Minty Fresh Makeover: Noelle McAdams of paper & ICE/part 1

 

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Hello, CSI readers! It’s Noelle here today. I hope you all are doing well. I got a total wild hair earlier this month, and decided to COMPLETELY overhaul my studio. It was something that desperately needed to happen. I’d been ruminating on the changes I needed to make for a long time. And then, our ancient desktop computer died, and with it died the need to keep this massive computer desk in the room. Here is a before shot (a completely MESSY before shot….) and you can read all about my old studio here. 

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This meant I could claim the room as COMPLETELY my own! It’s still small, but mine! I feel so blessed to have this space to work, I know many people are working on their kitchen table. So exciting, yet intimidating. There were multiple problems with the space as it was. I knew there was a lot more work to be done than just removing the computer desk and adding a craft table. I had mentioned previously that there was no window, so no natural light. This room is the first room on the right as you enter the front door of our home (in below photo, that blue door is my front door), and the room has no door on it, so it’s visible to anyone who comes in. The desk I intended to keep was not working well for me, either. I recently read a wonderful article here that so perfectly explained many of the frustrations and concerns I also had with my room.

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Additionally, I was way short on storage space. This room is my craft studio, office, and theater storage. I run this website and my own blog, plus I design for CardMaker Magazine Blog, and The Cat’s Pajamas Stamps as an artist. I also teach theater to kids and instruct through a couple different organizations. I needed to have a place to store all my books, props, and costumes. Up until this room re-do, they all were in tote bags on the floor of the office-not so organized or accessible! With as many little jobs as I have, I knew it was critical that the space be FUNCTIONAL above all other goals and desires.

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So, I ended up having multiple goals with this room; here are a few of them:

 

  1. Lighten and brighten the space. I had come to avoid going in the space, it was just so dark and dreary. No window means I needed to employ other tricks to brighten the room. The black furniture and blue walls that I loved 8 years ago? Well, let me just tell you, I was SO over them! They no longer looked classy to me, they just looked…. Dull and dark.
  2. Highlight my vintage items. I have several vintage and antique items in the studio, ones that I loved. But with all the stuff everywhere, they were getting lost in the shuffle.
  3. Add more flat space and more storage, including a counter height table for standing up work. Also, add a place to craft with a friend, or my kids!
  4. Make anything that went in the space removable. Not that I had budget for built ins anyway, but even if I had, I wouldn’t have done them as we have been tossing around the idea of moving lately, and if when that happens, I don’t want all our hard work to go to waste!
  5. Make the space a MULTI-TASK room, one that would work well for storing my theater items, using my computer for planning and blogging, scrapbooking, paper crafting, sewing, and more!

P1220049-imp  I have to tell you, I had a lot of anxiety over this project. It knew it was just so important to my productivity and my peace of mind! And for two weeks the entire main level of my house was completely trashed, since I had EVERYTHING that normally was in this room in the dining room, and spent so much time painting and working on projects for the room, that….. well, lets just say the rest of my house went somewhere in a handbasket! ;)

 

But, in the end it was so WORTH all the stress, cost, and mess. I adore it now. It all started with this table…..

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I found this post online about creating a standing craft table from 2 IKEA Expedit shelves (now they are called Kallax, these are the green 2×2 ones). I loved that I could gain BOTH critical storage and flat workspace with this table. I have seen similar tables made from bookcases, etc, but I knew 12” storage was needed for my scrapbooking supplies. I opted to forego the hanging bar system I’ve used for years, and instead put my bags of themed items in these Drona bins that matched the green Kallax bases.

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Speaking of the green, I tried to talk myself into a white table, but alas, that fresh and minty color just sucked me in. It attracted me SO much that I decided to make it the main color in the room. It was a bold choice, since when I started there was very little green in the room. I have NO mint green in my house actually, lots of sky blue, navy, sage, beige, deep teal, and olive, but no mint! But I am so glad I took that plunge now! It’s so fresh feeling, not to mention a whole LOT brighter! It still marries well with the other rooms in my house, since it’s just different shades of blue and green anyway.

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The table top was made by my hubby and the top was faux painted by yours truly. I used the color Behr Rockwood Jade, which was a good match for this shade of green from IKEA. I faux finished with some sanding, some craft paint, and some antiquing medium. I used the same painting technique I featured on the dining room hutch here on my own blog. The top is a plywood top, with a frame underneath made from boards, and then trimmed out with some pretty trim. The frame underneath the plywood helped lift the top up to the proper height, ad make it very sturdy as well. The table is 5’ long and 30” wide. The feet are Capita feet from IKEA, but I spray painted them bronze, since I was going for a vintage look.

