Borrowing from my fellow SCS, here are more ideas for storing your supplies in a cheaper manner (THANK YOU to all the super talented ladies from SCS for these AWESOME ideas!!):
- keep your old "nut" jars - once cleaned out, they hold all your "bigger" flowers
- use either an old "tension" curtain rod or a thin one and hang your punches off of it - easy for viewing at a glance and gets them off your work area. Or you could also put old tension curtain rods inside a bookshelf and line up your punches on them
- Mason jars - put your buttons in there!
- I had a rolling steel file holder that I converted to a cardstock holder. It even rolls around where I need it! I combined 2 hanging folders for the 12 X 12 size, making them 13" deep instead of the usual 9". I bought colored inserts on E-Bay for about a $1 for a complete set of Stampin Up colors. The color name is printed on a piece of the actual color of the cardstock and is cut to size for the hanging tab holder. This makes it very easy to find the color I'm looking for
- (Mel H) I spent about 20 bucks in materials and made my own Stamp pad storage and a couple of other storage drawer things. I bought wood, foam core board, a can of spray paint, and a sample of Parsley Sprig paint! My "drawers" were little storage boxes, I just ditched the lids, flipped them, spray painted them and added drawer pulls (shhh, don't tell DH but they are the tips to some of his golf tees, LOL)
(Ignore the camera hound in the photo, LOL - http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f281/Mel_H/IMG_6915_1_1.jpg
- check out the grocery store for "throw aways" - sometimes they have shelving units they don't want or display units (cardboard or otherwise)
- (Pope46) - I keep completed projects in an empty licorice tub that has a lid. They stay "dust" free because of the lid. I removed the label using peanut butter so it just looks like a plastic tub.
- I keep my markers and pencils in assorted glass vases/jars/candy dishes that I got at thrift stores for a few cents. They look neat all lined up on my craft table.
- I use an old wooden cassette tape rack for my ink pads, $5 at the thrift store.
- I use assorted baskets from the thrift store to store my Stampin' Up! stamp sets in their clam shell cases. I have different baskets for different themes. These baskets were usually a buck or two at most. They look nice lined up on my shelf.
- I re-purposed a closet organizer rod with shelf to hang up my paper in cellophane bags using small "pant" style clothes hangers that I have collected over the years from purchases. When the cashier asks if I want the hangers.......I sure do!
- I use an old Christmas card holder to display various samples to inspire me. I think someone gave it to me but you can find them at second hand stores
- Wood Blocks you don't use because you have gone to "Clear Mount" - "We recently had a new daycare open in town so I cleaned them all up, stamped numbers and letters on them and let me tell you, the owners and the kids thought it was Christmas! They were thrilled!
- Go onto Yahoo and join their "Free Cycle" groups - you will get AMAZING stuff - trust me I sure have!!!
- Old spice rack to hold my med size punches
- no longer used entertainment (or even microwave) stand works great for big shot station
- tictac boxes for embellishments
- yankee candle jars for ribbon conatiners
- Empty shoe boxes for finished cards, clear stamps, 6x6 paper pads.
Empty biscuit tins for Spellbinders stuff, punches, packs of seed beads, colouring pencils, loose unmounted stamps
- (Stampyra) - I made several ink pad holders with foam core. I found the directions here on SCS (http://rebelinker.blogspot.com/). Three sheets of foam core will make two full holders. I have TONS of ink pads & I only use three. I also modified the directins to make a pen holder. I have pics of it on my blog. Maybe someone knows who posted the idea. I'll look for the directions & see if there is a link printed on them.
-I used foam core scraps to make to sizes of ribbon holders. I don't have tons of ribbon, so I like them to be sitting out. I just made a well for the ribbons to sit in. I have one for my larger spools of ribbon-like SU! & one for my tiny spools like I get from JoAnns & Michaels.
-I use cigar boxes to store jars of things like embossing powders & beads.
I got some of those $1 recipe boxes from Michaels. The hold my Cuttlebug folders perfectly. Because of the price, I got three and put different releases in the boxes so I can keep them straight. Mine are kinda cute with a brown & blue pattern wiht a bird on it, but you could always cover the uglier ones.
-I keep my scraps in page protectors & set them on top of their similar colors. I got a pack of them for $1.50 at Big Lots.
-My fibers are stored on tags. I just wrapped them around the tags and they seem easier to use. I'm sure you all have bunches of tags floating around. I sure do.
-I keep the round continers from crystal lite. You know, the one's that are made to make 2 quarts each. They are great for tall brushes.
-I store many of my things on nails on the walls. Not only are nails inexpensive, but so many of my tools are within my reach.
-I have a printers typing drawer that I used to keep little knick-knacks in. I now keep my tiny stamps in it & they are so much easier to use. I've had mine for over 25 years, but I know thrift stores have them.
-My stamps are all unmounted so my Stampin' Up! containers are available for my use. I have some for different pens & things like liquid applique.
-My colored pencils are all out on my desk in plastic cups. I get the seasonal cups they sell at Wal-Mart for 99 cents. I love blue, so I got some dark blue ones last summer.
-I have all of my tools in a spinning caddy. I know people were raving about the one from Pampered chef, but that is way out of my budget. I went to Wal-Mart's kitchen section & got a caddy for under $5. It's black & revolves. It has a main hole in the center & four sections around it. All of my scissors, tweezers, cutting knives & embossing tools are within easy reach.
-Target always has great back to school items. I use the pencil boxes for extra class kits. I teach, so I always have extra basic class kits available. The pencil cases are plastic & kind of like a match box. The drawer slides out of them. I usually get them on clearance for 50 cents each.
OK I think you get the point - be it Canada or the US, there are TONS of places to go to get things CHEAP and with some creativity (which I KNOW you all have) and some cardstock, ribbon and paint, you could change those nut cans, etc into something very pretty for your craft area!!!
Be sure to check out places like the Yahoo Groups for "Freecycle" - I have personally gotten TONS of stuff there and been able to use them for alot of things.
Happy crafting!! ;0)