Studio tour: Boxwood Cottage

Good morning to all my fellow craft storage enthusiasts. Once again, it’s Hazel all the way from Sunny South Africa with you today. This is my first post for  2014 and I would like to wish you a happy and prosperous New Year. We are already in Week 2 ………………… if you haven’t started on your New Year’s resolutions, now is the time!!

Talking about resolutions, if you haven’t fixed up your craft space,  join me in a tour all the way to Germany to see Carola’s Boxwood Cottage Studio.  Just the motivation you need to get going.  And if that weren’t enough – we’ve got a giveaway at the end of this post that can help you get organized!!  Seatbelts fastened? Here we go.

Carola has been blogging since 2005 and it started out to be mostly about her garden and home interior.  Since then she has discovered Mixed Media, Altered Art and the art of soldering. She has a rooftop studio and this is the view from the last step of the stairs:

Studio left side

And this is her white table. She has 3 more tables in her creative space and this one is used when she has friends over.  Hop over to her blog where she tells all about it.

White table

 Not only 3 tables but 3 HUGE double attic windows as well:

Under the attic windows

Like me, Carola is a collector of all things beautiful and “vintagey”.  I love how she used the suitcases for extra studio storage.

Vintage suitcases for studio storage

And why not use your chandelier to show off another collection?

Top hat chandy

I have to confess, I used pictures from two of Carola’s posts.  I just loved the detail  SO much. Here is the link to her 2011 post and here you can find the 2013 one. There is a health warning on these posts: the pictures are SERIOUSLY beautiful and addictive and I counted more than 50 of them!! Get a cup of tea, sit back and ENJOY!!

Before I go, I want to thank Carola for sharing her Boxwood Cottage studio with us.  Hop over to her blog and leave a comment to tell her that Craft Storage Ideas sent you. While there, remember to check her Christmas décor posts as well ………………. it’s beautiful!

That’s it from me. I’m off to my Craft Closet to do some serious vintage storage.  Thanks for visiting the Craft Storage Ideas blog today and please leave me a comment – I love to hear and see what you think and do. And OH, before I forget …………………………….. let me know how many collections you spied in Carola’s Boxwood Cottage Studio – we will have a guessing game and then ask her for an answer afterwards. Come on,  join in the fun!



Need a little help organizing your craft space?  We are excited to giveaway one (1) seat to the Big Picture Scrapbooking Workshop called “Organizing Fundamentals”.

Organizing FUNdamentals
6 weeks to a fun & functional scrapbook space

Do you spend more time collecting than crafting? More energy searching through supplies than actually scrapbooking? Then it’s high time you cleared out that clutter, streamlined your stash, and put a tried-and-true organization process to work in your workspace!

Whether you have a closet or a craft room, Organizing FUNdamentals will help you take control of your stuff and transform your space into an organized haven where you know what you have and can actually use it.

In six stash-busting weeks, instructors Wendy Smedley and Aly Dosdall will walk you through their proven organizing process step-by-step, sharing helpful handouts, printable questionnaires, case studies, video chats, and more. Apply this process to your creative space or any other cluttered, confusing, and stress-inducing area in your home.

Bonus: If you’ll stay engaged and motivated through all six weeks of class, you’ll be rewarded not only with a fun and functional creative space, but also with a top-secret incentive that your instructors have lined up for you and will reveal on the first day of class. Organization awaits!

Want a chance to win?  Just comment on this post with what part of organizing your craft space is the most fun!  We will announce the winner on Wednesday!





And the winner is…

Thank you all for your comments on our giveaway!  It sounds like everyone has big organizing plans for this holiday season!  I can’t wait to hear how it goes!

The winner of the Medium Organizer from Close to My Heart is:


and Large Organizer from Close to My Heart is:


Congratulations, ladies!  Please send me an email with your mailing address to!  And thank you, Dr. Phil for sponsoring!


Happy Halloween and a Winner!

Happy Halloween from us to you!  Here’s hoping you have a fabulous day!

Now on to the important stuff!  The winner of the $150 gift card to purchase your very own Scrap Rack is…..Nicole Doiron!  Nicole – send us an email at craftstorageideas {at} yahoo {dot} com and we’ll arrange everything!


And if you didn’t win the $150 gift card – you can still snag 15% off of your order at Scrap Rack by using coupon code CSI15 until November 15th!

Thanks to everyone for commenting!

A little tour, a review and a BIG giveaway!

I’ve been itching to share a product review for a few months now, and today is the day! I can’t show you how this product works, though, without giving you a little tour of my craft area. Ready?


I have a very small crafting space. In fact, this space works as my entry, dining area and scrap area. I know some of you can relate. I’m lucky in that I do actually have an entire bookshelf I can devote just to crafty things.

Here’s the thing, all of my supplies with the exception of two dresser drawers in another part of the house (one drawer holds cardstock, chipboard and items waiting to be altered and the other drawer holds completed mini-albums for my Etsy shop). and a couple of items on my crafting table are stored on this bookshelf. You read it right. All of my supplies are here.


I keep my crafting table pretty clean since it plays so many roles. Washi tape, tools in a spinner, a box to hold wood veneer pieces, buttons and ribbon, and a clear acrylic tray that I keep “must use now because I loooove it” embellishments in. And my Silhouette. To be honest, a lot of the time it gets put on the floor in the corner closest to the window.


And that’s about it. I’m a scrapping minimalist (at least that’s what I consider myself – I’m sure there are others out there that work in far less space and with far fewer supplies). If I bring something in, it has to be useful. And I’ve learned that if I don’t use it in 6 months, with the exception of a very few, select items, I’m never going to use it. So every 4 or 5 months I am ruthless about cleaning out every single type of supply. I tend to invest in tools (punches, paper trimmers, crop-a-dile) only after a lot of hemming and hawing (that’s southern, ya’ll) because they take up precious space.

