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.


Have ideas about what you’d like to see here at CSI?

Please share them in the comments –
we’d LOVE to hear from you!


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Steph & The PCC Team

 

 

Craft Storage Ideas News: A BIG Announcement!

Craft Storage Ideas News: A BIG Announcement!

Craft Storage Ideas News: CSI Has a New Owner!  (image)
Craft Storage Ideas News: CSI Has a New Owner!

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Hello CSI Friends,

We have BIG NEWS to share with you.

Craft Storage Ideas Has A New Owner!

As some of you might have seen, we recently announced that Craft Storage Ideas (CSI) was for sale.

Our goal was to find a new owner for CSI, someone we felt confident could not only carry on with delivering great organizing information and inspiration, but grow CSI to include even more craft storage information and inspiration…for YOU!

Of course, making the decision to let our “baby” go was not arrived at easily – we have really loved running CSI and getting to know so many of you, our amazing readers.

And of course, we’ve also really enjoyed working with our amazing contributors:

Aren’t they awesome?!

THANK YOU for being such a great audience for our crafty storage information and inspiration, and for helping us to grow such an important resource for crafters!

And don’t worry CSI fans, most of the wonderful ladies who’ve contributed content to CSI aren’t leaving – they’re staying on with Steph & her team!

(*Note: Cicily Lesher has posted her last contribution for CSI)


And now?

It’s time for an introduction to CSI’s new owner.

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

Say Hello to Stephanie!

Stephanie Hackney (a.k.a. Steph), a former professional organizer, long-time craft industry trade columnist, crafting addict and fearless leader of PaperCrafter’s Corner is taking over!

Steph reached out to us when she heard CSI was for sale and, based on what we’ve seen her accomplish with PaperCrafter’s Corner since she took it over in 2013, we feel very comfortable handing over the care and feeding of CSI to her as we move onto new ventures.

We know she has lots of ideas to further enhance the CSI experience for you and to provide you with even more organizing information and inspiration.

Now don’t worry, Steph and her team are not planning on eliminating any of what you’ve grown to love about CSI – their goal is to give you even more of what you love!

It’s time for a new organizing and crafting addict to bring her energy, excitement, craft industry experience & business savvy to CSI!

Steph’s super excited to get to know all of you and to bring even more cool stuff to the CSI community.


Steph’s Thoughts on CSI

“I have long admired Craft Storage Ideas as a valuable resource for crafters, from the time of its founding by Susan Mintmire and Rebecca Boyer, to the present, under the leadership of Noelle McAdams and Shelley Walsh.

It has been fun to see CSI evolve as Noelle and Shelley took over – I know they and the CSI contributors have worked hard to ensure that visitors to the CSI site (and associated social media pages) always found valuable content, a positive experience, and a reason to return again and again.

My team and I intend to expand the CSI offering by making necessary behind-the-scenes changes and enhancements (some of which have already taken place), and adding both new functionality and new information based largely on what the CSI community tells us it wants (yes, this is YOUR chance to make your voice heard – let us know what YOU want to find at CSI!).

The CSI contributors (who I’m happy to report are staying on!) will work hard to provide you with even more information, more inspiration and, hopefully, even more fun than what you’ve already experienced as a fan of CSI!

It is our goal to build on what Susan, Rebecca, Noelle and Shelley have created for you and to make the CSI offering even better!”


As you can imagine, handing over something we’ve worked hard on has been a bit bittersweet.

But it was time, and we believe CSI is in good hands!

We look forward to seeing CSI grow and prosper and we wish you all well.


So, what will we be doing now?

Noelle

“I will be keeping up with my hubby, our active lifestyle, my teaching and theater schedules, and my 3 busy boys! I sure have loved running this site, the fantastic contributors I’ve worked with over the years, and all the wonderful readers. I will miss you, CSI, and am so excited to see what comes next for you. My life is wonderfully full of other important things right now. I am closing my personal blog for the time being, but I will forever be a crafter. In fact, I am at a weekend scrapbook retreat as we speak!”

Shelley

“I will be continuing work with my Etsy shop, There Be Unicorns, that I run with my best friend. We sell hand-painted housewares, original paintings, crocheted items and other fun things, and I look forward to putting more energy into it. 🙂 I will also, be continuing my work as a freelance graphic designer, and spending some much needed time with my husband. I’ve had so much fun working with CSI and can’t wait to see what comes next!!”


Thank You!

We know you’ll support Stephanie and CSI moving forward – Steph & the team are going to work hard for you and we’re sure you’ll be thrilled with the CSI of the future.

