Craft Storage: Re-Use, Recycle, Re-Purpose – Upcycled Metal Storage

Craft Storage: Re-Use, Recycle, Re-Purpose – Upcycled Metal Storage
Creating clever craft storage using old metal finds!

Craft Storage: Re-Use, Recycle, Re-Purpose - Upcycled Metal Storage, Metal Compartment Tray via Haven Vintage (image)
Craft Storage: Re-Use, Recycle, Re-Purpose – Upcycled Metal Storage, Metal Compartment Tray via Haven Vintage

Source: Haven Vintage Etsy Shop

Hi everyone, it’s Kim from Stamping Imperfection to share some fun ways to upcycle metal storage containers to use as craft storage.

I love giving new life to old items destined for the trash and I’ve noticed that this is a trait of all truly serious crafters!

We have a tendency to buy new crafting supplies and then figure out a craft storage solution for them before we even craft with them!


Why is it so satisfying to be able to take something from a thrift store or a garage sale and completely revamp it into something that not only has a useful purpose, but looks great?

Honestly, that is a crafting/DIY project unto itself!


Metal items can be a great addition to your craft room storage solutions.

You find them available everywhere and there are so many ways to change them up for just a few dollars.

They generally don’t require a ton of sanding and prep like a wooden item might.


Check out some of the clever ideas that I found to share with you for your craft storage…

Here is a tool box idea created by Virginia Fynes of fynesdesigns.com.

Tool boxes are great craft storage solutions.

You’ll see these at garage sales and thrift stores all the time and they are fantastic portable storage solutions that are sturdy!

Craft Storage: Re-Use, Recycle, Re-Purpose - Upcycled Metal Storage, Tool Box (image)
Craft Storage: Re-Use, Recycle, Re-Purpose – Upcycled Metal Storage, Tool Box

I love that we can see that Virginia only paid about three dollars for this tool box!

She transformed it for next to nothing with some metal spray paint and some gold vinyl dots – love this! 

Virginia is using this for her Project Life storage.  Very clever!

I love that this is so portable – you can take this from your craft space to your kitchen table to a crop at a friend’s house.


Another easy way to transform a metal piece is to use Mod Podge like Sunush from Hometalk shows us with the metal cabinet below.

Craft Storage: Re-Use, Recycle, Re-Purpose - Upcycled Metal Storage, Metal Cabinet (image)
Craft Storage: Re-Use, Recycle, Re-Purpose – Upcycled Metal Storage, Metal Cabinet

This cabinet was covered with a double roll of wallpaper using Mod Podge.

How fabulous does this look?!

You can match any craft room decor with this idea for a few dollars in a few hours.

Imagine how much storage this cabinet would provide for you in your craft space.


Here’s another great upcycle!

This one looks like it takes a bit more artistic skill to create the incredible final result.

Those of us who might be less artistically inclined might create a similar effect using stencils or vinyl cut with a die-cutting machine.

Craft Storage: Re-Use, Recycle, Re-Purpose - Upcycled Metal Storage, Faux Finish Metal Cabinet (image)
Craft Storage: Re-Use, Recycle, Re-Purpose – Upcycled Metal Storage, Faux Finish Metal Cabinet

This beauty was created by Brittany from Pretty Handy Girl.

This is a thrift store find that was spray painted and given a faux zinc texture and adorned with chalkboard paint.

Rustoleum has several faux metal spray paints that create amazing metal pieces to add to your craft room.

This piece could provide great storage for your larger craft papers.


Another great little find transformed on a budget is this little tool chest from Katie at Little House of Four.

Craft Storage: Re-Use, Recycle, Re-Purpose - Upcycled Metal Storage, Metal Hardware Drawer Unit (image)
Craft Storage: Re-Use, Recycle, Re-Purpose – Upcycled Metal Storage, Metal Hardware Drawer Unit

This is a great little craft storage unit for embellishments, threads, scraps, small punches…you name it!

I love how simple this transformation is.

We all have that one amazing sheet of 12 x 12″ patterned paper that we had to have, but never wanted to cut up.

Why not use it for a project like this?

You can see that Katie added some labels to complete her project and to make it a really functional piece.

