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See My Craft Room Makeover Reveal!

It seems that reorganizing the craft room is a constant state of being around here. It was just three years ago that I unveiled the last makeover of my craft room. Now I’m back to show off the recently finished new version, which has been well over a year in the making!

My revamped craft room has two full-sized workspaces in it, to accommodate guests and family members. It is also fully zoned, with areas set aside for sewing, painting supplies, scrapbooking, and general crafts, instead of everything mixed together like in the previous arrangement.

Craft Room with seating for two using Ikea furniture

Much of the furniture and storage items in the room was repurposed from the previous version of the room, or from other areas of the house. A large portion of the furniture is either from Ikea, such as the tables and chests of drawers, or Ikea has similar pieces available. There’s also huge quantities of Sterilite storage in the room – baskets and boxes, mostly. While it’s nice to have a pretty workspace, above all my priorities are practical and affordable when assembling my studio.

Craft room with seating for two using Ikea furniture

The largest dedicated area is for my scrapbooking. The larger workspace right inside the door of the room is devoted to my scrapbooking and papercrafting activities. The desk is an Ikea table, with two Alex drawer units underneath it. there’s also a rolling file crate that I use to hold my solid cardstock.

ikea scrapbooking area

Across the center of the table are buckets that hold my basic tools, such as scissors, paintbrushes, and pens & pencils. The buckets came from the Target dollar spot years ago. Each bucket holds a different type of item. Having them in the center of the table makes them usable from both sides of the table. I also keep a pack of baby wipes, a stack of blank index cards, and some post-it notes on the table as well – items that I use frequently while I work.

Supply Buckets on Craft Table

Also on the center of the table, at the end, is this three tiered stand that I picked up at Ross. It holds my spray inks so they are accessible from both sides of the table. One of the reasons for adding the second seat in the studio is that my husband occasionally joins me to make an art journal page or a tag. These sprays are an item that he frequently will use, so having them out is convenient for us both.

Three Tier Countertop Tray

Also on the tabletop, over to the right when you are seated at the main desk, is my Cricut work station! I used two small wood crates from Michael’s and put a plank over them to create something resembling a monitor stand that my Cricut machine can slide under to save desk space. The small crates are the perfect size to store my Sizzix Bigz dies, so the crates are useful as storage as well as support for the shelf.

My Cricut stays plugged in, so to use it all I have to do is slide it out and turn it on! I find that if I make tools have too much set up, I don’t use them. For this same reason, I also leave my heat gun plugged in and sitting on the table, ready to go.

Cricut Work Area

On the shelf above my Cricut, I stacked a bunch of small Sterilite drawer units that hold all sorts of color media such as pens, watercolors, Gelatos, and such. All the drawers are labeled in color coded labels so I know what is in them, and arranged in zones so like items are together. The drawers are designed with a stopper at the back to prevent them from being easily pulled all the way out, but I used a strong pair of scissors to cut it off of all the drawers. This allows them to be pulled out and placed on the table so I can work with the contents.

Small Craft Storage Drawers

Tucked in the corner next to the drawer units are some stacking closet shelves that are now my Project Life storage (among other things). Keeping the cards in bins means that they can be pulled out on to the table to be used.

Project Life Storage

My 4×6 Project Life cards are stored in Interdesign Condiment Caddies, organized by index card dividers that have been modified by cutting the tab off and then sacrificing a card from the kit to staple over the end to make a new tab. The Condiment Caddy will hold 4×6 cards from about 6-7 core kits.

The 3×4 Project Life cards are stored in an Interdesign 4x4x14.5 Fridge Bins similar to this one. I cut 4×6 index card dividers in half to create the dividers, and customized them for each kit for easy reference by cutting up a card from the kit. Each 14.5″ bin will hold the 3×4 cards from two core kits, plus some extra mini kits or accessory card packs.

Project Life storage

On one of the shelves underneath the Project Life cards, there are magazine holders turned on their sides. In them I put large envelopes with paper memorabilia (such as tickets and brochures) from big events, so that it is easily accessible to scrapbook. I write in pencil on the envelopes so that they can be recycled for a new event when I finish the one they currently contain.

Memorabilia Storage

Underneath the table that holds my Cricut is the rolling Ikea Alex drawer cart. Tucked on top of it are my paper trimmer, and glass cutting mat, out of sight but easy to grab to use.

The drawers of the cart contain my most frequently used small items, mostly ink pads and my 28 Lilac Lane embellishments.

