Contributor Craft Room Tour: Suzanne Webster-Lowrie

Hello, it’s Suzanne here today from I am so excited for today’s post, as I get a chance to share my very own craft room with all of you! I will probably always consider it a “work in progress,” as I add and delete new items, and try to match everything a bit better. However, it is well organized, functional, and utilizes a system that works for me! Also, I am a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant, which is yet another reason why my space has to be so functional, because it is not only for fun, but for business as well!

Since my blog has a TON of pictures showing my craft room (My Craft Space: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3), I have selected a sampling of pictures for this post. Please feel free to visit my blog for a more in-depth look at my room!

This is my main desk area, where I do most of my scrapbooking, stamping, painting, etc. Within arms reach, I keep my basic supplies (scissors, glue, distressing tools, etc.), stamp pads and cleaners, markers and colored pencils, ready-made cards and envelope bases in white and off-white, ribbon, and some basic embellishments.

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Directly opposite the main desk is what I like to call my “Cricut desk.” This desk holds an Expression 2 Cricut machine, a jar full of tools, a laptop computer, and a Canon Selphy picture printer. Oh yeah, there is a cute owl clipboard that I made as well… just for a pop of color for the picture!

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Next to one of the windows, I have an IKEA 8-cubby storage unit. I have so many different types of things stored here, it would be hard to list them all. But perhaps most notable, the pink baskets on the top shelf hold some of my retired stamp sets. On top of the unit is my small ribbon storage. I wind the end pieces of ribbon around jumbo craft sticks.

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I picked up these long pink baskets about 8 years or so ago at Walmart for $5 each. These baskets are the perfect size to hold my retired stamp sets that I plan to keep.

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Above the storage unit, I keep this frame of cards. I made the frame myself by purchasing an old picture from Goodwill that had an ugly, but sturdy frame, and then re-purposing the frame with paint and crackle-medium. Very rustic!

The cards inside are switched out seasonally. Right now they feature fall / Thanksgiving cards, Christmas / Holiday cards, and the November Stamp of the Month.

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On the other side of the window is the pegboard that I created earlier this year. As you can see, the board holds my decorative scissors, embellishments, a few tools, Mod Podge, and my embossing gun.

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The final wall houses my very large IKEA 25-cubby storage unit, as well as my home-made paper rack. This large unit holds the majority of my scrapbooking supplies. All of my paper kits, pages in progress, albums in progress, vintage catalogs and retired paper colors have a home here. The paper rack holds all of my current CTMH papers, as well as my paper trimmers, craft mat, and score board on top.

Most of the storage in the middle section is from the Dollar Store. Trendy buckets, baskets and clear storage containers are both easy to find, and affordable. To see inside some of my storage containers, make sure to go to Part 3 of the craft room tour on my blog. The green and blue boxes are from Pioneer. I purchased them white and then painted them the colors in the my craft room to match.

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Here is my entire collection of wooden rubber stamps! I’m sure that many of you have WAY more than this, but less than a year after I joined CTMH, they came out with the clear, unmounted stamps; therefore, I never really had time to amass a large quantity of rubber stamps.

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And finally, here are my home-made sponge daubers. Although the quality is NOT great (they tend to tear and shred with continued use), I wanted so many of them that they have saved me a great deal of money over purchasing the name brand daubers. I use floral foam to hold them in place inside their containers.

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Thank you so much for touring my craft room with me today! If you are interested in seeing a lot more pictures of this space, peeking inside some more of my boxes, or learning about my Craft Inventory Binder, then please join me over at my blog for Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of the tour!


Storage Solution Roundup: Cricut Cartridges

Hello crafty friends! This is Suzanne with a look at Cricut cartridge storage solutions today. There are so many options out there to neatly store your overflowing stock of cartridges. Some of those solutions are ready-to-go binders and bins specifically made for the cartridges. However, if you are looking for a little Do-It-Yourself project, or to save some money on storage, I have some crafty resources for you that I came across while searching the web. Hopefully you will get some inspiration from a couple of them to make your own storage!

