Craft Room ~ To The Full

Hello crafty friends! I’m back today sharing the craft room of my blogging friend Leigh Penner. If you haven’t visited Leigh’s blog To The Full, you’re missing out on some beautiful card inspiration and scrapbooking layouts! Leigh has been kind enough to invite us into her creative space today.  She recently redid her studio so that her crafting companion, daughter Sage, could join her ~ how sweet is that!! Let’s get started shall we…

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A corner spot in the basement is a cozy area for the mother daughter team to work. I like the placement of the tables facing each other!

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Isn’t Leigh’s desktop perfectly organized! Her most used items are right at hand in a wide variety of storage containers. Their dark color has a unified appearance and is a nice contrast against the light desk top. Stamps, small hand tools, paper trimmer and papers all within easy reach.

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Since Leigh stamps on all of her projects, she keeps her clear stamps right in front of her. They’re organized by manufacturer in Tim Holtz folders.

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This industrial piece from Harbor Freight is such a clever idea for ink pads, twines, adhesives and other often used items.

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An Ikea cart has been designated as her die cutting station. Once again well organized with the necessities right on hand!

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Leigh, along with her son and daughter, put together this Expedit unit from Ikea. This endeavor is better known as the “Ikea workout” in the Penner home! I just love the beautiful bible verse (cut from vinyl using her Silhouette)  adorning her soft aqua wall.

Leigh has MANY more photos to share of her cozy space on her blog {To The Full}. She gives you a great breakdown of what she stores on her Expedit shelf along with some clever uses for hanging files! Stop by to say hi and while you’re there have a look around her blog. You won’t be disappointed!

Lisa

A Cozy Studio {Jenny Grotherus of Kottens Corner}

I’m so happy to introduce you to Jenny Grotherus of Kottens Corner.

Jenny lives on the countryside in Sweden with her husband, baby and a spoilt cat. She started scrapbooking late 2007 and has been addicted ever since. She works as a Marketing Director at the Swedish vintage brand Maja Design. She shares the love and care for vintage, coziness and colours that makes the brand so unique. It clearly shows in her scraphouse that was built with coziness and functionality in mind.

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We moved into our house nearly six years ago. It was really tiny and there was no room for my scrapsupplies. I had been saving for years to be able to get myself a dream crafter space when we bought a house, but problems are there to be solved. I literally built myself a scraphouse. I had a carpenter who helped me out with some construction, otherwise I did it all myself. . I have spent countless hours trying to plan what my perfect scrapspace would be like. There isn’t a single window that isn’t there for a reason. I even built the house around my beloved picture rails. J

I’m an over-organized person, so I have divided my scraphouse into different areas. A clean area, a paint area, a sewing area and a working area with a computer. I’ve also got a standing work area that I use a lot. All the needs for the different areas are then organized with the supplies needed. Even if the house was built for crafting I want it to feel welcoming and loving, not overwhelming due to tons of supplies. I also wanted to be able to see what I use the most and have everything at hand. That was a real challenge…

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Here’s my standing work area. Perfect for punching, die-cutting and binding books. The cabinets makes it easy to both hide supplies and keep them on display. I keep cheap paper flowers in glass jars in the glass cabinets, beautiful lace as well. Paper is stored in Cropper Hopper vertical solutions so I can see them easily but it still looks discrete. I keep dual tip pens in the corner and tools in the carousel. I inherited tons of IKEA KASSETT boxes that I have used to organize everything from PanPastels to punches. They are all stored in the cabinets.

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Here’s an example of how I’ve organized Prima flowers. According to colour or collection. Labels, labels, labels… I think I have about 80 KASSETT boxes so they need to be carefully labeled.

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 Here’s my true little corner. The black bench contains some of my 12×12 ring binders. The drawers contains finished mini-albums since I can’t have them all on display. I keep different pens in the white cutlery holder. I really want people to feel at home in my house, scrapper or not. So this is also my little Fika corner. Cookies, biscuits and I also have lemonade. :) My coffee machine is still situated in the kitchen, but I’m seriously considering moving it to the scraphouse.

