Just One Tip: Storing glitter and embossing powders-mess free!

Hi, it’s Sharon here today to share with you a little tip for using glitters and embossing powders.

I know that a lot of you probably do the same as me and store your most used powders and glitters in larger tubs to save pouring them back into a small jar each time.   You might also use a spoon to pour the powder over your project which means that you have to fish the spoon out of the powder each time (and may end up pretty covered in it).

I noticed a few other crafters had got round this by using clips designed to manage cables and sticking them to the underside of the lid. I couldn’t find these in any of my local shops, but did discover these instead:

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They are clear little hooks designed to hold up fairy lights/Christmas lights and I found they are just perfect for this job. They come in a pack of 6 and were relatively cheap. Mine were from Homebase in the UK, but you can get them on Amazon and various online suppliers.

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The hook holds my spoon nice and firmly and keeps it out of the glitter.

As you can see, I use a pretty large tub for my glitter so that I can hold my card right in the tub as I sprinkle the glitter on, that way I don’t get any stray glitter on my desk.

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Maybe this tip will help you, too! Have a great day!

Sharon

 

Just 1 Tip: Organizing Layout Progress

Cicily here with a quick tip I came across on Pinterest. I’m one of those scrapbookers who likes to scrap what I want to scrap when I want to scrap it. I have several different scrapbooks in progress, vacations, camping, kids, and family, to name a few. I’ll admit I’ve spent time looking for pictures I was positive I’d printed or came across pictures I had already scrapped. I’d rather be a little more organized with my layout progress so that’s why I loved this idea.

This idea came from Anita at the Flamingo Chronicles.

At a glance I can see what I have in progress, what’s ready to scrapbook or if I need to print pictures. I’m just getting started on this process so I will let you know how it works.

Cicily

Ribba Picture ledges for small storage-DIY

I came across this great image on makeupsavvy.com. Here’s a link to this specific page.

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These Ribba picture ledges are just the perfect shelving solution for small bottles such as Ranger Stickles, re-inkers and Distress Inks.

 

They come in black and white – personally I just love the white and think I shall have to incorporate some of these into my craft room.   A great idea would be to source some little jars or bottles that fit and have a rainbow of jars full of sequins – how lovely would that look against a white wall?! However, I won’t be asking my boyfriend to put the shelves up for me – his DIY skills leave a LOT to be desired!

 

Have a great day!

Sharon

 

 

 

 

Just 1 Tip: Use your Roof

OK, Ceiling BUT “Roof” sounded SO good!  Hallo, Hazel here with just 1 tip.

I’m downsizing and my stash of wrapping paper is getting the better of me. I don’t have any space left for more furniture / storage items so I revisited my DIY post on Craft Storage Ideas. No go!! Even this one by my fellow contributor, Cecile didn’t give me a solution.

Back to my friend, Pinterest. And this is the one I’m going to try out!!!

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Hopefully, by the end of the year I’ll have everything sorted and then I’ll show my version.  I do put my own touch to things so keep reading Craft Storage Ideas ……….. I’ll be back with my wrapping stash (and the solution).

Thanks for joining me today. Have a GREAT day and remember to try something new – TODAY!!

Hazel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To Purge or Not To Purge…

That is the question! My mess supplies have recently taken over my craft room. Not only do I need to clean and put things away but we’re considering relocating my craft room to an area that’s smaller than I have now. Eeek! I’m actually okay with this and even excited about it. I know if done right I can get a lot of my stuff in this space. Realistically I have too much stuff ( I will deny ever saying that!). That’s where this “P” word comes in…Purge.

So after watching my craft room get messier and messier and my actual work surface disappear, I knew not only do I need to clean but I should really look at purging some supplies along the way. Not sure if I was procrastinating (my middle name), or my long lost organizational gene had surfaced, but I decided to go about this in an orderly manner.

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Now that I have my trash out of the room, and my box ready to be filled with those purged items, how do I decide what to purge?

I wrote down some basic questions that if answered realistically can help you to decide To Purge or Not To Purge.

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I really debated on some of these questions. And ultimately there’s the “Do I Love it?” question that can save some supplies. Of course this isn’t foolproof and if you aren’t in a mental purging place, then no this won’t work. But instead of just guessing which supplies to keep and what to purge, this should help.

Once you purge, you can give the supplies to other crafty friends, sell them or donate them to a school. If they are good supplies, please don’t throw them away. Schools or Rec centers would love to have these supplies.

I’d love to hear your thoughts, suggestions or accomplishments. Happy purging!

Cicily

 

Just One Tip: Small Ribbon Storage

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Hello, it’s Suzanne here today with a tip for storing small pieces of ribbon (or twine, string, floss, etc.). We all have a favorite brand, color, or pattern of ribbon that seems to run out sooner than the rest. If you keep your ribbons on their original spools, that means that you may be taking up prime storage real estate with a tiny piece of ribbon left on a large spool. The solution that works for me, is to take the remaining ribbon off its spool and twist it around a tongue depressor (also called a jumbo craft stick or popsicle stick). Have a look at the pictures below to see how crafters are using this technique.

