As we celebrate the release of Practical Solutions for Paper Crafters Vol. 2, you’ve seen some fun DIY stamping techniques using everything from thumbprints to vegetables, plus a bunch of clever ideas for upcycled projects that make the most of packaging that would normally be tossed in the trash.
Now it’s time to get serious about creating an organized crafty space in a penny-wise and practical way. This issue includes dozens of different ideas for painting, staining, embellishing, wrapping, twisting, and adhering your way to a fabulously functional and creative area no matter what size it is.
We’ve organized the ideas by the type of store you’d shop in:
- Hardware store
- Craft store
- Retail superstore
- Specialty home store
- Thrift store
- Dollar store
Although each one is unique in its own right, I have to admit my favorite one is the thrift store space. I’m a big fan of taking something ordinary (or ready for the trash bin) and giving it new life with some paint and creative re-purposing.
This vignette includes some items you may not recognize right away:
- shipping pallet
- garden tomato cage
- soup cans
- take-out drink carrier
- aluminum foil dispenser
- rotating spice rack
Because the entire storage and organization section was completely hands-on for the editorial team as we sourced and tested various solutions, we found ourselves adapting ideas on the fly in an effort to make them even better. If the idea in theory was stronger than it was when we put it into play, we eliminated it from our list. Above all else, practical means usable, so we kept our focus on that part of the equation.
A few more of my favorite ideas from the section:
Trust me when I tell you that you’ll love every page of this fun special issue, and I’ve got a copy to give away PLUS A CRAFTY MYSTERY BOX if you’ll leave a comment by Monday, January 6 at 5pm MST. Let me know if you’re a tidy, tuck-it-away crafter or if your stash is always out and in disarray (pssst…a messy space is a sign of a creative mind!).
Hoping everyone got a fantastic and crafty start to 2014 –