Saturday, November 9, 2013

Stashing the stash Continued

The big question, when relocated the Craft Cupboard was which cabinets to start with.  We looked first at Ikea, because that is always our go to place.  We looked at Alex cabinets and altough we ended up with a couple later one, we decided against them for our main storage.  We opted instead for this line from Michaels.  The material is decidedly flimsier, but we felt it was strong enough to stand up to our supplies.  The drawers aren't on runners, but we considered that a plus.  While we are crafting, we can pull out the entire drawer, which is certainly convenient.  The other big deciding factor, was a typical craft room miracle.  The storage system was on sale for 40% off and we we had a 20% off entire purchase encluding sale items.  So.....there you go.  The next decision was which ones.  We bought some of each available, and again ened up with another craft room miracle.  It was amazing how well our stash fit into the various configurations.  The one above has 3 drawers.  They are perfect for TH on the edge dies, and decorative strips,  We also use them for the various cutting pads.  

See, perfect height for Tim Holtz on the edge and the decorative stips sit along side
The black box that you see on top hold this:

I've got daubers and crackle paints stored upside down, stickles, alcohol inks and a couple of the Ranger refillable pens.  Along side are my TH markers - stored horizontally as recommended.  The AI and stickles are in plastic containers (you can see 2 spares laying on their side under the markers).  I got them from  If I can ever figure out who makes them, I'll update this post

This next one is absolutely perfect for sizzix bigz dies.  This is a stack of 2 cubes.

2 fit Bigz Dies side by side and there are dividers that hold 2 deep, so 4 per divider.  The long dies, like the TH tag die fit long ways , so 2 per divider.  I keep my dies in the plastic cover, but cut the top tabs off for easy access.

This next configuration we fudged by combining 2 different cubes, but we wanted the trays to rest on shelves so that they could be pulled out easier.

The trays are perfect for dis stainstress.  Stored like this, the right color is easy to grab.

Also perfect for Distress reinkers.  Also easy to spot the right color

The deepest one is great for heat embossing.  Embossing pads, reinkers, small jar of UTEE and all the other embossing powders.

The drawers underneath are great for the "this and that".    Again, it's great that when you're working on something, you can pull out the whole drawer, rummage, and stick it back in.  

The next stack has bin type drawers that that have hande cut outs on either side.  Top one holds adhesives of all types, The second has several electrical tools.  You can see the heat gun cord sticking out.  It's plugged into a power strip on the next to this stack.  This is located where I can just turn in my stool and grab the gun.  The third bin down holds different mediums....some dylusions sprays, gessos, muli-medium, VerDay.  The bottom bin is all things metal.  Rolls of metal tape, sheets of metal.  Metal hammer, and stamping alphabets.

For a pix of how these look in the room here's a photo

Here's some more shots of my die frames.  Some have galvanized steel sheets for movers and shapers.  Some have magnetic sheets to hold thin dies, like TH Framelits.  (Check my previous post for a tutorial of how I did a frame with magetic sheets.)

 I've added some vintage tins, for small storage and to add some decor.  I attached them by just placing one of these thin basic grey magnetic snaps on the inside.   Holds like a dream.  You can see in the corner a tin holding some texture fades.

More to come.........

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