About Mary Fish

Mary Fish is a well-known Stampin' Up!® demonstrator from Tucson, Arizona. She also has a blog called Stampin' Pretty which has inspired many other paper crafters around the world.

Mary considers herself a "newbie' to crafting since she began a little less than 10 years ago. She also admits that at one point in her life she thought that she didn't have an artistic bone in her body! This all changed when her sister introduced her to Stampin' Up. After this, she quickly fell in love with paper crafting.

Once she started acquiring more crafting items she knew that she wanted to keep them all well-organized. She has moved a few times over these ten years, and each time she's taken what she's learned about studio design and made improvements.

Q&A with Mary:

1. What is your favorite type of paper crafting project to make? (Ex. cards, scrapbooking, home decor).
Cards, cards, cards.  I make them and sent them daily!
2. What year did you start paper crafting as a hobby?
Reluctantly in 2006, but I got hooked very quickly.
3. What's the one craft product you can't live without?
Stampin' Dimensionals
4. What are you passionate about personally?
I'm truly passionate about paper, stamps and ink. Paper crafting feeds my creative soul  and helps this Type A personality relax. What do I really enjoy? An outdoor lifestyle, lots of sunshine and spirited daily walks. 
5. Describe your studio in three words:
Peaceful, playful and productive.
6. What is the best reaction you have ever heard from a visitor to your craft studio?
"Can I mess it up, please?"
7. What other paper crafters have inspired you over the years?
Maile Belles, My Stampin' Pretty Pals Virtual Community--they inspire and motivate me daily.
8. How would you describe your project design style? (Vintage, eclectic, clean & simple, etc.)
Clean & simple with lots of Whisper White.
9. What is your favorite color?
Today it's Stampin' Up! Lost Lagoon.  But ask me tomorrow . . .
10. What other hobbies do you have?
The English major in me loves to read.  I'm learning to golf.
11. Can you settle the intense internet debate:  Should paper be stored vertical or horizontal?
Honestly, I didn't know it was a debate.  I have always rolled with horizontal paper storage.
12. What was the best part of the Stamp-n-Storage visit to your studio? 
Making Brett fresh squeezed grapefruit juice from our patio tree.

You can read more about her craft space at her blog My Stampin' Studio.

Behind the Scenes - Mary's Crafted Space

Here's an exclusive look inside of Mary Fish's craft room studio. She's put so much thought and planning into her space to make it functional for her crafting needs.

We'll start with some "before" shots of what her studio used to look like. It's come so far!

This was Mary's studio prior to getting everything laid out and organized.

Above, Mary's Stamp-n-Storage products are still in their boxes before she could get her room set-up.

Here is the very beautiful "after" shot of her studio. Everything is in its own place and so well-organized!

Here we see a close-up view of Mary's paper storage section. She loves having a place for her decorative papers to be stored. She uses Stamp-n-Storage Paper Holders!

Mary's stamp case sets have their own place on these shelves. Now she can easily see which stamp sets to use for her projects.

Ribbon storage is so easy when you have a Ribbon Holder from Stamp-n-Storage!  Just look at all of those pretty colors!

Last but not least, check out this Murphy bed that's located in Mary's closet in her studio. It's the perfect place for guests to stay when they come and visit!

Above: Brett Haugen, Stamp-n-Storage Founder; Carol Bradley, room designer; and studio owner Mary Fish