Welcome to My Little Studio ~ {Contributor Team: Lisa Elton}

Hi crafty friends! Part of my job as a Contributor here at CSI is to show you where others create with my creative space tours. But today I’m inviting you to join me in my little art studio! Yep you read that right I said {little}!! You see my creative space is in a closet. It’s a deep closet in our third bedroom that we claimed as our den when we moved to this house.

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My amazing husband did all of the handy work here, installing the shelving, lighting and my desk.  As I said, this is a deep closet. In fact I can close the doors behind me while I sit in my pretty little Pottery Barn Tolix chair! I don’t do that, but I could! The stacking drawer sets on either side of the chair are white plastic with clear fronts. I covered a piece of poster board with polka dot fabric (of course! *wink*) and slid them right into place inside the drawer. This hides the contents and looks cute to boot!

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My desk top holds my die cutting machine, a galvanized container from JoAnn that houses 8 1/2″ x 11″ colored cardstock in pretty geranium file folders, a red wire basket containing 3 Pottery Barn galvanized buckets and the clear ArtBin boxes I shared here that house my ink pads.

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The top shelf holds lesser used item. The square plastic boxes in the center came from Archivers. They hold fabric and other miscellaneous craft supplies. The large galvanized tubs are from Northline Express and are actually wood bins. I found them online, they’re really light weight and have lids. One holds floral design supplies and the other gift wrapping supplies. I found the geranium nesting boxes at TJ Max. I keep curling ribbons, small seldom used craft supplies and larger rolls of ribbon in them. The silver photo boxes are from Ikea.

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The Bisley file cabinets from The Container Store hold my wood block rubber stamps. This is a great storage vessel for them, they can stack two deep! A galvanized tray from Pottery Barn keeps my clear stamps and stick stamps neat and tidy! The tan stripe curtain covers two large steps up to the attic. It is on it’s way out when I find a nice white polka dot curtain or fabric to make my own!!

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The shelves on the left hold lots of paper crafting goodies! Jars of Washi Tape, twine, trims & buttons. You might recognize my Martha Stewart Recipe tins that hold my dies. The ribbon box next to them was a Christmas gift from my niece. The bottom shelf has wire baskets from Office Max. Visit my blog for more info and close ups of these containers.

So what do you think? Like I said, it’s little but it’s mine and I love it! With limited space I have to be organized, neat and tidy. A place for everything and everything in it’s place! Thanks so much for spending a bit of time with me in my studio today.

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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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

 

A Cozy Studio {Jenny Grotherus of Kottens Corner}

I’m so happy to introduce you to Jenny Grotherus of Kottens Corner.

Jenny lives on the countryside in Sweden with her husband, baby and a spoilt cat. She started scrapbooking late 2007 and has been addicted ever since. She works as a Marketing Director at the Swedish vintage brand Maja Design. She shares the love and care for vintage, coziness and colours that makes the brand so unique. It clearly shows in her scraphouse that was built with coziness and functionality in mind.

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We moved into our house nearly six years ago. It was really tiny and there was no room for my scrapsupplies. I had been saving for years to be able to get myself a dream crafter space when we bought a house, but problems are there to be solved. I literally built myself a scraphouse. I had a carpenter who helped me out with some construction, otherwise I did it all myself. . I have spent countless hours trying to plan what my perfect scrapspace would be like. There isn’t a single window that isn’t there for a reason. I even built the house around my beloved picture rails. J

I’m an over-organized person, so I have divided my scraphouse into different areas. A clean area, a paint area, a sewing area and a working area with a computer. I’ve also got a standing work area that I use a lot. All the needs for the different areas are then organized with the supplies needed. Even if the house was built for crafting I want it to feel welcoming and loving, not overwhelming due to tons of supplies. I also wanted to be able to see what I use the most and have everything at hand. That was a real challenge…

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Here’s my standing work area. Perfect for punching, die-cutting and binding books. The cabinets makes it easy to both hide supplies and keep them on display. I keep cheap paper flowers in glass jars in the glass cabinets, beautiful lace as well. Paper is stored in Cropper Hopper vertical solutions so I can see them easily but it still looks discrete. I keep dual tip pens in the corner and tools in the carousel. I inherited tons of IKEA KASSETT boxes that I have used to organize everything from PanPastels to punches. They are all stored in the cabinets.

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Here’s an example of how I’ve organized Prima flowers. According to colour or collection. Labels, labels, labels… I think I have about 80 KASSETT boxes so they need to be carefully labeled.

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 Here’s my true little corner. The black bench contains some of my 12×12 ring binders. The drawers contains finished mini-albums since I can’t have them all on display. I keep different pens in the white cutlery holder. I really want people to feel at home in my house, scrapper or not. So this is also my little Fika corner. Cookies, biscuits and I also have lemonade. :) My coffee machine is still situated in the kitchen, but I’m seriously considering moving it to the scraphouse.

