Wednesday, June 9, 2010

My Craft Stash Organization

Craft week at Spell Outloud continues! I thought I'd share how I am currently organizing most of my craft supplies. Now a long, long, time ago, in a galaxy far, far, away----ok, it was really only several years ago and 5 states away---I was a professional scrapbooker. No seriously, I didn't make that term up---lol! There are such things as professional scrapbookers. :) In my previous house, I had a huge room devoted to all my scrapbooking supplies---which was a lot! I had many different storage carts, drawers, cabinets and shelves. Now I no longer have a room, but do have a pretty good-sized closet to store our stuff. When I switched to digital scrapbooking, I got rid of most of my scrap stash, and had lots of empty organization bins. Just recently I thought I'd put them to good use again and use them to organize my kids' craft supplies.

When I was a paper scrapbooker, I had purchased a Plano fishing tackle box to store all my embellishments. Now I use this box for some of our smaller craft supplies.

I used my Brother label maker to label all the individual drawers. I love that it is very portable. We can carry it to wherever we are crafting with no problem.

I also have several plastic craft storage box to store small items in. These stack neatly on a shelf and they are pretty cheap. I can usually find them under $2.00 at my local hobby or discount store.

Next I have two 6-drawer Iris carts. These use to house all my scrapbooking paper. Now we use them to keep our craft supplies organized.

I have drawers labeled:

*fun foam sheets
*tissue paper
*cotton balls & paper sacks
*popsicle sticks
*misc. crafts
*glue guns
*craft kits
*scissors & cutting mats
*water colors and brushes

I also have two 3-drawer white plastic carts. I have drawers labeled:

*recycled crafts ---this is where I throw all the paper towel/toliet paper tubes, plastic lids, paper plates, cool containers that might make good crafts etc.

*fun foam pieces - I have fun foamies in plastic bags by theme and then put them all in this drawer.

*card making -- prefolded cardstock and envelopes

*large stamps -- I have lots of foam stamps that I let the kids use.


*extra school supplies

I also have 3 of these Sterlite bins on a shelf that contains our construction paper packs, loose notebook papers and scratch paper/drawing paper.

So that is what my craft organization looks like for now. It seems to be an ever-changing process though :)  All I know is that if I keep up with the system, creating happens more often. I can't stand when I know I have a supply but can't find it (believe me--this still happens even with my organization!) So how do you store your craft supplies?  Do you have a dedicated craft closet or cabinet? If you have a blog post about your craft organization, please link us up! I'm always on the look-out for organizational ideas.

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Blogger One Red Daisy said...

I love your organization, and I use to use a tackle box for my own projects. Great ideas!

I keep wishing I had more time during the week to do crafts with my son. Perhaps (see you've motivated me) I should have a Crafty Wednesday, or something like that, where it is leftover night and we take 30 minutes after getting home from daycare/work to do projects, or Saturday afternoons. Do you plan far in advance?

June 10, 2010 at 11:20 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Love the scrapbox

New follower from Mom Blogger Club. I would love a return follow! Can't wait to read more. THANKS

June 10, 2010 at 12:29 PM  
Blogger Mozer said...

One Red Daisy....

I will admit that I don't plan too far in advance. I have several go-to crafts that I let my younger kids do that doesn't require preparation, just supplies:

-- cutting paper into pieces
-- glueing punchies onto paper
-- fingerpainting
-- watercolors
-- playdough
-- creating a sticker masterpiece
-- plain ol' drawing w/ crayons or markers
-- Painting with dot paint markers (Bingo markers)
-- chalk drawings (on paper or sidewalks)

Then I have several craft kits that I can use. I only plan crafts that go along with books or units we are doing. I usually come up with 2 original crafts a month and the rest are listed above.

June 10, 2010 at 5:59 PM  
Blogger Jodi said...

Wow! You are one organized lady! I could learn alot from you:) Just wanted to stop by and say hello and welcome you to the Crew! I'm glad to have you on my's going to be a great year!

June 11, 2010 at 8:49 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

I just posted about my room!

Hope you'll find some inspiration!

June 11, 2010 at 6:08 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

That looks very organized. My "scrapbook room" turned into schoolroom/office but is better known for storage of clutter. Your pictures and descriptions are inspiring.

January 4, 2011 at 10:50 PM  
Blogger Guiding Light said...

Amazing! I want to come to your house to play! :-)

January 5, 2011 at 12:26 PM  
Blogger Nikki said...

Thanks for sharing all these great ideas. Now, can you come hold my hand and help me at my house? :)

January 7, 2011 at 2:10 PM  

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