Die Storage – keeping it all together!

Hi everyone, Anita here today and it is my turn to share a storage solution. I have quite a selection of dies for a variety of machines. Even though I don’t use the dies as often as I once did, I still can’t part with them. I use electronic means to cut most of my papers now, but dies do still have their uses, so keep them I must.

However, since they are different brands, they are all different sizes. So I have never been able to come up with a way to store them in a manner that is pleasing to my eye and easy to reach and use. I have some over on one shelf, a few in a drawer, some over there in notebooks…you get the drift. I would really like some method that puts ALL of my dies in one place, stores them neatly and makes them easy to access. Mmmmmm…no small order. So of course I hit Pinterest, my favorite place on the web right now. This is what I came up with.

CD Boxes and covers

This idea I really liked, the boxes would be fairly inexpensive and could be stacked either on a shelf or counter and labeled easily. Also, I could decorate these if I ever got into the mood, although I am very much a plain box kinda girl so it is doubtful that would ever happen.  So far, so good. The drawback – I am not sure if my larger steel ruled dies would fit in these boxes. I will have to see. Also, I know myself and I am pretty sure that all my dies would have to be alphabetized within the boxes. That just might make me crazy when I added new dies and had to shift things around.

library tray and magnetic sheets

Now, this little library tray idea I liked in theory. Look how cute it is!! I mean really, who wouldn’t want that in their craft room? My concern is again, my large, thick dies, and dust. Yes, dust. Yes, I am that kind of person. I would have to vacuum this little bugger every other day to keep my sanity. Two dogs and at the moment 4 cats. (my daughter came home from college with one, which we told her NOT to get, and we are fostering a stray with a broken pelvis, so we are temporarily up to 4. sigh) Maybe I could sew a cover for it. Because, again, it is so dang cute!!!!!

Ok, next up…

hanging on rod

I actually have clear envelopes AND the clips from my old Clip It Up to make this idea a reality. And a curtain rod. It’s a possibility.

sizzlet storage

I have many sets of Sizzlets and in order to save space I took them out of their original package and put them into small, clear plastic bins. But those are no where near as cute or as stackable as these are! I am sure I saw some just like these are Office Depot not long ago. I may have to go and see how much they are 🙂  As for the notebooks, I have my QuicKutz and my AccuCuts dies in notebooks, but they are small notebooks made just for each brand.  I want symmetry. I want it to look neat on the shelf. Even though there are two types of storage going on here, it still looks neat.

alex drawer unit

Last, but not least, we have an Alex Drawer Unit from IKEA (and we all know that I love those!) with the dies stored in the drawers. I am not sure that I like how these dies are loose in the drawers. However, I know that IKEA makes Alex units with deeper drawers and maybe some of the storage I have shown above would fit into the deeper drawers? Interesting, very, interesting.  Maybe two Alex units side by side with my dies in the drawers and my machine on top??

I obviously need to do some shopping! So that is it for me today! This is also my last post as a contributor here at Craft Storage Ideas. I have had a wonderful time with Rebecca and the whole team and am sad to move on. However, my schedule has gotten a little crazy and I had to let a couple of things go 🙁

Thanks so much for stopping by today!


Storage Solution – Unmounted Stamps

Hi everyone, it’s my turn to offer a storage tip and today I want to talk about storing all those unmounted stamps that come on the clear sheets. Are you like me and you have hundreds of them? I am so sad, I have sheets of them I have never even used one of the stamps from it! I am working on that though and using them one by one!!

I have wonderful storage cabinets in my studio that I got from a retail store when they retired. I wanted to be able to store my stamps in the cubbies in those cabinets, but I couldn’t find anything that would fit my needs. Sooo, I called my wonderful friend who can build anything and who works for cake and told him what I needed. Voila! Two weeks later I had a custom solution to my problem. I can store ALL of my stamps in a little bitty space now and have super easy access to them!

Stamps1Here is a look at my storage shelf with my stamp storage on it. I currently have 6 on here, but only 5 are in use. I have several more in the attic in case I go crazy buying more stamps!


They are sized to hold an 8 1/2 X 11 sheet protector. A lot of my stamps came on plastic sheets that were this size so I was able to slide them right in and put the page protector on the rings. For those that were a different size I bought a package of 8 1/2 X 11 craft plastic at the craft store and used Glue Dots® to stick the stamps on. This was I could display more than one small stamp set in a page protector like the ones below.


I can get about 10-12 page protectors onto each holder depending on the brand of stamps. I have them sorted by theme so I can just grab a holder a flip through to find the stamps I want. Easy peasy.