The first storage solution utilizes two boxes: one for the cartridges and an additional box for the manuals. For the cartridges, empty baby food containers were hot glued together to fit perfectly inside the box! Each container holds 4 Cricut cartridges, for ample storage. The manuals are stored separately and are categorized by alphabet.

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For clear container storage, this ingenious solution uses clear boxes meant for ribbon, and some pre-cut and fit plastic canvas. The cartridges and tools are stored in one box, and the bulky manuals are stored in another.

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This clear storage box holds small, labeled containers with the name of each Cricut cartridge. This system would make it so easy to return your cartridges to the proper spot for maximum organization!

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These Cricut items are individually sealed in clear zipper bags and then all stored inside of an acrylic container meant for sweaters! With the clear storage and labels, this is also an easy way to stay organized.



So, what about the original Cricut boxes? From the majority of blogs that I have read, most crafters tend to keep the boxes that their cartridges come in and store them elsewhere.  Or, there is always the option of storing the boxes and cartridges in the same area. If you notice in the picture below, the boxes are all neatly lined up on the shelf, but there is a small container of cartridges on the bottom shelf that have been re-stored. Perhaps these are the most used cartridges that need to be accessed quickly and efficiently, or taken to on-the-go crops.

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Although these are all great Cricut cartridge storage options, the trick is finding a solution that works for you. Depending on how many cartridges you own, the choice may be clear!





Pink Dalmatian Scrapper Studio Tour {Contributor Team})

This is Cicily, the Pink Dalmatian Scrapper, sharing my craft room with you today! I’m so excited to take you on this tour, almost as much as I’m excited that my room is clean! LOL.

I love sharing my space because it reflects me. I’m fortunate to have an actual room, so I was able to go all out and let it be me! Can you guess what my favorite movie is right now?


This is the view walking into my room. My awesome Hubby made the center table for me. I originally had it against a wall but I hated having my back to the room and any scrappy friends who were over. I moved it to the center and added the folding table. This gives me the walls to use for storage.



The cabinet on the right was an auction find, that I absolutely love! It’s perfect to store all my scrapbooks, especially the ones that are ongoing, and the shelf that pulls out is ideal for browsing thru a scrapbook. The open doors are big enough to house some of my larger tools. The storage underneath holds different crafting projects for kids.

The yellow side table was another thrift find. The shelving is perfect for some of my projects and the 2 black binders hold my stickers and acrylic stamps.  I use the table for stamping as well my hot glue gun and heat gun.



This is my Cricut area. I found this corner top in my Hubby’s stash and purchased 2 bookcases from Walmart for the base. I store my 12×12 paper pads, photo boxes and other crafts in the shoe boxes. The table is big enough for my laptop to sit or close enough to my work station to connect too for when I use the CCR.  I keep all of my handbooks right on the table and any un-linked carts on the shelf above.  The mats are hung so they are out of way but easy to access.



This is definitely the cluttered section of my room. However I sit and craft right here so everything is just a quick turn of my chair and in reach. I like using jars, not only for the look but so I can see what I have.

My 12×12 loose paper is stored by theme in the rolling cart. Paper packs are stored on top of the cart. Solid paper and patterns not by theme are sorted by color. And my 6×6 pads are in the shoe cabinet.

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

My space just kept evolving so there was never really a budget. I’m always looking for a good deal, a clearance find or how I can DIY. I did get to splurge in Ikea a few times. The shelving was in the house when we bought it, so no cost. The counter tops were from a kitchen tear-out so free.  As for my Superman decor it was from our game room in a previous house.


2. What was your greatest challenge?

My greatest challenge is actually implementing my storage solutions. A big part of me wants to actually be crafting and DIY storage solutions can carve a dent in that time. My scrap storage still needs some tweaking and my stamp storage idea still needs a lot of work. I would love to have these projects done.  Being on the Contributor Team for CSI has definitely helped me get some of my organization projects done!

