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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My Craft Space Video Set-Up

Welcome to another glimpse inside my craft space.  These past few months, I have been getting emails, messages, and texts asking me to show how I set up for craft videos, tips for editing, and how to make a tutorial.  As much as I would love to sit down with each person individually, I decided that it would be easier to just show you through an online video.  

Let me first preface by saying that I am not a professional videographer by any means.  I don’t have a huge space, a studio full of lights, nor do I have anyone to assist me.  It is just me in my 9′ x 9′ space working with what I have on a small budget. 

I chose to take a break from crafting this week to help those crafters and consultants who are wanting to start making crafting videos.  Everything I am going to show you is very basic, very simple, and very affordable.  I do show quite a few of the items I use everyday, but I ask that you research for items that will work for you.   

I have two spaces for video recording – a small space and a large space.  Both of these are also spaces I use in my everyday crafting so my video recording tools need to be able to be tucked out of the way.  Many of you will probably require the same type of set-up.  You may have a small space or a multi-purpose space where you plan to record your videos. 

Here is what my two spaces look like. As you can see, everything is portable and can be moved out of the way as needed. 

I like to have plenty of light and a backdrop when I record my videos.  I spoke about both of these when I wrote about how I take photos of my projects.  Since my budget is small, I chose these lights that work for when I take photos and when I record videos. 

I chose these Tri-Pod LED lights because they can sit on the floor as up-light below my project or used as light above my project.  I also like that I can brighten or dim them as needed. This comes in handy when my craft space is extra sunny and I need a little less light in my video. 

Lighting is extremely important when you are recording your crafting videos.  You want enough to highlight the project and show your viewers what you are doing, but you also want to avoid too much light that causes shadows.  It took me a few tries to figure out what lighting set-up worked for me.  

I also like to have my project sitting on a lighter photo backdrop.   My first few videos were recorded on my dark wood station and my grey desk. Neither of these were good surfaces for my tutorials.  They caused my projects to fade into the background and made it difficult for viewers to see what I was doing. 

These photo backgrounds are designed to prevent glare and provide a nice neutral surface.  I recently had another consultants tell me that she uses wallpaper in the same manner. 

After you have recorded your videos, you are going to want to look into some video editing software.  You could just upload your videos unedited, like I did with my first few, but they will probably be a little rough and you won’t have the option to adjust any of your footage or add things like music or transitions. 

I use my laptop to edit videos with the Movani software.  You can choose to use a software or app that works for you.  Many of my friends use their phones or tablets to edit their videos and their videos are always amazing.  You need to decided how you want to edit videos and what type of videos you want to create. Take some time to write down what you are looking for in an editing software and do your research.  It took me about four months of trials to figure out what I liked.  In my video, I talk about all the features I was looking for. 

As you can see, this is very simple and rudimentary and easy to accomplish on a small budget.  I hope that you have been inspired to start creating a few videos of you own.  

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Here is a List of the Supplies Shown Today (view all my supplies)