They are only 3″ wide across the bottom so I can fit a lot of storage into a small space- AND it fit into the fixtures I already had- exactly what I was looking for.


And, yes, I do have a serious Prima addiction. I am maintaining a Prima Breeding Program in my Scrap Studio – if they ever stop making Prima’s I want to have enough of them to breed in captivity 😉

Prima Addiction

That’s it for me today.


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.


13 in 2013: Packaged Embellishments

Hi everyone, Anita here and today I want to share with you some of my ideas on storing packaged embellishments. I love stuff. I am not a fan of “less is more”. Less is less and more is best! That’s just how I roll and I need a lot of embellishments to make my pages look how I like them. I tried a few different things over the years and I have found that in order to use my embellies – I need to SEE them!

I switched to a really simply system using IKEA rods and S-hooks. It keeps my packages right in front of me in my line of site.

This is the view from my scrap room door and as you can see I have three of the rods hung across the front of my desk space. On each rod I have several s-hooks. On each hook I have a binder ring and I slide the embellishment packages onto the rings.

As you can see I was right in the middle of a project when this photo was taken 🙂  I group embellishments by type on each ring when possible. One ring is all pearls, one is all bling, one is all MME, etc. I really do use my embellishments more because they are always right there in front of me!

My other embellishments, like flowers and those with no hole for a ring, I store a little differently.

This is my Prima Breeding Program. If the world ever runs out of Prima Flowers I will have enough to breed them in captivity. These bins are fabulous storage. I got them from a retail store that was getting rid of them. However, if you google “tip out bins” you will find some for sale. When I empty a package into the bins I add the tag so I will know what the name/type is.

My other odd ball things I store in my Alex drawers in a variety of plastic separators. These are all my rub-ons, journal cards, etc. This is a shallow drawer so nothing gets buried. Once a year I try and go through all my hoard and if there is anything I haven’t used since the last time I sorted – out it goes. I toss everything into a box and take it over to the local recreation center.

So that’s it – my plain and simple storage for embellishments. Thanks so much for stopping by today!



13 in 2013: Brads and Ribbons

Happy Monday!  Welcome to 13 in 2013!  We are so excited to bring you thirteen fresh and exciting ideas for organizing your crafty space in January!  If you are anything like us, the beginning of a new year brings so may possibilities and the need and want to get organized.  We are here to help!  Today’s tips are all about brads and ribbons – here’s Anita!

Howdy everyone, are you ready to get your craft space organized? Well my friends, we are here to help you! If you are like me, you are invested with a sense of renewal after the holidays and want to make everything around you nice and tidy. Today I want to share some of my favorite storage supplies and ideas for brads and ribbons.

I have serious issues with both of these craft supplies. Serious issues. When we first built my studio I ordered a custom built cabinet just for my brads. I am not making that up.

I loved this cabinet, but it turned out that it was just too large to fit into my space. When I rearranged my room I had to move it out, which made me very sad. I trimmed down my brad collection considerably and bought this very handy storage box from Best Craft Organizer and it is just as handy, but a lot smaller. It has 8 drawers and they are the perfect size for holding my brad jars.

The little jars are from the jewelry department – they come 24 in a little clear box for around $10. As you can see I group my brads by color, so I can just pull out the drawer and there are all the brads in that color group.

Sooo, once I got my brads tamed, I needed to move onto my ribbon. I had drawers and boxes of ribbon. I tried that system where you rolled the ribbon up and put it in the little boxes so that you could pull out a little at a time, but I was not very successful at that. My ribbons are not uniform in size, so they never fit in the little boxes. So I had some in and some out. I ran across a fabulous product at the LSS one day call The Ribbon Ring – I have been in love with this thing ever since. I bought one.  A week after it came I ordered six  more, plus I don’t remember how many refill kits.

A set comes with a ring and the little plastic tabs you see here. You thread your ribbon onto the tabs and put those on the ring. Super easy. Again, I have mine sorted by color – one ring per color.

This photo only shows half of mine – as I said I have issues with ribbon.  There are several things I love about this product:

  • Portability – just grab the rings, toss them into your bag and go
  • Visibility – I can see in one glance every single ribbon I have, so I will use them
  • Space Saver – I have hundreds of ribbons stored in a few inches of space
  • Best of all…when I am working on a project I can grab my ring, throw it on the table and drape the ribbons across my project to see which one works the best before I take it off the spool/out of the little box/unpin it and have to rewind it. Best feature, I swear.

They come with little orange dot stickers that you can add to the tabs to remind yourself that you have more of that ribbon. I decided it was easier to just tie a knot in one end to remind me there was more in my overstock bucket.

