Since school started and I am back to work, I have not had the time to create like I did when it was summer. Plus I started teaching a night computer class. Time is not on my side. I look for ways to still blog about the things I love to do and keep you abreast of what is going on out there. I will be presenting ideas that I have found useful, entertaining and just creative. Bear with me as I display the work of others, who might have a little more time than me. Here we go.
Flea Market Scraproom Storage
Turn An Unused Attic Into A Scrapbook Room With A Vintage Vibe
Scrapbooker Erikia Ghumm faced an oddly shaped attic space and a dislike of plastic when creating her scrapbook room. To merge her love of all things old with her need to organize her stash of scrapbooking supplies, she scoured flea markets, secondhand stores, and yard sales for pieces she could revamp and customize
Keep Often-Used Tools And Supplies Within Reach
Vintage containers and baskets that keep essential tools within arm’s reach perch atop the sturdy wooden desk Erikia uses when working on projects. She repurposed low-cost tiered wire baskets intended to hold fruit in the kitchen to serve as a catchall for trims and favorite stamps. Above her desk she hung a mirror (another salvage find) that makes the room seem larger than it really is
Organize Loose Tools In Vintage Cans
Erikia picked up old tins for pennies at estate sales and secondhand stores to contain colored pencils, pens, adhesives, and other desktop items. The original labels and retro designs match Erica’s vintage style
Make Your Own Storage Unit From Found ObjectsErikia found this drawer-less cabinet at an antiques
store but didn’t let its sorry state deter her from seeing its potential. She created drawers
from old fruit crates — also picked up at bargain prices by adding knobs
to the fronts. She stores her large collection of stamps in the revamped cabinet.
Stash Hard-To-Store Items In Canning JarsGlass canning jars make great storage
solutions for items like thread, tags, or floral embellishments
that tend to get lost when tossed in a drawer
. The glass allows her to easily find whatever she’s looking for, and they can be neatly arranged in baskets and tucked out of sight
Contain Tiny Embellishments In Metal TinsErikia keeps eyelets
and brads from rolling around the floor of her scrapbook
room by containing them in small, glass-lid tins that are housed together in a bigger tin box. (We found tins similar to these for sale on the Web site below.) Erikia created a label for each tin with an adhesive
label maker to make identifying items inside easier.
Get Creative With Basic Storage CubesTo keep the vintage feel of her room intact, Erikia used alcohol ink
to give basic storage
cubes an aged look. She also replaced the contemporary hardware with mismatched glass knobs. Because the cubes are stackable, they’re easy to maneuver and rearrange as her storage needs grow and change. Erikia’s cubes come from a discontinued line by Sauder, but you can find similar modular cube storage systems at these sites:
Make Room For Comfort In Your Scrapbooking SpaceA sofa and table
handed down from her grandmother give Erikia’s room a relaxed, casual feeling. She heads to the couch
when she wants to dream up a sketch or flip through magazines and catalogs for design inspiration
Use Curtains To Hide Functional Plastic Drawers
To hide utilitarian plastic storage units, Erikia hung colorful curtains made of vintage fabric on a spray-painted curtain rod attached to a bank of wood shelving. Atop the shelves are glass jars she found at Target and garage sales and filled with bottles of ink and other supplies
Corral Bottles Of Paint With Vintage Soda CratesErikia stashes bottles of crafts paint
in vintage wooden soda crates. Arranged according to hues, the display not only declutters her scrapbook
room, but also makes locating the perfect color easier.
Repurpose Cookie Tins To Store Stamps In Style
Erikia stores stamps in vintage tins that originally contained cookies. She stacks some of them atop an antique cake stand for convenience and style
Keep Scrapbook Supplies Out Of The Way In Old SuitcasesErikia finds old suitcases ideal for stashing photo albums, beads
, and other supplies she doesn’t access often and doesn’t want cluttering her scrapbook
room. She created luggage tags for each suitcase to remind her what’s inside.
Group Items In Colorful Locker Bins And Photo BoxesColorful locker bins from Pottery Barn Teen although a bit more costly than Erikia’s bargain pieces, provide a sturdy option and easy access for hard-to-hide items like books, magazines, and card-making supplies. Erikia picked them up two at a time over the course of a year to keep her costs reasonable. The photo boxes below contain photos arranged by year or occasion, as well as negatives. Erikia picked them up in several colors at Exposures.
Personalize A Space With Collections And ProjectsFrom her kitschy snow-globe collection to state license plates on display around the room, Erikia infused the space with her personal style
. The wooden crate containing finished album projects boasts tags Erikia once created for an issue of Scrapbooks etc