Roll along Storage Solution: Trolleys

Hi there crafters. It’s Hazel from Sunny SA again.  I love repurposing furniture and if they have wheels – all the better.  Therefore, I decided to have a look around Blogland to find some trolleys that would work in a craft space and should you need to – it can be relocated somewhere else in the house.

And my very first and so far favorite – tool chest trolleys:

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This is picture of Monika Wright’s craft room where she utilized them to house her craft supplies. I know my hubby would love to have this one for his garage should they ever get recycled.

If you want to read Monika’s original post, just click here.

And what about a pants rack  for your fabric stash?

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On Pinterest is a lot of fruit / soda crate conversions but this one looks just right for my thick cutting dies.  If all else fails, it would make a perfect bedside table.

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And this one for junior’s art supplies?  You can wheel it to your craft room and she can play while you get on with your crafty pleasures.

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Even though we don’t  have an Ikea in Sunny SA – I do love this Expedit trolley.  It would be perfect for baskets with craft goodies or lots and lots of quilting fabric.

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And why not park a few trolleys under your basement stairs?  Just think of all the goodies that you can stash in there!

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Best part of all – trolleys can move with you!

Thanks for stopping by today and if you have ideas to share, please leave me a comment.  I would love to hear from you.

Hazel

 

Blayne White {My Digital Scraproom}

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for tuning in!

Blayne White

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

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

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

Craft Room {Sew Woodsy}

I am so excited to share today’s craft room with you! I came across photos from this room on good ol’ Pinterest! I followed the link back to Sew Woodsy, and was delighted to be taken on a virtual tour of this amazing little room! I knew I had to show it to all of you, so I left a comment on their blog, and was thrilled when they got back to me, saying they would love to be featured! There are so many wonderful aspects about this craft room, and I want you all to get the “grand tour” so I will just feature a couple of photos to get you headed in their direction! I know you’re going to love it!

Since you can’t see this from the photo above, I want you to have a peek at this amazing ribbon rack – complete with tutorial on how to build one of your very own! Mr. and Mrs. Woodsy are quite the creative and talented team!

Be sure to take the full tour over at Sew Woodsy! You will not be disappointed!

Thank you, Katie for allowing me to feature your amazing craft room with everyone today!

Doris

Craft Room: {scrappingklo}

Hello! Welcome to my latest craft room feature! This room has to be one of the most well-thought out, highly functional rooms I’ve come across! Scrapping Klo designed and had this room built to her specifications. I hope you’ll find it as inspiring as I do!

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What an awesome transformation here, making the very most from the inset that is the closet in this room! But just wait – it gets even more amazing!

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Pull out drawers in cabinets make for concealed, yet handy, storage.

Those aren’t just cabinet doors, they are each carefully designed drawers, that accommodate everything imaginable!  Check out the photos here for more details.

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This is her storage adjacent to her computer work station. Once again, the use of slide out drawers and platforms makes using and storing her equipment and supplies quick and easy!

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More ingenious, space-saving ideas – the wall mounted work station. Not only does it provide a great space to actually work on, it doubles as wall storage for all her paints and glitters, etc. Be sure to check out her blog to find out how you could have one of these for your very own!

There are just too many amazing ideas in this one craft space – you need to check it out for yourself! Just follow this link for a really great “tour” of Scrappin Klo’s craft room.

See you next time! ~ Doris

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Craft Space: Darcy Miller

When I imagine my dream craft space, it definitely looks something like this. I’ve been a huge fan of Darcy Miller for a long time.  She currently serves as the Editorial Director at Martha Stewart Weddings but she’s also an illustrator &  crafter. Her amazing scrapboxes have been featured in Martha Stewart Living magazine.  It’s no surprise her craft space is amazingly organized and well designed.

I love the repetition of the black binders mixed with the collection of wedding cake toppers and artwork. Craft spaces are great places to show off a personal collection, including your own creations. The display of pens is functional and beautiful:

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This is how she stores party-related ephemera and materials. Grouping items by theme or season is a great way to streamline the process of crafting:

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I love the interior of this drawer with all that gorgeous color on display:

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The closet holds collections of inspiring items, like tear sheets from magazines and ephemera for future projects:

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Here is the photo storage area. The custom ‘wallpaper’ is simply enlarged black and white photos printed on matte paper and collaged on the wall. Brilliant and simple:

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The corkboard walls are home to more enlarged photos and a collection of ephemera:

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There are so many innovative ideas in this craft space that could be easily adapted to any space. I hope they’ve inspired you, too! To view more photos of Darcy’s blog, you can view them here on the Martha Stewart website.

