Craft Storage Idea: Fabric Storage Baskets

Craft Storage Idea: Fabric Storage Baskets
Craft storage ideas are all around us!

Hello craft storage lovers – we know, it’s been a while!

We’ve been working on craft storage ideas to share with you in 2016 and we thank you for hanging in there with us while we regrouped.


To kick things off, I’m sharing a quick handmade craft storage project I came across while perusing some new-to-me craft blogs – this project’s not only super simple, but one that’s perfect for using up your fabric and/or felt scraps. 

This cute little Pixie Basket was created by Heidi Staples and found on her blog, Fabric Mutt – thanks to Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts for the link!

Craft Storage Idea: The Pixie Basket by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt (image)
Craft Storage Idea: The Pixie Basket by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt (Image: Fabric Mutt Blog)

OK, how cute is this little gem?!

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Craft Storage Ideas: Unique Solutions – Tiered Stand

Craft Storage Ideas: Unique Solutions – Tiered Stand
Craft storage can be funky and fun!

Hello Crafters!

A real quick product share that we think y’all are gonna like.

I was doing a little shopping last weekend and came across this wonderful stand at World Market.

Craft Room Storage: Unique Solutions - Tiered Stand from World Market (image)
Craft Room Storage: Unique Solutions – Tiered Stand from World Market

Well, I had to grab a shot to share with you – I just knew at least a few of you would swoon like I did!

Yeah, we get each other.

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Craft Storage Ideas: Repurposing Household Items – Small Item Storage

Craft Storage Ideas: Repurposing Household Items – Small Item Storage
Craft storage doesn’t have to be pricey – look around the house for unused items!

Who’s up for an inexpensive and easy-to-find storage solution?

How about a simple solution for keeping items in drawers sorted and accessible?


We’ve got a “Now why didn’t I think of that?!” solution for you…

Ice cube trays!

Craft Storage Ideas: Repurposing Household Items - Ice Cube Trays! (image)
Craft Storage Ideas: Repurposing Household Items – Ice Cube Trays

Not only do their compartments have sloped sides, making it easy to retrieve tiny items (just place your finger on what you want and slide it up the side!), they’re also short in stature, meaning they’ll easily fit into shallow drawers (drawers that often go unused because nothing fits in them!).

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Craft Storage: Budget Storage Solutions for Embellishments

Craft Storage: Budget Storage Solutions for Embellishments
Craft storage solutions for embellishments, bought on a shoestring budget!

Who’s in need of inexpensive storage solutions for their embellishments?

How about solutions that are also portable?

Well, we’ve got a super simple solution that’s both inexpensive and portable…and readily available!


Today’s spotlight is on a product that comes not from your favorite craft supply or storage solutions retailer, but from your local pharmacy, travel store, online retailer or even the Target dollar spot (where I picked up these!).

Craft Storage on A Budget: Pill Containers (image)
Craft Storage on A Budget: Pill Containers

Yup, it’s a super inexpensive pill caddy!

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Craft Storage: Unique Storage Solutions – Pallet Power

Craft Storage: Unique Storage Solutions – Pallet Power
Craft storage ideas using a readily available, and often FREE, supply!

Do you ever feel that you want to live simpler and use what’s already available?

Hello fellow craft storage enthusiasts!

Hazel here to share one of my favorite topics – re-purposing of old / unused / broken items.

Today it’s PALLET POWER!


I’ve been gathering ideas on my Pinterest board, Pallet Power, as my husband and I are thinking about investing in a country retreat.

We want everything to be self-sustainable and what better way to start out than using unwanted pallets, right?

Not all my ideas are for craft storage, but 99% could be easily adapted for storing your stash, whatever your craft, hobby or interest might be.

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Marketing Your Creative Talents – Let’s Get Serious!

Marketing Your Creative Talents – Let’s Get Serious!
Marketing’s for everyone! Yes, even YOU sales-averse creatives!

What the heck is this and why is it being posted on a site focused on organizing and storage information and solutions for crafters?

Well, it’s simple…

We’ve been invited to participate in a “blog tour” and we believe at least some of you will be happy to come along!

You see, some of our readers are crafters and artists who’d like to transform their passion from a “hobby” into a “business,” a successful and sustainable business.

And others are looking for exposure for their talents and creations in an effort to be picked up by a design team, publication, manufacturer or agent.

