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Weekend Project: New Craft Table – IKEA Vika Series

I’ve known for a while that I needed another worktable in my craft studio, but this weekend it became more and more apparent as I worked on my one crowded table. When I first moved into this apartment, I had two worktables, a printer stand, and a 5 tier shelf. For a while 2 work tables was enough because I would craft and film on one table and then keep my Cricut handy on the other, but eventually my laptop and desktop computer took over one work table, that left me with only one table for paper crafting and no home for my Cricut.

To get me through the interim, I jury-rigged two portable storage drawers and used that as the stand for my Cricut. The more I used it, the more I hated it so I finally decided to break down and buy another table.

Below is what the setup looked like before the transformation:

Ikea Vika Series Review (Before)

The two drawers differed in height so my Cricut actually sat pretty crooked. In the corner you can see just a box of random stuff (stuff I need to sell or give away), storage items I need to put up, and photos I need to hang (yeah, I’ve lived here for a year and I still haven’t finished hanging all my pictures!)

Enter in IKEA’s Vika series:

IKEA Vika series

I only live 20 minutes away from an IKEA, which is probably why I continue to live in this same general area, so a lot of my apartment is furnished from there. My craft tables right now are second hand purchases from Craigslist. They are older Elfa desks with two filing cabinets from The Container store and I got them at a STEAL. I settled on the Vika series because they look very similar to my Elfa desks and would fit in perfectly.

The one I chose was pretty basic: a white 47″ tabletop with 4 white legs, grand total of about $34. I was really impressed with the Vika Amon tabletop–it was so unbelievably light weight compared to my Elfa tabletops. In fact, I carried it upstairs on my shoulder without even breaking into a sweat. Granted I don’t know if their lightness is a good or bad thing, but so far I have no complaints.

Also, white on white is just one combination of about a gazillion. In IKEA’s Vika series, you can opt for storage drawers instead of legs; or you can get a glass tabletop instead of a lightweight particleboard like mine. The possibilities are endless.

Assembly is easy as well, and like all assembly, I’d recommend using a power drill. It just makes things go a lot faster. I can already tell that disassembly of this table in the future will be easier compared to my Elfa desks. With the Vika desk, all you have to do is attach the leg base to the underside of the tabletop and the legs screw right in.

For my Elfa desks, the leg bases are attached to the legs, which then get attached to the tabletop. So each time I have to assemble and disassemble those desks, I need to unscrew and screw in small screws. Believe me, I’ve moved these tables twice already and while they’re not difficult to disassemble, it’s not an easy process.

Below is the result: IKEA Vika Amon White and White Review

I’m really happy with the outcome. Although there’s roughly a 1″ difference in heigh between the Elfa desk (right) and the Vika table (left), it’s not much of a problem. So that’s one section of my studio. Now to deal with the rest! 🙂

 

Holy Crap, I’m Updating My Cricut! This Is For Reals, Y’all.

Updating My Cricut Machine from Provocraft

I’ve been in my craft studio two days in a row. There’s a faint layer of dust that covers all of my supplies showing signs of neglect. In my opinion, it’s an accurate representation of this part of my life.

There are a lot of things that need to be taken care of in here. I hate to admit this, but there was still scraps of paper from my last major craft endeavor still sitting on my desk. And you know what that was? Last year’s December Daily! Yeah I couldn’t be more ashamed about this 🙂

Nevertheless, I didn’t let the lack of organization stop me from creating these last couple days.

We’re halfway through the month of September and the weather is already changing. I can feel it in my bones. The last couple days it’s been cool and dreary, my favorite kind of weather. Halloween is just around the corner, followed by Thanksgiving, and then Christmas so right now is the perfect time for being crafty.

I was working on some journaling for my first Project Life page when I decided to put my Cricut Expression to use. Then I remembered I actually owned a Gypsy (a gift from my sister last Christmas), so I decided to give it a shot. This is when I discovered I hadn’t even plugged it into my Cricut machine to update the cutting software on the machine.

Yes, I’ve owned this gadget for almost a year and I’m JUST now using it for the first time.

But hey, at least I’m using it right? 🙂 Anyway once I got through the process of updating everything, I finally got to cut directly from the Gypsy. It actually worked quite well. I was really impressed.

Nevertheless, I still have my eye on the Silhouette Cameo (Amazon affiliate link). Although I love my Cricut, the idea of cutting from .SVG files on my computer seems really appealing. It feels like the creative possibilities with the Silhouette are endless.

The creative process is slow right now. I worked on one 4 x 3″ journal for what seemed like forever, having an unusually difficult time settling on a color scheme. And those used to be so easy for me. I have no problem with it when I’m at work, but when I’m crafting, it’s a challenge.

I’m trying to figure what I currently own and what I haven’t even used yet. Last year I made a trip to Archiver’s in Austin and I did some major shopping damage while I was there, but I can’t remember what I purchased and whether or not I’ve used it. Inventory management is one of those long term things that I need to work on.

Perhaps this is all just a process I need to familiarize myself with again. So please bear with me in the meantime.

Vlog Time Complete with Scrapbook.com Haul

Wow, so today was the perfect day. Work went by so smoothly and even though we shut the office down 2 hours earlier, I still managed to get everything crossed off my to do list plus some additional stuff that popped up during the day. This almost never happens especially on the day before a holiday. At 3:15 I almost didn’t want to jinx it so I stayed quiet and kept to myself, praying that my phone wouldn’t ring with some crazy emergency that would keep me there late. Thankfully nothing happened!

As a result, I was able to pick up my package from Scrapbook.com before the main office closed. I recorded the haul video above, edited and had it published by 9:30 and so here I am blogging about it.

I have 9 pages done for my December Daily album. So far this album is becoming a breeze to start out with especially since I developed a design theme and method. I may not even need to create all 31 pages especially since I plan on inserting photo collages intermittently throughout the album. But I’m going to create as many as possible just so I’m prepared for the month.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. I’m supposed to head out to Fate, TX, also known as Way The Hell Out There, TX, for dinner with my family. But first I need to go to the grocery store in the morning and pick up stuff to bring for the party. I’m going to make my coworker’s Loaded Baked Potato Casserole that she brought to our office Thanksgiving party (it was aaaawesome!).