Office Redo: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Instead of a paper project, today I’m sharing another kind of project: my new office redo! For a long time now I’ve wanted to make my office prettier and more functional. This year I finally got the opportunity to do just that. It isn’t quite finished yet, but it’s done enough that I can share some photos. 

I’m still moving everything into the new office. I’m taking my time, so each item goes to its proper place, and so I don’t take in something that doesn’t belong. Unfortunately that means that the whole house is still a mess, with boxes stacked all over the place. It’s hard to focus and be creative in such chaos. I don’t like not being able to find what I need when I need it. (The boxes were packed by someone else while I was away on the incentive trip, so each opened box is a surprise.) I really look forward to having an organized new office!


The Office Redo:

The Good:

Here’s a drawing that will give you an idea of what the office redo looks like. The rectangle in the center is an island with drawers on both sides. It isn’t a very large room, and there’s only one window, so all the furniture is white, with pale grey countertops, to maximize the light. 

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The Bad:

The dining room has been the hardest hit area of the house during the office redo process, with boxes and crates EVERYwhere. I’m slowly but surely clearing them out now.

office redo in process

office redo in process


The Ugly:

The room was all emptied out. It doesn’t look like much here, but it was ready and waiting to become functional and beautiful. The electrician had been here to move and add outlets. Next the walls and ceiling got patched and painted.

office redo in process


Installation took two days:

Allen and Dale from Artisan Custom Closets had lots and lots of pieces to bring in, two vans full. These are just the shelves!

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They were very organized. Each area had detailed plans for them to follow:

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I left them alone to do their work, but I had to sneak in for a peek every once in a while.

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Once they were finished and had cleaned everything, this is what I saw when I got to the door of my office. You can tell how small the room is, but my designer, Andrea Lively, did a great job of utilizing the space.

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This will be the photo (and hopefully video) area. The puck lights over the counter work by remote and are dimmable (although I don’t know why I would ever want to dim them!)

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This is the island (which has drawers on both sides) and the storage wall:

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Here’s my desk. The area at the left is for the printer, and the cabinets underneath it have (left) a pull out shelf for my shredder and (right) a pull out trash can.  

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And the closet is now a sewing nook. Now maybe I’ll actually use my sewing machine, since it will always be set up and ready to go.

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It still looks pretty empty, but I am using the desk. I invested in a Varidesk, so I can sit or stand while at the computer. I love it! They’re coming back to put the grommet in the counter top for the printer – right now I have to leave the cabinet door open to get to the outlet. The chair I’ve had for a long time – hubby treated me when I complained of back pain while at my desk. It’s a smaller version of his chair.

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Organizing Paper Scraps

We crafters keep everything because we know we’ll find a use for it…someday. While I’ve gotten better about my hoarding tendencies, I definitely keep paper scraps. When I begin a project, that’s the first place I go instead of to my new card stock. Unless I know I need a whole piece.

I have some of what I call “drawer towers.” These are from Best Scrapbook Organizer. I have these. I have them stacked three high, so there are six of them. (I got mine about ten years ago when I got a big tax return.)

I’m using the 1″ drawers for scraps. (I have 1″, 2″ and 3″ deep drawers for various items.) I used the Small Oval Punch (120908) to cut a piece of each color card stock, then adhered the pieces to the drawer fronts, along with a label stating the color name. I have mine in color order, but you may prefer alphabetical, or even color families (Brights, Subtles, Regals, Neutrals.)

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Another great way to organize your scraps is in a file box/drawer, with a hanging file for each color. When I was thinking about doing it this way, I planned to run a sheet of 8-1/2 x 11 card stock in each color through my printer, printing the color name on each sheet. Then I would cut them out and put them in the clear file folder tabs. For the dark colors, I would probably write the color names with my White Uni-Ball Signo Gel Pen (105021.)

For DSP, I have a clear bag with each set to hold scraps. The DSP Stacks each have a 1″ drawer in which I keep the stack and the scraps.

When I have useable scraps of ribbon, I put those in the same drawers as the paper scraps.

How do you have your scraps organized?

Thanks for stopping by today, and Sweet Stamping!

Die Storage

I’ve been working on my new Stamping Studio for a while now. For my dies and embossing folders, I’m using an old dresser/buffet I already had. It’s very sturdy, and has large drawers. I’d prefer something prettier with smoothly gliding drawers – these are just wood sliding along wood and very heavy. Whatever I get must be as sturdy and functional as this.

The top is perfect as a Big Shot Station.

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(Those are some still to be assembled Kallax inserts underneath.)

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I’m using the Big Shot Die Storage boxes to organize everything within the drawers.

At left are my embossing folders (TIEF) and thin dies (Thinlits, Framelits, Edgelits.) In the center two boxes are my Bigz & Originals Dies and Embosslits. At right are my platforms and clear plates.

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I’d love to hear from you! How do you organize your Big Shot items? 

