Dollar Store Craft Organization

It’s Cicily with a quick roundup for you today. Recently I happened to wander into a Dollar Store, the kind where the items really are only a dollar.

The first item to catch my eye was these sugar jars. I have been wanting to add a few to my collection of 1. They are perfect for storing twine and ribbon.

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There’s lots of vases, jars, canisters and even salt and pepper shakers for your glitter!

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Shoeboxes are clear and perfect for storing items and stacking them on shelves or in closets.

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How about some baskets, bowls and lots of open containers for all your do-dads.

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And check out these wire baskets of all shapes and sizes.

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Best of all, these items are only $1!!!!

Cicily

Personal Planner Love

Hello, Hazel here to share some organization with you. It’s a brand new year and I hope you are keeping up with those New Year’s resolutions. And what a better way than a Personal Planner. To get you on Planner Planet, have a look at this video from Belinda Selene.

My planner is not only used to keep HQ Hamman on track but I love to use the leftovers from my scrap table to “zuss” it up a bit and it seems that the pages are always too small so …………. I add some pretty cardstock. When I page through, it always puts a smile on my face!

What do you do?  Keep your Planner goodies separate from your scrap stash where you have it on hand 24/7 or do you just make it up as you go?  I find that it works very well to have everything in a caddy / folder as I work all over the show (house / office / while traveling) and hate searching for stuff. Make yourself a cup of tea and let’s stroll through Blogland to see what others do.

First up, a bit of inspiration from Nadia van der Mescht Remember her???

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And a great idea from It’s my Life – use boxes to put together your Planner station! Nothing that beats a bit of recycling.

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 What about a handbag organizer for stickers and tags?

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Adding your goodies to your planner:

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And a fabric bag for your pens from a bowl full of lemons:

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On Etsy I found the “on the go” Planner goodie bag:

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 And even plastic containers looks neat while keeping your goods separate.

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Now that you know what’s out there on Planner Planet, you can drink your tea and think up a storm about what system would best suit your needs. Before I go …………………………….. me and my fellow contributors will be back on Planner Planet as we are doing a Bloghop in March to share our systems. As always, it’s going to be LOTS and LOTS and LOTS of fun.

Thanks for visiting Planner Planet with me today. Have a great week and please leave me some comments – I would love to hear what works for you.

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Storage Solution Roundup: Beads

Hello, it’s Suzanne here today with a Storage Solution Roudup for your bead supply. Not only do we have a lot of beads around our house for friendship bracelets and other types of jewelry making, but I occasionally use beads in my paper crafting projects! Although I do not have a large collection, I’ll bet that some of you do.

While searching online for various bead storage solutions, I came across a myriad of neat ideas. First off, there are plenty of storage containers that you can purchase that are already made for bead storage. I won’t feature any of those, because they are the obvious go-to choice. However, I have a few more suggestions from purchased products to do-it-yourself items.

Here is a gem jar tray that can be used for any small items. I really like all of the clear solutions that I found, as beads can be so colorful and shapely, and deserve to be seen. This storage solution separates the beads nicely and let’s you see through both the containers and larger box that holds it all together.

These pretty little re-purposed spice jars on a rack hold everything neatly in place. You can place the rack on a wall, behind a door, or in a cabinet.

The pop of color in this wall-mounted display is really eye-catching! It is so pretty to look at, I’m not sure if I would ever want to use the beads inside the containers!

This magnetic storage solution utilizes small, plastic SOLO cups, like you receive with your take-out food. A small magnet is attached to the back of each container, and then stuck onto a magnetic board.

If you don’t have the space for a large, wall-mounted magnetic board, how about under shelf storage?  Simply attach a magnetic strip under your shelf or counter, and a magnet to the lid of each jar. Voila! Instant bead storage!

Here is another re-purposed storage solution; baby food jars. Baby food jars can be used for so many items. I really like the uniformity here, with the same sized jars and same colored lids.

