Organizing Cricut Items, Die Cutting, & Tools

Welcome back to my craft space! I hope you enjoyed last week’s tour of my Desk Space showing where I work as a Maker, create projects, and record videos and live classes. If you missed it, you can view it onΒ My Craft SpaceΒ page.

This week, I am showing you how I organize my Cricut tools & materials, my die-cutting and embossing folder items, and where I store the tools within my space. Each week, I will be sharing an area of my craft space and how I organize the items within it.

My original plan was to create a single video showing a general overview of my space, but I know that many of you are wanting organization ideas so I decided to break it down into several videos. After you watch this week’s tour, make sure to continue reading so that you can learn more about each of the areas cricut crafting area.

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Seven years ago, I joined CTMH as a Maker because of the Cricut items they offered. Creating with my Cricut machines and showing others how to use theirs is how I spend most of my days in my craft space, so it only made sense that my second video would be about my Cricut Crafting area.

The large solid piece of wood furniture shown above was a salvaged find. It was originally designed to be a changing table for a nursery, but, the minute I saw it, I knew that it would be the perfect addition to my craft space.

It has a place for my Cricut Maker, my Cricut tools & materials, my idea books, my die-cutting and embossing folder items, and so much more. There is even room on top to add a few decorations representing my personality.

One of my favorite pieces in this area is the Cricut Tool holder my husband created from a salvaged piece of barn wood, some small pipes, and hooks. Not only is it beautiful and functional, but it also fits my space perfectly.

In the video, I talk about how I keep “like items” together. When I began organizing my craft space, I wanted a functional space where everything had a place.

On this large shelf, I keep all the items I need for my Cricut and die-cutting machine. One drawer holds all my Cricut mats, EasyPress Mats, and some tools. The other drawer contains all my Cricut materials.

I also keep all my die-cutting items nearby. In the drawer below the machine, I have my cutting plates and mats. Embossing folders sit on a shelf above, and metal dies are organized in small albums on the top shelf. Everything I need to create with my Cricut or Sizzix are kept in one space. By keeping like-items together, I don’t have to search for a cutting plate or Cricut mat in the middle of a project.


So many items in one little space! Before you go, I do need your opinion on something. For years, I have been debating if I should stain this piece of furniture or paint it a distressed black. I think it would update the piece, but it would also be A LOT of work. Let me know what you think I should do.

I hope that you enjoyed this week’s Craft Space tour and that it gave you a few ideas for organizing your own space. Next week, I will be sharing my paper and cardstock organization with you. If you have any questions about the items I have in my space, feel free to comment below.

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here is a list of some supplies I used today (View All My Supplies Here)

Tuesday Tip: Create a Swatch Book

Do you keep track of all the markers, paints, pencils, and inks you own OR do you trust you can find them in your craft space and hope that you don’t buy doubles when your favorite craft store has a sale? If you are looking for a way to keep track and stay a little more organized, then today’s Tuesday Tip is for you.

In my latest Craft Space Tour, I briefly mentioned my Swatch Binder. Today, I am going to show you how I use this book and share ways that you can make a few swatches of your own.


For those who are new to color swatching, let me explain what these are and how I use them. Swatches allow you to see the dried result of a specific medium – paint, ink, gel, spray, etc. When you create a swatch, you can see the variety of tints, gradients, and patterns in that medium.

I keep all of my swatches in my planner because it travels with me everywhere. When I shop, I can check my swatches to see if I already own a specific color. When I am crafting, I use my swatches to match my papers or cardstock to the medium I plan on using.

In the video, I show how I create swatches for Spectrum Noir Triblends and Watercolor Paints. The alcohol marker swatches are self-explanitory. I simply shade in the area with the color label.

Watercolors are swatched a little differently. When I use watercolors, I can change the shade of the pigment by adding more water. I created my swatches to show the variation of pigment to water ratios.

I have labeled both my watercolor swatches and my watercolor palette using a label maker. This may seem a bit tedious, but it is much easier for people to read the labels when I am teaching in-person and online.

Once I have completed a swatch sheet, I use a Disc Punch to add it to my planner. If you don’t want to use a disc planner, you can create a three-ring binder full of swatches or add it to an artist’s notebook.

