Alcohol Markers, Craft Room, Stencils

Craft Room Organization: Shelves Pt 1

Hello, crafty friends! Since posting the reveal & tour of my craft room makeover last month, I’ve received a lot of requests for more details on individual storage and organization. I could ramble on for ages about every detail, but instead I’ll take it one section at a time, and be sure to answer every question you might have. If you’re new to my blog and would like to start at the beginning of the makeover journey, you can start on THIS POST.

Today, let’s take a deeper look at the left shelf by the window…

I can’t reach the top shelf without a step stool, so I have a few decorative items and boxes to store old cards and magazines I had some work published in. I have a hard time parting with those, so for sentimental reasons I still hang on to them.

On the bottom shelf sits my Silhouette electronic cutting machine. There’s an outlet in the back of the shelf, so it can plug in easily. A few framed pieces of art that used to hang on the wall are nestled in the back. The pink binder on the right is filled with ink and paper swatches. I haven’t used this cumbersome binder in ages since changing up my swatch system. Once I have a bit of time to sit down with it, I’ll go through the pages one last time, and say my final goodbye.

The middle two shelves are where I keep the best goodies. These are eye level and easy to reach, so I filled them with things I use frequently and inspire me the most.

My collection of embellishment drops has grown quite a bit. In order for me to see and reach them all, I store them on a clear stadium riser. To quickly see what the dried drop will look like, I’ve squeezed a dab of each onto its cap.

On the next shelf down I store Triblend alcohol markers and coloring pencils in caddies I can grab and take over to my desk when needed. Next to them, between two acrylic book ends, are a mini gold polkadot binder, a 12×12 paper holder, and a collection of my favorite magazines.

Tucked between the mini binder and 12×12 holder I keep a couple of page protectors with swatches of the embellishment drops and markers for quick easy reference.

Inside the mini binder I store all of my stencils. I’ve found every size I use fits perfectly in the 6×8 album page protectors. I keep the original carrier sheet that comes in the stencil packaging for reference and also to better see the designs. The inserts are often a tad large for the pocket, so I simply trim them down to size and slide them into the pocket with the stencil.

Okay, that’s all I have to share with you today. Thank you for spending a bit of your time with me. Let me know if you have any questions in the comment section below.

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Until next time… stay crafty! – Laura Evangeline

Follow Up FAQs & Resources

The Desk

Q: I love your pink stools. Where did you find them?

A: I purchased these on Amazon HERE. They come in several colors including these other fun options I was also considering:

Q: Where did you find the hot pink desk chair?

A: I bought it on Amazon HERE.

Update: The hot pink chair lasted about a year. I’ve since replaced it with THIS light pink chair from PBTeen.

Q: Where did you find those lamps?

A: They are the Tilda Bubble lamps from PBTeen.

Q: Where did you buy the island?

A: The base is made from pre-fab cabinets, but we built it otherwise. You can see more details on the process in THIS & THIS blog post.

Ink Storage

Originally I had the wide Ikea Alex Drawers and used three bins to store my ink collection.

Now, I have built-in drawers next to my desk where I keep mini ink cubes sorted by color in a set of ink cube storage boxes.

Catherine Pooler mini inks don’t fit in those storage boxes though, so I use adjustable makeup trays which fit perfectly perfectly in my drawer. Three mini inks fit in each slot leaning back slightly where I can see the colors.

As my collection grows, I’ll put four in each slot. Since they’ll stand straight up in that configuration, I’ll label the ends with the ink color.

An alternative storage I also loved when I didn’t have drawer space, are these 3-drawer and 4-drawer organizers. Both the mini cube and rectangle ink sizes fit nicely.

The drawer units are stackable and each drawer pulls out completely, so you can take them to your work area easily.

Left-Hand Shelf

Right-Hand Shelf

Island View

Q: What are the the little stands under the pineapple (in the closet) and where can I find them?

A: They are inkpad organizers, and can be found HERE.

(I also use them on their back to organize my cut cardstock, project life cards, & photos.)

The Closet

Q: Where did you get the thread holder in the sewing closet?

A: I purchased this from the Martha Stewart craft storage line nearly 10 years ago. I don’t see that it’s made anymore, but we are working to recreate it along with a tutorial for you!

Q: What kind of sleeves do you have your cardstock stored in?

A: For my 8.5″x11″ cardstock, I like to use these storage pockets found on Amazon HERE. For 12″x12″ papers & collections, I like THESE storage envelopes.

Q: What do you use to photograph your cards?

A: I use my iPhone to take the photos next to the window in my craft room. I use THIS reflector or THIS diffuser to adjust the light and I use THESE backdrops and THIS adjustable rolling stand.

6 thoughts on “Craft Room Organization: Shelves Pt 1”

  1. Wow, it’s so beautiful, Laura! Girl, I thought I was organized. 😂😂 I am hopeful that this will be a good year and I can get my life back after being injured/down for so long. One thing that I pray about is that I will have a craft room in my house. Now, I can tell the Lord, “I want a craft room like Laura’s.” 😂😂😂 And kudos to you and your hubby doing it all yourself. Awesome! That’s something else that I pray about: finding Mister Man. 😂😂 Enjoy your beautiful craft room. So sorry that I missed your giveaway of some of your craft supplies. 💜 Warm hugs!

    1. Oh, I pray for your recovery and future crafty room too! Don’t worry about missing the giveaway. I will have another one coming up very soon. I’ve already started packing boxes!

  2. I love the idea of putting a drop on the lid, I’m going to do that!
    Also the stencils in the 6×8 binder!
    Hope to see more of your organizing ideas! Thank you

    1. Thank you! I’m so glad you liked it. I didn’t realize anyone else would be interested in this sort of thing, so I’m so happy to have that feedback. I will be sure to post more of my storage and organization ideas and thoughts. Please let me know if you have any questions or thoughts too. It’s so nice to have fellow crafty friends to share and chat with these things about. 💜💜💜

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