Product Highlight: 6×4 Photo Boxes

Hallo to all my fellow craft storage enthusiasts.  It’s Hazel all the way from Sunny South Africa here to share a product that works for me – photo boxes.  I know there are lots and lots and lots more exciting products available but I tend to use these all the time and this is why:

They are: cheap, readily available, see through, sturdy, the perfect size for Project Life goodies and it’s so versitile – you can use it for brads, die cuts, flowers, paperclips, etc.

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 The picture is of the brand we get but I’m sure your stores will stock something similar.

I only have one teeny, weenie problem – their lids fall off when you store them on their sides but don’t fear when IMPERFECT ME is near …………….. I use underwear elastic to keep them closed. Yeah, I can hear you laugh but once again it’s cheap and readily available even down under in Sunny SA and I always look for the nice, funky colors (on the elastic, not the underwear!). I even pretty them up with felt die cuts and some buttons ……………….  love it!!

Here is a picture of my system:

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You can see how I pack my Project Life monthly kits (top right) , label the boxes and then stack them in another plastic container (bottom left).  When the container is full, I stop buying / up my usage / give away.  This is another thing that I love about containers – they are made to “contain” a certain amount of stash – once it’s done, you have to kick up a gear and make a plan.

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I’ll give you a quick review of how I organize my Project Life kits.  They get packed in 6×4 photo boxes and labeled.  In the lid, I’ll add a pic and a list of what’s in the kit.  If the kit corresponds with something in my stash, I’ll add a note to the lid.  First, I make a layout from the kit, and then I do a double page Project Life page or more. Once that is done, I sort the remainder of the kit into general boxes of 3×4 and 6×4 photo mats and journaling cards.  All the embellishments get filed into various containers for stickers, flowers, paperclips, etc.

I’m a firm believer that if you can see what you’ve got, you will use it.  I get inspired by colors, textures and beautiful things and therefore I use see-through containers – I feel like a kid in a candy shop when I go into my Craft Closet.

That’s if from me. Thanks for visiting Craft Storage Ideas today and please check back as my fellow contributors and I have lots more to share right here. Please leave me some comments – I would love to see and hear what you do ……………………….. until next year ……………….. lots and lots and lots of love and sunshine from Sunny South Africa.

Hazel

Daring DIY: Homemade Embellishment Stand

Hello Crafters! It’s Cicily with a daring DIY for you all to try.

I don’t know about the rest of you but embellishments and the dollar bins at Michael’s are starting to stack up in my craft room. I’m getting very tempted to do this amazing DIY myself.

Sharyn from Living Art Fully has a great tutorial on how to make this 3 ring Embellishment floor stand.

I have some lamp parts lying around (I’m an auction junkie!) and now I will be adding this to my list of projects! LOL

Cicily

Product Highlight: Creative Options Crafter’s Caddy

Hallo, it’s Hazel and I’m here to share the Crafter’s Caddy that I recently bought.  I work all around the house – the office, the dining room table, a desk in the middle of our living room or my Craft Closet …………………….. wherever my family members are, I go!!

This means that I have a “mobile crafting system” and I recently added another item:  Creative Options Crafter’s Caddy.

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The Craft Caddy is available in two color palettes: the French Garden palette and the Viva Le Pink palette. The French Garden version has a bright magenta base with an avocado green drawer, perfect for refreshing any craft room. The Viva Le Pink version has a black sparkle base with a platinum drawer, for a timeless look that appeals to anyone. Both versions feature the same compact design and measure 12.88 x 8 x 6.75” for portability.

It was readily available (even down under in Sunny SA) and rather “affordable”. I really love the tray that slides out as I’m currently into staples, stitching and paperclips.  More than enough space for all of that.  And here is a picture of what my caddy looked like two weeks ago ………………………………..

