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!
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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!

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Craft Storage: Budget Storage Solutions for Embellishments

Craft Storage: Budget Storage Solutions for Embellishments
Craft storage solutions for embellishments, bought on a shoestring budget!

Who’s in need of inexpensive storage solutions for their embellishments?

How about solutions that are also portable?

Well, we’ve got a super simple solution that’s both inexpensive and portable…and readily available!


Today’s spotlight is on a product that comes not from your favorite craft supply or storage solutions retailer, but from your local pharmacy, travel store, online retailer or even the Target dollar spot (where I picked up these!).

Craft Storage on A Budget: Pill Containers (image)

Craft Storage on A Budget: Pill Containers

Yup, it’s a super inexpensive pill caddy!

It really doesn’t get much simpler, or inexpensive, than this little guy.

This particular product includes seven snap-shut compartments (one for each day of the week), but you can find them in other sizes, as well as in various shapes and colors.

To see how I tested out this particular pill box, keep on reading!


Need more compartments than this box has?

Check out these options:

The 7-Day Pill Organizer (4 containers with 7 compartments in each) – just $7.

Craft Storage on A Budget: Pill Containers for Embellishments - The 7 Day Pill Organizer (image)

Craft Storage on A Budget: Pill Containers for Embellishments – The 7 Day Pill Organizer

Don’t like the writing on the lid? A little nail polish remover should take it right off!

Or, simply create labels to cover the writing.

And, these are color-coded, making it quick and easy to find the color of embellishment you’re looking for if you fill each caddy with embellishments in the same color as the caddy.

Prefer a clear container? I have seen similar containers in clear.


The 7 Day Pill Box Organizer (A tray with 7 containers; 2 compartments in each container) – a little more pricey at $11.

Craft Storage on A Budget: Pill Containers for Embellishments - The 7 Day Pill Box Organizer (image)

Craft Storage on A Budget: Pill Containers for Embellishments – The 7 Day Pill Box Organizer

Again, the containers are color-coded for quick and easy retrieval of the embellishments you’re looking for.

Use a labeler to create new labels for the tops of these should you wish to use them for storing other items, like sewing notions, beads, art supplies (small sharpeners, erasers), etc.


The 6 Section Pill Organizer (a round container with 6 sections and a rotating top for easy access of one compartment at a time) – just $8.

Craft Storage on A Budget: Pill Containers for Embellishments - 6 Section Pill Organizer (image)

Craft Storage on A Budget: Pill Containers for Embellishments – 6 Section Pill Organizer

This one isn’t color-coded, but it is fairly transparent, making it easy to see what’s stored inside each section.

Simply rotate the lid and pop it open to pour out what you need.

And, you could easily stack several of these or store them on a narrow shelf in your craft space.

Need a safe place to store needles for your machine or for hand-stitching?

This could be a great option due to its height (4″).

Have small amounts of large beads?

This solution seems ideally suited for storing those.


The 7 Day Pill Sorter Organizer
(7 stacking, color-coded containers in a tray [see view 2]; each container has 4 compartments) – only $5!

Craft Storage on A Budget: Pill Containers for Embellishments - The 7 Day Pill Sorter Organizer (image)

Craft Storage on A Budget: Pill Containers for Embellishments – The 7 Day Pill Sorter Organizer

Craft Storage on A Budget: Pill Containers for Embellishments - The 7 Day Pill Sorter Organizer (View 2) (image)

Craft Storage on A Budget: Pill Containers for Embellishments – The 7 Day Pill Sorter Organizer (View 2)

I love this unit because they come with a tray that keeps the containers neatly stacked.

The trays could be stacked or you could line them up on a thin shelf or the front of your work area, keeping your treasures close at hand!

I like this idea for storing beads, jewelry findings and small papercrafting embellishments.

What would you store in these?


And one more option (although there are literally hundreds!)…

The 7 Day Weekly Pill Box ([7] clear, 3-compartment boxes stored in a flat container) – the best deal of all, just $4!!!

Craft Storage on A Budget: Pill Containers for Embellishments - 7 Day Weekly Pill Box (image)

Craft Storage on A Budget: Pill Containers for Embellishments – 7 Day Weekly Pill Box

This unit would be great for shallow drawers and, because of its clear nature, you’ll never have trouble seeing what’s inside each compartment.

Again, a little nail polish would remove the words on the lids and tray, or simply cover the words with a small label from your favorite label maker.

Creating away from home?

These shallow units would easily slip into a small craft tote, carry-on bag or suitcase.


Hopefully I’ve given you some ideas for ways you can re-purpose pill boxes for your small supplies, no matter what type of crafting you’re into.


And now, take a look at what I’ve already tried out with the dollar spot pill containers I picked up…

Craft Storage on A Budget: Pill Containers for Embellishments - Buttons (image)

Craft Storage on A Budget: Pill Containers for Embellishments – Buttons

You could easily store a nice little stash of buttons in various colors, along with twine or thread for tying bows through the button holes.

