Craft Storage: American Crafts DT Room Tour – Giveaway Winner!

Craft Storage: American Crafts DT Room Tour – Giveaway Winner!
We’re sharing the creative spaces from some of your favorite crafters, American Crafts’ design team members!

Hello, fellow storage enthusiasts!

How many of you caught a glimpse of the rooms of the American Crafts design team members?

Inspiring, right?!

If you missed the peeks, check ’em out below.


And if you stopped by ’cause you can’t wait to see
if YOU won the $25 IKEA gift card
we were giving away,
well, wait no more!

Scroll down past the craft room shares below
to see if YOUR name was drawn!


Up first, Gina Lideros and her description of her happy place:

Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour: American Crafts Design Team Members - Gina Lideros (image)
Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour – American Crafts Design Team Member – Gina Lideros

Source: American Crafts

Her favorite items for storage are an Expedit bookcase, her custom-made desk and Raskog cart from IKEA.

Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour - American Crafts Design Team Member - Gina Lideros' Custom-Made Craft Desk (image)
Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour – American Crafts Design Team Member – Gina Lideros‘ Custom-Made Craft Desk

Source: Gina Lideros

We totally agree!

Hazel especially loves the desk with a total of 18 storage baskets (nine on each side) that Gina’s husband built.

Read Gina’s post for American Crafts or hop over to Gina‘s blog to say hello.

 

The next American Crafts design team member is Heather Leopard and here is what she says about her creative space:

Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour: American Crafts Design Team Member - Heather Leopard (image)
Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour – American Crafts Design Team Member – Heather Leopard

Source: American Crafts

She and her hubby just remodeled her scrap space.

It’s functional and organized with no clutter.

There is even a dedicated space for her children so they can create together.

Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour - American Crafts Design Team Member - Heather Leopard's Newly Remodeled Craft Space (image)
Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour – American Crafts Design Team Member – Heather Leopard‘s Newly Remodeled Craft Space

Source: Heather Leopard

Read Heather’s blog post for American Crafts and hop over to Heather‘s blog to say hello.


Next stop: Nicole Samuels

Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour: American Crafts Design Team Member - Nicole Samuels (image)
Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour – American Crafts Design Team Member – Nicole Samuels

Source: American Crafts

Nicole uses her family’s bonus / play room to scrap.

Her Expedit bookcase is used as a room divider,which gives a little separation between her stuff and the kids’ area while still allowing her to be part of the action.

Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour - American Crafts Design Team Member - Nicole Samuel's Expedit Bookcase (image)
Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour – American Crafts Design Team Member – Nicole Samuel’s Expedit Bookcase

Source: Nicole Samuels

If you’re a part-of-the-action crafter, this will make a lot of sense to you too.

Read Nicole’s post for American Crafts and hop over to Nicole‘s blog to say hello.


Let’s see what Gillion Nelson has up her sleeve.

Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour: American Crafts Design Team Member - Gillian Nelson (image)
Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour – American Crafts Design Team Member – Gillian Nelson

Source: Gillian Nelson

Gillian and her husband share opposite sides of an IKEA desk.

There’s lots of natural light and it looks calm and serene even though she claims that it is not representative of her reality.

Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour - American Crafts Design Team - Gillian Nelson's "Shared" Desk (image)
Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour – American Crafts Design Team Member – Gillian Nelson‘s “Shared” Desk

Source: Gillian Nelson

Hazel shares an office with her husband and she had this to say: “Mine isn’t nearly as neat as hers, nor does it have the beautiful, light, airy and creative feel that I see in her pictures.

Read Gillian’s post for American Crafts and hop over to Gillian‘s blog to say hello.


And last, but not least: Ashley Horton.

Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour: American Crafts Design Team Member - Ashley Horton (image)
Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour – American Crafts Design Team Member – Ashley Horton

Source: American Crafts

She uses part of her bedroom as her craft space.

Even though she would love to have a dedicated room, this currently works very well for her and everything is neatly sorted and on-hand.

Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour - American Crafts Design Team Member - Ashley Horton's Bedroom Craft Storage (image)
Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour – American Crafts Design Team Member – Ashley Horton‘s Bedroom Craft Storage

Source: Ashley Horton

Not everyone is fortunate to have a separate scrap space and it’s great to see people who don’t have a dedicated space make this situation work for them.

Ashley used what she had on hand and we love how she incorporated her stash in her everyday living space. Well done Ashley!

Read Ashley’s post for American Crafts and hop over to Ashley’s blog to say hello.


And now, let’s have a bit of fun!

If you previously hopped along to check out all of the
American Crafts design team member’s craft rooms | crafting spaces,
and you guessed at which “tool” each and every one of them uses,
and left us a comment about what you most like from these spaces,
you just might be the lucky winner of the
$25 IKEA gift card!!!


And the lucky winner is…

justasiam!


Congrats to

justasiam!


justasiam:
Please send an email,
with “IKEA $25 Gift Card Winner” in the subject line,
and your full name and mailing address in the body of the email,
to shackney {at} craftstorageideas {dot} com.

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electronic communications, including emailed gift cards.

Thanks to everyone for joining us for this craft room hop, and especially to those who took the time to wager a guess on the tool these designers love, and to share their thoughts about these craft rooms, both here and on the American Crafts blog. 

Have a great week and happy organizing!
Steph

Craft Storage Ideas Editor & Owner - Stephanie Hackney (image)
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Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour – American Crafts Design Team Members

Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour – American Crafts Design Team Members
Check out the creative spaces from some of your favorite crafters, American Crafts’ design team members!

Hello, fellow storage enthusiasts!

It’s Hazel here to share a few posts over at the American Crafts blog that took my fancy.

They had a Scrap Space week!

Each of their design team members had a chance to share their happy craft spaces.

I was so excited, I got up a bit earlier on the days that I had appointments to read all about it before I had to be on my way.


Let’s start with Gina Lideros and her description of her happy place:

Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour: American Crafts Design Team Members - Gina Lideros (image)
Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour – American Crafts Design Team Member – Gina Lideros

Source: American Crafts

Her favorite items for storage are an Expedit bookcase, her custom-made desk and Raskog cart from IKEA.

Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour - American Crafts Design Team Member - Gina Lideros' Custom-Made Craft Desk (image)
Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour – American Crafts Design Team Member – Gina Lideros‘ Custom-Made Craft Desk

Source: Gina Lideros

I totally agree!

I especially love the desk with a total of 18 storage baskets (nine on each side) that her husband built.

Read Gina’s post for American Crafts or hop over to Gina‘s blog to say hello.

 

The next American Crafts design team member is Heather Leopard and here is what she says about her creative space:

Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour: American Crafts Design Team Member - Heather Leopard (image)
Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour – American Crafts Design Team Member – Heather Leopard

Source: American Crafts

She and her hubby just remodeled her scrap space.

It’s functional and organized with no clutter.

There is even a dedicated space for her children so they can create together.

Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour - American Crafts Design Team Member - Heather Leopard's Newly Remodeled Craft Space (image)
Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour – American Crafts Design Team Member – Heather Leopard‘s Newly Remodeled Craft Space

Source: Heather Leopard

I love her color scheme – SO tranquil with just a pop of colour.

Read Heather’s blog post for American Crafts and hop over to Heather‘s blog to say hello.


Next stop: Nicole Samuels

Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour: American Crafts Design Team Member - Nicole Samuels (image)
Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour – American Crafts Design Team Member – Nicole Samuels

Source: American Crafts

Nicole uses her family’s bonus / play room to scrap.

Her Expedit bookcase is used as a room divider,which gives a little separation between her stuff and the kids’ area while still allowing her to be part of the action.

Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour - American Crafts Design Team Member - Nicole Samuel's Expedit Bookcase (image)
Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour – American Crafts Design Team Member – Nicole Samuel’s Expedit Bookcase

Source: Nicole Samuels

I’m a part-of-the-action crafter myself so this makes a lot of sense to me.

Now I only have to get IKEA to open a shop down under in Sunny South Africa and I’ll be sorted!

Read Nicole’s post for American Crafts and hop over to Nicole‘s blog to say hello.

Let’s see what Gillion Nelson has up her sleeve.

Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour: American Crafts Design Team Member - Gillian Nelson (image)
Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour – American Crafts Design Team Member – Gillian Nelson

Source: Gillian Nelson

Gillian and her husband share opposite sides of an IKEA desk.

There’s lots of natural light and it looks calm and serene even though she claims that it is not representative of her reality.

Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour - American Crafts Design Team - Gillian Nelson's "Shared" Desk (image)
Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour – American Crafts Design Team Member – Gillian Nelson‘s “Shared” Desk

Source: Gillian Nelson

I share an office with my husband and I can tell you this, mine isn’t nearly as neat as hers, nor does it have the beautiful, light, airy and creative feel that I see in her pictures.

Read Gillian’s post for American Crafts and hop over to Gillian‘s blog to say hello.


And I saved the best (in my opinion) for last – Ashley Horton.

Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour: American Crafts Design Team Member - Ashley Horton (image)
Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour – American Crafts Design Team Member – Ashley Horton

Source: American Crafts

She uses part of her bedroom as her craft space.

Even though she would love to have a dedicated room, this currently works very well for her and everything is neatly sorted and on-hand.

Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour - American Crafts Design Team Member - Ashley Horton's Bedroom Craft Storage (image)
Craft Storage: Craft Room Tour – American Crafts Design Team Member – Ashley Horton‘s Bedroom Craft Storage

Source: Ashley Horton

Not everyone is fortunate to have a separate scrap space and I love to see people who don’t have a dedicated space make this situation work for them.

Ashley used what she had on hand and I love how she incorporated her stash in her everyday living space. Well done Ashley!

Read Ashley’s post for American Crafts and hop over to Ashley’s blog to say hello.


Now let’s have a bit of fun!!

If you’ve hopped along to all the American Crafts design team member’s scrap spaces,
let’s see if you can tell us what “tool” each and every one of them uses.

Let us know what you like about these craft spaces,
and tell us what tool each AC designer uses,
and we’ll enter you in a drawing
for a $25 gift card…
from IKEA!


Entry Deadline:
Midnight (central, GMT-5),
Sunday, August 23, 2015

That’s it!!

I loved visiting not one, but a whole design team’s scrap spaces in one go.

Make sure you leave comments on their posts over at the American Crafts blog as well as on their individual blogs.

Being on a design team is LOTS of work and sharing their intimate spaces with us is awesome.


Thank you for visiting Craft Storage Ideas today.

Have a GREAT day and please come back to see what my fellow contributors and I have to share right here.

And when you get a chance, stop by my blog, Play As U Go, and say hello,
Hazel

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DIY Craft Desks

Hello, it’s Suzanne here today with some ideas for do-it-yourself craft/office desks. Did you know that you can make your own craft desk for a fraction of the price of purchasing a pre-made desk? And, there are so many options out there to choose from! I have some ideas for you that range from adding a top to a couple of cabinets, to DIY desks that require a little more assembly. For the desks that require measuring, cutting, and assembly, there are tutorials on the websites listed, so be sure to visit those sites for more information and instructions.

Desk with Alex Drawers from IKEA

IKEA products are so versatile, cost-effective, and easy to assemble. I just love coming across new ways to use their products. Shown below are the Alex drawers from IKEA and a wood table top. Could this desk get any easier? Castors were added to the bottoms of the drawers to make this desk mobile. With twelve large drawers for storage, this desk is a crafter’s dream.

