Show Us Your Happy Place WINNERS from linkup and Random Giveaway!

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Hi all! I am SO excited to share with you our two winners for this week’s  “Show Us Your Happy Place” contest! The first winner of our random drawing for the teal Silhouette Cameo cover is RandellynB who said:

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Randellyn, you do not have an email address attached to your comment. Please email us at craftstorageideas@yahoo.com with your mailing address. If I do not hear from Randellyn by Sunday evening, (the 12th) I will have to draw another winner.

And the winner of our FIRST EVER LINK PARTY is Dawn!  Dawn showed us her happy place and it is awesome! Here are a few photos, but you should definitely visit her blog, she has a whole video tour of her craft room right here! Dawn, please email us at craftstorageideas@yahoo.com with your mailing address so we can send you your roll of chalkboard vinyl.

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I love these custom blending blocks Dawn’s husband made for her, she has them all labeled and stored with her ink pads.

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Dawn’s stamp storage.

Thank you for stopping by Craft Storage Ideas today! Next Monday we will begin our second link party for this month! If you linked this week and did not win, you are more than welcome to link again. We loved all the spaces we saw! Thanks and have a fantastic weekend! :)

Noelle

Show Us Your Happy Place: GIVEAWAY/Random Drawing #2!

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Welcome to Craft Storage Ideas! Today, Simply comment to win a TEAL Silhouette Cameo dust cover by Silhouette America!  But first, please read our rules!

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Our Rules:

 

  1. Winner must live in the USA or Canada, we are so sorry but international shipping is just too pricey. :( Hawaii and Alaska residents may enter.

 

  1. You may enter your room (on Mondays) and you may also enter the random giveaway (on Wednesdays) one time per week.

**Please note that comment moderation is enabled, so on the comment to win drawings you will not see it come up right away. If you are not sure your comment went through or not, please mention that in your second comment and we will publish accordingly.

 

  1. Not required but we would LOVE it if you’d share our graphic above on your blog or Pinterest boards!
  2. PLEASE make sure that either your comment or blog has an attached email address so we can contact you if you win. Comments without email addys will not be awarded prizes.

 

**We will not use your email for any other reason than to contact you if you win. If you are not sure whether or not your WordPress profile has an attached email address, please add it to your comment.

5. The winners of both weekly contests will be announced on Friday, October 10, 2014! 

 

****If you are wanting to link up your room to “Show Us Your Happy Place” this week, that post is right here. ****

Thank you for playing! And, thanks for stopping by our site. :)

Noelle

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Chalkboard Vinyl Review by Cicily and Show Us **Your** Happy Place!!

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Welcome to Week One of our “Show Us Your Happy Place” promotion!

 

To start out, the winner of Friday’s giveaway is Denise Bryant! Denise, I will email you for you mailing address, thank you for providing your email addy! :) She said:

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Now for a great product review!

 

This is Cicily, the Pink Dalmatian Scrapper and I’m super excited to be kicking off this October with a review of the Silhouette Chalkboard vinyl! I’ve been wanting to get my hand on some, so this was perfect.

It works just like regular vinyl in your cutting machine. I chose to make labels for some of my storage boxes.

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I measured my boxes (the Walmart plastic shoe-boxes for $1) and adjusted the size of the label to fit. I set the depth on my cutting blade to cut just the vinyl, not the backing. After the labels were cut, I removed all the excess vinyl around my labels so I could see what I was working with. I could never find anywhere that says you need to condition chalkboard vinyl, but I know for chalkboard paint you need to condition it. To condition you just take the side of your chalk and run it over the vinyl. Then wipe off. What I read was that your images can become permanent if you don’t condition the chaklboard. Again not sure if this is needed with vinyl, but I also got the “used” chalkboard look once I wiped them off. Next I took a chalkboard pen and inked a border around the labels to give them a little pizzazz.

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A great tip I’ve come across was to sharpen your chalk! Just use a pencil sharpener and you have an easier tip to write with. Warning…can cause nails on a chalkboard chills!

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I love how the chalkboard vinyl labels turned out. The chalkboard vinyl was extremely easy to use and can have so many uses. Now check out what CSI has in store this month!

Now, since you’ve read the review by the fabulous Cicily, you can link up YOUR happy place at the bottom of the post from now until Thursday afternoon (October 9, 2014). The winner for this week will receive a 12″ roll of CHALKBOARD vinyl from Silhouette America like the one that is being reviewed here today!

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Our Rules:

 

  1. Winner must live in the USA or Canada, we are so sorry but international shipping is just too pricey. :( Hawaii and Alaska residents are welcome to enter.

 

  1. You may enter your room (on Mondays) one time per week and you may also enter the random giveaway (on Wednesdays) one time per week.

**Please note that comment moderation is enabled, so on the comment to win drawings you will not see it come up right away. If you are not sure your comment went through or not, please mention that in your second comment and we will publish accordingly.

 

  1. On room links, you must link to a specific post about your creative space and not the entire blog.

 

  1. Not required but we would LOVE it if you’d share our graphic above on your blog or Pinterest boards!

 

  1. PLEASE make sure that either your comment or blog has an attached email address so we can contact you if you win. Comments without email addys will not be awarded prizes.

**We will not use your email for any other reason than to contact you if you win. If you are not sure whether or not your WordPress profile has an attached email address, please add it to your comment.

