• Paper Craft,  Tutorials,  Videos

    VIDEO: How to Make an Origami Box Out of Scrapbook Paper

    These boxes are awesome! I’ve been making them for years to organize my craft room and to store gifts for friends. They are cost-effective too, only using two sheets of 12″ by 12″ scrapbook paper to make. You can, of course, use smaller or larger paper, just note that you’ll want to cut the same 1/4″ strips off the sides of your paper regardless of what size sheets you start with. Would you prefer step-by-step written instructions? You can find those instructions in my original post: How to Make an Origami Box Out of Scrapbook Paper. With the wide variety of scrapbook papers available on the market, the sky is…

  • Projects,  Taming Craft Room Chaos,  Videos

    VIDEO: Craft Room Tour

    In 2015, I posted a craft room reveal on my blog. My craft room lived in the smallest room of the house.  I loved the layout of the room, but I wanted to have more room to grow.  By 2016, I had a knitting machine and a desire to use more of my sewing machine collection more easily.  The room was just too small for the equipment I had in there.  I also wanted to move my office (basically just my computer and printer) from the dreary basement into my craft room too. Welcome to my new craft room!  I had a spare bedroom in my house so I converted the…

  • Before and After,  Projects

    Light & Bright Closet Makeover

    My master bedroom closet is definitely not a Pinterest dream closet; for starters, it’s only 3 feet wide, which is smaller than what most pre-fab closet systems are designed for.  I had a standard clothing bar and a single shelf.  On top of that, the door swings out in such a way that the ceiling light in the middle of the room is blocked by the open door.  Together, this makes for a tiny black hole that clothes get lost in.  What to do?! I knew I would need to do something to make my clothes more readily accessible.  I wanted to actually see what was inside.  With a few supplies from the hardware store, I was able…

  • Crafty Q and A,  Taming Craft Room Chaos

    How do you store your work-in-progress sewing projects?

    Question: how do you store your work-in-progress sewing projects (WIPs)? I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that I sometimes take on more projects than I should at the same time.  I often have many sewing projects on the go, working on them in short bursts when my whim hits.  Sometimes I want to quilt!  Sometimes I want to sew clothes!  Sometimes I want to just cut into the fabrics and sew another time – that’s fine too!  This leads me to have quite a few projects on the go in various stages of completion. I try to keep my work in progress pile contained to a single box, lest things…

  • Knitting,  Sewing,  Tutorials

    Sewn Knitting Needle Roll Up Case Tutorial

    I’m getting really excited about knitting.  I mentioned in my previous post about cat themed knitted dish cloths that I purchased a set of bamboo knitting needles in various sizes so that I would be good to go for a variety of knitting projects in my future knitting life.  I ended up buying an inexpensive set from AliExpress with 18 different sizes.  How could I store all of these knitting needles so that I wouldn’t lose them, and also in a way that I could add more knitting needles to my collection with ease?  Behold: the knitting needle case! This project is very quick to sew up and holds at…

  • Sewing,  Tutorials

    How to Sew an Organizer for Your Planner

    I carry around a day planner in my purse that includes a handy slot for a single pen.   However, one pen just isn’t enough!  I wanted to have with me a few writing utensils (pens of different colours, a marker, a pencil crayon for shading, etc), but I didn’t want these rolling around loose in my purse.  I tend to lose items like these so I wanted a way to keep them right inside my planner. This tutorial is for 5.5×8.5″ planners, but you can easily use the same concepts to make one for any size planner or binder by adjusting the measurements to your taste. Let’s get started!  I made…

  • Paper Craft,  Tutorials

    How to Make Tabbed Dividers for Your Planner

    If you saw my previous blog post featuring planner printables, you might have noticed that my planner contains custom dividers.  I made these myself using scrapbook paper in order to feature the exact colour scheme I wanted.  You can easily make these dividers in just a few minutes each. One piece of 12″ x 12″ scrapbook paper will yield two dividers for a 5.5″ x 8.5″ planner.  The tabs will stick out 0.5″ from the edge of the 5.5″ paper and will measure 1″ wide. Supplies: scrapbook paper 12″ x 12″ paper cutter scissors hole punch Take a sheet of scrapbook paper and use your paper cutter to cut a line 8.5″ away from…

  • Paper Craft,  Printables,  Tutorials

    Free Planner Printables with special inserts for bloggers

    When life gets hectic, it’s time to make a plan to keep everything organized. I’ve been looking at planners for a few weeks, trying to find one that suits my needs, but the prices were out of my price range. I don’t have room in my budget for a $50 planner that doesn’t even have the exact inserts that I am looking for. Personally, I would like a calendar along side a weekly planner and to-do lists, plus specific tracking tools for blogging. I found a used 6 ring planner that holds 5.5″ x 8.5″ sheets to make this happen, took out all the existing sheets and started from scratch. …

