Hello crafty storage mavens! It’s Noelle stopping in today with a great idea for you.
I recently purchased a used ink pad organizer that rotates. I used to use this vintage train case to hold my ink pads, but the one issue I had was that without individual shelves, if I pulled out a lower pad, then they all dropped and sometimes spilled all over my desk. So, when I saw the used organizer for sale, I figured it was a good bet. But then I had this (IMO) uber-cool vintage piece that was not being used! 🙁
I do design work for a stamp company called The Cat’s Pajamas, and am lucky enough to get a nice discount on all the things I don’t get for free (thank you, sweet Alma!) and a few months back I purchased a whole LOT of beautiful Divine Twine in pretty colors. I love that stuff, I really do use it for a ton of things, and I love that I don’t worry about running out with the big spools. I just had it sitting on my shelf, though, and I wanted to hang it somewhere that I could access it a bit easier.
One day, the proverbial light bulb went on, and I wondered if I could use mini tension rods in the train case to hang up my twine! I went to Bed Bath & Beyond with a stack of 20% coupons in hand (they really do have the most generous coupon policy I’ve ever seen, they take multiple coupons, expired coupons, etc. SO cool!) and I picked up several packs of these tiny rods and took them home. I was able to take off the end caps to slide on my twine spools, and….. Voila!
Well, the more I thought on it, I figured there had to be other folks out there who had made some cool storage solutions with tension rods. They are cheap (particularly if you pick them up used!), and come in a myriad of lengths!
Here’s a few that I found:
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Jenny lives on the countryside in Sweden with her husband, baby and a spoilt cat. She started scrapbooking late 2007 and has been addicted ever since. She works as a Marketing Director at the Swedish vintage brand Maja Design. She shares the love and care for vintage, coziness and colours that makes the brand so unique. It clearly shows in her scraphouse that was built with coziness and functionality in mind.
We moved into our house nearly six years ago. It was really tiny and there was no room for my scrapsupplies. I had been saving for years to be able to get myself a dream crafter space when we bought a house, but problems are there to be solved. I literally built myself a scraphouse. I had a carpenter who helped me out with some construction, otherwise I did it all myself. . I have spent countless hours trying to plan what my perfect scrapspace would be like. There isn’t a single window that isn’t there for a reason. I even built the house around my beloved picture rails. J
I’m an over-organized person, so I have divided my scraphouse into different areas. A clean area, a paint area, a sewing area and a working area with a computer. I’ve also got a standing work area that I use a lot. All the needs for the different areas are then organized with the supplies needed. Even if the house was built for crafting I want it to feel welcoming and loving, not overwhelming due to tons of supplies. I also wanted to be able to see what I use the most and have everything at hand. That was a real challenge…
Here’s my standing work area. Perfect for punching, die-cutting and binding books. The cabinets makes it easy to both hide supplies and keep them on display. I keep cheap paper flowers in glass jars in the glass cabinets, beautiful lace as well. Paper is stored in Cropper Hopper vertical solutions so I can see them easily but it still looks discrete. I keep dual tip pens in the corner and tools in the carousel. I inherited tons of IKEA KASSETT boxes that I have used to organize everything from PanPastels to punches. They are all stored in the cabinets.
Here’s an example of how I’ve organized Prima flowers. According to colour or collection. Labels, labels, labels… I think I have about 80 KASSETT boxes so they need to be carefully labeled.
Here’s my true little corner. The black bench contains some of my 12×12 ring binders. The drawers contains finished mini-albums since I can’t have them all on display. I keep different pens in the white cutlery holder. I really want people to feel at home in my house, scrapper or not. So this is also my little Fika corner. Cookies, biscuits and I also have lemonade. 🙂 My coffee machine is still situated in the kitchen, but I’m seriously considering moving it to the scraphouse.
I have two clip it up’s. One that I keep bling on and this large floor model where I store everything from rub-ons to letter stickers.
The cute IKEA HENSVIK shelves contains small glass jars with lace and projects on display.