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13 in 2013: Managing The Stamp Stash

Let’s face it – trends come and go in the craft industry. The must-haves change pretty quickly and one area where I find this particularly obvious is in my stamp stash. Since my storage space is at an extreme minimum, it’s important for me to keep a tight grip on the size of the stamp collection. Stamps – acrylic, unmounted and wood mounted rubber –  take up a lot of craft room real estate and for me, need to be purged on a regular basis.

I admit, there are so many great ways to store them. I love the ‘binder with cling pages’ idea, in fact, I have one of my own:

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I love the cd holder idea – there are some brands of un-mounted stamps that come in similar style cases. This example from the Delightful Order blog is very nice:

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And I like the simplicity of these simple, flat, plastic packages that come from a kit club. I store these together in this small bin:

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The problem is when they start to accumulate, they take up a lot of space regardless of their storage format. In addition, the wood mounted stamps can get heavy in large groups.

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Since I store my stamps in an Ikea dresser, I always have a problem with the drawer bottoms bowing. So I need to be careful about adding to this part of the collection.

Another problem I have when there are too many; I lose track of what I have and don’t use them. Having that excess saps my creativity so keeping the stamp stash lean and mean is essential for me. Here is how I approach a purge:

Trends: The first category I focus on. Trendy imagery and shapes (like owls, hedgehogs, hexagons, chevrons, doilies, etc) usually don’t have ‘crafty’ staying power. I’m pretty ruthless here. If I haven’t used it in at least a year and it’s a trendy image, it has to go.

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Sentiments/Words:  As a cardmaker these are an essential in my stash but even they can become dated. I’m on the lookout for current and/or timeless fonts & phrases. I’m not above keeping the sentiment portion of a stamp set and purging the rest of the pieces for the sake of saving space. The binder pages are especially handy for keeping these all together in one place.

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The ‘Basics': This category has more staying power. The are the lined journaling spots, classic shapes like hearts and arrows, etc. When I’m purging this group I’m thinking more about how much I’ve used them. Are they looking dated? Unless I have something specific in mind for a project and  it’s been more than 2 years, I purge them.

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And lastly, Condition: I have a few stamps (mostly acrylic) that I’ve used & abused so much that they no longer make a clean impression. If they are torn or no longer making a clean print, they need to go.

I’m ruthless but not to the point of removing the stuff I love. I keep some stamps  just because they make me happy. I even keep them out where I can see them.

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Regular purging of product helps me justify keeping my faves and adding new ones. In addition, reviewing the stamp stash on a regular basis, or any part of my stash for that matter, is a sure fire way to spark my creativity. Don’t be afraid to let go of the products that aren’t working for you. The manufacturers will keep making more!

My Little Corner of the World (Noelle McAdams of paper & ICE)

Hi there! Noelle here with a tour of my own Studio space today, I hope you like it. Not a big shocker that the walls are blue, I bet! Lately I’ve been thinking of repainting more of a robin’s egg blue, though. I just don’t want to deal with the mess of clearing it out so I can paint!  It’s my happy place, my own little corner of the world where I can get lost in my latest creative venture. Of course, like all crafters, I have a wish list a mile long! ;) I wish it was bigger, that I could have custom built-ins, and that I had a room all to myself.  Also, a door to close would be nice for when I get into a creative frenzy. But I’m sure that many of you have similar issues that you are struggling with. Maybe I can help you with some of that, so come along with me to check it out!

This next shot is taken from the OUTSIDE of my craft room. That blue door on the right is actually my front door, so you can see how very much in plain sight my space sits. You can also maybe tell that there is no window to the outside in it (which means no natural light). It’s a very open space that everyone who comes over to my home can see. Budget has definitely been a consideration with this room in every configuration it’s seen since we bought this house nearly 7 years ago. Many of the containers I use are from the Dollar Spot at Target. I have a lot of open shelving, and that is great for being able to store all kinds of supplies, as well as change containers to suit my latest needs.

 

Here’s another challenge: see that GINORMOUS computer desk on the left hand side of this wall? That’s the computer my kids use, and our home office filing has to fit in this tiny room as well (I believe the dimensions of the room are 11’ square, pretty small for a room that serves so many purposes). The open shelving on the right was put up by hubby for me when we bought this house. They are just particle board shelves painted black and trimmed out with some decorative trim. The baskets with the little chalkboards are from Lowe’s. And I love that generally you can’t see what’s inside, so if what’s in the basket is a mess, no one will know! ;) Since it’s Christmas time you are getting a peek at a few of my snowman collection on top of the desk.

