Craftroom Storage: Ink Pads – Hang Them Up!

Craftroom Storage: Ink Pads – Hang Them Up!
Craftroom storage for your ink pads frustrating you? Come ‘hang with us!’

Hello There Crafty Peeps!

We hope this post finds you kicking off your week with a focus on creating.

I’ll be working on party decor for my mother-in-law’s 80th birthday.

I’ve got a picture in my head of how I want the room decor to look and I’ve been ‘collecting’ items to make it a reality.

I can’t wait to see if it comes together like the image I have in my head! Fingers crossed…


And now, on to today’s share – it’s a quick one, a simple and inexpensive solution for storing your ink pads.

I love having lots of ink pads available when I’m creating, but having so many on hand has resulted in my having them stashed in large containers, containers that (when stacked) can get quite heavy and aren’t as easy to access (in my space) as I’d like.

And, these large containers take up a lot of space on my work area when I bring them out of where they’re stored.

Craftroom Organization - Snapware Snap N Stack 10 x 14 Rectangular Container (image)

Craftroom Organization – Snapware Snap N Stack 10 x 14 Rectangular Container

I’ve stored my Ranger Distress Ink Pads (along with other ink pads) in these 10″ x 14″ Snapware Snap N Stack rectangular containers for years and it’s been a great solution when I needed to take them with me to crafting events (where I did most of my crafting).

But now that I craft almost exclusively in my craft studio/office, I need a different solution – a solution that not only provides ample storage, but easy access and portability (should I need to take them along on a future crafting adventure).

And, a solution that doesn’t take up valuable real estate on my work surface.


Well folks, I’ve found a solution I absolutely adore!

Craftroom Organization - Ink Storage - Hanging Jewelry Organizers (image)

Craftroom Organization – Ink Storage – Hanging Jewelry Organizers

Check out this Hanging Jewelry Organizer from Sheffield Home.

This version is called the ‘Amour,’ which is perfect considering it’ll be home to my beloved Ranger Distress Ink Pads!

It has 30 small pockets and three larger pockets on each side.

And you know what that means, right?

It’s perfect for holding all 60 colors of Distress Inkand then some!

Craftroom Organization - Ink Storage - Ranger Distress Inks Stored in a Hanging Jewelry Organizer (image)

Craftroom Organization – Ink Storage – Ranger Distress Inks Stored in a Hanging Jewelry Organizer

It’s also trimmed with black and white stripes and has a huge silver heart in the background – could it be any cuter?!


As you can see, I bought two of these…well actually, I bought four!!!

I am so in love with this craftroom storage solution, which is ideal for my limited closet storage space, that I had to make sure I had enough space for ALL of my ink pads to be stored in this fashion.

Now all four of these organizers will be hung in my craft studio/office closet and I’ll have super easy access to my inks without their storage container taking up space on my work area when I’m creating.

Craftroom Organization - Ink Storage - Ranger Distress Inks Hanging in Craft Closet (image)

Craftroom Organization – Ink Storage – Ranger Distress Inks Hanging in My Craftroom Closet

(In case you’re wondering, my closet is just to the left of my work table.)

And, the larger pockets in this organizer are perfect for my other Ranger ink pads, or even inking tools – see below.

Craftroom Organization - Ink Storage - Add'l Ranger Inks in Jewelry Organizer (image)

Craftroom Organization – Ink Storage – Add’l Ranger Inks in the Jewelry Organizer


Think you might want one of these hanging organizers?

I took a picture of the tag that came on these in case any of you want to try and find one (or more) for your ink pads – here’s the front of the tag:

Craftroom Organization - Ink Storage - Tag for My Find, A Hanging Jewelry Organizer from Sheffield Home (image)

Craftroom Organization – Ink Storage – Tag for My Find, A Hanging Jewelry Organizer from Sheffield Home

And here’s the back of the tag (with the UPC, item number and price – these were purchased at Tuesday Morning):

Craftroom Organization - Ink Storage - UPC Code, Item Number & Price of the Hanging Jewelry Organizer from Sheffield Home (image)

Craftroom Organization – Ink Storage – UPC Code, Item Number & Price of the Hanging Jewelry Organizer from Sheffield Home


So, what do you think?

Does a hanging organizer sound like a solution
that’d work for your ink pads?

Or, perhaps for another crafty supply?

Please share your thoughts with us
on this craftroom organization and storage solution –

how would YOU use it?

BTW, if you’re looking to organize your Ranger products and label your ink pads, etc., be sure to check out their site for blank color charts which you can fill in and color labels which you can print out and adhere to your products – all can be found here: Ranger Color Charts & Product Labels

Well, that wraps up today’s craftroom organization and storage share – see you next time!
Steph & The CSI Team

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Craftroom Organization: Unique Storage Ideas – Hobby Lobby, Take III

Craftroom Organization: Unique Storage Ideas – Hobby Lobby, Take III
Unique Storage Ideas – even more ideas for your craft room and craft supplies!

How many of you have enjoyed our Unique Storage Ideas posts?

How about our previous finds from field trips to Hobby Lobby?

Are you forever on the hunt for something “unique” for your craft room or art studio?

Perhaps a single item to add character to your space, or a way to inspire you to want to spend more time there?

Or, maybe you’d like to add a special ‘collection’ that not only looks cool, but serves a purpose?

Well, we’ve got more craftroom organization ideas for you!

 

Craftroom Organization: Unique Items - Cigar Boxes (image)

Craftroom Organization: Unique Items – Cigar Boxes

We’re sharing even more non-traditional craftroom organization and storage solutions, solutions that may just help you love your creative space even more and make you more productive when you’re in it.

How do great storage ideas help with productivity?

When you love your space, you want to be in it – it’s as simple as that!

And when you can easily find – and put away – your tools and supplies, you have more time for creating and will most certainly enjoy the process more.


The following craftroom organization items were spotted at several Austin, Texas Hobby Lobby stores I recently visited – we hope you enjoy checking them out!

Perhaps they’re just what you’re looking for and you can find them at your local store.

Or, maybe they’ll simply spark something in you, a way to re-purpose something you have on hand, or to motivate you to start hunting for a similar solution, one that’s ideal for what you need to organize and store!


Now we know there’ll be at least a few of you who don’t have a Hobby Lobby near you, or who may not be able to find these exact items at your local store.

Please keep in mind that we’re sharing these simply to give you ideas about how you might be able to make use of unique storage items and furnishings that are not specific to craft room and/or crafting supply organization, items that could make organizing and storing your crafty stash more fun!

And if you do have a local store that carries one or more of these items, and it’d/they’d be ideal for your needs, well that’s even better.


One thing I do want to point out to those who DO have a Hobby Lobby near them is that many of these items have been marked WAY down since the day I took these photos.

Yes, that means they may be a bit harder to come by, but if your store does carry them, they’re likely also super reasonable now.

And that’s a good thing, right?

We sure love great deals!


Along with each craftroom organization and storage item, I’m sharing my thoughts on the best uses for that type of unit, as well as characteristics to look for in products and furnishings you might come across where you live (and bargain hunt!).

I’ve also shared potential ‘cons,’ if any exist, to using these.


And, because we had a request from one of our readers to include the prices when we share items such as these, the prices are included when it was possible to include the price tag in the photo (enlarge the images to see the price tags more clearly).

