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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I will be bringing you the rest of this makeover on Friday! Hope you are able to tune back in then. :)

Noelle

The Studio (Neil Burley)

Today I’d like to share with you a studio that I’ve seen in person (and am just a little jealous of!).   A few months back I went on a Promarker colouring workshop with Neil Burley in Leicester (for those of you in the UK, I’d highly recommend the class).

Neil has created a beautiful studio in his garden where he runs regular workshops and classes.   Here’s a view of the studio from outside.

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Neil has used mostly Ikea furniture to kit out his workspace, and most of his supplies are stored in large wardrobes from Ikea with sliding doors which means the room doesn’t look too cluttered.

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Here’s his description of what is housed in these cupboards:

“The four Ikea Pax wardrobes, with sliding doors, which allows mounting of thin items on the ’slide behind’ doors, ideal for colour charts. Thicker samples are on the front doors. First has Printing, Acrylics, Big Shot Pro and dies, Ideaology kit and items for altering. Second is pictured in Cupboard with 12×12 papers, storage boxes, ATCs, tags, stamps, inks, Cardio-stamps (in labelled tins) and more items for altering (mainly frames). The drawers are deceptively spacious and I use the small plastic trays to organise and layer smaller items. Third cupboard has beading kit in Really Useful Boxes, and all the other media in the drawers including glass painting, napkin decoupage, Powertex and clays. Fourth is for my quilting  and fabric projects. You can also see a six drawer plan chest, ideal for paper and card storage, and on top the drawing board with shelving behind for all my liquid/spray media”.

Here’s a photo of his workspace (and it’s an action shot of work in progress which I love, rather than a ‘tidied up for the camera’ photo!)

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You can also tell from this photo what great light Neil has – having floor to ceiling windows the whole length of the studio really helps.

We’ve been talking a lot recently about the Raskog trolley from Ikea. Neil has a larger trolley in his studio, and I’m impressed by how much stuff he can fit on this version.

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My ‘Distress Trolley’ – more accurately my Ranger product trolley. This has all my ‘go-to’ sprays, inks, powders and usually has all the masks on it too. Ideal for moving next to you”.

The one issue Neil came across when designing and setting up his studio was installing a sink.   Installing plumbing proved to be cost prohibitive so he came up with a very clever solution.

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Innovative water supply solution: using an ultimate hosepipe to supply water front the house and a wheeled waste water container designed for use with caravans. I have an under sink water heater, so have hot and cold running water for a fraction of the cost of running pipework to the studio.

Neil also has a few top tips to share from his experience of setting up a studio from scratch:

“put small things into trays or boxes and put them in drawers or on trolleys – that way you can just pull out the whole range, use it and put it away so much faster. Label the front of drawers or boxes. Put frequently used things at waist height – less lifting or bending! Return everything to a home at the end of the day – it’s quicker to work on a project the next… not something I follow faithfully given the state of my work tables today”!

If you’d like to see more photos, pop over to Neil’s blog. Thanks for stopping by CSI!

Sharon

 

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


 

Just 1 Tip: Paint your Raskog!!

Hallo to all my fellow storage enthusiasts.  Once again, it’s Hazel all the way from currently not-so-sunny South Africa.  Yes, winter finally arrived down under with lots of rain but in between – the most glorious days that you just HAVE to spend outside.

When the weather is not that great, I stay inside and craft a bit more. And while searching for inspiration on Pinterest I found this GREAT idea:

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A white Raskog!! Ever wanted one to fit your color scheme? Cathy from “Hello. I’m a paper addict” tried it out and I love it.

Hop over to see her original post here and to get all the inside info. Now, you have to excuse me …………………………. I’ve got some painting to do.

Have a great day an please leave me and Cathy some comments. I would love to see and hear what you think and do.

Hazel

 

 

Project Highlight: Raskog for Project Life

Hello all my fellow craft storage enthusiasts!! It’s Hazel, all the way from Sunny SA. While the other side of the world are spring cleaning, we are “gathering” for the upcoming winter months. Whichever one you are doing, I think my post will inspire you to get organized while doing so.

I know Craft Storage Ideas has done Ikea’s Raskog cart before but I just couldn’t miss this opportunity to show you how Christine Newman AK Listgirl adapted hers as a Project Life station. If you missed Laura’s original review on the cart, just click here.

And this is Christine’s version:

She filled the top tray with kits, date stamps, ink and pens. The scrapbook kit is organized into a clear upright paper sorter.  If you want one, hop over to her post to get the link.

The middle and bottom trays have Antonius divided organizers in them. The middle one is filled with 3×4 and 4×6 journal cards and cardstock, 6×6 paper pads, and washi tape. The Antonius has compartments that are PERFECTLY sized for the journal cards!

The bottom tray is filled with various smaller pieces of labels and journal cards  used for Project Life.

You can find Christine’s original post here.  Hop over to her blog to get links to all the products she used and to see the rest. She also converted her other cart (yes!!! She has two!!) into a mobile scrapping station while watching TV when it’s football season or too hot in her craft room. If you want to see what’s in that one, just click here.

While at it, please leave Christine some comments to say Craft Storage Ideas sent you and thank her for coming up with and sharing these wonderful ideas with us.

That’s it.  I’m sure you are looking with new eyes at your Raskog cart.  Have fun and please check back to Craft Storage Ideas as we have lots more to share right here.

Hazel

 

Craft Room {Gina Lee Kim}

Today I am sharing a beautiful craft room with you all. Gina Lee Kim’s studio is a gorgeous space that is sure to inspire. She was able to incorporate all of her own art supplies in a functional desk hutch that stores a ton of supplies in a relatively small space, as well as include a space for her son to come in and do art projects with her while she works!

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Isn’t this hutch amazing? Along with the two bookcases, it can store so many books and supplies. Here is a view of her son’s crafting area:

I know my kids would love to have an art space like this to call their own.

Her creative nook has so many fantastic art supplies right at her fingertips.

She has also utilized the beloved Raskog Ikea cart that I have raved about before. I have a similar scrapbook storage cart that holds so many papers, but Gina Lee Kim utilizes it to hold other types of supplies. I love storage units that can serve many purposes.

Be sure to head over to Gina Lee Kim’s blog to see her studio reveal: Part 1 and Part 2. Tell her Craft Storage Ideas sent you!

Laura

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!

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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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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

 

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!