Craft Storage Ideas: A Sale, A Giveaway & A Mobile Storage Solution

Craft Storage Ideas: A Sale, A Giveaway & A Mobile Storage Solution
Who’s looking for a GREAT deal on craft storage products? How about a chance to WIN some?! And, how about a mobile storage solution?

Well, we’ve got all three!


First, let’s talk about the sale…

Go-Organize.com - Quality Craft Storage Products For Crafters of All Types (image)

Go-Organize.comQuality Craft Storage Products For Crafters of All Types!

As you know if you’ve been around here for a bit, we have a wonderful new sponsor, Go-Organize.com, a manufacturer of high-quality craft storage furnishings and products (and products for the rest of your home too!).

Not only are they a wonderful company to work with (they’ve been a sponsor of our sister site, PaperCrafter’s Corner, for more than three years!), they have awesome products for storing your beloved craft tools and supplies, and they offer FREE shipping every day!*

Who else does that?!

Uh, no one!


And from July 1, 2016, throughout the 4th of July holiday weekend, you can save 10% off everything in the Go-Organize.com store!

Go-Organize.com Independence Day 2016 Sale - Save 5-10% & Get FREE Shipping! (image)

Go-Organize.com Independence Day 2016 Sale – Save 5-10% & Get FREE Shipping!

If independence from clutter is on your to-do list, then this weekend is the perfect time to do a little shopping…and saving!

*Please note: as of the publish date of this post, Go-Organize.com only ships within the continental U.S.


And now, the giveaway…

Check out the sale at Go-Organize.com first thing tomorrow, Friday, July 1, 2016, and let us know what you’re adding to YOUR craft space.

Why share?

We’re giving one lucky shopper a $25 shopping code for Go-Organize.com!


Here’s how you enter to win the $25 shopping code:

  • Click on this sale linkGo-Organize.com Independence Day 2016 Sale
  • Look through the many organizing and storage furnishings Go-Organize.com has on offer and make a purchase, any purchase.
  • Then, send us a copy of your emailed receipt (for security, please block out any financial information, such as your credit card number, etc.).

***Receipts must be emailed to Steph at shackney (at) papercrafterscorner (dot) com
no later than 8 a.m. (central), Monday, July 4, 2016!
***

We’ll draw one winner, from all complete entries received by the deadline, and that winner will receive a $25 shopping code to use at Go-Organize.com.

Easy and fun, right?!

I’d sure be shopping if I had a chance to get FREE shipping, and to not only save 10% on whatever I purchase, but to also have a chance to WIN a $25 shopping code!

Happy shopping!


And now for the mobile storage solution we mentioned…

Craft Storage Ideas: IKEA Raskog Cart (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: IKEA Raskog Cart

I’m sure many of you have heard about the Raskog Cart from IKEA, right?

It appears to be a very popular item for homes and craft spaces alike.

And well, like many crafters, I just HAD to have one!


What am I using it for?

Well, I initially bought it to house my pocket scrapbooking supplies.

But, I soon found it was not such an ideal solution for my pocket scrapbooking stash (or at least not for the easy retrieval of said stash) and it was ‘re-purposed’ for another type of supply, a supply I’m excited to now use more often!

 

Craft Storage Ideas: IKEA Raskog Cart Filled With Mixed Media Supplies (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: IKEA Raskog Cart Filled With Mixed Media Supplies

Meet my mixed-media tools and supply storage unit!

I LOVE the way this unit houses my mixed-media tools and supplies and, most importantly, how I can easily roll it over to my work area and quickly grab what I need for my current ‘messy’ project.

Because this cart is so easy to move, and tools and supplies are so easy to access, and return when I’m finished with them (important!), my mixed-media supplies are getting much more use – yay!

Quick and easy, that’s my motto!


Here’s what this unit looks like, fully loaded, from the side:

Craft Storage Ideas: IKEA Raskog Cart, Side View Of Contents (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: IKEA Raskog Cart, Side View Of Contents

Note that I have my Ranger Distress Paints stored in paint bottle storage rolls (made by Plaid) that are zip-tied to the sides of the unit, and my brayers hooked on via zip-ties as well – I’m definitely maximizing EVERY bit of storage capacity available!

And the reason this unit was a must is that it’s very narrow, essential for me since the space where it has to live is also very narrow.


And here’s a shot of each of the cart’s tiers, along with what’s stored in each tier:

Tier One: Tools and the Basics

Craft Storage Ideas: IKEA Raskog Cart - Top Tier: Tools & The Basics (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: IKEA Raskog Cart – Top Tier: Tools & The Basics


Tier Two: Supplies & Sprays

Craft Storage Ideas: IKEA Raskog Cart - Middle Tier: Supplies & Sprays (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: IKEA Raskog Cart – Middle Tier: Supplies & Sprays


Tier Three: Paints

Craft Storage Ideas: IKEA Raskog Cart - Bottom Tier: Paints (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: IKEA Raskog Cart – Bottom Tier: Paints


Pretty cool, right?

Yeah, I thought you might like checking out how I’m using this unit and seeing how much it can hold – as you can see, it holds a ton!

Another reason I chose this cart is because it’s metal and easy to wipe off if (when!) something spills.


Need a mobile unit that can hold 13″ x 13″ cases, or 12″ x 12″ cardstock, patterned paper or scrapbooks?

A unit that’s enclosed?

One that’ll fit right in with any of the craft storage products from Go-Organize.com?

Then you’ll definitely want to check out the Go-Organize.com Mobile Craft Storage options – they’re wonderful and several of them are already on sale!

 

Questions or comments about the Raskog Cart
or how I’m using it?

Questions about any of the mobile storage units
from Go-Organize.com?

