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!


Studio Tour with Ali Edwards

Hello to all my fellow craft storage enthusiast!!  Hazel here and today we are visiting Ali Edwards. I’m SURE you all know who she is but for those wondering – she is a designer, blogger, author, and mother of two. She has written four books about scrapbooking, authored a popular monthly column for Creating Keepsakes magazine, conducted workshops around the country, internationally, and online, and currently designs digital scrapbooking products for Designer Digitals and stamps for Technique Tuesday. Now for Ali’s room.  She says that her goal is to make stuff and that she doesn’t want to spend a lot of time organizing.  For her stash she wants a selection but not excess.  Sound like a good idea to me. IMG_6217
The two Varde tables from Ikea are back to back. They are the perfect height as Ali likes to work standing up. The tops are nice and big which means that some supplies can go on top and the rest goes in drawers or in baskets below. IMG_6251
Along both walls are Ikea Expedit shelves on wheels. These are awesome on their own but having them on wheels makes them that much more awesome. AE_shelves-500x333
I just love the pull-out Kvissle Letter Trays from Ikea. They are used to store the current kits. Best part is, you can pull the whole tray out and move it to the work table and the move it back when done. IMG_6208
OK. This is my favorite!! Inside the doors of this locker  you’ll find inks, paints, ribbons, sewing supplies, etc. Most of these things Ali doesn’t use every time she makes something. Out of sight but still on hand. IMG_6186
On the opposite side of the room from the lockers, right next to the windows, are the computer desks.  I love the sunshine pouring through the windows and the “interactiveness” of working together. IMG_6214
That’s it from me. I hope you have enjoyed Ali’s studio with me.  Please hop over to her blog to read the rest and while there, leave some comments to let her know that we appreciate her sharing with us. Have fun and craft on.

California Art Girl {Richele Christensen} and Blog Hop Day Two

Let’s give a very warm welcome to Richele Christensen!  I love her craft room!  And you will too!  But first – just a reminder about our blog hop!  Check out all of the details here!  And make sure you read all today’s entire post – because we have a giveaway from our blog hop sponsor OrganizeMore!  Here’s a little sneak peek!

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But first, here’s Richele!



I’m a California girl and currently live in the Sacramento area. I have an amazing husband Del and we have two wonderful children. My son KC and his wife Amanda have three amazing kids and that makes me a Grandma. It’s the best! My daughter Ashley and husband Kirk are  busy with their carers.

Ever since I was a little girl I have had a love for art, sewing and crafting. Working in the paper craft industry since 2001 has lead me on an unforgettable journey. I currently work with Tim Holtz as his project manager, teaching workshops and blogging.







I’m very fortunate to have a large space in our home for my studio, it has two windows that bring in lots of natural light which I love. When I set up my studio it was important to me that things were easy to find and being organized helps. Also if things are handy I tend to use them more.RicheleChristensen_Studio1

The stamp wall in my studio is my favorite, they’re custom made shelves my dad and son made. (You can find similar shelves at Ikea). They hold my wood stamps, inks, paints and products I use frequently. The modular cabinets below the shelves are from Michael’s. The drawers come in many configurations so they work for almost everything like tags, dies, stamps, and other miscellaneous things.



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The tools on my work table are in a silverware caddy I picked up at a kitchen organizing store. You just never know when you’ll see something that will be perfect for your studio, like this antique stamp holder is prefect for all my craft tools.



This magnetic board hangs on the side of my cabinet and holds all my Movers ‘n Shapers dies and is available from Ikea. 


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

I didn’t really have a budget but I tried to be economical. Most of the furniture has come from Ikea, Michael’s and Home Depot. My room has evolved as time has gone by. I recently moved into a larger space in my home and because my space is organized with modular elements they fit right into my new space perfectly.


2. What was your greatest challenge?

 The biggest challenge in my studio was having things I use all the time handy. Since I use my Distress Inks, Paints and Stains all the time I store them on a shelf right behind my work area.


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

I love to organize my “stuff”. I think you can always improve upon it. My favorite cabinet is the Alex from Ikea. It hold a ton of stuff.


4. What is one thing you’d like to improve about your storage/organization?
That’s a tough one. Im pretty happy with my space but I think having pull outs in my large cabinets would make it easier to find things.


There are so many things about Richele’s room I love, but I have major envy over that drawer full of organized tags and her colorful distress ink wall!  What about you?  Make sure to visit Richele at California Art Girl.  Thank you, Richele for sharing your space with us!

And now on to today’s blog hop prize!  Our blog hop sponsor OrganizeMore is giving away a 48 Marker Organizer in white!  To enter, use the Rafflecopter below!

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And just in case you need it – here’s the list of places to hop on over to!

Rebecca – Scrapista

Lisa – My Paper Tales

Hazel – Play As You Go

Laura – Laura’s Crafty Life

Noelle – Paper & Ice

Cicily – Pink Dalmatian Scrapper

And finally – just a reminder that our Silhouette Portrait giveaway will close at midnight tonight!  Check out our original post to enter!



