Once Upon a Time My Craft Room was Clean (TOUR)

[Found this post in draft mode from five years ago and thought I'd share that once upon a time my craft room was clean. Scroll down for the reality that is NOW!]
Welcome to my craft room & office!

I figured since it's clean I would finally take photos of my space and share it with my friends. Please don't hate me because if you're like me, I use to look at peoples craft rooms in awe and jealousy. I have been were many of you are, on a fold out table shoved in a corner of your family room, hoping no one but your family sees the creative mess you have surrounding you. You can never find anything because there's no room or way to really organize your many purchases with only a picnic table as your work space. 

We moved into our house six years ago. We had an extra room that my husband promised me was mine since I do work from home. He assured me that we'd get right to finishing the basement and I'd be crafting up a storm. You know I really thought I'd be a better crafter/scrapbooker if I only had a better space to create in (not true, but hey it was good argument in my head). 

So after almost five years of waiting for my husband to get around to finishing that basement room, I'd had enough. I saved up some money, hired a friends husband (who does this for a living) and we got to work on finishing that basement. But I decided I would move my messy teenager down to the basement and take over his room upstairs since I knew I'd be living in this space more then any other in my home. 

I did this room all on my own, with the exception of some really awesome friends (Jen & Scott Meyer) who came and helped me lay the laminate flooring...that was a fun time!! I pulled up the carpet, took off the floor boards and did all my own painting, hanging of shelves, etc. Because I could "wait" for my hubby to help out or just get it done!!

So this is my happy place, the place where I work and create. I love the colors because they are me and inspire me the minute I sit down. I love the storage solutions and that I can actually find everything. Typically it's NOT this clean though, so I'll enjoy it with you here not he blog when I start to lose the floor again. So let me tell you a little bit about the space....

Room Size: 10'5" x 10'5"

The Coolest Craft Table Ever

I worked with a great local company called Hurcraft to get my awesome work table and bookshelf. (I just checked though, their site is down and I'm not sure they're still in business.)  The work table takes up most of the room, but it's on wheels and I can push it to one side or the other depending on where I'm working. It also has tons of built in storage that I love! 

I added those plastic, removable hooks to the underside and side of my
table to make the items I need to find the quickest more accessible.
Shown here: Bucket of Adhesive Runners, Doodlebug Twine and my Kiwi Lane templates
Here's the side of my Hurcraft work table, love the how much
I can easily store right in the table itself. 

Worthy of mentioning...the "LORI" above the closet doors were
originally from a company called "All My Memories" trade show booth. 

My Awesome Book Shelf

I purchased a lovely book shelf for my family room and put all my 12x12 albums on it...broke two shelves as a result and the albums hung over the end of the shelves so they were getting super dusty and such. This beautiful shelf unit from Hurcraft is 14" deep and I have plenty of room for all my 12x12 paper vertical storage and my 12x12 albums. Don't you love the rainbow of Storybook albums from Doodlebug. Not only are they a great album (my all time favorite) but they look cute on my shelf too. I'm saving up to fill the bottom shelf next! 

Don't you love the Doodlebug Storybook Albums

This is the side of the table I sit at and craft...that way I can see
the movies or TV on my computer monitor.

Close-up Details

I've been crafting all my life, married for 20 of it and finally after years of shared bedrooms and family rooms I have figured out what items I want/need handy and what can be stored away. Everything you see out are the things I access the most. And yes, I do cut with both my Cricut and my Silhouette (at the same time on occasion). 

I spend way more time here in front of my computer working (being that I work from
home) then anywhere. After a couple of very uncomfortable chairs I finally invested in
one I loved...and had style too!! 
Even though I have my big work table, I do need a space next to my computer
to assemble things at times and this works perfectly for me. 
Some fun items on display that you may have seen me featured on My Craft Channel
once or twice in the past! 

I don't collect many things, but I do love keeping all my badges from the different
events I've taught at or attended. When I figure out a good way to scrapbook
them, I will, but for now they can just hang in my office. 

