Tell me all about how you organize your embellishments?

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Posted 1/17/2013 by ShellieMichelle in General Scrappin'

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PeaNut 16,512
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Posted: 1/17/2013 12:38:43 AM
How do you separate them?
What do you store them in?

I have all my ribbon in jars by color. And all my buttons, brads and eyelets in baby jars by color. But how do you organize everything else?

Give me the low down on it all

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Posted: 1/17/2013 12:49:44 AM
I organize my brads and buttons in the Stack & Storage Caddy by Stampin Up. I love it. It sits on my scrapbook desk and is easy to take all or part when you go to a crop. A lot of my embellishments like Thickers, etc i put on my Clip it Up. I'm finding that I like to have my items where I can see them and reach them easier.

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Posted: 1/17/2013 12:51:11 AM
And all of my flowers and ink pads I have on my Making Memories Embellishment Centers. I love them, but they aren't making them anymore.

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Posted: 1/17/2013 12:57:56 AM
I organize my small, loose embellishments by color. Here's a blog post I did last year with pictures of each of my delightful little bins of fun.... organized embellishments.

I have all my ribbon smushed together in one big tin pail. Not real happy about that but it's space saving.

I sort all my paper embellishments by theme in plastic pockets and then I have a huge folder of just tags, border strips, etc. I could really do better on those. I need to work on that!


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Posted: 1/17/2013 3:23:35 AM
I scan and file them. Here's a detailed post and pictures on my blog


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Posted: 1/17/2013 1:19:10 PM
I have one of those IRIS storage carts with the different colored drawers. I keep all my embellishments there. They are divided into categories - Boy,girl,baby,flowers,basics (like brads,buttons and eyelets,pets and the bottom drawer is a catch-all for everything else. I re-organized everything last summer and so far, this has been the best solution for me.


PeaNut 562,539
August 2012
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Posted: 1/17/2013 1:40:12 PM
Buttons and brads I keep in little containers with clear lids and they all hang on my magnetic board above my desk. Paper embellishments are all just in a big "bucket" (I can't come up with a better word). No real organization, I just sift through the container until I find a few things that work with my layout. Gems, enamel dots, wood veneer all hang on my Clip It Up. My ribbons are terrible - all just tossed in one big bag, other than a few that are still wrapped around the cardboard packages, those are all stuffed in a box. I keep my washi all in a clear container.

As you can tell, I do a lot of sifting through my stash to find things, but it works for me and actually helps me use things that I might otherwise forget about.

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Posted: 1/17/2013 1:45:10 PM
My ribbon and flowers are in jars. My buttons, metal tags, brads, and other assorted small embellishments are sorted in fishing tackle boxes.

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October 2003
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Posted: 1/17/2013 1:46:55 PM
Everything by color - brads, buttons, ribbons, flowers, jewels, etc. Colors are classified as red, orange, yellow, blue, turquoise, white, metallic, green, brown, and black. I find I use more "things" if I go by color.

Stickers I put into a 3-ring binder sheet protectors. Same thing with alpha stickers


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Posted: 1/17/2013 1:49:47 PM
I'm kind of all over the place...

I use scraponizers for the majority of my embellishments...die cuts, brads/eyelets, journaling spots, chipboard accents, bling, borders, etc. They are divided by type and size. Metal attachments are sorted by color. I need to work my new wood veneer collection into them.

Buttons are in ziplocs in one of the drawers of one of those 3 drawer desk units from rubbermaid.

Stickers/Letters/Thickers are in magazine racks - letters/thickers are sorted by color, the stickers are in no order but there aren't that many of them.

I don't have any ribbons but I keep bakers' twine in a glass jar on the table. Washi tape is in a small basket along with embellishments I want to use up.


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Posted: 1/17/2013 2:12:18 PM
Well, I'm a "digger" so most of my embellishments are in shoe box size boxes or jars.


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Posted: 1/17/2013 4:31:06 PM
When I reorganized my scrap room last year, I spent a lot of time organizing my embellishments. What I did was get them ALL out and go through them and then start creating categories -- many of which I did not know I had. I did not know, for example, that I like scrolls and scrolly borders -- but I had a lot of them.

I put them in piles on the floor. I had to create new categories or sub-categories. For example, I discovered I had a lot of embellishments relating to the home or houses and within that category, I had a ton of key and lock embellishments. Similarly, within the category of flowers, I further subdivided them by color. I divided my journal tags by size. I divided my words/phrases by topic.