I have two clip it up’s. One that I keep bling on and this large floor model where I store everything from rub-ons to letter stickers.

The cute IKEA HENSVIK shelves contains small glass jars with lace and projects on display.

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More 12×12 binders. I also keep cardstock in this inherited IKEA EXPEDIT shelf. The small chests contains toys for my son to play with when he comes to visit me in my little house.

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My long desk contains from the left: embellies area, paint area, my sewing area and my working area. (You can see my rebuilt kitchentable in the foreground that serves as my clean area). As you can see I have eight IKEA HELMER bureaus that I bought on sale. That makes 48 drawers in total. They can hold A LOT and are also designed to be labeled so you know what’s inside them. The four HELMER bureaus under the long desk are packed with Idea-ology stuff, trinkets, ribbon, shabby embellishments, chipboard, paints, brushes, embossing powder, glitter, anything you can think of. The three ones by the kitchen table are filled up with paper roses. I bought tons of ANTONIUS inserts that are supposed to be used in the laundry department. With some help from scissors they fit perfectly in the HELMER drawers.

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Here are a few of the drawers with paper roses that have all been organized by colour…

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I love my picture rails. They can hold so much stuff it’s unbelievable. And no. They do not get that dusty. :) I’m constantly rearranging these cuties to keep what I use the most closest by hand. In general I keep a lot of paint, mists, glues, sprays, re-inkers and texture pastes of different kinds here. To the left you can see my Distress Ink pad storage and below the picture rails are my Distress Ink tools. They have been organized with a little help of a drilling machine and a leftover crossbar.

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Here’s my sewing area. Fabrics in the cabinet to the left and threads, buttons etc in the HELMER bureau to the right. I also keep a lot of buttons in the spice jar holder that you can see on the window sill.

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Most of my time is probably spent here, in my working area.

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I have placed our old kitchen table in the middle of the room. It was collecting dust in an old barn so I rebuilt it to include shelves on one side and chairs on the other. People think that I’m nuts, but I actually saw a bunch of cute baskets on my way home from work in the display window of a department store. So I bought them and rebuilt the table to fit the baskets. I painted it white and put some IKEA HELMER bureaus under the leaf and my clean area was all done! It fits three scrappers or more if you remove the HELMER bureaus. I usually sit on the side where the baskets are when friends are coming over. It gives me access to both the paint area and the clean one without having to move around.

I used to keep Prima flowers in the baskets but grew out of them pretty quickly. Nowadays I store what mom would call junk. I like to call it highly usable stuff. :)  

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

Since I built an entire house, quite a lot… But I love to create my own storage solutions since they always turn out to be the best. The distress ink tool storage is superb and was completely free. I used an old leftover crossbar that I just drilled some holes in. I’ve also used a lot of old furniture that I have rebuilt or just painted. The IKEA HELMER bureaus are a blessing and very cheap. So is picture rails and glass jars. If I didn’t build a house I would have had a very limited budget.

2. What was/is your greatest challenge?

The greatest challenge for me was to create a welcoming house with lots of light that everybody, scrapper or non-scrapper, would just love to enter.

I also need to know exactly where everything is stored. Since I have a rather large scrapspace it’s impossible to find something if it’s not where it’s supposed to be.

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

Your needs always change. In my opinion you really can’t just sit down and think it will work for years to come. Six months later you’ll always discover that your needs has changed, you have tons of new supplies and that perfect organization no longer fits you. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve re-organized my space.

4. What is one thing you’d like to improve about your storage/organization?

I do miss a proper bookshelf. No matter how much you oversize your storage solutions you always discover that they are too small. I would have gone for the largest IKEA Expedit shelf where I could fit all my albums and Cropper Hopper Storage Solutions. But there’s simply not room for it.

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And there you have Jenny’s beautifully organized room!  More than anything – it’s so cozy!  Don’t you agree?  Please check out her her blog and her Pinterest page here!

