Wilna Fursterberg heART Studio: Before and After

Hello to you all.  Hazel here and today I want to share a “before” and “after” craft room.  I’ve been following Wilna Furstenberg’s iheartblog for the past few months and knowing her style (sort of) I wasn’t surprised with her craft studio. But it even got better ………………………… she had pictures of her previous room (2009) as well as her current room on her blog and in her Flickr gallery.

So, I indulged to bring you:  heART Studio – BEFORE: (Link)



Three  Things that i heART about this room:

1. The mood board:


2. Even Mini Schnauzer, Max’s, cushion coordinates with the room:


3. Just enough personal items to give the room LOTS of personality, makes it functional and organized without cluttering it:


heART Studio – AFTER: (Link)


Three Things that i heART about this room:

1. The room is bigger but Wilna re-used all her old goodies. She only added a chandelier and a chubby organizer from potterybarn.

2. Of course, Max and his “toned down” cushion cover.

3.  It still has LOTS op personality, no clutter and has a “old” new feel to it.

I hope you have enjoyed our journey in a time capsule moving back and forth between Wilna’s old and new craft studios.  Treat yourself and have a look at the videos on her blog – I bet you will be become a regular visitor.  While there, leave a comment and tell her that Craft Storage Ideas sent you. And, please thank her for sharing her space with us!

Thanks for looking at Craft Storage Ideas today. Have fun, craft on and remember to try something new!



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!



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,


Sugar Sugar Studio – My Flikr Fave

Welcome to Craft Storage Idea’s special feature…Flickr Craft Rooms!

This is Cicily the Pink Dalmatian Scrapper and I actually signed up for Flickr to work out this post. I have to say that I’m actually glad to be signed up. There’s nothing more frustrating then trying to follow a link on Pinterest and have it end at Flickr and not be able to see more. Problem solved!

Well on to the craft room that caught my attention, Sugar Sugar Studio.

If you could take spun cotton candy and frosting and turn it into a craft room you’d get Sugar Sugar. So aptly named. While lacking a full room shot I love all the bits and pieces that certanly make this room unique.


Check out this Sweet banner and inspiration board.


This cabinet has been with her for a while, but to coordinate it with the Sugar theme, she painted it white and Mod Podged patterned paper pieces to the back panel.



Every corner and shelf is a treat with all the unique storage containers like these old cupcake tins.



These jars are re-purposed garage sale finds that have been painted to look so sweet.


You can see the whole Sugar Sugar studio set here.

Hope you have a sweet tooth!



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.


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!


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.


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


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


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


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


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!!


The Fancy Farmgirl

Hallo to all my fellow crafters.  Once again, it’s Hazel all the way from Sunny South Africa and today I’m sharing a studio from The Fancy Farmgirl.  It belongs to Tiffany,  a photographer from Seattle. Please hop over to her blog – Tiffany takes the most wonderful pictures – you won’t be disappointed.









It’s dreamy, “vintagy”, well organized and to die for!! Here is the link to The Fancy Farmgirl’s original studio post.

That’s it!!! I hope you have enjoyed our peek into the life and studio of Tiffany. Now hop over there and see for yourself. While there, please leave a comment that  Craft Storage Ideas sent you.

Thanks for looking today. Please check back as my teammates and I will be back to share more storage fun right here on Craft Storage Ideas.



Just 1 Tip {Repurposed Kitchen Items}

Hallo to all my fellow crafters looking for storage ideas that are pretty, cheap and works. Once again, it’s Hazel all the way from Sunny South Africa and here today to share a few ideas for repurposing kitchen items. Most of us either have them, they can be bought at yard sales for next to nothing and they do give a “vintagy” feel to any space.

What about cake tins or jelly molds?







On your desk or a shelve:


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And  what about baking sheets?

On the wall:



In a drawer:



And of course, I wouldn’t recommend something that I haven’t tried – my brad storage system:



What about a cupcake stand?


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or a mug holder?


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A flatware caddie?


That’s it! Why throw away or buy new items if you can reuse, recycle or repurpose?  Thanks for visiting Craft Storage Ideas today and please check back as my fellow contributors and I have lots more to share right here. If you have ideas of your own – we would love to hear and see what you do. Please leave a comment or hop over to my blog and contact me there. Have a great day!

