Craft Room Tour: Gayatri Murali

Hi, Jessica here!  I’m super excited for today’s craft room tour!

I have long been an admirer of Gayatri Murali and I remember her sharing a sneak of her craft room creation last spring on her blog.  As I’ve been getting to know her better through “A Blog Named Hero” I decided to ask if she’d be willing to share more of her craft room.  Gayatri is an amazing paper-crafter and her design team resume and challenge wins certainly reflect that!  She designs for Penny Black, Pretty Pink Posh, Winnie & Walter, A Blog Named Hero, Curtain Call Challenge blog, Runway-Inspired Challenge blog, Tag You’re It Challenge blog, and is often a guest designer for many companies and challenges!  And now you can see where her magic happens!

Her craft room was a birthday present from her husband and it’s the stuff of Pinterest dreams! :)  She went from this (which is a gorgeous foyer…the home DIYer in me LOVES the striped wall):

The original entryway

The original entryway

To this downstairs…

Completed entry way

The completed entryway

And this upstairs!!!!

My tiny craft room

The completed craft room

She packs quite a punch in that space!  I love that everything is easily within reach when she’s working and it’s all organized!

Here are a few closer looks of her desk area!

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Cardstocks

Cardstocks and sprays

And a couple photos of her supplies organized by categories and various shelves:

All stamp sets and embellishments in boxes

All stamp sets in bins and embellishments in boxes

Some HA stamps, pattern papers and embellishments

Hero Arts stamps, patterned papers, and embellishments

I also like the window full of cards!  Great inspiration to see everyday!

Lots of dies

Die storage

And finally a few “in-progress” renovation photos!

Floor of the craft room

Floor of the craft room

Floor of the craft room from below

Floor of the craft room from below

Completed Craft Room

Completed Craft Room

So there you have it…you may have room for a dedicated craft nook in your home and you just never knew it! ;)

Thanks for visiting today and make sure you take some time to visit Gayatri!  Her designs are sure to inspire you!

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Craft Room Tour: Paper Crafts By Laurel

Hello!  Kim here from StampingImperfection!  I’m really excited for today’s post since I get to share the craft room of Laurel Beard from Paper Crafts By Laurel! 

Laurel’s room is a dream come true.  It’s uncluttered and organized.  It’s functional and you can see that she has really planned the pieces she uses to fit the needs that she has for the supplies she has on hand.  She uses great pieces from Ikea and she labels everything!

Laurel recently took a trip to a local Ikea and picked up a few pieces to add to her craft space.  The best advice she gives us is that when you reorganize, you first have to purge!  Isn’t this the most difficult part of organizing for a crafter?  We just don’t want to part with our stuff!  Laurel purges and uses the half of the proceeds that she gets to donate to her favorite charity!  I love this idea!  You sell your stuff to someone who might actually use it and you donate the proceeds to a worthy cause!  What better incentive to purge when your goodies are helping support a good cause?

I selected a few of my favorite pictures from Laurel’s craft room to share with you.  You can view all of her photos on her blog craft room tour.   Laurel includes links to all of the storage items that she has from Ikea on her blog as well.  You can see those here.

In the first photo, you will see that she uses several small pretty containers to hold craft supplies that she has artfully arranged on a wall in her craft space.  I love that this is not only functional, but it is beautiful!   What better way is there to decorate your craft room than by using your craft supplies and projects!

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Laurel uses an Expedit Shelving Unit from Ikea that is perfectly organized!  You can see that she left some of the cubes open and purchased the drawers and cabinet doors for several of the spaces.  It’s a clever way to display the items that you reach for all the time, while also hiding some of the others from view.

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I’m seriously envying how wonderfully organized this is!  Here is a close up of her shelving system:

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Can you see how she’s labeled everything?  The white boxes, also from Ikea, fit perfectly and corral the supplies she uses on  a regular basis.  You can get a more detailed description of her system from her YouTube Video where she gives you a complete tour and explanation of all the details!  You won’t want to miss it!