  • Home Decor,  Sewing,  Tutorials

    How to Make Mini Fabric Bolts for your Craft Room

    I recently shared my craft room reveal, but I didn’t go into much detail regarding my fabric storage solution. This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a little commission at no extra cost to you if you make a purchase. I’m currently using a pair of inexpensive particle board bookcases I purchased online.  My original plan was to simply fold my fabrics and stack them in the shelves, but I knew this would get messy in the long term as I pulled out fabrics to use.  I wanted a way to showcase my fabrics in such a way…

  • Sewing

    Repositionable Quilt Planning: Save an Abandoned Sewing Project

    I’ve been working on one particular quilt for just over a year ago now – a brightly coloured 80″x80″ quilt with “Monkey Wrench” quilt pattern blocks in bright blue, orange, green and pink.  I keep getting distracted from this project by other projects, so I’ve finally decided that I just need to force myself through the rest of the blocks to finish this once and for all.  No more distractions! #quilting I’ve made dozens of blocks in the same pattern for the quilt I’m working on, but I think this is my favourite colour combination yet! A photo posted by @pangepange on May 10, 2015 at 1:17pm PDT This is…

  • Home,  Home Decor

    New Craftroom in a New House

    I recently moved into a new home with my husband. We had an early December move, and it was a great feeling moving from our cramped apartment into a three bedroom bungalow. In our apartment, we had a small room that served as our home office, my craftroom, held our general purpose storage unit. On top of that, it was also the cat litter area.  Needless to say, the space had a lot going on and wasn’t the most relaxing space to get your craft on. Our bungalow has a small south-facing bedroom with lots of great light. The room was an empty slate, ready to make into my own…

  • Paper Craft,  Tutorials

    Weekly Meal Plan

    I’m sure this predicament is common for many couples: one person arrives home earlier than the other but isn’t sure what the other person is thinking for dinner. I come home much later than my fiance, and he has offered to start prepping dinner so we can enjoy it at a decent hour when I get home. The problem: what to make? I’ve done weekly meal plans taped to the fridge, Google documents, phone calls in the middle of the day, Pepperplate… Nothing has stuck. This time, I’ve decided to go bulletin board style with a recipe name thumbtacked beside a letter representing a day of the week. I didn’t…

  • Blog

    January Cure Blogalong – Assignment 2

    I’m working through my tasks for Apartment Therapy’s Assignment 2, to be completed by end of day Sunday.  This weekend is filled with family gatherings, so luckily, the tasks are not too arduous: Buy Flowers I went a different route than the outlined task.  Instead of buying cut flowers that would just wither away, I decided to finally invest in some plant life.  I’ve had an orchid plant and a rose bush indoors in the past, but both didn’t survive my care. I have a terrible green thumb, but my fiance is pretty good at keeping things alive on our balcony vegetable garden in the summer. I decided to purchase…

  • Blog

    January Cure Blogalong – Assignment 1

    One of my favourite home decor blogs is Apartment Therapy. Unlike the beautiful, stylish rooms featured on this blog, I feel like my apartment needs a lot of therapy. They periodically run events to revitalize your home. The latest AT Cure starts today, January 2nd, and I can’t wait to get involved and refresh my apartment. My main goals are to make apartment easier to manage and more relaxing. Sometimes I feel stressed in my home just because of the clutter. By blogging along with the Cure, I’m holding myself accountable for making changes. Bring it on, 2014! Day one involves creating a list of potential projects. I’ve created my…

  • Paper Craft,  Tutorials

    How to Make an Origami Box out of Scrapbook Paper

    Since my craft supplies end up taking over all my drawers and boxes, I like to compartmentalize them into small origami boxes that are quick and easy to make. The best part is that these boxes only require two sheets of 12×12″ scrapbook quality paper each. You can even adapt these instructions to make mini versions out of any square size piece of paper. Supplies 12×12″ scrapbook paper – cardstock weight works best for the sake of sturdiness Paper cutter or scissors Tape if desired (not required) The most critical tip I have for the creation of this box is to make sure you crease all your folds.  This will…

  • Community,  Taming Craft Room Chaos

    What’s in That Fabric Stash?

    I’m guilty of not always remembering what fabrics I have in my collection. It’s wasteful, I know, to come home from the fabric store with an armful of white flannelette when I have almost a meter of it sitting on the top shelf of the craft room closet. If this is you too, it may just be the time to pull out the contents of your fabric stash and take stock of what you have. If you’ve read this Taming Craft Room Chaos column before, you may have seen my craft supply closet tour. I use clear plastic bins to organize the bulk of my fabrics, and while originally I…

  • Projects,  Taming Craft Room Chaos

    Clear Storage Unit Makeover Tutorial

    I love the storage possibilities of those clear plastic storage bins. However, as useful as seeing what’s inside a drawer can be, sometimes the mess is just too unsightly to look at every day. Why not create some paper covers that line the front of the drawer? I’ve got a pink, green, and brown theme going on in this space, so I continued that motif over with my paper choices. Supplies cardstock scrapbook paper, one patterned design and one plain (one sheet of patterned will do two drawers) paper cutter or scissors double-sided tape I used Gracious Living drawer units that have 13″x7″ drawer fronts, but you can adapt this…