PRODUCT HIGHLIGHT – Curver Rattan style storage boxes

Hi, it’s Sharon today stopping by with a product highlight. I recently saw these plastic storage trays on special offer in my local supermarket and grabbed a couple to see if they’d be useful.   When I got them home I realised they are the perfect size for quite a few crafty things. The ones I have are the small size, but they do have a selection of larger sizes too. They come in black, brown or cream and what I like about them is that they are pretty strong and sturdy, and have really useful handles at each end which means I can grab one easily and take it to my craft desk.

The small size are perfect for 6×6 paper pads as you can see:

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I’ve used one for my envelopes:

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Then I used a couple more to store my card blanks, and finished card samples.

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Here in the UK I picked them up for just £1.50 each in Morrisons so I’m just going to grab a couple each time I go food shopping.   Since I’m in the process of building a new craft space I thought I’d find some shelving solution that works for them when I start planning the furniture.  Curver are an international company so I’m pretty sure you’ll be able to find them wherever you are. Here’s a link to them on the US website and more details.

 

I think I might try some of the other sizes to see what use they might have as I’m very impressed with the quality.

Thank you for stopping by CSI!

Sharon

Neat and tidy craft room (Kelly Cutler)

Hi everyone!   It’s Sharon here with a beautiful craft room from Kelly Cutler to share.

 

What I love about Kelly’s room is that she’s managed to have all her supplies fairly visible and close at hand, but it still all looks very neat and tidy.

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I would love to sit at this desk and craft – look at all those lovely supplies right there within easy reach!

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We’ve seen a lot of Raskog trolleys lately, but I like this trolley of Kelly’s as the drawers make things much neater.

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Her paper storage is great too – she’s got a lot of paper there and it looks really easy to find exactly what you need.

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If you’d like to visit Kelly’s blog you can find her here.

 

Thanks for stopping by CSI!

Sharon

Garden Craft Studio: Phase One

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

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

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

This is the garden a month ago:

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

As you can see, it was really uneven ground.

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

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

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

 

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

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

Sharon

Marker Storage

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Hi everyone, it’s Sharon here from the UK and I’m delighted to be writing my first post for Craft Storage Ideas.

 

I regularly use Promarkers in my crafting, and was really keen to find a good storage solution for them. I looked at lots of different ideas; Letraset (the company that make Promarkers), sell wallets to store them in, but I didn’t want to be grappling round with various wallets trying to find the colour I wanted.   I needed something that would store my pens right next to my workspace, and have the colours clearly visible.

 

A lot of people have come up with homemade solutions using DVD storage or boxes with cardboard dividers, but I wanted something a bit more streamlined and neat.   I even looked into designing my own solution and having it manufactured, but the production costs were pretty high.

 

Thankfully while I was searching Crafters Companion brought out these trays – you can stack them horizontally or vertically so they will fit into almost any space. They can be wall mounted or sitting on your desk space. It’s easy to add additional trays (each one holds 12 pens) as your collection grows. Each compartment will fit a pen up to 17mm, so the trays work for most popular brands of pen – Copics, Promarkers, Spectrum Noirs, Tria markers and Flexmarkers.

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Although I mostly use Promarkers I do have a selection of other brands, but you can see they all fit nicely – and look neat and tidy with this system. Here’s how they look in my craft room:

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As you can see, I’ve got some free space for new pens!

 

Another solution I really like are the Color Cubbies from Studio3 solutions.  I think these are great for use with Copics and Spectrum Noirs as the colour numbering is visible, but with Promarkers, I wanted a solution where each pen was in an individual slot.

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If you don’t have a ton of pens, and want to have them on your desk ready to use, then a cheap solution is to search online for test tube holders.   Most are the perfect size for pen storage and come in a variety of colours and sizes.

Markers4One thing to note with this system is that it’s only good for alcohol markers – the water based pens such as Aqua markers should be stored horizontally so the ink remains flowing to both ends of the pens.

Thanks for stopping by Craft Storage Ideas!

Sharon