Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Thursday Thirteen 286: Things Found in the Craft Workspace

This is a take on the "what's on my desk" lists often seen for this meme. Since my desk tends to be pretty orderly, I thought I'd share a few pics of the craft work area, also known as my dining room table. The space is currently set up for making cards, but I use many of the same products for scrapbooks.

Thirteen things you might find on the table:

First, an over-view of the table. No, it does not always look this orderly.
Note the white paper laid down in the actual stamping space.
This is important for protecting the table surface and testing ink combos
and design before stamping on cardstock.

1. Punches. I have at least 50 punches, in a variety of shapes
and sizes. Here you see a couple of circles, a square,
a ribbon punch, and a scalloped border punch. 

2. Stamps, both wood and clear. The vast majority are from
Stampin' Up, but Inkadinkado, Hero Arts and Stampendous
are also well represented.

3. Brads, in assorted colors and sizes 
4. Paper flowers from Prima and Hero Arts
5. Stamp cleaning pad (the black thing)

6. Ink pads, all from Stampin' Up. These are only a few of my
most-used colors. I have dozens more at my disposal.

7. Cards in progress.

8. Assorted ribbon and fibers (The tissue box holds ribbon remnants)
9. Cutting and scoring tool--the orange piece at top is a ruler that swings
out for measuring cardstock. The orange blade cuts, black blade scores. 

10. Tools -- scissors, ruler, hole piercing kit, stamp cleaner, etc.

11. Assorted paper -- this stack changes with the seasons and by project.
I have stacks of paper, including an entire bin just for Christmas.
12. Sketches (templates) printed from online for inspiration.

13. Tombow Mono Adhesive (two-sided tape in a dispenser)
and dimensionals for putting things together.

BONUS -- 14. Box for finished cards.

LINKING TO: Thursday Thirteen


Kitties Blue said...

Thanks for dropping by our blog today. Mom says that is the neatest craft table she has ever seen! She's not known for her neatness; though, she harps at us all the time for leaving toys all around the house. MOL! Purrs and hugs from the kitties at The Cat on My Head, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Josette

Heather said...

Hi Kitties! As mentioned under the first photo, this table is not usually so tidy, especially when there are projects in the works. I had recently put away a stack of stamp sets and other items no longer being used prior to taking photos. Thanks for stopping by--I loved all your furry paws this week.

Alice Audrey said...

That's quite the operation you've got set up. It's fun to see a behind-the-scenes post.

Heather said...

Alice: Thank you. *G* It's nice to actually have space to spread out and work in. Plus, there's good natural light from two windows when it's not overcast.

sandyland said...

wow I'm imagining the beauty emanating from all this

anthonynorth said...

That looks one busy desk.

Novroz said... have one crowded table. But I really like how tidy it is. You have more stuff than me but more organized.

Mia Celeste said...

I'm impressed with your organization. My craft area isn't nearly as orderly.

colleen said...

I'm not sure I know what a Brad is. I have a lot of stamps but haven't used them in many years.

Jana said...

So I'm guessing that much like me, you don't actually eat at your table. haha

It's a great set-up, though. Dining tables are so much better than actual desks to spread out and work at, aren't they? Whenever I take on a huge project (scrapbooking,etc) I tend to set mine up at the table, too and then it looks as though a scrapbooking factory threw up all over my dining room. I'm still finding scraps under the table from the last project I worked on last August. :-D

BTW, using an empty Kleenex box for holding scrap paper is genius! I'm definitely stealing that idea.

Heather said...

Hi Sandy! You can click on the "cards" tag to see some of the cards I have made with all this stuff and shared here. Thanks for visiting!

Heather said...

Anthony: This table can be quite busy at times, and sometimes so disorganized I can't find what I am looking for. Every couple weeks I have to stop what I'm doing and clean up a bit, lol.

Heather said...

Hi Novroz! Believe me, it doesn't always look this organized, and this is only a fraction of all the crafting supplies I own. Half of my spare room/office is dedicated to storing stamping supplies.

Heather said...

Mia: Ha! As I keep saying -- and mentioned at top of my post -- this table doesn't always look this tidy. It often looks like a craft store exploded.

Heather said...

Colleen: Brads are small metal fasteners that look similar to a nail, but the shank on the back folds down to secure them to your paper. You can see some basic ones here, though SU also has some pretty antique ones. I much prefer them to eyelets.

Heather said...

Jana: You would guess correctly--I rarely eat at the dining room table. My table has two leaves to extend the length, which gives me even more space to sprawl.

I use the tissue box for ribbon only. You know -- the bits left over at the end of a spool, or when you cut a piece too short, or decide you don't like the first color afterall. The remnants all go in this box to easily corral them. I also have ziplock bags of leftover embroidery floss from kits.

For paper scraps I use a large shoe box. Every once in a while I force myself to sit down with nothing but that box and use them up in "scrap" cards.

CountryDew said...

That is a lot of stuff - and a very neat table. Wow.

Paige Tyler said...

Very cool! I don't scrapbook, but the stuff for it is always so cool!


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Pearl said...

wow, didn't know there were so many kind of punches. I only have 2, and 2 colors of ink pads.

Heather said...

Anita: As I keep telling people, it's NOT always this tidy. Once I get working on stuff it becomes quite the mess!

Heather said...

Paige: The available supplies for scrapbooking and cardmaking is not only cool, but there is so much of it compared to a decade or two ago. It can also be quite the expensive hobby. All those stamps and tools really add up fast!

Heather said...

Oh, Pearl, honey -- there are tons of different punches available these days. Mpst of mine are made by Marvy Uchida, but I also have a few from Stampin' Up and Martha Stewart. As for ink pads...hundreds of different colors! *G*

Alice Audrey said...

But when is it not overcast? Used to be Montana was known for it's blue skies, but I swear we look more like Seattle now.

Heather said...

Alice: Umm...Last weekend. We actually had SUN both Saturday and Sunday. We also had a little bit of sun on Tuesday and Wednesday, though not as much as the weekend. Yesterday and tody? Blech! Gray, gray skies and more rain. Which, I know is better than the snow some areas are getting, but still. We've had a LOT of rain this spring.

The Gal Herself said...

First of all, kudos to you for having such a neat work area! I envy you your organizational skills. And your cards, the works in progress, look very intriguing.

Shelley Munro said...

I'd love to come and play at your craft space, although I'd probably make it messy. :)

Heather said...

Gal: Thank you, it's nice to have a "large" work space. I was using a small card table previously, which was not all that sturdy. You can see some of the cards I've done (including the ones shown in the photos here) by clicking on the "Cards" tag. ;-)

Heather said...

Shelley: You know you'd be welcome, and hey--it doesn't take long for this space to get messy once I get going on stuff. And remember, this is only a teeny tiny fraction of all my crafting supplies. I have more than a hundred stamp sets, dozens of inks, and a large assortment of embellishments. Hehe...