Craft Storage Ideas: We Want to Hear From YOU!

Craft Storage Ideas: We Want to Hear From You!
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Craft Storage Ideas: We'd Love to Hear Your Suggestions! (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: We’d Love to Hear Your Suggestions!

Hello Crafters!

After lots of “behind-the-scenes” activity to update the site, as well as updating existing social media accounts (FacebookPinterest) and launching new accounts (Twitter, YouTube, Instagram) so we can offer you even more craft storage ideas through a variety of channels, we’re excited to get the ball rolling again!

For anyone who might have missed our big announcement,
Stephanie Hackney (that’s me!) has acquired Craft Storage Ideas.

To read all about it click here: Craft Storage Ideas Has A New Owner

And now that the deal is done and the Craft Storage Ideas contributors and I have had a chance to meet each other, it’s time for you to join in…

We’d love to hear from you – what specifically would you like us to investigate, to discuss and to offer you in the way of tips, tricks and solutions, and information and inspiration, for storing your one or many crafts’ tools, supplies and ongoing projects?

We’ll continue to bring you content based on the previously-covered topic areas (Craft Room Peeks, Crafter Interviews & Craft Space Tours, Contributor Team Spaces, Furnishing Shares, ‘Just One Tip,’ Storage Solution Round-Ups, DIY Storage Solutions, Re-Purposing/Recycling/Re-Using, Product Reviews and Organizing How-To’s), but we’d like to know what else we can provide – this is YOUR chance to voice your opinion on what we’ll be researching and sharing moving forward.

We look forward to hearing your ideas and we’ll return to our regular posting schedule (at least three (3) posts per week) starting next week.

Let’s get this party started!
Steph & The CSI Team

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Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-purpose & Re-use: Locker Love

Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Use – Locker Love
Craft storage inspiration is everywhere…even in schools!

Hello, fellow craft storage enthusiasts,

Once again it’s Hazel, all the way from sunny South Africa (SA) here with you today.

About a year ago I did a post for Craft Storage Ideas on Ali Edwards’ studio.

What I loved most about her room was this:

Craft Storage Ideas Post: Ali Edwards' Studio Lockers (image)

Craft Storage Ideas Post: Ali Edwards’ Studio Lockers

Craft Storage Ideas Post: Ali Edwards’ Studio

Lockers!

As both our “boys” are all grown up and “sorted,” we are seriously downsizing.

Even though we don’t need that much living space, I’m still a HUGE crafter and my husband is a DIY fanatic.

This means utilizing every possible space in a pretty and effective way.

Another important thing to me is to recycle, reuse and re-purpose.


Today I’m sharing re-purposed storage lockers with you.

Grab a cup of coffee (or tea) and hop along through Pinterest and Blogland with me.


In this HomeTalk post on re-purposing lockers you can read all about the transformation of these old-school lockers:

Craft Storage Ideas: HomeTalk Shares How-To for Re-Purposing Storage Lockers (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: HomeTalk Shares How-To for Re-Purposing Storage Lockers

HomeTalk Post on Re-Purposing Lockers

Oh, I just LOVE red!!!

Craft Storage Ideas: Apartment Therapy Post on Using Lockers for Storage

Craft Storage Ideas: Apartment Therapy Post on Using Lockers for Storage

Apartment Therapy Post on Locker Storage Ideas

What about Blackboard Paint?

Storage and notice board all in one:

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

Be sure to check out ALL of the ideas they shared – Steph’s drooling over the library drawer cabinets!

Just look at this colorful set of lockers!

Craft Storage Ideas: Carrie Murtha's Idea for Re-Purposing Lockers (via Flickr) (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: Carrie Murtha’s Idea for Re-Purposing Lockers (via Flickr)

Carrie Murtha’s Flickr Stream

Even if your junkyard-find has lost some of it’s doors through the years, or you don’t care for the doors, all is not lost:

Craft Storage Ideas: Jamie Scott (Caught in Grace Blog) Repainted Locker Share (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: Jamie Scott (Caught in Grace Blog) Repainted Locker Share

Jamie Scott (Caught in Grace Blog) Repainted Locker Share

I love these stenciled numbers!

