Craft Studio Tour – Featuring Lena Astafeva

Hello, G45ers!

 Happy New Year! We are here to get your 2018 started off right, with an inspiring  Craft Studio Tour by Lena Astafeva. On top of that we will share Lena’s three featured projects. Lena has maximized her space for its fullest crafting potential. I think many of us can relate to crafting in a place where space is limited. Even the most spacious crafting spaces can become cluttered with tools and crafting supplies. Lena has found a great way to balance her space for storage while leaving room for creativity to shine. Check it out below and stick around to see a few of her greatest hits for Graphic 45. 


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Craft Studio Tour

By Lena Astafeva


“Today I’ll show you my Craft Studio. Our flat is not very big and in one room I’ve made my cozy craft corner.

It’s convenient to create projects in the room. My three children like to play nearby. My daughter draws or decorates something, and my baby-son tries to reach some “treasures.”

A few months ago, I successfully could do everything sitting on the floor. It’s better for me to throw my stuff all over the room and create, but my baby started crawling, and I had to move to the table.

I’ve got two small table. I also make my plans on it. But for that, I have to remove materials because there is already too much stuff on it.

I usually do everything on the other table. I create my projects and draw.

First, I was going to tidy this table. It rises up and fixed. Under the table, there is a chest of drawers.

In the upper drawer, I keep paints, sprays, and glue.

In the second drawer, there are metal decorations, brads, washi tape, watercolors, and many other things.

In the lower drawer, I keep chipboards, stickers, and cards


I keep all materials, instruments, flowers, tags, envelopes, and many other things in the boxes on the selves

I keep my Big Shot die-cutting maching in the closet. Up a bit higher, there is paper which didn’t go to another closet

For the paper, I’ve bought a stand for shoes. It is good to keep it there. There is only G45 paper in it. I have almost every collection from Graphic 45. I’m looking for the rest to complete them.

My sewing machine is in another room behind the door.

There are my projects in the closet. 

Very often I am asked how I photograph my projects. I’ve got an old camera, a Nikon D90 and two objectives. I take photos in my work room. I put a photo background on the table. I put another photo background and reflector (big canvas which I was going to make into a picture). I take photos only in the daylight in “M” mode

My backgrounds.

I also have huge vinyl photo backgrounds.

I keep things for photography on the balcony.

That’s my simple craft corner. I was worried about how to show it to you because it isn’t fashionable like other artists have.


Lena’s 3 Featured Projects:

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DIY Watercolor Planner

By Lena Astafeva


"I’ve made a planner for the year. I painted the pages of the planner with watercolors. On each page I painted flowers with watercolors.  I printed small calendars and stuck them for each month. Also on each page I put pictures with stamps from different collections." ~Lena


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Portrait of a Lady Box & Album

By Lena Astafeva


Check out How to Mini-Album With Box by Elena Astafeva on Snapguide.

How to Mini-Album with Box


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The Olde Shoppe Box & Album

By Lena Astafeva

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Graphic 45- Album and Box


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Thanks for joining us as we explored Lena's crafting studio. We hope you have gotten some tips for maximizing your own space and we would love to hear any tips you have as well. Just leave them in the comments below and remember that any comments here and/or on Facebook are your chance to win this week's blog prize. 


Happy Papercrafting!  

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