I am proud to be part of my second 'Where Bloggers Create'. When I joined in last year I found some wonderful artists to follow and get inspired by. I strongly recommend taking a day off, a series of snacks and settle in for a day of inspiration!
My space has stayed basically the same as last year. However, we did have a small flood last year just after I posted my space. We needed to pull up the carpets and repaint the floor. I lost a bit of supplies, but this gave me the kick in the pants I needed to go through and pare down the overflow of stuff I had. I got rid of 4 binders worth and a pile of wood mounted stamps I was not really using. I also filled about 4 boxes full of papers and ephemera that I would not use anytime soon. I would eventually use it up, but my hubby had put his foot down to make my semi-hording more manageable. Got rid of restrictive shelving and replaced it with a system that works for me. Here we go!
Walking in the basement area I share with my hubby Jim. He builds and flies radio controlled airplanes. He has the left side, I have the right side.
Starting at my view out the room (and of the TV and stereo to keep us company) and my work area.
Facing me now is a series of Iris shelves from Michaels that hold those 12x12 clear cases. I use these almost exclusively for storage and for storing elements of projects in motion. Above that is two Ikea bath medicine cabinets that I adapted to hold most of my inks. The rest of my inks and other colouring implements are on the iris carts below.
Now going counter clock wise around my side of the room is the wall of Ikea shelving arranged for my needs. The end unit has the remnant of my traditional scrapbooking that I am trying to sell or have plans for, along with 12x24 and rolled paper. The top has my Gelli printing kit and other storage. Then comes two rows of 12x12 boxes with element stored by colour or major theme. I've discovered that when crafting I am colour influenced first, so I store all my embellishments, ribbons, etc in these boxes by colour. All labeled for easy identification.
Next come two rows with my stamps on cling mount and stored in binders. then some more Iris carts with more ephemera storage. at the far left bottom is the start of my tools storage.
This built in cubby is the reason I called dibs on this side of the room :) I have the bulk of my tools in these Iris carts with drawers. All labeled so I can remember where everything is.
Next is my pride and joy... a lateral filing cabinet that holds 12x12 in the top drawer and 81/2 x 11 in the bottom. On either end is two regular short filing cabinets that I've had since childhood. The green one holds envelopes and the brown one holds computer paper and labels. On top is an old table top cut down to make more storage for my Cuttlebug, dies and smaller pieces of paper. One of the BEST tips I got last year was to cut down all scraps to 6x6" and recycle the rest. It helped cut down my piles of partly used paper and allowed me to USE the pieces I have! I compromised and also made a box for 8x8" and 5x6".
And that brings us back to my work area! Hope you enjoyed this tour and if you have any question or comments to make, please do! I love feedback!