We know we’ll be watching!

If you haven’t already, be sure to
subscribe to the CSI blog updates,
LIKE CSI on Facebook
&

follow the CSI Pinterest boards.

And, you can soon look forward to
connecting with CSI on
Twitter and Instagram,
and watching new videos on YouTube!

Take care all,
Noelle & Shelley

Noelle     Shelley

 

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

 

Meet Our Team!

Hi there CSI readers! I am so very excited and happy to introduce our new (and some fab returning) Contributor Team from now-the end of June!

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Our first NEW Contributor is Amanda Corbet! 

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Hello, I am Amanda Corbet and I am the crafter behind Krafting Kreations. I live in a small town north of Kansas City, Kansas with my husband Bill and our two cats and two dogs. At my day job I am the Design Supervisor at a custom heating element manufacturing company. When I’m at home I split my time between attempting to keep the house in some form of order and crafting.

I have loved all forms of crafting ever since I was a little girl. I also like to skip and hop between different mediums to work with. I enjoy card making, paper crafting in general, jewelry making, some sewing, crochet, stained glass, fused glass, decorative painting, and home décor DIY projects.

I started stamping back in 2003 when my sister took me to a Stampin’ Up! make and take. Then I was hooked. I joined as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator in 2009 and have happily been stamping away and growing my hoard collection ever since. Since I have gained such a large collection of crafting supplies, figuring out how to keep it organized in a way that works for me has been a full time job in itself.

Krafting Kreations started back in 2009 and is my little spot of the interweb where I share what I’ve been working on as well as instructions for how you can make something similar. It truly is a diary of all my crafting adventures!

I look forward to sharing my organizing projects with you and challenging you to get your spaces organized so you can be more productive!

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Next, we have a returning Contributor: Cicily Lesher! 

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In the craft world I’m known as the Pink Dalmatian Scrapper, but at home I’m mommy to 3 little ones and wife to my husband of 19 years! I live in horse-crazy Kentucky and love the country life. I’m a scrapbooker, artist, photographer, gardener and all around DIYer. I love shopping and organizing my craft supplies almost as much as the crafting itself. My blog has been up for 3 years now and I’ve been on various design teams, done guest designer spots and organized multiple blog hops. Lately I’ve had multiple layouts published on SG’s Create magazine. I’ve been a CSI contributor for almost 2 years and I love sharing my own craft organization ideas as well as yours!

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Also returning is Hazel Hamman!

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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 check out my blog  “Play as u Go”.

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Our next “newbie” to the team is Jessica Frost-Ballas!

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Hi, I’m Jessica and I’m really excited to be joining the Craft Storage Ideas Contributor Team!   I live in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with my husband, two feisty senior shelties, a no-nonsense bunny, and a stubborn tortoiseshell kitten. I am a professional musician teaching harp and piano lessons and freelancing for weddings and other events throughout the northern Virginia area. When it comes to crafting, I am primarily a stamper and a cardmaker although I like to play around with scrapbooking, quilling, and the occasional fabric craft. I write about my adventures in crafting, home décor and DIY, and recipes here on my blog! 

Awhile back I read that astrological Virgos tend to be neurotically organized in most aspects of their life but that there’s usually one area that is a disorganized mess. My car is that one thing that just can’t seem to stay neat but thankfully, my craft room is my organization wonderland! My husband and I built our first home last summer and I was finally able to design and create my dream craft room. I enjoy coming up with new ideas for storage that fit me and my personality and I’m always trying to improve upon my last idea. I look forward to sharing my ideas and tips with you over the next few months!

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Then we have, another new Contributor, Kim Skinner! 

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My name is Kim Skinner and I have been crafting my entire life! My crafting interests are eclectic since I like to do just about every kind of crafting. I started out doing sewing and embroidery as a child, which led me to cross-stitching for many years. I started scrapbooking when my kids were young. Then “it” happened. My sister got me interested in rubber stamping and paper crafts of all kinds. I have been an Independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and paper crafting blogger since 2012. I am a 2014 Stampin’ Up! Rising Star award recipient and I have been a Design Team Member for the Paper Craft Crew for the last two years.

I am a high school science teacher who was named the 2002 WalMart Teacher of the Year, the 2006 National Honor Society Teacher of the Year and the 2007-2008 RHS Secondary Teacher of the Year.

I have been happily married for the last 30 years to my college sweetheart. We have two amazing kids in college. (Not really kids anymore!)

I enjoy spending time on my blog where I love to share my ideas and projects with other people. You can also find me on YouTube, Pinterest and Facebook!

