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Old 05-18-2021, 08:17 AM   #1  
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What are the supplies you keep within reach when you're crafting? What stays on your desk?

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Copic markers and colored pencils
tools: MISTI, Scor-buddy, craft knife, stylus, poky tool
texture stamps - mini crackle, script
inks: Versafine Clair inks, Versafine, black Hybrid
watercolor paints

I have to get up for:
stamps
dies, foiling and die cutting
cardstock
paint & other mediums
ribbon
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On desk:
Copics
Blending brushes
Watercolor paints
paintbrush
Bone folder
New stamps and dies
Scissors
Paper cutter

What I have to reach for:
Tim Holtz platform stamper
Older die cuts
Older stamps
Inks
Stickles

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On my desk:
Big Shot, 3 black ink pads(TAC India black, Stazon, and Memento), my spritzing bottle, my ultimate favorite back of card stamp (NOT Hallmark), a tool tray that holds tweezers, sanding block, corner rounder, glue pen, dental tools, pliers, pencil sharpener, black ink refills, craft knife, 6 inch metal ruler, repositionable runner, a burnishing tool, toothpicks, a Pampered Chef scraper, big needle, adhesive runner and some erasers. Within reach also a couple of clear boxes holding dental tools, Quickie glue pen, glue eraser, sand eraser, stumps, paintbrush, eyelash brush, nail cleaning tool, clear glitter pen, gold glitter pen, white gel pen, white deco paint marker, and black glitter ink pen. In an upright tool cup- pencils, wax pencil, long scissors, toothbrush, ultrafine black marker, ink pen, black Sharpie. On hooks either side of the knee hole hang my most used scissors. In a tray to one side, I have more adhesive runners, double stick tape, a stapler, and my crafting glasses (instead of bifocals, I have a pair of glasses with the whole lens in my reading prescription). Since I have a 6 hole cubby unit on one end of my desk, I can reach all of my pigment powders (pretty much ALL of the ColorBursts and ALL of the Pixie Powders), my most used embossing powders, my extra and specialty plates for the Big Shot, my Cuttlebug, a Tupperware box full of dotting tools/styluses and assorted tiny brushes (sold for nail art), On my right, between the desk and a bookshelf, I can easily reach the Darice foam stamping pad, a glass surface protector, my Scor Pal, and up on top of the bookcase, my Tim Holtz platform.
Within reach behind my chair, I have 2 multi-drawer units holding embossing supplies, glues and adhesives, reinkers, colored pencils, glitters, calligraphy inks, pigment ink pads, and Twinkling H2Os. Also behind my chair I have a pegboard (commercial one from a defunct Target) that holds tons and tons of things on shelves and spikes. I can also reach part of a unit my DH built for me that holds those BIG plastic storage drawers, so without getting up, I can access my dies, embossing folders, and envelopes. Sheesh, I'm getting tired just typing!
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Cardstock, ink pads, guillotine cutting, foiling supplies and the MINC, stamps, 12 X 12 paper & cs, some tools, punches, ribbon, embellishments, flowers, Cricut & supplies for it, and other odds and ends.
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On my desk:
jars with scissors, brushes, metallic pens, mermaid markers, biros, styluses, tortillons (or stumps, I can never remember which is which) - all sorts of everything really. I save my favourite mugs when they get chipped.
Acrylic blocks
several rulers
several glues, plus micro-glaze
Mini misters, misters, bottle of water, jar of dirty paint water .
tray with some double-sided tape and foam
small magnetic tray for dies
assortment of inks: Versafine black, Ranger's Archival Black, ColorBox Frost White, Versamark, Delicata Gold,
box of backgrounds
tray full of items I wish to use soon
craft knives
pouch containing favourite stylus, tweezers, metallic, white blender pen, scoring tool
Stamp-a-ma-jig
Bone folder (a nice teflon one now, thanks to Moddy Christmas)
Eraser and pencil sharpeners
a couple of containers with spare stamped images, embellishments and die-cuts including one just for butterflies
cutting mat
black and white acrylic paints
Frog tape, washi tapes, sellotape

In a unit under my PC monitor are some small punches like corner punches and rounders, and my most-used clear sentiment stamps, plus spare blades for craft knives and envelope insert for Scor-Pal

within arm's reach (if standing)
TH stamping platform,
more glues, Nuvo Drops, sequins
Scor-Pal,
stencils,
TH distress and DOX inks, small collection of mini Archivals
Stickles
glass mat
Polychromos, Inktense and Couleur d'Art pencils, Twinkling H2Os.

