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Craft Studio Tour - Featuring Elena Olinevich

Posted by Graphic 45 09/27/2017 47 Comment(s) Layouts,Mini Albums,Tutorials,Videos,Craft Studio Tour,

Hello, G45ers!

 Welcome back! Today we have an opportunity to take a peek inside another Brand Ambassador's crafting space. Elena Olinevich shares her Craft Studio Tour where you will learn all about how she uses her own crafting spaces, and like many of us, battles to keep it all organized. We also feature several of our favorite projects she has made since joining our team. Check it out below. 



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Craft Studio Tour

By Elena Olinevich

“Hello G45 fans. Today I will share a bit of my craft corner. I am not so lucky and I don’t have my very own craft room so I share some space with my kids in 2 rooms.

Before I start I will show you my very happy space - it’s my desk.

This is not how I want it to look, but most of the time it normally looks like this:


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The issue is that I am sharing this desk with my eldest daughter and am short on time to do cleaning after each project I work on. First, I need to stop to take my kids from the school, or - the inspiration left me, or…. many other reasons that I find to avoid the worst thing I hate in my life -  cleaning. So that’s why we bought one more desk for my daughter to do her her homework.

I wish I could hire someone to do cleaning instead of me if they knew where to place all the stuff I have. So, now, everyone knows my creative process.


Ok, anyway sometimes this corner looks tidy and cozy.


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 I like to create during the daylight. So I need much of light while I am working. The desk is in front of the table and I have managed to fill it with my crafty things too. This is mostly used for some tools that I used often and some small flowers.

Talking about the flowers, I have about 10 large boxes filled with them. It ‘s paranoia. I know ( the other one - is the paper).


What I have used to do to keep all the things I have, if talking on a budget, includes various shoe or sweet boxes, where I keep all the things that I need. Of course, it’s difficult to keep one color palette, but anyway it helps me to save for the new scrappy stuff


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As you might have noticed, there is no straight order in my goodies. Well, it’s all because it’s too time-consuming for me. I wish I could have more to time to create, to carry the children, to cook, to read, to enjoy my time, but not cleaning or putting everything into order. Maybe it’s to my disadvantage? Who knows?


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I also share some space with my youngest son. It seems he is more tidy than I am . If you open the next door….


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Again papers and other stuff that is packed almost everywhere in our flat.


I chose the area to place some of my canvases.


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 ...but it was rapidly occupied with more papers, small notes, and my son’s football cups.

So the only way to hide everything is too close the doors and to keep it in shoe boxes with a cover.


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Not only my works are placed there, but also the sculpt piece made by my daughter, the glass frame made by my son, and so on.

OK, the other space occupied by me is the window with a good light. It’s where I take all the photos. and sometimes I need to wait for a dull day, as if there is a sunny day. It’s a disaster for taking the pictures - too much light in my white room.


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Instead of using the Light Photo box, I'm using the windowsill. It’s quite wide. To reflect the light coming from the window, I'm using the white large cardstock, several of them - one in front of the window, the other on the backside. I also like to use some artificial flowers or other things such as saved wood, wreaths, or baskets. I only take the shots during the daylight, with no flash, no sun. and yes, a good camera means a lot.


One of the backgrounds I'm using is the wooden one. It was an old wooden fence at our country house. Once we replaced it, I asked my husband to save it for me, and you can see it in my pictures.” ~Elena Olinevich



Elena’s 3 Featured Projects:

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Enchanted Castle - Watercolor Layout

See full post with video tutorial here… 



Enchanted Castle - Watercoloring Video for Graphic 45

Graphic 45 Supplies:



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Secret Garden Handmade Memory Album

See full post here


Graphic 45 Supplies:

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Hallowe’en in Wonderland Scrapbook Album

See full post here


Halloween Album Tour Video



Graphic 45 Supplies:



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Thanks for joining us for another fun craft space tour, courtesy of Elena. It is always so interesting to see how other crafters utilize their spaces. We would love to hear your ideas about your ideal crafting space in the comments below, and remember each comment here or on Facebook is a chance to win this week's blog prize! We will see you back here tomorrow with more G45 craft inspiration.


Happy Papercrafting!  

47 Comment(s)

09/27/2017, 09:27:05 AM

How wonderful that you share your space with your children! I know that can be hard sometimes, but think of the sweet memories they'll have!

Mathilde S.:
09/27/2017, 10:00:45 AM

Elena,you might be a bit challenged with your craftspace,but what you manage to create is beautiful and stunning.I adore your artwork. Thanks for sharing.

Kirsty Vittetoe:

Oh wow, brilliant work, they are beautiful, magical and so so pretty!