Remember though that many of these prices have been recently reduced…some quite significantly!

 

And now, let’s take a look at each organizing and storage idea and chat about how YOU might put it to use in YOUR space…


Option One: White Desk

Craftroom Organization: Unique Storage Ideas - Hobby Lobby Take III - White Desk (image)

Craftroom Organization: Unique Storage Ideas – Hobby Lobby Take III – White Desk

This unit may not be as unique as those that follow, but I love the frame and the built-in riser and cubbies.

Don’t you?

This is ideal for someone who works from home and doesn’t need a lot of desk space, for cardmakers and scrapbookers, and also for us planner girls. 🙂

It appears to be well-built, and with that white finish, it’s sure to fit into most any decor.

Potential Cons:
If you’re into mixed-media and art journaling, then you’d definitely have to protect the surface when you’re creating (or perhaps add a glass top, but that would be pricey).

Price: $230.00 USD

Thoughts on this desk? 

 

Option Two: Numbered Metal Drawers Unit

Craftroom Organization: Unique Storage Ideas - Hobby Lobby Take III - Numbered Metal Unit (image)

Craftroom Organization: Unique Storage Ideas – Hobby Lobby Take III – Numbered Metal Unit

This unit is ideal for storing dies, embossing folders, small stamp sets, or even numbered items (such as chipboard or acrylic pieces) and the strong wooden top makes it ideal for hosting small machines like the Cuttlebug.

This would also be simple to alter if you wanted it all one color or wanted to paint the drawers various colors that match your creative space.

Potential Cons:
I don’t think I would store delicate items like ribbons or fabrics in this unit as the metal is distressed and could damage those items.

This unit might also rust over time (although you could apply a clear coat to it and that should prevent rusting).

Price: Unknown (I tried to capture the price tag, on the left, but it kept flipping off to the side – argh!)

Is this one for you –
why or why not?

 

Option Three: Colorful Metal Drawers Unit

Craftroom Organization: Unique Storage Ideas - Hobby Lobby Take III - Colorful Metal Basket Unit (image)

Craftroom Organization: Unique Storage Ideas – Hobby Lobby Take III – Colorful Metal Basket Unit

This unit is ideal for crafters who like a lot of color or who want to be able to slide out a drawer and take it to where they’re creating.

Of course, just like with the last unit (above), it could easily be altered to match most any decor.

You could easily store fabrics and sewing or quilting supplies in the drawers, hang rulers and scissors from the sides and place a machine on the top so it’s always handy.

This would also work well for machines like the Cricut and Silhouette and Brother Scan’NCut, or the Cuttlebug or Spellbinders Platinum machine, with room in the drawers for most of the supplies that accompany those machines.

Mats could easily be hung from the sides, keeping them handy and flat.

Additionally, paper pads or alphabet sticker sheets could be easily and neatly stored in the bins.

And finally, you could store folded or rolled fabric in the drawers (as long as the unit was away from harsh light or pets).

Potential Cons:
Like with the previous unit (above), this unit is metal so rusting is a long-term possibility, but this unit appears to have a strong, clear coat over it so I don’t think you’d have to worry about it for some time.

You’d probably want to add something soft (like felt) to the bottoms of the legs as they are a bit rough.

Price: $125.00 USD

Who’s up for adding some color to their space?

Or, would you like to have this, but paint it?

 

Option Four: Locker Drawers & Basket Unit

Craftroom Organization: Unique Storage Ideas - Hobby Lobby Take III - Locker & Wire Drawers Unit (image)

Craftroom Organization: Unique Storage Ideas – Hobby Lobby Take III – Locker & Wire Drawers Unit

This one’s a papercrafters dream!

Even if you had to paint and/or clear coat this unit, it’s got some pretty ideal storage.

That tall basket is perfect for rolls of specialty or decorative or flower-making paper; the smaller, upper bins would work well for small paper pads; and, the three lower, left-hand drawers would work well for storing misc. types of paper (watercolor pads, palette paper, etc.)

I don’t think I’d store fabrics in this unit, but notions, rulers, scissors and rotary cutters, cutting mats, etc. might fit well, with room on the top for a machine or two.

Potential Cons:
Same as with the previous two units, the metal may rust over time if not well coated.

Price: $147.00 USD

Any papercrafters drooling over this one?

 

Option Five: Multi-Colored Drawers w/ A Variety of Hardware Unit

Craftroom Organization: Unique Storage Ideas - Hobby Lobby Take III - Varied Colors & Hardware Drawer Unit (image)

Craftroom Organization: Unique Storage Ideas – Hobby Lobby Take III – Varied Colors & Hardware Drawer Unit

This unit was calling my name – it looks almost exactly like one I have except that mine is all black rather than being multi-colored.

I love the quirkiness of this storage unit and could find a million things to store in those cute drawers!

In my unit, I’ve stored the following: small office supplies, binder rings of all sizes, jewelry findings (in tiny zipper bags), metal items for mixed media projects, sugar beads, iTop parts, rubber bands and large journal bands, empty tins and small containers, and extra zipper bags in various sizes.

This would be ideal for storing fabric squares and bundles, sewing and quilting notions, drawing tools, pens and pencils, clay and clay tools, jewelry-making supplies and tools, etc.

Potential Cons:
Some of the drawers were a bit tough to slide in and out.

Price: Unknown (again, the dang tag wouldn’t stay in place so I could capture the price, but I recall that it was around $125)

What do you think –
how would you use this?

 

Option Six: Lockers on Wheels Unit

Craftroom Organization: Unique Storage Ideas - Hobby Lobby Take III - Locker Doors Wheeled Cabinet (image)

Craftroom Organization: Unique Storage Ideas – Hobby Lobby Take III – Locker Doors Wheeled Cabinet

This unit would work for so many applications!

I love that it looks a bit like old school lockers, provides a lot of storage space behind each door (and a label holder on the front of each one), has a large top that’s likely to hold up well and has wheels.

I can envision storing small bolts of fabric, paper pads, or containers of supplies for most any crafting endeavor in the ‘lockers.’

Potential Cons:
A couple of the doors were a tiny bit sticky (but use and/or a little WD40 would likely take care of that).

Price: $210.00 USD

Is this ‘industrial’ look more your style?

 

Option Seven: Industrial Shelving Unit

Craftroom Organization: Unique Storage Ideas - Hobby Lobby Take III - Industrial Shelving Units (image)

Craftroom Organization: Unique Storage Ideas – Hobby Lobby Take III – Industrial Shelving Units

These also made me swoon!

I love the rivets and the styling of these, and they provide a lot of space for storing your most used (read: need to be readily accessible) supplies and tools.

I like how tall the open space is between the bottom shelf and the shelf above it – perfect for 12 x 12 scrapbooks!

Potential Cons:
Because of the coating that’s on them, you might not want to store ‘delicate’ items on these shelves without putting them in containers first.

Price: $84.00 USD

Another industrial-looking storage unit –
yay or nay?

 

Option Eight: Metal Stands

Craftroom Organization: Unique Storage Ideas - Hobby Lobby Take III - Metal Stands (image)

Craftroom Organization: Unique Storage Ideas – Hobby Lobby Take III – Metal Stands

These three are equally attractive options for storing tools and supplies.

The outer two are ideal for smaller, lightweight items (preferably in clear containers) and the center tiered basket is sturdy enough to hold heavier items.

