Minty Fresh Makeover: Noelle McAdams of paper & ICE/part 1

 

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Hello, CSI readers! It’s Noelle here today. I hope you all are doing well. I got a total wild hair earlier this month, and decided to COMPLETELY overhaul my studio. It was something that desperately needed to happen. I’d been ruminating on the changes I needed to make for a long time. And then, our ancient desktop computer died, and with it died the need to keep this massive computer desk in the room. Here is a before shot (a completely MESSY before shot….) and you can read all about my old studio here. 

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This meant I could claim the room as COMPLETELY my own! It’s still small, but mine! I feel so blessed to have this space to work, I know many people are working on their kitchen table. So exciting, yet intimidating. There were multiple problems with the space as it was. I knew there was a lot more work to be done than just removing the computer desk and adding a craft table. I had mentioned previously that there was no window, so no natural light. This room is the first room on the right as you enter the front door of our home (in below photo, that blue door is my front door), and the room has no door on it, so it’s visible to anyone who comes in. The desk I intended to keep was not working well for me, either. I recently read a wonderful article here that so perfectly explained many of the frustrations and concerns I also had with my room.

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Additionally, I was way short on storage space. This room is my craft studio, office, and theater storage. I run this website and my own blog, plus I design for CardMaker Magazine Blog, and The Cat’s Pajamas Stamps as an artist. I also teach theater to kids and instruct through a couple different organizations. I needed to have a place to store all my books, props, and costumes. Up until this room re-do, they all were in tote bags on the floor of the office-not so organized or accessible! With as many little jobs as I have, I knew it was critical that the space be FUNCTIONAL above all other goals and desires.

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So, I ended up having multiple goals with this room; here are a few of them:

 

  1. Lighten and brighten the space. I had come to avoid going in the space, it was just so dark and dreary. No window means I needed to employ other tricks to brighten the room. The black furniture and blue walls that I loved 8 years ago? Well, let me just tell you, I was SO over them! They no longer looked classy to me, they just looked…. Dull and dark.
  2. Highlight my vintage items. I have several vintage and antique items in the studio, ones that I loved. But with all the stuff everywhere, they were getting lost in the shuffle.
  3. Add more flat space and more storage, including a counter height table for standing up work. Also, add a place to craft with a friend, or my kids!
  4. Make anything that went in the space removable. Not that I had budget for built ins anyway, but even if I had, I wouldn’t have done them as we have been tossing around the idea of moving lately, and if when that happens, I don’t want all our hard work to go to waste!
  5. Make the space a MULTI-TASK room, one that would work well for storing my theater items, using my computer for planning and blogging, scrapbooking, paper crafting, sewing, and more!

P1220049-imp  I have to tell you, I had a lot of anxiety over this project. It knew it was just so important to my productivity and my peace of mind! And for two weeks the entire main level of my house was completely trashed, since I had EVERYTHING that normally was in this room in the dining room, and spent so much time painting and working on projects for the room, that….. well, lets just say the rest of my house went somewhere in a handbasket! ;)

 

But, in the end it was so WORTH all the stress, cost, and mess. I adore it now. It all started with this table…..

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I found this post online about creating a standing craft table from 2 IKEA Expedit shelves (now they are called Kallax, these are the green 2×2 ones). I loved that I could gain BOTH critical storage and flat workspace with this table. I have seen similar tables made from bookcases, etc, but I knew 12” storage was needed for my scrapbooking supplies. I opted to forego the hanging bar system I’ve used for years, and instead put my bags of themed items in these Drona bins that matched the green Kallax bases.

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Speaking of the green, I tried to talk myself into a white table, but alas, that fresh and minty color just sucked me in. It attracted me SO much that I decided to make it the main color in the room. It was a bold choice, since when I started there was very little green in the room. I have NO mint green in my house actually, lots of sky blue, navy, sage, beige, deep teal, and olive, but no mint! But I am so glad I took that plunge now! It’s so fresh feeling, not to mention a whole LOT brighter! It still marries well with the other rooms in my house, since it’s just different shades of blue and green anyway.

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The table top was made by my hubby and the top was faux painted by yours truly. I used the color Behr Rockwood Jade, which was a good match for this shade of green from IKEA. I faux finished with some sanding, some craft paint, and some antiquing medium. I used the same painting technique I featured on the dining room hutch here on my own blog. The top is a plywood top, with a frame underneath made from boards, and then trimmed out with some pretty trim. The frame underneath the plywood helped lift the top up to the proper height, ad make it very sturdy as well. The table is 5’ long and 30” wide. The feet are Capita feet from IKEA, but I spray painted them bronze, since I was going for a vintage look.

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My Cropper Hopper paper holders had to be cut down slightly to fit in these shelves, but it was an easy fix. The new CH holders are designed to fit these IKEA shelves, so never fear if you are getting new ones and you have EXPEDIT or KALLAX shelves. These are about 10 years old and had some sticker residue, etc on them, so I gave them a little makeover with some patterned paper. The narrow ones got a new look with washi tape!

