Organizing Silhouette and Craft Supplies

organizing silhouette supplies

Hey there party people! Did you see my post Saturday about the Silhouette sale going on right now? You can save 30% on most supplies with the code HAPPIER.  You can probably tell that I am loving every minute of being a new Silhouette owner right? I’m a woman obsessed I tell you!  So obsessed I joined a Silhouette Challenge Facebook group to help inspire me and this month’s challenge was an organizing project.  What better thing to organize with my new Silhouette than all those new Silhouette supplies I had crowding up my desk?

When I first brought my Silhouette Cameo home to my craft room I put it on my desk, but my desk floats in the middle of the room and along with all the supplies I had stocked up on at the last sale I was barely able to use my desk at all.  Then I found a super cheap rolling cart at my local thrift shop and I knew I had found the solution to my cluttered craft area!

thrift store rolling cart

While it wasn’t the prettiest thing in the world I knew a little paint could spruce it up.  Unfortunately you can’t spray paint during an Artic Freeze so I did the next best thing in the meantime-I gave it a contact paper makeover (remember my old contact paper decorated desk?)

Office Makeover

Once that dark veneer was covered the cart looked a thousand times better and matched my rolling kitchen island I also use in my craft area.  My Silhouette machine fits exactly on the top of the cart and I can roll it around if I need it at my desk or leave it against the wall when it’s not in use.

organizing silhouette vinyl

On the lower shelf of the cart I wanted to organize my new supplies in a pretty way but also functional-I’m one of those people that needs to see my “stuff” in order to get inspired to use it!  I used the box my fabric ink starter kit came in to hold many of my supplies-it already had such a pretty and cheerful design on it!  The box on the left holds my vinyl and transfer paper (tied up with a pretty ribbon to cover the rubberbands of course!) It also holds some fabric scraps I’m going to be using in an upcoming project as well as some fabric medium and fabric decoupage medium I recently bought.

silhouette craft supply storage

The box on the right holds the my fabric ink supplies, Some ribbon and twine in a mason jar and my necessary tools-hook, bone folder, scissors, etc.  I also whipped up this great binder as a solution to a lot of my clutter.

silhouette binder

Inside the binder I have my printable foils in the pockets.  I used a plastic pocket to store all of my Silhouette manuals and the CDs that came with various things I’ve purchased.

silhouette manuals

Another plastic pocket contains my fabric interfacing and some other materials I plan on using in upcoming projects.  Pretty cool huh?

silhouette sketch pen storage

Probably my favorite thing though are these cute miniature buckets I’m using to store my sketch pens and spare blades.  It was so fast to cut out the “create” letters and stick them on there and it inspires me every time I catch a glimpse!

craft room organization

I’m beyond excited to have this awesome new tool in my crafting arsenal and now have it be super easy to work with because everything is organized and accessible!

I’m so grateful I took on this month’s challenge!  You can see the other challenge participant’s projects down below!
Get organized with your Silhouette Machine!


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  1. says

    I absolutely love this. I really wish I could find a similar cart. Your supplies are so organized! I would love to share this on my blog soon. What do you think?

    • Melissa Riker says

      Thanks so much Randi! It actually has stayed looking like this for the most part–my only drawback is that everything is so low that if my two year old gets in my office he immediately dumps the sketch pens out to get the little buckets!

    • Melissa Riker says

      Thanks so much Rachel, mine was pretty rough for a while but my hubby (he’s in the military and super orderly) attacked it for me a couple of months ago and I’ve managed to keep it up for the most part!!

  2. says

    Well, I know how I’m going to be spending my spare time: looking for a cart at all the thrift stores! I mean, I just LOVE this. And I want to borrow all of those pretty sketch pens. I’ve got to get my hands on some of those!!

    Awesome job, Melissa!

    • Melissa Riker says

      Thanks so much Laura!! I jumped on this one, it was only $5 and as soon as I saw it I knew it would be the perfect fit!

  3. says

    This is so practical. I love the idea of using a ring Binder to organise the “flat” supplies and the decorative effect on the little buckets looks great too. In fact I like everything about this :)

    • Melissa Riker says

      Thanks so much Pam! It definitely helped with how overwhelmed I felt when I would sit down to create! Have a great night!

  4. says

    This rolling cart is such a great idea. It has never occurred to me to use one so I could easily move my Silhouette.
    I’m loving your binder too. I love keeping keeping documents and supplies organized so I can easily find what I need.

    • Melissa Riker says

      Thanks Glenna! It’s so much more functional to have the machine on the cart…I’m finding myself using it so much more!

  5. says

    Your organization of the silhouette materials is just amazing! I love how you used the binder to keep all the essentials nearby, and those little buckets are just adorable. I kept one of my starter kit boxes as well, though i haven’t put it to use yet. I might steal some of your ideas, they really are great!

    • Melissa Riker says

      Thanks so much Kristy! I love that box my started kit came in, I can see myself hoarding them every time I order a kit!

  6. Erin says

    Absolutely love the cart idea!! I am in need of somewhere to store my machine – this is awesome! Thanks for the great idea!

  7. Lucy says

    I NEED a binder like that! Did you design the binder cover and pocket label sheets yourself, or is there a printable somewhere for those that I can snag? Too cute!!

    • Melissa Riker says

      Hi Lucy! I just cut out the frame and letters on the Silhouette and then put them on some scrapbook paper I had around. I believe the frame was a free shape on the Silhouette.

  8. says

    Ok, where is your shopping cart???? I’m taking the whole Silhouette stations… as it is!!!! Thanks! LOL I LOOOVE it!. My Cameo is in a table very similar to that one. You just inspired my next project. I can’t wait to start and see my baby in a decent place!!! Thanks for the ideas!!!


    • Melissa Riker says

      I would have LOVED to have found a pretty vintage bamboo bar cart for this…maybe one day I’ll luck out!

  9. says

    This is amazing! I am afraid I wouldn’t want to mess it up because it looks so pretty! I will for sure be keeping my eyes open for something like this!

  10. says

    Wow! That cart is to die for! Simply Beautiful! And definitely organized enough to keep out all the time! It’s official, a cart is THE way to keep Silhouette supplies together. I was JUST at ikea and saw some cute ones but didn’t see this post in time! Darn!

    • Melissa Riker says

      Thanks Janice! IKEA has a little cart I’m in love with too but I haven’t gotten to go in so long, I was lucky to find this one at the thrift store!

  11. says

    I love the idea of the rolling cart for your Silhouette and supplies! I have mine on my desk, taking up valuable space. And my supplies are here & there with no order at all. I do have an old rolling bar cart that could work the same way as yours. I am so happy to have found this post!! Thank you for the inspiration!
    Debbie :)

    • Melissa Riker says

      Oh yay Debbie, I’m so glad you like the idea! As soon as I saw that cart I knew it was exactly what I needed to get that Silhouette off my desk too!

  12. Nancy says

    I just purchased the Cameo and I love your ideas. Will be using your ideas, especially the binder. Thank You


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