Finally, I love how she’s used these Fintorp Flatware caddies from Ikea to store tools and supplies.  Again, they add a decorative, yet functional element to her room.  They can also be taken down and carried to your work table when you need to use them!

Laurel Beard Craft Room Tour

I really love how Laurel has created a clean, organized space with a subtle color palette.   The bright pops of color come from her craft projects and supplies.  The room feels so complete and pulled together.  She shares a lot of great little tips and suggestions. I love this space!  It must be so relaxing to create in a space this pretty and organized!

Make sure to visit her blog at Paper Crafts By Laurel to see the rest of her pictures, glean more tips and ideas and check out the video with all of the great details!

Thank you for joining us today at Craft Storage Ideas!  I hope you feel as inspired by Laurel’s craft room as I have!

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DIY Craft Desks

Hello, it’s Suzanne here today with some ideas for do-it-yourself craft/office desks. Did you know that you can make your own craft desk for a fraction of the price of purchasing a pre-made desk? And, there are so many options out there to choose from! I have some ideas for you that range from adding a top to a couple of cabinets, to DIY desks that require a little more assembly. For the desks that require measuring, cutting, and assembly, there are tutorials on the websites listed, so be sure to visit those sites for more information and instructions.

Desk with Alex Drawers from IKEA

IKEA products are so versatile, cost-effective, and easy to assemble. I just love coming across new ways to use their products. Shown below are the Alex drawers from IKEA and a wood table top. Could this desk get any easier? Castors were added to the bottoms of the drawers to make this desk mobile. With twelve large drawers for storage, this desk is a crafter’s dream.

Desk with Drawers

This is a similar concept to the desk above in that two cabinets of drawers were used as the base, but a glass table top was used as the desk top here. You could use any type of cabinets, as long as they are the same height and provide a comfortable sitting height.

Desk with Filing Cabinets

Another simple wood desk top, but this time, we have two standard filing cabinets below. Easy to put together and plenty of storage space in the filing cabinets.

Desk with Shelves

Here is more of a traditional type of crafter’s desk. IKEA components were used to create the desk unit, which leaves ample room for storage.

Pipe Desk

This interesting desk uses pipes as a base. You would need to be handy (or know someone that is) to create this desk, but it is a cost effective way to get a nice solid work station into your craft room.

Bar Stool Desk

Another simple desk idea using two bar stools and a wood-plank tabletop.

Sawhorse Desk

This pretty desk offers a ton of space! I would love to work on a desk of this size and spread my scrapbook layouts all over one side.

I hope that you have found some interesting ideas for your next desk. It doesn’t always have to cost a lot to get a new crafty station. By re-purposing some older items, you can create the desk of your dreams as well!

Suzanne

Heather Bailey’s Sugar Shop Studio

Hello all my fellow craft storage enthusiasts!  Today I’m here to share Heather Bailey’s studio, The Sugar Shop.  Let me show you why I love everything she does:

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With a B.A. in Apparel Design and a knack for style, Heather has run successful businesses in both women and children’s accessories. She designs fabric, sewing patterns, paper craft supplies, stationery picnicware and houseware. Just click here to hop over to Heather’s shop and all will be revealed.

Now for her studio.  Like Heather’s designs, her studio is calm, serene, modern with a vintage feel and super workable.

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The tall green work-island has a ton of storage, with cabinets and drawers on each side. The cabinets contain art papers, zippers, vintage linens, interfacings, unfinished quilt-tops and stationery. In one of the drawers Heather stores sketchbooks and rulers but the rest she keeps empty for quick clean-ups.

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She repurposed a bookshelf by adding a base unit and repainting the poorly white washed  top part – now it’s a super dooper proper dresser where she stores her art supplies, sewing notions and wool felt.  The yellow boxes above hold less-frequently-used items, like velcro and grommets, linoleum blocks for stamp- carving, elastic and cording.

