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!

Cicily

 

Craft Room Feature: {Shabby Story}

I came across the prettiest craft room to share with you today. It’s actually a 3-for-1, because it’s owner shares the various updates she’s made over the past few years. There was something to love from each arrangement she had. I hope you enjoy looking looking at the photos here, but be sure to check out her blog for even more photos of the variations of her studio.

Believe it or not, this is a “before” photo of her craft room. It’s hard to imagine that she would need or want to improve on what she has here, but she downsized her crafting supplies and asked her husband to help her move her craft room to another location in their house – which he did.

Her new room is located in their “Great Room,” complete with fireplace and view of their garden.

Be sure to check out all the goodness she has stashed away in her repurposed hutch!

Bright, clean and cheerful. I hope you’ll check out all the studio photos at Shabby Story!

Doris

 

 

 

 

 

Blayne White {My Digital Scraproom}

I’m excited to introduce Blayne White to you today!  Blayne is an entrepreneur; work at home mom, wife, and owner of both a professional photography studio and her newest creation, My Digital ScrapRoom.  ScrapRoom was born out of her love for photography and scrapbooking, and an overwhelming passion for helping others organize their tremendous libraries of digital photos.  She lives and works at home with her husband, Bryan, and her two children, Alyx and Tristan (yes, from Legends of the Fall), and her two rescue dogs Daisy and Cuddles.  She has been a scrapbooker for 19 years and loves how her hobby and passion have now become her work. You are going to love her craft room.  And don’t forget to check out the awesome coupon she’s offering to CSI readers at the end of this post!

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When it comes to scrapbooking, I am definitely a collector.  I love to have the complete set of anything – paints, pens, die cuts, you name it.  And that can cause a problem trying to store everything.  Several years ago, my daughter and I turned an extra room at the front of our house into an art room.  I was a little worried about it being the first room in our house that people see, but really, art is what we are all about, so I got over it.  I love that I can be in the middle of everything going on and also creating, or organizing, whenever I have a few minutes.

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I have learned several things about myself when it comes to storage and how I use my ‘stuff’.  I need to be able to see it, touch it, and find it in order to be inspired by it and use it.  I use lots of clear and open storage in my space and find some of my favorite items at The Container Store and Ikea.

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Because my scrapbooking organization is constantly changing and evolving, I don’t really have a budget in mind, but I am continually looking for items that are inexpensive or meaningful in some way.  When we travel, I try to pick up a memento or container that reminds me of that place or time.  For instance, on my desktop, I have a Butterbeer mug to hold my paintbrushes, a Pixar mug for my journaling pens, a George Michael mug for scissors, and an adorable glass vase from Anthropologie to hold Epiphany epoxies – all within reach, meaningful, and adorable at the same time.

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I also like to use supplies as the decor in my room – washi tape is in a wooden tray I found at a thrift store, and I also raided my kitchen for tiny sauce cups/ramekins for my new baker’s cart.  This is my absolute favorite item at the moment.  I saw one in Ali Edwards’ office when I visited her recently and found my own once I returned home.  It has ten 18×24 removable trays and I store not only supplies, but also projects I’m working on.  When I need something, I just grab it and place it on my worktable, then put it away to work on something else.  It really helps keep my tabletop a little more clear. DSC08700

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My favorite Ikea find is the little turquoise cart my friend Mary bought for me.  It has wheels so it can go anywhere I want it to.  I use this to store my paint, sticker letters, journaling cards and tags, stencil letters, ink pads, spray paints/inks, and stamping supplies.  It doesn’t take up much space, but because of the vertical storage, it holds a lot.

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Along with organizing in open or clear containers, I also organize by color.  I use color on my Clip It Up, as well as some clear plastic boxes I found at the Container Store, and of course, all my paper.  The boxes are great for taking with me to a crop since they are portable and while I’d love to have all my embellishments in one spot, for now the two options are working for me.

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I have a problem with stamps.  I love them, but I am bad about not using them.  I found some cute little baskets trimmed in my favorite color – turquoise – at Target.  I bought them without knowing how or even if I was going to use them. (Always, if you see something you love, buy all they have.  You can always take it back.)  I reorganized an Ikea printer cart for my stamps.  I placed a cutting pad on top so I could stamp right where my stamps live, and stored my stamps in the new baskets below.  I cut the snap closure off the Close To My Heart stamp cases (I know, I know – I had a hard time doing that!), and I was able to fit THREE times as many stamps in a basket.  I do not miss the snaps at all.  My larger stamps are stored in clear snap folders in larger baskets.  Again, with the clear storage, I can just flip through and quickly see what I have.

