Craft Storage: Contributor Storage Solutions – Fabric Storage

Craft Storage: Contributor Storage Solutions – Fabric Storage
Craft storage ideas for quilting and sewing rooms!

Hello,

It’s Amanda again!

I’m here to share with you a quick solution that I use in my craft room to get those precarious piles of fabric out of the closet and out in the open where my collection can inspire my creativity.

First, I ordered some comic book backer boards from Amazon.com, similar to these Ultra Pro Regular Size Comic Boards.

Of course you could use cereal box cardboard, or regular cardboard, if you’re patient enough to save up enough pieces for your stash.

I’m not that patient.

Then, just fold your fabric into a width that is slightly smaller than the height of your cardboard, and begin wrapping the fabric around the cardboard.

Craft Storage: Contributor Storage Solutions - Fabric Storage, Wrapping the Fabric Around the Backer Boards (image)
Craft Storage: Contributor Storage Solutions – Fabric Storage, Wrapping the Fabric Around the Backer Boards

To secure the end of the fabric to the mini bolt, use a sewing pin, or a clothes pin if you’re worried about poking fingers later.

Craft Storage: Contributor Storage Solutions - Fabric Storage, Securing the Fabric to Itself Using a Pin (image)
Craft Storage: Contributor Storage Solutions – Fabric Storage, Securing the Fabric to Itself Using a Pin

For storage, simply line up your mini bolts of fabric on a shelf or bookcase.

Super simple!

It looks like you have a mini craft store right in your craft room and the fabric is out where you can see it.

Just seeing all the pretty patterns together makes my fingers itch to turn it into a beautiful quilt or to sew up a cute stuffed animal!

Craft Storage: Contributor Storage Solutions - Fabric Storage, On A Shelf (image)
Craft Storage: Contributor Storage Solutions – Fabric Storage, On A Shelf

(This is Steph: I don’t even sew and I’d love to have this kind of inspiration in my craft room! Great idea, Amanda!)

It’s been fun – thanks for joining us today!

And when you get a chance, please stop by my blog, Krafting Kreations, and say hello!
Amanda

Craft Storage Ideas Contributor: Amanda Corbet (image)
Craft Storage Ideas Contributor: Amanda Corbet

 

 

 

 

Craft Storage as Unique as You Are!

Craft Storage as Unique as You Are!
Craft storage uniqueness by and/or for you!

Hello Beautiful!

It’s Amanda here and this time I get to share with you some unique and fun ways you can store all your crafty goodies.


Now when I think of unique storage, I think of DIYing your way to an inexpensive, functional and fun creative space that really expresses who you are.

So here are eight awesome DIY projects that can help you make your space uniquely you!

 

First up is this amazing craft storage table that was built by Shara (Palmettos & Pigtails) and her husband using Anna White plans.

This beautiful table will not only hold a lot of tools and supplies, but it’ll make your space look awesome!

Craft Storage as Unique as You Are! DIY Craft Table via Palmettos And Pigtails (image)
Craft Storage as Unique as You Are! DIY Craft Table via Palmettos And Pigtails

Source: Palmettos & Pigtails


Oh washi! So much washi!

What to do?

Well, here’s a fun tutorial (from Crafts Unleashed) for turning what looks to be a jewelry holder or a mug tree into a fun washi tape holder!

Craft Storage as Unique as You Are! Re-Purposed Washi Tape Holder via Crafts Unleashed
Craft Storage as Unique as You Are! Re-Purposed Washi Tape Holder via Crafts Unleashed

Source: Crafts Unleashed


Sometimes you can make the most amazing storage from things that you have lying around, things that you might even need to get rid of.

Dinah of DIYInsired.com took the spring from her daughter’s crib and combined it with some baskets, pails and mason jars to make this fun and interesting storage item!

Craft Storage as Unique as You Are! Re-Purposed Baby Crib Spring via DIY Inspired (image)
Craft Storage as Unique as You Are! Re-Purposed Baby Crib Spring via DIY Inspired

Source: Dinah of DIYInspired.com via Craftaholics Anonymous


Got some scrap wood lying around?