Any of these could be painted if you wanted a color other than black, and the outer two are perfect for making use of tall, narrow spaces in your craft room, spaces that are currently unused.

Potential Cons:
The unit on the left might tip over if loaded heavily on top and lighter on the bottom (especially if positioned on carpeting).

All three of these could damage delicate materials (think papers, fabrics, ribbons, etc.) if the items aren’t stored in containers that fit into these units.

Price: $59.00-$69.00 USD

I love all three of these, but the center is my favorite –
how about you, what’s your favorite of these three?

 

Option Nine: Chicken Wire Display Box

Craftroom Organization: Unique Storage Ideas - Hobby Lobby Take III - Wooden Chicken Wire Display Box (image)

Craftroom Organization: Unique Storage Ideas – Hobby Lobby Take III – Wooden Chicken Wire Display Box

This unit is ideal for paints, mediums, embossing powders, adhesives or even wood-mounted stamps.

And it would make a nice display case for jars of ribbon, washi rolls, buttons, etc.

And most importantly, it could be locked on the side to keep little ones’ fingers out and off your precious (or dangerous) supplies.

Potential Cons:
It’s made to be hung on a wall and would require some anchoring. And unless you have a shabby-chic style creative space, you’d probably need to invest in painting it.

Price: Unknown (sadly, there was only one of these and it wasn’t marked)

Who’s fawning over this one?

 

Option Ten: Black, White & Gold Desk Organizer

Craftroom Organization: Unique Storage Ideas - Hobby Lobby Take III - Black White & Gold Desk Organizer (image)

Craftroom Organization: Unique Storage Ideas – Hobby Lobby Take III – Black White & Gold Desk Organizer

O.K., I know this is quite a bit different from the previous units, but I fell in love and had to share it!

I’m totally loving black and white and gold and looked at this for storing my personal planner (also black and white and gold) and accompanying tools and supplies.

It was located in the stationery section, in case you go hunting for it.

The larger section (on the right) is perfect for holding one or more planners and/or a planner and paper pad; the front cubby could hold clips and other bits and bobs, or small acrylic or wood-mounted stamp sets; the center section on the left would be perfect for pens and pencils, or more stamp sets (I have acrylic sets that are tall and narrow); and, the back section on the left is ideal for rulers or narrow, acrylic stamp sets. 

Potential Cons:
It is made of covered chipboard so it’s not likely to hold up a long time (but then, we’ll probably be on to a new, fun color scheme by the time it wears out, right? ;)).

Price: $20.00 USD

Any black, white and gold and/or planner peeps in the house?

Has this got your heart fluttering?

 

Option Eleven: Distressed Divided Box

Craftroom Organization: Unique Storage Ideas - Hobby Lobby Take III - Distressed Divided Box (image)

Craftroom Organization: Unique Storage Ideas – Hobby Lobby Take III – Distressed Divided Box

This last unit is great on so many levels if you’re a lover of vintage items.

First, it looks vintage, but is quite sturdy.

Second, it’s a neutral color and would fit in most anywhere with or without any changes to the finish.

And third, it’s great hanging up or laying flat.

I’d love to see it used laying flat for sewing and quilting notions or for holding wood veneers or chipboard pieces for papercrafting, or hanging up and showing off a crafter’s collection…of anything!

Into painting, mixed media or art journaling?

Why not use it for your brushes, spatulas, paints and mediums?

Potential Cons:
The wood is a bit rough and may need a bit of sanding if what you store in it could be damaged.

Price: $39

 

Well, that wraps up yet another round of
unique craftroom organization and storage items.

We’d love to hear your thoughts,
and take a look at YOUR unique storage items.

Please share your thoughts and links in the comments below.


Thanks again for joining us, and don’t forget, we’re looking for you to share your thoughts about what we post here at Craft Storage Ideas.

Simply leave us a comment on this post or on our previous post titled, “Craft Storage Ideas: We Want To Hear From You!“, or send us an email – we look forward to hearing from you!

Happy Organizing,
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Craft Storage Ideas: A Sale, A Giveaway & A Mobile Storage Solution

Craft Storage Ideas: A Sale, A Giveaway & A Mobile Storage Solution
Who’s looking for a GREAT deal on craft storage products? How about a chance to WIN some?! And, how about a mobile storage solution?

Well, we’ve got all three!


First, let’s talk about the sale…

Go-Organize.com - Quality Craft Storage Products For Crafters of All Types (image)

Go-Organize.comQuality Craft Storage Products For Crafters of All Types!

As you know if you’ve been around here for a bit, we have a wonderful new sponsor, Go-Organize.com, a manufacturer of high-quality craft storage furnishings and products (and products for the rest of your home too!).

Not only are they a wonderful company to work with (they’ve been a sponsor of our sister site, PaperCrafter’s Corner, for more than three years!), they have awesome products for storing your beloved craft tools and supplies, and they offer FREE shipping every day!*

Who else does that?!

Uh, no one!


And from July 1, 2016, throughout the 4th of July holiday weekend, you can save 10% off everything in the Go-Organize.com store!

Go-Organize.com Independence Day 2016 Sale - Save 5-10% & Get FREE Shipping! (image)

Go-Organize.com Independence Day 2016 Sale – Save 5-10% & Get FREE Shipping!

If independence from clutter is on your to-do list, then this weekend is the perfect time to do a little shopping…and saving!

*Please note: as of the publish date of this post, Go-Organize.com only ships within the continental U.S.


And now, the giveaway…

Check out the sale at Go-Organize.com first thing tomorrow, Friday, July 1, 2016, and let us know what you’re adding to YOUR craft space.

Why share?

We’re giving one lucky shopper a $25 shopping code for Go-Organize.com!


Here’s how you enter to win the $25 shopping code:

  • Click on this sale linkGo-Organize.com Independence Day 2016 Sale
  • Look through the many organizing and storage furnishings Go-Organize.com has on offer and make a purchase, any purchase.
  • Then, send us a copy of your emailed receipt (for security, please block out any financial information, such as your credit card number, etc.).

***Receipts must be emailed to Steph at shackney (at) papercrafterscorner (dot) com
no later than 8 a.m. (central), Monday, July 4, 2016!
***

We’ll draw one winner, from all complete entries received by the deadline, and that winner will receive a $25 shopping code to use at Go-Organize.com.

Easy and fun, right?!

I’d sure be shopping if I had a chance to get FREE shipping, and to not only save 10% on whatever I purchase, but to also have a chance to WIN a $25 shopping code!

Happy shopping!


And now for the mobile storage solution we mentioned…

Craft Storage Ideas: IKEA Raskog Cart (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: IKEA Raskog Cart

I’m sure many of you have heard about the Raskog Cart from IKEA, right?

It appears to be a very popular item for homes and craft spaces alike.

And well, like many crafters, I just HAD to have one!


What am I using it for?

Well, I initially bought it to house my pocket scrapbooking supplies.

But, I soon found it was not such an ideal solution for my pocket scrapbooking stash (or at least not for the easy retrieval of said stash) and it was ‘re-purposed’ for another type of supply, a supply I’m excited to now use more often!

 

Craft Storage Ideas: IKEA Raskog Cart Filled With Mixed Media Supplies (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: IKEA Raskog Cart Filled With Mixed Media Supplies

Meet my mixed-media tools and supply storage unit!