Simple, useful and budget friendly!

For my final share, I want to show you how great these metal items are even if you don’t do a single thing to them.


Here is an industrial looking craft room created by Larissa from Prodigal Pieces.

Craft Storage: Re-Use, Recycle, Re-Purpose - Upcycled Metal Storage, Industrial-Look Sewing Room (image)
Craft Storage: Re-Use, Recycle, Re-Purpose – Upcycled Metal Storage, Industrial-Look Sewing Room

I love the vintage industrial look that Larissa has achieved in her sewing space.


What does she store in those drawers?
 

Fabric!

Look below to see how she cleverly uses hanging files to hold her fabric stash.

I love this idea!

You can see exactly what you have without having piles of fabric on a shelf.  (My piles never stay neat.)

Craft Storage: Re-Use, Recycle, Re-Purpose - Upcycled Metal Storage, Industrial-Look Sewing Room (image)
Craft Storage: Re-Use, Recycle, Re-Purpose – Upcycled Metal Storage, Industrial-Look Sewing Room

Whether you choose to leave the metal storage items as they are or you choose to use your craft skills to transform them into something new and fabulous, don’t pass these items by at garage sales, thrift stores and clearance bins.

They have unlimited possibilities!

Please leave a comment – let us know what great metal finds
you’ve transformed into useful craft storage!

Thanks for stopping by today and please stop by my Stamping Imperfection blog and say hello and check out my latest stamping projects!

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Craft Storage Ideas, Contributor Craft Room: Re-Making A Space With Purpose-Built Units

Craft Storage Ideas, Contributor Craft Room: Re-Making A Space With Purpose-Built Units
Craft room storage that’s purpose-built for your supplies!

Looking for ideas for re-making your crafting space?

Check out how I’ve gotten started with my craft table using Stamp-n-Storage modules!

Craft Storage Ideas: Contributor Craft Room: Re-Making A Space With Purpose-Built Units (image)
Craft Storage Ideas, Contributor Craft Room: Re-Making A Space With Purpose-Built Units

Source:  Kim Skinner

Have you been dreaming about a craft room make-over?

If you’re anything like me, you’ve got a Pinterest board full of gorgeous craft rooms full of gorgeous craft rooms saved for inspiration!

Personally, I’ve been piecing together storage finds from garage sales, thrift stores, dollar stores and flea markets.

I feel like my organization system, while not pretty,  really works well for me.

It’s been great to experiment with inexpensive finds to figure out what my craft storage needs really are before spending money on specialized storage pieces.


I have however, been dreaming about a few specific items that keep popping up in the craft spaces that I find myself envying online!

And I decided that it was time to treat myself for a change.

I’m not talking about completely gutting my room and hiring a contractor to build the perfect space.

I’m talking about starting in the area that I use the most and getting a few things to make the space look cleaner and more cohesive while meeting my storage needs.


A couple of items that keep popping up include new ink and punch storage modules.

You can see the post Craft Storage: Product Spotlight – Ink Pad Storage from OrganizeMorewhich our contributor Jessica Frost-Ballas recently shared.

Jessica shared her ink storage system – it’s a beauty and it works perfectly for the ink pads and supplies that she uses.


I decided to go with the modules created by Stamp-n-Storage.

They’ve designed pieces specifically for the inks and punches that I use exclusively.

Craft Storage Ideas: Contributor Craft Room: Re-Making A Space With Purpose-Built Units - Organizing Units from Stamp-n-Storage (image)
Craft Storage Ideas, Contributor Craft Room: Re-Making A Space With Purpose-Built Units – Organizing Units from Stamp-n-Storage

Source: Kim Skinner

There are actually three pieces pictured here.

The ink storage unit is the Combo Holder – this holds my ink pads, re-inkers and markers all in one place.

And on top of the ink storage, you see the Lock Down Punch Holder.

I’ve already painted those two pieces!

Everything comes unpainted, in the natural wood that you see above (lower left).

That raw wood piece is actually the Marker Nook and I purchased two of those – one will hold my clear blocks, and the other will hold my few regular-sized ink pads, along with aqua pens, journaling pens and so forth.


