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

Just One Tip: Washi Samples

It’s Cicily today with a quick tip. I found this great idea to catalog your washi tape and even see what it would look like on your craft projects!

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I created these 1.5″ x 3″ tags with clear plastic, ran a strip of each of my washi tapes on each of the tags.  I punched holes using my crop-a-dile and attached them all to a large ring.

Now I can see all my washi tapes (I sorted them by color) and can lay one of the tags right on my page to “see” what it would look like!

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I found this great idea from Studio Calico HERE. They used plastic microscope slides to create their tags. I was able to use a thick plastic that I cut with my paper trimmer, that my hubby had purchased from Hobby Lobby. I love creating projects from objects that I already have around the house!

What do you think of these Washi samples?

Cicily

Craft Room {Sweet Bambinos}

Happy Friday fellow crafters! If you live in my neck of the woods then you might be digging out of a fresh pile of that white stuff we’ve been seeing all winter. I’m so ready for spring! So in the mean time I’ve been cleaning and organizing my craft room. I’m really trying to declutter and get rid of those items that have just been hanging around too long. You know, those “I could do this with that” items. It’s hard to let go of some of these items but it actually feels good to not be weighed down by them. Moving on my post for you today is a quick tour of a beautifully organized craft room by Andrea on her blog Sweet Bambinos.

She posted her newly organized craft room and I was drawn by the pops of color from all the crisp white.

She uses a combination of Martha Stewart tables and Ikea bookshelves and drawer units to organize all her supplies.

Here is the link to her original post sharing her room HERE and she has an updated post revealing what’s in her drawers and how they are organized HERE.

have a crafty weekend!

Cicily

Dollar Store Craft Organization

It’s Cicily with a quick roundup for you today. Recently I happened to wander into a Dollar Store, the kind where the items really are only a dollar.

The first item to catch my eye was these sugar jars. I have been wanting to add a few to my collection of 1. They are perfect for storing twine and ribbon.

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There’s lots of vases, jars, canisters and even salt and pepper shakers for your glitter!

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Shoeboxes are clear and perfect for storing items and stacking them on shelves or in closets.

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How about some baskets, bowls and lots of open containers for all your do-dads.

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And check out these wire baskets of all shapes and sizes.

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Best of all, these items are only $1!!!!

Cicily

Just One Tip: Pocket Page aka Project Life Organization

Hello! It’s Cicily with my special Just One Tip for you. Last year I started using pocket pages and I’m loving this style of scrapbooking . I’m still doing some traditional scrapbook pages, but with 3 little ones I want to stay some-what caught up. I’m not doing Project Life so much, more my own take on the pocket pages. However I use various pocket page styles and now my collection is growing. I don’t want to sort through them all to see what I have as I create each page.

The solution? Organize them in a 3 ring binder. I’ll happily admit this was not my idea, my mom’s collection is substantially bigger then mine (yes I just called you out! LOL). It was her idea, so thanks for saving my sanity, Mom!

You will need an empty Binder,  white 12×12 cardstock, a Marker, pen & Pencil, & your pocket pages.

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I started by creating 3″ grids on my paper, which creates twelve 3″x3″ boxes. I used the sharpie to do this so the boxes stand out.

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Now looking at my actual pocket page layouts I created a different layout/style one in each of the boxes. I used the pen and also marked the pocket sizes for easy reference. (and yes I made a couple of mistakes!)

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The next step is taking out all the pocket pages from each of their separate packages and putting them in the binder in the same order as they are on the reference page. I added a post-it so I could easily find the different pages. I labeled each square a different letter and those correspond to the divider post-it tabs.

The last step is to count each different layout and note it on the reference sheet. Do this in pencil so you can easily change it as you use or buy your pages. Because the reference sheet is in a plastic page, I didn’t want to have to remove it each time to update the quantities. I added small squares on the outside of the sheet over each 3″x3″ for the quantities.

Now I no longer have to look through each of my packages to determine what I have and I can also easily see what I’m running out of.

I’d love to hear how you have organized your pocket pages.

Cicily

Just 1 Tip: Organizing Layout Progress

Cicily here with a quick tip I came across on Pinterest. I’m one of those scrapbookers who likes to scrap what I want to scrap when I want to scrap it. I have several different scrapbooks in progress, vacations, camping, kids, and family, to name a few. I’ll admit I’ve spent time looking for pictures I was positive I’d printed or came across pictures I had already scrapped. I’d rather be a little more organized with my layout progress so that’s why I loved this idea.

This idea came from Anita at the Flamingo Chronicles.

At a glance I can see what I have in progress, what’s ready to scrapbook or if I need to print pictures. I’m just getting started on this process so I will let you know how it works.

Cicily

Craft Room: {Hello. I’m a Paper Addict}

November is here and it brought the cold weather with it. Hopefully you all are warm and cozy in your craft rooms and crafting away.

I’m sharing Cathy’s Hello. I’m a Paper Addict room with you today. She’s inspired a couple of our organizational posts but we haven’t shared her room with you yet.

Cathy is very into Project Life, Smashbook and Filofax and she’s taking full advantage of 2 Raskog carts to keep it all right at her fingertips!

 

Here’s a closeup of the tray holding her stamps. She found her’s at Home Goods but I see these all the time in second hand stores. Perfect for wood stamps.

 

Washi anyone? I thought I had an obsession. LOL. Cathy recommends the vareria box from Ikea for organization and has these across the back of her desk.

 

I hope you enjoyed these little snippets from Cathy’s craftroom. There’s lots more to see. HERE is the link to all these pics/posts and more details of the making of her room.