I have two clip it up’s. One that I keep bling on and this large floor model where I store everything from rub-ons to letter stickers.

The cute IKEA HENSVIK shelves contains small glass jars with lace and projects on display.

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More 12×12 binders. I also keep cardstock in this inherited IKEA EXPEDIT shelf. The small chests contains toys for my son to play with when he comes to visit me in my little house.

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My long desk contains from the left: embellies area, paint area, my sewing area and my working area. (You can see my rebuilt kitchentable in the foreground that serves as my clean area). As you can see I have eight IKEA HELMER bureaus that I bought on sale. That makes 48 drawers in total. They can hold A LOT and are also designed to be labeled so you know what’s inside them. The four HELMER bureaus under the long desk are packed with Idea-ology stuff, trinkets, ribbon, shabby embellishments, chipboard, paints, brushes, embossing powder, glitter, anything you can think of. The three ones by the kitchen table are filled up with paper roses. I bought tons of ANTONIUS inserts that are supposed to be used in the laundry department. With some help from scissors they fit perfectly in the HELMER drawers.

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Here are a few of the drawers with paper roses that have all been organized by colour…

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I love my picture rails. They can hold so much stuff it’s unbelievable. And no. They do not get that dusty. :) I’m constantly rearranging these cuties to keep what I use the most closest by hand. In general I keep a lot of paint, mists, glues, sprays, re-inkers and texture pastes of different kinds here. To the left you can see my Distress Ink pad storage and below the picture rails are my Distress Ink tools. They have been organized with a little help of a drilling machine and a leftover crossbar.

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Here’s my sewing area. Fabrics in the cabinet to the left and threads, buttons etc in the HELMER bureau to the right. I also keep a lot of buttons in the spice jar holder that you can see on the window sill.

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Most of my time is probably spent here, in my working area.

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I have placed our old kitchen table in the middle of the room. It was collecting dust in an old barn so I rebuilt it to include shelves on one side and chairs on the other. People think that I’m nuts, but I actually saw a bunch of cute baskets on my way home from work in the display window of a department store. So I bought them and rebuilt the table to fit the baskets. I painted it white and put some IKEA HELMER bureaus under the leaf and my clean area was all done! It fits three scrappers or more if you remove the HELMER bureaus. I usually sit on the side where the baskets are when friends are coming over. It gives me access to both the paint area and the clean one without having to move around.

I used to keep Prima flowers in the baskets but grew out of them pretty quickly. Nowadays I store what mom would call junk. I like to call it highly usable stuff. :)  

1. What kind of budget did you have when organizing your space?

Since I built an entire house, quite a lot… But I love to create my own storage solutions since they always turn out to be the best. The distress ink tool storage is superb and was completely free. I used an old leftover crossbar that I just drilled some holes in. I’ve also used a lot of old furniture that I have rebuilt or just painted. The IKEA HELMER bureaus are a blessing and very cheap. So is picture rails and glass jars. If I didn’t build a house I would have had a very limited budget.

2. What was/is your greatest challenge?

The greatest challenge for me was to create a welcoming house with lots of light that everybody, scrapper or non-scrapper, would just love to enter.

I also need to know exactly where everything is stored. Since I have a rather large scrapspace it’s impossible to find something if it’s not where it’s supposed to be.

3. Are you a “organize it once” kind of girl, or are your storage solutions constantly evolving?

Your needs always change. In my opinion you really can’t just sit down and think it will work for years to come. Six months later you’ll always discover that your needs has changed, you have tons of new supplies and that perfect organization no longer fits you. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve re-organized my space.

4. What is one thing you’d like to improve about your storage/organization?

I do miss a proper bookshelf. No matter how much you oversize your storage solutions you always discover that they are too small. I would have gone for the largest IKEA Expedit shelf where I could fit all my albums and Cropper Hopper Storage Solutions. But there’s simply not room for it.

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And there you have Jenny’s beautifully organized room!  More than anything – it’s so cozy!  Don’t you agree?  Please check out her her blog and her Pinterest page here!

Craft room ~ Maple and Magnolia

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

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

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

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

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

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Isn’t this a fun fabric scrap jar!

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

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

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

Lisa

Just 1 Tip: Conquering the Fabric Pile

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

Currently my stash looks like this:

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

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

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

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

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

Have a GREAT day.

Hazel

 

 

Craft Room {Organize and Decorate Everything}

Leanne at Organize and Decorate Everything recently shared her craft room reveal and I instantly fell in love with it. Not surprisingly she did a great job organizing and displaying all her craft supplies and home decorations.

I love when craft supplies are placed on display in clear containers. They become part of the decor and it makes it really easy to see what you have. I do like bins and boxes for storage, but for the craft room, having at least some of the items on display can really help inspire creativity, rather than having everything tucked away!

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A common theme in the rooms I love is a nice clean background of white furniture. This way the furniture is not competing with all of the colorful craft supplies. I love all her glass display pieces you can see in the background of this photo.