You’ll notice this bookshelf doesn’t hold a ton of supplies. Here’s a little diagram.


To be honest, those drawers are pretty empty – I could probably even downsize, but I like to have space for when my supplies fluctuate. And now for the shameless plug. Keeping my supplies organized and in this small of a space would not be possible without that rack on the top of my bookshelf. It’s a Scrap Rack. Before I start extolling it’s virtues…I paid for this Scrap Rack myself. I am not being compensated for anything I say here.

A Scrap Rack is a base that holds three ring spinders on heavy duty velcro…which in turn hold heavy duty page protectors.


Purchasing a Scrap Rack is a big deal. First, it’s an investment. Second, they aren’t sold in stores, which was difficult for me, because I like to feel, touch and caress anything I am considering buying, especially when it costs a lot. I looked at it for months online. I watched a ton of videos, read reviews. I even sent emails to a couple of people who sold (not to me, unfortunately) their Scrap Racks. I wanted to know why it didn’t work out for them. And then, I trekked to the Stamp Expo and saw one in person…and officially grilled Tiffany, Scrap Rack’s creator, with questions.

What does minet hold? All of my patterned paper, letters (stickers, thickers, wood veneer), embellishments, acrylic stamps, and projects where I’ve pulled paper and embellishments and am just waiting for time to work on them. It holds a lot! I label my patterned paper with washi tape so it can be easily relabeled. It’s all stored in Side Loader Single pages.


Thickers and letters are stored in Double X-Long Storage Pages. To be honest, I can never have enough of these particular pages. I use these for letters and embellishments as well.  I use a combination of Triple Play Storage Pages, Fabulous Four Storage Pages, Perfect Six Storage Pages and Straight Eight Storage Pages for my remaining supplies.

The one exception is acrylic stamps. My collection is pretty small and I don’t have a problem removing the branding/packaging from them – so they are stored in Inque Boutique Stamp Keepers. They are basically a plastic clam-shell – acrylic stamps stick to the bottom plastic and they don’t slide around hardly at all. I purchased these a long time ago – and they are actually no longer being made. But, Scrap Rack now has something identical (they may even be better because they have tabs on the sides), called Klearly Krafty Storage Trays. One stop shopping!

I’ve been using the Scrap Rack for over a year now – so I feel highly qualified to give you a list of pros and cons.


  • Holds an enormous amount of stuff I used to keep everything that is now in the Scrap Rack in the white drawer units on my bookshelf. And when I needed something I dug, and dug and dug. Now I just flip the pages on my Scrap Rack and can see everything I own
  • Nothing gets lost
  • While it does have a bigger footprint, it’s pretty small for all it holds
  • It’s expandable. If I ever wanted more binder rings – I can get them, along with an expansion tray
  • I can customize every single page based on the supplies I’m storing. Which means, when I realize something isn’t working, I can try another type of storage page easily, without investing a ton of money.


  • It’s an investment
  • You can’t necessarily see what you are ordering ahead of time (but I have had no quality issues)
  • The pages do sag a little. This doesn’t bother me nearly as much as I thought it would. The fuller my Scrap Rack, the less the sag.

See – the pro list is way better!

Things that didn’t work for me, but might work for you

  • When I placed my first order I ordered Trader’s Twelve Storage Pages and Sweet Sixteen Basic Storage Pages, thinking I would store loose buttons, brads, ribbon, etc. These did not work for me. It to difficult to get things in and out. I had a hard time keeping the flaps closed so that my items wouldn’t fall out when I turned the pages. They just weren’t for me.
  • I’ve also discovered that Straight Eight Storage Pages don’t work for me either….mostly because the type of embellishments I buy don’t seem to fit in the pockets. I tend to need the larger pocket pages. This is probably hugely dependent on the types of embellishments I gravitate to.
  • Something that makes a huge difference in how your Scrap Rack works Order dividers. More than you think you actually need. They are super sturdy….and the more you have, the easier it is to navigate your Scrap Rack. I don’t actually label mine – I don’t even use them to divide “sections”. They are there as support for the page protectors. The more dividers you have, the less your pages sag. Trust me on this one.

And now that I’ve written a book – do you have a Scrap Rack? Do you have any specific questions for me? I’d love to take a stab at answering them!

And now for the big, big thing!

Want 15% off of your order at Scrap Rack?  Use coupon code CSI15 until November 15th!

Want to win a $150 gift card to purchase your very own Scrap Rack?  All you have to do comment here and letting us know which item in your crafty area you think is the most organized!

We will announce the winners of our giveaway on October 31st!



Silhouette Discount and a Giveaway!

Through October 4th, Craft Storage Ideas is offering a sweet discount at the Silhouette store!

You can choose from one of the following bundles:

(1)   Silhouette CAMEO Machine plus glass etching starter kit, plus a $10 gift card for $269.99 ($69.99 off the retail price)

(2)  Silhouette Portrait Machine plus glass etching starter kit, plus a $10 gift for $129.99 ($89.99 off the retail price)

(3)   Glass Etching Starter Kit  for $29.99 ($10.00 off the retail price)

Don’t forget to use STORAGE as the promotional code!


Our fabulous sponsor, Dr. Phil Scraps, is giving away a Close To My Heart organizer!




Keep your accessories, My Acrylix® blocks, and other crafting supplies organized in this sturdy plastic, see-through, stackable storage container. 14½” × 10½”× 2″.

To be in the running, all you have to do is comment on this post, telling us what your biggest crafty organizational challenge is.  Go on! Do it!

The giveaway will end October 1st!