This first picture is from my own small ribbon storage.  I wrapped ribbon, waxy flax, twine, and hemp string around tongue depressors and then corralled similar ribbon types in Mason jars.

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Here is a picture of the same technique but the ribbon is stored in clear jars. There are plenty of pictures on this site, so check them out for some great ideas.

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This ingenious way to organize and store small pieces of ribbon utilizes clothespins. I love this idea because the ribbon can be held in place by the clothespin clasp, which prevents unraveling.

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These ribbon pieces are wrapped around a completely different type of clothespin. The advantage of this wooden pin is that it is round, and will not kink the ribbon during storage.

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And finally, we are back to the tongue depressors, but with a twist! These wooden sticks had holes punched in one end so that a steel jump ring could be placed through them and clipped together. There is a step-by-step tutorial at her website if you are interested in this type of storage.

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Be sure to check out all of the links for additional pictures on each storage solution. Do you have a favorite way of storing small pieces of ribbon? Be sure to share with us in the comments below!

Suzanne

 

Just 1 Tip: Wrangling kit washi

Hello to all my fellow storage enthusiasts. It’s Hazel all the way from Sunny SA to share a cyber storage tip that makes a LOT of sense – storing Washi tape that comes with a kit.

Whatever you do, I’m sure you will agree with me – one will never use a whole roll of washi with one kit.  So, why not store it with the rest of your washi collection and start using it ASAP???? But what about the poor kit that will have to do without it’s Washi and how are you going to remember which ones belongs where? I found this idea from The Scrapping Jedi:

Buy shipping tags in bulk / make your own, add a piece of each Washi included in your kit to it and store it with the kit while the rolls gets filed away in your Washi stash. GREAT IDEA!!!

That’s it!! I’m off to file away my “Kit Washi”. Thanks for looking at Craft Storage Ideas with me today. Have a great week and please check back for more great storage ideas.

 

 

Hazel

 

 

Just One Tip: Color Sorting

Happy Monday. It’s Cicily sharing a quick tip for you today.

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Back when my scrapbook supply collection hadn’t overtaken my room and I wasn’t so concerned with organization, my sister had me flabbergasted when she coordinated her cardstock by color. I thought she was a little off her rocker. Then she sorted her buttons by color. I still wasn’t fully convinced.  But then I started thinking about how easy things are to find if you were able to go straight for the right color.

Then this happened in my room!

 

My buttons, card stock and scrap paper soon followed suit and were sorted by color . I have to admit it helps a lot when searching for a specific color of something. I even sorted my patterned paper by color, right next to my card stock. I don’t do this with everything, mostly with supplies that I don’t have too many of, like my washi tape and markers.

Organizing is all about what work’s for you. If you haven’t tried color sorting, give it a whirl!

Cicily

 

 

Just One Tip: Using crates for flexible storage

Hi friends! It’s Noelle stopping by today with a great idea for you. I just love what I call “flexible” storage. Baskets, boxes, drawers, places where you can store stickers one day, and then next month, when you’re into neon ink pads, change the storage for those needs. I keep seeing all these fun ideas on Pinterest for using crates as flexible storage. Of course, anything antique or vintage makes me drool. But there are plenty of ways to make an inexpensive new crate look vintage as well. Here is a roundup of some of my favorite ideas. :)

 Bookcase made from crates with casters from Hammers and High Heels.

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Scrapbook Space with a Vintage Vibe from Better Homes and Gardens. This is using crates in lieu of drawers, so fun! 

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Here’s an inexpensive painted crate used in a pantry with casters. I love that she’s used vinyl to label the crate. Easy to do with a Silhouette machine! Don’t forget the fun bundle deals we are running this month. ;) This photo is from I Heart Organizing. *I* PUFFY HEART this blog, so be sure to check it out! :)

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Here’s a whole wall designed for craft storage using vintage crates from Natalme.

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and last but not least, paint storage in a vintage Coca-Cola crate, also hung on the wall. This is from firsthomelovelife. Love it!

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Hope you like these ideas and maybe can implement some into your own space! Have a fantastic day.

 

Noelle

 

Just 1 Tip: Arrange by color

Hello. Hazel here to share “just one tip” with you. I like things to be neat, tidy and uniform but as we all know, you can’t start all over once a new flavor hits the month.  On my memory shelf I’ve got albums, Project Life albums, mini books,  day books, files ……………………… in every shape, size and color you can imagine and lots of them.

While reading an excellent post on stamp storage over at “Hello. I’m a Paper Addict”, I stumbled upon this idea ……………………………… arrange by color:

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It is a 4×4 Expedit shelf filled with albums, Filofaxes, mini albums, daybooks, smashbooks, etc.  I just love the look. Even though everything is not uniform, it’s clean, calm serene, interesting and pleasing on the eye.

That’s it. I’m off to some more crafting fun. Thanks for visiting the Craft Storage Ideas blog today and remember to leave some comments. We love to see what you think and do.

Hazel