Just One Tip: Color Sorting

Happy Monday. It’s Cicily sharing a quick tip for you today.


Back when my scrapbook supply collection hadn’t overtaken my room and I wasn’t so concerned with organization, my sister had me flabbergasted when she coordinated her cardstock by color. I thought she was a little off her rocker. Then she sorted her buttons by color. I still wasn’t fully convinced.  But then I started thinking about how easy things are to find if you were able to go straight for the right color.

Then this happened in my room!


My buttons, card stock and scrap paper soon followed suit and were sorted by color . I have to admit it helps a lot when searching for a specific color of something. I even sorted my patterned paper by color, right next to my card stock. I don’t do this with everything, mostly with supplies that I don’t have too many of, like my washi tape and markers.

Organizing is all about what work’s for you. If you haven’t tried color sorting, give it a whirl!




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!



Studio Tour {Marty’s Musings}

I’m so happy to introduce you to Marty Walden of Marty’s Musings.  Marty has been blogging at Marty’s Musings since 2008 but only recently has managed to turn her DIY/home/food blog into a business. She  has homeschooled  her five children for 20 yearsa and loves DIYing with her husband Tim.

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Craft Room Storage from Marty's Musings

My husband Tim and I spent several weeks talking through ideas for my scrapbook room. I scoured magazines and online websites for inspiration and dreamed of how I could make these ideas work for me.

This is the main wall of my scrapbook room. My husband built the countertop and shelves according to my specific needs and scrapbooking supplies. My counter is waist high because I scrap and create standing up. There was much consternation over the exact height to make the counter! Luckily, we figured right and it is perfect! I bought a desk chair at a yard sale and it was a great buy and very comfortable.

This ribbon rack is one of my favorite storage solutions! I adore ribbon and have far too many rolls that I have gotten at yard sales and craft stores. I wanted to be able to see as much of it as possible because it inspires me and I use it often on cards and layouts.  My husband rigged the dowel rods and hooks. A perfect solution plus it’s pretty to look at!

We also bought a twin bed with headboard from my niece and used a mattress and bedding we already owned. Drawers on the side give me more room for my ribbon stash! It seriously was taking over the world!

Craft Room Storage from Marty's Musings

My scrapbook room’s design ended up revolving around these two units I bought at Goodwill for $20 total (below).  The unit had 6″x6″ cubbies with removable partitions. I removed several of them to allow the units to be used for 12×12 paper. Absolutely perfect solution for my massive collection! (I am slightly paper crazy.) This also allowed smaller compartments at the top for some of my other supplies. We put the cubbies on top of 4 units I bought at Target several years ago.

Craft Room Ideas from Marty's Musings

I love the look of open storage and accomplished that with these dollar store baskets and larger ones from yard sales. I used manila tags and a label maker on all of my baskets to keep everything organized.

Craft Room Storage from Marty's Musings

These smaller mason jars contain my button collection, separated by colors. I use everything from spice jars to quart size mason jars for ribbons, silk flowers, embellishments and more.

Craft Room Storage from Marty's Musings

One of the ways I protect my scrapbook albums is to store them in a shelving unit near the front door. In case of a fire, I know what I will grab first! This post also tells more about how I organize my pictures and albums. 

Craft Room Storage from Marty's Musings

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

I am a frugal shopper from way back, and I knew I wanted to save money while still creating a beautiful space for me to work. I shopped yard sales, thrift sales and the dollar store to save money wherever possible. We ended up spending a total of around $500 on the room makeover.

2. What was your greatest challenge?

Probably finding a way to store my growing collection of 12×12 paper! The cubbies we found at Goodwill worked perfectly.

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

I definitely like to be organized, but as my blog has become a job I find I am making a greater variety of projects and need to find solutions for different products. I love labeling and want my room to be beautiful as well as functional.

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

I am actually in the middle of a room makeover! I was not happy with the way I was using the space, and I needed to rethink how I actually spent my time in the room. I have moved some things around and am adding an area to shoot photos for my blog. Yes, my organization is always revolving to find a system that works for me!


