Monday, September 12, 2011

scrap room | cupcake stand button and bauble organization

Remember those tiered serving trays from HomeGoods that I repurposed as storage/display pieces in my scrap room? Well, I'm at it again, and this time with a cupcake stand that I purchased at Target last weekend.

Also? I was in a wacky mood when taking these photos and decided to use random scenes from Stargate: Atlantis on my iMac as a backdrop. :)


I've been looking for something to hold all my little bits and baubles (such as buttons, brads, and cabochons) close at hand so I won't have to dig into one of my color bins every time I need, say, a single green button, and this cupcake stand's "fenced in" holders with flat bottoms looked like it would be a perfect candidate.


At first I thought I would just use empty votive candle holders to house all my goodies, but after raiding Target, Michaels, and the dollar store and coming up empty-handed (everything was either way too big or way too small), I decided to expand my search a bit. Luckily Hobby Lobby had these perfectly sized jars (with adorable latching lids, no less!) that turned out to be just what I needed. And, better yet, they were on sale 50% off, making them a mere dollar each!


See how perfectly they stack inside the little cups? Love!!


And now many of the jars are filled with tiny trinkets, just waiting to be used on a layout. I can already tell after making just a couple of projects that this is going to work out really well for me. I tend to use button and little bits on almost every page, and it's a bit of a relief to not have to dig those itty bitties out of the larger bins every time I need something,


So now this beauty lives on my desk, just off to the left, but it's also really easy to just grab it and place it on the floor when I need a little more desk space to spread out a project.


I also love that about six of the jars are still unfilled, meaning I have room to expand or use them or other little treasures as needed.