Craft Storage Idea: Fabric Storage Baskets

Craft Storage Idea: Fabric Storage Baskets
Craft storage ideas are all around us!

Hello craft storage lovers – we know, it’s been a while!

We’ve been working on craft storage ideas to share with you in 2016 and we thank you for hanging in there with us while we regrouped.


To kick things off, I’m sharing a quick handmade craft storage project I came across while perusing some new-to-me craft blogs – this project’s not only super simple, but one that’s perfect for using up your fabric and/or felt scraps. 

This cute little Pixie Basket was created by Heidi Staples and found on her blog, Fabric Mutt – thanks to Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts for the link!

Craft Storage Idea: The Pixie Basket by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt (image)
Craft Storage Idea: The Pixie Basket by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt (Image: Fabric Mutt Blog)

OK, how cute is this little gem?!

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Craft Storage Ideas: Unique Solutions – Tiered Stand

Craft Storage Ideas: Unique Solutions – Tiered Stand
Craft storage can be funky and fun!

Hello Crafters!

A real quick product share that we think y’all are gonna like.

I was doing a little shopping last weekend and came across this wonderful stand at World Market.

Craft Room Storage: Unique Solutions - Tiered Stand from World Market (image)
Craft Room Storage: Unique Solutions – Tiered Stand from World Market

Well, I had to grab a shot to share with you – I just knew at least a few of you would swoon like I did!

Yeah, we get each other.

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Craft Storage Ideas: Repurposing Household Items – Small Item Storage

Craft Storage Ideas: Repurposing Household Items – Small Item Storage
Craft storage doesn’t have to be pricey – look around the house for unused items!

Who’s up for an inexpensive and easy-to-find storage solution?

How about a simple solution for keeping items in drawers sorted and accessible?


We’ve got a “Now why didn’t I think of that?!” solution for you…

Ice cube trays!

Craft Storage Ideas: Repurposing Household Items - Ice Cube Trays! (image)
Craft Storage Ideas: Repurposing Household Items – Ice Cube Trays

Not only do their compartments have sloped sides, making it easy to retrieve tiny items (just place your finger on what you want and slide it up the side!), they’re also short in stature, meaning they’ll easily fit into shallow drawers (drawers that often go unused because nothing fits in them!).

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Craft Storage: Budget Storage Solutions for Embellishments

Craft Storage: Budget Storage Solutions for Embellishments
Craft storage solutions for embellishments, bought on a shoestring budget!

Who’s in need of inexpensive storage solutions for their embellishments?

How about solutions that are also portable?

Well, we’ve got a super simple solution that’s both inexpensive and portable…and readily available!


Today’s spotlight is on a product that comes not from your favorite craft supply or storage solutions retailer, but from your local pharmacy, travel store, online retailer or even the Target dollar spot (where I picked up these!).

Craft Storage on A Budget: Pill Containers (image)
Craft Storage on A Budget: Pill Containers

Yup, it’s a super inexpensive pill caddy!

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Marketing Your Creative Talents – Let’s Get Serious!

Marketing Your Creative Talents – Let’s Get Serious!
Marketing’s for everyone! Yes, even YOU sales-averse creatives!

What the heck is this and why is it being posted on a site focused on organizing and storage information and solutions for crafters?

Well, it’s simple…

We’ve been invited to participate in a “blog tour” and we believe at least some of you will be happy to come along!

You see, some of our readers are crafters and artists who’d like to transform their passion from a “hobby” into a “business,” a successful and sustainable business.

And others are looking for exposure for their talents and creations in an effort to be picked up by a design team, publication, manufacturer or agent.

And it’s quite possible our readership includes those who’d love to achieve both!


Now, if you’re not in either camp above, we apologize for the interruption to our regularly scheduled programming – we promise more craft storage information and inspiration is just around the corner…see you soon!

But, for those who were perhaps a little (or very!) excited by today’s post title, and maybe recognized yourself in the descriptions above, this is your lucky day!


Marketing for Creatives

As many of you know (from my intro when I took over Craft Storage Ideas), I’m a long-time branding, marketing and PR professional (some might say geek!).

What’s that mean exactly?

Well, it means that I get excited about discussing concepts like unique selling propositions (USPs); features vs. benefits; calls to action, conversion rates and lifetime value of a customer (CTAs, CRs and LTV ); and, perhaps the most focused on, return on investment (ROI).

What it also means is that I know, first-hand, how important it is to employ effective marketing if your desire is to take what you do from being a fun hobby to being a viable, sustainable (and fun!) business. And this is especially true if you have limited resources!

You can only effectively market your talents and creations by knowing who your ideal customer is, and effectively communicating the value and/or benefits your business provides and how your business is unique, to these ideal customers.

These “ideal,” prospective customers have to learn about what you offer, understand how buying from you benefits them and be in a “buying state of mind.”

And this is where many creative types get stymied – they find it hard to “sell” themselves and what they passionately create, and often even harder to effectively communicate the value to those best suited to buy it, at the right time and in the right place.

And time? Who’s got the time for all this, right?

Any hands raised here?

This is where even us experienced marketers can get burned out!

Staying on top of all the channels of communication is demanding. 

Running two websites (Craft Storage Ideas and PaperCrafter’s Corner) with a skeleton crew means I’m putting in a lot of hours – I’m always looking for tips and tricks for managing it all in an even more efficient, and effective, manner.

Luckily, I often find them via my marketing colleagues…


It’s Your Lucky Day!

Well, as I said, this is your lucky day! 

While I currently only offer marketing consulting to those companies that advertise with or become sponsors of Craft Storage Ideas or PaperCrafter’s Corner (I just don’t have the bandwidth to take on other clients), there are numerous wonderful resources that ARE available to you and I have one to share today.

Perhaps you’ve heard of CreativeLive?

If so, you’re likely smiling and thinking, “Ooh, this is gonna be good!”

And if you’re not familiar with CreativeLive, I’m about to rock your world!

You see, CreativeLive is a provider of online education for viewers (including creatives like you!) around the world who are interested in learning from the comfort of their homes…or wherever they happen to be.

This is from the About page on their website:
“CreativeLive empowers you to unleash your potential by bringing the world’s greatest experts directly to you, live. Featuring workshops in photography, video, design, business, audio, music, crafting and software training, CreativeLive unlocks previously closed doors by making dynamic education accessible to everyone. Anyone can watch our live online workshops — for free — and interact with instructors in real time. The future of education is interactive, free and live now. Join us.”

Cool, right?

But wait, it gets even cooler!

One of their “experts,” April Bowles-Olin, is going to be back to teach a course called Double Your Followers With Creative Marketing, and you’re invited to tune in, for FREE!

