Good Wednesday morning. I have had so many people ask if I would share photos of my Kittie Kraft craft studio but I have always put it off due to how messy it usually is. This past week I made myself dig out, toss stuff, organize and put stuff away and thought I’d better snap some photos. I always have the best intentions of keeping things neat and tidy after a good cleaning but it never seems to work out. I seem to thrive working with a messy desk. Don’t ask me why!
Assembling the Kittie Kraft Craft Studio
The first photo was taken back in 2005 when my husband and I first completed my space. We purchased Mill’s Pride cabinets and pre made counter tops from Home Depot and assembled and installed everything ourselves. I was most surprised that I could actually follow the directions for the cabinet assembly and I personally assembled almost all the cabinets you see by myself. I became quite handy with the power screwdriver and rubber hammer. LOL! Back in 2005 I was able to store all my stamps, paper, ribbon, etc. in the cabinets and drawers. Not so now. I must admit that although I love my work space I would do many things differently if I were creating it now
Dies and Stamp Storage
From the beginning I stored all of my Stampin’ Up! stamps in the large pan drawers you see below. Slowly but surely my pan drawers became filled with more and more dies. The counter top holds my big tools like the trimmer, Scor-Pal and die cutting machines. These tools are left out all the time as I use them constantly.
I have tons of dies stored in all the drawers on the right side of my work area but just posted one picture so not to bore you.
Two of the three large cabinets on the right side are filled with paper storage. It isn’t the best storage solution but it works. I checked in once with Stamp-n-Storage about having custom paper storage units built for my cabinetry but my cabinets were a little too narrow to get double width storage units.
Even at the best of times my desk looks messy. I keep everything that I use constantly at my finger tips or at least an arms reach. I have two day light bulb lamps attached to a shelf directly over my work area. Good lighting is a must! When I take photos of my projects I open the cabinet doors on either side of my desk that hold two additional clamp lights with day light bulbs. My husband purchased the construction clamp lights from Home Depot and having them clamped on the doors all the time makes it so easy to prepare for picture taking. I keep all my inks, reinkers, markers, adhesives and tools on the desk at all times. You may notice a Sizzix Big Shot Express box under my desk. I keep a new spare at all times in case I break mine. LOL!
Books, Ribbon and Everything Else
The whole left side of my space holds tools, embossing powders and folders, books, ribbon, etc. that are not used as often.
Kitchen Cabinet Shelving
My husband purchased two upper cabinets without the doors and one drawer unit and created open shelving for me. He modified the drawer unit and created a pull out keyboard tray for me. My desk top monitor used to sit in the shelving and I could pull out the keyboard when needed. Now I have a laptop so I filled in shelving for my designer paper pads, and various other things for storage. Note the rubber broom leaning against the corner wall. It is great for sweeping up paper debris that falls on the floor all around me when I’m working. I wish I could tell you I’m a neat paper crafter……but I can’t.
Having my dedicated Kittie Kraft Craft Studio has been a huge blessing to me. I appreciate my husband Bob’s willingness to allow me to have this room built so many years ago as paper crafting was my stress reliever during all the years that I was in medical management. Bob is my greatest fan and my most honest critic. Having a supportive spouse is priceless. I hope you have enjoyed seeing my space and hope you aren’t horrified to find out I’m a very messy paper crafter. Thanks for coming by.