Well maybe you can take a cue from Johnnie of Saved By Love Creations and put it together, paint it up, and add rods and clips, and it can store all sorts of fun things.

I can especially see this as a display area for kid’s artwork, scrapbook pages or your handcrafted masterpieces!

Steph’s thinking this would also make a great storage solution for your papercrafting embellishments, or even crafting tools!

Craft Storage as Unique as You Are! Re-Purposing Scrap Wood via Saved By Love Creations (image)
Craft Storage as Unique as You Are! Re-Purposing Scrap Wood via Saved By Love Creations

Source: Saved by Love Creations


Maybe you have some old drawers lying around from that old dresser that fell apart?

Well paint them up, put on some bright knobs and hang them on the wall!

Wait. What?

Yup just hang some old drawers on the wall for some unique and adorable storage shelves.

A great idea via Everything Etsy!

Craft Storage as Unique as You Are! Re-Purposing Old Drawers as Shelves via Everything Etsy (image)
Craft Storage as Unique as You Are! Re-Purposing Old Drawers as Shelves via Everything Etsy

Source: Everything Etsy


Decorating with pallets is all the rage.

Why not take something that’s typically thrown away and turn it into something amazing?

Saved By Love‘s Johnnie combined a pallet with a variety of thrift store shelves to make this interesting storage piece.

It’s a work of art in itself!

Craft Storage as Unique as You Are! DIY Storage - Pallet as Craft Storage via Saved By Love Creations (image)
Craft Storage as Unique as You Are! DIY Storage – Pallet as Craft Storage via Saved By Love Creations

Source: Saved by Love Creations


What about turning five file cabinets into one fabulously large work table with tons of storage?

Click through to see the tutorial from Shara at Little Gray Table on how to put this beautiful piece together.

Steph’s in love with this idea!

Craft Storage as Unique as You Are! DIY Storage - Re-Purposed Filing Cabinets as Craft Storage via Little Gray Table (image)
Craft Storage as Unique as You Are! DIY Storage – Re-Purposed Filing Cabinets as Craft Storage via Little Gray Table

Source: Little Gray Table


Think outside the box!

Just about anything that holds anything can be used for craft storage.

Take a look at how Rebecca of Older and Wisor updated a pie safe for her craft storage, and how she designed her craft room with only $75!

Now that takes some creativity!

Craft Storage as Unique as You Are! DIY Storage - Re-Purposed Vintage Pie Cabinet via Older And Wisor (image)
Craft Storage as Unique as You Are! DIY Storage – Re-Purposed Vintage Pie Cabinet via Older And Wisor

Source: Older and Wisor


These ideas are a reminder that your creativity doesn’t have to stop with the projects that you create in your craftroom.

Harness your creativity to create storage and organization options that are perfectly suited to your needs.

What do you think?
Are any of these ideas well suited to your craft storage needs?

Please share your thoughts about these options,
and share your own unique storage ideas,
in the comments –
we can’t wait to see what everyone’s using,
and creating, for craftroom storage!

It’s been fun – thanks for joining us today!

And when you get a chance, please stop by my blog, Krafting Kreations, and say hello!
Amanda

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Craft Storage Ideas Contributor: Amanda Corbet

 

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Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-purpose & Re-use – Garage Sale Finds

Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-purpose & Re-use – Garage Sale Finds
Check out three garage sale finds that are ideal for storing crafting supplies!

Hi!

It’s Amanda here!

I’m back to share with you some great storage ideas for your crafty space!

It’s summer and every weekend you see garage sale signs all over the place.

The saying goes that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure.

Well, there are hidden gems that you can frequently find at garage sales and I have three ideas
I’d like to share with you today.

Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Use: 3 Garage Sale Finds to Use for Crafting Storage (image)
Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Use: 3 Garage Sale Finds to Use for Crafting Storage


This wooden toolbox is great for keeping brushes, paint and paint misters handy,
right on your work table.

And, if you need the space, it’s easy to move to another location – just grab
the big handle on top.

Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Use: 3 Garage Sale Finds to Use for Crafting Storage - Tool Box Paint Storage (image)
Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Use: 3 Garage Sale Finds to Use for Crafting Storage – Tool Box Paint Storage

This would also work great to hold jars of your most frequently used tools like scissors,
pencils, a ruler, glue and more!

Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Use: 3 Garage Sale Finds to Use for Crafting Storage - Tool Box Tools Storage (image)
Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Use: 3 Garage Sale Finds to Use for Crafting Storage – Tool Box Tools Storage


Next up is a vintage metal tool box.

This is the kind of toolbox that you would expect to see in a home or a garage.

I just love the vintage look!

Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Use: 3 Garage Sale Finds to Use for Crafting Storage - Tool Box Jewelry Tools Storage (image)
Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Use: 3 Garage Sale Finds to Use for Crafting Storage – Tool Box Jewelry Tools Storage

This keeps my jewelry-making tools corralled and in a handy spot right next to my beads.

If I want to work somewhere else in the house, it’s easy to close the lid and transport my tools wherever I need to go.

Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Use: 3 Garage Sale Finds to Use for Crafting Storage - Tool Box Jewelry Tools Storage (image)
Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Use: 3 Garage Sale Finds to Use for Crafting Storage – Tool Box Jewelry Tools Storage


Now, if you’re looking for a great way to display some of your crafty goodness, look no further than a wooden DVD storage cabinet!

Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Use: 3 Garage Sale Finds to Use for Crafting Storage - DVD Cabinet for Craft Project Display (image)
Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Use: 3 Garage Sale Finds to Use for Crafting Storage – DVD Cabinet for Craft Project Display

This cabinet was originally designed to hang vertically, but I added some little angle brackets from the hardware store, along with some screws and anchors, and I have a shelf that fits perfectly above my book case and allows me to display some of my carefully crafted projects.

You could, of course, use this method to store just about anything on a shelf, all from something you can pick up at a garage sale for a few bucks.

Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Use: 3 Garage Sale Finds to Use for Crafting Storage - DVD Cabinet for Craft Project Display (image)
Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Use: 3 Garage Sale Finds to Use for Crafting Storage – DVD Cabinet for Craft Project Display


So, when you’re out prowling around garage sales (and flea markets, yard sales and vintage fairs) keep an eye out for things that can be used as crafting supplies, tools and projects storage.

Shiny and new is nice, but when you’re on a budget, it’s nice to find storage solutions with character that work for your space.

I hope I’ve inspired you to think outside the box and re-purpose something that works great for you!

Thanks for stopping by and please come visit me at Krafting Kreations,
Amanda

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Craft Storage Ideas: Solutions Round-Up – 15 Awesome Craft Storage Tools From Your Kitchen

Craft Storage Ideas: Solutions Round-Up – 15 Awesome Craft Storage Tools From Your Kitchen
Craft storage made easy with items you may already own!

Hi!

It’s Amanda here and I’m going to share with you some really amazing storage solutions that could be hiding right in your own home, items you may never have thought of using to house your crafting supplies.

Craft Storage Ideas: 15 Awesome Craft Storage Tools From Your Kitchen (image)
Craft Storage Ideas: 15 Awesome Craft Storage Tools From Your Kitchen
As a crafters we’re always on the lookout for the best way to store all our crafting supplies in our spaces.

There are so many products on the market that are made just for craft storage, but some of those solutions can get pretty pricey.

So today I would like to share with you some hidden gems that might be in your kitchen that you could use to store some of your stash.

First up is a little bit of upcycling.


These old baby food jars were cleaned out and hung up with magnets under a cabinet to provide color coordinated button storage. Genius I say!

Not to mention mostly free since you would be re-using something that normally goes in the trash.

Craft Storage Ideas: 15 Awesome Craft Storage Tools From Your Kitchen - Baby Food Jars for Button Storage (image)
Craft Storage Ideas: 15 Awesome Craft Storage Tools From Your Kitchen – Baby Food Jars for Button Storage
 

How about canning jars?

