Craft Storage Ideas: One Quick Share

Craft Storage Ideas: One Quick Share – An Inexpensive Rolling Cart
Craft storage doesn’t have to be pricey – just look at my latest score!

Hello Crafty Friends!

We hope you’re having a great weekend and that you’re getting a little creating in.

I’m using this weekend to work on a few organizing projects, projects that have been screaming for new storage solutions.

I got a screaming deal on the rolling cart below, a cart that can hold quite a bit, but is also short enough to fit under my crafting table (something which has proved challenging since most rolling carts, including my IKEA Raskog cart, are much taller).

I found the cart below at TJ Maxx, in the area where they have back-to-school and dorm furnishings stored, and I just had to share it with you!

It was only $19.99 – here’s the front and back of the tag in case you want to see if your local TJ Maxx (or another store in their chain) carries these:

Craft Storage Ideas: Budget Storage - Sheffield Home Cart Tag - Front (image)
Craft Storage Ideas: Budget Storage – Sheffield Home Cart Tag – Front
Craft Storage Ideas: Budget Storage - Sheffield Home Cart Tag - Back (image)
Craft Storage Ideas: Budget Storage – Sheffield Home Cart Tag – Back

And here’s a few shots of the cart itself – the first image is of the cart with all the baskets in place and the second is with the top basket removed (yes, the baskets come out!):

Craft Storage Ideas: Budget Storage - Sheffield Home Cart w/Baskets (image)
Craft Storage Ideas: Budget Storage – Sheffield Home Cart w/Baskets
Craft Storage Ideas: Budget Storage - Sheffield Home Cart w/Top Basket Removed (image)
Craft Storage Ideas: Budget Storage – Sheffield Home Cart w/Top Basket Removed

Anyone in need of something like this for storing crafty goodies?

Share your ideas for using this type of ‘budget storage’ –
we’d love to know how you’d use something like this!

Happy crafting and organizing,
Steph & The CSI Team

Craft Storage Round Up: Framelit and Spellbinder Storage

Hello crafters!  Kim here to share ideas for storing your Framelits, Nestabilities and Spellbinder dies.  I’ve been saving these ideas on a Pinterest board and I have actually tried 3 of them!  Don’t you just love all of the clever ideas that crafters share?  My favorite ideas always involve the storage ideas that also include a craft project!

By far the most pinned idea involved some kind of magnetic sheets or strips to hold the framelits in some way.  There are just so many creative variations on this idea!  Many people recommend magnetic vent covers or magnetic picture sheets that you can purchase for just a couple of dollars at your local pharmacy or hardware store.

The first idea comes from Jayne Stamps.  She uses magnetic sheets on the inside of her craft cabinet doors.  Personally, I drooled over this picture.  She has an entire cabinet devoted to her various dies.  Just looking at it makes me happy!


I found several ideas using these binders with the clear sleeves.  This one uses magnetic sheets to hold the framelits in place inside the plastic sleeves.  This idea comes from Sharing What I Love with  Tami Chronowski.

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I’ve tried this one and I found the binder didn’t close that well after adding a few sets of framelits.  Many people use this successfully and it fits great on your shelf or craft table.

The next idea comes from Leigh O’Brien at Sunflower Studios.  She cleverly uses a magnetic white board with magnetic clips.  This is beautifully organized with tags to label the various sets.

Another clever idea that will store easily is to use DVD cases or clear stamp cases sold by Stampin’ Up!  This idea was shared by Beth Crocker of Southern Inkerbelles.  She showed two ideas.  In one picture she shows how she stores the framelits in the case with the coordinating stamp set.  In the other, she shows how she stores them in their original envelope.  In both cases, I love how she uses her Designer Papers to make it prettier!  This is also a great way to use your leftover scraps of paper!

