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Old 03-29-2007, 11:43 AM   #1  
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Ok, I know many of you have wonderful spaces set up in your homes to get creative. I am trying to plan my space. I have some questions for those of you that have created, set up, etc. your stamping/creative space.

What do you LOVE about it?
What would you do differently or change?
What do you dread about it?
Do you have a lot of built-ins?
Items hanging on walls or sitting on desk/counter tops?

I really want to get this right the first time!

Thanks for your suggestions! (I'm so excited!)
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Old 03-29-2007, 11:59 AM   #2  
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I actually posted avery similar question a few weeks ago and got some great ideas.

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Old 03-29-2007, 12:16 PM   #3  
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I would have my ink pad holder be one that mounts on the wall instead of the big wood spinning one that I have. I like it except it is a lot larger than I was anticipating it would be. I wanted to have it on my counter top and it is much too big. I have countertops that go out 5 feet each direction from the corner. 3 cabinets one corner one in the middle and one on each end. I got them at a discount/clearand place for only 150 for all three and painted them. I have 2 ribbon hanges one that I actually have ribbon on and one that I have my punches hanging on and my bg's on the top.
the inkpad holder is pretty much the only thing I would change
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Old 03-29-2007, 12:20 PM   #4  
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i think everyones space needs to be different.

may i suggest that you take inventory of all your items in one column...
in the other column decide how you like these things stored.

then map it out.

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paper - shelves
books - shelves
punches - drawer
ribbons - shelves
stamps - drawer

creat you own little 'map' and then start to 'build' your own little heaven.

good luck and happy stamping!
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My biggest thing is having easy access to the things I use most. If I can't see it...I won't normally use it! Have fun planning your space!!!
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I did not read the other thread, but the first thing I would do is figure out where the sun comes in. You want it on your stamping space but not on your ink/paper/stamp storage. Good luck!
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Old 03-29-2007, 01:31 PM   #7  
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[QUOTE=jranagel]I actually posted avery similar question a few weeks ago and got some great ideas.

You were right about getting some great ideas! That was well worth reading. I love looking at stamping spaces and how unique each one is.

Mine is in a large space, but the roof slants in eliminating wall space above waist-high. It has one window which provides great light during the winter, but gets too hot with the sun beating in during the summer. I am working on getting better lighting. My sister gave me a lamp with magnifing (sp) glass that screws onto my table and that works well enough for just me. However, I want to have friends over to stamp and that means better all around lighting.

I am pleased with the linoleum floor because it is easy to clean small bits of paper etc from it.

I have 3 separate tables set up in a U shape for working on and I feel like I've gone to heaven having all that space! One table is higher for my cuttlebug, because i crank better when I'm standing up. Also just to give my body some variety and still be working!!

My non-SU stamps are in drawers made by rubbermaid and sterlite. Target has a new unit with 9 drawers: 6 shallow ones just right for stamps and 3 deeper ones for holding your cardstock. I'd love to get a couple of those!

Good luck! I've enjoyed your thread.

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Old 03-29-2007, 05:47 PM   #8  
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Default Thanks All!!

I appreciate the suggestions and the direction to the previous post. The lighting will be at the TOP of the wish list. Especially since I will likely be in the basement eventually!

Have a great night!
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Old 03-29-2007, 06:48 PM   #9  
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I love having some closed cabinets and shelves. I have a cassette tape holder I bought for 50 cents at a garage sale - it's been great for my stamp pads. I love having my pencils, scissors and other often used implements on my counter top.

My single stamps are in a plastic chest of drawers and my unmounted in a 3 ring binder. I have a credenza that my husband madethat holds a lot of my paper and again it has cabinet drawers and my big fiskars is on top of it for a great cutting surface.

One of my favorite new items is a box with dowels in it and my ribbbon is organized and easily available. Buy a label maker so anything in drawers is easily identifiable by the labels.

What I don't have enough of - good lighting. I hate the ugly and now stained carpet. I am getting a patterned commercial grade carpet on Monday.

And, of course I need a space for my computer so I can look at SCS whenever I want to.

Good Luck. It is a fun thing to design. I understand you wanting to get it together right the first time.
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Most important is lighting. I have 2 double fluorescent lights plus a triple light fixture. I use t-towel hangers to hang my punches, I love them. Everything possible in front of you on the wall or very near you so its very accessible. I also use plastic eavestroughs for holding all my rolls of ribbon sorry stampin up roll of ribbon don't fit.
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Everyone that I heard from here, and another website, stressed lighting as being important, so I did take that into account. My room isn't finished yet, but I will have a ceiling fan, I know I know, it won't be on that much, but when I am not working we need air circulation down there. My DH also put in recessed lights over my work area, and under the cabinet lights in the other work section. Hopefully that will be good.

Good luck. I am dying to get into my room, first I need to get DH to finish the family room.
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Oh, if you have a chance but you are probably past that point. Put your plug ins higher on the wall above the table tops would be handy.
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Oh, if you have a chance but you are probably past that point. Put your plug ins higher on the wall above the table tops would be handy.
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I second this. This is the one thing that I LOVE about my room, all the plugs are at the counter level. Much easier then climbing underneatah to plug stuff in.
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I love using a countertop because it's big and easy to clean ink off of. I love my pegboard because all my tools are close at hand and VISIBLE. I love using drawers rather than cabinets since so many of our crafting "thing" are little--it's easier to organize drawers.

I guess I don't really dread anything now. Before I redid the space I dreaded stamping at all because all my supplies were in a closet and I had to get up and get anything a wanted. Sounds like a piddly thing, but I had so much I never used because it wasn't at hand.
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