More 12×12 binders. I also keep cardstock in this inherited IKEA EXPEDIT shelf. The small chests contains toys for my son to play with when he comes to visit me in my little house.
My long desk contains from the left: embellies area, paint area, my sewing area and my working area. (You can see my rebuilt kitchentable in the foreground that serves as my clean area). As you can see I have eight IKEA HELMER bureaus that I bought on sale. That makes 48 drawers in total. They can hold A LOT and are also designed to be labeled so you know what’s inside them. The four HELMER bureaus under the long desk are packed with Idea-ology stuff, trinkets, ribbon, shabby embellishments, chipboard, paints, brushes, embossing powder, glitter, anything you can think of. The three ones by the kitchen table are filled up with paper roses. I bought tons of ANTONIUS inserts that are supposed to be used in the laundry department. With some help from scissors they fit perfectly in the HELMER drawers.
Here are a few of the drawers with paper roses that have all been organized by colour…
I love my picture rails. They can hold so much stuff it’s unbelievable. And no. They do not get that dusty. 🙂 I’m constantly rearranging these cuties to keep what I use the most closest by hand. In general I keep a lot of paint, mists, glues, sprays, re-inkers and texture pastes of different kinds here. To the left you can see my Distress Ink pad storage and below the picture rails are my Distress Ink tools. They have been organized with a little help of a drilling machine and a leftover crossbar.
Here’s my sewing area. Fabrics in the cabinet to the left and threads, buttons etc in the HELMER bureau to the right. I also keep a lot of buttons in the spice jar holder that you can see on the window sill.
Most of my time is probably spent here, in my working area.
I have placed our old kitchen table in the middle of the room. It was collecting dust in an old barn so I rebuilt it to include shelves on one side and chairs on the other. People think that I’m nuts, but I actually saw a bunch of cute baskets on my way home from work in the display window of a department store. So I bought them and rebuilt the table to fit the baskets. I painted it white and put some IKEA HELMER bureaus under the leaf and my clean area was all done! It fits three scrappers or more if you remove the HELMER bureaus. I usually sit on the side where the baskets are when friends are coming over. It gives me access to both the paint area and the clean one without having to move around.
I used to keep Prima flowers in the baskets but grew out of them pretty quickly. Nowadays I store what mom would call junk. I like to call it highly usable stuff. 🙂
1. What kind of budget did you have when organizing your space?
Since I built an entire house, quite a lot… But I love to create my own storage solutions since they always turn out to be the best. The distress ink tool storage is superb and was completely free. I used an old leftover crossbar that I just drilled some holes in. I’ve also used a lot of old furniture that I have rebuilt or just painted. The IKEA HELMER bureaus are a blessing and very cheap. So is picture rails and glass jars. If I didn’t build a house I would have had a very limited budget.
2. What was/is your greatest challenge?
The greatest challenge for me was to create a welcoming house with lots of light that everybody, scrapper or non-scrapper, would just love to enter.
I also need to know exactly where everything is stored. Since I have a rather large scrapspace it’s impossible to find something if it’s not where it’s supposed to be.
3. Are you a “organize it once” kind of girl, or are your storage solutions constantly evolving?
Your needs always change. In my opinion you really can’t just sit down and think it will work for years to come. Six months later you’ll always discover that your needs has changed, you have tons of new supplies and that perfect organization no longer fits you. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve re-organized my space.
4. What is one thing you’d like to improve about your storage/organization?
I do miss a proper bookshelf. No matter how much you oversize your storage solutions you always discover that they are too small. I would have gone for the largest IKEA Expedit shelf where I could fit all my albums and Cropper Hopper Storage Solutions. But there’s simply not room for it.
And there you have Jenny’s beautifully organized room! More than anything – it’s so cozy! Don’t you agree? Please check out her her blog and her Pinterest page here!
