Craft Storage Idea: Solution for 6″ x 6″ Paper Pads or Fabric Bundles

Craft Storage Idea: Solution for 6″ x 6″ Paper Pads or Fabric Bundles
Craft Storage doesn’t have to come from a craft product retailer!

Today’s post centers around finding organizing and storage solutions for 6″ x 6″ papers, paper pads, and folded fabrics or fabric bundles.

Craft Storage Ideas: Solution for 6x6 Paper Pads or Fabric Bundles - Fabric Bundles (image)
Craft Storage Ideas: Solution for 6×6 Paper Pads or Fabric Bundles – Fabric Bundles
Craft Storage Ideas: Solution for 6x6 Paper Pads or Fabric Bundles - My 6x6 Paper Pads (image)
Craft Storage Ideas: Solution for 6×6 Paper Pads or Fabric Bundles – My 6×6 Paper Pads

But, this storage solution is NOT a craft storage item, nor an item found at craft product retailers.

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Crafting on the Go: Scrapbooking with ScrapRoom

Crafting on the Go: Scrapbooking with ScrapRoom
We’re sharing ideas for crafting on the go, starting with on-the-road scrapbooking!

Hello Crafters (and specifically Scrapbookers)!

After spending six weeks on the road and taking hundreds of photos, all of which I now have to upload, edit, tag, organize, print and scrapbook, I thought it was time for me to share a tool I’ll be using, one I think you’ll find super helpful!

Now just so we’re clear, this tool is great for everyday use, not just for crafting on the go.

That said, if traveling and taking photos is part of your Summer plans, and/or you download a lot of images from the internet and need to keep track of them, you’re likely to find this tool indispensable!

 

Crafting on the Go: Scrapbooking with Scraproom Software (image)
Crafting on the Go: Scrapbooking with Scraproom Software

The tool I’m sharing today is called ScrapRoom Software and not only is it super easy to use (thanks to its invention by a scrapbooker for scrapbookers), it’s on sale this weekend only!

And who doesn’t love a great sale, right?!

Today and tomorrow only,
ScrapRoom Software can be purchased
for just $69!!!

Not sure it’s for you?

Well, take a look and see what you think…


Let’s check out ScrapRoom!

Crafting on the Go with ScrapRoom
Crafting on the Go: Scrapbooking with ScrapRoom Software – your life. your design.

I first learned about ScrapRoom Software when I was doing research on solutions for managing my ever-growing collection of photos and the many printables I download (a.k.a. digital elements, like those created and sold by designers such as Ali Edwards and those now available from Becky Higgins for Project Life™).


Background
As a former high-tech industry professional for many, many years before taking over Craft Storage Ideas and PaperCrafter’s Corner, I used my fair share of graphics software packages.

But, that doesn’t mean I’m all that enamored with technology, or a tech guru – far from it!

Most of the time I learned just what I needed to learn to use each software package in order to do my job.

And, full confession time: I am easily frustrated by tech stuff!


Fast forward to now…
I have very little time to learn new software packages and I want tools that are intuitive – easy to use.

I don’t want a bunch of cumbersome and unnecessary features and I don’t want to re-learn where things are every time the software is updated!

And most importantly, I want the process of uploading, editing, tagging, organizing, finding and printing my photos, and scrapbooking them, to be fun and easy, NOT frustrating!!!

Who’s with me on this?!


Now, I’m aware of and have used (albeit marginally), several of the most popular options available for organizing and editing photos and digital elements, most of which promise that they are easy-to-use and make quick work of managing our digital assets (yeah, those hard-to-shake tech phrases are still in me!).

But, even as a former tech professional, I find myself overwhelmed with managing the thousands of photos I take a year, and the many items I download from the internet.

Editing and printing in these tools is still a major chore for me, which results in the majority of my photos never seeing the light of day (i.e., being added to the pages of a scrapbook or mini album or even a picture frame!).

And finding the photos and digital downloads I own? Argh!

Perhaps you can relate?

And, although creating layouts and other projects within a software package has never been a priority for me (o.k., I’ll admit that I have resisted it with all my being because it involved a computer and felt too much like work!), being able to do so would come in handy when I am traveling a lot.

How cool would it be to be able to share a few fun pages I created shortly after the memories were made, instead of many months (ok, even years!) later?

I’d LOVE that!

You too?


The search for the best solution…
So, I long searched for an easy-to-use, reasonably-priced solution that would enable me to just handle the tasks that are MOST important to me: quickly and easily upload, backup, edit, tag, find and print my photos; and, upload, organize, find, and use the digital elements I own and want to buy.

