Craft Room: Creative Foundations (Vicki Boutin)

This is Cicily back with another craft room to share with you today.

This one is from the extremely talented Vicki Boutin of Creative Foundations. If her studio looks familiar, it was featured in Scrapbooks Etc!

 

I love her unique style of eclectic and found items.

Baskets and containers keep all the craft supplies organized and tucked away.

Re-purposed baskets and containers that hold crafty goodies add so much to a craft studio.

To check out the full studio tour and see additional photos click here.

Cicily

Storage Solution Round Up

Hello crafty friends, seems like forever since I’ve been here!  Pneumonia has set me back for few weeks. As I am gradually getting back into the swing of things I was browsing through the new Pottery Barn catalog and came across a great storage system. It’s called  Gabrielle Organization and features a wonderful peg system (available in Espresso Stain or Modern White) with a series of storage and organization options. They didn’t offer any craft room or art studio photos in the catalog, but it would certainly work well in one!! Take a look at these photos of the system in use and you’ll see what I mean.

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Isn’t this a pretty pantry! But what super craft storage this would be. The large wire tier cubes to the right would be fabulous for cardstock storage!

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Here’s a neat and tidy office that would suit space over a craft table very well. I am quite smitten with those pretty wicker baskets!

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The straps on these larger items are a brilliant idea. I can see pretty wrapping or art papers on this drying rack and jars of button, twines and washi tape on the shelves.

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This item was pictured in a garden shed unit. But wouldn’t punches look extra cute in those pockets ~ swoon!

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I think these darling buckets are my favorite. They would accommodate a variety of tools or make color coordinating your markers breeze!

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Chalkboards, pin boards and white boards for your notes, sample and to do lists!

Check out this Pottery Barn link for more details on the system and the options of storage vessels. So happy you could spend some time with us here today, we appreciate you!

Lisa

Craft Studio Tour: Handcraft Your Life (Lia Griffith)

It’s Cicily with an amazing Craft Studio, Handcraft Your Life, from Lia Griffith. I found her blog and studio space while browsing on Pinterest. Once you see her amazing photography, you’ll see the inspiration for her talent and if you’re like me, you’ll spend oodles of time perusing her blog.

This is the picture that caught my attention. I love so much about it and all together it’s amazing!

I love all the work surfaces she has. Look behind the desk. She removed a door, added a hollow-core door and painted it with chalkboard paint.  Oh and look up! Through the doorway is her office. I envy her all the natural light coming through her windows!

Here’s some of her creative and decorative storage ideas.

I hope you follow the links to check out Lia’s blog. You can see more of her office and studio on this tour here!

Cicily

Craft Room: {Inspire Lovely Studio Tour}

This wonderful craft studio belongs to Debee Campos, who has graciously allowed me to feature some of her photos in my post for today.

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I love how she chose to keep the main color scheme white, because it really makes the other splashes of color POP!

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Check out this nook she created using some pieces from Michael’s and IKEA. I love that she’s been able to make use of every square inch of space in such a small area!

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There is so much to love about this next photo. I love, love, love the cubbies – along with the goodies in them – but I ADORE the mismatched knobs she’s used on the dresser below.

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Thanks again, Debee, for allowing me to feature your studio in my post today! You’ll want to be sure to check out her blog to see even more amazing photos of her studio, and for more detailed info on how she pulled everything together.

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Craft Space: Seven Two Three

Have I got a beautiful craft room to share with you today! You have already seen a glimpse of this room when I shared the many uses for hardware storage boxes. We found Rae’s beautiful craft room at seven two three, and she now has a newer blog called Raemissigman!

The whole room is gorgeous! She changed it from a light blue to all white. I love the vintage feel her room has. White is a great clean, calming back drop for all of her pretty supplies!

She has a great center work space island. Thrift store baskets are found throughout the room.

Her husband created wooden counter tops for the cabinets to mimic the butcher block on the island.

I love that she has a magnetic board above one desk to display anything that inspires her!

I love the mix of white metal and vintage metal baskets she uses to organize her supplies. A mix of old with new works really well in her space!