Judy D.:
09/27/2017, 10:57:49 AM

Fascinating to see the creative process in the videos! Love Elenea's work. Judy D.

Deborah Cox:
09/27/2017, 11:01:08 AM

Love that window and your space shows the love of your family. I keep hoping the cleaning fairy and elves show up to my place, still waiting....

Dr Sonia S V:
09/27/2017, 11:22:40 AM,

WOW this was really inspiring...shows one doesn't need a whole lot of space to be creative!! My ideal craft space would be one where I can see all my supplies. Unfortunately where I stay it is dusty and I keep all my stuff inside cupboards to keep them safe!

peggy comella:
09/27/2017, 11:54:16 AM

Beautiful art! I could never create in that chaos! More power to you!

Sandy Trefger:
09/27/2017, 12:06:33 PM,

I think it's great that you share space with your children. One day soon they will be grown and gone. Trust me on that one. And though your space to work is small and to photograph, you create so many wonderful things and your photos are amazing!

Sylvie Delisle:
09/27/2017, 12:11:41 PM

Beatuiful. I am making 6x6 albums for my 3 daugthers. Halloween wonderland, Beneath the sea and Safari adventure.So fun. Need more

Glenda Buster:
09/27/2017, 12:12:40 PM

Elena, I love your stash and creative spaces. They speak to me! My craft "clutter" is confined to one room that I share with my husband who claims part of it for his office space. Poor man

Sue LD:
09/27/2017, 12:13:20 PM

Wonderful projects and thanks for sharing your craft space with us.

Pirjo Callies:
09/27/2017, 12:16:54 PM

Happy family Elena when you can share the crafting space with your children. Love your work.

Vanessa LeClear:
09/27/2017, 12:29:59 PM

Elena is incredibly talented! It was fun to see where she creates her beautiful projects.

Lisa Buchanan:
09/27/2017, 12:41:15 PM,

Your work is beautiful. You always inspire me to want to do my best, thank you for that!

Mendy B:
09/27/2017, 12:52:12 PM

Elena, I love your crafty space as it looks similar to mine!

Isabel Moreno Márquez:
09/27/2017, 01:41:58 PM,

I love the mix watercolours with Enchanted Forest collection. Beautiful layout!

Karen Nelson:
09/27/2017, 01:49:09 PM

I also share creative space with my two kids! I'm so glad to see someone else's messiness results in such beautiful artwork. Unfortunately, I need to follow the tutorials to get anywhere near this level of beauty...Thank you for sharing!

Martie Rollin:
09/27/2017, 01:55:21 PM

It's so refreshing, and realistic, to see a crafting space that doesn't include a fortune in storage system pieces and parts! Thank you so much for sharing with the rest of us...I feel at home in your space! Your projects are so beautifully designed! Love watching your creative process videos. This current prize package is wonderfully stocked with paper collections! Thank you, G45!

Julie Ann MacLean:
09/27/2017, 01:56:37 PM

My desk looks just the same, except there's usually a computer in the middle of it as well. Creativity found in chaos

Karen Ladd:
09/27/2017, 02:02:52 PM

Oh what a wonderfully fun peek at your crafting space Elena!! I am always seeing perfectly arranged and decorated craft rooms that don't look anything like mine so how refreshing to see a crafter who manages to create in a small space that co-exists with ordinary life. Your lovely projects prove that you don't need to have a fancy craft room to make beautiful things.

Frances Perkins:
09/27/2017, 02:37:42 PM

some times mine looks like that

Beth Beery:
09/27/2017, 02:44:15 PM

Love seeing where others create!! And I love seeing any project that uses Halloween in Wonderland, my favorite collection!! Thank you for sharing!!!

09/27/2017, 02:46:05 PM,

Lovely projects. Glad somebody else's space looks a lot like mine lol

Michelle Nettleton:
09/27/2017, 02:47:21 PM

Elena, I have a dedicated craft room, alas it's a big hairy mess most of the time. I am in awe of your crafty goodness. Shareing it with your children is amazing!

Michele Lewis:
09/27/2017, 03:09:25 PM

Elena, I share my craft room with my husband while he is writing his book. My Yorkie Jack also has to be in the room while I am crafting, so it is quite cozy. Jack is very good at helping me choose embellishments, and my husband is a great color coordinator! I am glad you shared the pictures of your least I know I am not alone in my cluttered work area! Your work is so beautiful! I understand the need to just keep creating when you are on a roll!

Christina Seiler:
09/27/2017, 03:32:20 PM

I've always figured that as long as your space works for you that's what's most important. My space seems to get borrowed by my husband and my children, my friends when they visit, etc. Every few months I have to give it a good cleanup. But I'm sure, Elena, you will agree, once you're wrapped up in a project a whole church choir could be in there and you wouldn't notice. Thanks for sharing.