Double Your Followers with Creative Marketing by April Bowles-Olin (image)
Double Your Followers with Creative Marketing by April Bowles-Olin

Having sat in on part of one of April’s previous classes (remember, even seasoned marketing folks appreciate learning new tricks!), I will tell you she is inspiring…and fun!

And most importantly, she knows her stuff!

Not sure this is for you?

Here’s a little encouragement…
“This post is a part of the Double Your Followers blog tour to spread the word about April Bowles-Olin’s upcoming CreativeLive course. Does hearing the word ‘marketing’ make your armpits start to drip with anxiety? Are you terrified of sounding salesy or like you have the personality of a dead blowfish? If so, join 2,500+ entrepreneurs who’re taking April’s latest CreativeLive course, Double Your Followers with Creative Marketing. You can RSVP and watch for FREE. Yep, free. High fives, wildflowers, wine samples. Who doesn’t love free?

OK, that write-up alone should demonstrate that this is gonna be a great class with a fun gal!

Looking for an inspiring, successful and knowledgeable teacher to take you from marketing amateur to marketing rockstar?

Check out this class!


Now, in case you’re wondering…

No, I am not receiving compensation for sharing this – I received an invite from April to participate in her blog tour for her upcoming class and I simply wanted to pass along the information to those who might benefit from it.

And for those who might be a bit skeptical about this online education thing…

Believe me, I get it.

There’s nothing I hate worse than watching or listening to supposed “experts” and being let down.

But, I have watched numerous CreativeLive classes (did you know they offer photography classes too?!) and I have found them to be top-notch.

I wouldn’t recommend their “channel” or this class unless I thought it would be worthwhile.

After all, you know where to find me to complain! 😉

I’ll be tuning in to April’s class when I can in the hopes of grabbing a few of those tips and tricks I mentioned above – come on April, I know you’ve got a few up your sleeve for me too!


Thanks for tuning in today –
please share your thoughts!

If this is a valuable topic for you,
we may occasionally share more like it in the future!

Have a great week,
Steph

Craft Storage Ideas' New Owner: Stephanie Hackney (image)
Craft Storage Ideas‘ Head Organizer & Owner: Stephanie Hackney

 

 

Craft Storage: American Crafts DT Room Tour – Giveaway Winner!

Craft Storage: American Crafts DT Room Tour – Giveaway Winner!
We’re sharing the creative spaces from some of your favorite crafters, American Crafts’ design team members!

Hello, fellow storage enthusiasts!

How many of you caught a glimpse of the rooms of the American Crafts design team members?

Inspiring, right?!

If you missed the peeks, check ’em out below.


And if you stopped by ’cause you can’t wait to see
if YOU won the $25 IKEA gift card
we were giving away,
well, wait no more!

Scroll down past the craft room shares below
to see if YOUR name was drawn!


Up first, Gina Lideros and her description of her happy place:

Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour: American Crafts Design Team Members - Gina Lideros (image)
Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour – American Crafts Design Team Member – Gina Lideros

Source: American Crafts

Her favorite items for storage are an Expedit bookcase, her custom-made desk and Raskog cart from IKEA.

Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour - American Crafts Design Team Member - Gina Lideros' Custom-Made Craft Desk (image)
Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour – American Crafts Design Team Member – Gina Lideros‘ Custom-Made Craft Desk

Source: Gina Lideros

We totally agree!

Hazel especially loves the desk with a total of 18 storage baskets (nine on each side) that Gina’s husband built.

Read Gina’s post for American Crafts or hop over to Gina‘s blog to say hello.

 

The next American Crafts design team member is Heather Leopard and here is what she says about her creative space:

Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour: American Crafts Design Team Member - Heather Leopard (image)
Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour – American Crafts Design Team Member – Heather Leopard

Source: American Crafts

She and her hubby just remodeled her scrap space.

It’s functional and organized with no clutter.

There is even a dedicated space for her children so they can create together.

Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour - American Crafts Design Team Member - Heather Leopard's Newly Remodeled Craft Space (image)
Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour – American Crafts Design Team Member – Heather Leopard‘s Newly Remodeled Craft Space

Source: Heather Leopard

Read Heather’s blog post for American Crafts and hop over to Heather‘s blog to say hello.


Next stop: Nicole Samuels

Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour: American Crafts Design Team Member - Nicole Samuels (image)
Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour – American Crafts Design Team Member – Nicole Samuels

Source: American Crafts

Nicole uses her family’s bonus / play room to scrap.

Her Expedit bookcase is used as a room divider,which gives a little separation between her stuff and the kids’ area while still allowing her to be part of the action.

Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour - American Crafts Design Team Member - Nicole Samuel's Expedit Bookcase (image)
Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour – American Crafts Design Team Member – Nicole Samuel’s Expedit Bookcase

Source: Nicole Samuels

If you’re a part-of-the-action crafter, this will make a lot of sense to you too.

Read Nicole’s post for American Crafts and hop over to Nicole‘s blog to say hello.


Let’s see what Gillion Nelson has up her sleeve.

Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour: American Crafts Design Team Member - Gillian Nelson (image)
Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour – American Crafts Design Team Member – Gillian Nelson

Source: Gillian Nelson

Gillian and her husband share opposite sides of an IKEA desk.

There’s lots of natural light and it looks calm and serene even though she claims that it is not representative of her reality.

Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour - American Crafts Design Team - Gillian Nelson's "Shared" Desk (image)
Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour – American Crafts Design Team Member – Gillian Nelson‘s “Shared” Desk

Source: Gillian Nelson

Hazel shares an office with her husband and she had this to say: “Mine isn’t nearly as neat as hers, nor does it have the beautiful, light, airy and creative feel that I see in her pictures.

Read Gillian’s post for American Crafts and hop over to Gillian‘s blog to say hello.


And last, but not least: Ashley Horton.

Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour: American Crafts Design Team Member - Ashley Horton (image)
Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour – American Crafts Design Team Member – Ashley Horton

Source: American Crafts

She uses part of her bedroom as her craft space.

Even though she would love to have a dedicated room, this currently works very well for her and everything is neatly sorted and on-hand.

Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour - American Crafts Design Team Member - Ashley Horton's Bedroom Craft Storage (image)
Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour – American Crafts Design Team Member – Ashley Horton‘s Bedroom Craft Storage

Source: Ashley Horton

Not everyone is fortunate to have a separate scrap space and it’s great to see people who don’t have a dedicated space make this situation work for them.

Ashley used what she had on hand and we love how she incorporated her stash in her everyday living space. Well done Ashley!

Read Ashley’s post for American Crafts and hop over to Ashley’s blog to say hello.


And now, let’s have a bit of fun!

If you previously hopped along to check out all of the
American Crafts design team member’s craft rooms | crafting spaces,
and you guessed at which “tool” each and every one of them uses,
and left us a comment about what you most like from these spaces,
you just might be the lucky winner of the
$25 IKEA gift card!!!


