Just One Tip: Color Sorting

Happy Monday. It’s Cicily sharing a quick tip for you today.

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Back when my scrapbook supply collection hadn’t overtaken my room and I wasn’t so concerned with organization, my sister had me flabbergasted when she coordinated her cardstock by color. I thought she was a little off her rocker. Then she sorted her buttons by color. I still wasn’t fully convinced.  But then I started thinking about how easy things are to find if you were able to go straight for the right color.

Then this happened in my room!

 

My buttons, card stock and scrap paper soon followed suit and were sorted by color . I have to admit it helps a lot when searching for a specific color of something. I even sorted my patterned paper by color, right next to my card stock. I don’t do this with everything, mostly with supplies that I don’t have too many of, like my washi tape and markers.

Organizing is all about what work’s for you. If you haven’t tried color sorting, give it a whirl!

Cicily

 

 

Just 1 Tip: Arrange by color

Hello. Hazel here to share “just one tip” with you. I like things to be neat, tidy and uniform but as we all know, you can’t start all over once a new flavor hits the month.  On my memory shelf I’ve got albums, Project Life albums, mini books,  day books, files ……………………… in every shape, size and color you can imagine and lots of them.

While reading an excellent post on stamp storage over at “Hello. I’m a Paper Addict”, I stumbled upon this idea ……………………………… arrange by color:

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It is a 4×4 Expedit shelf filled with albums, Filofaxes, mini albums, daybooks, smashbooks, etc.  I just love the look. Even though everything is not uniform, it’s clean, calm serene, interesting and pleasing on the eye.

That’s it. I’m off to some more crafting fun. Thanks for visiting the Craft Storage Ideas blog today and remember to leave some comments. We love to see what you think and do.

Hazel

All About the Furniture: Crafty Storage Dressers

All About the Furniture: Crafty Storage Dressers

Hello, it’s Suzanne here with a look at some pretty crafty storage dressers today! These dressers range from minor creative alterations to full repurposing.  I love to re-use and re-purpose what I already have on hand, and sometimes that means using pieces in non-traditional ways. When my son received a new bedroom set a few years ago, we were left with a dresser and nightstand that no one wanted or needed at the time. Desperately looking for extra storage for my scrapbooking supplies one day, I came across the forgotten dresser and decided that this would be a great place to store some of my stash!

This got me to thinking about old dressers, and if others also use them for craft supply storage. After searching through Pinterest, I can certainly say that many of you are also using your dressers for craft storage. Take a look at what I came across for creative storage options…

Dresser for Basket Storage

This dresser had the doors removed, was repainted. and then had the empty shelves filled with roomy baskets. The baskets are easy to see through, and have been labeled for ultimate craft organization.

Dresser for Fabric Storage

This pretty, pink dresser houses a ton of rainbow fabric. Color-coordinated and neatly organized fabric is easy to store and easy to find.

Dresser for General Craft Supply Storage

This drawer organizes an array of craft supplies and accessories. The inserts inside provide much needed organization for such a large drawer. Having like-items corralled together makes it easier to find what you need for your projects.

Existing Dresser with Side Storage Added

This idea is just genius! Can you guess what type of “shelving” was added to this dresser? Spice racks! That’s right, plain wooden spice racks were painted white and attached to the sides of the dresser. You could add your crafting magazines, how-to books, die cuts, etc. What about pretty, colorful ribbon spools, Washi tape, paints, or spice jars filled with small embellishments?

Dresser to Scrapbook Desk

This desk is amazing! It all started with an old dresser, a can of paint, and a vision. A larger top was added to give the desk some extra length and depth from the narrow dresser top it once was.  And, those beautiful drawers remained, offering ample space for hidden supply storage.  If you would like to see additional pictures, there is a nice tutorial on this desk on Nicole’s blog.

Do you have an old dresser sitting around that is just waiting to be re-purposed as craft supply storage? It is absolutely amazing at what some new paint and hardware can do to transform a piece of furniture. And with Pinterest and YouTube at our disposal there is not much stopping us from getting that perfect storage piece we are all looking for!

