This website is FOR SALE

This website is FOR SALE. We have loved running the website, but just don’t have the time, or internet savvy needed to bring it to it’s full potential. We are planning on managing the website through April, and hoping to help the new owner transition in the month of April. Ownership includes, the website, and any fees that have already been paid (domain name, hosting costs) until they expire, plus any future earnings beginning May 1, 2015.  Also included will be our email address, Pinterest account, and Facebook page. Craft storage companies are welcome to contact us. Serious inquiries only; please email us at craftstorageideas@yahoo.com

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Punch Storage Roundup

Hello! It’s Amanda here today and I want to share with you some ideas for storing all your punches. There are so many different styles and fun patterns of punches out there and they are easy to use. But storing them is not always so easy. They tend to be heavy or bulky. So what’s a crafty gal to do? Well… here are some suggestions.
It’s a little hard to tell here, but this lucky stamper has her paper punches all stored in Stamp-N-Storage organizers at the back of her work station. If you want to take a closer look into this amazing stamp room you can check out Mary’s videos here.
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Deb from Deb’s Stamp Pad  shows how these handy Stamp-N-Storage organizers can be hung on the wall to free up some desk space and still keep those punches handy.
Terri at Nuts About Stamping shows that a plastic bin is great for tucking away the slim style punches.
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Or you can keep them in a drawer like this crafter.
Some Ikea rails make an appearance in this crafter’s space. These rails make great use of vertical space and help store any style of punch!
Here is another Ikea find in action. This handy letter tray is meant for use in the office, but it is really put to great use in this craft room!
This crafter uses some long Bygel rails from Ikea as well as a couple shelves to store her punch collection. What a selection!
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How about these awesome over the door storage racks from Sugar Land Scrapper? Wow they sure hold a lot.
Well hopefully I’ve given you a few good ideas for whipping those punches up into shape and keeping them organized.
Now…. where did I put that flower punch? I know it’s somewhere in one of these drawers. Hmm….Guess I better get to work on my own punch storage!

Blog Hop WINNERS!

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Thanks to all who hopped! We hope you had fun and grabbed some new ideas along the way! :) Here are the winners of the Hop. Winners, please email us at craftstorageideas@yahoo.com with your snail mail addresses so we can get your prizes to you!

The winner of a 50$ gift certificate from OrganizeMore is Ruby N, who said on this blog:

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The second winner of a 50$ gift certificate to OrganizeMore is Miriam Prantner who said on Sharon’s blog: 

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The winner of an assortment of planner stamps from V’s Sweet Ideas is Roxann, who said on Suzanne’s blog: 

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The winner of the Scheduled stamp set from The Ton is JanaLee Wagner, who said on Amanda’s blog:

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The winner of the selection of stickers from MareBear Crafts on etsy is Becca Cruger, who said on Kim’s blog: 

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Also, a HUGE THANK YOU goes out to the companies who provided prizes to our lovely readers! :)

 

Noelle

BLOG HOP REMINDER!!

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Don’t forget our Planner Blog Hop is going through the end go this week! Please do not comment on this post, it will not be counted towards the comments selected from for prizes. Please go here to read the rules, comment, and begin the Hop! :)  Winners will be announced on Friday. Happy Hopping!

Noelle

CSI Planner BLOG HOP!

Hey all! It’s Noelle stopping in today. We are so excited to have a BLOG HOP going on this week with lots of fun prizes up for grabs! This is the very first stop on the Hop.

 

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We are so excited to share some great ideas for keeping your planner both organized and fun along the way. But first, I want to share some FANTASTIC PRIZES we will be sharing with lucky commenters along the route!

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Sticker Prize Pack from MareBear Crafts on etsy!

To win, simply comment at each stop along the way. You do not have to comment on every stop to win, but it sure increases your chances! Also, we are sorry, but winners must live in the United States, as international shipping is just too pricey. :( One comment per blog only, please. And, keep in mind that many blogs have their comments moderated, so you will not see your comment right away.

Winners will be announced right here on FRIDAY! Please make sure we can get hold of you. :)

Here is a pic of my Erin Condren Life Planner organized with some cute stickers mostly from MareBear Crafts on etsy! I love using stickers in my planner, I can keep a whole stack in the zipper pouch in the back of my planner. :) Plus, I use pencil in my planner, because things change around here so often. So I can write on some of these stickers and it can be erased too, if needed. These hydrate stickers are such a GREAT way to keep track of the water I’m drinking.

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And I love these Happy Teeth stickers! So great for keeping track of all the orthodontic appointments in my world! ;)

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Thanks so much for stopping by! Next on the Hop is Suzanne’s blog.

Noelle

 

Contributor Craft Room Tour: Kim Skinner

Hello everyone!  It’s Kim from StampingImperfection.com!  I am happy to invite you into my creative space today!  I think of this space as the Land of Unloved Furniture.  This is where all of those cabinets and shelving units that we once used and enjoyed somewhere in the house as the kids were growing up have come to rest.