You can see that she has a magnetic sheet behind the designer paper in both cases!

framelit storage round up


Our own Amanda Corbet from Crafting Creations shared her scathingly brilliant idea (I love that description Amanda!) of using a frame that she painted, magnetic sheets and some pretty paper.   It looks like art and I bet it looks great in the room too.  If you are anything like me, you like to have things out where you can see them so that you remember that you have them…you will actually use them too!


Finally, there are several box and drawer storage ideas that hold the framelits in the original envelope.  You can see that some people have created their own boxes while others use purchased boxes.  Adding labels and tabs makes it easier to find what you’re looking for as you thumb through the box of framelits.

I love this one with the handmade box shared by Sam Donald from Pootles.  She includes a video tutorial to show how she created them!  This is a fun idea.  When you need room to grow, you can just create another box as your stash grows.

framelits handmade box

Karen from Still Young and Croppin’ shared this great file box storage idea.  She has several more pictures on her site with a wonderful description of the components that she used to create this system.  Don’t you love the labels?  You can so easily find what you’re looking for without pulling them all out!

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There are so many clever ideas, that it’s truly difficult to pick one!  You just have to find one that works with your space, your budget and your crafting style.

We would love to hear how you store your framelits, Spellbinders and Nestabilities!  Please leave a comment below and let us know what’s working for you!

Thank you for stopping by!

Craft Storage Ideas Kim Skinner

Craft Room Tour – Tracy Weinzapfel Studios

Hi dear readers! It’s Amanda here and I am super excited to share this wonderful craft studio with you today. Tracy Weinzapfel is an absolutely amazing artist! I’ve been following her blog and tuning in on Mixed Media Monday’s for some time now. Her artwork is just amazing! So lets take a look into her space where she creates her beautiful works of art.

Tracy’s command central is this fantastic center island. Look at all those wonderful drawers! So much storage in one handy piece of furniture! On the table top she has a large piece of glass to protect the table top from paints. Not to mention… look at all those storage drawers in the background. Talk about taking advantage of every square inch!

At one end of the room Tracy really has maximized her storage by using up all the vertical space right up to the ceiling. I love how she has her paint stored on the rails of the right wall. You can find more information about that genius storage solution here.

Just outside the studio doors Tracy has these wonderful floating shelves to display recent works of art. How awesome is it to decorate with things you have created?! So cool!

I just love this photo…. (*sigh*). Nuff said.

Tracy is a wonderfully entertaining artist. She has regular videos sharing her Mixed Media Monday sessions where she paints live for an hour. Many viewers paint along with her and share their works on the facebook page. So make sure you hop on over to her blog and take a poke around. She creates some seriously awesome artwork. You can also view more photos of Tracy’s studio by following this handy-dandy link.



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Cataloguing your supplies with Evernote

 Hi everyone, it’s Sharon here today and I want to share with you my ideas for using Evernote software to keep track of my supplies.

I had never heard of Evernote until I saw an old post on here from Cicily where she shared how she uses it.   I recently made the switch from storing my stamps in CD cases to the Avery Elle storage pockets, and whilst doing so, had a bit of a clear out and got rid of a lot of older stamps.  This left me with a bit of a dilemma, because I had numbered all my CD cases, and created a folder of stamped images so I could categorize them and easily find the particular stamp I wanted.   The thought of starting that all over from scratch didn’t appeal so I was looking for another way to do it.

I really wasn’t sure that Evernote would work for me.   I do like to flip through a book to see what I have – and I have gone back to a paper planner because I can’t cope with using a digital calendar, so I was a little sceptical about it, but I’m so glad I gave it a try, because it really is fantastic.

If you don’t know anything about Evernote, it’s free software, that enables you to create various ‘notebooks’, and within those notebooks you can list anything you like.  It’s easiest to download the software onto a PC or laptop for creating your catalogues, but then you can also access it via an app on your phone or tablet, which is extremely useful.   It also includes a snipping tool, which enables you to copy and paste anything from your screen and catalogue it.  You can add ‘tags’ to each note and then search for those tags.

