My Creative Space

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I take up one tiny corner of my living room, so my organizational skills have to be very effective to fit all my crafty things!  Our house is only 840 sqft with no basement, so I’m thankful my husband has allowed me to take up as much as I have!  When we host guests, there’s no question about what my hobbies are!  It’s in no way a craft space of my dreams, but it’s tidy and inviting!  I think I’ve done a good job of utilizing my tiny space to fit the maximum amount of goodies; it measures about 3 1/2′ x 8′.

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Before I extended my space out to include my bookshelf, these two corkboards were all I had!  I stored everything else in tubs, which was a nightmare.  Now I store all of my mixed media supplies, watercolors & gouache, daubers, and ink pads on one; on the other I store ribbon, embossing powder, threads, stencils, roller stamps, adhesives, and one bin designated for miscellaneous Maggie Holmes goodies (because I have an addiction and they go with everything).  I have one rack hung above to store miscellaneous embellishments, and below I hang my essential tools!

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All of the baskets and hanging hooks are from Dollar Tree, so they are an inexpensive option for transforming your cork boards.  I have intentions soon to paint my corkboards a seafoam color and screw all of my baskets in permanently.  I have hesitated to do that until now because I had rearranged them frequently.

I also display current scrapbook pages on the walls next to my corkboards.  I change these frequently, and I’d like to eventually attach permanent hooks or clipboards for easy hanging!

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I use two light sources on my desk; the one on the left is a small but mighty light I found at Home Depot on sale and the other is an Ott light; the pair together really do create great light!  The other gadget clamped to my desk is a Benks cellphone mount:  this little guy is great for videos!  When I’m not using it for that function, I swivel it up to hold my phone for watching YouTube videos while creating.

I do utilize the space under my desk for quite a few things.  I keep an Iris 12×12 storage unit with 3 drawers.  I keep my Project Life cards, an unfinished album I’m working on, and mixed ephemera in each of the drawers.  I also file my uncut Print and Pray sets under here with a bunch of other easy to grab necessities.

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I keep 3 small organizers on top of my desk for random junk that I love, clips, and my current Illustrated Faith devotional kits.  Speaking of my desk, I will at some point finally get a real desk — and please let it be white!

I’ve had this antique tea cart forever, and I’ve splattered just about every color you can image on the poor thing.  It’s gotten sort of wobbly, so I’d say I have a valid excuse to upgrade soon!

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Behind my chair, I keep my cart.  I’m not sure how I ever survived without it!  Worth every single cent of that $30!  There are a million ways to use these, and I even have one in my son’s room for all of his books.

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On the top shelf I store both of my current Bibles, a devotional, all of my writing & painting utensils, and a container of various glitters.

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On the second shelf I keep miscellaneous embellishments in these beautiful wooden bowls.  I have always had a deep love for handmade wooden pieces, so you can image that it extends to my craft area.  I fit 3 of these alongside my punches on this shelf.

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I also have these little magnetic tins that I found at Dollar tree that are perfect for the edges of the cart.  I keep binding rings, bows, and other small items in these.  I also love the Dollar Tree magnetic bulldog clips for hanging my friend’s business cards, clips, random bits of inspiration, and tape.

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Next to my cart is where I have anchored my bookshelf.  This bookshelf stores just about every one of my paper supplies, and I COULD NOT survive without it.  I keep my current design team goodies, thickers, and paper pads here.  I also display my sewing machine and typewriter here as well.

Hopefully I’ll be able to eliminate it soon, but the little storage ottoman next to my bookshelf houses old Bibles (because I refer back to them often) and 12×12 layouts that haven’t found an album yet.  One day when I have a larger space, I’ll simply display them instead of store them!

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I store my current design team goodies in dollar tree bins.  I like to use binder rings to sort each embellishment separately…for instance my enamel hearts, stamps, alpha stickers, and Bella bows all get clipped separately.  I also love binder rings for hanging products from the front of my bins.  I hang my acrylic words, pennants, and even ephemera from the front.  I like to store my design team products by release dates and collection, so I always know where they are from.  It might seem crazy to some, but for a lady in the papercrafting industry, I’ve always stored my products in their original packaging.

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On the bottom shelf, I store my 12×12 paper pads, overflow/older design team product & catalogues, and my 6×6/6×8 paper pads.

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On the second shelf, I keep my hoard of thickers and a metal file sorter, which is perfect for 12×12 kits and chipboard sheets.  I cannot recommend a file sorter enough because it fits perfectly on a shelf, and it is really easy to pull out what you need!

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I have a serious thicker obsession, but to be fair, they are my absolute favorite crafting/Bible journaling supply!  I use them on nearly every project, and I collect them in every color and pattern!  I think I’m up to like 75 sets….yikes haha!

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Next to my typewriter, I store my acrylic paints and miscellaneous modeling pastes in this wire basket that I found at Target forever ago.  I’ve always been a color mixer, so I never had much need for a million tubes of paint.  This little basket is all I need!

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The top shelf isn’t really pretty.  I store my buttons, sequins, and miscellaneous items in sorted containers.  Next to that I have this little wooden organizer that I have Illustrated Faith paper pieces in.  When I’m not using those, I sit my little letterboard in front to display fun messages.

The last organizational tip I have for you is a washi ring!

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I haven’t purchased another embroidery hoop yet, but I have enough washi to fill another one soon to hang below this one.  I simply used a command hook adhered to the edge of my bookshelf to keep my washi ready to use!

My space certainly isn’t the most beautiful space, but it is incredibly efficient and functional!  The pretty will come with time, but I am grateful to have a space that works for me and I utilize every inch!

What do you guys think of my tiny space?!

Edit Your Way to a Perfect Photo

Today I’m doing something a little different!  I’ve had several followers who have asked that I share how I photograph my papercrafting projects.  Truth is, my photographing is probably no different than your own, but I’ve fallen in love with 2 apps that I wish I’d had my whole life.  So to honor that I’m sharing which two I use and exactly how they work.  I hope this encourages some of you to take the extra step and edit your papercrafting photos like a pro!

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My go to editing app is Afterlight 2!  I truthfully wish I had purchased this app long ago!  It was literally the best $2.99 I have ever spent!  It was so easy to use, and unlike many photo editing tools, it includes a curves feature and selective saturation which are crucial for papercrafting projects.

 

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When I was photographing this project, we had not had sunlight in a week, and you can clearly tell in my unedited version!  You also get a nice shadow from my hands and phone, because all I had on hand was an overhead light at the time.  That’s one seriously bad photo; I’m a little embarrassed haha!  Editing to the rescue!

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There you have it ladies and gentlemen; with a few easy adjustments, you have a bright pretty photo!  I personally like to first crop and straighten my photo.  I then adjust curves, selective saturation, and lower the shadows.

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The final step is to add a white border around the edge!  I have fallen in love with Whitagram for 12×12 layouts especially, but even this 8 1/2 x 11 page needed a little white space for the perfect Instagram photo.  Best part is, it’s free!  This app is a no brainer for all your Instagram needs!

 

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This app is totally self explanatory, so I won’t give you a rundown on it.  Just do yourself a favor and download it!

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Can you believe the difference?!  I’m still surprised every time I go from a poor photo like this one to the end product.  I’ll be honest most of my photos aren’t this poorly lit and poorly photographed, but for demonstration purposes, I thought it was a perfect example!

Here is another example of the dramatic effect minimal editing, a drop shadow, and white border can make for a 12×12 layout!

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Let me know if you guys decided to use any of the apps? Or feel free to share some of your favorite photo editing techniques!