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What is Craftsy?

Craftsy is a worldwide craft community offering online classes. It also has a patterns marketplace where independent designers can sell their patterns; a supplies shop with great deals on yarn, fabric, and class kits; and a projects section where members share pictures of their latest craft successes. With over two million members and counting, Craftsy has something for just about everyone, in categories ranging from quilting, sewing, knitting, painting, photography, cooking, and more.

Behind the Scenes: The Making of a Craftsy Class
Before filming even begins, hours and hours are spent determining what content will be covered in each class, and how to best teach specific techniques to the camera. Instructors work with an instructional designer to create an in-depth outline of each lesson, and decide how to best prepare props or “step-outs” that show what your project should like at different steps. Instead of a scripted class, instructors follow their outlines on camera to create an authentic and engaging teaching experience.

Most Craftsy classes are filmed in one of five Craftsy studios in Denver, CO, assuring that every part of the production process goes off without a hitch. They fly in instructors from all over the world to spend several days filming, then spend several weeks turning hours of footage into a two to three hour class experience that has been watched, rewatched, and reviewed by industry experts. The final result is an HD-quality video that takes you in-depth into specific topics in any given craft category- from cooking and fine art to sewing and knitting.

What IS the Craftsy experience?
Craftsy classes are designed to have all the benefits of an in-person class, with none of the drawbacks. Available online and on-demand, you always have world-class instructors at the tip of your fingers. You can retake the class as many times as you want, and the 30-second repeat feature allows you to watch the same section over and over again until you get every technique just right.

Watching a Craftsy class is like having a first-row seat with some of the best instructors in the world. Even better, classes have a 100% money-back guarantee.

Try online learning today with a free mini-class from Craftsy! Choose from 23 Free Craftsy Classes ranging from drawing and painting to sewing and quilting, from knitting to cake decorating and more.

My Craft Room

Craft Room

Craft Room

I recently discovered a Facebook group for Scrapbookers that is dedicated to Scrapbook/Craft Organization.  I was doing a quick facebook group search to see if I could find other male/father scrapbookers and I stumbled across this gem.  After spending just a few minutes looking at others ideas I was inspired to try some of their ideas – as well as to write this blog about my craft room.

I will be honest – I decided to not clean up my room before taking these pictures because I wanted people to see my natural work environment with projects in play.  It really never does look fully clean because “ain’t nobody got time for dat!”

Two quick notes about this picture.  The folding table also serves as a sewing table and can be put away to make room for an inflatable mattress for when guests come to stay.  I wish I had a Murphy bed built into the wall!  I work at the table in front of the window, so that if I get opportunity to work during the day time I can work in natural light.  I always keep the blinds closed when I am not working so that craft items don’t fade in the sunlight.

Craft Room 2

Craft Room 2

This second picture shows the right hand side of the room where you can see my catch all closet and the shelves that I use to keep my paper stacks.  I built this shelving unit when I was still in college so that it could hold my fish tank and my text books in my dorm room.  I am glad that I have been able to re-purpose it here in the craft room.   If you look carefully on the top shelf you will see what looks like a pizza box – it is!  I was able to get some unused ones which store 12×12 projects amazingly.  When I go on vacations I always take one with me to bring back ephemera as it protects them in the suitcase on the plane.

Craft Room 3

Craft Room 3

The third picture shows the left hand side of the room, and what I want to feature here is the large black drawers.  These are actually two dressers stacked on top of each other.  I rescued one from the dumpster and the other one I bought from Craigslist for $10.  I removed the hardware, which I spray painted silver, and then painted all of the drawers and cabinets black.  I actually painted them right in this room.  I placed plastic on the ground and painted them in place.

These drawers hold Christmas wrapping supplies, yarn, frames, and other miscellaneous things that I only need to access from time to time.

Craft Room 4

Craft Room 4

This next picture highlights how I made my large workspace desk.  My workplace was getting rid of the file cabinets for $5 a piece and I knew that I could use them.  They were part of work stations and so they did not have a top when I purchased them.

I was able to find two pieces of kitchen counter top at Lowe’s in the Clearance/Return section for about $78 if I remember correctly and they fit the room perfectly.  I do remember that it was almost impossible to get the longer one up the stairs – but we made it happen.

The cabinets were scuffed and grey so I went to a local wall paper store (thank Pinterest for the idea), and purchased this map wall paper for $1 per roll.  I bought five rolls not knowing how much I would need – and basically only used 2 rolls for all six cabinets.  I used modge podge to glue them to the drawers, and an exacto knife to cut the paper around the handle areas after they had been glued on to the drawers.  It was much easier than I thought it would be.

Craft Room 6

Craft Room 6

This last picture showcases something that I am pretty proud of – the bulletin boards on the walls in my craft room.  The walls in my craft room had been bare for a while and I wanted to add some pictures to the space, as well as something that I could pin things to while I was working on projects.

I had been shopping around for cork boards – which are very expensive by the way, when I came across a dumpster at my work which had a bunch of office cubicles that were being thrown away.  I realized that the cork pin walls that separate the cubicles would make excellent pin boards.

I was still in my suit for work and it was starting to rain, but I climbed up into the dumpster and started pulling these out.  I was able to find 4 good ones that had not been damaged and brought them home.

At home I took fabric that had been purchased from the remnant section and wrapped the board and then pinned it to the back.  To mount these to the wall I simply took 4 inch nails and pounded them into the wall in the four corners of the board.  I know it will be a mess when I take them down – but I hate the color of this room anyway so if they ever come down it will be for painting and will not be a big deal to patch the nail holes.

Well – that is my craft room!  I hope that you enjoyed the tour.

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The Road to Wedded Bliss

I have a couple of friends getting married in the near future and I thought that they would get a kick out of this:

Wedding Paper Divas Road to Bliss Inforgraphic

Organizing a Functional Scrapbook Work Space

Is your scrapbooking space dysfunctional?  A mess?  Can’t find anything? Do you find that it takes you so long to find everything that you don’t end up creating any pages?  If so, a new class from Big Picture might just be the perfect thing for you:

Organizing FUNdamentals: 6 weeks to a fun & functional scrapbook space, taught by Aly Dosdall and Wendy Smedley

Class dates: 6 week workshop 3/21/2013-5/1/2013

Class price: Special Discounted Price – $59 Promotion period ends: 3/27/2013

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