Hello crafty friends, seems like forever since I’ve been here! Pneumonia has set me back for few weeks. As I am gradually getting back into the swing of things I was browsing through the new Pottery Barn catalog and came across a great storage system. It’s called Gabrielle Organization and features a wonderful peg system (available in Espresso Stain or Modern White) with a series of storage and organization options. They didn’t offer any craft room or art studio photos in the catalog, but it would certainly work well in one!! Take a look at these photos of the system in use and you’ll see what I mean.
Isn’t this a pretty pantry! But what super craft storage this would be. The large wire tier cubes to the right would be fabulous for cardstock storage!
Here’s a neat and tidy office that would suit space over a craft table very well. I am quite smitten with those pretty wicker baskets!
The straps on these larger items are a brilliant idea. I can see pretty wrapping or art papers on this drying rack and jars of button, twines and washi tape on the shelves.
This item was pictured in a garden shed unit. But wouldn’t punches look extra cute in those pockets ~ swoon!
I think these darling buckets are my favorite. They would accommodate a variety of tools or make color coordinating your markers breeze!
Chalkboards, pin boards and white boards for your notes, sample and to do lists!
Check out this Pottery Barn link for more details on the system and the options of storage vessels. So happy you could spend some time with us here today, we appreciate you!
I love Jennifer’s craft room and office over at Studio Pebbles. She was helped out by Target when redesigning her space, so I may be a little biased since that is my absolute favorite store, but really it is such beautiful, functional space.
She started off with having a space for her daughter to play in the room while she worked. But, as her daughter got older, the space wasn’t functioning that well for her. It was too distracting having her daughter in and out of the room while she was trying to work. And I think this is a good lesson for all of us. If something is not working in your space – change it to better suit your current needs. Periodically re-evaluating your needs and wants helps you to make the best use of your space.
You definitely want to head over to Studio Pebbles to see all of the dramatic changes and her full room reveal. She had a style consultation with THE Sabrina Soto to figure out how to best use her space, and there are some really great tips on her blog.
She also has an entire post on how to organize all those paper crafting supplies, including Project Life. You can see above she uses the beloved Raskog cart from Ikea that is so popular and functional. Since many of our readers are avid scrapbookers and paper crafters, you can be sure to check out the full post here for some super ideas!
Hi CSI friends, Lisa here today with a craft room tour for your viewing pleasure! There are many, many craft rooms out there with a lot of bells and whistles and then there are craft rooms that are slimmed down, perfectly organized and serve their purpose to the max. That’s just what I have to share with you today.
My very dear friend Tracey McNeely of In My Creative Opinion shared her craft room on her blog last month. I have a glimpse of it to share with you today. Feel free to visit her blog for the entire tour!
There is definitely something to be said about neutral tones in a work environment with lots of natural daylight streaming in! Tracey has fitted her craft room with products from Ikea including “Galant” birch veneer table tops and bookcases along with “Alex” drawers.
Separate work stations for die cutting, paper trimming and coloring make creating easier.
Drawers with plentiful room for organizing your stash is a must. I love seeing the rolls of felt all lined up!
Isn’t this wall of bookshelves wonderful? Neatly organized and pleasing to the eye make for an uncluttered craft space. The white storage that’s used in various places lets your eye flow easily over the unit.
You’ll find individual storage and organizational tips for paper, dies, stamps and more on Tracey’s blog. Stop by to say hello, you’ll enjoy your visit!
Hi crafty friends! It’s Noelle here today to share with you my latest product review. When I was at CHA, Advantus Corporation was generous enough to agree to send me some products to review for you. Today I am sharing the Cropper Hopper Paper Envelope. This is a very nice envelope that is made of a heavy plastic with a velcro closure. I really prefer the velcro closure to some of the envelopes I’ve had in the past, that had a plastic snap. Inevitably, the snap always breaks or pulls through the plastic and then you have an envelope that won’t fasten shut.
Like most Cropper Hopper vertical storage this envelope is made of clear plastic, which is so helpful so you can see what is inside.
