Grateful for my Craft Room

I have been promising photos of my craft room for a while.  I’ve been promising myself for almost 2 years!  Finally, I bit the bullet this week and focused on purging, cleaning and organizing.  {Totally helped to listen to an audio book while doing it…read how you can get one for free here.}  It feels so good.  However, I can’t promise that it will ever look this way again.  I told my youngest to go check it out when she got home from school.  “It’s too bare, Mom!”  This room tended to be a dumping grounds after we moved in.  It was a total mess with the counter tops covered in stuff.  I had boxes of various items all over the floor.

I am utterly and completely grateful for this special room.  We built a section for my kids to craft and practice their creativity.  You will see it with the small black stools underneath.  The other side of the room is basically mine.  On the left side I do my traditional scrapbooking & crafting and on the right side is my computer station.

“How did you get your husband to let you have this room?”

This is probably the first question guests ask me upon entering.  I never expected that question.  The answer…hubby spent 15 years of seeing paint, play dough, scrapbook paraphernalia and various other crafting supplies strewn all over the house.  He is very grateful to have a room dedicated for all my memorabilia as well.  It is the culmination of many years of planning.  The floor is cork, the counter tops are stainless steel looking laminate and I have filled every one of the cabinets you see.  I did not photograph the inside of all them, though.  Only a few are organized enough to share. ;)   Please don’t notice the small circle on the laminate where super glue will forever remain… or the paint splattered on the wall.  I should have edited it out, but I’m practicing my good enough skills.


I’m not thrilled about the photos.  It is difficult to take good ones in the room because of the light streaming through the windows, but I like a lot of natural light.  I apologize for the clarity of the photos and hope at one point in time I can get some better ones taken.  I love seeing other people’s rooms or studios dedicated to crafting…such eye candy to behold for someone like me.  I looked at so many photos and blogs while building.  Let me know what you think, please.  Do you like?

Credit: I want to thank Jennifer McGuire from Jennifer McGuire Ink for inspiring the design of my craft room.  Jennifer is famous in the crafting world and her craft room was the inspiration for my own.  She is way more organized than me, but her thorough videos and photos helped me tremendously.  You can see her room by clicking here.

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  1. Angie says:

    Love Love Love!!! I have a ” craft room” that is an utter mess and not really used for crafts! It holds luggage, boxes if stuff from our move three years ago that will jeber come out of the boxes, treadmill, holiday stuff that can’t be stored in the garage or attic!! I may have to show your room to Greg to see if he will do this for me!!! I’m so jealous right now I can hardly stand it!;)

    • Shan says:

      Angie, you are too funny! I understand because that is the way this room was before I cleaned it out this week. I’m hoping to inspire, not arouse jealousy. Take out the treadmill, though. :)

  2. Laura says:

    This room is amazing!! I must say I am totally jealous and so happy for you and your family that you have this space :)

  3. Cheryl Beaty says:

    You have done an amazing job with the room. I love being in and working in this room. I really don’t see that you should apologize for any of the photographs. You did a great job!

  4. Carly says:

    Get out of town!! This room is GORGEOUS! WOW!! What an amazing and inspiring room to get to craft room! I so LOVE it!!!

  5. DaNita says:

    What a great craft room!! Love it! Thanks for linking to my craft room link party!
    Delightful Order
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  6. Ange says:

    Looks great! How fun to have such a great place to craft and let the kids go crazy! Enjoy it while it is clean and I think your photos look good too.
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    • Shan says:

      Ange, thank you so much! I am enjoying it. The kids colored in there last night and I was soooo happy when they cleaned up after they were done. {With a little reminder from yours truly ;) } I hope it stays clean for a while. Unfortunately, I am not a clean crafter myself. We’ll see.

  7. Danielle says:

    OH Shannon. That is a dream come true!! Can I come and live with you??? If only my craft room were so organized and spacious, maybe I would actually use it!

    • Shan says:

      Thank you Danielle. This means so much to me to have such positive feedback after working so hard. My family{the ones that live in my house ;) } doesn’t seem to give me such praise.

  8. Pam McCoy says:

    I LOVE! That room is every crafty girls dreams! I think you did an excellent job with the photos. Love the colors of your walls and all the special crafting sections.

    Your “good enough skills” … I would say that your “good enough” is probably way above others. Your “good enough” is just about perfection. No need to be Mary Poppins! : )
    Pam McCoy recently posted..Get Out of Comfort Zone 113 of 365 Day Project

    • Shan says:

      My husband asked me if I took before photos. I guess I should have, Pam. You did read the part where I said it took me almost 2 years to get it to this point, right? lol Thank you for revisiting and saying wonderful things. :)

  9. Michelle P says:

    Shan! You totally made my day with your sweet comment! I told my husband (he was sitting next to me when I opened the email) I have a real friend in blogland! Aww! You are so awesome to check in on me! Things have just been busy! My little brother is home for this week of Easter (he is in the Army) so i basically was with him 24/7 I have been “savoring” time with him, he unfortunately will be leaving next month to Afghanistan :( I took a lot of amazing pictures which he was here, and I hope to blog about it this week! He leaves today (I know, a bummer because it’s Easter morning) so we celebrated a day early…but the important thing is that we were all a together ;)

    Hope to talk to you soon! Thank tou again for checking in on me! It really means a lot ;) You are too sweet ;)

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    • Shan says:

      Michelle, soooo glad you were able to spend time with your brother! That is most definitely priority and glad you savored time with him. Look forward to seeing the photos and reading the blog post. Tell your brother how grateful I am for his service protecting our country. My Dad was in the Army. I am grateful to come from a patriotic family. On both sides of my family for generations men have served in the Army, Navy and Air Force. Now that I think about it, not sure if anyone has served in the Marines…at least that I am aware. I love what you said towards the end, “the important thing is that we were all together.” So true! It is way fun having friends in blogland! ;) Talk to you soon!

