It always seems
– Nelson Mandela
When we first moved into our new work space and I saw our craft/meeting room, this is the quote that popped into my mind. Here, let me show you a before picture so you can see what I mean.
Can you feel our pain? There were piles upon piles of paper crafting supplies acquired over several years by many different people prior to coming to this new space. I will spare you the details of the things we found as we sifted through boxes of stuff. Let me just say there was a lot of “Ew!” We began by sorting everything into piles like ribbon, twine, dies, alphabets, clear stamps, ink, fabric, etc. Had it not been for the looming deadline for Creative Spaces, Vol. 3, I’m not sure it would look as good as it does today.
After countless hours and several garbage dumps and numerous trips to the store, we were able to organize, contain, and label all of our craft supplies. Hurray! Then all we needed were the finishing touches. From a curtain valance and crown molding to vinyl design and décor, we all pitched in and the impossible happened – we were finally ready for our own Creative Spaces Vol. 3 photo shoot.
And here is the after shot:
Much better! Because we are just down the road from IKEA, we tend to use a lot of storage and furniture from this store but we are always looking for ways to alter the look. In this case, we added vinyl pattern to the door fronts and tabletop as well as finished off the cabinets with crown molding. We are so grateful for Julie Arrington at Sorella Vinyl for her help in dressing up our cabinets, window, door, and table. It really set the mood for the entire room, don’t you think?
Spray paint is one of our best friends for upcrafting, and our friends at Krylon shared all the cool new paint colors and formulas with us. We spray painted glass items to match our overall décor color theme using Krylon Frosted Glass and Satin Sea Glass. We also painted and applied large rhinestones to the wall-mounted CD holders to store our inks.
This shoe cabinet from IKEA became the perfect 12×12 paper storage. The patterned paper and vinyl really change the look of the piece so it blends in perfectly with the rest of the room. We added small décor items here and there in our color scheme to give it a homier and pretty feel. That starburst mirror was made by Amanda Coleman for the issue and we liked it so much we used it in our room for the photo shoot. Overall, we love the results!
Have you caught the craft space bug yet? Creative Spaces Vol. 3 is full of fun ideas to try in your own home. Just remember, it always seems impossible until it’s done! But what you are left with is one beautiful crafting space!
P.S. Creative Spaces, Vol. 3 is also available as a digital version so you can read on your computer or using the Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking iOS app. If you’d like to win a copy of Creative Spaces, Vol. 3, head over to the Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking blog.