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-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

 

 

Craft Room Tour: Buttons n’ Bows

Hello, it’s Suzanne here today, taking you on a tour of a stunning craft room! This beautiful room belongs to Babs, from the website Button n’ Bows. When I first saw this room, I was instantly drawn to it… the blue/grey walls, striking white furniture, ample storage space, and the cute little chandelier over the center desk. Just look at all that storage!

The center crafting area is made up of a table and two end units, all from IKEA. The desk was made counter height as Babs like to stand while creating. To the right of this desk is a comfortable sitting area for computer work. The desk and drawer unit are also from IKEA.

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There is plenty more storage behind the center desk! The ribbon holders are actually storage units made for the pantry, but Babs found that they fit her ribbon collection perfectly. If you take a look at the furniture, you will see even more pieces from IKEA.

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There are some adorable elements in this room, including all of the buttons and flowers, neatly tucked away in jars for a uniform look. The chandeliers and lamps, both real and vinyl, add such an elegant look and feel to this room.

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The final section of the room holds Babs’ Cricut machine and supplies, stamp pads, and embellishments.  For a list of what’s included in the boxes, check out Babs post here. The boxes and furniture are also from IKEA.

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Make sure to visit the Buttons n’ Bows website to read all about this amazing craft room. Thank you for joining us today at Craft Storage Ideas. I hope that you found some inspiration for your own crafting space!

Suzanne

 

Craft Studio Tour: Natalie Kilgore

Hello everyone, this is Suzanne here today with a very inspiring craft studio /office space that is probably one of the most elegant I have seen. I just love spaces that are as beautiful as they are organized and functional. Natalie Kilgore, of Natty Michelle Paperie, was kind enough to let us take a peek inside her creative space today with some gorgeous pictures and unique finds that are featured on her blog.

In Natalie’s inspiration post here, she mentioned that she wanted something “white and bright with old world charm –industrial, vintage pieces are the ones I love most, so I wanted to incorporate them into my surroundings.”  As you will see, she has done just that; from the crisp, clean walls to the pretty vintage pieces displayed around the room, there is a very interesting mix of modern and classic in this space.

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I am loving these pretty little matching baskets! Using the same type of basket brings so much consistency to the room.  The art above the cubbies really caught my eye as many of the frames have become the art themselves, with pleasing white space framed inside.

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This industrial style shelving unit houses a variety of different vintage pieces, as well as a collection of white owls. Such pretty pieces! Have a closer look at some of Natalie’s storage solutions and display pieces in the pictures below.

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The beautiful photography was done by Natalie’s friend  Kaitie Bryant.

Thank you, Natalie for sharing your creative space with us today.  To see additional pictures of Natalie’s studio, please visit her post here.

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

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

Craft Room {Bower Power}

Today I am sharing a beautiful office/craft room I found at Bower Power.

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This room functions as both an office for them as well as a place to sew, craft and blog. This is a pretty tall order for one room. The room, as well as almost everything in it got a fresh coat of paint, including this fantastic green bookcase and red chair. I love the subtle color on the wall with the pops of color in the furniture. The pieces really stand out but don’t make the space look too busy.

She corralled her crafting and sewing supplies into a shelving unit near her sewing machine to make it easy to do her projects.

But my favorite thing in the room (must be my inner office supply hoarder) is the giant white board she has on the wall. What a great place to write ideas, keep track of projects, etc.

Be sure to head over to Bower Power to see the amazing before and after. You won’t believe your eyes. Tell her Craft Storage Ideas sent you!

Laura

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!