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Posted 1/3/2013 by howdyheidi in General Stamping
 

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Posted: 1/3/2013 12:48:16 PM
A lot of us have a goal to get our crafty areas or things organized first thing this January. I thought I would start a thread where you can share your problems, your solutions, your specific goals, or even before and after photos of your crafty stuff.

I hope this will help push you to get done what you want to, and be helpful in some way.
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My issue with crafting is that I just have a little space in a repurposed computer armoire in our family room. I mostly use these containers to store all my crafy stuff, including wood mount stamps, punches, paper, ink pads etc.

My biggest challenge is storing all my adhesives in a way where I can easily pick them up and put them back. Right now they are all just in a bin that is overflowing! Any ideas for adhesives?

My other challenge is the clear stamp storage. They are all such different sizes!


One thing that works about my computer armoire is that it has two writing surfaces that pull in and out. The one that was for writing, I keep my trimmer and score board on. The other that the keyboard is supposed to go on is my main work surface.

DH is actually going to build us a TV component stand, and he is going to make some area in there specifically to fit some more of those steralite containers.


~~Heidi~~

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Posted: 1/3/2013 1:11:07 PM
This is a great thread Heidi!!

Well I know for one I am always surprised HOW MUCH containers cost!! Cannot believe it!

I can show my solution I use for clear stamps, but I need to take some photos first, so that probably won't be until later---but I have the photos coming for you and everyone else....

Right now I use containers that are pretty much the size as school box's for pencils to hold my small liquid glues. My ATG I just have sitting ontop of a shelf top, since it is so big!---and it just sits there until I grab it.

I received one of those turning organizers for Christmas and it seem s to have LOTS of space to organize----it just takes up some space! But I didn't see any organizing things on Twopeas so here is one I am thinking if could help (looks smaller than the one I received as a gift): round desktop organizer

This is the one I received that are found at Michael's: Carousel

You might can make one out of a lazy susan and tie some containers together to set ontop of the lazy susan---in which case I would "glue" the containers to the lazy susan.

I need to look at what other solutions I have to let you know if there are other things I have found to work with organizing!

Hope that gets some brainstorming going!


Melissa

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Posted: 1/3/2013 3:16:28 PM
Fantastic thread, Heidi! I'll definitely be reporting in here over the next few weeks!


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Posted: 1/3/2013 8:47:15 PM
Great thread! I feel like I'm constantly reorganizing my stuff. I will post a couple of pics when I can of what I do. I don't have a craft room, so most of my stamping stuff is stored in bins on a shelf in the playroom, I keep paper and my scrapbooking supplies in a storage locker in the garage. My biggest issue right now is my wood mounted stamps. Currently they are in a clear sterilite box. It drives me nuts when I have to dig through them to find what I want. Maybe one day I will get the nerve up to unmount them!


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Posted: 1/3/2013 9:58:00 PM
I'm way too nervous to unmount my wooden stamps. Too afraid I'll damage them. Right now I have a metal set of thin drawers that hold a lot of them , then some others in some sterilite drawers and finally my bigger (mostly background) type stamps together in one large sterilite container.

The hardest thing for me is trying to group them in some fashion that makes sense. I started off trying to make the basic division between image stamps and word stamps, but then I discovered I have a whole bunch of stamps that have an image and words.

Then I tried dividing them according to occasion or purpose. Some were easy... a birthday cake for instance goes with the Happy Birthday sentiments but then there are so many overlapping things...Balloons could be birthday or almost any kind of celebration...hearts could be valentine or wedding...

My latest is to divide them by style so, vintage feel stamps go together, cutsie animal stamps go together, ...can't say that it is working all that well though, I still seem to search a lot for things.

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Posted: 1/5/2013 10:35:29 AM
I'm glad there are several who are interested. Has anyone actually done any organization this week? I haven't. Just thinking so far...

Melissa, I look forward to seeing your organization for clear stamps! I have seen those carousel organizers, but right now it is too big for my craft space. Hmmm.

LeighAnn, how do you manage with your craft stuff being in two different places?

I'm not thinking of unmounting my wood stamps anytime soon. Probably because I don't have as many stamps as many people so I can manage to browse them still. I organize them by florals/scenes, holidays (all holidays together) and backgrounds/alphas/graphic -- 3 different drawers in a steralite.

