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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Steph & The CSI Team

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Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-purpose & Re-use: Locker Love

Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Use – Locker Love
Craft storage inspiration is everywhere…even in schools!

Hello, fellow craft storage enthusiasts,

Once again it’s Hazel, all the way from sunny South Africa (SA) here with you today.

About a year ago I did a post for Craft Storage Ideas on Ali Edwards’ studio.

What I loved most about her room was this:

Craft Storage Ideas Post: Ali Edwards' Studio Lockers (image)

Craft Storage Ideas Post: Ali Edwards’ Studio Lockers

Craft Storage Ideas Post: Ali Edwards’ Studio


As both our “boys” are all grown up and “sorted,” we are seriously downsizing.

Even though we don’t need that much living space, I’m still a HUGE crafter and my husband is a DIY fanatic.

This means utilizing every possible space in a pretty and effective way.

Another important thing to me is to recycle, reuse and re-purpose.

Today I’m sharing re-purposed storage lockers with you.

Grab a cup of coffee (or tea) and hop along through Pinterest and Blogland with me.

In this HomeTalk post on re-purposing lockers you can read all about the transformation of these old-school lockers:

Craft Storage Ideas: HomeTalk Shares How-To for Re-Purposing Storage Lockers (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: HomeTalk Shares How-To for Re-Purposing Storage Lockers

HomeTalk Post on Re-Purposing Lockers

Oh, I just LOVE red!!!

Craft Storage Ideas: Apartment Therapy Post on Using Lockers for Storage

Craft Storage Ideas: Apartment Therapy Post on Using Lockers for Storage

Apartment Therapy Post on Locker Storage Ideas

What about Blackboard Paint?

Storage and notice board all in one:

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

Be sure to check out ALL of the ideas they shared – Steph’s drooling over the library drawer cabinets!

Just look at this colorful set of lockers!

Craft Storage Ideas: Carrie Murtha's Idea for Re-Purposing Lockers (via Flickr) (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: Carrie Murtha’s Idea for Re-Purposing Lockers (via Flickr)

Carrie Murtha’s Flickr Stream

Even if your junkyard-find has lost some of it’s doors through the years, or you don’t care for the doors, all is not lost:

Craft Storage Ideas: Jamie Scott (Caught in Grace Blog) Repainted Locker Share (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: Jamie Scott (Caught in Grace Blog) Repainted Locker Share

Jamie Scott (Caught in Grace Blog) Repainted Locker Share

I love these stenciled numbers!

You will see that I’m going to use this idea!!

Craft Storage Ideas: Stylish Patina's Re-Purposed Lockers Ideas (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: Stylish Patina’s Re-Purposed Lockers Ideas

Stylish Patina Re-Purposed Lockers Ideas

Even if your lockers have lost ALL of their doors, here’s an idea:

Craft Storage Ideas: Cottage Market Post on Upcycling School Furniture - Locker Idea #2 (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: Cottage Market Post on Upcycling School Furniture – Locker Idea #2

The Cottage Market Post on Upcycling School Furniture – Locker Idea #2

And if you don’t have wall space to fit a whole set of lockers, a coffee table version can add extra storage:

Craft Storage Ideas: ArtspaceIndustrial (Etsy Seller) Re-Purposed Vintage Locker Coffee Table (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: ArtspaceIndustrial (Etsy Seller) Re-Purposed Vintage Locker Coffee Table

ArtspaceIndustrial (Etsy Seller) Re-Purposed Vintage Locker Coffee Table

That’s it from me.

I hope you enjoyed our locker-love appointment.

You are welcome to check my Instagram feed to see when my lockers are stuffed with all the fabric in my stash.

Until we meet again, have fun, store your stash and if you have ideas to share, use #craftstorageideasblog on Instagram / leave a comment – we’d love to see what you do!!


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Craft Room Tour: A Sort of Fairy Tale

Hello everyone, it’s Suzanne here today from I have an amazing craft room to share with you today! Stacey, from A Sort of Fairy Tale/Cottage Industry, has allowed us to share her bright, colorful, and creative craft space. A beautiful mix of new and vintage pieces have been paired together to make a space so bright and cheerful, I would never want to leave if it were my room!

Have a tour of the room below, and then pop on over to view more pictures at A Sort of Fairy Tale. To see what Stacey is up to now, please visit her new website, Cottage Industry.

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The majority of furniture in this room came from IKEA, including the colorful button rug. The iconic IKEA turquoise cart also has a home here, as it does in many of the craft rooms we feature here at CSI.

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A bright feature wall and vintage-inspired banner really add to the overall charm and elegance of the room.

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I love the vintage-colored suitcases and accessories! The collection of classic sewing patterns, books, and notions, complemented with the gingham-green table mat, takes me back to my grandmother’s sewing room.

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The pegboard offers ample storage space for accessories and display pieces.

