Favorite Organization

Candy jarsIt’s Favorite Things Friday at Scrap It Girl today.

This time, we were asked to share our favorite type of craft organization.

For me, it is all about the jars …  I will admit to being a bit obsessed with jars. I love all sorts … apothecary jars, antique medicine jars, wine bottles, decorative jars, mason jars … you name it, I love it. So I guess it is no surprise to anyone that I store lots of things in jars.

I like to keep everything out in the open … I think it’s pretty. It’s easy to grab. And I don’t forget I own it when I can see it. So, right next to my desk is my collection of antique mason jars (and a few modern ones because my collection is still in the “being collected” stage).

I use my jars to hold flowers, ribbons, twine, paper straws, washi tape, metal washers and paint. I have smaller jars that hold brads, tiny flowers, buttons and other embellishments.

What is your favorite storage option in the craft room? Stop by Scrap It Girl to get some other ideas and then share your own!

Storing It All

Storage is an important topic when dealing with paper-crafting supplies.

For me, it is usually the frustration of not being able to find something that leads to a storage solution. Take yesterday, for example, I was looking for Globecraft & Piccolo Real Rust Embossing Powder (one of my favorite colors). I keep them all in an Art Bin “tackle box” storage container so I can transport them easily for classes. The problem comes when I need a certain color and all I can see is a sea of black-lidded jars.

004After pulling out about six bottles, my frustration reached the point of no return and I decided I was going to label the jars right then and there. I shoved my project aside, pulled out all of the jars and grabbed some white cardstock and a 1″ punch.

I punched out a bunch of circles, wrote the color name on top and then stuck them through my Xyron machine.

005I stuck the labels to the top of the jars and now I can find what I am looking for quickly and easily!

006Ah, peace …

This, by the way, is the project I was working on

chicken2_Candy_spiegelClick here for a better look and directions on how to make it!





A Storage Find

One of my favorite blogs is Vicki Chrisman’s This Art That Makes Me Happy.

Vicki has a wonderful vintage, scrappy chic style that I adore. I began following her when I discovered she was the designer of an Accu-Cut die that I fell in love with and I have been following her ever since.

In addition to her creations, Vicki often shares her flea market finds and how she alters, displays or uses them. Since there aren’t many flea markets in my neck of the woods, I enjoy hearing about her adventures and seeing the treasures she discovers.

So, inspired by Vicki, I have started searching for my own treasures at our local Goodwill store and a couple of resale and antique shops. Most of the time, I leave without finding anything (which is OK because the hunt is part of the fun and it makes my husband happy when I don’t spend any money), but sometimes I find awesome storage pieces for my studio.

A few weeks ago, I discovered this old canning jar. I fell in love with the lid and knew it would be perfect for the hardware I recently collected. Jars are pretty easy to find, so I’m sure it will have companions before long. In fact, there are a pair at the antique store that I have my eye on …

Yesterday, I found the most adorable little black metal bucket. I love that it is rectangular and that the sides are straight (unlike baskets that are usually larger on the top than on the bottom.) I thought it would be perfect for my Tim Holtz dies, so I brought it home.

It holds my dies perfectly — with space for a few more. My previous die storage was awkward and traveling with it was difficult. But with this, I can just grab the handle and go!

My husband thinks it might be an old minnow box that someone painted. I would like to know so I can search for another, but in the meantime, I am loving my little black box.

Candy’s Supply Book

If you are anything like me, you have trouble remembering which colors of ink, paint and markers you have at home. When this affliction strikes, one of two things is bound to happen when you visit the store.

A. You think you have the product at home, but when you get home you discover you don’t and that you must return to the store to purchase it. Or B. You don’t think you have it home, so you buy it and then you have two! Both options are time and money wasters.

When I found myself buying duplicate Adirondack Paint Dabbers, I decided to take matters into my own hands and I created my very own supply book.

This 5×5 book is ring-binder bound and can easily fit in a purse or bag so you always have it when you need it and the pages can move around, be removed or added as necessary.

I’ve even included a hinge clip at the beginning so you can write down notes for yourself the next time you are in the store. The tabs can be modified to your taste to make it easy to find what you need.

I’ve created custom pages to record Distress Inks (including pads, markers, paints, Stickles, stains and more), Ranger Archival Ink, Memento Ink, Adirondack (including alcohol ink, paint, embossing powder, Color Washes and more), Claudine Hellmuth Studio products, Liquid Pearls, Dreamweaver pastes and F/X, Perfect Pearls, Flower Soft and Stickles. Additionally, five pages will hold color samples for all 358 colors of Copic Sketch markers — printed on X-Press It Blending Card so you know exactly what the colors will look like on your project. Also included are blank pages for recording additional ink pads, embossing powders, mists and sprays, glitter, flock and beads, and pens and markers.

