For today’s spotlight, I am going to focus on their ink pad storage units.
When I first started papercrafting I stuffed my (small) collection of ink pads into drawers in my craft desk.
I quickly realized that 1) the color I wanted would ALWAYS be on the bottom of a stack in the back of my drawer, and 2) I forgot what colors I had and would end up using the same limited palette…my early cards, lots of Peacock Feathers distress ink going on.Ha!
When I finally decided to switch to an actual ink storage unit, I looked at several and ultimately settled on the OrganizeMoreProInk Organizer.
And I am SO thrilled that I found this product!
I started off with one of the ProInk Organizers which holds every ink pad size up to those the size of the Stampin’ Up pads.
I purchased two of these units, but quickly filled them up and started looking at other options from OrganizeMore.
Around this time I was really getting interested in various techniques with Distress Ink Pads, Reinkers and Markers and I was looking for a unit that would hold all three.
OrganizeMore had units that would hold Stampin’ Up markers, reinkers and pads, but they didn’t yet have a Distress Ink option.
I think this might be my most favorite unit just because it’s so pretty!
Here’s a closer look (below) at each cubby.
The dowels keep the re-inkers and ink pads from getting stuck too far back in each compartment – love that!
Now, I have to stop and admit that I’m a bit of an ink hoarder.
I LOVE the gorgeous colors and, with all of the companies continuing to put out such quality ink pads and colors, I kept needing more and more storage!
Next, I purchased a ProInk/ReInk Organizer (see below) which ended up working really well to store some of my extra ink pads, as well as the brand new Distress Ink colors that have been released this year.
Again, the dowels help to keep the re-inkers from getting lost in the back of the organizer.
And, this unit also fits Stampin’ Up pads.
Finally, I totally ran out of room for storage units on my craft desk and, while all of the units can be wall-mounted, I didn’t want to take up wall space either.
So, a few months ago I contacted Mike at OrganizeMore about the possibility of creating an ink pad storage unit specifically for the cubbies of an Ikea Expedit/Kallax, and he was open to the idea!
I have three of these new units now and I anticipate purchasing a fourth soon!
The dividers are a little different than OrganizeMore‘s traditional corrugated plastic inserts, but they work just as well and using these dividers allows customers to fit more ink pads into the unit (which is a total win in my book!).
Here’s a look at this style of organizer:
While these units are slightly different than the other units sold by OrganizeMore, aesthetically these units still fit with the other units they sell, which is a big plus for my slightly OCD brain!
I have always chosen the white units with white inserts as they fit my craft room design best, but OrganizeMore offers nine different color options for the units so you can surely find something that will complement your craft space!
Organize More also offers daily deals where they discount one of their units by 15 percent.
And, as a special perk for our readers, OrganizeMorehas given us a discount code good for 10% off your purchase, good through July 25th!
The discount code is: CSI715.
I cannot say enough nice things about the products from OrganizeMore.
They’re classy, well-designed and perfect for corralling the craft products in your life!
I hope you’ll visit them and see if there’s anything that would work for your craft room.
Thanks so much for visiting and please stop by my blog, All The Sparkle, to say hi!
Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-purpose & Re-use – Garage Sale Finds Check out three garage sale finds that are ideal for storing crafting supplies!
It’s Amanda here!
I’m back to share with you some great storage ideas for your crafty space!
It’s summer and every weekend you see garage sale signs all over the place.
The saying goes that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure.
Well, there are hidden gems that you can frequently find at garage sales and I have three ideas
I’d like to share with you today.
This wooden toolbox is great for keeping brushes, paint and paint misters handy,
right on your work table.
And, if you need the space, it’s easy to move to another location – just grab
the big handle on top.
This would also work great to hold jars of your most frequently used tools like scissors,
pencils, a ruler, glue and more!
Next up is a vintage metal tool box.
This is the kind of toolbox that you would expect to see in a home or a garage.
I just love the vintage look!
This keeps my jewelry-making tools corralled and in a handy spot right next to my beads.
If I want to work somewhere else in the house, it’s easy to close the lid and transport my tools wherever I need to go.
Now, if you’re looking for a great way to display some of your crafty goodness, look no further than a wooden DVD storage cabinet!