Leave your questions or a comment –
I’ll be happy to respond.


Well, that’s it for today’s shares – we hope you enjoyed learning about a great sale, a wonderful chance to win FREE craft storage products AND fab, mobile storage options!


Don’t forget to check out the
Independence Day Weekend Sale at Go-Organize.com
and enter to win after you make a purchase.

Oh, and be sure to share this with your crafty buddies –
we’re sure they’ll be grateful!


Happy shopping and organizing, and a very Happy 4th of July to our U.S. papercrafters,
Steph & The PCC Team

Worried you’ll miss out on deals, giveaways
and product shares like those above?

Subscribe to our blog feed
you’ll ne
ver miss a single thing!

 

Craft Storage Ideas: Does Your Creative Space Help or Hinder You?

Craft Storage Ideas: Does Your Creative Space Help or Hinder You?
Creativity comes from many places, including where you create – is your creative space an asset or a hinderance?

I saw this Economist article on famous artists’ spaces and thought y’all might enjoy reading it.
The Economist: Artists’ Creative Spaces

And, not only reading it, but thinking about whether or not your space enhances creativity, or diminishes it.

Could this quote from the above article describe YOUR space: “These spaces feed into a mythology of the workspace: the artist is not just a creator, but is surrounded by beauty so that he may create it.”

Or, is this a more apt description of your creative space? “Today’s studios are far less opulent: Jeff Koons’s studio features numerous Lysol cleaning spray bottles for polishing and fluorescent-hued cartoon paintings of a very different aesthetic era.”

 

Craft Storage Ideas: Steph's Craft Room | Office Circa 2005 (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: Steph’s Craft Room | Office Circa 2005

For me, my ‘spaces’ are essential to what takes place in them.

My kitchen must provide me with a logical layout that makes cooking easy and enjoyable.

My bedroom must feel ‘relaxed’ and be free of ‘alert’ colors and electronics like TV.

My office must be free of clutter and have plenty of ‘spreading’ space for paperwork.

 

Craft Storage Ideas: Steph's Craft Room | Office Circa 2005 (Note My 'Treasures!') (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: Steph’s Craft Room | Office Circa 2005 (Note My ‘Treasures!’)

And my creative space has to not just be super functional in terms of where items are stored and how easily I can access and retrieve them, but free of clutter and filled with items that bring me joy and/or inspire creativity.

The images above show my creative | office space from 2005 – we were in a temporary rental that just happened to have walls painted the same color as those in my office in the home we’d just sold.

I was thrilled that my ‘treasures’ fit right in and that the space met all of my requirements!


How about you – is the physical space in which you create important? 

And if so, what’s most important to you in terms of form and function?


We’d love to learn more about your creative space – whether it’s a rolling tote you only access while creating at crafting events; a single rolling cart or bag you take from room to room as your mate and/or family engage in activities in those spaces; a dedicated space in a multi-purpose area of your home; or, a full-blown crafting space, a space that’s your and yours alone.

And if you don’t yet have any space of your own, share your dreams for one…or why having one isn’t important to you.


We know from the numbers of Pinterest followers, and repins, we have on both the Craft Storage Ideas Pinterest account and PaperCrafter’s Corner Pinterest account that checking out others’ creative spaces is a popular activity among the creative set, and that gathering craft storage ideas is common among crafters.

What we’d love to learn about you is what inspires you in others’ spaces – is it the layout, furnishings, colors, ‘theme,’ hidden and visible ‘treasures,’ functionality, or?


Please share your thoughts on your own creative space,
and the spaces of those you admire and/or spaces that inspire you –
we enjoy being inspired too!

Oh, and if you take the time to read the article we linked above,
the article on Artists’ Creative Spaces from The Economist,
please share your thoughts about that article, and those spaces, too!

And one final request:
If you want to share your current or past spaces with us,
we’d love to see them –
post a link to pix of your space(s) in your comment.

One lucky creative space sharer
will receive a special treat!

Thanks for tuning in today – we love talking craft storage with y’all!
Steph & The CSI Team

Craft Storage Ideas: Color Is Your Friend!

Craft Storage Ideas: Color Is Your Friend!
Craft Storage & Organizing By Color – Worth a Try?

Who’s looking for a little colorful inspiration?

How about colorful inspiration for organizing your crafting supplies?

I came across a three craft storage products that I thought you might want to check out, especially if organizing by color is something you want to try, or already love.

Of course these products would also be great if you just really like lots of color in your creative space or when crafting on the go!

This is the first time I’ve seen these items at retail, and I haven’t had a chance to try all of them out myself (yet!), but I thought I’d share them right away in case you’re on the hunt for a new solution for organizing by color, or simply organizing with colorful solutions.


Now keep in mind that just because a storage unit has a craft-specific name (such as two of those below have), that doesn’t mean you can only use them for that type of tool or supply.

When we share products, we’ll do our best to provide you with lots of use cases, no matter what type(s) of crafting you’re into.

After all, most of us dabble in at least a couple of crafty endeavors, so multi-use storage can be quite valuable.

And as our crafting desires change, it’s great to re-purpose our organizing and storage products rather than having to buy all new solutions, right?


O.K., let’s take a look at three plastic and portable storage units…

Craft Storage Ideas: Iris - Large Photo & Craft Keeper (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: Iris – Large Photo & Craft Keeper

This first item, made by Iris, is a multi-drawer unit that’s ideal for smaller items – think paper and fabric scraps, embellishments and thread, embroidery floss, small tools like scissors and tweezers, etc.

It’s called the Large Photo & Craft Keeper and as you can see from this photo, it retails at Michael’s Craft Stores for $39.99.

