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.

P1210500-imp I recently purchased a used ink pad organizer that rotates. I used to use this vintage train case to hold my ink pads, but the one issue I had was that without individual shelves, if I pulled out a lower pad, then they all dropped and sometimes spilled all over my desk. So, when I saw the used organizer for sale, I figured it was a good bet. But then I had this (IMO) uber-cool vintage piece that was not being used! :(

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.

P1210503-imp One day, the proverbial light bulb went on, and I wondered if I could use mini tension rods in the train case to hang up my twine! I went to Bed Bath & Beyond with a stack of 20% coupons in hand (they really do have the most generous coupon policy I’ve ever seen, they take multiple coupons, expired coupons, etc. SO cool!) and I picked up several packs of these tiny rods and took them home. I was able to take off the end caps to slide on my twine spools, and….. Voila!

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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

Storage Solution Roundup: Embossing Folders

Hello CSI fans! It’s Cicily with a Storage Solution Roundup for you today. I’m not sure how many of you are like me, but I am a hoarder collector of things, especially everything scrapbooking.  Sometimes knowing that is a good thing and it keeps me from starting a collection. Case in point, I held off on buying and using washi tape. For whatever reason I finally caved, probably cause it’s just so darn cute, and within a short amount of time I had an obscene number of washi rolls! See my collection and storage solution here.

It was somewhat the same with Embossing folders. I’ve yet to figure a storage solution so I’m doing today’s roundup not only for you our loyal followers but also for me to get some ideas.

The first idea is from Karli of Crafting with Class.  She used a recipe box for those smaller embossing folders.

Here’s a really cute double box with a SVG file and tutorial from Bits of Paper.

How about a Clip it Up Wall Mount above your embossing machine and hanging your folders! Great idea from Natasha of Moments of Tranquility.

Or a binder with top loading recipe card holders? This was Jane’s idea from MilliesMarvels. She said the cuttlebug fit perfectly, but the sizzix are a tight squeeze.

Here’s a ready-made solution from Consumer Crafts. It holds 40 embossing folders!

Now I have too many choices to choose from! I’d love to hear or see how you organize your folders. Leave a comment and let me know.

Cicily

Storage Solution Round Up

Hello crafty friends, seems like forever since I’ve been here!  Pneumonia has set me back for few weeks. As I am gradually getting back into the swing of things I was browsing through the new Pottery Barn catalog and came across a great storage system. It’s called  Gabrielle Organization and features a wonderful peg system (available in Espresso Stain or Modern White) with a series of storage and organization options. They didn’t offer any craft room or art studio photos in the catalog, but it would certainly work well in one!! Take a look at these photos of the system in use and you’ll see what I mean.

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Isn’t this a pretty pantry! But what super craft storage this would be. The large wire tier cubes to the right would be fabulous for cardstock storage!

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Here’s a neat and tidy office that would suit space over a craft table very well. I am quite smitten with those pretty wicker baskets!

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The straps on these larger items are a brilliant idea. I can see pretty wrapping or art papers on this drying rack and jars of button, twines and washi tape on the shelves.

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This item was pictured in a garden shed unit. But wouldn’t punches look extra cute in those pockets ~ swoon!

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I think these darling buckets are my favorite. They would accommodate a variety of tools or make color coordinating your markers breeze!

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Chalkboards, pin boards and white boards for your notes, sample and to do lists!

Check out this Pottery Barn link for more details on the system and the options of storage vessels. So happy you could spend some time with us here today, we appreciate you!

Lisa

Storage Solution Roundup: Thread it up!

Hallo, it’s Hazel all the way from Sunny South Africa here to share with you how to store your thread.  I’ve got a scientific degree and therefore arrange everything according to the colors of the rainbow.  If you do that with thread it can become quite a work of art BUT today we will keep to storage solutions.

Just a quick warning – my friend Pinterest could not supply me with enough ideas so I befriended Flickr.  The down side is that most of the ideas only have pictures attached and no links to blogs.  Still, I think you will enjoy the tour!

Let’s start with the plastics – clean, neat and see through!

A trolley:

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Hop over to Stitched by Me to read the whole post. When she moved house, she had to cut her “behind the door storage unit”  in half just to move again and to put it back together again!! You can find a picture here.

Plastic drawers:

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Plastic boxes:

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These are from Target and from the same Flickr member came this brilliant idea: keep your matching spools and thread together by using pipe cleaners. See it here.

Plastic CD storage bags:

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Mount it on the wall:

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Need a whole cupboard??  This one was custom made for China Marks. Read all about it here.

 

What about some wood?

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Drawers:

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And for my vintage enthusiasts: a Printers tray:

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That’s it, some storage ideas for your thread.  If you want to make your own, here is a tutorial and if you want to buy, I came upon this one which looks like fun.  In the end it doesn’t matter what you use – the idea is to arrange your stash so that you can easily get hold of what you need.

If you want to see how I arrange mine, you can hop over to my blog and see for yourself. I’m a no dust, no fuss kind of girl so I used containers from the local hardware store. Just click here.

I loved talking to you today. Thanks for visiting Craft Storage Ideas and please check back as my fellow contributors and I have lots and lots and lots more to share. Have a lovely day!

Hazel

Storage Solution Roundup: Gift Wrap Supplies

I think it’s an unwritten code that if you are a crafter, then we love to use our crafting skills for gift giving and unique gift wrapping.  And it’s fitting, as the holiday’s are quickly approaching, to get your gift wrap in order!

I love this over-the-door solution.

Bar stool turned rolling-gift wrapping station. Full tutorial (follow the link from the picture)

Dresser re-purposed as a  gift wrapping station!

I found so many ideas, but I thought these were clever and practical.

Cicily

Color Me Happy!

Hello friends, Lisa here once again! My assignment for this post was “Pick a Topic” ~ what to do ,what to do!! I went back to me childhood days and have some cute ideas for storing or displaying crayons. I have loved to color ever since I could hold a crayon. Perhaps that’s why I enjoy stamping and card making. In fact I think I would probably still enjoy a coloring book and a box of new Crayolas! Have a look at the fun options I found on Pinterest. These would be perfect for little ones at home or in a classroom.

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This inexpensive Lucite box is a great option for a more modern storage unit. Putting many boxes together for assorted craft supplies is a great organizational idea!

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Can you guess what this started out as? It’s a loaf pan!  It’s been painted and wooden legs have been added. Cute and kind of shabby chic from the Northern cottage!

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From shabby chic to outer space, isn’t he a fun little fella! This is a simple pickle jar with a fresh coat of paint on the lid. A cute portable optional and easy to personalize for the kiddos.

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 Isn’t this idea from Daisy Mae Belle stylish for a simple wooden box!

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Talk about farmhouse chic ~ simple clay pots in a wire basket as found on Miss Mustard Seed!

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These pails from Simply Sprout with their chalkboard labels are trendy as well as handy!

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This idea from Flexible Dreams is a perfect example of color coordinating your storage vessel!

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And finally a pretty jar full of crayons to be used or to simply be a fond reminder of our youth!

I think I need one of these!!

Lisa