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Old 09-04-2019, 10:27 AM   #1
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Organizing embellishments sparked my interest off of another thread. I have organized some of my stuff in colour order for ink pads, card stock and ribbon, and I quite like it that way.
Plus I do use Evernote and tag colours.

My brads and other embellishments are still in the same stamp n store containers that they came, candy dots are on sheets, 95% of my stuff is Stampin Up!
It may be time to make my embellishments storage a little more compact.

How do you store your embellishments?
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Old 09-07-2019, 10:38 AM   #2
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I don't have a lot to offer, sorry, so will be interested in other's responses. I currently have a lot of embellishments, but forget to use them mostly because I don't think they are organized at all effectively. I do have all my sequins in a bead organizer, which works for me, but my sticky dots of various shapes and sizes by a variety of manufacturers are currently shoved in different boxes and stamp and photo cases (yes, my name is Chris and I'm addicted to dots). I made a stab at organizing them by type (epoxy vs metal-ish vs ?) but it's a sorry mess. And don't even get me started on my ribbon collection. At one point I had all this stuff organized, but then kept buying and buying and let it get away from me. I think your idea of making your storage more compact is the ticket, but that will require me to purge...oh my.

Oh, and I also use Evernote, but mostly for my non-consumables like stamps, dies and stencils.
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Old 09-07-2019, 01:34 PM   #3
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I have 16 7-quart Sterilite storage containers that I got for around $2 a piece several years ago that I use for ribbons/trims/twines etc. and any and all assorted embellishments/doodads. They are primarily assorted by color plus four other categories as follows:

1. White
2. Pink/Red
3. Orange
4. Yellow
5. Green
6. Blue
7. Purple
8. Multi-color
9. Off-White (ivory/cream)
10. Brown
11. Gray/Metallic
12. Black
13. Themes
14. Occasions (birthday, baby, etc.)
15. Holidays (non-Christmas)
16. Christmas
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Old 09-08-2019, 04:09 AM   #4
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My embellishments like brads, ribbon, twine, bling etc, are organized in bins and drawers by color and type. I have eyelets and small brads in embroidery floss containers. My big problem is with pre-made embellishments, rub-ons, stickers, chipboard etc. I never think to use them because they're all stored away in drawers where I don't see them. Also, I never buy whole collections so have to rummage through drawers and drawers of embellishments to find something that works with my current project. Organizing by color and theme doesn't work well because many packets are a mix of both. I do keep my holiday embellishments organized and stored by holiday and season but it's the everyday stuff that never gets used.
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Old 09-08-2019, 07:44 AM   #5
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Karen, are the mixed embellishments attached to their packaging/cardstock in a way that would allow you to cut them into logical groupings?

For example, if an enamel dot card has neutrals and colors, I cut the card to separate them and put with similar colors in rainbow order (ROYGBIV/neutral/black & white). Occasionally I write the manufacturer name/card name or SKU on the card that’s been cut away.

Vertical rather than horizontal (stacked) storage works better for me for flipping through, from embellishments to CS. Stacked = fageddaboutit. Sometimes something tiny is put into a larger clear pocket so it won’t get lost amongst the big guys.

In case you’re interested, the Totally Tiffany Get Organized Challenge class on embellishments may be on September 24th, but you can email customer service to double check. You don’t have to watch every session or even watch live since the classes are posted on the website afterwards. You may need to sign up but it’s free. Questions can be asked if watching live. While Tiffany shows and sells her products, of course, she also discusses other storage ideas and classes have sparked ideas for me.

I watch on Lifestream; it’s also on FB and maybe YouTube though FB sometimes has issues.

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Old 09-08-2019, 10:42 AM   #6
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Bjeans,
Yes, I store and organize all of my embellishments vertically, so I can flip through them easily. Items like my rhinestones and pearls, or brads and ribbon are stored by color so are easy to find when I need them. I even have all my buttons sorted by color and separated. However, it's thing like pre-made stickers, chipboard shapes, printed tags etc that come in assorted designs and colors (and styles) that I'm having trouble with.

I thought about splitting up some of those packages of pre-made embellishments and sorting all of them by color but then I end up with a zillion small baggies that are harder to keep track of then the original packaging.


