Spring Blog Hop Day Three

Happy Wednesday!  We’ve got lots of fun announcements today!  First, our giveaway today is a Adjustable Shelf Organizer (in white) from our blog hop sponsor  OrganizeMore!  They have been so generous with us!  And there are more prizes as the week goes on!

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To enter the giveaway, use the Rafflecopter below!

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And just in case you haven’t visited all of our blog hop participant blogs yet, here’s the list!

Rebecca - Scrapista

Lisa - My Paper Tales

Hazel - Play As You Go

Laura - Laura’s Crafty Life

Noelle - Paper & Ice

Cicily - Pink Dalmatian Scrapper

 

And now – here are our winners from Day 1 and Day 2!  Ladies, please send me an email with your mailing address at craftstorageideas {at} yahoo.com!

Day 1 Winner

Day 2 Winner

Our newest sponsor and a big announcement!

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I’m thrilled to announce our newest sponsor, OrganizeMore!  OrganizeMore is a family business started in 2007 – here’s a little bit more information, directly from Mike & Chrissi!

Chrissi’s need for storage solutions prompted us to experiment with organizers for her products. After getting numerous requests from friends, we decided to list a few items on Ebay and they literally sold overnight! OrganizeMore was born.

 From the start, we commited to take the extra time to completely finish our organizers so a customer will receive a really clean and cute product right out of the box. We offer nine cheerful colors to compliment any craft space. The organizers are lightweight, durable, and easy to clean.
 
What was a part-time income for years has now become a full-time venture. We are excited as we move into the next phase of hiring employees! We are preparing to offer many new products in the very near future as well as continue to offer giveaways thru our Facebook page and other social media avenues. We are so thankful to all who support us!
 
I can’t wait for all of you to see more of their products!  And you have the opportunity….because…we are giving away THREE of their fantastic pieces next week during the:
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Yep – that’s right!  We are having a blog hop.  And there will be prizes!  I can’t wait for Monday!

Daring DIY: Repurposed Storage Box

Today I am bringing you a very practical, economical and pretty daring DIY. How many times do you toss out old boxes? Once you see these pretty boxes, you are going to want to hoard hold on to your extra boxes. Simply cover the boxes with pretty paper and you have customized, beautiful drawer storage. And who can’t use more of that?

Rebecca at Soap Deli News Blog did just that! She used pretty scrapbook paper to cover all of her boxes as well as the larger box she recovered. You don’t even need drawer space to make this fun project work! You could also cover your boxes with wrapping paper, contact paper, or vinyl.

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I love that the small size boxes perfectly house her washi tape collection and you can easily see all of them.

Head over to Soap Deli News Blog to check out the full instructions.

Laura

Guest Contributor {Gluesticks}

We are so happy to welcome Brandy from Gluesticks!

_MG_4900Brandy is a  mother of four and the wife to a member of the US Coast Guard. Having grown up with creative influences around her, she developed a love and appreciation for all things homemade. Every woman needs an outlet and Gluesticks is hers. On Gluesticks you will find crafts, recipes, kids activities and step by step tutorials for every skill level.

Let’s give her a warm welcome!

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Welcome to my home office/craft room/guest room. Yep, it has a lot of functions.
Originally this room was going to be our guest room. Complete with a full size bed and everything my grandmother would need when she came to stay with us on occasion, but then we realized that we don’t have family come see us often, so I decided to not buy a bed, but create a space with room for a queen size air mattress when needed. I placed the furniture against the walls and will pull out the ottoman box under the window when we use the Aerobed air mattress. There is plenty of clearance in front and space in front of the closet and walking space around the sides. It isn’t a very roomy guest room, but we had to maximize the functions and prioritize in this small space.
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1. What kind of budget did you have when organizing your space?
I didn’t set a budget for this project because I am pretty frugal to begin with. My room is a mixture of old and new. Re-purposed and purchased. The sewing machine stand and printer stand were both headed to the trash when I decided to give them another life. You can find details on that project here.
Most of the accessories were purchased from IKEA and Pick Your Plum. The white bookshelf is also from IKEA.
The crowning jewel of my room is my Craft Box. The Original Scrapbox is a sponsor of Gluesticks and so I worked out a deal with them with cross promotion.
These strategies kept the cost for my room to a minimum.
2. What was your greatest challenge?
My greatest challenge was storing all of my creative supplies AND still being able to have room for a guest bed, when necessary.
The solution to that challenge was been my Craft Box . It has solved so many organizational issues for me! Not only is it a beautiful piece of furniture, it transforms into a home office/craft space with just a few clicks. You can see a full video tour of my room and my Craft Box here!
I can store all of my sewing notions and supplies as well as my craft necessities.
When I am not crafting or sewing, I can use my table for my home office. When I’m done, I close it all off and it looks like a beautiful armoire. Stay tuned for more details on my Craft Box and a it’s functionality. It is simply extraordinary.
3. Are you a “organize it once” kind of girl, or are your storage solutions constantly evolving?
My storage solutions are constantly evolving. My craft box will not evolve. It’s functions will remain the same. However, This storage cube came from IKEA, along with the boxes. These are great because they are inexpensive (2 for $10), large, and hold my fabric! BUT…as the months have passed (and it’s been a year since I decorated this room) I am realizing that I am accumulating way too much fabric. I am going to have to either buy more boxes and take over the rest of the cubes and maybe the top of the book case as well, or come up with another organizational solution for my fabric.
4. What is one thing you’d like to improve about your storage/organization?
I would love to improve the storage area for my kid’s craft supplies. They have almost as much as I do! They also have taken over my craft box, as seen here. Ha! Do your kids do this too? A lot of their supplies are in boxes in the closet and are easily forgotten. I pull them out and rotate them in a basket on their craft table every so often, but I would love for the kids to be able to access them easier. I am working on this!

