PRT Reveal #3

Reveal Part 3

Hi all!  Happy New Year’s Eve! Before I start on the last of my reveal posts, let me wish you all a festive and safe New Year’s Eve and a happy and healthy 2018!

I promised to share some of my organization methods that work and where things are in my Pink Room.  Many of my methods have been prompted by Jennifer McGuire.  Some are based purely on what fits in the drawer.  Others are “I only have one of these and don’t plan to buy more so where can I put it.” So without further ado, here we go. {Let me just say, these are not the prettiest of pictures and there is a reason I wanted cabinets and drawers to HIDE the supplies!}

First off, I’ll start with the boring bits.  In the cabinet to the left of my computer, I hold most of the “office supplies” and tools.

PRT Reveal -Left Drawers

The top is standard supplies – stapler, business cards, tape, ruler {and my gift wrap cutting tool that I couldn’t find for Christmas!}.  The second drawer has various pens and markers – mainly those that I want to hide from others.  Also in there is a keypad for my computer.  The third drawer is my label maker drawer (there’s another under that stack of labels).  I purchased the adapter for my label maker because I didn’t want to plow through batteries.  The bottom drawer holds actual tools — if I don’t “hide” them, they disappear.  Of course, this also shows that my hammer is missing.

The 4 drawer cabinet at the other end of my cabinet wall holds more fun bits.

PRT Reveal -Right Drawers

Top drawer holds adhesives – foam tape, red line tape, Scor-Tape, glue dots, E6000. The second drawer holds my embossing powders, coffee filters, embossing buddies and containers with the commonly used powders (silver, black, white and clear).  The third drawer is shaker containers, beads, confetti/shaker bits and my lone Nuvo Drops.  The last drawer has my glitters, Stickles and Liquid Pearls.  I really need to edit this drawer as many of the Stickles (as well as Smooch) are down to minimal amounts and drying up.  The baskets are from Walmart and fit perfectly in these drawers.

PRT Reveal ALEX left

In one of my ALEX drawers, I hold most of my embellishments.  These definitely aren’t the prettiest of drawers.

  1. I have two of the Darice 82 piece organizers.  I purchased them last year when they were only $17.99 on Amazon. One of them holds sequins and the other holds a lot of small embellishments like brads, flat backed embellies, etc.
  2. I have a small thing with adhesive rhinestones and pearls.  This is my favorite find for organization.  The majority of my pearls and rhinestones are in a LEGO sorter. My kiddos both had these, but failed to use them.
  3. There are a lot of random embellishments in here.  Homemade enamel dots, Flower Soft, googly eyes, rub-ons, washi tape.
  4. Another drawer with some random embellishments or tools — jingle bells, a massive bag of seed beads purchased a garage sale, iron-on letters left over from my four-legged children’s stockings :), etc.
  5. Another drawer of randomness – styrofoam balls, some wood letters, plastic straws, plastic toothpicks, etc.
  6. Ribbon and twine — I think it’s pretty self-explanatory. 🙂

PRT Reveal ALEX Right

My other ALEX unit holds mostly color related items.

  1. Dye inks from MFT, Gina K, and Ranger.  The binder holds my stencils.
  2. Hybrid, pigment, specialty (VersaMark), Distress Inks, Memento teardrops and reinkers.  I love having the Distress Inks primarily in mini form.  They are in a basket that I can just pull out and use.
  3. All of my other coloring mediums from crayons to watercolor pencils to chalk markers to Gelatos and Mr. Sketch markers.
  4. My painting mediums and tools are here.  I have one set of watercolor paints and some acrylic paints.  As you can see, I’m a fan of foam brushes.
  5. Adhesives — lots of hot glue, lots of Xyron.
  6. Craft mats, vinyl, magnetic sheets (I use the vent covers from Home Depot for my die storage.) and foils.

PRT Reveal - 6x6 Paper Cabinet

The middle cabinet of my wall cabinet is my 6×6 paper pad storage cabinet.  These cabinets are only 11 inches deep so there are some restrictions on what they will hold.  Years ago, I had moved my 6×6 paper pads into the plastic boxes PaperTrey Ink used to ship their stamp sets in.  A friend had even sent me a bunch of hers.  As you can see, I had a thing for 6×6 paper pads.  A few crafty friends and I would do paper shares of the new releases.  Some pads were so pretty, I just hate to use them.  WHY is that?!  I also have my envelopes in there. Another organization friend is the Command Hook.  A dear friend made me a color swatch of every PTI color.  The other set is my organization for my stamp and die sets, which I will explain in a bit.

The other two cabinets in the wall cabinet don’t hold anything worth photographing.  I have my gift packaging, old calendars, paint, etc.