Leanne did a great job packing a ton of storage into several bookcases. Placing like items together and containerizing small items makes everything easily accessible.

To see the rest of Leanne’s craft room reveal, visit her at Organize and Decorate Everything. You also want to be sure to check out her post on craft supplies storage. There are so many great ideas and many of her storage containers were inexpensive re-purposed items many of us have already have in our homes.

Laura

All about the furniture: A Split decision.

Hazel here and I’m supposed to write a post about furniture but for the past few months I’ve been re accessing our home and one of the things that kept me in front of my computer was “shared office spaces”. It’s not only us – a lot of couples share and it has to work for both of them – a lot of times two totally different purposes incorporated in one room. My husband and I share an office and most of the time it works like this:

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Here are the spaces that I’ve pinned in my quest for the perfect shared office.

I love this one as it has a subtle “man” and “woman” sides. And of course, those windows …………………….. !!!!!

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Another tandem. This time from Birch and Bird. Hop over to the original post – there are more pictures of shared spaces.

 

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One from Better Homes –  I love the clean and tranquil feel:

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If you are not fortunate enough to have windows, just line up the desks against the wall and use the extra space for your goodies. Click on the link to see some more spaces from the original post.

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A bit of hi tech:

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One from my friend Flickr:

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And SO my style – love the wall color:

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One more from Birch and Bird (I couldn’t resist):

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A touch of wood from California Closets:

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Suppose you can say that my “all about the furniture” post was about double desks but to me it was all about my husband ……………………….. NOW, please don’t tell him that he got filed away with my furniture! Here you can have a look at our shared space. He decided on everything except 2 items ………………. if you can guess what’s mine, leave me a comment.  I love to hear and see what you think and do.

Thank you for looking at shared spaces with me today. Please check back as my fellow contributors and I have lots and lots more to share right here on Craft Storage Ideas. Have a great day!

Hazel

 

Craft Room Tour ~ The Polka Dot Closet

Hello! Do you have a favorite pattern or design? Mine is polka dots. I love the thought of them, the sight of them and even the words…polka dots! They make me happy. So when I discovered The Polka Dot Closet on Pinterest, I was intrigued. Why didn’t I think of that name! I’ll be sharing just a snippet of this pretty craft room in the photos below. Be sure to stop by for a visit with Carol to see how her craft space was redone and all of the shabby chic storage ideas she has to share.

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Carol utilized the space above her window to display these pretty linen covered storage boxes from Ikea as well as a handy ribbon rack.

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As you can see in this close up, her shelf and ribbon storage are made from wire closet supplies. Sturdy without bulk!

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Isn’t her fabric closet neat and tidy! Shelving provides plenty of storage for her fabric. The bins in the lower portion of the closet are also from Ikea.

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Take a look at Carol’s luscious chocolate brown computer area! She made a bulletin board that matches her stool from foam core.

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And finally a full view of the sewing table. It’s accompanied by the prettiest little stool topped off with the sweetest polka dot fabric.! Sigh, isn’t it dreamy.

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I’m so happy you could spend a little time with us today. Stop by to tell Carol hello, you’ll enjoy your visit at The Polka Dot Closet.

Lisa

Craft Room {Studio Pebbles}

I love Jennifer’s craft room and office over at Studio Pebbles. She was helped out by Target when redesigning her space, so I may be a little biased since that is my absolute favorite store, but really it is such beautiful, functional space.

She started off with having a space for her daughter to play in the room while she worked. But, as her daughter got older, the space wasn’t functioning that well for her. It was too distracting having her daughter in and out of the room while she was trying to work. And I think this is a good lesson for all of us. If something is not working in your space – change it to better suit your current needs. Periodically re-evaluating your needs and wants helps you to make the best use of your space.

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You definitely want to head over to Studio Pebbles to see all of the dramatic changes and her full room reveal. She had a style consultation with THE Sabrina Soto to figure out how to best use her space, and there are some really great tips on her blog.

She also has an entire post on how to organize all those paper crafting supplies, including Project Life. You can see above she uses the beloved Raskog cart from Ikea that is so popular and functional. Since many of our readers are avid scrapbookers and paper crafters, you can be sure to check out the full post here for some super ideas!

Laura

All About the Furniture: Ikea Raskog Cart

Today, I am featuring the Raskog cart from Ikea. This cart is extremely versatile. It features three shelves. The middle shelf  is adjustable to fit your needs. It has wheels, which is really convenient to be able to move it to wherever you are crafting! The cart is a lovely blue color that is really trendy right now.

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Below I will show you a few examples of this beauty in use.

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This is on my Christmas wish list for this year. I don’t really need one more thing, but I often find myself moving from my craft room, to the living room or the kitchen to actually work on my projects while still keeping an eye on the kids. This cart would be great for storing all my most used supplies, as well as any current projects!

Laura