Head over to Raemissigman to see all the rest of the details of this beautiful, inspiring craft space!

Laura

Blayne White {My Digital Scraproom}

I’m excited to introduce Blayne White to you today!  Blayne is an entrepreneur; work at home mom, wife, and owner of both a professional photography studio and her newest creation, My Digital ScrapRoom.  ScrapRoom was born out of her love for photography and scrapbooking, and an overwhelming passion for helping others organize their tremendous libraries of digital photos.  She lives and works at home with her husband, Bryan, and her two children, Alyx and Tristan (yes, from Legends of the Fall), and her two rescue dogs Daisy and Cuddles.  She has been a scrapbooker for 19 years and loves how her hobby and passion have now become her work. You are going to love her craft room.  And don’t forget to check out the awesome coupon she’s offering to CSI readers at the end of this post!

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When it comes to scrapbooking, I am definitely a collector.  I love to have the complete set of anything – paints, pens, die cuts, you name it.  And that can cause a problem trying to store everything.  Several years ago, my daughter and I turned an extra room at the front of our house into an art room.  I was a little worried about it being the first room in our house that people see, but really, art is what we are all about, so I got over it.  I love that I can be in the middle of everything going on and also creating, or organizing, whenever I have a few minutes.

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I have learned several things about myself when it comes to storage and how I use my ‘stuff’.  I need to be able to see it, touch it, and find it in order to be inspired by it and use it.  I use lots of clear and open storage in my space and find some of my favorite items at The Container Store and Ikea.

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Because my scrapbooking organization is constantly changing and evolving, I don’t really have a budget in mind, but I am continually looking for items that are inexpensive or meaningful in some way.  When we travel, I try to pick up a memento or container that reminds me of that place or time.  For instance, on my desktop, I have a Butterbeer mug to hold my paintbrushes, a Pixar mug for my journaling pens, a George Michael mug for scissors, and an adorable glass vase from Anthropologie to hold Epiphany epoxies – all within reach, meaningful, and adorable at the same time.

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I also like to use supplies as the decor in my room – washi tape is in a wooden tray I found at a thrift store, and I also raided my kitchen for tiny sauce cups/ramekins for my new baker’s cart.  This is my absolute favorite item at the moment.  I saw one in Ali Edwards’ office when I visited her recently and found my own once I returned home.  It has ten 18×24 removable trays and I store not only supplies, but also projects I’m working on.  When I need something, I just grab it and place it on my worktable, then put it away to work on something else.  It really helps keep my tabletop a little more clear.DSC08700

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My favorite Ikea find is the little turquoise cart my friend Mary bought for me.  It has wheels so it can go anywhere I want it to.  I use this to store my paint, sticker letters, journaling cards and tags, stencil letters, ink pads, spray paints/inks, and stamping supplies.  It doesn’t take up much space, but because of the vertical storage, it holds a lot.

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Along with organizing in open or clear containers, I also organize by color.  I use color on my Clip It Up, as well as some clear plastic boxes I found at the Container Store, and of course, all my paper.  The boxes are great for taking with me to a crop since they are portable and while I’d love to have all my embellishments in one spot, for now the two options are working for me.

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I have a problem with stamps.  I love them, but I am bad about not using them.  I found some cute little baskets trimmed in my favorite color – turquoise – at Target.  I bought them without knowing how or even if I was going to use them. (Always, if you see something you love, buy all they have.  You can always take it back.)  I reorganized an Ikea printer cart for my stamps.  I placed a cutting pad on top so I could stamp right where my stamps live, and stored my stamps in the new baskets below.  I cut the snap closure off the Close To My Heart stamp cases (I know, I know – I had a hard time doing that!), and I was able to fit THREE times as many stamps in a basket.  I do not miss the snaps at all.  My larger stamps are stored in clear snap folders in larger baskets.  Again, with the clear storage, I can just flip through and quickly see what I have.

