Scrapbook Kit Storage

Since I belong to a couple of scrapbook kit clubs, I’m always curious to see how crafters store them. Here’s a round-up of some clever and practical ways to store kits.

This first example is actually my method: special Ziploc bags with handles made by Studio Calico, stored in a handled box that I picked up at Home Goods. I can keep a year’s worth in this box!

bag storage in boxpaper and cookies

Here a lidded plastic box keeps everything together and protected. These boxes can be easily stacked:

Iris box storage

 Studio Calico

I love this melamine tray storage idea from Scrappy Jedi. This group of stacked trays in various sizes is pretty and practical and you can keep all little bits and pieces in plain sight:

Tray storage

 Scrappy Jedi

I shared this stacking tray option here at Craft Storage Ideas:

stacking tray storage

Craft Storage Ideas

Love this clever use of pants hangers to store kits on a rail:

hanging kit storage

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A vintage tool box corrals a month’s worth of kit product in a creative way:

toolbox storage

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Just One Tip!: Drawn to embellishments like a magnet

Hi all! Noelle here with a quick tip, one that I think I’d like to implement in my own craft area soon! I love magnetic storage. I do use IKEA knife racks like these to store all my wafer thin dies. I love that I can see them all at once. You’ll see more on my Craft Studio Reveal coming up soon! But in these meantime, here’s a few more magnetic ideas from around them web.

This is the one I want in my own studio, I LOVE this idea of using a cookie sheet to store Stickles and Liquid Pearls, or even puffy paint!  This is so clever, they are upside down, so you would be able to get every last drop out of those teeny squeezy bottles, and this probably would utilize some unused storage in your space, the UNDERSIDE of a shelf! A simple, inexpensive cookie sheet, you could even decoupage some pretty paper on there to dress it up! AWESOME idea!

 And here’s a cute idea, that uses one of my favorite IKEA knife racks under a shelf. I love how this is keeping things up and off the workspace! So clever!

And you may have seen this one before, but what about these magnetic spice racks for storing your embellishments ? This would be a great solution for a scrapbooker, someone into beading, or even for thread! You could literally wallpaper your room in these magnetic plates. 🙂

Well that is all for me today! Hope you are having a wonderful Holiday Season so far, and I’ll be back soon with some more fun tips!

 

 

Daphne’s Craft Room

I love how Daphne Wünn-Rihm’s bright and sunny space uses a variety of some of my favorite Ikea pieces to create clever and practical storage solutions.  Here she combined a small Expedit with a ribbon rack and some tall shelves to make her own custom built-in. Love the size of that ribbon storage unit and how it can handle so many full spools! Expedit Combo

Here she cleverly mounted the rails for her punches onto a large moveable surface. What great flexibility this punch storage solution offers!Punch Storage

I love lots of closed storage for the items that don’t need to be on display. Cabinets like this also provide room on top for more storage in cute containers or for display.Closed Storage

I love the playful curved edges on these wall mounted cubes and how they work with the contemporary feel of this space:Curved detail

These fun cubes are located right over Daphne’s work area and store her go-to items:

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To see some of the amazing creations that get produced in this craft space, and to read more about Daphne’s organizational strategies, stop by her blog: Dapfniedesign

Storage Solution Roundup {Flowers}

My thumb is most definitely NOT green, so I am a big fan of the artificial flower arrangements and trees that are readily available these days. When some creative scrapbooker took a look at her/his silk flowers and decided to use them in a layout or on a card, the rest of the crafting world took notice and an entirely new obsession with flowers began. Companies began producing paper and fabric flowers designed specifically for paper crafting. Which is great, unless you are like me and have to have at least one of every kind being made! I’m relieved happy to report, I am not the only one with this problem dilemma! I have found several crafter’s who have had to use their creative juices to find functional storage solutions to their collections.

Like these I came across on the Scrapbook.com gallery:

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Here’s a cute idea that serves two purposes!

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I store my flowers by color, in drawers similar to the ones in the photo at the beginning of this post. Most of them, I try to group together within the drawers by putting a brad through the centers of the flowers. You can get the general idea by looking at the photo below.

