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The LiveLoveCards Craft Room!

Overview

Hi All,

Finally, the day is here. Wow, it has been a very long road, but I couldn’t be happier with how things turned out. I really hope you don’t get bored watching this video! I tried to make it as short as I could, but there’s a lot to cover.

If you want to reminisce about the construction of this room, you can review all my progress posts.

To get more detail on different areas of the room, you can review all the videos in my Craft Room Storage Series.

You’ll find the video at the end of this post if you want to jump to it. One thing I forgot to mention is the size of the room. It’s 13 ft x 15 ft. I also took some photos…

Here is the main craft table – an island in the middle of the room:

Craft Table

As I work at the craft table (almost always standing), I can simply turn around to access everything on this back counter:

Back Counter

When I’m not crafting, I’m editting videos and writing posts, which I do at my desk:

Desk

And every once in awhile (okay, a lot), I like to relax in my sitting area by the windows:

Seating

On the other side of the room is the counter with a sink:

Sink Counter

Of course I had to include a few close-ups of my favorite part of the room, the fixture. Here is the fixture off:

Fixture Off

And here it is on:

Fixture On

The crystals are beautiful. Here is one up close:

Fixture Crystal

Finally, I took a photo in the morning when the sun is at its brightest. I can’t even see my computer screen in the morning, lol! That’s why I had to install all the shades:

Sunshine

One more thing before the video. I use a lot of US Acrylic trays in my room, and they have generously offered 20% off all their essential organizers on Amazon, now through June 17th (use code LLCPROMO at checkout). You’ll find all the links you need below.

And now for the video. Enjoy!!

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Craft Room Products:

General Room Items:

  • Flat roman shades by regaldrapes.com. My fabric pattern is called Gauge Silver.
  • Poang series chairs from Ikea. These chairs are seriously comfortable!
  • Light Fixture purchased at a local store. You can find the manufacturing info here.
  • Brimnes nightstand from Ikea.
  • Black Spinning Tool organizer at Hobby Lobby.
  • Brother Label maker at Amazon.

Ink, Marker, and Other Color Storage:

Trays, trays, trays

  • 7 piece set of stackable strays at Amazon.
  • 6 piece set of stackable strays at Amazon.
  • Expandable hanging tray at Amazon.
  • Neenah scrap tray at Amazon.
  • 3-section ink pad trays at Amazon.

Paper Storage:

Equipment:

  • Lenovo ultrabook computer at Amazon and Best Buy. Note: this is the most recent release of the model I have.
  • 21.5″ iMac at Apple.
  • Nikon D3300 at Amazon (Note: this is the most recent release of the model I have).

Craft Tools:

Desk Items:

  • Expandable hanging tray (for 2 storage levels) at Amazon.
  • 3-Drawer in/out box from Container Store.
  • Portable Laptop Desk at Amazon. Ugh! The one I have is no longer made. This one is the closest I could find.

A2 Card Storage:

Die Storage:

Shoeboxes and other containers::

Comments

  1. wrote on June 7th, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    Bonnie

    Love your Craft Room and you surely deserve it. Thank you for all your time.

    I did not receive an email of this video. I clicked on home while checking out one of the older videos and found this – sure glad I did.

    Thank you again for all you do.

  2. wrote on June 7th, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    swimbikerunat60

    Awesome Darlene, you waited so long and finally you can enjoy this fabulous craft room. Everything is so functional and within your reach, love the cabinets and counter tops, there is a place for everything and everything in it’s place.
    I think my favorite feature is that gorgeous light fixture, it’s a fantastic detail.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Hugs,
    Maria.

  3. wrote on June 7th, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    lovinpaper

    Just Awesome! I love your chairs where you can sit and read or think or whatever. That is probably where I would be found, looking out the window. Love how everything is so organized, including the closet. Thanks for showing the detail of how this works for you.

  4. wrote on June 7th, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    Jan Castle

    Enjoy, Enjoy, Enjoy!!!!! Perfect set up for your crafting! Thank you so much for the tour!!!!
    Paper Hugs,
    Jan

  5. wrote on June 7th, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    pinkposhcards

    A great video Darlene. Loved all the information. No matter what our personal creative space is, I think it should be functional AND pretty. Your new room certainly is both. I loved that you showed the box labeled “cards received”. I have a tiny space in your new room! Thanks again.

  6. wrote on June 7th, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    Evelyn B

    Your room is lovely and I just know how proud you are to finally have it and be able to work in your new space! It is so much more enjoyable to have a place for everything and have it neat and clean. You’ll love creating so much more than ever before! So happy for you to have such a wonderful light and beautiful place. Enjoy!!