I typically am not a crafter who buys whole lines of product. If I really like a new product line, I will usually only get a few papers, maybe a 6″ pad, and 1-2 packs of embellishments. Typically, I just pick up things I like, and mix and match products and manufacturers. But every once in awhile, a line comes along that I am so smitten with, that I MUST have everything that goes with it, plus several sheets of each 12″ paper. Such was the case with October Afternoon’s Rocket Age. My hubby works in the space industry, and my sons have always loved anything “outer space” related. I knew this line would make great boy scrapbook pages, as well as pages for Science Fair, the museum of Nature and Science, and even school themed pages. When I do invest in a whole line of product, i like to keep it all together, even the scraps. So, that is what I decided to use my new Paper Envelope for. I dug out all my bits and pieces of this line, and made a nice pile….
And, voila, it’s all together in one place! 🙂
I used my handy dandy label maker to make a nice clear label that is easy to read, because I am type A like that sometimes.
And that is all, ain’t it purty? So nice and neat, and I love how I can see into it because it’s clear.
Hallo to all fellow Craft Storage enthusiasts. I thought I would do a post on something everyone needs – gift wrapping goodies. Being from Sunny South Africa – we just don’t get nice things readily so I stock up in advance on paper and tags when I stumble upon them. Problem is, they are not easy to store so I asked my friend Pinterest for ideas. Here are a few options:
This one from 2 little hooligans is totally to die for and such a great idea!! An upside down bar stool with wheels and different bags to hold all your goodies.
Over at the 2 little hooligans blog is a tutorial – hop over right now and start making your own. Just click here.
On every post that I do, I try to include an idea of my own. This time – a mini wrapping station. This is one of the best pressie ideas that I’ve come up with and I even give refills to friends and family. If you want to read the post, just click here. And this is what it looks like:
That’s it. I hope I have inspired you to tidy-up your gift wrapping stash. Thanks for looking at the Craft Storage Ideas blog today and please check back as me and my fellow contributors have a lot more to share with you. If you have ideas of your own – please leave a comment and a link – we would love to see what you do.
I normally store my 12″ themed papers/items in giant slider bags and hang from a pant hanger. All the pant hangers hang on a curtain rod in my craft room. And my solid and/or “neutral” themed (polka dots, stripes, etc.) papers go into my Cropper Hopper paper pouches. But lately I have noticed a problem with my giant slider bags, particularly the ones that are very full. Since there’s no boxiness to the corners of the bag, sometimes the papers on the outsides of the stacks will end up getting their corners mangled or bent.
I have a lot of Christmas papers in particular. I love Christmas pages and normally end up doing at least 10 Christmas pages for every year, sometimes even more. I also make my own holiday cards, so all this paper does get used. A couple moths ago I was shopping at Tuesday Morning, and they had big packs of Graphic 45 holiday papers for 3.99 a piece. So, my amount of Christmas papers quickly doubled and suddenly the bag is just jammed way too full! So, I decided this paper organizer would be a great place to stash all my Christmas papers.
The organizer comes in a flat package, and you fold it together with simple tabs. The handle is already attached. I liked that it would actually be easy to take it apart again, especially if you wanted to flip through all the papers easily or if you lost something small in the bottom. It’s also sturdy enough that the corners of your papers won’t get bent, yea! 🙂
First things first, I cleaned out the old bag. It’s amazing how much trash you find when you clean things out, don’t you think? It’s always good to sort things before you move them to a new container, so I did that next, and and laid out all my papers on my table.
Then I just neatly stacked them and popped them into the container. The handle is great, very sturdy and pushes down flat if you wanted to use this by your other vertical storage. there is also a label on the top, right under the handle. The handle is clear so you can read the label right through the handle. This product is called the Paper Organizer.
Thanks again to Kathleen from Advantus for sending me such great things to try out and share with you. 🙂
I am so excited to be here today to share my craft room with you! My room is a work in progress. It is nowhere near complete, but each year I get it a little closer to how I envisioned it!