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I was working on a Christmas 2012 layout, made a dress for daughter-in-law #2 and recycled scraps into mini tags. That’s a lot isn’t  it?? And everything fit – from the 12×12 papers to the scissors, pens, Cuttlebug plates, dies and tons of embellishments. The only thing that IMPERFECT ME added to the caddy was a piece of recycled cardboard to keep my 12×12 papers standing up.  The caddy already has slots on both sides so I just cut it to size and slipped it in. (in my picture, look for the pink arrow)

That’s it!  Another addition to my “mobile crafting system”. Thanks for looking at Craft Storage Ideas today and please check back as we have lots more to share right here.

Hazel

Product Highlight {Spools}

Hey there, it’s Lisa here on this crisp November day! Have you ever purchased an item for your crafty endevors but never got around to using it? I know silly question right ~ we ALL do that!!! I have a jar of wooden spools that are about to be rescued. Today I’m sharing a variety of ways to use them as a storage solution.  First up are these gorgeous shabby chic memo spools. A great way to use up snippets of favorite ribbons or trims and a pretty place to store notes or ideas!

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Turning a spool into a sweet little pincushion keeps fancy pins and sewing needles close at hand. I see something like this in my future!

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A perfect way to store delicate or vintage trims can be seen at the Paper Doll Girl!

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Ready for a touch of  happiness in a jar? Even a small spool can hold yard after yard of twine then be tucked neatly into a jar.

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Larger vintage spools that can be found on Etsy, Ebay or specialty stores work beautifully for buttons or wrapping twines as well as hemp cording and jute. I love the idea of pretty scissors placed in the spool ~ decorative and handy!

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Altering one end of the spool to be removable is a cute way to store and color coordinate your Washi Tape collection.

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This is a delightful way to store ribbon! Neat, tidy and easily accessible!

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I’ve been inspire to put my neglected spools to good use I hope you have too! Don’t have any spools? Most stores such as Hobby Lobby, Michael’s and Joann carry them in large and small quantities. Archivers and other scrapbook stores usually stock Maya Road and Jenny Bowlin. And if you have a fondness for the vintage variety try Etsy, Ebay and antique stores they offer a great selection.

Thanks so much for your visit, we appreciate it!

Lisa

Herringbone + Bookcase = Lovely {Lolly Jane}

I’ve only got one image for you today.  But one is all you need.  Are your ready?

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See?  I told you!  For details about how that gorgeous herringbone background was created and how the crafty supplies, check out the full post on Lolly Jane!

**FYI – our Facebook page isn’t working properly.  Thanks for your patience as we get it sorted out!**

Rebecca

Traveling with your Crafts?

Hallo to all the crafters out there looking for inspiration / solutions and ideas for storing crafting goodies.  Once again, it’s Hazel all the way from Sunny SA and today we are traveling with our crafts!

I don’t know about you but crafting is a lot of fun to me so I wouldn’t dream of going anywhere without something to keep my hands busy.  A few years ago my mum had breast cancer and had to go through a series of chemo and radiation treatments.  It was very traumatic to all but I immediately packed a smocking kit that went with every single day.  Yes!  I did finish about 10 dresses in the 3 month period and had to give them all away because they reminded me of this negative period in our lives BUT I learned that if you keep busy, the battle is half won.

So, I hopped around Blogland to see what I can get to inspire you to travel with your arts / crafts.  First up – the Scrappers:

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And the Knitters / Embroidery enthusiasts:

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This one would be perfect for my smocking kit:

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What about the artists out there?

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 And never forget to pack some crafting fun to keep the kids busy:

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And one that can be used for about anything – a Hanging Toiletry bag!

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 This one I found on Etsy.  No longer available for purchase but still – a great idea. 

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And I made one myself.  Hop over to my blog to see all my alternative uses for it:

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And this is the total ultimate:

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This post has DIY instructions. I’m off to get hold of my husband!  Now I know what I want for my upcoming birthday!

Thanks for traveling around Blogland with me today. I hope you have gained a few more ideas for storing your favorite goodies.  Have a great day and please check back as my contributors and I have lots more to share with you right here on Craft Storage Ideas.

