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

Craft Room: {Hello. I’m a Paper Addict}

November is here and it brought the cold weather with it. Hopefully you all are warm and cozy in your craft rooms and crafting away.

I’m sharing Cathy’s Hello. I’m a Paper Addict room with you today. She’s inspired a couple of our organizational posts but we haven’t shared her room with you yet.

Cathy is very into Project Life, Smashbook and Filofax and she’s taking full advantage of 2 Raskog carts to keep it all right at her fingertips!

 

Here’s a closeup of the tray holding her stamps. She found her’s at Home Goods but I see these all the time in second hand stores. Perfect for wood stamps.

 

Washi anyone? I thought I had an obsession. LOL. Cathy recommends the vareria box from Ikea for organization and has these across the back of her desk.

 

I hope you enjoyed these little snippets from Cathy’s craftroom. There’s lots more to see. HERE is the link to all these pics/posts and more details of the making of her room.

 

Happy Crafting!

Cicily

 

 

Show Us Your Happy Place WINNERS from linkup and random giveaway-week 2!

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Hi all! I am SO excited to share with you our two winners for this week’s  “Show Us Your Happy Place” contest! First of all, the winner of our random drawing for the Silhouette America 9″ roll of silver vinyl is Debbie Hammell! Debbie said:

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Thanks Debbie, we are so glad you read our site! You do not have an email address attached to your comment. So, please email us at craftstorageideas@yahoo.com with your mailing address. If I do not hear from Debbie by Sunday evening, (the 19th) I will have to draw another winner.

And, without further pause, the winner of our second LINK PARTY of those who showed us their Happy Places this week is CINDY!!

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Cindy has a beautiful, bright room that I just fell in love with. She has a place to craft, a place to blog, a place to photograph projects, and even a place to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee. If you ask me, when you include coffee, that is TRULY a Happy Place! Cindy, you are the winner of the Ribbon Organizer from OrganizeMore! Please email us at craftstorageideas@yahoo.com with your mailing address so we can have our friends at OrganizeMore mail you your organizer!

Thank you for stopping by Craft Storage Ideas today!  On Monday we will begin our third link party for this month with a new prize! If you linked this week or last and did not win, you are more than welcome to link again. Please consider it, because we just loved all the spaces we saw! Thanks and have a fantastic weekend! :)

Noelle

Chalkboard Vinyl Review by Cicily and Show Us **Your** Happy Place!!

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Welcome to Week One of our “Show Us Your Happy Place” promotion!

 

To start out, the winner of Friday’s giveaway is Denise Bryant! Denise, I will email you for you mailing address, thank you for providing your email addy! :) She said:

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Now for a great product review!

 

This is Cicily, the Pink Dalmatian Scrapper and I’m super excited to be kicking off this October with a review of the Silhouette Chalkboard vinyl! I’ve been wanting to get my hand on some, so this was perfect.

It works just like regular vinyl in your cutting machine. I chose to make labels for some of my storage boxes.

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I measured my boxes (the Walmart plastic shoe-boxes for $1) and adjusted the size of the label to fit. I set the depth on my cutting blade to cut just the vinyl, not the backing. After the labels were cut, I removed all the excess vinyl around my labels so I could see what I was working with. I could never find anywhere that says you need to condition chalkboard vinyl, but I know for chalkboard paint you need to condition it. To condition you just take the side of your chalk and run it over the vinyl. Then wipe off. What I read was that your images can become permanent if you don’t condition the chaklboard. Again not sure if this is needed with vinyl, but I also got the “used” chalkboard look once I wiped them off. Next I took a chalkboard pen and inked a border around the labels to give them a little pizzazz.

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A great tip I’ve come across was to sharpen your chalk! Just use a pencil sharpener and you have an easier tip to write with. Warning…can cause nails on a chalkboard chills!

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I love how the chalkboard vinyl labels turned out. The chalkboard vinyl was extremely easy to use and can have so many uses. Now check out what CSI has in store this month!

Now, since you’ve read the review by the fabulous Cicily, you can link up YOUR happy place at the bottom of the post from now until Thursday afternoon (October 9, 2014). The winner for this week will receive a 12″ roll of CHALKBOARD vinyl from Silhouette America like the one that is being reviewed here today!

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Our Rules:

 

  1. Winner must live in the USA or Canada, we are so sorry but international shipping is just too pricey. :( Hawaii and Alaska residents are welcome to enter.

 

  1. You may enter your room (on Mondays) one time per week and you may also enter the random giveaway (on Wednesdays) one time per week.

**Please note that comment moderation is enabled, so on the comment to win drawings you will not see it come up right away. If you are not sure your comment went through or not, please mention that in your second comment and we will publish accordingly.

 

  1. On room links, you must link to a specific post about your creative space and not the entire blog.

 

  1. Not required but we would LOVE it if you’d share our graphic above on your blog or Pinterest boards!

 

  1. PLEASE make sure that either your comment or blog has an attached email address so we can contact you if you win. Comments without email addys will not be awarded prizes.

