Thank you for joining me today for the 3rd part of my Craftroom Organisation series.
In my craftroom I have a messy area, a cutting area and my stamping area. Today I will be focusing on the cutting area – how it is set out some of the items I have in it that I find really helpful.
The photo below shows how I have everything set-up. On the left-hand side of the worktop are my punches, in the centre I have my Big Shot and paper-trimmer and on the right-hand side I have everything I use when die-cutting/embossing. My dies and embossing folders are stored in boxes in front of my worktop (bottom right-hand corner of the photo).
I bought this shoe rack in a charity shop and the punches fit on it perfectly. The rack can be separated into 3 smaller racks but I found this took up too much valuable worktop space. The punches are organised in a way that helps me to find them easily/quickly. The ‘Around The Page’ punches are at the very top. The Stampin’ Up! Tag punches and Border punches are stored on the top shelf. Underneath those I have Flower punches and Butterfly punches. All the ‘Builder’ punches i.e. the Fox Builder, the Cookie Cutter Builder etc are stored together on the shelf underneath.
Towards the bottom I have all the punches I use regularly. One shelf has Label punches and underneath those are Circle punches that are arranged in size order, a heart punch, an oval punch and my smaller punches. All the retired punches have a white sticker with an ‘R’ on it.
This is where I store my double sided tape, die brushes, post-it-notes, wax paper, Press ‘n’ Seal, Big Shot platforms, acrylic cutting plates and embossing mat.
The wooden box has my 6″ DSP in it. On top of the box I have a large roll of double sided tape and various sizes of post-it-notes. I keep my die-brushes, sponge mat and piercing tool in a clear plastic box, storing everything in the box keeps it all together and it cuts down on the amount of mess as it keeps all of the fall-out pieces in one place.
I recently treated myself to the Sizzix Magnetic Die Brush, it has a magnet on the end of the handle which is fantastic for picking up the dies when you’ve finished with them.
My Large Letters Framelits and Large Numbers Framelits are also stored here. I have put them on A4 magnetic sheets and store them in plastic wallets.
MAGNETIC DIE HOLDER
On top of the box I also have an old acrylic price sign that I use for my dies, the shop’s don’t use them if they have lots of scratches on them. It doesn’t matter about the scratches because I attached an A4 magnetic sheet to the front of it.
When I’m die-cutting with several dies I put the ones I’ve used on this and put them away when I’ve finished all the die-cutting. This is one of the most useful tools to have if you do die-cutting, I don’t loose my dies anymore.
STORING MY DIES AND EMBOSSING FOLDERS
I also store my Dies and Embossing Folders in Wooden Boxes. I have added clear dividers that are labelled to make it quicker for me to find them.
On the left-hand side of the box are all my Laying Dies, Box Making Dies, Tags and Occasions Dies. The layering dies are organised into shapes so all my circle dies are all in one section, all Birthday dies are in another section.
On the right-hand side I have sections for Flowers/Trees, Animals and Butterflies. Behind these are my Christmas dies.
I am in the process of organising my Embossing folders similar to the way my dies are organised. I have all the background folders together, the frames are together and all my Stampin’ Up! folders are stored together. My A4 embossing folders are kept at the back of the box, I use these with another machine that is stored underneath the worktop.
STORAGE FOR CARDSTOCK, VELLUM ETC.
When my daughter was working at the British Heart Foundation store in Lincoln she had several filing cabinets donated. She recognised the names on a set of drawers that were labelled Brights, Subtles, Retired etc. and sent me some photos. They were going to be priced at £15 each so I measured up and bought 7 of them. I have managed to fit 5 of these in my craftroom and 2 in my bedroom.
In the cutting area I have 2 cabinets that I use to store my non Stampin’ Up! cardstock, vellum, acetate, pearlised card, foil card and glitter card. When I first got the cabinets I removed the labels because my stash of Stampin’ Up! cardstock didn’t even fill one drawer. Now my Stampin’ Up! cardstock is stored in separate drawers that are labelled Brights, In-Colors, Neutrals, Regals, Subtles or Retired. The cardstock in each drawer is stored alphabetically.
On the right-hand side of the fling cabinets are the boxes that I use to store my 12″ DSP and cardstock, glimmer paper, foil card and envelope paper. On top of the cabinets I have my large guillotine.
Each colour of Stampin’ Up! cardstock is stored in these plastic wallets because they prevent damaged corners or creases. I keep a few sheets in the wallet and the rest of the cardstock is stored at the bottom of the drawer. I store my scraps of cardstock at the front of each plastic wallet and I look through these before cutting into a full sheet.
I know this is a really long post today but I hope you found it helpful, I would love to hear from you if you found any of the storage tips helpful for your crafty space. Please let me know if you have any questions or any storage tips that you wouldn’t mind sharing.
Have yourself some crafting fun.