  7. wrote on June 7th, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    Jans416

    Thanks for doing this video for us Darlene. It is the MOST BEAUTIFUL craft room I have ever seen. You must be loving it immensely. It’s also given me lots of ideas for organizing my craftroom which is only half the size of yours but I see lots of solutions for making more room. I wish you years & years of happy, healthy crafting in your wonderful space.

  8. wrote on June 7th, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    Cheryl

    What a beautiful room! Lots of storage and work space. Thx for sharing with us.

  9. wrote on June 7th, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    Janetlarn

    Love it! It turned out amazing! My cabinets are almost done and I and in the process of figuring out where things need to go. I got some great ideas I’m going to put to use from your tour, thanks! Janet

  10. wrote on June 7th, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    mwhathens

    Amazing room. I think (I know) I would want to stay in it all the time if I had those chairs and that wonderful view. Thank you for the video of the room.

  11. wrote on June 7th, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    ben9903

    Okay, I’m green with envy now – thanks alot! 🙂 It’s beautiful, well-organized, perfect in every way. Thank you so much for sharing with us!!!

  12. wrote on June 7th, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    Becka

    Good job on your tour – very thorough! I enjoyed every minute. There is nothing about that room not to like. Thanks.

  13. wrote on June 7th, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    g.angelos@comcast.net

    Thank you for sharing your craft room! I loved seeing everything! Do you keep you craft room pretty neat all the time? It’s nice you have a place to keep everything organized.

    • wrote on June 11th, 2016 at 10:03 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Well, kind of. I try to periodically organize everything. Maybe once every 2-3 weeks I’ll try to put everything back into its place. Then it gets messed up again almost immediately. 🙂

  14. wrote on June 7th, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    lsipp1

    Gorgeous as well as practical. What a great job you did designing this space!
    Thank you for sharing this video and the links for purchasing supplies.
    Enjoy your craft room!

  15. wrote on June 7th, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    Laura Norris

    So happy for you to finally be in your beautiful new craft room!! It seems as if you have thought of everything and planned it out so well. It is so functional and beautiful, I can see why you don’t feel the need to leave the room. Congrats, and thank you for sharing with us!

  16. wrote on June 7th, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    Brenda L.

    Your craft room was well worth the wait Darlene! It is simply gorgeous, well planned and so organized. A dream room for sure and I don’t know if I had one like it if I would ever leave it. lol Enjoy it! Hugs, Brenda

  17. wrote on June 7th, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    Angie

    Love love love what I see and all that time and effort to help us – you’re so kind.
    And you have given us so many great ideas. The room is an absolute success in everything crafty and you deserve it. Love everything!

  18. wrote on June 7th, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    changedbyHim

    Love what you’ve done! Do you think you could share some photos or video of what it looks like when you are making a card? Several times you said you do not have everything in cabinets or drawers when you are crafting. I expect most of our spaces look very used…in a loving way.

    • wrote on June 11th, 2016 at 10:04 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Yes, in a loving way! 🙂 I will take a photo when it’s a mess and share sometime soon.

  19. wrote on June 7th, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    Connie

    Thank you for such a well organised and informational tour of your new craft room. You really can see the time and effort it took to put it together. Very well done! It really is so lovely and makes creating so much easier with everything at your fingertips. I also noticed your little Quiet Time area with bible. This space would be an important part of the room too for you. If I had this room, that’s where I’d begin each day!

  20. wrote on June 7th, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    Lizzie

    OMGoodness!!! This is a dream room for sure! You’ve done a fantastic job of organizing and designing. So very happy for you, I know how I’d feel if I had a room like that. Hugs to you Darlene

  21. wrote on June 7th, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    anitac

    Congratulations Darlene! What a beautiful organized functional room. It shows all your thoughts and planning that went into this. Enjoy crafting and relaxing in your new place. Thanks again for sharing. Anita

  22. wrote on June 8th, 2016 at 8:34 am

    Lee

    Hi Darlene, I have a question please.

    Would the Multi-Level Premium Quality Plastic Nail Polish Organizer that you are using for your distress ink pads work for wood stamps? I can’t quite tell if the individual rows are deep enough for them or not since the thickness is just a little more than the distress ink pads. I have a very small crafting room (more like craft/office/music instrument/dvd storage room) and I’m trying to find a better way to display my wood stamps so I won’t keep forgetting to use them.

    Thanks so much for sharing your room with us, it’s beautiful!