Anything else I have to get up for. My Big Shot station is the floor . Old raspberry Wizard for regular embossing, old Big Shot for 3D embossing, Big Shot Plus for everything else. So the dies and embossing folders are also in shoe boxes on the floor.
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Adhesives of all sorts, stamp cleaner and scrub thing, scissors, rulers, a few coloring tools like blender pens and water brushes, card stock, pens, markers, acrylic blocks and current InColors. Just a spin of the chair and I can reach inks, embellishments, SAR and paper towels.
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I sit on a spinning drafting chair so I have access to three surfaces-my desk and file cabinet tops to the side and behind me. Plus I have shelving to one side and drawers to another. So I actually have a lot at hand. I had the table and chair before I started card making. Think....the table is 40+ plus years old? The chair is younger at about 20.

On my desk (a medium drafting table) would be pre cut cards, layers and envelopes. (which I plan to take away-too much real estate) The die cutting machines. A container of general pens and pencils that also has my basic scissors, bone folder. A tool container with craft scissors, rulers, pokey tool., stamp a ma jig, more bone folders, etc. A versafine pad, a versa mark pad. Under the table are scraps, the drawer inserts with mini ink pads stacked (yes I know I said I have drawers. Not big enough), a 3 drawer plastic thing with masking paper, DS adhesive papers, etc. I am working out a plan for teeny tiny stamps which may live on my table. I always have a big black cutting surface grid plus silicone sheet. Oh and the small corner punches. And just misc crap.

Behind me/on the side are a container w paint brushes, pencil sets, blending pens, gels pens (I keep a lot of metallic/white as I use them for multiple things) clarity brushes, pre cut die sentiments and other stuff. Coffee filters for powder work. Boxes w stickles, alcohol inks, drops, colorbursts and a big box of punches that is too heavy for me to lift off the floor anymore. Box of adhesives-liquid, tape and foam.

The shelving side (within reach) has the most common embossing powders like clear and the metallics in ultra fine. I can reach some of my dies.

In the top 2 drawers are an assort of tools, common ink refills and my black ink pads. Then it goes to the distress pads, oxide pads and assorted sprays etc. But I have get up to access the lowest drawers. Also my scoreboard (large) and tonic guillotine cutter which are standing up on the floor under my table between boxes.

I have to get up for everything else is the short answer.

This C shape is too tight though so I want to change it in the long run.
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Oh, I'm so different than those of you who have answered so far. To make a long story short, I keep very little on my work table. I have my craft mat and stack of old computer paper on my work table to stamp on. I keep a ruler on my desk top, although it has a home with other measuring tools when I really want to clean up. I have a slotted wooden holder hubby made for me that I can slip finished parts or cut layers of cards I'm working on. Keeps them from getting messed up, but in view. I have another holder for scrap paper to write notes on and a small wire holder for inspiration cards. I keep my stamp cleaning cloths, a roll of TP and way down to the left I have my heat tool on a stand. That being said, when I'm working there are stamps, ink pads and other things out that are actually stored nearby. That's the short story, so you don't need to read the following long story. My applicators are in a drawer on the right side of my worktable, above a drawer of adhesives. A large drawer on the left holds my cardstock vertically for easy access. All these things can be reach sitting down by pulling open the drawers, except the heat gun. In what my hubby calls a pencil drawer (center shallow drawer) that holds palates, embossing pans, foam and acrylic pads, self healing cutting mats, etc. I often stand to work, so a few steps get me to all these things, as well ink pads, markers, paint, pencils and other coloring materials that are housed in a chest of their own adjacent to my stamp cabinet. My cutting table with cutter, trimmers, score board are on a separate work table (that has to double as a sewing table with the machine stored underneath until in use). All other tools, equipment and embellishments are in baskets on shelves. My room is small, so nothing is very far away, but not kept on my work table.
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I just had my dream home built and was able to design my craft studio. It is 8 x 13...on my desk...Bearly Art liquid glue, ruler, take your pick tool, scissors, stylus, scor buddy,12 x 12 score boards, stamp-a-ratus, variety of clear blocks, set of twizzers, SU dimensionals, glue dots. I keep at least 20 white and ivory A2 card base and inserts on the desk. Under my desk in "Really Useful Boxes" from Staples are cut cardstock layers, additional tape runners,brads & eyelets. Also within arm's reach 3 filing cabinets each 4 drawers full of cardstock and designer paper, a wall of bookshelves filled with stamp sets, dies, 6x6 designer paper, embossing folders, Xyron, washi tape, Next to my desk are 4 rolling 7 shelf storage units by recollections. These units house my SU ink pads, single wood stamps, ribbon, SU markers and blends, SU refills.
My punches are in the next room in 9 drawer mid-century bureaus. embellishments in DVD shelves in another room. It is a work in progress, but I have fun organizing and re-organizing.
Do I have too much stuff, SURE. Do I care, NO
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I have T.Holtz glass craft unit, turntable with all small tools, glues, an anything else I can cram
into it. Another small pencil, pen holder, shears holder sits next to it. Marker holder, paint brush/tool holder, small lamp and sewing machine on adjoining tables. Roll around craft card next to that holds
stamp,die, color swatch reference books, 8 x 8 album that holds small stencils, watercolor pallet , extra colored pencils and markers, all tape rolls, containers with Foamies Stamps.

