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#Craftroom Tour with Nichola Battilana

Posted by Graphic 45 03/13/2019 35 Comment(s) Craft Studio Tour,


Hello, G45ers!

 We have a treat in store for you!  Today we unveil the #CraftRoom of the Creator of Whimsy and Charm, Nichola Battilana.  Nichola's craft studio is full of beautiful projects, great tips, and inspiration.  So if you are looking for some Spring Cleaning organization tips, you have come to the right place.  Grab a cup of tea and let's dive into this crafty wonderland.  

Craft Studio Tour

By Nichola Battilana


“When people come to visit my studio, I show off the space that holds my finished pieces and where I do all of my computer work. I dare not show off my workspace… aka the #craftroom.


My #craftroom isn't pretty. It’s usually an absolute disaster! (I did a serious clean before these photos BTW) But it’s my disaster and within that chaos, there is some form of organization going on.



While I oogle over the pristine, perfectly organized, beautiful studio spaces I see on Pinterest, I know they wouldn't work for me. I'm not maligning those gorgeous spaces, they absolutely work for a lot of people. However, my messy creative cocoon is exactly what I need.


So, when I was asked to share my #craftroom, I started to think about my space and why it works for me. Perhaps some of these creative chaos tips will work for someone else too.



Hidden behind this amazing quilt I have a whole bunch of bins. I like using bins because I can grab them when I need something, and toss stuff in them when I’m done.  Easy peasy!



I organize the bins in a way that makes sense to me, storing items I often use at the same time together.



These stamp pads are stored with embossing powders, next to rubber stamps. I often use those items together, so it make sense to keep them together.



My main work surface is a kitchen table. It’s big and I’m fortunate to have enough space for it. On top, I keep things I use most often. All of the tools, brushes, tape, glue, and paint I use regularly are within arms reach. I have a bazillion paint colours, but only a dozen or so are by my side. Same goes for glue. I might have a glue for every purpose, but only those three I use all the time are ready to go the moment inspiration strikes.



This goes for paper too. I have a vintage record holder that I use to store papers that I’m using or will be using soon.



One thing that really keeps me organized is storing papers in the celophane bags they arrive in. I unseal the bag from the bottom rather than ripping them open from the top. When I've finished a project, I can tuck any scraps and extra fussy cut bits inside, and reseal the bag.



My main paper storage is this vintage metal flatfile intended to keep blueprints and things like that.



It’s big enough for two rows of 3 12” pads. It’s large enough to store about 150 12” pads in all.



While I keep most of my papers sorted by collection if I only have a few papers I will organize by theme instead. For example, all Christmas or Halloween papers are kept together.



A little bonus tip: when I have a project in mind but don’t have time to get to it right away, I will gather and store the supplies I need for it in a cardboard box (or large ziplock bag) with a note/sketch. I’ve found this really, really useful when I have a sudden urge to make. Coming across an old brilliant idea with the supplies ready to go? YES PLEASE!



Besides organization, I think there are two other factors that are really important in a creative space.

Is it comfortable? Having a comfy couch is nice, but it’s more than that. Does your bum or back hurt at the end of the day? Do you have enough light so that you aren’t straining your eyes? Does it smell nice? These are things that can make a big difference in how productive you are.



Finally… are you inspired? While others might be inspired by the serenity of a white space, I love being surrounded by things made by others, things that are quirky and cool, doodads made with passion and talent.



I love being surrounded by things that make me think, feel and laugh in my crafting cocoon.


So, no, my #craftroom isn't pretty. It definitely wouldn’t work for everyone. But, I'm 100% ok with that.” ~Nichola


Oh my goodness!  The ideas, tips, and magic have creative ideas dancing in our heads.  We want to extend our love and gratitude to Nichola for opening the doors to her #craftroom.  We hope you have been inspired to get into your creative space and have some fun!  


Happy Papercrafting!

35 Comment(s)

She Fowl:
03/13/2019, 12:13:58 PM

Love you craft room...wish I had enough space for one. Thanks for the organization tips.

03/13/2019, 12:19:33 PM

Great craft room and lots of good hints. Thanks.

Sue D:
03/13/2019, 12:33:09 PM

Wonderful craft room tour and I like all the tips.

Leah Matthews:
03/13/2019, 12:45:43 PM

I absolutely love your craft room! It's so cozy and warm looking. I especially love the drawers in which you keep your paper pads. I want one of those!

pamela J roth:
03/13/2019, 12:53:31 PM

We have the same flat file.My husband put mine on casters so I can roll it around the room.I store all my cutting stuff on top and I store a LOT of stamps in the drawers.I was offered 2 when I bought it for $25.00 but didnt think I had the room..I could have stacked them but never came to mind ion that moment.One of those dang I wish times.I loved your idea of keeping the cellophane enve that the stock comes in so bits and scraps can be added...Your craft space looks warm and really cozy.

Joyce G.:
03/13/2019, 01:49:32 PM

I wish I had the space for your craft room, just love it. The idea of storing your Graphic 45 collections in their original cellophane bags is an excellent idea, will have to use that one. Thanks for showing us your great craft room.

Susan Ashby:
03/13/2019, 01:56:41 PM

Great ideas. Wish I had a room to use as a craft room.

Barbara Millar:
03/13/2019, 01:59:57 PM

Wonderful craft room I would Love to have a larger craft room you are so lucky to have the space

Regina Harrison:
03/13/2019, 02:18:46 PM

I really love the cabinet that is for blueprints. I will be looking for one. I always find it interesting to see other craft spaces. This wouldn't work for me, but I absolutely love all the things you create. Thank you for sharing.

