Sunday, August 30, 2009

Embellishment Storage

How do you store your embellishments?
I used to store them by the type of embellishment... you know brads with brads etc...
I have in the past couple of years decided to try the color sorting instead.
Sometimes when I am working on a layout or card I realize that it needs just a bit of such and such color here or there and knowing that all my embellishments are sorted by color I can open up my color drawer and pull from an array of things, from old product to new product! I also find that by doing it this way that I use all kinds of products that I forget that I have! I used to just pull from my newest stuff and then would run across something later on and think "man that would have been perfect!"... now with them all mixed into one color drawer makes it easier to pull just the right embellishment for my project!
Here is a peek into one of my drawers... the blue drawer.. (duh! LOL) I just purchased several of the rubbermaid 7 drawer things and each drawer has a color assigned to them. The orange, yellow, and purple have the smaller drawers up top.
One year at Michael's (around Christmas.. but I have seen them for other holidays too) I found these tiny Muffin bakers for less than a $1 each and bought a TON of them... the cashier thought maybe I was channeling my inner Martha Stewart. hehe I place the smaller stuff in these little containers like brads, eyelets, and smaller embellishments... they then go into my larger color drawers. (small baskets could be used as well)
I use some of the smaller drawers up top for other things... one drawer is for "bling"... this includes lots of gems, glitter brads etc..I have another smaller drawer for my clear embellishments.
I still have a basket that gets some of my new product thrown in there, but having color drawers makes it easy to sort new product also. I just open packages and put them in the right color bin!
Other quick tips from my room:
-I have a rubbermaid box for rubons, stickers etc... that have sayings on them... stuff that is perfect for cards. I can reach right over and grab a sheet and use it quickly, much easier than looking through all my stickers/rubons to find just the right saying.
-I have all my letter stickers in a large box with cardboard between each color so they are easy to sort.
- I have a drawer for chipboard letters, one for naked chipboard letters, and naked chipboard shapes.
- I sort all my patterned paper by manufacturer in the Karen Foster 12x12 holders.
-My ribbon is in large glass jars sorted by color family, the same with my buttons.
I hope this helps ya'll just a bit.. if you have any questions feel free to contact me! :) This is no small undertaking but once you get it done it feels SO good! Let me know if you take the plunge!


~~Mia~~ said...

OH~EM~GEE!! FAB idea and I've thought of doing it but wasn't sure that it would be so great...but after seeing the pics I KNOW that I must do it!!!!! EEEK, so excited gonna take this project on, oh YEAH BABY!!!!


merryheart2 said...

i do this too and yes it does get used up faster that way.
it's so much easier to scrap and use your embellishments this way.