Oh, and offer a simple way to create layouts, if I decide to do so down the road.

Note that “find” showed up twice in my list of needs – finding what we own and have create is important!

I’ll bet you agree.


Well, finding such a solution seemed to be easier said than done…

…well, until recently!

Papercrafting with ScrapRoom - Save Time! (image)
Crafting on the Go: Scrapbooking with ScrapRoom SoftwareClick This Image to See How YOU Can Save Time!

The day I found out about ScrapRoom was like eating cotton candy for the first time – exciting!

Of course I had to find out more so I sent an email to the company. I hoped to hear that my simple software wishes had been granted.

I received an almost immediate response from Blayne*, the mastermind behind the concept of ScrapRoom Software, and soon we were chatting non-stop about its capabilities and why and how she had it built.

I was simply blown away by the amount of thought Blayne had put into what the product does and how easy it is to use.

Could it be that I’d finally found the holy grail of photo and digital elements management tools?

Well, you’ll soon see!


The Creation of ScrapRoom Software
As someone who worked in the studio photography business, Blayne knows first-hand what a nightmare it can be to manage thousands of images and data files. As someone who has dabbled in digi scrapping, she knows how quickly one can become overwhelmed with digital elements and the ins and outs of creating pages digitally. And, as a long-time “traditional” scrapper, she knows how many photos we need to manage, how frustrating it can be when we sit down to scrapbook and can’t find that perfect photo, and how intimidating it can be for a paper scrapper to create digitally.

Her background, and personal and professional experience, most definitely played a significant role in the creation of ScrapRoom Software.

Speaking with many, many scrapbookers about their organizing, editing and creating challenges, and learning what they wanted and needed, was the icing on the cake and enhanced her ability to deliver a first-class product for scrapbookers.

As I mentioned in a PCC tweet after watching one of Blayne’s latest videos, “I’m telling you lady, you have thought of everything! I can’t wait to share your tool…”

The key to ScrapRoom Software is that Blayne thought of everything papercrafters like us need and care about, she added in some really cool bells and whistles, and, most importantly, she (and her team) made it super easy to navigate and use.

And, she has created a tool that makes digi scrapping quick, easy and fun…if you choose to try it.

And that’s perhaps the best part – digi scrapping is just one (easy and awesome!) element of ScrapRoom Software!

Whether or not you ever try your hand at digi scrapping, I believe you’ll find ScrapRoom Software to be worthy of your hard-earned dollars (well, that is if you care about your memories and sharing them!).


And this is where you find out just how great this $69 deal is!

ScrapRoom Software normally sells for $129 and even the PCC member price of $89 can’t match this amazing price!

 

Check out the overview video below –
we bet you’ll soon be clicking the BUY button!

And for those of you who are wondering, neither CSI nor PCC are receiving ANY compensation for this post nor any commission on any sales generated by our sharing it with you.

Please see our full disclosure below**.

We just had to share this amazing tool with you because, well like I said, Blayne’s thought of everything!

And, most importantly, we want to help you (and ourselves!) get those photos off your mobile devices, memory cards and hard drives and into your scrapbooks and other papercrafted projects!

Oh, and we want you to have fun doing so!


O.K., ready to take a gander at what this amazing tool can do?

Blayne created an overview video to demonstrate ScrapRoom‘s capabilities –
take a quick look by clicking the image below!

Crafting on the Go: Scrapbooking with ScrapRoom Software - Check Out Their Demo Videos! (image)
Crafting on the Go: Scrapbooking with ScrapRoom SoftwareCheck Out Their Demo Videos!

P.S. There are many more videos
that drill down into each aspect of the tool –
they can be found here:
ScrapRoom Software YouTube Channel

Like what you see?

If so,
be sure to take advantage of the
amazingly generous 
ScrapRoom Software pricing
Blayne is offering

this weekend ONLY!!!

YOU can buy ScrapRoom Software for just $69 –
that’s almost half off the normal price of $129!!!

There’s no code necessary either!

Click here to SAVE BIG on ScrapRoom Software!

Now don’t delay –
this sale is
only good through tomorrow,
Sunday, July 5th, 2015!


So, what do you think?

Are you thinking you need to
give ScrapRoom Software a try?

Please ask questions,
if you have any,

and
share your comments
about this program –
Blayne’s happy to answer your questions!

How would you use
ScrapRoom?

