Craft Room Tour – Hand to Paper, Regina Easter

Hi everyone it’s Sharon here, and today I’d like to share one of my favourite craft studios, belonging to the very talented Regina Easter of Hand to Paper.

What I love most about Regina’s room is that she manages to have a lot of stuff on display, but still manages to create a clean, organised look.  It’s very easy when you have open shelving like this for everything to look cluttered and the colour scheme not appear cohesive, but Regina pulls it off, and her cheerful colour scheme just ties it all together and it looks amazing.

 

I really like her central island for working.   This is what I am missing in my current temporary room.  I find that die cutting and stamping are so much easier when standing up.   A lovely Island like this one is top of my shopping list.

And look at this amazing ribbon storage:

Regina has an amazing amount of photos here on her Flickr pages, you can see all the updates she’s made for her room since these pics, and if you want to check out her blog page with full details about her room, you can find it here.

Hope you’ve enjoyed joining me for this tour of Regina’s gorgeous room.

Sharon

 

 

Quilling Strips Storage Round-Up

Hi, Jessica here!  I realize that today’s post might seem to be best suited for a very specific subset of crafters but I think the storage options can be applied to other craft supplies, especially bits of ribbon, twine, or thread!

If you don’t know what quilling is, it’s the art of rolling thin strips of paper into designs.  It is a STUNNING art form and I can easily get lost for hours searching Pinterest for quilling ideas.

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I enjoy experimenting with quilling and I’ve acquired quite a collection of paper strips.  Over the holiday weekend I started looking for ideas for storing my supplies and I found some fabulous options I’m going to share with you today!

Paper Zen has several great ideas for storing paper strips of various sizes, lengths, and shapes:

Source - www.paperzen.blogspot.com
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Source - www.paperzen.blogspot.ca
Source – www.paperzen.blogspot.ca

Cheryl uses straight pins and a bulletin board to store her paper strips which makes it really easy to see all of the colors available to her!

Source - www.cardsbycheryl.blogspot.com
Source – www.cardsbycheryl.blogspot.com

Julie created a storage unit from a cereal box and uses it so store quilling strips that she cuts herself from recycled paper!

Source - http://icreatepurtythangs.blogspot.mx
Source – http://icreatepurtythangs.blogspot.mx

Sarah uses binder clips and plastic command hooks to store her strips on her wall!

Source - http://sarahs-crafty.blogspot.com.au
Source – http://sarahs-crafty.blogspot.com.au

Tracy stores her strips using t-pins and a decorative board.

Source - www.tracycreates.com
Source – www.tracycreates.com

And finally, Quilled Creations stores strips using binder rings and the result is beautiful but compact!

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www.quilledcreations.com

Again, if quilling isn’t your thing you could easily apply these organizational methods to ribbons or twine but, at the very least, I hope my post will inspire you to check out quilling!

Thanks for visiting!

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Just One Tip for the New Year: Create a hanging ribbon organizer

Hi friends!

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Hi there CSI friends! It’s Noelle stopping in today with a quick tip! When I recently revamped my craft studio, I created a hanging ribbon organizer for all my spools of ribbon. It was a really easy project, that cost me next to nothing to make!

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Here’s what you will need:

1- large open frame; I got mine at the thrift store for 3$, but you can always use a frame you have on hand if you remove the glass and backing inserts.

2-screw eyes that are large enough to slip a dowel through. You will need 2 eyes for each dowel. As you figure how many eyes and how much dowel you will need, remember that you will want to make some of the spaces between dowels larger (for larger spools) and others smaller.

3- dowels that are small enough to slip through the screw eyes; calculate the length of the frame and multiply by the number of rows you intend to have. Be sure to take into account the length of the dowels themselves, as you may only be able to get one row per dowel.

4-optional items; paint for painting the frame, some sort of hanging hardware (I used 2 ribbons, each looped through the open frame on either side and joined in the middle. But I am foo-foo, artsy fartsy like that. 😉 )

 

Be sure to cut the dowels longer than the frame. Another tip is that you can use empty toilet paper rolls for ribbon that doesn’t have spools. I did that on my second row down, as you can see.

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And, voila! 🙂 It is easy to slip the dowels out and remove empty spools. Ribbon art-what could be better than that?? 🙂

 

I hope you have enjoyed our month of “tips for the New Year.” In February we will return to our regular posts! Have a great weekend.

Noelle

Ribbon Organizer Review by Suzanne, and Show Us ***Your*** Happy Place-Week 2!

