your unique ways / contraptions you use to organize
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Posted: 10/7/2012 7:58:10 PM
I was thinking that probably everyone has gerry-rigged some kind of storage system or organizational contraption for scrapbooking supplies. I've seen posts about ppl. storing their ink pads in cassette tapes towers, using pill organizers for eyelets and using toilet paper roll holders to store spools of ribbon. Do you have unique and clever ways to store your stuff. If yes, please share links or include pics if possible. I use binders to store my embellishments among other things.

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Posted: 10/7/2012 11:17:30 PM



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Posted: 10/7/2012 11:25:48 PM
YUM I love your red storage thing. I think I have one sort of like it. The one I have is a candle holder that holds many candles. It's in storage so I don't have it in my room right now.

Thanks for sharing,
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Posted: 10/7/2012 11:42:46 PM
Fun thread! I love the pics you included.

I use an old candy dish from my GIL to store Martha Stewart journal spots on my desk. Other than that, I'm not very clever and just use things as they're intended, lol.

I just got a basket from TJ Maxx that I may use in my scrap room. It's 3-tiered, chicken wire, and rounded to fit in the corner. You can hang it or sit on the desk and it has labels.

Or I might use it in my bathroom

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Posted: 10/7/2012 11:58:31 PM
Originally I was thinking Nope. Not me.

Then I looked at my desk:
Free Spare Toilet Paper Holder: Marker storage
Harbor Freight Tool holder: washi tape, buttons, stamps, punches, mist, popdots
Mail Filer: Stickers, and other similar embellishments
Little Sterlite boxes: everything is stored in these. Not unique, but I haven't seen anyone else share them before, and they are clever for keeping small things together.





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Posted: 10/8/2012 12:38:04 AM
I have a mug tree just like the blue one in the first photo. Mine isn't pretty blue, though . I use it for washi tape.
My new favorite item is little appetizer trays I found at Target. They are so handy! I also just found a big tray on clearance at Target. It looks like a record. I use it on top of my printer so I can easily move it when I need to use the scanner. I guess my two biggest storage items are unique for storing scrapping supplies. One is my Grandmas hutch. I couldn't bear to get rid of it so I put it in my scrapbook. I also have a big thing that has several plastic draws in it. It came out of a dress shop here in town. Years ago it held ladies undergarments at one time.

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Posted: 10/8/2012 1:04:56 AM
Merry 67 - I wanna see pics - all those things sound cool!

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Posted: 10/8/2012 1:14:07 AM
Tackle box for all sorts of embellishments
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Posted: 10/8/2012 1:21:40 AM
Great thread, I would love to see more.

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Posted: 10/8/2012 1:42:32 AM
I have an ottoman under my desk (I got a cheap one because I sprained my ankle and needed somewhere to keep it elevated). It's a storage ottoman - it's perfect for refills and extra supplies (ATG rolls, silhouette blades - you name it). I got to free up some drawer space.

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Posted: 10/8/2012 1:52:22 AM
I also use a tackle box, where my buttons and rhinestones are kept:




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Posted: 10/8/2012 2:58:29 AM
How fun, I love this thread!! Can't wait to see more!

I also have the Harbor Frieght spinner! LOVE it! I often use a divided serving tray when I pull out and sort embellishments for upcoming layouts or albums. Example here.

I have a small iron, 2-tierred dessert display that I use to hold my go-to punches, date stamp, small container for needles/thread and acrylic blocks on my desk. I thought I had a photo example, but turns out I don't, oops!

I have a few metal canisters that hold adhesive refills and a set of foam alpha stamps. I also use Rolodex files to keep track of my Silhouette shapes and stamps. Examples here.

I love using trays (wooden and plastic) and candy-store looking containers. Examples here and here.

I love seeing how creative others are in their organizing!

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Posted: 10/8/2012 8:42:48 AM
Tic tac boxes for brads, eyelets, etc. Fun thread.

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Posted: 10/8/2012 9:04:51 AM
I have pegboard with LONG pegs. I put all my stuff up on the pegboards by category. It makes you realize how much stuff you really have to use up!

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Posted: 10/8/2012 9:07:40 AM
Brand new pizza boxes for storing memorbilia by year.
An old hutch that stores cricut and misc SB stuff.
Tackle box for storing colored embellishments.

