Craft Storage: Contributor Storage Solutions – Fabric Storage

Craft Storage: Contributor Storage Solutions – Fabric Storage
Craft storage ideas for quilting and sewing rooms!

Hello,

It’s Amanda again!

I’m here to share with you a quick solution that I use in my craft room to get those precarious piles of fabric out of the closet and out in the open where my collection can inspire my creativity.

First, I ordered some comic book backer boards from Amazon.com, similar to these Ultra Pro Regular Size Comic Boards.

Of course you could use cereal box cardboard, or regular cardboard, if you’re patient enough to save up enough pieces for your stash.

I’m not that patient.

Then, just fold your fabric into a width that is slightly smaller than the height of your cardboard, and begin wrapping the fabric around the cardboard.

Craft Storage: Contributor Storage Solutions - Fabric Storage, Wrapping the Fabric Around the Backer Boards (image)
Craft Storage: Contributor Storage Solutions – Fabric Storage, Wrapping the Fabric Around the Backer Boards

To secure the end of the fabric to the mini bolt, use a sewing pin, or a clothes pin if you’re worried about poking fingers later.

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Craft Storage: Contributor Storage Solutions – Fabric Storage, Securing the Fabric to Itself Using a Pin

For storage, simply line up your mini bolts of fabric on a shelf or bookcase.

Super simple!

It looks like you have a mini craft store right in your craft room and the fabric is out where you can see it.

Just seeing all the pretty patterns together makes my fingers itch to turn it into a beautiful quilt or to sew up a cute stuffed animal!

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Craft Storage: Contributor Storage Solutions – Fabric Storage, On A Shelf

(This is Steph: I don’t even sew and I’d love to have this kind of inspiration in my craft room! Great idea, Amanda!)

It’s been fun – thanks for joining us today!

And when you get a chance, please stop by my blog, Krafting Kreations, and say hello!
Amanda

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

Looking for ideas for re-making your crafting space?

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

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

Source:  Kim Skinner

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

Source: Kim Skinner

There are actually three pieces pictured here.

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

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

I’ve already painted those two pieces!

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

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


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

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

 

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Here is the start of my table space:

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

Source:  Kim Skinner

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


The storage pieces above can be mounted to the wall.

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

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

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


Thanks for stopping by and please c
heck out my blog at StampingImperfection!

Happy Day!
Kim

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

 

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Contributor Craft Room Tour: Jessica Frost-Ballas

Good morning and Happy Friday!  Jessica here, from All the Sparkle, to share a more detailed look into my crafting space!

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Here’s the basic layout of my craft room:

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When you’re standing in the doorway to my music studio this is what you’ll see:

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And if you’re standing in the opposite corner next to my Ikea Expedit unit this is your view:

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And this is the remaining wall:

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My husband and I built our first home in the summer of 2013 and I spent months browsing Pinterest for ideas for my craft room.  I knew this was one room where I could go a little color-crazy so I decided on a coral, teal, and white color scheme.  The wall paint is Sherwin-Williams Tantalizing Teal and I love how bright and cheery it feels.  I chose Ikea furniture for the price point and for the variety of styles that were available.  I use three Linnmon tabletops and one corner Linnmon tabletop for my main papercrafting workspaces and my husband and I constructed a table from a hollow-core door for my gift wrapping and mailing workspace.  I used different bases to support the tables…Alex drawers, table legs, and Ullrik units which give me a lot of versatile organization space.  In the future I’m hoping to get glass cut to fit the top of the tables for even easier clean-up.

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I use Organize More units to store all of my ink pads, reinkers, and distress markers.  I store my copic markers in Color Cubbies which are, unfortunately, no longer available as I believe the business has closed.  If you’re a regular reader of my blog you already know that I’m a big fan of color and sparkle and this wall of my room is one of my favorites.  It houses my copic markers, washi tape, distress inks, and 238 different shades and sizes of sequins! 😉
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Organize More recently built me 3 custom ink pad storage units to fit into my Ikea Expedit (they will also fit in the new Ikea Kallax) which has opened up a whole new world of possibilities and I’ve heard that Organize More will be offering the Expedit/Kallax units soon!  I will readily admit that Jennifer McGuire is a huge source of organizational inspiration so many of my storage systems are reproductions or adaptations of hers (as you can see with my stamp storage, ink swatch book, and peerless watercolor swatch book below)!  On my Expedit I store my embossing powders, glitters, stickles, dye inks, stamps, embossing tools, and cardstock/paper.