Large Ikea Alex Drawer Unit

My inkpads are arranged in drawers by company and type of ink. The top drawer holds all of my Distress ink, arranged in a stacked rainbow of color so I always know right where to find the one that I need.

Tim Holtz Distress Pad storage

I’m very fond of using drawer organizing baskets in my drawers. These ones are by Mainstays – a Walmart house brand) and are very affordable. Which is a good thing since I buy them in huge quantities!

Washi Tage Storage

If I spin my desk chair around, I can easily reach everything that is on the shelves that are behind me when I’m sitting at the desk. All of my patterned paper is on the shelves that are exactly at eye level, in vertical paper holders. My paper is organized partially by company, and partially by special categories such as holidays. I find that this method works the best for me for how I am usually looking for paper.

Patterned Paper Storage

Also on the shelves are loads of plastic latch storage boxes from Sterilite (and a few shoebox sized ones from Hefty). I like storing my supplies in boxes like these because they are easy to repurpose as my needs change. All I have to do is just slap a new label on them! The other nice thing about using boxes is that they can be taken off of the shelf and moved to my work surface to look through very easily.

Some of my boxes contain types of supplies or tools – such as twine – and some are devoted to containing embellishments from certain companies or for certain holidays.

Storage Bins for Crafting

A lot of my craft storage used to be in modular cubes. A few of the ones I have are still in my craft room, creating a tower that is a combination of album storage and die cutting station.

Album Storage Shelves

This die cutting station holds my Sizzix Big Shot machine and its various cutting accessories, as well as a few large dies. The metal rack is actually a metal vertical file sorter. It works perfectly for this application and fits exactly in the spot that I have for it. It often pays to think outside of “craft” when you are trying to organize!

Die Cutting Station

Speaking of thinking outside of craft for my organizing, right next to my die cut station is my button storage rack! Since I’m the social media and blog manager for Buttons Galore, this means I have a lot of buttons in my studio. This Closetmaid wall and door rack, designed to store canned goods and other items in a kitchen or pantry, is the perfect way to store mason jars full of buttons!

Button Storage Rack

On the other side of the door sits a rolling cart that I originally bought 6 years ago for my short-lived kitchen scrap space. After that, it lived in my daughter’s room for awhile. Now it is back in my craft room to hold my wood mounted rubber stamps. The shallow drawers are the perfect depth for the stamps. I wish it was a color that didn’t stick out so much (like plain white) but once again, form loses to the all-important function in my space.

Stamp Storage Cart

On the other side of the window from my scrapbooking space is my new sewing area! This cube unit has lived in my craft room for a very long time after leaving my daughter’s room awhile ago. The pink bins hold various different fabrics and my active projects. The grey chevron cases are for fat quarters. Mine came from Joann.com and appears to be discontinued, but similar ones are also available at Amazon. The decorative boxes hold various notions like bias tape.

Sewing Area

Next to the pink unit, on its right, sits a white cupboard that holds more fabric and my sewing machine. The machine, which was previously in the closet, sits here all plugged in and ready to use. All I have to do now to use it is pick it up and move it onto the table top, and then I am ready to sew!

I am very careful about not wasting an space that could be storage in my studio. So the dead space under the end of the table has another small plastic drawer unit tucked into it. This drawer unit holds interfacing, small pieces of batting, and fiberfill.

Sewing Storage

The pegboard existed in the previous version of my studio, but it was installed to store scrapbook items. (Click here for the how to of making and installing it.) Now, it is repurposed to store sewing items, and is working out much better for me in that application. I used small pegboard hooks to hang two June Tailor thread holders on the board, which gives me storage for 120 spools of thread. The rest of the board is covered in the same bins I was previously using, only now they hold things like containers of pins, scissors and rotary cutters, measuring tapes, and other sewing notions.

Sewing Pegboard

Next to the closet is a bookcase that holds all of my Plaid paints, along with my stencils and a few other paint related items. On top of the bookcase are some Iris project boxes that contain my “current” scrapbooking projects in progress.

Paint Storage

The closet is what I consider my “general crafts” space – everything that isn’t scrapbooking or sewing or Plaid paint related. The big white baskets hold supplies and products for projects for each of the three websites I currently blog for (Scrapbook Update, Buttons Galore, and this one).

Craft Room Closet

This stack of Sterilite latch boxes has been the heart of my craft closet storage for a long time. What is in the boxes has changed over time along with my craft activities, but the boxes remain a reliable and convenient way to store my supplies.