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Well, I’m next, since I decided to go in first name alphabetical order. 😉

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I’m Noelle, and I wear many different hats. First and foremost I am a mom to 3 active boys (they are 14, 12, and 7) and I am happily married to my high school sweetheart, for almost 19 years now. I have a been involved in theater most of my life, including getting a bachelor’s degree in Theater Directing, and teach acting classes to kids part-time. In my “free time” I enjoy training for and competing in sprint triathlons-swimming is my favorite and I am in the water a LOT. I also enjoy doing DIY home improvement projects, and organizing around my house, you can sometimes find some of my projects on my craft blog, I sneak them in whenever possible. 😉

Finally is my life as a craft blogger. I began scrapbooking in 1997, and making cards and stamping in 2001. I am experienced in many paper crafting mediums and have instructed several classes on stamping techniques and card design through the years. I began my blog paper & ICE in 2010 as a way to share my creations and hoped to inspire others in their own creativity! Since beginning blogging, I have been lucky enough to serve on several Design Teams. I am currently a designer for The Cat’s Pajamas Art Stamps. In 2014, I had the huge honor of being part of the CardMaker Magazine blog team, as well as being published 3x in their magazine. I was one of the first Contributors for Craft Storage Ideas and when founder Rebecca Boyer decided to move on from the site, I opted to take it on with my sister Shelley. We are approaching our 1 yr anniversary as editors here! 🙂

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Next is returning Contributor, Sharon Curtis! 

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Hi there, I’m Sharon and I’ve been papercrafting seriously for about 12 years now.  It started with my sister’s wedding invitations and snowballed from that into an obsession!    Although I’ve dabbled in all sorts of papercrafting, I’ve settled on card making as my ‘thing’.   I’m part of the Daring Cardmakers challenge blog DT, and I also design regularly for Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine.   I live in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire in the UK with my boyfriend Andy who lets me get away with taking over the place with craft supplies as long as he can play golf as much as he likes :)   I’m just about to start building my dream craft space in our garden, since I can’t actually fit all my supplies into our spare room! You can read my blog right here. 

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My little Sis, Shelley Walsh, is my co-editor (a.k.a. my life-long partner in crime. 😉 Just ask our mom. )

 

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Hi there! I’m Shelley and I live in northern California with my husband, our two dogs, and a very bossy cat. I grew up in Colorado where I graduated from Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design with a degree in graphic design. I’ve been painting, drawing, crafting, and designing as long as I can remember and have always dabbled in just about everything creative. I’m a huge animal lover and much of my art revolves around wildlife or animals. I’m so excited to be working with Craft Storage Ideas where I get to use my design prowess and learn more about organizing my chaotic studio. I run a small Etsy shop with my best friend where I sell mainly hand painted housewares. You can usually find me painting or writing or sculpting or crafting or drawing in my studio, or out playing with my dogs in the California sunshine!

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And our last (but not least!) returning Contributor, Suzanne Webster-Lowrie!

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Hello, my name is Suzanne Webster-Lowrie, but my friends like to call me “Scrapbooking Sue.” I live in sunny, Southern California with my husband of 21 years (high school sweethearts!) and two wonderful children. I am a Registered Nurse, Educator, and an avid scrapbooker, stamper, card maker, and paper crafter.

Although I have been painting, stenciling, and decorating for as long as I can remember, I began scrapbooking in 1998, after my first child was born. My mother-in-law gave me a simple scrapbooking kit with beautiful printed papers and stickers, and after my very first page, I was hooked! Since my scrapbooking style has changed over the years, and my desire to create additional types of paper art has blossomed, I have moved from a crafting “space” to my very own craft room / studio! Keeping my ever-growing stash of crafting supplies neat, organized, and properly labeled has turned into a hobby of its own.

In 2003, I joined a direct sales company that focuses on scrapbooking and stamping. Although I have been with them on and off over the past eleven years, I enjoying making and sharing the projects that I have created on my blog. Since I love to get involved in social media, you will also find me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube as Scrapbooking Sue. Come by, say “Hi,” and let me know that you found me through Craft Storage Ideas (CSI).

After being a fan of CSI for a long time, I am very excited to be back for a second term on the CSI Contributor Team! I look forward to sharing with you over the coming months, and meeting you both here, and at my blog!

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Thanks for stopping in to meet our team! We are so pumped to bring you fabulous content over these next 6 months! We will begin a special month long feature on Wednesday, so be sure to stop back in.

Noelle

 

Join Our Contributor Team!!!