Here’s my desk where I do all my projects. It’s not huge, so I usually have to clean up between every project so I can find everything and it doesn’t get buried. I have some problems with my back, and hubby bought me this nice ergonomic office chair to sit in for my birthday last year…. Shhh, don’t tell him that I thought it was ugly, though he does know I recently slipcovered it! ;) It is very comfortable though. That black shelf that sits on the desk along that far wall is a piece of an old bookcase wall unit I took from my Gramma’s house years ago. I just painted it black and it fits right in, while providing more shelving. It’s very shallow so it doesn’t suck up too much precious flat space. On that shelf I keep my punches that can fold flat, my most-used tools, and all my supplies for embossing and glittering things.

My desk has 3 shallow drawers where I store most of my embellishments in clear compartmentalized boxes.

On my desk you can see this cool vintage train case that I use to store all my stamp pads. It cost me less than 20$ at an antiques place. It’s smaller and holds a lot more pads than my old inkpad organizer did. The pads on the right are current colors, the pads on the left with the red dots are retired colors, though I think I may have a few more I need to mark. The little drawer in this case is perfect to hold my Copics and Memento inkpads. On top there is a mini loaf pan holding a few things that I never used, and an old candy dish that I store all my fancy pins in. Both the candy dish and the loaf pan cost less than a dollar at the local thrift store. The blue tin holds my one set of Stampin’ Spots (tiny 1″ stamp pads).

Also on my desk the tiered organizer I recently showed you how to make.  I sure have LOVED having all these things out in plain sight (thanks again for this great tip, Valerie Mangan!) I have used a lot more of these bits and pieces since I have been able to see them!

This tall skinny shelf is where aaaaaalllllllllll of my stamps live. This used to be two shelves in our old house. There was never really a good home for them in this house, so I had hubby cut the curved top off one of them and attach them together in the back with metal plates. This has been such a great place to store my stamps, right in reach of my desk. It’s also relatively shallow, and I love that it doesn’t suck up too much floor real estate in the room. All the big oval silver buckets that hold my clear and cling stamps are from the Target Dollar Spot. I even managed to make a wee bit of room for my collection of “N’s,” my washi tape and watercolor pencils. I also have a few vintage metal drawers on the top shelf where I keep all my Inkadinkado stamps. I have a lot more of those than other brands since I won a lot of prizes from the Spotted Canary. The decorative stack of boxes on the floor to the right of the shelf hold some more, less used Stampin’ Up! sets.

There are cool little drawers in this shelf, too. They hold all my other pens and some of my smaller tools.

You can see on the left side of that same shelf I have attached some Command Adhesive hooks, and hung some more mini Dollar Spot pails. These hold all my gems and spritzes.

This is my die cutting area, under that window type opening that overlooks the living room. I have this rolling cart that my Cricut sits on. I love that I can roll it over to my desk so I can hook the machine up to my laptop, and for the times I use those BIG 12”x24” mats that need a lot of clearance in the back of the machine. In the box directly underneath the Cricut there is my Cuttlebug, and all the Cuttlebug pads. The polka dot bag on the floor to the left of the rolling cart holds all my cartridges, overlays, and booklets. There is a cup hook behind the rolling cart. On there I hook all my mats, and a current list of cartridges, so I don’t have to rifle through the bag every time I want to cut something. The black and white tins with lids on the bottom shelf are where I store my embossing folders.

This cool filing cabinet was given to me by a friend. The top three drawers hold all my 8 ½” x 11” Stampin’ Up cardstock, here’s a pic to show you how I organize that. The bottom drawer holds empty tins, boxes, things I might like to give a makeover too, and other craft supplies. You can also spy my cutesy apron hanging there that I use when I go to sell my wares at craft shows.

On a recent post, I showed you my hanging bar where I store these bags of themed items. It’s actually a curtain rod that was mounted upside down underneath this shelf. There is a giant Hefty slider bag for every theme, and also I have a bag for each of my 3 sons to store their report cards, school photos and other keepsakes that I like to scrapbook. This makes scrapbooking really fast when I’m working on a lot of Christmas pages, I just pull the Christmas bag. Some other themes I have bags for are: School, Sports, Animals, Autumn, Halloween, Boys/Brothers, and Alphabet Stickers. They are big enough to hold 12″ papers and sticker sheets. I use pant hangers to hang the bags from.

Under the hanging bars are the old suitcases I took from my grandparents home, they are the same color as all my favorite things, blue. :) They are another great place for those “extra” items like extra pant hangers for my hanging bags, cookie sheets that I like to make into message boards and more random things.

