I was recently sent full-sized ink cubes from Concord & 9th (which was totally awesome, by the way, and THANK YOU to Concord & 9th!) and I wanted to expand my ink pad storage to have them at the ready for my next project. I had purchased all the mini cubes when they came out, so having the big pads? Well, you know… all the things, right?
I also needed more space for the four latest releases of Distress Oxide pads, which did not fit in my current set up!
Initially, I thought I was going to hang it on the wall but we have a very old house and those ancient plaster walls don’t like us to use in those anchor style screws. I decided to film the process and also talk about about a) my space and b) setting up the Distress Spacers with this system, which make it so your pads don’t go too far back on this style of shelf. Here’s my short clip. Please forgive the hair in the middle. I was keeping it read.
Remember, sometimes we just have to work with the space we have. I have a dining room for now. I dream of a custom craft space, but this has served me well since 2003. You can get crafty in any space!
Back in 2006, I had two custom cabinets built: one for my flat paper storage which has since migrated into holding all manner of items. And then other cabinet nestles into a weird space in our house like it was meant to be. Each once cost about $600 at the time. I wish that maker was still offering them, but alas, he retired.
In the video, I show a quick shot of my office and I’ve been asked why don’t I just turn that into my craft room? Two reasons: first, for many years I shared the office with my hubby until I realized that as a woman who works for herself full time, I truly needed my own dedicated office, and second, it’s an incredibly hot room in the summertime, even with our central AC.
I always just separated my work space, the place I do my graphic design work, magazine work and video editing, from where I create things. But I have a dream of changing that in the next few years. We’ll see if it shakes out or not. I will definitely need to add some sort of built-in wall AC unit or my craft supplies might melt.
Although if you saw in the video, I do have one more ink shelf packed with my Simon Says Stamp and Pinkfresh Studio Inks! It currently sits under my desk as I had no way to keep it in the craft/dining room!
Still, I have a place to make and for now, that’s what we work with.
It may be a hot mess, but it’s my hot mess. And I’m grateful to have it!
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