Thanks for stopping by today, and Sweet Stamping!

Sneak Peek – Hello Life

The Occasions and Sale-A-Bration (OC/SB) catalogs begin on January 6 – the day after the Holiday Catalog and Supplement end. If you don’t have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator to give you the new catalogs, please contact me and I’ll get them in the mail to you!

One of the MANY perks of being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator is getting to pre-order from new catalogs. (To join my team, go to and click on Join the Fun at the top right!)

I received my first shipment of pre-ordered merchandise from the new OC/SB catalogs and I just had to start working on this new kit first thing.

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It’s the Hello Life Simply Created Project Kit. You get this awesome wire frame and all the goodies you need to decorate it, including specialty papers, die cuts, twine, clothespins, and more. As I said, it will be available for everyone to order on January 6.

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Here’s a little tip. When you’re separating the die cut shapes from their sheets, it can be hard to see them from the front side. Can you see the die cut hearts in the polka dot area?

Hello Life Simply Created Kit d

There’s one.

Hello Life Simply Created Kit e

I found that turning them over to the back side makes them much easier to see.

Hello Life Simply Created Kit c

I haven’t completed the kit yet – I’m still waiting to get the coordinating stamp set – but I just had to share what I’ve done so far. I plan to print black & white photos of hubby to add to it. I love the combination of Basic Black, Whisper White, Crushed Curry, and Silver in the kit.

Oh, by the way, all the solid black pieces you see are chalkboard paper – even the stick on letters! The White Stampin’ Chalk Marker (132133) works great with it.

Hello Life Simply Created Kit f

I think I will keep this hanging in my stamping studio for a very long time, changing the components and colors as I choose. I may even add a second one, hanging it from the bottom of this one. It’s a fun way to have a “bulletin board” without having to poke holes in everything with push pins!

Thanks for stopping by today, and Sweet Stamping!

P.S. Remember that tonight at midnight EST is the deadline to enter the Blog Candy drawing. To enter, go to yesterday’s post here and leave a comment telling me what your favorite items are from the Holiday Catalog and Supplement. I will post the winner tomorrow. The winner will then have until midnight EST to email me their shipping address.

Stampin’ Up! Tree

I’ve been looking for something I can 1) decorate in my studio for the holidays and 2) maybe even leave up all year to showcase samples. I found this online. It’s dark brown metal, and heavy enough to hold a lot. I don’t think it’s too Christmasy to use year round. I saw it on several web sites, but had the best deal.

ornament tree

I’ve hung my Gratitude for Days Simply Created Kit around the tree, starting at the top, and it goes almost to the bottom. I fill out a card every day.

I have some of my handmade ornaments around the bottom.

And, of course, a gold glitter star box from the Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit sits on the top – I cut a hole in the bottom and slipped it over the top point of the tree.

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I’ll be sharing some gift ideas in the coming days. I like to make nice presentations for all those small gifts, like things for the UPS man, etc. And Stampin’ Up! has all I need!

What are you doing to get ready for the holidays? I’d love to know!


Be sure to stop by tomorrow for the Stampin’ Pretty Pals Blog Hop! You’ll get great ideas for your Wish List.

Speaking of your Wish List, did you know that folks can buy you a Stampin’ Up! Gift Certificate? That’s right! They can purchase the gift certificate from me, then you can use it to buy your favorite Stampin’ Up! Products! Just give them my contact info and I’ll be more than happy to help them: email [email protected] or call 404-661-5222.

Thanks for stopping by today, and Sweet Stamping!


Sponge & Dauber Organization

As I continue to work on my new stamping studio, I want to share some organizational tips I’ve learned.

I love using sponges and daubers to add subtle color and shading to a project. I’ve been wondering about the best way to store them. After seeing the solutions several other folks have come up with, this is what I decided to do. My main inspiration for this is Brian King, who organizes his much like this.

First I used Craft scissors to cut each Stampin’ Sponge into eight wedges. Then I used the Decorative Label Punch to create the handles from each color of card stock. I folded the punched pieces in half and stapled them onto the sponge wedges.

daubers sponges storage f

Each dauber got a white label, which I then covered with “magic” tape.

daubers sponges storage c

I’m using clear plastic organizers with 18 sections. Each section got a clear label.

daubers sponges storage b

It took three of the organizers to hold all the Stampin’ Up colors.

daubers sponges storage d

I stacked the organizers…

daubers sponges storage a

…and put them in one of the Ikea Kallax drawers. They fit great with room for spare sponges.

daubers sponges drawer


Here’s what I used:


In case you’re wondering which organizers I used, here’s the label. I ordered them from

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My label maker is the DYMO LetraTag. I used the Small font for the organizer sections and the Extra Small font for the Sponge Daubers. Though I’m sure any label maker will work just fine.

Thanks for stopping by today, and Sweet Stamping!

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