No matter how you organize your swatches, they will be a great reference for you. If you would like to learn how to create a swatch book of your own, go ahead and watch today’s Tuesday Tip!

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My swatch book stays in my craft space and goes with me when I shop and go to weekend retreats. I keep it near when I am crafting so that I can see which colors will go best with a pattern paper I am using. These swatches also come in handy when my favorite craft shop is having a sale. No more buying doubles of my favorite ink or marker. πŸ˜‰

I hope that today’s Tuesday Tip inspired you to create a swatch book of your own. If you have already made one, I would like to know how you store your swatches. Feel free to comment below and tell me about your swatch book or post any questions you have.

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here is a list of some supplies I used today (View All My Supplies Here)

Welcome to My Craft Space: My Desktop

Many of you have sent requests to see the space where I work and create each day. I will admit, it was difficult for me to decide to share my space, because I am such a private person, but I wanted you to see how a craft room can come together with repurposed objects. So…here we are.

My original plan was to create a single video showing a general overview of my space, but I know that many of you are wanting organization ideas so I decided to break it down into several videos. Each week, I will be sharing an area of my craft space and how I organize the items within it.

This week, I am sharing my Desktop Space with you where I work and create along with some ways that I set up to teach my online class and make my video tutorials. After you watch the video, make sure to continue reading so that you can learn more about each of the areas of my desktop workspace.

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As a Maker, I need an office space and a creative space, so I designed my desk to be two-in-one. The farmhouse desk was designed and built by my wonderful husband to my measurements and specifications. When he asked for the measurements, I literally sat on the floor in an empty room and laid everything down with tape. It was quite a sight!

Here is what it looked like as he was assembling the desk. He designed it so that it can easily be taken apart and moved if God calls us elsewhere. If you are interested in how he built it, leave me a comment because he said he would love to build a few more.

The desk sits atop an indoor/outdoor rug, which not only protects my wood floor, but is a prettier alternative to a plastic office mat. My chair rolls easily, the rug can be cleaned with a vacuum or hosed off outside, and paint washes right out (believe me…it does).

On my workspace you will find my computer, a soft lamp, file folders, office supplies, notes, and the essential coffee mug warmer. Yes, all of this fits on one side of my desk. I take advantage of wall space and have designed storage items to hold essential office supplies.

Above my desk hangs paper and cardstock samples, embossing folder swatches, and my layout design cards. Those cards are my design and are perfect for writing down ideas when my photos arrive from the printers.

I have two office supply organizers – vintage jars and a metal envelope that I designed. In the video, I go into more detail, but I needed a way to have items nearby without taking up space.

In my workspace, you will also find a set of wooden bins where I keep cards, treats, connection cords, and my ink tower. I am a very organized person who does not like clutter, so I minimal supplies in my space.

My Creative Space is on the other side of the desk. This is where I make projects, teach, and film my video tutorials. I also keep quite a few supplies within reach. I like to see everything I own so I don’t forget that I have it.

Markers, pens, current paper, tools, and adhesive are within reach on both sides of my creative space. Most items are stored in my Workspace Wonder. Others are in a teal metal spinning organizer.

The Workspace Wonder is a modular system that I can alter whenever I add new supplies or change my mind. The ink tower is also made from Workspace Wonder components. I added a simple little Cricut-made sign to the front to dress it up a little.

In my video, I also share how my space looks when I teach online classes, like my Cricut Classroom, and when I am filming video tutorials. I designed it so that all the items I used can easily and quickly be stored away when I am done. I have created a few videos and tutorials showing my set-ups and will plan on sharing another one in the future, but, if this is something you are interested in, make sure you follow my blog so that you don’t miss out on that post.


That, my friends, is my Desktop Workspace! So much in one little space. For me, it works perfectly and I am able to clean up quickly and keep it all organized. Now if only I could find a way to keep the paper scraps and little gems of the floor and the dog. (lol)

I hope that this little insight into my Craft Space inspired you and gave you a few new ideas for organizing your creative space. If you have any questions about the items I have in my space, feel free to comment below.

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