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My absolute love of organization was really the reasoning behind the creation of My Digital ScrapRoom, the world’s first all-in-one digital photo organizational and scrapbooking solution.  I was so frustrated with the overwhelming amounts of digital photos I was taking and the process of finding them again to use in my projects.  I almost stopped scrapbooking at one point.  Now, with easy but robust searching and tagging options and a mobile app on the way, finding my photos is a snap.  And extra bonus:  I can use the same software to store my digital elements and make a custom digital project without having to use multiple programs!  For more info, please visit my website:  www.MyDigitalScrapRoom.com

I hope you have found some tips and tricks that help you in your own organizational journey.  You can also visit my YouTube channel for more videos on organizing your supplies, as well as your photos.

Thank you for tuning in!

Blayne White

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Isn’t Blayne’s room lovely?  I especially love her baker’s cart.  What a brilliant idea!

Not only has she given us a peek into her craft room, but Blayne is also offering a sweet discount to CSI readers who are interested in using My Digital Scraproom.  Just use code: craftstorageideasrocks for 20% off!  This offer is good through July 31st!

Update:  Blayne has also posted a video tour of her space here.

Vintage, Artsy, and Beautiful Craft Room (Kendra McCracken)

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Hi all! Noelle here with a craft room tour for you guys today. I happened upon this room while looking for photos for the jar storage post I had up recently. And when I came upon this blog post at Traveling at the Speed of Light, I just stared at it for the longest time. Then I started frantically pinning photos since I just KNEW this was the next room I’d like to feature here on Craft Storage Ideas. Part of the reason this room appealed to me so much is that this is like my dream craft room. I just LOVE Kendra’s style. I love her use of vintage items for storage. I love the happy shade on the walls. I love the pops of red, and the way she describes how she stores thing apply to me too. I also don’t want to spend a lot, and I want things that can change what they store as my needs change for whatever my latest mediums are. Well enough explanations, shall I show you some eye candy from Kendra’s blog? Don’t you love how in the photo above she’s used a glass display case to store her crafty items? And on the next photo below, she uses a hen nesting box above her workspace to store alterable items.

4623836741_841fcec3f9_z  Hen nesting box for storing alterable items

4623836065_bd83de63ce_z           This is an awesome use of a vintage workbench for storage and workspace, too. And isn’t that red stool an awesome find? Especially from a garage sale for only a few dollars.

4623835707_dbaf918333_z Gorgeous vintage canning jars for embellishment storage, I have GOT to find some of these jars!

4623839209_97bc8fb3e0_z  Kendra’s homemade clip storage with shelf, which she painted to match her decor.

4623843359_7d6e1973d0_z  An inexpensive discount-store trifle bowl works well for packaged embellishments.

4623843673_e78b121612_z Vintage cake pan for liquid adhesive storage, this is so pretty, and I love how it hides things away that you might not want to look at.

There is all KINDS of other great storage ideas on Kendra’s blog here. I love how she made small storage cases from old instant coffee tins, and she adds so much style to everything with rustic finishes and a repeated star motif throughout the space. Kendra, I COVET your craft room! Hope you all have enjoyed this tour and I’ll see you back here soon with some more storage tips!

 

Take Care!

Noelle

 

Craft Room {Blessed Serendipity}

DSC_0004 I have always enjoyed seeing other people’s vintage-inspired craft rooms. I’m in awe of their ability to mix and match so many wonderful treasures into one area  - not something I would be able to pull off without it looking like a jumbled mess! Danielle of Blessed Serendipity, certainly has the knack!

 

Everywhere you look, there are adorable vignettes. Love this one with the tall jar with flowers.

Everywhere you look, there are adorable vignettes. I love the tall jar with all the vintage flowers!

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And how precious is this antique baby buggy with crochet thread?

DSC_0070 Of course her craft table would also have to be filled with vintage goodness! What a clever use of an old door!

Be sure to check out Blessed Serendipity for even more amazing photos.

Doris

 

Studio Tour – Mamie Jane’s

Hi everyone, Anita here and it is my turn to share a fabulous studio with you. While browsing the web I came across a really inspiring, vintage styled studio, Mamie Jane’s. I love the look of this room and how everything is displayed.

Look at this beautiful antique cubby she has! I love this thing, I have been looking for something like this for a while to store little odds and ends on.

Ok, how handy is this little thing! What a great way to store all your adhesives where you can see them and they will all stay upright.

Love the locker baskets she has here, and all the pretty things she has in them! Mmmm…wonder where I can find some of those??  She even has her punches stored in one.

How creative is this? Instead of sticking all of her patterns in a drawer, she used clothes pins and hung them on a rod above the window as a mock curtain! What a fun way to be able to see what you have on hand, and make your space visually appealing at the same time!

Be sure to stop by Jane’s Blog to see more photos of her wonderful studio space. She has so much to see.