Sandy Artman:
09/27/2017, 03:46:37 PM

Hi, Elena, I'm guessing that most of us do not have the craft room of our dreams. Thank you for gifting us with this "warts & all" look at your creative space. While good lighting and surface are important qualities of a crafting space - thank you for showing us that beauty is what we bring to the room. Well, that and Graphic 45 papers!!! Your kids are really fortunate to have you as their mom.

Barbara Baker-Davison:
09/27/2017, 03:54:06 PM

Thanks for sharing your space! Sure is nice to know a gifted artist link you can look as messy as my space. Thank God there is hope for me.

Connie Haas:
09/27/2017, 05:09:00 PM

Such a delight to see your crafty space Elena. I have a loft where I can store a lot of my tools and paper and such, but I really find most of my work gets done in the evenings under a good light in the front room. That way I can spend some time with my husband and get some creating done simultaneously. All around my chair are stacks of materials or tools or trimmings, depending on what I am working on. You would feel right at home! So looking forward to seeing what else comes out of your happy place!

Janet Ladd:
09/27/2017, 05:28:39 PM

I would love to win this prize... some of my favorite collections!!!!! I love graphic 45 papers, and making mini albums with them.... really hope to win!!!

Linda Ecker:
09/27/2017, 07:15:08 PM, Graphic 45

I love, love the Alice collection!!! Hope I win~

Canice Luk:
09/27/2017, 07:59:38 PM, nil

I always dream of having my own craft space and have it super organized, but you did make me realize that this is not at all necessary to create stunning crafty projects. Who said that messy table will not get you shining performance? Love your art work Elena! Looking forward to seeing more of your awesome crafts coming out from your happy crafting space!

09/27/2017, 08:18:26 PM

Your space looks much like mine! I can't seem to put everything away before diving into the next project! Not to mention having to share the space with the rest of the family - but getting the family involved in arts and crafts will create beautiful memories!

09/27/2017, 08:24:56 PM

Your Halloween in Wonderland album is awesome and I love that you create all of your amazing projects in a small space that you share with your family. I know that it probably gets frustrating to have to squeeze in among your kid's stuff but you're sharing your love of art with them and that counts for a lot!

Natalie Godfrey:
09/27/2017, 08:26:20 PM

There is order to the madness. My kitchen table is my craftroom!

Donna Russell:
09/27/2017, 11:49:45 PM

I love your projects!! Also if you know where everything is then you are fine. Life is too short to worry about cleaning.. I also rather craft. lol

Debbie Siddle:
09/28/2017, 01:26:25 AM

Just love the album. I don't have a craft room and just craft wherever. No children but we have a cat so you still have to be careful. I always think how wonderful it must be to actually have a craft room, but we aren't rich enough for such luxuries.

Sue MacFall:
09/28/2017, 05:08:55 AM

Thank you for sharing your craft space and projects with us - I really love your work and the album is just divine.

Kate LeBlanc:
09/28/2017, 06:15:27 AM

I loved the tour of Elena's "Happy Place". Couldn't we all use just a little bit more room? She is so creative and her projects are amazing! Fantastic giveaway this week!!

Dorothy McCarthy:
09/28/2017, 06:22:02 AM,

You are one busy girl!!! You art is stunning!!! Thanks for sharing!!

09/28/2017, 06:28:35 AM

Elena's work is beautiful. I love her mixed media and Graphic 45 designs!

Arianna Barbara:
09/28/2017, 06:59:17 AM

Thank you for the tour Elena and for sharing your beautiful projects!!!

09/28/2017, 08:09:03 AM,

Elena - your work is beautiful and I have admired it for some time now. I have a whole room to myself - but so much stuff - work space looks like yours and worse most of the time. I'm so grateful to know I'm not the only person in the world that works in a mess similar to mine! Thank you so much for sharing.

Marianne Gonzales:
09/28/2017, 09:21:57 AM

Thank you for sharing your studio and your gorgeous creations. From chaos comes beauty.

Dona Vogt:
09/28/2017, 10:30:32 AM

This post is see how someone lese sets up her own space. I think her work is breathtaking!

Kathy Jo Wood:
09/28/2017, 02:06:52 PM,

Elena- your space is how a crafty space should look: happy and full of things that you use or want to use. How great it is that you get to create near your kids and also have all of the daylight streaming in.Thank you for sharing your happy, crafty space!

10/01/2017, 08:14:09 AM

Thank you for sharing Elena. It is always helpful to see how others organize their workspaces.

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