I’m sure you’ve seen all over the web how these beauties can help neaten up your space.

With the clear jars you can still see what’s inside and yet everything is neat and orderly.

Craft Storage Ideas: 15 Awesome Craft Storage Tools From Your Kitchen - Mason Jars (image)
Craft Storage Ideas: 15 Awesome Craft Storage Tools From Your Kitchen – Mason Jars
 

A wine rack?

No, not for keeping your wine handy when you’re crafting, but with a few glasses, it makes amazing marker and pen storage right on your desktop or wall!

Craft Storage Ideas: 15 Awesome Craft Storage Tools From Your Kitchen - Wine Racks for Marker & Pen Storage (image)
Craft Storage Ideas: 15 Awesome Craft Storage Tools From Your Kitchen – Wine Racks for Marker & Pen Storage
 

Here’s another upcycle!

This super smart crafter saved some jars from the kitchen – I spy spaghetti sauce and pickle jars here!

Just brighten up the lids with some paint, drill a hole and add a pretty drawer pull to the top, and you have some really cute looking jars to sort your supplies into!

These are just plain adorable!
Craft Storage Ideas: 15 Awesome Craft Storage Tools From Your Kitchen - Upcycled Jars for Storing Ribbon, Twine or Embellishments (image)
Craft Storage Ideas: 15 Awesome Craft Storage Tools From Your Kitchen – Upcycled Jars for Storing Ribbon, Twine or Embellishments
Source: DecoArt
 

Need some hidden storage?

How about adding some Bygel Rails (meant for kitchen use) and dowels on the inside of a cabinet door to store all your craft paints?

Craft Storage Ideas: 15 Awesome Craft Storage Tools From Your Kitchen - Bygel Rails for Paint Storage (image)
Craft Storage Ideas: 15 Awesome Craft Storage Tools From Your Kitchen – Bygel Rails for Paint Storage
 

These little spice jars are just perfect for sorting those small bits and bobs.

Craft Storage Ideas: 15 Awesome Craft Storage Tools From Your Kitchen - Spice Jars for Button Storage (image)
Craft Storage Ideas: 15 Awesome Craft Storage Tools From Your Kitchen – Spice Jars for Button Storage
Source: Scrapbit
 

How about a spice rack for storage shelves?

Take advantage of your vertical wall space with a few of these and you’ll be on your way to organizing success!

Craft Storage Ideas: 15 Awesome Craft Storage Tools From Your Kitchen - Spice Racks for Wall Storage (image)
Craft Storage Ideas: 15 Awesome Craft Storage Tools From Your Kitchen – Spice Racks for Wall Storage

Source: Personally Andrea


Of course I couldn’t leave out the ever-popular Raskog Cart!

This little baby holds lots of stuff, has wheels to easily roll it around your space, and it’s just a really awesome color.

Who doesn’t love turquoise?!

Craft Storage Ideas: 15 Awesome Craft Storage Tools From Your Kitchen - Raskog Cart for Project Life or Mixed Media Supplies (image)
Craft Storage Ideas: 15 Awesome Craft Storage Tools From Your Kitchen – Raskog Cart for Project Life or Mixed Media Supplies
 

The Bygel Rails are back!

No longer are they just plain towel rods, they create a wall of punch holders here!

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Craft Storage Ideas: 15 Awesome Craft Storage Tools From Your Kitchen – Bygel Rails for Punch Storage
 

These white bins are amazing for sorting just about anything you could want to tuck away.

Craft Storage Ideas: 15 Awesome Craft Storage Tools From Your Kitchen - Plastic Bins for Punch Storage (image)
Craft Storage Ideas: 15 Awesome Craft Storage Tools From Your Kitchen – Plastic Bins for Punch Storage
Source: Studio Calico
 

What about a tiered fruit basket or other type of tiered tray?

This is a fantastic way to keep all those things you use all the time right on your work space.