You will see that I’m going to use this idea!!

Craft Storage Ideas: Stylish Patina's Re-Purposed Lockers Ideas (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: Stylish Patina’s Re-Purposed Lockers Ideas

Stylish Patina Re-Purposed Lockers Ideas

Even if your lockers have lost ALL of their doors, here’s an idea:

Craft Storage Ideas: Cottage Market Post on Upcycling School Furniture - Locker Idea #2 (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: Cottage Market Post on Upcycling School Furniture – Locker Idea #2

The Cottage Market Post on Upcycling School Furniture – Locker Idea #2

And if you don’t have wall space to fit a whole set of lockers, a coffee table version can add extra storage:

Craft Storage Ideas: ArtspaceIndustrial (Etsy Seller) Re-Purposed Vintage Locker Coffee Table (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: ArtspaceIndustrial (Etsy Seller) Re-Purposed Vintage Locker Coffee Table

ArtspaceIndustrial (Etsy Seller) Re-Purposed Vintage Locker Coffee Table

That’s it from me.

I hope you enjoyed our locker-love appointment.

You are welcome to check my Instagram feed to see when my lockers are stuffed with all the fabric in my stash.

Until we meet again, have fun, store your stash and if you have ideas to share, use #craftstorageideasblog on Instagram / leave a comment – we’d love to see what you do!!

Hazel

Craft Storage Ideas: Hazel Hamman, Contributor (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: Hazel Hamman, Contributor


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Craft Storage Ideas News: A BIG Announcement!

Craft Storage Ideas News: A BIG Announcement!

Craft Storage Ideas News: CSI Has a New Owner!  (image)

Craft Storage Ideas News: CSI Has a New Owner!

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Hello CSI Friends,

We have BIG NEWS to share with you.

Craft Storage Ideas Has A New Owner!

As some of you might have seen, we recently announced that Craft Storage Ideas (CSI) was for sale.

Our goal was to find a new owner for CSI, someone we felt confident could not only carry on with delivering great organizing information and inspiration, but grow CSI to include even more craft storage information and inspiration…for YOU!

Of course, making the decision to let our “baby” go was not arrived at easily – we have really loved running CSI and getting to know so many of you, our amazing readers.

And of course, we’ve also really enjoyed working with our amazing contributors:

Aren’t they awesome?!

THANK YOU for being such a great audience for our crafty storage information and inspiration, and for helping us to grow such an important resource for crafters!

And don’t worry CSI fans, most of the wonderful ladies who’ve contributed content to CSI aren’t leaving – they’re staying on with Steph & her team!

(*Note: Cicily Lesher has posted her last contribution for CSI)


And now?

It’s time for an introduction to CSI’s new owner.

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

Craft Storage Ideas‘ New Owner: Stephanie Hackney

Say Hello to Stephanie!

Stephanie Hackney (a.k.a. Steph), a former professional organizer, long-time craft industry trade columnist, crafting addict and fearless leader of PaperCrafter’s Corner is taking over!

Steph reached out to us when she heard CSI was for sale and, based on what we’ve seen her accomplish with PaperCrafter’s Corner since she took it over in 2013, we feel very comfortable handing over the care and feeding of CSI to her as we move onto new ventures.

We know she has lots of ideas to further enhance the CSI experience for you and to provide you with even more organizing information and inspiration.

Now don’t worry, Steph and her team are not planning on eliminating any of what you’ve grown to love about CSI – their goal is to give you even more of what you love!

It’s time for a new organizing and crafting addict to bring her energy, excitement, craft industry experience & business savvy to CSI!

Steph’s super excited to get to know all of you and to bring even more cool stuff to the CSI community.


Steph’s Thoughts on CSI

“I have long admired Craft Storage Ideas as a valuable resource for crafters, from the time of its founding by Susan Mintmire and Rebecca Boyer, to the present, under the leadership of Noelle McAdams and Shelley Walsh.

It has been fun to see CSI evolve as Noelle and Shelley took over – I know they and the CSI contributors have worked hard to ensure that visitors to the CSI site (and associated social media pages) always found valuable content, a positive experience, and a reason to return again and again.

