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:


And who doesn’t like jars?


(LINK ex Pinterest)

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



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:


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!



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!



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!


A Tour of {Pleasant Home}

Hey there CSI crafty friends! Lisa here today to introduce you to Jodi of Pleasant Home and give you a sneak peek of her creative space. Jodi is a quilt pattern designer and quilter who has been blogging since 2006. I enjoyed exploring her blog and Pinterest boards, so many beautiful quilts and fabrics!! Next to decorative paper I might be tempted to hoard fabric. I just love to look at it!


Jodi’s husband built the cabinets specially designed for this room. I like the set of tabletop drawers and the clear glass canisters she uses to organize this work surface. Isn’t the trio of paper lanterns cute!



Love this playful fabric used to dress the ironing board and the darling robin’s egg blue stool!


The other half of the ironing board surface holds her cutting mat. There are more handy shelves and storage cubbies here as well.


Jodi framed buttons and trinkets she has collected over time. A clever idea to organize them as well as keep them clean and damage free!

Her space started out with a different fabric and color scheme, but has since been change to this that she calls “more me”. Stop by to say hello, there are more photos and information about this cute creative space on Jodi’s blog Pleasant Home. Thanks for spending some time with us today!


Storage Solution Roundup: Thread it up!

Hallo, it’s Hazel all the way from Sunny South Africa here to share with you how to store your thread.  I’ve got a scientific degree and therefore arrange everything according to the colors of the rainbow.  If you do that with thread it can become quite a work of art BUT today we will keep to storage solutions.

Just a quick warning – my friend Pinterest could not supply me with enough ideas so I befriended Flickr.  The down side is that most of the ideas only have pictures attached and no links to blogs.  Still, I think you will enjoy the tour!

Let’s start with the plastics – clean, neat and see through!

A trolley:



Hop over to Stitched by Me to read the whole post. When she moved house, she had to cut her “behind the door storage unit”  in half just to move again and to put it back together again!! You can find a picture here.

Plastic drawers:

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Plastic boxes:

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These are from Target and from the same Flickr member came this brilliant idea: keep your matching spools and thread together by using pipe cleaners. See it here.

Plastic CD storage bags:

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Mount it on the wall:

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Need a whole cupboard??  This one was custom made for China Marks. Read all about it here.


What about some wood?

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In laai


And for my vintage enthusiasts: a Printers tray:



That’s it, some storage ideas for your thread.  If you want to make your own, here is a tutorial and if you want to buy, I came upon this one which looks like fun.  In the end it doesn’t matter what you use – the idea is to arrange your stash so that you can easily get hold of what you need.

If you want to see how I arrange mine, you can hop over to my blog and see for yourself. I’m a no dust, no fuss kind of girl so I used containers from the local hardware store. Just click here.

I loved talking to you today. Thanks for visiting Craft Storage Ideas and please check back as my fellow contributors and I have lots and lots and lots more to share. Have a lovely day!


Craft Studio Tour ~ In My Creative Opinion

Hi CSI friends, Lisa here today with a craft room tour for your viewing pleasure! There are many, many craft rooms out there with a lot of bells and whistles and then there are craft rooms that are slimmed down, perfectly organized and serve their purpose to the max. That’s just what I have to share with you today.

My very dear friend Tracey McNeely of In My Creative Opinion shared her craft room on her blog last month. I have a glimpse of it to share with you today. Feel free to visit her blog for the entire tour!


There is definitely something to be said about neutral tones in a work environment with lots of natural daylight streaming in! Tracey has fitted her craft room with products from Ikea including “Galant” birch veneer table tops and bookcases along with “Alex” drawers.


Separate work stations for die cutting, paper trimming and coloring make creating easier.


Drawers with plentiful room for organizing your stash is a must. I love seeing the rolls of felt all lined up!


Isn’t this wall of bookshelves wonderful? Neatly organized and pleasing to the eye make for an uncluttered craft space. The white storage that’s used in various places lets your eye flow easily over the unit.

