I thought that I’d share a quick tour of my new stamping room with you today. Hope that’s okay, and if you make it to the end of the post, you’ll see some blog candy too!! 🙂 For the first time ever, I’ve got a designated stamping spot so I’ve been able to do a little planning and designing. As we all know, storage is a huge problem for those of us who are the stamp and accessories horders so I thought I’d show you a few inexpensive things that I’ve added to my stamping area to help minimize the clutter.
This is a big picture of my work area. The larger table is just a 6 foot folding table that I picked up at Target for around $30. The smaller table on the right side is from Ikea (my new favorite store!!). The table top is the Linnmon, it was only $5.99 and I added 4 of the Adils legs at $3.50 each so the entire table was only $19.99.
Here is a close-up view of my 12×12 paper storage rack. I made this from one of those wire sporting-goods racks that you can buy at Target for about $25. I saw this idea here on Cat’s Creations. It makes a very sturdy, very inexpensive rack for storing all of my 12×12 papers. Of course, we only had black zip ties at our house. It would have been “prettier” with white ones.
And here is my big ink storage unit. I bought this used from another stamper for about $30. I’ve seen similar units for $100+ on various websites (and that’s before shipping), so those can be pretty pricy unless you find a good deal on a used one. I like that I can store my ink pads and refills all in one place. There is also a spot to store the matching marker, but I like to have all of my markers at my fingertips on my workspace so I don’t really use that part much. I do store my Paper-Piercing Tool, Aqua Painter and Sharpie markers in those spots. It also has a bunch of little pegs that are designed to go in the tiny holes on the right side for hanging scissors and ribbon spools (or anything else that could go on a hook), I don’t need many of those pegs and they stick out quite a bit so I don’t put the pegs in unless I need them.
The next picture is my 8.5 x 11 paper storage. I bought a rolling card at an office supply store for less than $10 and it works great for storing my card stock. I can roll it around (because it’s HEAVY when it’s full) and it’s got a lid to keep the dirt and chunks of flying debris from my stamping messes out.
The next picture is my big storage unit that I bought at Ikea. It’s called the Expedit Shelving Unit and it was $139. I added two drawers ($25 each) and two doors ($20 each) and I loaded it up with all of my stamp sets and lots of other small items. I’ve got my Sizzix dies behind one of the doors and all of my small tools in the drawers. I also had plenty of space to store my unopened packs of card stock as well as some bins full of other assorted supplies.
I store my ribbon in a small bin and a spool rack. I got the bin at Target for a few dollars and I keep all of my loose pieces of ribbon in there. I bought the ribbon rack on Etsy and it was about $40.
My final storage issue was my punches. After seeing this on Pinterest, this is the solution that I came up with and it was very inexpensive. I bought extendable curtain rods for $4 each at Lowe’s and I used a hack saw to cut them down to the size that I needed. I attached them down the side of my storage unit with the brackets and screws that came with the curtain rods. These were super easy to cut down and hang up, I did it all by myself!
And here is a little closer view of the punch storage.
I hope that you’ve enjoyed the tour of my new stamping area and I hope that I’ve provided you with a few inexpensive storage solutions along the way. Let me know if you have any questions, I’ve been having lots of fun putting my new stamping space together!
Now on to the exciting stuff…The Blog Candy!!!
I’ve got two blog candy packages for you. To be entered to win, all that you need to do is leave me a comment on this post with your favorite storage idea for stamping stuff. It can be anything…something that you use, something that you’ve seen or something that you’ve made, whatever storage ideas you’ve got. I’ll be doing a random drawing from all of the comments left on this post by Tuesday evening (7/9/13).
The first blog candy package is the Patterned Party clear mount stamp set, the matching Pennant Builder Wheel and a spool of Riding Hood Red 3/8″ Pleated Satin Ribbon (all retired items):
The second blog candy package is a pack of the retired Pretty In Pink 8.5 x 11 Card Stock, a pack of the Jewels Basic Pearls and a package of the Kraft Gift Boxes.
Don’t forget to leave me a comment if you want to be entered for my blog candy goodies. I’ll be drawing and posting the winners on Wednesday morning. Good luck!
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