DIY Modular Craft Storage in a TINY Space!

Hi friends! It is January which means we are all going to try and get organized right? Keep dreaming the dream folks LOL! Joking aside, today I have a quick storage DIY to make great use of wasted space like this side of a shelf in my office.

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During the cold months I move my arts and craft operation out of my basement and into a corner of my office upstairs so I can enjoy the luxury of heat. The trade off is that my office desk is tiny and I have very little room to store my stuff so every inch of space matters. I was given this knife & ammo case from a general store that went out of business and since it has a small footprint I moved it in next to my desk. Everything is visible and it holds quite a bit considering how narrow it is. It is next to my office filing cabinet on one side (I store a couple large pads of paper there) but the side of the shelf behind where I sit was bare. I wanted to get my jars of pens, pencils and adhesives off my small desk so I came up with the idea of making a velcro wall to stick all of my often used stuff on.Here is how I did it!

Supplies:

  • Hook and Loop Tape (AKA Velcro) *Unfortunately Papermart is no longer carrying hook and loop tape, I recommend Velcro brand available at any craft or department store.
  • Hot Glue Gun & Sticks TIP! a viewer (xBoneOrchardx) noticed that I had to keep pushing my glue stick in my glue gun and told me I could glue the new stick to to end of the old one to prevent this, awesome!
  • Bin Boxes
  • Clear Pails *I am not sure how these will work out but they are really cute and useful for other projects:) I ended up putting my paint brushes in the velcro pail, we will see how well it holds up, so far, so good!
  • Scissors

Directions:
1. Glue felt to area you want to use as storage.
2. Glue hook side of Velcro to boxed and other items you want to stick to the wall.
3. After all glue is dry press boxes to wall.

Tip, this is a great way to store small items as well. If you can glue a piece of Velcro to it will work as long as it’s not too heavy.

So, what are your favorite storage tips for tiny craft spaces? Lots of viewers shared great tips in the comment section of this video so be sure to check that out if you want more ideas! There were many ideas I had never thought of and I thought I knew all there was to know about cramming art stuff in small spaces LOL! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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No Scraps Left Behind!

Hi friends, you might call this tip frugal or you might call me a hoarder but after yesterday’s video tutorial on the torn frame a few people said they could not bear to waste the paper from the inside of the frame, well, neither can I. Here is what I do with the small bits of good quality paper I can’t stand to through out!

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As I mentioned in the video I have used other punches on my scraps but find that I really only use the photo corners and buttons. I punch tags out of leftover holiday papers though because I always need more of those. Paper scraps that are larger than 2″x2″ get filed by color in my scrap paper hanging file folders. How do you deal with your scraps? Let me know in the comments! Til next time happy crafting!

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Cyber Monday Sale & Another Mystery Craft Challenge!

Hi friends! First up tonight I have a great sale to share that is exclusive to Frugal Crafter readers, Lost Coast Designs and Carmens Veranda are offering 20% off AND free shipping  if you buy 6 or more stamps now through tomorrow. To get the deal mention The Frugal Crafter in the comments of your order and the discount will be refunded:) Here is a new set they just released that I am excited to use:

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Make sure you check out all of their new and classic stamps, I bet you can’t stop at 6, it is a great time to shop for friends or secret stamping sisters this holiday season. Deals like this do not happen often at Lost Coast Design or Carmen’s Veranda so don’t miss out, the deal ends Monday 11/30/15 at Midnight.

Now, on to the challenge! Kim at Made by Mommy asked me back to do the #MBMCraftChallenge again this month, I got a random assortment of stuff, see what I made in today’s video!

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That was so much fun, the thing I love about this challenge is seeing what all of the other participants made with their boxes, you can see all of the November Craft Challenge videos here.

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Good luck if you are planning on doing any Cyber Monday shopping and don’t forget about the deals at Lost Cast Designs and Carmen’s Veranda (mention The frugal crafter for 20% off and free shipping when you order 6 or more stamps.) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Budget Craft Room! {My Neice Sarah’s New House!}

Hi friends! My niece and her husband just got their first house and I offered to help her unpack her craft supplies and set up her craft room. It was a lot of work but lots of fun (I work for coffee LOL!) and now she had a place to create everyday! Watch the video to see the transformation and money-saving tips!