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This shelf of vintage suitcases/trunks, and neatly organized bins and supplies is my favorite. There is a ton of space to store your collection of sewing, scrapbooking, or general crafting supplies! It looks so neat and orderly, with everything in its place.

Remember to visit A Sort of Fairy Tale for additional pictures and explanation of this room, and the new Cottage Industry website for more inspiration!



Daring DIY: Craft Room Caravans

Hello, it’s Suzanne here today from Scrapbooking Sue. I have something very exciting to show you today. We are going to step outside of the craft room, and take a look at some very daring DIY crafters that have taken a risk with their crafting spaces. All of the featured craft rooms are actually inside caravans/trailers! It doesn’t get much more Daring DIY than that!

Take a look at the outside and a peek inside of each caravan below. There are plenty more pictures on each website, so make sure to follow the links. After researching this topic and seeing the stunning jobs these ladies have done with their crafty caravans, I have to admit that I am longing for one for myself!

1. Cassiefairy

The caravan at Cassiefairy has been turned into sewing room storage. With vintage ice cream color decor and accessories, this sewing room is for the girly-girl in all of us.

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2. Happy Loves Rosie

Just look at the Kelly Green exterior of the caravan at Happy Loves Rosie! I fell in love with it before I even saw the inside. There is definitely some creative process going on in the craft picture.

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3. The Vintage Post

This caravan is actually set up as a business, where crafting workshops are held. The Vintage Post holds classes like painting and bead work inside the caravan.

Mabel vintage post




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4. Becky Kay Designs

This beautiful trailer has been featured as one of our craft room tours here on CSI in the past. Becky Kay Designs has converted a large trailer into a crafting paradise!

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5. Crafty Camper

Yet another entrepreneurial crafting spirit, the Crafty Camper is a mobile workshop and market. The inside of this camper is absolutely stunning! I am in love with the vintage colors, accessories, and how everything was staged for the pictures.

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Whether you call them caravans, trailers, or campers, these mobile beauties are just perfect for converting into craft rooms! Have you ever considered a DIY project this daring?


Heather Bailey’s Sugar Shop Studio

Hello all my fellow craft storage enthusiasts!  Today I’m here to share Heather Bailey’s studio, The Sugar Shop.  Let me show you why I love everything she does:


With a B.A. in Apparel Design and a knack for style, Heather has run successful businesses in both women and children’s accessories. She designs fabric, sewing patterns, paper craft supplies, stationery picnicware and houseware. Just click here to hop over to Heather’s shop and all will be revealed.

Now for her studio.  Like Heather’s designs, her studio is calm, serene, modern with a vintage feel and super workable.

Isaac Bailey Photography

The tall green work-island has a ton of storage, with cabinets and drawers on each side. The cabinets contain art papers, zippers, vintage linens, interfacings, unfinished quilt-tops and stationery. In one of the drawers Heather stores sketchbooks and rulers but the rest she keeps empty for quick clean-ups.

Isaac Bailey Photography

She repurposed a bookshelf by adding a base unit and repainting the poorly white washed  top part – now it’s a super dooper proper dresser where she stores her art supplies, sewing notions and wool felt.  The yellow boxes above hold less-frequently-used items, like velcro and grommets, linoleum blocks for stamp- carving, elastic and cording.

Most of her furniture is “homemade” – the cabinet,  computer table, sewing tabletop and shelves.


What I love most is her personal touches. Just Look at this turquoise mirror.  Read all about it in this post.


And she used grandmother’s old sewing notions to decorate the large frame resting on the ribbon shelf.

Isaac Bailey Photography

That’s it – Heather Bailey’s Sugar Shop Studio!! You can view her original post here and her Flickr photos here.  Please leave her a comment to say thanks for sharing with us.

As this is my last post for 2014, I would like to thank you all for reading my posts throughout the year. Have a Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year. See you again around Blogland early in 2015.


Silhouette vintage window project and new machine + a sale!

Hi there friends! I am just swinging in today with a few tidbits of news from Silhouette America, and I also wanted to show you a project I recently finished with my Silhouette Cameo. :) The image above shows the GREAT promo they are running on the Silhouette Portrait right now. All the benefits of the big machine in a smaller size makes the price small as well! The bundle includes: a Portrait machine, 1 pack of Printable Gold Foil, 1 pack of Printable Silver Foil, 1 pack of Vellum and 1 grey dust cover. Just use our coupon code STORAGE at checkout for this deal! 
Here is the project I just finished with my Cameo. Last summer we were at my in-laws house and ended up in their basement. I noticed my MIL had two cool old windows stashed in the corner. She said she’d meant to use them for years, but never got around to doing anything with them, and if I wanted them I could take them home! Old windows are getting harder and harder to come by thanks to our good buddy Pinterest. 😉 So I was thrilled (and so was my FIL! He got junk out of his basement! Of course my hubby put it into ours, so he was less than enthused, LOL).