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Better Homes and Gardens

Desk with Drawers

This is a similar concept to the desk above in that two cabinets of drawers were used as the base, but a glass table top was used as the desk top here. You could use any type of cabinets, as long as they are the same height and provide a comfortable sitting height.

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Furnish Burnish

Desk with Filing Cabinets

Another simple wood desk top, but this time, we have two standard filing cabinets below. Easy to put together and plenty of storage space in the filing cabinets.

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North Story

Desk with Shelves

Here is more of a traditional type of crafter’s desk. IKEA components were used to create the desk unit, which leaves ample room for storage.

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The Creative Imperative

Pipe Desk

This interesting desk uses pipes as a base. You would need to be handy (or know someone that is) to create this desk, but it is a cost effective way to get a nice solid work station into your craft room.

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Cafe Cartolina

Bar Stool Desk

Another simple desk idea using two bar stools and a wood-plank tabletop.

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Liz Marie Blog

Sawhorse Desk

This pretty desk offers a ton of space! I would love to work on a desk of this size and spread my scrapbook layouts all over one side.

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Poofy Cheeks

I hope that you have found some interesting ideas for your next desk. It doesn’t always have to cost a lot to get a new crafty station. By re-purposing some older items, you can create the desk of your dreams as well!

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

Just 1 Tip: Arrange by color

Hello. Hazel here to share “just one tip” with you. I like things to be neat, tidy and uniform but as we all know, you can’t start all over once a new flavor hits the month.  On my memory shelf I’ve got albums, Project Life albums, mini books,  day books, files ……………………… in every shape, size and color you can imagine and lots of them.

While reading an excellent post on stamp storage over at “Hello. I’m a Paper Addict”, I stumbled upon this idea ……………………………… arrange by color:

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It is a 4×4 Expedit shelf filled with albums, Filofaxes, mini albums, daybooks, smashbooks, etc.  I just love the look. Even though everything is not uniform, it’s clean, calm serene, interesting and pleasing on the eye.

That’s it. I’m off to some more crafting fun. Thanks for visiting the Craft Storage Ideas blog today and remember to leave some comments. We love to see what you think and do.

Hazel

Minty Fresh Makeover: Noelle McAdams of paper & ICE/part 2

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Hello, CSI readers! It’s Noelle here today. I hope you all are doing well. I got a total wild hair earlier this month, and decided to COMPLETELY overhaul my studio. It was something that desperately needed to happen. I’d been ruminating on the changes I needed to make for a long time. And then, our ancient desktop computer died, and with it died the need to keep this massive computer desk in the room. I began sharing with you about this project on Wednesday, and now I’m back with the budget and additional details. 🙂

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It was weird to me to paint a room CREAM instead of some color. I ruminated on yellow walls for a while, but in the end I decided I wanted the neutral backdrop of cream and white. The main pop of color would come from the craft table, and of course I had all my vintage items (many are blue) to accent the space with. In fact, 90% of this makeover can be attributed to paint. I’ve had at least three people tell me they can’t believe this is the same room.

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I went with white for the shelves, the desk top, and this bookcase unit that I’d had stashed in my basement. This shelf and drawer unit used to be my Gramma’s, in fact they are part of a wall unit, but provided VALUABLE drawer space! The bottom drawer holds much of my theater items, as well as one shelf. The middle drawer is supplies and tools, the top drawer holds some embellishments, my stamping blocks and paper trimmer.

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P1220034-imp I went with a high gloss white on the furniture because I wanted the contrast between the cream walls and white furniture for dimension and depth. The difference in sheen (satin on walls, high gloss on furniture) also helps the contrast. All the hardware got spray painted from black to bronze as well.

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Here’s what I bought for the room:

 

One gallon Behr white high-gloss paint-shelves/furniture-30$

One quart Behr Rockwood Jade paint in semi-gloss-furniture-18$

One gallon Behr Eggshell Cream paint in Satin-walls-26$

One can Rust-O-Leum Hammered finish spray paint in Bronze-hardware-FREE (I already had this).