Here is a real gem! This old trunk case was re-purposed into a creative station, complete with attached bead jars. Beads and other small items are stored in the jars, which are attached to the back by magnets. How, you say? Well, there is actually a cookie sheet glued to the back of the case, covered in old dictionary paper, and then each jar has a magnet glued to the back of it! There is a FULL tutorial on how Amy made this case over on her blog. Be sure to check out her great ideas.

Thank you for joining us here at CSI today. I hope that you have found some inspiring ideas to use for your own storage solution.

Suzanne

Recipe Organization & Silhouette bundle deal

Hi friends! It’s Noelle today stopping in to show you my latest and greatest. This is not craft storage, but recipe storage which is almost as good, right? Besides, I got to get crafty MAKING this binder, so I think it counts. ;)

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I used to have a recipe box. It was just not functional for me. It was too full and I’d end up having to take out all the cards just to flip through them. I think this will work a lot better for me, and I am storing it with my cookbooks.

I used this “Favorite Recipes” cut file to cut the vinyl on the cover and the spine of my notebook.

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Inside I arranged the recipes in plastic pages with pockets. I like that I will be able to wipe them off if they get grease or sauce splattered on them. I used the same sections I’d had in my box, and made a divider for each section of recipes. I used the frame from the cut file above, and the sweetpea font for the words.

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Silhouette is running a great bundle on the Portrait this month! Use our coupon code STORAGE to get this pricing at checkout! 

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Thank you for stopping by CSI today!

Noelle

 

 

Storage Solution Roundup: Cricut Cartridges

Hello crafty friends! This is Suzanne with a look at Cricut cartridge storage solutions today. There are so many options out there to neatly store your overflowing stock of cartridges. Some of those solutions are ready-to-go binders and bins specifically made for the cartridges. However, if you are looking for a little Do-It-Yourself project, or to save some money on storage, I have some crafty resources for you that I came across while searching the web. Hopefully you will get some inspiration from a couple of them to make your own storage!

The first storage solution utilizes two boxes: one for the cartridges and an additional box for the manuals. For the cartridges, empty baby food containers were hot glued together to fit perfectly inside the box! Each container holds 4 Cricut cartridges, for ample storage. The manuals are stored separately and are categorized by alphabet.

 

For clear container storage, this ingenious solution uses clear boxes meant for ribbon, and some pre-cut and fit plastic canvas. The cartridges and tools are stored in one box, and the bulky manuals are stored in another.

 

This clear storage box holds small, labeled containers with the name of each Cricut cartridge. This system would make it so easy to return your cartridges to the proper spot for maximum organization!

 

These Cricut items are individually sealed in clear zipper bags and then all stored inside of an acrylic container meant for sweaters! With the clear storage and labels, this is also an easy way to stay organized.

 

So, what about the original Cricut boxes? From the majority of blogs that I have read, most crafters tend to keep the boxes that their cartridges come in and store them elsewhere.  Or, there is always the option of storing the boxes and cartridges in the same area. If you notice in the picture below, the boxes are all neatly lined up on the shelf, but there is a small container of cartridges on the bottom shelf that have been re-stored. Perhaps these are the most used cartridges that need to be accessed quickly and efficiently, or taken to on-the-go crops.

 

Although these are all great Cricut cartridge storage options, the trick is finding a solution that works for you. Depending on how many cartridges you own, the choice may be clear!

 

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Marker Storage

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Hi everyone, it’s Sharon here from the UK and I’m delighted to be writing my first post for Craft Storage Ideas.

 

I regularly use Promarkers in my crafting, and was really keen to find a good storage solution for them. I looked at lots of different ideas; Letraset (the company that make Promarkers), sell wallets to store them in, but I didn’t want to be grappling round with various wallets trying to find the colour I wanted.   I needed something that would store my pens right next to my workspace, and have the colours clearly visible.

 

A lot of people have come up with homemade solutions using DVD storage or boxes with cardboard dividers, but I wanted something a bit more streamlined and neat.   I even looked into designing my own solution and having it manufactured, but the production costs were pretty high.