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Don’t you love her space?  And I really like seeing a craft box in action!  What was your favorite part of Brandy’s room?  Show her some love!  And don’t forget to visit here Gluesticks!

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

Happy Thanksgiving and a Sale!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our American readers!  Everyone here at Craft Storage Ideas hopes you are spending the day wrapped in the love of your family and friends!

Of course we all know what follows Thanksgiving, right?  Shopping.  And Silhouette’s holiday sale is going to knock your socks off!

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Here’s a recap of the specials available.

(1)          A Silhouette CAMEO®, Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition Software, a dust cover (the color is decided by Silhouette), a $25 download card, a hook, a scraper, a spatula, and a pick-me-up® tool for $229.99. Retail price for all of this would total $406.93 (over 40% savings!)

(2)          A Silhouette Portrait®, Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition Software, a dust cover (the color is decided by Silhouette), a $25 download card, a hook, a scraper, a spatula, and a pick-me-up® tool for $129.99. Retail price for all of this would total $286.93 (over 40% savings!)

(3)          A Silhouette CAMEO®, a Silhouette Portrait®, and two $25 download cards for $299.99. That’s right: If you buy a Silhouette CAMEO® at full price, you get two $25 download cards and a Silhouette Portrait® ABSOLUTELY FREE! Retail price for all of this would be $406.93 (over 40% savings!)

(4)          40% off consumable products at silhouetteamerica.com. This excludes machines, subscriptions, download and gift cards. Cannot be combined with any other offers. Rain checks not available.

(5)          FREE SHIPPING on orders over $25.

This is THE biggest sale Silhouette has ever had!  To take advantage of the offer, just click here and enter STORAGE in the promo code box!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What You Told Us…and a Winner!

Thank you to everyone who commented on our giveaway.  Here’s what you told us:


Watch for upcoming posts talking about these dilemmas!

And the winner of the Close to My Heart organizer from Dr. Phil Scraps is…Kelly Sas!  Congratulations!  Please email your mailing address to craftstorageideas {at} yahoo {dot} com!

Many, Many Ways with Binder Rings

Hallo to all the crafters looking at Craft Storage Ideas today.  Once again, it’s Hazel from Sunny South Africa and today we will have a look at what can be done with binder rings.  Yes, the little things most crafters have in their stash and only use to bind books.  I love the colored ones – little gems in disguise and after you have read this post, I hope you will agree with me.

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And my fellow scrappers. What about keeping all your Christmas and Post cards together or your Addresses and phone numbers?

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And what about a DIY “clip it up”? Use plastic bags and binder rings!  Monika Wright keeps track of her washi tape with big binder rings.

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This is what I need to sort out my bin with embroidery thread!

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Talking about sorting out.  My ribbon stash can do with a makeover as well!

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And for our quilling friends:

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On the right is packaging that you want to keep on a binder ring.  I do this with my die cuts and stamps and it really works.  Sometimes I just page through them to get inspired by my own stash.

I always try to find alternative uses for my stash and my storage items and this is what I came up with:

Keep all your planting instructions and paint samples in one place.  Never again would you be guessing about what went where.

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Scarves neat and tidy and ready to go:

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And on the right – a “blind” for your window!  This is a great idea for turning photo art into a wall hanging.

And what about keeping your cookie cutters in sets? If you have a lot of store cards and your purse is getting bulkier by the day, put them on a binder ring.

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Finally, something for the kids.  A DIY bracelet and how to use binder rings to store your lego manuals:

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That’s it! Binder rings many, many ways.  I hope you have enjoyed looking at these ideas and if you have some more, PLEASE leave a comment – I would love to see what you do. Until next time. Have fun and craft on.

Hazel

Craft Room Labeling

When you love collecting craft supplies as much as I do, having functional storage solutions is a must. That’s precisely why CSI is such a fun place for me to hang out! If you’ve seen the photos of my craft spaces (I’ve had 3, just not all at the same time!), you know I have tried just about every kind of storage solution there is. That’s why labeling what I have stored and where is so important.