You’ll find individual storage and organizational tips for paper, dies, stamps and more on Tracey’s blog. Stop by to say hello, you’ll enjoy your visit!


All About the Furniture {Unexpected Storage}

Hi to all of you. It’s Hazel from Sunny SA with you today.  My post is “all about the furniture”. Normally, at Craft Storage Ideas  we would take one piece of furniture and show you how to utilize it in many, many different ways but today  I want to show you a lot of different “unexpected” places to store your goodies.

Not everyone is lucky enough to have a designated craft area but maybe if you look at what I found, you can store more without adding an extra story to your home.  My ideas are not specific for storing crafts but you can adapt an idea to open up a closet more suited for your crafting needs.

First, we will look around living areas:



Under stairs:



And around utility rooms:



As always, I try to look for the unexpected possibilities in my home as well. I just love white canvas bags – everywhere! My picture is of the DIY ones  in my craft room but I have some behind doors, inside cupboards and on my office desk.


I think I’ll do a follow-up on this post as I still want to look behind doors, into closets, up the ceiling and under beds.  Please check back to Craft Storage Ideas as I’ll be back with more pictures and ideas.  If you have any ideas of your own, please leave a comment.  I would love to see and hear what you do.






Craft Room: {Inspire Lovely Studio Tour}

This wonderful craft studio belongs to Debee Campos, who has graciously allowed me to feature some of her photos in my post for today.

I love how she chose to keep the main color scheme white, because it really makes the other splashes of color POP!

Check out this nook she created using some pieces from Michael’s and IKEA. I love that she’s been able to make use of every square inch of space in such a small area!

There is so much to love about this next photo. I love, love, love the cubbies – along with the goodies in them – but I ADORE the mismatched knobs she’s used on the dresser below.

Thanks again, Debee, for allowing me to feature your studio in my post today! You’ll want to be sure to check out her blog to see even more amazing photos of her studio, and for more detailed info on how she pulled everything together.



Storage Solution Round Up: {Craft Vinyl Storage}

After purchasing my Silhouette Cameo almost a year ago, I began the process of “collecting” craft vinyl to be able to make some of the adorable ideas I’d seen in Facebook groups and on Pinterest. It’s very addictive stuff, that vinyl! Here’s some of the ideas I came across for storing vinyl, including the way I ended up storing mine.

This first idea is simply amazing. Be sure to check out the post over at IHeart Organizing to see her complete tutorial on how she created this pretty little storage cabinet!

Here’s another nifty idea that utilizes pieces of PVC pipe to keep everything tidy and organized. Just look how many different levels she’s able to keep in one centralized area!


Source: Measure Once, Cut Twice

This shoe-cubby-turned-vinyl-storage holder is easy to create, if you follow the instructions provided at the blog, Measure Once, Cut Twice. 


Source: Me!

And, in case you missed it from my craft room tour, here is how I chose to store my vinyl. A $20 over-the-door shoe organizer from Bed, Bath and Beyond was just what I needed to keep my ever-growing collection stored neatly and out of site, yet visible and accessible when needed!

I hope you’ll share any of your storage ideas…I might need to expand my current set up – ha ha!


Product Review: {Stamp-n-Storage}

A few weeks ago, Rebecca approached me about reviewing some products from our new sponsor, Stamp-n-Storage. After checking out their website, my answer wasn’t just yes, it was HECK YES!!!

First of all, let me say a HUGE thank you to Rebecca for this opportunity. Secondly, I’d like to say thanks to the good people at Stamp-n-Storage for creating such awesome products, and for sending me two of them to check out “in person.” Once you visit the Stamp-n-Storage website, you will be able to tell how difficult it was to make a decision as to which two to pick! I mean, they have a storage solution for virtually every craft product you can think of! In the end, I decided to go with the Stickles Desk and the Distress Ink Pad Holder.