 

Suzanne

Product Highlight ~ Darice Storage Box

Hello! I’m highlighting a terrific Darice product today that is perfect for storing and color coordinating your sequins.

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This can be found in the beading aisle at your local Joann and also at their online store.

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There are 20 small compartments and one rectangle compartment, perfect for coordinating craft items or small tools. What I like most about this product is the clasp that closes it securely!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Lisa

Studio Tour with Ali Edwards

Hello to all my fellow craft storage enthusiast!!  Hazel here and today we are visiting Ali Edwards. I’m SURE you all know who she is but for those wondering – she is a designer, blogger, author, and mother of two. She has written four books about scrapbooking, authored a popular monthly column for Creating Keepsakes magazine, conducted workshops around the country, internationally, and online, and currently designs digital scrapbooking products for Designer Digitals and stamps for Technique Tuesday. Now for Ali’s room.  She says that her goal is to make stuff and that she doesn’t want to spend a lot of time organizing.  For her stash she wants a selection but not excess.  Sound like a good idea to me. IMG_6217
The two Varde tables from Ikea are back to back. They are the perfect height as Ali likes to work standing up. The tops are nice and big which means that some supplies can go on top and the rest goes in drawers or in baskets below. IMG_6251
Along both walls are Ikea Expedit shelves on wheels. These are awesome on their own but having them on wheels makes them that much more awesome. AE_shelves-500x333
I just love the pull-out Kvissle Letter Trays from Ikea. They are used to store the current kits. Best part is, you can pull the whole tray out and move it to the work table and the move it back when done. IMG_6208
OK. This is my favorite!! Inside the doors of this locker  you’ll find inks, paints, ribbons, sewing supplies, etc. Most of these things Ali doesn’t use every time she makes something. Out of sight but still on hand. IMG_6186
On the opposite side of the room from the lockers, right next to the windows, are the computer desks.  I love the sunshine pouring through the windows and the “interactiveness” of working together. IMG_6214
That’s it from me. I hope you have enjoyed Ali’s studio with me.  Please hop over to her blog to read the rest and while there, leave some comments to let her know that we appreciate her sharing with us. Have fun and craft on.
Hazel

Just One Tip

Hi there! Lisa here today to share just one tip with you! I recently saw an item on Pinterest that was a terrific idea for garden tool storage. They had taken PVC products and made all kinds of nifty things out of it for garages and garden sheds. I knew it would transform effortlessly over to smaller craft storage and this is what I found for you!

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This is cute desktop storage and I like the angled design so that all of the supplies stay in place!

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Terrific crayon storage that would also be great for Copic markers!

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Look at these itty bitty ones for storing your Stickles!

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And what crafty girl in her right mind wouldn’t  jazz up this inexpensive storage solution!! I love the polka dot and flora Washi used here, FUN idea!!

So there you go friends, just one tip to use an inexpensive hardware store item for your craft storage!

Lisa

 

Craft Room {Gina Lee Kim}

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

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

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

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

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

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

Laura

Just 1 Tip: Store your gardening Tools

EDITORIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: We have a big announcement coming up tomorrow, so we hope you will check back in tomorrow! :)

Good day to all my fellow storage enthusiasts. It’s Hazel here with you to share a great idea I got from my BFF, Pinterest.  I’m not a big gardener but to some it’s a true craft and a GREAT hobby.

That said, with spring in the air on the other side of the world and fall down under – I think we should try some “green living”. Where do you store your gardening tools??

I have a bucket in my living room!!! It works for me and I love the look. Problem is, the tools get rusty quite easily so I found this idea on Pinterest:

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Once again, I couldn’t find a link to the original post. If anyone can help, please leave me a comment and I’ll fix it ASAP.  The bucket idea is the same as mine but here sand is mixed with a little oil to keep your tools from rusting. And the added benefit is that everything stands up like little soldiers – SO much neater. Love it!!