And the lucky winner is…

justasiam!


Congrats to

justasiam!


justasiam:
Please send an email,
with “IKEA $25 Gift Card Winner” in the subject line,
and your full name and mailing address in the body of the email,
to shackney {at} craftstorageideas {dot} com.

Please make sure the email address you send from is valid for receiving
electronic communications, including emailed gift cards.

Thanks to everyone for joining us for this craft room hop, and especially to those who took the time to wager a guess on the tool these designers love, and to share their thoughts about these craft rooms, both here and on the American Crafts blog. 

Have a great week and happy organizing!
Steph

Craft Storage Ideas Editor & Owner - Stephanie Hackney (image)
Craft Storage Ideas Editor & Owner – Stephanie Hackney

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Crafting on the Go: Scrapbooking with ScrapRoom

Crafting on the Go: Scrapbooking with ScrapRoom
We’re sharing ideas for crafting on the go, starting with on-the-road scrapbooking!

Hello Crafters (and specifically Scrapbookers)!

After spending six weeks on the road and taking hundreds of photos, all of which I now have to upload, edit, tag, organize, print and scrapbook, I thought it was time for me to share a tool I’ll be using, one I think you’ll find super helpful!

Now just so we’re clear, this tool is great for everyday use, not just for crafting on the go.

That said, if traveling and taking photos is part of your Summer plans, and/or you download a lot of images from the internet and need to keep track of them, you’re likely to find this tool indispensable!

 

Crafting on the Go: Scrapbooking with Scraproom Software (image)
Crafting on the Go: Scrapbooking with Scraproom Software

The tool I’m sharing today is called ScrapRoom Software and not only is it super easy to use (thanks to its invention by a scrapbooker for scrapbookers), it’s on sale this weekend only!

And who doesn’t love a great sale, right?!

Today and tomorrow only,
ScrapRoom Software can be purchased
for just $69!!!

Not sure it’s for you?

Well, take a look and see what you think…


Let’s check out ScrapRoom!

Crafting on the Go with ScrapRoom
Crafting on the Go: Scrapbooking with ScrapRoom Software – your life. your design.

I first learned about ScrapRoom Software when I was doing research on solutions for managing my ever-growing collection of photos and the many printables I download (a.k.a. digital elements, like those created and sold by designers such as Ali Edwards and those now available from Becky Higgins for Project Life™).


Background
As a former high-tech industry professional for many, many years before taking over Craft Storage Ideas and PaperCrafter’s Corner, I used my fair share of graphics software packages.

But, that doesn’t mean I’m all that enamored with technology, or a tech guru – far from it!

Most of the time I learned just what I needed to learn to use each software package in order to do my job.

And, full confession time: I am easily frustrated by tech stuff!


Fast forward to now…
I have very little time to learn new software packages and I want tools that are intuitive – easy to use.

I don’t want a bunch of cumbersome and unnecessary features and I don’t want to re-learn where things are every time the software is updated!

And most importantly, I want the process of uploading, editing, tagging, organizing, finding and printing my photos, and scrapbooking them, to be fun and easy, NOT frustrating!!!

Who’s with me on this?!


Now, I’m aware of and have used (albeit marginally), several of the most popular options available for organizing and editing photos and digital elements, most of which promise that they are easy-to-use and make quick work of managing our digital assets (yeah, those hard-to-shake tech phrases are still in me!).

But, even as a former tech professional, I find myself overwhelmed with managing the thousands of photos I take a year, and the many items I download from the internet.

Editing and printing in these tools is still a major chore for me, which results in the majority of my photos never seeing the light of day (i.e., being added to the pages of a scrapbook or mini album or even a picture frame!).

And finding the photos and digital downloads I own? Argh!

Perhaps you can relate?

And, although creating layouts and other projects within a software package has never been a priority for me (o.k., I’ll admit that I have resisted it with all my being because it involved a computer and felt too much like work!), being able to do so would come in handy when I am traveling a lot.

How cool would it be to be able to share a few fun pages I created shortly after the memories were made, instead of many months (ok, even years!) later?

I’d LOVE that!

You too?


The search for the best solution…
So, I long searched for an easy-to-use, reasonably-priced solution that would enable me to just handle the tasks that are MOST important to me: quickly and easily upload, backup, edit, tag, find and print my photos; and, upload, organize, find, and use the digital elements I own and want to buy.

Oh, and offer a simple way to create layouts, if I decide to do so down the road.

Note that “find” showed up twice in my list of needs – finding what we own and have create is important!

I’ll bet you agree.


Well, finding such a solution seemed to be easier said than done…

…well, until recently!

Papercrafting with ScrapRoom - Save Time! (image)
Crafting on the Go: Scrapbooking with ScrapRoom SoftwareClick This Image to See How YOU Can Save Time!

The day I found out about ScrapRoom was like eating cotton candy for the first time – exciting!

Of course I had to find out more so I sent an email to the company. I hoped to hear that my simple software wishes had been granted.

I received an almost immediate response from Blayne*, the mastermind behind the concept of ScrapRoom Software, and soon we were chatting non-stop about its capabilities and why and how she had it built.

I was simply blown away by the amount of thought Blayne had put into what the product does and how easy it is to use.

Could it be that I’d finally found the holy grail of photo and digital elements management tools?

Well, you’ll soon see!


The Creation of ScrapRoom Software
As someone who worked in the studio photography business, Blayne knows first-hand what a nightmare it can be to manage thousands of images and data files. As someone who has dabbled in digi scrapping, she knows how quickly one can become overwhelmed with digital elements and the ins and outs of creating pages digitally. And, as a long-time “traditional” scrapper, she knows how many photos we need to manage, how frustrating it can be when we sit down to scrapbook and can’t find that perfect photo, and how intimidating it can be for a paper scrapper to create digitally.

Her background, and personal and professional experience, most definitely played a significant role in the creation of ScrapRoom Software.

Speaking with many, many scrapbookers about their organizing, editing and creating challenges, and learning what they wanted and needed, was the icing on the cake and enhanced her ability to deliver a first-class product for scrapbookers.

As I mentioned in a PCC tweet after watching one of Blayne’s latest videos, “I’m telling you lady, you have thought of everything! I can’t wait to share your tool…”

The key to ScrapRoom Software is that Blayne thought of everything papercrafters like us need and care about, she added in some really cool bells and whistles, and, most importantly, she (and her team) made it super easy to navigate and use.

And, she has created a tool that makes digi scrapping quick, easy and fun…if you choose to try it.

And that’s perhaps the best part – digi scrapping is just one (easy and awesome!) element of ScrapRoom Software!