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My Cropper Hopper paper holders had to be cut down slightly to fit in these shelves, but it was an easy fix. The new CH holders are designed to fit these IKEA shelves, so never fear if you are getting new ones and you have EXPEDIT or KALLAX shelves. These are about 10 years old and had some sticker residue, etc on them, so I gave them a little makeover with some patterned paper. The narrow ones got a new look with washi tape!

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I will be bringing you the rest of this makeover on Friday! Hope you are able to tune back in then. :)

Noelle

The Studio (Neil Burley)

Today I’d like to share with you a studio that I’ve seen in person (and am just a little jealous of!).   A few months back I went on a Promarker colouring workshop with Neil Burley in Leicester (for those of you in the UK, I’d highly recommend the class).

Neil has created a beautiful studio in his garden where he runs regular workshops and classes.   Here’s a view of the studio from outside.

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Neil has used mostly Ikea furniture to kit out his workspace, and most of his supplies are stored in large wardrobes from Ikea with sliding doors which means the room doesn’t look too cluttered.

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Here’s his description of what is housed in these cupboards:

“The four Ikea Pax wardrobes, with sliding doors, which allows mounting of thin items on the ’slide behind’ doors, ideal for colour charts. Thicker samples are on the front doors. First has Printing, Acrylics, Big Shot Pro and dies, Ideaology kit and items for altering. Second is pictured in Cupboard with 12×12 papers, storage boxes, ATCs, tags, stamps, inks, Cardio-stamps (in labelled tins) and more items for altering (mainly frames). The drawers are deceptively spacious and I use the small plastic trays to organise and layer smaller items. Third cupboard has beading kit in Really Useful Boxes, and all the other media in the drawers including glass painting, napkin decoupage, Powertex and clays. Fourth is for my quilting  and fabric projects. You can also see a six drawer plan chest, ideal for paper and card storage, and on top the drawing board with shelving behind for all my liquid/spray media”.

Here’s a photo of his workspace (and it’s an action shot of work in progress which I love, rather than a ‘tidied up for the camera’ photo!)

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You can also tell from this photo what great light Neil has – having floor to ceiling windows the whole length of the studio really helps.

We’ve been talking a lot recently about the Raskog trolley from Ikea. Neil has a larger trolley in his studio, and I’m impressed by how much stuff he can fit on this version.

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My ‘Distress Trolley’ – more accurately my Ranger product trolley. This has all my ‘go-to’ sprays, inks, powders and usually has all the masks on it too. Ideal for moving next to you”.

The one issue Neil came across when designing and setting up his studio was installing a sink.   Installing plumbing proved to be cost prohibitive so he came up with a very clever solution.

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Innovative water supply solution: using an ultimate hosepipe to supply water front the house and a wheeled waste water container designed for use with caravans. I have an under sink water heater, so have hot and cold running water for a fraction of the cost of running pipework to the studio.

Neil also has a few top tips to share from his experience of setting up a studio from scratch:

“put small things into trays or boxes and put them in drawers or on trolleys – that way you can just pull out the whole range, use it and put it away so much faster. Label the front of drawers or boxes. Put frequently used things at waist height – less lifting or bending! Return everything to a home at the end of the day – it’s quicker to work on a project the next… not something I follow faithfully given the state of my work tables today”!

If you’d like to see more photos, pop over to Neil’s blog. Thanks for stopping by CSI!

Sharon

 

Wilna Fursterberg heART Studio: Before and After

Hello to you all.  Hazel here and today I want to share a “before” and “after” craft room.  I’ve been following Wilna Furstenberg’s iheartblog for the past few months and knowing her style (sort of) I wasn’t surprised with her craft studio. But it even got better ………………………… she had pictures of her previous room (2009) as well as her current room on her blog and in her Flickr gallery.

So, I indulged to bring you:  heART Studio – BEFORE: (Link)

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Three  Things that i heART about this room:

1. The mood board:

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2. Even Mini Schnauzer, Max’s, cushion coordinates with the room:

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3. Just enough personal items to give the room LOTS of personality, makes it functional and organized without cluttering it:

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heART Studio – AFTER: (Link)

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Three Things that i heART about this room:

1. The room is bigger but Wilna re-used all her old goodies. She only added a chandelier and a chubby organizer from potterybarn.

2. Of course, Max and his “toned down” cushion cover.

3.  It still has LOTS op personality, no clutter and has a “old” new feel to it.

I hope you have enjoyed our journey in a time capsule moving back and forth between Wilna’s old and new craft studios.  Treat yourself and have a look at the videos on her blog – I bet you will be become a regular visitor.  While there, leave a comment and tell her that Craft Storage Ideas sent you. And, please thank her for sharing her space with us!

