My Studio Revamped

My studio resides in my basement, which at one point was an unfinished, dingy area. It’s been an ongoing project to beautify and make it more of a creative retreat than just a corner of the dingy basement. I looked for a before pic so you could see just how far this place has come, but couldn’ t find one. When hubby moved in, we had to move the guest room down here as well, so you’ll see the bed in the background.

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I moved the chair (it’s ugly) but this is where I normally sit.

 On this bookshelf, I keep the stuff I use most. I have several of the 3-drawer, $5 Walmart do-dads and here’s the categories I have in them:

Tools: Adhesives, Misc Tools (stamp cleaner, brayer, etc), and Cutting tools 
Color: Inkpads, Favorite Coloring Media (pastels, colored pencils) and another drawer of coloring media
Embellishments: Hardware, Paper embellishments, and ?(I forget at the moment what the last drawer is)
Projects: Scraps of patterned paper; Current projects (cards and such I’ve recently created); and Do-overs (images I’ve stamped and done nothing with or cardfronts that I will eventually turn into cards to give away)
On the top shelf there’s another organizer for Scrapbook stuff: Finished scrapbook pages (sometimes I create them but they don’t really go in an album, so they live here)Photos to be filed, Memorobilia (ticket stubs, etc I want to scrapbook)

So what else do I keep on the bookshelf?

Top row: I have several boxes of photos, but just keep the most current one or two on these shelves; Small baskets with current stamp sets in CD cases; a smaller 3-drawer organizer for things like gel pens, CS already cut to card size;
Middle row: in black photo boxes, I keep ribbon on rolls, and loose ribbon. In the green basket, I keep punches (I don’t have a huge collection,but the ones I have are too big for the drawers).
Bottom row: A basket with new stamp sets waiting to be cut out, or put into CD cases,a basket to stash stuff that needs to be put away, and a tray to slide projects in process out of the way.

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So I guess I was really on a color coordinating kick when I did these containers about a year ago. Before, they were functional but industrial looking. I used TAC’s Sands of Time scrapbooking paper to beautify them and hide the contents. Then I used the big alphabet letters to label them. I may be weird, but it makes me happy to live in a coordinated, beautiful room.
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I painted this old bookcase, the paper keeper on the table, and the corner cabinets a friend gave me. In the cabinets I keep misc. stuff like things to be altered and embossing powder (I like to keep them in plastic tubs so I can just dip my paper in and shake off). In this paper holder, I keep 12 x 12 paper sorted by color. (I keep the TAC current sets together in my paper taker under the table). You’ll notice my little TV/CD player. I got that for $6 at the 1/2 of 1/2 store. I sometimes listen to audio books or music CDs when I work. The narrow silver shelf on the left is a bathroom organizer I bought years ago and re-purposed. I keep lesser – used items here: envelopes, notecards, older photos, wider ribbon, paints, etc. To the left of that I have a CD tower with older stamp sets.
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You’re probably wondering why I still have a Christmas tree up. It’s actually my wizard of Oz tree with my favorite Oz ornaments. I have a little theme going with the ruby slipper, OZ birdhouse and Oz character cows on the bookshelf. I haven’t yet hung any pics downstairs, so there’s more decorating to be done. Oh yes, and I like to keep a yummy smelling candle on the candle warmer.
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This is one of my favorite organizing tools. My friend Niki gave it to me several years ago and it’s been invaluable for organizing my papers. On the bottom row, I keep 8 1/2 x 11 paper organized by color family. Directly above, I keep scraps. The top row is for things like packages of paper I haven’t opened,alphabet stamp sets, catalogs, TAC’s 8×8 and 9X9 scrapbook collections, scrap paper, vellum, etc. You may wonder why I have this turned on it’s side. I simply can reach more stuff and can flip through the papers in each section easier than if they were stacked in a pile.

 

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Before the transformation, the walls were dingy dark paneling. I used drywall mud to texture right over the paneling and painted them this celery green and a few of the other walls a robin’s egg blue (I didn’t get that area completely clean and tidy). If I had taken another pic to the right, you’d see a glider and klik-klak (sorta like a futon/couch), a bathroom, and an area where I keep my fine art stuff. I do enjoy having the TV/DVD player down there. It’s nice to “watch” movies while I create. Of course I normally get comedies or light hearted movies, since I am mostly listening and not watching. I made the white armoire with the shutter doors for my living room in Wichita. It didn’t work in this house, so it’s perfect for my studio. Inside, I have all my gift wrap, bags, ribbon, tissue paper organized (for the time being).
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And here’s my favorite little stamping buddy, Rajah. Since the dogs don’t come downstairs often (without coaxing anyway), he finds this a quiet retreat as well.

So anyway, that’s my studio….as clean as it gets, too. It’s been buried for the last 6 months, so it’s so nice to have it re-emerge! Come on over sometime, there’s plenty of room for friends!

~ by tawnyamarie on March 23, 2009.

One Response to “My Studio Revamped”

  1. It looks great!!!

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