Nov 28, 2011

MFT Creative Chat - Creative Space


It's time for the MFT Creative Chat. The My Favorite Things Design Team Creative Chat is a monthly feature, where we are challenged to explore our creative spaces and share valuable organizational methods, tools, and shopping strategies with you. You'll be able to peek into our creative spaces, ask questions, and share your own ideas in the MFT forum.  This month, we were asked the following questions:  

Show us your desk.  How do you have things set up, and why?  
What are your "go-to" tools?  Tell us what you can't live without.

Visit Kim's Blog for a full list of designers that have taken up the challenge and get ready to delve into the minds of our creative team.

Welcome to my little crafting space!

My crafty part of the house is in our upstairs loft, right next to my daughter's room - you can see her ever-growing artwork mosaic on her doors.  We bought this hutch and office desk a few years ago when my papercrafting supplies were starting to take over and overflow everywhere when I just had a computer desk.  I LOVE this desk and it has so many drawers and compartments that I have lots of room for my supplies to grow into.  In the photo above, you can see the little shelf up in the hutch that hangs between the two doors and in the little nooks, I keep my acrylic blocks, and little odds and ends.  On top of the shelf is my ribbon and 6x6 papers.  All of the things I use most are right there within arms reach, so let me show you a few of my favorite "go-to" tools.

First up are my ink pads and Copic markers - if you visit my blog lots, you know almost every image is colored with Copics and stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I picked up these little Quickutz storage boxes at Overstock.com a while ago and when I went to buy more, I found out they were discontinued!  NO!!

To the right of my computer are all my dies, stamp cleaning pads, design team stamps for the month, and then of course all my scissors!  I have separate scissors for ribbon, paper, foam tape, and everything else.  Keeping a separate pair of scissors for ribbon keeps the blades sharp and you won't get frayed edges.  Paper really will dull a scissor blade, so you don't want to mix the two.

In the pull-out drawer where a normal person would put their computer keyboard, I have my Scor-Pal, which is SO handy for making all sorts of different projects.  I have the self-healing pad in the tray where I do all my gluing and assembly.

Right above the drawer are a couple of things I use.  First is my Janome Sew Mini, which I'm using more and more.  I wasn't a sewer before, so I'm still learning how to keep those stitches straight and occasionally the tension gets all wonky and I get strange effects, but I'm learning.

Next to the sewing machine is my Big Shot, which I use for EVERY card.  It's perfect for all those Die-namics dies that I'm collecting and apparently this beast needs to be dusted.  LOL!

Last is my Carl Cutter, which is the best purchase I made for a cutter.  I LOVE it!  I used to mass produce cards and it cuts several sheets of cardstock at once.  Now I just use it for single cuts, but they are smooth and perfect. 

I hope you enjoyed my little tour and now I'm off to make a mess of things and create!

Thanks for stopping by!
Karen

20 comments:

papertrails leaver said...

Cool tour of your desk! Love seeing everything organized. Care to come organize mine? :-).

StampOwl said...

oh love your desk it is gorgeous!!

Jessie/knightrone said...

That desk is GORGEOUS!! LOVE this, and I have the SAME organizer for my Copics, just in white!! I thought it was a Quickutz, and I haven't been able to find it again, either.

Karen Motz said...

Your stamp space looks like a magazine add! The dark wood is so pretty!

Lisa H. said...

ooooo! your space is fantastic! loooove the desk. great copic storage....I used the same thing, but in white.

Erin Smetak said...

What a beautiful desk you have! Everything is so neat and organized! Thanks for sharing your space w/ us!!!

mamichelle said...

I am drooling over your beautiful desk!! I have a computer armoire that I made into a craft desk, but it's not this pretty!

Jodi Collins aka Kharmagirl said...

What a GORGEOUS space you have Karen! I am SO envious!

Vicki Dutcher said...

WOW! Between you and Jodi I don't know who spent more time cleaning for your photos! :) Excellent space~

Kim said...

Your space is gorgeous Karen!!!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE your scrap room!
jenny dot naus at yahoo dot com

Michele L. said...

Karen,
I can't believe your stamp area is this clean!
It's gorgeous!

CraftyMomOf2 said...

Gorgeous Karen!! I envy how neat and tidy you are!!

Crafty Hugs!
Meredith

Dana White said...

OMG this is STUNNING It looks like it's from a magazine!! Seriously is that really all your stamping stuff?!

Debbie Carriere said...

Gorgeous desk!!! Love how organized you are :). TFS!

Kary said...

Your craft desk is so organised and tidy. I think you've inspired me to do something about mine (hehe). It's Lovely to get a peek at your crafting space. Thanks for sharing, Karen.

Jodene said...

I loved getting a peek into your craft room Karen, it is so organised! I have the Janome Mini Sew too and I just love it, perfect for my paper projects but I must admit it has never been used on fabric. LOL

Michele Boyer said...

Your desk is gorgeous! And I LOVE the pictures on the back of your door! :)

Jenn said...

Your desk is beautiful, thanks for sharing, I just LOVE looking at other crafter's spaces :)

Elaine M said...

What model number is your Carl Cutter? I'd love to get one
Thx