Most of her furniture is “homemade” – the cabinet,  computer table, sewing tabletop and shelves.

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What I love most is her personal touches. Just Look at this turquoise mirror.  Read all about it in this post.

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And she used grandmother’s old sewing notions to decorate the large frame resting on the ribbon shelf.

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That’s it – Heather Bailey’s Sugar Shop Studio!! You can view her original post here and her Flickr photos here.  Please leave her a comment to say thanks for sharing with us.

As this is my last post for 2014, I would like to thank you all for reading my posts throughout the year. Have a Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year. See you again around Blogland early in 2015.

Hazel

Contributor Craft Room Tour: Suzanne Webster-Lowrie

Hello, it’s Suzanne here today from Scrapbookingsue.com. I am so excited for today’s post, as I get a chance to share my very own craft room with all of you! I will probably always consider it a “work in progress,” as I add and delete new items, and try to match everything a bit better. However, it is well organized, functional, and utilizes a system that works for me! Also, I am a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant, which is yet another reason why my space has to be so functional, because it is not only for fun, but for business as well!

Since my blog has a TON of pictures showing my craft room (My Craft Space: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3), I have selected a sampling of pictures for this post. Please feel free to visit my blog for a more in-depth look at my room!

This is my main desk area, where I do most of my scrapbooking, stamping, painting, etc. Within arms reach, I keep my basic supplies (scissors, glue, distressing tools, etc.), stamp pads and cleaners, markers and colored pencils, ready-made cards and envelope bases in white and off-white, ribbon, and some basic embellishments.

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Directly opposite the main desk is what I like to call my “Cricut desk.” This desk holds an Expression 2 Cricut machine, a jar full of tools, a laptop computer, and a Canon Selphy picture printer. Oh yeah, there is a cute owl clipboard that I made as well… just for a pop of color for the picture!

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Next to one of the windows, I have an IKEA 8-cubby storage unit. I have so many different types of things stored here, it would be hard to list them all. But perhaps most notable, the pink baskets on the top shelf hold some of my retired stamp sets. On top of the unit is my small ribbon storage. I wind the end pieces of ribbon around jumbo craft sticks.

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I picked up these long pink baskets about 8 years or so ago at Walmart for $5 each. These baskets are the perfect size to hold my retired stamp sets that I plan to keep.

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Above the storage unit, I keep this frame of cards. I made the frame myself by purchasing an old picture from Goodwill that had an ugly, but sturdy frame, and then re-purposing the frame with paint and crackle-medium. Very rustic!

The cards inside are switched out seasonally. Right now they feature fall / Thanksgiving cards, Christmas / Holiday cards, and the November Stamp of the Month.

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On the other side of the window is the pegboard that I created earlier this year. As you can see, the board holds my decorative scissors, embellishments, a few tools, Mod Podge, and my embossing gun.

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The final wall houses my very large IKEA 25-cubby storage unit, as well as my home-made paper rack. This large unit holds the majority of my scrapbooking supplies. All of my paper kits, pages in progress, albums in progress, vintage catalogs and retired paper colors have a home here. The paper rack holds all of my current CTMH papers, as well as my paper trimmers, craft mat, and score board on top.

Most of the storage in the middle section is from the Dollar Store. Trendy buckets, baskets and clear storage containers are both easy to find, and affordable. To see inside some of my storage containers, make sure to go to Part 3 of the craft room tour on my blog. The green and blue boxes are from Pioneer. I purchased them white and then painted them the colors in the my craft room to match.

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Here is my entire collection of wooden rubber stamps! I’m sure that many of you have WAY more than this, but less than a year after I joined CTMH, they came out with the clear, unmounted stamps; therefore, I never really had time to amass a large quantity of rubber stamps.

