Organization of Embossing Folders

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Posted 11/21/2012 by Far North in General Stamping

Far North

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Posted: 11/21/2012 1:27:50 AM
I have now accumlated enough embossing folders that I would like a more efficient searching process. Any suggestions? Does anyone use categories that they would share?
Thank you for sharing!



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Posted: 11/21/2012 8:16:06 AM
I don't have an great ideas but I would like to find a way to organize mine too. Mine currently reside in a basket.

I've thought about cutting 3 in circles and using each of my embossing folders to emboss and adding the circles to a jump ring. Kind of like a color swatch book.

Hopefully you can get some good ideas.

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Posted: 11/21/2012 9:00:45 AM
Great question Jan! I'm curious too, do you now store in the original pkging? I also have 'a bunch' of folders I have to flip thru.

For me, I'm not sure adding the circles to a jump ring wouldn't be more trouble, find the ring, find the texture, find the folder.

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Posted: 11/21/2012 10:02:10 AM
I just keep mine in a heavy-duty basket. I use the cardboard backing that comes with them to separate them. At the top of the cardboard, I glue a piece of the picture of the folder that comes on the plastic packaging (Cuttlebug). For Sizzix folders I cut a piece of cardboard to size and then cut the designs from the original piece of cardboard and glue that to the new one.

That way I can flip through the pieces of cardboard and find what I'm looking for. I keep them roughly in order by type--frames, florals/leaves, circles/bubbles/etc., other geometric designs; Christmas; etc. I have so many now that I'm going to have to trade in my cute little basket for something deeper like a Rubbermaid shoebox.

So far this works for me. As the collection grows, I have considered adding a larger piece or a colored piece of cardstock to separate the different categories.

I like the idea of having a sample ring, but I think I'd just emboss a full size piece using an inexpensive cardstock. On second thought, then I'd have to look twice--once through the samples and again to find the folder. Daria

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Posted: 11/21/2012 10:20:45 AM
I am facing the same issue, Jan! Thanks for starting this thread!

I am thinking of putting mine in a photo box, like my clear stamp storage.

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Posted: 11/22/2012 9:16:11 AM
I have the same issue as you Jan. My storage up to now has actually worked well. I store them in a shoe box, just the right height, so they are stacked on their sides. It stands just at my desk, underneath my open drawer with Distress Inks, within easy reach always. But it is full now...



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Posted: 11/24/2012 5:40:12 PM
I embossed a 4 x 6 sheet of cardstock for each folder. I numbered my folders with a Slick Writer and then numbered the cardstock impression with the same number.

I store the folders in a basket in order by number (right now I have 1 - 48). I keep the embossed samples in my desk so I can easily flip through the samples and find the impression I want to use. Since the sample and the folder have the same number, it makes it easy to find the folder I want in the basket. Hope that makes sense.



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Posted: 11/26/2012 1:16:48 PM
I keep mine separated by type - old Sixxiz, Cuttlebug, etc, etc. And each manufature is in a separate box and I flip thru. Some time when I am looking for a certain one, as I flip thru I find a better one.

I like the idea of a flip ring to just see what I have by type, but don't see it happening anytime soon.

Great thread


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Posted: 11/28/2012 1:17:33 AM
Hi I have seen some people on YouTube that have a small draw and put each folder into different sections with a tab which seems popular and helpful, or maybe you could try a small basket or storage box standing them upright and put them in different sections? Hope that helps
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Posted: 11/28/2012 7:01:40 AM
I used to really love organization of everything -

Had a thought when I was responding to thread on Stamp Pile Up. I really like the way I have my folders - as I said before they are separated by manufacturer and I just flip through them when I want one and that method makes them so much easier to file back when I am finished with them. I don't have to separate by type. Yes I have a lot, but I always find what I need quickly this way. It works for me. I am no longer an Type A personality.

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