My husband and I share this space. I do many kinds of crafts and have a lot of supplies. I scrapbook, make jewelry, paint, sew, and do a lot of DIY projects. My husband’s hobbies include archery, shooting and reloading. We have managed to combine both of our hobbies into one small room. It is not the most convenient, but I am grateful we have a space we can share!
Our hobby room sits just off the living room. We have french doors that both open into the room.
I will show you my whole room, moving from the left side all the way around. I have my craft cabinet that stores my sewing machine, my mom’s vintage sewing box and other supplies inside. The rest of that side of the room has all of my husband’s hobby supplies, as well as his archery trophies and some of his first deer mounts.
We have a small closet in the corner. This closet houses both my husband’s hunting gear as well as some of my gift wrap supplies and some other items. My ironing board hangs on the outside so it is easily accessible when I am sewing (the only time I iron!).
I installed some small white shelves to display my buttons and twine. Below that is a hardware storage box that houses some of my jewelry making supplies. I have plans on painting it white so it blends in with my room better.
Just to the left of my main desk, I have a small bookshelf. I have craft books, inspiration magazines, and binders that house my foam stamps and stencils.
Above my desk I installed a shelf and found some baskets on clearance at Walmart that has many of my most used supplies.
One of my favorite parts of my room is the sign I made. I created a printable, had it printed out on photo paper and painted the fancy frame. It is a great reminder to keep me inspired.
As you move further around the room, I have a 6 drawer cart with pattered scrapbook paper. Above it, I have another 3 drawer plastic storage bin that stores my eyelets and brads, circle cutter and some other tools. My fabric is mostly in the corner. I used comic book boards to wrap my fabric and the boards are stored in crates. I am going to stain the crates as well to match my desk, and break up some of the white on that side of the room. (You can catch a little glimpse of our archery bows hanging on the wall above my storage unit. It truly is a blend of both my husband and I in this room.)
The last part of the room has my 12 Recollections storage cubes I purchased from Michael’s. I am able to store a ton of supplies in this little space! Many of the drawers have dividers, as do the shelves. I also have a white plastic trash can to store all of my wrapping paper.
Above the storage cubes I have more shelves with my Cricut and Cricut cartridges. I don’t have any more space up there, so I will have to find a different storage solution soon. I made the cover for my Cricut and tie-dyed it to match the teal and lime green color scheme of my room.
1. What kind of budget did you have when organizing your space?
I didn’t really have a set budget. This room has evolved over the years. It used to be just my space, but once my daughter was born, my husband moved in this space with me, to make room for her! We were lucky enough to be given the two desks in the room. The storage cubes from Michael’s were purchased a few at a time when they were on sale and with coupons. I like that our room is a mix of new and old, as well as wood and white furniture.
I tried to be creative when storing my supplies. For example, my fabric and silk flowers are stored by color in plastic ziploc bags. I punched a hole in the corner and hung coordinating colors by command hooks. The whole system cost me less than $5!
2. What was your greatest challenge?
Definitely my greatest challenge has been making this space work for both my husband and myself. I definitely have a lot more supplies than he does, and I am a total neat freak, perfectionist. I try to let him do what he wants with his side of the room. It is not a huge room, but we were able to fit a lot in here without it being over-crowded.
3. Are you a “organize it once” kind of girl, or are your storage solutions constantly evolving?
I am definitely not an “organize it once” kind of gal. My needs are constantly changing and evolving. I pick up new crafts. I receive new product from companies for sponsored posts. I have to try to make all that work! I don’t think I can fit too much more into the space, but if I find something isn’t working for me, I will change it up, using what I already have. If it isn’t easy to get to or put away, often I won’t bother crafting. I have two kids at home with me, so being able to be ready to go when I have free time is essential.
4. What is one thing you’d like to improve about your storage/organization?
I am not great at putting things away once I get them out. I am a bit of a procrastinator, so I am often working on projects at the last minute. Since I don’t give myself the time to work on a project from start to finish, often my supplies get left out and my desk is always a mess! I am working on it though. I would also like to tweak a few storage systems – particularly my washi tape and having a designated space for in progress projects!
