How to Store Distress Ink Blending Tools

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Hey there, Jessica here! I ADORE my distress inks.  If my craft room was on fire and I could only save one thing…I’d save my distress inks.  I love their versatility and all the bright, cheerful colors!  When I bought my first distress ink pads last year I just threw them in a drawer with the rest of my ink pads.  As I started using them I found myself keeping them out on a regular basis.  Then I discovered distress markers…and the reinkers…and the blending tools…and I was in trouble.

I had an ink organizer from Organize More that I loved and while browsing their site one day I realized that they had distress ink specific organizers but not ones that would hold the reinkers and markers.  So I put in a request for one and a few months later they added it to the line-up!

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After I received the organizer I really got into using the mini ink blending tools.  I started off with just two tools and a handful of pads but ended up making the investment for individual tools for each color.  I found myself accidentally smudging and ruining cards when trying to change the blending pads.  And I also had a tendency to accidentally mistake the colors and contaminate the blending pad or the actual ink pad.  I use them often enough that I figured it was worth it to have easy access to them.  I lucked out and was able to find the blending tools at JoAnn’s on sale and was able to add an extra coupon near Christmas bringing each tool to 75% off!  (Actually I think they may have been mismarked at JoAnn’s…but I wasn’t going to argue with the cashier!)

Then I had to figure out how to store them…I had wanted to have easy access to them but didn’t want them out on my workspace.  I found an Artbin container and realized the tools would fit perfectly.  I ended up grouping them in threes (in the same order as my ink organizer).

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I also made up a diagram with the name of each color in the grouping and washi-taped it to both sides of the lid so that I could easily find individual colors.

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In the front compartments I keep extra pads and a handful of leftover tools (including the older rectangular tools).  I also labeled each tool so that I wouldn’t make any mistakes with the colors.

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If you couldn’t tell I get a little excited about organizing supplies in my craft room! :)  I hope this gives you some ideas for how to store your distress inks and supplies!

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Storage Solution Roundup: Beads

Hello, it’s Suzanne here today with a Storage Solution Roudup for your bead supply. Not only do we have a lot of beads around our house for friendship bracelets and other types of jewelry making, but I occasionally use beads in my paper crafting projects! Although I do not have a large collection, I’ll bet that some of you do.

While searching online for various bead storage solutions, I came across a myriad of neat ideas. First off, there are plenty of storage containers that you can purchase that are already made for bead storage. I won’t feature any of those, because they are the obvious go-to choice. However, I have a few more suggestions from purchased products to do-it-yourself items.

Here is a gem jar tray that can be used for any small items. I really like all of the clear solutions that I found, as beads can be so colorful and shapely, and deserve to be seen. This storage solution separates the beads nicely and let’s you see through both the containers and larger box that holds it all together.

These pretty little re-purposed spice jars on a rack hold everything neatly in place. You can place the rack on a wall, behind a door, or in a cabinet.

The pop of color in this wall-mounted display is really eye-catching! It is so pretty to look at, I’m not sure if I would ever want to use the beads inside the containers!

This magnetic storage solution utilizes small, plastic SOLO cups, like you receive with your take-out food. A small magnet is attached to the back of each container, and then stuck onto a magnetic board.

If you don’t have the space for a large, wall-mounted magnetic board, how about under shelf storage?  Simply attach a magnetic strip under your shelf or counter, and a magnet to the lid of each jar. Voila! Instant bead storage!

Here is another re-purposed storage solution; baby food jars. Baby food jars can be used for so many items. I really like the uniformity here, with the same sized jars and same colored lids.

Here is a real gem! This old trunk case was re-purposed into a creative station, complete with attached bead jars. Beads and other small items are stored in the jars, which are attached to the back by magnets. How, you say? Well, there is actually a cookie sheet glued to the back of the case, covered in old dictionary paper, and then each jar has a magnet glued to the back of it! There is a FULL tutorial on how Amy made this case over on her blog. Be sure to check out her great ideas.

Thank you for joining us here at CSI today. I hope that you have found some inspiring ideas to use for your own storage solution.

Suzanne

Just One Tip for the New Year: Create a hanging ribbon organizer

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Hi there CSI friends! It’s Noelle stopping in today with a quick tip! When I recently revamped my craft studio, I created a hanging ribbon organizer for all my spools of ribbon. It was a really easy project, that cost me next to nothing to make!

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Here’s what you will need:

1- large open frame; I got mine at the thrift store for 3$, but you can always use a frame you have on hand if you remove the glass and backing inserts.

2-screw eyes that are large enough to slip a dowel through. You will need 2 eyes for each dowel. As you figure how many eyes and how much dowel you will need, remember that you will want to make some of the spaces between dowels larger (for larger spools) and others smaller.