And it’s quite possible our readership includes those who’d love to achieve both!


Now, if you’re not in either camp above, we apologize for the interruption to our regularly scheduled programming – we promise more craft storage information and inspiration is just around the corner…see you soon!

But, for those who were perhaps a little (or very!) excited by today’s post title, and maybe recognized yourself in the descriptions above, this is your lucky day!


Marketing for Creatives

As many of you know (from my intro when I took over Craft Storage Ideas), I’m a long-time branding, marketing and PR professional (some might say geek!).

What’s that mean exactly?

Well, it means that I get excited about discussing concepts like unique selling propositions (USPs); features vs. benefits; calls to action, conversion rates and lifetime value of a customer (CTAs, CRs and LTV ); and, perhaps the most focused on, return on investment (ROI).

What it also means is that I know, first-hand, how important it is to employ effective marketing if your desire is to take what you do from being a fun hobby to being a viable, sustainable (and fun!) business. And this is especially true if you have limited resources!

You can only effectively market your talents and creations by knowing who your ideal customer is, and effectively communicating the value and/or benefits your business provides and how your business is unique, to these ideal customers.

These “ideal,” prospective customers have to learn about what you offer, understand how buying from you benefits them and be in a “buying state of mind.”

And this is where many creative types get stymied – they find it hard to “sell” themselves and what they passionately create, and often even harder to effectively communicate the value to those best suited to buy it, at the right time and in the right place.

And time? Who’s got the time for all this, right?

Any hands raised here?

This is where even us experienced marketers can get burned out!

Staying on top of all the channels of communication is demanding. 

Running two websites (Craft Storage Ideas and PaperCrafter’s Corner) with a skeleton crew means I’m putting in a lot of hours – I’m always looking for tips and tricks for managing it all in an even more efficient, and effective, manner.

Luckily, I often find them via my marketing colleagues…


It’s Your Lucky Day!

Well, as I said, this is your lucky day! 

While I currently only offer marketing consulting to those companies that advertise with or become sponsors of Craft Storage Ideas or PaperCrafter’s Corner (I just don’t have the bandwidth to take on other clients), there are numerous wonderful resources that ARE available to you and I have one to share today.

Perhaps you’ve heard of CreativeLive?

If so, you’re likely smiling and thinking, “Ooh, this is gonna be good!”

And if you’re not familiar with CreativeLive, I’m about to rock your world!

You see, CreativeLive is a provider of online education for viewers (including creatives like you!) around the world who are interested in learning from the comfort of their homes…or wherever they happen to be.

This is from the About page on their website:
“CreativeLive empowers you to unleash your potential by bringing the world’s greatest experts directly to you, live. Featuring workshops in photography, video, design, business, audio, music, crafting and software training, CreativeLive unlocks previously closed doors by making dynamic education accessible to everyone. Anyone can watch our live online workshops — for free — and interact with instructors in real time. The future of education is interactive, free and live now. Join us.”

Cool, right?

But wait, it gets even cooler!

One of their “experts,” April Bowles-Olin, is going to be back to teach a course called Double Your Followers With Creative Marketing, and you’re invited to tune in, for FREE!

Double Your Followers with Creative Marketing by April Bowles-Olin (image)
Double Your Followers with Creative Marketing by April Bowles-Olin

Having sat in on part of one of April’s previous classes (remember, even seasoned marketing folks appreciate learning new tricks!), I will tell you she is inspiring…and fun!

And most importantly, she knows her stuff!

Not sure this is for you?

Here’s a little encouragement…
“This post is a part of the Double Your Followers blog tour to spread the word about April Bowles-Olin’s upcoming CreativeLive course. Does hearing the word ‘marketing’ make your armpits start to drip with anxiety? Are you terrified of sounding salesy or like you have the personality of a dead blowfish? If so, join 2,500+ entrepreneurs who’re taking April’s latest CreativeLive course, Double Your Followers with Creative Marketing. You can RSVP and watch for FREE. Yep, free. High fives, wildflowers, wine samples. Who doesn’t love free?

OK, that write-up alone should demonstrate that this is gonna be a great class with a fun gal!

Looking for an inspiring, successful and knowledgeable teacher to take you from marketing amateur to marketing rockstar?

Check out this class!


