Welcome to my Studio!

12 May Welcome to my Studio!

Welcome to my Studio!

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This is where the magic happens! Well…at least some of it! And I cleaned it especially for this post 😉 (that’s why it’s been such a long time coming!) I’ve always struggled with messiness, my AP Art teacher in high school always told me it was just a sign of my creativity 🙂 When I started my business, I took over one of our guest bedrooms for my studio space. It was a struggle getting organized and finding a space for everything since I have so much stuff! I guess that’s a side effect of having a paper obsession…

I have boxes upon boxes of envelopes, paper, craft supplies, greeting cards, packaging supplies, paper cutters, glue, scissors, rulers, etc., etc., etc…

I mean boxes….

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and boxes…

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I’ll have to share with you my secret to getting and staying organized in another post! But, if you’re looking to get started, try reading The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. During my quest to get and stay organized, I listened to this book on audible while I was in the process of tidying up. It sounds ridiculous but it helped! It’s always a struggle when you’re producing hundreds of invitation suites in house with reams of paper, glue, envelopes, bits and pieces of paper, ribbon and whatever else you can imagine! It gets messy…very messy! I diecut invitations forever ago for a bride with a very intricate pattern and I swear, I’m still finding little pieces of teal paper around the house.

Anyways- here’s a view of my space! I would love for it to be all white and sparkly and shining but honestly, how realistic is that?!

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Did anyone notice the iron burn in the rug? Don’t ask!!

Is anyone wondering how I made my awesome craft table? Seriously, I LOVE this thing! It is a life saver when it comes to constructing invitation suites and crafting. It is really so simple, I bought two 9-Cube Storage Units from Bed, Bath and Beyond and then a 36″x80″ door from Home Depot. Put the storage units together, then put the door right on top! BOOM- you have yourself an amazing craft table!

I also had my husband install the LED recessed lighting in my office as a Christmas present because I need lots of light in my office to make sure I can see all the colors, papers and details that I’m working with.

Coffee is a very important part of my office! It’s very rare for there NOT to be a coffee cup in here! Especially Larry’s Beans coffee…yummmm.

I’ve been collecting postcards as much as I can wherever I travel so I put up all the postcards on my “postcard wall”. I’m almost out of space already! I like collecting postcards because they’re 1) cheap and 2) don’t take up much storage space! Plus it’s fun to try and find really cool ones (although a lot of postcard designs can be a little cheesy) 😉

 

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Here is all of my beloved equipment necessary for a good graphic designer! My Macbook Pro, my Silhouette Cameo, my large format printer and my sewing machine!

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I also have my Autumn Glow Design sign on the wall that I made and hand painted for tradeshows 🙂

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All these little jars have been super important in keeping me organized. Of course stocked full of numerous scissors and rulers since I can never seem to keep track of these guys mid-project!

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I hung a row of magnet boards so I could hang up some greeting cards I designed or other things I like. I’ve also hung my baby Groot picture because he makes me happy! Also, take note of my giant recycling can! During big projects, I can fill that can up in a couple of hours with all the paper scraps. I hate wasting paper, so if I can’t find a way to reuse it, I at least recycle it!

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And, of course, what office would be complete without some Star Wars bobbleheads?!

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Here’s a view of the office mid-shipping madness

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I do have to admit that not of all of us in the office are interested in working. Chip keeps me company but he thinks my only job title is professional belly rubber.

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I also have what I call my “outside office”. Every time I work outside on my laptop, I feel so lucky. Chip is so happy hanging out in the yard and rolling in the grass and I just can’t believe that I can work wherever I want and that I’m not trapped in a cubicle anymore!! At past jobs, I just remember staring out of my cubicle on really nice days and wishing for nothing more than to be outside enjoying the weather. Now I can! How awesome is that?

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Recently, I joined Raleigh Makerspace, a making space that gives me access to the “laser”. I can’t wait to show you what I create here on the laser cutter! Great things are coming…

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p.s.- sorry for the Austin Powers humor…for some reason I can’t say “laser” without air parentheses. 

So there you have it! The official tour of my space! What do you think?