I LOVE the way this unit houses my mixed-media tools and supplies and, most importantly, how I can easily roll it over to my work area and quickly grab what I need for my current ‘messy’ project.

Because this cart is so easy to move, and tools and supplies are so easy to access, and return when I’m finished with them (important!), my mixed-media supplies are getting much more use – yay!

Quick and easy, that’s my motto!


Here’s what this unit looks like, fully loaded, from the side:

Craft Storage Ideas: IKEA Raskog Cart, Side View Of Contents (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: IKEA Raskog Cart, Side View Of Contents

Note that I have my Ranger Distress Paints stored in paint bottle storage rolls (made by Plaid) that are zip-tied to the sides of the unit, and my brayers hooked on via zip-ties as well – I’m definitely maximizing EVERY bit of storage capacity available!

And the reason this unit was a must is that it’s very narrow, essential for me since the space where it has to live is also very narrow.


And here’s a shot of each of the cart’s tiers, along with what’s stored in each tier:

Tier One: Tools and the Basics

Craft Storage Ideas: IKEA Raskog Cart - Top Tier: Tools & The Basics (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: IKEA Raskog Cart – Top Tier: Tools & The Basics


Tier Two: Supplies & Sprays

Craft Storage Ideas: IKEA Raskog Cart - Middle Tier: Supplies & Sprays (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: IKEA Raskog Cart – Middle Tier: Supplies & Sprays


Tier Three: Paints

Craft Storage Ideas: IKEA Raskog Cart - Bottom Tier: Paints (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: IKEA Raskog Cart – Bottom Tier: Paints


Pretty cool, right?

Yeah, I thought you might like checking out how I’m using this unit and seeing how much it can hold – as you can see, it holds a ton!

Another reason I chose this cart is because it’s metal and easy to wipe off if (when!) something spills.


Need a mobile unit that can hold 13″ x 13″ cases, or 12″ x 12″ cardstock, patterned paper or scrapbooks?

A unit that’s enclosed?

One that’ll fit right in with any of the craft storage products from Go-Organize.com?

Then you’ll definitely want to check out the Go-Organize.com Mobile Craft Storage options – they’re wonderful and several of them are already on sale!

 

Questions or comments about the Raskog Cart
or how I’m using it?

Questions about any of the mobile storage units
from Go-Organize.com?

Leave your questions or a comment –
I’ll be happy to respond.


Well, that’s it for today’s shares – we hope you enjoyed learning about a great sale, a wonderful chance to win FREE craft storage products AND fab, mobile storage options!


Don’t forget to check out the
Independence Day Weekend Sale at Go-Organize.com
and enter to win after you make a purchase.

Oh, and be sure to share this with your crafty buddies –
we’re sure they’ll be grateful!


Happy shopping and organizing, and a very Happy 4th of July to our U.S. papercrafters,
Steph & The PCC Team

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Craft Storage Idea: Solution for 6″ x 6″ Paper Pads or Fabric Bundles

Craft Storage Idea: Solution for 6″ x 6″ Paper Pads or Fabric Bundles
Craft Storage doesn’t have to come from a craft product retailer!

Today’s post centers around finding organizing and storage solutions for 6″ x 6″ papers, paper pads, and folded fabrics or fabric bundles.

Craft Storage Ideas: Solution for 6x6 Paper Pads or Fabric Bundles - Fabric Bundles (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: Solution for 6×6 Paper Pads or Fabric Bundles – Fabric Bundles

Craft Storage Ideas: Solution for 6x6 Paper Pads or Fabric Bundles - My 6x6 Paper Pads (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: Solution for 6×6 Paper Pads or Fabric Bundles – My 6×6 Paper Pads

But, this storage solution is NOT a craft storage item, nor an item found at craft product retailers.

It may, however, be found at your local home organization store.

 

Craft Storage Ideas: Shopping for Organizing & Storage Solutions, For YOU! (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: Shopping for Organizing & Storage Solutions, For YOU!

As background, I’m a frequent ‘shopper’ at home organization stores and craft product retailers, and I usually take weekly ‘field trips’ to my local retailers in search of items that I need for my own products and supplies, and/or which we can recommend to you.

Craft Storage Ideas: The Command Center (a.k.a. Steph's Office) (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: The Command Center (a.k.a. Steph’s Office)

And in the interest of full transparency, when you work as a solopreneur, and work from a home office, getting out at least once a week is important to long-term sanity!

But even if I worked in a corporate office, I’d still be checking out the latest in organization and storage products – it’s my thing and a major aspect of what we provide our Craft Storage Ideas audience…you!

Now, please note the ‘ ‘ around the word ‘shopper’ above – I am NOT making purchases every week, but rather searching for what’s out there, and most importantly, looking for items that can be re-purposed for craft product and supply storage.

And that brings me to today’s find and recommendations…


Meet the InterDesign Bath Binz!

Craft Storage Ideas: Solution for 6x6 Paper Pads or Fabric Bundles - InterDesign Bath Binz (8" x 8" x 6") (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: Solution for 6×6 Paper Pads or Fabric Bundles – InterDesign Bath Binz (8″ x 8″ x 6″)

This clear acrylic container, a container which measures 8″W x 8″D x 6″H, is both sturdy and stylish.

And for those who need to see what you own, or need storage that’s portable, this is likely ideal!

This bin has handles (openings) both front and back, making it easy to grab it and take it to where you’re working, and slide it into and out of shelves and cubbies.

And because the bin is square, it doesn’t matter whether you place your items in a forward-facing manner or side-facing manner.

 

Craft Storage Ideas: Solution for 6x6 Paper Pads or Fabric Bundles - My 6x6 Paper Pads Stored, Front-Facing (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: Solution for 6×6 Paper Pads or Fabric Bundles – My 6×6 Paper Pads Stored, Front-Facing

In the image above you can see that I’m storing my 6 ” x 6″ paper pads in a forward-facing manner, with the front handle (opening) facing forward as well.

I need to be able to quickly and easily access my collection of pads, grab what I need and slide the rest of the collection back in place, or bring my whole collection to my crafting table.

Craft Storage Ideas: Solution for 6x6 Paper Pads or Fabric Bundles - My 6x6 Paper Pads Stored, Side-Facing (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: Solution for 6×6 Paper Pads or Fabric Bundles – My 6×6 Paper Pads Stored, Side-Facing

The pads will also fit in a side-facing manner, as shown above.

Craft Storage Ideas: Solution for 6x6 Paper Pads or Fabric Bundles - My 6x6 Paper Pads Stored, Front-Facing in My Expedit (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: Solution for 6×6 Paper Pads or Fabric Bundles – My 6×6 Paper Pads Stored, Front-Facing in My Expedit

The front handle makes this access and return process easy, and this bin fits well, on top of another container of 6″ x 6″ paper pads, in one of the cubbies of my IKEA Expedit storage shelving.

I love that the bin is clear so I can see what’s inside of it without opening a lid, and the dual handles means it’s easy to tote along if I’m creating in another space or at a craft event.

 

Craft Storage Ideas: Solution for 6x6 Paper Pads or Fabric Bundles - My Fabric Bundles (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: Solution for 6×6 Paper Pads or Fabric Bundles – My Fabric Bundles

Into sewing and/or quilting?