Everything else is in drawers, cupboards or on shelves that I need to get up to use...all stamps, dies, paper, embellishments, ....you name it.. I have stamp pads on wooden rack on wall and also, containers holding alcohol inks, reinkers, rolls of ribbons. Another stamp shelf unit on the wall for wooden stamps and odd supplies. I would say every wall is utilized and organized for "art stuff". I have a large office "L" shaped workstation as my main workspace, with file/drawer units underneath and overhead flip doors above on one side. Consumes a large portion of a corner in my room but also makes it great for multi use. I also use this room to store household paperwork and office work that I might get involved in. My computer is on the corner unit of the workstation and I have a small TV on extended arm off the wall. I also have a door shelf unit that holds all the paints and mixed media supplies for easy view and reach. I have a roll around standup cabinet unit that my husband and I make using kitchen cabinets and added a laminate top, large casters. This stores extra art supplies and I use it for my die cutting electric machine,..all my heat guns are also plugged into this unit...I thought i would move this unit around when we built it but it has been stationed against one wall and I have electric next to it, utilizing a plug strip attached to its side and hang all the guns off the back side of it with command hooks.
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LOVE that last line from ejluyk: Do I have too much stuff, SURE. So I care, NO. I, too, have a C shaped work space, and a swivel chair. LOTS of tools and supplies are kept within arm's reach, computer and printer, too. My most recent addition was a rolling cart and topper...now my Big Shot is so easy to reach and use! Because I spend so much time sitting, I, purposefully, keep all designer papers and cardstock in different locations in my home, same for stamps and most dies...forces me to get up and move! Another recent addition is a single shelf I'm placing on my work table...gives me another layer for tools to keep within reach. I keep my Heat Tool hanging beneath my work table on an S hook...plugged in and ready to use. Observation: It takes a lot of tools, and supplies, to be a creative paper artist who abhors repetition and who prefers to make most of her own embellishments, including flowers!!
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On my desktop are my markers: Spectrum Noirs, SU Blends, SU Watercolor Markers, Spectrum Sparkle Pens, scissors, Friskars paper cutter, SU Stamparatus, WRMemory Keepers tool turntable.

Have to get up to reach for ink pads above desktop, walk to get other supplies.
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Bottom layer is a craft mat, topped with S.U. grid paper. There are 2 pencil holders/buckets with scissors, a ruler, pens, pencils, S.U. spray misters, aqua painters. There are always stamps, cardstock, and half finished projects cluttering my workspace.
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I have been re-organizing because, I want to get a slightly bigger / actually flat table to play on. and so at the moment, there are waterbased markers, distress ink pads, all my paint brushes and blending brushes. little flower pots that contain things like tweezers, 1/16" round hole punch, Identipen, black sharpie pen, bone folder, scissors, water mister bottles, a water bottle I refill for water projects when I don't want to run down the stairs, a roll of washi tape, glue dots, Paper Trimmer, a bin of small scraps, a few backgrounds & colored images, a pair of fold up to close Ott lights flank a TH glass mat where the mess happens.
Under the table there is space on top of a metal letter sorter and that has a box of baby wipes, an ATG gun, Misti's & self healing mats, a basket of stamp cleaners, a box of disposable gloves,

I stand up to play for perspective so, I have all the tools not on the table and I walk for everything else. most things its just a few steps.
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I have SO much in reach! I love it
I have two drawer sets for my desk legs and a stamp n storage drawer cabinet on the desk, 12x12 paper holder on top of that, inkpad holder, stamp shelf , punch and marker holders on the desk
and another wide alex drawers to my side
within reach...
Everything! lol
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blocks, stickles, reinkers, sponges for each color, 1/4 sheets of all cs colors, scraps, white/neutral card bases, water based markers, wink of stella, spritzers, waterpainters, small dsp, heat tool, extra adhesive, masking tape, small microfiber towels, precolored images
in/on the wide Alex beside me, bigshot, dies, small trimmers, stamparatus, embossing powders, shimmer paint, blending brushes, stencils, embellishments like brads etc, ribbon, foam alphabet stamps (embossing folders on a low shelf on the wall)
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This is the best thread of the year. I am so inspired by all the replies.

The only craft item I have on my desk is my ScannCut. I have set up a corner of my room that all my tools I own are around me.

