Dollar Store Craft Organization

It’s Cicily with a quick roundup for you today. Recently I happened to wander into a Dollar Store, the kind where the items really are only a dollar.

The first item to catch my eye was these sugar jars. I have been wanting to add a few to my collection of 1. They are perfect for storing twine and ribbon.

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There’s lots of vases, jars, canisters and even salt and pepper shakers for your glitter!

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Shoeboxes are clear and perfect for storing items and stacking them on shelves or in closets.

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How about some baskets, bowls and lots of open containers for all your do-dads.

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And check out these wire baskets of all shapes and sizes.

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Best of all, these items are only $1!!!!

Cicily

Storage Solution Roundup: Embossing Folders

Hello CSI fans! It’s Cicily with a Storage Solution Roundup for you today. I’m not sure how many of you are like me, but I am a hoarder collector of things, especially everything scrapbooking.  Sometimes knowing that is a good thing and it keeps me from starting a collection. Case in point, I held off on buying and using washi tape. For whatever reason I finally caved, probably cause it’s just so darn cute, and within a short amount of time I had an obscene number of washi rolls! See my collection and storage solution here.

It was somewhat the same with Embossing folders. I’ve yet to figure a storage solution so I’m doing today’s roundup not only for you our loyal followers but also for me to get some ideas.

The first idea is from Karli of Crafting with Class.  She used a recipe box for those smaller embossing folders.

Here’s a really cute double box with a SVG file and tutorial from Bits of Paper.

How about a Clip it Up Wall Mount above your embossing machine and hanging your folders! Great idea from Natasha of Moments of Tranquility.

Or a binder with top loading recipe card holders? This was Jane’s idea from MilliesMarvels. She said the cuttlebug fit perfectly, but the sizzix are a tight squeeze.

Here’s a ready-made solution from Consumer Crafts. It holds 40 embossing folders!

Now I have too many choices to choose from! I’d love to hear or see how you organize your folders. Leave a comment and let me know.

Cicily

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!

The Small Stuff

If you are like me, when you make a project, or even take apart a kit club kit,  you are left with the ‘craftermath.’ The big stuff has a designated home and gets cleaned up easily but what about all that little stuff? The perplexing little pile of bits and pieces; buttons, extra stamped images, die cuts or tiny fussy cut pieces that you decided not to use but can’t bear to throw out. These items used to pile up at the end of my desk and the pile would grow with each new project made or kit dismantled. Here’s how I manage this little stuff…

As I’m working on a project, I sort them into a variety of little boxes and containers (new and vintage) that fit in the work space of my desk. This step helps to eliminate the pile before it even starts:

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Here’s a view of how they fit onto my desk– I keep them close where I can see them and use them. I’m an out of sight/out of mind scrapbooker. If I put these in a drawer, or even a box with a lid, I’d never use them:

The white stacking boxes are Martha Stewart. They stack up and conserve valuable desk space. There’s even a long tray component that would be perfect for those patterned strips that get cut from the end of 12 x 12 sheets. I’ve got a huge collection of those!

If there are tiny parts that I’d like to set aside, I use these clear tubes to separate them from the pile.

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I love them because they can stand on their own, you can see immediately what is in them and the opening is wide enough for big brads and buttons. I don’t label them because they are constantly getting emptied and refilled. I love having a stash of these clean, simple containers on hand.

Another related ‘small stuff’ area that I like to organize this way is my journaling spot/tag and tiny envelope stash (aka the ‘whatever trendy item I am in love with at the moment’ stash) I sort and store these in a similar fashion and keep them where I can see them and hopefully use them:

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As with any storage system, it’s got room for growth and change. What works right now might not work in a few months when my obsession du jour is some other craft item. One of the keys to managing the little stuff is to purge regularly. If you do this every month or so you re-familiarize yourself with the stuff at the bottom or back of the containers – maybe even inspire yourself to make something new!

Stack Fit Boxes by Martha Stewart for Staples

Ceramic peach and fruit baskets from Sur la Table

Plastic Tubes by SRM Stickers