2014 Studio Tour!

Howdy folks! I love to see where other people create, from creative closets to entire rooms devoted to their art I just love to look. It is fun to see how other people store their supplies and I always come out with an idea or two. As an artist who works in many media I have a lot of stuff, add to that I am an art teacher and you get more stuff. My workroom (not really a room but a corner of my basement) is a supply closet as well as a work area. Everything, almost, is modular and I end up moving it around quite a bit as my needs change. Here is how it is looking right now:

I find that the longer I am in a space the less drastic my reorganization gets because I know how I work best. If something isn’t right I change it. Craft rooms are not stagnant if they are being used because you will acquire more stuff, use up stuff, gain interests, and lose interests. I’m not a fan of getting rid of good craft supplies. Most items can be used again in different ways. Stamps and patterned paper get discontinued but that does not mean they expire and are no longer good so why toss them? Even if you dislike the pattern, guess what, the other side is probably white. Why get rid of your old decorator chalk to buy new chalk from a more trendy company? It makes no sense. Sometimes you will find something that really is not for you, you tried it, did not like it and have no plans to ever use it again, OK give it to someone who can use it but the other stuff that you bought because you loved it, keep it, everything comes back around or don’t buy the trendy stuff, get basic stuff like solid color papers and paints, pencils and inks and make your own.  If you find that you are buying more stuff than you can possibly ever use (which I think is a great deal of us) make a plan to use it. I feel bad when I buy something and don’t use it, it does not happen often but when it does I will grab that supply and dive in. You will get rid of the guilt of just owning it and get to the pleasure of using it. We buy supplies with the optimistic attitude of what we will make with it. When we don’t use it we feel like we have abandoned our dreams and wasted money, we feel like a failure. When you use the supply you will get a better feeling than a “shopper’s high” you will get a “crafter’s high” and feel so good that you used what you bought. You bought it because you liked it so use it!

I don’t know how I got on that philosophical tangent LOL! I noticed when I was watching the video back that I forgot to mention a couple of things:

  • The bird-cages hanging from the ceiling hold lace trim
  • The mail sorter on the end of my counter near “die cut land” holds glass rods for bead making
  • The big honking shelf behind me as I walk over to my bead storage area is my wood-mounted rubber stamp shelf.

If there was anything else you were wondering about in my room just leave a comment and I will explain about it:) Have a great “Superbowl Sunday” and til next time happy crafting!

38 Responses

  1. WOW!!! what a collection of stamps!!! I thought I had a lot of stuff now I feel better…I don’t have as much as u do!! LOL!! When we moved and downsized, I had to get rid of a lot of my stuff but now with my new craft room, I find I am constantly rearranging depending on the craft I am doing!! Great stuff!!! Back to the game!!!

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  2. WOW! You could never buy another thing for the rest of your life and craft like a crazy person every day and still have stuff when you are 100! You are definitely well stocked. WOW! I can’t even keep track of the little bit of stuff I have. How do you manage?? (Your youth helps a lot on that one. ;=D

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  3. What an inspiration you are! You have done so much and you till seem to be evolving!
    I love the way you organized craft space…I have a very nice craft room, that as I work with something I reorganize the room too. It’
    s the nature of creative people to want to make it easier to just get right to it!

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  4. Thanks for the tour and also for the idea of diving in and using my stuff for a “crafters high” rather than a “shopper high”! Not only can’t I afford it, I also am sick of feeling guilty. Thanks for the kick in the pants I needed.

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  5. Thanks for the tour.What you said makes alot of sense.Im bad for buying stuff and more stuff before I use any of it!I really dont even know what I have.Im going to start using what I have!

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  6. WOW!!! I had my husband look at this as he thinks I have a lot of stuff all over the basement. He just shook his head. Very interesting. Don’t know how you remember where everything is but seems like you know. But it’s fun and I thoroughly enjoy your videos and your talent. Thanks. Edna

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    • A lot of wives show their husbands my studio tours for that “see, I’m not crazy!” validation:)

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      • I just sent my significant other a picture of your room but he is very supportive of me and says its not clutter its organization. At some point I have to ” red ” up as they say in Pittsburgh for reorganizing because I tend to spread out all over.

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  7. One thing I especially love about your approach is that unlike many–talking about myself here–who would whine that we are cold or that we have to work in the corner of a dark concrete walled basement–i.e, make excuses–you do not do that. You went from having a studio to ‘making do’ in the basement. THAT inspires to me to cut the excuses and quit blaming my limitations for not ‘making’. Now if I could just figure out how to get some routine exercise–I don’t have a dog that needs walking. Also, I think you have done a fabulous job organizing your stuff. Your basement studio may not get featured in some fancy Where Women Create magazine, but i think it should….We could all take a page from your book…TFS.

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  8. Hi there – I’m kind of off topic here, but here goes- Recently I stumbled on something called Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Markers. I have never heard of these – have you or any of your readers tried them? The price was not terrible less than $6 for one. Depending on how well they work and whether or not they dry up in a month, they might be worth it for the convenience. I am not a glitter queen, but a touch here and there would be nice.
    Any thoughts on these?

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    • Hi Suz, I have a few of those brush markers I bought at a craft fair at the beginning of last year, and they haven’t dried up. They do ad just that little bit of sparkle not too much just enough. I live in the UK and they was new here (well new to me). Crafting here in the UK is hard to find unlike the US. So I say yes go get yourself some you won’t be disappointed.