So there you have it – my brads and ribbons, contained very neatly within their space, organized by color and so easy to reach for and use. What are your plans for organizing your space this year? Be sure to stay with us all month as we have more fabulous ideas coming.


Upcycled Storage Ideas – Reusing What You Have!

Hi everyone! Lately I have been seeing lots of really cool storage pieces made with upcycled pieces of furniture. I am really loving this trend and have been on the lookout for a piece or two that I can incorporate into my own scrap room. I haven’t found the right piece yet, but in the mean time I wanted to share a few of my favorites that I have found online.

How awesome is this? An old buffet, repainted a hip new color, with the doors removed. There were probably rails already installed in the piece for shelves behind the doors, so all this person had to do was find something else to use for new shelves.

This I love. The next dresser I find at a yard sale for a reasonable price is coming home with me. Take out the drawers, add a fresh coat of paint, add inexpensive clear shoe boxes with labels. How simple is that!

With all of the new paints they have out these days, painting furniture is so much simpler – everyone knows that they have a paint/primer combo, right??? So you can even paint laminate furniture without sanding!!!

How many times have I passed one of these up at a thrift store or yard sale???? Too many let me tell you. I never even thought to make a craft center out of one. Clever. Very, clever.

Seriously, I know I have seen 100 of these at yard sales. Those old, icky, laminate, fake wood looking china hutches with the screen in the doors – circa 1970. For sale for $50. A gallon of paint and a little distressing and it is perfect for hiding all your craft supplies.

This has got to be my favorite. Take out the top drawer and add a few baskets,, leave the bottom drawers in for hiding your stash. Add a cheap piece of pine that has been sanded down. Paint everything to match = really cute desk. Where have you been all my life? I think my Mom has some little dressers just like this in her house. If she looks away she is in trouble!

So, what do you think? Do you have something lurking in your garage or attic that you can redo with a little paint and time? If not,, be sure to think outside the drab box the next time you are out hitting the sales – that old piece of junk may be just the thing you are looking for! I found all of these ideas on Pinterest – there are plenty more there too. Happy hunting!


Button, button, how do you store your buttons?

Hi everyone, Anita here and today I am here with ideas on button storage. I have some serious button issues. I love buttons. I collect them whenever I can get them. Craft fairs, flea markets, garage sales, estate sales, even in retail stores when they are on sale. I have even been known to buy clothes in resale shops just to cut the buttons off of them! I have major button issues.

This creates quite the problem with storage. I tried storing them by color, but there are too many color variations within each color, so I wasn’t happy with that one. At the moment I have jars and jars of buttons, lined up in my drawer, some sorted by brand and some by theme. It is working for the moment, but I am hoping to come up with a better system. After hitting the web, I have come up with a few new ideas!

I really like this idea,, the jars are small enough to keep one package of buttons in, so that I can keep each one separate. I don’t have anywhere to hang them under a cabinet, but I can put them on a shelf.

Little bins like this would fit in the drawer where I keep my buttons now and would make grabbing buttons easier. Just pull the drawer out and reach into the bin!

I bought a whole set of jars just like this at a garage sale earlier this year. They are sitting empty on my shelf just waiting to be used for something – buttons maybe??

This is in no way practical for my needs, but I just had to share it! Look how cut this is!! I remember one of these hanging in my grandmother’s kitchen, and I bet your grandmother had one too. Why didn’t we all take these off the wall and run with them??? What were we thinking???

This might be my favorite, even thought it looks kind of hodge podge. I have been saving all my glass kitchen jars of late, so I have a pretty good collection in the garage. I think if the lids were all painted the same color these would be super cute. (and isn’t that a great button collection??)

There you have it. Lots of ideas for my buttons storage,, I just need to pick one and put it into action!!