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My most recent craft room addition is a second pegboard and a gift wrapping/packaging table.

www.allthesparkle.com craft room tour teal and coralUnderneath the wrapping paper I have a portable sewing machine table and I also keep my Silhouette Cameo there.  The new wrapping table sits over my childhood spinet piano and the curtain keeps additional packaging materials out of view.  On the table I store miscellaneous gift bags, tissue paper, finished cards, envelopes, stamps, mailing stamps and labels, and various notebooks and planners.

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I recently talked about how I store my finished cards here if you’re interested in more information!

So that’s my craft room!  I hope you enjoyed the tour and if you’d like a more detailed look please visit my blog!  Thanks so much for visiting and have a fabulous weekend!

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Contributor Craft Room Tour: Amanda Corbet

Hello! It’s Amanda here from Krafting Kreations! I am so excited today. You know why? Because I get to invite you over to my studio to take a peek at where I create all my projects! Are you up for it? Awesome! Lets go!
When I was writing this post looking at all these pictures was making me dizzy, and I work in the space! So here is a simple layout of the room so you can find where you’re at if you get lost.
Here is your view right when you walk through the door. You get a head on view of this wonderful file cabinet that I would like to update at some point. Any suggestions how to pretty it up? I spy a furry helper wondering what I’m doing.
As soon as you walk through the door and turn to the left this is what you’ll see. Now i am incredibly lucky. This is a 12 ft. by 24 ft. space. But that also means it is long and skinny so that creates it’s own set of challenges. Especially when you have as much furniture packed into one room that I have.
There are a few odd things about this room since it is an addition that the previous owner made to the house. Another thing I would like to add here is that we have lived in this 1950’s fixer upper house for 9 years. The house still needs A LOT of fixing. There are still several things about my craft room that need fixed, but it’s a work in progress. So please forgive the two types of flooring with the gap where a wall used to be, the un-sheet-rocked section next to the back door, and the lack of baseboards/trim. There are, after all, only so many hours in the day. Also, fixing some of these issues would require me to empty out the entire room, which means a large amount of time that I don’t have my work space.
Okay, back to the tour. So if you turn back towards the door you will see what remains of the sliding glass door. This is one of those odd things I mentioned a few minutes ago.
In front of the remaining half of the sliding door I have my electric fire place. This room gets so cold in the winter so this is definitely needed. Next to that is a card rack that my wonderful sister picked up for me with no cards on it. I like the idea of having the card rack, but the florescent lighting will fade the colors of the card stock. So I don’t want to leave them out forever so I’m in a conundrum on that piece. On top of the fireplace I have a few magazines and some pretty baskets with yarn for upcoming projects.
Now if you turn to the right towards the rest of the room we will continue.
Next is my upcycled sewing desk that was a super cheap garage sale find. Above that I have 5 Bygel rails with baskets, flatware caddy’s, and hooks that are all from Ikea. This is where I store buttons, brads, twine, clothespins, safety pins, tags, and more. On my sewing desk I have a glass jar that I use to keep my spools of thread in. All the wonderful drawers in the desk house the rest of my sewing tools.
Right next to my sewing desk is my trash can. It is actually meant to be a beverage cooler for use at parties and such, but I loved the color (as you might have noticed) so I use it as my trash can. It just goes to show you that you have to keep an eye out and be creative with your storage. Not all craft storage has to be something that was made to be craft storage.
Now another way that I am incredibly lucky is that my husband likes to do woodworking as a hobby. So he has built a lot of my craft room furniture. This stamp rack is one of the many pieces he has built for me.
It is huge and holds a whole lot of stamps!
On top of the stamp rack I have my current Stampin’ Up! embellishments in a spinning organizer. Next to that is my owl Scentsy warmer and some more clear jars that store scraps of Stampin’ Up! ribbon, embossing powder, and glue sticks. There are also a few things just for pretty like the lava lamp my dad gave me for my 14th birthday, the adorable owl my best friend gave me, the branches for my Easter tree in a pretty vase, and that wonderful yellow clock which was a Pick Your Plum score.
I really love storing my supplies in clear glass jars. It keeps them all together, they are pretty and add to my decor, and I can see inside the jar to grab the one I want. I would say that glass jars are my favorite organizing go to!
Now if I turn around a bit you can see this side of my ginormous craft island that my husband built. It. holds. so. much. stuff! This is where I do all my card making, fabric cutting, painting, etc. As you can see this side is all drawers. On the end I have two large wall files that I ordered from The Container Store. It houses my rulers, Big Shot cutting mats, current Stampin’ Up! catalogs, and scrap paper for stamping on. What’s the thing on the front of the left wall file you ask? Well that is the magnetic platform for my Big Shot. Since the wall files are metal, the magnetic platform sticks right to it so it’s within easy reach, yet out of the way.