Or, add a different color of thread inside each compartment and you’re ready to stitch on the road!

Craft Storage on A Budget: Pill Containers for Embellishments - Flowers (image)

Craft Storage on A Budget: Pill Containers for Embellishments – Flowers

Are tiny flowers your thing?

This little container holds quite a few of each color, as well as some foam dots for attaching them.

And if you like to hold flowers in place with brads, toss a few in coordinating colors into each compartment, or check out the option below.

Craft Storage on A Budget: Pill Containers for Embellishments - Brads (image)

Craft Storage on A Budget: Pill Containers for Embellishments – Brads

Got tons of brads, like I do?

This little container is perfect for storing them sorted by color, size, type, style or manufacturer, whatever works best for your needs.

Craft Storage on A Budget: Pill Containers for Embellishments - Eyelets (image)

Craft Storage on A Budget: Pill Containers for Embellishments – Eyelets

OK, fess up – who’s still got bunches of eyelets?

Raises hand.

What can I say, I still like them!

The best thing about this container is that each compartment snaps tightly shut so you can open one compartment at a time and pour out just the color or size or style you want without fear of the entire collection ending up on the floor in a colorful mess.

Yeah, we’ve all been there!

Note that you can also include small items that are used with eyelets in this container, just as I’ve done here (below) with these “old school” eyelet tool tips!

Craft Storage on A Budget: Pill Containers for Embellishments - Eyelet Tool Tips (image)

Craft Storage on A Budget: Pill Containers for Embellishments – Eyelet Tool Tips


Who still loves acrylic and plastic pieces?

Craft Storage on A Budget: Pill Containers for Embellishments - Acrylic Pieces (image)

Craft Storage on A Budget: Pill Containers for Embellishments – Acrylic Pieces

Yup, that’d be me!

Throw in a few of each color, along with some single adhesive dots (seen in that compartment on the right, below), and you’re ready to craft on the go!


Ooh, sparkly!

I adore sequins, but I HATE it when they end up mixed together or all over the floor.

You too?

Craft Storage on A Budget: Pill Containers for Embellishments - Sequins (image)

Craft Storage on A Budget: Pill Containers for Embellishments – Sequins

This is a great container for this type of embellishment and is how I’m now storing my sequins.

I love that I could easily take them with me and add them to sketch, art journal or mixed media pages.


How many enamel dots fans do we have in the house?

Yeah, that’s what I thought – they are popular!

These are Pebbles Enamel Dots and they come on a clear plastic sheet.

Craft Storage on A Budget: Pebbles Enamel Dots (image)

Craft Storage on A Budget: Pebbles Enamel Dots

I cut the sheet apart and placed each color of dot in its own section (see below).

Craft Storage on A Budget: Pill Containers for Embellishments - Enamel Dots (image)

Craft Storage on A Budget: Pill Containers for Embellishments – Enamel Dots

This little container will be joining the one above it (the one filled with sequins) when I travel.

I’ve rarely taken embellishments with me when I crafted while traveling because my collections are in larger containers.

I adore those large containers and they are portable, but because of their size, and the fact that I have eight of them, totally stuffed, they’re not exactly ideal for packing light!

And yes, I’ll be sharing a review of these larger containers shortly, perhaps even next week.

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Craft Storage on A Budget: Pill Containers for Embellishments - Asstd. Orange Embellishments (image)

Craft Storage on A Budget: Pill Containers for Embellishments – Asstd. Orange Embellishments

And finally, you can use these pill boxes to sort your small supplies by color, ala Stacy Julian and other creatives who prefer storing different types of supplies, in one color, together.

Not sure which type of storage and organizing option is for you – by type or color, style or size, or perhaps manufacturer or price?

If you usually look for embellishments based on their style or size, then sort and organize them in that manner.

If you design for manufacturers and/or often share you work online, and recalling who made a particular item is important, then perhaps sorting by manufacturer is a better option.

If you create items to sell and keeping track of what went into each finished project and/or the cost of goods sold is important for your business, then sorting supplies by product type and/or price may be better.

And, if you tend to first grab for a certain color of supply rather than a particular type, style, size or cost of supply, this way of organizing could be a good option for you.

Try ’em out, what have you got to lose?!


OK kids, that’s it for today.

Hopefully you’re excited about learning of this budget-friendly craft storage solution.

I sure got giddy when I came across these $1 pill boxes in the Target dollar spot!

O.K., I might have done a quick jig (as I often do in the Dollar Spot)!

I’ll be sharing more ideas for these pill boxes as I try them out for various small supplies, and we’ll definitely be sharing more budget-friendly storage solutions.


We’d love to hear your thoughts on this
re-purposed, budget solution
– yay or nay?

Have one of your own to share?
Let’s hear all about it!

