Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Stamping Studio and Butterfly Basics

Hi Friends! I thought I'd share a peek inside my studio, which I absolutely love. It's my happy place. I've also created a new video and card which you'll find at the end of this post.  But first up is my stamping studio, with some photos and info.  Bits and pieces of my room have been noticed in my videos and every now and then I receive a few emails with questions, so here you go!

My studio is very much a work in progress and has been since we moved to Nova Scotia this past summer. I think I've rearranged things in this room at least 6 or 7 times.  The challenge are the two slanted ceilings - as much as they add to the charm of this room, it also means zipola for wall space. That means no shelves, no book cases, no storage. But there are three windows in my room, which allows a lot of natural light to flow through. This is must, considering how much time I am in here, working my businesses, as well as for stamping and creating.

 My studio is on the second level of our home, just off of the stair case. Our home is over 100 years old so the design and layout is very unique, which gives it lots of character.  The pink door that you see is just free standing against the railing and I'm using it for decoration. I literally unearthed it from inside one of the outbuildings on our property and it's super old - the opposite of the door has layers and layers of antique wallpaper peeling off and I love the vintage shabbiness of it.

There are two gables in my room,. We built a shelf between them and made two tables inside each. The first one, shown here, is for my 'Big Shot' die cutting area.  The plastic containers on the shelf beside the Big Shot machine holds all my framelits. The wooden crate on top of my filing cabinet stores my cardstock, which is separated with dividers and labels for each colour.

 You may notice the card display on the wall - I bought two shutters from the Re-Store, painted them white and hung them up to hold projects. I believe I paid about $5 for the pair and I love how they turned out!

I keep my dies stored in a basket - quick and easy access.

This rack stores more of my SU punches, ribbons, some ink re-fills and odds and ends. The Minnie Mouse ears, by the way, are a fun souvenir from the first Grand Vacation that I earned with my business, which was to Disney World (and yes, I wore them every day when we were there!)

This is my 'office space'.  Right now this area looks pretty plain Jane ...but remember, this is all still very much a work in progress!  But I'm actually pretty organized - all my binders for my customers and my team are handy on my desk, orders and forms are filed in the drawers, etc. I really don't like wasting time looking for items or paperwork that I need, so everything has its spot.  Oh, and the desk is pretty awesome, I must say. It's vintage and solid wood, made in Montreal.  It is sooo heavy that I think it's one of the reasons the previous owners left it behind. It's even got a hidden drawer! So cool! You should have seen the day my husband I and lugged it up the narrow staircase to my studio - it was quite the scene. And that was after we even took some of the desk apart to make it easier to move. I can tell you now, this desk will NEVER be moved again. 

The little white desk to the side of the room is for my sewing machine (which I use more on cards than I do on fabric at the moment). A friend gave me her cricut, which I'd not used before, so I set that up on the table too, so that I can start playing with it. I'll have to watch youtube videos to learn how to use it!

Next up, you can see my stamping desk and my little 'meditation corner' behind it...

I love the little cabinet against the back wall, next to the chimney. This is a vintage kitchen cabinet a friend gave me. I painted it a nice cream colour but left the antique shelf liner intact and just removed the glass doors. The blue counter top is super cool and adds a nice splash of colour. This cabinet is perfect to store my favourite retired stamp sets from years gone by. I'm not one who gets attached to her stamp sets - but I've been a Stampin' Up! demonstrator for almost 13 years and there are just some stamps too lovely to part with!  The chandelier belonged to my great-grandma. It doesn't fit the style of this century old home, and every room has low ceilings, except this one. And I wanted to hang the chandelier in my studio anyhow, so it worked out perfectly! If you're wondering about the art hanging on the chimney, it's called "Heart and Soul" by one of my favourite artists, Josephine Wall.
I'm a Leo and a friend once gave me a birthday card with this image -
 I've been a BIG fan of Josephine Wall ever since.
So the little corner with the curtain and chair is a new addition to my room and I'm still working on this area.  This is my little spot for meditations, prayers, quiet time, reading, whatever. I discovered meditation about 10 years ago, back when I lived in Vancouver. I even took an intensive 3-day meditation course that was WAY out of my comfort zone. But I'm so glad I did it. Over time, by doing it consistently, meditation became part of my daily routine and I ended up just loving it (just like running, which I also didn't care for in the beginning!). 

When we relocated to the East Coast a few years back, my life changed so much that I'd gotten completely out of my routines.  I was determined to change that once we moved to Nova Scotia, this past summer. So I'm glad I'm meditating more often again. It's a great way to centre yourself and there are also many health benefits. It's not as weird as some might think either! LOL Deva Premal and Miten are my favourite New Age musicians for meditations and quiet time - you can listen to them here. And if you're able to see them in concert I highly suggest you go! I saw them perform in Vancouver and it was an experience I'll never forget!
And let's not forget THIS very important spot in my studio...this is my stamping desk.  The vintage wood crate under the counter holds all my 12x12 DSP, glimmer paper, etc. I'm using a rolling case (on the side of my desk) for my current stamp sets - I LOVE this! It's so convenient to just wheel it where I want it! I also have current stamp sets that are in the old style cases stacked up on the counter top that my hubby built between the two gable windows. My old style punches on the wall are hanging a rack I had bought years ago at Ikea.

I keep a basket underneath my desk for all my scrap pieces of  paper, which makes it easy to riffle through them and use them up when they're right next to me. Next to the window I have my paper cutter as well as a three tier stand (which I scored from Value Village for $1) and I use it to store washi tape, my brayer, bakers twine (which I've wound on antique thread spools), and other odds and sods. On the desk I've got my ink pads, markers, etc. This is also where I film all my videos. Oh - and I've got to show you the view from the window next to my stamping desk...
I took this photo this morning. So pretty. 
But I'm VERY anxious for spring and green grass and flowers!

The sunsets make up for the long winter though...

So there you go - a little something different for you today.   
I'm sure now you know a bit more about me, personally!

And I couldn't do a post without sharing a card with you. ...

The stamp set I used is "Butterfly Basics". Unfortunately the coordinating framelits are on backorder until further notice, but I'm still enjoying stamping with just the set alone.

Enjoy the day and HAPPY STAMPING!

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Cary said...

Great Colors! I think this is beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card! Love how you randomly stamped the background w/the images and the colors you used. Not sure on the vanilla layer the greeting is stamped on, but will figure the dimension out. TFS. Love this card so much I am gong to case it. Thanks!

Debbie Baty