September 25, 2012

Taylored Expressions Studio Challenge

It's time for the Baker's Dozen Studio Challenge.  This is a monthly opportunity for us to share what makes our stamping studios hum.  Each month we will have a fun, crafty question so we can share our favorites, some tips and tricks, stamping advice and more.

The question for September is:
Within Arm's Reach - What do you keep within arm's reach at your stamp table?  Show us what you have access to without leaving your seat.  What organization methods do you use?  Tell us which ones you love and which ones you'd like to change.

I think I need a moment of honesty here.  My desk in only this clean when I have to take pictures of it.  Don't get me wrong, I do clean up somewhat in between cards, but when I get behind and have to make lots of things in a short amount of time, you can't even see my desk, or even the floor for that matter.  And let's be real here.  I just moved one pile of crazy over to the other side of my desk while I took a photo of how neat and organized I am.  Haha!  BUT - what you see here is how I do keep myself organized.  The mess is in all the card stock I will put away "later".  Now that I got that off my chest, here is my post.

Welcome to my desk!  I always rearrange my work space, but this is what I've got going on right now and it seems to work for me.   I'll just work left to right on my desk.  First up is all of my inks and Copic markers.  I bought a couple of these Quickutz storage systems in black a few years ago and then when I went to order another one, they were discontinued!!  The shame!  I love these little cubes.  My markers are about to explode out of it, so I'll have to find something different for my inks soon.  I also have my border dies in a Mason jar, which I love!  It's so easy to find the border I'm looking for.  The rest of my dies are in various school boxes, and well, that system definitely needs a makeover.  I'm still looking for a good die storage system.  You can see my Copic color chart and Moka hair chart there as well.  I use those a lot!

Inside the drawers of the storage units I have my embellishments.  This one has my Kaisercraft rhinestones and pearls in it.  I hold them together with a metal ring clasp and then I can find the color I'm looking for really easily.

I have a hutch on top of my desk that holds lots of stuff.  The things I use most in here are the adhesives and stamp cleaners. 

I also keep more embellishments up here, like buttons, brads and my embossing powders.

In between the hutch doors, I have a shelf with my 6x6 papers and ribbon.

The paper is in the little box and the ribbon is in the jars.  I have most of it wound on doll head clothes pins, but some of the ribbon is in little baggies and spools.  I gotta get in there and organize it again.

To the right of my computer I keep my Spellbinders dies in Mini Binder Boxes and small paper trimmer.   I also have my iPod speaker and a little carousel with scissors, pens, and random tools. Don't mind the dust - haha!

Last, I have my die cut machine - a Vagabond, and my Janome Sew Mini.  These items are used on every single card I make. 

Please hop on over to see what the rest of the Baker's Dozen have at arms reach.  I can't wait to find new storage ideas myself!
Thanks so much for stopping by!


  1. So cool Karen! I LOVE seeing your craft area - looks sooooo crisp and clean and awesome (and I had to laugh at your moving the crazy piles for the pictures!) I love the tip of the mason jars for the dies - so cool and love the way you stored the bling on the rings! Very cool girl!!! xoxo!

  2. Hi Karen! I love the border dies in the mason jar - great idea! Lots of great ideas, actually! Have a great day. :-)

  3. I was going to email and ask you where you got those black storage units until I read they were discontinued. Those are perfect. Great storage tips.

  4. Thanks for the peek into your crafting haven. I love how real you are!

  5. You are so organized! Love your jar of dies, so cute! Looks like a cozy place to stamp!

  6. Your space looks so neat and organized so I am glad you gave us the "down low" in the beginning! Love seeing where you make your magic :)

  7. Love your desk and hutch, Karen! Everything looks so neat and organized! I love how yu keep your rhinestones and pearls on a metal ring. Mine are all over the place!

  8. Wowie!! Love your Super Crafting space Miss Karen! So well organized, Love the pile of crazy confession! 8-) I had a big pile of crazy before I put everything away to take pics too! 8-) LOL


  9. I loved that you had a little confessional before you started! lol And that mason jar idea for the border dies is great, I am totally going to steal that! Hate taking them in and out of the packs every time I want to use them. This is perfect! I just loved the little peek into your space Karen, thanks for sharing :)

  10. LOVE your space, Karen! So neat and organized! LOVE it!

  11. I love your organized hutch - so pretty!

  12. Your space is fabulous!! Thanks for sharing it with us!