I actually purchased the ink Combo Holder and the Lock Down Punch Holder as a Package Deal, which saved me some money.

It pays to plan ahead and purchase your pieces at the same time to get those bundle or bulk discounts when you make your purchase.

 

Craft Storage Ideas, Contributor Craft Room: Re-Making A Space With Purpose-Built Units - Studio Designer Tool from Stamp-N-Storage (image)
Craft Storage Ideas, Contributor Craft Room: Re-Making A Space With Purpose-Built Units – Studio Designer Tool from Stamp-n-Storage


At the end of June, I started playing with the Studio Designer tool on the Stamp-n-Storage website.

After measuring my space and entering the dimensions, I used this tool to see how my space would work – I added my table, power outlets, windows and other structures that are in the space.

I was then able to select the pieces that I wanted to buy to see if they fit in the space I have available.

This also allowed me to stay within the budget that I set for myself!

Since one of my goals was to create a more cohesive finished space, I added some stamp storage, drawers for tools and ribbon storage as well!

I placed my order at the beginning of July and about half of the pieces arrived in less than a week.  The rest just arrived a couple of days ago.

I managed to get a few pieces painted before I couldn’t wait any longer to fit them together and see what they looked like.

Once I get more spray paint, and the weather cooperates, I’ll get the rest of the pieces set up and have my table space completed!


Here is the start of my table space:

Craft Storage Ideas, Contributor Craft Room: Re-Making A Space With Purpose-Built Units - The Beginnings of My Table Space
Craft Storage Ideas, Contributor Craft Room: Re-Making A Space With Purpose-Built Units – The Beginnings of My Table Space

Source:  Kim Skinner

 I can’t wait to get the rest of the pieces painted this week and get it all in place!

It’s good, sturdy construction created specifically for stamping storage.

It already feels more cohesive and I love how it looks!


I was impressed with the helpful tools on the Stamp-n-Storage website.

They have several videos which offer advice on creating your perfect space.

They also have several perfect spaces that they’ve featured in their videos.


They also give great advice on figuring out what your organization style is.

For example, I’m not a cabinet organizer.  Once an item is placed in a cabinet and the door closes, I forget all about it – it’s placed in the storage abyss that is the equivalent of Warehouse 13!


The storage pieces above can be mounted to the wall.

Now I have no small children around and I’m generally the only one that uses this room, so I’m not too worried about a unit toppling over.

I will, however, add some braces to the backs to hold the pieces together, and to attach them to the wall, once I’ve decided exactly how I want them arranged on my table.

The beauty of this system is that I can rearrange it until I have it exactly like I want it.  I am really a function over form person!


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heck out my blog at StampingImperfection!

Happy Day!
Kim

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Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-purpose & Re-use: Jars, Cups & Canisters

Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-purpose & Re-use: Jars, Cups & Canisters!
Craft Storage inspiration is sitting on your shelf…re-think those jars, cups & canisters you’re no longer using!

Hi Crafters!

It’s Kim from Stamping Imperfection here to share some quick and easy ideas to corral your tools, ribbons and embellishments.

Do you ever feel like it would feel great to get organized, but you’re not sure where to start and the prices on the fancy organizing tools hold you back?

I know exactly how you feel!

I’ve been re-designing my crafting space to have a more cohesive look.  In the process, I’ve been searching for ways to organize my stash that won’t break the bank.

I re-discovered this great post on CSI featuring Laura Vegas and her craft room: Storage In Every Nook & Cranny

Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Use:  Jars, Cups & Containers - Mason Jar Storage
Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Use: Jars, Cups & Containers – Mason Jar Storage

Image Source: Laura Vegas

This is a beautifully cohesive look. I love the color this adds to a craft room!

The added advantage to using clear jars is that you can see exactly what you have and where it is!  You don’t need a color coded map to find things!

(Don’t laugh, I’ve seen craft rooms that have those!)

 

Another CSI post from ages ago led me to find crafters using salt and pepper shakers to store glitter!

Check out the original post: Glitter Storage With A Vintage Twist where Liz from the Pink Petticoat blog shared this great idea!

Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-purpose & Re-use:  Jars, cups & Canisters - Salt and Pepper Shakers
Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-purpose & Re-use: Jars, cups & Canisters – Salt and Pepper Shakers

Image Source: Pink Petticoat Blog


Need a clever idea for kids’ craft supplies?

Check out this cute jar storage idea I found on Pinterest via House to Home UK:

Craft Storage:  Recycle, Re-purpose & Re-use:  Jars, Cups & Canisters - Kids Crafts
Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-purpose & Re-use: Jars, Cups & Canisters – Kids Craft

Image Source: House to Home UK via Pinterest

Simply glue a kids’ toy to the jar lid and paint it!

So simple, easy to find your things, and it looks great on a shelf or a desk.


I had two great finds of my own while browsing the local hardware store.

(I teach physics and I craft so that means that I love browsing hardware stores!)

I’ve been looking for something to replace the plastic cup that I use to hold my must-have tools on my studio work table and I found this great glass mug for just a couple of dollars:

Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-purpose & Re-use: Jars, Cups & Canisters - Glass Cup for Tool Storage
Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-purpose & Re-use: Jars, Cups & Canisters – Glass Cup for Tool Storage

Image Source: Kim Skinner

Of course, I added some stamping and embellishments to dress it up.

You can check out the finished product on my blog at Stamping Imperfection!


Another find for me was a giant Mason Jar.

I’ve been looking for a pretty way to store retired ribbons that I can’t use on my blog anymore, but which I still plan to craft with.

I bought one jar, but I’ll be going back tomorrow for a couple more of these!

These will look great on a shelf and they will make it easy to find my older ribbons.

Craft Storage:  Recycle, Re-purpose & Re-use:  Jars, Cups & Canisters - giant Mason Jar for ribbon storage
Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-purpose & Re-use: Jars, Cups & Canisters – Giant Mason Jar for Ribbon Storage

Image Source: Kim Skinner


Do you have a beautiful canister or favorite glass storage container? 

Make sure to leave us a comment and tell us about it!

Check out the Craft Storage Ideas Pinterest page for more storage ideas and make sure to follow us to keep up with our latest “finds.”

I hope this has inspired you to check out the glass containers, cups and canisters you already have sitting on a shelf.

Re-think what you can do with those today!

Thank you for stopping by today!

Happy organizing,
Kim

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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!

framelit storage round up

 

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.

framelits handmade box

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!

framelits Spellbinder Storage (2)

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

Contributor Craft Room Tour: Kim Skinner

Hello everyone!  It’s Kim from StampingImperfection.com!  I am happy to invite you into my creative space today!  I think of this space as the Land of Unloved Furniture.  This is where all of those cabinets and shelving units that we once used and enjoyed somewhere in the house as the kids were growing up have come to rest.

My craft space is now in my basement.  In fact, this part of the basement was originally the garage of the house which was built in 1952.  The room is actually 27 feet long and only 9 feet wide.  I share it with my kids games and memorabilia from school.  In December, I moved my paper crafting furniture and stash to this space so that I would have a quieter space to sneak off to.  The room I used previously was right off the living room and it didn’t have a door.  I found that I couldn’t make videos or relax while the TV was on in the next room.

My room is a work in progress.  It’s currently a hodgepodge of mismatched furniture, garage sale and flea market finds and dollar store deals.  This room functions perfectly for me!  My sister is horrified by this room because nothing matches.  (Evidently, she has paid no attention to how I dress most days!)  I think the fact that nothing matches and the room just functions so well for my needs, just makes me happy.  It’s so me!

I have only met one craft that I didn’t love…tatting.  You will see traces of all other crafts in my craft room.  I’ve actually divided my space into sections for my different crafting obsessions.  I’ll start with my paper crafting area since this is currently what my business is all about.

Craft Storage Ideas Contributor Craft Room Kim Skinner

This is my craft table.  I LOVE this table.  It’s “L” shaped and it’s huge!  I have plenty of space to keep all of my current stamp sets and tools right on the desk in front of me, plus a huge space to work in.  I love having everything at my fingertips.  I use what I see.  The minute I put something in a drawer or cabinet, I forget about it and never use it.  These shelves are all re-purposed items from my kids rooms.  At one time they were perfect for toy and book storage.  This is not pretty, but it’s functional.  (My sister thinks all of the shelves should be immediately painted white so they match the table and cabinets.)