Whether or not you ever try your hand at digi scrapping, I believe you’ll find ScrapRoom Software to be worthy of your hard-earned dollars (well, that is if you care about your memories and sharing them!).


And this is where you find out just how great this $69 deal is!

ScrapRoom Software normally sells for $129 and even the PCC member price of $89 can’t match this amazing price!

 

Check out the overview video below –
we bet you’ll soon be clicking the BUY button!

And for those of you who are wondering, neither CSI nor PCC are receiving ANY compensation for this post nor any commission on any sales generated by our sharing it with you.

Please see our full disclosure below**.

We just had to share this amazing tool with you because, well like I said, Blayne’s thought of everything!

And, most importantly, we want to help you (and ourselves!) get those photos off your mobile devices, memory cards and hard drives and into your scrapbooks and other papercrafted projects!

Oh, and we want you to have fun doing so!


O.K., ready to take a gander at what this amazing tool can do?

Blayne created an overview video to demonstrate ScrapRoom‘s capabilities –
take a quick look by clicking the image below!

Crafting on the Go: Scrapbooking with ScrapRoom Software - Check Out Their Demo Videos! (image)
Crafting on the Go: Scrapbooking with ScrapRoom SoftwareCheck Out Their Demo Videos!

P.S. There are many more videos
that drill down into each aspect of the tool –
they can be found here:
ScrapRoom Software YouTube Channel

Like what you see?

If so,
be sure to take advantage of the
amazingly generous 
ScrapRoom Software pricing
Blayne is offering

this weekend ONLY!!!

YOU can buy ScrapRoom Software for just $69 –
that’s almost half off the normal price of $129!!!

There’s no code necessary either!

Click here to SAVE BIG on ScrapRoom Software!

Now don’t delay –
this sale is
only good through tomorrow,
Sunday, July 5th, 2015!


So, what do you think?

Are you thinking you need to
give ScrapRoom Software a try?

Please ask questions,
if you have any,

and
share your comments
about this program –
Blayne’s happy to answer your questions!

How would you use
ScrapRoom?

Looking for more information about ScrapRoom Software?

Click below to learn more about ScrapRoom Software‘s capabilities!


Thanks for joining us today!

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and craft industry company and
organizing product company intros?

Please share your thoughts in the comments
and let us know what kinds of crafting you do on the go
and about other companies you’d like to meet up close and personal!

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Send an email to
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your company and product offering with our crafters,
and we’ll follow up with you about your company and offering.


Please note:
We only share crafting and/or organizing product companies
and their product offerings
with our audience
AND
we do NOT share ALL crafting and/or organizing product companies
and their offerings
 –
a match with our core business values
and appropriateness to our audience
are key factors when we consider whether or not
to share a crafting or organizing product company
and its offering with our audience.

Happy Shopping, Organizing and Scrapbooking,
Steph & The CSI Team

 

**Full Disclosure:
*During our first in-person meeting, at CHA’s Summer Show in Las Vegas in 2013, Blayne and I chatted non-stop, like old friends who were just picking up where they’d left off since their last conversation. The thing is, we had never met before that day! Since that time we’ve become good long-distance friends (she’s in Atlanta and I’m in Austin) and we’ve had many a 2-3 hour conversation! I’m sure you’ll feel that way too if and when you meet her. 🙂

**A complimentary copy of ScrapRoom Software was provided to me, Stephanie Hackney, for the purposes of reviewing it at a later date. This post was in no way provided as compensation for that review copy and all opinions of any future reviews will be entirely mine. Furthermore, any review conducted by me, Stephanie Hackney, (for Craft Storage Ideas or PaperCrafter’s Corner) will be unbiased and adhere to our policies about unbiased product reviews we conduct. Finally, there was no payment offered or received for this post or for conducting a review.

 

Craft Storage Ideas: Our Contributor Team

Craft Storage Ideas: Our Contributor Team
We’d like to introduce you to our team of talented contributors!

While some of you are familiar with the contributors who write for Craft Storage Ideas (CSI), we have a lot of new readers who may not yet know these talented ladies.

Well, it’s time to change that!

Let’s meet our 2015 CSI Contributor Team, shall we?


Our 2015 CSI Contributor Team
(in alphabetical order by last name):

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

Amanda Corbet – Kansas, USA

Amanda says:
“I’m Amanda Corbet. I’ve been crafting as long as I can remember, always making something usually as a gift for someone else.

Some of my most favorite projects are the Welcome to our Firepit Sign, Cherish Mixed Media Page and Megan’s Doll.

I live in a 1950’s home with my husband, two dogs and two cats.

Something that most people don’t know, I’m a complete nerd. I like to know how things work and how they are put together. I’m the person sitting at a concert and am in awe at the mechanics of all the lights and cameras.

I work full-time as a custom heater design manager in a local custom heating element manufacturing company and I also take online college courses.

So between the day job, working on the house, school and just daily life, I like to squeeze in some time to make things. I dabble in almost every medium imaginable. I call it crafting ADD.

I am excited to share storage solutions for holding all those craft supplies.

Although my space is far from completely organized… it’s what I would consider slightly organized. I would love for everything to have a place for everything and everything in it’s place, but it never seems to work out that way. But that’s probably because I get distracted by some pretty beads or a fun paint combo.”

Thanks, Amanda!

(Don’t you think we should have a Crafting ADD Club? I don’t believe there’d ever be an issue with a lack of members!)

 

Craft Storage Ideas Contributor: Sharon Curtis (image)
Craft Storage Ideas Contributor: Sharon Curtis

Sharon Curtis – Bromsgrove, Worcs., UK

Sharon shared:
I’ve been papercrafting since 2002 when my sister got married and asked me to make her invitations, table plan and order of service.  From then on it just snowballed and I now have enough supplies to start my own shop!

Although I’ve dabbled in all sorts of craft, cardmaking is most definitely the thing I enjoy most.

I’m on Design Teams for: Daring Cardmakers challenge blog, Kuretake UK, Craft Stash.co.uk and Simply Cards & Papercraft Magazine, and I teach regular cardmaking classes locally at Bromsgrove Art Workshop.

Something that most of my craft friends wouldn’t know is that I used to be a dog trainer – I spent two years living in Spain running my own dog training business.

I would consider myself to be VERY organised in my craft room, to the point where I just can’t create if my desk gets too messy.  I enjoy tidying and organising my supplies just as much as I enjoy crafting.

At the moment I am crafting out of our spare bedroom which is extremely frustrating and I’ve had to put some supplies into storage so that my space isn’t too cluttered.

I’m in the process of planning my dream garden craft room which I hope to have built by the end of the summer and I seriously can’t wait!”

Thanks, Sharon!

(We look forward to seeing that new craft room, including the “before” pix!)