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Welcome to Week 2 of our “Show Us Your Happy Place” promotion!

Now for a great product review by Suzanne!

Hello, crafty friends! This is Suzanne from Scrapbooking Sue, here today with a product review from Organize More. I had the pleasure of trying out the 12-cubby Ribbon Organizer from Organize More recently, and let me tell you, I was impressed! First of all, this is how the Ribbon Organizer came out of the box…

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…fully assembled! Who wouldn’t love that? Not only was it ready to go out of the box, but it also had the hardware (sawtooth hangers) mounted on the back for wall mounting, and felt feet on the bottom to keep your desk/counter scratch-free. I love that the folks at Organize More have taken their product a step further and really prepared it for all of our needs.

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I could not wait to get started filling the cubbies with ribbon, and soon found my very favorite feature of the Ribbon Organizer…. I did not have to thread my ribbon spools through any dowels! I hate having to take my entire ribbon system apart once a spool of ribbon has ended, just to take the empty spool off of the dowel. Well, with the Ribbon Organizer, that is not a problem! Each spool of ribbon sits comfortably on the shelf, and the only dowels present are the ones that hold your spools in place! When you need a spool of ribbon off the shelf, it is super easy to take it off and put in back in its place. And, just look at all of the different sizes of ribbon spools it holds.

In the picture above, I showed how the wooden dowel can be used for more than just keeping your spools from rolling off the shelf. If you like to unroll your ribbon in a controlled manner and have it at the ready at all times (no searching for the ribbon ends), then you can thread the end of the ribbon under the dowel and it will securely hold it in place for you!

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Personally, I like to take each spool off of the shelf when I am using it, so I did not take the time to thread each ribbon end under the dowels… but it is always an option! This is a picture of my Ribbon Organizer fully stocked! Organize More also makes Ribbon Organizers in smaller (6 cubbies) and larger (20 cubbies) sizes to meet your needs. Plus, you could always stack the organizers side-by-side, on top of one another, or mount on the wall to save desk space.

I really love this product! It keeps my ribbon neat and organized, and very easily accessible. And best of all, I ditched the dowel! You can find out more about this Ribbon Organizer and other products at the Organize More website.

 

Now, since you’ve read the review by our fantastic Suzanne, you can link up YOUR happy place at the bottom of the post from now until Thursday afternoon (October 16). The winner for this week will receive an identical Ribbon Organizer of their very own from our friends at OrganizeMore!

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Our Rules:

 

  1. Winner must live in the USA or Canada, we are so sorry but international shipping is just too pricey. 🙁 Hawaii and Alaska residents are welcome to enter.

 

  1. You may enter your room (on Mondays) one time per week and you may also enter the random giveaway (on Wednesdays) one time per week.

**Please note that comment moderation is enabled, so on the comment to win drawings you will not see it come up right away. If you are not sure your comment went through or not, please mention that in your second comment and we will publish accordingly.

 

  1. On room links, you must link to a specific post about your creative space and not the entire blog. If you don’t have a blog, you may link to a photo of yours on a photo sharing site, such as Flickr or to a photo of yours in a forum, such as Splicoaststampers. You may not share photos that belong to other artists.

 

  1. Not required but we would LOVE it if you’d share our graphic above on your blog or Pinterest boards!

 

  1. PLEASE make sure that either your comment or blog has an attached email address so we can contact you if you win. Comments without email addys may win, but if you don’t email us within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

**We will not use your email for any other reason than to contact you if you win. If you are not sure whether or not your WordPress profile has an attached email address, please add it to your comment.

 

  1. The winners of both weekly contests will be announced on Friday, October 17, 2014!

Another thing we want to mention is that your room doesn’t have to be a “traditional” craft room. We would love to see photography studios, art spaces, sewing rooms, and more! The thing we are MOST interested in seeing is creative & useful storage solutions in the rooms of real crafters and artists. The rooms do not have to be fancy or magazine worthy to catch our eye or win the contest. Please share your happy place, we would LOVE to see it!

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Storage Solutions Roundup: Using tension rods for flexible storage

Hello crafty storage mavens! It’s Noelle stopping in today with a great idea for you.