Consider storing your smaller pieces of fabric (or folded remnants) in these bins.

‘Flats’ of fabric fit well and can easily be organized by theme, color, type, etc.

Grab some dividers (store-bought or homemade) and add them between your fabric pieces to make finding what you need even quicker and easier.

Again, we think this is a super versatile product, one that’s not just perfect for the bathroom or other areas of your home, but for YOUR craft, sewing or quilting room as well!


A word of caution:
Because this bin is clear and not completely enclosed, items stored in it could be subject to fading and getting dusty, or getting covered in pet hair if you have animals.

We recommend storing these bins inside a closed storage unit (e.g., my Expedit has a curtain covering the front so light isn’t entering the cubbies and there is very little dust getting on my paper pads) or, at the very least, keeping them away from bright light sources (e.g., sunlight) and away from where your beloved pets hang out.


So what do you think –
is this a solution you can envision yourself using,
for papers or fabrics, or perhaps another crafting supply?

Please let us know what you think of the InterDesign Bath Binz!
and how YOU would use them.


Thanks for tuning in today and happy organizing,
Steph & The CSI Team

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Craft Storage Ideas: Does Your Creative Space Help or Hinder You?

Craft Storage Ideas: Does Your Creative Space Help or Hinder You?
Creativity comes from many places, including where you create – is your creative space an asset or a hinderance?

I saw this Economist article on famous artists’ spaces and thought y’all might enjoy reading it.
The Economist: Artists’ Creative Spaces

And, not only reading it, but thinking about whether or not your space enhances creativity, or diminishes it.

Could this quote from the above article describe YOUR space: “These spaces feed into a mythology of the workspace: the artist is not just a creator, but is surrounded by beauty so that he may create it.”

Or, is this a more apt description of your creative space? “Today’s studios are far less opulent: Jeff Koons’s studio features numerous Lysol cleaning spray bottles for polishing and fluorescent-hued cartoon paintings of a very different aesthetic era.”

 

Craft Storage Ideas: Steph's Craft Room | Office Circa 2005 (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: Steph’s Craft Room | Office Circa 2005

For me, my ‘spaces’ are essential to what takes place in them.

My kitchen must provide me with a logical layout that makes cooking easy and enjoyable.

My bedroom must feel ‘relaxed’ and be free of ‘alert’ colors and electronics like TV.

My office must be free of clutter and have plenty of ‘spreading’ space for paperwork.

 

Craft Storage Ideas: Steph's Craft Room | Office Circa 2005 (Note My 'Treasures!') (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: Steph’s Craft Room | Office Circa 2005 (Note My ‘Treasures!’)

And my creative space has to not just be super functional in terms of where items are stored and how easily I can access and retrieve them, but free of clutter and filled with items that bring me joy and/or inspire creativity.

The images above show my creative | office space from 2005 – we were in a temporary rental that just happened to have walls painted the same color as those in my office in the home we’d just sold.

I was thrilled that my ‘treasures’ fit right in and that the space met all of my requirements!


How about you – is the physical space in which you create important? 

And if so, what’s most important to you in terms of form and function?


We’d love to learn more about your creative space – whether it’s a rolling tote you only access while creating at crafting events; a single rolling cart or bag you take from room to room as your mate and/or family engage in activities in those spaces; a dedicated space in a multi-purpose area of your home; or, a full-blown crafting space, a space that’s your and yours alone.

And if you don’t yet have any space of your own, share your dreams for one…or why having one isn’t important to you.


We know from the numbers of Pinterest followers, and repins, we have on both the Craft Storage Ideas Pinterest account and PaperCrafter’s Corner Pinterest account that checking out others’ creative spaces is a popular activity among the creative set, and that gathering craft storage ideas is common among crafters.

What we’d love to learn about you is what inspires you in others’ spaces – is it the layout, furnishings, colors, ‘theme,’ hidden and visible ‘treasures,’ functionality, or?


Please share your thoughts on your own creative space,
and the spaces of those you admire and/or spaces that inspire you –
we enjoy being inspired too!

Oh, and if you take the time to read the article we linked above,
the article on Artists’ Creative Spaces from The Economist,
please share your thoughts about that article, and those spaces, too!

And one final request:
If you want to share your current or past spaces with us,
we’d love to see them –
post a link to pix of your space(s) in your comment.

One lucky creative space sharer
will receive a special treat!

Thanks for tuning in today – we love talking craft storage with y’all!
Steph & The CSI Team

Craft Storage Ideas: Go-Organize.com Is Our New Sponsor!

Craft Storage Ideas: Go-Organize.com Is Our New Sponsor!
Craft storage products for EVERY type of crafter!

Hello Crafters!

Today’s a very special day for Craft Storage Ideas and for you.

Why’s that?

Well, we have a wonderful new sponsor – and that means even more great craft storage ideas and solutions are on their way to YOU!

Go-Organize.com - Quality Craft Storage Products For Crafters of All Types (image)

Go-Organize.com Quality Craft Storage Products For Crafters of All Types

Please join us in welcoming our new sponsor, Go-Organize.com, manufacturer of high-quality organizing furnishings and accessories for EVERY type of crafting endeavor.

We’re thrilled to have Go-Organize.com join us as a Craft Storage Ideas (CSI) sponsor and we can’t wait to share their offering with you.

They’ve been a wonderful advertiser on, and sponsor of, our sister site, PaperCrafter’s Corner (PCC), for the past three years and we’re thrilled to welcome them to the CSI family.


What kinds of products do they offer?

Everything for storing your favorite crafting tools and supplies, and for creating the craft space of your dreams!

Whether you have a dedicated craft room, are looking to convert a closet into a crafty haven, need something mobile you can scoot around to where your family’s hanging out, or require storage that can do double-duty, it’s likely they have a solution that’s right for you.

And the best part?

Their craft storage products are designed to work well independently or in combinations – they’re totally configurable so you can build out your space all at once or a few pieces at a time, and change things around as your crafting storage needs change.

And here’s proof!

And, they offer products that make quick work of organizing and storing the rest of your home’s treasures too!


Oh, and Go-Organize.com ships for FREE!!!

Yup, you heard right – shipping is FREE!!!


Here are just a few of my favorite Go-Organize.com craft storage products, products I’m using in my craft room (a.k.a. the PCC craft studio!):

Craft Storage Ideas: Go-Organize.com Revolving Organizer (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: Go-Organize.com Revolving Organizer

The Revolving Organizer, the first Go-Organize product I tried and an organizational tool I couldn’t live without!

If, like me, you prefer keeping your most-used tools close at hand, then this may be the perfect solution for you too.

And if you’re always hunting for your tools and are frustrated with having to look for them EVERY. SINGLE. TIME., then try one of these – it’ll definitely improve your productivity and lessen your frustration!

My Revolving Organizer is stationed on the corner of my work area, within arm’s reach whenever I’m creating, and although it’s ‘stuffed to the gills,’ I’m able to quickly and easily locate the tools I need.

Here’s a quick look at what I’m storing in mine:

Craft Storage Ideas: Go-Organize.com Revolving Organizer - Stuffed to the Gills! (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: Go-Organize.com Revolving Organizer – Stuffed to the Gills!

