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Craftroom Organization - Part 1

I can't believe it has been more than 6 months ago since I last updated this blog! Gosh, time does fly when you are having fun... and in my case, having lots of fun mommy time with my ABC. I actually thought that I'd get more 'me' time as they grow older, but the fact is they are more demanding, and with 3 fighting over me all the time, I rarely get any time to myself without them hovering over me :P

Crafting is almost a thing of the past for me, apart from my time all taken up by ABC, my crafting place is so messy, and my mojo is gone. I thought perhaps it is time for me to start organizing all the stuff I keep hoarding, so that my mojo would come visit me again. I have done these so far:

  • organised my stamp collection
  • made a new ink pad storage
  • made a new markers storage
  • emptied some cabinets from junks - mostly empty cartons/boxes that I've been keeping for "future" use
I'm happy with what I've done so far, considering the amount of time I'm spared to do it. Thought I'd share some of it here, perhaps it will give an idea to those looking for ways to get organised too.

Here is how my ink storage looked like before, all in a shoebox (I have more stored in a drawer somewhere)

It's quite difficult to choose and pick out the Ink Pads that I want to use from this stash. I decided to use an old IKEA carton to make a storage system that would allow me to easily pick my ink pads directly from my crafting table rather having to dig them from a shoebox. 

Measured and cut-out from an IKEA carton box - the lighter ones are double layer corrugated carton while the short and darker ones are single layered

I had initially wanted to leave the carton just as it is, or perhaps just wrap the corners with washi tape. In the end I covered every inch of the carton in washi, and while I was halfway doing that I realised it was an expensive decision. One full roll of mt Casa 50mm x 10m was not enough to cover everything, and it wasn't cheap. I also had a box of mt solid colours that was 10mm wide and used some of it to cover the rest. This recycled Ink Pad Storage which was supposed to cost me almost nothing is burning a tiny hole in my pocket {grimace}. Frankly speaking though, I love the final outcome, and the colourful stripy panels is apt to represent all my colourful ink pads.

My ink pad storage all covered in colourful washi and partially assembled

I used a glue gun to put all of it together, and as soon as it was done, I was too anxious to put all the ink pads in it that I forgot to take a photo of it while it was still empty. I simply had to test to see if it was sturdy enough to hold all my ink pads and was so happy to see the final result was just as I had imagined!

I should have probably created another row to accommodate more ink pads that I hoard in the future, but for now this is sufficient, with a little extra space for few more :D As you can see this is sturdy enough even to hold items above it - I have a few acrylic blocks and a shoebox filled with reinkers which are pretty heavy and this whole thing is not even a wee bit shaky! 

A closeup of the ink pad organiser... I {heart} the lovely washi spectrum on the panels

By the way, my talented chum Evelin Tee has recently launched this, this and this (Yes! it's all illustrated by her) with The Sweet Stamp shop. I'm so proud of her! Malaysian friends have an opportunity to order it directly from her for RM34 per set (excluding local shipping), and get a 10% discount if you buy all 3 sets! You can contact her directly from her blog or her FB page. I already have mine ordered! :D

Thanks for dropping by...I'll be sharing my markers storage next!

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Craftroom Organization - Part 1


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