My team and I intend to expand the CSI offering by making necessary behind-the-scenes changes and enhancements (some of which have already taken place), and adding both new functionality and new information based largely on what the CSI community tells us it wants (yes, this is YOUR chance to make your voice heard – let us know what YOU want to find at CSI!).

The CSI contributors (who I’m happy to report are staying on!) will work hard to provide you with even more information, more inspiration and, hopefully, even more fun than what you’ve already experienced as a fan of CSI!

It is our goal to build on what Susan, Rebecca, Noelle and Shelley have created for you and to make the CSI offering even better!”


As you can imagine, handing over something we’ve worked hard on has been a bit bittersweet.

But it was time, and we believe CSI is in good hands!

We look forward to seeing CSI grow and prosper and we wish you all well.


So, what will we be doing now?

Noelle

“I will be keeping up with my hubby, our active lifestyle, my teaching and theater schedules, and my 3 busy boys! I sure have loved running this site, the fantastic contributors I’ve worked with over the years, and all the wonderful readers. I will miss you, CSI, and am so excited to see what comes next for you. My life is wonderfully full of other important things right now. I am closing my personal blog for the time being, but I will forever be a crafter. In fact, I am at a weekend scrapbook retreat as we speak!”

Shelley

“I will be continuing work with my Etsy shop, There Be Unicorns, that I run with my best friend. We sell hand-painted housewares, original paintings, crocheted items and other fun things, and I look forward to putting more energy into it. :) I will also, be continuing my work as a freelance graphic designer, and spending some much needed time with my husband. I’ve had so much fun working with CSI and can’t wait to see what comes next!!”


Thank You!

We know you’ll support Stephanie and CSI moving forward – Steph & the team are going to work hard for you and we’re sure you’ll be thrilled with the CSI of the future.

We know we’ll be watching!

If you haven’t already, be sure to
subscribe to the CSI blog updates,
LIKE CSI on Facebook
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follow the CSI Pinterest boards.

And, you can soon look forward to
connecting with CSI on
Twitter and Instagram,
and watching new videos on YouTube!

Take care all,
Noelle & Shelley

Noelle     Shelley

 

Contributor Craft Room Tour: Jessica Frost-Ballas

Good morning and Happy Friday!  Jessica here, from All the Sparkle, to share a more detailed look into my crafting space!

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Here’s the basic layout of my craft room:

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When you’re standing in the doorway to my music studio this is what you’ll see:

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And if you’re standing in the opposite corner next to my Ikea Expedit unit this is your view:

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And this is the remaining wall:

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My husband and I built our first home in the summer of 2013 and I spent months browsing Pinterest for ideas for my craft room.  I knew this was one room where I could go a little color-crazy so I decided on a coral, teal, and white color scheme.  The wall paint is Sherwin-Williams Tantalizing Teal and I love how bright and cheery it feels.  I chose Ikea furniture for the price point and for the variety of styles that were available.  I use three Linnmon tabletops and one corner Linnmon tabletop for my main papercrafting workspaces and my husband and I constructed a table from a hollow-core door for my gift wrapping and mailing workspace.  I used different bases to support the tables…Alex drawers, table legs, and Ullrik units which give me a lot of versatile organization space.  In the future I’m hoping to get glass cut to fit the top of the tables for even easier clean-up.

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I use Organize More units to store all of my ink pads, reinkers, and distress markers.  I store my copic markers in Color Cubbies which are, unfortunately, no longer available as I believe the business has closed.  If you’re a regular reader of my blog you already know that I’m a big fan of color and sparkle and this wall of my room is one of my favorites.  It houses my copic markers, washi tape, distress inks, and 238 different shades and sizes of sequins! 😉
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Organize More recently built me 3 custom ink pad storage units to fit into my Ikea Expedit (they will also fit in the new Ikea Kallax) which has opened up a whole new world of possibilities and I’ve heard that Organize More will be offering the Expedit/Kallax units soon!  I will readily admit that Jennifer McGuire is a huge source of organizational inspiration so many of my storage systems are reproductions or adaptations of hers (as you can see with my stamp storage, ink swatch book, and peerless watercolor swatch book below)!  On my Expedit I store my embossing powders, glitters, stickles, dye inks, stamps, embossing tools, and cardstock/paper.