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

My storage solutions are always evolving.  There’s lots of great ideas out there but not all of them work. Paying attention to how and what you craft will give you insight into what solutions could work for you. The hard part is you may spend time & money on a storage idea only to discover that it’s just not doing what you expected.  After a couple failed solutions I’ve come to learn that my ideas are on a trial basis.(My ribbons storage took 3 tries before I was satisfied with the results.) I’m all for trying out solutions until I find the one that fits.  However once I find a solution that works for me, then I can leave it alone. I’m an admitted Pinterest addict so I love seeing what works for other crafters.


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

I need to improve the “me” in my organization. I’m really happy with my room, but I don’t make myself take the time to put things away (lifelong bad habit). This last year I did several projects for a friends wedding and opened an Etsy store. My mess just kept piling up! My room is super clean right now and I want to keep it that way.

If you would like to take a video tour of my room you can do so on my blog at

I’d love to hear your comments or any questions you may have, thanks!


Just One Tip: Create a die cutting center!


Hi all! Noelle here today with a quick tip that might just help you manage your crafty time a bit better-a die cut center! I have a “mini center” (above) in my small room, which consists of a simple rolling cart (like a TV cart) and it houses my Cricut Expression, my Big Shot (used to be my Cuttlebug, but I got a Big Shot for Christmas!), and all the coordinating pads, mats, cartridges, and dies. I keep my cartridges, booklets and overlays in a cartridge bag on the floor next to the cart. A die cut center is a great way to make your room’s flow and functionality increase. I have found it best over the years that it really helps to keep all like things together, in other words all papers should be near each other, all stamps should be together, and the same goes for die cutting. Some people like to separate electronic die cutting from press die cutting, and that’s fine too. I know I tend to use the Cricut primarily for scrapbooking, and the Big Shot more for cards, so it would work for me to have the two kinds of cutting separate, if I had room-that is! 😉 I found some options that I can dream about for the future, check them out…..

This first one is just ideal. I love the cabinetry underneath to house just about everything you could need to use with your machines. I also love the long countertop which would give you plenty of room to cut things before you need to pile things up. 🙂 What I wouldn’t give for all this space!

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 This next one is more like what I have, but I love that her cart is taller (she tells you where to get one in the comments below the photo) and has a drawer in it, she also has gorgeous custom-made dustcovers over her machines for when they’re not in use! Very cool!

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I think even a vintage dresser would make an AMAZING start for a die cut center. If I can find a secondhand one small enough, I might end up replacing that old TV cart at some point! 😉

Have a great weekend!






Papered Cottage {Shellye McDaniel}

Happy Tuesday!  Are you having a good week so far?

It’s my pleasure to introduce Shellye McDaniel to you.  Shellye is currently designing for a few of my favorite manufacturers including Authentique, Bella Boulevard, Doodlebug Designs, Little Yellow Bicycle, Pink Paislee and Simple Stories.  She has been an avid crafter her entire life, and a scrapbooker for the past sixteen years.  If it involves paper….she’s all in!



Our laundry room is big … yes, I’m in with the laundry!  I often find myself using the Cricut or Sizzix next to a stack of folded towels on top of the clothes dryer.  My vision is to install a new counter top over the washer and dryer and extend it to where a smaller counter top is now.  This would grant the added space that’s needed for die-cutting machines and allow me to stand-up while I scrap.  One of the perks of being in the laundry room is that it houses a full wall of built-in cabinets…perfect for storing bins of design team supplies and seldom used items.

The washer and dryer are on the opposite wall of my desk.


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 The green bins that I have above the desk house paper pads (8×8 and 6×6), packaged stamps, and small embellishments and in the last bin the file folders holding rubons and letter stickers.

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I also use wire Locker baskets (in a previous photo) and in one of those I have the medium punches.