The view I have from the crafting side of my office...have to make sure
 I can still watch my favorite shows while I craft! 

The Craft Closet

This has to be one of my favorite parts of my office and the most useful when I comes to storage. The closet already had shelves built in and the poles so I decide to try and utilize it the best way I could. I'll show you a close up of my favorite storage solution to date down below....

Okay, this is it...my favorite storage solution to date and I've blogged about it before. I purchased some metal shower curtain hooks at Ikea and then put all my coordinating products on jump rings and hung them ABOVE the paper sortables that housed the matching papers. If you're like me, you tend to forget what you have that coordinates and this way I use it because I see it!!

I hope you enjoyed my space and maybe something sparked you to create your own space. Keep in mind I actually use this space so by next week it won't look a thing like the photos I just shared. But I am so happy to finally have somewhere I can go and be creative and not drive my family too crazy with my creative mess.


So the photos above and the clean office came about when my craft room was being photographed for the Creative Spaces Volume 2.

It was a huge honor and I have loved my space...but recently life has been crazy busy and keeping my space organized and clean has obviously not been a huge priority as you'll see below. These were taken today...I cannot get much more REAL then this...now to find my paper cutter.

My husband said I should be featured on Hoarders!! Thanks for stopping by...I better start cleaning!!

Simple Mother's Day Gift Printables from Positive Affirmations

Despite all of its joys, being a mother is no easy task. Moms receive no sick days or vacation days, and they're on call 24/7. Yet as hard as they work, mothers are often still bombarded with messages that they're not doing enough.
This simply isn't true! That's why Personal Creations has created an illustrated collection of Positive Affirmations for Moms this Mother's Day. Easy to print, they can be assembled into a tear-away booklet for Mom's desk or nightstand--because she should know how appreciated she is every day. Not just on Mothers Day!
 I love how these turned out after I printed them on my Canon PIXMA MG7720 Wireless Printer. I was thinking I'd incorporated some of these fun printables into magnets and actual cards to give out to all the amazing women in my life!!


Finally!! Family History Made Easy!

H-E-L-L-O People.....check this out!!

I cannot stop telling people about one of the coolest, most helpful APPS I've found to date. Find, reserve, and print family names. In fact, the creator's of this APP boast "Spend time in the temple with your ancestors, instead of outside searching for them. "

Do you want to learn more about Family History and why it is so important to ME and the LDS community, click here? And you can click here to learn more about LDS Temples.

Back to the APP, it's called Take a Name. You will never believe how easy it is to find family names people...in fact, it will BLOW your mind!!

More time serving.  Less time searching.  Try it free!

Real people. 
Real experiences.
Everything you need to take
family names to the temple.
Find temple ready ancestors
Try before you buy
Pick your price*

Reserve names
Print temple cards

Me & My Family History 

I am not a die hard, seasoned family search expert by any means. I do not know a lot about genealogy, although like a faithful member I continue to search through my line hoping to find individuals that still need their work done. I think through my many attempts I have only found a small handful of names (...more like 3).

So imagine my excitement when a friend told me about an app that would data mine through your family tree and pull out the names that needed the work done. I couldn't possibly be that easy, right??

Download the app to your phone or tablet and simply log into it with your FamilySearch log in information. You can select if you want to do Male or Female; type of ordinance; and number of names you'd like to search. I picked both male/female, all ordinances and the maximum number of 20 names. Then I left my phone to do the work. HOLY MOLY!!

When I returned to my phone the app reported that it had it had searched through thousands of names and the number of ordinances that needed to be completed. Here's some screen shots of the result for me and some of my family...check out the names and numbers. 

