the week in review

Hello and thanks for stopping by today! Are you ready to see more progress on the Studio? Things are coming together really well! Furniture units and organizing tools have been arriving and we are very excited to have seen it all start to come together. Let’s dive right in and see what will go into the Studio. I will list product names where available, for your reference.

The best part about building a craft space from the bottom up for me is having the ability to coordinate colors. Most affordable storage units and furniture have an option for white and then something more colorful. Because I want it all to coordinate and have pops of color here and there, I chose to furnish in white.


Wall and Window Treatment

I found the look of this sleek silver clock appealing. I purchased it from Target online, as well as the window treatments. I chose two tie-up shades to cover the two windows in my new space. The shade will allow in some light but block nicely at night when I am still working in late hours.  Here is a look at how the tie-up shades look, they act much like roman shades.



Storage for Die Cutting and Punches

Also purchased from Target online is this amazing rolling storage cart. There is a popular design from IKEA that many crafters use for this exact purpose but after reading reviews about this unit, I was sold. And yes, it is amazing! Far more sturdy than the Raskog from IKEA or the other version from Michaels craft store. The design is slightly different but works in the same was as the Raskog. Here are a few photos of how it came together. As you can see, I did in fact attached the top tray upside down in order to allow the Big Shot to stay on top. I highly recommend this product for your craft space.




We found an amazing bargain on this piece of carpeting at a local bargain/discount/close out store called Ollies. It’s new to town so I’m not sure if the $39.99 price is typical or not but I suspect it is an ongoing bargain. We chose the six foot by nine foot size in a light gray color, with a nice textured pattern.  Here is a look at the carpeting going into the Studio!


And of course, when there is new carpet and a clean space….



Storage and Organization

There were a few choices in the cubic storage system. The popular Kallax united from IKEA are totally worth worth every cent but you know… they are really more affordable than I suspected! Being short on wall space due to windows and a radiator, I needed to install more of a bookcase sized unit. After far too many hours of research and comparison in companies, we did in fact go for IKEA’s Kallax units. These units are more stable than the other styles we found and the price point is amazing.

Here is a look at how easy they come together. There are wooden pegs that hold the shelving together as well as some bolts at the top and bottom. All that’s needed was a mallet and an Allen wrench that was in the packet of supplies inside the box.

And of course, one of the boys are always there to assist 🙂 The units are easy to position as well!


Also from IKEA are the cubes for storing items and the magazine styled paper holder. I was able to get the paper storage in white as well (yes, it coordinates!) and they come in multi packs. A great price point. The navy and white storage cube is called a Drona and was also affordable. I compared prices with other sources online and settled on sticking with IKEA. So happy I did because these collapsable squares are very well made and easy to use. There is a fabric “lip” on the front that allows the cube to easily slide out and back into the Kallax unit.



This Ribbon Ladder was purchased from JoAnn’s store online and was another fantastic bargain. There were some mixed reviews on the website, especially about it not holding up with the dowels. The price was $17.00 on sale and I thought it would be worth the cost to give it a try. It did arrive assembled as in this photo, which I thought was wonderful! It’s now installed on top of the radiator cover and is working great. No problems at all with it coming apart or the dowels not staying put.



The beautiful solid wood bookcase was in our home, just waiting to be of better use in my Studio. I gave it two coats of paint that included a built in primer and it’s a sparkly, new, coordinated piece of furniture storage. Here is the finished product in the space it will occupy.




My chair isn’t anything special at the moment. While I plan to purchase a chair that will be kind to my back bone, for now I use a repurposed dining chair. This slip cover was the perfect way to coordinate the chair to fit into my space. The slip cover was advertised for just under $9.00 at Joss & Main’s online store, the shipping and taxes made it around $17.00 total. Best price ever for a matching chair to my white decor.



The last item to share today is my video table. The name is a Parson Desk and we purchased it from WalMart online for around $50.00 . It was very simple to assemble as well and has a nice work area. I can not say it’s as sturdy as solid wood but it will do for now. The table is positioned in front of the window facing the front of our home, toward the afternoon sun. This allows me to get nice light for taking photos of my projects! That’s not a coincidence either, lol.




Animal Outing stamp set

Over the course of the week, I’ve featured several ideas using Animal Outing stamp set. Check out the three totally different looks achieved with this one stamp set! It’s a must have in my opinion and will make a great resource to any craft supplies. Animal Outing is available on June 1st in my online Stampin Up store and comes with matching patterned paper and framelits.

Animal Outing rainbow watercolor card with Video created by Jenny Hall at for #cardmaking #stamping #watercolorpainting #watercolor #rainbow #paintarainbow #giraffe #animalouting #jennyhall #jennyhalldesigns #jennystampsup #stampinup #youtuber #videotutorial #facebooklivereplay #crafts #diy #lifestyle

Animal Outing card created by Jenny Hall at for #cardmaking #stamping #crafts #stampinup #jennyhall #jennyhalldesigns #jennystampsup #animaloutingstampset #cascards #cleanandsimplecards #giraffe #rubberstamp #handmade #lifestyle #diy

Animal Outing fancy fold card created by Jenny Hall at for #cardmaking #addinktivedesignteam #jennyhall #jennyhalldesigns #jennystampsup #jennyhallstampinup #fancyfoldcard #youtuber #doublezfold #watercolorpainting #stamping #lifestyle #crafts #craftsforkids #paperembossing #grannyapplegreen #kangaroo #koala



All products used are available in my Online Store



May Stampin Dreams Blog Hop card created by Jenny Hall at for #cardmaking #jennyhall #jennyhalldesigns #stampinup #stamping #youtuber #videotutorial #watercolorpainting #paperembossing #animalouting #crafts #craftsforkids


Having more ways to create a focal point on your project can make a project work for you. I hope you like this project and will come back to visit often! Thanks for stopping by today.

-Jenny Hall

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  1. You, your husband and boys have done a remarkable job. Thank you for sharing. I am in the process of rethinking how I store my DSP. Because of Kylie’s #loveitchopit and Jackie Bultje on FB, I will end up with no 12 x 12 stacks that I can pile on top of a file cabinet. I’m thinking of ordering the wood mount storage containers. Do you cut yours up or leave intact?

    • I keep it in the original package, as whole sheets or portions of sheets. Until it’s retired. I don’t use nearly enough, so this season I made swatch books to send out with my catalogs for repeat customers. All I really need is one sheet of each design and this way my customers get it now instead of when it’s retired! 🤣

  2. Wonderful tour of your new craft room. I liked where you told us where you bought the supplies. Looks like you had some great help too. Hope you enjoy crafting there. Love your hard wood floors. ♥

  3. I am loving watching your process of designing your craft room/office. I am doing the same thing right now so I am very excited to watch how your room is taking shape. I’m hijacking the dining room, so my “in progress” pictures are not happening. 🙂 I have been trying to figure out ribbon storage and I loved that you gave information about where you got your Ribbon Ladder. It’s exactly what I’ve been imaging in my head, so I made a trip to Joanne’s to get one for my room as well. 🙂 You ought to get paid for advertising for them. Thanks for sharing.

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