Craft Room Tour

(cheerful music) – Hello I’m Jennifer McGuire
and welcome to my happy space. This is my craft room where
I create handmade cards and I shoot how-to
videos to share with you. Many people have been
asking for a tour of my room and I’m happy to finally do so. But as I show you around, keep
in mind that this is my job. So this really isn’t a craft
room but rather a workshop or an office. I have a lot of tools and
organization that help me to stay productive and
just like a carpenter who has lots of tools, I have
a lot of supplies on hand. Remember to have fun with
crafting you don’t need this much. But it really helps me with my job. I’m just hoping that by
sharing this room with you, you might be inspired to
try some of the organization that I’ve done along the way. So if you have more questions
about what I talk about, I have a lot of videos
that give more details. So be sure to check those out below. When I created this craft
room there were a few things that I knew would really help me out. One thing I knew is that
I wanted a smaller room. I used to be in the
basement and twice the size and it was really overwhelming. I just collected too much stuff and I didn’t know what to do with it. So I knew I needed a smaller room and I also work better if
things are behind cabinets and tucked away, it just keeps
me from feeling overwhelmed. I also found that if I work at a table where I’m not facing a wall,
if I’m looking out in the open, it’s much better for me creatively. So I knew I wanted to
kind of have an island where I could work. I had drawers near me
with my top use tools and I have things stashed
away that reach for often. I have a video camera set
above so that I can film the cards that I make to share with you. Now the most important
thing about a craft room is making sure it’s your happy place. You want to fill it with
whatever makes you happy. For me it was bright colors and treasures that I’ve collected from some friends. I even have cards on
display that some friends have sent to me. So whatever you do, make
sure it works for you. If you like things open, go for that. If you like things closed up go for that. Just make it your happy place. So let me show you into the drawers that are nearest where I work. These are where I store my
most essential products. So this is my main drawer where I keep my most used supplies. I use these on almost every card so I think it’s important
to have it close by so I don’t have to waste any time. In here I have my craft knives
and the pens I use often. My favorite adhesives and tools. I have baby wipes and even my stamp shammy so I can quickly clean
stamps as I’m working. I have other little tools
that I reach for often. It’s really important to
think those things out when you’re putting your room together. I like to have little dishes on hand where I can put little
pieces that I’m working with that I don’t want to
lose on my work surface as I create. So in this drawer I have more things I use on almost every card. I have my acrylic blocks and tapes here. Over here I have a pre-cut
and scored note cards. Some of them I buy
already pre-cut and scored but some I do on my own. These are the top folding 4.25
by 5.5 inch white note cards that I create from my
favorite white card stock. I like to have a bunch of
these ready so I don’t have to stop and do it as I’m creating. I also have my favorite white card stock pre-cut to 4.25 by 5.5
so when I’m creating I can just grab one of
these and do my stamping and I don’t have to take
the time to cut them. And I even keep little scraps in here so that I can use those also. In the back here I have
pieces of craft foam ready so that I can put these
on the front of my card if I want some dimension
behind my stamped pieces. I find that by having
things pre-cut it saves me a lot of time. So this drawer is one of my
favorites in the whole room. Here I have a lot of my favorite
colors of distress inks. I think distress inks are
must have for any stamper because there’s many wonderful techniques you can do with them. Now this ink storage unit is
meant to be stood upright. That way you can have the ink along with the matching re-inker. However, I have mine
laying down in my drawer, it was a perfect fit and
instead of putting a re-inker, I’ve put the ink blending
tool that matches that ink. I like this because I can
quickly find the color I want by looking at the ink blending tool. And then I have one ready to go. However, it really isn’t
necessary to have an ink blending tool for each ink. You could instead use a piece of velcro to stick on the bottom of the ink pad and switch it out each time. But this just helps me kind of get my work done faster for my job. I also have down here my clear
and white embossing powders because I use them quite often. So I sit here when I create
and there’s a little shelf under here where I keep my
work pad and my trimmers. I also have on this shelf my heat gun so that whenever I need
to emboss something I can just pull the heat gun
up and then tuck it underneath. I even have a power strip
under there that’s controlled by a remote so that I can
turn this off when I leave so that I don’t have to worry
about any safety concerns. Over here I have my big
shot and my most used inks. These are the ones that I
reach for the most often. So I thought it’d be good
to have it right next to where I work so I don’t have to get up while I’m creating. I also have my essential
inks that I use most often, like my black dye ink,
Versamark in white pigment ink. I have all the rest of my inks behind me. Up here I have my Sizzix bakeshop machine. I use this for videos
but when I do my crafting for myself, I use the Vagabond
which is right behind me. Now behind my desk I
have a lot of cabinets. I worked with a designer and a remodeler to pick out the best cabinets
and they happen to be the same ones that we use in the kitchen. I like them because I