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And finally, here are my home-made sponge daubers. Although the quality is NOT great (they tend to tear and shred with continued use), I wanted so many of them that they have saved me a great deal of money over purchasing the name brand daubers. I use floral foam to hold them in place inside their containers.

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Thank you so much for touring my craft room with me today! If you are interested in seeing a lot more pictures of this space, peeking inside some more of my boxes, or learning about my Craft Inventory Binder, then please join me over at my blog for Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of the tour!

Suzanne

Craft Room: {Hello. I’m a Paper Addict}

November is here and it brought the cold weather with it. Hopefully you all are warm and cozy in your craft rooms and crafting away.

I’m sharing Cathy’s Hello. I’m a Paper Addict room with you today. She’s inspired a couple of our organizational posts but we haven’t shared her room with you yet.

Cathy is very into Project Life, Smashbook and Filofax and she’s taking full advantage of 2 Raskog carts to keep it all right at her fingertips!

 

Here’s a closeup of the tray holding her stamps. She found her’s at Home Goods but I see these all the time in second hand stores. Perfect for wood stamps.

 

Washi anyone? I thought I had an obsession. LOL. Cathy recommends the vareria box from Ikea for organization and has these across the back of her desk.

 

I hope you enjoyed these little snippets from Cathy’s craftroom. There’s lots more to see. HERE is the link to all these pics/posts and more details of the making of her room.

 

Happy Crafting!

Cicily

 

 

SHOW US YOUR HAPPY PLACE WINNERS FROM LINKUP AND RANDOM GIVEAWAY!

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Hi all! Happy Friday! I have some WINNERS to share with you guys today!

Our first winner for one Silhouette Pick Me Up and Spatula set is Nikki C who said:

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Our first winner for one Silhouette Pick Me Up and Spatula set is Marissa M. who said:

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The winner of our “Show Us Your Happy Place” linkup this week is Tammy Tutterow!! Tammy has won a Silhouette Fabric Ink Starter Kit. I loved Tammy’s video tour of her new attic craft room, and her use of the cubes and wire baskets from Target is out of this world! (Plus, who can resist her cute little helper, Jack!) She has recently converted her attic into her craft room, and it looks just great. :) If you want to take the tour, here is the link to Tammy’s Happy Place.

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Nikki, Marissa, and Tammy; PLEASE email me at craftstorageideas@yahoo.com with your mailing addresses so I can send you your prizes! :) This wraps up our month of contests! We hope you all had as much fun as we did! We’ll see you again on Monday when we’ll have another special announcement!

Shelley

Silhouette fabric ink starter kit review by Hazel, and Show Us ***YOUR*** Happy Place-final week!

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Welcome to Week 4 (the final week!) of our “Show Us Your Happy Place” promotion!

Once again it’s Hazel all the way from Sunny SA here to review the Silhouette fabric ink starter kit for you.

I used this kit:

And this step by step tutorial.

I really don’t have a lot of space in my Craft Closet and as I craft on the go most of the time, I decided to make myself a “WATERCOLOUR CRAFT BAG”. For the sewers who want to try it, hop over to my blog and I will share the inside info.

This is the front of my bag:

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And the back:

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And inside:

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You can see that in the back pocket, I keep a notebook, roller towel, wet wipes and a small paint palette. Inside my bag there is a watercolor paper pad, a sketch pad, watercolour paint, ruler, pencil and paint brushes.  To tell you the truth – this is ALL the watercolour equipment  I own – now, all in one place!

Let’s go back to the Silhouette fabric ink. You will get everything you need in this kit. I did buy two more colours – pink and green as I’m NOT a monochrome person. I used this cut file from the Silhouette shop to make the stencil. Once done, I used only the letters to do my “art”. Remember to put a piece of cardboard inside your bag before painting. I placed the adhesive stencil letters on my bag and just got painting over them. After 20 minutes, remove the letters, and once your “artwork” is dry, iron on it to set the paint. DONE – easy as that!