Bev Drake:
03/13/2019, 02:18:51 PM

Obviously you feel very comfortable with your great craft room & you create gorgeous things. A big desk is wonderful & the more space I have the bigger the mess I make! I loved the bonus tip. Thank you Nichola.

Margaret R:
03/13/2019, 03:06:46 PM

That's a great table! I have one of those ordinary cheap tables with foldable legs - I've covered it with contact paper and it's definitely serviceable, but it's not pretty like yours! I really like your Bonus Tip about having projects ready - I need to do that!

03/13/2019, 03:11:05 PM

Great craft room-mine has everything put away but it is stuffed full of stuff. I am always surprised when I can actually find a place to put something new. I have been looking all over for a blueprints style storage drawers forever where did you find yours?

Glenda Buster:
03/13/2019, 03:11:53 PM

Nichola your organized chaos speaks to my soul. Thanks for sharing!

Pam Bearden:
03/13/2019, 03:15:33 PM

I really enjoyed your craft room tour. It's a nice place to work. Thanks for the great tips to keep organized, too. I need that!

Vivian Warner:
03/13/2019, 03:32:12 PM

Love you craft room. I need more display space in mine to help with the creativity. Great lighting is a must and a comfy chair. Your paper collection is amazing. Thanks for sharing.

03/13/2019, 04:31:18 PM,

What a fabulous creation room! I wish mine were that big and organized! I do have tools on my desktop to use easily; however, the desk is usually cluttered with scraps from current or recent projects and other stuff that does not belong and must be cleared when I want to create! I love your idea of keeping papers and scraps in the bag they arrive in. Thanks for the tour!

Anne McIntosh:
03/13/2019, 04:33:14 PM

What a wonderful "working" craft room! I agree that as much as I admire the beautiful white space craft rooms, they would never work for me either. I like stuff around me that inspires; sometimes so much that I don't have much work space - LOL. Thank you for this look inside your work area!

03/13/2019, 04:35:30 PM

Thanks so much for sharing your WONDERFUL craft nest!! I love how you think of the details that make it special and a space for creative thinking!! I am just like you.... the more special keepsakes around me the better!!! Graphic 45 is my passion too :D

Ellen Haydon:
03/13/2019, 06:06:28 PM

I am so glad the you are showing the "real view" of your crafty room. It looks kinda like mine. I really try to organize but by the time I finish one project and trying to get the next one it is a busy mess. Love your hints and tips.

Kirsty Vittetoe:

Wonderful tips, thanks for sharing your crafting space!

Nancy Mac:
03/13/2019, 08:25:03 PM

Nichola, your work area is wonderful! I especially like the idea of putting together your own "kit" so that you can grab it and start working with all the supplies you put together! Genius! Thank you for sharing your happy place with us.

Vanessa LeClear:
03/13/2019, 10:21:37 PM

Thanks for sharing your craftroom and helpful tips, Nichola!

Diane Fountain:
03/14/2019, 12:44:51 AM

I keep all my items in their original wrappings, just like you do! I like your idea of storing items together that usually are used together!!

03/14/2019, 03:42:08 AM

I save all my cellophane bags as well and do exactly the same as you! All my tiny scraps I put in a smaller plastic bag and then put everything from the same collection in the larger cellophane bags. I wish my work area was as tidy as yours!!! I also do the same when I am working on a project I put everything into the cardboard box my 12 x12 papers came in, so I have everything together for that project, I like the idea of a note or sketch to go with it, never thought of that!!

Michele Rogers:
03/14/2019, 07:35:00 AM

Nichola I love your labeling of your craft room as a cocoon. It is exactly the word I am using for mine going forward. I love to be surrounded by objects that inspire and make me happy too. Thank you for being you and continuing to share your many talents.

Dorothy McCarthy:
03/14/2019, 07:49:23 AM,

Very nice!

Kate LeBlanc:
03/14/2019, 08:28:58 AM

I love your craft room! I work the same way, and why do I always end up with about a 4" square area to work on?? Thank you for sharing your "Happy Place".

Lorraine Gall:
03/14/2019, 12:48:32 PM, Purple Plum Design on Facebook

Thanks for the ideas. I'm going to switch my craft table for an old kitchen table I have.

Sue MacFall:
03/14/2019, 01:16:30 PM

I am a messy crafter as far as storage goes so it is really interesting seeing how Nichola works - thank you so much for sharing.

Sharon L Gullikson:
03/14/2019, 01:30:03 PM

What a great room. I love how many G45 papers you have! And I save my scraps, too :)

Michele Taylor:
03/14/2019, 04:46:56 PM, Graphic45

Thanks for sharing!

Brian Poteraj:
03/14/2019, 06:07:52 PM

You have some good ideas for storage, and keeping things covered. You must have every Graphic 45 paper ever made. I liked seeing your craft room.

Jean Marmo:
03/19/2019, 01:53:52 PM

What a gorgeous room! Such fabulous storage ideas!

debbie Breen:
03/27/2019, 12:53:12 AM


05/31/2019, 09:50:24 AM

I love the vintage record holder for paper, the tip about the cellophane wrapper kept intact (try to do this as well) and a great idea for future projects/ideas kept together. I am going to be searching for a record holder and would love a blueprint cabinet as well. I love your space, personal and quirky.

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