If I face back towards the back of the room you will see the ribbon rack and huge lateral file that were both built by my hubby. The top of the ribbon rack has blue jars that hold scraps of non-Stampin’ Up! ribbon. (I’m a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator so it makes it easier to keep those products separate from the rest of my supplies).
Then there are rows of ribbon spools. They just sit on the shelf and it is easy to pull out just one spool of ribbon.
Here you can see just how huge this file cabinet is. That is a whole bunch of 8-1/2″ x 11″ card stock all filed by color. On top of the file cabinet I have my Stampin’ Up! ink tower, big shot, a plastic container with patterned paper scraps, and a basket with my DecoArt Media paints. On the wall I have mounted a paper towel holder (that is currently empty). That way it’s easy to grab one when I have a mess I need to clean up.
To the right of the file cabinet is one of the ever popular turquoise Raskog carts from Ikea. This one holds my desk organizer, scissors, pens, pencils, craft knives, paper piercing supplies, envelopes, pre-cut and scored card bases, baby wipes (for cleaning my hands) and a few kits that I need to put together. I love that I can roll it out right next to where I’m working and I have all my most used tools right at my fingertips!
Here is a zoomed out view of that back wall. Since this room is so long and skinny I decided to paint that back wall a nice vibrant blue. It’s Deep Blue Sea by Behr. The dark blue make the room seem less like a tunnel and more like a square if that makes any sense. The white shelves are the perfect place to store more supplies and display some of the things I’ve made.
The cabinet to the right (also built by the hubs) holds all my stained glass supplies as well as some other tools. Trust me… you don’t want to look in there. It’s a mess and needs some serious help. Also, those doors… they may or may not have been leaning against the wall of my craft room for the last three years or so until just last night when I needed to take photos for this post….
Here is a view of what is below those display shelves. A wood set of drawers that needs some work to be usable. I think it needs to be dressed up too. Any suggestions? On top of that is my radio. Gotta have some tunes while I’m getting my craft on! Next to that is my little kiln. I like to do some fused glass once in a while and this kiln is just perfect. Although when I use it I clean everything off the top and pull it out away from the wall. Safety first!
On top of the kiln is a 12″ x 12″ paper holder with mixed media supplies, a bin with some kits in them, and my Dremel drill press.
Now this spot was really hard to photograph. It’s the end of the island that faces that dark blue wall. I’ve used Command picture hanging velcro to store my paper trimmer and Simply Scored scoring board right on the side of the island.
I also have a little command hook hanging from the underside of the top. This holds one of those cheap foam type place mats. I always like to stamp on one of these. I think the even, yet soft, surface gives you a better stamped image. By using vertical space where nobody can see I have these tools right next to where I use them and they don’t have to be left on the top of my table all the time.
Here is a closer view of those back shelves. I have jars that hold my washi tape, Stickles glitter glue, glitter, some flattened bottle caps, alcohol inks, and even some old glass peanut jars I picked up from a garage sale that house my colored pencils. The owl planter hols all my sponges that I use for stamping, and the turquoise floral vase holes specialty pencils and pens that I use for Mixed Media.
Another view of the left side of the room. You can see the pretty fairy print that I picked up at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival several years ago.
Here is a view of my paint storage that I shared a few weeks ago. On top I have a jar with my twinkling H20s and my owl vase that holds my paint brushes. There is also a chalk board for my crafty to do list (I need to get a chalk marker so I can actually start using this!). Then to the right there is the outside window. I took these photos late at night so I left the blinds closed.
Here is another view of that unfinished glass cabinet. Both that and the file cabinet are eventually going to get a few coats of white paint.
Here is the other side of my fantastic storage island. This side is all open shelves. I have some painted crates that hold a variety of things and then there is stuff stacked to the sides of the crates. This area really needs some help.
Now if you turn to the right you can see this cube style shelf. I loved the look of the Ikea Expedit shelves, but until this last year it would have been about a 6 hour drive to the nearest Ikea. So that wasn’t going to happen. There just was no way I could make my husband understand that a full day road trip was worth it to get one shelf… So I did the next best thing. I begged my handy hubs to build this shelf for me. It is wonderful! Although I think I may stain it darker to match the island.
Anyway, this shelf holds supplies for some of my in process projects as well as my fabric hoard collection. The shelf above is for some fun display. The top of this book case is also where I take a lot of the photos for my project posts (hence the lights).
Just to the left of the cube shelf you will see yet another Raskog cart from Ikea. This one holds (and is over flowing with) beading and jewelry supplies. Most of the beads and components are sorted in mason jars by color. Just under that plastic bin is an old metal tool box that holds all my jewelry making tools.
Turn to the right again and you will see the front end of the room. This portion needs some work still. We have to patch the sheet rock next to the door and then paint it the nice soft gray color (Twilight from Behr). Behind the door is the closet full of more crafting supplies, yet lacking organization (no one is perfect right???).

