Monday, January 16, 2012

Organizing.... well... a whole heck of a lot of crafty junk :-)

Yes............ My name is Heather and I have a problem..... it is...... collecting crafty treasures. I do use my stash - I mean - you have seen my blog, right? However, I am extremely frugal with it all as well as frugal in my ways of organizing and purchasing. I refuse to spend more on storing something than the cost of the item itself. So I have gotten a few awesome deals and nabbed a few awesome finds from thrift stores. Also, I this is my 3rd and smallest craft room in the last 3 years and I no longer have the same furniture for storage as I had before... so sad but it never would have fit in this tiny room anyway.... Can you tell that I am sort of telling you all of this as a disclaimer?

Also, I do not think any of you are prepared for what you are about to see... I'm not showing you these pictures because I have a completely awesomely designed quaint studio with neat and tidy areas and a few crafty supplies in there... I am showing you to help you organize your chaos because I know I am not the only one with tons of scrap supplies. What can I say? Ross and Tuesday Morning have been good to me and I haven't had to pay a whole lot for this stuff at all. Think of it as couponing for crafty goodies and bargain shopping 101 in there... Okay... let's get it started in here....






Storage can be pretty. I get all my jars and apothecary goodies at Thrift stores or on 50% off sales at Hobby Lobby... All of these are from thrift stores though - I usually buy the bigger expensive ones on sale at Hobby Lobby...











This is my desk area with a decorative hutch placed on top. This desk if very deep so of course there is a lot of stuff on top of it. I keep my ink pads in an old cassette holder from Goodwill and containerize everything. I also end up with a lot of little things that don't have a place - with no drawers in this desk - I just place them on cute soap dishes and trays on the desk.











This picture shows you how to use every corner for storage. Here I have placed two bins on the outside edge of my table facing out - and I still have room to slide my chair underneath. I use the spice or can organizers on that shelf to hold trinkets that are already containerized but tend to be difficult to display. Always think vertical and use every inch of space if you can...
















Another vertical storage of my twine sample bundles placed on a high cake plate with lots of room for (junk) underneath :-) At the very bottom of the picture you can see I place labels, tickets, and decorated tags inside an old floppy disk holder.

















These wire bins are the perfect dimension to store your cards in without stacking them on top of one another. I got mine at Ross but I have seen them pretty much anywhere organizational stuff is sold. On the right is a vintage crate that I propped up as a shelf. And on top - an inch or two to containerize stuff with the Target dollar spot buckets...













Baskets from Goodwill help contain supplies vintage or shabby chic in nature. The plastic envelopes are great for keeping things together like specific lines from certain Mfgr's that all go together - or placing everything in them for a specific project that you are planning. Keeps everything together and is great for a grab and go option when you are on your way to a crop.












Crappy... Yes... crappy plastic shelves are placed to hold decorative completed projects, my cuttlebug and accessories, and the heavy magazines that I collect on the bottom...


















Normally - I would say - out of site = out of mind. But I just couldn't pass up these awesome colorful boxes when I was working at Tuesday Morning's... They hold things like all my metal accents, and misc stuff... Apparently I need to label them because I really couldn't tell you what is in each one right now... um - out of site - out of mind! Oops..... On top is an old pampered chef kitchen organizer I keep my deco scissors in. I find that sometimes I use them for making a quick border and my kids use them too - so I haven't gotten rid of mine like everyone else yet :-)














Mess alert! This may look messy to you - but it is actually organized chaos. I keep all my cardstock scraps here - right on top of my work surface at all times. This encourages me to clean up by placing scraps in there straight away, and also to pull from my scraps bin first for projects.














This is an old kitchen island that I place smack dab in the center of my room. Mind you, this is not a super large room - but you can walk around it - so it works out okay. I use the metal surface so often - perfect for hot glue projects and messy paint or ink projects. Also, I can hang a towel there which I use a ton because I use glue sticks as my main adhesive usually and I dry my stamps off all the time, etc.










This little diddy was a great Goodwill find. It has a stadium style to it that works great to see all the product that is stored in there. If I see something at a thrift store that has potential and is cheap - I grab it even if I have no idea what I will store in it yet. Also - I am not opposed to painting an old something to give it a new look.











Cheap Michael's jars for button storage. I cannot stress to you how important it is to separate you buttons by style or color if you collect them like I do. This is only 1/3rd of my stash and the rest are in more decorative containers... but they are not sorted so I have to dump them out every time I want to find the perfect one.... kind of annoying to put them all back without some falling to the floor and getting pushed all around the house by my cats...










Not the cleanest area in my room - but showing this to you to help you remember to store under things as well. I keep alterable projects, old photos, and mat board under there. I still have plenty of room to scoot under the desk - but my table is pretty stinking big...














Office supply organizers are great for storing tons of stuff - even tools. My heat gun, crimper and paint brushes all find a home here - not just paper supplies...














Two things here to check out. One is a coffee mug holder that I spray painted red to hold my scissors. If I remember to put them away each time I use them - they are always there waiting for that next project... Also, a free standing magnetic board helps me to sketch or hang a project to dry, etc.












These are just cardboard magazine organizers that I grabbed at Ikea for a minimal price. I only keep the most recent 2 years of magazines on hand and purge out the old ones every year. Of course - that is all I have room for now :-) I gave away 5 years worth of crazy crafty magazines before we moved here... yes... you missed it :-)















My stamps that are in containers are vertical on the bottom shelf of my island. Thinner acrylics are in plastic bin drawers around the room... These shelves also help me to store large containers or kits that I want to keep together...




