Of course, when Michael’s puts their plastic storage items on sale, or you have a coupon that’s valid on this type of item, this item can be purchased for much less.


This product is “designed for” storing photos, but it’s perfect for so many different types of craft tools and supplies!

I have several of the clear Photo & Craft Keepers and I love them for storing items like Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers, extra Distress Tool pads, Stickles bottles, etc.

I like my craft supplies to be visible and portable so these are perfect for my needs!

If you’re a hand-sewer, embroidery nut, paper-piecer, quiller or jewelry maker, you might want to check out the unit above (or the XL and/or clear version) for storing your tools and supplies, especially if you’re on the go a lot.

Perhaps the best aspect of this type of unit is that you don’t have to carry the whole outer case with you – you can simply grab a few of the inner containers, toss them in your craft tote and off you go!

 

The second and third products we’re sharing today are made by Really Useful Products (the company is out of the UK, but their products are available here in the U.S., in stores and online, as well).

 

Craft Storage Ideas: Really Useful Products - Drawers Tower w/7 Drawers (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: Really Useful ProductsDrawers Tower w/7 Drawers

The first product by Really Useful Products is called the Drawers Tower.

This version has seven (7) drawers and they make many versions of this item, with fewer or more drawers. 

If you buy this item directly from the company (link above), you can also buy the drawers individually and put together whatever configuration you need.

But, if you’re looking for this item locally, in the U.S., this exact configuration is available at Michael’s (which is where this photo was taken).

As you can see, the price is $39.99, but with a coupon or when their plastic storage items are on sale, you could get it for much less.


This drawer unit is great for scraps, small notions, jewelry-making supplies, etc., or for those who like their supplies sorted by color – you could quickly and easily add all purple items to the purple drawer, blue items to the blue drawer, etc.

And the benefit to this method of storage is that you wouldn’t need to label the drawers – you’d know exactly what was in each drawer just by glancing at the drawer color!

This unit could also be great for tool storage if you either just like a lot of color on your work area, or if your tools are colored and it would be easy for you to recall which tools are in each drawer based on the color of the drawer.

And yes, it’s even portable – it would definitely fit in a large tote or shopping bag, or simply add a strap around it for easy hand-carrying.

 

Craft Storage Ideas: Really Useful Products - Scrapbook Drawers Tower w/Eight Drawers (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: Really Useful Products – Scrapbook Drawers Tower w/Eight Drawers

And the third and final product being shared today, another product from Really Useful Products, is called the Scrapbook Drawers Tower.

This version has eight (8) drawers (they also make versions with more or fewer drawers) and it comes with casters so even this larger unit is somewhat portable.

This drawer unit would be perfect for storing larger, 12×12 items such as scrapbooking paper* and cardstock*, sheet protectors*, finished scrapbook layouts, etc., as well as folded or rolled fabrics, interfacing, rolls of vinyl and many other items that require or work well in a horizontal larger space.

*Please keep in mind that you’d need to lift the larger, flat items mentioned to find what you need, but chipboard dividers between them could make this process easier.


Have lots of wood-mounted rubber stamps or ink pads?
You could fit a lot of either in each of these drawers!

This rolling unit would also be perfect for storing lots of smaller items in containers – think beads, jewelry findings, embellishments, notions, etc.

And, the drawers are sized well for storing short jars of paints, glitters, embossing powders and art mediums, items which sometimes spill and require a surface (like this plastic) that’s easily cleaned.

And again, this is a great solution if you prefer, or want to try, organizing everything by color – one of these drawers is large enough to hold a lot of pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue or purple supplies!


This appears to be a new product for the manufacturer and it appears that it can be bought directly from them – again, I grabbed this picture at my local Michael’s.

The price of this unit is $129, but again, there are certainly opportunities to save by taking advantage of sales or coupons.


Well, that’s it for today’s shares.

Please let us know what you think of the products we shared today.

Have ideas for how YOU might use these storage units?

Please share your ideas with us and your fellow crafters
by leaving them in a comment!

Have a great week and happy organizing,
Steph & The CSI Team

Hoping to learn more about organizing and
hear about new products such as those shared above?

Subscribe to our blog feed
you’ll never miss a thing!

Craft Storage Idea: Fabric Storage Baskets

Craft Storage Idea: Fabric Storage Baskets
Craft storage ideas are all around us!

Hello craft storage lovers – we know, it’s been a while!

We’ve been working on craft storage ideas to share with you in 2016 and we thank you for hanging in there with us while we regrouped.


To kick things off, I’m sharing a quick handmade craft storage project I came across while perusing some new-to-me craft blogs – this project’s not only super simple, but one that’s perfect for using up your fabric and/or felt scraps. 

This cute little Pixie Basket was created by Heidi Staples and found on her blog, Fabric Mutt – thanks to Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts for the link!

Craft Storage Idea: The Pixie Basket by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt (image)

Craft Storage Idea: The Pixie Basket by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt (Image: Fabric Mutt Blog)

OK, how cute is this little gem?!

What a great project for a rainy/snowy day, and it’s a super way to use up your scraps!

Think how cute this would look made from felt (totally on trend and easy to hand-sew or glue together!) or from oil cloth (spill-proof, yay!).


And because I’m much more proficient with paper than I am with fabric (o.k., fabric and I get along great, but I have a love-hate relationship with threading a sewing machine!), I’m thinking about gathering some fun papers and laminating them, and then creating one of these with the laminated sheets.

I’m not sure how it’ll turn out, but I’m willing to give it a go!

You too?

I’ll share my attempts at a Pixie Basket made from paper if you will!

 

Or, will you be raiding your fabric stash and making one of these from your favorite patterns or scraps?