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Posted: 10/8/2012 9:14:59 AM
baking cocoa container for layout inspiration/challenges

I have my clear stamps organized in this vodka nip box from a liquor store.

shipping box turned scrap storage

I turned this bead tool kit into a card kit to go

in my scrap area on the back wall there are two cabinet/shelf things that were for bathrooms.

this older post from a couple years ago shows some of my other recycled storage. Wine crate, pizza boxes, oatmeal or bread crumb container, spice rack, tic tac and other assorted containers, a spoon rest for glue gun or heat tool...
I even made myself a box to store my embossing folders and cuttlebug dies out of the thick backs of paper pads. (Here it is covered with scrapbook paper)

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Posted: 10/8/2012 11:17:51 AM
Kaleidoscope- can you share directions on your cuttlebug storage? I saw the post with the box and dividers, then the one with it covered in paper. I'd love to make something similar for my dies.

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Posted: 10/8/2012 11:26:40 AM
I have my colored pencils in an old fashioned straw holder. I've got some of my hand punches stored in a pitcher that looks like a pair of bluejean overalls. I have other markers stored in a flowerpot that looks like a dog.

I have a pretty white basket decorated with butterflies where I store all my flowrs.

I found a neat brass bowl at a flea market for $2. It looks like 4 large seashells welded together. I use it to store my finished cards.

And the other weekend at a local Goodwill store, I found a really cool large metal basket. It sits on my craft table and holds all the stuff I need to put back after I finish something.

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Posted: 10/8/2012 11:45:12 AM
I have something like this...http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQuzgpGaKJJ2aeGg0XRW10K1ISXHpf4PGu37WJQT3WWWFMNZ1K44U6Zw89O

on my desk that I keep small punchies, buttons, brads, and assorted little goodies to sort through. It is smaller and made of resin. I also used spring mount curtain rods for my clip-it-up. I use antique flower pots in cream that I use for my twine, pop-dots, pens,dec. sissors in. I haven't taken any pics of them, though. Shame on me

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Posted: 10/8/2012 11:46:40 AM
IKEA ALEX bottom drawers for storing punches, tools, and stamps, top drawer for extra blades and ATG rolls (and other things like that).

My Spellbinders are stored in a binder, on magnetic vent covers from Menards(I cut to size) and put them in Martha Steward page protectors from Staples (they came out at tax time and have a variety of sized pockets ).

I also store embossed samples in a binder--the embossing folders don't fit so I have them in a shoe box.

I heat emboss a little scalloped circle and glue it to the top of embossing powder jars. They are kept in a large wooden box with scrap printer paper, mousepad, and heat gun.

...and I use a cassette tape holder for ink. My ink foam things are in a nuts and bolts drawer thingy. I love the hardware store for scappy stuff. Which reminds me...with Thanksgiving and Christmas around the corner they will have the oven drip mats in stock again--perfect craft mat for $4

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Posted: 10/8/2012 12:00:51 PM
I love coming up with different ways to store my stuff! I especially like when I can re-purpose something I already have.

Not very unique, but I love my library card catalog. I SCORED it for a song years ago. My grandmother (my personal hero and woman who essentially raised me) was a librarian, so it has sentimental value, too. It has 4 pieces, and each piece is 4 drawers tall and 8 drawers wide. I love that I can stack it different ways.

I also have a lot of glass mason jars, milkglass, wood trays, and even wood plant stands! I also like those acrylic pieces from the 70's that were used in bathrooms, etc. I have a little one with 4 drawers, and a organizer that are pretty handy.

Fun thread!

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Posted: 10/8/2012 12:05:10 PM
I just need help

I am an unorganized organizer - LOL

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Posted: 10/8/2012 1:51:38 PM

Merry 67 - I wanna see pics - all those things sound cool!




I tried to get as much into one picture as I could so I just gathered a few of my favorites for a picture.