can close everything up and I have pull out drawers. In this cabinet I have most
of my die-cutting supplies. I like to use the Vagabond
electronic die-cut machine so I had a plug put in here so
I could always be plugged in so I can just come here, pull this out, do my die-cutting, and
collect the scraps below. I have my plates on hand too. Here is where I store my wafer thin dies. I use these quite often. I have them stored in little sleeves so that I can label them
and if there’s multiple dies in a set, they don’t get
lost from each other. I have most of the wafer thin dies stored in these pockets but I
have some bigger ones for my bigger dies in the back. These are all divided by categories so I can quickly find
whatever I’m looking for. Over here I put some magnetic paper into my door so that I
just have stuck to it my favorite dies, the ones
that I’m reaching for often, so I don’t have to go
digging for them every time. This has really saved me a lot of time. Below I have more wafer
thin dies, extra stamps, some stencils and embossing
folders stored the same way. Up here I have many of my
favorite coloring tools. I have all of my Copic markers here and it’s right behind where I work so I can come back here and
grab which ever ones I need. And I have my color chart
on hand to help me out. Up here I have some of
the markers I use often, Tombow markers, distress
markers, shiver pens, some extra white gel pens
and even my paint brushes. Above I just have extra
storage and then I have my mists, paints, and
stains in this basket. In this cabinet, I have
most of my clear stamps. I store each of my clear
stamps in a sleeve. This way I can label
them and also store any coordinating dies in the back. Now some stamp sets are taller or smaller so I just use whatever
size pocket best fits them. All of my clear stamps are
stored in these inter-design containers and they’re split
so they have two halves and each container holds
about 150 stamp sets. I use dividers that I’ve
cut from plastic folders and I divide them by manufacturer but it may make more sense
to divide them by theme. But for my work flow,
manufacturer is best. In the middle of my drawer,
I store my larger stamp sets such as my six by six background stamps. This top drawer is
where I put anything new that I’ve gotten that I want
to be sure to try to use in an upcoming card. So whenever I go to create,
this is the first place that I stop. In the bottom of this cabinet I have my wood mounted stamps stored. I used to store them in baskets but I couldn’t see everything
and I was rarely using them. So instead, I store them
on shelves, on spice racks, so it’s like tiers of stamps
so I can easily see them all. I do have more rubber stamps,
they’re stored up high and in a basket also. These are the ones I like
to reach for the most. I also store my Handmade by
Jennifer stamps down here. Up above I have more of my dye inks. I showed you where next
to where I work I have my favorite colors. These are the rest of the lines. I have them broken down by ink type but these are mostly dye
inks and distress inks. I have my pigment inks
over on the other side of the room. Now for all of these, I put a
little ink swatch on the side, a little dot that has been
stamped with the right color. Because sometimes the color of
the lid doesn’t really match the color of the ink. So I find that’s very
helpful so you can see exactly what color’s inside. Another thing that I do to
determine what colors I have, is I have an ink swatch system. So when I get a new ink,
I stamp with the color so I know what the true color is, I can take these out and
take them to my workspace and see what color matches perfectly and I have free downloads for
all of these ink swatches. To go along with that, I
have this little container that’s very handy, has my stamp cleaner and my scrubbing pad but
I also have this stamp that’s needed to create my ink swatches. And also the little
dot stickers that I use to put the color on the side of the inks. These shelves are from Organize
More and I really think they’re handy to have when
you have a lot of inks. But remember you don’t
need this many inks. I have these for my work but you just need to find an ink line that you like and pick out the colors you like. Now in the corners of my
rooms, I have some shelves that hold baskets and
books and just supplies that I don’t use often. I also love succulents so I
have a lot of those on hand. And some pieces that I
got as gifts from friends. I have lots of handmade cards on display. I didn’t make any of these. These are all beautiful cards
that I received from friends and I think that’s so inspiring. Here I have a long countertop
where I can kind of spread out my projects
and look at the things that I have to work with. Below I have Ikea units. These are the Ikea Alex drawer units. They’re inexpensive and
they’re very efficient. A lot of great space
in these drawer units. So I had my builder build them in so it had a nice finished look. In this drawer I have
my Misti stamping tools. These tools are very helpful
if you do a lot of stamping. You just put your clear or
cling stamp in the door, put your paper inside, and close it and you get a perfect image every time. I have several of these Misti tools because I usually have
more than one project going on at a time. I have these fun sleeves
that my friend Mary Don made for me, I just love
having them in that. There are also many Misti stamping tools and in one of these, I have the image that I stamp on the back
of my cards in there so that every time I create a card I can just put in, ink it, and stamp it and I get it in the
right place every time. I think one of the best tips
when it comes to creating is to get paper pre-cut and
you have it ready to go. So I buy my favorite card stocks in a ream and I take them to Kinko’s
and have them cut in bulk for me, it’s very inexpensive to do. So here I have Nina Classic