This cabinet was originally designed to hang vertically, but I added some little angle brackets from the hardware store, along with some screws and anchors, and I have a shelf that fits perfectly above my book case and allows me to display some of my carefully crafted projects.
You could, of course, use this method to store just about anything on a shelf, all from something you can pick up at a garage sale for a few bucks.
So, when you’re out prowling around garage sales (and flea markets, yard sales and vintage fairs) keep an eye out for things that can be used as crafting supplies, tools and projects storage.
Shiny and new is nice, but when you’re on a budget, it’s nice to find storage solutions with character that work for your space.
I hope I’ve inspired you to think outside the box and re-purpose something that works great for you!
Craftroom Organization: Unique Storage Ideas – Flamingos Divine Finds Check out more unique storage ideas for your craft room or art studio!
This post is part of an ongoing series about using unique items to organize and store your crafting supplies and tools.
Not only do these items provide storage, but they add character – and often a bit of history and/or whimsy – to a craft room or art studio.
The following images are shots of items spotted at a shop specializing in vintage items, a shop called Flamingos Divine Finds (photo above).
I ran across this shop while staying in the Corcoran neighborhood in the Twin Cities (that’s Minneapolis & St. Paul, Minnesota, for those who might be wondering).
I found so many items I love in this little shop (a shop that’s only open five days a month) and most items were very reasonable priced – gotta love that!
Now, a few treasures did make their way back to my rental with me: a metal book rack, which was already given as a gift; a metal tackle box (pictured above), which I’ll use for art supplies; a vintage hatbox, which will be shipped to a certain birthday girl; and, an unused vintage scrapbook, something I shared on Instagram today and that I can’t wait to add to my growing collection!
As I told the shopkeeper as he rang up my purchase, if I lived in the Twin Cities, I would have brought my truck to the shop and filled it up – yup, their stuff was that cool!
Of course, many of the items shown below are unique to this shop (check out the cool stove above!).
But, that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to find the same types of items, or similar items, where you live.
So, let’s take a look at what I saw, and chat about how each item could be used (and maybe altered).
Again, the idea behind sharing unique storage items is to give you ideas about how you can use them in your space.
Please Note: Because the prices for these types of items can vary greatly from city to city, store to store or garage sale to garage sale, I have not included the prices of each in my description of them, but you can see the price tag on most of the items if you click on the image for a zoomed-in look. This will give you some idea of what to expect in terms of cost (again, most were very reasonably priced!).
Option One: A Vintage Train (Cosmetic) Case
This was one of the first items I spotted as I entered the store and I just fell in love with it!
I have always loved train | cosmetic cases and this one is in very good shape.
The stitching around the edges is awesome!
This would make a great case for storing sewing notions, fat squares, 6″ x 6″ paper pads or large papercutting dies,or perhaps all your stamping supplies.
It’d also be ideal as a storage case for on-the-go art journaling or mixed media supplies, don’t ya think?
Option Two: Divided Wooden Box
Now before we get to the wooden box in the photo above, I have to call your attention to the old camera and pair of skates hanging next to it.
It took great restraint for me to not buy them both – I love these!
O.K., on to the box…
This divided box would be perfect for storing small stamps and stamp sets, small metal papercutting dies, and journaling cards for Project Life® and other pocket scrapbooking endeavors.
It’d also be great for storing tubes of beads and findings for jewelry-making, and small stamp pads for stamping and cardmaking.
This is a great solution if you need your supplies out in the open where you can see them, and could also be great for dividing up a deep drawer.
What would you use it for?
Option Three: Tiered Tray Table
This table is perfect for the corner of a work area.
I’d use it to store my paints, jars of embossing powder and Stickle’s so they’re right at hand when I need them.
You could also stand wooden stamps on the two tiers, making a small collection visible (imagine how much more use your wooden stamps would get if they were on display!).
Add some small baskets to the two trays and you can store most any small crafting supply!
What other craft supplies can you envision being stored on a unit like this?
Option Four: Condiment Carousel
If you’re a Mad Men fan, then this little gem has likely made your heart skip a beat!
This mid-century condiment carousel is so indicative of that era and would make a great addition to any home or craft space.
I’m still seriously considering going back to get this (hopefully it hasn’t been snapped up already!).