My Eden, My Craft Studio

So here is a look at my craft space! I am very lucky to have my own room, outfitted exactly like I want it. I ripped all the flooring out and I have bare cement floors. I didn’t want to worry about what I might get on it. And let me tell you, I have dumped some things on it! And let me say thank you so much to my wonderful hubby who lets me buy and do whatever I want. Love you, honey!
When you walk in the door this is what you see…
Here’s my work table.  It is an antique trestle table I bought for next to nothing a few years ago. I have my little rolling cart with all my most used tools on/in it. The rods across the windows are Ikea curtain rods and S-hooks. I keep all the embellies that I reach for the most on those. My sewing machine is to the left on an Ikea drawer unit.
 Next up is my Ribbon Ring – this is the best organizational tool I have ever bought. It is worth every cent and then some. I love it.
My desk has my laptop, printer, photo printer, album in progress and a few misc things.
All of the walls in this room have handpainted murals (this used to be DD2’s bedroom when we first moved into this house).
Here I have stacked my Iris carts next to some cubicle shelving I have. In the Iris drawers, I sort things I am collecting for future projects. One drawer is all Texas stuff, one drawer is all my DD’s High School stuff, one is all the cards my DH has ever given me, etc.
Above the closet is my collection of House Mouse stamps. I don’t actually stamp with my House Mouse stamps, I just collect them. Aren’t they toooo cute???? Shelves from Ikea (I am telling you – Ikea is the Mother Ship)
This is my wall of shelves. I keep all my lesser used supplies here. These were stamp shelves in a retail store in their previous life. When the company decided to get rid of them, they came home with me. They are so happy here in their retirement years. No obnoxious children hanging or climbing on them!
This is the newest addition to the room – I wanted something to keep my Cinch out on – I use it all the time. So off to Ikea I went. This little thing was so cheap. And very sturdy. Right now it has some things I got at convention on it, but it will have some baskets on the shelves to hold my Cinch supplies very soon.
So this is my happy place – my PRIMA BREEDING PROGRAM. Someday, the world might run out of Prima flowers. If that ever happens, I plan on having enough of them in captivity to start breeding my own.
Here is my paper storage, another shelf just like the ones in the closet. It had a former life in a retail store as well. It is perfect for storing my paper in!
I love, love, love my Alex drawer units from Ikea. There are three of them here, sitting so happily side by side. They come with casters, but I wanted a little more height for mine, so I took the casters off and put cinder blocks under them instead. They are the perfect height now, I just turn my chair around and there they are!
I keep tons of things in the drawers, my most used stamps, my inks, die cutting supplies, embellishments,button jars, all my paints and sprays, my punches… so many things.
Last, but not least, is by brad storage. I have issues with brads and buttons. I love this little cube, I bought it from Best Scrapbook Shelf, and it is wonderful to store my brads in. It holds HUNDREDS of different little containers of brads.
So that is it! My scrappy space. I hope you have enjoyed a look around my studio.

Just 1 Tip – Clear Stamp Storage

Good morning everyone!  -Today I wanted to share this fabulous idea I saw for storing clear stamps. I have way too many to count – you know those really cute little ones that are so inexpensive that you just can’t help yourself and you always buy too many???  Well I must have hundreds. I previously used baseball card holders in a 3 ring binder to hold mine,, but some of them won’t fit. Then what do I do with the rest of them??? I don’t want them in two places – I want them all together.

I saw this one day while scrolling down Pinterest;

I hopped over to The Odd Girl blog and she has used a vintage Rolodex file to store her small clear stamps.

Perfect, yes?? I will have to check out Etsy to see if I can find one to suit my needs. This one has cards that are 4X6 so it will hold a little bit larger stamp than I can fit into the baseball card holders. There are so many sizes and styles of Rolodex files on the market I am sure I will be able to find something to suit me!

Studio Tour with Katie Tate

Hello every one, today I am going to share with you a fabulous studio and you will just drool when you see it.  Katie Tate from Both Sides of The Paper has an amazingly organized and well thought out space to work and play in. Katie lives just up the road from me, I am going to have to get up there to see her space in person pretty soon. I may never leave once I get there!  Here are some of my favorite spots in her room;

Katie says:   Here is my wonderful desk! The work surface is a full 4′ by 5′, lots of space to spread out. The island is made of Jetmax cubes that are raised up on my plinth that my lovely husband made from wooden and base board molding. The top is a piece of MDF trimmed with wooden beading and then painted white to match. The front side holds all my 12″ by 12″ cardstock and my paper stacks and other designer paper. (Below)  On this side are small drawers that hold my wooden dies, Sizzix dies and Big Shot dies.

Did someone say punches?  Take a look at this!!

Here is my wall of punches. These are all “old style” pre Martha Stewart. I have been a “Punch addict” since I started paper crafting and so have gathered a big collection. Sadly these tend to get a little neglected in favor of the newer styles but some, such as circles, squares, tags etc, will always be used.

Martha! I use can risers to store the punches as it makes a little space work really well. I got mine at Target but I know the container store sells them too in the pantry section.

This is my Expedit and it holds (going from top to bottom) my rubber stamps, my color cubes, Christmas products and then my acrylic stamps.

There are lots more photos and a video of Katie’s studio so be sure to stop by and take a look. You will be amazed at what you see.