 

Craft Storage Ideas Contributor: Jessica Frost-Ballas (image)
Craft Storage Ideas Contributor: Jessica Frost-Ballas

Jessica Frost-Ballas – Virginia, USA

Jessica says:
“My full name is Jessica Frost-Ballas although, casually, most people call me Jess!

Unless you dig around my Facebook page or my personal website, you probably wouldn’t know that I am a professional harpist and pianist by day! I teach music lessons to 58 students and freelance throughout the DC metropolitan area!

I’ve been crafting with my mother since I was 10 and spent many years dabbling in papercrafting, fibercrafting, quilling, scrapbooking and various other crafts before really getting serious about papercrafting.

I’ve been blogging for almost a year now, and one of my most-rewarding crafting endeavors has been getting the nerve up to blog my cards publicly and meeting so many amazing crafters who I’m now very happy to call friends!

And as for organization….I am super, über-organized in my crafting and teaching life. Generally I can only make 2 or 3 cards until I have to clean up my workspace before continuing on.

But my car usually looks like it’s been hit by a tornado. I read somewhere that astrological Virgos tend to be super organized in 99% of their life but that there’s usually at least 1 area where they just fall flat on their faces…and I totally believe it.  For me, it’s my car. ;)”

Thanks, Jessica!

(As another astrological Virgo, I concur – for me it’s my nightstand drawer. It’s like a black hole of piddly junk that I need to clean out regularly!)

 

Craft Storage Ideas Contributor: Hazel Hamman (image)
Craft Storage Ideas Contributor: Hazel Hamman

Hazel Hamman – Stellenbosch, South Africa

Hazel shared:
“I’m Hazel and I live in Stellenbosch, the most beautiful town in South Africa.

I have a husband and two 26-year-old boys. 2014 was a GREAT year at Hamman HQ as our family expanded and we now have a daughter (in-law) as well!!

In my spare time (do housewives have any?) I sew, make albums, paint, craft, cook, bake and read.

My husband and I have our own business, so I have to “work” as well.

Actually, I’m a winemaker and my family owns a small winery on the West Coast. Therefore, we spend a lot of time at the beach house where I keep myself busy by sitting on the “stoep,” drinking wine and thinking up new ideas.

I blog to motivate myself to do more and to record my achievements.

My little word is “ENJOY” (because I’m so serious) and therefore I have decided to relax more in 2015.

Come on, join me and “Play as u Go.”

Thanks, Hazel!

(Having been to Stellenbosch, I agree – it is beautiful. Oh, and the wine’s amazing too! I’m thinking a CSI crafting retreat is in order – what say you, ladies?)

 

Craft Storage Ideas Contributor: Kim Skinner (image)
Craft Storage Ideas Contributor: Kim Skinner

Kim Skinner – New York, USA

Kim says:
“I am a full-time physics teacher in my 26th year of teaching and I have a papercrafting blog and YouTube channel.

I’m an independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and I received their Rising Star Award for 2014.

I’ve been married for 30 years and we have two “children!” My daughter is 23 and in grad school working on a PhD in Robotics at the University of Michigan. She has a degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton. My son is 21 and will be graduating in May from Marist College with a degree in Computer Science. We are a family of geeks!

I have been a crafter since I was a child.  I love all kinds of papercrafting.  I started as a scrapbooker and it morphed into anything involving paper and ink!

I love sewing as well, and I dabble in other mixed media crafts just for fun.

I am not über-organized and I don’t aspire to be a perfectionist about it. I consider myself to be organized enough to find the stuff I need and to keep my space tidy…most of the time!

Right now my craft room is a mixture of leftover used furniture from other spaces in my house or thrift stores…my secret wish is to have a beautifully designed and organized craft room.

Now that we’re done paying for college, a beautiful craft room is at the top of my list of things to do!

I also love making crafting videos for YouTube!”

Thanks, Kim!

(Now I know who to call should I ever end up on that game show where contestants call for help with tough questions that win them the big bucks! 🙂 I promise to split the winnings with you. And we look forward to seeing your new craft room too!)


What a great team we have, right?!

I love how diverse our team is (not all are über-organized, and that’s a good thing!), and I especially enjoyed the “What would be people be surprised to know about you?” shares!

Hey, I have an idea –
why don’t YOU share a surprising or interesting fact about yourself
so we can all get to know each other a bit better?

Add a photo too!

O.K., I’ll go first to break the ice…
I was a “metal-head” in the 80’s
and I’ve been to trapeze school.

Then:

Craft Storage Ideas' Editor & Owner in Her "Metal-Head" Rocker Days! (image)
Craft Storage Ideas‘ Editor & Owner in Her “Metal-Head” Rocker Days!

Come on, tell me YOU don’t have a picture of yourself
with big ‘ol 80’s hair!

Now:

Craft Storage Ideas Editor & Owner - Stephanie Hackney (image)
Craft Storage Ideas Editor & Owner: Stephanie Hackney


Your Turn!
Share a bit about yourself,
and a link to a photo if you’d like,
so we can get to know you better.

 

I am, personally, so appreciative of everything this talented team contributed to CSI before I took over ownership and we can’t wait to share with you what we’re working on now…and moving forward!

Our July calendar is set and you can expect quite an assortment of fun storage and organizing ideas and solutions to come your way.


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Craftroom Organization: Storage Solutions Round-Up – Sticker Sheets

Craftroom Organization: Storage Solutions Round-Up – Sticker Sheets
Craftroom organization solutions round-up – you’ve got sticker sheets, we’ve got storage!

An overwhleming number of alpha, phrase and image sticker sheets got you wondering how you’ll keep track of them all and find what you need, when you need it?

Or, maybe you’re just starting your “collection?”

Well, whether you’ve got sticker sheets coming out your ears or you’re just now inspired to go find some for your papercrafting endeavors, we’ve got solutions to suit your current, and future needs.

And, they’re all super reasonable!


We’re sharing a collection of storage options that I recently spotted at Target and there’s a style and look for everyone!

And, I made sure to include the price labels so you can see how much each option will cost.

Don’t have a Target near you?

No worries, these types of containers are available at other retailers, both brick-and-mortar stores and online.


Now let’s take a look at each storage option…

Option One: Canvas Media Bin

Craftroom Organization: Storage Solution Round-Up - Sticker Sheets - Canvas Media Bin (image)
Craftroom Organization: Storage Solutions Round-Up – Sticker Sheets – Canvas Media Bin

These stacking units are not only a perfect shape and size for sticker sheets like Thickers, they’re sturdy and attractive.

The grey bins are perfect for blending into most craft rooms.

Of course, you could also paint or dye them to match any decor.

Break out the mists!

Craftroom Organization: Storage Solution Round-Up - Sticker Sheets - Canvas Media Bin, Inside (image)
Craftroom Organization: Storage Solutions Round-Up – Sticker Sheets – Canvas Media Bin, Inside

You could also stand these on end and store a variety of other craft supplies in them!


