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)

Craft Room Chaos When Life Takes Over

I know that many of you look forward to crafty creations each week, but, sometimes, life takes over in the craft space.  Right now my room looks like a bomb went off in a paper factory.  My desk is full of video equipment as I work on multiple projects, my floor has little piles all around the walls, and I am currently opening a mystery assignment box from CTMH.  Here is what the craft space looks like when life takes over. 

It’s not pretty, but I am sure many of you can relate.  Normally, I clean up after every project, I have a designated project calendar, and I am super organized.  Then life happened.

Every summer my life gets a little fuller with gardening and family, but this year we added an additional project to the mix. We decided it was time to tear out the entire front yard. 

Now my boys were super excited about the tearing out part.  Getting to ride on a machine and tear everything to bits was super fun for all of them and, other than a hole in my fence, it all went well. 

Now the real work begins- ADA stairs for visitors, a safer porch, water-wise drought-resistant plants, and some window boxes – and I will be spending a little less time in my crafting space.  Now I know that this is disappointing to some of you.  I know that many of you will end up un-subscribing and un-following, but my business motto is and always has been: 

faith, family, coffee, and crafts

This is the order I choose to live my life.  Crafts (my business) comes at the end of the list, as it should for all of us.  I promise that life will get back to “normal” around here soon and I will be back to creating full-time in my craft space and I look forward to sharing more creations & tutorials with you. 

By the way, if you follow me on Facebook & Instagram, I have been adding photos of this wonderful adventure as it unfolds.  Yesterday, I was able to check “have a concrete truck parked in your yard” off my bucket list.  Ya know, because everyone should experience that once in their life time (lol). 

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Stamp Storage in My Craft Space

Welcome to another sneak peek into my craft space!  This month, we are going tackle the stamp collection which is ever-growing and difficult to maintain in our craft rooms.  To help you out,  I am going to show you a few ways to store your stamps and keep track of the stamps that you own.  I have even included a short little video to help you start organizing your accumulation of images. 

If you are like me, your collection has grown over the years, so I suggest that you to FIRST go through all of your stamps sets.  Be honest with yourself and gift-away a few that you haven’t used in the last three years.  It’s okay …. there will always be more wonderful creations from Close to My Heart and you need to make room for them.  

Now that you have gone through you stamp collection, you are ready to start organizing them in your craft space. 

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As you search the Pinterest rabbit hole, you will see that there are so many wonderful ways to store your stamp sets.  I am going to show you a few that I have used in the past, what I use now, and how I keep track of the stamps I have in my collection. 

My Acrylix Storage Boxes

When I first started adding stamps to my collection, I purchased some Mini Stamp Organizers and quite a few My Acrylix Organizers.  (As a consultant, I was able to use my half-price hostess rewards to add to my collection each month.

Each one of these are made from hard plastic and have divider inserts. The Mini Organizer holds smaller stamps like our 3-inch M-Size stamp sets, while the larger organizer is designed to hold our 6½” clear stamps. You can decorate the outside, add labels, and stack them on a shelf where you store your stamps.  When I moved into my new craft space, I needed a new way to store my stamps. 

Decorative Storage Boxes

In my new space I wanted more of a decorative, vintage feel and I needed my stamps to be stored on the wall. If you had read any of my previous Craft Space posts, you know that I use the wall for most of my storage. My wonderful husband came up with solution. 

These “shelves” are actually altered fryer baskets destined for the trash. My sweet husband cleaned, painted, and attached some decorative wood slats to them to hold some storage boxes I found at Michaels.  To add to the vintage feel of my space, I added some Ornate Metal Frames with stamped labels on the front. Each box holds about forty sets of stamps in two rows of twenty and they are easily brought down from the wall when I need them. 

Travel Stamp Storage

When I take my stamps to workshops or retreats, I do not bring all of my big decorative boxes. misscarriescreations-TravelStampCaseInstead, I grab a few of my Travel Stamp Cases.  Not only do these store flat when not in use, but they are easy to fill and toss into a bag when I am packing for an event. 

If you are handy with a Cricut, you could easily personalize these fabric totes with iron-on decorations. 

Keeping Track of ALL those Stamps

If you watch the video, you will see that at one time I created a print-out of each stamp set I own, placed on a book binder ring, and stored it in the box.  Now that my collection has grown and I have become diligent about gifting away stamps every six months, I have found a new way to keep track of what I have. 

Evernote has become my new go-to organizer for stamps. It’s basically my little binder-ring of images that goes with me everywhere – on my phone, on my tablet, and on my laptop.  I can search the stamps set I own for images, phrases, and icons without having to dig through bins of stamps.  

I especially like that I can add a note showing the last time I used a particular stamp set.  When it comes time to gift-way stamps, I can see which ones I used more often and which ones I rarely used.  It makes purging so much easier. 

I hope that you were inspired to start going through your stamp stash and found a few new ways to organize them.   Hopefully, in the near future, I will give you a full Craft Space tour, but for now I will be offering little sneak peeks into my world. 

Next month, we will be tackling the Cricut collection – one of my favorites – and I will show you a few new ideas for storing your Cricut crafting items.  

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