Whether you have a full room, a corner or just a couple bins to hold your stamping supplies, it never seems like enough space. Having too many supplies can actually bog you down and limit your creativity.
So what’s the optimal set-up for a stamping space? Recently I went on a craft retreat where I had the set-up below. I had an incredibly productive weekend – made 34 cards while taking time out to read an entire book! It’s a personal thing, of course, but this set-up worked so well for me that I wanted to share it with you.
Must Haves for Setting Up Your Stamping Space:
- A nice STURDY table. A flimsy card table with a cushy top can kill your stamping. The table above measures 30″ wide x 48″ long and was a great size. Not too small, not too big.
- Good lighting. Bad lighting can cause messy stamping and color combinations that don’t look good in the light of day. Natural light is best, but can be artificially produced by natural lighting lamps if necessary.
- Basic Stamping Supplies. Keep your basic stamping supplies in a small pail for easy access. You’ll want a bone folder, paper snips for cutting paper, craft scissors for cutting ribbon, adhesive and spray for your cleaning pad. Keep your paper cutter handy too.
- Ink. Having the case of Many Marvelous Markers handy means you have every color of Stampin’ Up! ink right at your finger tips. When you purchase a color set of ink pads, they’ll come in a handy case.
- Paper. Card stock and Designer Series Paper can be stored in a variety of ways. If you’re short on space, something like a file box can be used to store your papers. Just try to keep your paper flat and not let them bend! Easiest way to do that is to keep your box full. 🙂 Put the box on the floor to your right and you’ve got easy access.
- Ribbon. Okay, maybe this isn’t a must have for you, but I LOVE ribbon and use it on my cards a lot. I have a ribbon storage box that holds all my ribbon in a mannerly fashion and travels well.
- Inspiration. Keep your Stampin’ Up! catalogs handy along with any other paper crafting magazines that you have. Whenever you are feeling uninspired you can flip through them to look for layout or color ideas to get you started.
- Stamps. Of course you need stamps! It’s easy to collect a lot of stamp sets, so it might be best to rotate your stash. Clear Mount stamps take up less space and travel well. Use a plastic shoe box to hold some of your favorite stamp sets along with your clear mount blocks. Don’t forget to have a few good word sets. My favorites right now are Teeny Tiny Wishes, Perfectly Penned, and Family Reunion.
- Punches. A few basic punches – like circles in a variety of sizes – add interest to your cards with ease. These can also be stored in a plastic shoe box.
- Small accessories that add a lot. Stampin’ Dimensionals, Rhinestones, and sponges are all good things to keep handy.
Setting Up Your Stamping Space
On the Table: At the retreat I kept all my ink and my paper cutter on the table to my right. In the center you’ll want your grid paper for stamping on, your cleaning tray and your basic stamping supplies in a pail. To the left, ribbon and stamping magazines for inspiration.
On the Floor to the Right: Card stock and Designer Series Paper.
On the Floor to the Left: Stamps, Clear Mount Blocks, Punches and a bin of other small accessories.
Hopefully these tips help you set up your stamping space for optimal stamping time. We’d love to hear how you set up your stamping space. Please leave a comment and tell us all about it!