How fun would it be to store loose buttons or embellishments, or filled bobbins, in the glasses?!
This metal and glass carousel would also easily hold collections of pens. markers, art pencils and other writing implements, as well as adhesive runners, sewing notions or small tools.
Fill the glasses with jewelry-making tools, findings or beads and you might be amazed at how quickly you can put together great pieces of jewelry, since everything would be right at hand!
Option Five: Spice Rack
This old-school spice rack will hold a lot of jars, jars that are perfect for storing small papercrafting embellishments (such as buttons and brads), sewing notions (pins and needles, etc.), and beads and jewelry findings.
Or use the rack to store your favorite paints or adhesives right above your work area – quick access means more use and faster creating.
Don’t like the color? A quick spray of paint and it’s got a whole new look!
Option Six: Sugar Shaker
These are perfect for storing twine – just drop in a spool and thread the end through the opening in the metal top and you can quickly and easily unravel and cut just what you need for your project.
Got a bunch of lengths of ribbon, like most every crafter I know?
Store them in this type of jar by color, type or manufacturer – they’ll dress up your creative space and make it easy to see whatcha got!
BTW: I’ve seen these for sale at places like HomeGoods | TJ Maxx | Marshall’s for only $1.99 each!
Option Seven: Record Box
You had me at hello! I just love this box (and its twin)!
Because this box is made to hold record albums (you remember those, right?), it’s also perfect for storing (true) 12″ x 12″ paper and cardstock.
And again, a quick coat of paint and these could look great with any decor!
Option Eight: Glass Frog
O.k., for those who may not know what a “frog” is, this type of frog is used for flower arranging.
It’s placed in the bottom of a vase or other vessel to hold the flower or plant stems in place.
This particular frog was made of white glass, similar to milk glass, and I immediately thought of using this for keeping my favorite art markers handy on my work area, where I can quickly grab them while creating.
It could also be used for short paint brushes or crochet hooks.
Option Nine: Cassette Tape Carousel
OK, this should bring back lots of memories for the over-40 crowd!
This rotating storage unit is made for storing cassette tapes, something some of you may not have ever listened to, but I sure did.
In fact, I had quite a collection!
Because the size and shape of cassette tape boxes is very similar to that of many popular brands of standard-sized ink pads, this could be a great solution for storing your stamp pads.
A quick twist of the carousel and you can see and access a whole collection of inks in seconds!
But wait, there’s more!
I made my way downstairs in FlamingosDivine Finds and was NOT disappointed!
Option Ten: Lucite Tower
Can’t you just see your crochet hooks, knitting needles, paint brushes or art markers hanging out in this little baby?
I sure can!
If I didn’t already have a storage solution for my art markers, this would have come home with me today.
I love that it’s clear, making it easy to quickly see where each item is stored.
I love storage solutions that make searching for items quick and easy – you too?
Option Eleven: Metal File Drawers
I have such a soft spot in my heart for this type of drawer unit – don’t ask me why, I just do!
I recently purchased a larger drawer unit and it will become a home for my small journaling stamp sets.
How do you envision using drawers like this?
Perhaps for Project Life® journaling cards, journaling or project ideas written on index cards, or small stamp sets or metal dies?
You can easily find these cabinets in larger sizes and they’d be great for storing patterns for sewing, embroidery or cross-stitch or other needle arts.
Once again, a quick coat of paint and you can give them a whole new look.
Or, decoupage them with fun images – personalizing them is half the fun!
Option Twelve: Wooden Corner Shelf
Got some extra space in a corner of your craft room or studio?
This type of storage unit is ideal!
Small bottles of paint, embossing powder or other mediums would easily fit on the shelves, as would small glass jars holding ribbons, embellishments or jewelry-making supplies.
Leave the wood as is for a warm, natural look, or paint it to match any decor (and repaint it whenever the mood strikes you!).
Option Thirteen: Plastic Snack Trays
I fell in love with these the moment I spotted them!
How fun would it be to use trays like these for storing embellishments or notions – lay them in shallow drawers and pull them out when you need to search for just the right embellishment.
Assign one tray to each color (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple and Pink) and mix all the different types of embellishments in that color together in its tray to make quick work of decorating your projects.