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When it comes to scrapbooking, I am definitely a collector. I love to have the complete set of anything – paints, pens, die cuts, you name it. And that can cause a problem trying to store everything. Several years ago, my daughter and I turned an extra room at the front of our house into an art room. I was a little worried about it being the first room in our house that people see, but really, art is what we are all about, so I got over it. I love that I can be in the middle of everything going on and also creating, or organizing, whenever I have a few minutes.
I have learned several things about myself when it comes to storage and how I use my ‘stuff’. I need to be able to see it, touch it, and find it in order to be inspired by it and use it. I use lots of clear and open storage in my space and find some of my favorite items at The Container Store and Ikea.
Because my scrapbooking organization is constantly changing and evolving, I don’t really have a budget in mind, but I am continually looking for items that are inexpensive or meaningful in some way. When we travel, I try to pick up a memento or container that reminds me of that place or time. For instance, on my desktop, I have a Butterbeer mug to hold my paintbrushes, a Pixar mug for my journaling pens, a George Michael mug for scissors, and an adorable glass vase from Anthropologie to hold Epiphany epoxies – all within reach, meaningful, and adorable at the same time.
I also like to use supplies as the decor in my room – washi tape is in a wooden tray I found at a thrift store, and I also raided my kitchen for tiny sauce cups/ramekins for my new baker’s cart. This is my absolute favorite item at the moment. I saw one in Ali Edwards’ office when I visited her recently and found my own once I returned home. It has ten 18×24 removable trays and I store not only supplies, but also projects I’m working on. When I need something, I just grab it and place it on my worktable, then put it away to work on something else. It really helps keep my tabletop a little more clear.
My favorite Ikea find is the little turquoise cart my friend Mary bought for me. It has wheels so it can go anywhere I want it to. I use this to store my paint, sticker letters, journaling cards and tags, stencil letters, ink pads, spray paints/inks, and stamping supplies. It doesn’t take up much space, but because of the vertical storage, it holds a lot.
Along with organizing in open or clear containers, I also organize by color. I use color on my Clip It Up, as well as some clear plastic boxes I found at the Container Store, and of course, all my paper. The boxes are great for taking with me to a crop since they are portable and while I’d love to have all my embellishments in one spot, for now the two options are working for me.
I have a problem with stamps. I love them, but I am bad about not using them. I found some cute little baskets trimmed in my favorite color – turquoise – at Target. I bought them without knowing how or even if I was going to use them. (Always, if you see something you love, buy all they have. You can always take it back.) I reorganized an Ikea printer cart for my stamps. I placed a cutting pad on top so I could stamp right where my stamps live, and stored my stamps in the new baskets below. I cut the snap closure off the Close To My Heart stamp cases (I know, I know – I had a hard time doing that!), and I was able to fit THREE times as many stamps in a basket. I do not miss the snaps at all. My larger stamps are stored in clear snap folders in larger baskets. Again, with the clear storage, I can just flip through and quickly see what I have.
My absolute love of organization was really the reasoning behind the creation of My Digital ScrapRoom, the world’s first all-in-one digital photo organizational and scrapbooking solution. I was so frustrated with the overwhelming amounts of digital photos I was taking and the process of finding them again to use in my projects. I almost stopped scrapbooking at one point. Now, with easy but robust searching and tagging options and a mobile app on the way, finding my photos is a snap. And extra bonus: I can use the same software to store my digital elements and make a custom digital project without having to use multiple programs! For more info, please visit my website: www.MyDigitalScrapRoom.com
I hope you have found some tips and tricks that help you in your own organizational journey. You can also visit my YouTube channel for more videos on organizing your supplies, as well as your photos.
Thank you for tuning in!
Isn’t Blayne’s room lovely? I especially love her baker’s cart. What a brilliant idea!
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Update: Blayne has also posted a video tour of her space here.