In the corner is this amazing wing-back chair that I scored from the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store for only $15. I’m thinking of recovering it in the fabric swatch you see sitting on top. It’s nice to finally have a place in my studio to relax and take a breather or to make a guest comfortable while I work.

The built in shelf to the right of the file cabinet houses boxes of yarn and boxes of finished cards as well as books and my porcelain dolls that I’ve had since I was little. In front of the file cabinet is a gorgeous painting my mom did for me. The frame just needs painted white and then the painting popped in.

Now we’ve made it back to the door! Just a couple more things…

I love this amazing two-tiered fruit basket that I got from Pick Your Plum. It holds a lot of mixed media supplies and some general tools. Also, That nice HUGE work surface all clean….. Although I will try to keep it up, it probably won’t last long. Just sayin…
One more tip, I like to keep a pretty bowl on my table for trash. That way I can toss the little bits in the bowl as I’m working rather than having to go over to the trash can every time. It keeps my work surface a little bit cleaner.

 

So although it’s still very much a work in process, this room is the closest to perfect for me that it has ever been. I love working in here and making all those fun projects that I get to share with you! Thank you so much for joining me on my tour! I hope you enjoyed getting a peek into my home.

 

Garden Craft Studio Progress

Hi everyone, it’s Sharon here. I thought I’d give a little update on progress (or lack of it really) on my own new craft space.

After all the mess and drama a few months back when I had the area levelled and paving slabs put down, I thought it wise to let the dust settle and get the garden back to normal before starting the next phase.   My boyfriend works from home, and we have a tiny house, so any building work and disruption is really inconvenient for him, so I’ve got to plan carefully. However, he’s recovered from the chaos of the summer, so I’m ready to order my building.

Here’s what the area looks like at the moment:

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I wanted to wait until the area was level before deciding on the size for my new space as it was really hard to visualise it. You can just about see in this photo that I’ve chalked out some lines so I could physically walk around the outside and make sure that I left enough space to be able to get around all sides to paint the building, whilst getting the biggest building I could for the space.   I’m glad I did, because I had thought I’d have to go for a 10 x 12 building, but now it’s chalked out I realise that a 12 x 12 building will fit fine and still leave room to access all sides.

I’ve only got as far as a rough sketch on the design. I’ve decided a gable style roof will look nicest, and this will overhang at the front so that the windows need less cleaning!