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**Full Disclosure:
*During our first in-person meeting, at CHA’s Summer Show in Las Vegas in 2013, Blayne and I chatted non-stop, like old friends who were just picking up where they’d left off since their last conversation. The thing is, we had never met before that day! Since that time we’ve become good long-distance friends (she’s in Atlanta and I’m in Austin) and we’ve had many a 2-3 hour conversation! I’m sure you’ll feel that way too if and when you meet her. 🙂

**A complimentary copy of ScrapRoom Software was provided to me, Stephanie Hackney, for the purposes of reviewing it at a later date. This post was in no way provided as compensation for that review copy and all opinions of any future reviews will be entirely mine. Furthermore, any review conducted by me, Stephanie Hackney, (for Craft Storage Ideas or PaperCrafter’s Corner) will be unbiased and adhere to our policies about unbiased product reviews we conduct. Finally, there was no payment offered or received for this post or for conducting a review.

 

Craftroom Organization: Unique Storage Ideas – Flamingos

Craftroom Organization: Unique Storage Ideas – Flamingos Divine Finds
Check out more unique storage ideas for your craft room or art studio!

This post is part of an ongoing series about using unique items to organize and store your crafting supplies and tools.

Not only do these items provide storage, but they add character – and often a bit of history and/or whimsy – to a craft room or art studio.

 

Craftroom Storage: Unique Items - Flamingos Divine Finds (image)
Craftroom Storage: Unique Items – Flamingos Divine Finds

The following images are shots of items spotted at a shop specializing in vintage items, a shop called Flamingos Divine Finds (photo above).

I ran across this shop while staying in the Corcoran neighborhood in the Twin Cities (that’s Minneapolis & St. Paul, Minnesota, for those who might be wondering).

I found so many items I love in this little shop (a shop that’s only open five days a month) and most items were very reasonable priced – gotta love that!

 

Craftroom Storage: Unique Items - Flamingos - Metal Tackle Box (image)
Craftroom Storage: Unique Items – Flamingos Divine Finds – Metal Tackle Box

Now, a few treasures did make their way back to my rental with me: a metal book rack, which was already given as a gift; a metal tackle box (pictured above), which I’ll use for art supplies; a vintage hatbox, which will be shipped to a certain birthday girl; and, an unused vintage scrapbook, something I shared on Instagram today and that I can’t wait to add to my growing collection!

As I told the shopkeeper as he rang up my purchase, if I lived in the Twin Cities, I would have brought my truck to the shop and filled it up – yup, their stuff was that cool!

 

Craftroom Storage: Unique Items - Flamingos Divine Finds - The Backyard (image)
Craftroom Storage: Unique Items – Flamingos Divine Finds – The Backyard Collection

Of course, many of the items shown below are unique to this shop (check out the cool stove above!).

But, that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to find the same types of items, or similar items, where you live.

So, let’s take a look at what I saw, and chat about how each item could be used (and maybe altered).

Again, the idea behind sharing unique storage items is to give you ideas about how you can use them in your space.


Please Note: Because the prices for these types of items can vary greatly from city to city, store to store or garage sale to garage sale, I have not included the prices of each in my description of them, but you can see the price tag on most of the items if you click on the image for a zoomed-in look. This will give you some idea of what to expect in terms of cost (again, most were very reasonably priced!).

 

Craftroom Storage: Unique Items - Flamingos Divine Finds - Train Case (image)
Craftroom Storage: Unique Items – Flamingos Divine Finds – Train Case

Option One: A Vintage Train (Cosmetic) Case

This was one of the first items I spotted as I entered the store and I just fell in love with it!

I have always loved train | cosmetic cases and this one is in very good shape.

The stitching around the edges is awesome!

This would make a great case for storing sewing notions, fat squares, 6″ x 6″ paper pads or large papercutting dies,or perhaps all your stamping supplies.

It’d also be ideal as a storage case for on-the-go art journaling or mixed media supplies, don’t ya think?

 

Craftroom Storage: Unique Items - Flamingos Divine Finds - Divided Wooden Box (image)
Craftroom Storage: Unique Items – Flamingos Divine Finds – Divided Wooden Box

Option Two: Divided Wooden Box

Now before we get to the wooden box in the photo above, I have to call your attention to the old camera and pair of skates hanging next to it.

It took great restraint for me to not buy them both – I love these!

O.K., on to the box…

This divided box would be perfect for storing small stamps and stamp sets, small metal papercutting dies, and journaling cards for Project Life® and other pocket scrapbooking endeavors.

It’d also be great for storing tubes of beads and findings for jewelry-making, and small stamp pads for stamping and cardmaking.

This is a great solution if you need your supplies out in the open where you can see them, and could also be great for dividing up a deep drawer.