3- dowels that are small enough to slip through the screw eyes; calculate the length of the frame and multiply by the number of rows you intend to have. Be sure to take into account the length of the dowels themselves, as you may only be able to get one row per dowel.

4-optional items; paint for painting the frame, some sort of hanging hardware (I used 2 ribbons, each looped through the open frame on either side and joined in the middle. But I am foo-foo, artsy fartsy like that. ;) )

 

Be sure to cut the dowels longer than the frame. Another tip is that you can use empty toilet paper rolls for ribbon that doesn’t have spools. I did that on my second row down, as you can see.

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And, voila! :) It is easy to slip the dowels out and remove empty spools. Ribbon art-what could be better than that?? :)

 

I hope you have enjoyed our month of “tips for the New Year.” In February we will return to our regular posts! Have a great weekend.

Noelle

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Just One Tip- Using Flea Market Finds To Corral Your Tools

Hello readers, Kim here to share my January Just One Tip for storing the crafting tools that you use everyday with a flea market find!  My tip:  Find something that you love to hold all of the everyday tools and keep it on your desk right in front of you within easy reach.

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Do you have a few craft tools and items that you use every single time you sit down to create something?  If you’re anything like me, you have a handful of tools that you reach for every time you work on a project.  They end up all over your work space by the time you’ve finished working.  These are my must have tools:

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I’ve made it a habit to tidy my craft table before I leave my studio for the day.   I love walking in to the room each day to find my space all ready to go.  It’s so much more relaxing to craft in an organized space! (Okay…I’ll ‘fess up!  Most days I leave it cleaned up!)

One thing that I’ve learned about myself is that if putting things away is work or if my tools are stored together like jigsaw puzzle pieces, it won’t work for me.  It needs to be quick, handy and within reach.

Craft stores and home decor stores are filled with pretty baskets and plastic containers in all sizes and shapes that you can purchase for a pricey sum.  Plus…I’m not known for entering a craft store and leaving with just the one pretty basket that I need.  (What can I say?  They have those giant carts by the door and it would be a shame to leave empty handed.)

My solution came while browsing a local flea market…a small wood caddy.  I’m not sure what it was originally used for.  It looks like one of those men’s dresser caddies to hold their wallets and watches.

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This is perfect for my needs.  It holds all of my tools, I like how it looks and it doesn’t take up a huge amount of space on my craft table.

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The crafty gal in me loves to re-purpose items that I find at flea markets, garage sales and thrift stores.  This little caddy will become another DIY project when I finally decide how I want to paint or decorate this.  I know that I will paint it with a white base, but I’m trying to decide whether to paint a design on the front or perhaps I’ll use my Mod Podge to add some designer paper with a pattern that I love.

I would love to hear your ideas and suggestions for how to refurbish this wood caddy to decorate my desk and hold my tools!  Please leave a comment below to share your thoughts!

Until next time, let’s make 2015 the year we get our craft stash organized!

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Just One Tip – Paint Storage and Display

Hello dear readers! It’s Amanda and I’m here to share how I store all my craft paints.

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Paint, oh how I love the different colors and kinds of craft paint! You can do so many amazing things with paint! My problem… I see all those pretty colors lining the shelves in the craft store and I just can’t control myself! I can totally forget about any self-control if there happens to be a sale going on. Or you’re buying supplies for a project and don’t remember if you already have the exact perfect color you need for your project so you buy it anyway. Then when you get home you realize that you actually already have three but they are stashed all over the place and hard to find.

So your paint storage might end up looking like this if you’re lucky. All corralled in a basket, but impossible to see what colors you have. Oy!

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So maybe it’s time you think outside the box a bit for some creative paint storage. That’s right. You’re creative already to have so many supplies at your fingertips! Get creative with your storage! For example… take this adorable yet plain little crate that I believe is intended for CDs. I picked these up from my local craft store in the section with all the wood items.

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Take some leftover trim paint from working on your house (or use some of that craft paint stash) and paint up your crates. Or stain them. Or leave them natural. Whatever makes your creative decorating heart go pitter-patter. Then just hang them up on the wall by drilling two holes through the bottom of the crate. Place your crate on the wall where you want it and mark the wall inside  the hole with a pencil. Then add a wall anchor and screw your crate into place.

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Line up several crates to create a display shelf as well as paint display. Since I do work for DecoArt on occasion I have my paints sorted by type of paint. I have the bottoms of the bottles facing out so those lovely bright colors can inspire me.

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It always puts a smile on my face to see all these lined up and cheerful looking with the array of color. It also helps me see at a glance what colors I have a lot of and what colors I’m more limited on. Not to mention it gives me a shelf which is a great place to display my recent works.

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Now I challenge you to corral all those craft paints into some semblance of order that works for you. Do you like to have your paints out on display like mine, or would you rather they be stored behind doors or in bins so they are out of sight?