Crest solar white card stock cut to 4.25 by 5.5, in both the 80 pound, which is a little lighter weight, and the 110 pound, which
is a little heavier. I have more of this right by where I work. This is just a back up stash. I also have distress watercolor paper and the Nina desert storm,
which is a fun craft card stock. In the back I have same white card stocks just cut differently. This is just cut right down
the middle, the long way, and I can fold this and create a note card so I have these ready to go also. I have some of those in my drawer too. So this is just additional
card stock that I have ready. I really like to add enamel dots and gems to my projects. However sometimes they come in a package where there’s multiple colors. So what I found best to do
is to cut them into strips so that you could store all
the pinks and reds together, all the yellow and oranges together, and then you can find whatever
matches your project best. This has been a huge time saver for me and I find that I use
them much more often. People often ask how I store
my color card stock scraps. I have this column of drawers
dedicated to those scraps and I just divide them up
kind of by color families. This has saved me a lot of
card stock and a lot of time. I even have my specialty paper
scraps in the bottom drawer. In this column of drawers, I store more of my coloring tools. Each drawer is a different type of tool, for example, this is
markers, I have a drawer for my watercolors and a
drawer for my colored pencils. By having everything together, I don’t have to go fishing for it. Here’s where I store little
jars of embellishments such as tiny sequins and some glitters. I find it helpful to have some
Swiffer dusting cloths handy because that helps with
clean up with those otherwise messy embellishments. I also use coffee filters
to help contain it as I’m creating. I go through a lot of adhesives so I have a couple drawers for adhesive. I used to teach classes so I have a bunch of my favorite adhesive which
is the Tombow stamp runner. I have them refilled
so they’re ready to go when I run out. I have some of my other
favorite adhesives here also. I really like heat embossing so I have several embossing powders. I have some of my colored
embossing powders here with a circle that I have heat embossed so I know exactly what color’s inside. I have additional colors in larger jars. And the powders that I reach for the most, I have in little containers where I have a cable clip that holds a mini spoon so I can use the spoon to scoop the powder onto my project and put
all the extra powder back into the container
and then there’s less mess. On this side of the room I have
more Ikea Alex drawer units. This is the wider model
and these are great for crafting supplies. In these drawers I have
mostly office supplies. I also have extra stamp and die pockets and then refills for my label maker. I find that by having all of
my organization stuff together I’m more likely to use it. I have some more embellishments over here. I really love buttons. I don’t use them on my cards very much but I keep them for other craft projects. I used to have them all
mixed together in jars and I never used them but once I divide them into color I started using them more. In this drawer I have
all of my sequin storage. I have these bead containers
and you can take one out at a time, take out what you
need and then put them back. This has been helpful in
keeping them organized and again, I use them
more when they’re all in the same type of container. People often ask about
ribbon and twine storage. I don’t use ribbon and twines
very much in my projects. So I just bought these packs
of American Craft’s twine and this is all I have and I
found that it’s really worked well for me to have less selection, I always reach for these. As I mentioned, I have
more inks in these drawers. These are my mini-distress inks. Now you really you don’t
need the full ink pads and the minis but I have
these so I can take them when I go crafting at
a retreat with friends. And I have additional ink blending tools and extra foam here in case I need them. Here I have some more of my ink cubes. Most of these inks are
available in a big ink pad but a lot of them are
unique and only available in the cube size so I
have all of these laid out in the top drawer. This is the Tim Holtz
distress ink container. And you saw that in my last drawer for my ink distressing cubes. I actually use the same
container for these inks, they fit perfectly but I break the top off so I just have the base to keep them all straight and organized. I don’t usually take these
inks away from this drawer so that’s why I didn’t think
that the lid was necessary. And the rest of these
drawers I have more inks. In this one I have all of my pigment inks. One of the things I
like about pigment inks, is the color of the ink
pad is the true color of the ink inside so there’s no need to put a little ink dot on
the side showing the color. Now with pigment inks, I
like to have re-inkers. They seem needed to be
re-inked more often. So I have all my re-inkers
for my pigment inks here. I do have re-inkers for
my distress inks also. I have those stored in a
tin but for most dye inks I don’t buy re-inkers because I find they rarely need re-inking. Now in this drawer right by my door, I have some projects to take on the go. I’m always at kid’s practices
or heading out the door so I have some things that I
can take with me to get done. For example, this has some
finished cards, envelopes, stamps, and return address. I just take that and I
can fill out some cards to send to love ones and then mail them when I get back home. I also have some other
projects that maybe have some stamps and papers that
I want to use together in a pouch so that I can
grab that and work with that. For a long time, I really
