Something’s Coming…. Something BIG!

Hi friends! I am so soooooo excited to announce today the FUN things we have planned for CSI for the ENTIRE month of October! *squeak* it’s so thrilling!!! :)

We are launching a month long promotion called “Show Us Your Happy Place!” We want to see YOUR awesome craft rooms, art studios, photography spaces, sewing rooms, and MORE! Your room does not have to be a traditional “craft room” OR considered “magazine worthy” to enter any of the 4 week-long contests we are running this month, we are looking for REAL rooms that feature creative and unique storage ideas.

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So, here’s how it works:

Every Monday in October one of our Contributors will review a FABULOUS craft storage related product they have received. At the bottom of the post will be an InLinkz button where you can link us to your blog and show us YOUR room. You will be able to add your space to InLinkz until Thursday at noon (Mountain Time Zone).

Then (beginning a week from this Friday) on Friday mornings in October, we will announce the weekly winner. They will WIN the same product reviewed by our Contributor Team on Monday of that same week. We will also feature their space on that post and what our favorite things were about their room!

So, on Monday, October 6, we will begin our first link party. If you haven’t ever posted about your space on your blog, NOW is the time to get that done! You will have 4 chances to enter your space to win a prize in October.

So, maybe you’re feeling sad because you don’t have a space to share? Or a blog to feature your room on? GUESS WHAT? There’s still opportunities for you to WIN PRIZES every Wednesday.

Yes, every Wednesday in October we will be featuring RANDOM DRAWING GIVEAWAYS as well!

We will actually do our FIRST random winner giveaway this FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3 to kick off this fun party month here at Craft Storage Ideas! The winner will be announced Monday, along with our first review and link up.

We are hoping, wishing, and have our fingers crossed that you will Show Us Your Happy Place in October! :)

Noelle

I’m Not a Craft Hoarder…

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To Purge or Not To Purge…

That is the question! My mess supplies have recently taken over my craft room. Not only do I need to clean and put things away but we’re considering relocating my craft room to an area that’s smaller than I have now. Eeek! I’m actually okay with this and even excited about it. I know if done right I can get a lot of my stuff in this space. Realistically I have too much stuff ( I will deny ever saying that!). That’s where this “P” word comes in…Purge.

So after watching my craft room get messier and messier and my actual work surface disappear, I knew not only do I need to clean but I should really look at purging some supplies along the way. Not sure if I was procrastinating (my middle name), or my long lost organizational gene had surfaced, but I decided to go about this in an orderly manner.

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Now that I have my trash out of the room, and my box ready to be filled with those purged items, how do I decide what to purge?

I wrote down some basic questions that if answered realistically can help you to decide To Purge or Not To Purge.

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I really debated on some of these questions. And ultimately there’s the “Do I Love it?” question that can save some supplies. Of course this isn’t foolproof and if you aren’t in a mental purging place, then no this won’t work. But instead of just guessing which supplies to keep and what to purge, this should help.

Once you purge, you can give the supplies to other crafty friends, sell them or donate them to a school. If they are good supplies, please don’t throw them away. Schools or Rec centers would love to have these supplies.

I’d love to hear your thoughts, suggestions or accomplishments. Happy purging!

Cicily

 

I Too Like to Live Dangerously

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PRODUCT HIGHLIGHT – Curver Rattan style storage boxes

Hi, it’s Sharon today stopping by with a product highlight. I recently saw these plastic storage trays on special offer in my local supermarket and grabbed a couple to see if they’d be useful.   When I got them home I realised they are the perfect size for quite a few crafty things. The ones I have are the small size, but they do have a selection of larger sizes too. They come in black, brown or cream and what I like about them is that they are pretty strong and sturdy, and have really useful handles at each end which means I can grab one easily and take it to my craft desk.

The small size are perfect for 6×6 paper pads as you can see:

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I’ve used one for my envelopes:

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Then I used a couple more to store my card blanks, and finished card samples.

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Here in the UK I picked them up for just £1.50 each in Morrisons so I’m just going to grab a couple each time I go food shopping.   Since I’m in the process of building a new craft space I thought I’d find some shelving solution that works for them when I start planning the furniture.  Curver are an international company so I’m pretty sure you’ll be able to find them wherever you are. Here’s a link to them on the US website and more details.

 

I think I might try some of the other sizes to see what use they might have as I’m very impressed with the quality.

Thank you for stopping by CSI!

Sharon

WINNER WINNER!

We have a winner from our Marker Organizer giveaway from Organize More! The winner is #15! That is Ang! Ang, you don’t appear to have an email connected to your comment. I will reply to your winning comment, but if I don’t hear back from you in a few days, I will need to draw another winner. Thanks!

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Noelle

 

 

 

Do All the Crafts!

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Just One Tip: Color Sorting

Happy Monday. It’s Cicily sharing a quick tip for you today.

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Back when my scrapbook supply collection hadn’t overtaken my room and I wasn’t so concerned with organization, my sister had me flabbergasted when she coordinated her cardstock by color. I thought she was a little off her rocker. Then she sorted her buttons by color. I still wasn’t fully convinced.  But then I started thinking about how easy things are to find if you were able to go straight for the right color.

Then this happened in my room!

 

My buttons, card stock and scrap paper soon followed suit and were sorted by color . I have to admit it helps a lot when searching for a specific color of something. I even sorted my patterned paper by color, right next to my card stock. I don’t do this with everything, mostly with supplies that I don’t have too many of, like my washi tape and markers.

Organizing is all about what work’s for you. If you haven’t tried color sorting, give it a whirl!

Cicily

 

 

August Giveaway for Organize More!

Our friends at OrganizeMore are giving away a Marker Organizer this month! Such a perfect organizer to store those craft markers, pens, and pencils!

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To win, please comment below with your favorite type of markers. If you already commented on use for craft paint, your comment still counts and you do not need to comment again. :) Winner will be drawn on August 28! Your email must be attached to your profile so we can get a hold of you. If it isn’t, please include it in your comment. One comment per person, please. Winner must live in the continental 48 states. Thanks!

Shelley

Silhouette August PROMO!

Hi all you CSI readers! Our partners at Silhouette are having some wonderful bundle deals this month. Also, the new PixScan technology is finally here! All you have to do is order a PixScan mat (14.99 USD) and update your Silhouette Studio Software to the latest version (free). Don’t forget, to get these great deals, you just need to enter our promo code STORAGE at check out. :)

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Thanks for stopping by! If you create something with your Silhouette, please link in the comments because we would love to see! :)

 

Noelle