Craft Room: The Card Grotto

Hi everyone, it’s Sharon here with another one of my favourite craft rooms.

This room belongs to Michelle Short, who is a total expert at organisation! I’ve taken her ideas for a lot of my own storage, especially my clear stamp storage.   What I like most about her room is how clean and fresh it looks, and even though her room isn’t huge, and like me, she has a lot of stuff, it just doesn’t look at all cluttered.

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I love these clear acrylic storage boxes from Muji, and my clear stamps are stored in exactly the same way, it’s just so easy to flip through them and see exactly what you have.

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Pop over to Michelle’s blog ‘The Card Grotto’ for more photos and a fantastic video tour of her beautiful room.

 

Thanks for stopping by CSI today! :)

Sharon

 

 

To Purge or Not To Purge…

That is the question! My mess supplies have recently taken over my craft room. Not only do I need to clean and put things away but we’re considering relocating my craft room to an area that’s smaller than I have now. Eeek! I’m actually okay with this and even excited about it. I know if done right I can get a lot of my stuff in this space. Realistically I have too much stuff ( I will deny ever saying that!). That’s where this “P” word comes in…Purge.

So after watching my craft room get messier and messier and my actual work surface disappear, I knew not only do I need to clean but I should really look at purging some supplies along the way. Not sure if I was procrastinating (my middle name), or my long lost organizational gene had surfaced, but I decided to go about this in an orderly manner.

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Now that I have my trash out of the room, and my box ready to be filled with those purged items, how do I decide what to purge?

I wrote down some basic questions that if answered realistically can help you to decide To Purge or Not To Purge.

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I really debated on some of these questions. And ultimately there’s the “Do I Love it?” question that can save some supplies. Of course this isn’t foolproof and if you aren’t in a mental purging place, then no this won’t work. But instead of just guessing which supplies to keep and what to purge, this should help.

Once you purge, you can give the supplies to other crafty friends, sell them or donate them to a school. If they are good supplies, please don’t throw them away. Schools or Rec centers would love to have these supplies.

I’d love to hear your thoughts, suggestions or accomplishments. Happy purging!

Cicily

 

Neat and tidy craft room (Kelly Cutler)

Hi everyone!   It’s Sharon here with a beautiful craft room from Kelly Cutler to share.

 

What I love about Kelly’s room is that she’s managed to have all her supplies fairly visible and close at hand, but it still all looks very neat and tidy.

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I would love to sit at this desk and craft – look at all those lovely supplies right there within easy reach!

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We’ve seen a lot of Raskog trolleys lately, but I like this trolley of Kelly’s as the drawers make things much neater.

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Her paper storage is great too – she’s got a lot of paper there and it looks really easy to find exactly what you need.

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If you’d like to visit Kelly’s blog you can find her here.

 

Thanks for stopping by CSI!

Sharon

Craft Room Tour: Daisy Mae Belle

Welcome to today’s Craft Room Tour.

It’s Cicily and I’m super excited to share Melissa’s craft room from her Daisy Mae Belle blog.

I immediately fell in love with her blog, from her great pictures, her sense of style and her sweet southern charm. I think you’re going to love it too!

I’m so in love with her Playhouse! Her dad built this for her 3 girls and now that they’ve outgrown it, it’s been transformed into Melissa’s Craft Room! I’m thinking my kids need a playhouse!

Melissa recently posted a Craft Room Tour which you can see in its entirety HERE. But we’ll share a few sneak peeks.

Baskets and eclectic dishes are home for craft supplies.

Her organization technique: store like items together. This corner is dedicated to her wreath making supplies. Not only are these all items waiting for projects or projects in progress, but used for decoration and storage in the Playhouse. Example: the birdcage is home to her wire cutters!

If I had to choose a favorite organization idea it would be this one. Ladder, no it’s shelving!