DIY Storage Idea ~ Paper Mache Boxes

Hello friends, Lisa here today with the prettiest little storage box idea made from a Paper Mache box! I found this one at the Smart School House. The possibilities for personalizing this for your creative space are endless. Take a look.

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As you can see this is made from a simple Paper Mache box that can be found at any of your local craft stores. The lid is covered with fabric then topped with a drawer pull. I like the idea of choosing a fabric with a touch of the neutral kraft color in it, then leaving the bottom portion of the box natural!

There are numerous styles and sizes available. Here are just a few that would be fun to personalize.

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You can find the easy step by step  instructions on the Smart School House blog. Thanks for visiting with us today!

Lisa

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

Product Highlight: Creative Options Crafter’s Caddy

Hallo, it’s Hazel and I’m here to share the Crafter’s Caddy that I recently bought.  I work all around the house – the office, the dining room table, a desk in the middle of our living room or my Craft Closet …………………….. wherever my family members are, I go!!

This means that I have a “mobile crafting system” and I recently added another item:  Creative Options Crafter’s Caddy.

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The Craft Caddy is available in two color palettes: the French Garden palette and the Viva Le Pink palette. The French Garden version has a bright magenta base with an avocado green drawer, perfect for refreshing any craft room. The Viva Le Pink version has a black sparkle base with a platinum drawer, for a timeless look that appeals to anyone. Both versions feature the same compact design and measure 12.88 x 8 x 6.75” for portability.

It was readily available (even down under in Sunny SA) and rather “affordable”. I really love the tray that slides out as I’m currently into staples, stitching and paperclips.  More than enough space for all of that.  And here is a picture of what my caddy looked like two weeks ago ………………………………..

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I was working on a Christmas 2012 layout, made a dress for daughter-in-law #2 and recycled scraps into mini tags. That’s a lot isn’t  it?? And everything fit – from the 12×12 papers to the scissors, pens, Cuttlebug plates, dies and tons of embellishments. The only thing that IMPERFECT ME added to the caddy was a piece of recycled cardboard to keep my 12×12 papers standing up.  The caddy already has slots on both sides so I just cut it to size and slipped it in. (in my picture, look for the pink arrow)

That’s it!  Another addition to my “mobile crafting system”. Thanks for looking at Craft Storage Ideas today and please check back as we have lots more to share right here.

Hazel

Color Me Happy!

Hello friends, Lisa here once again! My assignment for this post was “Pick a Topic” ~ what to do ,what to do!! I went back to me childhood days and have some cute ideas for storing or displaying crayons. I have loved to color ever since I could hold a crayon. Perhaps that’s why I enjoy stamping and card making. In fact I think I would probably still enjoy a coloring book and a box of new Crayolas! Have a look at the fun options I found on Pinterest. These would be perfect for little ones at home or in a classroom.

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This inexpensive Lucite box is a great option for a more modern storage unit. Putting many boxes together for assorted craft supplies is a great organizational idea!

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Can you guess what this started out as? It’s a loaf pan!  It’s been painted and wooden legs have been added. Cute and kind of shabby chic from the Northern cottage!

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From shabby chic to outer space, isn’t he a fun little fella! This is a simple pickle jar with a fresh coat of paint on the lid. A cute portable optional and easy to personalize for the kiddos.

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 Isn’t this idea from Daisy Mae Belle stylish for a simple wooden box!

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Talk about farmhouse chic ~ simple clay pots in a wire basket as found on Miss Mustard Seed!

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These pails from Simply Sprout with their chalkboard labels are trendy as well as handy!

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This idea from Flexible Dreams is a perfect example of color coordinating your storage vessel!

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And finally a pretty jar full of crayons to be used or to simply be a fond reminder of our youth!

I think I need one of these!!

Lisa

Storing Project Life Goodies

A very good day to you all.  It’s Hazel from Sunny South Africa and I’m back to share ideas to store your Project Life goodies. I must admit, I’ve officially been a Project Lifer for the past two years but for the first year I only stared at the little 3×4 pockets. It was very intimidating. So, I renamed my PL system to MY LIFE, MY WAY and now everything goes.