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For storing embossing folders, I’ve adapted a 6×8 binder and the solid 6×8 page protectors…makes it so much easier when I’m trying to find a certain pattern.  I also embossed the design on a paper so that I can reference the design.

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I like to see the pretty things, so I’ve gathered all sorts of glass and apothecary-style jars for spools of baker’s twine (wound around wooden clothespins), ribbon and straws.

I also added a few more photos of things that I’ve organized like letter stickers, embossing folders, punches and straws (my new obsession!).

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

Honestly my budget for organizing is like that of my clothing budget…I’d rather spend money on crafting supplies ‘n stuff!  When I first settled into my scrap space, I did purchase four large, heavy duty drawer systems that I found at Wal- Mart; it has been my greatest expense so far at around $250 for all pieces.  My husband was kind enough to build a temporary work station.  To that I added inexpensive shelving to the walls and pre-fab cubbies for paper packs and kits.

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2. What was your greatest challenge?

Ribbon.  I have collected more ribbon over the years than I will ever, ever use!  I have one drawer that stores spools of ribbon and then six glass jars that display ribbon by their color family.  I have a metal locker basket handy that I use to keep smaller pieces and frequently used ribbon in.

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

About two-times a year I like to purge and then reorganize. But I’ve been known to tear the room apart, only to put it back the same way.  I don’t mind organized chaos while working on a project, but too much sitting around tends to overwhelm me, hence the need to ‘hide’ things in tubs and bins.

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

My next project is to organize my scraps of paper…my system now (large Ziploc bags) is not working for the obvious reasons. I have seen several ideas on Pinterest for either a hanging file folder or labeled drawer system.  I’m really looking forward to implementing one of the two!

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What do you think?  Isn’t Shellye’s space lovely?  And what do you think about using her laundry room as her crafty space?  Brilliant, I think!

To see more of her space and work, please visit her blog!

Product Highlight: C Gull Cricut Expression Tote

Hi all! Noelle here with a review of one of those items that I didn’t even know how much I would love until I had one of my very own. About a year ago, I was lucky enough to win a Cricut Expression, and 2 C Gull totes. I already mentioned here on CSI how I use the cartridge tote on a regular basis. It’s so much more space effective than all the cartridge boxes.

It’s nice to know that you can get the totes to match each other. I have the black with white polka dot print shown here at

Screen Shot 2013-04-03 at 4.24.04 PMThere are a lot of things I like about this tote. When I go away on a crop, I like to take my Cricut because I’ve found that it’s the best way to cut titles, and I often don’t need to take quite as many stickers and embellishments if I have the Cricut with me. Also, I often end up sharing my machine with other friends, so the ol’ Expression ends up humming for many many hours.

For one thing, and this is the most important to me by far; it keeps the Cricut safe. I know that my expensive die cut machine won’t get damaged because it got jostled while moving it from my house to the crop, or worse yet got dropped. One thing I noticed when I upgraded from the Cricut Create to the Expression was that the Expression doesn’t have a nifty handle. My guess is that the Expression is so much heavier that it wouldn’t have worked structurally to put a handle on it, but the only way to safely carry it is to wrap both arms around it. However, if you are using the tote, the machine securely gets velcroed into the tote, and it is solid, I’ll tell you, it does NOT slide around. Here is a photo from Scrapbook Farm Blog showing the Cricut locked into place in one of these. There is also some thick padding that is on either side and underneath the Cricut. This is a well-made bag and it shows.

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Another reason I like the tote is that it has wheels and a telescoping handle like a suitcase. So it rolls and it’s one less thing to carry. There are sturdy handles for any stairs that might come up though. When I am cropping it seems I have MORE than enough stuff to carry; loads of paper, markers, embellishments, photos, my laptop for sketches, and that’s not even mentioning things like food, clothing, and shampoo! (of course I *know* that supplies are more important! 😉 Don’t get me wrong, it’s just that I also like to eat and shower when I go away for a weekend, lol.)

