Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Home made "Clip It Up" style storage

Using a shoe rack from BJ's Wholesale Club, I made
scrapbook storage like the "Clip It Up" at a fraction of the price.
It was an idea shared by Shara (Mom2sons) at Two Peas in a Bucket.

I could not get the clips with hooks that were used by
the originator of this home made version, so I improvised. I bought
binder clips from Office Depot. They can be taken apart and attached
directly to the shoe rack, which is what I did. I used the binder clips
to hold zip lock type bags. The small craft bags were from
Michaels, and I used small binder clips for these on the top tier.

I used medium binder clips and quart size freezer Zip Lock bags for bigger items.
I probably should have done more of the small ones for the second tier of the rack.
Just above you can hopefully see how the clips are attached directly to the rack.
It was a little awkward to open the clips at first to access a bag with
scrapping embellishments, but I got the hang of it fairly quickly.

It's a little hard to see, but as I assembled the shoe rack tiers, I put a piece of
round plastic canvas on the bottom of each tier. I had to cut a hole in the center,
but it worked perfectly. I got the round plastic canvas from JoAnn Fabrics.
It turned out to be the perfect size. Other than the center hole, I didn't have
to cut it to fit. That gave enough support to put my Martha Stewart
punches in the tier baskets, increasing my storage capability.
I obviously have WAY too many MS punches!
They didn't all fit, even with 4 baskets to put them in.

My home made "Clip It Up" isn't as full as it could be.
There's room for more embellishments, anyway.
This will hopefully help me to use more of what I have,
since it's so easy to spin the tiers and look through quickly.

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Then when you see a magnifying glass, you can click again to get a bigger view.