Stampwilly said on another thread that she keeps the wood stamps on shelves facing out so she can see the image. I have seen in a Jennifer McGuire thing that she keeps hers in a cabinet on spice rack tiered shelves facing out so she can see them all.


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Posted: 1/5/2013 1:24:24 PM
Great thread!...thanks for sharing your ideas.

As the years have rolled along the accumulation of stamps and supplies has definately grown for me...and the need for organization is ever changing! I have learned to measure storage space and products to find the best sized storage containers...and if I really love a specific product I plan a little extra storage container space for adding more new items (this took me years to learn).

Overall I have learned to set-up my work area with the essentials at my fingertips and occasionally used items more distant. I keep any liquids (drinks, water for paints etc) to my left since I am right handed and that provides less opportunity for me to knock it over

As types of stamps have changed so has organization. Some of my stamps on wooden blocks are special to me I intend to keep them on blocks long term. They are stored in drawers-2 layers deep but the top layer is in acrylic shadow box frames-used like a tray-so they can be lifted out easily to see the bottom layer. A cheaper alternative might be to use clean pizza boxes for storing in a closet.

I have removed hundred's of rubber stamps from wooden blocks and have only torn 1...and it was exceptionally dry and brittle. I do not try to remove the foam, only the rubber. Most rubber is detached very easily insert fingernail between foam and rubber and pull off). The foam never comes off cleanly for me and is not reuseable.

I find background stamps hard to manage in my hands and thankful for for all the space I gained in taking them off the blocks and the new ease in their useage. I now ink my stamps face-up on the table with the inkpad and press the paper onto the stamp and get better results than on the wood.


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Posted: 1/6/2013 3:09:40 AM
So my craft stuff is currently spread over three main storage areas - half a shelf (maybe 2' by 1') in the linen closet, and two small cabinets in the buffet (2 shelves each - maybe 1' by 1').

Considering that 6 months ago, all my craft stuff was stored in a small wedge of floor space next to my lounge chair, this is a great improvement! However...

Basically, at the moment, everything is just shoved wherever it fits, with no sense of order. So obviously something has to change!

I've started with my stamps - now that I have so many more, I had to bring in some sort of order. I have the loose clear ones and the few wood ones i own stored in small plastic take-out containers, in a few different categories. I have the stamp sets in a large folder, in plastic sleeves, but I need to work on that idea a bit - maybe a photo box would be good.

Next, I need to organize my ink pads, in some sort of a container, or maybe just stacked on a shelf. I think I'll stack the large ones and put the cat eyes etc. into a container.

I keep all my paper in the box I received a 2 Peas order in, cause it's the perfect dimensions. But now it's starting to overflow!

Ohhhh, so much work to do... It's kinda fun, though.


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Posted: 1/6/2013 3:58:53 AM
Sounds like you are on track Christin! I still save great shaped boxes and repurpose them for craft storage...and decorate them when I get a chance. Even small grocery store plastic food containers can hold your cat eye inks. You may be able to go for quite a while before "everything" needs to be organized.


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Posted: 1/7/2013 9:23:28 AM
I am currently looking for a way to store my punches...I started with only a few and they fit nicely in a basket, but somehow my collection keeps growing...I blame all the enabling here at 2Peas... I do not have a whole lot of space, as I have a very small room that also serves as our home office and computer room...

Does anyone have some suggestions, I have been looking at the Alex drawers from Ikea, the smaller footprint one with 9 drawers, just not sure how much this will hold and if my punches will fit, how small are the drawers and are they sturdy enough to hold punches??

Thanks for any suggestions,

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Posted: 1/7/2013 9:28:53 AM
Christin, I love how you are able to repurpose containers for storage of your craft supplies!

Bonscraps, I do keep punches in that container I showed the photo of. Each drawer fits about 10 punches. I have seen photos where people hang a peg board and hang their punches on the wall. I'm not sure if that would work with edge punches though. Any other ideas?