Craft Storage Boxes

The large drawer unit on the left has been in my craft room for a long time, but in different form. It originally was a five drawer unit! If you look closely at these Sterilite drawer units, they are modular! You can snap out a level of the drawers to make your unit smaller! By doing that, I was able to fit the unit in the closet, and it is the same height as the small 3 drawer unit I purchased.

Putting the two drawer units in the closet created a narrow “shelf” on top of them that I was able to use to store my sheets of foam core that I shoot project photos. I also have photo props stored in the bottom two drawers of the large drawer unit.

Craft Storage Drawers

The closet is arranged so the items are stored in the center if they are frequently used and up high or off to the sides if they are less frequently used. These items off to the side – like my Dremel tool and clay – are less frequently used but I still need them around!

Craft Storage Closet

Although I tried to be very strict about keeping items in their own “zone”, certain space limitations did cause me to have to violate that rule a tiny bit. On one bottom shelf of the closet, I have a few scrapbooking products stored, as well as some large fabric items like batting, foam and interfacing that won’t fold up to go into smaller storage.

Craft storage closet

Thanks for touring my craft room with me! I’ll be sharing more of the details in features the rest of the week, so if you have a question be sure to leave it in the comments so I can answer it the upcoming articles!

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Nancy Nally

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Nancy Nally is the owner of Nally Studios LLC., and the Publisher & Editor of ScrapbookUpdate.com and CraftCritique.com. Nancy also served as the “Modern Business” columnist for Northridge Publishing’s Creative Retailer magazine for several years, before becoming the magazine’s editor from 2013 until its closure in 2014. Her writing has also appeared in CLN Online and CHA's Craft Industry Today. In addition to writing, Nancy is also an experienced speaker and presenter, having given business seminars at many recent Craft & Hobby Association trade shows. From 2011 until 2012, she was the founding co-host of the Paperclipping Roundtable podcast, and she can also be seen on five episodes from the second and third seasons of the PBS television series Scrapbook Soup. Nancy also does freelance public relations work and consulting for private companies about the scrapbook industry’s trends and business climate.

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39 Responses to See My Craft Room Makeover Reveal!

  1. Karla Yungwirth January 3, 2017 at 5:02 am #

    Wow! This looks fantastic!! I love how neatly organized everything is and how sunny and bright the room is!! Thanks for sharing all the details!

    • Nancy Nally January 3, 2017 at 9:12 am #

      Thanks Karla! With so much stuff, I lose things easily if it isn’t VERY organized I’ve found. 😣

  2. Karen January 3, 2017 at 6:05 am #

    Wonderful room and soooo much storage!

    • Nancy Nally January 3, 2017 at 9:11 am #

      I need it! I’m a craft hoarder 😂

  3. Rita Harris January 3, 2017 at 6:19 am #

    I have a lot of the same containers and use the Ikea drawers to hold punches, CTMH cricut abd stamp sets. They have wonderful abd useful furniture. Thanks for sharing.

    • Nancy Nally January 3, 2017 at 9:11 am #

      What would we do without IKEA lol! I can’t wait till they finish building their store 50 minutes away (instead of 2 hours that I have to drive now).

  4. Heidi January 3, 2017 at 7:08 am #

    Your craft room looks great! I love all that cheerful light coming in :).

    • Nancy Nally January 3, 2017 at 9:07 am #

      That window looks out the front of the house. I (and the cat – the space on the table in front of the window is her nap spot) can watch the world go by! We also recently replaced the ceiling fan with a fixture with several times more wattage. Helps A LOT.

  5. Ann in PA January 3, 2017 at 7:35 am #

    Thanks for a look at the evolution of your craft studio. I think 2017 will bring a reorganization of my own studio. Crossing my fingers I can get it done.

    • Nancy Nally January 3, 2017 at 9:04 am #

      Good luck! I find being organized makes creating so much easier!

  6. Lynda January 3, 2017 at 8:47 am #

    Great to see how you organize. I’ve been in the process of doing that again and you gave me a couple ideas. Thanks.

    • Nancy Nally January 3, 2017 at 9:03 am #

      Glad I could help! Thanks for reading!

  7. kara January 3, 2017 at 8:50 am #

    Lovely, envy-producing room. What is the square footage of your craft room?
    Kara

    • Nancy Nally January 3, 2017 at 9:03 am #

      Thanks for the compliment Kara! It’s an 11×11 spare bedroom in our home, so it’s not massive. But I’ve squeezed a lot into it with good use of space and the right furniture.