Craft Storage Ideas: Go-Organize.com Revolving Organizer - Stuffed to the Gills! (Another View) (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: Go-Organize.com Revolving Organizer – Stuffed to the Gills! (Another View)

(Excuse the marked-up wall in these pix, I’m marking where my next Peg Board [see below] will be hung!)

As you can see, this baby holds A LOT!!!

Need portability? I’ve taken my Revolving Organizer with me to crops – I found a large shopping tote and in it went!

If you’re looking for a new tool storage solution, a solution that’s very reasonably priced, sturdy and pretty, and works well for storing most any crafting hand tools (as well as markers and pens, coloring mediums, paint brushes, rulers, etc.), then check out the Revolving OrganizerI LOVE mine!

What would YOU store in this Revolving Organizer if you had one?

Please share your ideas in the comments –
we’d love more ideas!

 

Craft Storage Ideas: Go-Organize.com Peg Boards (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: Go-Organize.com Peg Boards

The next Go-Organize products I added to my space are the white Peg Boards.

The Peg Boards come in packs of three and make great use of otherwise unused vertical space – with the included mounting hardware and easy-to-follow instructions, you can quickly and easily hang them from a wall, or from the side of a desk, work surface or cabinet (like shown below).

Craft Storage Ideas: Go-Organize.com Peg Boards - Mounted to Cubes (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: Go-Organize.com Peg Boards – Mounted to Cubes

How cool is this mounting idea?

Otherwise unused space is instantly made useful!


I think this is an ideal solution for kids’ craft areas too, don’t you?

Hang tools on the pegboard and store the supplies inside a combination of any of the Go-Organize craft storage cubes – everything is easy to access and very little space is needed.


I have one Peg Board panel on the wall behind my work area, and I just removed a few decorative items from that same wall so I can add another Peg Board panel to that space – yup, I like them that much!

The Peg Board panel that’s currently hanging up is home to my paper crimper, a clear cutting guide, a hot glue gun, a Dymo Label Maker and heat tools (and as soon as I get some more hooks, I’ll be adding a few more tools to this space).

Craft Storage Ideas: Go-Organize.com Peg Board Panel - Perfect For Hanging Larger Tools (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: Go-Organize.com Peg Board Panel – Perfect For Hanging Larger Tools


I plan to use the new, second panel for hanging my many stencils (stay tuned for a share on how this turns out!).

And I may add the third panel from my 3-pack to that same wall and use it to keep new papercrafting embellishments front and center (so I don’t forget to use them!), or hang it on the back wall inside my craft room closet for hanging up my embroidery hoops and other challenging-to-store tools.


Is papercrafting your thing? Hang packs of your newest embellishments from the hooks so you don’t forget to use them!

Prefer quilting and/or sewing? Think about using these Peg Boards for hanging your scissors, rotary cutting tools, quilting rulers and templates, tape measures, etc. close to where you quilt or sew.

Jewelry-making and beading more your crafty pleasure? You might want to hang your tools on one of these hung just above your ‘bench’ so everything is within reach, but not taking up valuable work area.

Got a thing for needle arts? Consider hanging your floss collection from a panel, reminding you of all the beautiful colors you have at your disposal!

Whatever kind of crafting you’re into, we bet you can find a use for one (or many!) of these handy panels.


How would YOU use these Peg Board panels in your craft space?

Please share your ideas in the comments –
we’d love to hear them!


Oh, and one more thing – these Peg Board panels can easily be painted or decorated with your favorite crafting supplies, making it easy to customize them for YOUR space!

 

Craft Storage Ideas: Go-Organize.com Wall Shelves (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: Go-Organize.com Wall Shelves

And last, but certainly not least, I’m adding the Go-Organize Wall Shelves to the space to the left of where my first Peg Board is currently hung.

I need a spot to keep all of my small liquids, sprays and powders (the ones I use most often) within reach when I’m creating.

These shelves, which come in packs of two, will soon be home to a bunch of different liquid adhesives, as well as dimensional products, artist mediums, and embossing powders, and my beloved Archival Spray and Goo-Gone.

After taking these shelves out of their packaging, my mind was racing with other ideas for stocking them – they’re perfect for storing sewing notions, beads and jewelry findings, buttons and other craft project embellishments, and as a display shelf for your favorite rubber stamps, small creations made by you and other crafters, and cards from your crafty friends.

I’ll be sharing pictures of my filled shelves as soon as I get them hung and I’d love to hear your ideas for using these!

Where would you hang these shelves,
and what would you store or display on them if you had a set?

Please share your thoughts in the comments –
we love hearing from you!


Well kids, that’s it for today’s share.

We sure are excited to be working with Go-Organize.com
and hope you’ll give them a HUGE CSI welcome!

Ready to connect with Go-Organize.com
and personally welcome them as a CSI sponsor?

Check out the Go-Organize.com website
and all of their social media channels:
Go-Organize on Facebook
Go-Organize.com on Twitter
Go-Organize on Pinterest
Go-Organize on Instagram
Go-Organize on YouTube


Thanks for tuning in and for sharing a bit of your day with us – we love chatting with you!

We look forward to our next get-together and invite you to share your crafting organization and storage challenges, and ideas, with us.

Have a great day,
Steph & The CSI Team

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Craft Storage Ideas: Color Is Your Friend!

Craft Storage Ideas: Color Is Your Friend!
Craft Storage & Organizing By Color – Worth a Try?

Who’s looking for a little colorful inspiration?

How about colorful inspiration for organizing your crafting supplies?

I came across a three craft storage products that I thought you might want to check out, especially if organizing by color is something you want to try, or already love.

Of course these products would also be great if you just really like lots of color in your creative space or when crafting on the go!

This is the first time I’ve seen these items at retail, and I haven’t had a chance to try all of them out myself (yet!), but I thought I’d share them right away in case you’re on the hunt for a new solution for organizing by color, or simply organizing with colorful solutions.


Now keep in mind that just because a storage unit has a craft-specific name (such as two of those below have), that doesn’t mean you can only use them for that type of tool or supply.

When we share products, we’ll do our best to provide you with lots of use cases, no matter what type(s) of crafting you’re into.

After all, most of us dabble in at least a couple of crafty endeavors, so multi-use storage can be quite valuable.

And as our crafting desires change, it’s great to re-purpose our organizing and storage products rather than having to buy all new solutions, right?


O.K., let’s take a look at three plastic and portable storage units…

Craft Storage Ideas: Iris - Large Photo & Craft Keeper (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: Iris – Large Photo & Craft Keeper

This first item, made by Iris, is a multi-drawer unit that’s ideal for smaller items – think paper and fabric scraps, embellishments and thread, embroidery floss, small tools like scissors and tweezers, etc.

It’s called the Large Photo & Craft Keeper and as you can see from this photo, it retails at Michael’s Craft Stores for $39.99.

Of course, when Michael’s puts their plastic storage items on sale, or you have a coupon that’s valid on this type of item, this item can be purchased for much less.


This product is “designed for” storing photos, but it’s perfect for so many different types of craft tools and supplies!

I have several of the clear Photo & Craft Keepers and I love them for storing items like Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers, extra Distress Tool pads, Stickles bottles, etc.

I like my craft supplies to be visible and portable so these are perfect for my needs!

If you’re a hand-sewer, embroidery nut, paper-piecer, quiller or jewelry maker, you might want to check out the unit above (or the XL and/or clear version) for storing your tools and supplies, especially if you’re on the go a lot.