P1210500-impI recently purchased a used ink pad organizer that rotates. I used to use this vintage train case to hold my ink pads, but the one issue I had was that without individual shelves, if I pulled out a lower pad, then they all dropped and sometimes spilled all over my desk. So, when I saw the used organizer for sale, I figured it was a good bet. But then I had this (IMO) uber-cool vintage piece that was not being used! 🙁

P1160085I do design work for a stamp company called The Cat’s Pajamas, and am lucky enough to get a nice discount on all the things I don’t get for free (thank you, sweet Alma!) and a few months back I purchased a whole LOT of beautiful Divine Twine in pretty colors. I love that stuff, I really do use it for a ton of things, and I love that I don’t worry about  running out with the big spools. I just had it sitting on my shelf, though, and I wanted to hang it somewhere that I could access it a bit easier.

P1210503-impOne day, the proverbial light bulb went on, and I wondered if I could use mini tension rods in the train case to hang up my twine! I went to Bed Bath & Beyond with a stack of 20% coupons in hand (they really do have the most generous coupon policy I’ve ever seen, they take multiple coupons, expired coupons, etc. SO cool!) and I picked up several packs of these tiny rods and took them home. I was able to take off the end caps to slide on my twine spools, and….. Voila!

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Well, the more I thought on it, I figured there had to be other folks out there who had made some cool storage solutions with tension rods. They are cheap (particularly if you pick them up used!), and come in a myriad of lengths!

Here’s a few that I found:

 

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Sew Many Ways: Tension rods between table legs.

 

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Midwest Living: Easy Organizing Solutions for Every Room Beautiful storage for large papers and ribbons! You could also store large cuts of fabric this way!

 

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Yahoo Homes: 10 Ways to Store Kitchen Necessities I realize these are cutting boards, but wouldn’t this work just as well for Silhouette cutting mats, 12″ stacks of paper, or stamp sets?

Thanks so much for stopping by! Don’t forget, we have an awesome giveaway going on right now from Organize More! To comment to win, go to the previous post and chat us up a bit! 🙂

Have a fabulous day,

Noelle

Daring DIY: Hanging Ribbon Storage

Hello Crafters, it’s Cicily the Pink Dalmatian Scrapper. Today I’m going to share with you one of my Daring DIY projects, Ribbon Storage.

As with all storage there’s no right or wrong, it’s all about finding out what works best for you. And if you’re like me you will have some failed ideas, but you just keep trying till you find the right one. As I mentioned with my last post I’m a lover of found objects that I can turn into a useful purpose. That being said it was a little hard to pick which DIY project to share today. I chose the ribbon storage as it was on of my first DIYs and is still working for me.

There’s lots of great ribbon storage ideas, I’ve tried a few and while I loved some of the ideas they just weren’t for me. I was inspired by this post from Cathe at JustSomethingIMade.com. She definitely has a lot of craft goodies in her stash and some things I just couldn’t replicate, so I made my own DIY version.

To start with she used a yard stick, of which I didn’t have one and wasn’t sure where to get one in my little town. I just noticed them at Lowe’s if anyone is interested.

I have a couple curtain rods and chose to use one as the main hanging part of my Ribbon Storage. Now I had to figure out what to hang my ribbon from. I wanted a detachable option just like Cathe’s so I could remove a specific ring. After scrounging thru Walmart these are the hangers I found and then I picked up these Shower curtain rings from the dollar store.

 To secure the rings and make them permanent I hot glued them shut and then glued one set of hangers with the eye hooks and one with the hanger hooks.

 After sorting my ribbon by color I was ready to hang the rings on the curtain rod.

 I’ve had this ribbon storage now for 1.5 years and still am happy with it. There are a few more details on my blog, just click on the pictures to go directly to the post.

I’d love to see your ribbon storage or your DIY projects! Post a link in the comments section and we’ll come check it out.

Cicily

Craft Studio {Dawn McVey}

A craft space with lots of little storage options are my absolute favorite. Dawn McVey incorporated so many different option that any person can draw inspiration from. Being a Crafter with multiples of most of my go to items I think it is necessary to have ample space to keep all my little trinkets…so yes, I just love Dawn’s studio. It’s clean with a touch of vintage tucked here and there.

Deep, antique library table that allows a shelving unit for paper storage

 

Vintage baking tin holding washi tape

 

Penny candy jars to store felt

 

Custom unit to store my ribbon

 

File cabinet to store dies

 

Target book shelves for storage

 

Decorative vintage drawer to hold mist bottles

 

Pottery Barn sewing station

To see more beautiful pictures, you should check out Dawn’s blog and the full feature of her room at Studio Calico, Workplace Wednesday