Do you have a creative way you store your flower collection? We’d love to see it! ~ Doris

Storage Solution Roundup: Embellishments

A crafter without embellishments is like a library without books…it just can’t be.  The more embellishment’s collected the more your creativity to store them will have to kick in.  Practical is the name of the game for me when I am storing items.  If I have to expand I want to be able to match or find a similar item that will go along with my room decor.

Spice Rack Storage {Emmie-Lou Who}

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Wooden Storage Box {EAB Deisigns}

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Cupcake Tray {I LuvVintage Scrap}

http://iluvvintagescrap.blogspot.com

Plastic Rounds {CEO Studio Solutions}

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Organization of embellishments are plentiful.  Are you inspired to get organized?

 

 

 

JUST ONE TIP: Make your own tiered organizer!

 

Hey folks, Noelle here with a quick tutorial about how to make your own tiered organizer for all those mini items that need housing in your studio. After reading Valerie’s tip on corralling all those unused bits and pieces in plain sight, I decided that I wanted more desktop storage. In the past, I’ve thrown all those half colored images, or extra die cut pieces into a big basket marked “embellishments,” and it’s rare that they ever see the light of day again!  I hate to waste things, or miss out on that one cute doily because it’s hidden in the bottom of a box somewhere. So, I decided I wanted to implement Valerie’s idea in my own way…

Looking around online I saw so many different photos of tiered organizers that people had made from pie plates, cake pans, and more! I knew that was what I wanted to make since flat space is really short in my studio! Love this one by Life Made Creations…

First I went shopping in my own kitchen. I have a lot of vintage items in my studio, and one of the first items that popped into my head was to use my Gramma’s vintage Pyrex pie plate. I love the soft, worn, coral colored patina it has gotten from years of use. It also reminds me of my sweet Gramma, who passed away in April, so it’s a huge bonus to have it out where I can see it every day. 🙂 I haven’t used this dish much, because I have a glass pie dish that has the “built in” divots around the edge, since I never learned to properly make the edge of a crust! I also found an unused candlestick that would work to be the “in between” parts of the organizer.

Next morning I popped over to my local thrift store, I was tickled to find this cool muffin tin that’s ROUND- perfect for all those bits and pieces, a wood piece (unsure of what it was used for-but it helped my organizer have a very stable base) and this sturdy cake pan. All for 8$. SCORE!

I used spray paint to paint the bottom of the cake pan green, the round muffin tin blue, and the wood piece and candlesticks white. Then let it dry overnight.

I glued the whole thing together with a strong adhesive (I actually used something you may have laying around your craft room anyway, some Aleene’s Paper Glaze (Stampin’ Up Crystal Effects is the same thing). That stuff is an awesome glue, I’ve found through the years. Also, I added some punched DP circles to the inside of each muffin cup and coated that with the dimensional glaze as well, just for pretty’s sake! 😉

I had also found some old mini loaf pans at the thrift store, they worked well along with some small bowls from my kitchen to help separate like items.

 

Here’s some other tiered organizers I found around the web. Use your own style and crafty skills to personalize your own whatever way you’d like!

Here’s two great vintage examples shown at Dishfunctional Designs such a clever use of an old rolling pin and springform pans:

This one is sure cute, no paint required! Just some simple IKEA candlesticks and vintage cake pans from the thrift store (or maybe even your own kitchen).

 

If you’re a music lover or a musician, this one sure would be appropriate!

I’ve even seen several around that have used stove burner covers from the dollar store and mod podged scrapbook paper to them to cutesy them up. 🙂

Have a stellar day!

 

Contemporary Vintage Mix {Lexi Bridges}

Lexi Bridges currently designs for October Afternoon and is a Two Peas Garden Girl. I’ve been a fan of her work for a long time.

When I see the details of her craft space I am instantly reminded of her scrapbooking style: whimsical simplicity with contemporary and vintage flair. She effortlessly mixes these elements in her craft room – vintage finds combined with spare white contemporary furnishings. Here are a few peeks of Lexi’s cool scrap room:

Lexi's Desk

Ikea picture rail shelves are a great storage solution for a mist collection:

Lexi Mist Storage

I love how Lexi mixed in vintage artwork like the paint-by-numbers painting:

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Here a variety of vintage containers corral small and loose items:

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Washi and twine storage with a clever Scrabble sentiment:

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A vintage mail sorter serves as the ultimate ribbon and punch organizer:

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A vintage shelf with lots of personality contains stamping supplies:

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I love a craft space that reflects the owner’s personality!  For more details, check out Lexi’s blog!