  8. Conniecrafter January 3, 2017 at 9:11 am #

    Wow your room looks wonderful, I have bought some new bins and hope to get my room organized soon, great inspiration!

  9. Pauline January 3, 2017 at 9:32 am #

    I’m drooling but also my mind is whirling, thinking of how I can apply some of your storage tips and tricks to my own wee tiny space. Thanks for sharing.

    • Nancy Nally January 3, 2017 at 9:40 am #

      Glad I inspired you!

  10. Anita January 3, 2017 at 10:11 am #

    Great room! Love the idea of specific task centres. How did you organize your clear stamp sets?

    • Nancy Nally January 3, 2017 at 10:20 am #

      Funny you should ask that…a whole article is scheduled on that for later today! 😉

      • Anita January 5, 2017 at 12:11 am #

        I’m starting to use the same system of clear bins and plastic pocket holders but I am struggling with finding a method to catalogue my ever growing stash of stamps for quick searches when I am working on projects. Any ideas?

        • Nancy Nally January 5, 2017 at 12:21 am #

          I just usually try to put them in whatever category I think I am most likely to look for them in. Whether it’s a theme (like Christmas) or by company.

  11. Sharon Gullikson January 3, 2017 at 12:01 pm #

    I pored over your photos and descriptions because I love to keep my craft room as organized as possible. I have a lot to learn, and change things up a bit a few times per year. Thanks for taking the time to show us!

    • Nancy Nally January 3, 2017 at 12:31 pm #

      Don’t feel like a failure for changing things! Your craft room needs to evolve and change with you and your needs. Keep what works – lose what doesn’t! 🙂

  12. Cindy deRosier January 3, 2017 at 12:13 pm #

    It looks great! Very inspiring. I’m finishing up my own reorganization and it is SO.MUCH.WORK. I’m happy with my progress though.

    • Nancy Nally January 3, 2017 at 12:30 pm #

      This project literally took close to two years! And it’s still really not quite done because the top two shelves of the closet – containing my boxes of photos and some personal items – still need some work. It’s never ending!

  13. Margaret January 3, 2017 at 2:40 pm #

    I just replaced my craft room floor from carpeting to laminate (soooo much better when all those little bits fall on the floor), so now I’m putting everything back and totally rearranging. It’s been most helpful to see what you’ve done, especially the separation of various crafts. That’s just what I need to do! I was going to get rid of one of my chairs, but now I’ve placed the table out into the room (instead of facing the window), and after seeing your photo I realize I can put the extra chair on the other side – thanks for that! I was also happy to see what you’ve done in the closet; I have wire shelving as well and I realize now that I need more stacking boxes and drawers. My biggest problem is furniture – I live in a remote part of Alaska with no IKEA or craft stores (and no one will ship the heavy stuff here), just a Walmart, so I’m very limited to using what they have – thank goodness for the BHG cube units (like the IKEA ones). I have a Scraprack (Totally Tiffany) and that helps contains things a lot, and I use her organizing system, which has worked very well for me. One thing I have found very handy is turning the paper holders on their backs so you don’t have to pull the box off the shelf to get paper out (also thanks to Tiffany). Thanks for showing us your “new” craft room – it’s wonderful!

    • Nancy Nally January 3, 2017 at 5:21 pm #

      I’m going to be putting either carpet or tile down when redo the flooring, since that is what is going in the rest of the house. Would like tile, since it’s easier to clean up, but we’ll see if the budget allows. 🙂 I put my table in the middle of the room for a couple of reasons. Primarily, I can’t stand having my face in the wall with my table against the wall. I get claustrophobic. I like being in the center where I feel like I have breathing room. Also, it puts me directly under the overhead light, for better light and fewer shadows on my work table. A huge portion of my plastic storage comes from Walmart! My latch boxes, bins, drawer organizers, the fridge bins for stamp storage, the small Sterilite drawers…almost all of it. It’s cheap…my budget likes that!

  14. Mindy January 3, 2017 at 4:38 pm #

    I LOVE your organization! Beautiful relaxing craft room. I Love the multi-color rolling cart, have you seen this on Amazon

    Seville Classics 10 Drawer Organizer Cart

    Not white but clear! They are so wonderful and hold 12×12 paper and more!

    • Nancy Nally January 3, 2017 at 5:13 pm #

      Ooh, adding to my wish list! Thanks!

