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Creating a craft space at home

It is Tip Tuesday and today we share tips about how to create a craft space or spice up the one you have at home

Your work space can inspire and improve productivity. What we realise size does not matter but organization, seating, lighting and decor are some of the key things to creating a functional and appealing space that you and your family can enjoy.

  • Storage solutions

Some closed storage solutions are cabinets, chest of draws, storage containers, cans, jars, bags and boxes in varying sizes. You can find different types at your home store, hardware, supermarket and at Bead Cafe we have different types of storage containers. You can also recycle or repurpose furniture and containers you have at home. A good place to check is your kitchen for storage solutions you can move to your craft space. You know those sandwich bags you pack lunch or for the freezer,  they are great for sorting and storing supplies like bits and pieces of ribbon and other stringing materials. What about an old spice rack for your beads and buttons. Whenever selecting solutions remember depending on your type of craft you would need big spaces and small spaces for varying sizes of materials.

To make things easy to locate like your books, materials and tools, open shelves and hanging spaces can be helpful. Peg boards, slatwalls or grid systems can create great wall solutions and are available at your hardware store or at a retail fixtures store.You generally see these wall systems in retail stores, these systems can also be easily installed in your home craft cove. There are different attachments that suit each type. Take a look around at your supplies, even take a few pictures and jot down sizes to help make it easier when selecting things that match your needs. Install a cork board or white board to organize notes and to post inspirational pictures and calendars.

Be smart safe in your craft cove, if  you need to store dangerous chemicals, sharp or small objects and you have children at home remember safety for little hands; out of reach and protected. Ensure shelves are properly secured on walls to prevent accidents.

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  • Where to sit and work

Comfort, ergonomics and adequate space are three things to consider. Choose tables and chairs that suit these needs. You can choose between folding or fixed tables and chairs, as well as furniture with casters. You can check out office furniture or home furniture stores for different options or customized designs. Seek advice about good ergonomics when selecting the right height desk and seating for good body posture. Remember to keep on crafting you must stay healthy.

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  • Lighting

Sometimes we neglect lighting but lighting sets the mood, affects colour and ability to see projects details effectively. A magnifier is also useful if you work with small embelishments, beads and findings. There are magnifier and desk light combinations available that you can consider.

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  • Decor, layout and design

Create a functional space with an effective layout, this is where to locate what; your seating and storage to improve work flow and accessibility. Make the space your own with colour, pictures or your handmade crafts. Coordinate your favourite colours for your walls, storage solutions and furniture. Use colour to organize with a colour code storage plan.

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Craft Room by :- Sprinkled with Glitter 

Hope you enjoyed our article and as always  we wish you happy crafting in your craft cove!

Tameika

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Wackyday 8 Craft and Jewellery Ideas

Some creative ideas we found online to inspire you 

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Washer Monogram Wall Art :- Someday Crafts

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Washer Pendants :- Two Peas in a Bucket

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Colour Pencil Ring :-  Ecouterre

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Colour Pencil Sculpture inspired by jellyfish, octopuses and sea monsters:- Jennifer Maestre

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Button Jewellery :- Nuada Accessories

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Amazing Button Art :- Ran Hwang

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X-Ray Lamp Shade :- Sture Pallarp

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Unusual Jewellery resembles bones :- CAD by Temple University

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Make it Monday – Scrapbooking

A Scrapbook is a keepsake, a decorated photo album that preserves the stories behind the photos (called journalling). A scrapbook can be made of pictures, stories and memorabilia such as tickets, certificates and letters. You can create a scrapbook for your family history or different events such as vacations, a baby’s first year, a holiday, birthday, anniversary and home improvement . Your scrapbook can become a treasure for many years, telling a story, preserving a memory and recording history.

A few materials you will need to start creating:

Card-stock, decorative papers, paper bags, glue, mod podge, washi tape, craft knife, ruler, punches and stamps are a few things you can use  in creating a scrapbook.

You can add embellishments to make your scrapbook POP! Stickers, glitter, paint, decals, ribbon, twine, rub-on transfers, letters, tags, quotes, eyelets, ribbons, fabric and stickers,  all of these you can add to your layouts, the list is endless let your imagination take over.There are many different techniques and products. It all depends on your own style. There is no wrong in this Hobby.

Here are a few Tutorials we found online.

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Tutorial by : Burst of Creativity

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Vacation themed Scrapbook Tutorial shared by: Polka Dot Chair

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Paper bag  Scrapbook Tutorial shared by: Do Stamping

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Scrapbook made with Envelopes

How cool is this, click on link to see tutorial by: Madonna Dunn

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D.I.Y. Mini Scrapbook

Great one for the kids. Tutorial by: Crissys Crafts

Here are a some of the supplies available for Scrapbooking at

Bead Cafe Craft & Hobby.

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Make it Monday is brought to you by Bead Café Craft and Hobby. Join us every Monday for more ideas.