struggled with how to store my 8.5 by 11 colored card stock. I wanted to keep the colors separate so that I could tell people
what I’m using on projects and I could order more if I needed more. So what I came up with is
these job ticket sleeves like at an office supplies store. They’re nice and sturdy
and I can keep lots of 8.5 by 11 card stock in it. And then if I have a scrap
of the piece, I can store that in there also. I do label it so that if
I need to know the color or need to order more I can easily do so. I have these sleeves in
some magazine holders and that helps to keep
them nice and organized. Up here I have my neutrals and some specialty card stocks also. This system has really worked well for me. It keeps me organized and it
also keeps everything compact. Sometimes I like to
add a little hand touch to my card by using a bit of sewing. So I have a sewing
machine but I didn’t want to keep it out on my countertop so I put it in a cabinet. Whenever I want to sew I
just pull the machine out, bring down the foot
pedal, and do my sewing, and then I can put it away. So I have plugs in these cabinets also. That’s really helpful to
keep everything organized to have those plugs in there. If you can’t do that, you
could always drill a hole in the back of your cabinet
and lead that to a plug. Up here I have some more tools that are best stored in sleeves. These are the same sleeves
that I use for card stock. So up here I have things
like my double-sided tape, my masking paper, that way I can keep even the smallest scraps and
put them to use later. I do have it labeled on the bottom so I can easily flip through them all and find what I need. Over here I have some
pads of watercolor paper and some more specialty papers. And on the other side of my desk, I have a spot where my
kids can craft with me or I can have friends over. In this cabinet I have
things that aren’t so fun but are really useful to have. This is probably the tool
that gets the most use in my craft room, this is a hand-vac and I can just unplug it,
take it to my work surface, use it to clean up quickly
any little scraps of paper. This really helps me to keep my room a little more tidy than
it normally used to be. Here I have my organization bin. In here I have stamp pockets
with inserts ready to go, die pockets, all of my
organization all in this one spot, so when I get a new
product, I can go ahead and put it away, label it,
and then we’re good to go. Here I have my label machine, some pouches to put projects in, and some
dry clothes to clean up with. I do have a shelf on this side also to keep trimmers for whoever’s
crafting on this side. A big part of our hobby is
actually sending the cards that we create. So once I’ve completed
a card, I come over here and I put it in a sleeve
with a matching envelope. Sometimes I even stamp on the envelope so it matches perfectly. In this container which is
the same kind of container I store my clear stamps
in, I have all the cards that I’ve created and
separated them by theme. So I have sympathy, hello,
thank you, and so on. This way when I need
to send a card, I look for a perfect card for the
occasion and just grab that. Then I go up to this
drawer where I have a pouch that holds bunch of
different postage stamps and my return address labels. I also have different
fun decorative washies that I can put on the envelopes and additional envelops
and other mailing needs. This has really helped me
to actually send more cards. So the more cards make
the more cards I can send. On these shelves I have
my 12 by 12 card stock. I love the look of the rainbow. Now these 12 by 12 card
stocks are actually back from my scrapbooking
days but I kept them on hand and I use them for card making sometimes. I had a laminate put on top of the shelves because I knew I’d be pulling these in and out a lot and I
didn’t want to destroy the shelves and it allows
them to come out smoothly. So lately my hobby has been
to do die cutting of felt and then do stitching while I’m on the go. So I was struggling to
find a way to store my felt and I found it was best to do it just like I did my paper storage. I had each color stored in a sleeve and I put the name of this color on top and I put a little swatch on the edge so I could see it when
I’m looking through. I have the felt inside and I can keep even the tiniest pieces of felt in here. This storage system has
worked out really well for me and it actually saves the amount of room because I’m compressing everything down. In the baskets in the container above I have some re-inkers
and some other supplies that I don’t use as often. And below I have in my
cabinets some giveaways that I plan to send out to blog readers and some shipping supplies. In this corner, I have more shelves with additional supplies. I recommend finding a
container that you like and sticking with that and
use that throughout your room. I also recommend having
some of the containers be empty so that you
have some room to grow. I find that’s really
helpful and I don’t waste as much time finding new
places for new things. I also recommend to put up some things that you find inspiring. These are three of my favorite quotes so I wanted them nearby
so I could see them often. Thank you for joining me on
this tour of my craft space. I hope that bits and
pieces of it inspire you to get more organized also. But keep in mind, everybody’s different. Some people like a creative mess, some people like me, like to be organized. Do whatever you need to do
to make it your happy space. After all, this is all
about creating cards to make others smile and share a little bit of handmade kindness. If you’d like to see
more on any specific area in my craft room or bits of organization be sure to check out the
videos below in my description. And also, if you haven’t yet be sure to hit the subscribe button. Thanks for watching
and we’ll see you soon. (cheerful music)


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