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Creating a Multi-Purpose Area in My Craft Space

Are you ready for another peek into my craft space? Each month, I plan to give you a little insight into how I organize and use my own personal workroom in hopes that it inspires you as you design your own little space to create.  Today, we are going to talk about multi-purpose spaces. Not all of us have been blessed with a full basement to craft in, so we need to make the most out of what space we have. 

Here is a photo of my multi-purpose space and, as you can see, I have packed quite a bit into this 5′ x 1½’ space. Most days of the week, this is used for what I call my “messy work” – those projects that create a huge mess, require a little dry time, and often end up all over your hands and apron – which is why there is an All Purpose Mat right in the center of the creation station.

This mat protects the wood surface from heat, paint, stain, shimmer, ink, … you name it …and clean up is a breeze. (View the video) I have had this mat for almost six years and it is still keeping my messes at bay.  Most of the items I use on this All Purpose Mat are within reach at my creation station.

If you haven’t noticed already, I use a number of found objects in my craft space. This little spice rack was found in the basement of a home renovation my husband was working on and, after painting it black, I mounted it on the wall to hold Texture Paste, Sequins, and specialized Inks.

The Tiered Rack on the right was a discounted Hobby Lobby find that sits atop a traveling easel refinished by my dear hubby. The open design allows me to have all kinds of wonderful goodies on the Tiered Rack that are all within reach, while the drawers in the easel hold chalks and watercolors that I can travel outside with . 

My Re-Inkers and Stencils are also within arms length up on the wall. Floor space is limited in my crafting space, which means that I need to utilize a great deal of wall space.

I wrote about how I organized my Re-Inkers a few months back and showed a few more ways that you can organize yours. Mine are currently housed in a set of shelves, found on sale at Michaels, that was decorated with stamped labels and paper flowers.  Below the Re-Inkers are two Heat Tools hanging from small swiveling Command Hooks. These keep the Heat Tools off the table but still within reach. 

On the opposite side of my creation station are my tools and my phone mount (more about that in a minute).  Brushes, Palette Knives, and Post-It notes sit inside a garden tool caddy while Round Sponges hang from a foot shaped photo holder. Yes… you read that right – a foot shaped photo holder. Just another of the oddities I have in my craft space.  Now let’s take a look at how I use this station in another way. Remember, this is a multi-purpose space.

Have you ever wondered what my space looks like outside of that little box you see on YouTube? Well, here is a glimpse into a day of filming. 

Behind this shelving unit are some backdrops that I use for photography and filming.  After laying down the chosen design, I can pull out the phone mount, turn on my light, and start filming.  

This video stand phone mount is one of the better, least expensive options I have found, and, believe me when I say that I have tried and returned, quite a few of them. It has multiple swivel points, holds the phone without pushing the side buttons, and folds up out of the way when I am not using it. (LOVE THAT)

I hope that you enjoyed today’s glimpse into My Crafting Space. Last month, we talked about Organizing the Paper Collection and you were able to see how I tame the paper stash. If you missed that post, you can read it here.

Next month, we will be taking a look at Stamp Organization. I look forward to sharing with you how I catalog and store my stamps in My Craft Space. If you haven’t done so already, click the “FOLLOW” button on the right side of the screen, or sign up for my newsletter so that you will be notified when we take another look into my Crafting Space.  

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2 thoughts on “Creating a Multi-Purpose Area in My Craft Space”

  1. Beautiful. What caught my eye first was you cleverly hanging your heat embossing tool so it’s in reach. Mine is stored in a caddy and since I don’t easily see it, I don’t often use it.

    1. I had the same problem, Sarah. My heat tools were in a drawer or on the table in the way and I needed them within reach and ready to use. Those command hooks are just AWESOME! I have so many in my craft space. I love that they remove without damage whenever I change my mind.

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