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Posted: 1/7/2013 10:37:58 AM
Bonscraps, I have read using BYGEL Rail from Ikea: rail

Here is a blog I found where she used them for storing her punches:
racks for punches

Despite I do not have an Ikea anywhere near me, I have seen them in person before when visiting cities with Ikea---and the rail's bar is alot closer to the wall than any towel rack bars we have in my house. Since the railing's bar is close to the wall, any punches stored on that bar will stand up more than on those punches stored on the typical towel racks I have in my house.

I have my punches in a double decker container---and I am ~trying~ to keep it to that!!


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Posted: 1/7/2013 10:45:37 AM
Thanks for the idea of the towel rack, but unfortunately I have very little wall space to work with... and I would probably need quite a few of the racks...

Heidi, I like the idea of your drawers, are they the ones from Costco?
I also forgot to mention in my previous post that I store all my adhesives in a wicker basket, on a shelf next to my work space, it holds my score tapes, liquid adhesives, my replacement for my Kokuyo, foam and glue dots too. It does the job, and I can find what I need pretty quick, without having to get up.

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Posted: 1/7/2013 11:09:34 AM
I understand Bonscraps! I too haven't gone to this system, b/c I personally don't think I want to look at the rails on the wall all the time.

Here are my photos for my clear stamps---I posted them in my gallery, since I am having sizing issues when using Picasa---so not sure how long I'll be allowed to keep them there--but at any rate, here it is:

clear stamp storage

The first photo is how I store the 12x12 plastic sheets that hold my clear stamps. I use a recollections container to hold the sheets.

The second photo is an example of a 12x12 sheet holding my clear stamps. The plastic sheets come with a blue film covering both sides (I guess to protect the sides) and I have only taken the blue covering off one side of the sheet (that's why you see wrinkles in the plastic at the top of the 12x12 sheet in the second photo---that is the blue film protective covering on the other side).

The third photo is a zoomed pic of one of the clear stamps and how, with this clear stamp, it is stuck to the 12x12 sheet, rather than the acetate it came on from the store. I then just stick the acetate that came with it, on top of the stamp to kinda keep the stamps from sticking to other sheets etc.

Now this doesn't work with all my stamps---hence photo 4 and 5!!

These two photos are showing how with some, I have stuck the stamp onto the 12x12 sheet, but the acetate it came with will not really stay stuck to the stamp---so in these cases, I use adhesive tape (which can be seen as dots under the butterfly image) and adhere the acetate that originally held the stamp onto the back of the 12x12 sheet.

Photo 6 is a view of the side of the sheet---it shows the "sandwich" I guess you could say---for RIGHT to LEFT: original acetate, next the clear stamps, next the 12x12 plastic sheet that holds the stamps.

The 12x12 sheets I use to store the stamps are: Grafix sheets

I bought them 1/2 off since they cost quite a bit! You do get 25 sheets though and these are thick---which I wanted b/c originally I wanted to store the 12x12 sheets in basket type-thing--so to just thumb through to the stamps I wanted, but right now, the Recollection container works and I already owned that, so for now I won't be doing the basket idea.

they do come in smaller sizes of the same thickness: Grafix 8x8

And they do come in different thicknesses as well: Grafiz 0.007 thickness

And finally, if you only wanted 4 count, but 0.20 thickness: 4 pack

HTH!!


Melissa

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Posted: 1/7/2013 11:41:01 AM
Melissa, thanks so much for the photos and explanation for your clear stamp storage! I will have to take a look at those containers in the store and see what I think. I currently have mine in a large clear shoebox sized container. Your system is much better than mine!

Bonscraps, those drawers are from Sterilite® ClearView 3 Drawer Unit and I have bought them at Target. We were talking about how expensive containers are, but now many of them seem to be on sale! I know they are available other places, but I haven't checked Costco. The nice thing about these drawers is that you can stack two or more on top of one another.

I think I will need to take a look at some more baskets, etc for the adhesives. I haven't had any chance to shop!


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Posted: 1/7/2013 11:47:26 AM
I love that they stack, so they take less floor space, since my space is so small to begin with. Thanks for info, we do not have any Targets here in Canada, yet, but we are suppose to start getting some by next fall!!! I am so excited, I love Target!! I will check out some other stores, maybe Wallmart??

