It's been almost four years since we completed my scrapbook studio. So I thought I'd share a few photos and words about my studio since Michelle Vocke mentioned my studio in her column June 15, 2009. (My studio is featured in a Bonus chapter in Ethnic Scrapbooking)
First, why is it called a studio? Here's a couple of definitions of the word:
|1. the workroom or atelier of an artist, as a painter or sculptor.|
|2. a room or place for instruction or experimentation in one of the performing arts: a dance studio.|
I've heard people make fun of scrapbookers who call where they work studios, but in reality it is a studio. A studio is not just a term reserved for those who get paid for their work. "Studios" come in all shapes and forms, space used by those who are passionate enough about what they do to honor that activity with dedicated space.
No other activity happens in my studio other than creating and experimenting, that's why I call it a studio.
The secret to scrapbooking is centralizing your supplies and giving them a dedicated space so that you can create spontaneously. I love my space, I am very relaxed in my space, I surround myself with items that are pleasing to me. I'm not wed to any one style or piece of organizational tools, I change and shift things around until I'm comfortable. Although I like cabinets, I find it hard to remember what's behind those doors. One critical piece to my room is that I have recessed lights that illuminate daylight and my table is counter height...I like to stand and move about when working, although my kids find it cumbersome.
Cabinetry is standard sink cabinets from Lowe's as well as the countertop...standard 10' so no cutting was involved, not planned that way, just happened.
Counter height table from Value City Furniture, brand new, purchased specifically as a craft table so I don't get a crazy about glue, paint or nicks.
Shelving to the left (one of my creative ideas) is part of a bunkbed set found at a scratch and dent store (more on that in another post).