My craft space is now in my basement.  In fact, this part of the basement was originally the garage of the house which was built in 1952.  The room is actually 27 feet long and only 9 feet wide.  I share it with my kids games and memorabilia from school.  In December, I moved my paper crafting furniture and stash to this space so that I would have a quieter space to sneak off to.  The room I used previously was right off the living room and it didn’t have a door.  I found that I couldn’t make videos or relax while the TV was on in the next room.

My room is a work in progress.  It’s currently a hodgepodge of mismatched furniture, garage sale and flea market finds and dollar store deals.  This room functions perfectly for me!  My sister is horrified by this room because nothing matches.  (Evidently, she has paid no attention to how I dress most days!)  I think the fact that nothing matches and the room just functions so well for my needs, just makes me happy.  It’s so me!

I have only met one craft that I didn’t love…tatting.  You will see traces of all other crafts in my craft room.  I’ve actually divided my space into sections for my different crafting obsessions.  I’ll start with my paper crafting area since this is currently what my business is all about.

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This is my craft table.  I LOVE this table.  It’s “L” shaped and it’s huge!  I have plenty of space to keep all of my current stamp sets and tools right on the desk in front of me, plus a huge space to work in.  I love having everything at my fingertips.  I use what I see.  The minute I put something in a drawer or cabinet, I forget about it and never use it.  These shelves are all re-purposed items from my kids rooms.  At one time they were perfect for toy and book storage.  This is not pretty, but it’s functional.  (My sister thinks all of the shelves should be immediately painted white so they match the table and cabinets.)

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Directly to the left of my craft table, I have my paper drawers and my Big Shot station.  These drawers are part of the set that I purchased with the craft table from IKEA.  (This is from the Alex Collection.)  These tall cabinets are fantastic for storing my card stock.  Each drawer has a different color family and a few drawers hold extra supplies and embellishments.  The smaller cabinet in the middle slides out on coasters and holds all of my 12 x 12″ papers.  The file bins on top hold all of my scraps.  The fold and file bins are from ThirtyOneGifts.  That is no doubt the most functional part of my room.  My papers are always organized and I can always find what I need when I need it.  (That’s not true about the papers in my office desk upstairs!)

I topped the tall cabinets with a 2 x 4′ piece of MDF from the home improvement store that I painted red, giving myself another work surface!  This holds my die cutting materials.  You can see all of my Big Shot tools are always out and handy as well.  The pegboard above this functions to hold all of my ribbons, paints and various tools.  I love pegboard.  It really helps you keep things in site so you can find them, plus using the vertical space in your room is really advantageous in keeping organized!

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While this furniture was actually carefully purchased to fit in my craft room upstairs, it is still working really well in this room.  I like that I can slide this drawer unit in out of the way, or I can pull it over beside my table when I’m working.  Those bins with my card stock paper scraps really keep my paper mess to a minimum.  I’ve learned to be diligent about filing the papers into the labeled folders as soon as I’m done crafting for the day.  I always try to reach for the scrap folders to use those papers before pulling out a new sheet.  They are organized by color family with an individual folder for each color of card stock that I use.

The last piece that I have in my paper crafting area is an old unit I picked up at a garage sale and crackle painted white over a red base.  At one time, it was in our entry holding hats, gloves, school bags and shoes.  I don’t need it there any more, so here it is in my craft room holding supplies!

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I have all of my kits in the bottom cabinets and more 12 x 12″ card stock in the 31 bins on the bottom shelf.  (Don’t you love my striped bin in the middle of the plaid ones?  That’s just who I am…the girl wearing the stripes when everyone else is in plaid!  What can I say?!)

On the other side of the room, I have my sewing station.

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For this side, I purchased 2 stock cabinets and a piece of stock counter top from a home improvement store.  My husband added the shelves above to store my patterns and kits.  I have an old printer table underneath to hold my sewing machine pedal.  Since this is counter height, my legs aren’t long enough to reach the pedal if it sits on the floor!  I have beading supplies and polymer clay tools in the drawers to the side there as well.  Once again, all of my sewing supplies are within reach so I can see what I have and remember to use it.  I love having the ironing/cutting pad on the counter next to my machine.  It’s just so handy!

The rest of my room holds a table with 4 chairs that I’ve had since my first apartment.  My kids and I have spent years crafting on that table so it’s covered in paint and glitter.  (I call those happy memories!)  I also have a TV, a shelf full of games and my Nordic Track that still gets used several times a week.

All in all, nothing in this space cost more than $75 (except the Big Shot!).  It was purchased over time and much of it has been re-purposed and it all just ended up together in this space.  I do plan to add some trim around the pegboard to dress it up and I also plan to get those mismatched shelves painted and trimmed as well.  Otherwise, to be honest, this room functions so well for me that I don’t really want to change it.  It’s by no means my dream craft room, but for now it’s my space and it’s working for me.  I am planning and saving for my dream craft room now that we’ve made out last college tuition payment and our youngest is graduating from college!  I promise that room will be perfectly planned and it will all match, if only to keep my sister quiet!

