Studio Tour with Connie Mercer

Here’s a big CSI welcome to Connie Mercer.  Connie is a design team member at Vintage Street Market, lives on a ranch in Texas and loves being inspired by her five grandchildren.  Enjoy this  tour of her very vintage studio.

I am so excited to show you my crafty space here on Craft Storage Ideas.  I have always loved old things and the process of finding a treasure.    If it has a story with it, I love it even more.  I started feeling like I wanted to surround myself with “old stuff” after taking an online class with Jenni Bowlin.  She opened my eyes to vintage storage.  Using old salt and pepper shakers for glitter-I loved that idea!!!  It all started with that class.   I have been collecting all my life, so I had lots of vintage cabinets, boxes, bottles, jars, pottery to organize my craft supplies in.   I started by getting rid of as much plastic as I could, and started bringing in items that spoke to me, that inspired me, in my craft.

I used to scrapbook on a plastic fold out table, so when I found this old work table at an antique store, it was loaded up and I think I started looking at things differently that day.  One thing Jenni would say is surround yourself with things that you love and that is what I have done-it is a work in process!  But one thing for sure I love my space , I love how my supplies are stored and I’m inspired to create when I’m in this room!!

Vintage Worktable
A view of the entire studio
More unique storage

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

I didn’t really start out with a number in mind, just a plan to surround myself with vintage things that I love, that will inspire me to create ” vintage style”. I counted up what I have spent and it is less than $500. Friends know I love vintage items and I’m given cool stuff all the time.

Tool chest embellishment storage

2. What was/is your greatest challenge?

To remove all the plastic containers from my space. I would love to have all vintage storage (that I can afford) and have a place for. I’m still looking for a storage solution for 12×12 patterned paper that can be organized by manufacture.

A muffin tin holds button flair

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

I think I’m constantly on the look out for something better to store my supplies in but still meet my expectations of having a vintage inspired space. I love to go junkin’ so the hunt is on!!

Vintage jars make good storage, and are pretty, too!

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

I scrapbook by manufactures and rarely mix the brands ( but I have) ~ I would love an old store counter that had shelves underneath that would hold my 12×12 paper and had room for the extra embellishments also. I presently keep all my embellishments in separate bins in my closet. I would have it all at my finger tips and that would be perfect for me.

Repurposed Dish Drainer
Paper Storage
Built-in Storage


Connie has done a fantastic job of mixing vintage pieces with new, built-in storage.  Thank you so much for sharing your studio!  Please be sure to visit Connie on her blog at

Vintage Post Box Lovely {Vintage Junky}

I know there are so many of you who love using vintage items in your craft rooms, so I just couldn’t resist showing you this vintage post box transformation.  Michelle of Vintage Junky didn’t refinish, sand or paint – she just added her craft supplies (using baby food jars for all of her itsy bitsy things).  Call me crazy, but to me, that addition made this box absolutely beautiful.

Vintage post box for craft storage.
Ribbon storage

Has anyone else out there put a post box to use in their craft room?  If so, share a link with us!

For more photos of Michelle’s very vintage studio, click here.

A Place to Craft {Raising Up Rubies}

I’m going to let the pictures of this fabulous craft room speak for me.

A fabulously organized room!


Custom built table with tons of storage and room for friends!


Aren't these shelves gorgeous?
Paper covered magazine holders


Custom sewing table and shelving

Wowsa.  Seriously, there is so much inspiration in this room.  I particularly love the bookcase – which was made from Target bookshelves and molding to make them look more substantial.  And the brown paper covered magazine holders make everything look cohesive!

To see more of this room and read the details, visit Jaime at Raising Up Rubies!

Pretty in Pink {Margie Romney-Aslett}

Pink goodness to follow.  Check out Margie Romney-Aslett‘s studio below.  It’s a study in pink, vintage, and a little bit of quirky.  I think you’ll love it!

A desk full of vintage & unique storage containers


The ever faithful Expedit from Ikea


A variety of storage buckets and containers!


The many shades of pink.

Whatcha think?  I’m loving all of the different containers in this one room.  And Margie’s unique style shines through.  To see more of Margie’s room, click here.

Foamboard Storage {Paper Castle}

In the mood for some DIY?  Would you consider building a shelving unit to store your punches?  Out of foamboard?

Punch rack from foamboard

You could keep it simple as shown above or you could create drawers to store all of your little embellishments.

Foamboard drawer unit

Yes, that is the same unit just embellished “a little.  It get’s better…Heather at Paper Castle even has a full tutorial on how to create one of these lovelies yourself.  Check it out here!

When to Sell or Donate Your Cluttered Scrapbook Supplies {Aby Garvey}

We love showing you pictures of beautiful, bright, incredibly organized spaces even more than we like looking at them ourselves.  But let’s get real.  In order for those incredible photos to be taken, some serious organization had to happen.

When you are in the midst of organizing, more often than not decisions have to be made about selling or donating both newer and older supplies.  The very same supplies that you lusted after, dreamed about and generally obsessed over.  Making the decision to sell or donate your lovelies can be very difficult.

Enter Aby Garvey.  And this blog post.   When asked whether someone should hold on to scrapbooking products with hope that eventually there would be a way to “recoup some of the cost” versus selling or donating, here’s what Aby had to say.

“There’s something about these particular items that are different for you — most likely the fact that many of them are new. I mention this because there really is no universal answer for “this is the time to take your loss.” It’s really about you getting to that point…and feeling good about it. The truth is that the loss has already been had. The money you spent on those supplies is long gone. So now your choice is to add time to the supplies to possibly recover some cash. But, the supplies don’t currently have value sitting in your home. It’s only when you add your time to them that they could provide value to you, and that’s if they have a willing buyer. It sounds like time is even more in demand now that you’re heading back to work.”

Donating supplies


I think Aby’s perspective is brilliant.  Sometimes the value of the time it takes to market (eBay, Craig’s List, etc.) your supplies is far greater than what you’d be able to sell them for.

If you like Aby’s blog post, you may be interested in checking out her newest workshop at Simplify 101 called Organize Your Creative Space.

It starts on June 7th, so hurry on over to check it out!

P.S. If you are looking for a place to donate supplies, you can contact local schools, day care centers, nursing homes, retirement communities, hospitals and occupational therapy centers.