Display Dynamics Trays

Like many scrapbookers, I’m a kit club subscriber. I receive monthly kits from 2 different clubs and the product can really pile up sometimes, especially if I’ve purchase extra add-on kits. While I have a system to store the kits once I’ve used them, how to manage the current/new kits was always a problem.  I needed a container that had a surface that was big enough to hold the paper flat and tall enough to accommodate the irregular packaging of the embellishments.  I also wanted to be able to see the product and have easy access to it.

Display Dynamics Perfect Paper Stackable Trays fit the bill for my storage need. Designed to hold the paper in scrapbooking stores, the clear stacking trays are clean, compact and strong. The tray’s interior measures 12.25″ x 12.25″ x 2” high so paper (even the kind with the extra border and big flat sticker sheets) lies flat.  Each tray exterior measures approximately 13.25″ x 13″ x 2” high. When stacked, the space between levels is tall enough to accommodate thicker items.  Here you can see materials from 2 different kits easily stored on top of each other with room to spare. (I used the lipped trays here, which can be set on an angle with a special adapter piece. The trays can also be purchased without a lip.)

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I also use these trays to hold pending projects (like my September list project on the bottom) and paper collections that I need to keep separate from my stash. And my favorite feature of all; they fit perfectly into an Expedit cubicle!

Display Dynamics Trays 2

According to the manufacturer, they can even be used vertically. I definitely plan to add more of these and could easily fit six of them in that space.

Ribbon Re-do

Hi there! My name is Noelle McAdams and I am really excited to be bringing you my first ever post for Craft Storage Ideas! Today’s post is about a ribbon re-do. After I show you how I reorganized and cleaned up my own ribbon mess, I’m going to show you some other pretty options for ribbon storage from around the web. Let’s get started!

When Rebecca asked us what topic we’d like to tackle first, I knew IMMEDIATELY what I’d like to fix about my crafty space. My ribbon/twine/fibers were a MESS. I had about 8 different ribbon storage “systems” and places that it would land. I love ribbon, and have collected quite a bit of it through many years of crafting. Some on spools, some in plastic bags, some wrapped around little embroidery floss cards, some gathered up into little bundles and taped…. NONE of it easy to find or access, plus it was giving my small space a very messy vibe. Here’s a picture of it all spread out “before” for you.

Ick, huh? I mean my ribbon topiaries were cute, but didn’t hold very many spools. I’m sad to see them go, but someday when I have a bigger space, I can always make some more. I had the compartmentalized box of embroidery floss cards with ribbon wrapped around. It always came off of the cards really kinked up, and that required an additional step of ironing it before I could use it on my projects. I had another plastic box full of various sized ribbon cards. Another ribbon box for medium sized spools… I had so many different containers, and not a single one of them was working for me the way they were being used. I had to dig around and make a huge mess just to find what I was looking for. I decided my new system needed to be five things:

  1. Space savvy. My room is tiny and I share it with my kids and a giant computer desk.
  2. Attractive. I wanted something that was nice to look at, aesthetics are really important to me.
  3. Easy to replicate. Just in *case* my ribbon stash keeps growing…. 😉 I didn’t want to buy 6 ribbon-specific boxes and then in 6 months not be able to get any more of the same ones. Or have one size of spool not happen to fit in the boxes.
  4. Affordable. Looking at all the money I had already spent on storage that wasn’t working, I didn’t want to waste another penny. I’d rather buy more ribbon!
  5. Easily accessible. I wanted to be able to find what I was looking for at a glance. While in the past I’d organized my ribbon based on sizes of spools, this time I wanted at least part of my system to be color coded, so I could find the shade I was looking for easily.

After looking around a bit on Pinterest, I found two ideas: this one:

 

 

and this one:

These were my jumping off points for my new system. I am so happy with the way everything turned out, too. All the spools and large ribbons were stored on these multi-tiered closet hangers. Each “arm” on the hanger is hinged and swings out, so it will be easy to remove empty spools and add new ones. These were 5.99 a piece at my local Target store. You can find them in the closet section, near the regular hangers. I already have a hanging bar in my space, and there was extra room on it to add these, so it worked out beautifully!

