The floor space (that my drafting chair can roll around in) in my stamping corner is about 3.5' x 5'. My corner is found in my basement, complete with space heater to keep the Michigan chill off my tootsies.
A girl might as well be content when she can't change the situation, so I try to focus on the benefits of a very small stamping space. While I am not able to do "buddy" stamping in my corner, everything I need to create is within arms reach - and I really like that!
My corner IS little, but I try to efficiently use the few square feet I do have.
A "must have" for me is my little bulletin board with all my cardstock colors represented by 2 x 3" swatches hung from stick pins. This allows me to lift the swatches and do a mix and match to play with color choices. Many times I have "discovered" a fun color combo just because the swatches were put back on the board next to each other. If I can't see all my colors, I tend to use the same ones over and over.
LOVE my in ink pad organizer from SUInk.net.
Like my new OTT lamp (but it has a "hum").
All small embellishments are stored in the drawers to the left (in little clear round conainers- lids off). I find that I use them more if they are just one drawer pull away. Plus, I can pull the little containers out and play with what I really want to use.
The white plastic racks mounted above my table are spice racks from Walmart (a few years back). They can be mounted with two nails in the wall but also have a magentic strip (another picture shows spice racks mounted magnetically).
Date: Saturday, April 7, 2007 GMT Views: 2940
Registered: May 3, 2006 Location: its a secret!! Posts: 1138
Sat, Apr 07, 2007 @ 11:25 AM
I rally love what you did with your space....I am also in a basment...but its also been turned into a family room..I have 1/4 of the space and the kids have 1/4 te rest goes to launry and storage. I realy lke your idea with the magnets..so that would be great way to make sure you see everthing.
Thans for sharing
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I, too, am in the basement of an out-of-the-way corner. works for me as i hear no phone, voices, etc unless I want to. The metal sheet idea is wonderful...liquid nails on cement block huh? and it holds??!! Brilliant! I noticed the panel with all the paper samples on. Is that utilized for color matching?? How doyou store your paper? That is an area that always drives me a little bonkers! Have a Happy...Cotton
Registered: October 23, 2005 Location: Daylily 'Stolen Treasure' Posts: 444
Sat, Apr 07, 2007 @ 2:57 PM
Yup, the cardstock swatches are for color coordinatiing.. use 'em like playing cards.. hold 'em, mix 'em, and match 'em.
I only use 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock so it is all stored in file folders (labeled with the color) and then in a Pendaflex file. I don't organize them by SU color groups, but by color... all the pinks together, yellows together.. etc.
I am typically searching for a "color" and could care less what "color group" it is in. Also, by not organizing by color group (Bold Brights, for example) I don't create boundaries in my head as to what I should be coordinating with what. Gotta keep your head happy!
I keep a small zip lock baggie in each file folder to hold scraps. I always check my scraps before chopping into a new sheet of paper. HTH
Registered: February 19, 2007 Location: OK Posts: 1
Sat, Sep 15, 2007 @ 8:06 PM
I thought I had a pretty good space but I have to incorporate some of your ideas. I am stuck in the SU color groups and have colors that are retired that I've never even touched because I have them in SU color groups instead of by color family (ie. greens, red, pinks, etc.) Thanks for opening my mind.
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