There is also additional room in here for mats, a few cartridges and the power cord, it’s generously sized and I like that the designer thought about the other things you might be toting right along with your machine.

And my last, but certainly not least favorite thing about these totes is that they are attractive, they come in a variety of colors and fun prints. Practical is great, but when something is practical, well made, and pretty? Well, that’s a home run in my book!  Isn’t this green polka dot with pink trim one FUN? 

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Here’s a chic brown and pink version on

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Well that is all for me today! We will be back soon with some more fun organization tips for your crafts!

Have a wonderful day,



Storage Solution Roundup: Cricut Cartidge Handbooks!

Hello, this is Cicily the Pink Dalmatian Scrapper! I’m excited to be a contributor to CSI. I love to scrapbook, make cards & lately I’ve been creating more 3D and altered items. Scrapbooking has been a passion of mine for several years & with 3 little ones, I’m fortunate to have my own crafting room. As much fun as crafting is, shopping for paper, flowers, buttons, washi tape & all the other embellishments in their beautiful array of colors is just as fun. Now what to do with all these beautiful finds when we get home! I love sites like CSI that give us great inspiration and now I’m so excited to be a part of this group!

For my first post I wanted to share some great ways to store Cricut Cartridge Handbooks.

I know there are several ways to search for images, but I still like to pull out the actual handbook on occassion and brouse to see what I’m forgetting! I keep all my actual cartridges in their boxes up high on a shelf for decoration. I use the Cricut Craft Room so all my cartridges are loaded on my account & I don’t need to get to them.

But back to the handbooks. I came across this idea & decided to try it out myself.


I found this great video from Robin’s Creative Cottage & thought it would work for me. I cut tags from TBBM, added grommits in the holes and using hair bands attached them to the handbook binding. I wrote the title on each side and staggered the placement of the tag. Then I put them in the tin alphabetically to easily find the right one!

Follow this link to see Robin’s video with a little more detail and a few other handbook storage ideas.


Here’s another great idea from Michelle of Scrappin with My Bug! I think this is a great solution, especially if you have a ton of cartridges and need to keep the actual cartridges with the handbooks.


I also found this great tutorial creating pockets for the handbooks and overlays.storage1

Do you have a unique way of storing your handbooks? We’d love to see it, leave a comment with a link.



Rhinestones & Ribbon {Tiffany Hood}

I’m so excited that Tiffany Hood is joining us with a tour of her craft room today! You are going to love it!

Tiffany is a mom of three from  Utah and loves all types of art.  She currently design for Pebbles, Doodlebug Design, Bella Blvd, Lifestyle Crafts/QuicKutz, and her local scrapbook store, Heartland Paper.  She has also designed for Imaginisce and Brookie Craft.  In her spare time she works as needed as a Registered Nurse, and you can find her at



My studio is a 500 square foot room above our garage.  It was a room we added to the house when we built it thinking it would be a kids hangout, which it was for a while, but then my husband’s company was getting rid of some old office furniture and moving to a new space and my husband wanted to sell all the furniture.  I asked (begged a little) that if I could fit as much of it in this room as I could, if we could keep some of the furniture, use the room as a craft room, and get me (and all my stuff) out of his home office.  To my surprise, he agreed.  We re-painted the room that night and moved the furniture the next day.


My room was designed with the idea that lots of people could come create with me, which they do, at least once a week.  Also- there are “stations” if you want to call them that- areas where I do certain things.  I have a scrapbooking area, a sewing area, a stamping area, an art area, and a little photography corner where I photograph my assignments for my blog.  I do mostly papercrafts and sewing for design teams, and every once in a while paint and use other art supplies.



I’ve been changing and tweaking this room over the past couple of years, and come up with some good storage ideas.  The room is very well organized.  The filing cabinets hold office paper, photo paper, punches, Lifestyle Crafts letterpress tools, and general craft supplies.  My mats and paper cutters fit perfectly above the filing cabinets so they’re not on the table when I’m not using them.  All my fabric is under the sewing table in plastic storage containers.  It’s organized by designer, and then collection, and is 90% Riley Blake.  All my thread and twine is on thread holders that I nailed to the wall so they don’t take up table space.


