Product Review: IKEA’s ANTONIUS Insert

Hello, crafty friends! It’s Suzanne here today with a product review of IKEA’s ANTONIUS basket insert. I really love the versatility of this product and use it quite extensively in my own craft room… you may have noticed it in some of the pictures I posted a couple of weeks ago in my craft room tour, here. While this product was designed specifically to fit in the wire baskets of the ANTONIUS shelving/drawer system, there are many other uses for this basket insert, both in and out of the IKEA system.

My favorite part about this product is its $3.00 price tag! Although I find it quite long at 14 5/8″ x 9 1/2″ x 2 3/4″, if you can get the ANTONIUS to fit in your drawers, baskets, etc. then you will have the opportunity to get a really great organization piece at a very affordable price.

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I searched the web to see how others were using the ANTONIUS basket insert and came across some great ideas! While most of the inserts were being used in the IKEA system for craft storage, there were also some unique uses that I would have never thought of myself. Let’s take a look…

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Project Life Cards and Accessories

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Tools and Accessories

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Sewing: Thread and Accessories

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What great ideas for using the ANTONIUS basket insert! I especially love the use of the insert in the pantry and fridge. I never thought of that! I hope that you have enjoyed a look at this versatile storage item and have access to an IKEA to pick some up right away! How do you use this product? Let us know in the comments below!

Suzanne

All about the Furniture: Pegboard Love

Hello, Hazel here all the way from Sunny South Africa to invite you over for a stroll around Blogland to look at pegboards.  YES, I know most of us use them in our craft spaces but I found a few new ideas to share. First up. Ever thought of  “zussing” up your board with cross stitch?

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Some paint?

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And just look at these boxes!! Storage galore:

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Want to make your own box? Never too late to try something new.

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And if you are not a hardware fanatic, this trolley would fit into any craft room!

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Do you have some more funky ideas?? Please leave a comment or a link. I would love to see what you do. Thanks for looking at alternative ideas for pegboards with me today. I really liked having you around.

See you soon!

Hazel

Storage Solution Roundup: Cricut Cartridges

Hello crafty friends! This is Suzanne with a look at Cricut cartridge storage solutions today. There are so many options out there to neatly store your overflowing stock of cartridges. Some of those solutions are ready-to-go binders and bins specifically made for the cartridges. However, if you are looking for a little Do-It-Yourself project, or to save some money on storage, I have some crafty resources for you that I came across while searching the web. Hopefully you will get some inspiration from a couple of them to make your own storage!

The first storage solution utilizes two boxes: one for the cartridges and an additional box for the manuals. For the cartridges, empty baby food containers were hot glued together to fit perfectly inside the box! Each container holds 4 Cricut cartridges, for ample storage. The manuals are stored separately and are categorized by alphabet.

 

For clear container storage, this ingenious solution uses clear boxes meant for ribbon, and some pre-cut and fit plastic canvas. The cartridges and tools are stored in one box, and the bulky manuals are stored in another.

 

This clear storage box holds small, labeled containers with the name of each Cricut cartridge. This system would make it so easy to return your cartridges to the proper spot for maximum organization!

 

These Cricut items are individually sealed in clear zipper bags and then all stored inside of an acrylic container meant for sweaters! With the clear storage and labels, this is also an easy way to stay organized.

 

So, what about the original Cricut boxes? From the majority of blogs that I have read, most crafters tend to keep the boxes that their cartridges come in and store them elsewhere.  Or, there is always the option of storing the boxes and cartridges in the same area. If you notice in the picture below, the boxes are all neatly lined up on the shelf, but there is a small container of cartridges on the bottom shelf that have been re-stored. Perhaps these are the most used cartridges that need to be accessed quickly and efficiently, or taken to on-the-go crops.

 

Although these are all great Cricut cartridge storage options, the trick is finding a solution that works for you. Depending on how many cartridges you own, the choice may be clear!

 

Suzanne

 

 

All About the Furniture: Crafty Storage Dressers

All About the Furniture: Crafty Storage Dressers

Hello, it’s Suzanne here with a look at some pretty crafty storage dressers today! These dressers range from minor creative alterations to full repurposing.  I love to re-use and re-purpose what I already have on hand, and sometimes that means using pieces in non-traditional ways. When my son received a new bedroom set a few years ago, we were left with a dresser and nightstand that no one wanted or needed at the time. Desperately looking for extra storage for my scrapbooking supplies one day, I came across the forgotten dresser and decided that this would be a great place to store some of my stash!

This got me to thinking about old dressers, and if others also use them for craft supply storage. After searching through Pinterest, I can certainly say that many of you are also using your dressers for craft storage. Take a look at what I came across for creative storage options…

Dresser for Basket Storage

This dresser had the doors removed, was repainted. and then had the empty shelves filled with roomy baskets. The baskets are easy to see through, and have been labeled for ultimate craft organization.

Dresser for Fabric Storage

This pretty, pink dresser houses a ton of rainbow fabric. Color-coordinated and neatly organized fabric is easy to store and easy to find.

Dresser for General Craft Supply Storage

This drawer organizes an array of craft supplies and accessories. The inserts inside provide much needed organization for such a large drawer. Having like-items corralled together makes it easier to find what you need for your projects.