And finally,
let us know what else you want to hear about & see –
we’re open to suggestions!

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

Craft Storage Ideas Editor & Owner - Stephanie Hackney (image)

Craft Storage Ideas Editor & Owner – Stephanie Hackney

Craft Storage: Unique Storage Solutions – Pallet Power

Craft Storage: Unique Storage Solutions – Pallet Power
Craft storage ideas using a readily available, and often FREE, supply!

Do you ever feel that you want to live simpler and use what’s already available?

Hello fellow craft storage enthusiasts!

Hazel here to share one of my favorite topics – re-purposing of old / unused / broken items.

Today it’s PALLET POWER!


I’ve been gathering ideas on my Pinterest board, Pallet Power, as my husband and I are thinking about investing in a country retreat.

We want everything to be self-sustainable and what better way to start out than using unwanted pallets, right?

Not all my ideas are for craft storage, but 99% could be easily adapted for storing your stash, whatever your craft, hobby or interest might be.


Let’s start with something everyone needs: a BED!!

Craft Room Storage: Unique Solutions - Pallet Bed Storage (image)

Craft Room Storage: Unique Solutions – Pallet Bed Storage

Image Source: DOSE.com

Even if you live in a teeny, tiny apartment – pallets could be for you.

Just look at all this under-bed storage!

I think I could fit my whole craft stash in those crates!

Steph adds that they’re portable, making it easy to carry them to where you want to do your creating.

And now, something all craft rooms need – a TABLE.

Craft Room Storage: Unique Solutions - Pallet Table, Foldable (image)

Craft Room Storage: Unique Solutions – Pallet Table, Foldable

Image Source: DumpADay.com

I love this idea!

You can pull it down when needed and put it back when you need more space.

It’s perfect for weekend crafters who need/want space-conscious set-ups.

The photo above shows a gardening table, but with a bit of imagination and paint, this same idea could work in ANY area.

Add a thin piece of wood cut to the same size as the pallet and you have a nice, smooth work surface for crafting!


The table shown below is used in a kitchen but it would make the PERFECT craft table as well.

Note the space under the tabletop – perfect for a cutter!

Craft Room Storage: Unique Solutions - Pallet Table (image)

Craft Room Storage: Unique Solutions – Pallet Table

Image Source: DumpADay.com


This one has been ‘hearted’ by Steph – she’s in love!

Craft Room Storage: Unique Solutions - Pallet Table w Side Pockets (image)

Craft Room Storage: Unique Solutions – Pallet Table w/Side Pocket

Image Source: DOSE.com

Of course, her love of this one could have something to do with the wine rack on the side!

She points out that the side pockets could also be used for cutters and mats, as well as other large and sometimes difficult to store craft tools.

Of course, a bottle of wine close by isn’t all bad either. 😉


Do you share crafting space with your husband / household or kiddos?

Here is a pallet ROOM DIVIDER – perfect for a bit of crafting privacy and hiding of the creative clutter.

Craft Room Storage: Unique Solutions - Pallet Room Divider (image)

Craft Room Storage: Unique Solutions – Pallet Room Divider

Image Source: Bandits Collectibles on Etsy

And the best part?

You can show off your creations by hanging them from the slats.

And, if you are not a DIY enthusiast, you can buy this one “ready made” on Etsy – just click the link above!


What about some additional DESK space?

Craft Room Storage: Unique Solutions - Pallet Workstation (image)

Craft Room Storage: Unique Solutions – Pallet Workstation

Image Source: OurDailyIdeas.com

This pallet workstation set-up is perfect for a narrow space, or even a craft closet.


And here’s another pallet desk/work surface to check out – fancy!

Craft Room Storage: Unique Solutions - Pallet Desk 1 (image)

Craft Room Storage: Unique Solutions – Pallet Desk 1

Image Source: OurDailyIdeas.com


And now, let’s move on to WALL STORAGE…

This wall unit with fold-down desk is perfect for crafting in a small and/or multi-purpose space!

Craft Room Storage: Unique Solutions - Pallet Wall Unit & Desk (image)

Craft Room Storage: Unique Solutions – Pallet Wall Unit & Desk

Image Source: www.unelmientalojakoti.fi


How great is this unit below?

There’s room for storing supplies (in tins, jars and dishes, or from hook hooked onto the slats) and displaying your small works of art or favorite photos!

Craft Room Storage: Unique Solutions - Pallet Wall Shelf (image)

Craft Room Storage: Unique Solutions – Pallet Wall Shelf

Image Source: LushHome.com

And this one is perfect for that unused space above a desk or in a craft closet.

Craft Room Storage: Unique Solutions - Pallet Wall Unit (image)

Craft Room Storage: Unique Solutions – Pallet Wall Unit

Image Source: SavedByLoveCreations.com

Interested in creating this unit?

Here are the instructions for creating this pallet wall unit: Pallet Wall Unit Instructions


Need a unit for storing your heavy crafting tools?