Thanks again,

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Posted: 1/7/2013 12:27:02 PM
Speaking of sales----if you have a Target AND if there is anything left---you might look to see if there is anything in the Christmas aisle that can be repurposed for storage etc. Our Christmas stuff at Target is 90% off---it went to 90% off on Saturday--not sure how much is left today though. I saw many boxes with glittered tops that are used to hold the gifts you give I guess---but I can see how these could be used to store some scrapbooking things on a pretty box!


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Posted: 1/7/2013 1:33:20 PM
Punches-I use an over the door hanging fabric shoe storage. It has 15 pockets with clear fronts. Each pocket can hold 3 border punches or large hand punches and space for a couple mini punches. Happily, I have a closet in my room and the punches hang out of sight until needed.


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Posted: 1/7/2013 2:20:04 PM
Thanks Jan, I love this idea,especially beacuase it uses no floor space !!! But our home office where I scrap has a pocket door, and no closet, this is my problem, it's a really small space, which leaves me with not many options for storage...once you put a computer desk and my work desk, I have a storage armoire, which holds lots of stuff, all my paper, embellishments, inks, etc...there is one small corner (12X12)where I might be able to fit something for my punches...it's just to find the perfect peice without costing an arm and a leg...

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Posted: 1/7/2013 3:42:40 PM
Punches are my biggest nemesis right now, too. I've got everything else pretty well organized but not my punches. And I'm finding that I prefer to buy EK Sucess brand border punches because they latch closed, which means they take up less room (easier to store).

As for unmounting wood mounted stamps, I was a skeptic too, but I have yet to damage a stamp while unmounting. In fact, I've had some stamps slightly damaged by my dog chewing on the wood block. And it is so much easier to find stamps when they are unmounted. I've got mine in DVD and CD cases with stamped legends. Here's a picture I posted a while ago for another discussion about stamp storage.
Stamp Storage

Most of my craft supplies are stored in my craft closet. Except for my stamps which are in decorative boxes on shelves in the tv room. Here's a picture of a portion of the closet (and how I store ribbon).
Craft Closet

I need to start up the monthly hoarding challenges again, since stuff you use up, you don't have to find a place to store.



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Posted: 1/8/2013 5:47:36 AM
paper storage is my biggest problem. I just moved this summer and while we were overseas I had a very small space and now I have all my big furniture back again so I am trying to move all my paper back out of those 12x12 clear plastic boxes to my shelves and I am having the most horrible time figuring out how to organize pattern paper!

Punches I store in two drawers and a wire basket on my shelf for the ones I use the most.


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Posted: 1/8/2013 8:01:15 AM
Bon, just wanted to let you know that the boxes I use are about 13 inches by 14.5 inches.

Sarah, I completely agree about the flat style of EK success punches. I may never buy any other style of punch. I may ever replace some of my punches eventually.



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Posted: 1/8/2013 8:40:51 AM
jmcwhirt, I store all my paper(cardstock & patterned) in those cropper hopper plastic holders.They are stored in my scrapping armoire. They hold alot and I organized them by color, because that's how I scrap, but you could organize by manufacteur also.
I like this system bacause I can take the whole bin to my work space and search for which paper I need.

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Posted: 1/8/2013 10:05:16 AM
Bonscraps,

The Alex drawers are NOT strong enough to store punches with the drawer bottoms they come with. I thought that is what I would do and they are too heavy and over time the bottom of the drawer begins to sag.

I use some of the plastic drawer stacks with narrow drawers. I do have space so the size is not an issue, so I don't know if that would work for you. I do love the narrow drawer stacks though.


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Posted: 1/8/2013 10:07:58 AM
This year I am trying to actually get rid of things I will no longer use. I think this will help me organize the items I have and have less clutter. I have often donated paper to groups that with with children and crafting.


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Posted: 1/8/2013 11:21:09 AM
Good tips so far!

Anyone have any advice on storing spectrum noir markers?


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Posted: 1/8/2013 12:11:45 PM
I am in the process of sorting, reorganizing and pulling out that which I don't use - so far am working on Christmas supplies and Winter supplies. I need to have my project stuff better organized so that I will use it. Also am running out of space.

I do donate to friends who are scrappers and stampers and then what is left goes to a thrift store. I get a 20% discount slip each time I donate so, that helps in the end for other things I buy.

