Craft Room Tour: A Sort of Fairy Tale

Hello everyone, it’s Suzanne here today from ScrapbookingSue.com. I have an amazing craft room to share with you today! Stacey, from A Sort of Fairy Tale/Cottage Industry, has allowed us to share her bright, colorful, and creative craft space. A beautiful mix of new and vintage pieces have been paired together to make a space so bright and cheerful, I would never want to leave if it were my room!

Have a tour of the room below, and then pop on over to view more pictures at A Sort of Fairy Tale. To see what Stacey is up to now, please visit her new website, Cottage Industry.

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The majority of furniture in this room came from IKEA, including the colorful button rug. The iconic IKEA turquoise cart also has a home here, as it does in many of the craft rooms we feature here at CSI.

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A bright feature wall and vintage-inspired banner really add to the overall charm and elegance of the room.

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I love the vintage-colored suitcases and accessories! The collection of classic sewing patterns, books, and notions, complemented with the gingham-green table mat, takes me back to my grandmother’s sewing room.

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The pegboard offers ample storage space for accessories and display pieces.

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This shelf of vintage suitcases/trunks, and neatly organized bins and supplies is my favorite. There is a ton of space to store your collection of sewing, scrapbooking, or general crafting supplies! It looks so neat and orderly, with everything in its place.

Remember to visit A Sort of Fairy Tale for additional pictures and explanation of this room, and the new Cottage Industry website for more inspiration!

Suzanne

 

Personal Planner Love

Hello, Hazel here to share some organization with you. It’s a brand new year and I hope you are keeping up with those New Year’s resolutions. And what a better way than a Personal Planner. To get you on Planner Planet, have a look at this video from Belinda Selene.

My planner is not only used to keep HQ Hamman on track but I love to use the leftovers from my scrap table to “zuss” it up a bit and it seems that the pages are always too small so …………. I add some pretty cardstock. When I page through, it always puts a smile on my face!

What do you do?  Keep your Planner goodies separate from your scrap stash where you have it on hand 24/7 or do you just make it up as you go?  I find that it works very well to have everything in a caddy / folder as I work all over the show (house / office / while traveling) and hate searching for stuff. Make yourself a cup of tea and let’s stroll through Blogland to see what others do.

First up, a bit of inspiration from Nadia van der Mescht Remember her???

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And a great idea from It’s my Life – use boxes to put together your Planner station! Nothing that beats a bit of recycling.

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 What about a handbag organizer for stickers and tags?

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Adding your goodies to your planner:

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And a fabric bag for your pens from a bowl full of lemons:

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On Etsy I found the “on the go” Planner goodie bag:

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 And even plastic containers looks neat while keeping your goods separate.

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Now that you know what’s out there on Planner Planet, you can drink your tea and think up a storm about what system would best suit your needs. Before I go …………………………….. me and my fellow contributors will be back on Planner Planet as we are doing a Bloghop in March to share our systems. As always, it’s going to be LOTS and LOTS and LOTS of fun.

Thanks for visiting Planner Planet with me today. Have a great week and please leave me some comments – I would love to hear what works for you.

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Storage Solution Roundup: Beads

Hello, it’s Suzanne here today with a Storage Solution Roudup for your bead supply. Not only do we have a lot of beads around our house for friendship bracelets and other types of jewelry making, but I occasionally use beads in my paper crafting projects! Although I do not have a large collection, I’ll bet that some of you do.

While searching online for various bead storage solutions, I came across a myriad of neat ideas. First off, there are plenty of storage containers that you can purchase that are already made for bead storage. I won’t feature any of those, because they are the obvious go-to choice. However, I have a few more suggestions from purchased products to do-it-yourself items.

Here is a gem jar tray that can be used for any small items. I really like all of the clear solutions that I found, as beads can be so colorful and shapely, and deserve to be seen. This storage solution separates the beads nicely and let’s you see through both the containers and larger box that holds it all together.

These pretty little re-purposed spice jars on a rack hold everything neatly in place. You can place the rack on a wall, behind a door, or in a cabinet.

The pop of color in this wall-mounted display is really eye-catching! It is so pretty to look at, I’m not sure if I would ever want to use the beads inside the containers!

This magnetic storage solution utilizes small, plastic SOLO cups, like you receive with your take-out food. A small magnet is attached to the back of each container, and then stuck onto a magnetic board.

If you don’t have the space for a large, wall-mounted magnetic board, how about under shelf storage?  Simply attach a magnetic strip under your shelf or counter, and a magnet to the lid of each jar. Voila! Instant bead storage!

Here is another re-purposed storage solution; baby food jars. Baby food jars can be used for so many items. I really like the uniformity here, with the same sized jars and same colored lids.

Here is a real gem! This old trunk case was re-purposed into a creative station, complete with attached bead jars. Beads and other small items are stored in the jars, which are attached to the back by magnets. How, you say? Well, there is actually a cookie sheet glued to the back of the case, covered in old dictionary paper, and then each jar has a magnet glued to the back of it! There is a FULL tutorial on how Amy made this case over on her blog. Be sure to check out her great ideas.

Thank you for joining us here at CSI today. I hope that you have found some inspiring ideas to use for your own storage solution.

Suzanne

Just One Tip for the New Year: Embellishment Organization

Hi, Jessica here!  I’m excited to share my first Craft Storage Ideas post, Just One Tip for the New Year!  Today I want to talk about organizing and storing embellishments, in particular, gems and pearls that are adhesive-backed.