 

Thankfully while I was searching Crafters Companion brought out these trays – you can stack them horizontally or vertically so they will fit into almost any space. They can be wall mounted or sitting on your desk space. It’s easy to add additional trays (each one holds 12 pens) as your collection grows. Each compartment will fit a pen up to 17mm, so the trays work for most popular brands of pen – Copics, Promarkers, Spectrum Noirs, Tria markers and Flexmarkers.

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Although I mostly use Promarkers I do have a selection of other brands, but you can see they all fit nicely – and look neat and tidy with this system. Here’s how they look in my craft room:

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As you can see, I’ve got some free space for new pens!

 

Another solution I really like are the Color Cubbies from Studio3 solutions.  I think these are great for use with Copics and Spectrum Noirs as the colour numbering is visible, but with Promarkers, I wanted a solution where each pen was in an individual slot.

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If you don’t have a ton of pens, and want to have them on your desk ready to use, then a cheap solution is to search online for test tube holders.   Most are the perfect size for pen storage and come in a variety of colours and sizes.

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Thanks for stopping by Craft Storage Ideas!

Sharon

 

 

 

 

Storage Solutions Roundup: Using tension rods for flexible storage

Hello crafty storage mavens! It’s Noelle stopping in today with a great idea for you.

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P1160085 I do design work for a stamp company called The Cat’s Pajamas, and am lucky enough to get a nice discount on all the things I don’t get for free (thank you, sweet Alma!) and a few months back I purchased a whole LOT of beautiful Divine Twine in pretty colors. I love that stuff, I really do use it for a ton of things, and I love that I don’t worry about  running out with the big spools. I just had it sitting on my shelf, though, and I wanted to hang it somewhere that I could access it a bit easier.

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Well, the more I thought on it, I figured there had to be other folks out there who had made some cool storage solutions with tension rods. They are cheap (particularly if you pick them up used!), and come in a myriad of lengths!

Here’s a few that I found:

 

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Sew Many Ways: Tension rods between table legs.

 

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Midwest Living: Easy Organizing Solutions for Every Room Beautiful storage for large papers and ribbons! You could also store large cuts of fabric this way!

 

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Yahoo Homes: 10 Ways to Store Kitchen Necessities I realize these are cutting boards, but wouldn’t this work just as well for Silhouette cutting mats, 12″ stacks of paper, or stamp sets?

Thanks so much for stopping by! Don’t forget, we have an awesome giveaway going on right now from Organize More! To comment to win, go to the previous post and chat us up a bit! :)

Have a fabulous day,

Noelle

Storage Solution Roundup: Washi Tape

It’s Cicily and I’m sharing a few Washi Tape storage ideas. Yes, I know, more Washi Tape. But really can you ever have too much? I didn’t think so! So I’m thinking you can’t ever have enough storage solutions either.

Actually I wanted to share Laura Vega’s new take on how she stores her Washi Tape. We featured her room HERE and I highly suggest you check it out.

On to the Washi Tape.

Laura needed a way to organize her tapes by Brand and came up with this solution after she had organized them for a class using large binder rings. With lots of left over rings, she realized this was the perfect solution for dilemma!

She labeled them with vellum tags and keeps them in a pretty  basket.

 

 

I also have another solution for you. I love this idea. Kimberley of  A Night Owl Blog used a spool thread holder she snagged at Goodwill for her ever-growing washi stash!

 

 

Want to see more Washi Tape solutions? Just search “washi” on our blog or check out CSI on Pinterest.

 

Cicily

Clean up your desk using recycled items.

Hello to all my fellow craft storage enthusiasts.  Once again, Hazel all the way from down under Sunny South Africa. Ever once in a while we get an assignment  “choose a topic”and I’ve decided that mine will be reuse, recycle and repurpose ………………. FOREVER!!!