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For the most part, I use my Brother P-Touch label maker for just about everything. One of the things I like best about it is the ability to use different widths of tapes. This allows me to label everything from large drawers to DVD and CD cases. But, that’s not the only type of label I use, and there are so many ideas for labeling our collections, that I thought I’d feature a few I’ve come across.

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Not only are the labels on these magazine holders fun and colorful, I love the extra step they took in decorating the clips that hold them in place! Unfortunately, the link provided for being able to print some of your own seems to be broken. Still, it gives you and idea of something similar you could create using your own printer.

How cute and simple is this idea? Design and function in one label! I’m such a visual person, I could really see this working for me – no pun intended!!!

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The chalkboard look is still very popular in all kinds of decorative and functional purposes. How simple would it be to take some of the chalkboard-type vinyl and make labels? You could even find some, like these on Etsy, that are already cut to size.

 

Here is another cool idea – and someone else has done the hard part for you! The folks at Stampin’ Up! know us crafters all too well…they’ve come up with an adorable product for labeling all of our craft supplies.

As always, we’d love for YOU to share any of the creative ways you’ve come up with to label your things with the rest of us ! ~ Doris

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Independence Week: Free Yourself from Unfinished Projects

In honor of the Fourth of July, our nation’s Independence Day, all of us at Craft Storage Ideas are talking about different ways to “free” ourselves. Today, I would like to talk to you about unfinished projects. Almost all crafters have them. I am not talking about the ones that you are currently working on. I am talking about the ones piled on our desks in the corner, in storage bins and tucked away in boxes. Perhaps you have a quilt top you started, but never got around to putting the back and binding on. Maybe you purchased all the supplies to create a holiday wreath, but never made it. Or maybe you have a scrapbook album with only a few pages completed (ahem, points finger at self!)

Nothing in and of itself is bad about these projects. But when they start to become a burden or take up space, they can really start to place on a drain on your creativity as well as precious real estate space wherever you craft. Personally, I am interested in many crafts. I like to scrapbook, sew, make jewelry, and create home decor accents to name a few. I purchase and store a lot of supplies. Sometimes I will purchase everything to make a new craft and never get around to doing it. When it comes time to create, I feel stuck because I feel like I have so many projects to do and don’t know what to work on. And sometimes I start on a project, realize I don’t have everything I need, and so I will tuck it away until I get around to it again!

So what can we do with all the projects that are not finished? I am going to break it down into manageable steps for you to finally deal with them one and for all!

Step One: Evaluate the current unfinished projects you have.

Take them all out! Spread them out on a table or the floor. I want you to take an honest look at your unfinished projects. Are you really going to finish it? Be honest here. If your project has sat untouched for 6 months to a year (or even longer) there is a good chance you are NOT going to ever finish it.

Step Two: Sort unfinished projects.

Separate your unfinished projects into two piles or boxes – projects you want to complete and ones that you are willing to let go of.

Step Three: Purge projects you are willing to let go of.

Give away: If you have a friend you know would love your crafting supplies, feel free to pass them along. But do not pass along a burden of an unfinished project with a load of guilt. Only pass it along if they say they truly want those supplies. We are not trying to clutter up our friend’s lives!

Sell: You can list those project items for sale on Craigslist or have a yard sale. (If you choose to go this route, set a deadline for when everything has to be gone. After that date, it gets donated or thrown out!)

Donate: You can also donate your supplies or unfinished project to a thrift store. If you have fabric or quilt supplies there may be a nearby group that sews quilts for hospital patients you can donate to. Same thing goes with extra yarn for blankets or baby items.

Throw away: Lastly, you can always just throw it out! The earth conscious side of me hates to do this, but sometimes it really is the best answer!

Step Four: Create a deadline for unfinished projects.

Now, all you should have left are the projects you want to complete. Realistically think about how long the project is going to take you, and whether or not you have time to commit to it at this stage in your life. If you don’t think you can complete it in a reasonable time frame, use step three to purge the project.

Once you have determined the amount of time you think it will take you to finish, schedule it into your calendar. If you need to stay on track, also schedule in blocks of time to work on your project throughout the coming days and weeks. Take stock of any materials you may need to have on hand to complete your project and add them to your shopping list. Schedule in time to research or talk to a friend if you need help with an aspect of your project and aren’t sure how to complete it.

Step Five: Re-evaluate your projects once you reach your deadline.

Once you reach the date you marked off on your calendar, evaluate your progress on your projects. Congratulations if you meet or exceed your deadline! Also, if you are making good progress on a project, but it happens to take longer than you are expecting, go ahead and extend the completion date. However, if the project hasn’t been touched, it is probably time to say goodbye and purge it!

With these simple steps you can clear out your craft room in no time! What tips do you have for making sure your projects get done?

Laura