I did think this was pretty clever. What else would we put in a scale but old books! BTW I so need that Owl and Pussy Cat book! Can you spot the S&P shakers?

 

I’m so very intrigued by all these items and will be checking back often with Melissa to see how she repurposes them!

Cicily

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

Craft Room Feature {Infarrantly Creative}

I just love to see what people do for craft room makeovers!  I stumbled across Beckie’s newly renovated room over at Infarrantly Creative!  What I love is that she actually built many of the fantastic features!  Besides that, her new space is so open and inviting!

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How’s that for inspiration?!  I love a room that is uncluttered, but yet, where everything is easily accessible!

See all those cabinets along the wall?  She built them!  Here’s a peek at what’s been organized inside:

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And that paint shelf you see?  It’s actually a door!

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I hope I have your curiosity going now!  You really need to go check out the rest of her reveal because it is FULL of ideas, inspiration and how-to’s!

Have a great day,

Melissa

A Great Craft Room/Office/Guest Room from Damask Love

My craft space is also my office, so I get really inspired by craft rooms that do double duty, that might look like an office but are also really just well-organized creative spaces.

I’m kind of in love with the pretty space that Amber from Damask Love works in, which once again makes me weep a little inside that I live in a state without an IKEA.

That’s where all this lovely furniture came from: the tables, chairs, drawers and even the big tower storage units. So streamlined, and you get a lot of storage in a little space, which is great. craft room office damask love

I love the idea of using traditional “office” supplies in a crafty way, which she does with her rolling file cart turned storage for card stock, acrylic stamping blocks, paper trimmer and more supplies that a card maker needs to have always at hand. damask love rolling cart

This room also has a fold-out couch for guests, which makes a comfy spot for reading, brainstorming and doing work that doesn’t require the desk. You can see from the overhead shot that it’s not a huge space, but it’s really well planned and looks cozy, not cluttered. damask love craft room

Which is exactly the kind of inspiration I need for my office/craft area.

Another thing I love in this space is the little floating shelf on which she displays her magazine covers and current favorite creations. You can bet if I ever get any magazine covers I’m installing a shelf to show them off! favorites wall damask love

You can check out the rest of Amber’s craft room on her site and get all the details.

Just One Tip: Using Crates for Storage

I’ve told you before about my obsession with hanging things on the wall for storage, and in that post I touched on hanging crates on the wall to make shelves or display cases.

I recently became the proud owner of a wooden crate that I bought as a photography prop, but while I’m not using it for photos I need to use it for something, so I decided I’d take a closer look at different ways to use crates to store crafty items.

Hang Crates as Shelves pastel crates in mudroom

Yes, I already talked about hanging crates on the wall, but I had to bring it up again because I just came across these lovely pastel painted crates from Thea’s Mania (which is not in English; you can also find them on Apartment Therapy).

She used them in an entryway to store shoes off the floor, which is completely adorable, but wouldn’t they look awesome stacked high with fabric or yarn, too?

Stack as Shelves bookshelf made of crates

The Rusty Hinges Blog has a great roundup of ways to use crates as shelving when stacked together. I love this look for a collection of arts and crafts books with a few pretty, inspirational items mixed in.

Use as Drawers crates as baskets

Of course you can also go the other way and use the crates as drawers or “baskets” on an existing shelf. This picture from Imperfect Homemaking actually uses crates to contain items in a laundry room, but you could use the same concept in your crafting area.

I particularly like this one because of the labels made with chalkboard paint so you know what’s inside since you can’t see through the crate. Bonus: making the labels is crafty!

What I’m Doing, For Now single crate bookshelf

It’s a happy coincidence that my crate fits exactly in the space between my filing cabinet and the door of my office, so for now I have it stacked with some books that I intend to review soon. This keeps them all corralled and visible so I remember what I have, which is a big help when I’m trying to review a bunch of books in the same genre or with the same theme.

Do you use crates for storage in your crafty space? I’d love to know how you use them!