I love looking at how each of these relatives are related to me or where they have lived based on various census records and such. You get this awesome preview when you click on each of the names.
Once you've received your results, you simply have to click on the name...(which is awesome too), reserve the name and then "get cards". You can email the cards to yourself and print from there or if you're like me and have a Canon PIXMA iP8720 Inkjet Printer that is WIRELESS you print directly from the app.
In fact, I like to lay in bed and do this entire process...super easy! I think the hardest part so far is cutting the cards down (and that isn't that hard).
Check it out in iTunes and Google Play to download for FREE! 

*The APP is currently being offered for free. No clue, if the developers will start charging. However, a popup screen does appear periodically asking if you'd like to donate...DO IT!! We did. I just imagined the amount of time it would have taken me to find these names and gleefully gave them my money...it is so worth it!

Refugee Summer Fun Packs

Looking for a fun way to get involved with Refugees here in Utah? Currently they're collecting Summer Fun Packs. This is a great activity for church groups, families and friends. So hit your local dollar store and put together a bag or two!!

Summer is coming and many refugee kids will be out of school. We are collecting these kits to distribute to help add some fun to their summer. PLEASE KEEP ALL ITEMS GENDER NEUTRAL. Please put only these items in the kit. Adding or taking out items makes things difficult. We want the kits uniform to help with distribution. Please deliver them to our warehouse between the dates of May 17th-31st.

Drop them at our Sharehouse: The location is on the Lincoln Elementary Campus 450 East 3700 South, South Salt Lake. This is a block southwest of Granite High School. M or W 11-4:30. Follow the signs once you drive in, we are in a portable classroom north of the school.
Learn more about Utah Refugees by following them on Facebook. They post most immediate needs there.

Also, if you're involved in a local group that would love to learn about Utah Refugees and how they can help, I am available for speaking engagements. Presentations are approximately 30-45 minutes long with power point presentation and videos, along with ME. I do request that you combine my presentation to your group with a service project or collection of items to donate to the Utah Refugee Connection. Simply email me and we'll coordinate the details.

Inspired by Pinterest: Easter Project Round Up

I am so excited to share some of my favorite Easter craft ideas. I've linked to the original blog post that features the video that shows you how easy and fun all of these crafts are to put together.


Inspired by Pinterest: Easter Egg Ideas

Watch me today as I share a variety of fun ideas on how you can decorate your Easter eggs for the upcoming holiday season. Whether you're creating them with real hard-boiled eggs or from plastic or paper mache eggs, you'll love the ideas featured from Pinterest and my own stash of crafty ideas.  [Link to Original Blog Post & Video]


Inspired by Pinterest: Glitter Bunny Canvas

Watch me and my cute daughter Emma as we share how fun and easy it can be to create your own glitter bunny canvas. The fun Easter craft technique can be applied to wood, canvas and other surfaces and it's so simple you and your kids can create this together! [Link to Original Blog Post & Video]


Inspired by Pinterest: String Easter Eggs

Join me today as I teach you and (returning guest) Tausha Hoyt, host of Sassy Style Redesign how to create String Easter Eggs. You've seen them for years and all over Pinterest, but I will tell you the different ways to stiffen the string and tips I learned from creating eggs both large and small eggs and even ones filled with an candy surprise. Come get sticky hands with me today!  [Link to Original Blog Post & Video]

Inspired by Pinterest: Peeps Wreath

Join me as I demonstrate how simple it can be to create your own "Peeps" Wreath for upcoming Easter holiday. You'll be amazed at how fun these can be to make and you can always eat your leftover supplies.  [Link to Original Blog Post & Video]



Inspired by Pinterest: Leftover Easter Egg Dye Ideas

Watch today as I share some fun ideas on how to use up those left over Easter egg dyes to tint and color your other craft supplies. So be sure to hit your local craft and grocery stores and buy up their clearance on these because you will want to try some of these fun ideas at home. [Link to Original Blog Post & Video]

Disclaimer: Pinterest is a great place to find inspiration but not all pins lead to blogs. I tried to only pick those ideas that I could find the original creator and give credit to. Please take a moment and check out these great blogs because without them I wouldn't have content to talk about on Inspired by Pinterest show.