I’ve been thinking about a vertical herb garden – now is the time. I’m off to preserve my tools and then I’ll be back on Pinterest searching for ideas. Check back to Craft Storage Ideas as I’ll be back to tell.

Have a great day and remember to try something new today!

Hazel

 

 

 

A Cozy Studio {Jenny Grotherus of Kottens Corner}

I’m so happy to introduce you to Jenny Grotherus of Kottens Corner.

Jenny lives on the countryside in Sweden with her husband, baby and a spoilt cat. She started scrapbooking late 2007 and has been addicted ever since. She works as a Marketing Director at the Swedish vintage brand Maja Design. She shares the love and care for vintage, coziness and colours that makes the brand so unique. It clearly shows in her scraphouse that was built with coziness and functionality in mind.

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We moved into our house nearly six years ago. It was really tiny and there was no room for my scrapsupplies. I had been saving for years to be able to get myself a dream crafter space when we bought a house, but problems are there to be solved. I literally built myself a scraphouse. I had a carpenter who helped me out with some construction, otherwise I did it all myself. . I have spent countless hours trying to plan what my perfect scrapspace would be like. There isn’t a single window that isn’t there for a reason. I even built the house around my beloved picture rails. J

I’m an over-organized person, so I have divided my scraphouse into different areas. A clean area, a paint area, a sewing area and a working area with a computer. I’ve also got a standing work area that I use a lot. All the needs for the different areas are then organized with the supplies needed. Even if the house was built for crafting I want it to feel welcoming and loving, not overwhelming due to tons of supplies. I also wanted to be able to see what I use the most and have everything at hand. That was a real challenge…

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Here’s my standing work area. Perfect for punching, die-cutting and binding books. The cabinets makes it easy to both hide supplies and keep them on display. I keep cheap paper flowers in glass jars in the glass cabinets, beautiful lace as well. Paper is stored in Cropper Hopper vertical solutions so I can see them easily but it still looks discrete. I keep dual tip pens in the corner and tools in the carousel. I inherited tons of IKEA KASSETT boxes that I have used to organize everything from PanPastels to punches. They are all stored in the cabinets.

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Here’s an example of how I’ve organized Prima flowers. According to colour or collection. Labels, labels, labels… I think I have about 80 KASSETT boxes so they need to be carefully labeled.

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 Here’s my true little corner. The black bench contains some of my 12×12 ring binders. The drawers contains finished mini-albums since I can’t have them all on display. I keep different pens in the white cutlery holder. I really want people to feel at home in my house, scrapper or not. So this is also my little Fika corner. Cookies, biscuits and I also have lemonade. :) My coffee machine is still situated in the kitchen, but I’m seriously considering moving it to the scraphouse.

I have two clip it up’s. One that I keep bling on and this large floor model where I store everything from rub-ons to letter stickers.

The cute IKEA HENSVIK shelves contains small glass jars with lace and projects on display.

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More 12×12 binders. I also keep cardstock in this inherited IKEA EXPEDIT shelf. The small chests contains toys for my son to play with when he comes to visit me in my little house.

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My long desk contains from the left: embellies area, paint area, my sewing area and my working area. (You can see my rebuilt kitchentable in the foreground that serves as my clean area). As you can see I have eight IKEA HELMER bureaus that I bought on sale. That makes 48 drawers in total. They can hold A LOT and are also designed to be labeled so you know what’s inside them. The four HELMER bureaus under the long desk are packed with Idea-ology stuff, trinkets, ribbon, shabby embellishments, chipboard, paints, brushes, embossing powder, glitter, anything you can think of. The three ones by the kitchen table are filled up with paper roses. I bought tons of ANTONIUS inserts that are supposed to be used in the laundry department. With some help from scissors they fit perfectly in the HELMER drawers.