What would you use it for?

 

Craftroom Storage: Unique Items - Flamingos Divine Finds - Tiered Tray Table (image)
Craftroom Storage: Unique Items – Flamingos Divine Finds – Tiered Tray Table

Option Three: Tiered Tray Table

This table is perfect for the corner of a work area.

I’d use it to store my paints, jars of embossing powder and Stickle’s so they’re right at hand when I need them.

You could also stand wooden stamps on the two tiers, making a small collection visible (imagine how much more use your wooden stamps would get if they were on display!).

Add some small baskets to the two trays and you can store most any small crafting supply!

What other craft supplies can you envision being stored on a unit like this?

 

Craftroom Storage: Unique Items - Flamingos Divine Finds - Condiment Carousel (image)
Craftroom Storage: Unique Items – Flamingos Divine Finds – Condiment Carousel

Option Four: Condiment Carousel

If you’re a Mad Men fan, then this little gem has likely made your heart skip a beat!

This mid-century condiment carousel is so indicative of that era and would make a great addition to any home or craft space.

I’m still seriously considering going back to get this (hopefully it hasn’t been snapped up already!).

How fun would it be to store loose buttons or embellishments, or filled bobbins, in the glasses?!

This metal and glass carousel would also easily hold collections of pens. markers, art pencils and other writing implements, as well as adhesive runners, sewing notions or small tools.

Fill the glasses with jewelry-making tools, findings or beads and you might be amazed at how quickly you can put together great pieces of jewelry, since everything would be right at hand!

 

Craftroom Storage: Unique Items - Flamingos Divine Finds - Spice Rack (image)
Craftroom Storage: Unique Items – Flamingos Divine Finds – Spice Rack

Option Five: Spice Rack

This old-school spice rack will hold a lot of jars, jars that are perfect for storing small papercrafting embellishments (such as buttons and brads), sewing notions (pins and needles, etc.), and beads and jewelry findings.

Or use the rack to store your favorite paints or adhesives right above your work area – quick access means more use and faster creating.

Don’t like the color? A quick spray of paint and it’s got a whole new look!

 

Craftroom Storage: Unique Items - Flamingos Divine Finds - Sugar Shaker (image)
Craftroom Storage: Unique Items – Flamingos Divine Finds – Sugar Shaker

Option Six: Sugar Shaker

These are perfect for storing twine – just drop in a spool and thread the end through the opening in the metal top and you can quickly and easily unravel and cut just what you need for your project.

Got a bunch of lengths of ribbon, like most every crafter I know?

Store them in this type of jar by color, type or manufacturer  – they’ll dress up your creative space and make it easy to see whatcha got!

BTW: I’ve seen these for sale at places like HomeGoods | TJ Maxx | Marshall’s for only $1.99 each!

 

Craftroom Storage: Unique Items - Flamingos Divine Finds - Record Box (image)
Craftroom Storage: Unique Items – Flamingos Divine Finds – Record Box

Option Seven: Record Box

You had me at hello! I just love this box (and its twin)!

Because this box is made to hold record albums (you remember those, right?), it’s also perfect for storing (true) 12″ x 12″ paper and cardstock.

And again, a quick coat of paint and these could look great with any decor!

 

Craftroom Storage: Unique Items - Flamingos Divine Finds - Glass Frog (image)
Craftroom Storage: Unique Items – Flamingos Divine Finds – Glass Frog

Option Eight: Glass Frog

O.k., for those who may not know what a “frog” is, this type of frog is used for flower arranging.

It’s placed in the bottom of a vase or other vessel to hold the flower or plant stems in place.

This particular frog was made of white glass, similar to milk glass, and I immediately thought of using this for keeping my favorite art markers handy on my work area, where I can quickly grab them while creating.

It could also be used for short paint brushes or crochet hooks.

 

Craftroom Storage: Unique Items - Flamingos Divine Finds - Cassette Tape Carousel (image)
Craftroom Storage: Unique Items – Flamingos Divine Finds – Cassette Tape Carousel

Option Nine: Cassette Tape Carousel

OK, this should bring back lots of memories for the over-40 crowd!

This rotating storage unit is made for storing cassette tapes, something some of you may not have ever listened to, but I sure did.

In fact, I had quite a collection!

Because the size and shape of cassette tape boxes is very similar to that of many popular brands of standard-sized ink pads, this could be a great solution for storing your stamp pads.

A quick twist of the carousel and you can see and access a whole collection of inks in seconds!

