Jen is a wife and mother who resides in Northern Wisconsin and enjoys spending time with her family hiking the beautiful trails and enjoying the many freshwater lakes in the area. When she is not spending time enjoying the outdoors you can find her baking, reading, helping out with community events, planning (and enjoying) playdates for (and with) her little girl or crafting. Jen teaches at her local scrapbook store and holds workshops on scrapbooking in Northern Wisconsin. She designs for several scrapbook manufacturers and her work can be found published in some of the industry's top leading publications as well as at trade and hobby shows.

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Where Women Create

As a crafter myself and an individual that had to think up a creative way to have a place that would both function for supporting time spent on my numerous hobbies as well as be visibly pleasing and functional in my (somewhat smallish) home, I find it incredibly interesting to explore where it is that others create.  In addition to being resourceful and a wealth of ideas for my own space, it’s just fun getting a peek into someone else’s space.

One find that I was tickled at scoring recently while at my local bookstore was a magazine publication actually titled, Where Women Create and it’s just that…the issue that I picked up was filled with stunning images of women’s creative nooks, art studios, multi-tasking corners, renovated barns, sheds and more.  It was such a fun read and gave me several ideas for my own space (present and future) as well.

There is also a wealth of information on creative spaces and studios to be found online.  Check out different Flickr galleries by plugging in the search words “creative studios” or “scrapbooking” and you will find many fun spaces.  A couple of my favorites include this sweet sewing space by cottonblue and this amazing room by shabbyscraps.  Isn’t that room just a work of art in itself?

Visiting scrapbooking websites or personal blogs of those artists and crafters that you most admire can also land you on a page or two with some photos of creative spaces and/or unique ways to store supplies or set up your space.  Some of my all time favorite creative spaces that I have found this way are Candace Stringham’s scrapbooking room which can be found blogged here (I love that she has such a small space and has found a way to make it work), Erikia Ghuum’s space just makes me happy (click the slide-show arrows for additional photos of her fun and eklectic space).  I love her use of antiques and other vintage findings for storage and displays.  And I love, love, love this fun video tour of Emily Falconbidge’s creative space.  Isn’t her husband a hoot?

Now for my own creative space…I basically have an area that measures approximately 8 x 6 feet which is a nook off of our living room and so I have found that I’ve had to be creative in how it is that I organize my space just due to the size factor. I’ve found some lovely antiques that I’ve found visually appealing as well as functional in design and have also thrown in some new pieces to fit the bill functionally.

Here is a brief breakdown:

1. Picture of my space taken from the living room. The wicker trunk in front of my small bookcase is filled with my daughter’s trains and other toys, you can kind of see that I hung a curtain in front of my bookcase (this hides baskets of supplies: stamps, inks, stickers, adhesives, brads, gems, etc.) from this view and is open on the other side for easy access. The tall, skinny cabinet to the left of my bookcase houses bottled adhesives, resins, matte finishes and my Cuttlebug, Bind-It-All and jewelry making supplies.

2. Picture of a scale that I got from the bakery that I used to work at. I love it and it sits on my desk and is perfect for holding a tray filled with little bits of things that are somewhat newer that I want to keep out and about for the sake of use.

3. On top of my standing paper rack I have a metal basket that I found at one of my favorite antique stores that holds all of my punches and my Crop-A-Dile. Behind this basket my paint is stored in an old wooden coca cola bottle box. I got this tip from Erikia Ghumm (I LOVE her craft room so much!).

4. I found this metal star at a thrift shop and hung it on the wall to display some of my favorite vintage trims that I’ve picked up along the way.

5. View of my desk where I do most of my work. The wooden display shelf was also something that I got from the bakery – originally meant to display decorative plates – it’s perfect for storing mini albums, loose art journal pages and much more.

6. This is just a cool vase that I found (again at my fave antique store) and I use it to store recent cards and tags that I have made.

7. On top of my secretary desk (more about that later) I have scraps of fabric, some of the mini’s that I’ve made and I framed some of my favorite papers (by Anna Griffin) into cool frames and display them here as well.

8. Here is a shot of my secretary desk as well as my daughter’s (the smaller on the right). I was so tickled to have found this small child’s version secretary desk at flea market last summer and it’s been positively perfect for my little girl Zoey. It’s been awesome for the both of us to have a place to sit down together and “work.” She loves the fact that she is included right with me in my creative space. My secretary desk is actually a piece of furniture that was given to me from my father. It’s the one thing that as a child I remember really loving and being intrigued by (I loved all the little slots and drawers and hiding places in the inside of the desk), so I was beyond happy when my dad said that I could have it. There is a bit of history attached to it as well…it was brought over from India by my dad’s great grandfather who was a missionary there for quite some time. My dad’s father was actually born there…so that makes this piece all the more special to me.

9. Picture of my secretary desk opened (inside the shelves I have jars of small embellishments and inside the drawers I have adhesives and small tools. The longer two drawers is where I store most of my paper scraps. The standing slots house publications that I refer too often and project instructions/tutorials that I’ve created).

10. On the walls…

11. Another view from the living room.

12. Stickers, tags and labels I store in an office clip on my desk.

13. Had to throw another photo in here for this collage so this is yet another photo taken from the living room!

14. Top view of my secretary desk.

15. On top of my small bookcase is where I currently have my sewing machine and where I actually do my sewing as well. It’s not the best set-up, but it’s working right now until I find a sewing table that I absolutely love and that will fit in this space.

16. Hanging baskets store little bits and things above my small cabinet and desk area.

So…there it is!  Hopefully some of the links and information in this post have gave way to some inspiration in where it is that you create (or will create)!

Happy crafting!

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  2. erinoltmanns 03/18/2010 at 12:15 pm

    I love seeing the offices and creative spaces of other women. This is awesome! I can't believe how much fabulous stuff you've fit in that space. I need to up my game. 🙂