*A tip: If you have something you really want on a spool, but don’t have a spool that will fit it, use a toilet paper or paper towel roll instead. I did that with a few of my wider ribbons, and it worked beautifully. Plus, it was FREE!

For all (and when I say all, I really mean **ALL**) of the rest of it, I decided to go with simple clothespins. I had seen that above photo on Pinterest (yes I know I have WAY more than 12 of them like the above photo! LOL!)

I pinched one end of the ribbon/twine/fiber in the lower part of the clothespin, right above the hinge. Then I wrapped it around and around until it was almost all the way wrapped. Then I opened the clothespin just a little, enough to catch the last bit of the ribbon tail in the top of the clothespin. Here are a few benefits I noticed about the clothespin system that I am really digging on:

  1. I  was able to use the clothespins for several different types of material. Ribbon, fibers, and twine all worked extremely well with these! I don’t have any yarn, but it would work well with leftover yarn pieces, all you knitters and crochet junkies out there!
  2. Clothespins are cheap. I had some in my laundry room, but when I ran out, I paid only around 3$ for 150 clothespins. They are also very easy to find if I need more! I would say, who needs more than 150, but I know I might well need more someday!
  3. They take up very little room. I could have fit all these into one small bin, but I split it into two, simply so I could see things easier.
  4. I noticed that even though the first few wraps of the ribbon are around the squared off clothespin, very quickly the wrapping became round like a spool. I think I’ll have a lot less kinked up ribbon with this system.
  5. This was really fast and worked with all the bundles of ribbon, cards of ribbon, ribbon I’d bought in yardage that had no spool, etc. If it’s really bulky, you could always cut your length in two, and split it between two clothespins.
  6. I don’t have to use straight pins to hold the end of the length. I hate getting poked! 😉

I used this cute two tier metal container to hold my twine, fibers, and those teeny spools of ribbon that I just felt were too cute to unwrap! I had already been using this for ribbon, so it didn’t cost me anything. I have a lot of vintage pieces in my craft studio and even though this is not really vintage, I love the look of it.

Really I didn’t get rid of much ribbon at all. It was consolidating it onto the small clothespins that made all the difference. I can’t believe how much space that saved! Plus, by hanging the spools instead of storing them in boxes and bins, I saved a LOT of precious “flat space” in my studio, and I can see it all much better to boot!

A little “I learned it the hard way” tip I learned from my old, ineffective system….*Do NOT bundle your ribbon and use transparent tape, or tape the end instead of pinning it. I can’t tell you how many gummed up bits of ribbon I found. 🙁

Try a system that will grow with you as your storage needs change. I know that any more ribbon I buy will need to fit on these hanging organizers or be wrapped on clothespins. If I need to expand, I can always buy another closet organizer like this, or wrap more clothespins. This system is effective, affordable, attractive, and can grow with me as my needs change. I hope you like it too. But, if this isn’t the perfect system for you, here’s a few more photos that might help you figure out what will work best for you.

Isn’t this tic tac box one adorable?

 Love the handy ribbon bar above this craft space:

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 What could be better than turning your ribbon into art by framing it?

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Thanks for popping by Craft Storage Ideas! See you again soon. 🙂

Quick and Easy Die Storage

Are you like me and have too many nesting die sets? Well, really, can we have too many?? I have quite a few and storage was becoming a problem. I wanted to keep them handy in my Alex Drawer unit from IKEA with my other dies, but was having a hard time finding a way to do it. I looked at the available store-bought options and none appealed to me. I also did not want to keep them in the package – too bulky.

A little creativity was in order. I wanted easy access, to be able to see the dies at a glance, and to use something I already had here in my craft studio. I started hunting around and found exactly what I needed!

I bought these clear envelopes for a project some time ago from Inky Antics for a project that I never got around to. They are the perfect size. I grabbed those, my Crop-a-Dile, and a left over ring from an album kit.  I used the Crop-a-Dile to punch holes in the corner of the envelopes – I did them all at once so they would be even. I put one set of dies in each clear envelope and put the ring in.

Easy peasy! Of course, it didn’t occur to me until much later on that I should label them, so I could remember which sets I had – you should do that from the start! Now all my sets of thin dies are stored in the space of one envelope. Easy to reach, easy to see, and I didn’t have to buy a single thing.