Craft Storage Ideas Contributor Craft Room Kim Skinner

Directly to the left of my craft table, I have my paper drawers and my Big Shot station.  These drawers are part of the set that I purchased with the craft table from IKEA.  (This is from the Alex Collection.)  These tall cabinets are fantastic for storing my card stock.  Each drawer has a different color family and a few drawers hold extra supplies and embellishments.  The smaller cabinet in the middle slides out on coasters and holds all of my 12 x 12″ papers.  The file bins on top hold all of my scraps.  The fold and file bins are from ThirtyOneGifts.  That is no doubt the most functional part of my room.  My papers are always organized and I can always find what I need when I need it.  (That’s not true about the papers in my office desk upstairs!)

I topped the tall cabinets with a 2 x 4′ piece of MDF from the home improvement store that I painted red, giving myself another work surface!  This holds my die cutting materials.  You can see all of my Big Shot tools are always out and handy as well.  The pegboard above this functions to hold all of my ribbons, paints and various tools.  I love pegboard.  It really helps you keep things in site so you can find them, plus using the vertical space in your room is really advantageous in keeping organized!

Craft Storage Ideas Contributor Craft Room Kim Skinner

While this furniture was actually carefully purchased to fit in my craft room upstairs, it is still working really well in this room.  I like that I can slide this drawer unit in out of the way, or I can pull it over beside my table when I’m working.  Those bins with my card stock paper scraps really keep my paper mess to a minimum.  I’ve learned to be diligent about filing the papers into the labeled folders as soon as I’m done crafting for the day.  I always try to reach for the scrap folders to use those papers before pulling out a new sheet.  They are organized by color family with an individual folder for each color of card stock that I use.

The last piece that I have in my paper crafting area is an old unit I picked up at a garage sale and crackle painted white over a red base.  At one time, it was in our entry holding hats, gloves, school bags and shoes.  I don’t need it there any more, so here it is in my craft room holding supplies!

Craft Storage Ideas Contributor Craft Room Kim Skinner

I have all of my kits in the bottom cabinets and more 12 x 12″ card stock in the 31 bins on the bottom shelf.  (Don’t you love my striped bin in the middle of the plaid ones?  That’s just who I am…the girl wearing the stripes when everyone else is in plaid!  What can I say?!)

On the other side of the room, I have my sewing station.

Craft Storage Ideas Contributor Craft Room Kim Skinner

For this side, I purchased 2 stock cabinets and a piece of stock counter top from a home improvement store.  My husband added the shelves above to store my patterns and kits.  I have an old printer table underneath to hold my sewing machine pedal.  Since this is counter height, my legs aren’t long enough to reach the pedal if it sits on the floor!  I have beading supplies and polymer clay tools in the drawers to the side there as well.  Once again, all of my sewing supplies are within reach so I can see what I have and remember to use it.  I love having the ironing/cutting pad on the counter next to my machine.  It’s just so handy!

The rest of my room holds a table with 4 chairs that I’ve had since my first apartment.  My kids and I have spent years crafting on that table so it’s covered in paint and glitter.  (I call those happy memories!)  I also have a TV, a shelf full of games and my Nordic Track that still gets used several times a week.

All in all, nothing in this space cost more than $75 (except the Big Shot!).  It was purchased over time and much of it has been re-purposed and it all just ended up together in this space.  I do plan to add some trim around the pegboard to dress it up and I also plan to get those mismatched shelves painted and trimmed as well.  Otherwise, to be honest, this room functions so well for me that I don’t really want to change it.  It’s by no means my dream craft room, but for now it’s my space and it’s working for me.  I am planning and saving for my dream craft room now that we’ve made out last college tuition payment and our youngest is graduating from college!  I promise that room will be perfectly planned and it will all match, if only to keep my sister quiet!

Creating a space that you love doesn’t need to cost a lot!  You just need it to function well so that it stays clean and organized without a great deal of effort. There is nothing better than walking into a tidy craft room and being able to just sit down and start crafting!

