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The Craft Room Interview: Janna Werner
Have you always been ‘crafty’?
I always liked paper and drawing. I could spent hours in the stationery section of shops, looking at pens and paper. I used to craft a lot when I was a child, with paper, clay, felt and other things. But I haven´t been crafty when I was a teenager, I started again 4 years ago, creating cards, ATCs, then scrapbooking pages and mini albums and gift wrappings.
What are your favourite types crafts other than scrapbook layouts?
I adore beautiful gift wrappings, so creating them is definitely a passion of mine. I also like sewing, but I am very much talent-free in that!
Are you handy about the house and making your own home decor?
I can definitely improve! I like doing home decor myself, but sometimes I have too many ideas at the same time and don´t know where to start. I started a journal to jot down my ideas.
Tell us about your craft space? Do you call it your craft room or studio?
I call it workspace as I am crafting, filming videos and doing computer work in there. Usually I´d say “my room” when I am talking to friends though.
What have you done to make your space cosy, beautiful or inspiring?
I have to admit, my first intention is to make it practical. I am spending a lot of time in there, therefore I do not want too many distractions – no TV, no cosy armchair… the walls are painted white. But I hung up a few of the paintings I created and a framed scrapbooking page of our dog. The room is very light and so is the furniture, I need a light and friendly place to be able to focus.
How do you keep organized?
That is a good question… Usually it ain´t organized at all. I need to see things in order to use them, so I have a lot of plastic boxes and most of the things stand on tables. I try to group the boxes, like stickers + alphabet stickers in one corner, sewing stuff in another. I also divided the workspace – I have a computer area, a craft table and a workbench for the messier things.
How important is storage for you and do you think you have enough?
Can you ever have enough storage?! I don´t 🙂 No, I really don´t have enough and am planning to buy a new chest of drawers.
I am an organized person, I need structure and space, so storage is very important to me.
Any tips & tricks for organising supplies?
Actually, what works best for me is to have my own system – it needs to be logic for the one who works in the room. Either sort things by color, name or usage.
Maybe you are like me and need things to be out to work with them, then it might help to buy nice boxes which can be put on the table. You need to feel comfortable in the room, especially when you spend a lot of time in it.
Which are your favourite possessions and are there any of your own creations on display?
I do have a scrapbooking page of our dog on the wall, as well as a few paintings I created. I also have a few things on the shelves that I received from friends, like a hand-sewn Tilda doll and a stitched pictured. I constantly need to change my room, move the furniture and try out different settings 🙂
How do you organise your inspiration and ideas?
I write my ideas into a notebook and have a few Pinterest boards for visual inspiration.
Where do you look for inspiration?
When starting a new project, I sit down and think about what I want to express – do I want to create a girly wrapping, for example, do I want it to be light and fluffy? I automatically have an image in my head. I rarely go on the internet to see what I can create because I am afraid the found project would influence my work too much.
When I am browsing just for fun, Pinterest is, of course, my number one place to go. I also love magazines, especially those about living and DIY.
Do you love the room? Or are you all too aware of its shortcomings?
Well, all in all I really like the room. It is light and big, but it ain´t one of those super fancy and styled rooms. It is my work place and most of the days it is filled with oxen, paper on the ground and a big mess on the tables 😉
What’s your favourite thing about your studio?
The two windows as they let so much light into the room.
How big is your work space?
Good question, I don´t know. Approx. 4 x 5m.
Is there anything you’d change about the space if you could?
I wish I had a magic fairy that cleans my room every night, but otherwise… no, not really. Maybe a bit more storage room.
If you had three wishes, what would you do to make it completely perfect in every way?
Right now, I wouldn’t change a thing!