Well, whatever materials you choose to use, I’m pretty sure you’ll have a great time creating one (or more!) of these and filling it with your favorite artsy craftsy tools and supplies.


Click here for the link to
Heidi’s Pixie Basket tutorial and additional photos:
Fabric Mutt’s Pixie Basket Tutorial

Wondering what you could store in one of these Pixie Baskets?

Here are a few ideas:

  • Needle Art Tools
  • Spools of Thread
  • Sewing Notions
  • Scissors & Other Sewing Tools
  • Small Sewing & Quilting Dies or Templates
  • Jewelry-Making Tools & Supplies
  • Small Containers of Beads, Gems & Findings
  • Papercrafting Dies or Punches
  • Embossing Folders
  • Alpha Sticker Sheets
  • Clear Stamp Sets
  • Wood-Mounted Stamps
  • Pocket Scrapbooking Cards & Embellishments
  • Scrapbooking & Cardmaking Embellishments
  • Dry Adhesives
  • Planner Supplies
  • And So Much More!


Of course kids would love these too!

Let them pick their favorite “character” patterns, fabrics in their favorite colors or colors that match their rooms, and create a few Pixie Baskets for them to use in keeping their favorite arts & crafts supplies corralled.

Take it from a former professional organizer, kids are much more likely to use organizing solutions if they like them and had some say in their creation or purchase!


And if, like me, you travel a lot, why not make a few of these baskets to take along for keeping your own crafting supplies contained?

Toss one or two in your carry-on bag and crafting in the air is much easier – no more looking for dropped tools and supplies!

Prefer traveling by train, car or caravan (camper/motorhome)?

Use one or more of these to keep your tools and supplies, and kids’ crayons, from ending up between or under seats.


We’re sure you can come up with even more great ideas
for putting these clever little baskets to good use, right?

And speaking of that, we’d love your feedback –
tell us how YOU’D use a Pixie Basket for your crafting endeavors.

And if you’ve already made one of these,
or something similar,
please share a photo of yours and tell us how you use it
we’d love to see and hear about your ideas!


And finally, we welcome your input on what we share here in 2016 – what are your organizing and storage challenges, and what would you like for us to talk about and share here?

Thanks for tuning in again – happy crafting & organizing!
Steph & The CSI Team

 

 

Craft Storage Ideas: Unique Solutions – Tiered Stand

Craft Storage Ideas: Unique Solutions – Tiered Stand
Craft storage can be funky and fun!

Hello Crafters!

A real quick product share that we think y’all are gonna like.

I was doing a little shopping last weekend and came across this wonderful stand at World Market.

Craft Room Storage: Unique Solutions - Tiered Stand from World Market (image)

Craft Room Storage: Unique Solutions – Tiered Stand from World Market

Well, I had to grab a shot to share with you – I just knew at least a few of you would swoon like I did!

Yeah, we get each other.


This stand could be used in so many ways – for organizing and storing:

  • Fat quarters for quilting
  • Wood-mounted stamps for papercrafting (cardmaking, scrapbooking, home decor creation, etc.)
  • Baggies of embellishments for papercrafting
  • Punches for papercrafting
  • Clay art tools and supplies
  • Metal stamping tools and supplies
  • Paints and mediums (gesso, texture paste, etc.) for mixed media projects, art journaling and painting
  • Bottles of beads or findings for jewelry making
  • Containers of notions for sewing
  • Washi tape, and twine and ribbon (on small spools or wrapped on floss cards or old school clothes pins)
  • Jars or dishes of bits and bobs
  • Etc.

And I’m sure you’re already thinking of other items you’d love to store in here – am I right?


Of course you could always paint, decoupage or otherwise stylize this baby too, making it a statement piece for your creative space.


What do you think – is this option for you?

We’d love to hear your thoughts about this option,
or others like it.

Leave a comment and let us know how you’d use
this fun organizing and storage solution in your space.


Thanks for joining us today, crafters.

And don’t forget, we’d love to hear from youleave us a comment or send us an email (shackney [at] craftstorageideas [dot] com) and let us know what you need help with organizing and storing.

We’d love to hear about you challenges and solutions needs so we can provide just what you’re looking for!

Happy Crafting!
Steph & The CSI Team

Subscribe to our blog feed
so you don’t miss out on a single product spotlight
and valuable organizing information & inspiration!

Craft Storage Ideas: Repurposing Household Items – Small Item Storage

Craft Storage Ideas: Repurposing Household Items – Small Item Storage
Craft storage doesn’t have to be pricey – look around the house for unused items!

Who’s up for an inexpensive and easy-to-find storage solution?

How about a simple solution for keeping items in drawers sorted and accessible?


We’ve got a “Now why didn’t I think of that?!” solution for you…

Ice cube trays!

Craft Storage Ideas: Repurposing Household Items - Ice Cube Trays! (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: Repurposing Household Items – Ice Cube Trays

Not only do their compartments have sloped sides, making it easy to retrieve tiny items (just place your finger on what you want and slide it up the side!), they’re also short in stature, meaning they’ll easily fit into shallow drawers (drawers that often go unused because nothing fits in them!).

You can find ice cube trays for a dollar or two at household goods retailers like Target and Bed Bath & Beyond, as well as at dollar stores, garage sales and thrift stores.

Heck, you might even have a few lying around from the days when our refrigerators didn’t automatically make ice and dispense it for us!