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I need to meet with the building supplier to discuss the placement of the doors and windows – I’m a little undecided about the door – from this sketch, I plan to have my desk directly under the windows so I’m looking out onto the garden, but I’m wondering if double doors might be more practical when it comes to installing the furniture. One thing I’m really keen to have is a skylight at the back right-hand corner so I can set an area up directly beneath it for photographing my projects.   Since there are fences either side of the building, I won’t have any windows at the sides or back which will maximise the wall space inside for shelving and storage units, but it does mean that without a skylight, the only light would be from the front of the building. I’ve kind of set my heart on having this extra light, so even if it’s expensive, I think it’s an essential part of the design.

Once I’ve placed the order for the building itself, I can start working on a floor plan and decide what furniture to have, which will be a very enjoyable part of the planning!

I’ll be back in a couple more months to share that stage with you 🙂

Sharon

Contributor Craft Room Tour: Suzanne Webster-Lowrie

Hello, it’s Suzanne here today from Scrapbookingsue.com. I am so excited for today’s post, as I get a chance to share my very own craft room with all of you! I will probably always consider it a “work in progress,” as I add and delete new items, and try to match everything a bit better. However, it is well organized, functional, and utilizes a system that works for me! Also, I am a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant, which is yet another reason why my space has to be so functional, because it is not only for fun, but for business as well!

Since my blog has a TON of pictures showing my craft room (My Craft Space: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3), I have selected a sampling of pictures for this post. Please feel free to visit my blog for a more in-depth look at my room!

This is my main desk area, where I do most of my scrapbooking, stamping, painting, etc. Within arms reach, I keep my basic supplies (scissors, glue, distressing tools, etc.), stamp pads and cleaners, markers and colored pencils, ready-made cards and envelope bases in white and off-white, ribbon, and some basic embellishments.

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Directly opposite the main desk is what I like to call my “Cricut desk.” This desk holds an Expression 2 Cricut machine, a jar full of tools, a laptop computer, and a Canon Selphy picture printer. Oh yeah, there is a cute owl clipboard that I made as well… just for a pop of color for the picture!

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Next to one of the windows, I have an IKEA 8-cubby storage unit. I have so many different types of things stored here, it would be hard to list them all. But perhaps most notable, the pink baskets on the top shelf hold some of my retired stamp sets. On top of the unit is my small ribbon storage. I wind the end pieces of ribbon around jumbo craft sticks.

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I picked up these long pink baskets about 8 years or so ago at Walmart for $5 each. These baskets are the perfect size to hold my retired stamp sets that I plan to keep.

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Above the storage unit, I keep this frame of cards. I made the frame myself by purchasing an old picture from Goodwill that had an ugly, but sturdy frame, and then re-purposing the frame with paint and crackle-medium. Very rustic!

The cards inside are switched out seasonally. Right now they feature fall / Thanksgiving cards, Christmas / Holiday cards, and the November Stamp of the Month.

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On the other side of the window is the pegboard that I created earlier this year. As you can see, the board holds my decorative scissors, embellishments, a few tools, Mod Podge, and my embossing gun.

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The final wall houses my very large IKEA 25-cubby storage unit, as well as my home-made paper rack. This large unit holds the majority of my scrapbooking supplies. All of my paper kits, pages in progress, albums in progress, vintage catalogs and retired paper colors have a home here. The paper rack holds all of my current CTMH papers, as well as my paper trimmers, craft mat, and score board on top.

Most of the storage in the middle section is from the Dollar Store. Trendy buckets, baskets and clear storage containers are both easy to find, and affordable. To see inside some of my storage containers, make sure to go to Part 3 of the craft room tour on my blog. The green and blue boxes are from Pioneer. I purchased them white and then painted them the colors in the my craft room to match.

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Here is my entire collection of wooden rubber stamps! I’m sure that many of you have WAY more than this, but less than a year after I joined CTMH, they came out with the clear, unmounted stamps; therefore, I never really had time to amass a large quantity of rubber stamps.

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And finally, here are my home-made sponge daubers. Although the quality is NOT great (they tend to tear and shred with continued use), I wanted so many of them that they have saved me a great deal of money over purchasing the name brand daubers. I use floral foam to hold them in place inside their containers.

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Thank you so much for touring my craft room with me today! If you are interested in seeing a lot more pictures of this space, peeking inside some more of my boxes, or learning about my Craft Inventory Binder, then please join me over at my blog for Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of the tour!