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I will be bringing you the rest of this makeover on Friday! Hope you are able to tune back in then. :)

Noelle

Product Review: Pocket Scrapbooking Organizer

Happy Monday! It’s Cicily with a product review for the Pocket Scrapbooking Organizer from Organize More.

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I was so happy to get this desktop organizer for pocket page inserts. I’ve had something along this line in mind for my hubby to build, but this was much nicer then I could have imagined. With 13 cubbies and the ability to remove the dividers, you have lots of options to fit your needs.

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I also love that it’s not too big and bulky and it is actually light weight with little finger holds on the sides to easily move it. Plus with felt feet, it easily slides on your desktop.

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Overall I’m extremely impressed and happy with this product. Check out all the great products at OrganizeMore.com

Cicily

 

 

 

The Studio (Neil Burley)

Today I’d like to share with you a studio that I’ve seen in person (and am just a little jealous of!).   A few months back I went on a Promarker colouring workshop with Neil Burley in Leicester (for those of you in the UK, I’d highly recommend the class).

Neil has created a beautiful studio in his garden where he runs regular workshops and classes.   Here’s a view of the studio from outside.

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Neil has used mostly Ikea furniture to kit out his workspace, and most of his supplies are stored in large wardrobes from Ikea with sliding doors which means the room doesn’t look too cluttered.

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Here’s his description of what is housed in these cupboards:

“The four Ikea Pax wardrobes, with sliding doors, which allows mounting of thin items on the ’slide behind’ doors, ideal for colour charts. Thicker samples are on the front doors. First has Printing, Acrylics, Big Shot Pro and dies, Ideaology kit and items for altering. Second is pictured in Cupboard with 12×12 papers, storage boxes, ATCs, tags, stamps, inks, Cardio-stamps (in labelled tins) and more items for altering (mainly frames). The drawers are deceptively spacious and I use the small plastic trays to organise and layer smaller items. Third cupboard has beading kit in Really Useful Boxes, and all the other media in the drawers including glass painting, napkin decoupage, Powertex and clays. Fourth is for my quilting  and fabric projects. You can also see a six drawer plan chest, ideal for paper and card storage, and on top the drawing board with shelving behind for all my liquid/spray media”.

Here’s a photo of his workspace (and it’s an action shot of work in progress which I love, rather than a ‘tidied up for the camera’ photo!)

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You can also tell from this photo what great light Neil has – having floor to ceiling windows the whole length of the studio really helps.

We’ve been talking a lot recently about the Raskog trolley from Ikea. Neil has a larger trolley in his studio, and I’m impressed by how much stuff he can fit on this version.

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My ‘Distress Trolley’ – more accurately my Ranger product trolley. This has all my ‘go-to’ sprays, inks, powders and usually has all the masks on it too. Ideal for moving next to you”.

The one issue Neil came across when designing and setting up his studio was installing a sink.   Installing plumbing proved to be cost prohibitive so he came up with a very clever solution.

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Innovative water supply solution: using an ultimate hosepipe to supply water front the house and a wheeled waste water container designed for use with caravans. I have an under sink water heater, so have hot and cold running water for a fraction of the cost of running pipework to the studio.

Neil also has a few top tips to share from his experience of setting up a studio from scratch:

“put small things into trays or boxes and put them in drawers or on trolleys – that way you can just pull out the whole range, use it and put it away so much faster. Label the front of drawers or boxes. Put frequently used things at waist height – less lifting or bending! Return everything to a home at the end of the day – it’s quicker to work on a project the next… not something I follow faithfully given the state of my work tables today”!

If you’d like to see more photos, pop over to Neil’s blog. Thanks for stopping by CSI!

Sharon

 

The Problem with Glitter

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Silhouette Designer Software promo!

Whooooo hoooo! Silhouette is running a FANTASTIC DEAL this month on their Designer Edition Software (normally $49.99), as well as another awesome bundle deal! From now – July 31, you can get 40% off the software here. Just don’t forget to use our promo code STORAGE to get these prices!

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I just got my Silhouette, and wow, so far I am LOVING it! :) Here is a vinyl project I just made as part of my new studio makeover! You will get to see a full tour very soon! :)

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The snowflake files above were from the Silhouette Online Store, and the fonts were ones I had on my computer already (with the Silhouette, you can cut any font you already own) With my old machine (that shall remain nameless….LOL) I would have likely ruined several sheets of vinyl attempting a project like this. I couldn’t believe how beautifully the Cameo cut these fine details on the snowflakes. If you make something with your Silhouette, shoot us a link in your comment so we can come and see!

Have a wonderful day!