Thank you for joining me on my craft room tour!

Craft Storage Ideas Kim Skinner

 

Just One Tip ~ A Quick Idea For Your Paper Scraps And Leftover Embellishments

Hi Crafters!  It’s Kim here from Stamping Imperfection!  I am excited to share a Just One Tip idea for putting your scrap papers and leftover embellishments to good use!

If you asked me what the biggest clutter issue is in my house, I would say one thing:  “PAPER!”.  There is a constant stream of paper piling up everywhere in my house…my office, my kitchen counter and my craft room!  It’s a constant chore to keep up with it all.

I recently found a great tip for using up that pile of papers, ribbon bits and random embellishments in my craft room from a great home organization/decor website called At Home With Nikki!

Craft Storage Ideas Just One Tip

 

I always have a pile of paper strips, extra die cuts or punched pieces and bits of ribbon that I just hate to throw away because they are still useable for projects.  Honestly, I never seem to grab anything from the pile and actually use it.  It just keeps piling up!

Nikki saves those small scraps of papers, ribbons and twine in a magazine holder under her desk.  When it gets full or when she has a little extra time, she creates little card kits from the leftovers that she doesn’t plan on using.  She punches shapes out of the card stock and creates little kits using sandwich bags.  She then donates the bags to local organizations.

You can see this tip and many other tips for organizing your craft room by watching her video on How To Keep Craft Room Clutter Under Control.

Craft Storage Ideas Just One Tip

I love this idea so much that I’ve started doing this myself!

That is my current pile!  This should not go to waste, but I’m a realist.  If it’s in the pile, I won’t pull it out again.  I do have a system for the larger pieces of scrap papers that really works for me.  Now I keep this Littles Carry-All Caddy for $12  from Thirty One on the corner of my desk and toss all of those still useful little bits into the tote.  It doesn’t take up much room on my desk and it’s not so large that when it gets full I’ll be overwhelmed creating the card kits.

 

 

Craft Storage Ideas Just One Tip

 

I tried to create kits of several sizes.  I used my punches to create some little punched pieces and I tried to coordinate the papers and embellishments as much as I could.

 

Craft Storage Ideas Just One Tip

Where will I donate this?

I’ll be donating these to one of our after school care programs.  As a working parent, I had to find after school care for my children when they were younger.  We had several wonderful care programs to choose from.  They gave the kids a snack and then they played games or crafted.  They were always asking for donations of supplies and materials.  I will keep the age of the kids in mind as I’m creating the bags.  Certainly the kits with the small buttons won’t go to the programs with the younger kids.  I do know that my own kids were delighted to get little goodie bags to create projects to bring home and hang on the refrigerator!  Each of those projects eventually got retired to a scrapbook of course!

I also think this would be great for fabric scraps as well.  I have no doubt that the 4-H and scout leaders would find those useful.

Don’t let your scraps pile up and get wasted!  Package them up and donate them to a group that will love them and use them!

Thank you for stopping by today!

Craft Storage Ideas Kim Skinner

 

Craft Room Tour: Paper Crafts By Laurel

Hello!  Kim here from StampingImperfection!  I’m really excited for today’s post since I get to share the craft room of Laurel Beard from Paper Crafts By Laurel! 

Laurel’s room is a dream come true.  It’s uncluttered and organized.  It’s functional and you can see that she has really planned the pieces she uses to fit the needs that she has for the supplies she has on hand.  She uses great pieces from Ikea and she labels everything!

Laurel recently took a trip to a local Ikea and picked up a few pieces to add to her craft space.  The best advice she gives us is that when you reorganize, you first have to purge!  Isn’t this the most difficult part of organizing for a crafter?  We just don’t want to part with our stuff!  Laurel purges and uses the half of the proceeds that she gets to donate to her favorite charity!  I love this idea!  You sell your stuff to someone who might actually use it and you donate the proceeds to a worthy cause!  What better incentive to purge when your goodies are helping support a good cause?

I selected a few of my favorite pictures from Laurel’s craft room to share with you.  You can view all of her photos on her blog craft room tour.   Laurel includes links to all of the storage items that she has from Ikea on her blog as well.  You can see those here.

