Today I'm focusing on a couple ways I store some of my crafty supplies. Since I use my studio for mixed media projects (paper and painting), I am always trying to improve my storage.
Let's start with embellishments. I've tried several different ways to store all the little bits and pieces of stuff that I use while papercrafting. Initially I threw it in a plastic pull-out drawer and would just dig through it all until I found what I was looking for. That proved to be frustrating as I collected more and more 'stuff.'
I considered one of those Clip-Up thingies but to be honest I didn't want to take up table top space. And I figured I'd outgrow the thing. So I pulled all my die cut embellishments out, separated them into like piles and then just stared at all the little piles! Holy Smokes! what am I doing with all this?! Which sounds like something my hubby would say.
Anyhoo... so here is the picture of the system I use for my die cuts.
I took one of those photo storage boxes you get from Michael's and placed 2 plastic containers inside. This left just a bit of room on the side for anything that ends up not fitting in the poly bags.
Then I put all the little sorted piles of stuff into 4x4 poly bags that I had. I didn't seal any of the bags, just left them open and easily accessible. Plus some wouldn't have closed anyway.
You can see the plastic containers a little better in this picture. The poly bags fit perfectly. Also, I can put the lid on the box if needed. Not real tight but just to keep dust out if I leave it on my table. I usually just tuck the whole thing in a drawer, with the lid on the bottom like shown.
And here's a view of the little bags with some of their contents. See.. everything is sorted and it's really easy to thumb through the bags and find what I want to use.
The next thing I did was change my ribbon storage. I've tried all sorts of ways of storing my ribbon. And for me, this is by far the easiest, most efficient way. I took this shelf I wasn't using and just popped my spools on it by color. The width of the shelves fit the spools perfectly and now when I need ribbon, I just grab the spool(s) and match it to what I am working on and snip away!
I can storage between 70-75 spools of ribbon on this one shelf. Love it! And I love that I can just grab the spool without a lot of fuss and get on with it. The spools were more difficult to remove on the dowel systems I used before. Which proved to be a pain when I just wanted to grab a couple spools to see what I liked.
I do keep my twill and seam binding in a small basket on my worktable. And I have a box of spools of Christmas ribbon on another shelf along with a big ole' jar of ribbon snippets.
Ok, that's it for today. I hope you enjoyed these little ideas. Maybe one will work for you!
Until next time,