Now, in case you’re wondering…

No, I am not receiving compensation for sharing this – I received an invite from April to participate in her blog tour for her upcoming class and I simply wanted to pass along the information to those who might benefit from it.

And for those who might be a bit skeptical about this online education thing…

Believe me, I get it.

There’s nothing I hate worse than watching or listening to supposed “experts” and being let down.

But, I have watched numerous CreativeLive classes (did you know they offer photography classes too?!) and I have found them to be top-notch.

I wouldn’t recommend their “channel” or this class unless I thought it would be worthwhile.

After all, you know where to find me to complain! 😉

I’ll be tuning in to April’s class when I can in the hopes of grabbing a few of those tips and tricks I mentioned above – come on April, I know you’ve got a few up your sleeve for me too!


Thanks for tuning in today –
please share your thoughts!

If this is a valuable topic for you,
we may occasionally share more like it in the future!

Have a great week,
Steph

Craft Storage Ideas' New Owner: Stephanie Hackney (image)
Craft Storage Ideas‘ Head Organizer & Owner: Stephanie Hackney

 

 

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go – Kids Crafting

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go – Kids Crafting
Craft storage ideas for kids’ crafting supplies while you’re traveling!

Traveling with kids?

Need ideas for keeping them busy and out of your hair?

Pack their crafts to GO!


Hello everyone, it’s Hazel from Sunny South Africa here today to share ideas for traveling with your kids (and their crafts).

OK, I don’t have any advice on kids, BUT I’ve loads to share on traveling with crafts!

Get yourself a cup of coffee and ENJOY THE RIDE!

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Craft Storage: Contributor Solution – My Locker Love

Craft Storage: Contributor Solution – My Locker Love
Craft storage that shows that I practice what I preach! 

Hello, it’s Hazel all the way from sunny South Africa with you today to share the latest addition to my craft storage – My Locker Love!!!

Craft Storage: Contributor Solution - My Locker Love Lockers (image)
Craft Storage: Contributor Solution – My Locker Love Lockers

Remember that you hopped around the interwebs with me to see what other Bloglanders did with their lockers???

OK, if you forgot what I shared or missed that post, just revisit my Craft Storage Ideas Locker Love post and you can see what I shared.

Between you and me, this post was my fave!!

 

Craft Storage Ideas: Cottage Market Post on Upcycling School Furniture (image)
Craft Storage Ideas: Cottage Market Post on Upcycling School Furniture

The Cottage Market Post on Upcycling School Furniture

Let’s start with a bit of background…

My husband and I ended up with a house too big for us after both our boys left.

As we live in Stellenbosch (a university town) and flat rentals are a very good source of extra income, we converted 2 “unused” rooms into a self-contained flat.

Perfect, BUT…I ended up losing 2 BIG cupboards that had been invaded by my fabric stash over the years.

My Craft Closet is filled to the brim, so I had to think out of the box (No, out of the CLOSET!).


After I did the Locker Love post, I came up with the brilliant idea of adding a row of lockers to an unused space between our garages and the house.

I would have loved to use some recycled lockers, but as I wanted a rather uniform look, I opted to buy new ones.

To my fellow South Africans, I found these lockers at Just Steele, bought them online and four weeks later they were delivered to my door!!!


I chose this one:

Craft Storage: Contributor Solution - My Locker Love - Just Steele 12-Compartment Locker (image)
Craft Storage: Contributor Solution – My Locker Love – Just Steele 12-Compartment Locker

Just Steele 12 compartment Locker

This one is “slimmer” than the rest of the range and I wanted LOTS and LOTS and LOTS of cubbies.

I chose the two-tone cream and beige color as I thought the grey would look too industrial.

In hindsight, I should have chosen the grey.

My taste is rather industrial.

BUT, in the long run, I plan to have them spray painted fire engine red or with a black chalkboard finish.


In the meantime, I’ve transferred my fabric stash from our extra bathroom to the 
cubbies.

Here is a “before” pic.

Who can spot the bath???

Craft Storage" Contributor Solution - My Locker Love - My Fabric Stash: Before (image)
Craft Storage” Contributor Solution – My Locker Love – My Fabric Stash: Before

I sorted the fabric in groups of dress fabric for summer, plain and printed; dress fabric for winter, plain and printed; curtain; upholstery; sheeting; and, haberdashery.