Two Kallax 2×2 shelves from IKEA-70$

Two packages 4” Capita feet from IKEA-24$

Four Drona fabric storage bins from IKEA-24$

One package (two boxes) Kassett boxes from IKEA-7$

Three bird drawer pulls from Hobby Lobby-18$

One long mint storage box from Hobby Lobby-15$

One glass doorknob inspired picture hanger from Target-5$

One 4’ x 8’ piece of plywood-35$

Two 8’ pieces of trim-30$

Two 8 foot 2×3 boards-6$

One pint of Polycrylic to seal table tops-9$

Two packages of bronze robe hooks from Target-6$

Carlisle Counter Stools in Navy from Target-80$

Ikat fabric for curtain and slipcover: 65$

so, a little under 500$. I had the spray paint and a lot of the hardware and faux finishing supplies already. Can you imagine how much more it could have been had I BOUGHT furniture instead of painting it?

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The desk (formerly black with a wood top…) got a facelift. I didn’t want to get rid of it entirely, since I need flat space still and it would be good to have a place to use my sewing machine and Silhouette. I did the same faux finish technique on the base and painted the top white.

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I got new boxes for my stamps, because the Dollar Store baskets I showed you in this post were flimsy and always bending when I pulled them out. These are kraft photo boxes, only 2$ each & much sturdier, plus they are a bit bigger!

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The filing cabinet, and shelf with the curved top stayed the same. I put my Silhouette & Big Shot on my vintage trunk and inside the trunk are all my alterable items, and empty scrapbooks, etc. I hung my cutting mats on the wall.

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I did a vinyl treatment on the wall featuring my blog name using my Silhouette. I love the way it turned out!

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One other small project I took on was this Ribbon Frame. A cheap frame from the thrift store, some paint I already had, ribbon, and dowels and this was good to go!

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I want to make a curtain and office chair slipcover as well. This ikat print is the perfect color scheme and I love the rustic elegance it will add to the space. One of my big concerns about using mint as one of the main colors was I didn’t want it to feel immature or too cutesy. One of these days (soon!) I’ll get around to stitching those projects up! 😉

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I also need to mention that I took over FOUR BAGS of garbage out of here! I cleared out, went through and reorganized everything, even my scraps bin! It feels so good to have a clean slate.

 

Pen storage, twine storage, and many other things were just brought back in the same way they were before. If the system was working for me, and I liked the containers already, why the heck not?

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I did pick up this cool wood box at Hobby Lobby for all my tools. The colros and style were perfect for the room and the mini pail I’d been using previously wasn’t working for me. I know some crafters like to separate like things together; all scissors together, all adhesives, etc. But for me, it has always worked well to have all my tools together so I’m not looking all over for a paper piercer!

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I really wanted to buy this cute pail system from IKEA in the cream color for my gems and embellishments….. Maybe some day I’ll splurge, but I had these cute pails already, and these hooks were so much cheaper than buying a whole new system with the same functionality for my space.

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I am still also trying to talk myself out of the Raskog cart that I know most crafters own, and love! It would be a great solution for my sewing machine, but for now it sits perched atop my grandparents vintage suitcases. The smaller suitcase holds my sewing kit.

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All in all, I am just loving my new space! It was a lot of time, stress, and expense…. But fully WORTH it all! I hope it inspired you as well. Thanks for stopping by CSI!

Noelle

 

 

 

Minty Fresh Makeover: Noelle McAdams of paper & ICE/part 1

 

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Hello, CSI readers! It’s Noelle here today. I hope you all are doing well. I got a total wild hair earlier this month, and decided to COMPLETELY overhaul my studio. It was something that desperately needed to happen. I’d been ruminating on the changes I needed to make for a long time. And then, our ancient desktop computer died, and with it died the need to keep this massive computer desk in the room. Here is a before shot (a completely MESSY before shot….) and you can read all about my old studio here. 