Craft Storage Ideas: 15 Awesome Craft Storage Tools From Your Kitchen - Tiered Baskets (image)
Craft Storage Ideas: 15 Awesome Craft Storage Tools From Your Kitchen – Tiered Baskets

These canisters are a good way to sort out scraps or ribbon or fabric, among other things, and they give your craft room a candy shoppe look.

Craft Storage Ideas: 15 Awesome Craft Storage Tools From Your Kitchen - Glass Canisters for Ribbon or Scrap Storage (image)
Craft Storage Ideas: 15 Awesome Craft Storage Tools From Your Kitchen – Glass Canisters for Ribbon or Scrap Storage
 
A cute silverware caddy or tray with cups is a great way to sort your pencils, pens and scissors.

Craft Storage Ideas: 15 Awesome Craft Storage Tools From Your Kitchen - Cutlery Caddy or Tray w/Glasses for Storing Markers, Pens & Tools (image)
Craft Storage Ideas: 15 Awesome Craft Storage Tools From Your Kitchen – Cutlery Caddy or Tray w/Glasses for Storing Markers, Pens & Tools
 
How about re-purposing a coffee pod holder for storing embossing powders (or other small tubs or jars of supplies)?

It’s a cute and a functional way to store your stash in an at-hand solution!

Craft Storage Ideas: 15 Awesome Craft Storage Tools From Your Kitchen - Coffee Pod Holder for Embossing Powder Storage (image)
Craft Storage Ideas: 15 Awesome Craft Storage Tools From Your Kitchen – Coffee Pod Holder for Embossing Powder Storage

Steph uses a coffee pod holder for her washi tape – stay tuned for a share of that storage option in a future post!
 

Need an organizer for small bits?

Look no further than a muffin tin!

The little compartments are perfect for sorting small objects.

Craft Storage Ideas: 15 Awesome Craft Storage Tools From Your Kitchen - Muffin Tins for Storing Bits & Bobs (image)
Craft Storage Ideas: 15 Awesome Craft Storage Tools From Your Kitchen – Muffin Tins for Storing Bits & Bobs
 
I hope some of these ideas help you tame your craft stash in a way that lights up your crafting world.

Many of these solutions are
h less expensive than the “made for crafting” storage options, not to mention they add a little uniqueness and fun to your special work space!

Thanks for stopping by and please come visit me at Krafting Kreations,
Amanda
Craft Storage Ideas Contributor: Amanda Corbet (image)
Craft Storage Ideas Contributor: Amanda Corbet

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Punch Storage Roundup

Hello! It’s Amanda here today and I want to share with you some ideas for storing all your punches. There are so many different styles and fun patterns of punches out there and they are easy to use. But storing them is not always so easy. They tend to be heavy or bulky. So what’s a crafty gal to do? Well… here are some suggestions.
It’s a little hard to tell here, but this lucky stamper has her paper punches all stored in Stamp-N-Storage organizers at the back of her work station. If you want to take a closer look into this amazing stamp room you can check out Mary’s videos here.
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Deb from Deb’s Stamp Pad  shows how these handy Stamp-N-Storage organizers can be hung on the wall to free up some desk space and still keep those punches handy.
Terri at Nuts About Stamping shows that a plastic bin is great for tucking away the slim style punches.
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Or you can keep them in a drawer like this crafter.
Some Ikea rails make an appearance in this crafter’s space. These rails make great use of vertical space and help store any style of punch!
Here is another Ikea find in action. This handy letter tray is meant for use in the office, but it is really put to great use in this craft room!
This crafter uses some long Bygel rails from Ikea as well as a couple shelves to store her punch collection. What a selection!
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How about these awesome over the door storage racks from Sugar Land Scrapper? Wow they sure hold a lot.
Well hopefully I’ve given you a few good ideas for whipping those punches up into shape and keeping them organized.
Now…. where did I put that flower punch? I know it’s somewhere in one of these drawers. Hmm….Guess I better get to work on my own punch storage!

