Quick peek: my craft room

My craft room was once just a rolling cart in a closet. What I have today took years of growth, organizing and rearranging. The photos you see here are my current craft room, which isn’t even a real room but the large landing in between two sets of stairs. This is just a quick peek at how I have my space laid out.

There are some basic details in the captions of the photos for now. Later, I will write more posts looking more closely at some of these storage items, where I found them and how I use them. I will say that all of the white furniture pieces are from IKEA and most of the natural colored wood items (paper and ink storage) are from Stamp N Storage. If anything looks useful to you and you want to know what it is, send me a comment and I will try to reply quickly.

One last thing – I have kids! Everything in my craft room has to be child proofed in some way. I had my dad make doors on my supply unit which I close with a child lock when not in use. Almost everything else has a safety strap on it to keep the kiddos out. This is a rental and I don’t want to chance the carpet or walls being ‘decorated’ with alcohol inks.


Ikea Kallax 3×3 with doors my dad made for me.
On top: Ink storage by Stamp N Storage, washi tape in pull out bins and ribbon in Iris ribbon storage boxes.

Inside: wooden paper holders and marker storage by Stamp N Storage. Storage Studios plastic paper holders and Ikea ‘bottle insert’ for Kallax holding up my rolls of vinyl.

Ikea Alex (x2) filled with supplies.
On top: card rack display, lamp, Brother Scan N Cut & Heidi Swapp Minc machine. I have a desktop monitor riser in between both machines so that they can be stacked like this.

Every craft room should come standard with a rolling cart. This one is from Target and I made the wooden topper for it myself. It holds my Big Shot and lots of supplies. This one happens to fit 2 shoe boxes perfectly in each bin. I have my dies (in labeled envelopes) in the middle bin and I have cutting plates stored in a magnetic container I’ve attached to the side. I will take a closer look at this rolling cart and die storage system in a later post.

My desk is made with 2 IKEA Linnmon table tops and 3 of the taller, narrow Alex drawers. The great thing about IKEA Linnmon was that it is available in multiple sizes so I was able to work it perfectly into this space.
I am indecisive when it comes to crafting mats so I have both the Tim Holtz glass media mat as well as a light up, self-healing Cutterpillar Glow.
The lamp on the edge of my desk is a clamp-on LED Ott-Lite.

Another IKEA Kallax unit. These plastic binders (UniKeep Case View) hold all of my stamp sets. Each binder can hold approximately 24 4×6 stamp sets and I have a magnetic page in the back for co-ordinating dies (when I buy them).
The blue binders are 12×12 albums with ScrapRack storage sheets in them. They hold everything from embellishments to embossing folders to color swatches. Look out for a post coming soon that will look closer at the binders you see here.
On top: IRIS card keeper boxes.
On the side: acrylic wall files with magazines and coloring books I never touch.

Finding order in the disorder

I’ve mentioned before that I like to organize, and specifically, I like to organize my craft supplies! Organizing supplies is just as much of a hobby to me as crafting itself. When it comes to ink pads, paper and coloring supplies, I like to keep things consistent to make it easy to find coordinating products … Continue reading “Finding order in the disorder”

I’ve mentioned before that I like to organize, and specifically, I like to organize my craft supplies! Organizing supplies is just as much of a hobby to me as crafting itself. When it comes to ink pads, paper and coloring supplies, I like to keep things consistent to make it easy to find coordinating products to use in my project.

To accomplish this, I put everything in the same general color order using this chart (above).


My ink pads are first sorted by brand and then by color (on the shelf I keep them on). I use this handy ‘color swatch’ album (above) to see all my inks by color, which helps me find the right color ink pad out of the many that I own. Since I often color my stamped images, I’ve coded the book to know what kind of markers to use with what inks. If the name of the ink is in ‘blue’ pen, that means I can color my images with water colors or water based markers. If I used a ‘purple’ pen to name the ink swatch, it means that particular ink is Copic friendly and won’t smudge if I color over it with alcohol markers. An asterisk indicates I own the re-inker. <<Credit to Jennifer McGuire for the ink swatch book idea>>


Paper is also sorted by color, followed by metallics, glitter paper, and prints.


I even use my color order system to sort paper scraps in this handy Cropper Hopper storage folder (above). I only keep scraps that are big enough for a card mat – pieces that are smaller than 4″ x 5″ get recycled. I make an effort to use some scrap every time I craft – even if I cannot use it in my project, surely there is a piece that I can use to sketch a design on, or to stamp extra ink onto while cleaning my stamps.

Update June 2019: I’ve moved my scraps to a filing cabinet but they are still in this order.


Lastly, my beloved markers! I keep my Copics and Zig Real Brush Pens out in the open where I can grab them quickly. They are also organized by color and I keep color charts of both sets to help me decide what colors to use in the moment. I keep all my color charts in the same binder I use for my ink pad color swatches, so it is right at my fingertips every time I craft.


How do you organize your supplies? Does it work well for you? If not, try putting everything in the same color order and the next time you are trying to find the perfect ink color, I’m betting it will be easier to find!