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This meant I could claim the room as COMPLETELY my own! It’s still small, but mine! I feel so blessed to have this space to work, I know many people are working on their kitchen table. So exciting, yet intimidating. There were multiple problems with the space as it was. I knew there was a lot more work to be done than just removing the computer desk and adding a craft table. I had mentioned previously that there was no window, so no natural light. This room is the first room on the right as you enter the front door of our home (in below photo, that blue door is my front door), and the room has no door on it, so it’s visible to anyone who comes in. The desk I intended to keep was not working well for me, either. I recently read a wonderful article here that so perfectly explained many of the frustrations and concerns I also had with my room.

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Additionally, I was way short on storage space. This room is my craft studio, office, and theater storage. I run this website and my own blog, plus I design for CardMaker Magazine Blog, and The Cat’s Pajamas Stamps as an artist. I also teach theater to kids and instruct through a couple different organizations. I needed to have a place to store all my books, props, and costumes. Up until this room re-do, they all were in tote bags on the floor of the office-not so organized or accessible! With as many little jobs as I have, I knew it was critical that the space be FUNCTIONAL above all other goals and desires.

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So, I ended up having multiple goals with this room; here are a few of them:

 

  1. Lighten and brighten the space. I had come to avoid going in the space, it was just so dark and dreary. No window means I needed to employ other tricks to brighten the room. The black furniture and blue walls that I loved 8 years ago? Well, let me just tell you, I was SO over them! They no longer looked classy to me, they just looked…. Dull and dark.
  2. Highlight my vintage items. I have several vintage and antique items in the studio, ones that I loved. But with all the stuff everywhere, they were getting lost in the shuffle.
  3. Add more flat space and more storage, including a counter height table for standing up work. Also, add a place to craft with a friend, or my kids!
  4. Make anything that went in the space removable. Not that I had budget for built ins anyway, but even if I had, I wouldn’t have done them as we have been tossing around the idea of moving lately, and if when that happens, I don’t want all our hard work to go to waste!
  5. Make the space a MULTI-TASK room, one that would work well for storing my theater items, using my computer for planning and blogging, scrapbooking, paper crafting, sewing, and more!

P1220049-imp I have to tell you, I had a lot of anxiety over this project. It knew it was just so important to my productivity and my peace of mind! And for two weeks the entire main level of my house was completely trashed, since I had EVERYTHING that normally was in this room in the dining room, and spent so much time painting and working on projects for the room, that….. well, lets just say the rest of my house went somewhere in a handbasket! 😉

 

But, in the end it was so WORTH all the stress, cost, and mess. I adore it now. It all started with this table…..

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I found this post online about creating a standing craft table from 2 IKEA Expedit shelves (now they are called Kallax, these are the green 2×2 ones). I loved that I could gain BOTH critical storage and flat workspace with this table. I have seen similar tables made from bookcases, etc, but I knew 12” storage was needed for my scrapbooking supplies. I opted to forego the hanging bar system I’ve used for years, and instead put my bags of themed items in these Drona bins that matched the green Kallax bases.

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Speaking of the green, I tried to talk myself into a white table, but alas, that fresh and minty color just sucked me in. It attracted me SO much that I decided to make it the main color in the room. It was a bold choice, since when I started there was very little green in the room. I have NO mint green in my house actually, lots of sky blue, navy, sage, beige, deep teal, and olive, but no mint! But I am so glad I took that plunge now! It’s so fresh feeling, not to mention a whole LOT brighter! It still marries well with the other rooms in my house, since it’s just different shades of blue and green anyway.

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The table top was made by my hubby and the top was faux painted by yours truly. I used the color Behr Rockwood Jade, which was a good match for this shade of green from IKEA. I faux finished with some sanding, some craft paint, and some antiquing medium. I used the same painting technique I featured on the dining room hutch here on my own blog. The top is a plywood top, with a frame underneath made from boards, and then trimmed out with some pretty trim. The frame underneath the plywood helped lift the top up to the proper height, ad make it very sturdy as well. The table is 5’ long and 30” wide. The feet are Capita feet from IKEA, but I spray painted them bronze, since I was going for a vintage look.