If a category was large enough, it got its on bin on my bin cart. Each subcategory in a bin is in its own ziploc bag. So I have separate bins for scrolls, words, phrases, flowers, journal tags, borders, and misc ephemera "sets" (the sets you buy together in a small box/bag and tie in to each other thematically). I also put other embellishments in two divided accordion files. One has tabs for stars, keys/locks, holidays, camera, tv and movies, etc.


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Posted: 1/17/2013 6:06:57 PM
Mine are mostly by colour little embellishments in spice jars and larger ones in medium
Sized tupperwares except for some stuff which is by theme

Pea with a Pen

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February 2003
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Posted: 1/17/2013 6:58:25 PM
I don't know if I have it organized the best way possible, but it's all by type. So at least I usually know where to look when I want a certain type of embellishment.


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Posted: 1/17/2013 9:23:56 PM
i have a bunch of flowers that i am just going to put all into one jar....

mama said didn't know how to make a kitty meooowwww.......


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Posted: 1/17/2013 9:37:17 PM
I have mine in container store mesh drawers sorted by type, brads, ribbon, etc. along with a clip it up on my table.


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Posted: 1/17/2013 9:47:39 PM
I use 12 x 12 storage boxes for my embellishments. They fit nicely on my Expedit and I have categories such as Holiday, Baby, Family, Celebrations, Journal Cards, Pockets & Borders, Project Life, Bling,Ribbon, etc.

My frequently used Thickers go on my Clip It Up.
Other Thickers go in a basket that is easily accessible.

Brads go in a plastic box with divided sectiois (by color)and buttons go in a jar.

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Posted: 1/17/2013 9:58:30 PM
Ribbon is all in drawers of my card catalog sorted by color and stored on 3x5 chipboard cards I cut

Buttons are stored by color in apothecary jars

Vintage Ephemera is stored in photo boxes on top of my expedits

Metal and other small embellishments are stored by type in spice jars and frappacino bottles on a giant lazy Susan on my table

Brads are in a pretty jar on my expedits

Flowers are stored in a big leather suitcase

Bling, beads and most other embellishments are stored in drawers in my card catalog

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Posted: 1/18/2013 1:00:10 AM
All my small embellishments are divided by colour into bead box. I have two embroidery floss boxes that I use for flowers and ribbons. I have a small business card box for journalling cards, tags, etc. And I have a smallish box for everything that doesn't fit elsewhere. I don't have a ton of embellishments that need to go in here, though.

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Posted: 1/18/2013 5:08:12 AM
I organized everything by color. I took all of my ribbon/brads/buttons/paper etc. and separated them by color. I then put them in separate 12x12 scrapbook bins. I then have separate ones organized by theme. So far, it seems to be working.


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Posted: 1/18/2013 7:12:04 AM
I did the whole "organize by color" thing and used it that way for years, until I realized my scrapping process had changed to the point that it just wasn't working for me. Now my embellishments are grouped like-with-like, but are sorted by color within the group. This is working great for me.

I've had a tough time coming up with a way to organize my chipboard and flat diecut cardstock embellishments (the purchased kind, not the homemade kind) that made sense, but I think I've finally got some categories that work for me.

It's a constant ongoing process!


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Posted: 1/18/2013 8:13:09 AM

I organize my small, loose embellishments by color. Here's a blog post I did last year with pictures of each of my delightful little bins of fun.... organized embellishments.

I have all my ribbon smushed together in one big tin pail. Not real happy about that but it's space saving.

I sort all my paper embellishments by theme in plastic pockets and then I have a huge folder of just tags, border strips, etc. I could really do better on those. I need to work on that

Tracie~ I just checked out your blog. I LOVE all your little white boxes of embellishments organized by color. You've got me motivated to try once again to sort all those flat embellishments -- titles, journaling spots, Elle's Studio tags, rub-ons, transparencies, ephemera -- that are accumulating in a big plastic bin. I, too, sort by color because that's how I think, but I have yet to find a system that works for these. I tried to sort them by theme, but I have found I prefer not to be restricted by theme.

Anyone have a fail-safe method of organizing flat embellishments by color for us color scrappers? Especially a hoarder color scrapper with WAY too many flat embellishments?


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Posted: 1/18/2013 10:36:28 AM
Brads and buttons are all separated by color in art bins. Flowers are in art bins as well. Ribbons are wrapped around a paper thread thingy (sorry, have a brain fart about what they areally called) and separated by color in art bins.

My thickers, decor, etc, are all in cubes in my expedit cabinet. I have letters in one, decor in another, Christmas in another, and one with other misc stuff like bling, flourishes etc. I cut up some priority mail boxes to use as paper holders inside the cube so I can pull the whol holder out with all the embellies inside. It's worked really well for me!


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