Noelle

All About the Furniture: Crafty Storage Dressers

All About the Furniture: Crafty Storage Dressers

Hello, it’s Suzanne here with a look at some pretty crafty storage dressers today! These dressers range from minor creative alterations to full repurposing.  I love to re-use and re-purpose what I already have on hand, and sometimes that means using pieces in non-traditional ways. When my son received a new bedroom set a few years ago, we were left with a dresser and nightstand that no one wanted or needed at the time. Desperately looking for extra storage for my scrapbooking supplies one day, I came across the forgotten dresser and decided that this would be a great place to store some of my stash!

This got me to thinking about old dressers, and if others also use them for craft supply storage. After searching through Pinterest, I can certainly say that many of you are also using your dressers for craft storage. Take a look at what I came across for creative storage options…

Dresser for Basket Storage

This dresser had the doors removed, was repainted. and then had the empty shelves filled with roomy baskets. The baskets are easy to see through, and have been labeled for ultimate craft organization.

Dresser for Fabric Storage

This pretty, pink dresser houses a ton of rainbow fabric. Color-coordinated and neatly organized fabric is easy to store and easy to find.

Dresser for General Craft Supply Storage

This drawer organizes an array of craft supplies and accessories. The inserts inside provide much needed organization for such a large drawer. Having like-items corralled together makes it easier to find what you need for your projects.

Existing Dresser with Side Storage Added

This idea is just genius! Can you guess what type of “shelving” was added to this dresser? Spice racks! That’s right, plain wooden spice racks were painted white and attached to the sides of the dresser. You could add your crafting magazines, how-to books, die cuts, etc. What about pretty, colorful ribbon spools, Washi tape, paints, or spice jars filled with small embellishments?

Dresser to Scrapbook Desk

This desk is amazing! It all started with an old dresser, a can of paint, and a vision. A larger top was added to give the desk some extra length and depth from the narrow dresser top it once was.  And, those beautiful drawers remained, offering ample space for hidden supply storage.  If you would like to see additional pictures, there is a nice tutorial on this desk on Nicole’s blog.

Do you have an old dresser sitting around that is just waiting to be re-purposed as craft supply storage? It is absolutely amazing at what some new paint and hardware can do to transform a piece of furniture. And with Pinterest and YouTube at our disposal there is not much stopping us from getting that perfect storage piece we are all looking for!

 

Suzanne

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)

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Three  Things that i heART about this room:

1. The mood board:

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

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

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heART Studio – AFTER: (Link)

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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!

Hazel

 

Just One Tip: Repurposed Jars

Hello Y’all! It’s Cicily with a quick tip for you today.

Jar Storage seems to be all the rage lately. I’m a pack rat at heart and hate to throw anything away (Certain areas of my house can attest to this). I love storing things in glass jars/cups/containers.  Every time I use a glass jar and throw it away I cringe. Well last year it was time to make some pickles. I found this great recipe on Pinterest and because of the method I could use repurposed jars! Good thing because I had a mass quantity of cucumbers.

I wanted to share this One Tip: How to clean the gunk off those great food jars so you can repurpose them!

Of course I found this on Pinterest!

I did this and for the most part it worked! Now you can repurpose your jars for craft or food storage!

Happy Jar Cleaning!

Cicily

Product Highlight: Storage Tin for Mini Distress Inks

Ranger has just brought out a new storage container for the Mini Distress Ink Pads!

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This tin is a great solution if you like to take your supplies to crops.

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I’m sure many craft stores will be stocking this, or pop over to the Ranger website for more details.

Thanks for stopping by Craft Storage Ideas!

Sharon

 

 

Studio Tour: Jonathan Fong Style

Studio Tour: Jonathan Fong Style

Hello all, this is Suzanne here with my very first Contributor post for CSI! I have an amazing studio tour to share with you today. While perusing through Pinteret, I scrolled onto a studio so bright and cheery, it immediately caught my attention. If you LOVE color, then you will find plenty of inspiration in Jonathan Fong’s Studio.

While there are many elements that caught my eye in this creative space, the most intriguing is the wall of colorful cabinets.

Using Ikea Besta cabinets, Jonathan turned the door fronts into giant paint chips! Each “painted” panel is actually a peel-and-stick mural that he had made to match the door fronts. Since his murals are easy to apply and remove, he has the freedom to change the colors and styles as he sees fit.

While the paint colors are matched to actual Pantone colors, Jonathan chose his own names for each color, creating a personal vision board for his space. He even has a matching paint chip mirror that he created for the studio!

For some clever storage, he uses clear paint pails to match his overall studio theme.

Jonathan’s studio includes some great storage inspiration, from the clear, stacking paper trays in his Expedit shelving, to the adorable ribbon tower next to his wrapping supplies. Did you notice the “rug” in the center of his room? It is actually artificial turf! A very creative alternative to carpet.

A big thank you to Jonathan Fong for allowing us to share a tour of his unique studio. You can see more of Jonathan’s studio, storage, and creativity here. Have a look at the additional pictures on his blog, you won’t be disappointed!


Suzanne