Just 1 Tip: Use a louver/vent cover to store your stamps

Hallo, Hazel all the way from Sunny SA here today to share a great tip.  I’ve got all my wooden stamps in drawers underneath my dining room table.  Why?? Because I like to see what I have and these were the only large, flat drawers in my whole house so I used what I had.  Problem is:  the drawers are HUGE – I can’t take them out and a dining room table doesn’t look very inviting when it’s drawers are hanging open.

What do you think about this?

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An ordinary wall louver/vent cover that keeps air flowing through your home.

And now it’s a stamp rack:

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My local hardware store sells them in plastic and metal.  I actually love the white option but if you want it to fit in with your custom color scheme – just paint it.  Pretty great idea don’t you think?

My idea comes from Better Homes and Gardens and the series is called “New Craft Storage Ideas Using Unexpected Items”.  If you want to see the rest of their ideas, just click here.

Thanks for looking at alternative craft storage options with me today.  Please leave a comment if you have an idea of your own ……………… I’d love to see and hear what you do.

Until we meet again ……………………and remember, ” Keep calm and store your stash!”

Hazel

 

 

Storing Project Life and Leftover Kits

Hallo to all my fellow Craft Storage enthusiasts. Today I want to share a Project Life related idea.  You know how it is ………………. all the kits that you buy AND use (of course we crafters don’t buy ANYTHING we don’t need and use!!) and then there are the leftovers………………..

I’m a HUGE follower of Christine Newman’s blog, Fabulous Adventures of Listgirl and when I hopped upon this post, I made a note in my Craft Storage Ideas file to share it with you.

This is what her original stash looked like:

And the “after”. Arranged by kit and by color within the kit:

She calls herself a “one-kit scrapper” and  it works for me as well.  We’re busy – things to do, places to go, people to see, memories to make. When I get the time to do some crafting, I want everything on hand with the minimum of clutter on my desk.

In Christine’s post is a link to Barb Picinich’s blog, The Picnic Basket. She used the same method for her leftover kits.  Here is the link to the original post and this is what her sorted stash looks like:

I will still keep my latest kit on my desk – that way I know I have to give it a go but the leftover stash is going to be reincarnated ASAP.  It will take a bit of time but once done, I’ll share my effort with you right here on Craft Storage Ideas. Just keep checking back!! 

That’s it from me.  Thanks for hopping through Blogland with me and looking at what other crafters do to make life easier. I really enjoyed the ride.

Remember to leave some comments for me as well as at Christine and Barb’s blogs. We do appreciate them sharing with us!

Have a great day.

Hazel

 

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

Craft studio tour: Honeybear Lane

Happy Monday!  We all hope you enjoyed our blog hop as much as we did!  We’ve got one more winner to announce…

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Congratulations, Kim!  Please send me an email with your address to craftstorageideas {at} yahoo.com!  I definitely want to thank OrganizeMore.com for their sponsorship!  Their products are awesome – and they are wonderful to work with!

And now – back to our regularly scheduled programming!  A gorgeous room from Hazel!

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Hello to all my fellow crafters.  I’m Hazel, all the way from Sunny SA and here today to share Honeybear Lane’s craft room.  Let’s meet the owner, Heidi:  She’s a Blogger, Creator and mother to three. She loves doing everything creative and trying new things. She sells puff quilts and patterns in her quilt shop and her blog, Honeybear Lane was created as a place to find inspiration, motivation and support.

You will remember that we featured her Pegboard some time ago.  If you missed it, you can read all about it here. I used her idea from this post to make storage rails for my Silhouette vinyl.

What I love about Heidi’s room and why I’m walking you through it today, is that it is part of a basement apartment – living room, family room, craft room and office all in one. Best part for me is that it’s a rental.  Lesson to learn: you don’t have to “own” to pretty up your space or get organized.

Here is a view of the whole room:

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The Pegboard houses all the craft tools – easy to access and off the work surface. The desk, chair and lamps are from IKEA. Underneath the desk are four sets of baskets that stores all Heidi’s fabric. This idea really works for me!

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The shelving unit (IKEA Expedit 4×4) houses more baskets and tools. The fabric drawers were initially black, then painted and chalkboard labels stenciled on. Great idea!

We’ve been to the Pegboard before BUT I love these little SmartJars so much that I just have to show you a close-up. Best part is …………………… in the original post you can find an explanation of how they have to be installed as well as some useful tips and tricks.

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I always love to see what people can do with limited resources and this room deserves a standing ovation. Not only does it look like a complete room but all the items can be moved and reallocated to another rental or let’s hope for Heidi’s sake that the next one will be her very, very own. Please hop over to Honeybear Lane and see the original post, have a look around to see Heidi’s fab puff quilts and remember to leave some comments or upload your ideas to our Flickr group. The button to redirect you there is on the right  of the Craft Storage Ideas blog.

Until next time. Keep calm and organize your craft supplies!

Hazel

 

Clean up your desk using recycled items.

Hello to all my fellow craft storage enthusiasts.  Once again, Hazel all the way from down under Sunny South Africa. Ever once in a while we get an assignment  “choose a topic”and I’ve decided that mine will be reuse, recycle and repurpose ………………. FOREVER!!!

