Create a wrapping station

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Falalalalalalalala……. Happy Holidays, all!

Hi friends! It’s Noelle here today with a quick tip! I was SO very excited for wrapping presents this holiday season. I am a weirdo who enjoys buying and wrapping gifts, but for the last 8 years or so, I have wrapped presents on my very “glamorous” bedroom floor (not!).

Yes, amidst the latest baskets of clean laundry and dropped legos, I would sit, legs cramping, kept losing my tape, my pens, etc. Ugh! I was so very glad when I realized that THIS YEAR, due to my “new” (redesigned) craft room I had a lovely big flat standing height table to work on. Aaaaah. Such a relief for my poor back! ;)

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So, I decided the easiest thing to do would be to bring all my supplies into the room and leave them there. Usually, I store my wrapping stuff in underbed storage boxes. I found this tall basket in my basement gathering dust and decided it would be perfect for holding gift wrap and bags.

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I also found another divided basket in my basement, and I used it to store tags, twine, pens, scissors, and tape.

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Maybe you can create a wrapping station somewhere in your home, too! We wish you a Very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa, and Festivus from all of us at CSI! We will be back after the holidays with more great storage ideas! :)

Also, don’t forget, we are accepting applications for our Contributor Team! More details are RIGHT HERE! 

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Noelle

Christmas Craft Season is Here!

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WE ARE HAVING A CONTRIBUTOR CALL!!

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Craft Storage Ideas is having a Contributor Call!

 

Calling all crafters, knitters, artists, seamstresses & photographers!

 

Do you have great ideas about organizing your craft room/studio?

 

Do you love sharing those ideas with others?

 

Is creative storage a passion for you?

 

Would you like to have fun, great exposure, and be part of a fantastic contributor team?

 

If so, then please apply for our Contributor Call. We are seeking artists, crafters, and more to share their own ideas & find fresh new ones.

 

Requirements:

Must have an active personal blog about crafting, design, or art. We are seeking all different kinds of creative artists, so please don’t shy away if you’re not a paper crafter!

 

Must be able to commit to writing 2-3 posts a month for a 6 month term (January 2015 – June 2015).

 

Interested?

 

Send us an email at craftstorageideas@yahoo.com

 

Please include the following information:

Name

Email

Telephone

Mailing Address

Blog URL

Flickr account (if you have one-not required)

Plus links to any other sites you design for or are a Contributor for.

 

Then, tell us a little about yourself!

 

We would also like to know why you want to be a Contributor for CSI, and tell us what would be the title and a short synopsis of your first post for us.

 

We look forward to hearing from you!

Noelle and Shelley

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Washi Tape Dispenser Review by Sharon, and Show Us ***YOUR*** Happy Place-Week 3!

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Welcome to Week 3 of our “Show Us Your Happy Place” promotion!

Here is a great product review by Sharon. :)

Hi everyone, it’s Sharon here today to share with you my product review from Recollections.  I was sent one Washi Tape Dispenser set and a pack of Crafting Tape to try.

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Firstly, I like the white finish of the dispenser. I have mostly white furniture in my craft room, and this will sit on my desk next to my white rotating carousel unit, so it fits in perfectly. You could very easily paint this to tie in with your colour scheme though if you wanted to. However, the thing that I like most about this unit is the fact that you can add to it. There are holes at the top and bottom so that you can slot another unit on top as your collection grows – and as they stack on top of each other, the unit wouldn’t take up any more desk space. I’ve made the mistake before of buying storage solutions that I’ve outgrown and had to totally replace with something different, so this is a huge plus for me.

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I don’t actually have a huge collection of washi tape yet, (but I’m sure it won’t be long before I’m buying another one of these as I am seeing a lot of nice washi tape projects at the moment). Here’s how the unit looks now I’ve filled it up – as you can see, I can probably get another 3 or 4 rolls on before I need to get another unit.   I really love the bright, zingy colours of the Recollections washi tape and I already have plans to use some of this to liven up my planner pages.

I’m really impressed with this tape storage, and will definitely be adding to it as my collection of tapes grows.

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Now, since you’ve read the review by our fantastic Sharon, you can link up YOUR happy place at the bottom of the post from now until Thursday afternoon (October 23). The winner for this week will receive an identical washi tape dispenser & crafting tape set of their very own!

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. If you don’t have a blog, you may link to a photo of yours on a photo sharing site, such as Flickr or to a photo of yours in a forum, such as Splicoaststampers. You may not share photos that belong to other artists.

