Saturday, April 5, 2014

Sharing my organized mess . . .

Happy Saturday my friends!
Craft Hoarders Anonymous is having a very unique, FUN and informative challenge going on right now through the end of the day Sunday.  I just couldn't help but enter into it!

For every month that contains a fifth Monday, they do a FEATURE WEEK and a LINKY PARTY!

The design team members will take turns sharing their storage tips and solutions. Each of them will share how they store their hoard! Three designers will share each "fifth week" during the year! You will get to peek into the design team's craft spaces and see how they manage to "contain" their hoarded supplies!

Plus you will have the opportunity to share your own storage solutions, tips, ideas, etc., by linking up! One RANDOM WINNER for March will win the prize.

Here are some of the ways I store my 'hoard' ...

 Basically, I have HALF the basement of our home (well it does flow over to the other side two where I have all the cases of my cards and my light box set up for photographs).
I can seat 8 ladies down here for a fun crafting get together.
But most of the time I'm just SPREADING out and playing by myself!  It nice to have this much room so I can spread out my folders/binders for design team work.  This is how I keep organized on upcoming DT and Guest DT obligations.  (trust me, it doesn't always look this neat!!  lol)

THIS is where I spend a lot of my time ...
on the computer, coloring images and making flowers. 

Hubby built me this wonderful stand up work table with cubby hole shelving.
(lol ... can you say RIBBON ADDICTION!)

On the wall that goes upstairs, he put up pegboard.  This way, I can
hang a lot of my embellishment.  My thought was ... If you can see them ... you will use them!  
Of course, I have so much stuff, I'm not going to live long enough to use them all!  
Unless I make it to about 200 years old!  LOL!

 I LOVE these 3 drawer stackable cases!  
This is how I store a lot of my design papers as well as my stamps.
You also see on the right side of the photo that I have some 12x12 paper shelves.  I was lucky enough to get in on a good buy when one of the local stores went out of business several years ago.
I have printed labels for each of the case drawers which makes it not only look 'uniform' but also helps this feeble mind remember where I put stuff!! 
(that way I don't have to open each and every drawer every time I want something!  LOL)

The colorful middle section are 8 1/2 x 11 clear boxes that I keep my card stock in.
With being in the basement I was concerned about the moisture (humidity) with all the paper so I decided to keep it separated in these clear boxes.  However, our dehumidifier works very well and I'm happy to say I don't have a problem with paper curling or anything like that!

These clear cases also come in 12x12 size so I also use them to store my Christmas papers & stamps in.  That way when it comes time for those holiday cards, I have everything together and see what I'd like to work with. (trust me ... this is NOT all my Christmas stuff!)   On this shelf I also have some of the 8 1/2 x 11 cases with Christmas embellishments, glitters, pearls, holiday ribbons.  
Last but not least is my die cutting/embossing station.
You see in the back are bins filled with clear cases of Spellbinder dies.
The Martha Stewart colorful binders house all my 'other' dies from other companies.
The RED binder is actually a variety of companies but the dies are all CHRISTMAS themed!
The black and blue binders house all the other 'goodies'. 
( I must admit ... the black binder next to the red one is actually empty sleeves with the magnetic panels READY for NEW goodies.)
These binders and clear sleeves can be purchased at Staples.  I use the smaller binders ... they also come in 8 1/2 x 11.  The magnetic panels are actually purchased at Lowe's/Home Depot and they are Furnace Vent Covers.  They come 3 in a pack and are easily cut to size with your paper cutter.  The magnetic sheets are WHITE backed so I write the name/die # on the back for easy reference.

On the shelves of this stand you will find all my embossing folders and larger dies
like the Tim Holtz or the new Pop Up dies.

Okay ... that's it!  I'm sure you've seen enough.
It is fabulous to have this wonderful space I call 'MY CAVE'.
Let alone all the goodies I have to play with. 
I am so BLESSED!!!

Thanks for the visit!


lost coast scrapper said...

How, what a great space and your so orgainized!! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!!

Wendy L said...

This is so fabby, I love your crafting space. xxxx

Vicki Chrisman said...

HOLY MOLY GIRL!!! That's Awesome! Can I come play??

Christy Butters said...