 

Craftroom Storage: Unique Items - Flamingos Divine Finds - Downstairs Access (image)
Craftroom Storage: Unique Items – Flamingos Divine Finds –  But Wait, There’s More! – Downstairs Access

But wait, there’s more!

I made my way downstairs in Flamingos Divine Finds and was NOT disappointed!

 

Craftroom Storage: Unique Items - Flamingos Divine Finds - Lucite Tower (image)
Craftroom Storage: Unique Items – Flamingos Divine Finds – Lucite Tower

Option Ten: Lucite Tower

Can’t you just see your crochet hooks, knitting needles, paint brushes or art markers hanging out in this little baby?

I sure can!

If I didn’t already have a storage solution for my art markers, this would have come home with me today.

I love that it’s clear, making it easy to quickly see where each item is stored.

I love storage solutions that make searching for items quick and easy – you too?

 

Craftroom Storage: Unique Items - Flamingos Divine Finds - Metal File Drawers (image)
Craftroom Storage: Unique Items – Flamingos Divine Finds – Metal File Drawers

Option Eleven: Metal File Drawers

I have such a soft spot in my heart for this type of drawer unit – don’t ask me why, I just do!

I recently purchased a larger drawer unit and it will become a home for my small journaling stamp sets.

How do you envision using drawers like this?

Perhaps for Project Life® journaling cards, journaling or project ideas written on index cards, or small stamp sets or metal dies?

You can easily find these cabinets in larger sizes and they’d be great for storing patterns for sewing, embroidery or cross-stitch or other needle arts.

Once again, a quick coat of paint and you can give them a whole new look.

Or, decoupage them with fun images – personalizing them is half the fun!

 

Craftroom Storage: Unique Items - Flamingos Divine Finds - Wooden Corner Shelf (image)
Craftroom Storage: Unique Items – Flamingos Divine Finds – Wooden Corner Shelf

Option Twelve: Wooden Corner Shelf

Got some extra space in a corner of your craft room or studio?

This type of storage unit is ideal!

Small bottles of paint, embossing powder or other mediums would easily fit on the shelves, as would small glass jars holding ribbons, embellishments or jewelry-making supplies.

Leave the wood as is for a warm, natural look, or paint it to match any decor (and repaint it whenever the mood strikes you!).

 

Craftroom Storage: Unique Items - Flamingos Divine Finds - Plastic Snack Trays (image)
Craftroom Storage: Unique Items – Flamingos Divine Finds – Plastic Snack Trays

Option Thirteen: Plastic Snack Trays

I fell in love with these the moment I spotted them!

How fun would it be to use trays like these for storing embellishments or notions – lay them in shallow drawers and pull them out when you need to search for just the right embellishment.

Assign one tray to each color (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple and Pink) and mix all the different types of embellishments in that color together in its tray to make quick work of decorating your projects.

These trays, or trays like them, would also work well for storing beads, spools of thread, or small rubber stamps or ink pads, and a whole host of other items that work well in open storage solutions.

 

Craftroom Storage: Unique Items - Flamingos Divine Finds - Milkglass Collection (image)
Craftroom Storage: Unique Items – Flamingos Divine Finds – Milk Glass

 

Option Fourteen: Milk Glass

I know several crafters who collect vessels like these and use them for storing their craft supplies.

Whether you’re into this white Milk Glass or prefer a color like Jadeite, using your collection to store your craft supplies is a fun way to accomplish two things at once – displaying your collection and keeping your supplies organized.

 

Craftroom Storage: Unique Items - Flamingos Divine Finds - Cash Register Tray (image)
Craftroom Storage: Unique Items – Flamingos Divine Finds – Cash Register Tray

Option Fifteen: Cash Register Tray

This well-worn cash register tray may have served its usefulness as a repository for cash, but it still has great potential for dividing a drawer and keeping small supplies corralled.

This one in particular could use a good scrubbing and a coat of paint!

 

Craftroom Storage: Unique Items - Flamingos Divine Finds - Spinning Tray Unit (image)
Craftroom Storage: Unique Items – Flamingos Divine Finds – Spinning Tray Unit

Option Sixteen: Spinning Tray Unit

The trays in this unit lift out making it easy to grab the supplies you need and take them to where you’re working.

O.K., are you ready for a unique way to use trays like these, particularly trays that have seen better days?

Use them as paint palettes!

 

Craftroom Storage: Unique Items - Flamingos Divine Finds - Printers Tray (image)
Craftroom Storage: Unique Items – Flamingos Divine Finds – Printers Tray

Option Eighteen: Printers Tray

These trays get me every time!

