Hello friends! Today I'm sharing my full creative space over on the CardMaker Magazine Blog, and I thought it would be fun to share here on my blog about specific storage ideas for craft supplies. This includes embellishments, stamps, dies, ink pads, twine, spray ink, paint and more. I love to organize things and I especially enjoy keeping my craft supplies neat and orderly. Over the years, I've developed a few tricks that help me stay on top of my stash of scrapbooking and card making supplies.
- Purge and purge often. Seriously. I purge at least every 6 months. I go through my products and pull out things that I haven't used. They get put into a giveaway pile and I donate them to the local thrift stores and schools. I also give stuff away to friends and family who enjoy this hobby.
- Clean up after each project. I tend to work best when I don't have a lot of clutter around. This is also why I tend to purge so often. That's not to say that I can't make a mess, because I certainly can. However, I always put things back in their place when I'm finished. My space is then ready to go the next time I sit down to create.
- Use open storage or clear containers/drawers. I have found that if I can see it, I am 10 times more likely to use it. If it's hidden away, I forget about it and then guess what happens in 6 months? It ends up in the giveaway pile!
Here are some of my favorite storage containers. First up are these fabulous wood boxes that look like drawers. I picked these up several years ago from Hobby Lobby and I seriously love them. They are perfect for holding embellishments, stamps, dies, embossing folders, 6x6 paper pads and more. Unfortunately, they aren't available anymore, but I think it could be fun to make your own using old dresser drawers, paint and fun knobs to match your decor! There are lots of great options out there. Just keep your eyes open for fun containers that are at least 6 inches wide and then most of your products will fit inside.
Many people use the clear refrigerator storage bins, and of course those work great and are probably a little less expensive, however I think these are so much prettier to look at. Don't you agree?!
For my stamps and dies, I love the Clear Pocket Storage by MFT Stamps. I used to keep my stamps and dies in their original packaging, however since I've started doing more card making I was starting to tear the packages. I knew I needed a better solution and so far this is working really well for me.
Another type of storage that I like to use are Sterilite Modular drawers and small Sterilite storage baskets. The drawers hold 2 of these baskets. I love that it lets me keep like things together and I can easily take the basket out of the drawer and over to my craft table to create. Currently, I have my ink pads in these drawers, but I'm quickly starting to realize I'm going to need a new system as my card making supplies continue to grow! I'm not sure what I'll do, but once I switch over, I'll have to share with you and if you have any suggestions, I'd love to hear them.
This same basket and drawer system also works well for my twine and ribbon.
Recently I came across this Darice Bead Container (on the left) that works great for my sequins. It has 24 little canisters that allow me to keep all of my colors separated and I can just flip open the top to easily shake out the sequins I want to use for my project. On the right are Artbin Twisterz. They work great for secure storage and they even stack. However, because they are round, they take up a lot of space in my baskets.
This Akro-Mils Plastic Storage Case has separate compartments that are great for small embellishments such as wood veneer, flair, buttons, brads and more. I have several of them and I use each one to store a different type of embellishment. The lid snaps closed securely and I love that I can remove the dividers to make the compartments larger if needed.
Last, but not least, I use a cupcake stand to store my spray ink and paint. I love the rainbow of color it adds to my creative space!
I hoped you learned some fun new storage ideas today. If you're interested in seeing a full view of my creative space and more craft room ideas, I invite you to head over to the CardMaker Magazine Blog. Each day this week they'll be sharing the creative spaces of each of the new design team members, so I'm sure you'll find loads of great ideas with each visit!
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