Stamping Space

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We had some friends over this weekend for a fabulous evening of fajitas. I got to thinking I should share a few photos of my stamp room before real life set in and it got destroyed while everything was still ‘company ready’.  I always enjoy seeing how other addicts, like myself, deal with all the tools and clutter. My stamp room/office/wii room is right off of the back entry to our home and open to our kitchen and eat-in area. Multi-purpose is an understatement.

There are no doors to shut this room off from public view, so about 6 months ago, I got serious about hiding the clutter and having a room that would look presentable when we have friends and family over. This first photo (above) is what you would see if you stopped by to visit and came to my back door. We have a wrap around driveway, and back door friends are the best.

My mom found this kitchen island for me with great storage on clearance at a furniture store back in January. These open shelves house my die machines. There is cabinet storage on the sides of the island. It’s easy enough to use the counter top of the island for working and then slide the tools back to their shelves when not in use.

What I really loved about this island was the pull-out table top at the opposite end of the open shelves. This allows me to keep my laptop in this room. That means that most of my  clutter stays contained in one room vs. here and the dining room or family room. My family appreciates that. :)

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These two black cabinet were ‘rescued’ from an office that my mom worked in several years ago. The drawers are great for tools I don’t need every day, misc. stamps sorted by manufacturer, general pen & pencils drawers, notebooks that need to be altered, envelopes, extra adhesives, packing tape, etc. I wish I were more organized because many of these drawers are actually empty. :)

042609img_8620-copy.jpgSo, this leads me to these three curtained doors. I think this solution would work for many of you who do not have a dedicated  room to call your own. Behind each of these three curtains is a closet that runs the length of the wall. The closet it 30″ deep. The far left side has a built in computer desk that my girls use and the far right curtain hides floor to ceiling shelves for general household storage. (I’m not going to show you those messes organized areas – they’re boring!)

The wall that creates this closet is not a support wall, and it would be a fairly easy, inexpensive renovation if you can afford to give up the actual room space. You could put doors on the open spaces, but the previous owners didn’t want to give up the floor space that the doors would require and neither did I. It’s easy enough to open the curtains when I want to use my desk and close them when I want to conceal my mess.

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What’s behind curtain #2! My stamp desk! My dad built the desk for me shortly after we moved in from remnant MDF board, and I hung the shelving. This isn’t one of those matchy-matchy Martha Stewart spaces, but it works for me.  I keep my 12×12 and 6×6 papers in rubbermade type totes on the floor. It’s easy for me to reach under there and grab what I need. My Sew-mini stays on the floor, to the right, and the stack drawers on the floor to the left hold punches, acrylic blocks, stamp sets that are stored in CD cases and rolled ribbon.

So there you have it – the good, the bad and the ugly. :) That’s how I use my space with options to keep it contained and cleaned up.  Maybe one or two of the items will give you an idea to incorporate into your own room.

28 Responses to Stamping Space

  1. What a wonderful space, Lori! My daughter was just standing here looking at it and said, Wow! She has a lot of stuff! Does she have more than you? LOL! She is only 5! I love the warmth that you have created with your space! Thanks for sharing!

  2. WOW – you should have called this Miracle Monday. Seeing a space this clean first thing in the AM? Nothing short of one, baby! Love it!

  3. I’m so happy to finally see your space so I can picture it when I’m talking to you. You’ve done a great job with clever storage!

  4. Very Cool Lori! Thanks for sharing your space with us. It’s beautiful! Some people like to tour homes but I love to tour craft spaces!!!

  5. Very cool space Lori! :) Thanks for sharing it. Now I see where you release your creativity!

  6. I love it Lori! I thought those curtains opened up to beautiful windows with a view into a great landscape! Instead, they open up to wonderful supplies and fun things to do!! Great space. I love those little drawers. I think I’d have them all filled up in no time!!!

  7. Love your stamping space!!! So neat to get a glimpse of where you create! Thanks for sharing.

  8. I love your stamp space Lori. My space is also in one of the main areas of the house. It definitely makes it a challenge keeping it company-ready!

    Thanks for sharing your photos with us!

  9. Thanks so much for sharing…you make me want to go home and rip the doors of my closet!!

  10. Great area you have created. When I saw the first few pics I thought “where are all the supplies?”. Swoosh, open the curtains, and there they are! Looks very self-contained. tfs love to see crafting area ideas.

  11. Your room is beautiful. You would never know that you stamp in it. All that wonderful creativity comes out of a hidden space. Thanks for sharing with us, it is always so much fun to see others spaces.

  12. what a great peek into the life of a superstar! thanks for sharing! :)

  13. Oh man, can have come over and have some fajitas, I mean stamp with you some time? It looks so quiet, cozy and warm in your “space”. Oh, and can we have margaritas with those fajitas, I mean stamps?!

    Hugs,
    Amy

  14. Wow, you were pretty clever at making this company ready yet usuable for your crafting! Love it.

  15. Omgoodness—AMAZING!!!! This looks to pretty to create in!!

  16. WOW, great work space!!! Lucky you!!!

  17. I love your room Lori! What a nice place to work!

  18. Wow, Lori! What a FABULOUS room!!! I love it all… even the messy part! 😉

  19. Love your stamping space, Lori! Thanks for sharing it with us!!! And yes, you’ll be seeing me this summer in FL for sure!!!!! 😉

  20. wow! what a great space! while we are in the process of moving i’m trying to figure out how to work myself a “space”…great ideas! thanks so much for sharing!

  21. Wow! I love the space and that rescued cabinet is a find!!!! I would love, love, love one of those. :) Thanks for sharing!

  22. Your space looks amazing, Lori!! Thanks so much for sharing!! (I am keeping lots of ideas in mind for the future, in hopes that some day I will have a special “space” of my own some day. :D)

  23. LOVE the space Lori. It has great space saving items and great organizational stuff.

  24. Great space, Lori. Looks like it flows with the rest of the house – just like your crafting should flow with your daily life. (Well, sometimes, at least?) Your furniture pieces really make it unique to you too.

  25. Thank you for taking the time to show your stamping space! I really like the cubby you use to hold your Copics & ink pads…you don’t happen to remember where you bought it, do you? It looks like it might work for my area, and holds more than just pens, which is helpful. Just wondering…

    Have a great day!

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  27. Nice craft area – I’m jealous

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