In South Africa households don’t formally recycle (YES, we don’t!!!!!) so for the past 10 years I’ve been PAYING someone to pick up my recycling and he has a group of unemployed workers who sort and get paid for my unwanted stuff. About 5 years ago someone said to me:  “when it all this going to stop?  I thought you would have given up long ago”.  And I said: ” NEVER”. It is my duty and privilege to recycle because I want to leave the world a better place.  My whole family joined in the fun. It’s worth your while to see how my boys party – HUGE containers for recycling everywhere because they know, if anything ends up in the garbage, I’ll have them sort the lot.

I totally hate an untidy  desk,  so I thought I’d  see what Blogland has to offer to clean up your workspace using recycled goods. Ready, let’s GO!

We all have tins and this stationary carousel is to die for:

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And who doesn’t like jars?

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What about desk bags? Recycle some left over pieces of fabric or repurpose an old garment.

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I use this idea all the time  and it triples up your desk space if all the unneeded items can be stored within reach but not on your counter top. Here you can see my system.

On the wall:

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Use the pockets from all your fave denim garments.  The post shows you how.  I think it would be a great addition to a hallway – to keep your keys, glasses and cell phone out of sight but on hand.  Watch out denim ……………………………. I’m collecting pockets!!!

What about tissue holders? Not only for your stationary but also for storing cables!

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I love to repurpose an old item. Especially a wooden piece.  If I can get my hands on this one …………………………………  LOVE it! And just think about it – you can add 5 more storeys to your desk.

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OK and now my wild card ……………………….. an old telephone directory!

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That’s it!!! My gift to you and mother earth ………………………. recycle, reuse and repurpose those unwanted items to make everyday life a bit easier. I hope you have enjoyed my tour around Blogland. Please leave some comments – I love to hear and see what you do.

Until next time. Have fun storing your crafts!

Hazel

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!

Craft room ~ Maple and Magnolia

Hi friends, Lisa here with a bright fun sewing studio to share! I came across the Maple and Magnolia blog through pure accident the other day. You know a link from Pinterest followed by another and then another! After stumbling upon Susan’s cute and well organized sewing studio, I knew it was something you would enjoy.

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See what I mean! Isn’t this a sweet happy space to create in! You can find all of the details on her room here. Most of the decorating items in this studio are from Ikea, Home Decorators, Target and World Market.

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Love this perfectly displayed and organized storage unit flanked with those colorful bulletin boards. A cute design in the aqua chair back too!

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Pincushions and trims nestled on a cake stand ~ cute idea.

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You’ll see this lovely green storage cabinet when you visit Susan’s blog. It sits on the other side of the room.

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Isn’t this a fun fabric scrap jar!

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I like her cute inexpensive storage containers and that adorable toy Singer! All neat, tidy and portable on a metal tray!

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This antique china cabinet is probably my favorite piece from the room and what drew me in! Such a pretty way to store and display fabric, quilts and assorted jars of what nots.

I’ll leave you with these photos to drink in. Head over to Maple and Magnolia for MANY more photos of this cute sewing studio along with the details of the furnishings. There’s also a sitting area in this room that is quite inviting. Thanks for stopping by, we appreciate your visits!

Lisa

Product Highlight: Scrapbook Storage Box

Sometimes the simplest items can work the best for storage. Many of us are scrapbookers, and even if you are not, I am sure you have some memorabilia you need to store. A simple scrapbook storage box can be the perfect solution to store loose items.

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For those of us that scrapbook, maybe you need a place to store memorabilia until you have time to scrap it. Ticket stubs, pamphlets, receipts, small tokens from a vacation – all of these need to go somewhere until you have time to put them in an album. And if you don’t scrapbook, maybe there are special items you want to hang onto, such as, special art work from your children, cards or love notes.

These boxes come in all sizes and colors. I have a large white one that sits on top of my bookshelf to hold all the special items my kids make for me. I haven’t decided yet if I want to put these in a scrapbook album or not, but for now, if I need a little pick me up, I can look through the box.

How do you store memorabilia?

Laura

Just 1 Tip: Conquering the Fabric Pile

Hallo to U all.  Today I brought Just 1 Tip to share.  By now you know that fabric is my first love but the problem is  - 1 yard of  fabric doesn’t fold as flat as a sheet of 12×12 cardstock.

Currently my stash looks like this:

(and I can’t even boast that the beautiful quilt beneath the mess is mine!)

And the solution? ………………………… I stumbled upon this GREAT idea:

It came from Katie Brown’s blog “Smile like You Mean it”.  She actually took part of a shelving unit, added handles and wheels to the bottom and now it stores all her fabric as part of her craft closet.

Hop over to the original post and see how she did it. Just click here. Enjoy, and remember to leave a comment to tell her that we love her idea over at Craft Storage Ideas.

That’s it. I’ll be back with some more craft storage ideas. Just watch this space and all will be revealed. Remember to leave us comments. We love to see what you do!

Have a GREAT day.

Hazel

 

 

Craft Room {Jen-uinely Inspired}

Today I am sharing a beautiful craft room with you from Jen-uinely Inspired. Her room is pretty and feminine. Her supplies are organized and lovely. I would love to create in her space! Actually, her ‘CREATE’ sign is what first drew me to this room. I have been wanting to make something similar for my crafting space!

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She turned boring, standard plastic storage into something amazing. Look at these gorgeous fabric covered drawers!

She has all of her scrapbook paper organized by manufacturer and theme. I love how she found what works for her and made her supplies easy to find. She is absolutely correct when she says, “Half of scrapbooking is staying organized.”

Be sure to check out the rest of Jenny’s craft space, and tell her Craft Storage Ideas sent you! She has some fabulous organization ideas!

Laura