Did you see a organizational method you can put to use in your own space?  I’m loving those shelves!  To see more of Marty’s space and her work, please visit her at Marty’s Musings.

Product Highlight {Spools}

Hey there, it’s Lisa here on this crisp November day! Have you ever purchased an item for your crafty endevors but never got around to using it? I know silly question right ~ we ALL do that!!! I have a jar of wooden spools that are about to be rescued. Today I’m sharing a variety of ways to use them as a storage solution.  First up are these gorgeous shabby chic memo spools. A great way to use up snippets of favorite ribbons or trims and a pretty place to store notes or ideas!



Turning a spool into a sweet little pincushion keeps fancy pins and sewing needles close at hand. I see something like this in my future!

wooden spool pin cushion

A perfect way to store delicate or vintage trims can be seen at the Paper Doll Girl!


Ready for a touch of  happiness in a jar? Even a small spool can hold yard after yard of twine then be tucked neatly into a jar.



Larger vintage spools that can be found on Etsy, Ebay or specialty stores work beautifully for buttons or wrapping twines as well as hemp cording and jute. I love the idea of pretty scissors placed in the spool ~ decorative and handy!


Altering one end of the spool to be removable is a cute way to store and color coordinate your Washi Tape collection.


This is a delightful way to store ribbon! Neat, tidy and easily accessible!


I’ve been inspire to put my neglected spools to good use I hope you have too! Don’t have any spools? Most stores such as Hobby Lobby, Michael’s and Joann carry them in large and small quantities. Archivers and other scrapbook stores usually stock Maya Road and Jenny Bowlin. And if you have a fondness for the vintage variety try Etsy, Ebay and antique stores they offer a great selection.

Thanks so much for your visit, we appreciate it!


Just One Tip: Repurpose Old Jars

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 Nest of Posies jar storage

Hi all! Noelle here today with a quick tip on re-using something that we all use every day – jars!  I have always used jars in my craft space. I love that they come in all shapes and sizes, and many of them are my favorite price – absolutely free!  I usually save any jar that I empty in my kitchen, run it through the dishwasher and remove any leftover labels by soaking in hot water and dish detergent, baby oil or Goo-Gone.  If the lids have a logo on them, you can always spray paint them or decoupage them with fabric or decorative paper.

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Decorative Jar Lids

Here’s some pics of some great ways to stash the jars.  I am absolutely IN LOVE with this DIY rack from Epheriell Designs!  Isn’t this awesome? You could make them in different sizes to accommodate whatever size jars you might have.

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 Isn’t this clever? Love this idea of screwing the jar lids to an underside of a shelf, and then just unscrewing the jar to access what you need. No more lids cluttering up your workspace! I have actually seen this idea implemented in some craft rooms in real life. It would work particularly well to use baby food jars and use them for small embellishments like brads, buttons, etc. Or you could sort small embellishments like color; for example putting all your red eyelets, gems, and buttons in one jar, aqua ones in another, and so on.

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 Good Housekeeping 

Loving how this tiered organizer is used to stash her jars! The clear glass still makes it easy to see where everything is, all the while keeping in neatly corralled and not in piles. J Maybe mine could use a few small jars as an addition!

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 Kendra McCracken 

I’ve always used a jar to store my buttons. But something like this would also work well for single, wood-mount stamps, pens, ribbons, etc.

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 Sweet Meas

These vintage canning jars are simply GORGEOUS! Super smart idea to use it to house a big spool of twine. Be still my vintage-lovin’ heart!

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 My Sister’s Cottage 

I am currently digging on these adorable spice jars from Anthropologie! I bought the green one and am working on my own DIY version.

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Well that is it for me today! Thanks for popping by Craft Storage Ideas, and I’ll “see” you again very soon!



Products We Heart!

Products we heartIt’s the week of Valentine’s, and we just couldn’t help but jump on the bandwagon.  We tend to show all sorts of rooms and products here (that is our purpose, after all), but each of our contributors has a favorite product or two that they can’t live without.  And this week we are going to talk about them!  Here’s hoping that you’ll be inspired to organize so you can create even more!