Contributor Craft Room Tour: Amanda Corbet

Hello! It’s Amanda here from Krafting Kreations! I am so excited today. You know why? Because I get to invite you over to my studio to take a peek at where I create all my projects! Are you up for it? Awesome! Lets go!
When I was writing this post looking at all these pictures was making me dizzy, and I work in the space! So here is a simple layout of the room so you can find where you’re at if you get lost.
Here is your view right when you walk through the door. You get a head on view of this wonderful file cabinet that I would like to update at some point. Any suggestions how to pretty it up? I spy a furry helper wondering what I’m doing.
As soon as you walk through the door and turn to the left this is what you’ll see. Now i am incredibly lucky. This is a 12 ft. by 24 ft. space. But that also means it is long and skinny so that creates it’s own set of challenges. Especially when you have as much furniture packed into one room that I have.
There are a few odd things about this room since it is an addition that the previous owner made to the house. Another thing I would like to add here is that we have lived in this 1950’s fixer upper house for 9 years. The house still needs A LOT of fixing. There are still several things about my craft room that need fixed, but it’s a work in progress. So please forgive the two types of flooring with the gap where a wall used to be, the un-sheet-rocked section next to the back door, and the lack of baseboards/trim. There are, after all, only so many hours in the day. Also, fixing some of these issues would require me to empty out the entire room, which means a large amount of time that I don’t have my work space.
Okay, back to the tour. So if you turn back towards the door you will see what remains of the sliding glass door. This is one of those odd things I mentioned a few minutes ago.
In front of the remaining half of the sliding door I have my electric fire place. This room gets so cold in the winter so this is definitely needed. Next to that is a card rack that my wonderful sister picked up for me with no cards on it. I like the idea of having the card rack, but the florescent lighting will fade the colors of the card stock. So I don’t want to leave them out forever so I’m in a conundrum on that piece. On top of the fireplace I have a few magazines and some pretty baskets with yarn for upcoming projects.
Now if you turn to the right towards the rest of the room we will continue.
Next is my upcycled sewing desk that was a super cheap garage sale find. Above that I have 5 Bygel rails with baskets, flatware caddy’s, and hooks that are all from Ikea. This is where I store buttons, brads, twine, clothespins, safety pins, tags, and more. On my sewing desk I have a glass jar that I use to keep my spools of thread in. All the wonderful drawers in the desk house the rest of my sewing tools.
Right next to my sewing desk is my trash can. It is actually meant to be a beverage cooler for use at parties and such, but I loved the color (as you might have noticed) so I use it as my trash can. It just goes to show you that you have to keep an eye out and be creative with your storage. Not all craft storage has to be something that was made to be craft storage.
Now another way that I am incredibly lucky is that my husband likes to do woodworking as a hobby. So he has built a lot of my craft room furniture. This stamp rack is one of the many pieces he has built for me.
It is huge and holds a whole lot of stamps!
On top of the stamp rack I have my current Stampin’ Up! embellishments in a spinning organizer. Next to that is my owl Scentsy warmer and some more clear jars that store scraps of Stampin’ Up! ribbon, embossing powder, and glue sticks. There are also a few things just for pretty like the lava lamp my dad gave me for my 14th birthday, the adorable owl my best friend gave me, the branches for my Easter tree in a pretty vase, and that wonderful yellow clock which was a Pick Your Plum score.
I really love storing my supplies in clear glass jars. It keeps them all together, they are pretty and add to my decor, and I can see inside the jar to grab the one I want. I would say that glass jars are my favorite organizing go to!
Now if I turn around a bit you can see this side of my ginormous craft island that my husband built. It. holds. so. much. stuff! This is where I do all my card making, fabric cutting, painting, etc. As you can see this side is all drawers. On the end I have two large wall files that I ordered from The Container Store. It houses my rulers, Big Shot cutting mats, current Stampin’ Up! catalogs, and scrap paper for stamping on. What’s the thing on the front of the left wall file you ask? Well that is the magnetic platform for my Big Shot. Since the wall files are metal, the magnetic platform sticks right to it so it’s within easy reach, yet out of the way.
If I face back towards the back of the room you will see the ribbon rack and huge lateral file that were both built by my hubby. The top of the ribbon rack has blue jars that hold scraps of non-Stampin’ Up! ribbon. (I’m a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator so it makes it easier to keep those products separate from the rest of my supplies).
Then there are rows of ribbon spools. They just sit on the shelf and it is easy to pull out just one spool of ribbon.