PRT Reveal - 2 drawer 2 door

The cabinet next to my embellishment drawers holds my “use all the time” tools in the drawers.  My stamping blocks, go to black inks, scoring tools, adhesive remover, etc.  I also have one of my trimmers and my MISTI.  The shelves below are some oft-neglected stamps, my background stamps, storage pockets and some other randomness.  I believe many of these cabinets may have been used in medical offices, which allows for some great depth.

PRT Reveal - Big Shot

The middle and largest cabinet has three doors.  Each door has one shelf that pulls out and I absolutely love that.  Two of those doors hold my stamps, dies and 12×12 paper and scrapbooking materials.  They are not the widest cabinets, but I love having the ability to pull out my Big Shot.  I have the Big Shot Plus, which allows you to run a full 8.5×11 piece of cardstock through.  It’s huge and heavy.  I wouldn’t trust running anything through while it was on the shelf, but at least I can tuck it away.  Underneath it is my trusty Cuttlebug, the plates for the Big Shot and my embossing folders.  I have a few dies I use all the time – namely the frame from MFT’s Blueprints 13.  There’s no point to putting it away!

PRT Reveal - Stamp & Die storage

I store my stamps in storage pockets and InterDesign Fridge Bins.  The top bin is all MFT Stamps and the bottom is mixed. This is the lion share of my stamps.  I have another small bin of standalone dies and some very old PTI sets, which rarely see the light of day.

When I started unpacking my stamps this summer, I wanted to really organize them.  I had most sets already in the pockets, but I could never find anything.  I decided to color code the sets and use colored paper as the background.  My colors are mainly from the Michaels Recollection line — a) the paper is a touch thinner than most cardstock and b) it’s more reasonably priced than using cardstock. Each category has a colored tag on my ring with a label. To further organize everything, I use Evernote to create an inventory.  I attempt to get every stamp set or die uploaded when I purchase it.  I have much to do with old sets, but it is a work in progress.

PRT Reveal - Random Storage

The last bit of organization — I have a test tube rack filled with sequin-filled plastic test tubes.  It’s very pretty to look at — just far more sequins than I could ever need.  Since moving, our closest IKEA is located outside of Chicago (this should be changing in 2018 with an IKEA opening in WI).  ON our last trip, they had perfectly pink flower pots and I picked up a number of them.  They are nice and sturdy and perfect for storing random things.  I have one for my Zig markers, another for scissors and some are waiting to be filled.  My mom has always collected Depression Glass and she gave me that little candy jar (the tiny one) a few years ago.  I picked up the taller candy jar and bowl at a garage sale.  I love the prettiness of the glass.  Finally, the Target Dollar Spot had bright pink oval buckets.  Some of them are divided in half and then in thirds on one side and others are just open.  They are great for markers, tools, stamps that need to be put away that you don’t have time to deal with, etc.  They are great catch alls.

Finally, my second batch of favorite things.

PRT Reveal - Funko Plush

We are big Harry Potter and Star Wars fans in our house.  My Funko Pop characters have a home in my room — everyone has a little collection in our family.  A few years ago, we all dressed as Harry Potter characters for Halloween — I make a damn good Professor McGonagall.  In 2016, we all dressed as Star Wars characters — my son still wears his Poe/Finn jacket — a thrift store find that authenticated with fabric markers.  Then there is that little pile of plush.  Most of those were gifts from my kiddos.  The little I Love You pillow was on a thrift store stuffed animal, my son purchased the animal and the little angel tin and put the heart in there and gave it to me for Valentine’s Day.  The Ewok is wearing my wedding tiara (which I wore to my last round of chemo six years ago!).  General Organa/Princess Leia was given to me by my daughter this year.  All things that make me smile when I look at them because of who I think of.

There you have it!  The complete and total reveal of the Pink Room.  Oh, one other thing – I personally find my craft room quite fabulous, but apparently so do a few others.  I submitted photos to PaperCraft Inspirations and they published a photo a few issues ago.  Also, our local ReStore ran a contest for Project of the Year.  I submitted photos, not having any idea what other people would submit.  Well, we won!  It feels so good to have hard work pay off — not only when you love it or a goal was reached, but also to have others love it. 

I hope you’ve enjoyed the pictures and I hope you’ll pop on back when I have more craftiness to share with you (which will hopefully be soon!).

Have a wonderful New Year!



One thought on “PRT Reveal #3

  1. What an AMAZING space! Your arsenal of craft supplies is breathtaking. And I’m so happy that you share your talents with Box of Balloons. We appreciate all that you do to help us create memorable birthday decorations for kiddos! 😘


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