Existing Dresser with Side Storage Added

This idea is just genius! Can you guess what type of “shelving” was added to this dresser? Spice racks! That’s right, plain wooden spice racks were painted white and attached to the sides of the dresser. You could add your crafting magazines, how-to books, die cuts, etc. What about pretty, colorful ribbon spools, Washi tape, paints, or spice jars filled with small embellishments?

Dresser to Scrapbook Desk

This desk is amazing! It all started with an old dresser, a can of paint, and a vision. A larger top was added to give the desk some extra length and depth from the narrow dresser top it once was.  And, those beautiful drawers remained, offering ample space for hidden supply storage.  If you would like to see additional pictures, there is a nice tutorial on this desk on Nicole’s blog.

Do you have an old dresser sitting around that is just waiting to be re-purposed as craft supply storage? It is absolutely amazing at what some new paint and hardware can do to transform a piece of furniture. And with Pinterest and YouTube at our disposal there is not much stopping us from getting that perfect storage piece we are all looking for!

 

Suzanne

Storage for small embellishments

Hallo, it’s Hazel and today I have a storage idea from my own cupboard to share!!

This year, I decided not to buy ANYTHING new. I will use what I have on hand, recycle and repurpose in my quest for less clutter. The biggest problem was – I didn’t know what I had on hand!!

So, after searching through a whole plastic tub to find a “cat” paperclip, I decided to do something about it.  Here is my solution:

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From my local hardware store and before you think that I’ve bought a whole stash of these – I used 2 left over from my hubby’s garage upgrade last year.

I love these as the dividers can be moved around. Much easier to clean (I wash them in the dishwasher!!) and if you have awkward shapes, you can fit them as well.

And here is my sorted paperclip stash:

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Stacked and ready to go into my craft cupboard:

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I just stack them as the lids close firmly, even if they should fall, they will stay intact in their little cubicles.

I think you will agree with me – I made a good call when I decided that “enough was as good as a feast” – this stash will last me a lifetime!

Last but not least.  While browsing Pinterest I stumbled upon this idea for stacking your containers:

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I have a birthday coming up and I think Hamman HQ needs one of these. I’m off to show my hubby.

Thanks for sorting paperclips with me today. It has been fun.  If you have ideas you want us to feature, send us email or leave a comment.  We’d love to see what you do.

Love and Sunshine from Sunny South Africa.

Hazel

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Product Highlight ~ Darice Storage Box

Hello! I’m highlighting a terrific Darice product today that is perfect for storing and color coordinating your sequins.

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This can be found in the beading aisle at your local Joann and also at their online store.

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There are 20 small compartments and one rectangle compartment, perfect for coordinating craft items or small tools. What I like most about this product is the clasp that closes it securely!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Lisa

Paper Storage

Hey there! After sharing my creative space on my blog, I learned that one of my paper storage solutions was a big hit! So my tip for you today is a way to store your 6×6 paper pads.

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I purchased these cute wire baskets at Office Max. All of my 6×6 paper pads are stored in a quart size ziplock freezer bag.The freezer bags are a bit sturdier than a regular storage bag. I cut off the “zipper” portion of the bag for easier access. The scraps from each pad are stored here as well!

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This method  also works for 8×8 paper pads. I use a gallon size bag for those. No matter how large or small  your collection of decorative paper pads is, this keeps them neat and tidy. Having the scraps in the bags as well makes referencing for my posts easier too!

Lisa

Craft Room Tour ~ Uncommon Designs

Hello, Lisa here today with a new craft room tour. Today we’re paying a visit to Trish at Uncommon Designs. Trish shares this blog with her crafting partner and sister-in-law Bonnie. Her room is as cute as can be and full of fun storage ideas. I’m sharing a glimps of the after. Pop over to her blog for the before!

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This is a great idea for storing bottles of craft paint. The color separation makes it easy to find what you need at a glance. Even if you never used the paint, this is the cutest display!

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A coat of paint, the removal of the top hutch and the addition of open airy shelves gives Trish’s “office” area an fresh modern look.

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Love the mix of storage containers with the trendy chalkboard labels!

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This pop of pink florals in a beautiful silver frame adds a fun pop of color to her space. Adding a curtain to the opening under a counter or desk top is a perfect way to hid lesser used crafting supplies. And perhaps my favorite item in this room…a jar full of glitter!!

A big thank you Trish for letting us have a peek into your creative space!! Have a delightful day friends.

Lisa

 

 

Just 1 Tip: Store your gardening Tools

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Good day to all my fellow storage enthusiasts. It’s Hazel here with you to share a great idea I got from my BFF, Pinterest.  I’m not a big gardener but to some it’s a true craft and a GREAT hobby.

That said, with spring in the air on the other side of the world and fall down under – I think we should try some “green living”. Where do you store your gardening tools??

I have a bucket in my living room!!! It works for me and I love the look. Problem is, the tools get rusty quite easily so I found this idea on Pinterest:

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Once again, I couldn’t find a link to the original post. If anyone can help, please leave me a comment and I’ll fix it ASAP.  The bucket idea is the same as mine but here sand is mixed with a little oil to keep your tools from rusting. And the added benefit is that everything stands up like little soldiers – SO much neater. Love it!!

I’ve been thinking about a vertical herb garden – now is the time. I’m off to preserve my tools and then I’ll be back on Pinterest searching for ideas. Check back to Craft Storage Ideas as I’ll be back to tell.

Have a great day and remember to try something new today!

Hazel

 

 

 

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