Anita

Peacefully Organized! {Bethany at Pitter & Glink}

Let’s give a warm Craft Storage Ideas welcome to Bethany Lee of Pitter & Glink!  You are going to fall in love with her studio.  I’d like to move in. :)

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I’m Bethany–a wife, mom to a furry “dog-ter,” English teacher, crafter, blogger, want-be-decorator, aspiring photographer, and costume jewelry lover.  It’s my desire to leave the world a little more beautiful than I found it.

In my craft room, I store supplies mainly in the hutch, closet, and desk.  I’m the kind of crafter who likes to be able to easily see my supplies.  If I can’t, I forget what I have to work with.  Having shelves in my closet and having glass doors on the top of my hutch make it very easy for me to see the supplies I have.  Using individual containers for certain types of supplies also helps keep me organized since I’m not a “one-craft pony.”

If it were up to me, I would have hung some shelves or other storage pieces on my walls.  My home is older and my walls are made of plaster, so hanging items on the wall is a headache.  I normally only hang items for which I can use Command Adhesive strips.

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

Honestly, my budget was pretty non-existent.  I spent the least amount of money that I possibly could by doing almost everything myself, utilizing items I already had on hand, and making-over thrift store items.  Every piece of furniture in the room is either a DIY or a revamp, and most of the decor pieces are either thrift store finds or hand-me-downs from my grandmother.  And, well, there is that stool from my neighbor’s trash…

2. What was/is your greatest challenge?

My greatest challenge was the large amount of crafting supplies that I have.  I had to make them all fit in an organized way into a small room.  Making over the hutch from my grandmother’s house was a life-saver!  If it wasn’t for that piece, I don’t know that I would have been able to organize the room.

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

I like to “organize it once,” but since I’m a self-proclaimed craft supply hoarder, I am constantly trying to find ways to make the new stuff I buy fit without sacrificing the peaceful, organized look of the room.

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

The plastic shelves in my closet are useful, but I really wish I could outfit the entire closet with some type of closet organization unit.  I would have so much more room to store things!

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Hello, beautiful space!  Huge thanks to Bethany for sharing.  What is your favorite part about her studio?

See more of Bethany’s space and work at Pitter & Glink!

Room of Plenty {Scrap It Girl}

I’m so excited to introduce Kimberly Congdon, better known as Scrap it Girl, to you all!  I think you are going to love her craft rooms.  Did you catch that?  She has more than one craft room!  Check it out below!

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Hello!  I started papercrafting regularly when I was 17. I mainly scrapbooked and made home décor items or gifts.  In the last 5 years I’ve started teaching papercrafts and expanding into card making and altered items. I currently teach 3-7 classes per week at several locations and I started my Scrap It Girl business in January 2008. I enjoy working with local stores, teaching paper crafts, and meeting new people. I couldn’t ask for a better job! Life is good.  Now on to my craft space!

I have over 1,200 sqare feet of finished craft space in my basement. That 1,200 square feet is divided into four specific craft areas – the Scrap It Girl Store, classroom with a wet-bar area and bathroom, my personal craft space and scrapbook storage room for back up supplies and products not used everyday.

Having all of that space for crafting has come at a price.  When my husband and I first looked at buying our home we loved the finished basement. However, I knew we would need to make a few changes to it since I knew it would become my crafting space. We set up a playroom and family room and I took two of the rooms for my craft rooms.  Two days after we moved in and were completely unpacked…the basement flooded.

We had to replace the carpet, wood flooring and the baseboards. Trying to take advantage of a bad situation, we decided to carpet more of the basement so there was more usable space.  I also decided to move the family room into a smaller room so I could have more crafty space.

The largest open area in the basement is now my classroom. I can seat 20 card makers or 12 scrapbookers at one time. There is also a wet bar area for snack or painting projects. I have a bathroom, microwave, coffee maker, refrigerator and television in that area too.

After living in the house for a few years, we had another flood. Then came a new paint job, new carpet again, more changes. I decided my kids no longer needed a playroom so I turned that room into a mini store. I mainly sell products that are not for sale in our local big box stores. I do, however, sell some of my favorite products or items I use for classes and adhesive.

On the other side of the classroom is my personal work area, however I don’t actually work in that room.  There is also the craft room storage room in another part of the basement.  That room is full of cabinets and countertops and I use it for back up supplies, punches, stamps, inks, albums and paper.

So far we’ve only had the two floods, but each one has helped me gain more space.  As of right now, we only have one room left in the basement which is the family room.  I told my husband if we ever have another flood I will turn the entire basement into my craft space.  He has since put in two sub-pumps. I don’t think he wants to lose that room. :)

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

I don’t really have a budget. I add to my space as I find new things to use for organizing. I rearrange the room at least once a month and that is when I typically add a new vintage find or take out something. My friends tend to give me pieces of furniture they no longer want and I try to refinish them and add them to the space too. When it starts to get crowded I rearrange and move things out. Some things get moved to other areas of the house, too.