 

Happy Crafting!

Cicily

 

 

Chalkboard Vinyl Review by Cicily and Show Us **Your** Happy Place!!

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Welcome to Week One of our “Show Us Your Happy Place” promotion!

 

To start out, the winner of Friday’s giveaway is Denise Bryant! Denise, I will email you for you mailing address, thank you for providing your email addy! 🙂 She said:

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Now for a great product review!

 

This is Cicily, the Pink Dalmatian Scrapper and I’m super excited to be kicking off this October with a review of the Silhouette Chalkboard vinyl! I’ve been wanting to get my hand on some, so this was perfect.

It works just like regular vinyl in your cutting machine. I chose to make labels for some of my storage boxes.

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I measured my boxes (the Walmart plastic shoe-boxes for $1) and adjusted the size of the label to fit. I set the depth on my cutting blade to cut just the vinyl, not the backing. After the labels were cut, I removed all the excess vinyl around my labels so I could see what I was working with. I could never find anywhere that says you need to condition chalkboard vinyl, but I know for chalkboard paint you need to condition it. To condition you just take the side of your chalk and run it over the vinyl. Then wipe off. What I read was that your images can become permanent if you don’t condition the chaklboard. Again not sure if this is needed with vinyl, but I also got the “used” chalkboard look once I wiped them off. Next I took a chalkboard pen and inked a border around the labels to give them a little pizzazz.

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A great tip I’ve come across was to sharpen your chalk! Just use a pencil sharpener and you have an easier tip to write with. Warning…can cause nails on a chalkboard chills!

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I love how the chalkboard vinyl labels turned out. The chalkboard vinyl was extremely easy to use and can have so many uses. Now check out what CSI has in store this month!

Now, since you’ve read the review by the fabulous Cicily, you can link up YOUR happy place at the bottom of the post from now until Thursday afternoon (October 9, 2014). The winner for this week will receive a 12″ roll of CHALKBOARD vinyl from Silhouette America like the one that is being reviewed here today!

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Our Rules:

 

  1. Winner must live in the USA or Canada, we are so sorry but international shipping is just too pricey. 🙁 Hawaii and Alaska residents are welcome to enter.

 

  1. You may enter your room (on Mondays) one time per week and you may also enter the random giveaway (on Wednesdays) one time per week.

**Please note that comment moderation is enabled, so on the comment to win drawings you will not see it come up right away. If you are not sure your comment went through or not, please mention that in your second comment and we will publish accordingly.

 

  1. On room links, you must link to a specific post about your creative space and not the entire blog.

 

  1. Not required but we would LOVE it if you’d share our graphic above on your blog or Pinterest boards!

 

  1. PLEASE make sure that either your comment or blog has an attached email address so we can contact you if you win. Comments without email addys will not be awarded prizes.

**We will not use your email for any other reason than to contact you if you win. If you are not sure whether or not your WordPress profile has an attached email address, please add it to your comment.

 

  1. The winners of both weekly contests will be announced on Friday, October 10, 2014!

Another thing we want to mention is that your room doesn’t have to be a “traditional” craft room. We would love to see photography studios, art spaces, sewing rooms, and more! The thing we are MOST interested in seeing is creative & useful storage solutions in the rooms of real crafters and artists. The rooms do not have to be fancy or magazine worthy to catch our eye or win the contest. Please share your happy place, we would LOVE to see it!

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To Purge or Not To Purge…

That is the question! My mess supplies have recently taken over my craft room. Not only do I need to clean and put things away but we’re considering relocating my craft room to an area that’s smaller than I have now. Eeek! I’m actually okay with this and even excited about it. I know if done right I can get a lot of my stuff in this space. Realistically I have too much stuff ( I will deny ever saying that!). That’s where this “P” word comes in…Purge.

So after watching my craft room get messier and messier and my actual work surface disappear, I knew not only do I need to clean but I should really look at purging some supplies along the way. Not sure if I was procrastinating (my middle name), or my long lost organizational gene had surfaced, but I decided to go about this in an orderly manner.

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Now that I have my trash out of the room, and my box ready to be filled with those purged items, how do I decide what to purge?

I wrote down some basic questions that if answered realistically can help you to decide To Purge or Not To Purge.

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I really debated on some of these questions. And ultimately there’s the “Do I Love it?” question that can save some supplies. Of course this isn’t foolproof and if you aren’t in a mental purging place, then no this won’t work. But instead of just guessing which supplies to keep and what to purge, this should help.

Once you purge, you can give the supplies to other crafty friends, sell them or donate them to a school. If they are good supplies, please don’t throw them away. Schools or Rec centers would love to have these supplies.

I’d love to hear your thoughts, suggestions or accomplishments. Happy purging!

Cicily

 

Craft Room Tour {i lived on wisteria lane}

I don’t exactly have a craft room for you to tour today but over on wisteria lane there’s some organizational goodies that I wanted to share with you.  Hollie from I Lived on Wisteria Lane has some amazing talents and organizing is one of them.

I first wanted to share her Wrapping & Shipping center.

Everything she needs to wrap and ship a package is right here. All the dividers are spring tension rods – cheap and no screws! The original post is here and the more detailed post is here. I can think of lots of uses for these tension rods, might be an organizational gold mine!

Here is Hollie’s sewing room. I love her style, it’s Audrey Hepburn meets sewing.

 

Check out her complete post with additional photo’s here. You’ll never guess where her fabric rolls are stored!

Have a great and crafty weekend!

Cicily