Perhaps the best aspect of this type of unit is that you don’t have to carry the whole outer case with you – you can simply grab a few of the inner containers, toss them in your craft tote and off you go!

 

The second and third products we’re sharing today are made by Really Useful Products (the company is out of the UK, but their products are available here in the U.S., in stores and online, as well).

 

Craft Storage Ideas: Really Useful Products - Drawers Tower w/7 Drawers (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: Really Useful ProductsDrawers Tower w/7 Drawers

The first product by Really Useful Products is called the Drawers Tower.

This version has seven (7) drawers and they make many versions of this item, with fewer or more drawers. 

If you buy this item directly from the company (link above), you can also buy the drawers individually and put together whatever configuration you need.

But, if you’re looking for this item locally, in the U.S., this exact configuration is available at Michael’s (which is where this photo was taken).

As you can see, the price is $39.99, but with a coupon or when their plastic storage items are on sale, you could get it for much less.


This drawer unit is great for scraps, small notions, jewelry-making supplies, etc., or for those who like their supplies sorted by color – you could quickly and easily add all purple items to the purple drawer, blue items to the blue drawer, etc.

And the benefit to this method of storage is that you wouldn’t need to label the drawers – you’d know exactly what was in each drawer just by glancing at the drawer color!

This unit could also be great for tool storage if you either just like a lot of color on your work area, or if your tools are colored and it would be easy for you to recall which tools are in each drawer based on the color of the drawer.

And yes, it’s even portable – it would definitely fit in a large tote or shopping bag, or simply add a strap around it for easy hand-carrying.

 

Craft Storage Ideas: Really Useful Products - Scrapbook Drawers Tower w/Eight Drawers (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: Really Useful Products – Scrapbook Drawers Tower w/Eight Drawers

And the third and final product being shared today, another product from Really Useful Products, is called the Scrapbook Drawers Tower.

This version has eight (8) drawers (they also make versions with more or fewer drawers) and it comes with casters so even this larger unit is somewhat portable.

This drawer unit would be perfect for storing larger, 12×12 items such as scrapbooking paper* and cardstock*, sheet protectors*, finished scrapbook layouts, etc., as well as folded or rolled fabrics, interfacing, rolls of vinyl and many other items that require or work well in a horizontal larger space.

*Please keep in mind that you’d need to lift the larger, flat items mentioned to find what you need, but chipboard dividers between them could make this process easier.


Have lots of wood-mounted rubber stamps or ink pads?
You could fit a lot of either in each of these drawers!

This rolling unit would also be perfect for storing lots of smaller items in containers – think beads, jewelry findings, embellishments, notions, etc.

And, the drawers are sized well for storing short jars of paints, glitters, embossing powders and art mediums, items which sometimes spill and require a surface (like this plastic) that’s easily cleaned.

And again, this is a great solution if you prefer, or want to try, organizing everything by color – one of these drawers is large enough to hold a lot of pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue or purple supplies!


This appears to be a new product for the manufacturer and it appears that it can be bought directly from them – again, I grabbed this picture at my local Michael’s.

The price of this unit is $129, but again, there are certainly opportunities to save by taking advantage of sales or coupons.


Well, that’s it for today’s shares.

Please let us know what you think of the products we shared today.

Have ideas for how YOU might use these storage units?

Please share your ideas with us and your fellow crafters
by leaving them in a comment!

Have a great week and happy organizing,
Steph & The CSI Team

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Craft Storage Idea: Fabric Storage Baskets

Craft Storage Idea: Fabric Storage Baskets
Craft storage ideas are all around us!

Hello craft storage lovers – we know, it’s been a while!

We’ve been working on craft storage ideas to share with you in 2016 and we thank you for hanging in there with us while we regrouped.


To kick things off, I’m sharing a quick handmade craft storage project I came across while perusing some new-to-me craft blogs – this project’s not only super simple, but one that’s perfect for using up your fabric and/or felt scraps. 

This cute little Pixie Basket was created by Heidi Staples and found on her blog, Fabric Mutt – thanks to Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts for the link!

Craft Storage Idea: The Pixie Basket by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt (image)

Craft Storage Idea: The Pixie Basket by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt (Image: Fabric Mutt Blog)

OK, how cute is this little gem?!

What a great project for a rainy/snowy day, and it’s a super way to use up your scraps!

Think how cute this would look made from felt (totally on trend and easy to hand-sew or glue together!) or from oil cloth (spill-proof, yay!).


And because I’m much more proficient with paper than I am with fabric (o.k., fabric and I get along great, but I have a love-hate relationship with threading a sewing machine!), I’m thinking about gathering some fun papers and laminating them, and then creating one of these with the laminated sheets.

I’m not sure how it’ll turn out, but I’m willing to give it a go!

You too?

I’ll share my attempts at a Pixie Basket made from paper if you will!

 

Or, will you be raiding your fabric stash and making one of these from your favorite patterns or scraps?

Well, whatever materials you choose to use, I’m pretty sure you’ll have a great time creating one (or more!) of these and filling it with your favorite artsy craftsy tools and supplies.


Click here for the link to
Heidi’s Pixie Basket tutorial and additional photos:
Fabric Mutt’s Pixie Basket Tutorial

Wondering what you could store in one of these Pixie Baskets?

Here are a few ideas:

  • Needle Art Tools
  • Spools of Thread
  • Sewing Notions
  • Scissors & Other Sewing Tools
  • Small Sewing & Quilting Dies or Templates
  • Jewelry-Making Tools & Supplies
  • Small Containers of Beads, Gems & Findings
  • Papercrafting Dies or Punches
  • Embossing Folders
  • Alpha Sticker Sheets
  • Clear Stamp Sets
  • Wood-Mounted Stamps
  • Pocket Scrapbooking Cards & Embellishments
  • Scrapbooking & Cardmaking Embellishments
  • Dry Adhesives
  • Planner Supplies
  • And So Much More!


Of course kids would love these too!

Let them pick their favorite “character” patterns, fabrics in their favorite colors or colors that match their rooms, and create a few Pixie Baskets for them to use in keeping their favorite arts & crafts supplies corralled.

Take it from a former professional organizer, kids are much more likely to use organizing solutions if they like them and had some say in their creation or purchase!


And if, like me, you travel a lot, why not make a few of these baskets to take along for keeping your own crafting supplies contained?

Toss one or two in your carry-on bag and crafting in the air is much easier – no more looking for dropped tools and supplies!

Prefer traveling by train, car or caravan (camper/motorhome)?

Use one or more of these to keep your tools and supplies, and kids’ crayons, from ending up between or under seats.


We’re sure you can come up with even more great ideas
for putting these clever little baskets to good use, right?

And speaking of that, we’d love your feedback –
tell us how YOU’D use a Pixie Basket for your crafting endeavors.

And if you’ve already made one of these,
or something similar,
please share a photo of yours and tell us how you use it
we’d love to see and hear about your ideas!


And finally, we welcome your input on what we share here in 2016 – what are your organizing and storage challenges, and what would you like for us to talk about and share here?

Thanks for tuning in again – happy crafting & organizing!
Steph & The CSI Team

 

 

Craft Storage Ideas: Unique Solutions – Tiered Stand

Craft Storage Ideas: Unique Solutions – Tiered Stand
Craft storage can be funky and fun!