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My absolute love of organization was really the reasoning behind the creation of My Digital ScrapRoom, the world’s first all-in-one digital photo organizational and scrapbooking solution.  I was so frustrated with the overwhelming amounts of digital photos I was taking and the process of finding them again to use in my projects.  I almost stopped scrapbooking at one point.  Now, with easy but robust searching and tagging options and a mobile app on the way, finding my photos is a snap.  And extra bonus:  I can use the same software to store my digital elements and make a custom digital project without having to use multiple programs!  For more info, please visit my website:  www.MyDigitalScrapRoom.com

I hope you have found some tips and tricks that help you in your own organizational journey.  You can also visit my YouTube channel for more videos on organizing your supplies, as well as your photos.

Thank you for tuning in!

Blayne White

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Isn’t Blayne’s room lovely?  I especially love her baker’s cart.  What a brilliant idea!

Not only has she given us a peek into her craft room, but Blayne is also offering a sweet discount to CSI readers who are interested in using My Digital Scraproom.  Just use code: craftstorageideasrocks for 20% off!  This offer is good through July 31st!

Update:  Blayne has also posted a video tour of her space here.

Storage Solution Roundup: Fabric storage

Hallo, Hazel from Sunny South Africa again and today I’m sharing fabric storage ideas.  Now, I’m a hybrid crafter – for me it means that I buy the minimum, recycle, reuse and repurpose as much as possible and I craft in ANY medium. My mom used to make all our clothes and I do mine as well and therefore I can’t resist a beautiful piece of fabric.

They are quite bulky to store so I’ve made a deal with myself – with clothes I don’t store anything – I only buy once the previous item has been made.  However, I do indulge in my little secret pleasure – a beautiful piece of fabric. My rule is – if it is not for clothes, I’m only allowed the minimum yardage they sell.  It works very well – I always have beautiful fabrics to choose from for my hybrid fancies and I don’t go overboard and buy stock that will never be used.

Anyway, it still has to be stored and I went to my friends Google and Pinterest for some tips. Want to see what they came up with?

First up:  Recycle, reuse and repurpose the furniture you’ve got.

A dresser:

 

A chest of drawers:

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Now that we have covered my favorite options, what about a few new ideas?

Gift wrap rack:

What a great idea that you can make yourself.

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Hangers:

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Wall mounted racks / hangers:

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And now for my favorite – storing scraps!  If you only buy the minimum yardage I think that most of the time my fabric stash is categorized under scraps. This is what I found:

Wire baskets:

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If only we could find these in Sunny South Africa, this would be the one for me.

Plastic baskets:

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Look at the banner made out of vintage patterns.  I love it!

Closed plastic containers:

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Now, this one is for me.  Not the one that looks the best but at least I can see what is inside and don’t have to chase dust bunnies as I go.

And something I stumbled upon that I think is a GREAT idea:

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Why not tag your fabric? Name and yardage.  I can’t tell you how many times I had to roll down an entire roll to re-measure and when I have to re-order ………………  well, I don’t because if you buy the minimum, you don’t get the print on the side with the name, repeat and color.  Mark my words, in future I’ll write it down when I buy!! (and I’ll tag my fabric)

I hope you have enjoyed my extended tour around blogland to see what is out there for storing fabric.  If you have a system that works for you or an excellent one you found online PLEASE send me a comment – I would love to look or hear from you.

That’s it from me. Have a great day and see u again soon.

Hazel

 

Storage Solution – Washi Tape

Hi there! My name is Laura and I blog over at Laura’s Crafty Life! I am so excited to be one of the new contributors to Craft Storage Ideas. I am a stay at home mom to two great kids. My son is 6 and my daughter is 3. At my blog you will find a whole hodge podge of ideas. I love to craft, organize, party plan and DIY. You can see a small glimpse of my craft room organization with my ribbon storage organization.

For my first post I wanted to share with you some creative ideas on how to store washi tape. It is one of my new favorite crafting supplies and I am starting to get quite a collection. Right now I have mine all stored in a wire basket, but if my stash gets any bigger I will definitely need a more organized, accessible solution. I don’t know about you, but if I can clearly see my supplies I am much more likely to use them.