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Sarah used the shelves she already had and her husband made a wooden shelf to house rubber stamps. It is important to see what you have BEFORE buying or making more storage items.

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Vintage jars hold buttons and ribbon scraps and sturdy shelves from the big-box store hold paper and books.

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This pretty lamp and a nearby window provides perfect light for jewelry making!

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Plastic gutter from the home improvement store was cut to length and screwed to the wall to hold ribbon.

Everything in the room can be seen so it will get used. I am so happy to see Sarah and John in their first home, I can tell there is a lot of happy times ahead of them, and crafty times too! What was your favorite money-saving storage tip? Are you going to try any of these ideas? Let us know! We hoped we inspired you with this makeover! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Start The School Year Off Right!

Hi Friends! All over Facebook I am seeing first day of school photos from my friends down south. Luckily up in Maine we do not go back to school until September but I am all ready with this cute homework supply caddy:

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I wanted to make a portable box of supplies that was not too big, yet would have anything my kids needed for homework. These sturdy parts bin boxes from Papermart are just the ticket. My kids can take it to their favorite homework spot then slide it on a shelf when not in use. Watch the video to see how I did it.

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Supplies:
Bin box
Washi Tape
Scrapbook paper (I used designs by Crate Paper)
Scissors
1″ punch

Directions:
1. Cut paper to fit the sides and ends of the box and adhere.
2. Assemble the box. Fold one of the dividers to make a divided compartment and leave 2 compartments open.
3. Add washi tape to the edges of the box.
4. Fill with back to school supplies and homework essentials!

Items I put in the box:
Ruler
Pencils
Markers
Highlighters
rubber bands
paper clips
glue and glue sticks
safety scissors
paper re-enforces (paper donuts LOL!)
white vinyl erasers\pencil sharpener

Make sure this box is accessible on a shelf so the kids can get to it whenever they need. This easy idea will save you and your kids headaches and stress when it comes to homework. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Travel Art! What I brought & What I Made!

Hi friends! It’s a two-fer tonight as I share what I packed, art supply wise, and what I made on vacation. I re-purposed a broken Case-It zippered binder (and I have to give props to Case-IT, they offer a full school-year-long warranty on their binders and when my son broke one of the rings on his last spring they replaced it no questions asked!) into a great travel art kit. Have a look!

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And now that I am back home I wanted to share what I made AND tell you about a super fun YouTube wide craft collaboration going on July 17th-20th called #ovesummerart All kinds of artists and crafter and going to create summer themed project tutorials and upload them during those 3 days and if you type #lovesummerart in the search box on YouTube you will see them all! I can’t wait because some of my favorite creators will be joining in and I am sure to find some new faves too. The rising tide lifts all boats, am I right?

Another Video!!!

This collaboration is open to ALL YouTubers big and small so if you make video and want to get involved head over to TheArtSherpa’s channel and learn more. This is going to be fun!

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I’ll have another Stamp School Lesson for you tomorrow sharing some of my top tips and favorite stamping techniques so I hope you stop back for that. Til then, happy crafting!

Thin Die & Stamp Storage! Cheap and Cheaper!

Hi friends! After the stamp show and a gifted box of thin dies (Thank you Sherlock Hoka!) I had 2 baskets of dies on my shelf. I needed to consolidate and come up with a simple system that would let me access my dies quickly and also store the few sets of stamp/die combos. Here is my solution:

I used up all 50 of the Avery Elle die storage pockets I bought and I wish I had more. I searched on Amazon for a bulk package of pockets like this and found CD pockets. A reviewer posted that they were the same as the Avery Elle ones so I cheerfully paid $18 for a box of 500. I am now having Déjà vu, Deli paper anyone? Well as I promised in the first video I would show you how they compare:

Honestly, I think I would have been better off spending the $18 on 2-3 packs of 25 of the Avery Elle pockets because it is unlikely that I will have 500 dies to store…then again I do like a challenge! But on the other hand it is 75 vs 500 pockets. Well, at least you can make an informed decision if the larger size and sturdier side seams make the Avery Elle pockets the best bet of if you would do better with the smaller cheaper pockets. They seem to both be made of the same plastic material and thickness. I hope you found this helpful and as always happy crafting!

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