Option Two: Woven White Plastic Bin

Craftroom Organization: Storage Solution Round-Up - Sticker Sheets - Woven White Plastic Bin (image)
Craftroom Organization: Storage Solutions Round-Up – Sticker Sheets – Woven White Plastic Bin

This unit is perfect for larger/wider sticker sheets, and for 6′ x 6″ or 8″ x 8″ paper pads.

And of course white goes with ANY decor!


Option Three: Plastic Utility Tub

Craftroom Organization: Storage Solution Round-Up - Sticker Sheets - Plastic Utility Tub (image)
Craftroom Organization: Storage Solutions Round-Up – Sticker Sheets – Plastic Utility Tub

These are super affordable and their clear nature would make finding exactly what you’re looking for quick and easy.

I’ve used this type of unit (in clear) for other crafting supplies and I love them.

What do you think, are these for you?


Option Four: Itso Canvas Quarter Storage Bin

Craftroom Organization: Storage Solution Round-Up - Sticker Sheets - Itso Canvas Quarter Storage Bin (image)
Craftroom Organization: Storage Solutions Round-Up – Sticker Sheets – Itso Canvas Quarter Storage Bin

I love the look of these – they’d fit in well in a craft room or most any other area of a home.

No dedicated craft space?

These could blend right in in a living room, dining room, den or guest bedroom.

They’re also very lightweight and could easily be hauled off to a crop of other crafting getaway and placed on your work area, keeping your sticker sheets or other supplies right at hand.

The only downside to these is that they angle in at the bottom, meaning only more narrow sticker sheets will fit in them.


Option Five: Rubbermaid Medium Bento Box

Craftroom Organization: Storage Solutions Round-Up - Sticker Sheets - Rubbermaid Medium Bento Box (image)
Craftroom Organization: Storage Solutions Round-Up – Sticker Sheets – Rubbermaid Medium Bento Box

This unit is super sturdy and has wonderful adjustable dividers inside (see the image below).

It’s a bit wider than standard sticker sheets, meaning it’ll hold wider sticker sheets.

Craftroom Organization: Storage Solutions Round-Up - Sticker Sheets - Rubbermaid Medium Bento Box, Inside (image)
Craftroom Organization: Storage Solutions Round-Up – Sticker Sheets – Rubbermaid Medium Bento Box, Inside

And, like a previous option (shared above) these could be painted or dyed to match your craft space decor or theme.

Mixed media project anyone?


Option Six: Small Lined Basket

Craftroom Organization: Storage Solutions Round-Up - Sticker Sheets - Small Lined Basket (image)
Craftroom Organization: Storage Solutions Round-Up – Sticker Sheets – Small Lined Basket

Since my craft room is filled with black furnishings, with splashes of other colors (and soon some of my Disney memorabilia!), this was one of my favorite options.

I like the fabric liners and could use these not just for sticker sheets, but for embossing folders, stamp sets, large dies and small paper pads.

How about you – do you like this option?

And if so, how would you use it?


Option Seven: Media Bin Basket

Craftroom Organization: Storage Solutions Round-Up - Sticker Sheets - Media Bin Basket (image)
Craftroom Organization: Storage Solutions Round-Up – Sticker Sheets – Media Bin Basket

These baskets are even nicer in person!

If you’re going for a natural, cozy look, these might be a good choice.

These could also be hung up and used for storing a variety of other supplies.

Create a few cute tags and tie them on to the handles and you’ll never have a hard time finding your favorite crafting supplies.

One caveat: I wouldn’t recommend these for storing delicate items, such as fabrics or fibers, because those items could get snagged.


Option Eight: Striped Canvas CD/DVD Box

Craftroom Organization: Storage Solutions Round-Up - Sticker Sheets - Striped Canvas CD DVD Box (image)
Craftroom Organization: Storage Solutions Round-Up – Sticker Sheets – Striped Canvas CD DVD Box

The handles on these would make it easy to retrieve them from high shelves or cubbies, and the look is casual, yet polished.

If you’re crafting in a dual-purpose space, this style of bin would enable you to store your stickers (and other supplies) without the space having an “identity crisis.”

Keeping your clear or cling-mounted stamps in CD or DVD cases?

This solution is ideal for storing them!


Option Nine: Striped Plastic Utility Tub

Craftroom Organization: Storage Solutions Round-Up - Sticker Sheets - Striped Plastic Utility Tub (image)
Craftroom Organization: Storage Solutions Round-Up – Sticker Sheets – Striped Plastic Utility Tub

OK, this solution is a bit unlike the others in that it comes with a lid and is a bit wider than the others, but it would also work for storing stickers.

And if you have shorter sheets (or sheets you’ve cut down after using some of the stickers), you could store these with the lids in place and stack them, meaning more efficient use of space.

These come in several color options too!


Option Ten: Sterilite White Utility Tub

Craftroom Organization: Storage Solutions Round-Up - Sticker Sheets - Sterilite White Utility Tub (image)
Craftroom Organization: Storage Solutions Round-Up – Sticker Sheets – Sterilite White Utility Tub

OK, this is a very simple (more utilitarian) bin style, but it does have a nice spot for labeling on the front (great for those who easily forget what’s inside storage containers).

And, it’s an ideal size and shape for sticker sheets, like the Thickers alphabet stickers from companies like American Crafts.

If plastic and simple are what you’re looking for, this may be a good option.


Option Eleven: iDesign Clear Plastic Bin

Craftroom Organization: Storage Solutions Round-Up - Sticker Sheets - iDesign Clear Plastic Bin (image)
Craftroom Organization: Storage Solutions Round-Up – Sticker Sheets – iDesign Clear Plastic Bin

OK, this solution is one I LOVE!

I love that these can be easily labeled and pulled out from where they’re stored.

Yes, many of the other options above have these same features, but the fact that these are clear means you can see, at a glance, exactly what’s inside, without having to pull them out or remove a lid.

And this company makes bins in a variety of shapes and sizes, meaning your room can be filled with a coordinated storage solution “style.”

That makes my heart happy – how about yours?

Well, that’s it for this round-up of sticker sheet storage options.

We’d love to hear your thoughts,
and see what you’ve chosen to use for storing sticker sheets.

Please share your thoughts in the comments below.


Thanks for joining us for our latest craft storage solutions round-up, and don’t forget, we’d love to hear your thoughts about what we’ll be sharing here at Craft Storage Ideas – tell us what you want!

Simply leave us a comment on this post or on our previous post titled, “Craft Storage Ideas: We Want To Hear From You!“, or send us an email – we look forward to hearing from you!