In the background you can see one of my favorite finds. It's a tall display of some sort. I got that at an auction for $1! It's not the greatest looking but it's like a huge clip it up!
The white tray holding everything is the one from Target that I mentioned. I use it on top of my printer so that anything that gets thrown on there can be easily moved. Please tell me that I am not the only scrapper that can't have an empty flat space?!
The little round trays match the large one. I do a lot of paper piecing so they come in very handy for holding little bits of paper and stuff while I'm working. The little camera tray usually holds little trinkets that I "think" I might use while I'm scrapping. It's what caught my eye at Target! I got the big tray for $2.47 and the little ones were 47 cents each! Great bargain.
The top right corner you can see a bit of my mug tree. Now that I've seen the photo pictured here I will be painting it a cool color, just never thought of that! It holds my washi tape, don't have a lot of that.
The bottom right corner is a paper towel holder. I use it to hold my trimmer on my desk. It keeps it upright so that it doesn't get buried. I need a solution to keep my scissors from getting buried, rofl!
I have a bunch of those gum containers. A friend saved all of those for me. I have a drawer full and those hold little treasures.
The dog is a new collection of string holders that I have started. I have two so far. The other one is a mouse. They are holding crochet string because I use that all the time.
The huge paperclip I got at Dollar Tree. I use that to hold papers while I'm working on a project. I'm always loosing little bits of paper after I've trimmed a sheet of paper, so this works great for me.
I have no idea what the metal round thing with the handle is. I got that at a thrift shop. It's holds ink refills perfectly. I don't think it's old but just not sure what it was originally made for.



In this picture you can see the storage unit that I mentioned and also my Grandma's hutch.


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Posted: 10/8/2012 2:06:44 PM
I have all my stamps in binders. I remove any mounted stamps from their blocks and either use the stick em already on there on apply some Eileen's Tack it Over to add some stick em to it (without gluing it and getting it stuck for good!). And I have a sample image printed on a page opposite the actual cling page that holds the stamps so that I can see which one it is.

I also organize ribbon on Floss organizers like these and store them in a floss organizer like this one. It makes it easy to see the colors through the bins and they store and travel really easily!

I once made my own clip it up with a wood dowel and made some hangers from paperclips with mini clothespins on the other end. But I outgrew that pretty quick since I have too much to hang up anywhere and now I store everything in my Expedit cubes. I have cut up somce of my USPS priprity Mail boxes that I get with my kits to make my own paper holders. And I also make my own dividers from file folders for my paper organizers so I can sort by manufacturer.

Wow! Putting it all into writing sounds like a lot of work! =) I would take photos but everything is packed right now since we're moving next month.

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Posted: 10/8/2012 2:40:52 PM
My favorite new storage device is an old paper towel holder the kind that sits on the counter with the finial at the top. I use it to hold my washi tape and the little stick that you use to pull the towel against holds the ones I use the most often.

Lots and lots of mason jars, Candy Jars, and shoe boxes covered in paper.

My X-acto and scissors and Journaling pens are in an old bamboo silverware divider I found at Goodwill.

I will have to take pics when I am not in the middle of a project, It's amazing the mess one determined scrapper can make.

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Posted: 10/8/2012 2:50:20 PM
Please keep posting love these ideas!

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Posted: 10/8/2012 2:50:23 PM
Please keep posting love these ideas!

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Posted: 10/8/2012 3:09:39 PM



Kaleidoscope- can you share directions on your cuttlebug storage? I saw the post with the box and dividers, then the one with it covered in paper. I'd love to make something similar for my dies.



Here you go! Cuttlebox directions Hopefully they aren't too bad to follow. You could make it just a bit taller, too. I found out later when I started getting some sizzix ones that there are some that are just a bit too tall for the box.

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Posted: 10/8/2012 3:50:32 PM
My room just got totally redone (moved from one room to another smaller room) so I have had to redo some of my storage!

I use a drawer from an old sewing machine cabinet to hold all my stamping tools on my desk, blocks, cleaning pad, sponges, date stamps.

I found a great metal store display that holds my CTMH stamp sets perfectly

I have an old retractable clothesline to hang cards and other things on display. Currently it has a vintage "help wanted" sign but I have no takers

I am on my phone so I can't add pics. The stamp rack and clothesline are in my gallery.

Will check after work for more fun ideas! Great thread!
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Posted: 10/8/2012 3:52:56 PM
Just a few jewelry boxes. The store's employees loved the one I took to a crop last time. And Altoid tins. And jars.

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Posted: 10/8/2012 6:53:32 PM
I use some vintage cookie tins to hold embellies.

My sister recently gave me some vintage ball jars to hold small objects.

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Posted: 10/8/2012 6:55:54 PM

The bottom right corner is a paper towel holder. I use it to hold my trimmer on my desk. It keeps it upright so that it doesn't get buried.


Great idea!

I use a two tier fruit basket thingy from the kitchen dept of Target to hold my little wooden stamps. It is sitting on top of a lazy Susan so I can spin it.



I also use magnetic dry erase boards for my Tim Holtz movers and shapers dies.



I use a hanging shelf I bought in the bathroom dept of Target to hold tape and misc items.