Hello Crafters!

A real quick product share that we think y’all are gonna like.

I was doing a little shopping last weekend and came across this wonderful stand at World Market.

Craft Room Storage: Unique Solutions - Tiered Stand from World Market (image)

Craft Room Storage: Unique Solutions – Tiered Stand from World Market

Well, I had to grab a shot to share with you – I just knew at least a few of you would swoon like I did!

Yeah, we get each other.


This stand could be used in so many ways – for organizing and storing:

  • Fat quarters for quilting
  • Wood-mounted stamps for papercrafting (cardmaking, scrapbooking, home decor creation, etc.)
  • Baggies of embellishments for papercrafting
  • Punches for papercrafting
  • Clay art tools and supplies
  • Metal stamping tools and supplies
  • Paints and mediums (gesso, texture paste, etc.) for mixed media projects, art journaling and painting
  • Bottles of beads or findings for jewelry making
  • Containers of notions for sewing
  • Washi tape, and twine and ribbon (on small spools or wrapped on floss cards or old school clothes pins)
  • Jars or dishes of bits and bobs
  • Etc.

And I’m sure you’re already thinking of other items you’d love to store in here – am I right?


Of course you could always paint, decoupage or otherwise stylize this baby too, making it a statement piece for your creative space.


What do you think – is this option for you?

We’d love to hear your thoughts about this option,
or others like it.

Leave a comment and let us know how you’d use
this fun organizing and storage solution in your space.


Thanks for joining us today, crafters.

And don’t forget, we’d love to hear from youleave us a comment or send us an email (shackney [at] craftstorageideas [dot] com) and let us know what you need help with organizing and storing.

We’d love to hear about you challenges and solutions needs so we can provide just what you’re looking for!

Happy Crafting!
Steph & The CSI Team

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Craft Storage Ideas: Repurposing Household Items – Small Item Storage

Craft Storage Ideas: Repurposing Household Items – Small Item Storage
Craft storage doesn’t have to be pricey – look around the house for unused items!

Who’s up for an inexpensive and easy-to-find storage solution?

How about a simple solution for keeping items in drawers sorted and accessible?


We’ve got a “Now why didn’t I think of that?!” solution for you…

Ice cube trays!

Craft Storage Ideas: Repurposing Household Items - Ice Cube Trays! (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: Repurposing Household Items – Ice Cube Trays

Not only do their compartments have sloped sides, making it easy to retrieve tiny items (just place your finger on what you want and slide it up the side!), they’re also short in stature, meaning they’ll easily fit into shallow drawers (drawers that often go unused because nothing fits in them!).

You can find ice cube trays for a dollar or two at household goods retailers like Target and Bed Bath & Beyond, as well as at dollar stores, garage sales and thrift stores.

Heck, you might even have a few lying around from the days when our refrigerators didn’t automatically make ice and dispense it for us!


Here are just a few suggestions for items that could be stored in an ice cube tray:

  • sewing machine bobbins (filled or empty)
  • sewing notions (hooks, snaps, small safety pins, buttons, buckles, etc.)
  • calligraphy pen nibs
  • stitch markers and row counters for knitting and crocheting
  • papercrafting embellishments (including the small leftovers from opened embellishment packs)
  • beads (most sizes will fit in the compartments and you could use the compartments for holding your beads as you “design” a piece)
  • jewelry findings (jump rings, spacers, short headpins, bead caps, cabochons, charms, etc.)
  • metal stamping supplies (stamping blanks, letter stamps, etc.)
  • leathercrafting supplies (grommets, studs, small buckles and zipper pulls, tool bits, etc.)
  • clay art supplies (small shape cutters, etc.)
  • even found treasures (pebbles, tiny dried flowers, bottle caps, etc.)

Now, you may be concerned about items falling out (like they might if the tray is tipped or dropped), right?

Well, if that’s a concern because the tray may need to be transported (or ends up in the hands of a little one), simply purchase lidded ice cube trays.

Craft Storage Ideas: Repurposing Household Items - Lidded Ice Cube Trays! (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: Repurposing Household Items – Lidded Ice Cube Trays

The lids either slide or snap on and will protect your items should you or someone else bump, tip or drop the tray.

Now I do want to point out that, depending on the style of lidded ice cube tray you buy (or find at home), the lid may not fit tightly against the top edge of the individual compartments (see the image above) – this means that items in the compartments may get mixed together if the tray is tipped on its side or dropped.

Another option is this tray below which has grooves in the lid that align with the compartment edges, providing a “seal” to the compartments:

Craft Storage Ideas: Repurposing Household Items - Ice Cube Tray with Lid That Seals the Compartments! (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: Repurposing Household Items – Ice Cube Tray with Lid That Seals the Compartments


Are you a craft class teacher?

Ice cube trays could be a wonderful solution for you two!

Count out small supplies and place them in the tray’s compartments.

Then place the filled trays down the centers of the tables where your students will sit – you’ll know you have enough supplies for everyone and your students will have easy access.


Perhaps you own an Etsy, Big Cartel or Artfire store and you could use an organizing and storage solution for your small, finished goods, a solution that provides easy accessibility when packing orders?

Or maybe you always include a little surprise for your customers?

Consider ice cube trays!


But wait, there’s more!

What about using the compartments for mixing paints?

Just add a few drops of the colors you want to mix and start stirring – a custom paint pallet is just seconds away!

And if you use lidded trays, or wrap the trays tightly with plastic wrap or place them in zipper baggies, you could even store your paint in these trays.


Hate putting away items after creating, but need to make sure you can easily find them when you need them?

Consider an ice cube tray as a “catch-all,” a place to keep your small leftover items until you need them, or have time to put them back where you found them.

Now you might wonder why a former organizer would recommend such a thing, right?

While I do subscribe to the “put it where it belongs when you’re done using it” school of thought, I’m also realistic.

I know that many creatives hate putting away odds and ends when they’ve just enjoyed a great creative session. (Confession: I sometimes fall in that camp too!)

Because the compartments in these trays are small, I’m not worried that you’ll use this as a permanent dumping ground. Eventually, you’ll either have to use the items, put them away or get rid of them – all good options for keeping your space from being overwhelmed by stuff!


To close, here’s one final tray recommendation…
If you enjoy junking like I do, keep your eyes open for the old-fashioned ice cube trays (they’re aluminum and have a lever which you pull to release the ice cubes – remember those?) – they are rather cool looking and could be easily painted to match your craft space decor.

The one below is a replica of an old-school tray I recently spotted at the Austin City Wide Garage Sale:

Craft Storage Ideas: Repurposing Household Items - Retro Ice Cube Tray by OXO (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: Repurposing Household Items – Retro Ice Cube Tray by OXO

Of course the replica shown above is quite a bit more expensive than the “real” one I saw (it was only $3 and this one is $24!), but this is an option if you want to add a vintage vibe to your crafting space.

OK kids that’s it for today’s budget storage suggestion.

We hope we’ve given you some food for thought –
drink in these ideas (pun intended!) and consider how
YOU might make use of ice cube trays in your crafting space.

And please share your thoughts with everyone.

We know y’all are creative and
we bet there’ll be some great ideas!

Thanks for tuning in today and happy organizing,
Steph & The CSI Team

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