So, to explain it better, I’ll show you what I have created so far.

I started off cataloguing my stamps.   So I created a notebook called ‘Stamp Catalogue’.    Then I created a ‘note’ for each of my stamp sets.  The format for each ‘note’ is the same, first I list the manufacturer, then the name of the set.   Using the snipping tool I add a picture of the set (I usually get this from the manufacturers website), I then add tags which will give me all the information I need when searching – so I create tags describing all the images in a set, all the greetings, then additional tags such as ‘Christmas’, ‘Birthday’ etc.

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It really didn’t take that long to add all my sets and I am really finding it a great way to work.  If, for instance, I’m looking for a greeting that says ‘Happy Birthday’, I just search the tags for that, and then I can flip through all the sets I have that are relevant.  You can add more than one picture to each note, so another idea I had was to also include a photo of the stamped image along with various marker colour options.  You could also add photos of cards made using that stamp in case you want to recreate them.

I plan to create ‘notebooks’ for all my supplies, then, when I’m out shopping, I can quickly see what I already have.   Although I have started an ink swatch book for my inks and embossing powders which I will rely on to see the true colours, I think I’m going to list them on Evernote too, just so I have a list accessible from my phone so I know at a glance what I already have.

So far, I’ve catalogued my wafer thin dies:

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My digital stamps:

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and my punches:

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Next, I’m planning to add my Distress Inks, my embossing folders and my stencils.

 Since it’s accessible from my phone, I plan to add some other notebooks for all sorts of other things.  Here’s some ideas of other things it could be used for  – to do lists, recipe lists, shopping lists, useful snippets of code that I want to store somewhere, colour swatches, card sketches, Christmas card list, birthday present lists, storing business cards, etc.

I hope I’ve persuaded you all to have a go with it – I really have found that it’s changed my life!




How to Store Distress Ink Blending Tools

distress ink blending tool storage

Hey there, Jessica here! I ADORE my distress inks.  If my craft room was on fire and I could only save one thing…I’d save my distress inks.  I love their versatility and all the bright, cheerful colors!  When I bought my first distress ink pads last year I just threw them in a drawer with the rest of my ink pads.  As I started using them I found myself keeping them out on a regular basis.  Then I discovered distress markers…and the reinkers…and the blending tools…and I was in trouble.

I had an ink organizer from Organize More that I loved and while browsing their site one day I realized that they had distress ink specific organizers but not ones that would hold the reinkers and markers.  So I put in a request for one and a few months later they added it to the line-up!

distress ink storage

After I received the organizer I really got into using the mini ink blending tools.  I started off with just two tools and a handful of pads but ended up making the investment for individual tools for each color.  I found myself accidentally smudging and ruining cards when trying to change the blending pads.  And I also had a tendency to accidentally mistake the colors and contaminate the blending pad or the actual ink pad.  I use them often enough that I figured it was worth it to have easy access to them.  I lucked out and was able to find the blending tools at JoAnn’s on sale and was able to add an extra coupon near Christmas bringing each tool to 75% off!  (Actually I think they may have been mismarked at JoAnn’s…but I wasn’t going to argue with the cashier!)

Then I had to figure out how to store them…I had wanted to have easy access to them but didn’t want them out on my workspace.  I found an Artbin container and realized the tools would fit perfectly.  I ended up grouping them in threes (in the same order as my ink organizer).

distress ink blending tool storage

I also made up a diagram with the name of each color in the grouping and washi-taped it to both sides of the lid so that I could easily find individual colors.

distress ink blending tool storage

In the front compartments I keep extra pads and a handful of leftover tools (including the older rectangular tools).  I also labeled each tool so that I wouldn’t make any mistakes with the colors.

distress ink blending tool storage

If you couldn’t tell I get a little excited about organizing supplies in my craft room! 🙂  I hope this gives you some ideas for how to store your distress inks and supplies!

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