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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Create a Farm Day Layout Using Your Stash

Are you ready to use up a few items in your craft stash? This month, I am using up some long-retired items that have been collecting dust in my craft space and I’m going to show you how I created a Farm Fieldtrip layout for the Love Your Stash Challenge. Our Creative Design Team has been creating some projects all year long using items from our stash and we are encouraging you to play along.

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Some of you might recognize a few of the elements I used on my Farm Games layout. These collections have been retired for a few years now – before my time as a Maker – but I was a habitual collector of CTMH items at that time and happened to get my hands on a few fun items.

The papers, icons, and die cuts I used on this layout come from the Jubilee and Dakota collections. If you have a few of these items in your stash, now is the time to dust them off and make something new.

This layout is a combination of photos from two field trips. Our son switched schools partway through his first-grade year. At the first school, they visited a farm in the fall and, after we moved, he had the opportunity to visit the same farm in the spring with his new classmates.

Many of the photos on this layout were taken by him. When our children were younger, we would send them with a disposable camera. It was always quite the adventure picking up the film from the developer and finding out what they took photos of.

On this layout, I cut out quite a few images from one of the pattern papers in the Jubilee collection. The paper was a bit too busy for my taste, but it was full of some amazing images and icons, so I chose to cut out the items individually and use them on the layout.

I often do this with busier paper patterns. You may have a few papers in your collection with flowers, borders, or even flags that you can cut out and use on a page. We often avoid using them because of their loud patterns. I suggest that you take another look at them, because, as you can see, this design is full of flags and images that I cut from the pattern papers.

To add some texture to the pages and match the chicken-wire design on the images, I used a hexagon stencil to add some distressed ink designs. I simply sponged some Espresso ink through the stencil and allowed it to fade off the page.

In my process video, you are going to be able to see these pages come together. While I am creating, you might begin to wonder why it looks backward. My creative brain does works differently.

When I make a two-page spread, I regularly put them together opposite of how they will end up in the album. It invariably works and it usually balances out, but I will never be able to figure out why my brain does this.

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I hope that this layout inspired you to grab a few farm elements from your craft stash and create something new. I have felt a great sense of accomplishment using up items in my craft space this year and it prevents me from feeling too guilty when I shop for some of the new items that just arrived on my website.

If you choose to join our Love Your Stash challenge, make sure to use the hashtag #cdtloveyourstash. I would love to see how you are using up some of the items in your craft space.

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

Take a Look at My Seasonal Favorites

Summertime has begun, my garden is growing, and I have some new favorites on my crafting desk. When I first saw the new catalog back in June, I immediately called my son and said, “Everything in here matches the items in your craft store!” I just love how Close to My Heart is always on-trend.

From outdoor sunsets, terracotta, and denim to old-world tile and magnolia flowers: the July August catalog is full of so many things to love. Today, I am sharing a few of my favorites with you, and a catalog walk-through video with an up-close look at our summer papers and stamp sets.

Let’s first take a look at the paper packs. You all know that Mix-Ins are my favorite, but I am quickly falling for the Wander collection. Those outdoor icons and deep tones are perfect for some of my boys’ pages and a few masculine cards. I can’t wait to start cutting into these patterns.

Accompanying each paper collection is a set of embellishments, coordinating cardstock, pocket cards, and a Cricut collection. Being able to make matching icons, titles, and pages in Design Space is a definite plus.

These Cricut collections are not available in Access or on the Cricut website. They can only be purchased using my affiliate link. Make sure to check out a few of the other collections available while you are there.

Each collection also has a set of coordinating scrapbooking kits and cardmaking kits. Each scrapbooking kit contains everything you need to create six full-size scrapbook pages and teaches you a new technique that you can use on your future projects.

I love that these two kits are going to teach me how to create sponged backgrounds. I can’t wait to try it.

If you are a cardmaker, then you are going to enjoy our new card kits. Each kit creates four of each card design and teaches you a new papercraft technique.

The cardmaking kits are amazing! I purchased the Wander kit just for those background dies.

Aren’t they awesome? I have a scrapbook page planned for those. If you love those landscape dies as much as I do, you will need to purchase the cardmaking kit. You cannot purchase them separately.

Along with paper, embellishments, kits, and Cricut collections, we have also added some new stamps and thin cut dies. Before I show you a few of my favorites, take a look at everything this catalog has to offer.

There are SO MANY stamps I fell in love with this season, so I am just going to share two of my personal favorites – At the Lake and I Woof You.

How cute are these! Can you picture my next project?? I love that they have matching thin cut dies to cut out all the images. This saves me so much time.

There is just so much to enjoy this season and VIPs get 15% back when they shop. BONUS!!

I can’t wait to start sharing more projects with you using all these remarkable new papercrafting products. Make sure you are subscribed to my newsletter, my blog, or my YoutUtbe channel so that you can learn a few new ways to create this summer.

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