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Just One Tip: Pocket Page aka Project Life Organization

Hello! It’s Cicily with my special Just One Tip for you. Last year I started using pocket pages and I’m loving this style of scrapbooking . I’m still doing some traditional scrapbook pages, but with 3 little ones I want to stay some-what caught up. I’m not doing Project Life so much, more my own take on the pocket pages. However I use various pocket page styles and now my collection is growing. I don’t want to sort through them all to see what I have as I create each page.

The solution? Organize them in a 3 ring binder. I’ll happily admit this was not my idea, my mom’s collection is substantially bigger then mine (yes I just called you out! LOL). It was her idea, so thanks for saving my sanity, Mom!

You will need an empty Binder,  white 12×12 cardstock, a Marker, pen & Pencil, & your pocket pages.

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I started by creating 3″ grids on my paper, which creates twelve 3″x3″ boxes. I used the sharpie to do this so the boxes stand out.

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Now looking at my actual pocket page layouts I created a different layout/style one in each of the boxes. I used the pen and also marked the pocket sizes for easy reference. (and yes I made a couple of mistakes!)

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The next step is taking out all the pocket pages from each of their separate packages and putting them in the binder in the same order as they are on the reference page. I added a post-it so I could easily find the different pages. I labeled each square a different letter and those correspond to the divider post-it tabs.

The last step is to count each different layout and note it on the reference sheet. Do this in pencil so you can easily change it as you use or buy your pages. Because the reference sheet is in a plastic page, I didn’t want to have to remove it each time to update the quantities. I added small squares on the outside of the sheet over each 3″x3″ for the quantities.

Now I no longer have to look through each of my packages to determine what I have and I can also easily see what I’m running out of.

I’d love to hear how you have organized your pocket pages.

Cicily

Just a few tips: Mobile Project Life options.

Hello to all my fellow storage enthusiasts. Once again, it’s Hazel all the way from Sunny South Africa to look at storage options with you. First of all –  I hope your 2015 will be filled with love, fun and perfect storage solutions.

Most of you who follow my blog or read my posts on Craft Storage Ideas know that I’m a “Project Lifer” (with a twist). I don’t do weeks –  IMPERFECT ME does events.  You remember the “old” albums where we stored pictures, wrote comments and dates???? My Project Life works like that. And if I feel like a layout / a mini book, I do one and it goes into my album next to the pocket pages. I call it “My Life, My way”.

Due to unforseen circumstances, I got a bit behind. Mostly it was because I didn’t want to miss out on my family’s fun and therefore did not want to spend time alone in my Craft Closet. But now I have a solution!!

“Mobile” Project Life storage.  Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a designated area for crafting BUT that’s no excuse, just get your hands on a basket / trolley / tub and away you go.

I love this trolley from Christine Newman AK Listgirl:

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And an old wooden cutlery box from Juju:

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Plastic containers come in every shape and size and most of them can stack – even more space for your stash! Hop over to see all the useful tips Mrs Crafty Adams has to share on her blog.

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And then there’s my system:

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I used a lot of ideas from Mrs Crafty Adams but when an old beverage trolley became redundant, I grabbed the opportunity to incorporate a few of Christine’s ideas to set up a mobile Project Life station. (No Raskog, no Ikea down under in Sunny South Africa) I still use detergent holders to separate my goodies. If you missed out on this, you can read all about it here.

I do plan to add a few canvas bags and a lick of paint to my trolley but for now my system works like a charm. I work wherever the action is at HQ Hamman.

That’s it from me. Thanks for looking at mobile Project Life options with me. I had FUN and even stumbled upon a few more ideas. When we meet again, I’ll share what they are.

In the meantime, keep calm and organize your stash!

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Just One Tip for the New Year – Small Embellishment storage

Hi everyone, it’s Sharon here with an embellishment storage idea as part of our Just one Tip for the New Year series this month.   I like to have pretty items of my stash on display rather than hidden away in drawers – particularly if it’s items I can store in a rainbow order as for me, that’s just one of the nicest things to look at!

A few years ago I came across this little white cupboard in a gift shop.  It was on sale, but I didn’t really know what I’d put in it.  My boyfriend was with me at the time and told me that I should get it anyway, as it was such a bargain I’d regret it if I didn’t.  He was right.

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When I got home I found a little jar that I’d bought a long time ago in an art supplies shop and discovered it was the perfect fit for the little cubbies.  Whilst looking online for similar jars, I came across this site selling cosmetic jars and realised this was a much cheaper option than buying from an art shop.  That’s a UK site, but if you google for 30ml cosmetic glass jars I’m sure you’ll find a local supplier to you.

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The jars are the perfect size for flat-back pearls or sequins, and look so pretty all together.   They’d look just as good lined up on a narrow shelf.

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I hope my jar storage has given you some ideas for your own space.

Thanks for popping by!

 

Sharon

 

 

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