Happy Organizing,
Steph & The CSI Team

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Craftroom Organization: Unique Storage Ideas – Hobby Lobby, Take II

Craftroom Organization: Unique Storage Ideas – Hobby Lobby, Take II
Unique Storage Ideas – more ideas for your craft room and craft supplies!

How many of you have enjoyed our Unique Storage Ideas posts?

Are you looking for something “unique” for your craft room or art studio?

A single item to add some character or to inspire the “theme” of your creative space?

Or, maybe a collection of items to create a fresh look and feel for your space?

Well, we’ve got more!

 

Craftroom Storage: Unique Items - Cigar Boxes (image)
Craftroom Storage: Unique Items – Cigar Boxes

We’re sharing more non-traditional storage solutions, all in an effort to help you love your space and make you more productive when you’re in it.

How do great storage ideas help with productivity?

Well, when you love your space, you want to be in it, right?

And when you can easily find – and put away – your tools and supplies, you have more time for creating!


The following items were spotted at a Minnesota Hobby Lobby I visited during my travels and I thought you might like to check them out.

Perhaps they’re just what you’re looking for and you can find them at your local store.

Or, maybe they’ll spark an idea – perhaps a way to re-purpose something you have on hand, or to inspire you to start hunting for a similar solution, one that’s ideal for what you need to organize and store!


Now again, we know there’ll be at least a few of you who don’t have a Hobby Lobby near you, or who may not be able to find these exact items at your local store.

We’re sharing these simply to give you ideas about how you can use unique storage items and furnishings that are not specific to craft room and/or crafting supply organization, items that could liven up your space, give it a little pizzazz!

And if you do have a local store that carries one or more of these items, and it’d/they’d be ideal for your needs, well that’s even better!


Along with each item, I’ve again shared my thoughts on what would best fit in that type of organizational unit, as well as characteristics of the unit so you can look for these same qualities in products and furnishings you might come across where you live (and bargain hunt!).

I’ve also shared potential “cons” to using this type of unit for particular items, if there are any.

And, because we had a request from one of our readers (that’s YOU!) to include the prices when we share items such as these, the prices are also included.

Yup, we listen!


And now, let’s take a look at each storage idea and chat about how it could be used…

Option One: Wooden Storage Bench

Craftroom Storage: Unique Items - Hobby Lobby Take II - Wooden Bench Unit with Drawers (image)
Craftroom Storage: Unique Items – Hobby Lobby Take II – Wooden Bench Unit with Drawers

This unit is ideal for storing lots of different items, and providing seating, or a storage platform for crafting machines and tools (die cutting machines, cutters, sewing machines, etc.).

Craftroom Storage: Unique Items - Hobby Lobby Take II - Wooden Bench Unit with Drawers , Inside (image)
Craftroom Storage: Unique Items – Hobby Lobby Take II – Wooden Bench Unit with Drawers , Inside

The drawers are quite large and would be great for the following: folded fabrics and sewing or quilting patterns; idea or pattern books; tall stamp sets, embossing folders or die sets; small paper pads; jewelry findings in clear plasic containers; fibers and yarn; and, so much more!

If you’re limited on space in your craft room and need to “spread out” beyond your craft room walls, or you don’t have a dedicated craft space and you have to find a way to incorporate your stash into your living space, this could be great for stashing the goods in other areas of your home.

Potential Cons:
Now I will share that the drawers are a bit rough inside, so you’ll need to line them if you plan to store delicate fabrics or fibers in them.

And if you strictly adhere to a policy of only using acid-free papers in your papercrafting projects, then you’ll want to avoid storing your papers in wooden storage.

Price: $181.99 (That’s a bit steep in my book – you may be able to find a similar unit for less.)


Option Two: White Shabby Chic
 Wooden Drawer Unit

Craftroom Storage: Unique Items - Hobby Lobby Take II - White 5-Drawers Wooden Unit (image)
Craftroom Storage: Unique Items – Hobby Lobby Take II – White 5-Drawer Wooden Unit

This is another unit that provides quite a bit of storage – and it’d look great in a shabby chic room!

My first thought was to use this for dies and embossing folders, or small pads of paper, for papercrafting.

But it’d also be great for: fat quarters; jewelry-making supplies; supplies and tools for embroidery, cross-stitch or needlepoint; paints and the associated supplies and papers; drawing tools and supplies; and, even your photos, stored in sleeves or containers.

Of course you could also change up the look of this unit with a quick coat of paint – white’s easy to cover and the drawers slide out, providing you easy access to all sides of the drawers and the frame they slide into!

Craftroom Storage: Unique Items - Hobby Lobby Take II - White 5-Drawers Wooden Unit, Inside (image)
Craftroom Storage: Unique Items – Hobby Lobby Take II – White 5-Drawer Wooden Unit, Inside

Potential Cons:
Just like with the bench unit above, you may need to line the drawers if you plan to store delicate fabrics or fibers in them.

And again, if you strictly adhere to a policy of only using acid-free papers in your papercrafting projects, then this isn’t the best solution for storing your papers.

Price: $209.99 (In person, this is a really nice piece and it could be re-purposed as a dresser or used as storage for linens if and when you no longer need it for your crafting supplies).


Option Three: Multi-Tier Basket Tower

Craftroom Storage: Unique Items - Hobby Lobby Take II - Metal Baskets Unit (image)
Craftroom Storage: Unique Items – Hobby Lobby Take II – Metal Baskets Unit

The great thing about this unit is that it’s quite narrow, but could hold quite a lot!

Think about narrow, unused space that could house a unit like this – the fact that it’s mostly a metal frame means it won’t overpower a crowded space.

And, the front cross-bars could provide additional storage – simply use metal curtain rings to hang supplies for easy access.

The way this is constructed means you can easily see what’s inside each basket, which is perfect for those who need to see what they have in order to recall what they own and easily find it.

I can see fibers and yarn, rubber stamps and large ink pads, and cardmaking paper goods fitting nicely in these baskets.

What would you store in here?

We’d love to hear YOUR ideas!

Potential Cons:
I wouldn’t recommend storing items that  would be harmed by light or dust in this type of unit, and I wouldn’t recommend this type of unit if you have small kids or pets – the easy access you’re attracted to is also attractive to little fingers, curious kitties and mischievous puppies!

Price: $83.99 (This unit appears to be very well made and I think the price is reasonable – what do you think?)


Option Four: Wooden Unit With Baskets

Craftroom Storage: Unique Items - Hobby Lobby Take II - Wooden 8-Basket Unit (image)
Craftroom Storage: Unique Items – Hobby Lobby Take II – Wooden 8-Basket Unit

This unit won my heart!

I love the size of it and the shape of the baskets – my papercrafting supplies would love to live in here!