The idea was to make a bag that looks as if it has been used for years by a {GREAT} artist. Here you can see how I’ve added “rough” details to age it a bit:

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And now my bag hangs on the door of my Craft Closet:

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I can even open it up to use the equipment to paint without taking it off the door handle:

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And when we went camping last week, I took my bag with and could paint whenever / wherever I wanted to. Sorry about the quality of this pic but I only took my iPhone with on the camping trip.

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There you have it – My “WATERCOLOUR CRAFT BAG”. You can customize a shop bought bag if you don’t like sewing but I really had fun making one to fit my needs.

I’m off to try my hand at something new. Have fun and see you soon.

 

Now, since you’ve read the review by our talented Hazel, you can link up YOUR happy place at the bottom of the post from now until Thursday afternoon (October 30). The winner for this week will receive an identical Silhouette Fabric Ink Starter Kit of their very own!

Our Rules:

 

  1. Winner must live in the USA or Canada, we are so sorry but international shipping is just too pricey. :( Hawaii and Alaska residents are welcome to enter.

 

  1. You may enter your room (on Mondays) one time per week and you may also enter the random giveaway (on Wednesdays) one time per week.

**Please note that comment moderation is enabled, so on the comment to win drawings you will not see it come up right away. If you are not sure your comment went through or not, please mention that in your second comment and we will publish accordingly.

 

  1. On room links, you must link to a specific post about your creative space and not the entire blog. If you don’t have a blog, you may link to a photo of yours on a photo sharing site, such as Flickr or to a photo of yours in a forum, such as Splicoaststampers. You may not share photos that belong to other artists.

 

  1. Not required but we would LOVE it if you’d share our graphic above on your blog or Pinterest boards!

 

  1. PLEASE make sure that either your comment or blog has an attached email address so we can contact you if you win. Comments without email addys may win, but if you don’t email us within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

**We will not use your email for any other reason than to contact you if you win. If you are not sure whether or not your WordPress profile has an attached email address, please add it to your comment.

  1. The winners of both weekly contests will be announced on Friday, October 31, 2014!

Another thing we want to mention is that your room doesn’t have to be a “traditional” craft room. We would love to see photography studios, art spaces, sewing rooms, and more! The thing we are MOST interested in seeing is creative & useful storage solutions in the rooms of real crafters and artists. The rooms do not have to be fancy or magazine worthy to catch our eye or win the contest. Please share your happy place, we would LOVE to see it! Also, please feel free to enter again this week if you entered in past weeks and didn’t win! We have LOVED all the spaces we’ve seen-so, don’t be shy! :)

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Show Us Your Happy Place WINNERS from linkup and random giveaway-week 2!

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Hi all! I am SO excited to share with you our two winners for this week’s  “Show Us Your Happy Place” contest! First of all, the winner of our random drawing for the Silhouette America 9″ roll of silver vinyl is Debbie Hammell! Debbie said:

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Thanks Debbie, we are so glad you read our site! You do not have an email address attached to your comment. So, please email us at craftstorageideas@yahoo.com with your mailing address. If I do not hear from Debbie by Sunday evening, (the 19th) I will have to draw another winner.

And, without further pause, the winner of our second LINK PARTY of those who showed us their Happy Places this week is CINDY!!

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Cindy has a beautiful, bright room that I just fell in love with. She has a place to craft, a place to blog, a place to photograph projects, and even a place to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee. If you ask me, when you include coffee, that is TRULY a Happy Place! Cindy, you are the winner of the Ribbon Organizer from OrganizeMore! Please email us at craftstorageideas@yahoo.com with your mailing address so we can have our friends at OrganizeMore mail you your organizer!

Thank you for stopping by Craft Storage Ideas today!  On Monday we will begin our third link party for this month with a new prize! If you linked this week or last and did not win, you are more than welcome to link again. Please consider it, because we just loved all the spaces we saw! Thanks and have a fantastic weekend! :)

Noelle

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