Here are just a few suggestions for items that could be stored in an ice cube tray:

  • sewing machine bobbins (filled or empty)
  • sewing notions (hooks, snaps, small safety pins, buttons, buckles, etc.)
  • calligraphy pen nibs
  • stitch markers and row counters for knitting and crocheting
  • papercrafting embellishments (including the small leftovers from opened embellishment packs)
  • beads (most sizes will fit in the compartments and you could use the compartments for holding your beads as you “design” a piece)
  • jewelry findings (jump rings, spacers, short headpins, bead caps, cabochons, charms, etc.)
  • metal stamping supplies (stamping blanks, letter stamps, etc.)
  • leathercrafting supplies (grommets, studs, small buckles and zipper pulls, tool bits, etc.)
  • clay art supplies (small shape cutters, etc.)
  • even found treasures (pebbles, tiny dried flowers, bottle caps, etc.)

Now, you may be concerned about items falling out (like they might if the tray is tipped or dropped), right?

Well, if that’s a concern because the tray may need to be transported (or ends up in the hands of a little one), simply purchase lidded ice cube trays.

Craft Storage Ideas: Repurposing Household Items - Lidded Ice Cube Trays! (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: Repurposing Household Items – Lidded Ice Cube Trays

The lids either slide or snap on and will protect your items should you or someone else bump, tip or drop the tray.

Now I do want to point out that, depending on the style of lidded ice cube tray you buy (or find at home), the lid may not fit tightly against the top edge of the individual compartments (see the image above) – this means that items in the compartments may get mixed together if the tray is tipped on its side or dropped.

Another option is this tray below which has grooves in the lid that align with the compartment edges, providing a “seal” to the compartments:

Craft Storage Ideas: Repurposing Household Items - Ice Cube Tray with Lid That Seals the Compartments! (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: Repurposing Household Items – Ice Cube Tray with Lid That Seals the Compartments


Are you a craft class teacher?

Ice cube trays could be a wonderful solution for you two!

Count out small supplies and place them in the tray’s compartments.

Then place the filled trays down the centers of the tables where your students will sit – you’ll know you have enough supplies for everyone and your students will have easy access.


Perhaps you own an Etsy, Big Cartel or Artfire store and you could use an organizing and storage solution for your small, finished goods, a solution that provides easy accessibility when packing orders?

Or maybe you always include a little surprise for your customers?

Consider ice cube trays!


But wait, there’s more!

What about using the compartments for mixing paints?

Just add a few drops of the colors you want to mix and start stirring – a custom paint pallet is just seconds away!

And if you use lidded trays, or wrap the trays tightly with plastic wrap or place them in zipper baggies, you could even store your paint in these trays.


Hate putting away items after creating, but need to make sure you can easily find them when you need them?

Consider an ice cube tray as a “catch-all,” a place to keep your small leftover items until you need them, or have time to put them back where you found them.

Now you might wonder why a former organizer would recommend such a thing, right?

While I do subscribe to the “put it where it belongs when you’re done using it” school of thought, I’m also realistic.

I know that many creatives hate putting away odds and ends when they’ve just enjoyed a great creative session. (Confession: I sometimes fall in that camp too!)

Because the compartments in these trays are small, I’m not worried that you’ll use this as a permanent dumping ground. Eventually, you’ll either have to use the items, put them away or get rid of them – all good options for keeping your space from being overwhelmed by stuff!


To close, here’s one final tray recommendation…
If you enjoy junking like I do, keep your eyes open for the old-fashioned ice cube trays (they’re aluminum and have a lever which you pull to release the ice cubes – remember those?) – they are rather cool looking and could be easily painted to match your craft space decor.

The one below is a replica of an old-school tray I recently spotted at the Austin City Wide Garage Sale:

Craft Storage Ideas: Repurposing Household Items - Retro Ice Cube Tray by OXO (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: Repurposing Household Items – Retro Ice Cube Tray by OXO

Of course the replica shown above is quite a bit more expensive than the “real” one I saw (it was only $3 and this one is $24!), but this is an option if you want to add a vintage vibe to your crafting space.

OK kids that’s it for today’s budget storage suggestion.

We hope we’ve given you some food for thought –
drink in these ideas (pun intended!) and consider how
YOU might make use of ice cube trays in your crafting space.

And please share your thoughts with everyone.

We know y’all are creative and
we bet there’ll be some great ideas!

Thanks for tuning in today and happy organizing,
Steph & The CSI Team

Worried you might miss out on a great new storage or organizing
solution or idea, shared by our team or your fellow crafters?

Subscribe to our blog feed –
you’ll never miss thing!

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go – Kids Crafting

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go – Kids Crafting
Craft storage ideas for kids’ crafting supplies while you’re traveling!

Traveling with kids?

Need ideas for keeping them busy and out of your hair?

Pack their crafts to GO!


Hello everyone, it’s Hazel from Sunny South Africa here today to share ideas for traveling with your kids (and their crafts).

OK, I don’t have any advice on kids, BUT I’ve loads to share on traveling with crafts!

Get yourself a cup of coffee and ENJOY THE RIDE!


Let’s start out with some “workspaces”…

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go - Kids Crafting - Martha Stewart Crafts Portable Workstation (image)

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go – Kids Crafting – Martha Stewart Crafts Portable Workstation

First up is an all-time favorite from Martha Stewartthe Martha Stewart Crafts Portable Workstation.

This one will work while traveling as well as at your destination.

And, while your kiddies are in the pool, you can use it to write a post card / keep up with a bit of journaling.

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go - Kids Crafting - Martha Stewart Crafts Portable Workstation (Set Up) (image)

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go – Kids Crafting – Martha Stewart Crafts Portable Workstation (Set Up)

Images & Product Source: Amazon.com Product Page


Now, if you’re anything like me, why not DIY?

This craft bag by Juliana Gnomes would be perfect, especially if coloring is at the top of your kid’s list!

