Small Space/Apartment Craft Room Tour! | Storage on a budget

Hello everyone! Today I am excited to show you my first ever craft room tour!

I’ve moved around a good amount in the last few years, so this is the first time I’ve had a semi-permanent place for me to really settle my craft space. The benefit to having moved many times is that I’ve had lots of different setups and now have a better idea of what works for me.

My space is relatively small - half of a small room, which I share with my husband - so this might give you some storage ideas and inspiration if you are also in a small space. Even if I had the option of having a larger space, it probably wouldn’t work as well for me because having too many supplies is sometimes overwhelming. Plus, if your space is bigger, things are farther away so you spend more time getting up to find or grab things!

You can watch the video of my craft room tour here, and I’ll point out some of my favorite storage solutions in the post below:

One of my favorite parts of my crafting space is my ink and washi storage wall. It’s functional, but also decorative! I love storage solutions that put your supplies on display, because then you’re not “wasting” precious space - and also, craft supplies are naturally pretty so you may as well show them off! I was able to find this ink cubby at a secondhand store for under $10, but I know there are companies that make special ink storage compartments like this (Etsy is a good place to look).

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Underneath my ink storage, I have a DIY solution for washi tape. I went to the hardware store and grabbed two hooks and a dowel, and that makes a super easy washi holder! Iove this because it’s super easy to do, holds a ton of washi, and is budget friendly. You can easily add a second or third row of this if you have more washi - maybe even a whole wall of washi! That would be beautiful. 😻 I love having all that pretty washi on display, and I find that I’m using it a lot more because it’s easy to access. Win-win!

These ideas also bring me to another tip in general, which is to use vertical space. I try to hang things on my wall that are decorative but also provide lots of storage. On another wall, I have this trio of cubes. It hangs above my desk, so I keep my most used supplies on there such as adhesives and my favorite ink pads. I love that this also give these supplies a space that is within easy reach and OFF of my desk, because I’m sure you all know how messy a desk can get when you’re in the middle of a project!

As for my actual desk, it’s a pretty small one that I found on Craigslist. My favorite part of it is the little compartment for you to plug things into, and my heat tool fits perfectly in there so it lives in there all the time! Having places like this for anything with wires automatically makes your space look neater. Wires are a total eyesore and also tend to get in the way. If you can find a desk like this, definitely get it! If not, another solution I have that I used to do is to attach a command hook to the leg of your desk and to hang your tools from there. Easy access, and you don’t have to bother with plugging in any time you need to use a tool which makes a huge difference.

My locker unit which holds many of my supplies is from IKEA, and I love the clean but unique look of it. Inside, I have some fridge bins and other baskets to organize my supplies.

The clear drawers I have for my mini ink pads are makeup organizing drawers that I got from Amazon - it is the largest piece in this set.

Finally, of course, the IKEA Raskog cart. This is something that you probably see in 95% of all craft room tours, and for good reason! This bad boy holds SO MUCH!! I actually only just got mine recently and can’t believe how much of a difference it makes. I can basically hold ALL my markers/pencils/other media, lots of precut cardstock and card bases, and still have room to spare. I also love that it is easy to wheel around.

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That’s pretty much it for my room! I’m sure it’ll change in time, but I’d love to hear your thoughts! And what are some of your favorite storage ideas for your craft room?






10 Washi Tape Ideas for your Planner/Bullet Journal

Ahh, washi tape. I know we all have it. I’d guess that we all have too much of it. Wait, no. I take that back. No such thing as too much washi, right?? They’re very affordable, each roll lasts you forever, so versatile, and of course, CUTE! I even keep many of my washi tapes out as decoration around my craft room.

Because each roll of washi lasts forever and I know we all need more ideas of how to use it, today I have 10 tips for how to use washi tape in your bullet journal or any other type of planner/journal! For a more in depth look at each of these, watch the video below:

1. Make an easy page header.

If you’re in a rush, or have trouble creating headers for your planner, this is a great way to make your headers stand out. You don’t need to do any fancy lettering and it’ll look great! I find Sharpies to be the best pen/marker to write on top of washi tape since they often have a slightly slick surface. Any width washi works for this, but I would stick to basic patterns like solids, stripes, and polka dots so that it’s still easy for you to read the writing on top.

2. Call out a block of text.

I will often write down quotes I like from books that I’m reading, but then later on, I can’t find the quotes among all the other writing on my journal pages. Instead, I now create a frame around the quote or text I want to call out with some super skinny washi so that I can easily flip through my pages later on and find them. This is also a great tip when taking notes for class to highlight due dates or key topics!