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Craft Storage Ideas is having a Contributor Call!

 

Calling all crafters, knitters, artists, seamstresses & photographers!

 

Do you have great ideas about organizing your craft room/studio?

 

Do you love sharing those ideas with others?

 

Is creative storage a passion for you?

 

Would you like to have fun, great exposure, and be part of a fantastic contributor team?

 

If so, then please apply for our Contributor Call. We are seeking artists, crafters, and more to share their own ideas & find fresh new ones.

 

Requirements:

Must have an active personal blog about crafting, design, or art. We are seeking all different kinds of creative artists, so please don’t shy away if you’re not a paper crafter!

 

Must be able to commit to writing 2-3 posts a month for a 6 month term (January 2015 – June 2015).

 

Interested?

 

Send us an email at craftstorageideas@yahoo.com

 

Please include the following information:

Name

Email

Telephone

Mailing Address

Blog URL

Flickr account (if you have one-not required)

Plus links to any other sites you design for or are a Contributor for.

 

Then, tell us a little about yourself!

 

We would also like to know why you want to be a Contributor for CSI, and tell us what would be the title and a short synopsis of your first post for us.

We will announce our new team (term runs January-June) at the beginning of December!

 

We look forward to hearing from you!

Noelle and Shelley

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WE ARE HAVING A CONTRIBUTOR CALL!!

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Craft Storage Ideas is having a Contributor Call!

 

Calling all crafters, knitters, artists, seamstresses & photographers!

 

Do you have great ideas about organizing your craft room/studio?

 

Do you love sharing those ideas with others?

 

Is creative storage a passion for you?

 

Would you like to have fun, great exposure, and be part of a fantastic contributor team?

 

If so, then please apply for our Contributor Call. We are seeking artists, crafters, and more to share their own ideas & find fresh new ones.

 

Requirements:

Must have an active personal blog about crafting, design, or art. We are seeking all different kinds of creative artists, so please don’t shy away if you’re not a paper crafter!

 

Must be able to commit to writing 2-3 posts a month for a 6 month term (January 2015 – June 2015).

 

Interested?

 

Send us an email at craftstorageideas@yahoo.com

 

Please include the following information:

Name

Email

Telephone

Mailing Address

Blog URL

Flickr account (if you have one-not required)

Plus links to any other sites you design for or are a Contributor for.

 

Then, tell us a little about yourself!

 

We would also like to know why you want to be a Contributor for CSI, and tell us what would be the title and a short synopsis of your first post for us.

 

We look forward to hearing from you!

Noelle and Shelley

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Our New Contributor Team!

Hello! I just wanted to share our new team! We have two wonderful new members and two returning members as well as Shelley and myself.

Our first new Contributor is Suzanne Webster-Lowrie! 

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A little about Suzanne;

Hello, my name is Suzanne Webster-Lowrie, but my friends like to call me “Scrapbooking Sue.” I live in sunny, Southern California with my husband of 20 years (high school sweethearts!) and two wonderful children. I am a Registered Nurse, Educator, and an avid scrapbooker, stamper, card maker, and paper crafter.

Although I have been painting, stenciling, and decorating for as long as I can remember, I began scrapbooking in 1998, after my first child was born. My mother-in-law gave me a simple scrapbooking kit with beautiful printed papers and stickers, and after my very first page, I was hooked! Since my scrapbooking style has changed over the years, and my desire to create additional types of paper art has blossomed, I have moved from a crafting “space” to my very own craft room / studio! Keeping my ever-growing stash of crafting supplies neat, organized, and properly labeled has turned into a hobby of its own.

In 2003, I joined Close To My Heart as an Independent Consultant. Although life had me take a couple of breaks to return to school, I have enjoyed running a business that focuses on memory preservation, and the long history I have had with this company. I am back in the swing of things again and started my own personal blog, dedicated to paper crafting, earlier this year. You can find me blogging daily here. Since I love to get involved in social media, you will also find me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube as Scrapbooking Sue. Come by, say “Hi,” and let me know that you found me through Craft Storage Ideas (CSI).

After being a fan of CSI for a long time, I am very excited to be part of the CSI Contributor Team! I look forward to sharing with you over the coming months, and meeting you both here, and at my blog!

 

Next we have Sharon Curtis! 

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and here is a bit about Sharon;

I’ve been papercrafting seriously for about 12 years now.  It started with my sister’s wedding invites and snowballed from there into an obsession!    Although I’ve dabbled in all sorts of papercrafting, I’ve settled on card making as my ‘thing’.   I’m part of the Daring Cardmakers challenge blog DT, and I also design regularly for Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine.   I live in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire in the UK with my boyfriend Andy who lets me get away with taking over the place with craft supplies as long as he can play golf as much as he likes 🙂   I’m just about to start building my dream craft space in our garden, since I can’t actually fit all my supplies into our spare room! You can read my blog here.

