Wednesday 24 February 2016

Storage is my thing....

Afternoon all

Today I'm bringing you something different to my normal scrapbooking blogs.. I hope you may find some/any of these tips useful or interesting?

First I want to talk about my recently installed Craft Room.. full to the brim with scrapbooking and mixed media stash.. my passion.

Ikea is definitely my 'go to' store when it comes to storing my supplies.. especially the ,now discontinued, Expedit shelving unit which conveniently fits 12" papers inside the Drona boxes.(Kallax has nor replaced the Expedit and still fits the 12" papers) I store all my collections and kits in here.. and it is brilliant to be able to flip through them vertically. To stop them all sliding down I use some corrugated cardboard so they don't slip to the bottom of the box and create a bent pile at the bottom. Mine are the pink/rose floral boxes in the photo. I also use the Smaressel white storage boxes for 6" paper pads and other items.

For storing these pads I put each pad in a popper wallet (usually found in Poundland for 2 for £1) and I keep all the scraps inside the wallet with the original pads. It works brilliantly!

When working in my space I like to have all my embellishments sorted into colours (I have a good selection of mixed embellies permamently in my scrapbooking tote for when I am on a crop) I have saved all my business card boxes (and all my colleagues did the same) to store all my buttons and small flowers.. (they do sell these plastic boxes on Ebay too) I keep all of these in a small Helmer drawer unit.

I also store my punches and my ink pads and daubers in two more Helmer drawers too.

I also have an old CD rack (that my husband built years ago), that I have re-purposed for a storage unit. All of the plastic boxes I bought in Hobbycraft over the years. I have washi tape, bakers twine, bling, pearls etc etc stored in these and I also have several with loose stamps in them.. I also have stamps on an Ikea Billy bookcase as shown here beside another Kallax unit (I've spilt out in to an adjoining room as you can see!) LOL!
 The hat boxes store silk flowers, mixed media items and small MDF items ready for altering, hearts, small boxes, frames etc. As you can see I hang my rolls of tape on repurposed mug trees too. I have a lovely digital radio (bought for me at Christmas) that keeps me company when I'm crafting. I also have my beautiful Granddaughter Amber watching over me too.

To the side of my desk I keep an Alex drawer unit that I keep my art and paint supplies..embossing powders, mists, paints etc

On my desk I keep desk tidy's with all sorts.. my tool carousel with scissors, pens etcand, of course, my Silhouette Cameo. Behind that I have three RUB caes with small items in.. charms, small ready tied bows, tassels, candi dots, tiny flowers, bead spacers etc too.
I also have my portable tote on my desk..which I have standing on a lazy susan so I can turn it around to reach all of the items I store in it too. (see first photo)

I have also just added the wall art of the branch and flying birds.. a small thing but it makes it prettier. The wall colour is a leftover from the previous owners of the house..but its OK for now.

Finally, one last storage tip is how to store your Thickers alphas... extra wide magazine folders (old photo)... I bought mine from Paperchase but I have seen them in TK Maxx and Homesense too.. which is also where I get all my patterned boxes from.

Well that's about it.. I'm sure there are more things I can show you, but I'm sure you're bored by I shall stop there.

The key for me is really all about labelling.. I don't know where I'd be without my DYMO paper labeller!

Thanks for stopping by..



  1. You have certainly crammed a lot in there - it looks fabulous.
    Toni xx

  2. Wow Elaine that is one seriously organised space and I love it! Do you manage to keep it that tidy!

  3. Looks fabulous. Oh for a craft room of my own. :(

  4. So much stash & really good organisation , which is what my room is lacking most of the time Elaine.

  5. I love your room................I really need to tidy mine up = it's old fashioned now and I could move up to the spare room / our dressing room, but I don't feel I have the energy and too much rubbish up there to get rid of, but I look at your room and think - come on Gill get on with it. Thanks for sharing, some great tips too.

  6. Your room looks amazing Elaine....and now I feel the need for a trip to Ikea!!

    1. my guest! Thanks for commenting!

  7. Wow Elaine, you are so organised! I love it all. IKEA is great for crafty storage and I love a cheeky little TK Maxx find too ­čśŐ

  8. Such a lovely work space :)
    I love your d/s tapes hanging on the mug trees !