Craft Room Feature: {Shabby Story}

I came across the prettiest craft room to share with you today. It’s actually a 3-for-1, because it’s owner shares the various updates she’s made over the past few years. There was something to love from each arrangement she had. I hope you enjoy looking looking at the photos here, but be sure to check out her blog for even more photos of the variations of her studio.

Believe it or not, this is a “before” photo of her craft room. It’s hard to imagine that she would need or want to improve on what she has here, but she downsized her crafting supplies and asked her husband to help her move her craft room to another location in their house – which he did.

Her new room is located in their “Great Room,” complete with fireplace and view of their garden.

Be sure to check out all the goodness she has stashed away in her repurposed hutch!

Bright, clean and cheerful. I hope you’ll check out all the studio photos at Shabby Story!







Product Review: Tim Holtz Unmounted Stamp Binder and Unmounted Stamp Refill Pockets


Hi there, all you crafty storage mavens! It’s Noelle today with a great product review.  This is a review of the Tim Holtz idea-ology Unmounted Stamp Binder and coordinating refill pocket pages. I met the folks at Advantus Corp. when I was at CHA. They were generous enough to send me 4 products to review, including these.

I currently keep all my clear and cling rubber stamps in these galvanized bins. I try to sort by manufacturer. Since I work for manufacturers (creating projects with their products) keeping them sorted by manufacturer works well for me. However, I know many crafters prefer to sort their stamps by theme (holiday, sentiments, animals, etc.) You could easily use this product to sort your stamps whichever way you prefer. There is a luggage tag on each binder, with a clear window so you could label each binder however you wish.


 The first thing I noticed, upon taking this out of the box, is how attractive it is. Tim Holtz products are always known for looking cool, and this binder is no exception. It has the look of embossed or hand-tooled leather.  It’s not a leather cover, but for the price point (34.95 USD) that’s not terribly surprising.  I have a lot of vintage items in my studio, and it’s a look I personally love, so the rich, antique look to this binder really appeals to me.


 It has a zipper that extends beyond the binding and snaps down for when not in use. The great thing about this, as that when you have the binder open, it lays completely flat for flipping through your stamp sets. As a designer, I appreciate that small detail, because it could really make or break using a product like this one.


 The inside of the front cover has a mesh pocket. I believe it’s intended for stamping blocks, and mine fit in there nicely. If you had more than one binder,you could fit more pages in the books that weren’t storing your blocks.  Also, you could potentially use the pocket for storing other small tools, ink pads, or embellishments.


The binder comes with three pages. The pages are clear, with a pocket, for storing the contact sheet from the stamps in. The refill page pack has 5 pages in it, and retails for 2.99.


 If you have a lot of Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous stamps already, it’s important to note that you won’t need the refill pages, as the clear plastic cards they come on are already hole punched and fit perfectly in this binder.



 I decided to store my Verve stamps in here. I chose them to start with as I have so many small, single (“Plain Jane”) Verve stamps, and they tend to get lost in the bottom of my galvanized bins. Here’s a page storing 6 single stamps. I used a small bit of adhesive to stick the contact cards to the inside of the pocket, so they wouldn’t slide around.  Here’s the front of the page:


 And the back of the page:


 Here’s a larger set of Verve stamps, the contact sheet in this one was clear, and it fit perfectly inside the pocket. I did opt to put the clear acetate sheet that normally covers the back of the stamps on the back of them to keep them from drying out and cracking in my dry Colorado climate. I don’t know how big of a concern that is, but I had the sheets and figured why not be on the safe side? With cling rubber stamps, you don’t need to worry about that. They are a bit heartier. And to be honest, if the binder is kept zipped up most of the time, it’s a actually a great place to keep clear stamps, because light is the reason that acrylic and photopolymer stamps tend to yellow over time.



 Here’s a pic of some Stampendous cling rubber stamps. These did not come with a contact card, so I just stuck them to the back of the page. Because the pages are clear, it’s easy to see the design right through the page.


 I was really surprised at how many stamps fit in this little binder. I fit 8 stamp sets, and 15 single stamps on the 8 pages. I added the one Tim Holtz set, plus my blocks, and I still have room for at least a couple more pages. I’m pretty sure that having several of these would save me quite a bit of space in my tiny studio.

One more thing to note about this product is that it is not a huge binder. For me, this is actually a selling feature, since I have small, fixed shelves in my studio. This binder actually fits on them nicely! For your reference, the binder in 9 ¾” tall and 10” deep. The pages are 7” wide and 8 ½” tall. This is really only an issue if you have some large sets that won’t fit easily in the pockets.