We are also welcoming back Hazel Hamman! 

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….and Cicily Lesher!

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Of course you have the sister/editorial team of Shelley Walsh…..

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…. and, yours truly, Noelle McAdams. 🙂

 

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We are looking forward to bringing you more fantastic content from July through December!  We will back to our “regularly scheduled programming” next week after Independence Day. And, we hope all our Canadian readers had a fabulous Canada Day yesterday! 🙂

Noelle

CONTRIBUTOR CALL still on!

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Craft Storage Ideas is having a Contributor Call!

 

Calling all crafters, knitters, artists, seamstresses & photographers!

 

Do you love sharing organizational ideas with others?

 

Is creative storage a passion for you?

 

Would you like to have fun, great exposure, and be part of a fantastic contributor team?

 

If so, then please apply for our Contributor Call. We are seeking artists, crafters, and more to share their own ideas & find fresh new ones.

 

Requirements:

Must have an active personal blog about crafting, design, or art. We are seeking all different kinds of creative artists, so please don’t shy away if you’re not a paper crafter!

 

Must be able to commit to writing 2-3 posts a month for a 6 month term (July 1- December 31, 2014).

 

Interested?

 

Send us an email at craftstorageideas@yahoo.com

 

Please include the following information:

Name

Email

Telephone

Mailing Address

Blog URL

Flickr account (if you have one-not required)

Plus links to any other sites you design for or are a Contributor for.

 

Then, tell us a little about yourself!

 

We would also like to know why you want to be a Contributor for CSI, and tell us what would be the title and a short synopsis of your first post for us.

 

We look forward to hearing from you!

Noelle and Shelley

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We are having a CONTRIBUTOR CALL!!!!

Contributor Call

 

Craft Storage Ideas is having a Contributor Call!

 

Calling all crafters, knitters, artists, seamstresses & photographers!

 

Do you love sharing organizational ideas with others?

 

Is creative storage a passion for you?

 

Would you like to have fun, great exposure, and be part of a fantastic contributor team?

 

If so, then please apply for our Contributor Call. We are seeking artists, crafters, and more to share their own ideas & find fresh new ones.

 

Requirements:

Must have an active personal blog about crafting, design, or art. We are seeking all different kinds of creative artists, so please don’t shy away if you’re not a paper crafter!

 

Must be able to commit to writing 2-3 posts a month for a 6 month term (July 1- December 31, 2014).

 

Interested?

 

Send us an email at craftstorageideas@yahoo.com

 

Please include the following information:

Name

Email

Telephone

Mailing Address

Blog URL

Flickr account (if you have one-not required)

Plus links to any other sites you design for or are a Contributor for.

 

Then, tell us a little about yourself!

 

We would also like to know why you want to be a Contributor for CSI, and tell us what would be the title and a short synopsis of your first post for us.

 

We look forward to hearing from you!

Noelle and Shelley

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Happy Changes and Sad Goodbyes


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Hello Readers, It’s May Day! And along with May Baskets (free printable for the above project at Skip To My Lou found at this link), at this time we also have some changes in store for Craft Storage Ideas.

Recently, our dear Editor Rebecca, has decided to make some personal changes and step away from the site. My sister, Shelley Walsh, and I have decided to take it on as our baby. We are the proud new Owners and Editors of this site. Words cannot express how thrilled I am. I have a passion for this site, having been involved in it for the last two years. I will always have a passion for both crafts and organization, so this is a natural fit for me. I will continue creating and writing for my personal blog, paper & ICE, as well as designing projects for The Cat’s Pajamas.

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Shelley is an artist in her own right. She is a sketch artist, and a painter. She has a degree in Graphic Design, which is already coming in handy for us! She also has a fun Etsy shop called “There Be Unicorns.” 

We may live in separate states, but our hearts and our visions tend to run along the same lines, I am so excited to work with my sister on this project. There will be no major changes right away, we will be bringing you the same excellent content that you have come to expect from us.

I have learned a lot from Rebecca these last years, and all I can say is that I hope we make her proud. I have also told her that she can take on a similar role to Barbara Walters on “The View” and stop by whenever she likes! I hope she will. 🙂

Please feel free to contact us regarding any questions or suggestions for this site! We’d love to hear from you.

Noelle