Thanks for the link to the Get Organized class, I'll check it out. I've seen the Totally Tiffany presentations on HSN but her products wouldn't help me with my basic problem of how to organize my stash so I can find things and use them. My husband says I just have too much stuff...and he's probably right! However, if I never use what I have because I can't find it, then that adds to the problem.

My basic embellishments get used all the time (even my eyelets!) but the pre-made things have been languishing for years.
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Old 09-08-2019, 11:06 AM   #7
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I hear you! I did a massive purge a while back for items that weren’t being used or weren’t my style. (I’m not saying that is right for you or others.) Tiffany’s classes are quite different than the HSN selling fests. There are assignments, points made about the brain, chatting on the side bar and questions answered, etc. While her products are presented, they aren’t needed.

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Old 09-08-2019, 11:51 AM   #8
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I just spent 20 minutes reading through the different organizing tips on the Totally Tiffany blog and realize that I have a LOT to learn! I'm actually considering separating out some of those pre-made embellishment packs now and storing them either by color, or theme.
I'm trying to avoid spending more money on my organizers than I do on stash, but I may try making card stock dividers to use in my plastic bins to sort our different embellishment themes etc. I have that done in a casual way already for themed stickers and papers but maybe I need to do it with even more of my embellishments. I have filing cabinets with categories like Spring, Summer, Fall, School, Halloween and Thanksgiving, Baby and children etc. I place themed papers, stickers, flat embellishment sets in these folders. I even have two large totes that just have Christmas stash! However, I still have whole packages of printed die cuts and chipboard etc, that are not sorted by theme.


Argh..so much to think about and do!
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Old 09-08-2019, 12:33 PM   #9
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Beth,
I purge every so often but really should dig even deeper. I donate unwanted supplies to my granddaughter's school, and work with a group of ladies at the local senior center, teaching them how to make cards. I use all my own materials for the card classes, so that's a way to gradually purge too. However, until I get more organized and know what I want to keep and what I can let go, most of it still stays crammed into my craft storage spaces. Let's face it, my entire house is my craft storage space, eek! It's all tucked away and neatly stored, but doesn't get used.
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Good going! Do you want to wait until the embellishment class to see if any ideas resonate? Or continue and if need be switch gears? If on a roll I can see not wanting to stop. Cardstock or chipboard (cereal box) dividers sound perfect.

I think this Tuesday’s class is paper: purging/sorting/storing. Paper pads get a bit of a bad rap, haha. Tiffany won’t be there since she’s traveling; Karen is subbing. After the class you can post your progress on FB (I’m not a member) or email it about that week’s topic and a few are read the next session. I got a $25 gift certificate once. I don’t think many people attended that class so my odds were good!
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I didn’t see your post about teaching and how that’s a way of purging too. How wonderful that you’re doing that.

Tiffany recently answered someone’s question about not finding items that are organized by pointing out there’s a difference between organizing and containerizing. lol You’re not talking about losing items, but the whole out of sight out of mind thing is discussed too for exactly the reason you mentioned.
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Hi Beth,
I think I'll start with my organizing, and then tune in for more tips when that class comes around. I read through some of the info on her blog and am kind of following her general tips to get started.

Paper pads are my least problematic storage issue because I store all my 8x8 pads in a huge shallow basket tucked one of my living room side tables. the 6x6 pads are stored in two drawers in my living room side tables, and the 12x12's are stored on a shelf in my craft closet with all spines marked with the name of the manufacturer and collection. I also have 12x12 stored in a tall cupboard in my garage...but shhhh..don't tell my family! My holiday pads are stored in an old entertainment center cabinet in my bedroom. Come to think of it, there may be tips in the class that will help me organize them even better. Of course, there's the purge part of it that will probably stop me in my tracks, haha! I started using a lot of the papers that are outdated to make envelopes so that's helped a lot. I turn the pattern to the inside of the envelope so I can still write the address on the outside.
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I didn’t see your post about teaching and how that’s a way of purging too. How wonderful that you’re doing that.

Tiffany recently answered someone’s question about not finding items that are organized by pointing out there’s a difference between organizing and containerizing. lol You’re not talking about losing items, but the whole out of sight out of mind thing is discussed too for exactly the reason you mentioned.