  10. Sara Waters says:

    I don’t like it, I love it! Way to go on all your hard work!!! :)
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  11. Lisa says:

    Wow! This is amazing! And such a big open space! You could just live in there! You’ve got everything you need : )

  12. WhoWhatLogos says:

    Oh my!!! What a great craft room. We shared some Personalized Recipe Cards on Tatertots and Jello and saw you there….love it!

    Here’s ours from this week:

  13. CAS says:

    You have a truly wonderful (and big) craft room. It’s great!
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  14. gnee says:

    Congratulations, your fabulous craft room made this week’s top hits @ Thanks for sharing such a fun post with us!
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  15. cris mcgrath says:

    just like it? NO I LOVE IT!!!!!!

  16. Yashpreet Kaur Singh says:

    OMG! I have no words for this! I love keeping everything organized! And this is perfect! MAGNIFICENT!

  17. Lesley says:

    that has to be the most beautiful craft room ever! I would love a room that big! Love it!

  18. Beverley says:

    I’m GREEN with envy. Love, love, love it. Thanks for the inspiration.

  19. Rita Barakat says:

    This is so fabulous! Congrats! I have a question – where did you get the cabinets and the desk? Is that a custom top? I love the T formation and it looks great for spreading out! We are building a home right now and I have been scouring the internet for scraproom ideas, I love this!
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    • Shan says:

      Rita, bless you while your in the process of building! Yes, the cabinets, desk, everything is custom made. We were blessed with the opportunity to build this home and did what you did…scoured the internet for ideas. I am going to edit my post to credit the wonderful craft room that inspired mine. Jennifer McGuire definitely deserves credit for helping me make this room a reality. I was in such a hurry to get my post finished I failed to do that. Hopefully she will forgive me. :) Until I edit the post I will go ahead and give you the address to her room: She is a famous scrapbook and stamp guru. You will melt when you see how organized she is! Good luck with the building and remember when you feel like bagging the whole project, don’t…you will have a beautiful house in the end. Thanks for visiting! Can’t wait to see how yours turns out!

  20. Oh, I love this! I have been dreaming of a writing & art room for a while now. I showed my daughters’ (7 & 4) your pictures and my older daughter offered to build me a hut in the backyard. :-)

    • Shan says:

      Jennifer, how cute! You have a very generous daughter there! I might take her up on the offer…lol. ;) Keep dreaming, because it just might become a reality…grateful mine did. Thanks so much for commenting & visiting!

  21. deb says:

    Found you on Delightful Order…love your crafting space! Such great ideas for storage…it is very inspiring! Have a wonderful day and happy crafting!
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    • Shan says:

      Deb, glad you found me via Delightful Order. It is a huge compliment to say the room is inspiring. That was my hope, to help inspire others. Thank you for your well wishes and visit. :D About to check out your Cruise Tip.

  22. Delanna says:

    Oh.My.Gosh! Your craft room is gorgeous! Seriously, it looks like it should be a photospread for a magazine. Love it!

  23. Danielle says:

    SOOOOOooo glad I found your blog! I am in the process of making my craft room–(cabinet maker just came today)–and this is basically the only layout that will work in my odd space. I was wondering if there is anything you would change or do differently? And, what you find absolutely neccessary to have in cabinetry? Thanks so much for the inspiration and for your time!

    • Shan says:

      Danielle, glad you found me as well! These are great questions. I would put my electrical sockets in a different place. {maybe too late for you at this point???} I would also have a way of placing my cords somehow underneath the cabinet…like with a hole and grommet so they don’t take up so much space on top of the cabinet. {plus I don’t like looking at them} If you use laminate, like I did, don’t get super glue on it…it won’t come off. {I made that mistake} Not sure what height you are planning on doing for the counter top. I did mine high (37 1/2″) because I like to stand a lot when I craft or scrapbook. Problem is, it took me 2 years to find a chair I could use…drafting chair I found at Hobby Lobby. I bought a couple of bar stools at Ikea and they were too tall. Every time I would sit down to use the computer I would hit my knees on the drawers. I was supposed to get a hole cut in the top of the counter top but never could find a trash chute to use for it. It is annoying to find great ideas, but not be able to find the supplies to implement them. I desperately need lighting underneath the kids cabinets over their workspace as well. For me, the drawer guides are a biggie. I like the drawers to glide out smoothly. Mine open completely all the way out which is helpful to be able to use the whole drawer for organizing pens and such. Hope this helps! PLEASE let me know when it is done, or if you have photos to share of the process…I would love to see them! Enjoy the process as much as you can. ;)

  24. Stephanie says:

    What an awesome craft room! I am jealous. Looks like lots of fun!

  25. Susan says:

    Ok, just going to confess it – “I’m jealous!!” What a lovely space! You’ve organized it and decorated it beautifully Shan! Enjoy! :)
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