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My most recent craft room addition is a second pegboard and a gift wrapping/packaging table.

www.allthesparkle.com craft room tour teal and coralUnderneath the wrapping paper I have a portable sewing machine table and I also keep my Silhouette Cameo there.  The new wrapping table sits over my childhood spinet piano and the curtain keeps additional packaging materials out of view.  On the table I store miscellaneous gift bags, tissue paper, finished cards, envelopes, stamps, mailing stamps and labels, and various notebooks and planners.

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I recently talked about how I store my finished cards here if you’re interested in more information!

So that’s my craft room!  I hope you enjoyed the tour and if you’d like a more detailed look please visit my blog!  Thanks so much for visiting and have a fabulous weekend!

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Craft Storage Round Up: Framelit and Spellbinder Storage

Hello crafters!  Kim here to share ideas for storing your Framelits, Nestabilities and Spellbinder dies.  I’ve been saving these ideas on a Pinterest board and I have actually tried 3 of them!  Don’t you just love all of the clever ideas that crafters share?  My favorite ideas always involve the storage ideas that also include a craft project!

By far the most pinned idea involved some kind of magnetic sheets or strips to hold the framelits in some way.  There are just so many creative variations on this idea!  Many people recommend magnetic vent covers or magnetic picture sheets that you can purchase for just a couple of dollars at your local pharmacy or hardware store.

The first idea comes from Jayne Stamps.  She uses magnetic sheets on the inside of her craft cabinet doors.  Personally, I drooled over this picture.  She has an entire cabinet devoted to her various dies.  Just looking at it makes me happy!

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I found several ideas using these binders with the clear sleeves.  This one uses magnetic sheets to hold the framelits in place inside the plastic sleeves.  This idea comes from Sharing What I Love with  Tami Chronowski.

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I’ve tried this one and I found the binder didn’t close that well after adding a few sets of framelits.  Many people use this successfully and it fits great on your shelf or craft table.

The next idea comes from Leigh O’Brien at Sunflower Studios.  She cleverly uses a magnetic white board with magnetic clips.  This is beautifully organized with tags to label the various sets.

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Another clever idea that will store easily is to use DVD cases or clear stamp cases sold by Stampin’ Up!  This idea was shared by Beth Crocker of Southern Inkerbelles.  She showed two ideas.  In one picture she shows how she stores the framelits in the case with the coordinating stamp set.  In the other, she shows how she stores them in their original envelope.  In both cases, I love how she uses her Designer Papers to make it prettier!  This is also a great way to use your leftover scraps of paper!

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You can see that she has a magnetic sheet behind the designer paper in both cases!

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Our own Amanda Corbet from Crafting Creations shared her scathingly brilliant idea (I love that description Amanda!) of using a frame that she painted, magnetic sheets and some pretty paper.   It looks like art and I bet it looks great in the room too.  If you are anything like me, you like to have things out where you can see them so that you remember that you have them…you will actually use them too!

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Finally, there are several box and drawer storage ideas that hold the framelits in the original envelope.  You can see that some people have created their own boxes while others use purchased boxes.  Adding labels and tabs makes it easier to find what you’re looking for as you thumb through the box of framelits.

I love this one with the handmade box shared by Sam Donald from Pootles.  She includes a video tutorial to show how she created them!  This is a fun idea.  When you need room to grow, you can just create another box as your stash grows.

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Karen from Still Young and Croppin’ shared this great file box storage idea.  She has several more pictures on her site with a wonderful description of the components that she used to create this system.  Don’t you love the labels?  You can so easily find what you’re looking for without pulling them all out!

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There are so many clever ideas, that it’s truly difficult to pick one!  You just have to find one that works with your space, your budget and your crafting style.

We would love to hear how you store your framelits, Spellbinders and Nestabilities!  Please leave a comment below and let us know what’s working for you!

Thank you for stopping by!

Craft Storage Ideas Kim Skinner

Just One Tip: File Cabinet Makeover

Cicily here with a quick, just one tip for you today. If you like to peruse second hand stores, chances are you come across your fare share of metal file cabinets, usually at a steal! Why not give it a makeover and turn it into craft storage?

