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Sunday, July 24, 2011

A little craft room progress

A few pieces of furniture will stay in the craft room once the remodel is complete. Two cabinets that I got from Ikea will be dedicated to paper.  I love these cabinets.  They are made of solid wood and have glass doors so that I can see my beautiful paper but keep it dust free!

This first cabinet used to be full of 81/2 x 11 paper trays on one side and adhesives of all types on the other.  With my new Cropper Hopper paper holders, I was able to consolidate all the  8 1/2 x 11 paper from 4 shelves into 1 1/2 shelves at the top it!  Upper top left is my SU paper sorted by paper families.  Other speciality papers (vellum, acetate, fabric, metallic, etc..) and envelopes  are scattered on other shelves.  At the bottom, I was able to put all of my 12 x 12 paper packs and solid card stock.

The second paper cabinet is also from Ikea.  I used it to store SU 12 x 12 Designer Series Paper and other single sheet scrapbook paper sorted by color.

My other craft room project this weekend was turning hinged-door shadow boxes into to storage for my metal dies from Spellbinder.  I rarely used these dies because they were stowed away in a drawer.  Recently at a friend's  house, I saw this great idea in a craft room organization magazine.  You get sticky back magnetic sheets and attach them to the back of a hinged shadow box.  My shadow box was 14 x 18 and the magnetic sheets were 12 x 24 so I had to get a little crafty.  I painted the back panel using the same color as the craft room (stormy blue).  I then cut the magnetic sheet to 12 x 18 and centered it on the back panel.  I used decorative metalic tape on the borders and added some sticky back rhinestones to cover the frame hanging hardware holes.  Then comes the fun part...putting the dies on the magnetic sheets.  This first photo is a bit grainy and there is a horrible reflection from the glass front.  But here are the finished boxes on the wall.

I  hung them so that hinged door opens bottom up.  Here is as photo of one of the boxes with the door open.

This was such a fun project and such a great idea.  I really think I will be using these dies more often.

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