And this one is in great shape and only $20 (which is a great deal)!

These trays offer several usage possibilities: use them to show off favorite collectibles or photos; lay them flat under a piece of glass and fill them with small embellishments before adding a glass topper and making them into a work surfaces; or, hang them on the wall and display your favorite small rubber stamps in the cubbies.

I’m sure you can think of other uses as well.

 

Craftroom Storage: Unique Items - Flamingos Divine Finds - Cigar Boxes (image)
Craftroom Storage: Unique Items – Flamingos Divine Finds – Cigar Boxes

Option Nineteen: Cigar Boxes

Cigar boxes can serve many purposes and are great used individually or as a collection.

Leave them as-is or cover them with paper, fabric, paint or decoupaged ephemera, then store your favorite crafting supplies inside.

Because they’re lightweight, yet sturdy, they make great portable storage too!

I can envision using them for spools of thread or bobbins, embroidery thread, containers of beads, etc.

Just be aware that the odor from the cigars these boxes once contained may linger for a bit – stuffing wadded up newspaper in them for a day or two could help get rid of the smell if you don’t like the odor.

How would you use a cigar box for storage?

 

Craftroom Storage: Unique Items - Flamingos Divine Finds - Relish Tray (image)
Craftroom Storage: Unique Items – Flamingos Divine Finds – Relish Tray

Option Nineteen: Relish Tray

This relish tray is just one of many I’ve spotted at vintage and antique shops and events and I always gravitate toward them.

But because I don’t have much horizontal space, and I like to reserve it for the act of creating, I have always passed on buying any of these glass trays.

However, the more I think about it, the more I realize these are a great solution for the insides of drawers.

The design of this one makes it a good solution for keeping your favorite writing implements stashed – others, with more individual compartments, could be used to sort a variety of small supplies for numerous crafty endeavors.


And our final vintage find…

Craftroom Storage: Unique Items - Flamingos Divine Finds - Vintage Shopping Baskets (image)
Craftroom Storage: Unique Items – Flamingos Divine Finds – Vintage Shopping Baskets

Option Twenty: Vintage Shopping Baskets

These shopping baskets transported me right back to the days when I went with my Mom to the local five-and-dime for pieces of fabric.

Yes, at one time, the local “dime stores” sold fabric!

The fabric was relatively inexpensive and my Mom did wonders with it, including making most everything I wore as a young kid.

The shopping baskets that were used then were just like these and I have long wanted to find one of these for storing my yarn during the months when I spend my evenings crocheting.

These would also be ideal for storing small pads of patterned paper, in-process projects of most any type, fabric pieces, and crafting books and magazines.

Want to take your crafting with you on a road trip or just into another room? These would work great!

 

Well, that’s it for another round of unique storage items.

We’d love to hear your thoughts,
and take a look at YOUR unique storage items.

Please share your thoughts and links in the comments below.


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All about the Furniture: Folding Tables

Hello, Hazel here to bring you my take on “folding tables”.  If you are like me, you would immediately think – camping!!! Not any more.  We have been house-hunting for my son who is getting married in 3 weeks time and I can tell you this – you have to utilize every square inch to get value for the money you are paying. SO, why not invest in multifunctional furniture!!

I was looking on Pinterest for ideas when it hit me – folding tables would be perfect for crafting, office space, to open up more options for your existing layout or simply to do homework.

SO, let’s see what I found interesting:

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This one would be perfect for any space or any purpose – best part is that it’s not taking up ANY floor space.

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This a a great idea from DesgnPlanet. Unfortunately I couldn’t find the link. If you see it somewhere around Blogland, leave me a comment and I’ll insert in ASAP.

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Have a room but it doubles up as a spare bedroom / office / craft space??? This looks like the perfect solution.

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I bought one of these at a second hand store and it gets used a lot.  Mine has a little door on one side where I hide all my boxes with embellishments, paperclips, flowers and brads. Remember this?  However, I think my table needs a layer of this beautiful blue paint.

And last but not least. DIY!!!

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When I start on a new venture, I make a Pinterest board – you can always delete it / re-allocate your pins.  For the very first time, I’m giving you the link to my work-in-progress board. Have fun browsing through my inspiration here.

Thanks for looking with me today. Please leave me some comments to let me know what you liked or would use in your own space. Have fun and remember to try something new.

Hazel

 

Craft Room {Clean and Scentsible}

Today I am sharing a craft room with you from one of my favorite bloggers – Jenn from Clean and Scentsible. She writes a blog all about crafting and organizing, so it is a perfect fit to share with our readers. Her space is the perfect mix of function, organization and pretty.