Creating a space that you love doesn’t need to cost a lot!  You just need it to function well so that it stays clean and organized without a great deal of effort. There is nothing better than walking into a tidy craft room and being able to just sit down and start crafting!

Thank you for joining me on my craft room tour!

Craft Storage Ideas Kim Skinner

 

Planner Stamp Round-up!

Hi, Jessica here!  I’m going to do a variation of a storage solution round-up in honor of our upcoming planner blog hop!  I thought it would be fun to compile a list of all the planner stamps that are currently available.  Individualizing your planner has become huge these days and it’s so great to see stamp companies embracing the planner revolution by offering stamps specifically tailored for planners.  Many companies have even gone a step further offering dies to cut tabs or stamps for families, fitness, and more!

I hope you’ll discover a new must-have stamp set or discover a new-to-you company!  If you know of a set I’ve left off the list, please let me know in the comments!  I’ve just featured one stamp set from each company so make sure you visit the links as some of these companies have more than one planner set.  Also, you’ll get an up close review of a few of these sets next week during the hop plus the opportunity to win some! :)

Scheduled (The Ton)*

Fit Planning (V's Sweet Ideas)

Fit Planning (V’s Sweet Ideas)*

Life Planning (Simon Says Stamp)*

To-Do List (Hero Arts)

To-Do List (Hero Arts)

Planner Basics (My Favorite Things)

Planner Basics (My Favorite Things)

Moments Inked: Blog Banners (Papertrey Ink)

Moments Inked: Blog Banners (Papertrey Ink)

Stay Focused (Waffle Flower)

Stay Focused (Waffle Flower)

Plan Baby (Sweet Stamp Shop)

Plan Baby (Sweet Stamp Shop)

Financial Plans (Studio L2E

Financial Plans (Studio L2E)

PlanNERD (Bella Creationz)

PlanNERD (Bella Creationz)

Marion Smith Planner Stamps (Junque and Gems)

Marion Smith Planner Stamps (Junque and Gems)

Pretty Planners (Inspired By Stamping)

Pretty Planners (Inspired By Stamping)

School Days (Annie's Paper Boutique)

School Days (Annie’s Paper Boutique)

*These sets will be reviewed in-depth next week during the blog hop! :)

Whew, just looking at all of those stamps makes me want to get more organized!  Again, if you have a favorite planner set that I’ve left off please let me know in the comments and I’ll add it to the round-up!  Thanks for visiting and make sure you come back next week for the hop!

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Just One Tip: Washi Samples

It’s Cicily today with a quick tip. I found this great idea to catalog your washi tape and even see what it would look like on your craft projects!

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I created these 1.5″ x 3″ tags with clear plastic, ran a strip of each of my washi tapes on each of the tags.  I punched holes using my crop-a-dile and attached them all to a large ring.

Now I can see all my washi tapes (I sorted them by color) and can lay one of the tags right on my page to “see” what it would look like!

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I found this great idea from Studio Calico HERE. They used plastic microscope slides to create their tags. I was able to use a thick plastic that I cut with my paper trimmer, that my hubby had purchased from Hobby Lobby. I love creating projects from objects that I already have around the house!

What do you think of these Washi samples?

Cicily

Craft Room Tour: A Sort of Fairy Tale

Hello everyone, it’s Suzanne here today from ScrapbookingSue.com. I have an amazing craft room to share with you today! Stacey, from A Sort of Fairy Tale/Cottage Industry, has allowed us to share her bright, colorful, and creative craft space. A beautiful mix of new and vintage pieces have been paired together to make a space so bright and cheerful, I would never want to leave if it were my room!

Have a tour of the room below, and then pop on over to view more pictures at A Sort of Fairy Tale. To see what Stacey is up to now, please visit her new website, Cottage Industry.

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The majority of furniture in this room came from IKEA, including the colorful button rug. The iconic IKEA turquoise cart also has a home here, as it does in many of the craft rooms we feature here at CSI.

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A bright feature wall and vintage-inspired banner really add to the overall charm and elegance of the room.

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I love the vintage-colored suitcases and accessories! The collection of classic sewing patterns, books, and notions, complemented with the gingham-green table mat, takes me back to my grandmother’s sewing room.

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The pegboard offers ample storage space for accessories and display pieces.

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This shelf of vintage suitcases/trunks, and neatly organized bins and supplies is my favorite. There is a ton of space to store your collection of sewing, scrapbooking, or general crafting supplies! It looks so neat and orderly, with everything in its place.

Remember to visit A Sort of Fairy Tale for additional pictures and explanation of this room, and the new Cottage Industry website for more inspiration!

Suzanne

 

Craft On…

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