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My Cropper Hopper paper holders had to be cut down slightly to fit in these shelves, but it was an easy fix. The new CH holders are designed to fit these IKEA shelves, so never fear if you are getting new ones and you have EXPEDIT or KALLAX shelves. These are about 10 years old and had some sticker residue, etc on them, so I gave them a little makeover with some patterned paper. The narrow ones got a new look with washi tape!

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Here is the link to PART 2 of this makeover. It includes a budget breakdown and more details. Hope you can check it out! Thanks for stopping by CSI.

Noelle

Studio Tour: Jonathan Fong Style

Studio Tour: Jonathan Fong Style

Hello all, this is Suzanne here with my very first Contributor post for CSI! I have an amazing studio tour to share with you today. While perusing through Pinteret, I scrolled onto a studio so bright and cheery, it immediately caught my attention. If you LOVE color, then you will find plenty of inspiration in Jonathan Fong’s Studio.

While there are many elements that caught my eye in this creative space, the most intriguing is the wall of colorful cabinets.

Using Ikea Besta cabinets, Jonathan turned the door fronts into giant paint chips! Each “painted” panel is actually a peel-and-stick mural that he had made to match the door fronts. Since his murals are easy to apply and remove, he has the freedom to change the colors and styles as he sees fit.

While the paint colors are matched to actual Pantone colors, Jonathan chose his own names for each color, creating a personal vision board for his space. He even has a matching paint chip mirror that he created for the studio!

For some clever storage, he uses clear paint pails to match his overall studio theme.

Jonathan’s studio includes some great storage inspiration, from the clear, stacking paper trays in his Expedit shelving, to the adorable ribbon tower next to his wrapping supplies. Did you notice the “rug” in the center of his room? It is actually artificial turf! A very creative alternative to carpet.

A big thank you to Jonathan Fong for allowing us to share a tour of his unique studio. You can see more of Jonathan’s studio, storage, and creativity here. Have a look at the additional pictures on his blog, you won’t be disappointed!


Suzanne


 

Craft Room ~ To The Full

Hello crafty friends! I’m back today sharing the craft room of my blogging friend Leigh Penner. If you haven’t visited Leigh’s blog To The Full, you’re missing out on some beautiful card inspiration and scrapbooking layouts! Leigh has been kind enough to invite us into her creative space today.  She recently redid her studio so that her crafting companion, daughter Sage, could join her ~ how sweet is that!! Let’s get started shall we…

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A corner spot in the basement is a cozy area for the mother daughter team to work. I like the placement of the tables facing each other!

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Isn’t Leigh’s desktop perfectly organized! Her most used items are right at hand in a wide variety of storage containers. Their dark color has a unified appearance and is a nice contrast against the light desk top. Stamps, small hand tools, paper trimmer and papers all within easy reach.

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Since Leigh stamps on all of her projects, she keeps her clear stamps right in front of her. They’re organized by manufacturer in Tim Holtz folders.

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This industrial piece from Harbor Freight is such a clever idea for ink pads, twines, adhesives and other often used items.

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An Ikea cart has been designated as her die cutting station. Once again well organized with the necessities right on hand!

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Leigh, along with her son and daughter, put together this Expedit unit from Ikea. This endeavor is better known as the “Ikea workout” in the Penner home! I just love the beautiful bible verse (cut from vinyl using her Silhouette)  adorning her soft aqua wall.

Leigh has MANY more photos to share of her cozy space on her blog {To The Full}. She gives you a great breakdown of what she stores on her Expedit shelf along with some clever uses for hanging files! Stop by to say hi and while you’re there have a look around her blog. You won’t be disappointed!

Lisa

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