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go - Kids Crafting - Craft Bag by Juliana Gomes (image)

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go – Kids Crafting – Craft Bag by Juliana Gomes

Image & Project Source: Juliana Gnomes


I’ve made this “art bag” myself and what’s GREAT about it is that I’ve included a mini chalk board and colored chalk – nothing that a wet wipe can’t get rid of.

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go - Kids Crafting - Craft Bag by Hazel Hamman (image)

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go – Kids Crafting – Craft Bag by Hazel Hamman

Image & Project Source: Hazel Hamman


Are you always taking a pillow for your kids to nap on or just for comfort?

This is a GREAT idea – customized road trip pillow cases by Traci from Amazing Mae.

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go - Kids Crafting - Road Trip Pillowcases by Traci of Amazing Mae (image)

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go – Kids Crafting – Road Trip Pillowcases by Traci of Amazing Mae

Image & Project Source:
Customized Road Trip Pillow Cases by Traci from Amazing Mae


Want to make a Road Trip Travel Tray?

This travel tray from TwoSistersCrafting shows exactly what you need to do to get your kiddies comfy and crafting.

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go - Kids Crafting - Road Trip Travel Tray from TwoSistersCrafting (image)

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go – Kids Crafting – Road Trip Travel Tray from TwoSistersCrafting

Image & Project Source:
Road Trip Travel Tray from TwoSistersCrafting


Now let’s look at some containers to hold all your supplies…

Divided boxes are perfect!

The best part is that you can get them from your local hardware or discount store – no need to buy expensive and exclusive craft products.


This Craft Travel Kit by jtanddolly shared on the DISboards.com feed is perfect!!

Note: You’ll have to scroll down through all the wonderful Road Trip Help ideas to get to this one!

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go – Kids Crafting - Craft Travel Kit by jtanddolly (image)

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go – Kids Crafting – Craft Travel Kit by jtanddolly

Image & Project Source:
Craft Travel Kit packed in a divided box by jtanddolly

Also see their assortment of traveling games (I love the Road Trip Bingo!) and, although I know this has nothing to do with craft storage, their food travel kit as well – clever and also perfect for a crafting event or crop!

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go – Kids Crafting - Food Travel Kit by jtanddolly (image)

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go – Kids Crafting – Food Travel Kit by jtanddolly

Image & Project Source:
Travel Snacks Kit in a divided box by jtanddolly


A DVD case makes a perfect coloring case.

This coloring case from Stacy Vaughn is good to GO!

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go – Kids Crafting - DVD Coloring Case (image)

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go – Kids Crafting – DVD Coloring Case by Stacy Vaughn

Image & Project Source:
DVD Coloring Case by Stacy Vaughn


And even an ordinary soap box is great for storing travel crafting goodies like crayons and beads.

Check out how Deanna from Shady Tree Diary re-purposed a soap box for crafting supplies.

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go – Kids Crafting - Soap Box Craft Storage, Crayons (image)

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go – Kids Crafting – Soap Box Craft Supply Storage, Crayons via Deanna/Shady Tree Diary

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go – Kids Crafting - Soap Box Craft Storage, Beads (image)

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go – Kids Crafting – Soap Box Craft Supply Storage, Beads via Deanna/Shady Tree Diary

Image & Project Source:
Soap Box Craft Supply Storage via Deanna/Shady Tree Diary

I’m a “file” kind of girl – how about you?

And this crafting supply solution from Fig Milkshakes makes my heart soar!

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go – Kids Crafting - Clear Pencil Pouches in a File (image)

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go – Kids Crafting – Clear Pencil Pouches in a File via Fig Milkshakes

Image & Project Source:
Clear Pencil Pouches in a File by Fig Milkshakes


A caddy is always a good option.

This Creative Options Large Craft Caddy (via Gen Geigley’s blog) has eight outer storage pockets and a removable inner tote that snaps on or off.

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go – Kids Crafting - Creative Options Large Craft Caddy (image)

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go – Kids Crafting – Creative Options Large Craft Caddy

Product & Image Source:
Creative Options Large Craft Caddy via Gen Geigley’s blog

I love the three little pockets in front that hold pens or pencils!


I’ve used tackle boxes on numerous occasions, but this Two-Tray Box from Creative Options is already on my Christmas wish list!

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go – Kids Crafting - Creative Options Two-Tray Box (image)

Craft Storage: Crafting on the Go – Kids Crafting – Creative Options Two-Tray Box

Image & Product Source:
Gen Geigley’s blog – Two-Tray Box from Creative Options

The Two-Tray Box by Creative Options has two cantilever trays with 13-24 adjustable compartments and tons of storage in the base.

This is ideal for art supplies for kids of any age, and would make a great locker organizer.

Steph adds that this would also be great for mixed media or doodling supplies for crafty adults!


For those of you who love videos, you can see the new Creative Options products on either Amy Tangerine’s blog or on Amy Tangerine’s YouTube channel.

Have fun – I loved checking them out!


That’s it – n
o more excuses for bored kids while traveling or on vacation!

With a bit of effort before you leave, you can have some time to yourself and the kiddos can have lots and lots of FUN!


If you have more ideas for storing crafts while traveling with kids,
we’d L-O-V-E to see and hear about them!

Please leave us a comment with links to ideas, yours or others’.

Thanks for joining us today and please stop by my blog, PlayAsUGo, when you get a chance – I’d love to have you visit!
Hazel

Craft Storage Ideas Contributor: Hazel Hamman (image)

Craft Storage Ideas Contributor: Hazel Hamman

Love craft storage ideas and craft space shares like these?

Subscribe to our blog feed
and you’ll never miss a single tip, trick, room tour,
organizing solution or giveaway!