Suzanne

Garden Craft Studio: Phase One

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

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

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

This is the garden a month ago:

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

As you can see, it was really uneven ground.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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Minty Fresh Makeover: Noelle McAdams of paper & ICE/part 2

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Hello, CSI readers! It’s Noelle here today. I hope you all are doing well. I got a total wild hair earlier this month, and decided to COMPLETELY overhaul my studio. It was something that desperately needed to happen. I’d been ruminating on the changes I needed to make for a long time. And then, our ancient desktop computer died, and with it died the need to keep this massive computer desk in the room. I began sharing with you about this project on Wednesday, and now I’m back with the budget and additional details. 🙂

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It was weird to me to paint a room CREAM instead of some color. I ruminated on yellow walls for a while, but in the end I decided I wanted the neutral backdrop of cream and white. The main pop of color would come from the craft table, and of course I had all my vintage items (many are blue) to accent the space with. In fact, 90% of this makeover can be attributed to paint. I’ve had at least three people tell me they can’t believe this is the same room.

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I went with white for the shelves, the desk top, and this bookcase unit that I’d had stashed in my basement. This shelf and drawer unit used to be my Gramma’s, in fact they are part of a wall unit, but provided VALUABLE drawer space! The bottom drawer holds much of my theater items, as well as one shelf. The middle drawer is supplies and tools, the top drawer holds some embellishments, my stamping blocks and paper trimmer.

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Here’s what I bought for the room:

 

One gallon Behr white high-gloss paint-shelves/furniture-30$

One quart Behr Rockwood Jade paint in semi-gloss-furniture-18$

One gallon Behr Eggshell Cream paint in Satin-walls-26$

One can Rust-O-Leum Hammered finish spray paint in Bronze-hardware-FREE (I already had this).

Two Kallax 2×2 shelves from IKEA-70$

Two packages 4” Capita feet from IKEA-24$

Four Drona fabric storage bins from IKEA-24$

One package (two boxes) Kassett boxes from IKEA-7$

Three bird drawer pulls from Hobby Lobby-18$

One long mint storage box from Hobby Lobby-15$

One glass doorknob inspired picture hanger from Target-5$

One 4’ x 8’ piece of plywood-35$

Two 8’ pieces of trim-30$

Two 8 foot 2×3 boards-6$

One pint of Polycrylic to seal table tops-9$

Two packages of bronze robe hooks from Target-6$

Carlisle Counter Stools in Navy from Target-80$

Ikat fabric for curtain and slipcover: 65$

so, a little under 500$. I had the spray paint and a lot of the hardware and faux finishing supplies already. Can you imagine how much more it could have been had I BOUGHT furniture instead of painting it?

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The desk (formerly black with a wood top…) got a facelift. I didn’t want to get rid of it entirely, since I need flat space still and it would be good to have a place to use my sewing machine and Silhouette. I did the same faux finish technique on the base and painted the top white.

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I got new boxes for my stamps, because the Dollar Store baskets I showed you in this post were flimsy and always bending when I pulled them out. These are kraft photo boxes, only 2$ each & much sturdier, plus they are a bit bigger!

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The filing cabinet, and shelf with the curved top stayed the same. I put my Silhouette & Big Shot on my vintage trunk and inside the trunk are all my alterable items, and empty scrapbooks, etc. I hung my cutting mats on the wall.

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I did a vinyl treatment on the wall featuring my blog name using my Silhouette. I love the way it turned out!

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One other small project I took on was this Ribbon Frame. A cheap frame from the thrift store, some paint I already had, ribbon, and dowels and this was good to go!

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I want to make a curtain and office chair slipcover as well. This ikat print is the perfect color scheme and I love the rustic elegance it will add to the space. One of my big concerns about using mint as one of the main colors was I didn’t want it to feel immature or too cutesy. One of these days (soon!) I’ll get around to stitching those projects up! 😉

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I also need to mention that I took over FOUR BAGS of garbage out of here! I cleared out, went through and reorganized everything, even my scraps bin! It feels so good to have a clean slate.

 

Pen storage, twine storage, and many other things were just brought back in the same way they were before. If the system was working for me, and I liked the containers already, why the heck not?