In South Africa households don’t formally recycle (YES, we don’t!!!!!) so for the past 10 years I’ve been PAYING someone to pick up my recycling and he has a group of unemployed workers who sort and get paid for my unwanted stuff. About 5 years ago someone said to me:  “when it all this going to stop?  I thought you would have given up long ago”.  And I said: ” NEVER”. It is my duty and privilege to recycle because I want to leave the world a better place.  My whole family joined in the fun. It’s worth your while to see how my boys party – HUGE containers for recycling everywhere because they know, if anything ends up in the garbage, I’ll have them sort the lot.

I totally hate an untidy  desk,  so I thought I’d  see what Blogland has to offer to clean up your workspace using recycled goods. Ready, let’s GO!

We all have tins and this stationary carousel is to die for:

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And who doesn’t like jars?

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What about desk bags? Recycle some left over pieces of fabric or repurpose an old garment.

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I use this idea all the time  and it triples up your desk space if all the unneeded items can be stored within reach but not on your counter top. Here you can see my system.

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Use the pockets from all your fave denim garments.  The post shows you how.  I think it would be a great addition to a hallway – to keep your keys, glasses and cell phone out of sight but on hand.  Watch out denim ……………………………. I’m collecting pockets!!!

What about tissue holders? Not only for your stationary but also for storing cables!

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I love to repurpose an old item. Especially a wooden piece.  If I can get my hands on this one …………………………………  LOVE it! And just think about it – you can add 5 more storeys to your desk.

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OK and now my wild card ……………………….. an old telephone directory!

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That’s it!!! My gift to you and mother earth ………………………. recycle, reuse and repurpose those unwanted items to make everyday life a bit easier. I hope you have enjoyed my tour around Blogland. Please leave some comments – I love to hear and see what you do.

Until next time. Have fun storing your crafts!

Hazel

New Stamp/Die Storage

Hi there all you crafty storage mavens! It’s Noelle popping in today with a peek at my new unmounted stamp and die storage. I am so excited to share this with you! I have missed you, I am starting a new job and cutting back on all my commitments right now. Dear Rebecca has asked me to stay on as Contributor, but I am only posting when I can (Contributor-At-Large?). Thanks Rebecca! I love posting here, so I’m glad to still be able to pop by occasionally. :)

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Last week, I was chatting with some other designers about keeping it fresh and someone brought up that reorganizing their stash helps them clean out the old gear, see what they have, and inspire that creative “zip” once more. What say you, dear readers? Do you feel that some reorganizing can light up that creative fire under you? I have been struggling with some “stamper’s block” over these last weeks. Just SO much going on, and when I have time to stamp I have no idea where to start. I know that in the past, reorganizing and cleaning has helped me a lot! So, I decided to tackle a project that’s been on my mind for a while now.

I had read Jennifer McGuire’s article on how she stores her stamps. I decided to look around for a similar method for mine. I didn’t want a letter sized binder or something that when open was going to take up a lot of precious “flat space real estate” on my small desk. I have so many different kinds of stamps; acrylic, photopolymer, and cling rubber. All are from dozens of different manufacturers. Plus, the sets I have range from a tiny single stamp to large sets that might include 30 or more stamps on a 10” sheet. So, I figured that mine might not be quite as pretty as her photos show. I knew I would definitely need different sizes of pockets but still loved the idea of being able to quickly flip through them.

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I ended up going with some CD sleeves from Office Max that are similar to these (see photo below for the exact ones I used) for the smaller ones which covered the bulk of my stamps. They don’t have the ones I bought online, however. These sleeves have a clear plastic CD pocket on either side of the sleeve, and some white fabric-y stuff in the middle. They were 10.99 for a pack of 50. At 21 cents a piece, that’s a pretty affordable solution! I ended up buying 4 packs of these with some leftover sleeves for the future. You may not have the stamp multiplying problem that I have and may not need nearly as many! ;) I’m grateful for the crafty design work I do, because it means I get a lot of fun free stuff in the mail.