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The first solution I found was this great dispenser from We R Memory Keepers on Amazon. This would be a great option for your favorite tapes to be readily available or if you have a small stash!

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I love using the vertical space on my walls to organize in my craft room. There is only so much you can pile on your shelves before they are overflowing. This shutter washi tape display is fantastic. You can see all your tape right in the open.

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Another vertical wall space display is this thrift store wooden grate that was repurposed into washi tape storage from Crab and Fish. I love the idea of repurposing something that once was made for a completely different purpose.

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I love using bins and boxes for storing small craft items as well. At The Crafty Pickle, she used storage containers to easily see and store her washi tape in medium size, stackable plastic bins. This is very similar to my ribbon storage solution I use and I think would be a great way to store a large washi tape collection.

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Last, but certainly not least, here is another repurposed storage solution. Who would have thought to use a spice rack to store washi tape? At Studio D did! This looks like a great solution to easily be able to see and access all those beautiful tapes.

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I hope this post has inspired you to get all those washi tape collections organized!

Laura

It’s Just Paper {Stacey Michaud}

Happy Tuesday!  I’m happy to introduce Stacey Michaud from It’s Just Paper.  You can also find Stacey designing for Lily Bee, Teresa Collins, and Webster’s Pages!  Let’s give her a warm welcome!

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Hello!  I am a teacher by day and an avid scrapbooker by night!  My husband, two feisty children and pets give me lots to scrap about.  Paper serves as my muse and I love to create theme-based layouts that document my family’s history.  Here’s a look into my craft room!

My craft room is actually a shared space with my family.  In my house, we refer to the room as our office.  It is in a well-viewed and well-traveled part of my main living area.  As such, I needed to almost hide my scrap supplies.  The room needs to be neat and easily accessible for doing homework, paying bills and watching TV.  I decided to use handsome bookcases as my storage units because my goodies can be concealed in pretty baskets and boxes.  It is easy for me to use and looks more like a library than a scrap room.  I need to clean up at the end of each day so my storage ideas have to be user friendly.

I started with Expedit bookcases from IKEA.  I slowly purchased insert boxes and baskets in all different sizes, ensuring that every piece serves a good purpose.

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I have a clear system for the boxes. Several of the larger ones hold the embellishments for the companies I design for.  I need those supplies to stay sorted by collection and by company.  I am a big believer in galloon size plastic bags.  I place all the embellishments for one line into a bag, label and then store.  It makes my design team work run smoothly.  I like to grab a box and get to work!

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The small green boxes hold smaller, mixed embellishments that I have acquired over time.  These are items I don’t need for design team work.  As a part of my storage system I have sorted my extra embellishments and goodies by color, not paying attention to company or collection.  If I need a pop of orange, I reach for the box with all my orange colored items.  It has streamlined the process.  The only small embellishments that don’t live in the boxes are my buttons, which I have stored in glass jars from Ikea.

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My children are older now, so I am able to keep my paper cutter out on a lower shelf.   Having it so close to my desk makes it easy to reach, yet gives me working space.  A square, black wooden box holds layouts and projects that are in progress.

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My most-loved tools and supplies go inside the drawers.  I tried to keep them in boxes, but the lids and sliding in and out bugged me.  I recently installed the drawers units, which are a part of the Expedit system.

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I love alphabet letters and have struggled with an efficient way to store all the packages.  I once had them in drawers, but had to empty the contents out to find what I am looking for.  Right now, I am storaging them in the woven Ikea baskets.  It seems to be working. alphabetjpg

The other side of my room contains a large, wrap around desk, a command center and a couch.  I sometimes display layouts on the corkboard.  The calendar allows me to organize deadlines and the containers on that side hold everyday office supplies like my stapler, scissors, colored paperclips and my pens.

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The stacked white cubes serve as an end table for the couch, but also are home to completed layouts that are waiting to be put into albums.

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1. What kind of budget did you have when organizing your space?