I store all my wafer thin-dies on these magnetic knife bars from Ikea. I have one down lower, by that die cut center/rolling cart, where I keep the dies I’m currently using and the rest go up here above the filing cabinet. I only have 2 dies that are not this thin metal kind, so this pretty much covers it. I like how I can see all the dies at once.

These are my Itso cubes from Target. They sit on the end of my desk facing the doorway. (Gee I bet you can’t tell I buy almost everything at Target, can you? LOL). I mentioned here on my own blog that I had to cut my old Cropper Hopper paper pouches down a little bit to make them fit in here, but it worked fine. The paper has plenty of room, as you can see.

No space could possibly be wasted in my teeny room, even under the desk some things are stashed, my tool kit, my sewing machine and my vintage egg basket that I use to store all my non-Stampin’ Up! scraps.

These decorative shelves above my desk are handy and I love that they are metal so I can use a magnet to stick things to them! The little metal rectangular boxes (also from the Dollar Spot, I know, I know….) hold all my 6” paper pads nicely.

I also have this cool old milk crate that I use as sort of an extra shelf. On it you can see one of the vintage muffin tins that I use to store some of my favorite buttons, embellishments, and other goodies. It sure is nice having older kids now, that I can keep something like this within reach! :)

I have no closet in my room, but there is a little coat closet in the wall right outside my space. On the inside of that door, I have all my “old-school” chunky punches in a clear shoe container. I love that I can see them all at a glance.

Well, that is all for me today! I hope you like my space. Have a wonderful weekend! :)

 

Daphne’s Craft Room

I love how Daphne Wünn-Rihm’s bright and sunny space uses a variety of some of my favorite Ikea pieces to create clever and practical storage solutions.  Here she combined a small Expedit with a ribbon rack and some tall shelves to make her own custom built-in. Love the size of that ribbon storage unit and how it can handle so many full spools!  Expedit Combo

Here she cleverly mounted the rails for her punches onto a large moveable surface. What great flexibility this punch storage solution offers! Punch Storage

I love lots of closed storage for the items that don’t need to be on display. Cabinets like this also provide room on top for more storage in cute containers or for display. Closed Storage

I love the playful curved edges on these wall mounted cubes and how they work with the contemporary feel of this space: Curved detail

These fun cubes are located right over Daphne’s work area and store her go-to items:

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To see some of the amazing creations that get produced in this craft space, and to read more about Daphne’s organizational strategies, stop by her blog: Dapfniedesign

Product Highlight: Itso Containers

I’m a bit of an organizational fanatic. When I stumbled onto the Itso Storage line at my local Target I was excited because I knew I’d be able to use them to store craft supplies. They were clean lined, rectilinear and in a neutral, simple color that would blend right into my existing decor. When I investigated further, I learned they came in a variety of shapes and sizes that would serve a multitude of needs – not just in my craft space, but all over the house.

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I have a special place in my heart for the 13.3 x 13.3 x 2.5”h trays (Wide Tray), which are perfect for holding the contents of a scrapbook club kit.  The paper stores flat with enough space on top to hold the embellishments (even the bulky ones).

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I also use them to keep design team materials separate from the rest of my stash:

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As a bonus, I realized these trays fit easily into a Jetmax paper sorter (almost like a drawer).

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The 13.25L x 6.5W x 6” h (Clear See-thru Bin) are perfect for holding large Sizzix dies and bulky items like punches and bigger spools of ribbon.

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The smaller, lower 6.5”w x 13.25”l x 2.5”h (Clear Half Tray) are great for flat items and are the perfect height for spools of thread.

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And like all the Itso containers, they have a small inner groove so they can be stacked.

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Itso containers are available at Target and also come in colors and patterns. They range in price from about $6 for the plastic and up to $35 for the fabric covered containers.

 

Contemporary Vintage Mix {Lexi Bridges}

Lexi Bridges currently designs for October Afternoon and is a Two Peas Garden Girl. I’ve been a fan of her work for a long time.

When I see the details of her craft space I am instantly reminded of her scrapbooking style: whimsical simplicity with contemporary and vintage flair. She effortlessly mixes these elements in her craft room – vintage finds combined with spare white contemporary furnishings. Here are a few peeks of Lexi’s cool scrap room:

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Ikea picture rail shelves are a great storage solution for a mist collection:

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I love how Lexi mixed in vintage artwork like the paint-by-numbers painting:

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Here a variety of vintage containers corral small and loose items:

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Washi and twine storage with a clever Scrabble sentiment:

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A vintage mail sorter serves as the ultimate ribbon and punch organizer:

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A vintage shelf with lots of personality contains stamping supplies:

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I love a craft space that reflects the owner’s personality!  For more details, check out Lexi’s blog!