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I love the way she organized her inspirational ideas pulled from magazines and books. She can easily find what she is looking for without paging through a ton of pages. And these files take up so much less space than all those magazines and books did!

The desk area is very well organized and functional as well. I love the wall treatment she used to really make her space feel special.

I love the use of the white furniture to really brighten up the space. She utilizes the Michael’s Recollections storage cubes throughout her room. I have these myself and they are so great for storing scrapbook supplies as well as other crafting notions. They don’t take up a lot of space but really can hold  a lot.

Be sure to head over to Jenn’s blog to see the full craft room reveal. You will be even more amazed after you the see the before of her space.

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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

 

Guest Contributor {Gluesticks}

We are so happy to welcome Brandy from Gluesticks!

_MG_4900Brandy is a  mother of four and the wife to a member of the US Coast Guard. Having grown up with creative influences around her, she developed a love and appreciation for all things homemade. Every woman needs an outlet and Gluesticks is hers. On Gluesticks you will find crafts, recipes, kids activities and step by step tutorials for every skill level.

Let’s give her a warm welcome!

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Welcome to my home office/craft room/guest room. Yep, it has a lot of functions.
Originally this room was going to be our guest room. Complete with a full size bed and everything my grandmother would need when she came to stay with us on occasion, but then we realized that we don’t have family come see us often, so I decided to not buy a bed, but create a space with room for a queen size air mattress when needed. I placed the furniture against the walls and will pull out the ottoman box under the window when we use the Aerobed air mattress. There is plenty of clearance in front and space in front of the closet and walking space around the sides. It isn’t a very roomy guest room, but we had to maximize the functions and prioritize in this small space.
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1. What kind of budget did you have when organizing your space?
I didn’t set a budget for this project because I am pretty frugal to begin with. My room is a mixture of old and new. Re-purposed and purchased. The sewing machine stand and printer stand were both headed to the trash when I decided to give them another life. You can find details on that project here.
Most of the accessories were purchased from IKEA and Pick Your Plum. The white bookshelf is also from IKEA.
The crowning jewel of my room is my Craft Box. The Original Scrapbox is a sponsor of Gluesticks and so I worked out a deal with them with cross promotion.
These strategies kept the cost for my room to a minimum.
2. What was your greatest challenge?
My greatest challenge was storing all of my creative supplies AND still being able to have room for a guest bed, when necessary.
The solution to that challenge was been my Craft Box . It has solved so many organizational issues for me! Not only is it a beautiful piece of furniture, it transforms into a home office/craft space with just a few clicks. You can see a full video tour of my room and my Craft Box here!
I can store all of my sewing notions and supplies as well as my craft necessities.
When I am not crafting or sewing, I can use my table for my home office. When I’m done, I close it all off and it looks like a beautiful armoire. Stay tuned for more details on my Craft Box and a it’s functionality. It is simply extraordinary.
3. Are you a “organize it once” kind of girl, or are your storage solutions constantly evolving?
My storage solutions are constantly evolving. My craft box will not evolve. It’s functions will remain the same. However, This storage cube came from IKEA, along with the boxes. These are great because they are inexpensive (2 for $10), large, and hold my fabric! BUT…as the months have passed (and it’s been a year since I decorated this room) I am realizing that I am accumulating way too much fabric. I am going to have to either buy more boxes and take over the rest of the cubes and maybe the top of the book case as well, or come up with another organizational solution for my fabric.
4. What is one thing you’d like to improve about your storage/organization?
I would love to improve the storage area for my kid’s craft supplies. They have almost as much as I do! They also have taken over my craft box, as seen here. Ha! Do your kids do this too? A lot of their supplies are in boxes in the closet and are easily forgotten. I pull them out and rotate them in a basket on their craft table every so often, but I would love for the kids to be able to access them easier. I am working on this!

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Don’t you love her space?  And I really like seeing a craft box in action!  What was your favorite part of Brandy’s room?  Show her some love!  And don’t forget to visit here Gluesticks!

Studio Tour {Marty’s Musings}

I’m so happy to introduce you to Marty Walden of Marty’s Musings.  Marty has been blogging at Marty’s Musings since 2008 but only recently has managed to turn her DIY/home/food blog into a business. She  has homeschooled  her five children for 20 yearsa and loves DIYing with her husband Tim.

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My husband Tim and I spent several weeks talking through ideas for my scrapbook room. I scoured magazines and online websites for inspiration and dreamed of how I could make these ideas work for me.