 Thanks again to Kathleen at Advantus Corp. for sending me these to review. A final note would be that you could use these to store other flat items, such as small sticker sheets and rub-ons. The fact that the pages are pockets offers many other uses than only stamps.


 Hope you have a craftabulous day! :)




CHA Recap


Hi there friends! It’s Noelle here with my first post back since I went to CHA! I had a wonderful time. It was great to get to experience the Show and to represent Craft Storage Ideas. I shared a room with former Craft Storage Ideas Contributor Anita Scroggins and made some wonderful new friends, too! Here’s Anita and I:


 Today, I’d like to share with you some new trends and great ideas that I saw in the way of storage. Some are actual products for sale (I’ll link you up wherever possible) and some were just great ideas the craft companies had used for displaying products they were featuring. So, lets take a little journey and I’ll share with you some things that really resonated with me.

Pinterest Inspired Storage:

One trend I really picked up on was the use of vintage/found items to display crafts on. Some of them were vintage inspired new items.

I like this shutter memo board you will be able to get from We R Memory Keepers. It’s not released yet, but I have a feeling it will be very popular once it is! It comes in several colors and they are already distressed, as shown here. Wouldn’t this be a great way to show off your latest cards or pages? I have seen very similar reclaimed shutter memo boards on Pinterest, and isn’t this great that all the hard work is already done for you? This comes in 6 colors, very fun and I love how pretty this is.

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 Additionally I saw many manufacturers using vintage crates or reclaimed pieces to display their product. Here’s some cool crates I spied…..


Decoupaged Pieces:

I saw some gorgeous decoupaged storage at CHA. Particularly Kaisercraft and Graphic 45 were featuring their papers and accents decoupaged onto wall shelves, magazine holders, and mini drawer sets. They were all so pretty, I must have stopped by each of those booths 3 times just to take in more of the visual candy that was going on! It was a good reminder that you can always take an old shelf or tray and dress it up with some gorgeous papers!


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Alterable Pieces:

I saw some lovely wood & chipboard trays that you could alter however you liked. These were so versatile in that they could be used for storage, or for decorative uses. You could decoupage, stamp, paint, and dress these up with embellishments like ribbon, brads and hardware.

Configurations at Tim Holtz: They are now offering these in a shallower version that what is shown at that link, but both would be great for storage!



Printer Trays at 7 Gypsies:



Clear plastic and acetate storage:

Clear storage continues to be popular. SRM stickers showed a brilliant idea to dry emboss acetate boxes to give them more interest. You could use these for storing buttons or brads, aren’t they cute?


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Crafter’s Companion was showing off this great pen storage, too:


 Custom Totes:

Totes geared toward specific uses continue to be popular! It seemed as if turquoise and teal with fun prints were the “now” colors.


Silhouette Tote with laptop sleeve



360 Crafter’s Tote at we R Memory Keepers


 And, not a storage solution, but I wanted to share Rebecca’s page I spied at We R Memory Keepers Booth! Go offer her some congrats on her amazing work! :)


Well, I hope you have enjoyed this virtual journey around CHA! Advantus Corp has generously offered to send me some storage products to review, so you will see some great product reviews coming soon!


Have  a crafty day! :) Noelle




Craft Room {An Extraordinary Day}

Do you love everything vintage when it comes to home decor?  If you do, the craft room I have to show you today will definitely make you smile!  Diane over at An Extraordinary Day recently shared photos of her wonderful craft studio!

From furniture and decor pieces she chose to use…

Papercrafting Studio - Ruffled Table Skirt - Aqua Color Theme - AnExtraordinaryDay.net

…to the beautiful baskets used around the room for storage of all her crafty goodies…

Cardmaking Studio - Crafting Room - Stampin' Up Workspace - AnExtraordinaryDay.net

Where Blogger's Create - Old Hoosier Cabinet for crafting storage and display - AnExtraordinaryDay.net

…to the genius way she uses these jars…

Blogger Studio - Blue Mason Jar Decor - Mason Jar Lighting - AnExtraordinaryDay.net

…she has put together one fantastic craft studio with a ton of character and functionality!

For more details and photos, be sure and stop over and read Diane’s blog post in its entirety!  You won’t be disappointed!