Craft Storage: Contributor Solution – My Locker Love

Craft Storage: Contributor Solution – My Locker Love
Craft storage that shows that I practice what I preach! 

Hello, it’s Hazel all the way from sunny South Africa with you today to share the latest addition to my craft storage – My Locker Love!!!

Craft Storage: Contributor Solution - My Locker Love Lockers (image)

Craft Storage: Contributor Solution – My Locker Love Lockers

Remember that you hopped around the interwebs with me to see what other Bloglanders did with their lockers???

OK, if you forgot what I shared or missed that post, just revisit my Craft Storage Ideas Locker Love post and you can see what I shared.

Between you and me, this post was my fave!!

 

Craft Storage Ideas: Cottage Market Post on Upcycling School Furniture (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: Cottage Market Post on Upcycling School Furniture

The Cottage Market Post on Upcycling School Furniture

Let’s start with a bit of background…

My husband and I ended up with a house too big for us after both our boys left.

As we live in Stellenbosch (a university town) and flat rentals are a very good source of extra income, we converted 2 “unused” rooms into a self-contained flat.

Perfect, BUT…I ended up losing 2 BIG cupboards that had been invaded by my fabric stash over the years.

My Craft Closet is filled to the brim, so I had to think out of the box (No, out of the CLOSET!).


After I did the Locker Love post, I came up with the brilliant idea of adding a row of lockers to an unused space between our garages and the house.

I would have loved to use some recycled lockers, but as I wanted a rather uniform look, I opted to buy new ones.

To my fellow South Africans, I found these lockers at Just Steele, bought them online and four weeks later they were delivered to my door!!!


I chose this one:

Craft Storage: Contributor Solution - My Locker Love - Just Steele 12-Compartment Locker (image)

Craft Storage: Contributor Solution – My Locker Love – Just Steele 12-Compartment Locker

Just Steele 12 compartment Locker

This one is “slimmer” than the rest of the range and I wanted LOTS and LOTS and LOTS of cubbies.

I chose the two-tone cream and beige color as I thought the grey would look too industrial.

In hindsight, I should have chosen the grey.

My taste is rather industrial.

BUT, in the long run, I plan to have them spray painted fire engine red or with a black chalkboard finish.


In the meantime, I’ve transferred my fabric stash from our extra bathroom to the 
cubbies.

Here is a “before” pic.

Who can spot the bath???

Craft Storage" Contributor Solution - My Locker Love - My Fabric Stash: Before (image)

Craft Storage” Contributor Solution – My Locker Love – My Fabric Stash: Before

I sorted the fabric in groups of dress fabric for summer, plain and printed; dress fabric for winter, plain and printed; curtain; upholstery; sheeting; and, haberdashery.

Want a peek inside?

Craft Storage: Contributor Solution - My Locker Love Fabric in Locker Cubbies (image)

Craft Storage: Contributor Solution – My Locker Love Fabric in Locker Cubbies

I’m still working on a system of labeling the cubbies and making it SUPER easy to find something at a click of a button / turn of a page, so you’ll have to come back next month to see what I’ve done.

In the meantime, if you have any ideas,
please leave me a comment or share a link.

I would love to see as many ideas as possible
before I make up my mind.

I’m off to get the truck load of patterns sorted that arrived from my mother (and grandmother before her), but that’s a story for another day.

Thanks for looking at My Locker Love.

I’ll be back next week with GREAT ideas for traveling with crafts to keep your little ones busy.

Please check back and all will be revealed.

And when you have a moment, please swing by my blog – PlayAsUGo – and say hello!
Hazel

Craft Storage Ideas Contributor: Hazel Hamman (image)

Craft Storage Ideas Contributor: Hazel Hamman

Love craft storage ideas and craft space shares like these?

Subscribe to our blog feed

and you’ll never miss a single tip, trick, room tour,
organizing solution or giveaway!

 

Craft Storage: Contributor Storage Solutions – Fabric Storage

Craft Storage: Contributor Storage Solutions – Fabric Storage
Craft storage ideas for quilting and sewing rooms!

Hello,

It’s Amanda again!

I’m here to share with you a quick solution that I use in my craft room to get those precarious piles of fabric out of the closet and out in the open where my collection can inspire my creativity.

First, I ordered some comic book backer boards from Amazon.com, similar to these Ultra Pro Regular Size Comic Boards.

Of course you could use cereal box cardboard, or regular cardboard, if you’re patient enough to save up enough pieces for your stash.

I’m not that patient.

Then, just fold your fabric into a width that is slightly smaller than the height of your cardboard, and begin wrapping the fabric around the cardboard.

Craft Storage: Contributor Storage Solutions - Fabric Storage, Wrapping the Fabric Around the Backer Boards (image)

Craft Storage: Contributor Storage Solutions – Fabric Storage, Wrapping the Fabric Around the Backer Boards

To secure the end of the fabric to the mini bolt, use a sewing pin, or a clothes pin if you’re worried about poking fingers later.

Craft Storage: Contributor Storage Solutions - Fabric Storage, Securing the Fabric to Itself Using a Pin (image)

Craft Storage: Contributor Storage Solutions – Fabric Storage, Securing the Fabric to Itself Using a Pin

For storage, simply line up your mini bolts of fabric on a shelf or bookcase.

Super simple!

It looks like you have a mini craft store right in your craft room and the fabric is out where you can see it.

Just seeing all the pretty patterns together makes my fingers itch to turn it into a beautiful quilt or to sew up a cute stuffed animal!

Craft Storage: Contributor Storage Solutions - Fabric Storage, On A Shelf (image)

Craft Storage: Contributor Storage Solutions – Fabric Storage, On A Shelf

(This is Steph: I don’t even sew and I’d love to have this kind of inspiration in my craft room! Great idea, Amanda!)