2. What was/is your greatest challenge?

My greatest challenge is having to keep the middle of the room open. I need to keep the center area completely clear at all times, I also need to keep this room clean at all times. My customers and students need to walk through this room in order to get to my classroom and mini store. Everything I work on has to be put away right away. I also need to know where everything is just in case I need something for a class.

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

My storage solutions are constantly changing. Sometimes weekly. I get things dropped off from friends when they come to a class, or I pick up something new, or I get an order for new products, so I need to make room.

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

I would like to improve on organizing projects I am currently working on for stores or design teams. I feel like I have piles of projects on my tables. It is kind of out of control. I also need to keep track of what products are being used on what projects. I wish I had a storage solution for each store or design team.

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Isn’t Kimberly’s space amazing?  I’m so jealous!  And if I lived near her, I think I’d take my stuff to her workroom, plop down and never go home!  To see more of Kimberly’s work and see her schedule of classes  (if you are lucky enough to be nearby), check out her blog!

 

 

 

 

Great Do It Yourself Craft Space {Teresa Jaye}

I love to look at craft spaces. More like drool, but you get my meaning. A well organized space is wonderful to work in, lovely to look at, and, for me at least, a something that makes my heart go pitter patter.

I am quite the organizer. Or OCD if you listen to my husband. I once moved my bed 1/2″ so that it would line up with the nap on our Berber carpet. Sad but true. So an organized craft space is a must!

My friend Teresa Jaye has a lovely space. She even decorated hers – something I will admit I don’t do. Love her matching curtains and chair covers.

Here is a look from the door into her space.

She has made her space fit her needs, dividing it up into zones according to how she works. She has space for scrapbooking, sewing and a section set aside for her computer/photo printer as well.

There is an abundance of natural light supplemented by well placed artificial light for crafting at any time. I really like how flexible her furniture is, she will be able to rearrange it all if her needs – or her mood!- change.

I love this wonderful glass cabinet that she keeps her embellishments and such in – no dusting!  Please stop by and take a look at her wonderful  studio. I am sure will take away some ideas of your own.

 

Studio Tour with Connie Mercer

Here’s a big CSI welcome to Connie Mercer.  Connie is a design team member at Vintage Street Market, lives on a ranch in Texas and loves being inspired by her five grandchildren.  Enjoy this  tour of her very vintage studio.
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I am so excited to show you my crafty space here on Craft Storage Ideas.  I have always loved old things and the process of finding a treasure.    If it has a story with it, I love it even more.  I started feeling like I wanted to surround myself with “old stuff” after taking an online class with Jenni Bowlin.  She opened my eyes to vintage storage.  Using old salt and pepper shakers for glitter-I loved that idea!!!  It all started with that class.   I have been collecting all my life, so I had lots of vintage cabinets, boxes, bottles, jars, pottery to organize my craft supplies in.   I started by getting rid of as much plastic as I could, and started bringing in items that spoke to me, that inspired me, in my craft.

I used to scrapbook on a plastic fold out table, so when I found this old work table at an antique store, it was loaded up and I think I started looking at things differently that day.  One thing Jenni would say is surround yourself with things that you love and that is what I have done-it is a work in process!  But one thing for sure I love my space , I love how my supplies are stored and I’m inspired to create when I’m in this room!!

Vintage Worktable

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More unique storage

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

I didn’t really start out with a number in mind, just a plan to surround myself with vintage things that I love, that will inspire me to create ” vintage style”. I counted up what I have spent and it is less than $500. Friends know I love vintage items and I’m given cool stuff all the time.

Tool chest embellishment storage

2. What was/is your greatest challenge?

To remove all the plastic containers from my space. I would love to have all vintage storage (that I can afford) and have a place for. I’m still looking for a storage solution for 12×12 patterned paper that can be organized by manufacture.

A muffin tin holds button flair

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

I think I’m constantly on the look out for something better to store my supplies in but still meet my expectations of having a vintage inspired space. I love to go junkin’ so the hunt is on!!

Vintage jars make good storage, and are pretty, too!

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

I scrapbook by manufactures and rarely mix the brands ( but I have) ~ I would love an old store counter that had shelves underneath that would hold my 12×12 paper and had room for the extra embellishments also. I presently keep all my embellishments in separate bins in my closet. I would have it all at my finger tips and that would be perfect for me.

Repurposed Dish Drainer

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Connie has done a fantastic job of mixing vintage pieces with new, built-in storage.  Thank you so much for sharing your studio!  Please be sure to visit Connie on her blog at http://www.craftygoodies.com.