These trays, or trays like them, would also work well for storing beads, spools of thread, or small rubber stamps or ink pads, and a whole host of other items that work well in open storage solutions.
Option Fourteen: Milk Glass
I know several crafters who collect vessels like these and use them for storing their craft supplies.
Whether you’re into this white Milk Glass or prefer a color like Jadeite, using your collection to store your craft supplies is a fun way to accomplish two things at once – displaying your collection and keeping your supplies organized.
Option Fifteen: Cash Register Tray
This well-worn cash register tray may have served its usefulness as a repository for cash, but it still has great potential for dividing a drawer and keeping small supplies corralled.
This one in particular could use a good scrubbing and a coat of paint!
Option Sixteen: Spinning Tray Unit
The trays in this unit lift out making it easy to grab the supplies you need and take them to where you’re working.
O.K., are you ready for a unique way to use trays like these, particularly trays that have seen better days?
Use them as paint palettes!
Option Eighteen: Printers Tray
These trays get me every time!
And this one is in great shape and only $20 (which is a great deal)!
These trays offer several usage possibilities: use them to show off favorite collectibles or photos; lay them flat under a piece of glass and fill them with small embellishments before adding a glass topper and making them into a work surfaces; or, hang them on the wall and display your favorite small rubber stamps in the cubbies.
I’m sure you can think of other uses as well.
Option Nineteen: Cigar Boxes
Cigar boxes can serve many purposes and are great used individually or as a collection.
Leave them as-is or cover them with paper, fabric, paint or decoupaged ephemera, then store your favorite crafting supplies inside.
Because they’re lightweight, yet sturdy, they make great portable storage too!
I can envision using them for spools of thread or bobbins, embroidery thread, containers of beads, etc.
Just be aware that the odor from the cigars these boxes once contained may linger for a bit – stuffing wadded up newspaper in them for a day or two could help get rid of the smell if you don’t like the odor.
How would you use a cigar box for storage?
Option Nineteen: Relish Tray
This relish tray is just one of many I’ve spotted at vintage and antique shops and events and I always gravitate toward them.
But because I don’t have much horizontal space, and I like to reserve it for the act of creating, I have always passed on buying any of these glass trays.
However, the more I think about it, the more I realize these are a great solution for the insides of drawers.
The design of this one makes it a good solution for keeping your favorite writing implements stashed – others, with more individual compartments, could be used to sort a variety of small supplies for numerous crafty endeavors.
And our final vintage find…
Option Twenty: Vintage Shopping Baskets
These shopping baskets transported me right back to the days when I went with my Mom to the local five-and-dime for pieces of fabric.
Yes, at one time, the local “dime stores” sold fabric!
The fabric was relatively inexpensive and my Mom did wonders with it, including making most everything I wore as a young kid.
The shopping baskets that were used then were just like these and I have long wanted to find one of these for storing my yarn during the months when I spend my evenings crocheting.
These would also be ideal for storing small pads of patterned paper, in-process projects of most any type, fabric pieces, and crafting books and magazines.
Want to take your crafting with you on a road trip or just into another room?These would work great!
Well, that’s it for another round of unique storage items.
We’d love to hear your thoughts,
and take a look at YOUR unique storage items.
Please share your thoughts and links in the comments below.
Craftroom Organization: Unique Storage Ideas – Hobby Lobby Check out these unique ideas for your craft room!
How many of you are looking for something “unique” for your craft room or art studio?
A single item to add some character or to inspire the “theme” of your creative space?
Or, maybe a collection of items to create a fresh look and feel for your space?
Well, we might have found what you’re looking for!
We’re sharing some non-traditional storage solutions to get your organizing mojo flowing.
These were spotted at my local Hobby Lobby and I just had to share them.
Because they have character and each is a great solution for storing specific types of crafting supplies…and they’re on sale!
Now I know there’ll be at least a few of you who don’t have a Hobby Lobby near you, or who may not be able to find these exact units at your local store.
The idea behind sharing these is to give you ideas about how you can use unique storage items and furnishings that are not specific to craftroom and/or crafting supply organization.
Along with each item I’ve shared my thoughts on what would best fit in that type of organizational unit, as well as characteristics of the unit so you can look for these same qualities in products and furnishings you might come across where you live (and bargain hunt!).