Thanks for looking at Craft Storage Ideas today. Have fun, craft on and remember to try something new!

Hazel

 

Studio Tour: Jonathan Fong Style

Studio Tour: Jonathan Fong Style

Hello all, this is Suzanne here with my very first Contributor post for CSI! I have an amazing studio tour to share with you today. While perusing through Pinteret, I scrolled onto a studio so bright and cheery, it immediately caught my attention. If you LOVE color, then you will find plenty of inspiration in Jonathan Fong’s Studio.

While there are many elements that caught my eye in this creative space, the most intriguing is the wall of colorful cabinets.

Using Ikea Besta cabinets, Jonathan turned the door fronts into giant paint chips! Each “painted” panel is actually a peel-and-stick mural that he had made to match the door fronts. Since his murals are easy to apply and remove, he has the freedom to change the colors and styles as he sees fit.

While the paint colors are matched to actual Pantone colors, Jonathan chose his own names for each color, creating a personal vision board for his space. He even has a matching paint chip mirror that he created for the studio!

For some clever storage, he uses clear paint pails to match his overall studio theme.

Jonathan’s studio includes some great storage inspiration, from the clear, stacking paper trays in his Expedit shelving, to the adorable ribbon tower next to his wrapping supplies. Did you notice the “rug” in the center of his room? It is actually artificial turf! A very creative alternative to carpet.

A big thank you to Jonathan Fong for allowing us to share a tour of his unique studio. You can see more of Jonathan’s studio, storage, and creativity here. Have a look at the additional pictures on his blog, you won’t be disappointed!


Suzanne


 

Craft Room Tour ~ Card Therapy

Hello! I come to you today sharing the craft room of one of my dearest blogging friends as my final post with CSI.  My term here has come to an end. After much thought, I have decided to step down from the team. I want to give a big thank you to Rebecca for inviting me to be a contributor and to our new sister team of leaders, Noelle and Shelley for taking the reins of the blog and doing an amazing job! I’ve enjoyed working with my fellow contributors and look forward to all of the creative ideas they have for us in the future. Now on to that craft room!

Sue Lelli of Card Therapy has a pretty room filled with Florida sunshine. She doesn’t refer to it as her craft room, it’s her card room! But Sue makes more than cards. She brings creative mixed media projects to her blog on a regular basis and throws in an inspiring canvas work of art from time to time. With a room like this how could you not be inspired to create!

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I love the crisp white walls and neutral furnishings with refreshing pops of bright pink…her signature color!

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She even brought a pop of her favorite color into her storage closet with these handy canvas drawers.

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I just adore this beautiful bay window, the perfect place to photograph her works of art. Sue has a crafting companion on a regular basis…her cat! Take a close look at this photo and you’ll spy this little feline’s darling petal covered bed!

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Check out her card wall! What an amazing idea and a pretty feature in her card room. She shared with me that some of these are her works, but many are cards from fellow card makers. I like all of her pretty ribbons on display here too!

Stop by to pay Sue a visit and say hello. While you’re there have a look around, you’ll enjoy here blog!

Farewell friends

Lisa

Just 1 Tip: Paint your Raskog!!

Hallo to all my fellow storage enthusiasts.  Once again, it’s Hazel all the way from currently not-so-sunny South Africa.  Yes, winter finally arrived down under with lots of rain but in between – the most glorious days that you just HAVE to spend outside.

When the weather is not that great, I stay inside and craft a bit more. And while searching for inspiration on Pinterest I found this GREAT idea:

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A white Raskog!! Ever wanted one to fit your color scheme? Cathy from “Hello. I’m a paper addict” tried it out and I love it.

Hop over to see her original post here and to get all the inside info. Now, you have to excuse me …………………………. I’ve got some painting to do.

Have a great day an please leave me and Cathy some comments. I would love to see and hear what you think and do.

Hazel

 

 

Craft Room {Clean and Scentsible}

Today I am sharing a craft room with you from one of my favorite bloggers – Jenn from Clean and Scentsible. She writes a blog all about crafting and organizing, so it is a perfect fit to share with our readers. Her space is the perfect mix of function, organization and pretty.

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I love the way she organized her inspirational ideas pulled from magazines and books. She can easily find what she is looking for without paging through a ton of pages. And these files take up so much less space than all those magazines and books did!

The desk area is very well organized and functional as well. I love the wall treatment she used to really make her space feel special.