I always try to stick to a reasonable budget when organizing any space.  I had planned for the wrap around desk while we were renovating our home. For the other items in the room, I like to hunt for the best bargains.  Places like Ikea allow for affordable, functional, and attractive decorating.

2. What was your greatest challenge?

My greatest challenge was designing a space that I could easily access, yet fits my entire family’s needs.  The room is in a place in my house where it is visible from several rooms.  I needed to create a space that serves as a family room.

3. Are you a “organize it once” kind of girl, or are your storage solutions constantly evolving?

I am constantly reassessing my storage solutions.  I try to purge and reorganize every winter and summer.  If I am not using something and have had it for a while, I donate it.  I only want the essentials at hand.

4. What is one thing you’d like to improve about your storage/organization?
I  have a hard time organizing consistently used items like adhesive, glue dots and foam squares.  It gets so messy that I often open a new package.  I need a better solution for the things I use every time I craft.

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I’m loving how clean and organized Stacey’s space is!  And it definitely shows that a space can be multi-functional and accessible by the entire family and still look good!  Thanks, Stacey, for joining us!  For more information, check out Stacey’s blog here!

A Look at (Parts of My) Craft Room/Office

This post could be subtitled “the art of selective photography” or “how to make your office look somewhat clean when your toddler’s home for spring break.” Because I’ve got to admit, parts of this place are pretty rough. But that’s life, and I really work in here many, many hours a day.

It’s not pretty, but it’s where the work gets done. And most of the work gets done here, at my desk.desk wide view

This giant L-shaped glass-topped beauty is a great place to spread out projects. As you can see, my computer is on one side and there’s a crafty workspace on the other. The desk holds some of my office essentials like pens, clips, a stapler, my dictionary and stylebook (journalism training never quite goes away) and a box of old business cards that I use constantly for writing down notes, making lists, etc. I do wish it had drawers, but other than that I love it.

One thing I’ve done recently is to give my cutting mat semi-permanent residence on the long side of the table. That way the surface is a little protected if I have a quick cutting or gluing job to do (I still break out newspaper for painting jobs) and I can measure things easily when I need to.baskets of inspiration

Here it’s helping me to show off a couple of my favorite “storage ideas”: little baskets to hold scraps and stuff. I call these my baskets of inspiration.

The little blue basket holds scraps of fabric and ribbon, which I often grab for mixed-media projects. The bigger basket is a lot of stuff I’ve been working with recently or want to use again soon, so there’s little bits of yarn and embroidery floss, findings and charms. Some yarn needles and sewing pins live here, too, so they’re always easy to find.upper shelf desk

The desk has this little upper shelf that I’m sure is supposed to be for a monitor, but I use it to hold things I like to keep accessible. My mug rack with scissors on it is up here, as well as my fancy pens (for now; I keep waffling on where they belong), my grandma’s button jar (the pom-pom is just sitting on top for whimsy) and a little box I bought recently that holds sewing needles and a bit of thread.yarn winder swift

Over there you’ll also find my ball winder and yarn swift, which is that crazy wooden thing. I am a professional knitter and I need to wind a lot of yarn balls, and I love having them out all the time, even if they are in kind of a strange place.bookshelves

Next to my desk, mounted on the wall, are some overburdened bookshelves full of knitting books. Underneath you can see a vintage thread ad; this is where my sewing table is going to go as soon as I find one.paint box

On the opposite wall sits my printer (this is an office, after all) on top of a wooden filing cabinet. Next to the printer is an obnoxiously green file drawer I picked up at a local vintage shop; it holds my paint. On top of that is a blue tray from Hobby Lobby with some yarn I want to use soon. It’s really inspirational to have a little of it on view aside from what’s in my shoe hangers on the doors.

What I’m not showing you is the back wall, which is lined with bookshelves full of crafty books. They’re lovely shelves, but there are also books in front of the shelves, a pile of fabric here, a basket of plastic Easter eggs there. It’s would be kind of like a crafty staging area if it weren’t such a horrific mess. Let’s just pretend that part doesn’t exist, why don’t we? At least I can admit I have a problem.

Sarah