My scrapbooking supplies that I use the most are on a pegboard.  This was such a great idea that I found on a friend’s blog.  I love having things out where I can see them.


Almost every piece of furniture is from IKEA.  The rails that my punches sit on are Bygel rails from the kitchen section of IKEA, the bookshelf and desks are Expedit, and the other tables and chairs are also from IKEA.  The large white cabinet is from Home Depot and is where I store my stamp sets and my kids craft supplies and play-doh.  In the Expedit I store my bigger tools, paints, and finished cards in the aqua boxes, and the white boxes are each assigned to a member of my family and are for storing memorabilia, photos, and ephemera from that person until I’m ready to scrapbook it.  Then it’s not all over my house. The bottom two rows are photo boxes and storage for QuicKutz dies.




I store all my paper in a tall narrow white cabinet.  I always buy the entire line when I buy paper, so I store it in bags by collection, and then organize the cabinet by manufacturer.  That way when I scrapbook I have the entire collection all in one place, including coordinating stickers, brads, ribbon, etc.


I have storage on the wall where I put glitter, mists, buttons and flowers by color.  Below that is a cabinet that is just the right size to fit a Cricut Expression (or 2) inside.  I like to hang recent layouts on the wall before I put them into albums so my family can see them.  I store ribbon by the spool in Jetmax cubes so that I can pull out the entire roll when I need it.  Solid cardstock is organized by size, and then color and manufacturer.  My Big Shot dies and embossing folders are also in Jetmax cubes, as well as other tools.



One of my favorite items is the Clip-It Up.  It’s where I store items that I want to use soon, and the bottom row is almost entirely Thickers. My markers are stored horizontally so they won’t dry out.


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

Fortunately for me, most of the furniture was from my husband’s company, but I did spend another $1,500 on storage items, cabinets, chairs, curtains, and decor.

2. What was your greatest challenge?

Not having enough outlets.  There are only five outlets in the room and I can only get to three.  There is also very little light at night, so I’m planning to replace the lighting fixtures to ones with more light.  There is also no door because the room is a loft, so my little ones often get into messy things that I’d rather they not get into.  Having a cabinet full of their supplies helps a lot, and I try to keep a lot of my supplies out of their sight and out of reach.

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

The room evolved over two years and is finally where I want it.  You have to use a room a lot to figure out where the best place is to store certain things, and it’s finally set up just right for me.

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

I’m actually finally happy with the room.


Isn’t Tiffany’s room lovely?  You can see more of her work on her blog, here.

Products We Heart: Thursday Edition

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Here’s Noelle and Valerie with their favorite products!Products we heart

CSI NoelleAfter much deliberation I am going with the C Gull Cartridge bag. I have one of these that I was lucky enough to win in a raffle. I love how it takes up so much less room than all the cartridge boxes. I use one side for font cartridges and the other side of the bag for image cartridges. I keep them in alphabetical order, and instead of searching through all the books, I usually use a website for image searching, like To top it off they are stinkin’ CUTE and one of the items I’m pretty sure I couldn’t live without.

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Studio Calico crop bags are perfect for storing kits and their contents. The sturdy, see-through bags hold the flat and bulky items and the opening on top is large enough for easy filling. The bags are also great for keeping materials together for taking out to crops, or for putting together kits from your own stash at home.


I love that the Display Dynamics trays are large enough to hold 12 x 12 papers (even the ones with that extra border strip) flat. They are deep enough to hold all the products from a kit club without being overly bulky. They are really well designed, sturdy and the fit perfectly into the square of an Ikea Expedit storage unit!