3. Divide sections on a page.

Similarly to the last idea, if you have a whole page of text or ideas, it can be very helpful to simply add a thin border of washi in between sections to separate different topics. It stands out a lot more than just drawing a line with your pen and breaking up information visually can help you skim through your notes later. Any pattern works, but I find that thinner washi tape works better for this.

4. Highlight a block of dates.

Oh my monthly and weekly spreads, I love to use washi to highlight blocks of dates - these can be for vacations, travel, events, and "no-buy” weeks for me.

This is my favorite way to highlight dates because I can still see my grid and box lines underneath since washi tape is translucent. It is also easy to move around in case travel days change around. I like to stick to skinny-medium widths of washi in basic patterns for these.

5. Fill in and decorate empty spaces.

When you have an empty space on a page, this is a great place for you to decorate and play with your washi collection! The best part is, you can go crazy with the patterns and colors you use, because this is the decorative part of your page! I like to layer different widths of washi to create a collage-like effect.

6. Create an easy monthly cover page.

If you’re not great at illustration, or like a more graphic look for your bullet journal, you can create a really easy and fun monthly cover or decorative page with your washi! The simple pattern below uses different widths of washi in two color families. I like to stick to a limited color palette and patterns so that it creates a more plaid-like effect, but play around and have fun with it!

7. Line your page edges.

This is one of my favorite tips because not only does it add some color and pattern to a long but subtle part of your page, but it’s also very useful!

Since you fold your washi tape over the edge of the page onto the other side, this creates a thin strip of color that you can see when your book is closed. This creates something like a divider so that you can easily find a spot in your journal! I think this would be great to do on all your cover pages for each month so that at the end, you can easily flip to whatever month you’re looking for. For this technique, I would use medium-thick widths of washi so you have enough to fold over the edges, and have fun with the colors/patterns!

8. Create divider tabs.

This is similar to the last suggestion, but this time, you’re creating dividers that stick out like little flags. You’ll fold over a length of washi on itself around a page, leaving some sticking out, and then you can write whatever section you need - this is a great way to divide months, or to create sections such as classwork, finances, etc. If you plan to write section titles, make sure you use simple patterns.

9. Make a corner bookmark.

This is especially helpful if you have a notebook that doesn’t come with ribbon bookmarks! My Leuchtturm1917 notebook actually comes with three, but these are more fun anyway! ;) All you need is a regular envelope. Snip off the two corners on the non-flap side so that you have a nice little triangle. Then decorate with washi! I make same design on both sides so that the edges look neater, and go crazy with the pattern! I pulled out one of my absolute fav washi tapes which has gold foil cats! Isn’t it adoooorable!?

10. Spruce up some ordinary office supplies.

Dig through your office supplies and pull out those binder clips, clothespins, and even paperclips! You can easily turn a boring supply into a cate accessory that you would find in a boutique stationery store by just adding a strip or two of washi!

Having clips like these on hand are great for keeping your pages down if your notebook doesn’t lay completely flat, but let’s be honest - we all want that extra cuteness for those Instagram flat lays haha!! ;)

So there you go, 10 ways to use that washi in your bullet journal! How big is your washi collection??

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5 Reasons to Start a Bullet Journal

Keeping a bullet journal style planner is the number one way I am able to stay organized in my life. Have you been thinking of starting a bullet journal but don’t know if it’s right for you? I’ve compiled a list of 5 reasons you might want to start one. These are the top reasons I can’t live without my bullet journal — but really, I could come up with SO many more.

1. It helps you stay organized in a way that works for you.

I think one of the main draws of starting a bullet journal is the customization aspect. I mean, let’s face it — there are thousands of premade planners out there and it may seem crazy that you’re drawing boxes and calendars over and over again right? But in my opinion, premade planners are always missing tons of things that I want in my planner, and they include things I don’t need. When you have a bullet journal, you can set it up however you want. Just flip to the next blank page and create whatever spread or list you need at the moment!
Personally, I love to use my bullet journal as a mix of a planner, a journal, random lists, and a place to document my life. And my needs from month to month may vary — and even week to week! So there is no way any premade planner can account for those fluctuations.

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2. It can help build or break habits.