I’m super excited to be the first in line to share the organizing product I love the most.  It took me years and years to figure out the best way to organize my embellishments and papers so that I could easily find what I needed.  And once I bit the bullet to invest in The ScrapRack, my crafty life was forever changed!


 Seems pretty nondescript, right?  But, once you add the storage pages, you’ll be amazed at how much can be stored here (the picture below shows multiple units, I believe).


I am not your average scrapper.  Meaning, I tend to keep my supplies to a minimum, buying only what I need.  I tend to purge more than stockpile.  So, one ScrapRack base unit (see the first image in the post) holds all of my embellishments, letter stickers, clear acrylic stamps, patterned paper and kits (I only keep my monthly kits for one month all together in one storage page, then divide it out with other embellishments, patterned paper, etc. once the new kit arrives the next month).  Yep, you read right.  It holds everything except for my tools, inks, ribbon, buttons and some cardstock.

A ScrapRack is an investment, with a base price of $100.00, not including storage pages.  But, it’s completely worth it!  Do you have any questions about how I used my ScrapRack?  Comment away and I’ll do my best to answer!

Hope you’ll join us tomorrow for more products we heart!

CSI Rebecca

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!!


The Small Stuff

If you are like me, when you make a project, or even take apart a kit club kit,  you are left with the ‘craftermath.’ The big stuff has a designated home and gets cleaned up easily but what about all that little stuff? The perplexing little pile of bits and pieces; buttons, extra stamped images, die cuts or tiny fussy cut pieces that you decided not to use but can’t bear to throw out. These items used to pile up at the end of my desk and the pile would grow with each new project made or kit dismantled. Here’s how I manage this little stuff…

As I’m working on a project, I sort them into a variety of little boxes and containers (new and vintage) that fit in the work space of my desk. This step helps to eliminate the pile before it even starts:

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Here’s a view of how they fit onto my desk– I keep them close where I can see them and use them. I’m an out of sight/out of mind scrapbooker. If I put these in a drawer, or even a box with a lid, I’d never use them:

The white stacking boxes are Martha Stewart. They stack up and conserve valuable desk space. There’s even a long tray component that would be perfect for those patterned strips that get cut from the end of 12 x 12 sheets. I’ve got a huge collection of those!

If there are tiny parts that I’d like to set aside, I use these clear tubes to separate them from the pile.

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I love them because they can stand on their own, you can see immediately what is in them and the opening is wide enough for big brads and buttons. I don’t label them because they are constantly getting emptied and refilled. I love having a stash of these clean, simple containers on hand.

Another related ‘small stuff’ area that I like to organize this way is my journaling spot/tag and tiny envelope stash (aka the ‘whatever trendy item I am in love with at the moment’ stash) I sort and store these in a similar fashion and keep them where I can see them and hopefully use them:

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As with any storage system, it’s got room for growth and change. What works right now might not work in a few months when my obsession du jour is some other craft item. One of the keys to managing the little stuff is to purge regularly. If you do this every month or so you re-familiarize yourself with the stuff at the bottom or back of the containers – maybe even inspire yourself to make something new!

Stack Fit Boxes by Martha Stewart for Staples

Ceramic peach and fruit baskets from Sur la Table

Plastic Tubes by SRM Stickers

Olahbelhe Sewing Studio

Have you seen the newly unveiled Olahbelhe Sewing Studio?  I think pictures are far better than words….at least when it comes to this beautiful studio!

Nice and Tidy and Full of Fabric!
Beautifully Sorted and Organized
The Sewing Nook


Lovely Drawers for Sorting Buttons

Impressed?  I certainly hope so!  For more photos and information about this fabulous room, check out the Olabelhe blog!


Thread Storage {Crazy Mom Quilts}

I’m a sucker for all things that are sorted by color.  Which makes this thread shelf a must view, in my opinion.  And of course, it’s vintage.  Lovely.

Thread storage

Add sorted buttons and I’m a goner.

Thread and buttons by color

To read more about this shelf…and see more of Amanda Jean’s projects, check out her blog, Crazy Mom Quilts.