stool as it is on wheels but they lock down when you step on it.  For someone like myself, who is known to be clumsy, it is safe.


I have a few pieces of advice if you are going to make a stamp or craft room.  Make sure you measure, and then measure at least two more times before you look for furniture. It will keep you from buying things that will not fit in your room.  My husband kept an eye on this for me and so everything fit together like a dream.  Surround yourself with what inspires you and makes you happy.  Think about how you work, and plan to re-organize your supplies a few times until they will be in the perfect spot for you. Make sure you have good lighting.

I am a lucky lady, as my husband worked so hard to make this room a reality for me.  Painting the room and assembling all the furniture was such a big job.  All the details he added by labeling, hanging artwork, etc. has made the room so comfortable and a pleasure to work in.

Hope you enjoyed the tour of the room!  If you have any questions,  just ask.

*Added 7/4/2013:  My Distress Markers are now located on my "Tim Shelf" with his books - laying down.  He mentioned that they should be stored that way to keep the ink in both ends equally distributed.   Thank you to Belinda for reminder! 

Until next time!

50 comments:

Nadia W said...

What a great room! Enjoy!

Sharon Y said...

Nice room. Everything has a place. Love the patent drawers-just perfect for stamps. With your love of Paris you must be going crazy over Tim's new Paris stamps, dies, and texture fades. Enjoy your space

Anonymous said...

Looks great. The kids don't want to stamp in the basement anymore. LOL!

Joanne said...

beautiful!

Bee said...

It turned out really great! So completely organized. I'd love to have a room/workshop where I can work on my jewelry and metal stuff and can keep the cats out! But...I share the spare room with my husband as our home office. You're husband is so awesome to help you with this! And I noticed what's written on the chalkboard. ;)

sandrascraftstudio said...

I am so completely jealous! My craft room is so packed and disorganized I can barely find anything. I go in it to grab a few things then I go to the dining room table to actually craft. Can I borrow your husband?? He seems very, very handy. I don't have anyone who can help me with the heavy lifting & moving. Great job!

Anonymous said...

Wow!So happy for you that it's all done.

Anonymous said...

Love the room, can not wait to go a stampin.


Irvina

ghostnapped said...

I am amazed, I wish my study looked like that! What a fantastic room.

Paula Whittaker said...

oh my goodness I'm soooooooo envious - would love my room to look like this!

Dee said...

My dearest Winnie, This is such an amazing room and I can't think of anyone else who would deserve such a lovely crafting-space! It is perfect in every single way. (it even matches my love for IKEA! and Tim Holtz offcours!) I'm so happy for you! Greetz Dee

cakewhiz said...

what a cozy and beautful room! i love all the paris inspiration :)
and using lazy suzans was GENUIS!

whoistracy said...

Wow, what an awesome room!!! Love those drawers your husband snagged for you.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful room, it has a warm and cozy atmosphere and everything is organized, I can't wait to see the lovely projects you make from there. Keep Calm and stamp on!!

Amy F.

Loki-Lou said...

What an amazing room! I want! I think I just went "wooooooooooow" at each of those pictures.

Shoregirl said...

Wow! Looks like you're all set to have LOTS of fun! Beautiful room and arrangement!

TAM said...

What an amazing room, it looks so calm and restful - you are one very lucky lady and I'm sure you deserve it - your husband obviously thinks so

Tamara Tipton said...

Oh, your room is so beautiful! I have craft room envy! LOL! Enjoy it Winnie. I am so glad you have such a lovely home for your beautiful work. :)

Kathy said...

WOW! You have quite the professional set up!! It is a stamper's dream! What a lovely place for you to be inspired Winnie. No wonder you produce such professional looking cards with such a wonderful studio to find your muse. I am sure you enjoy every minute in your room.

Kathy
http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com

Jerimi said...

Best. Craft room. EVER.

Could you come make one for me? What an inspiring room! It's perfect for making beautiful things in. I wish there was an Ikea near here, but alas, there literally isn't one in the whole state. Maybe someday.

Those patent drawers are perfect. What a find! The way you've used lazy susans is so creative and clever - such good ideas. Your room is just glorious, and I love that you and your husband worked on it together. Mine would have been complaining the whole time. Alas!

I'll admit that I've done little organizing my in office/craft room. Looking at this makes me want to tackle it. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas!

Tamara Tipton said...

I nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award! :)
http://faithandsubstance.blogspot.com/2013/01/versatile-blogger-award.html

Lynn Stevens said...

I'm drooling over your new space! So organized.
When do you want to come do mine? LOL
and a girl after my own heart... Paris!
hugs Lynn

Izzwizz said...