This one just might do the trick – it’s not only functional, but looks nice too!

Craft Room Storage: Unique Solutions - Pallet Wall Unit for Tool Storage (image)

Craft Room Storage: Unique Solutions – Pallet Wall Unit for Tool Storage

Image Source: DumpADay.com thanks to PopularWoodworking.com

(And be sure to scroll down to the infographic,
Ultimate Guide to Upcycling with Pallets,
from TerrysFabrics.co.uk)


And a Bookshelf is a MUST in any home, and perfect for storing your favorite crafty magazines, scrapbooks, mini albums or other crafting items that require upright storage.

Craft Room Storage: Unique Solutions - Pallet Bookshelf (image)

Craft Room Storage: Unique Solutions – Pallet Bookshelf

Image Source: OurDailyIdeas.com

You can also fill it up with baskets, tins or glass bottles for holding your precious craft supplies.

I see your wheels turning!


And one more…

Steph spotted this one and about fainted!

Craft Room Storage: Unique Solutions - Pallet Rolling Chest (image)

Craft Room Storage: Unique Solutions – Pallet Rolling Chest

Image Source: TheOwnerBuilderNetwork.co

Got large sheets of specialty paper or lots of wood-mounted stamps, or fabrics that need to be stored flat?

This is a wonderful option for all of the above!

 

I think I could go on and on forever about good uses for old pallets!

BUT, I have things to do, people to meet, and places to go, so I’ll end with some bonus pallet inspiration, specifically for our gardening friends…

Craft Room Storage: BONUS! Unique Solutions - Pallet Garden (image)

Craft Room Storage: BONUS! Unique Solutions – Pallet Garden

Image Source: BrightNest.com

Note from Steph: I am not currently a gardener, but I’m a lover of succulents and I’d love to have one of these hanging on our back patio!

How about you – do you garden and are you interested in making one of these?


Thanks for checking out these ‘unique storage solutions’ made by re-purposing pallets.

If you have any ideas of your own –
please leave us a comment or a link.

We’d love to hear how you might use pallets
in your craft space.

Of course, I’d love it if you’d hop over and visit me at my blog, Play as U GO.

And don’t forget to check out my Pinterest board: Pallet Power, for lots of ideas for re-purposing pallets!

If I try my hand at any of these ideas, you’ll be the first to see them, on my blog!
Hazel

Craft Storage Ideas Contributor: Hazel Hamman (image)

Craft Storage Ideas Contributor: Hazel Hamman


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Marketing Your Creative Talents – Let’s Get Serious!

Marketing Your Creative Talents – Let’s Get Serious!
Marketing’s for everyone! Yes, even YOU sales-averse creatives!

What the heck is this and why is it being posted on a site focused on organizing and storage information and solutions for crafters?

Well, it’s simple…

We’ve been invited to participate in a “blog tour” and we believe at least some of you will be happy to come along!

You see, some of our readers are crafters and artists who’d like to transform their passion from a “hobby” into a “business,” a successful and sustainable business.

And others are looking for exposure for their talents and creations in an effort to be picked up by a design team, publication, manufacturer or agent.

And it’s quite possible our readership includes those who’d love to achieve both!


Now, if you’re not in either camp above, we apologize for the interruption to our regularly scheduled programming – we promise more craft storage information and inspiration is just around the corner…see you soon!

But, for those who were perhaps a little (or very!) excited by today’s post title, and maybe recognized yourself in the descriptions above, this is your lucky day!


Marketing for Creatives

As many of you know (from my intro when I took over Craft Storage Ideas), I’m a long-time branding, marketing and PR professional (some might say geek!).

What’s that mean exactly?

Well, it means that I get excited about discussing concepts like unique selling propositions (USPs); features vs. benefits; calls to action, conversion rates and lifetime value of a customer (CTAs, CRs and LTV ); and, perhaps the most focused on, return on investment (ROI).

What it also means is that I know, first-hand, how important it is to employ effective marketing if your desire is to take what you do from being a fun hobby to being a viable, sustainable (and fun!) business. And this is especially true if you have limited resources!

You can only effectively market your talents and creations by knowing who your ideal customer is, and effectively communicating the value and/or benefits your business provides and how your business is unique, to these ideal customers.

These “ideal,” prospective customers have to learn about what you offer, understand how buying from you benefits them and be in a “buying state of mind.”

And this is where many creative types get stymied – they find it hard to “sell” themselves and what they passionately create, and often even harder to effectively communicate the value to those best suited to buy it, at the right time and in the right place.

And time? Who’s got the time for all this, right?

Any hands raised here?

This is where even us experienced marketers can get burned out!

Staying on top of all the channels of communication is demanding. 

Running two websites (Craft Storage Ideas and PaperCrafter’s Corner) with a skeleton crew means I’m putting in a lot of hours – I’m always looking for tips and tricks for managing it all in an even more efficient, and effective, manner.