My Little Corner of the World (Noelle McAdams of paper & ICE)

Hi there! Noelle here with a tour of my own Studio space today, I hope you like it. Not a big shocker that the walls are blue, I bet! Lately I’ve been thinking of repainting more of a robin’s egg blue, though. I just don’t want to deal with the mess of clearing it out so I can paint!  It’s my happy place, my own little corner of the world where I can get lost in my latest creative venture. Of course, like all crafters, I have a wish list a mile long! 😉 I wish it was bigger, that I could have custom built-ins, and that I had a room all to myself.  Also, a door to close would be nice for when I get into a creative frenzy. But I’m sure that many of you have similar issues that you are struggling with. Maybe I can help you with some of that, so come along with me to check it out!

This next shot is taken from the OUTSIDE of my craft room. That blue door on the right is actually my front door, so you can see how very much in plain sight my space sits. You can also maybe tell that there is no window to the outside in it (which means no natural light). It’s a very open space that everyone who comes over to my home can see. Budget has definitely been a consideration with this room in every configuration it’s seen since we bought this house nearly 7 years ago. Many of the containers I use are from the Dollar Spot at Target. I have a lot of open shelving, and that is great for being able to store all kinds of supplies, as well as change containers to suit my latest needs.


Here’s another challenge: see that GINORMOUS computer desk on the left hand side of this wall? That’s the computer my kids use, and our home office filing has to fit in this tiny room as well (I believe the dimensions of the room are 11’ square, pretty small for a room that serves so many purposes). The open shelving on the right was put up by hubby for me when we bought this house. They are just particle board shelves painted black and trimmed out with some decorative trim. The baskets with the little chalkboards are from Lowe’s. And I love that generally you can’t see what’s inside, so if what’s in the basket is a mess, no one will know! 😉 Since it’s Christmas time you are getting a peek at a few of my snowman collection on top of the desk.

Here’s my desk where I do all my projects. It’s not huge, so I usually have to clean up between every project so I can find everything and it doesn’t get buried. I have some problems with my back, and hubby bought me this nice ergonomic office chair to sit in for my birthday last year…. Shhh, don’t tell him that I thought it was ugly, though he does know I recently slipcovered it! 😉 It is very comfortable though. That black shelf that sits on the desk along that far wall is a piece of an old bookcase wall unit I took from my Gramma’s house years ago. I just painted it black and it fits right in, while providing more shelving. It’s very shallow so it doesn’t suck up too much precious flat space. On that shelf I keep my punches that can fold flat, my most-used tools, and all my supplies for embossing and glittering things.

My desk has 3 shallow drawers where I store most of my embellishments in clear compartmentalized boxes.

On my desk you can see this cool vintage train case that I use to store all my stamp pads. It cost me less than 20$ at an antiques place. It’s smaller and holds a lot more pads than my old inkpad organizer did. The pads on the right are current colors, the pads on the left with the red dots are retired colors, though I think I may have a few more I need to mark. The little drawer in this case is perfect to hold my Copics and Memento inkpads. On top there is a mini loaf pan holding a few things that I never used, and an old candy dish that I store all my fancy pins in. Both the candy dish and the loaf pan cost less than a dollar at the local thrift store. The blue tin holds my one set of Stampin’ Spots (tiny 1″ stamp pads).

Also on my desk the tiered organizer I recently showed you how to make.  I sure have LOVED having all these things out in plain sight (thanks again for this great tip, Valerie Mangan!) I have used a lot more of these bits and pieces since I have been able to see them!

This tall skinny shelf is where aaaaaalllllllllll of my stamps live. This used to be two shelves in our old house. There was never really a good home for them in this house, so I had hubby cut the curved top off one of them and attach them together in the back with metal plates. This has been such a great place to store my stamps, right in reach of my desk. It’s also relatively shallow, and I love that it doesn’t suck up too much floor real estate in the room. All the big oval silver buckets that hold my clear and cling stamps are from the Target Dollar Spot. I even managed to make a wee bit of room for my collection of “N’s,” my washi tape and watercolor pencils. I also have a few vintage metal drawers on the top shelf where I keep all my Inkadinkado stamps. I have a lot more of those than other brands since I won a lot of prizes from the Spotted Canary. The decorative stack of boxes on the floor to the right of the shelf hold some more, less used Stampin’ Up! sets.