I love the use of the white furniture to really brighten up the space. She utilizes the Michael’s Recollections storage cubes throughout her room. I have these myself and they are so great for storing scrapbook supplies as well as other crafting notions. They don’t take up a lot of space but really can hold  a lot.

Be sure to head over to Jenn’s blog to see the full craft room reveal. You will be even more amazed after you the see the before of her space.

Laura

Studio Tour with Ali Edwards

Hello to all my fellow craft storage enthusiast!!  Hazel here and today we are visiting Ali Edwards. I’m SURE you all know who she is but for those wondering – she is a designer, blogger, author, and mother of two. She has written four books about scrapbooking, authored a popular monthly column for Creating Keepsakes magazine, conducted workshops around the country, internationally, and online, and currently designs digital scrapbooking products for Designer Digitals and stamps for Technique Tuesday. Now for Ali’s room.  She says that her goal is to make stuff and that she doesn’t want to spend a lot of time organizing.  For her stash she wants a selection but not excess.  Sound like a good idea to me. IMG_6217
The two Varde tables from Ikea are back to back. They are the perfect height as Ali likes to work standing up. The tops are nice and big which means that some supplies can go on top and the rest goes in drawers or in baskets below. IMG_6251
Along both walls are Ikea Expedit shelves on wheels. These are awesome on their own but having them on wheels makes them that much more awesome. AE_shelves-500x333
I just love the pull-out Kvissle Letter Trays from Ikea. They are used to store the current kits. Best part is, you can pull the whole tray out and move it to the work table and the move it back when done. IMG_6208
OK. This is my favorite!! Inside the doors of this locker  you’ll find inks, paints, ribbons, sewing supplies, etc. Most of these things Ali doesn’t use every time she makes something. Out of sight but still on hand. IMG_6186
On the opposite side of the room from the lockers, right next to the windows, are the computer desks.  I love the sunshine pouring through the windows and the “interactiveness” of working together. IMG_6214
That’s it from me. I hope you have enjoyed Ali’s studio with me.  Please hop over to her blog to read the rest and while there, leave some comments to let her know that we appreciate her sharing with us. Have fun and craft on.
Hazel

Craft Room {Mom 4 Real}

Welcome to today’s Craft Room tour. It’s Cicily  and I’m so glad it’s Friday. Actually if all has gone as planned I’m in the forest on our first camping adventure with the kids! You know I’ll be snapping so many pictures and probably have my paper picked out before the camping trip is over! LOL

Well back to the Craft Room. This adorable and quaint picture caught my eye on Pinterest. I think it was the colors and the style that had me clicking through to the post.

Jessica of Mom 4 Real recently shared her breakfast nook craft space on her blog. Yes I said breakfast nook as in off of her kitchen! I’m not sure I could be so brave, mostly because I don’t put my toys away after playing with them.

She’s utilizes the bookcases to store her larger machines, blog work and keeps things like pens and washi tape close at hand.

This pic really shows her space in the nook. She didn’t say it on the post, but it looks like she has more storage in the basket as well as the bookcase to the left.

I hope those of you short on space got some inspiration from Jessica’s space.

Cicily

CRAFT ROOM {BECKY’S VINTAGE TRAILER}

Hello to all my fellow craft storage enthusiasts. Once again, it’s Hazel, all the way from Sunny SA here to share a “craft room” with you. And what a goodie this is!!! Get a cuppa and let’s head over to Becky from Blue June’s “craft trailer”. No joke. This gal got herself this:

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And then she started crafting and renovating. It would be unfair not to share a few “work in progress” pictures with you. Here is the link to where she did the “red cupboard” and the decoupaged “chest of drawers”. She used pages from a Child Craft book from the 70’s for her funky decoupage.

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The “chest of drawers”:

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Here you can see Becky’s workspace:

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And a bit of peace and quiet to read a book or just “chillax”:

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Have you spotted the decoupaged “walls”?

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I first met Becky’s craft trailer on Flickr early one Sunday morning and I have to tell you this – I spent the whole day on my iPad reading back to January 2013 when she started this project.

I’m a HUGE trailer / caravan fan and would love to own a space like this. So, be sure to expect the unexpected from IMPERFECT ME. I will be back with some more.

In the meantime, have fun reading Becky’s posts. You can find her Flickr gallery here. Her original reveal post on her blog, Blue June here and I’ve also spotted her here  at Roomzaar.

Thanks for joining me today. Remember to leave me some comments and when you visit Becky’s posts, tell her that Craft Storage Ideas sent you and thank her for sharing with us.

Have a GREAT day!

Hazel