For as long as I can remember I've crafted with one thing or another. And gratefully, I've always had a craft room.
When Bill and I were newlyweds (40 years ago June 3!) we lived in a 2 bedroom flat. The 2nd bedroom was my craft room. After a while, we built a home in High Ridge and Bill finished the basement so that I could have a craft room in the basement.
We've been back in St. Louis for almost 20 years and I have craft space in the basement. As some of you know, my son named my basement space *Nancyland*. He has threatened to call hoarders. What he doesn't realize is that it may not be pretty but it is completely organized.
A place for everything and everything in its place. Grandma would be proud.
We (those of us who craft) have talked about organization quite a bit. And I have shown snippets of Nancyland now and then. Recently, I've had students ask how I organize.
Obviously (as you'll see), I don't care about it being pretty but I do have to work in an organized, functional space.
DIsclaimer: Please keep in mind that I teach and therefore have lots of things in multiples for classes. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it.
Small embellishments are kept in drawers and all labeled.
These are from Target in the hardware department. I liked the red color.
Alphabets sorted according to letters
(This idea courtesy of Becky D years ago and it still works for me.)
I keep Tim Holtz stamp sets in these We R Memory Keeper binders.
(I get mine @ For Keeps Sake Scrapbook.)
Wendy Vecchi stamp sets are kept in her acrylic binders.
Tim stamps are organized according to subject:
Backgrounds & Swirls
ATC's & Mini's
Houses, Games, Photo
Crowns & Bees
Words & Phrases
I have a few more books that are strictly for holidays.
Those I keep in a closet until the holiday is near.
Most of my stamps are in tubs according to the subjects:
Travel & Time
Birthday & Thanks
Animals & Sports
Trees & Flowers
As you can see from the photo, I print on the sides of my background stamps
so I can see at a glance what they are.
Embellishments (chipboard, stickers, etc) are kept in drawer-like stacking containers.
They are slightly larger than 12" x 12".
I love having containers that I can pull out and work with by subject matter.
Here's how I divide up the drawers:
Wings & Crowns
Die Cut Wood
Nostalgique (Yes, I hoard my Rebecca Sower things)
7 Gypsies & Crafty Secrets
Writing & Money & Clocks
Flowers & Leaves
Tapes & Bookplates
Antique Tags & Labels
File Folders & Library Pockets
Stars & Hearts
Hope this helps you organize a bit. I'll share more on another day.
I'm always open to ideas.
Please share how you organize with comments below.