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Documenting December In A Traveler’s Notebook | Around the Studio!!

 

Hello Lovelies!!! It is just a few more days until December 1 and I am officially as ready as I will ever be! So today I am sharing with you a look around my studio and how I have prepared and organized supplies for December Daily! You can see my video here.

 

One of my best tips for accomplishing a daily project like December Daily is to be well prepared, and also well organized. Ha. Full disclosure: organization in my studio has never been my strong point, but there are a few things even the most disheveled of us can do before the month begins.

The center of my work area is right here, which is the front room in our home. I use two primary work surfaces for creative work and computer work. Other pieces play active, supportive roles. Let’s start where my creative work begins!

My main work table is under my favorite window. One thing I have learned over the years is to keep all the things you use every day, in every layout right here. These would be things like scissors, paper trimmer, adhesive, and any particular stamps, inks or other supplies you know you already use. I also have pulled washi tapes that I want to use, and of course notice the chocolate. Always need chocolate.

Those are a few of the things on my immediate work surface, and then I have a few December supplies that I have pulled as well. I keep those nearby so that I don’t have to go rifling through supplies during the month. My primary place to keep those supplies is in the top tray of my Raskog. During the year this tray keeps regular Project Life products, and it was easy to switch this out. When December Daily is complete, I will put Project Life products back in.

This tray now contains stamp sets, stickers, patterned papers, and journal cards. I also have two trays on my work surface. The wooden tray holds die cut ephemera and chipboard, which I have separated from their full size sheets. I love having these out and visible so I can use them!

Also just resting on top of this tray is my divided container of physical embellishments. (Not pictured, but included in the video.) Those are things like wooden pieces, flair, other shipboard pieces, and miscellaneous things from kits like Ali Edwards kit, Paislee Press, Felicity Jane, and Elle’s Studio. At this point all the supplies I plan to use for December’s project are right at hand!

Some other things around my studio include my printer stand above. This cart is an IKEA favorite, and I love that it houses my printer and my Silhouette, along with photo paper and card stock. Having those things right close to my computer make it so easy to crank out work every day! I also keep my regular supplies in the Kallax units on the other side of my room.

These two Kallax units house most of my supplies, such as physical collections, stamp sets, dies, other paper trimmers, and card stock. I also have another Kallax that houses all my albums.

Another favorite storage spot in my studio is my hutch. I keep the kids’ supplies here plus a few odds and ends, and my washi tray. This tray is a printer’s tray that we divided up and painted white. All the washi is organized (somewhat!) in rainbow order. I also keep glitter and mini ink pads here.

 

Here is one more fun view of my studio space and my two best scrappy pieces, the Raskog carts. They house mixed media products throughout the year, along with other stickers and embellishments that I use in Project Life.

What a fun tour, thank you for following along today! I look forward to jumping right into December and will see you then!

~Theresa

 

 

Studio Walk-Thru {December Album 2016} Organization and Prep!!!!

Hi there, it is almost time to begin documenting the month leading up to Christmas and I am officially as ready as I am going to get!!!!! My final steps are always to clear and clean my studio and put everything away that has nothing to do with December. Then I lay out all my products I have gathered on my workspace so I am ready for each day. I have prepared a walk-through video of my studio space, so have a look!

And, because it is fun to see photos, I will share the photos from my studio space.

Larkindesign Studio Walk Through 2016

When you walk into the front door of our house, my studio is the front room. It is originally intended to be a formal living room or an office space, but we earmarked it specifically for my space. I love this space and spend time in here every day, whether I am working or not.

Larkindesign Studio Walk Through 2016

I admit I have a sort of hodge podge of favorite storage pieces and work surfaces that I love. I also have a habit of placing my favorite IKEA pieces (Kallax) next to my vintage pieces. It makes a fun juxtaposition.

Larkindesign Studio Walk Through 2016

My primary work surface is this farm table that is painted with Annie Sloan chalk paint. This is where I film all my layouts and where all my December products are ready to go.

Larkindesign Studio Walk Through 2016

My Raskog works hard in this space, keeping all my brushes and pens nearby. I highly recommend at least two Raskog’s in any working studio space!

Larkindesign Studio Walk Through 2016

My workspace is mostly holding clear acrylic trays that simply come from the Dollar Store. I love them because they are uncluttered and hold papers, cards, washi tapes, stamp pads, and scissors right there.

Larkindesign Studio Walk Through 2016

My computer sits nearby because it connects to the camera for filming. I would love to be able to afford Alex drawers from IKEA, but alas, not right now. My plastic drawers hold stencils, burlap, miscellaneous unfinished projects, and printer papers.

Larkindesign Studio Walk Through 2016

This is where Natalie is set up to work on her December Daily! She has a bucket of supplies from my stash and the Decor8 kit from Ali Edwards. She is so excited to begin!

Larkindesign Studio Walk Through 2016

This piece is one of my favorites. I also painted it with Annie Sloan and heavily distressed it several years ago! It houses all of my jars of glue sticks, ball twine, and embellishments, and behind the doors are craft supplies and small mini albums that don’t go on a shelf easily because they don’t stand up!

Sahlin Studio Creative Team | Organizing December Products!

This piece was featured on the Sahlin Studio blog as well, sharing how I have organized my numbers using this vintage printers tray! Head over there to see: Sahlin Studio Blog. (Link will open in a new window)

Larkindesign Studio Walk Through 2016

This funky little cabinet houses all my December Dailies. I have 8 albums altogether and this year will be my ninth! I only have one that is unfinished – not too shabby! I treasure each and every one of them and love having them right here to look at any time of the year!

Larkindesign Studio Walk Through 2016

These are some of my loose stamps that I use in my art journaling. I particularly love background stamps but I have a bunch of smaller ones too that are just favorites. This is really the best way I can find to store them so I can see what I have when I want to use them. The shelf was a Homegoods purchase from several years ago.

Larkindesign Studio Walk Through 2016

Nothing beats Kallax for storing scrapbook albums and papers. Mine certainly works hard and houses the majority of my paper collections and our family albums.

Larkindesign Studio Walk Through 2016

I have talked before about how I store my products by collection inside plastic pouches. I love keeping them all together like this, by brand, in their buckets.

Larkindesign Studio Walk Through 2016

So thanks for visiting today! Come back when you have some time and photos, and we will create magic together, ok?!

~Theresa