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Here are a few of the drawers with paper roses that have all been organized by colour…

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I love my picture rails. They can hold so much stuff it’s unbelievable. And no. They do not get that dusty. :) I’m constantly rearranging these cuties to keep what I use the most closest by hand. In general I keep a lot of paint, mists, glues, sprays, re-inkers and texture pastes of different kinds here. To the left you can see my Distress Ink pad storage and below the picture rails are my Distress Ink tools. They have been organized with a little help of a drilling machine and a leftover crossbar.

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Here’s my sewing area. Fabrics in the cabinet to the left and threads, buttons etc in the HELMER bureau to the right. I also keep a lot of buttons in the spice jar holder that you can see on the window sill.

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Most of my time is probably spent here, in my working area.

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I have placed our old kitchen table in the middle of the room. It was collecting dust in an old barn so I rebuilt it to include shelves on one side and chairs on the other. People think that I’m nuts, but I actually saw a bunch of cute baskets on my way home from work in the display window of a department store. So I bought them and rebuilt the table to fit the baskets. I painted it white and put some IKEA HELMER bureaus under the leaf and my clean area was all done! It fits three scrappers or more if you remove the HELMER bureaus. I usually sit on the side where the baskets are when friends are coming over. It gives me access to both the paint area and the clean one without having to move around.

I used to keep Prima flowers in the baskets but grew out of them pretty quickly. Nowadays I store what mom would call junk. I like to call it highly usable stuff. :)  

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

Since I built an entire house, quite a lot… But I love to create my own storage solutions since they always turn out to be the best. The distress ink tool storage is superb and was completely free. I used an old leftover crossbar that I just drilled some holes in. I’ve also used a lot of old furniture that I have rebuilt or just painted. The IKEA HELMER bureaus are a blessing and very cheap. So is picture rails and glass jars. If I didn’t build a house I would have had a very limited budget.

2. What was/is your greatest challenge?

The greatest challenge for me was to create a welcoming house with lots of light that everybody, scrapper or non-scrapper, would just love to enter.

I also need to know exactly where everything is stored. Since I have a rather large scrapspace it’s impossible to find something if it’s not where it’s supposed to be.

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

Your needs always change. In my opinion you really can’t just sit down and think it will work for years to come. Six months later you’ll always discover that your needs has changed, you have tons of new supplies and that perfect organization no longer fits you. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve re-organized my space.

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

I do miss a proper bookshelf. No matter how much you oversize your storage solutions you always discover that they are too small. I would have gone for the largest IKEA Expedit shelf where I could fit all my albums and Cropper Hopper Storage Solutions. But there’s simply not room for it.

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And there you have Jenny’s beautifully organized room!  More than anything – it’s so cozy!  Don’t you agree?  Please check out her her blog and her Pinterest page here!

Craft room ~ Maple and Magnolia

Hi friends, Lisa here with a bright fun sewing studio to share! I came across the Maple and Magnolia blog through pure accident the other day. You know a link from Pinterest followed by another and then another! After stumbling upon Susan’s cute and well organized sewing studio, I knew it was something you would enjoy.

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See what I mean! Isn’t this a sweet happy space to create in! You can find all of the details on her room here. Most of the decorating items in this studio are from Ikea, Home Decorators, Target and World Market.

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Love this perfectly displayed and organized storage unit flanked with those colorful bulletin boards. A cute design in the aqua chair back too!

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Pincushions and trims nestled on a cake stand ~ cute idea.

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You’ll see this lovely green storage cabinet when you visit Susan’s blog. It sits on the other side of the room.

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Isn’t this a fun fabric scrap jar!

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I like her cute inexpensive storage containers and that adorable toy Singer! All neat, tidy and portable on a metal tray!

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This antique china cabinet is probably my favorite piece from the room and what drew me in! Such a pretty way to store and display fabric, quilts and assorted jars of what nots.

I’ll leave you with these photos to drink in. Head over to Maple and Magnolia for MANY more photos of this cute sewing studio along with the details of the furnishings. There’s also a sitting area in this room that is quite inviting. Thanks for stopping by, we appreciate your visits!

Lisa