I love it – you can add as many or little pictures as you want and it still looks full, pretty and finished, overall it is much cheaper as the paper pieces are smaller. You can also fill some of the pockets with memorabilia which would normally have ended up in the dust bin.

I know that a lot of  Project Lifers still store their stash in 12×12 plastic bags and if it works for you – keep going but I decided to downsize on storage.  After looking around Blogland, I know that a lot of other crafters do the same. Today, I’m showing what I found out there.

 Plastic containers:

I do love this one as you can see everything at one glance.

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I totally hate dusting – this container can be closed and stacked – much more my style.

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This is a combination of a tackle box and some other repurposed storage items.

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And now for my “fave” part – repurposed items!!!!

I like this one as it takes up less space and is still easily accessible. Pinterest is my source but I would love to get the original link as I’m curious if this a shop bought unit. If any of you know – please leave me a comment and I’ll add it to my post. And thanks to Sandra  we now have a link. Just click here.

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And a divided wooden tray!

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A wooden caddie:

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A Printer’s Tray:

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An old silverware box:

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An old vintage tray and a cupcake tin: 

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Apparently this used to be a vanity organizer. If any of you know where I can get my hands on one of them – leave a COMMENT!!! I would love to have it and I think so would a lot of other storage enthusiasts.

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Yes!! This is my firm favorite but until I can lay my hands on one (or convince someone to make one for me),  I’m sticking with the “plastics”.

This is a rather long post but I wanted to give you a good idea of what’s out there therefor I didn’t include a picture of my own.  If you want to see my system, hop over to my blog and “all will be revealed”.

That’s it – weather you are a Project Lifer or a normal scrapbooker or cardmaker – these ideas will surely zuss up your craft space. Thanks for looking at Craft Storage Ideas today. Please check back as we have lots more to share. Have a great day!

Hazel

Just 1 Tip {Repurposed Kitchen Items}

Hallo to all my fellow crafters looking for storage ideas that are pretty, cheap and works. Once again, it’s Hazel all the way from Sunny South Africa and here today to share a few ideas for repurposing kitchen items. Most of us either have them, they can be bought at yard sales for next to nothing and they do give a “vintagy” feel to any space.

What about cake tins or jelly molds?

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On your desk or a shelve:

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And  what about baking sheets?

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In a drawer:

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And of course, I wouldn’t recommend something that I haven’t tried – my brad storage system:

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What about a cupcake stand?

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or a mug holder?

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A flatware caddie?

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That’s it! Why throw away or buy new items if you can reuse, recycle or repurpose?  Thanks for visiting Craft Storage Ideas today and please check back as my fellow contributors and I have lots more to share right here. If you have ideas of your own – we would love to hear and see what you do. Please leave a comment or hop over to my blog and contact me there. Have a great day!
Hazel

Product Highlight: Hardware Storage Box

Many of us that craft have a lot of small bits and pieces to store and organize. I scrapbook and make jewelry and for both types of craft I end up with a lot of little supplies. One of my favorite storage solutions are hardware storage boxes. They are easy to find at pretty much any home improvement store and some mass retailers.

I love these because they are easy to find, relatively inexpensive and can be customized. I have spray painted mine with spray paint especially made for plastic to match the decor of my craft room. The clear drawers are perfect for seeing what is inside. Adding some labels to the front makes it even easier to find what you are looking for. You can sort your supplies by color, item type, etc. I have one I use for chipboard letter storage and have a drawer for each letter.

Here you can see Craft-O-Rama using one hanging on the wall to store small embellishments such as brads, eyelets and flowers.

Indie Color uses hers to store all her different colored beads.

Here is an example of one of the grey standard hardware storage boxes being painted white with plastic spray paint to fit in with the decor at SevenTwoThree. I think this whole room is beautiful and the drawers blend right in.

Lastly, Shannon at Madigan Made, uses one for stamp storage. I love how she made colored cut outs for each drawer. Such a fun addition to her craft space!

These units can be stacked and placed on a shelf, or you can even hang them on the wall. They are so versatile!

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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.