    • wrote on June 9th, 2016 at 1:22 pm

      Lee

      Oh my goodness how fun is this! I just checked Amazon again today and noticed they updated their pictures for the nail polisher holder (Darlene’s distress ink pad holder). Not only does it show that you can store wood stamps in it it also shows you can store distress ink pads by having two of Darlene’s photos on the page! Wow!

      • wrote on June 11th, 2016 at 10:07 am

        Darlene DeVries

        Hi Lee. Yes! I just tested it and all my wood block stamps fit in there. A great idea!

    • wrote on June 9th, 2016 at 3:18 pm

      US Acrylic LLC

      The depth of each of the ‘spaces’ is approximately 1-3/8″, hope that helps! And yes, we did ask Darlene’s permission to use her photos on the listing, it was one of her wonderful subscribers that clued us in to how she was using the product!

  23. wrote on June 8th, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Amy

    Darlene…it looks really fabulous!!! I am green with envy over the amount of space and that you have a sink in your craft room!! I just love the white and black and gray color…it looks so neat and clean. You must be so happy with it. I love the white island and I LOVE LOVE the light fixture about it. It’s SOOOO pretty!!! Thanks so much for giving us all a tour and sharing all your organizing supplies. You have a beautiful room and boy do you deserve it!!! Congratulations!!

  24. wrote on June 8th, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    Andrea

    Darlene, I LOVE your new craft room!!! I am truly amazed you were able to design all the cabinets & drawers to fit what you have, with room left over. I don’t know that I could look at a bunch of supplies and organize and figure out how much space to allocate for each category. I’m OK making things fit into existing spaces, but coming up with a new space–wow! Thanks for sharing the culmination of your long project. 🙂 ~ Andrea

  25. wrote on June 8th, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    DebiKT

    Great tour… and I love your organizational tips. Looks very cozy!

  26. wrote on June 9th, 2016 at 5:26 am

    Anita

    Congratulations! What a tremendous sense of accomplishment to finally see it all working together. It’s a fairy tale craft room. Thanks so much for sharing every single detail. It feels like we’ve been there with you, watching you craft : )

  27. wrote on June 9th, 2016 at 9:19 am

    craftyzoey

    Awesome design and layout!!

  28. wrote on June 9th, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    Caly

    LOVE your craft space, Darlene! I think you should do another craftroom share like you did last year – I’d love to see how other’s rooms are currently designed too. I have moved as well and I’m sure others’ rooms/spaces may be completely different than they were a year ago. How fun would that be to see the change?

    • wrote on June 9th, 2016 at 2:00 pm

      SandraMaria

      Great idea! I’m moving this weekend and will have a new craftroom set up in the near future!! =)

  29. wrote on June 9th, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    SandraMaria

    Amazing video, thank you so much!!! Was nice to take a break from the chaos here at home. The good news is that we are supposed to be signing our closing docs tomorrow and moving this weekend. YAY!!!!

    Sorry to hear that Rebecca has had a relapse, will keep her and her family in my prayers.

    The Rubik’s cube was my favorite toy as a kid too and I still keep a Rubik’s keychain on my desk!! LOL We have so much in common it’s not even funny!! HAHA

    When I start getting my new craftroom organized I’m going to steal a couple of your organization ideas. I need to make a trip to the Container Store and IKEA!!! Btw, it’s kewl that you have a pocket door for your craftroom. I think all craftrooms need one because the door does always seem to be in the way. Our new house does not have any pocket doors, but the house we are moving out of does in the kitchen….why, I have no idea, we always left it open. I had removed my craftroom door and put it up in the rafters in the garage. LOL In the new house, I’m leaving the door attached.

    Anyway, I need to get just a few misc boxes packed. It seems like this will never end but I know we are at the end of this process and then I can start getting caught up…you would not believe how many emails I have to go through. Ugh.

    Thanks again for this video. I have been looking forward to it for a long time. It’s such a beautiful room!! What did you do with your big KALLAX shelving unit from IKEA? I still think the pattened paper you used for the backing board was a fantastic idea. =)

    • wrote on June 11th, 2016 at 10:10 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Sandra. Good luck with your move! Hope it all goes smoothly. As far as my Ikea shelves, they are currently in the garage. With that patterned paper in the back, it certainly makes the garage much more cheerful! Not sure if they will stay there permanently – we are still organizing the rest of the house.

  30. wrote on June 15th, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    Vee

    Hi dear Darlene! Thank you very much for letting me visit you! The get-together was most enjoyable and all I missed was a nice cup of coffee!
    Your super video was like being there with you in your lovely spacious and beautiful craft room…… So organised and functional! Thank you for your tour – it was amazing!
    I wish you many, many happy hours and days in your sanctuary and look forward to sharing lots of happy times with you. May God bless you and your family……

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