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Organization | Top Five: Ikea For Craft Storage

I’ll just say it – I love Ikea. Our closest one is almost two hours away in Orlando, so I don’t get to go as often as I’d like, but despite this, Ikea products are rapidly taking over our home decor. And my scrap studio is no exception.

If you are a crafter looking to get organized, Ikea is absolute heaven! From the basic surfaces you need to work on, to storage for all of your supplies, the store has fabulous options for practically every craft storage challenge. And the best part is – you won’t break the bank!

Tables

Ikea’s selection of interchangeable table tops & legs are a dream for the creatively minded studio designer. They are simple, versatile, durable and practical, available in a variety of sizes and finishes – and affordable. The basic white 47 1/4×23 5/8″ model shown below, a Hissmon/Adils combination, has an MSRP of only $59.99:

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Organization | Stamp Storage

I must have tried a half dozen different ways over the years to store my stamps. I was constantly stymied by the fact that I need to be able to see things to know I had them, because of my ADHD, so system after system devolved into chaos for me. I also need some that is not high maintenance or I can’t keep it up.

After years of trying, I think that I have finally come up with a system that will keep my stamps organized!

My new stamp storage system is a hybrid compiling several different methods I’ve seen other people using, to adapt it to my needs and my collection of stamps.

First up, I finally just gave in to displaying most of my wood stamps on a shelf in my work area. It’s so easy to see what I have this way!

Rubber stamps on shelfThe major components of my stamp storage system are the baskets that hold my acrylic stamps. These are something of a budget-conscious adaptation of the system that Jennifer McGuire uses currently. They sit on top of a cube unit across the room from my work table but can be easily picked up to move to my desk if I’d like. Continue Reading →

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Organization | Project Life Storage

Today started a new year, and for a lot of people, that meant starting a new Project Life album – or even Project Life for the very first time! With Project Life comes a who new set of scrapbook things…which raises the question: how do I organize them?

One of the major motivators behind my reorganization was the need to store my growing stash of Project Life and other brand pocket scrapbooking supplies. These things simply did not fit in my previous system. What I came up with in my new space is a system with several components.

The major component in my new system is a plastic storage box from Close To My Heart. Their medium storage box, which retails for $16.95, has compartments that are the perfect size for holding 4×6 cards, and which have dividers that can be inserted to create sections perfect for 3×4 cards.

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Organization | Pegboard Storage for Crafters

Yesterday, I promised a closer look at one of my most recent additions to my scrap room – my pegboard. So let’s take a look at it!

Scrap Studio Peg BoardMaterials for the project cost me about $60.

The peg board isn’t a standard size – I just measured the areas that I wanted it to cover, and then had it cut to the size I wanted at my local Lowe’s from a large sheet. Since Lowe’s did all the cutting, I didn’t have to do any heavy-duty carpentry. I bought the pegboard already finished white from Lowe’s. That cut down on the work, although the raw brown board would have been cheaper. Continue Reading →

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Organization | Tour of My Scrap Room 2014

About a year ago, after spending some time with my scrap space in the kitchen, I decided that it was time to move back into my own space again. I moved back into the spare bedroom that has long been my scrap studio and office. The decision a few years ago to move my office operations into a shared space with my husband meant that this time, the spare bedroom could be devoted solely to my creative work. Rather than just go back to a modification of the previous arrangement, I decided to take the opportunity to redesign the room from the ground up (although making use of a few pieces that I did already have, for economy’s sake).

It took a year start to finish, but finally – Here’s the results!

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Organizing | Martha Stewart for Avery Chalkboard Labels

I love labeling things. If it doesn’t move in my office and craft studio, it pretty much has a label on it – file folders, boxes, everything. Usually I do these labels with my trusty Brother PT-1280 labeler, but those labels, while practical – aren’t exactly lovely to look at. (The PT-1280 isn’t available anymore – the new version is the PTD200.)

So I was excited to find the decorative Martha Stewart Chalkboard labels by Avery at Staples to try out for some highly visible label locations in my office and studio. I need to label the fronts of my Ikea Alex drawers because I can never remember what is in which drawer because they all look so much the same. The labels will also be a help to my husband trying to find stuff in the new office and studio arrangements when he comes home soon. But I didn’t want to ruin the look of the drawers with my ugly functional labelmaker labels.

The chalkboard labels are available in a half dozen different sizes and designs. I bought the flourish ones that are sized 2.5″ x 3.75″ and sold in packs of 12 labels, two to a sheet, for $5.99. You can buy four packs of chalk separately.
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