August Giveaway for Organize More!

Our friends at OrganizeMore are giving away a Marker Organizer this month! Such a perfect organizer to store those craft markers, pens, and pencils!

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To win, please comment below with your favorite type of markers. If you already commented on use for craft paint, your comment still counts and you do not need to comment again. :) Winner will be drawn on August 28! Your email must be attached to your profile so we can get a hold of you. If it isn’t, please include it in your comment. One comment per person, please. Winner must live in the continental 48 states. Thanks!

Shelley

Garden Craft Studio: Phase One

Hi, it’s Sharon here with the first of many posts sharing with you the progress on building my new craft studio.

For a long time it’s been my dream to have a craft space of my own, where I can put up shelves, have things exactly how I want, and not have to fit my supplies into a room that needs to also be used as a spare bedroom.

We live in a small terraced house, so aside from converting the loft, there’s no space really within the house that I can claim, but we do have a lovely long garden, so I decided the best solution would be to put a studio in the garden.

This is the garden a month ago:

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We use the shed in the foreground to store a lot of my boyfriend’s business files, plus some garden stuff. The shed at the back is pretty rickety, and just houses the lawnmower and a few tools, so we decided that with a bit of re-organisation, we could do without the old shed, and I could take over that whole area to put a craft studio.

As you can see, it was really uneven ground.

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The first challenge was finding a builder that wanted to do the job of taking down the old shed and creating a flat patio area.   I ‘phoned several, and only two came to give a quote – then neither of them actually called back with a price!   In the end, we asked my boyfriend’s brother to do the work, and the plan was for him to do it while we were on holiday.

Three weeks later, and we’ve come back to this:

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Total chaos. My boyfriend works from home, so we’d really hoped everything would be completed while we were away so he wouldn’t be disturbed, and I’m now seriously in the dog-house.

 

However, the patio area does look great, and is now all set for me to order the studio. Since the building work cost twice as much as I expected and I’m now also going to have to pay another company to come in and clear the mess, this is going to delay things a little as I’m going to need to save a little more money, but in the whole scheme of things, I figure it will be worth it in the end!

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So fingers crossed, I’ll be back in a couple of months to share the photos of the studio being installed!

Sharon

Just One Tip: Using crates for flexible storage

Hi friends! It’s Noelle stopping by today with a great idea for you. I just love what I call “flexible” storage. Baskets, boxes, drawers, places where you can store stickers one day, and then next month, when you’re into neon ink pads, change the storage for those needs. I keep seeing all these fun ideas on Pinterest for using crates as flexible storage. Of course, anything antique or vintage makes me drool. But there are plenty of ways to make an inexpensive new crate look vintage as well. Here is a roundup of some of my favorite ideas. :)

 Bookcase made from crates with casters from Hammers and High Heels.

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Scrapbook Space with a Vintage Vibe from Better Homes and Gardens. This is using crates in lieu of drawers, so fun! 

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Here’s an inexpensive painted crate used in a pantry with casters. I love that she’s used vinyl to label the crate. Easy to do with a Silhouette machine! Don’t forget the fun bundle deals we are running this month. ;) This photo is from I Heart Organizing. *I* PUFFY HEART this blog, so be sure to check it out! :)

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Here’s a whole wall designed for craft storage using vintage crates from Natalme.

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and last but not least, paint storage in a vintage Coca-Cola crate, also hung on the wall. This is from firsthomelovelife. Love it!

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Hope you like these ideas and maybe can implement some into your own space! Have a fantastic day.

 

Noelle

 

Craft Studio Tour: Natalie Kilgore

Hello everyone, this is Suzanne here today with a very inspiring craft studio /office space that is probably one of the most elegant I have seen. I just love spaces that are as beautiful as they are organized and functional. Natalie Kilgore, of Natty Michelle Paperie, was kind enough to let us take a peek inside her creative space today with some gorgeous pictures and unique finds that are featured on her blog.

In Natalie’s inspiration post here, she mentioned that she wanted something “white and bright with old world charm –industrial, vintage pieces are the ones I love most, so I wanted to incorporate them into my surroundings.”  As you will see, she has done just that; from the crisp, clean walls to the pretty vintage pieces displayed around the room, there is a very interesting mix of modern and classic in this space.

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I am loving these pretty little matching baskets! Using the same type of basket brings so much consistency to the room.  The art above the cubbies really caught my eye as many of the frames have become the art themselves, with pleasing white space framed inside.

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This industrial style shelving unit houses a variety of different vintage pieces, as well as a collection of white owls. Such pretty pieces! Have a closer look at some of Natalie’s storage solutions and display pieces in the pictures below.

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The beautiful photography was done by Natalie’s friend  Kaitie Bryant.

Thank you, Natalie for sharing your creative space with us today.  To see additional pictures of Natalie’s studio, please visit her post here.

Suzanne

Silhouette August PROMO!