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I did pick up this cool wood box at Hobby Lobby for all my tools. The colros and style were perfect for the room and the mini pail I’d been using previously wasn’t working for me. I know some crafters like to separate like things together; all scissors together, all adhesives, etc. But for me, it has always worked well to have all my tools together so I’m not looking all over for a paper piercer!

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I really wanted to buy this cute pail system from IKEA in the cream color for my gems and embellishments….. Maybe some day I’ll splurge, but I had these cute pails already, and these hooks were so much cheaper than buying a whole new system with the same functionality for my space.

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I am still also trying to talk myself out of the Raskog cart that I know most crafters own, and love! It would be a great solution for my sewing machine, but for now it sits perched atop my grandparents vintage suitcases. The smaller suitcase holds my sewing kit.

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All in all, I am just loving my new space! It was a lot of time, stress, and expense…. But fully WORTH it all! I hope it inspired you as well. Thanks for stopping by CSI!

Noelle

 

 

 

Minty Fresh Makeover: Noelle McAdams of paper & ICE/part 1

 

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Hello, CSI readers! It’s Noelle here today. I hope you all are doing well. I got a total wild hair earlier this month, and decided to COMPLETELY overhaul my studio. It was something that desperately needed to happen. I’d been ruminating on the changes I needed to make for a long time. And then, our ancient desktop computer died, and with it died the need to keep this massive computer desk in the room. Here is a before shot (a completely MESSY before shot….) and you can read all about my old studio here. 

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This meant I could claim the room as COMPLETELY my own! It’s still small, but mine! I feel so blessed to have this space to work, I know many people are working on their kitchen table. So exciting, yet intimidating. There were multiple problems with the space as it was. I knew there was a lot more work to be done than just removing the computer desk and adding a craft table. I had mentioned previously that there was no window, so no natural light. This room is the first room on the right as you enter the front door of our home (in below photo, that blue door is my front door), and the room has no door on it, so it’s visible to anyone who comes in. The desk I intended to keep was not working well for me, either. I recently read a wonderful article here that so perfectly explained many of the frustrations and concerns I also had with my room.

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Additionally, I was way short on storage space. This room is my craft studio, office, and theater storage. I run this website and my own blog, plus I design for CardMaker Magazine Blog, and The Cat’s Pajamas Stamps as an artist. I also teach theater to kids and instruct through a couple different organizations. I needed to have a place to store all my books, props, and costumes. Up until this room re-do, they all were in tote bags on the floor of the office-not so organized or accessible! With as many little jobs as I have, I knew it was critical that the space be FUNCTIONAL above all other goals and desires.

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So, I ended up having multiple goals with this room; here are a few of them:

 

  1. Lighten and brighten the space. I had come to avoid going in the space, it was just so dark and dreary. No window means I needed to employ other tricks to brighten the room. The black furniture and blue walls that I loved 8 years ago? Well, let me just tell you, I was SO over them! They no longer looked classy to me, they just looked…. Dull and dark.
  2. Highlight my vintage items. I have several vintage and antique items in the studio, ones that I loved. But with all the stuff everywhere, they were getting lost in the shuffle.
  3. Add more flat space and more storage, including a counter height table for standing up work. Also, add a place to craft with a friend, or my kids!
  4. Make anything that went in the space removable. Not that I had budget for built ins anyway, but even if I had, I wouldn’t have done them as we have been tossing around the idea of moving lately, and if when that happens, I don’t want all our hard work to go to waste!
  5. Make the space a MULTI-TASK room, one that would work well for storing my theater items, using my computer for planning and blogging, scrapbooking, paper crafting, sewing, and more!

P1220049-imp I have to tell you, I had a lot of anxiety over this project. It knew it was just so important to my productivity and my peace of mind! And for two weeks the entire main level of my house was completely trashed, since I had EVERYTHING that normally was in this room in the dining room, and spent so much time painting and working on projects for the room, that….. well, lets just say the rest of my house went somewhere in a handbasket! 😉

 

But, in the end it was so WORTH all the stress, cost, and mess. I adore it now. It all started with this table…..

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I found this post online about creating a standing craft table from 2 IKEA Expedit shelves (now they are called Kallax, these are the green 2×2 ones). I loved that I could gain BOTH critical storage and flat workspace with this table. I have seen similar tables made from bookcases, etc, but I knew 12” storage was needed for my scrapbooking supplies. I opted to forego the hanging bar system I’ve used for years, and instead put my bags of themed items in these Drona bins that matched the green Kallax bases.