Product Highlight: Scrapbook Storage Box

Sometimes the simplest items can work the best for storage. Many of us are scrapbookers, and even if you are not, I am sure you have some memorabilia you need to store. A simple scrapbook storage box can be the perfect solution to store loose items.

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For those of us that scrapbook, maybe you need a place to store memorabilia until you have time to scrap it. Ticket stubs, pamphlets, receipts, small tokens from a vacation – all of these need to go somewhere until you have time to put them in an album. And if you don’t scrapbook, maybe there are special items you want to hang onto, such as, special art work from your children, cards or love notes.

These boxes come in all sizes and colors. I have a large white one that sits on top of my bookshelf to hold all the special items my kids make for me. I haven’t decided yet if I want to put these in a scrapbook album or not, but for now, if I need a little pick me up, I can look through the box.

How do you store memorabilia?


Craft Room {Jen-uinely Inspired}

Today I am sharing a beautiful craft room with you from Jen-uinely Inspired. Her room is pretty and feminine. Her supplies are organized and lovely. I would love to create in her space! Actually, her ‘CREATE’ sign is what first drew me to this room. I have been wanting to make something similar for my crafting space!

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She turned boring, standard plastic storage into something amazing. Look at these gorgeous fabric covered drawers!

She has all of her scrapbook paper organized by manufacturer and theme. I love how she found what works for her and made her supplies easy to find. She is absolutely correct when she says, “Half of scrapbooking is staying organized.”

Be sure to check out the rest of Jenny’s craft space, and tell her Craft Storage Ideas sent you! She has some fabulous organization ideas!


Thirty-One Bags Craft Storage (Stamping with a Dream)

Hi all, it’s Noelle stopping in today with a few photos from my friend Kelli’s craft room. On thing that I found particularly intriguing about her room is that she used a lot of bags and containers from thirty-one. Now, I’m not trying to sell you on thirty-one bags, I don’t even own one myself. But I have heard from a few different crafters how sturdy their bags and containers are. So I thought it might be worth showing you these photos.They have a lot of fun prints on their bags, and do big clearance sales sometimes.


Here’s a pic of some of Kelli’s stamps in these containers. How easy would it be to move one to your dining room table to work elsewhere in your house?


And some card stock in larger thirty-one bags….


This shelf looks very neat even though Kelli has a variety of products stashed in the containers. The opaque fabric keeps everything looking nice and clean.


 I also like her use of Ribbon Carousels for her twine and ribbon storage.

IMG_8816 Kelli doesn’t have a craft room post on her blog just yet, but be sure to stop by and see her pretty cards if you can.

 Thanks for stopping in!



Studio Tour {Marty’s Musings}

I’m so happy to introduce you to Marty Walden of Marty’s Musings.  Marty has been blogging at Marty’s Musings since 2008 but only recently has managed to turn her DIY/home/food blog into a business. She  has homeschooled  her five children for 20 yearsa and loves DIYing with her husband Tim.

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My husband Tim and I spent several weeks talking through ideas for my scrapbook room. I scoured magazines and online websites for inspiration and dreamed of how I could make these ideas work for me.

This is the main wall of my scrapbook room. My husband built the countertop and shelves according to my specific needs and scrapbooking supplies. My counter is waist high because I scrap and create standing up. There was much consternation over the exact height to make the counter! Luckily, we figured right and it is perfect! I bought a desk chair at a yard sale and it was a great buy and very comfortable.

This ribbon rack is one of my favorite storage solutions! I adore ribbon and have far too many rolls that I have gotten at yard sales and craft stores. I wanted to be able to see as much of it as possible because it inspires me and I use it often on cards and layouts.  My husband rigged the dowel rods and hooks. A perfect solution plus it’s pretty to look at!

We also bought a twin bed with headboard from my niece and used a mattress and bedding we already owned. Drawers on the side give me more room for my ribbon stash! It seriously was taking over the world!

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My scrapbook room’s design ended up revolving around these two units I bought at Goodwill for $20 total (below).  The unit had 6″x6″ cubbies with removable partitions. I removed several of them to allow the units to be used for 12×12 paper. Absolutely perfect solution for my massive collection! (I am slightly paper crazy.) This also allowed smaller compartments at the top for some of my other supplies. We put the cubbies on top of 4 units I bought at Target several years ago.

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I love the look of open storage and accomplished that with these dollar store baskets and larger ones from yard sales. I used manila tags and a label maker on all of my baskets to keep everything organized.

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These smaller mason jars contain my button collection, separated by colors. I use everything from spice jars to quart size mason jars for ribbons, silk flowers, embellishments and more.

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One of the ways I protect my scrapbook albums is to store them in a shelving unit near the front door. In case of a fire, I know what I will grab first! This post also tells more about how I organize my pictures and albums. 

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

I am a frugal shopper from way back, and I knew I wanted to save money while still creating a beautiful space for me to work. I shopped yard sales, thrift sales and the dollar store to save money wherever possible. We ended up spending a total of around $500 on the room makeover.

2. What was your greatest challenge?

Probably finding a way to store my growing collection of 12×12 paper! The cubbies we found at Goodwill worked perfectly.