In the first photo, you will see that she uses several small pretty containers to hold craft supplies that she has artfully arranged on a wall in her craft space.  I love that this is not only functional, but it is beautiful!   What better way is there to decorate your craft room than by using your craft supplies and projects!

Laurel Beard Craft Room Tour

Laurel uses an Expedit Shelving Unit from Ikea that is perfectly organized!  You can see that she left some of the cubes open and purchased the drawers and cabinet doors for several of the spaces.  It’s a clever way to display the items that you reach for all the time, while also hiding some of the others from view.

Laurel Beard Craft Space Tour

I’m seriously envying how wonderfully organized this is!  Here is a close up of her shelving system:

Laurel Beard Craft Space Tour

Can you see how she’s labeled everything?  The white boxes, also from Ikea, fit perfectly and corral the supplies she uses on  a regular basis.  You can get a more detailed description of her system from her YouTube Video where she gives you a complete tour and explanation of all the details!  You won’t want to miss it!

Finally, I love how she’s used these Fintorp Flatware caddies from Ikea to store tools and supplies.  Again, they add a decorative, yet functional element to her room.  They can also be taken down and carried to your work table when you need to use them!

Laurel Beard Craft Room Tour

I really love how Laurel has created a clean, organized space with a subtle color palette.   The bright pops of color come from her craft projects and supplies.  The room feels so complete and pulled together.  She shares a lot of great little tips and suggestions. I love this space!  It must be so relaxing to create in a space this pretty and organized!

Make sure to visit her blog at Paper Crafts By Laurel to see the rest of her pictures, glean more tips and ideas and check out the video with all of the great details!

Thank you for joining us today at Craft Storage Ideas!  I hope you feel as inspired by Laurel’s craft room as I have!

Craft Storage Ideas Kim Skinner

Just One Tip- Using Flea Market Finds To Corral Your Tools

Hello readers, Kim here to share my January Just One Tip for storing the crafting tools that you use everyday with a flea market find!  My tip:  Find something that you love to hold all of the everyday tools and keep it on your desk right in front of you within easy reach.

Craft Storage Ideas Just 1 Tip

Do you have a few craft tools and items that you use every single time you sit down to create something?  If you’re anything like me, you have a handful of tools that you reach for every time you work on a project.  They end up all over your work space by the time you’ve finished working.  These are my must have tools:

Craft Storage Ideas Just One Tip

I’ve made it a habit to tidy my craft table before I leave my studio for the day.   I love walking in to the room each day to find my space all ready to go.  It’s so much more relaxing to craft in an organized space! (Okay…I’ll ‘fess up!  Most days I leave it cleaned up!)

One thing that I’ve learned about myself is that if putting things away is work or if my tools are stored together like jigsaw puzzle pieces, it won’t work for me.  It needs to be quick, handy and within reach.

Craft stores and home decor stores are filled with pretty baskets and plastic containers in all sizes and shapes that you can purchase for a pricey sum.  Plus…I’m not known for entering a craft store and leaving with just the one pretty basket that I need.  (What can I say?  They have those giant carts by the door and it would be a shame to leave empty handed.)

My solution came while browsing a local flea market…a small wood caddy.  I’m not sure what it was originally used for.  It looks like one of those men’s dresser caddies to hold their wallets and watches.

Craft Storage Ideas Just 1 Tip

This is perfect for my needs.  It holds all of my tools, I like how it looks and it doesn’t take up a huge amount of space on my craft table.

Craft Storage Ideas just one tip

The crafty gal in me loves to re-purpose items that I find at flea markets, garage sales and thrift stores.  This little caddy will become another DIY project when I finally decide how I want to paint or decorate this.  I know that I will paint it with a white base, but I’m trying to decide whether to paint a design on the front or perhaps I’ll use my Mod Podge to add some designer paper with a pattern that I love.

I would love to hear your ideas and suggestions for how to refurbish this wood caddy to decorate my desk and hold my tools!  Please leave a comment below to share your thoughts!

Until next time, let’s make 2015 the year we get our craft stash organized!

Craft Storage Ideas Kim Skinner