First impressions are everything, and I just have to say how well these products are made. Even though the wood is unfinished, you could easily use them “as is.” The finish is smooth like butter, and I will soon be painting mine white, to match my other storage containers, most of those being the Recollections brand from Michael’s.  Not only are the Stamp-n-Storage products better quality than those, in terms of workmanship and materials used, they also come fully assembled!

There is so much to love about the Stickles Desk. Well-made, and well-designed, being able to store up to 32 half-ounce bottles (’cause you know you have to have ALL the colors!!!), and the added convenience of being able to remove the separate drawers – not to mention they are stored upside down, ready to use – are just a few of the reasons why I chose this product. Taking up a mere 8.1″ wide by 4.75″ deep and 13.25″ tall, this little “desk” is an awesome, welcome addition to my craft room. Be sure to check out the Stickles Drawer Storage here.

My second selection was the Distress Ink Pad Holder. Even though they make awesome products for full-size stamp pads (check those out here), I only have a handful of those. My collection of the Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads is a bit more impressive (ha ha), and having storage for them (instead of being stuffed away in a drawer), was something I knew I would like. This piece measures 14.75″ wide by 13.25″ tall and only 3.13″ deep, making it the perfect companion for my Stickles holder!

For those of you that do have a lot of ink pads, pens and refills, here is a little eye candy for you:

Trust me, friends. You HAVE to check out Stamp-n-Storage products for yourself. Awesome products, amazing workmanship – what’s not to love?? And be sure to let us know if you already own any of their products, or if you end up getting any!


Blayne White {My Digital Scraproom}

I’m excited to introduce Blayne White to you today!  Blayne is an entrepreneur; work at home mom, wife, and owner of both a professional photography studio and her newest creation, My Digital ScrapRoom.  ScrapRoom was born out of her love for photography and scrapbooking, and an overwhelming passion for helping others organize their tremendous libraries of digital photos.  She lives and works at home with her husband, Bryan, and her two children, Alyx and Tristan (yes, from Legends of the Fall), and her two rescue dogs Daisy and Cuddles.  She has been a scrapbooker for 19 years and loves how her hobby and passion have now become her work. You are going to love her craft room.  And don’t forget to check out the awesome coupon she’s offering to CSI readers at the end of this post!



When it comes to scrapbooking, I am definitely a collector.  I love to have the complete set of anything – paints, pens, die cuts, you name it.  And that can cause a problem trying to store everything.  Several years ago, my daughter and I turned an extra room at the front of our house into an art room.  I was a little worried about it being the first room in our house that people see, but really, art is what we are all about, so I got over it.  I love that I can be in the middle of everything going on and also creating, or organizing, whenever I have a few minutes.



I have learned several things about myself when it comes to storage and how I use my ‘stuff’.  I need to be able to see it, touch it, and find it in order to be inspired by it and use it.  I use lots of clear and open storage in my space and find some of my favorite items at The Container Store and Ikea.


Because my scrapbooking organization is constantly changing and evolving, I don’t really have a budget in mind, but I am continually looking for items that are inexpensive or meaningful in some way.  When we travel, I try to pick up a memento or container that reminds me of that place or time.  For instance, on my desktop, I have a Butterbeer mug to hold my paintbrushes, a Pixar mug for my journaling pens, a George Michael mug for scissors, and an adorable glass vase from Anthropologie to hold Epiphany epoxies – all within reach, meaningful, and adorable at the same time.


I also like to use supplies as the decor in my room – washi tape is in a wooden tray I found at a thrift store, and I also raided my kitchen for tiny sauce cups/ramekins for my new baker’s cart.  This is my absolute favorite item at the moment.  I saw one in Ali Edwards’ office when I visited her recently and found my own once I returned home.  It has ten 18×24 removable trays and I store not only supplies, but also projects I’m working on.  When I need something, I just grab it and place it on my worktable, then put it away to work on something else.  It really helps keep my tabletop a little more clear.DSC08700


My favorite Ikea find is the little turquoise cart my friend Mary bought for me.  It has wheels so it can go anywhere I want it to.  I use this to store my paint, sticker letters, journaling cards and tags, stencil letters, ink pads, spray paints/inks, and stamping supplies.  It doesn’t take up much space, but because of the vertical storage, it holds a lot.