Oh my goodness, a crafter's dream!! If that was mine it would look just as bad as ever in a day mind you lol! I have those Billy bookcases and CD shelves from Ikea too, they are so useful, and I keep my Bigz dies arranged just like yours, but there the comparison ends. I love those drawers you have your stamps in, absolutely ideal and so lucky for you that your husband was able to get them. Congratulations and I hope you have many hours of enjoyment in your new space. Maddy x

makarmusic said...

wow oh wow! A room of your own so great! Congrats!
Andrea

Anonymous said...

its absolutely beautiful. WOW!

bess said...

Beautiful! I am so jealous of your fabulous organization! Have fun in there!

Word Nerd said...

You've got a wonderful set up!

Journey of Life said...

Oh ... my, Winnie! It is just beyond words how neat and lovely your stamp room has turned out. You are one lucky lady to have such a dedicated husband that devoted so much of his time and craftsmanship into your stamp room. Perfect!

Jan Leslie said...

Oh my gosh! Come do my craft room! I love the way you have it all so organized, it is a crafter's dream come true! If this doesn't give you inspiration - nothing will huh? Love your room! Jan

Scrappinkar said...

This is gorgeous! I would love to know where you got the turntables!

Tina Campbell said...

OMGosh what a room! I've been working on mine a few times already but just can't get it to work out the way I want, no Ikea in my area so that doesn't help. I'm hoping your answering question just have 2. where did you get the lazy susans they are a great idea and the tool box (another great idea!

craftykarla said...

I LOVE your room! How wonderfully neat and organized. Someday. . .

1CardCreator said...

What a gorgeous craft room you have Winnie! You have a ton of supplies too, one in every color and every kind! I love your lazy Susan's too. I might share I store my ink pads upside down, someone told me they last longer that way. I still have the 1st (still juicy) Color Box Petal Point Pinwheel inks that I bought back in 2000! I just use my label-er to note the colors upside down so I can read them. ~Diane

Jill Norwood said...

Beautiful room! Love the lazy susans! Where did you get yours from - they look like good ones! I too have ikea furniture in my craft room! So lovely to see what you have made with your sweet hubbies help! My hubbie died of cancer a year ago on February 15th and I sure miss him - especially because he always helped like your husband! Aren't husbands wonderful!
Happy Crafting in your wonderful space!
:) Jill

Liesl Garner said...

Oh - this just looks like Heaven for a crafty girl. I am so happy for you. Hours and hours of fun.

dj said...

love love love you room....just a bit jealous!! I found you blog this morning after reading your comment about my Tim Holtz tag (thanks for your sweet comment by the way) I have so enjoyed your blog entries...great inspiration here!!

www.CardsPaperAndScrapbooks.com

Tammy said...

Lucky you! Looks wonderful! Wish I had something like that!

Linda N said...

Fantastic room! I'm in the process of creating my "Woman Cave". I'm looking forward to have a comfy space to create! Thanks for sharing.
Linda of San Diego

MIYAKE said...

WoW! Fantastic Room!!!!!! Congrats!
This is my craft room. (http://takakomiyake.blog.me/130148806382)

Dorothy said...

Wonderful room!!! I love the lazy Susans! Great idea!
So...when do I move in?!

Janet Baldwin said...

What a great craft room. So organised too. Just a note to you, Tim Holtz recommends keeping the distress markers lying down to ensure the ink remains consistent at both ends.

Lisa H said...

what a wonderful room! and score on those patent drawers. =) I also really like the way you have paints etc. on the lazy susans.

Belinda Basson said...

Tim said a few posts ago that you should store your distress markers flat so the ink is evenly dispersed. Otherwise one side is always dry if you stand them up.

Tracie said...

I love your craft room. I would love to know where you got your carousels??

Debbie Rock said...

Hiya Winnie!!!! Thanks for popping back to my blog yesterday with a link to this ... I have TOTAL craft room envy of your fabulous working space ... how I would LOVE your room!!! I ADORE your "shrine" to Tim ... I have to say his work inspires me like nobody else and whilst not everyone "gets" the grungy style it is much my preferred way to work. Hope to figure out how to follow your blog ... am a numpty with technology so it might take me a while. Love Debbie (tatteredrocks) xXx

Sharon W. said...

great room! and thanks for all the info on the pieces of furniture. Love how you used the space.
very inspiring to organize!

calafia said...
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calafia said...

great room! One quick question: where did you get the lazy susans? I like that they are small and have a rim that keeps stuff from falling off. I haven't seen these around ... thank you!

Marianne Lamont said...

How lucky are you, your stamping room is just gorgeous. I'm with the other ladies, where did you get those lazy susans from? Congrats on a great job.

Marianne Lamont said...

Hi Winnie, I had a look on Amazon & there are so many to choose from what size did you get please? :) Thank you

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