So, with the old window this was really easy. I had the photos we had taken last Fall of our family printed out into 5×7 sizes. I cut scrapbook paper for the backgrounds and matted the pics with solid colored card stock. Each panel was like a little mini scrapbook page-super fun! :)

After all that was done, I cut this file with vinyl on my Silhouette, along with my boys names using this font. Vinyl works beautifully on glass, and I love the way the Silhouette cuts these gorgeous detailed images so perfectly. It makes projects like these a breeze.









Now, I just need to get some heavy duty picture hangers to put on the back of this, then I can put it up on the wall. :)



Also, DON’T FORGET! Beginning on the 22nd you will be able to get the NEW Silhouette Cameo  at Silhouette America! For the first week, it will ONLY be available on the site and not in stores! :) Thanks for stopping by CSI. Have a great day! :)



Just One Tip: Repurposing A Vintage Tackle Box

Hi friends! It’s Noelle stopping in today with a fun tip. You may already know from seeing my studio that I am kind of a sucker for antiques and anything vintage. I tend to embrace a “modern with a vintage twist” style in my own home, and I particularly enjoy reusing vintage items in my studio. So, last week my friend Wendy and I were out antiquing, and I found this awesome vintage metal tackle box for 12$. I saw several in the antiques mall we were in, and this was my fave by far, and also the most inexpensive-yea!



I used it to put many of my small embellishments in, mostly eyelets and brads. There’s a cool big compartment in the top of the box where I am storing my Crop-A-Dile, there never was a good place to stash it before! :)


While perusing Pinterest, I found several other ideas for reusing an old fishing tackle boxes (or, if you are old enough to remember the 80s like yours truly, you could even repurpose an old Caboodles cosmetic box for a kitschy, fun look).


Love this use for storing tags.

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And, anyone out there into Rainbow Loom? Look at all those colors beautifully sorted! :) 

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A fun use of a tackle box as a planter….

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Finally, a tackle box used in a guest room to store items a guest might need-love this one! :) 



—-and, a few more shots of mine.




Thanks for stopping by CSI! I hope you will stop in Wednesday for a BIG announcement about the way we are shaking things up in October ’round these parts…

2 hints: we want to see YOUR craft spaces, and there will be lots and LOTS of prizes for readers and sharers alike here in October! Have a fantastic day! :)




Hello to all my fellow craft storage enthusiasts. Once again, it’s Hazel, all the way from Sunny SA here to share a “craft room” with you. And what a goodie this is!!! Get a cuppa and let’s head over to Becky from Blue June’s “craft trailer”. No joke. This gal got herself this:



And then she started crafting and renovating. It would be unfair not to share a few “work in progress” pictures with you. Here is the link to where she did the “red cupboard” and the decoupaged “chest of drawers”. She used pages from a Child Craft book from the 70’s for her funky decoupage.

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The “chest of drawers”:


Here you can see Becky’s workspace:


And a bit of peace and quiet to read a book or just “chillax”:


Have you spotted the decoupaged “walls”?



I first met Becky’s craft trailer on Flickr early one Sunday morning and I have to tell you this – I spent the whole day on my iPad reading back to January 2013 when she started this project.

I’m a HUGE trailer / caravan fan and would love to own a space like this. So, be sure to expect the unexpected from IMPERFECT ME. I will be back with some more.

In the meantime, have fun reading Becky’s posts. You can find her Flickr gallery here. Her original reveal post on her blog, Blue June here and I’ve also spotted her here  at Roomzaar.

Thanks for joining me today. Remember to leave me some comments and when you visit Becky’s posts, tell her that Craft Storage Ideas sent you and thank her for sharing with us.

Have a GREAT day!


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.


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…



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.


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.


 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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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!

Sugar Sugar Studio – My Flikr Fave

Welcome to Craft Storage Idea’s special feature…Flickr Craft Rooms!

This is Cicily the Pink Dalmatian Scrapper and I actually signed up for Flickr to work out this post. I have to say that I’m actually glad to be signed up. There’s nothing more frustrating then trying to follow a link on Pinterest and have it end at Flickr and not be able to see more. Problem solved!

Well on to the craft room that caught my attention, Sugar Sugar Studio.

If you could take spun cotton candy and frosting and turn it into a craft room you’d get Sugar Sugar. So aptly named. While lacking a full room shot I love all the bits and pieces that certanly make this room unique.


Check out this Sweet banner and inspiration board.


This cabinet has been with her for a while, but to coordinate it with the Sugar theme, she painted it white and Mod Podged patterned paper pieces to the back panel.



Every corner and shelf is a treat with all the unique storage containers like these old cupcake tins.



These jars are re-purposed garage sale finds that have been painted to look so sweet.


You can see the whole Sugar Sugar studio set here.

Hope you have a sweet tooth!