So far, have worded on one project or the other every day of the new year. So far I am on a roll, hope I can stay motivated.

Great thread and good luck to everyone in what they are doing.

Oh yes, I store my punches in a metal file cabinet - and don't have to worry about the sagging drawers. Wooden drawers work well to. Check out antique stores, thrift stores and garage sales.



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Posted: 1/13/2013 1:16:42 PM
LeighAnn, Did Stampwilly see your question about storing Spectrum Noir markers in the other thread? I didn't see if she answered you. I only have three sets of those markers so far. Most of my markers and pencils are kept in pencil boxes, but the SN markers would be too large a set to do that.

I organized a bit today. I am considering keeping all my Christmas items together: stamps, paper pads, embellishments. It seems like it would be useful to just pull out one bin and work on Christmas cards whenever I want to. That is not the way I usually organize though.


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Posted: 1/14/2013 6:39:43 PM
Ladies, Heidi, Bon, I hope I got the correct names. RE over the door shoe holders, Bon you don't need a door you can put them on a wall, correctly mounting. I just did this to create me a new temporary space. I have one clear shoe holder with 16 clear pockets that you can use for many things, punches, stamps, paint, adhesives, PL cards, scissors, pens.

Then I have two Cropper Hopper's punch holders for over the door (same concept except smaller clear pouches. (Not longer available) I just got some heavy duty nails and found the stud after measuring the two holes at the top of the shoe thingie.

Now, for one of them there wasn't a stud where I need it so I added a paper ring that you can get at office supply they come in different sizes 1/2", 1", etc and hooked those thru the hole on shoe thingie then closed the ring and hooked on nail. It isn't pretty but my scrap area is in an unfinished room so the big nail hole isn't going to bother me temporarily.


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Posted: 1/14/2013 6:48:30 PM
Stamps, I have my clear in heavy duty 3" 3-ring binders organized by theme but thinking of doing this-- so much neater besides the $9.00 binders are two bulky. See http://triplethescraps.blogspot.com/2009/03/organizational-friday-unmounted-stamp.html

When I had a scrap room I had the wood ones on shelves then single layer drawers by theme, now they are packed. I did start removing them from the blocks.


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Posted: 1/17/2013 12:17:22 PM
Heidi, I was actually thinking of doing a year-long organization challenge because I need to reorganize my stuff in a big way. I was happy when you posted this thread. I'm having a hard time getting started, and it helps to come here and read what others are doing and finding helpful.

I am very lucky to have converted a bedroom into my craft room. I used whatever tables and storage pieces I already had, and they aren't the most efficient. There are two 6' Lifetime tables frome Cosco. The problem is that, because of the cross bars below, I can't put much storage below them. I'd love to have shelves and drawers the length of those tables! Another problem is that the closet has a large trap door on the floor leading to the space under the house so I can't just fill the closet up with shelving either. What goes in must be able to come out easily.

Some things that have worked for me:

Ink Pads--cassette-type storage made for ink pads; I bought these on eBay, and they work great. I have them lined up along the back of both tables so all my ink pads, except Kaleidacolor, are stored within reach in just a couple of inch-deep shelves. I ran out of room so some are in real cassette storage shelves along one side, and the Kaleidacolor ink pads are in a wire basket under the table. Yes, I have way too many ink pads.

Markers I love the way these are stored. I bought clear plastic cubes that have criss-cross dividers inside providing four different spaces in each container. I lay these on their side at the back of the table where I actually work. The markers are stored with similar colors together. This same type of storage offers cubes that are empty or with shelves or drawers. They hold things that I grab often.
(ETA: These were called Rubbermaid or Eldon Space Saver X Cubes, and I can't find them anymore. I wanted to get more, and all I could find were some by Deflecto at an outrageous price.)

Tools The tools I use most often are in Pampered Chef revolving tool holders; I have two. Rulers, scissors, bone folder, etc. are in these.

Wood-mounted Stamps I mentioned in another thead: I store my wood mounted stamps in 11 x 14-inch acrylic box frames. (I bought them little by little at Michael's with 40% and 50% coupons. Some people have found them for a lot less at second-hand stores. At first, I stored them on book shelves (criss-cross so that the weight of the upper trays didn't rest on the stamps in the lower trays), but I got very tired of having to remove the upper ones to get to the bottom ones. Also, they were beginning to pile up on the floor in front of the bookcase.