The best part is I’m running this as a class, so you can make your very own supply book, at Capture A Memory in Flint Township. The class is set for Tuesday, April 24 from 5:30-7 p.m. Contact the store for details.

I also plan to make kits available for those who cannot attend the class. I’ll have those up in an Etsy shop shortly.

My Studio

My husband and I recently moved from a 3-bedroom, 1800-square-foot home to a 2-bedroom, 800-square-foot home. To say we downsized, would be an extreme understatement and finding places to put everything has been a challenge.

Many friends have asked me about my crafting space. Well, I can say, where there is a will, there is a way.

My space is important to me and I’ve managed to carve out some in each home we have lived in. But, with this move, it was a priority. Space for my studio was carved out first and we fit the rest of the furniture around it. Fortunately, we found enough space that my husband was able to get his couch, too!

Anyhow, I wanted to show you how a small area can still offer everything you need for crafting — with a little imagination. (click on the photos for a larger picture)

I couldn’t resist these beautiful windows, so I set up my space in the living room of the house — right next to the front door.

Since it is the first thing people see when they come in, I wanted it to look as neat as possible. I find that I keep it cleaner than I used to — just in case. Of course, old habits are hard to break, so I still have a pile of paper and embellishments (I hid it for this photo), but I’m doing better …

The cabinets are from IKEA. They are modular and you add whichever features you want — like doors, shelves, drawers, etc. So far, they seem to be working well. The counter space on top allows me space to set die cut machines, my computer or stamp sets while I’m working. And the cats love to look out the windows, too. I keep my ribbon, in a variety of jars, on top, along with my Cricut, QuicKutz dies (in the little pink tins) and two Pampered Chef utensil holders that now hold my Copic markers, paint brushes, files, piercing tool, knives and other tools.

The open shelves hold die cuts, fibers, stamps, embellishments and more.

The doors hide paper, paint, beads, more stamps, Xyron machines and other products that don’t look so pretty out in the open.

This drawer holds my wood-mounted stamps and the other holds miscellaneous items, like embossing powder, Coluzzle templates, Flower Soft and other stuff.

The little pink box holds most of my Stickles (15 bottles) — upside down. I bought it at Staples for a few dollars. It’s a great space saver.

On the edge of my desk (facing the IKEA cabinets), my husband glued a metal sheet to hold my magnetic containers of flowers. I also put up a couple of 3M hooks to hold templates, my heat gun, air compressor handle and other items.

My desk looks over flowerbeds, bird & squirrel feeders, and a wooded area. I can also watch my niece and nephew jump on the trampoline or play football.

I keep my laptop, ATG and paper trimmer on the shelf underneath. I keep my ink pads, chipboard letters and large paper trimmer on top. Additional supplies are stored in the little cubbies built into the back of the desk.

I have carts underneath that hold papers and embellishments, punches, photos, tools, ribbon and more.

I made this using a kit from KaiserCraft and Tim Holtz papers, ink, paint and embellishments. The drawers hold all sorts of little things I have nowhere else to put and I keep rulers, adhesives, spritzes and other bottles in it as well.

My studio has very little wall space, but I had a few little shelves that I had collected over the years that I still wanted to use, so they all hang in the corner. The corner shelf holds CTMH and Stampin’ Up stamp sets, a few of my favorite wooden stamps and jars of buttons, flowers, brads and more.

The checkerboard shelf I bought at Joann’s for a few dollars in the clearance section. It was red and white. I covered the red in K&Company paper and removed the three bottom drawers. It holds extra blades, ink applicators and other tiny things. The tin at the bottom holds my gems.

And, finally, this little shelf is another KaiserCraft Creation. I covered it with K&Company paper, Studio 490 stamps, Prima flowers and Tim Holtz embellishments. I keep the rest of my tiny bottles of things on it.

So that’s my room … I still need one more IKEA cabinet for the other side of my desk, but everything else is at my fingertips and ready to go!


I haven’t been to a graduation open house in years, so when I discovered I needed to make a poster for my daughter’s open house, I was a bit surprised.

I had absolutely no idea what I was doing, but this is what I came up with …

I started with a science project board and used some papers and stickers from TPC, for the most part. I added a bit of Bo Bunny ribbon, a school bumper sticker and some cardstock, as well.

I used paper to help section off the display into different portions of Korie’s life: baby/toddler, school, friends, dance, graduation, etc.

For the title, I cut out Korie with my Cricut out of cardstock. I meant to cover it in glitter, but I forgot until it was all adhered. So, I improvised and used Distress Stickles. They gave it a little shine that showed up well when it was set up outside.

To hold this all together, I used Glue Dots, my ATG and the Tiny Attacher — my three favorite ways to attach things. I was impressed, again, with how many layers the Tiny Attacher goes through. And, the Glue Dots and ATG held so well, not a thing came loose — even though the display blew off the table multiple times!