Don't forget the back of the door! I string ribbon through album rings and attach to over the door hooks here and my scrap bags go there too. All my Stampin' Up! paper and my silhouette fit easily behind the door since the houses here have this weird but cool design where the doors are at an angle to the rooms...













This calendar style slotted organizer was probably for someone's bills - but now holds my flowers that are still in their packages... It could work well for stickers too. Another thrift store find... and an awesome one at that!

















Yes... I did stack stuff on top of my paper holder... but only because it takes it like a man! Don't be afraid to go vertical like this - especially when you live in a rental home where you cannot just go hammering into the walls with umpteen billion shelves and cool punch and stamp racks...















A 3 tiered dessert stand used to hold so much stuff... adhesives, distress inks, paints, etc... You can even containerize within this type of storage with the metal buckets or baskets... Uber functional...




















My one splurge - a Clip It Up from extreme clearance. I couldn't believe it when I saw it on clearance - the store just decided not to carry them anymore - so bonus for me!! Also, more baskets holding goodies that are too long for the clip it up and I keep all of my rubons together in front...














After many years of different punch containerizing - this is where they land for the time being. Again - being in a rental does not allow me to hang up 50 cool towel bars to lean them against or screw a huge shelf into a stud... so I just organized them all on this wire laundry cart from Walmart... However - it is super heavy though so it doesn't get wheeled around much :-)










Expedit shelving from Ikea holds 12x12 paper well, but doesn't really organize it per say... The individual cropper hopper's are too tall to store inside the cubbies on these shelves... so they are just piled in there for now...
















See how I had the Expedits horizontal under the window then vertical flanking the window? And another vertical shelf on top of the Expedit? Now your thinking :-) Take up all of the space girlfriend - it's yours to use!! And not a nail in the wall here...

















A shelf that I bought at a garage sale that was supposed to be mounted but I flipped it upside down and it stands upright just fine using the top of the shelf now becomes a stabilizer instead. Again - no nails and this just rests on top of an inexpensive MDF shelving unit...







Well, I hope I gave given you some good ideas on how to get the most of your craft space without tearing up the walls and without spending a fortune. Most of all - group like items together and clear storage or display will help you to keep your supplies fresh in your mind. It's hard to be creative when you can't see all that you have to work with...
~HH

Just a few quick and cute cards...

Here are a couple of cards going out this week. Both were super simple but just give the illusion of difficulty :-)

This card was made for a new teacher. We had to move classrooms mid-way through the school year, which has weighed heavy on our heart but is completely necessary. Our new teacher will hopefully give us the extra help that we need to play a bit of catch up and work through a few learning barriers.... I cut the apple using my Silhouette SD and then just layered everything on card stock that was already lined like notebook paper. Finished off with some Twinery Cherries Jubilee twine and punched the edges to look authentic. The letter stickers and the ruler ribbon are both Girl's Paperie - both are from a Xmas line if you can believe it...



















This next card is going out to my niece for an early birthday. She is a leap year baby - and doesn't get very many "real" birthdays - so we are going to let her spend her birthday money early this year :-) I created a recessed panel by floating the top layer and punching holes to show the patterned paper underneath. I created this tissue paper bow by fringing and twisting the tissue paper just like you would say something like a ribbon rose.





































If you can't tell - I'm totally "in" to fringe lately :-) Love those Martha Stewart fringe scissors - makes quick work of creating cute fringe...


Hugs and hope everyone gets some time to create something beautiful this week!!!
~HH

Thursday, January 12, 2012

It's a digi world, and I'm a digi girl....

Hello crafty ladies!! I am so excited to share a couple of projects that I made this week using some Fresh Brewed Designs images that I received from my dear, dear, dear friend, Heather's shop... did I mention she is an awfully dear friend??? Anyway - she has a wonderful assortment of digi images and I she has branched out and is actually making rubbah stamps out of some of her images... yes.... I said rubbah :-)

This little front door step image is amazing and comes with accessories such as a wreath and topiaries, or just plain... I don't know how she knew this is my exact front porch - but when I saw it - I knew I had to work with it right away...

The first thing that I made is a valentine using the plain image and I designed it to look as if someone had left a box of chocolates on the doorstep... wishful thinking I guess :-)...hint, hint, wink, wink....






































The second thing I made is a small Easter shadow box using the image that is decorated with the front porch accessories... I really don't have much in the way of Easter stuff since our move... and in keeping with my whole homespun theme - I am making what I can for each holiday this year before I buy stuff...


































Lots of Anna Griffin products on this shadow box... I just love the colors in her work - such a great balance of vibrancy paired with pastels... Some of these pieces were from one of her card
kits and some were from the individual banner kits that she offers... and believe it or not - the shadow box itself is leftover packaging from scrap supplies... a set of buttons and paper shapes and such...


I know one or both of these doorstep images will be made into rubber stamps soon if you would like to purchase them in either format, just give her a click. Sometimes it is easier to color images that have been stamped in ink rather than try to color the printed images... but then again... not all of us have an awesome supply of Copics... seething with jealousy here..... someday I will have a whole mess of those... mark my words :-) For now - I just have a few for shading and I used them on my images with some Stampin' Up! markers as well...




Well, I have been organizing in my craft room this week and have some great pics to post for ideas on how to tackle difficult storage for crafty supplies and such... so stay tuned!!
Heart,
Me :-)