It’s been fun – thanks for joining us today!

And when you get a chance, please stop by my blog, Krafting Kreations, and say hello!
Amanda

Craft Storage Ideas Contributor: Amanda Corbet (image)

Craft Storage Ideas Contributor: Amanda Corbet

 

 

 

 

Craft Storage as Unique as You Are!

Craft Storage as Unique as You Are!
Craft storage uniqueness by and/or for you!

Hello Beautiful!

It’s Amanda here and this time I get to share with you some unique and fun ways you can store all your crafty goodies.


Now when I think of unique storage, I think of DIYing your way to an inexpensive, functional and fun creative space that really expresses who you are.

So here are eight awesome DIY projects that can help you make your space uniquely you!

 

First up is this amazing craft storage table that was built by Shara (Palmettos & Pigtails) and her husband using Anna White plans.

This beautiful table will not only hold a lot of tools and supplies, but it’ll make your space look awesome!

Craft Storage as Unique as You Are! DIY Craft Table via Palmettos And Pigtails (image)

Craft Storage as Unique as You Are! DIY Craft Table via Palmettos And Pigtails

Source: Palmettos & Pigtails


Oh washi! So much washi!

What to do?

Well, here’s a fun tutorial (from Crafts Unleashed) for turning what looks to be a jewelry holder or a mug tree into a fun washi tape holder!

Craft Storage as Unique as You Are! Re-Purposed Washi Tape Holder via Crafts Unleashed

Craft Storage as Unique as You Are! Re-Purposed Washi Tape Holder via Crafts Unleashed

Source: Crafts Unleashed


Sometimes you can make the most amazing storage from things that you have lying around, things that you might even need to get rid of.

Dinah of DIYInsired.com took the spring from her daughter’s crib and combined it with some baskets, pails and mason jars to make this fun and interesting storage item!

Craft Storage as Unique as You Are! Re-Purposed Baby Crib Spring via DIY Inspired (image)

Craft Storage as Unique as You Are! Re-Purposed Baby Crib Spring via DIY Inspired

Source: Dinah of DIYInspired.com via Craftaholics Anonymous


Got some scrap wood lying around?

Well maybe you can take a cue from Johnnie of Saved By Love Creations and put it together, paint it up, and add rods and clips, and it can store all sorts of fun things.

I can especially see this as a display area for kid’s artwork, scrapbook pages or your handcrafted masterpieces!

Steph’s thinking this would also make a great storage solution for your papercrafting embellishments, or even crafting tools!

Craft Storage as Unique as You Are! Re-Purposing Scrap Wood via Saved By Love Creations (image)

Craft Storage as Unique as You Are! Re-Purposing Scrap Wood via Saved By Love Creations

Source: Saved by Love Creations


Maybe you have some old drawers lying around from that old dresser that fell apart?

Well paint them up, put on some bright knobs and hang them on the wall!

Wait. What?

Yup just hang some old drawers on the wall for some unique and adorable storage shelves.

A great idea via Everything Etsy!

Craft Storage as Unique as You Are! Re-Purposing Old Drawers as Shelves via Everything Etsy (image)

Craft Storage as Unique as You Are! Re-Purposing Old Drawers as Shelves via Everything Etsy

Source: Everything Etsy


Decorating with pallets is all the rage.

Why not take something that’s typically thrown away and turn it into something amazing?

Saved By Love‘s Johnnie combined a pallet with a variety of thrift store shelves to make this interesting storage piece.

It’s a work of art in itself!

Craft Storage as Unique as You Are! DIY Storage - Pallet as Craft Storage via Saved By Love Creations (image)

Craft Storage as Unique as You Are! DIY Storage – Pallet as Craft Storage via Saved By Love Creations

Source: Saved by Love Creations


What about turning five file cabinets into one fabulously large work table with tons of storage?

Click through to see the tutorial from Shara at Little Gray Table on how to put this beautiful piece together.

Steph’s in love with this idea!

Craft Storage as Unique as You Are! DIY Storage - Re-Purposed Filing Cabinets as Craft Storage via Little Gray Table (image)

Craft Storage as Unique as You Are! DIY Storage – Re-Purposed Filing Cabinets as Craft Storage via Little Gray Table

Source: Little Gray Table


Think outside the box!

Just about anything that holds anything can be used for craft storage.

Take a look at how Rebecca of Older and Wisor updated a pie safe for her craft storage, and how she designed her craft room with only $75!

Now that takes some creativity!

Craft Storage as Unique as You Are! DIY Storage - Re-Purposed Vintage Pie Cabinet via Older And Wisor (image)

Craft Storage as Unique as You Are! DIY Storage – Re-Purposed Vintage Pie Cabinet via Older And Wisor

Source: Older and Wisor


These ideas are a reminder that your creativity doesn’t have to stop with the projects that you create in your craftroom.

Harness your creativity to create storage and organization options that are perfectly suited to your needs.

What do you think?
Are any of these ideas well suited to your craft storage needs?

Please share your thoughts about these options,
and share your own unique storage ideas,
in the comments –
we can’t wait to see what everyone’s using,
and creating, for craftroom storage!

It’s been fun – thanks for joining us today!

And when you get a chance, please stop by my blog, Krafting Kreations, and say hello!
Amanda

Craft Storage Ideas Contributor: Amanda Corbet (image)

Craft Storage Ideas Contributor: Amanda Corbet

 

Love craft storage ideas and craft space shares like these?

Subscribe to our blog feed
and you’ll never miss a single tip, trick, room tour,
organizing solution or giveaway!