DIY {craft organizers}

My office/craft area is becoming a nursery so I am working hard at getting all my random craft stuff under control and organized. With more free time from not shooting I am going a little crazy with DIY projects for her room. To name a few things I am currently making: a platform bed, a rug, curtain rods, a picture wall, a mobile, some custom artwork….and that is all after I convinced Chris to help me tear out carpet and put in painted wood floors! He’s a bit of a pushover for both his girls:)  As I finish up things I’ll post pictures….

In the meantime, I needed a few containers and opted to go the repurposing route….

I saw this post on Design*Sponge a while back and made it to fit my needs.

Frappuccino box + Mod Podge + Scrapbooking paper

I measured all the paper to the size of the box. Then covered the box in Mod Podge…then put on the paper. Finally, I did one last coat of Mod Podge over it all.

Along the same idea…needed something cute and easily accessible to hold all my clothes pins

Why is turning trash into something cute so fun? Off to find something else to Mod Podge:)

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  • Jeannette Swan - You are so fun! I made a bunch of the clothes pins with scrapbook paper and Mod Podge…Jordan actually saw them and wanted some for himself, so he picked out paper and we made some for him (I don’t know what he will do with them, but I thought it was cute he wanted them). I used mine to hang the kids art. Now, I’m going to have to copy your container ideas for the kids’ craft table!

  • Emily Beaty - How cool! My friend & I have recently been in a kick to do projects with mod podge & scrapbook paper. Thanks for another idea!!

  • Christina Larsen - I love it. Recycling at it’s best. Who knew that trash could be cute. Thanks for sharing those ideas. I need to have a DIY notebook fo all these ideas.

  • Jesse - Really cute ideas!

  • Rachel - WOW! It’s gorgeous here! I just discovered your blog via Bling on my Sewing Machine. I’m so glad she posted about you! I’d love to link to some of your projects if you didn’t mind.

  • Melissa Shepard - I will be going out and buying some modge podge soon! Love your creative ideas, what a gift, thanks for sharing it.

  • Chris@Celebrations At Home - This is great! I found you via One Pretty Thing. I have several packs of the Frappacino bottles that I use over and over for parties. Now I have a great tutorial of how to make the boxes pretty!

  • Katherine Marie - soooooo neat!!! modge podge and frappacino— TWO of my FAVORITE things!!!

    Thank you for sharing this!

  • tammie - I love your site. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Rita - I love it! Go check out my blog today and look at my can transformation. Your blog is an inspiration. I will be adding your blog to My Blog List and “Following” your blog for more creative ideas. Please consider clicking the “Follow” button when you get there and thinking about placing my button on your site for easy access. This way we can inspire one another often!

  • Joscelyne Cutchens (@joscie) - I love it! :) I still have some frappacino cases from the time I was going to… hee hee!

  • Bululu Studio - what a change girl…now it is beautiful

  • kirstin - LOVE it! I’ll be linking…

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  • Katie @ Cheep Ideas - SUCH a great idea, just in time for Spring Cleaning! I’ve added this to my “Get Organized” roundup for today, and you can grab an “I’ve been featured badge” if you’d like!

    Thanks so much for the terrific idea! :)

  • Rachel - you are so incredibly creative!

  • Mod Podge Amy - I love these so Ashley – they are awesome!

  • Teresa aka Tess - These are wonderful recycling projects. They look good. I found you through Amy over at Mod Podge Rocks.

  • Michele - saw this on the mod podge blog – great work :)

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  • Carol - I love to use my Frap carriers and bottles. I have all my buttons sorted by color in the bottles and stored in the carriers. I have not covered my carriers yet but that is the plan. I also have put jingle bells and other small craft things in my jars.

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SnapShop {May Student Pics}

So some of the girls from the last SnapShop sent me a couple of their pics from the day. I think they did a great job…keep in mind for almost all of them this was the first time they shot strictly in manual mode. Making the switch from automatic mode to strictly manual is a lot in one day and these are some of the shots they came up with at the end of the day. If you are on flickr, there is an Ashley Ann Photography SnapShops group…you can’t join, but you can go see what some of the students have been shooting since. I think there are a few photography businesses in the works now….

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  • carrie - They look great! What a teacher!!

DIY {tin photo box}

Well like I have mentioned before I have a LONG list of DIY projects I have been wanting to try out. Some are my own ideas, others I have found online or in magazines. This one was featured on Design*Sponge. The original idea is for a travel case that not only holds pictures, but doubles as a frame. The boys and I decided to make one for Chris when he travels, but I just stuck with the tin (an altoid tin I had painted black for a previous project). I just can’t picture him unfolding the little easel and displaying pictures with a magnet. He really liked our version….though when I got the paper out of the closet it looked brown, not purple. I think this would be so much cuter with better paper, but most of mine looked too girly for Chris. You can find the instructions HERE on Design Sponge….

Ways to use this idea:

* Gift for a traveler

* For a hospital stay

* For teachers…filled with pictures of the class from the year

* For grandparents

* For a child going to camp…filled with pics and notes

I’m thinking of making one for each of the boys filled with pictures of Chris and I for them to keep with them while we are at the hospital with the new baby….

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  • Shannon Phillips - Oh I love it! I would love to do one for my hubby full of special love notes.

  • meg duerksen - i think this is a great father’s day gift for craig’s desk.
    he can show anyone.
    i love it.
    thanks!!! :)

  • Chris Campbell - I do really like it!! I have been able to show it to a lot of folks when I am out and about and it is fun to be able to have pics of my boys.
    Chris

  • rachel denbow - Sure! We’ll make room and our babies can share a corner of the nursery! :)

    Actually, I have been thinking this morning of ways to keep track of all of the things Sebastian has been doing and saying lately that I don’t want to forget and keep remembering your cork board wall. I love those kinds of details!

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