Hallo to all the crafters looking at Craft Storage Ideas today. Once again, it’s Hazel from Sunny South Africa and today we will have a look at what can be done with binder rings. Yes, the little things most crafters have in their stash and only use to bind books. I love the colored ones – little gems in disguise and after you have read this post, I hope you will agree with me.
That’s it! Binder rings many, many ways. I hope you have enjoyed looking at these ideas and if you have some more, PLEASE leave a comment – I would love to see what you do. Until next time. Have fun and craft on.
I’m excited to introduce Blayne White to you today! Blayne is an entrepreneur; work at home mom, wife, and owner of both a professional photography studio and her newest creation, My Digital ScrapRoom. ScrapRoom was born out of her love for photography and scrapbooking, and an overwhelming passion for helping others organize their tremendous libraries of digital photos. She lives and works at home with her husband, Bryan, and her two children, Alyx and Tristan (yes, from Legends of the Fall), and her two rescue dogs Daisy and Cuddles. She has been a scrapbooker for 19 years and loves how her hobby and passion have now become her work. You are going to love her craft room. And don’t forget to check out the awesome coupon she’s offering to CSI readers at the end of this post!
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!
Not only has she given us a peek into her craft room, but Blayne is also offering a sweet discount to CSI readers who are interested in using My Digital Scraproom. Just use code: craftstorageideasrocks for 20% off! This offer is good through July 31st!
Update: Blayne has also posted a video tour of her space here.
Hi there! It’s Noelle today with a furniture review for you. I decided to review the E-Z View Desk by the Original Scrapbox. I actually remember seeing this a few years back in a scrapbook magazine. I really LOVED the clear top and the compartmentalized places to stash all your embellishments! If I remember correctly, at the time they didn’t have so many options to customize this desk. I’m really digging on having this storage in the side you can pull out without opening a door!
Ok, well most of the furniture in my studio is black, so I personally prefer the black finish, though the white is very pretty too. I currently have my desk (a writing desk) in the corner of the room and would probably stick with that same configuration, so I would want the left hand side of the desk to have that access on the side, and the right hand side…. Maybe a filing drawer for some of my 8 1/2” x 11″cardstock??
Well, maybe not, maybe a simple shelf would work better. Then I could put all my Cropper Hopper Paper Pouches inside. Love how you can figure out what would work best for your space!
I am so excited to share today’s craft room with you! I came across photos from this room on good ol’ Pinterest! I followed the link back to Sew Woodsy, and was delighted to be taken on a virtual tour of this amazing little room! I knew I had to show it to all of you, so I left a comment on their blog, and was thrilled when they got back to me, saying they would love to be featured! There are so many wonderful aspects about this craft room, and I want you all to get the “grand tour” so I will just feature a couple of photos to get you headed in their direction! I know you’re going to love it!
Since you can’t see this from the photo above, I want you to have a peek at this amazing ribbon rack – complete with tutorial on how to build one of your very own! Mr. and Mrs. Woodsy are quite the creative and talented team!
Hello Crafters, it’s Cicily the Pink Dalmatian Scrapper. Today I’m going to share with you one of my Daring DIY projects, Ribbon Storage.
As with all storage there’s no right or wrong, it’s all about finding out what works best for you. And if you’re like me you will have some failed ideas, but you just keep trying till you find the right one. As I mentioned with my last post I’m a lover of found objects that I can turn into a useful purpose. That being said it was a little hard to pick which DIY project to share today. I chose the ribbon storage as it was on of my first DIYs and is still working for me.
There’s lots of great ribbon storage ideas, I’ve tried a few and while I loved some of the ideas they just weren’t for me. I was inspired by this post from Cathe at JustSomethingIMade.com. She definitely has a lot of craft goodies in her stash and some things I just couldn’t replicate, so I made my own DIY version.
To start with she used a yard stick, of which I didn’t have one and wasn’t sure where to get one in my little town. I just noticed them at Lowe’s if anyone is interested.
I have a couple curtain rods and chose to use one as the main hanging part of my Ribbon Storage. Now I had to figure out what to hang my ribbon from. I wanted a detachable option just like Cathe’s so I could remove a specific ring. After scrounging thru Walmart these are the hangers I found and then I picked up these Shower curtain rings from the dollar store.
To secure the rings and make them permanent I hot glued them shut and then glued one set of hangers with the eye hooks and one with the hanger hooks.
After sorting my ribbon by color I was ready to hang the rings on the curtain rod.
I’ve had this ribbon storage now for 1.5 years and still am happy with it. There are a few more details on my blog, just click on the pictures to go directly to the post.
I’d love to see your ribbon storage or your DIY projects! Post a link in the comments section and we’ll come check it out.
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.
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.
I also use wire Locker baskets (in a previous photo) and in one of those I have the medium punches.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Today’s craft room was an unexpected, but very welcomed find! I was originally checking out this die, which combines the use of a card and a gift sack to make one awesome present for someone! Laurie of Soapbox Creations must be the brainchild behind the Card Hanger Die, and it’s so popular, it’s currently sold out! In any case, she has a lovely room that I want to share with you.
As you can see by the photo above, she has everything neatly stored and organized with her “go-to” supplies situated where they are nice and handy!
Another smaller table holds her stamp pads, Copic Markers, and her Big Shot cutter.
Be sure to check out her post on her craft space to see more photos. She also posts a link to her original craft room, which looked much different! Nice to know that my room is not the only one that is a “work in progress!”
Speaking of my craft room, looks like my next post will be featuring my “happy place.” I’ve recently be purging and doing a bit of reorganizing, so it’ s not photo-ready, at the moment, by any stretch of the imagination! I can’t wait to share it with you and give you the “grand tour!”
Although I am obsessed with all things storage, a quick look at my craft room will tell you that a lot of what I use are Sterlite Storage Products. Among my favorites are the 3-drawer and 5-drawer smaller units and the 3-drawer units that accommodate 8 1/2 x 11″ and 12 x 12″ papers.
If you look inside the closet in my craft room, you will find several of these 5-drawer and 7-drawer Basic Drawer Carts, which hold my ribbons, embellishments and scrap papers, filed by color families.
Not only are the products from Sterlite versatile, but they’re reasonably priced and sold in many stores; Walmart and Target, to name a couple. And, best of all, they’re made in the USA! Can’t get any better than that!!!
One last tip: if the simplicity of the design of the Sterlite storage containers isn’t to your liking, you can always add your own personal style to them. Decorative labels, patterned papers and shelf liner can dress up the containers/drawers to coordinate with your craft area, like I did in the photo below. I took some cute self-adhesive drawer liner I found at TJMaxx, stuck it to some poster board, and cut it to fit in the front of the drawer. Voila! Instant makeover!
Do you have any of these awesome containers? We’d love to see all the ways you’re utilizing them!