Here you can see just how huge this file cabinet is. That is a whole bunch of 8-1/2″ x 11″ card stock all filed by color. On top of the file cabinet I have my Stampin’ Up! ink tower, big shot, a plastic container with patterned paper scraps, and a basket with my DecoArt Media paints. On the wall I have mounted a paper towel holder (that is currently empty). That way it’s easy to grab one when I have a mess I need to clean up.
To the right of the file cabinet is one of the ever popular turquoise Raskog carts from Ikea. This one holds my desk organizer, scissors, pens, pencils, craft knives, paper piercing supplies, envelopes, pre-cut and scored card bases, baby wipes (for cleaning my hands) and a few kits that I need to put together. I love that I can roll it out right next to where I’m working and I have all my most used tools right at my fingertips!
Here is a zoomed out view of that back wall. Since this room is so long and skinny I decided to paint that back wall a nice vibrant blue. It’s Deep Blue Sea by Behr. The dark blue make the room seem less like a tunnel and more like a square if that makes any sense. The white shelves are the perfect place to store more supplies and display some of the things I’ve made.
The cabinet to the right (also built by the hubs) holds all my stained glass supplies as well as some other tools. Trust me… you don’t want to look in there. It’s a mess and needs some serious help. Also, those doors… they may or may not have been leaning against the wall of my craft room for the last three years or so until just last night when I needed to take photos for this post….
Here is a view of what is below those display shelves. A wood set of drawers that needs some work to be usable. I think it needs to be dressed up too. Any suggestions? On top of that is my radio. Gotta have some tunes while I’m getting my craft on! Next to that is my little kiln. I like to do some fused glass once in a while and this kiln is just perfect. Although when I use it I clean everything off the top and pull it out away from the wall. Safety first!
On top of the kiln is a 12″ x 12″ paper holder with mixed media supplies, a bin with some kits in them, and my Dremel drill press.
Now this spot was really hard to photograph. It’s the end of the island that faces that dark blue wall. I’ve used Command picture hanging velcro to store my paper trimmer and Simply Scored scoring board right on the side of the island.
I also have a little command hook hanging from the underside of the top. This holds one of those cheap foam type place mats. I always like to stamp on one of these. I think the even, yet soft, surface gives you a better stamped image. By using vertical space where nobody can see I have these tools right next to where I use them and they don’t have to be left on the top of my table all the time.
Here is a closer view of those back shelves. I have jars that hold my washi tape, Stickles glitter glue, glitter, some flattened bottle caps, alcohol inks, and even some old glass peanut jars I picked up from a garage sale that house my colored pencils. The owl planter hols all my sponges that I use for stamping, and the turquoise floral vase holes specialty pencils and pens that I use for Mixed Media.
Another view of the left side of the room. You can see the pretty fairy print that I picked up at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival several years ago.
Here is a view of my paint storage that I shared a few weeks ago. On top I have a jar with my twinkling H20s and my owl vase that holds my paint brushes. There is also a chalk board for my crafty to do list (I need to get a chalk marker so I can actually start using this!). Then to the right there is the outside window. I took these photos late at night so I left the blinds closed.
Here is another view of that unfinished glass cabinet. Both that and the file cabinet are eventually going to get a few coats of white paint.
Here is the other side of my fantastic storage island. This side is all open shelves. I have some painted crates that hold a variety of things and then there is stuff stacked to the sides of the crates. This area really needs some help.
Now if you turn to the right you can see this cube style shelf. I loved the look of the Ikea Expedit shelves, but until this last year it would have been about a 6 hour drive to the nearest Ikea. So that wasn’t going to happen. There just was no way I could make my husband understand that a full day road trip was worth it to get one shelf… So I did the next best thing. I begged my handy hubs to build this shelf for me. It is wonderful! Although I think I may stain it darker to match the island.
Anyway, this shelf holds supplies for some of my in process projects as well as my fabric hoard collection. The shelf above is for some fun display. The top of this book case is also where I take a lot of the photos for my project posts (hence the lights).
Just to the left of the cube shelf you will see yet another Raskog cart from Ikea. This one holds (and is over flowing with) beading and jewelry supplies. Most of the beads and components are sorted in mason jars by color. Just under that plastic bin is an old metal tool box that holds all my jewelry making tools.
Turn to the right again and you will see the front end of the room. This portion needs some work still. We have to patch the sheet rock next to the door and then paint it the nice soft gray color (Twilight from Behr). Behind the door is the closet full of more crafting supplies, yet lacking organization (no one is perfect right???).