When I first started setting up my craft room last year I intended to use a Clip-It-Up to store all of my clear stamps.  I purchased Avery Elle stamp storage pockets for my large sets and Simon Says Stamp 5×5 storage pockets for my smaller sets.  I eventually realized that my stamp collection wasn’t going to comfortably fit on the Clip-It-Up (with room to grow) and I decided to switch to Jennifer McGuire’s method of storing my stamps in Fridge Binz containers.  I ended up moving all of my stamps into the larger Avery Elle pockets as it was difficult to see the smaller pockets when flipping through my stamps.  So I was left with a stack of the 5×5 pockets and I wanted to find a way to use them.

At the time I was storing all of my gems and pearls in their original packaging in a drawer and I was constantly re-buying things I already owned but had lost in the drawer or just forgetting to use what I had.  I needed to find a way to make them more visible and more organized.

I started off by taking each set out of the original packaging and grouping them by color.  Then I put each set of embellishments into a different storage pocket.  Each storage pocket already had a piece of white cardstock cut to fit inside.  The white cardstock really helps the color of the embellishment stand out.  Sets with multiple colors were put into a separate stack.  I cut 4.25×5.5 rectangles out of various colored 8.5×11 cardstocks and used them as dividers (I didn’t want to waste too much cardstock so cutting the dividers to a standard card size meant that the leftover cardstock was easily cut down for cards).  I have all the basic colors, then a striped piece of cardstock for the sets with multiple colors and glitter cardstock for the gold and silver gems.  I keep extra pockets in the back and I store the bin on a shelf above my workspace.

This storage system allows me to easily flip through all my embellishments of one particular color so that I can find the exact shade, shape, and size that I’m looking for.  I use the storage pockets because I had them on hand but there are many different ways you could customize this for your own use.  I’ve included links below for the products I used.  Unfortunately the exact bin I used is no longer available but the Fridge Binz Condiment Caddy should work nicely!

  • You could use ziploc baggies with a piece of cardstock inside to help the baggies keep their shape.
  • You could staple the sets of embellishments to pieces of cardstock, divide them by color, and store them in a fridge binz or a binder.
  • You could separate the embellishments by color and put each color group in a different ziploc baggie and then store them in a pretty basket.
  • You could store them in mason jars or tupperware containers, grouped by color.
  • You could store several sets in clear CD cases, grouped by color.

I hope this gives you some ideas for organizing your own embellishments!  Be sure to check out all our other tips this month!

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Just One Tip for the New Year: Scissor Storage

Hello, it’s Suzanne here today with scissor storage ideas for our Just One Tip for the New Year series this month. If you are like me, you have a lot of scissors! When I first started paper crafting, I wanted to collect all of the decorative scissors that I could find. I began scrapbooking in the late 90’s when cutting your pictures into decorative shapes was all the rage, and amassed a collection of scissors in the process. I’ll show you some of my scissor storage later on, but first let’s see how other people around the web are storing their collections.

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I would recognize that rod and those hooks anywhere… they are from IKEA. I always find IKEA to be an attractive and affordable option for my craft supplies as well.

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If you are handy with a sewing machine, you can make your own storage!

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I have seen quite a few different versions of this popular type of storage.

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By adding a magnetic strip to your wall, desk, or other easily accessible area, you can create a great place to store your scissors!

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And finally, here is my decorative scissor storage (regular scissors are in a different area) housed on the pegboard that I made last year. Most of the pairs are layered 2-deep, which makes for a lot of scissors!

I hope that you have found some inspirational ideas here today! Be sure to check out all of the other great tips we have in store for you this month as well!

Suzanne

Just One Tip: Magnetic Boards for Die Cut Storage

Hello, it’s Suzanne here today with a tip for storing magnetic dies cuts. While searching online, I found that the majority of pictures of magnetic die storage were with the magnetic sheets available on the market. Small dies are attached to the sheets, slipped in page protectors, and housed in a 3-ring binder. While this is a great storage option, I wanted to see what else I could find, and came across magnet boards.

Magnet boards come in a variety of sizes. And, for the really ambitious, you can also craft your own!

This beautiful board was custom made with wood, magnetic sheets, and pretty wrapping paper.

This magnetic board was created to fit right in with the decor!

This custom-piece was made with foam board and magnetic vent covers.

If you are short on space, or just do not like your dies in plain sight, here is a great solution with magnetic sheets inside cupboard doors.

And just for fun, here is a magnetic board covered in magnet stamps. Why stop at die cut storage?

If you are interested in making your own custom magnetic board like the ones shown, be sure to check out the blogs above as some of them have tips on how they made their storage solution!

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

Product Review: IKEA’s ANTONIUS Insert

Hello, crafty friends! It’s Suzanne here today with a product review of IKEA’s ANTONIUS basket insert. I really love the versatility of this product and use it quite extensively in my own craft room… you may have noticed it in some of the pictures I posted a couple of weeks ago in my craft room tour, here. While this product was designed specifically to fit in the wire baskets of the ANTONIUS shelving/drawer system, there are many other uses for this basket insert, both in and out of the IKEA system.

My favorite part about this product is its $3.00 price tag! Although I find it quite long at 14 5/8″ x 9 1/2″ x 2 3/4″, if you can get the ANTONIUS to fit in your drawers, baskets, etc. then you will have the opportunity to get a really great organization piece at a very affordable price.

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I searched the web to see how others were using the ANTONIUS basket insert and came across some great ideas! While most of the inserts were being used in the IKEA system for craft storage, there were also some unique uses that I would have never thought of myself. Let’s take a look…

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What great ideas for using the ANTONIUS basket insert! I especially love the use of the insert in the pantry and fridge. I never thought of that! I hope that you have enjoyed a look at this versatile storage item and have access to an IKEA to pick some up right away! How do you use this product? Let us know in the comments below!

Suzanne

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