Luckily, I often find them via my marketing colleagues…


It’s Your Lucky Day!

Well, as I said, this is your lucky day! 

While I currently only offer marketing consulting to those companies that advertise with or become sponsors of Craft Storage Ideas or PaperCrafter’s Corner (I just don’t have the bandwidth to take on other clients), there are numerous wonderful resources that ARE available to you and I have one to share today.

Perhaps you’ve heard of CreativeLive?

If so, you’re likely smiling and thinking, “Ooh, this is gonna be good!”

And if you’re not familiar with CreativeLive, I’m about to rock your world!

You see, CreativeLive is a provider of online education for viewers (including creatives like you!) around the world who are interested in learning from the comfort of their homes…or wherever they happen to be.

This is from the About page on their website:
“CreativeLive empowers you to unleash your potential by bringing the world’s greatest experts directly to you, live. Featuring workshops in photography, video, design, business, audio, music, crafting and software training, CreativeLive unlocks previously closed doors by making dynamic education accessible to everyone. Anyone can watch our live online workshops — for free — and interact with instructors in real time. The future of education is interactive, free and live now. Join us.”

Cool, right?

But wait, it gets even cooler!

One of their “experts,” April Bowles-Olin, is going to be back to teach a course called Double Your Followers With Creative Marketing, and you’re invited to tune in, for FREE!

Double Your Followers with Creative Marketing by April Bowles-Olin (image)

Double Your Followers with Creative Marketing by April Bowles-Olin

Having sat in on part of one of April’s previous classes (remember, even seasoned marketing folks appreciate learning new tricks!), I will tell you she is inspiring…and fun!

And most importantly, she knows her stuff!

Not sure this is for you?

Here’s a little encouragement…
“This post is a part of the Double Your Followers blog tour to spread the word about April Bowles-Olin’s upcoming CreativeLive course. Does hearing the word ‘marketing’ make your armpits start to drip with anxiety? Are you terrified of sounding salesy or like you have the personality of a dead blowfish? If so, join 2,500+ entrepreneurs who’re taking April’s latest CreativeLive course, Double Your Followers with Creative Marketing. You can RSVP and watch for FREE. Yep, free. High fives, wildflowers, wine samples. Who doesn’t love free?

OK, that write-up alone should demonstrate that this is gonna be a great class with a fun gal!

Looking for an inspiring, successful and knowledgeable teacher to take you from marketing amateur to marketing rockstar?

Check out this class!


Now, in case you’re wondering…

No, I am not receiving compensation for sharing this – I received an invite from April to participate in her blog tour for her upcoming class and I simply wanted to pass along the information to those who might benefit from it.

And for those who might be a bit skeptical about this online education thing…

Believe me, I get it.

There’s nothing I hate worse than watching or listening to supposed “experts” and being let down.

But, I have watched numerous CreativeLive classes (did you know they offer photography classes too?!) and I have found them to be top-notch.

I wouldn’t recommend their “channel” or this class unless I thought it would be worthwhile.

After all, you know where to find me to complain! 😉

I’ll be tuning in to April’s class when I can in the hopes of grabbing a few of those tips and tricks I mentioned above – come on April, I know you’ve got a few up your sleeve for me too!


Thanks for tuning in today –
please share your thoughts!

If this is a valuable topic for you,
we may occasionally share more like it in the future!

Have a great week,
Steph

Craft Storage Ideas' New Owner: Stephanie Hackney (image)

Craft Storage Ideas‘ Head Organizer & Owner: Stephanie Hackney

 

 

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go – Kids Crafting

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go – Kids Crafting
Craft storage ideas for kids’ crafting supplies while you’re traveling!

Traveling with kids?

Need ideas for keeping them busy and out of your hair?

Pack their crafts to GO!


Hello everyone, it’s Hazel from Sunny South Africa here today to share ideas for traveling with your kids (and their crafts).

OK, I don’t have any advice on kids, BUT I’ve loads to share on traveling with crafts!

Get yourself a cup of coffee and ENJOY THE RIDE!


Let’s start out with some “workspaces”…

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go - Kids Crafting - Martha Stewart Crafts Portable Workstation (image)

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go – Kids Crafting – Martha Stewart Crafts Portable Workstation

First up is an all-time favorite from Martha Stewartthe Martha Stewart Crafts Portable Workstation.

This one will work while traveling as well as at your destination.

And, while your kiddies are in the pool, you can use it to write a post card / keep up with a bit of journaling.

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go - Kids Crafting - Martha Stewart Crafts Portable Workstation (Set Up) (image)

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go – Kids Crafting – Martha Stewart Crafts Portable Workstation (Set Up)

Images & Product Source: Amazon.com Product Page


Now, if you’re anything like me, why not DIY?

This craft bag by Juliana Gnomes would be perfect, especially if coloring is at the top of your kid’s list!