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Speaking of the green, I tried to talk myself into a white table, but alas, that fresh and minty color just sucked me in. It attracted me SO much that I decided to make it the main color in the room. It was a bold choice, since when I started there was very little green in the room. I have NO mint green in my house actually, lots of sky blue, navy, sage, beige, deep teal, and olive, but no mint! But I am so glad I took that plunge now! It’s so fresh feeling, not to mention a whole LOT brighter! It still marries well with the other rooms in my house, since it’s just different shades of blue and green anyway.

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The table top was made by my hubby and the top was faux painted by yours truly. I used the color Behr Rockwood Jade, which was a good match for this shade of green from IKEA. I faux finished with some sanding, some craft paint, and some antiquing medium. I used the same painting technique I featured on the dining room hutch here on my own blog. The top is a plywood top, with a frame underneath made from boards, and then trimmed out with some pretty trim. The frame underneath the plywood helped lift the top up to the proper height, ad make it very sturdy as well. The table is 5’ long and 30” wide. The feet are Capita feet from IKEA, but I spray painted them bronze, since I was going for a vintage look.

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My Cropper Hopper paper holders had to be cut down slightly to fit in these shelves, but it was an easy fix. The new CH holders are designed to fit these IKEA shelves, so never fear if you are getting new ones and you have EXPEDIT or KALLAX shelves. These are about 10 years old and had some sticker residue, etc on them, so I gave them a little makeover with some patterned paper. The narrow ones got a new look with washi tape!

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Here is the link to PART 2 of this makeover. It includes a budget breakdown and more details. Hope you can check it out! Thanks for stopping by CSI.

Noelle

Welcome to My Little Studio ~ {Contributor Team: Lisa Elton}

Hi crafty friends! Part of my job as a Contributor here at CSI is to show you where others create with my creative space tours. But today I’m inviting you to join me in my little art studio! Yep you read that right I said {little}!! You see my creative space is in a closet. It’s a deep closet in our third bedroom that we claimed as our den when we moved to this house.

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My amazing husband did all of the handy work here, installing the shelving, lighting and my desk.  As I said, this is a deep closet. In fact I can close the doors behind me while I sit in my pretty little Pottery Barn Tolix chair! I don’t do that, but I could! The stacking drawer sets on either side of the chair are white plastic with clear fronts. I covered a piece of poster board with polka dot fabric (of course! *wink*) and slid them right into place inside the drawer. This hides the contents and looks cute to boot!

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My desk top holds my die cutting machine, a galvanized container from JoAnn that houses 8 1/2″ x 11″ colored cardstock in pretty geranium file folders, a red wire basket containing 3 Pottery Barn galvanized buckets and the clear ArtBin boxes I shared here that house my ink pads.

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The top shelf holds lesser used item. The square plastic boxes in the center came from Archivers. They hold fabric and other miscellaneous craft supplies. The large galvanized tubs are from Northline Express and are actually wood bins. I found them online, they’re really light weight and have lids. One holds floral design supplies and the other gift wrapping supplies. I found the geranium nesting boxes at TJ Max. I keep curling ribbons, small seldom used craft supplies and larger rolls of ribbon in them. The silver photo boxes are from Ikea.

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The Bisley file cabinets from The Container Store hold my wood block rubber stamps. This is a great storage vessel for them, they can stack two deep! A galvanized tray from Pottery Barn keeps my clear stamps and stick stamps neat and tidy! The tan stripe curtain covers two large steps up to the attic. It is on it’s way out when I find a nice white polka dot curtain or fabric to make my own!!

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The shelves on the left hold lots of paper crafting goodies! Jars of Washi Tape, twine, trims & buttons. You might recognize my Martha Stewart Recipe tins that hold my dies. The ribbon box next to them was a Christmas gift from my niece. The bottom shelf has wire baskets from Office Max. Visit my blog for more info and close ups of these containers.

So what do you think? Like I said, it’s little but it’s mine and I love it! With limited space I have to be organized, neat and tidy. A place for everything and everything in it’s place! Thanks so much for spending a bit of time with me in my studio today.

Lisa