Want a peek inside?

Craft Storage: Contributor Solution - My Locker Love Fabric in Locker Cubbies (image)
Craft Storage: Contributor Solution – My Locker Love Fabric in Locker Cubbies

I’m still working on a system of labeling the cubbies and making it SUPER easy to find something at a click of a button / turn of a page, so you’ll have to come back next month to see what I’ve done.

In the meantime, if you have any ideas,
please leave me a comment or share a link.

I would love to see as many ideas as possible
before I make up my mind.

I’m off to get the truck load of patterns sorted that arrived from my mother (and grandmother before her), but that’s a story for another day.

Thanks for looking at My Locker Love.

I’ll be back next week with GREAT ideas for traveling with crafts to keep your little ones busy.

Please check back and all will be revealed.

And when you have a moment, please swing by my blog – PlayAsUGo – and say hello!
Hazel

Craft Storage Ideas Contributor: Hazel Hamman (image)
Craft Storage Ideas Contributor: Hazel Hamman

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Craft Storage: American Crafts DT Room Tour – Giveaway Winner!

Craft Storage: American Crafts DT Room Tour – Giveaway Winner!
We’re sharing the creative spaces from some of your favorite crafters, American Crafts’ design team members!

Hello, fellow storage enthusiasts!

How many of you caught a glimpse of the rooms of the American Crafts design team members?

Inspiring, right?!

If you missed the peeks, check ’em out below.


And if you stopped by ’cause you can’t wait to see
if YOU won the $25 IKEA gift card
we were giving away,
well, wait no more!

Scroll down past the craft room shares below
to see if YOUR name was drawn!


Up first, Gina Lideros and her description of her happy place:

Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour: American Crafts Design Team Members - Gina Lideros (image)
Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour – American Crafts Design Team Member – Gina Lideros

Source: American Crafts

Her favorite items for storage are an Expedit bookcase, her custom-made desk and Raskog cart from IKEA.

Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour - American Crafts Design Team Member - Gina Lideros' Custom-Made Craft Desk (image)
Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour – American Crafts Design Team Member – Gina Lideros‘ Custom-Made Craft Desk

Source: Gina Lideros

We totally agree!

Hazel especially loves the desk with a total of 18 storage baskets (nine on each side) that Gina’s husband built.

Read Gina’s post for American Crafts or hop over to Gina‘s blog to say hello.

 

The next American Crafts design team member is Heather Leopard and here is what she says about her creative space:

Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour: American Crafts Design Team Member - Heather Leopard (image)
Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour – American Crafts Design Team Member – Heather Leopard

Source: American Crafts

She and her hubby just remodeled her scrap space.

It’s functional and organized with no clutter.

There is even a dedicated space for her children so they can create together.

Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour - American Crafts Design Team Member - Heather Leopard's Newly Remodeled Craft Space (image)
Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour – American Crafts Design Team Member – Heather Leopard‘s Newly Remodeled Craft Space

Source: Heather Leopard

Read Heather’s blog post for American Crafts and hop over to Heather‘s blog to say hello.


Next stop: Nicole Samuels

Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour: American Crafts Design Team Member - Nicole Samuels (image)
Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour – American Crafts Design Team Member – Nicole Samuels

Source: American Crafts

Nicole uses her family’s bonus / play room to scrap.

Her Expedit bookcase is used as a room divider,which gives a little separation between her stuff and the kids’ area while still allowing her to be part of the action.

Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour - American Crafts Design Team Member - Nicole Samuel's Expedit Bookcase (image)
Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour – American Crafts Design Team Member – Nicole Samuel’s Expedit Bookcase

Source: Nicole Samuels

If you’re a part-of-the-action crafter, this will make a lot of sense to you too.

Read Nicole’s post for American Crafts and hop over to Nicole‘s blog to say hello.


Let’s see what Gillion Nelson has up her sleeve.

Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour: American Crafts Design Team Member - Gillian Nelson (image)
Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour – American Crafts Design Team Member – Gillian Nelson

Source: Gillian Nelson

Gillian and her husband share opposite sides of an IKEA desk.

There’s lots of natural light and it looks calm and serene even though she claims that it is not representative of her reality.

Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour - American Crafts Design Team - Gillian Nelson's "Shared" Desk (image)
Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour – American Crafts Design Team Member – Gillian Nelson‘s “Shared” Desk

Source: Gillian Nelson

Hazel shares an office with her husband and she had this to say: “Mine isn’t nearly as neat as hers, nor does it have the beautiful, light, airy and creative feel that I see in her pictures.

Read Gillian’s post for American Crafts and hop over to Gillian‘s blog to say hello.


And last, but not least: Ashley Horton.

Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour: American Crafts Design Team Member - Ashley Horton (image)
Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour – American Crafts Design Team Member – Ashley Horton

Source: American Crafts

She uses part of her bedroom as her craft space.

Even though she would love to have a dedicated room, this currently works very well for her and everything is neatly sorted and on-hand.

Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour - American Crafts Design Team Member - Ashley Horton's Bedroom Craft Storage (image)
Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour – American Crafts Design Team Member – Ashley Horton‘s Bedroom Craft Storage

Source: Ashley Horton

Not everyone is fortunate to have a separate scrap space and it’s great to see people who don’t have a dedicated space make this situation work for them.

Ashley used what she had on hand and we love how she incorporated her stash in her everyday living space. Well done Ashley!

Read Ashley’s post for American Crafts and hop over to Ashley’s blog to say hello.


And now, let’s have a bit of fun!

If you previously hopped along to check out all of the
American Crafts design team member’s craft rooms | crafting spaces,
and you guessed at which “tool” each and every one of them uses,
and left us a comment about what you most like from these spaces,
you just might be the lucky winner of the
$25 IKEA gift card!!!


And the lucky winner is…

justasiam!


Congrats to

justasiam!


justasiam:
Please send an email,
with “IKEA $25 Gift Card Winner” in the subject line,
and your full name and mailing address in the body of the email,
to shackney {at} craftstorageideas {dot} com.

Please make sure the email address you send from is valid for receiving
electronic communications, including emailed gift cards.

Thanks to everyone for joining us for this craft room hop, and especially to those who took the time to wager a guess on the tool these designers love, and to share their thoughts about these craft rooms, both here and on the American Crafts blog. 

Have a great week and happy organizing!
Steph

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Craft Storage: Contributor Storage Solutions – Fabric Storage

Craft Storage: Contributor Storage Solutions – Fabric Storage
Craft storage ideas for quilting and sewing rooms!

Hello,

It’s Amanda again!

I’m here to share with you a quick solution that I use in my craft room to get those precarious piles of fabric out of the closet and out in the open where my collection can inspire my creativity.

First, I ordered some comic book backer boards from Amazon.com, similar to these Ultra Pro Regular Size Comic Boards.

Of course you could use cereal box cardboard, or regular cardboard, if you’re patient enough to save up enough pieces for your stash.

I’m not that patient.

Then, just fold your fabric into a width that is slightly smaller than the height of your cardboard, and begin wrapping the fabric around the cardboard.

Craft Storage: Contributor Storage Solutions - Fabric Storage, Wrapping the Fabric Around the Backer Boards (image)
Craft Storage: Contributor Storage Solutions – Fabric Storage, Wrapping the Fabric Around the Backer Boards

To secure the end of the fabric to the mini bolt, use a sewing pin, or a clothes pin if you’re worried about poking fingers later.

Craft Storage: Contributor Storage Solutions - Fabric Storage, Securing the Fabric to Itself Using a Pin (image)
Craft Storage: Contributor Storage Solutions – Fabric Storage, Securing the Fabric to Itself Using a Pin

For storage, simply line up your mini bolts of fabric on a shelf or bookcase.

Super simple!

It looks like you have a mini craft store right in your craft room and the fabric is out where you can see it.

Just seeing all the pretty patterns together makes my fingers itch to turn it into a beautiful quilt or to sew up a cute stuffed animal!

Craft Storage: Contributor Storage Solutions - Fabric Storage, On A Shelf (image)
Craft Storage: Contributor Storage Solutions – Fabric Storage, On A Shelf

(This is Steph: I don’t even sew and I’d love to have this kind of inspiration in my craft room! Great idea, Amanda!)

It’s been fun – thanks for joining us today!

And when you get a chance, please stop by my blog, Krafting Kreations, and say hello!
Amanda

Craft Storage Ideas Contributor: Amanda Corbet (image)
Craft Storage Ideas Contributor: Amanda Corbet