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go - Kids Crafting - Craft Bag by Juliana Gomes (image)

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go – Kids Crafting – Craft Bag by Juliana Gomes

Image & Project Source: Juliana Gnomes


I’ve made this “art bag” myself and what’s GREAT about it is that I’ve included a mini chalk board and colored chalk – nothing that a wet wipe can’t get rid of.

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go - Kids Crafting - Craft Bag by Hazel Hamman (image)

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go – Kids Crafting – Craft Bag by Hazel Hamman

Image & Project Source: Hazel Hamman


Are you always taking a pillow for your kids to nap on or just for comfort?

This is a GREAT idea – customized road trip pillow cases by Traci from Amazing Mae.

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go - Kids Crafting - Road Trip Pillowcases by Traci of Amazing Mae (image)

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go – Kids Crafting – Road Trip Pillowcases by Traci of Amazing Mae

Image & Project Source:
Customized Road Trip Pillow Cases by Traci from Amazing Mae


Want to make a Road Trip Travel Tray?

This travel tray from TwoSistersCrafting shows exactly what you need to do to get your kiddies comfy and crafting.

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go - Kids Crafting - Road Trip Travel Tray from TwoSistersCrafting (image)

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go – Kids Crafting – Road Trip Travel Tray from TwoSistersCrafting

Image & Project Source:
Road Trip Travel Tray from TwoSistersCrafting


Now let’s look at some containers to hold all your supplies…

Divided boxes are perfect!

The best part is that you can get them from your local hardware or discount store – no need to buy expensive and exclusive craft products.


This Craft Travel Kit by jtanddolly shared on the DISboards.com feed is perfect!!

Note: You’ll have to scroll down through all the wonderful Road Trip Help ideas to get to this one!

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go – Kids Crafting - Craft Travel Kit by jtanddolly (image)

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go – Kids Crafting – Craft Travel Kit by jtanddolly

Image & Project Source:
Craft Travel Kit packed in a divided box by jtanddolly

Also see their assortment of traveling games (I love the Road Trip Bingo!) and, although I know this has nothing to do with craft storage, their food travel kit as well – clever and also perfect for a crafting event or crop!

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go – Kids Crafting - Food Travel Kit by jtanddolly (image)

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go – Kids Crafting – Food Travel Kit by jtanddolly

Image & Project Source:
Travel Snacks Kit in a divided box by jtanddolly


A DVD case makes a perfect coloring case.

This coloring case from Stacy Vaughn is good to GO!

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go – Kids Crafting - DVD Coloring Case (image)

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go – Kids Crafting – DVD Coloring Case by Stacy Vaughn

Image & Project Source:
DVD Coloring Case by Stacy Vaughn


And even an ordinary soap box is great for storing travel crafting goodies like crayons and beads.

Check out how Deanna from Shady Tree Diary re-purposed a soap box for crafting supplies.

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go – Kids Crafting - Soap Box Craft Storage, Crayons (image)

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go – Kids Crafting – Soap Box Craft Supply Storage, Crayons via Deanna/Shady Tree Diary

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go – Kids Crafting - Soap Box Craft Storage, Beads (image)

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go – Kids Crafting – Soap Box Craft Supply Storage, Beads via Deanna/Shady Tree Diary

Image & Project Source:
Soap Box Craft Supply Storage via Deanna/Shady Tree Diary

I’m a “file” kind of girl – how about you?

And this crafting supply solution from Fig Milkshakes makes my heart soar!

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go – Kids Crafting - Clear Pencil Pouches in a File (image)

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go – Kids Crafting – Clear Pencil Pouches in a File via Fig Milkshakes

Image & Project Source:
Clear Pencil Pouches in a File by Fig Milkshakes


A caddy is always a good option.

This Creative Options Large Craft Caddy (via Gen Geigley’s blog) has eight outer storage pockets and a removable inner tote that snaps on or off.

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go – Kids Crafting - Creative Options Large Craft Caddy (image)

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go – Kids Crafting – Creative Options Large Craft Caddy

Product & Image Source:
Creative Options Large Craft Caddy via Gen Geigley’s blog

I love the three little pockets in front that hold pens or pencils!


I’ve used tackle boxes on numerous occasions, but this Two-Tray Box from Creative Options is already on my Christmas wish list!

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go – Kids Crafting - Creative Options Two-Tray Box (image)

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go – Kids Crafting – Creative Options Two-Tray Box

Image & Product Source:
Gen Geigley’s blog – Two-Tray Box from Creative Options

The Two-Tray Box by Creative Options has two cantilever trays with 13-24 adjustable compartments and tons of storage in the base.

This is ideal for art supplies for kids of any age, and would make a great locker organizer.

Steph adds that this would also be great for mixed media or doodling supplies for crafty adults!


For those of you who love videos, you can see the new Creative Options products on either Amy Tangerine’s blog or on Amy Tangerine’s YouTube channel.