Along with organizing in open or clear containers, I also organize by color.  I use color on my Clip It Up, as well as some clear plastic boxes I found at the Container Store, and of course, all my paper.  The boxes are great for taking with me to a crop since they are portable and while I’d love to have all my embellishments in one spot, for now the two options are working for me.



I have a problem with stamps.  I love them, but I am bad about not using them.  I found some cute little baskets trimmed in my favorite color – turquoise – at Target.  I bought them without knowing how or even if I was going to use them. (Always, if you see something you love, buy all they have.  You can always take it back.)  I reorganized an Ikea printer cart for my stamps.  I placed a cutting pad on top so I could stamp right where my stamps live, and stored my stamps in the new baskets below.  I cut the snap closure off the Close To My Heart stamp cases (I know, I know – I had a hard time doing that!), and I was able to fit THREE times as many stamps in a basket.  I do not miss the snaps at all.  My larger stamps are stored in clear snap folders in larger baskets.  Again, with the clear storage, I can just flip through and quickly see what I have.


My absolute love of organization was really the reasoning behind the creation of My Digital ScrapRoom, the world’s first all-in-one digital photo organizational and scrapbooking solution.  I was so frustrated with the overwhelming amounts of digital photos I was taking and the process of finding them again to use in my projects.  I almost stopped scrapbooking at one point.  Now, with easy but robust searching and tagging options and a mobile app on the way, finding my photos is a snap.  And extra bonus:  I can use the same software to store my digital elements and make a custom digital project without having to use multiple programs!  For more info, please visit my website:

I hope you have found some tips and tricks that help you in your own organizational journey.  You can also visit my YouTube channel for more videos on organizing your supplies, as well as your photos.

Thank you for tuning in!

Blayne White













Isn’t Blayne’s room lovely?  I especially love her baker’s cart.  What a brilliant idea!

Not only has she given us a peek into her craft room, but Blayne is also offering a sweet discount to CSI readers who are interested in using My Digital Scraproom.  Just use code: craftstorageideasrocks for 20% off!  This offer is good through July 31st!

Update:  Blayne has also posted a video tour of her space here.

Craft Room Labeling

When you love collecting craft supplies as much as I do, having functional storage solutions is a must. That’s precisely why CSI is such a fun place for me to hang out! If you’ve seen the photos of my craft spaces (I’ve had 3, just not all at the same time!), you know I have tried just about every kind of storage solution there is. That’s why labeling what I have stored and where is so important.


Brother P-Touch

For the most part, I use my Brother P-Touch label maker for just about everything. One of the things I like best about it is the ability to use different widths of tapes. This allows me to label everything from large drawers to DVD and CD cases. But, that’s not the only type of label I use, and there are so many ideas for labeling our collections, that I thought I’d feature a few I’ve come across.


Source: Kojo Designs

Not only are the labels on these magazine holders fun and colorful, I love the extra step they took in decorating the clips that hold them in place! Unfortunately, the link provided for being able to print some of your own seems to be broken. Still, it gives you and idea of something similar you could create using your own printer.

How cute and simple is this idea? Design and function in one label! I’m such a visual person, I could really see this working for me – no pun intended!!!


Source: Etsy

The chalkboard look is still very popular in all kinds of decorative and functional purposes. How simple would it be to take some of the chalkboard-type vinyl and make labels? You could even find some, like these on Etsy, that are already cut to size.


Here is another cool idea – and someone else has done the hard part for you! The folks at Stampin’ Up! know us crafters all too well…they’ve come up with an adorable product for labeling all of our craft supplies.

As always, we’d love for YOU to share any of the creative ways you’ve come up with to label your things with the rest of us ! ~ Doris