One of the most popular types of spreads in bullet journals are habit trackers. These are nifty little charts, graphs, or even illustrations where you can keep track of habits you want to maintain, cultivate, or break. I’ll admit that I’ve done something just to be able to color in the little square in my journal! It sounds crazy, but any little way we can trick ourselves into doing something good for ourselves is a win in my opinion.
When you’re keeping meticulous track of your habits, you become very mindful of how you’re spending your time. If you’ve tracked that you seldom did something you’d like to do everyday (i.e. exercise, cook healthy food, practice a skill), but instead tracked a lot of instances of something not so great (watching tv, scrolling through Instagram), it gives you some accountability and honesty for where the majority of your time goes.

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3. It can help you achieve your goals.

In the beginning of my notebook, I have some large goals/trackers I document. But tackling a huge goal is so intimidating and often, we don’t know where to start. It would be so difficult to tackle a vague and huge project like that all at once. So each month, I like to make a list of smaller goals that will help me achieve these bigger goals. Then within each of my weekly spreads and daily lists, I can further break down that monthly goal into bite sized, actionable pieces. This has been really helpful for me to feel more emotionally ready to tackle big projects and to make larger changes in my life.

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4. It’s a great way to document your life.

This was especially important to me in 2018 because I had a lot of big life events happening — getting engaged AND married in the same year, moving, traveling. Of course, a bullet journal is a great way to keep track of those big events. But when I think about documenting my life, I actually think it’s the small, seemingly forgettable moments that I feel are so precious — all the more so because the little things are the things we forget first. I mean, for all those big events, we usually already have them on camera or video, but we don’t usually take videos of our everyday life. There are SO many examples of things I have documented in my bullet journal that are inconsequential but all together, they paint a picture of what my life is at a certain moment in time.
One example of this is the “Favorites” spread I do each month. This list is usually a list of very ordinary every day things — my favorite makeup at the time, something I’ve been cooking/eating a lot, that sort of thing. If you asked me what my favorite meal to cook three months ago was, I couldn’t tell you. But I’d have it written down in my planner!

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5. It’s a creative and emotional outlet.

I think that our society greatly undervalues creativity. Whether or not you consider yourself creative, or even if you’re not in a creative field, everyone can benefit greatly from doing something creative every day. This isn’t just my opinion — google it and you’ll find countless articles that can articulate the benefits of creativity far better than I can. Here is one article from Forbes and here is a blog post that I enjoyed.
Besides the obvious of how adding doodles and different font styles helps you to explore your creative side, I also find so much value in the space that my bullet journal creates to express myself in words. When you have a dedicated space to write down your thoughts and make list after list, you’ll find yourself discovering so many things you didn’t know about yourself, while unwinding from your day with a non-digital hobby — which is a blessing in itself in our day and age.

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So there you have it, 5 reasons why you should start a bullet journal. Now, if you want to find out how to actually set up your first bullet journal, check out my post on how to set up your first bullet journal, and follow me on Instagram for more inspiration!

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Plan With Me | January Bullet Journal - FREE PRINTABLE!

Hello! Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!! Now that Christmas is over, it’s time to get ready for the new year… am I the only one who is shocked that it is almost 2019?? I feel like this year went faster than any other year in my life, but this just gives me even more reason to stay dedicated to keeping a journal for me to keep track of everything!

Today I’ll be showing you how I set up my bullet journal for January. I know it’s a new year and there’s some extra work that usually goes in the front of your journal for that, so I’m going to have a video for you in a couple of days showing you how I set up my bullet journal for 2019 (so make sure you’re subscribed so you get notified when that comes out!) But for today, we’ll be concentrating just on the January monthly and weekly spreads :)

After setting up my new bullet journal, I flipped to the first blank spread and created a decorative cover page for January. This month, I’m going to have a snowflake theme because I thought that this would be doable for all skill levels! And my theme color is a nice wintry, sky blue.

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For my monthly overview spread, I did pretty much the same thing as I did for my December setup because I know that this layout works well for me. I just subbed in my blue color instead of green, and scattered some more snowflakes around!

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For my weekly spreads, I tried a different layout than last month, where I had vertical boxes for each day. Instead, I created horizontal spaces for each day, with large brush lettered titles for the days of the week. I love the contrast and clean look of this.

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I’m not very good at keeping typical chart-like habit trackers, so I thought of a fun idea for this month, where each “habit” is a snowglobe, and every time I do each of the things, I’ll draw a snowflake in the snowglobe. Then by the end of the month they’ll be all filled with snowflakes, and I think it’s going to look so fun!

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Then, as usual, I ended my pages with some simple lists for gratitude, favorite things, and brain dump/journaling ideas. Easy enough!

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope this post gives you some inspiration for your January bullet journal, and as always, feel free to tag me on Instagram @michelleyuen_ so I can see your creations! :)

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