I can imagine this as a die-cutting station, with the machine(s) living on top, the mats hung from the sides, and the dies, embossing folders and machine supplies stored inside the basket drawers – the drawers are the perfect height for most embossing folders and dies.

Into sewing or quilting?

Place your machine on top; scissors, rotary cutters and notions in the smaller drawers; folded fabrics or fat quarters in the larger drawers; and, cutting mats or quilting templates on hooks on the sides. Voila!

Creating “stations” for your crafting endeavors means everything you need for a particular type of project is all in one place – again, making you more productive!

Potential Cons:
I wouldn’t store paper in fiber baskets – it’s not “safe” (if you’re concerned about the longevity of your papercrafted projects).

Nor would I store fibers, yarns or delicate fabrics in them (they could easily snag your beloved treasures, making them unusable).

That said, you could line the baskets, or use plastic containers within them, to safely house your crafting supplies.

Price: $139.99 (This unit is well made and I think it’s a reasonable price – do you?)

 

Option Five: Wooden 11-Drawer Unit (w/Chalk-Front Drawers)

Craftroom Storage: Unique Items - Hobby Lobby Take II - Wooden 11 Drawer Unit (image)
Craftroom Storage: Unique Items – Hobby Lobby Take II – Wooden 11 Drawer Unit

O.k., first let me apologize for the bad lighting on this picture – yikes!

The sun was screaming through the store window and, after several attempts at re-positioning this unit, this is as good as it got!

Shameful photography and editing, but I had to share it with you nonetheless.

What I love about this unit is that it’d be perfect as a Project Life® station!

The upper drawers are sized well for the 3″ x 4″ and 4″ x 6″ journaling cards, washi tape rolls (organized in narrow drawer dividers) and/or photos and smaller bits of memorabilia; the lower, larger drawers could easily hold additional PL-project supplies (journaling stamps and acrylic blocks, stamp pads, cutting tools, sticky notes, paper pads, etc.); and, the top is a great size for laying open a 12″ x 12″ album so you can easily work on your PL project whenever you have a free moment.

Plus, the chalkboard drawer fronts can be easily labeled, and re-labeled as your needs change.

Have quite a collection of stamping supplies?

These drawers would hold a lot of inks pads, rubber stamps and/or small stamps and stamp sets.

I can also see this making sense in a sewing room – great storage for all those notions!

Potential Cons:
Again, the wooden drawers could damage paper goods over time.

And, drawer labeling done with actual chalk (rather than chalk markers) could be accidentally erased.

Price: $118.99 (This is quite possibly the best bargain in the bunch!)


Option Six: Wooden 18-Drawer Unit

Craftroom Storage: Unique Items - Hobby Lobby Take II - Wooden 18-Drawer Unit (image)
Craftroom Storage: Unique Items – Hobby Lobby Take II – Wooden 18-Drawer Unit

If you’ve long been lusting after a vintage library cabinet and it’s just not in the budget (they can be pricey!), then this just might suffice.

Like the unit above, this unit could be great for papercrafting projects like Project Life® and stamping, as well as for sewing notions.

But, it could also be a great place to store jewelry-making supplies, stored by type, size, style, color, price or manufacturer, and easily labeled using the nice metal frames on the fronts of the drawers.

I have a similar unit in which I store office supplies, business cards, small empty tins, zip-top baggies and metal findings (my Tim Holtz findings enjoy a dedicated row of drawers!).

What do ya think – is this one for you? And if so, how would you use it?

Don’t forget: a quick coat of paint could completely change the look of this little baby! 

Potential Cons:
The drawers on this particular unit were a bit wonky – you’d want to check all the drawers in a similar unit to make sure they slide in and out easily.

I swapped a few around and was able to get a good fit on each drawer – an easy fix!

Price: $139.99 (Again, reasonable, but I would want a little bit better finish for the price, or lower price for the level of finish.)


Option Seven: Wooden 5-Drawer Unit on Casters

Craftroom Storage: Unique Items - Hobby Lobby Take II - Wooden 5-Drawers Unit (image)
Craftroom Storage: Unique Items – Hobby Lobby Take II – Wooden 5-Drawer Unit On Casters

I would love a unit like this for my adhesives!

I have quite a collection of different types stored in a similar unit, but my unit isn’t mobile so I end up running back and forth a lot during project creation (not efficient use of my creative time!).

Ding!

Idea Time: I may just add casters to mine!

This unit would work well for anything short and/or that can be laid on its side, as long as you can quickly and easily see what’s in the drawer without a bunch of shuffling of items.

After all, we want to make it easy on ourselves and spend our time creating, not searching or rearranging, right?

These drawers could work well for supplies for embroidery, cross-stitch and needlepoint; or quilling; or, for pens, pencils and art markers used for art journaling and/or drawing.

They’d also be ideal for jewelry-making tools and beads and findings, as well as your finished creations and the supplies to price and display them.

How would you use this type of unit?

Potential Cons:
Because of the way the drawers slide into the frame, you’d need to make sure your stored items lie flat and clear the upper edge of the frame so they don’t get caught when you push the drawers in and pull them out – not a problem, just a consideration if you’re not neat in the way you replace items after using them.

Price: $97.99 (Reasonable considering the quality – comparable units may be available for less. What do you think?)


Option Eight: Multi-Colored Thin-Drawer Unit

Craftroom Storage: Unique Items - Hobby Lobby Take II - Thin Colored Drawer Unit (image)
Craftroom Storage: Unique Items – Hobby Lobby Take II – Multi-Colored Thin-Drawer Unit

Oh be still my heart…again! I so wanted to take this home with me!

It’s a good thing I’m traveling (and it wouldn’t make sense to pay to ship this) ’cause I’m a sucker for this type of drawer unit – you too?

I must have owned a print shop at one time because I love printers trays and blocks and this type of drawer unit.

This would be perfect for setting up “color drawers,” drawers in which papercrafting embellishments of all types are sorted by color, making it easy to see at a glance every type of embellishment you own in red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, etc.

This would also work for storing: wood-mounted stamps and ink pads; sheets of specialty papers; knitting needles and crochet hooks and the accompanying accessories (stitch counters, etc.); paint brushes; art pens, pencils and markers and accompanying supplies (erasers, sharpeners, stubs, etc.); tubes of liquid adhesive; adhesive runners and refills; spools or bobbins of thread (organized in drawer dividers or baggies); and, anything else that doesn’t require much drawer height.

And finally, how cool would this be for jewelry-making supplies and finished pieces? PER-FECT!

Wjat do you think – is this the type of craft storage unit you’d immediately fall head over heals in love with, just like I did?

How would you use this drawer unit if you had one?

Well, that’s it for another round of unique storage items.

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and take a look at YOUR unique storage items.

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Happy Organizing,
Steph & The CSI Team

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