Let’s take a look at each option and chat about how it could be used…
Option One: A Shabby Chic Drawer Unit
This unit is ideal for storing the small stuff – papercrafting embellishments and adhesives, sewing and quilting notions, etc.
I have a similar unit in my craft room (mine is more narrow and taller and black) and I love it!
I use mine for storing small office supplies (in the top row), jewelry findings and metal items (in the middle rows), and small zip-top baggies, etc. in the lower rows.
It’s easy to label the outsides of the drawers so you know what’s inside them, and by removing supplies from their packaging and placing them in small baggies, you can fit a lot in each drawer.
Again, I love this type of drawer unit!
Option Two: A Vintage-Style Drawer Unit
This unit provides storage for a variety of different items.
My first thought was to use this as a die-cutting station. Any of the popular machines will fit on the top, with supplies stored below.
Add some hooks to the side and you can easily hang your cutting mats so they don’t get bent and are at-hand when needed.
Into quilting or sewing?
The drawers are perfect for smaller pieces of fabric (like fat quarters).
This could also be used for storing needle arts supplies (well, that is, if you don’t have a huge stash like some of us!).
Of course you can change up the look of this type of unit with a coat of paint and label the drawers with simple hang-tags.
Option Three: A Wooden & Metal Drawer Unit
The great thing about this unit is that it’s small enough to be placed on a work surface and it still holds a lot.
I can see the drawers being used for a variety of crafting supplies: paints and short brushes; mediums for mixed media projects; embellishments, art markers or small stamp sets for papercrafting; etc.
Option Four: A Decorative Desktop Drawer Unit
I would love to have a unit like this one for storing small adhesives and/or various small-sized liquid mediums.
It would also be ideal for sewing notions or even scrap papers (sorted by color, ROYGBP).
Just by changing out the drawer front decor you can easily indicate what’s inside – color-coding the drawers is a great way to quickly know what’s inside them!
Option Five: A Wooden Cubby Unit
This unit could be perfect for storing Project Life® journaling cards, as well as small stamp sets or dies.
Depending on the inside finish, this could also be useful for fabric scraps.
What do you think – how would use a unit like this one?
Option Six: A Large Metal & Wooden Rack
This large rack is ideal for storing skeins of yarn or fiber or for folded fabrics, and would make a great home for mixed media supplies.
Add smaller storage units (like divided trays or individual containers) and you could make it work for most any type of crafting supply (think about those projects that require a lot of supplies and for which you’d like to keep all the supplies together for easy access and increased productivity).
A little too “dark” for your space?
A quick spray of paint and you can quickly and easily change the look of this unit.
Option Seven: A Narrow Metal Drawer Unit w/Numbered Drawers
I always fall in love with drawer units that are numbered.
Yes, I know I could number any drawer unit, but there’s something about those that are made that way that makes my left-brain-driven, organized self smile from ear to ear!
I know I can’t be the only one, right?
I would love to have a unit like this for a narrow space in my craft room that’s going unused.
It would be perfect for holding my journaling stamp sets and all my planner supplies (pens, sticky-notes, etc.).
Of course you could also use it to house your art pens and pencils by type or color or manufacturer.
Option Eight: A Wide Metal Drawer Unit w/Numbered Drawers
Oh be still my heart! It was everything I could do to keep from taking this gem home with me!
I love this unit – the colors, the numbers, the “peakability” of the drawers.
I love that you can keep things neatly tucked away, but easily see what’s inside each drawer without having to pull it out.
Looking for something specific in your large collection?
These drawers are removable, making it easy to grab them and lay them on your work surface while you locate just the right supply.
And, you can easily take one or two along to a crop or other crafting event – just place them in your tote bag!
I can imagine this filled with embossing folders and my smaller dies, with my Cuttlebug stationed on top – great embossing and die-cutting station option!
What do you think – is this something that makes your organizing heart skip a beat?
Option Nine: A Wooden Caddy
OK, this is another unit I had to tell myself to leave behind even though I REALLY wanted it!
I can see the openings filled with Mason (or re-purposed spaghetti sauce) jars and a variety of supplies (paint brushes, palette knives, tools, pens, pencils and markers, or knitting needles and crochet hooks), can’t you?
If you had this, would you leave it as is, or paint it? And, how would you use it?