Hi all you CSI readers! Our partners at Silhouette are having some wonderful bundle deals this month. Also, the new PixScan technology is finally here! All you have to do is order a PixScan mat (14.99 USD) and update your Silhouette Studio Software to the latest version (free). Don’t forget, to get these great deals, you just need to enter our promo code STORAGE at check out. :)

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Thanks for stopping by! If you create something with your Silhouette, please link in the comments because we would love to see! :)

 

Noelle

Just 1 Tip: Arrange by color

Hello. Hazel here to share “just one tip” with you. I like things to be neat, tidy and uniform but as we all know, you can’t start all over once a new flavor hits the month.  On my memory shelf I’ve got albums, Project Life albums, mini books,  day books, files ……………………… in every shape, size and color you can imagine and lots of them.

While reading an excellent post on stamp storage over at “Hello. I’m a Paper Addict”, I stumbled upon this idea ……………………………… arrange by color:

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It is a 4×4 Expedit shelf filled with albums, Filofaxes, mini albums, daybooks, smashbooks, etc.  I just love the look. Even though everything is not uniform, it’s clean, calm serene, interesting and pleasing on the eye.

That’s it. I’m off to some more crafting fun. Thanks for visiting the Craft Storage Ideas blog today and remember to leave some comments. We love to see what you think and do.

Hazel

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Craft Room: the Crafted Sparrow

Hi Everyone! It’s Cicily with a beautiful craft room to show you today. I came across Becca’s trendy room, the Crafted Sparrow, on Pinterest.

She turned her formal living room into her very own crafty space.

 

Becca painted her dark furniture black for a uniform look and her latest pride and joy is her Chalky Finish white craft table that takes center stage in her room.

Her fabrics are housed in these bookshelves, with her favorites on display in the wire baskets.

 

Like most of us, Becca admits to a wrapping paper addiction. I love her simple solution, this basic linen hamper.

 

Check out Becca’s complete craft room tour on the Crafted Sparrow blog here! Tell Becca CSI sent you.

 

I’m sure you will love her space as much as I did!

 

Cicily

Storage Solution Roundup: Cricut Cartridges

Hello crafty friends! This is Suzanne with a look at Cricut cartridge storage solutions today. There are so many options out there to neatly store your overflowing stock of cartridges. Some of those solutions are ready-to-go binders and bins specifically made for the cartridges. However, if you are looking for a little Do-It-Yourself project, or to save some money on storage, I have some crafty resources for you that I came across while searching the web. Hopefully you will get some inspiration from a couple of them to make your own storage!

The first storage solution utilizes two boxes: one for the cartridges and an additional box for the manuals. For the cartridges, empty baby food containers were hot glued together to fit perfectly inside the box! Each container holds 4 Cricut cartridges, for ample storage. The manuals are stored separately and are categorized by alphabet.

 

For clear container storage, this ingenious solution uses clear boxes meant for ribbon, and some pre-cut and fit plastic canvas. The cartridges and tools are stored in one box, and the bulky manuals are stored in another.

 

This clear storage box holds small, labeled containers with the name of each Cricut cartridge. This system would make it so easy to return your cartridges to the proper spot for maximum organization!

 

These Cricut items are individually sealed in clear zipper bags and then all stored inside of an acrylic container meant for sweaters! With the clear storage and labels, this is also an easy way to stay organized.

 

So, what about the original Cricut boxes? From the majority of blogs that I have read, most crafters tend to keep the boxes that their cartridges come in and store them elsewhere.  Or, there is always the option of storing the boxes and cartridges in the same area. If you notice in the picture below, the boxes are all neatly lined up on the shelf, but there is a small container of cartridges on the bottom shelf that have been re-stored. Perhaps these are the most used cartridges that need to be accessed quickly and efficiently, or taken to on-the-go crops.

 

Although these are all great Cricut cartridge storage options, the trick is finding a solution that works for you. Depending on how many cartridges you own, the choice may be clear!

 

Suzanne

 

 

All about the Furniture: Folding Tables

Hello, Hazel here to bring you my take on “folding tables”.  If you are like me, you would immediately think – camping!!! Not any more.  We have been house-hunting for my son who is getting married in 3 weeks time and I can tell you this – you have to utilize every square inch to get value for the money you are paying. SO, why not invest in multifunctional furniture!!

I was looking on Pinterest for ideas when it hit me – folding tables would be perfect for crafting, office space, to open up more options for your existing layout or simply to do homework.

SO, let’s see what I found interesting:

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This one would be perfect for any space or any purpose – best part is that it’s not taking up ANY floor space.

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This a a great idea from DesgnPlanet. Unfortunately I couldn’t find the link. If you see it somewhere around Blogland, leave me a comment and I’ll insert in ASAP.

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Have a room but it doubles up as a spare bedroom / office / craft space??? This looks like the perfect solution.

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I bought one of these at a second hand store and it gets used a lot.  Mine has a little door on one side where I hide all my boxes with embellishments, paperclips, flowers and brads. Remember this?  However, I think my table needs a layer of this beautiful blue paint.

And last but not least. DIY!!!

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When I start on a new venture, I make a Pinterest board – you can always delete it / re-allocate your pins.  For the very first time, I’m giving you the link to my work-in-progress board. Have fun browsing through my inspiration here.

Thanks for looking with me today. Please leave me some comments to let me know what you liked or would use in your own space. Have fun and remember to try something new.

Hazel