So here is where I create. I have two young kids, who are always running about, and I want to be able to scrap whilst keeping an eye on them. This is why a scrap 'room' would be no good for me.
I have a decent sized area for my living space, it is in an 'L' shape, so the dining area is at the back of the house. You can just see the corner of the dining table below so there is still plenty of space for my craft desks and shelving....
As you can see, I have a large Ikea desk which I now couldn't live without. It was white, but it hassince been covered twice, first with large adhesive floor tiles, and more recently with a new sheet of vinyl. Because of all the paints and sprays I use, I need a surface that wipes clean, doesn't show too many marks and looks ok as its our living area. I also have the matching Ikea shelving to go with the desk. oh, and those baskets to the far right is where most of my punches are stored...it is rammed full so I have no idea where I will put any new ones!
I have been doing a lot of work for docrafts lately, and I demonstrate for them too, so I need to keep their products to hand and separate from everything else.
This is my new Argos shelving which is a similar style to the Ikea, just slightly smaller. I have baskets, bowls, cages, books and jars holding things like stamps, ribbons, twines, buttons, journaling cards, dies and craft tapes all separately.
Back to the right I have kept the colour scheme to white, black and neutrals as much as possible to suit whatever style our living area may be. The boxes you can see hold anything from dies, paints, masks and adhesive gems...yep...I really have enough of each to fill a box! Things like the small metal tin next to the spotty boxes hold embellishments that I really like such as Ingvild Bolme resin pieces or lightbulbs...
I have a lovely large window above my desk, perfect for looking out into my garden and for natural light whilst working.
Those fabric boxes on top just about hold all my flowers I have, and I even have a different box for the leaves and vines. Obsessed maybe???
This 'whirlygig' is fantastic as it holds all my usual day to-day tools and spins round for easy access. it was damaged stock at work so I bought it cheap but a bit of hot glue soon fixed it.
I also picked up from a DIY shop, a bathroom metal shelve, which I have lined with a heat mat. This is where I throw my heat gun and hot glue gun...after many burnt fingers, I've now learnt to keep them out of the way!
Below is another desk which used to hold my PC. I found it took up too much room on my craft desk, but now it has retired, I am left with another work area. In one of my local bargain shops, I found this over sink metal storage with slide out trays. it is perfect for my baby wipes, envelopes and to stand some more pots on!
You can also see my thickers all hanging on pretty metal butterfly hooks too :-)
A couple of close ups....
ooooh, look! all my ink pads that are not from docrafts are in a basket beside my desk, and I store my clear stamps in two albums. One for words, sentiments and phrases, and one for everything else. I found those page protectors that are in sections are great for holding the stamps.
The kraft drawers are only from Tesco and hold my smaller letter stickers, photos and 6x6" pads.
My latest addition which was not in the photo higher up is a set of cheap wooden box shelves from the Range. I Gesso'ed them and used distress ink to...well, distress them! I now have all my inks and sprays on show and easily accessible. I just need something similar for my paints.
Lastly, in this photo you can see my sewing machine, pplugged in ready to go at any time, and my paper storage. I have the patterned papers in no particular order really, just old to new, but that is next on my list of things to sort out as a have a lovely new black and white, larger paper holder!