Things I reach for every time I create. I do use these things every time I create-
Quilting Ruler, Rotary Cutter & Self Healing Mat
Altered Blinged Thumb Tack.
Hello Kitty Non-Stick Scissors
Microtip Scissors- Non-Stick, Regular, Tim's brand.
My old Nintendo Stylus
Scotch Permanent Glue Stick
Corner Rounder
#7 Pencil
Eraser Pen- Dollar Tree & MonoZero

I have a disc bound notebook with different kinds of paper that I use to sketch, draw & draft out ideas. To take notes.

Power Use on most creative days-
Wax Stick
Adhesive Remover Eraser
Eraser Pencil
Clear Nail Polish
Various Adhesives & Tapes
Glass Nail File
Washi Tape- To hold things down
Brayer

I have a cheap Hobby Lobby Paper Studio trimmer that I adore. I use it mainly as a ruler & scoring tool. I hardly cut with it. How funny is that, lol.

Next to my desk I have all my SU Inks, black inks, Versamark, & Brilliance White.

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contrapat- Oh I am so fascinated about this. What do you use the eyelash tool for? Reading about your setup I was getting setup envy (in a good way). It was so inspiring.

Cook22- I just love you have a container full of butterflies. That is inspiring too. I am "stealing" that idea for my flowers & seashells. Thank you so much for the inspiration.

wavejumper- I love the view from your desk! Thousands of heart emoji's.

jeanne3579- I am like you too. I don't have anything craft related on my desk. I do have my ScannCut. That is the only crafting related item. I have my table lamp, craft lamp, wax burner & a coaster I have just added, yesterday, a mug (Assassin's Creed) to my desk so I can keep my scissors corralled when I am working because I keep getting poked with them. I guess we are the rebels, lol.
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contrapat- Oh I am so fascinated about this. What do you use the eyelash tool for? Reading about your setup I was getting setup envy (in a good way). It was so inspiring.

Cook22- I just love you have a container full of butterflies. That is inspiring too. I am "stealing" that idea for my flowers & seashells. Thank you so much for the inspiration.

wavejumper- I love the view from your desk! Thousands of heart emoji's.

jeanne3579- I am like you too. I don't have anything craft related on my desk. I do have my ScannCut. That is the only crafting related item. I have my table lamp, craft lamp, wax burner & a coaster I have just added, yesterday, a mug (Assassin's Creed) to my desk so I can keep my scissors corralled when I am working because I keep getting poked with them. I guess we are the rebels, lol.
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It's one of those old eyelash things that is a brush on one edge and a comb on the other. I was throwing out a bunch of old make-up, and thought "why throw a perfectly good little brush out?", so I kept it. I've used the brush side to remove hanging thready bits on die cuts (usually foil cs has bits hanging). I REALLY like having the 6 cubby unit on the wall side of the desk- it makes organization easier. I'm going to take a picture and see if I can post it so you can see.
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I have that same mat with the same warp in the same space... I had to flip it around so now the measurements are backwards. Or centimeters, I forget which.
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It's one of those old eyelash things that is a brush on one edge and a comb on the other. I was throwing out a bunch of old make-up, and thought "why throw a perfectly good little brush out?", so I kept it. I've used the brush side to remove hanging thready bits on die cuts (usually foil cs has bits hanging). I REALLY like having the 6 cubby unit on the wall side of the desk- it makes organization easier. I'm going to take a picture and see if I can post it so you can see.
I love that idea to use the brush to remove foil. Thank you so much for sharing. I really appreciate it. I am going to put one in my die cutting tool cup. There are so many times I wish I had a more detailed brush to remove fiddly parts from my dies. That is brilliant using an eyelash brush.

Serioiusly thank you to everyone for sharing. I got so much inspiration from this thread. I have always kept a clean desk. I have a clean canvas mentality. I love looking at desks on What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday. I never could do it, even though I admire all those desks. You all inspired me to actually add tools to my desk workspace. I read this thread three times yesterday getting inspiration. Thank you Dini for starting it.
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I move my things around whenever I’m bored or stressed But here are a few things that I always leave within reach:

To the right of my desk is a rolling cart:
top - bin with card fronts and bases, mug with blending brushes, mini score board and MISTI
middle bin - coloring pencils and pens, in little boxes sorted by company, also set my small trimmer in there when not using
bottom - most used punches
Shelf on side holds mini die cut machine and it also has two rods (one for ribbon, other for washi)

on my desk
stack of trays holding Copic markers
small trunk-like box holding magnetic sheets of most-used dies
glass mat
and have a three slot file box turned to lie flat in front of me:
The top shelf holds my stamp blocks and most used inks (Memento Tuxedo black and Versafine onyx black)
middle shelf holds Copic combo charts, color wheel
bottom shelf currently has a calendar in there but I will probably go back to keeping new -to- me things in it. Keeps me from buying more items to see new stuff right in my face, LOL
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