What an awesome spot you have t create in. Thanks for sharing a peek into your craft space with us at Craft Hoarders Anon :)

Amber Milone said...

AMAZING!!! Can we trade spaces? Love the pegboard!

Nan G said...

Holy smokes! Nicely organized and a good thing to...I may come by for a 'hoard' visit. :) Hugs from FL

Mulberry Mindy said...

No wonder you are so organized, my friend. Great "cave", space is used so well. I always wondered how you can keep up with all those DT and projects you do, now I know! Lots of room to spread out. Take care, and thanks for sharing a look into your space.

Nikki C said...

Wow great space :)

Sherri said...

Oh, what I would give to have all that wall space! I stamp in my upstairs dormer (complete with slanting walls) so hanging anything on the wall is next to impossible. And 3 is all I can seat at one time!

KarenB said...

Oh my goodness, what an amazing space. Not just the space, but the way you have organised it. Thank you for sharing where you create your magic :)

Miranda Slagboom-de Groot said...

Wow that's just amizing. Love your "craft cave";)
Hugs Miranda

Wendy AppleApricot said...

Oh my... that is a fabulous and wonderful room you have!! It must be so inspiring to work there.
Thank you for your sweet sweet comment on my blog Dar, you absolutely made my day :-)
Wishing you a beautiful Sunday and sending you hugs.
~ Wendy

Roxanne Pafundi said...

Ahhhh I love this post! So glad you shared! I too have more supplies than I'll ever get too! do we stop buying the next great gadget,die,paper etc. that has just come out and we 'just gotta have!". No, I don't have the answer...and maybe don't want to figure that out. I Love your creative space...looks a lot like mine and nice to see you too keep your spellbinders still in package. Tell me, how do you store your cling stamps? I have taken clear binder sleeves,sewn in some 'compartments' and store like that in a binder according to theme. Some, however get too full...LOL!
Thanks for sharing! ;)

Anonymous said...

And I thought I was bad! I love your "cave." I hope to get my space made before too long. I love it!

~ Jo ~ said...

You have an AMAZING cave to play in!!! I love your storage and your peg board! Such an awesome place to come and play!

Maria said...

Great space and awesome organization! Love how you store your paper and ribbon! And, the pegboard is wonderful!

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

So fun to see the spot where you make all the "magic" happen, Dar! My personal favorite is the peg board for embellishments. What a genius idea and such a great use of space. And you are right...if you can see it, you will use it! Thanks so much for sharing your hoard with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

Debbie Seyer said...

Wow!! That is some crafty space! I love it! said...

What a wonderful space! I love the clear plastic drawer units. I have several of those myself and love them a lot. Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

the primitive country bug said...

Wow! What a wonderfully spacious place to play! You have tons of space and supplies!!

Jane said...

Wow, what an amazing space you have! I'm still picking my jaw up off the table. I really really wish you lived next door :-) I like you have discovered the beauty of clear plastic containers. A great way to see what you have. I'm so glad you shared with us. I got some good ideas.

nwilliams6 said...

This is wonderful! I would love to have this space and all your great stuff! Love it!!!! Hugz!!

jrmom said...

You are so organized and can always put your hands on what you want. Looking forward to our next crafting session together.

Donna Idlet said...

I love your craft space! You are so organized. I bet you are in happy land when you are in your room! Thanks for sharing with Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

Jan Marie said...

Oh wow, oh wow, oh wow! Love how you've designed your space and how you keep it all so well organized. . .the peg board and utility shelves are masterful!! Great work! Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

Gloria Stengel said...

I love your "cave"! Esp. those storage totes! Great space for creating! Thanks for joining our Linky Party at Craft Hoarders!

Anonymous said...

Such an organized craft space. I love all those bins. Playing paper in your space must be awesome! Thanks for linking up with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog! P.S.

Diane said...

A great place to hang out I am sure...well organized, too...LOVE all the room you have on your tables, mine is forever cluttered and small!!! I call my place "organized chaos" as you will see next room kind of reminds me trying to fit a square plug into a round it was nice to see yours!!!

Holly Young said...

what wonderful creative area you have to play in Darlene! You look really well organized too.

Stampindamour said...

Darlene - LOVE seeing how others organize their crafty work areas! Looks so inviting and FUN! If I were your neighbor, I'd be stopping by often! LOL! ;)