In the corner is this amazing wing-back chair that I scored from the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store for only $15. I’m thinking of recovering it in the fabric swatch you see sitting on top. It’s nice to finally have a place in my studio to relax and take a breather or to make a guest comfortable while I work.

The built in shelf to the right of the file cabinet houses boxes of yarn and boxes of finished cards as well as books and my porcelain dolls that I’ve had since I was little. In front of the file cabinet is a gorgeous painting my mom did for me. The frame just needs painted white and then the painting popped in.

Now we’ve made it back to the door! Just a couple more things…

I love this amazing two-tiered fruit basket that I got from Pick Your Plum. It holds a lot of mixed media supplies and some general tools. Also, That nice HUGE work surface all clean….. Although I will try to keep it up, it probably won’t last long. Just sayin…
One more tip, I like to keep a pretty bowl on my table for trash. That way I can toss the little bits in the bowl as I’m working rather than having to go over to the trash can every time. It keeps my work surface a little bit cleaner.

 

So although it’s still very much a work in process, this room is the closest to perfect for me that it has ever been. I love working in here and making all those fun projects that I get to share with you! Thank you so much for joining me on my tour! I hope you enjoyed getting a peek into my home.

 

Just One Tip – Paint Storage and Display

Hello dear readers! It’s Amanda and I’m here to share how I store all my craft paints.

DIY Paint Storage and Display Shelf

Paint, oh how I love the different colors and kinds of craft paint! You can do so many amazing things with paint! My problem… I see all those pretty colors lining the shelves in the craft store and I just can’t control myself! I can totally forget about any self-control if there happens to be a sale going on. Or you’re buying supplies for a project and don’t remember if you already have the exact perfect color you need for your project so you buy it anyway. Then when you get home you realize that you actually already have three but they are stashed all over the place and hard to find.

So your paint storage might end up looking like this if you’re lucky. All corralled in a basket, but impossible to see what colors you have. Oy!

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So maybe it’s time you think outside the box a bit for some creative paint storage. That’s right. You’re creative already to have so many supplies at your fingertips! Get creative with your storage! For example… take this adorable yet plain little crate that I believe is intended for CDs. I picked these up from my local craft store in the section with all the wood items.

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Take some leftover trim paint from working on your house (or use some of that craft paint stash) and paint up your crates. Or stain them. Or leave them natural. Whatever makes your creative decorating heart go pitter-patter. Then just hang them up on the wall by drilling two holes through the bottom of the crate. Place your crate on the wall where you want it and mark the wall inside  the hole with a pencil. Then add a wall anchor and screw your crate into place.

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Line up several crates to create a display shelf as well as paint display. Since I do work for DecoArt on occasion I have my paints sorted by type of paint. I have the bottoms of the bottles facing out so those lovely bright colors can inspire me.

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It always puts a smile on my face to see all these lined up and cheerful looking with the array of color. It also helps me see at a glance what colors I have a lot of and what colors I’m more limited on. Not to mention it gives me a shelf which is a great place to display my recent works.

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Now I challenge you to corral all those craft paints into some semblance of order that works for you. Do you like to have your paints out on display like mine, or would you rather they be stored behind doors or in bins so they are out of sight?

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