Yup, I'm a containerizer all the way. And they ARE totally different..as evidenced by my inability to find anything. Sigh....
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I won’t tell about the paper storage. If I recall (and may not), Tiffany’s thing about 12x12 pads was they often didn’t get used. She’s big on “library” filing including paper, IOW, vertical. Stacked gets buried. And the nature of paper pads means unless the paper is pulled out, it’s not seen. Of course for everyone, YMMV.

I have several of one 12x12 pad that has paper I love, not patterned, and I used to use it a lot for cards and little tabletop lantern things, but even that one gets forgotten. I don’t think I have any other 12x12s?

My take is it’s not as big a deal for 6x6. Mine are in an Interdesign frig bin and it’s easy to see what’s in a pad by flipping through. Except I have a couple too many pads crammed in to do so easily. I should put a couple in the donate box or pull out papers in some pads that don’t have many papers I love. I don’t tend to use them for backgrounds.
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Beth,
I store all of my paper vertically too. When I first started I stored them in stacks and could never pull out a sheet without having to move everything else. I store my loose card stock in stacked cubes, and the large paper pads vertically on shelving. Most of my 12x12 paper pads are DCWV so all the papers coordinate with each other. I have a couple of HUGE paper pads that have assorted colors and patterns in them that are not DCWV and I have those where I can see them all the time. I shuffle through the papers when I need a color and it's fairly easy to deal with.


I started out as a scrapbooker so have a lot of 12x12 patterned and plain card stock. Now I'm mostly making cards so the 12x12 pads aren't used as often. I've been forcing myself to cut some of those papers up to fit card fronts more recently, and it's much easier to see what I have. I have also separated some paper pads that are either solid or subtly patterned papers...and incorporated them in with my loose papers by color.
I just spent over an hour going through my 6x6 paper pads and sorting them by theme and season...and found a lot of things tucked away that I didn't even know I had! So far I feel good about my baby steps today but I didn't even get to the embellishments, ha!
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Beth,
I store all of my paper vertically too. When I first started I stored them in stacks and could never pull out a sheet without having to move everything else. I store my loose card stock in stacked cubes, and the large paper pads vertically on shelving. Most of my 12x12 paper pads are DCWV so all the papers coordinate with each other. I have a couple of HUGE paper pads that have assorted colors and patterns in them that are not DCWV and I have those where I can see them all the time. I shuffle through the papers when I need a color and it's fairly easy to deal with.


I started out as a scrapbooker so have a lot of 12x12 patterned and plain card stock. Now I'm mostly making cards so the 12x12 pads aren't used as often. I've been forcing myself to cut some of those papers up to fit card fronts more recently, and it's much easier to see what I have. I have also separated some paper pads that are either solid or subtly patterned papers...and incorporated them in with my loose papers by color.
I just spent over an hour going through my 6x6 paper pads and sorting them by theme and season...and found a lot of things tucked away that I didn't even know I had! So far I feel good about my baby steps today but I didn't even get to the embellishments, ha!
Karen

Easy fix! The name of this thread is hereby changed to Not Organizing Embelishments.

Anyway, nice work on the sorting and finding.

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Right now I have mine by type. It started out as one big box of by theme and one of misc. Then over time it split out into shoeboxes of string, brads, ribbon, and sequins are their own universe.

I dont want to change the sequins, but now I am sort of thinking about taking what isnt a hard theme (ie halloween) and changing to by color and putting everything of that color in. There is a lot to be said for that. The less boxes I have to pull the more likely I am to use it.

Karen-
I find the best way to purge is to bite the proverbial bullet...clear the dining table and pull out EVERYTHING of that item (ie ribbon). When you see it all...you find duplicates that you dont really need...realize you will NEVER use this color....do I really need that much of that color...etc. Just how it works for me. DO NOT get into self shaming about how did I get this much/how much did it cost, etc.

You can do good things with it-with the holidays coming up this is a good time to make small bundles that can be sold at Church/school/senior center/youth center/whatever holiday sales. Or use it to make things like packs of tags for the sales...in your case Karen to make projects for the ladies.

If someone crops regularly...you can set up a trading table at the crop...whether or not you actively trade or just leave it there and people pick up what they want...Or assign a low value to the pack like a buck that goes in a jar to go to a charity or something. Right now might be a good time for soup kitchens with Thanksgiving coming.

Once you purge it helps to envision how to store it. Whether or not you want to store in a way that allows you to grow over time...well that's your call Some people find it helps to say I can only have what fits now.

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