Have fun – I loved checking them out!


That’s it – n
o more excuses for bored kids while traveling or on vacation!

With a bit of effort before you leave, you can have some time to yourself and the kiddos can have lots and lots of FUN!


If you have more ideas for storing crafts while traveling with kids,
we’d L-O-V-E to see and hear about them!

Please leave us a comment with links to ideas, yours or others’.

Thanks for joining us today and please stop by my blog, PlayAsUGo, when you get a chance – I’d love to have you visit!
Hazel

Craft Storage Ideas Contributor: Hazel Hamman (image)

Craft Storage Ideas Contributor: Hazel Hamman

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Craft Storage: Contributor Solution – My Locker Love

Craft Storage: Contributor Solution – My Locker Love
Craft storage that shows that I practice what I preach! 

Hello, it’s Hazel all the way from sunny South Africa with you today to share the latest addition to my craft storage – My Locker Love!!!

Craft Storage: Contributor Solution - My Locker Love Lockers (image)

Craft Storage: Contributor Solution – My Locker Love Lockers

Remember that you hopped around the interwebs with me to see what other Bloglanders did with their lockers???

OK, if you forgot what I shared or missed that post, just revisit my Craft Storage Ideas Locker Love post and you can see what I shared.

Between you and me, this post was my fave!!

 

Craft Storage Ideas: Cottage Market Post on Upcycling School Furniture (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: Cottage Market Post on Upcycling School Furniture

The Cottage Market Post on Upcycling School Furniture

Let’s start with a bit of background…

My husband and I ended up with a house too big for us after both our boys left.

As we live in Stellenbosch (a university town) and flat rentals are a very good source of extra income, we converted 2 “unused” rooms into a self-contained flat.

Perfect, BUT…I ended up losing 2 BIG cupboards that had been invaded by my fabric stash over the years.

My Craft Closet is filled to the brim, so I had to think out of the box (No, out of the CLOSET!).


After I did the Locker Love post, I came up with the brilliant idea of adding a row of lockers to an unused space between our garages and the house.

I would have loved to use some recycled lockers, but as I wanted a rather uniform look, I opted to buy new ones.

To my fellow South Africans, I found these lockers at Just Steele, bought them online and four weeks later they were delivered to my door!!!


I chose this one:

Craft Storage: Contributor Solution - My Locker Love - Just Steele 12-Compartment Locker (image)

Craft Storage: Contributor Solution – My Locker Love – Just Steele 12-Compartment Locker

Just Steele 12 compartment Locker

This one is “slimmer” than the rest of the range and I wanted LOTS and LOTS and LOTS of cubbies.

I chose the two-tone cream and beige color as I thought the grey would look too industrial.

In hindsight, I should have chosen the grey.

My taste is rather industrial.

BUT, in the long run, I plan to have them spray painted fire engine red or with a black chalkboard finish.


In the meantime, I’ve transferred my fabric stash from our extra bathroom to the 
cubbies.

Here is a “before” pic.

Who can spot the bath???

Craft Storage" Contributor Solution - My Locker Love - My Fabric Stash: Before (image)

Craft Storage” Contributor Solution – My Locker Love – My Fabric Stash: Before

I sorted the fabric in groups of dress fabric for summer, plain and printed; dress fabric for winter, plain and printed; curtain; upholstery; sheeting; and, haberdashery.

Want a peek inside?

Craft Storage: Contributor Solution - My Locker Love Fabric in Locker Cubbies (image)

Craft Storage: Contributor Solution – My Locker Love Fabric in Locker Cubbies

I’m still working on a system of labeling the cubbies and making it SUPER easy to find something at a click of a button / turn of a page, so you’ll have to come back next month to see what I’ve done.

In the meantime, if you have any ideas,
please leave me a comment or share a link.

I would love to see as many ideas as possible
before I make up my mind.

I’m off to get the truck load of patterns sorted that arrived from my mother (and grandmother before her), but that’s a story for another day.

Thanks for looking at My Locker Love.

I’ll be back next week with GREAT ideas for traveling with crafts to keep your little ones busy.

Please check back and all will be revealed.

And when you have a moment, please swing by my blog – PlayAsUGo – and say hello!
Hazel

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Craft Storage: American Crafts DT Room Tour – Giveaway Winner!

Craft Storage: American Crafts DT Room Tour – Giveaway Winner!
We’re sharing the creative spaces from some of your favorite crafters, American Crafts’ design team members!

Hello, fellow storage enthusiasts!

How many of you caught a glimpse of the rooms of the American Crafts design team members?

Inspiring, right?!

If you missed the peeks, check ’em out below.


And if you stopped by ’cause you can’t wait to see
if YOU won the $25 IKEA gift card
we were giving away,
well, wait no more!

Scroll down past the craft room shares below
to see if YOUR name was drawn!