Here’s a cute one with an entire tutorial for the chalkboard makeover at Design Improvised.

Just think of all the craft supplies you can stuff organize in here! LOL

This is my final post with CSI. I’m going to miss posting for you all but I feel after 2 years it’s time for me to move on. Thank you so much to all you crafty organizers!

Cicily

Craft Room Tour – Tracy Weinzapfel Studios

Hi dear readers! It’s Amanda here and I am super excited to share this wonderful craft studio with you today. Tracy Weinzapfel is an absolutely amazing artist! I’ve been following her blog and tuning in on Mixed Media Monday’s for some time now. Her artwork is just amazing! So lets take a look into her space where she creates her beautiful works of art.

Tracy’s command central is this fantastic center island. Look at all those wonderful drawers! So much storage in one handy piece of furniture! On the table top she has a large piece of glass to protect the table top from paints. Not to mention… look at all those storage drawers in the background. Talk about taking advantage of every square inch!

At one end of the room Tracy really has maximized her storage by using up all the vertical space right up to the ceiling. I love how she has her paint stored on the rails of the right wall. You can find more information about that genius storage solution here.

Just outside the studio doors Tracy has these wonderful floating shelves to display recent works of art. How awesome is it to decorate with things you have created?! So cool!

I just love this photo…. (*sigh*). Nuff said.

Tracy is a wonderfully entertaining artist. She has regular videos sharing her Mixed Media Monday sessions where she paints live for an hour. Many viewers paint along with her and share their works on the facebook page. So make sure you hop on over to her blog and take a poke around. She creates some seriously awesome artwork. You can also view more photos of Tracy’s studio by following this handy-dandy link.

 

 

It’s called “Mod Podge”

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Daring DIY: Bold Scrapbook Rooms

Hello, It’s Suzanne here today from Scrapbookingsue.com. Lately, I’ve become a little bored with the color of my scrapbook room walls. In fact, I have been thinking about painting them… a bold color! While searching around the web to see what other creative people have done with their spaces, I came across some amazingly bold scrapbook rooms. Since painting is something that many of us do ourselves, I thought that this would make a great Daring DIY segment!

This first room is a vibrant pink. Not only are the walls bold and daring, but the pink accessories to highlight the space are just stunning. As someone who enjoys the color pink, I really love this space.

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Here are a couple of very creative walls! The colors and patterns complement one another, and the window art is exceptionally bright and colorful.

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A calm, serene blue is always a nice choice. Since scrapbooking and crafting are generally relaxing, this color sets the mood and tone for creative time.

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The green color of this next room is also very calming and earthy. The red and white accent pieces are a nice touch.

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Wow, these yellow walls are just so fun! Just as bright and bold as can be, this would be a very sunny and happy place to create.

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These light blue/turquoise walls are another calming color for a very busy room.

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I couldn’t resist adding another pink room! This room is pink all over, including the ceiling! Definitely for the girly-girl in all of us.

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These rooms are so beautiful, it makes my job of deciding on a paint color even more difficult! Have you recently painted your craft room? What color did you choose?

Suzanne

Craft Room Tour – Hand to Paper, Regina Easter

Hi everyone it’s Sharon here, and today I’d like to share one of my favourite craft studios, belonging to the very talented Regina Easter of Hand to Paper.

What I love most about Regina’s room is that she manages to have a lot of stuff on display, but still manages to create a clean, organised look.  It’s very easy when you have open shelving like this for everything to look cluttered and the colour scheme not appear cohesive, but Regina pulls it off, and her cheerful colour scheme just ties it all together and it looks amazing.

 

I really like her central island for working.   This is what I am missing in my current temporary room.  I find that die cutting and stamping are so much easier when standing up.   A lovely Island like this one is top of my shopping list.

And look at this amazing ribbon storage:

Regina has an amazing amount of photos here on her Flickr pages, you can see all the updates she’s made for her room since these pics, and if you want to check out her blog page with full details about her room, you can find it here.

Hope you’ve enjoyed joining me for this tour of Regina’s gorgeous room.

Sharon