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Since I did this, I’ve seen the CD sleeves even cheaper (I believe the link I sent you to shows them cheaper), but it was a side load sleeve, meaning that seam that I ended up using for the labels would be on the side of the sleeve, not the top if you stored them so the pocket opening is at the top. If I had started out that way I wouldn’t have minded, but since I was already 70% of the way done when I had to buy more, I decided to stick with the original ones I had already purchased.

For the medium and large pockets I got these plastic pockets from Office Depot in 4×6 and 5×8 sizes. I have heard great things about the Avery Elle Stamp Storage Pockets too. But I had a lot of sets that were 8” tall, and I did not want them to stick out the top of the pockets. The ones I got are a bit more expensive that the Avery Elle ones, coming in at about 49-59 cents a piece. But I like that I can pick them up at the local office store, and they are really nice heavy plastic, with a notch at the top so you can easily pull the set out. I think I ended up buying 40 4×6 pockets and 60 5×8 pockets, which added up quickly. Can you say cha-ching? ;) Throw in 4 rolls of label tape for my label maker, and this was not the cheapest project. But I love it SO much, that the cost was worth it for me. You could also do something like this buying a pack or 2 of pockets every week until you had as many as you needed to keep your budget on track.

One thing I decided to change from my former storage solutions was that I opted to store the stamps and dies together this time. I used to keep stamps and dies separate, with stamps in their original packaging in these metal tubs (see 1st pic below). The small ones always fell to the bottom, and inevitably the cello packaging would tear. Some of my dies were on magnetic cards, but the cards would tangle, and the small dies tended to fall off. In many cases, I ended up slipping the magnetic card right into one of these pockets, so my cards are still valuable.

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A few of the sets were too large even for the 5×8 pockets. A few sets got cut in half and fit into the pocket anyway as to keep with their original manufacturers . The rest of the random large sets went into my Tim Holtz Unmounted Stamp Binder. They fit perfectly!

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I now have everything arranged by manufacturer, so all my Paper Smooches dies are with my Paper Smooches stamps, etc. If there was a coordinating die and stamp set, I included the die in the sleeve with the stamps. On these CD sleeves, I actually could use the pocket on the backside of the sleeve, but on the larger sets with dies, I just dropped the die/s in with the set. I have these arranged mostly alphabetically by manufacturer. But, The Cat’s Pajamas product took up two entire baskets! Since I design for them, I have almost everything they make, so they get their own 2 baskets.

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I used my own shorthand to label the manufacturer, so “TCP” is The Cat’s Pajamas, “PS” is Paper Smooches and so on. I know what each one is, so it’s all good. I labeled each one with the manufacturer shorthand and the set or die’s name. This way when I’m linking readers up to specific stamp sets, I have the right set name to find the link quickly.

One way to save space and money on this project is to put two single stamps or mini sets into one pocket together. I utilized this a lot. If there was a contact card, I sometimes put the card in the front pocket and the stamps in the back pocket.

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One place I saved a little coin was on the containers. I found these blue baskets at my local Dollar Tree, so they were only a buck each. I can honestly not believe I got all these stamps and dies into 6 baskets. 238 stamp sets, plus dozens of dies. It saved a lot of space in my studio and each basket takes up only a small amount of room on my desk when I pull them out to flip through. The baskets also work nicely for my 6″ paper pads, so I used the two I had leftover for that. They also fit perfectly on my shelves. that was a happy accident, since I didn’t measure. But I love that they don’t overhang the shelf. :) After much debate, I kept my Stampin’ Up stamps in their original containers, as I wasn’t interested in “un-mounting” the wood stamps. Their cling stamps come in nice cases already. I may eventually move the Stampin’ Up! cling stamps to this kind of storage, I am still on the fence about that.

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All in all, I am LOVING this, I can see so much better what I have, and it’s much easier to find what I’m looking for. I also love having things arranged by manufacturer, and keeping dies with coordinating stamps in the same pocket has been wonderful. I hope this helps you “stash your stash” a bit better today.

Hugs!

Noelle