**We will not use your email for any other reason than to contact you if you win. If you are not sure whether or not your WordPress profile has an attached email address, please add it to your comment.

 

  1. The winners of both weekly contests will be announced on Friday, October 10, 2014!

Another thing we want to mention is that your room doesn’t have to be a “traditional” craft room. We would love to see photography studios, art spaces, sewing rooms, and more! The thing we are MOST interested in seeing is creative & useful storage solutions in the rooms of real crafters and artists. The rooms do not have to be fancy or magazine worthy to catch our eye or win the contest. Please share your happy place, we would LOVE to see it!

Cicily

 

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Craft Room: The Card Grotto

Hi everyone, it’s Sharon here with another one of my favourite craft rooms.

This room belongs to Michelle Short, who is a total expert at organisation! I’ve taken her ideas for a lot of my own storage, especially my clear stamp storage.   What I like most about her room is how clean and fresh it looks, and even though her room isn’t huge, and like me, she has a lot of stuff, it just doesn’t look at all cluttered.

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I love these clear acrylic storage boxes from Muji, and my clear stamps are stored in exactly the same way, it’s just so easy to flip through them and see exactly what you have.

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Pop over to Michelle’s blog ‘The Card Grotto’ for more photos and a fantastic video tour of her beautiful room.

 

Thanks for stopping by CSI today! :)

Sharon

 

 

Craft Room Tour {i lived on wisteria lane}

I don’t exactly have a craft room for you to tour today but over on wisteria lane there’s some organizational goodies that I wanted to share with you.  Hollie from I Lived on Wisteria Lane has some amazing talents and organizing is one of them.

I first wanted to share her Wrapping & Shipping center.

Everything she needs to wrap and ship a package is right here. All the dividers are spring tension rods – cheap and no screws! The original post is here and the more detailed post is here. I can think of lots of uses for these tension rods, might be an organizational gold mine!

Here is Hollie’s sewing room. I love her style, it’s Audrey Hepburn meets sewing.

 

Check out her complete post with additional photo’s here. You’ll never guess where her fabric rolls are stored!

Have a great and crafty weekend!

Cicily

Craft Room Tour: Buttons n’ Bows

Hello, it’s Suzanne here today, taking you on a tour of a stunning craft room! This beautiful room belongs to Babs, from the website Button n’ Bows. When I first saw this room, I was instantly drawn to it… the blue/grey walls, striking white furniture, ample storage space, and the cute little chandelier over the center desk. Just look at all that storage!

The center crafting area is made up of a table and two end units, all from IKEA. The desk was made counter height as Babs like to stand while creating. To the right of this desk is a comfortable sitting area for computer work. The desk and drawer unit are also from IKEA.

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There is plenty more storage behind the center desk! The ribbon holders are actually storage units made for the pantry, but Babs found that they fit her ribbon collection perfectly. If you take a look at the furniture, you will see even more pieces from IKEA.

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There are some adorable elements in this room, including all of the buttons and flowers, neatly tucked away in jars for a uniform look. The chandeliers and lamps, both real and vinyl, add such an elegant look and feel to this room.

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The final section of the room holds Babs’ Cricut machine and supplies, stamp pads, and embellishments.  For a list of what’s included in the boxes, check out Babs post here. The boxes and furniture are also from IKEA.

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Make sure to visit the Buttons n’ Bows website to read all about this amazing craft room. Thank you for joining us today at Craft Storage Ideas. I hope that you found some inspiration for your own crafting space!

Suzanne

 

Neat and tidy craft room (Kelly Cutler)

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

Thanks for stopping by CSI!

Sharon

Garden Craft Studio: Phase One

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

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

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

This is the garden a month ago:

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

As you can see, it was really uneven ground.

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

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

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

 

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

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

Sharon

Craft Studio Tour: Natalie Kilgore

Hello everyone, this is Suzanne here today with a very inspiring craft studio /office space that is probably one of the most elegant I have seen. I just love spaces that are as beautiful as they are organized and functional. Natalie Kilgore, of Natty Michelle Paperie, was kind enough to let us take a peek inside her creative space today with some gorgeous pictures and unique finds that are featured on her blog.

In Natalie’s inspiration post here, she mentioned that she wanted something “white and bright with old world charm –industrial, vintage pieces are the ones I love most, so I wanted to incorporate them into my surroundings.”  As you will see, she has done just that; from the crisp, clean walls to the pretty vintage pieces displayed around the room, there is a very interesting mix of modern and classic in this space.

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I am loving these pretty little matching baskets! Using the same type of basket brings so much consistency to the room.  The art above the cubbies really caught my eye as many of the frames have become the art themselves, with pleasing white space framed inside.

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This industrial style shelving unit houses a variety of different vintage pieces, as well as a collection of white owls. Such pretty pieces! Have a closer look at some of Natalie’s storage solutions and display pieces in the pictures below.

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The beautiful photography was done by Natalie’s friend  Kaitie Bryant.

Thank you, Natalie for sharing your creative space with us today.  To see additional pictures of Natalie’s studio, please visit her post here.

Suzanne