My son made me a shelving unit it for them so each frame slides in and out of it's own slot. I now have a ton of stamps stored in very little space. The unit is 3'6" wide x 6'3" tall x 1' 2 5/8" deep; it holds 99 acrylic frames. The frames slide on 3/4" rails. Because of the height of the rails, each frame/drawer accommodates two tiers of stamps. It's a tight fit sometimes so it might have been better to use 1" rails. At the time my son made it, I never thought I'd need to store wood-mounted stamps more than one level deep.

Shelving & Containers
I have two units of shelving from Ikea. (Billy units--they look like the Expedit shelving, but they have backs. Now I can't find them with the cube-like shelves online.) In about half the sections, I have the same Sterlite containers that Heidi has. There's room for a fourth drawer on top and space on the side to store other items upright. On other shelves, I have large white binders with my unmounted stamps--rubber and clear. (I don't have many clear stamps.)

There's a cardtable in the center of the room, and below that fit four of those black Iris carts, each one holding six bins with tops.


Just before Christmas I bought more of the cubes they sell at M's. I find the ones with shelves the most useful. Also I found that the drawers from the larger Sterlite containers fit perfectly on those shelves. What I'm trying to do now is reassess what is stored where. I think of the mose accessible storage as prime property, and I need to put the things I use most in those spaces. My goal is to have a place for everything, and everything in it's place. I don't want clutter. That card table in the middle of my room was meant to hold current projects that needed to dry, etc. It's now piled high with stuff. Plus, I'd like to replace that cardtable with a sturdier table that's taller. The low level of the card table is hard on my back.

I've gone on way too long, and I haven't even mentioned paper/cardstock storage, the old buffet that I got for $10 (great working height and great big shallow drawers), or the revolving unit with slatboard that may not have been a good choice since it sticks out in the walkway. Did I mention that my room is small?

If I can find pictures (I still don't have a camera.) I'll add them to this post.

Daria


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Posted: 1/17/2013 12:37:06 PM

I am very lucky to have converted a bedroom into my craft room. I used whatever tables and storage pieces I already had, and they aren't the most efficient. There are two 6' Lifetime tables frome Cosco. The problem is that, because of the cross bars below, I can't put much storage below them. I'd love to have shelves and drawers the length of those tables!


I have exactly the same problem. I feel foolish complaining because I have, I think, more space than a lot of people here manage quite efficiently with, but not at all efficiently organized and those blasted cross bars mean that a lot of good and close to hand space is wasted for storage.

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Posted: 1/17/2013 9:13:32 PM
This is some info for Leigh Ann and the folks interested in Spectrum Noir storage. I uploaded some pictures to show you how I am storing my markers. Yes, I have them all (love those A.C. Moore coupons and great ebay deals!). The containers are Snapware & I wrote a description that is with the pictures. Here is the link-

http://www.twopeasinabucket.com/gallery/member/573315-taradid/1886385-spectrum-noir-storage/

Also, if someone could tell me how to get my links in these posts, I would really appreciate it. I have to open another page and cut & paste the link in these messages, but I am sure there is an easier way. Thanks in advance for helping a newbie out!


~Tara D.

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Posted: 1/17/2013 9:31:29 PM

Also, if someone could tell me how to get my links in these posts, I would really appreciate it. I have to open another page and cut & paste the link in these messages, but I am sure there is an easier way. Thanks in advance for helping a newbie out!

Tara, you're still going to have to copy and paste that link. Once you've copied the link, go to your message board post. When leaving your message, click on the URL button that you see below the smiley faces under the message box. A window will open at the top of the page. Put your cursor there and right click your mouse again. This time select PASTE from the options listed. Now your address is in the box. Click the OK in the corner of the box. The box should now be empty. Write in My Card or whatever you want to call your link. Click on OK again. Now your link should be in the message box, and it will be clickable. For example: My Spectrum Noir Storage

HTH.
Daria

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Posted: 1/17/2013 11:03:09 PM
Daria - Thanks for the info. I will try it the next time I post a link!


~Tara D.

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Posted: 1/18/2013 8:48:44 PM
I am loving this thread!