Up first, Gina Lideros and her description of her happy place:

Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour: American Crafts Design Team Members - Gina Lideros (image)

Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour – American Crafts Design Team Member – Gina Lideros

Source: American Crafts

Her favorite items for storage are an Expedit bookcase, her custom-made desk and Raskog cart from IKEA.

Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour - American Crafts Design Team Member - Gina Lideros' Custom-Made Craft Desk (image)

Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour – American Crafts Design Team Member – Gina Lideros‘ Custom-Made Craft Desk

Source: Gina Lideros

We totally agree!

Hazel especially loves the desk with a total of 18 storage baskets (nine on each side) that Gina’s husband built.

Read Gina’s post for American Crafts or hop over to Gina‘s blog to say hello.

 

The next American Crafts design team member is Heather Leopard and here is what she says about her creative space:

Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour: American Crafts Design Team Member - Heather Leopard (image)

Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour – American Crafts Design Team Member – Heather Leopard

Source: American Crafts

She and her hubby just remodeled her scrap space.

It’s functional and organized with no clutter.

There is even a dedicated space for her children so they can create together.

Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour - American Crafts Design Team Member - Heather Leopard's Newly Remodeled Craft Space (image)

Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour – American Crafts Design Team Member – Heather Leopard‘s Newly Remodeled Craft Space

Source: Heather Leopard

Read Heather’s blog post for American Crafts and hop over to Heather‘s blog to say hello.


Next stop: Nicole Samuels

Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour: American Crafts Design Team Member - Nicole Samuels (image)

Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour – American Crafts Design Team Member – Nicole Samuels

Source: American Crafts

Nicole uses her family’s bonus / play room to scrap.

Her Expedit bookcase is used as a room divider,which gives a little separation between her stuff and the kids’ area while still allowing her to be part of the action.

Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour - American Crafts Design Team Member - Nicole Samuel's Expedit Bookcase (image)

Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour – American Crafts Design Team Member – Nicole Samuel’s Expedit Bookcase

Source: Nicole Samuels

If you’re a part-of-the-action crafter, this will make a lot of sense to you too.

Read Nicole’s post for American Crafts and hop over to Nicole‘s blog to say hello.


Let’s see what Gillion Nelson has up her sleeve.

Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour: American Crafts Design Team Member - Gillian Nelson (image)

Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour – American Crafts Design Team Member – Gillian Nelson

Source: Gillian Nelson

Gillian and her husband share opposite sides of an IKEA desk.

There’s lots of natural light and it looks calm and serene even though she claims that it is not representative of her reality.

Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour - American Crafts Design Team - Gillian Nelson's "Shared" Desk (image)

Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour – American Crafts Design Team Member – Gillian Nelson‘s “Shared” Desk

Source: Gillian Nelson

Hazel shares an office with her husband and she had this to say: “Mine isn’t nearly as neat as hers, nor does it have the beautiful, light, airy and creative feel that I see in her pictures.

Read Gillian’s post for American Crafts and hop over to Gillian‘s blog to say hello.


And last, but not least: Ashley Horton.

Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour: American Crafts Design Team Member - Ashley Horton (image)

Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour – American Crafts Design Team Member – Ashley Horton

Source: American Crafts

She uses part of her bedroom as her craft space.

Even though she would love to have a dedicated room, this currently works very well for her and everything is neatly sorted and on-hand.

Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour - American Crafts Design Team Member - Ashley Horton's Bedroom Craft Storage (image)

Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour – American Crafts Design Team Member – Ashley Horton‘s Bedroom Craft Storage

Source: Ashley Horton

Not everyone is fortunate to have a separate scrap space and it’s great to see people who don’t have a dedicated space make this situation work for them.

Ashley used what she had on hand and we love how she incorporated her stash in her everyday living space. Well done Ashley!

Read Ashley’s post for American Crafts and hop over to Ashley’s blog to say hello.


And now, let’s have a bit of fun!

If you previously hopped along to check out all of the
American Crafts design team member’s craft rooms | crafting spaces,
and you guessed at which “tool” each and every one of them uses,
and left us a comment about what you most like from these spaces,
you just might be the lucky winner of the
$25 IKEA gift card!!!


And the lucky winner is…

justasiam!


Congrats to

justasiam!


justasiam:
Please send an email,
with “IKEA $25 Gift Card Winner” in the subject line,
and your full name and mailing address in the body of the email,
to shackney {at} craftstorageideas {dot} com.

Please make sure the email address you send from is valid for receiving
electronic communications, including emailed gift cards.

Thanks to everyone for joining us for this craft room hop, and especially to those who took the time to wager a guess on the tool these designers love, and to share their thoughts about these craft rooms, both here and on the American Crafts blog. 

Have a great week and happy organizing!
Steph

Craft Storage Ideas Editor & Owner - Stephanie Hackney (image)

Craft Storage Ideas Editor & Owner – Stephanie Hackney

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