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      • Thanks, Jean – I did spring for the clear to try it out. A subtle bit of sparkle sounds perfect for me. I sympathize with your dearth of supplies there – but you DO have Paper Artsy! I just love them! And their blog is awesome-

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  9. Great video Lindsay!!!! I just organized my thin metal dies into snap ware boxes and labeled on the front with a sharpie (so if I change my mind a little alcohol will remove the name and I can change it)…(originally stored by company-now by theme in A-Z order) I have 4 stacks stored on shelving. Plus an additional stack for Asian dies also labeled by theme in A-Z order, as well as three 3″ zipper binders with handles – 2 for Spellbinders dies, and 1 for the small square dies available a number of years ago. These are divided with A-Z alphabet sheets and stored under the proper letter…A for animals, C for circles, R for rectangles, etc. LOVE MY DIES!!!
    Now to do my embossing folders – LOL!
    You really are an inspiration! Thank you so much!
    Jan

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  10. An awesome tour around your craftroom and sooo many great tips too, that we can all learn a lot from, so thanks soooo very much for those.

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  11. Love this video…..I too have a LOT of stuff. Some ancient, but still a very viable product.

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  12. Thanks for your comments. We all buy too much and sometimes I get discouraged because I don’t use it all. You lifted my spirits. I don’t get rid of Stampin Up stuff that goes out of the catalogue and use it with students also. They can always find a similar stamp. My Epiphany things I haven’t used much and just got a new one. Have you worked with those?

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  13. Wow Lindsey thats a lot of stuff, cant imagine knowing where everything is at when you go to make something, but, obviously you do. It can pile up when your involved in various techniques, tools, supplies, papers etc etc. Wonderful organization, which I am trying to rethink right now myself which has changed as Ive added more stuff LOL. Great insight video.

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  14. I enjoyed watching your Tour, TFS! My heart skipped a beat though when I saw your box of PanPastels. For Christmas, I received two Susan’s Garden flower dies, and several PanPastels. After seeing that you own these incredible pastels, I was hoping you would do a tutorial using them. Thank you Lindsay.

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  15. Can you use the other pastels I have which use a little cotton ball and are yummy colors?

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    • you absolutely can, you can even use the beautiful palettes of cheap eyeshadow in place of panpastels although ounce for ounce panpastels are cheaper LOL! Try using them with a wet make-up sponge to get a really vibrant panpastel look with regular chalks:)

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      • Can you tell me how to seal panpastels.

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      • Jean, you can spray them with fixative or cheap hairspray like Aqua net, get the cheapest stuff (it won’t have the oils and silicone in it, it will be shellac LOL!) in an aerosol can.

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  16. Hey Lindsey, really enjoyed your craft room video, all your videos really. Just a question though, you mentioned Scout soft wear for your die cutting machine. Is that still available? If yes, where could I find it?

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    • SCAL (sure cuts a lot) you need version 1 or 2 to work with cricut machines and it wont work with the newer machines just the old personal and expression (maybe the create, not sure) but it is no longer sold so unless you find a store that has old stock or luck out on ebay you can no longer find it. The company who made it got bullied by Provocraft and rather than go to court he made a new version SCAL3 that works with every machine but Cricut.

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  17. I can so relate, I am forever redoing my craft room. I do have a question, i recently bought the judikins color dusters(had to have them). I found when I used them,there seemed to be lots of hairs coming out on my ink pad and project. Is that normal? Should they be conditioned somehow or will it stop after a few uses?
    Thanks
    Barb

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    • yes, that will stop, you can wash them and tug out the loose hairs and you will be all set. I find that I could brush away any lose hairs without harming my card after it was dry. That said you should not be losing clumps of bristles, if that happens email judikins because maybe there was a bad batch of glue used in your dusters.

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    • I’d like to know that too. Just got them haven’t tried them. Just got the city scene from a former video,now have to find the video to figure out how to do it.

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  18. I really do enjoy your videos! I do have a question for you. I was looking through the uses of glycerin that you listed for us. It said you could add a little to your paint brush water to make your acrylic paints stay wet longer. I rarely just ‘paint’ with my acrylics. Right now I’m exploring the gelli plate (using your recipe). The cheap acrylic paint I’m using works fine, but sometimes dries too fast. Could I add a drop or two to the entire 2 oz bottle of paint without harming it? Or would that be an overkill? Thanks!

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    • put some water in a sprat bottle and a teaspoon on glycern, like 3 oz water to a teaspoon of glycern and spritz your paint with it:)

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  19. I love that you know where everything is. I find that I rearrange my stuff and then cannot remember where I put it (am sure that has something to do with age) lol ….. and I am not talking about beaucoup loads of supplies like you have accumulated over the years!!! Anyway, it makes life interesting, to say the least. I always enjoy all your videos and always come away with good ideas and inspiration. Thanks so much for all you do.

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  20. Thanks for the tips and advice!

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  21. My workspace is lunatically (new word for the dictionary) strange. We moved to a different home and I staked out my craft room. Started unloading stuff into the room, then decided before I got countertops and shelves, etc., I wanted the room to be painted, ceiling scraped, needs new sheetrock in a couple of areas. So moved everything to another room. I can’t find soo much of my very “Important, Essential and Valuable” (to me) items (“stuff”).

    How did your husband make the foamcore ink rack? Will you do a tutorial on it? Thanks

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  22. oh I have beautiful sparkly eye shadow and no PanPastals going to try this since I don’t use make-up lol don’t ask. I agree over the shopper guilt, am there most times, yup I needed this kick in the pants too. Thanks so much for the tour.

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