(Please note -- New Copic Certification Classes and 2014 Workshops have been announced and updated on my Copic Class page.)
Today, each member of the Copic education and blog team will be joining up for a virtual tour of their crafty spaces in celebration of a new Copic program, Copic in the Craft Room!
Copic in the Craft Room is a new community brought to you by Imagination International Inc., the distributor of Copic products in the United States and Canada. (To visit us, click the logo at left, or one of the blue hyperlinks above).
Our program goals are:
• To Inspire Copic crafters, both new and experienced, to use their Copic products and get crafty.
• To Educate crafters, no matter their skill level, teaching proper product use for success and new ways to use Copic products.
• To Grow both as a community and as individual crafters.
Since getting crafty can take place anywhere, we thought it would be fun to share our own crafty spaces with you!
As some of you may know, my family just moved the first of this school year (August) to a new city. Until we can get our new home built, we are renting. My husband moved to the new city first, to start work and find a house for us to rent, but they were very few and far between so when one became available in the school district we wanted, he literally snatched it up and signed the contract before I was able to see it in person! Now tell me how many of you would have done that?!! Of course, I saw photos before-hand but I was still very apprehensive. Fortunately, hubby did good and I am fortunate to still have a bedroom designated for my studio (however, any possible over night guests will be sleeping on the sofa, LOL!). And because it's a rental, unfortunately I can't do anything about the wall color -- ugh. Here are a few photos of it:
I was still able to get my large U-shaped desk in the room, and this is where I do my Copic coloring, rubber stamping, crafting and write blog posts on the computer behind me. I also work from home, so this is a dual purpose space! The desk is immediately in front of you when you walk into the room, on the left:
Along the back wall (center of the U desk) are my wood ink pad and reinker holders (from Storage Units, Ink / SUink ) stained to match the desk, along with additional white cube holders on top (QuickKutz Magpie storage, which I don't believe are being made any longer), with more ink pads -- all within easy reach. Below the ink pad holders under the desk are stackable Sterlite drawers filled with all my colored cardstocks, again within easy reach. The white boxes on top of the desk hutch (far right of photo above) contain current release stamp sets I'm working with, MemoryBox colored notecards I use frequently for card bases, and magazine holders which hold cardstock I usually stamp on (X-Press It Blending Card, Neenah Natural and Solar White, Gina K Designs Heavy Base Weight White and Ivory cardstocks, etc.). Inside the desk hutch are more of the white boxes that hold more recent 6x6 patterned paper packs I'm using, and under the hutch is my Silhouette Cameo cutter.
In the back left corner of the photo below (behind the door) is a file cabinet and my printer table, with a Making Memories Embellishment Center sitting on top -- this houses jars of loose ribbons (generally by the yard). My air compressor for my Copic Airbrush System sits under the desk, too, so it's always ready for use.
Along the front of my desk are all of my Copic markers (5 left towers) and Various Ink Refills (2 right towers), housed in Color Cubbie storage towers from Studio 3 Solutions -- I LOVE this storage solution for my Copic products ... when you need more storage, you can just add another tower!
The white drawers on top of the Color Cubbies contain things I use quite often: X-Press It Tissue and Foam Tapes, tape runners, ink blending tools and pads.
To the right of the U desk (and on the back wall of the room) is a tower of embellishment storage drawers, then my black Expedit (IKEA) bookcase I got a year ago. The black container on top of the embellishment tower contains dies, as do the first two middle cubbies of the black bookcase, within easy reach of my Sizzix Big Shot die cutting machine on the table:
Drawers under the black table top (more Sterlite 12x12 stackable drawers) contain patterned papers and embellishments by various paper manufacturers. Back in the corner in the photo above is my light tent set up, for photographing my projects. Below is a closeup of my die cutting station -- the black boxes house larger Bigz dies and embossing folders:
Updated Jan 6: I forgot to photograph this wall of my studio before this blog post went live, so here's an update! The right wall (to the right of the photo light box setup above) are all of my white stackable modular pieces I'm still using (Store In Style 15-inch cubes by Crop In Style -- I found this 12-cube starter set to be the least expensive, per cube, at the time I purchased them in 2005 from Oriental Trading). They've made it through three moves now and are still going strong! I love that I have been able to arrange them to fit whatever space I have! On the wall I'm using 16 of them (4 are under the lights in the corner) and there are more in the closet on the right:
To see more photos of my studio as it has been set up in the past, along with detailed storage ideas, you can look through the Studio category of my blog here (scroll down because this post will be listed first). And hopefully by the end of this year I'll have my new space in our newly constructed new home to share with you!
Thanks for stepping into my craft room today! Click the links below to hit the cyber roads and travel all across the continent to see where the rest of the Copic team “makes the magic happen”!
Then, make sure to stop at the Copic in the Craft Room Facebook page and Like us and share your own crafty spaces photos. You'll also find some educational video tutorials alredy there, links to other Copic tutorials, and the content will be growing on a regular basis. I look forward to see you there! You can also find Copic In The Craftroom on Pinterest.
Be sure to enter my giveaway I have going in the post below ... it is open until Sunday at midnight!