Hazel

Product Highlight: Hardware Storage Box

Many of us that craft have a lot of small bits and pieces to store and organize. I scrapbook and make jewelry and for both types of craft I end up with a lot of little supplies. One of my favorite storage solutions are hardware storage boxes. They are easy to find at pretty much any home improvement store and some mass retailers.

I love these because they are easy to find, relatively inexpensive and can be customized. I have spray painted mine with spray paint especially made for plastic to match the decor of my craft room. The clear drawers are perfect for seeing what is inside. Adding some labels to the front makes it even easier to find what you are looking for. You can sort your supplies by color, item type, etc. I have one I use for chipboard letter storage and have a drawer for each letter.

Here you can see Craft-O-Rama using one hanging on the wall to store small embellishments such as brads, eyelets and flowers.

Indie Color uses hers to store all her different colored beads.

Here is an example of one of the grey standard hardware storage boxes being painted white with plastic spray paint to fit in with the decor at SevenTwoThree. I think this whole room is beautiful and the drawers blend right in.

Lastly, Shannon at Madigan Made, uses one for stamp storage. I love how she made colored cut outs for each drawer. Such a fun addition to her craft space!

These units can be stacked and placed on a shelf, or you can even hang them on the wall. They are so versatile!

Laura

 

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:  www.MyDigitalScrapRoom.com

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

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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.

Product Review: {Recollections Washi Tape Dispensers}

Who doesn’t love Washi Tape? I know I do – it takes everything I have to keep from “collecting” every pattern and color out there! I have still managed to get my hands on several styles that I just couldn’t do without – wink, wink! I didn’t really have a good way of storing my rolls, until I came across these at Michael’s:

 

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If you’ve read my other posts, you already know what a fan I am of the Recollections storage product’s. Especially when they put them on sale all the time! At the time I purchased these, they were 60% off. Sixty, as in 6-zero! I don’t know that I’ve ever seen them 60% off before! I know there are a zillion ways to store/display Washi Tape collections, but this particular product fits me and my storage needs to a “T”!

Be sure an let us know how you store your Washi Tape! ~ Doris

Recollections Craft Accessory Organizer: Product Highlight

Hello fellow crafters! It’s Cicily the Pink Dalmatian Scrapper with today’s product highlight. I always enjoy seeing everyone’s variation on the Recollections Craft Accessory Organizer, I even have one myself. So I thought I would share what some fellow crafters have done with the product to personalize it for their accessory needs.

My mom pointed out to me that her latest wall mounted organizer was slightly different then mine and when I went online to get this picture, sure enough one of the shelves is missing and there’s no longer bead-board in the back. So you may notice that difference between some rooms. I wanted to point that out in case someone rushed out to M’s and was disappointed with the change. The Recollections Craft Accessory Organizer is a wall mounted shelving unit that has multiple shelves & cubbies to organize your craft goodies. The wall mount keeps everything off your crafting space & the minimal depth means items aren’t buried and lost in the back.

This is my Embellishment organizer. Recollections does make containers to fit in the cubbies, however I didn’t care so much for the price or the fact that they were plastic. I measured the openings and found jars and glass containers  from Walmart and filled them with my goodies! I also added a metal strip to the bottom and usuing magnets hang Stickles & stamping tools.

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Here’s one that went opposite from me and used it exclusively for ribbon.

 

 Have a small crafting space? Here is one used in a closet!

I love all the color &  decorated containers.

Have you seen CSI’s very own Dorris Weeaks craft room? She has 3 of the organizers! Click on the picture to go to a CSI tour of her room.

Here’s a closeup of the 2 she uses for stamp display/storage and how she modified the shelving to hold more. Click on the picture to go to the tutorial on how she did this.

There are so many options and ways to organize your embellishments within the Organizer. These are just a few ideas. Let us know if you have a unique way to use your Recollections Craft Accessory Organizer.