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

I definitely like to be organized, but as my blog has become a job I find I am making a greater variety of projects and need to find solutions for different products. I love labeling and want my room to be beautiful as well as functional.

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

I am actually in the middle of a room makeover! I was not happy with the way I was using the space, and I needed to rethink how I actually spent my time in the room. I have moved some things around and am adding an area to shoot photos for my blog. Yes, my organization is always revolving to find a system that works for me!


Did you see a organizational method you can put to use in your own space?  I’m loving those shelves!  To see more of Marty’s space and her work, please visit her at Marty’s Musings.

Product Highlight: 6×4 Photo Boxes

Hallo to all my fellow craft storage enthusiasts.  It’s Hazel all the way from Sunny South Africa here to share a product that works for me – photo boxes.  I know there are lots and lots and lots more exciting products available but I tend to use these all the time and this is why:

They are: cheap, readily available, see through, sturdy, the perfect size for Project Life goodies and it’s so versitile – you can use it for brads, die cuts, flowers, paperclips, etc.


 The picture is of the brand we get but I’m sure your stores will stock something similar.

I only have one teeny, weenie problem – their lids fall off when you store them on their sides but don’t fear when IMPERFECT ME is near …………….. I use underwear elastic to keep them closed. Yeah, I can hear you laugh but once again it’s cheap and readily available even down under in Sunny SA and I always look for the nice, funky colors (on the elastic, not the underwear!). I even pretty them up with felt die cuts and some buttons ……………….  love it!!

Here is a picture of my system:


You can see how I pack my Project Life monthly kits (top right) , label the boxes and then stack them in another plastic container (bottom left).  When the container is full, I stop buying / up my usage / give away.  This is another thing that I love about containers – they are made to “contain” a certain amount of stash – once it’s done, you have to kick up a gear and make a plan.


I’ll give you a quick review of how I organize my Project Life kits.  They get packed in 6×4 photo boxes and labeled.  In the lid, I’ll add a pic and a list of what’s in the kit.  If the kit corresponds with something in my stash, I’ll add a note to the lid.  First, I make a layout from the kit, and then I do a double page Project Life page or more. Once that is done, I sort the remainder of the kit into general boxes of 3×4 and 6×4 photo mats and journaling cards.  All the embellishments get filed into various containers for stickers, flowers, paperclips, etc.

I’m a firm believer that if you can see what you’ve got, you will use it.  I get inspired by colors, textures and beautiful things and therefore I use see-through containers – I feel like a kid in a candy shop when I go into my Craft Closet.

That’s if from me. Thanks for visiting Craft Storage Ideas today and please check back as my fellow contributors and I have lots more to share right here. Please leave me some comments – I would love to see and hear what you do ……………………….. until next year ……………….. lots and lots and lots of love and sunshine from Sunny South Africa.


Product Review: Cropper Hopper 12” Expo (Expandable Organizer)


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Hi there! It’s Noelle stopping by today for a final product review for Cropper Hopper. This is the last item that was in the box of goodies that Kathleen from Advantus Corp. sent me to review for Cropper Hopper. You can go here for my review on the Tim Holtz stamp binder, here for my review on the paper envelope, and here for the review on the paper organizer.




This is a multi-pocket organizer that is large enough to hold up to 200 sheets of 12” papers. I decided to use it for a slightly different purpose, as I’m currently happy with my 12” papers being stored in my Cropper Hopper Paper Holders. But, my alphabet sticker situation was getting a wee bit out of control. I normally store my alphabet stickers in my hanging storage, where I had them in a giant zipper bag that was hung by a pant hanger in my studio. But the bag was packed full, and the smaller sheets were always falling to the bottom. Plus, with them all being crammed in there, I would pretty much have to dump out the entire bag to find what I was looking for.


I normally go looking for my stickers by color, since lettering is one of the last things I do on a page. So, for me that was the best way to organize them. But you could also separate them by size of sticker sheet or style. So first, I sorted them all by color:

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Then, I sorted each pile into sizes of sticker sheet:


I made a tab for each color, and for the small sticker sheets, I used paper clips to clip them to the top of each divider. This way they wouldn’t fall down into the pocket, where they might get lost.




A feature I really liked on this once I saw it was the top flap which closes the Expo, it fully pushes down into the back of the product when you want to look through it. What a clever idea! It’s there when you need it, and not when you don’t.


I made labels for the outside with my handy dandy label maker. Like the Cropper Hopper paper organizer, the Expo has a clear handle that pushes down flat, so you can integrate this into your other vertical storage. Which is exactly what I did. 🙂

P1190703-imp P1190700-impThanks again to Advantus Corp. for sending me all these great things to review! Hope you all are having a wonderful Autumn so far. I will be back in October!! 🙂


Take care!


Product Review: Cropper Hopper Paper Envelope

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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.


To see my other reviews for Advantus; you can go here to read about the Cropper Hopper Paper Organizer, and here to read about the Tim Holtz stamp binder and refill pages. Thanks again to Kathleen for sending me all these great things to share with you. 🙂

Have an awesome day!