I love to organize and since I don't have a dedicated craft room anymore, all of my stuff seems like it's stashed everywhere. Currently I have stamps, inks, ribbons, and anything that might be damaged by heat/cold inside the house. I have a storage locker by rubbermaid in our garage that I keep my paper, fabric, canvases, and all other crafty supplies in. It can be a little aggravating when I have to go on a scavenger hunt to track down what I need for a project. It's definetly a must to have my own little space in the next house!

One of my biggest issue was my spectrum noir marker storage. I now own just about every set but had no idea how I wanted to store them.
Taradid posted a link to what she was doing, using a tiered snapware container she found at Target. I just happened to stop by their today and pick one up. I love it! It works perfectly. The one I purchased, had a sectioned removable bin inside as well that I just took out. I think it will work great to store buttons, and small embellishments in and just keep it in a different container.

Here is what I've been using to store my clear stamps in. Ive been using this method for about 4 months or so now and it works great! Its very easy to flip through to see what I'm looking for and the basket stores easily either on a shelf or in the closet.
Clear Stamp Storage

I have several of those baskets that I use to store my clear stamps in. I use one to store my border punches in, 6x6 and other small pattern paper pads,one for adhesives and refills, one for chipboard and stickers, and one for rhinestones, buttons, and small embellishments.

I've mentioned this before, I'm also a ribbon hoarder. Since I only have 1/2 of a closet in the house to store my crafty stuff in I unspooled it all and tied it to the base of a hanger. I have 4 wire hangers and have the ribbon sorted by color families. It takes up so little space and I am able to easily see what ribbon I have.
Now that I've got my marker solution solved, I'm moving onto my wooden stamps. Currently theyre in a clear sterilite container. I have a bunch of wooden ones and I really dont want or plan to unmount them. I like how Daria's are stored, I may need to start checking Michaels!


LeighAnn

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Posted: 1/19/2013 11:57:13 AM
Great discussions and ideas here. Daria and Gardencat, I understand what you mean about not being able to use the space under those tables. I have been thinking of getting one for the basement, but I will need to consider what I plan to use it for.

I may pick up that box Tara mentioned if I decide to get more spectrum noir markers. I only have 3 sets right now.

I also need to purchase a second box for clear and cling stamps, now that I have more of those.

I have been keeping embellishments in ziplock containers, and I think I need to reorganize them a little bit, but they are still working since they fit in the upper shevles of my armoire. For the most part I don't think I will do much more at this time until DH builds the TV stand, which probably won't be completed for a couple months.


~~Heidi~~

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Posted: 1/20/2013 7:37:15 PM
Having slanted walls in my studio has kinda forced me to look for other places to stow the stuff i use all the time. My 'workbench' is free standing in the middle of the space, with lots of work surface and storage but NO vertical surface, I miss the storage it can provide for sure.

This isn't really an organizational tip but rather a space saving possibility. I found that hooking my embossing tool and water bottle under the edge of my table keeps 'em handy and doesn't use work suface. I also 'hooked' a whisk broom and dust pan under the worksurface for quick clean-ups

I put a Scotch hook inside my largest cupboard door and hung the Cricut mats there. Works great. Another idea i have but have not tried yet is to hang my punches on the inside of the cupboard door. Hoping to use IKEA bars for that.

I also use a shower caddy hung from a drawer pull to hold adhesives. Nothing revolutionary but they work for me, maybe someone else too.

What I've learned is the 'stuff' fills the space available no matter the size AND organization evolves. Good luck everyone on Mission Organization. Much great info being offered up for sure.
Ideas - shown here.


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Posted: 1/21/2013 8:57:22 AM
Marshia, I think you are right about our stuff filling the space no matter what!

I just saw this craft organizer on a blog and wanted to share it! It is Ginger Adam's craft organizer apparently it was at CHA and is not yet available. It looks fabulous though!



~~Heidi~~

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Posted: 1/21/2013 9:28:47 AM
Heidi, I just saw that on a blog too...it was just released at CHA. What is interesting is that is an over the door organizer.

Last week I finally organized my distress inks and reinkers. I have posted a couple pictures on my blog if anyone wants to take a look.
...Jan


...Jan
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