 

  1. The winners of both weekly contests will be announced on Friday, October 10, 2014!

Another thing we want to mention is that your room doesn’t have to be a “traditional” craft room. We would love to see photography studios, art spaces, sewing rooms, and more! The thing we are MOST interested in seeing is creative & useful storage solutions in the rooms of real crafters and artists. The rooms do not have to be fancy or magazine worthy to catch our eye or win the contest. Please share your happy place, we would LOVE to see it!

Cicily

 

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Show Us Your Happy Place: GIVEAWAY/Random Drawing #1!

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Welcome to Craft Storage Ideas as we kick off a fun and FABULOUS month of October! Simply comment on this post to win this PINK Silhouette Cameo dust cover AND pick me up tool by Silhouette America! But first, please read our rules!

 

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Our Rules:

 

  1. Winner must live in the USA or Canada, we are so sorry but overseas shipping is just too pricey. :( Hawaii and Alaska residents may win.

 

  1. You may enter your room (on Mondays) one time per week and you may also enter the random giveaway (today + every Wednesday in October) one time per week.

**Please note that comment moderation is enabled, so on the comment to win drawings you will not see your comment come up right away. If you are not sure your comment went through or not, please mention that in your second comment and we will publish accordingly.

 

  1. Not required but we would LOVE it if you’d share our graphic above on your blog or Pinterest boards!

 

4.PLEASE make sure that either your comment or blog has an attached email address so we can contact you if you win. Comments without email addys will not be awarded prizes.

**We will not use your email for any other reason than to contact you if you win. If you are not sure whether or not your WordPress profile has an attached email address, please add it to your comment.

 

6. The winner of this contest will be announced on Monday October 6, 2014! 

 

Thanks for playing and we are hoping you will Show Us Your Happy Place on Monday as well! :)

Noelle   Shelley

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

Just One Tip: Repurposing A Vintage Tackle Box

Hi friends! It’s Noelle stopping in today with a fun tip. You may already know from seeing my studio that I am kind of a sucker for antiques and anything vintage. I tend to embrace a “modern with a vintage twist” style in my own home, and I particularly enjoy reusing vintage items in my studio. So, last week my friend Wendy and I were out antiquing, and I found this awesome vintage metal tackle box for 12$. I saw several in the antiques mall we were in, and this was my fave by far, and also the most inexpensive-yea!

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I used it to put many of my small embellishments in, mostly eyelets and brads. There’s a cool big compartment in the top of the box where I am storing my Crop-A-Dile, there never was a good place to stash it before! :)

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While perusing Pinterest, I found several other ideas for reusing an old fishing tackle boxes (or, if you are old enough to remember the 80s like yours truly, you could even repurpose an old Caboodles cosmetic box for a kitschy, fun look).

 

Love this use for storing tags.

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And, anyone out there into Rainbow Loom? Look at all those colors beautifully sorted! :) 

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A fun use of a tackle box as a planter….

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Finally, a tackle box used in a guest room to store items a guest might need-love this one! :) 

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—-and, a few more shots of mine.

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Thanks for stopping by CSI! I hope you will stop in Wednesday for a BIG announcement about the way we are shaking things up in October ’round these parts…

2 hints: we want to see YOUR craft spaces, and there will be lots and LOTS of prizes for readers and sharers alike here in October! Have a fantastic day! :)

Noelle

 

Craft Room: The Card Grotto

Hi everyone, it’s Sharon here with another one of my favourite craft rooms.

This room belongs to Michelle Short, who is a total expert at organisation! I’ve taken her ideas for a lot of my own storage, especially my clear stamp storage.   What I like most about her room is how clean and fresh it looks, and even though her room isn’t huge, and like me, she has a lot of stuff, it just doesn’t look at all cluttered.

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I love these clear acrylic storage boxes from Muji, and my clear stamps are stored in exactly the same way, it’s just so easy to flip through them and see exactly what you have.

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Pop over to Michelle’s blog ‘The Card Grotto’ for more photos and a fantastic video tour of her beautiful room.

 

Thanks for stopping by CSI today! :)

Sharon

 

 

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

 

Just One Tip: Small Ribbon Storage

Organizing Small Ribbon Pieces

Hello, it’s Suzanne here today with a tip for storing small pieces of ribbon (or twine, string, floss, etc.). We all have a favorite brand, color, or pattern of ribbon that seems to run out sooner than the rest. If you keep your ribbons on their original spools, that means that you may be taking up prime storage real estate with a tiny piece of ribbon left on a large spool. The solution that works for me, is to take the remaining ribbon off its spool and twist it around a tongue depressor (also called a jumbo craft stick or popsicle stick). Have a look at the pictures below to see how crafters are using this technique.

This first picture is from my own small ribbon storage.  I wrapped ribbon, waxy flax, twine, and hemp string around tongue depressors and then corralled similar ribbon types in Mason jars.

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Here is a picture of the same technique but the ribbon is stored in clear jars. There are plenty of pictures on this site, so check them out for some great ideas.

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This ingenious way to organize and store small pieces of ribbon utilizes clothespins. I love this idea because the ribbon can be held in place by the clothespin clasp, which prevents unraveling.

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These ribbon pieces are wrapped around a completely different type of clothespin. The advantage of this wooden pin is that it is round, and will not kink the ribbon during storage.

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And finally, we are back to the tongue depressors, but with a twist! These wooden sticks had holes punched in one end so that a steel jump ring could be placed through them and clipped together. There is a step-by-step tutorial at her website if you are interested in this type of storage.

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Be sure to check out all of the links for additional pictures on each storage solution. Do you have a favorite way of storing small pieces of ribbon? Be sure to share with us in the comments below!

Suzanne