 

  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 may win, but if you don’t email us within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

**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 24, 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! Also, please feel free to enter again this week if you entered in past weeks and didn’t win! We have LOVED all the spaces we’ve seen-so, don’t be shy! :)

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Noelle

 

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Silhouette vintage window project and new machine + a sale!

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Hi there friends! I am just swinging in today with a few tidbits of news from Silhouette America, and I also wanted to show you a project I recently finished with my Silhouette Cameo. :) The image above shows the GREAT promo they are running on the Silhouette Portrait right now. All the benefits of the big machine in a smaller size makes the price small as well! The bundle includes: a Portrait machine, 1 pack of Printable Gold Foil, 1 pack of Printable Silver Foil, 1 pack of Vellum and 1 grey dust cover. Just use our coupon code STORAGE at checkout for this deal! 
Here is the project I just finished with my Cameo. Last summer we were at my in-laws house and ended up in their basement. I noticed my MIL had two cool old windows stashed in the corner. She said she’d meant to use them for years, but never got around to doing anything with them, and if I wanted them I could take them home! Old windows are getting harder and harder to come by thanks to our good buddy Pinterest. ;) So I was thrilled (and so was my FIL! He got junk out of his basement! Of course my hubby put it into ours, so he was less than enthused, LOL).

So, with the old window this was really easy. I had the photos we had taken last Fall of our family printed out into 5×7 sizes. I cut scrapbook paper for the backgrounds and matted the pics with solid colored card stock. Each panel was like a little mini scrapbook page-super fun! :)

After all that was done, I cut this file with vinyl on my Silhouette, along with my boys names using this font. Vinyl works beautifully on glass, and I love the way the Silhouette cuts these gorgeous detailed images so perfectly. It makes projects like these a breeze.

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Now, I just need to get some heavy duty picture hangers to put on the back of this, then I can put it up on the wall. :)

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Also, DON’T FORGET! Beginning on the 22nd you will be able to get the NEW Silhouette Cameo  at Silhouette America! For the first week, it will ONLY be available on the site and not in stores! :) Thanks for stopping by CSI. Have a great day! :)

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Show Us Your Happy Place: Giveaway/Random Drawing #3

Welcome to Craft Storage Ideas! Today, simply comment to win a 9″ Silver roll of adhesive vinyl by Silhouette America! Screen Shot 2014-10-12 at 10.00.29 PM But first, please read our rules!

 

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 may enter.

 

  1. You may enter your room (on Mondays) 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. Not required but we would LOVE it if you’d share our graphic above on your blog or Pinterest boards!

 

4.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 may 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.

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

 

****If you are wanting to link up your room to “Show Us Your Happy Place” this week, that post is right here. ****

Thank you for playing! And, thanks for stopping by our site. :)

Noelle

Show Us Your Happy Place WINNERS from linkup and Random Giveaway!

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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! The first winner of our random drawing for the teal Silhouette Cameo cover is RandellynB who said:

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Randellyn, you do not have an email address attached to your comment. Please email us at craftstorageideas@yahoo.com with your mailing address. If I do not hear from Randellyn by Sunday evening, (the 12th) I will have to draw another winner.

And the winner of our FIRST EVER LINK PARTY is Dawn!  Dawn showed us her happy place and it is awesome! Here are a few photos, but you should definitely visit her blog, she has a whole video tour of her craft room right here! Dawn, please email us at craftstorageideas@yahoo.com with your mailing address so we can send you your roll of chalkboard vinyl.

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I love these custom blending blocks Dawn’s husband made for her, she has them all labeled and stored with her ink pads.

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Dawn’s stamp storage.

Thank you for stopping by Craft Storage Ideas today! Next Monday we will begin our second link party for this month! If you linked this week and did not win, you are more than welcome to link again. We loved all the spaces we saw! Thanks and have a fantastic weekend! :)

Noelle

Show Us Your Happy Place: GIVEAWAY/Random Drawing #2!

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Welcome to Craft Storage Ideas! Today, Simply comment to win a TEAL Silhouette Cameo dust cover by Silhouette America!  But first, please read our rules!

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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 may enter.

 

  1. You may enter your room (on Mondays) 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. Not required but we would LOVE it if you’d share our graphic above on your blog or Pinterest boards!
  2. 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.

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

 

****If you are wanting to link up your room to “Show Us Your Happy Place” this week, that post is right here. ****

Thank you for playing! And, thanks for stopping by our site. :)

Noelle

Shelley

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

 

Shelley

 

Noelle