There are cool little drawers in this shelf, too. They hold all my other pens and some of my smaller tools.

You can see on the left side of that same shelf I have attached some Command Adhesive hooks, and hung some more mini Dollar Spot pails. These hold all my gems and spritzes.

This is my die cutting area, under that window type opening that overlooks the living room. I have this rolling cart that my Cricut sits on. I love that I can roll it over to my desk so I can hook the machine up to my laptop, and for the times I use those BIG 12”x24” mats that need a lot of clearance in the back of the machine. In the box directly underneath the Cricut there is my Cuttlebug, and all the Cuttlebug pads. The polka dot bag on the floor to the left of the rolling cart holds all my cartridges, overlays, and booklets. There is a cup hook behind the rolling cart. On there I hook all my mats, and a current list of cartridges, so I don’t have to rifle through the bag every time I want to cut something. The black and white tins with lids on the bottom shelf are where I store my embossing folders.

This cool filing cabinet was given to me by a friend. The top three drawers hold all my 8 ½” x 11” Stampin’ Up cardstock, here’s a pic to show you how I organize that. The bottom drawer holds empty tins, boxes, things I might like to give a makeover too, and other craft supplies. You can also spy my cutesy apron hanging there that I use when I go to sell my wares at craft shows.

On a recent post, I showed you my hanging bar where I store these bags of themed items. It’s actually a curtain rod that was mounted upside down underneath this shelf. There is a giant Hefty slider bag for every theme, and also I have a bag for each of my 3 sons to store their report cards, school photos and other keepsakes that I like to scrapbook. This makes scrapbooking really fast when I’m working on a lot of Christmas pages, I just pull the Christmas bag. Some other themes I have bags for are: School, Sports, Animals, Autumn, Halloween, Boys/Brothers, and Alphabet Stickers. They are big enough to hold 12″ papers and sticker sheets. I use pant hangers to hang the bags from.

Under the hanging bars are the old suitcases I took from my grandparents home, they are the same color as all my favorite things, blue. 🙂 They are another great place for those “extra” items like extra pant hangers for my hanging bags, cookie sheets that I like to make into message boards and more random things.

I store all my wafer thin-dies on these magnetic knife bars from Ikea. I have one down lower, by that die cut center/rolling cart, where I keep the dies I’m currently using and the rest go up here above the filing cabinet. I only have 2 dies that are not this thin metal kind, so this pretty much covers it. I like how I can see all the dies at once.

These are my Itso cubes from Target. They sit on the end of my desk facing the doorway. (Gee I bet you can’t tell I buy almost everything at Target, can you? LOL). I mentioned here on my own blog that I had to cut my old Cropper Hopper paper pouches down a little bit to make them fit in here, but it worked fine. The paper has plenty of room, as you can see.

No space could possibly be wasted in my teeny room, even under the desk some things are stashed, my tool kit, my sewing machine and my vintage egg basket that I use to store all my non-Stampin’ Up! scraps.

These decorative shelves above my desk are handy and I love that they are metal so I can use a magnet to stick things to them! The little metal rectangular boxes (also from the Dollar Spot, I know, I know….) hold all my 6” paper pads nicely.

I also have this cool old milk crate that I use as sort of an extra shelf. On it you can see one of the vintage muffin tins that I use to store some of my favorite buttons, embellishments, and other goodies. It sure is nice having older kids now, that I can keep something like this within reach! 🙂

I have no closet in my room, but there is a little coat closet in the wall right outside my space. On the inside of that door, I have all my “old-school” chunky punches in a clear shoe container. I love that I can see them all at a glance.

Well, that is all for me today! I hope you like my space. Have a wonderful weekend! 🙂