This is the main wall of my scrapbook room. My husband built the countertop and shelves according to my specific needs and scrapbooking supplies. My counter is waist high because I scrap and create standing up. There was much consternation over the exact height to make the counter! Luckily, we figured right and it is perfect! I bought a desk chair at a yard sale and it was a great buy and very comfortable.

This ribbon rack is one of my favorite storage solutions! I adore ribbon and have far too many rolls that I have gotten at yard sales and craft stores. I wanted to be able to see as much of it as possible because it inspires me and I use it often on cards and layouts.  My husband rigged the dowel rods and hooks. A perfect solution plus it’s pretty to look at!

We also bought a twin bed with headboard from my niece and used a mattress and bedding we already owned. Drawers on the side give me more room for my ribbon stash! It seriously was taking over the world!

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My scrapbook room’s design ended up revolving around these two units I bought at Goodwill for $20 total (below).  The unit had 6″x6″ cubbies with removable partitions. I removed several of them to allow the units to be used for 12×12 paper. Absolutely perfect solution for my massive collection! (I am slightly paper crazy.) This also allowed smaller compartments at the top for some of my other supplies. We put the cubbies on top of 4 units I bought at Target several years ago.

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I love the look of open storage and accomplished that with these dollar store baskets and larger ones from yard sales. I used manila tags and a label maker on all of my baskets to keep everything organized.

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These smaller mason jars contain my button collection, separated by colors. I use everything from spice jars to quart size mason jars for ribbons, silk flowers, embellishments and more.

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One of the ways I protect my scrapbook albums is to store them in a shelving unit near the front door. In case of a fire, I know what I will grab first! This post also tells more about how I organize my pictures and albums. 

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

I am a frugal shopper from way back, and I knew I wanted to save money while still creating a beautiful space for me to work. I shopped yard sales, thrift sales and the dollar store to save money wherever possible. We ended up spending a total of around $500 on the room makeover.

2. What was your greatest challenge?

Probably finding a way to store my growing collection of 12×12 paper! The cubbies we found at Goodwill worked perfectly.

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

I definitely like to be organized, but as my blog has become a job I find I am making a greater variety of projects and need to find solutions for different products. I love labeling and want my room to be beautiful as well as functional.

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

I am actually in the middle of a room makeover! I was not happy with the way I was using the space, and I needed to rethink how I actually spent my time in the room. I have moved some things around and am adding an area to shoot photos for my blog. Yes, my organization is always revolving to find a system that works for me!

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Did you see a organizational method you can put to use in your own space?  I’m loving those shelves!  To see more of Marty’s space and her work, please visit her at Marty’s Musings.

French Restored {Celine Regnier}

Happy Tuesday!  I’m so happy to introduce Celine Regnier to you all!  When she first sent photos of her space – I just knew you would love seeing it as much as I did.  She graciously agreed to share even more photos and write a little about her process, even though English is not her first language.  Please give her a warm welcome!

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headshot juin 2013 IILet me introduce myself in a few words. I live in the Loire Valley area of France with my lovely husband, our two children, our cat Leo and our puppy Zoe. 

I began scrapbooking in 2003, since then I’ve become really addicted.  I make layouts and mini albums mainly but also canvas, cards… scrapping is a very special moment with myself, pushing my creativity to express myself through stamps, inks, mist and paper. I also serve on the design team for Making Memories & Colorbök, Le club des 5 (Bernadine Segui), Saracolas Boutique (a french company), The Scrapbook Diaries and have been a guest designer for 7 Dots Studio and Prima Marketing.

 

I am excited to share my creative area with you today. My room is like a “boudoir”, a kind of private room, only for me and my creative mind, a room to paint, to sew, to get messy or to watch an online workshop. When I close the door, no one can imagine the big mess behind the door!

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

I didn’t spend a lot of money, fortunately (or not) I like to spend time at flea markets around here and it was a great pleasure to restore some stuff, every piece of furniture in my space room is from an another room or from flea markets, it’s like give them a second life.

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2. What was your greatest challenge?

My greatest challenge was the large amount of crafting supplies that I have, I had to make them all fit in an organized way into a small room.

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

I rarely re-organize my space, it’s too much time.  I just try to be organized, everything in it’s right place! In my room, I have many little places… one for sewing, one for inking….

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

I’d like to have more space (hahaha) but especially very good lighting, because I really like working at night and it would be more easier with better lighting.

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Isn’t her space soothing?  I love the gray furniture throughout.  I bet it provides the perfect background for scrapbooking papers and embellishments.  Please visit Celine’s blog here!

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!

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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.