  15. Kim T January 3, 2017 at 8:09 pm #

    What a lovely, functional, and FUN looking room! Congrats, must feel awesome to finish and work in! HNY … love your blog, K

  16. Barb in AK January 10, 2017 at 1:09 am #

    Nancy! It’s fabulous !!
    I would have loved to see the before pictures, too.
    Everything is so nicely labeled. I LOVE that. 🙂

    • Nancy Nally January 10, 2017 at 10:41 am #

      I took some pictures of the mess while it was in process…will have to see if I can find them! And they are going to bury me with my labelmaker LOL

  17. ANN ROBBINS January 10, 2017 at 8:15 am #

    Hi Nancy,
    I too am in the process of going through and re-organizing all my (hoarded) supplies. You can easily lose track of what you have. I have been into papercrafting for the past 9-10 years and have collected a lot of “stuff.” We (my friends who do papercrafting with me) are having a garage sale in a couple of weeks. Yesterday I went through all of my 6 x 6 and 8 x 8 paper and had about 25 books (complete) which I decided I would never use and have put them in the yard sale box.
    My craft room is an enclosed front porch (carpeted) which has windows on all sides so I am kinda limited to a height problem. I have one wall which accomodates a metal locker type shelving unit with doors. I have 3 – 2 drawer lateral file cabinets. One drawer is used mainly for my Art Bin with magnetic sheets for my dies organized by subject such as flowers, shapes, Christmas, etc. I also have all of my embossing folders in another larger plastic box. I have my Cricut cartridges alphabetically organized in a 5 stackable box unit. This is kept under desk. Another drawer of the lateral file is used for my Cricut Expression and Cricut mats and supplies. I have a Cuddlebug, Vagabond and 2 Grand Caliburs (always good to have a spare.
    I have yet to go through 4 milk crates of 12 x 12 paper. Leaving that for last!!!!
    Loved looking at your space and it has given me some great ideas. When I get finished, I will send you a picture.

    • Nancy Nally January 10, 2017 at 10:53 am #

      Can’t wait to see a picture of your finished space! I love peeking into other people’s rooms and seeing how they set them up! Our home office has a similar situation to yours with windows (and a passthrough to the living room) causing height problems for furniture. Ikea to the rescue! We have an Ikea Alex drawer unit under the passthrough as a printer cart, and under the window (which is only about 24″ off the floor) we have a really low Ikea unit with doors on the front that is designed to be an entertainment center I think. We use it to store all of our office supplies and such. It would probably be great for storing craft supplies too. It’s called a Besta unit and it’s a modular system available in a bunch of different styles – you buy the pieces (case, doors, feet, etc) and design your own, basically.

      I’ve been scrapping for nearly 20 years…hoarding is a big problem! Trying to be more disciplined about being organized lately! Paper is my downfall.

  18. Cheryl Bennett January 12, 2017 at 10:31 pm #

    Loved the tour through your craft room. It is a continuous process isn’t it? I can’t believe your room is only 11 x 11, it seemed larger. My room is about 14 x 20, but I have a wall of tall windows that go pretty low, plus there is another window at each end next to that wall. So it makes nice light, but limits storage room. I have a long table in the middle, plus another higher unit (it was supposed to be a kitchen island) that I use for a cutting station with my big shot and large collection of dies. I also have a sewing station, and a desk with computer that serves as my office.

  19. Gab January 15, 2017 at 5:42 pm #

    Wow, wow, wow!!!! Amazing. Thanks for taking the time to take all the photos and explain how you use each area!

  20. Ana February 1, 2017 at 10:07 am #

    Very nicely organized. You have a really nice newt room. I keep mine neat and organized as well. Don’t like the mess everywhere. I an’t work that way. Thank you for sharing your app plan. Ana

  21. Krista February 9, 2017 at 8:07 pm #

    Your room looks orgainzed, inviting and inspiring! One quick question. What Interdesign clear bin did you use to hold you 6×6 paper packs, stamp n storage die magnets and Close To My Heart Stamps? I can’t seem to find the one you used!

    • Nancy Nally February 9, 2017 at 8:14 pm #

      Thanks for the compliment on my reorganization! The bins that hold the 6×6 paper and the magnet storage sheets and CTMH stamps are these ones, the Interdesign Large Linus Pullz. I bought them in a four pack on Amazon but they are also available in one and two packs. [affiliate link] http://amzn.to/2kZ5hKn

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