DIY Craft Organizer...

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

I recently changed my craft and office spaces. Here is a tutorial on how I converted a 15 cubbie shoe organizer to fit 6 shoe boxes and work for craft storage.

I used to have all my craft supplies in a very small corner of my bedroom, and it just wasn't working. It was always a mess as there just wasn't room for proper storage. I got the organization and decluttering bug a few weeks ago and have been going through my house. It is starting to look way better.

I have built my desk, and I still have my moms desk and 2 armoires to build. That will get done sometime this week. I am combining my office / computer / craft spaces all into the living / dining rooms... it should look really good when done.

Here is my desk, and my new organizer I just finished building.

I bought this rubbermaid 15 cubbie shoe rack for $50 (Canadian Dollars) at Wal-Mart, I thought the compartments looked a lot smaller and it would be good for my future copic marker addiction I plan to have LOL... well the compartments were too big. I had just bought 2 white photo boxes and my mom was looking at it, and she said why don't you take the 2 outer pieces of wood out and it will fit 6 photo boxes... BRILLIANT IDEA!!! Why didn't I think of that lmao Anyways, I just bought some brackets to support it as once I put a few things in it was already sagging. The Brackets were $2.84 (Canadian Dollars) for 8 at Home Depot.

I had already built the shoe organizer so I had to get creative... To decide where to drill my holes I took a non permanent market (black zig pen)... anything that stays wet and doesn't dry instantly will work... then I measured 2 inches from the front of the unit and put marker on the end and lined it up and pressed the end to where the whole should go... it left a marker stamp which I later used to drill. I used the 1/4" drill bit.

My holes went all the way through the sides, you can buy white furniture stickers to cover them, I have some left over from my Desk.



I then decided to turn this around so the slots wouldn't be visible once the boxes were in place.



I didn't like the brown wood showing so I used some of my white acrylic craft paint and a paint sponge to paint it. One coat was all it needed.




Tada... matching white... looks much better!


It turned out beautiful. I love it! I bought myself a craft carouself from Michaels and a little makeup organizer that fits my post it notes (post it note addict)... and I should be able to fit some markers standing up in it too.


I LOVE my new desk. My old desk was on an 8 foot long utility table and it had no drawers or any storage, so again, always a mess. This will be so much better. 


I also bought some wire baskets and will be putting my power bar and cables up out of sight soon... I saw this idea on pinterest and have wanted to do it a long time. I bought these 2 baskets at Amazon for $7.99 (Canadian Dollars).

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Blog Changes / Craft Space Makeover...

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Hi everyone,

I have moved my photography from this blog over to a new blog called Photography by Pam Hardy.... you can find it here. I want to get into cardmaking as a hobby, and this is where I will share my cards, as well as other art projects like ACEO's and Mini Albums.

I am working on moving my craft work space from my small bedroom to my living room. I have ordered some furniture that will be here between 7 and 14 days, and it all has to be put together. I thought I'd give you a peek...

I forgot to take a before picture before tearing it all apart, it has changed so much over the years, but this will give you an idea. This was a few years ago, only picture I could find. Before I had my crafts stored in my 2 dressers and in a cube bookshelf in the black bins. I had a utility table as a desk. And 2 rolling carts with drawers under it.



This "Monarch L-Shaped computer Desk Set" will be for me, it will have my computer & printer on it.



I ordered 2 of these "Bestar Pro Linea armoires"... They have 5 shelves inside but I think I will get 2 extra shelves cut for inside, so that I can store a lot more inside, as all my stuff is smaller stuff. Then I am going to buy some plastic fridge binz to store my items inside and other small containers. And also a label maker to get everything organized.



Then this Monarch "48 inch Reclaimed Look Computer Desk" is for my mother's computer. She rarely uses it so doesn't need a big desk. Then I will set her computer up on my printer and sell our extra printer. 


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Pet Brag Book...

Thursday, September 4, 2014

A friends birthday is next week and so I had some fun last night making this little pet brag book. She has 1 dog and 2 cats.

To make this book I used free scrapbook elements from Salt Town Studio - I used the Must Love Dogs and Must Love Cats Journal Cards - they come in large sizes and you can resize them, and they also come in square so that is what I used as background paper, and I used the Must Love Dogs and Must Love Cats Word Art. I also added some charms to the spine of the book, and some binder clips that she can use. And cut a few tags out.












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Anything Goes challenge...

Monday, August 18, 2014

I love to watch art videos and lately I am hooked on watching very talented artists making greeting cards with a variety of techniques. When I saw that Simon Says Stamp was holding an "Anything Goes" challenge I thought I would give it a try... you can find the challenge here.

Now I have very little card making supplies, so took me a few hours to decide what would work. lol I used my only 3 colors of distress ink that I own (must get more one day soon... love it), and 1 of only 2 stamp sets I own. I need to start picking up more supplies soon... I had fun making this!

This card measures 4 1/4 x 5 1/2, and was created on Strathmore Mixed Media Velum Surface 140 lb paper. I used Tim Holtz distress ink pads in 3 colors: Dusty Concord, Peeled Paint and Tea Dye. I used my square paper punch, and a butterfly stamp from a set I got at Wal-Mart, unfortunately I don't know the name, I didn't keep the packaging. I also used my Martha Stewart score board to make the outer card as I didn't have any on hand.

The colors in the top image are the closest to the actual card.



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Travel Journal: IRELAND

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A co-worker left to go to a new job and as a goodbye present I made her this travel journal, she will be spending some time in Ireland this year...

The cover is cardboard that I revealed the corrugated cardboard around the edges of Ireland, I then glued a piece of map scrapbook in the shape of Ireland on to it. Ireland is on the part of the map but not clearly visible. Just thought it would be cool. Then used a piece of chain split in two to dangle to charms.




Travel themed stickers.



A few tags.



Travel themed stickers.




Small tags




Project life printable journaling cards from the internet.





A few extra envelopes for saving small items.
The paper clips on the pages were just holding the glue and can be 
removed and used somewhere else in the journal.


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