I have a couple of spring loaded curtain rods under a decorative shelf to hold my washi tape.


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Posted: 10/9/2012 12:46:48 AM
I have a book shelf with boxes on .... But under that I added a curtain rail... All my stickers are put on there ( and embellishments) using metal rings.... Works really well and now I can see everything ... I can post a picture if needed x
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Posted: 10/9/2012 2:01:33 AM
I have an old shop display that is three baskets that spin on a stand, I got it from a thrift store a few months ago and although I have no idea what it would have been used for it is the perfect height to sit on my table. I keep all my wood mounted stamps, embossing powders, inks and glitters in it.

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Posted: 10/9/2012 6:45:34 AM
I use alot of Prego jars. I have a large one that I store my washi in on my table. I have a couple regular jars that I keep all my Prima blooms.
I use a 3 tiered plate stand fromIkea for mists, twine, and kit leftovers. That stays on my table as well.
I keep all my cat eyes in a small vintage Pyrex bowl on my table. It was a vintage find.
On my expidit I have a metal hen basket that I keep my few drop inks. There are a couple dessert dishes that I have sorted brads in. I keep extra small brads in a mini altoids container, and I have some small ball jars that I keep all of my buttons. There is also an old vintage colander that I keep extra odds and ends in, and I store ribbon, punches, and embellishments in locker baskets.
If you want to see pictures they are posted under my content in 2peas and on my blog. Www.fromwatsonwithlove.blogspot.com

I keep all of my stamps, material, large tools, cards, and storage bags in my dresser too.
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Posted: 10/9/2012 7:37:45 AM

I can post a picture if needed x

Of course its needed!

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Posted: 10/9/2012 7:57:20 AM
Okay...here is the link to the post on my blog about how i store my pins ( yes i have a problem with them...the problem is i never have the right colour so I always have to buy more) and how i hang my stickers and embellishments up.....( sorry dont know how to make it into a short link)

http://wendymckee.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/my-room.html

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Posted: 10/9/2012 9:38:02 AM
I use a tackle box to store all of my Imaginisce tools and bits. tool storage

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Posted: 10/9/2012 11:13:37 AM
Nice Blog Wendy--That was fun

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Posted: 10/9/2012 2:06:49 PM
I Know! TFS the link! I'm a follower ) Just love your style!

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Posted: 10/9/2012 4:02:57 PM
Wendy - love your room. The narrow white shelves on top of your desk/work space, where did you find them. That would be perfect for my tiny space.

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Posted: 10/9/2012 10:08:37 PM
kaleidoscope- thanks for the info!

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Posted: 10/9/2012 10:13:32 PM
Sbartist1 .... I got it a few years ago from ikea .... I love it . The room looks a bit different now as the big wooden unit is gone... I need to do an update .
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Posted: 10/9/2012 11:05:04 PM
Thanks for the info Wendy - no Ikea's in Hawaii and they do not ship here unfortunately.

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Posted: 10/10/2012 7:34:23 AM
Most of my small storage was not intended for scrappy supplies:

Tiered wire dessert holder contains mists, wooden stamps, ceramic ramekins of flair and random embellishments.

4-section ceramic dip server holds shaped paper clips and wood veneer shapes.

Large canning jars hold bakers twine.

Wire fruit bowls hold washi and completed mini albums.

A paper covered and embellished bill sorter holds tags, pics and whatever else fits in there.

From all the storage inspiration out there....I love trying to think outside the box. I love browsing the kitchen aisles at Target when I am looking for a new storage solution.
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Posted: 10/10/2012 9:35:22 AM
Great ideas given here THANKS!!!

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Posted: 10/10/2012 11:57:05 AM
Wendy, your room is fabulous! I love how you have your stickers out. Love all the natural light and such great pages hanging on the wall!!

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Posted: 10/10/2012 2:48:57 PM
I have a small curtain rod hanging next to my table that has several big binder rings on it, hanging from the rings are all all my ribbons. It keeps them wrinkle free and easy to access, all I have to do is snip off what I need, it also makes it really easy to try ribbons out on my layout before cutting.

I use little metal pails from the Target dollar spot for buttons, organized by color. They fit great on the MM embellishment center.

I also store my fancy brads on Coulzzle cutting mats. I just stick them in, makes them really easy to see. I saw someone before who used cork, but the noise the cork made when putting in the brads makes me crazy, so this was my alternative. It looks so pretty too!
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