April - Getting Organized Chatty Challenge [Non-Ribbon Embellishments]

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Posted: 4/1/2014 1:44:49 PM
The supply we are going to work on getting organized in April is:

Non-Ribbon Embellishments

Basically, if it is an item you can stick on a card and it is not ribbon (we'll tackle ribbon another month), it qualifies. Examples include buttons, brads, eyelets, wood pieces, chipboard pieces, paper flowers, fabric flowers, gems, and pearls.

If you haven't seen the organizational thread for the monthly getting organized chats, the purpose of this thread is to discuss how we've organized this month's supply, whether we're happy with that organization, to share our progress on getting it organized and to share tips and ideas.

Getting Organized Organizational Thread

If you missed last month or are still working on organizing last month's supply, no worries. Keep at it and post your progress on that thread:

March - Getting Organized Chatty Challenge [Glitter Glues & Such]

To get the chat started:

1) Are you happy with how you store your embellishments?

2) How do you currently store them?

3) What is your storage goals for them?

Please share any tips or ideas for storing embellishments.



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Posted: 4/1/2014 1:53:17 PM
I'm happy with my storage for everything except gems and pearls.

My buttons, brads, eyelets and other random things are stored in plastic containers that have 7 compartments per container. Each compartment's lid is seperate from the others. I originally picked up these containers for holding beads after I knocked over my single lid, multi-compartment bead containers one time too many. I'll post a picture soon.

There are several things I like about these containers. They are clear plastic, so I can see what is in each containers. Because there are multiple compartments, I can organize by color or theme. All of my Christmas embellishments are in the same container. But because the lids are seperate, if I accidentially knock the thing over, I'm only dumping one compartment worth of stuff.

My gems, on the other hand, are currently a mess. I was using some rectangular pencil cases my hubby got me as a stocking stuffer. I have one case for clear gems, one for pearls and one for colored gems. The problem is that I've out grown the cases and you have to pull everthing out to find what you want. My gems are currently a mess. And I have no idea how to better organize them. Hopefully, someone will have a good idea to help me out.



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Posted: 4/1/2014 4:33:33 PM
1. I am happy with most of my embellishment storage. I am at the 3/4 point of a changeover I have been working on. Hopefully i will finish it this month.

2. I store flowers, felt shapes and crocheted flowers in glass jars on my long worktop. It about 12 feet long and I have square glass jars, three tiers high) full of these items.


I have buttons, metal embellies, charms and beads in square plastic spice bottles. They sit on shelves on my two Recollections hanging embellishment cupboards.
Brads, eyelets and doodads are stored in watchmaker tines in a white,wooden three drawer unit from Michael's stacking cube organizers. I have several of these three drawer wood units and the remaining ones hold
all my 3D stickers, tags, journal tags, ephemera, stickers, etc sorted by theme. Each drawer is a theme, ie. Birthday, Boy, Christmas, Garden, Girl, Heritage,School, Sports, Travel, Water, Wedding and Christmas etc.
Chipboard alphas are in the 4 square drawer units that match these wooden sets.

3. Storage goals are to go through and resort the 3 drawer units as I probably need to purge them a bit. I have the odd thing in there that I most likely would not use.
I also need to combine some things into one drawer as my bling stash is growing and is taking over!!
I also need to go through the glass jars as some have rolled ribbon in them and I am slowly pulling that out and changing it to a new un-named system (will keep that info for the ribbon post)! Finishing up that task will free up some room in my jars.

I will try to take some more pictures tonight and post them.

Maureen aka Scrappymo!

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Posted: 4/2/2014 11:47:45 AM
Oh me, oh my! This storage section has had a extremely low priority for organizing. Many items don't even have a proper home. Once the US postal service started charging more for mailing lumpy and hard items on cards...I really changed how I embellish cards. It's time for a fresh new focus for my embellishments although I secretly wish someone else would just do it.




...Jan
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Posted: 4/2/2014 1:57:20 PM
Jan - unfortunately there are no little organization elves that will organize stuff while we sleep. I could use a few myself.

Maureen - I'm so jealous of your space.



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Posted: 4/2/2014 2:30:29 PM
Maybe we can convince Maureen to do it for us, Jan!! Just let us know your hourly rate, Maureen!!
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Posted: 4/2/2014 4:21:35 PM
Sorry I have not got the other pictures done yet. I will try for tonight. It has been hectic at my house as we have been trying to be supportive of friends and family that have had health issues unexpectedly arise.

We have our own health problems at the moment so lately it seems if it is not one thing it is another!

I will try to make an effort to get downstairs tonight to take photos of my other areas I described.

Michelle - I had a chuckle at your comment...there used to be a British pea and blogger who would travel to you and help you organize your house or craftroom (within Britain). All she charged was the journey train fare. She then used photos of the work she did for you, on the blog and webpage for her business. There were a few bloggers who did have her come and organize for them. She did a fab job!
I think her name was Jentlepea or something like that!
Maureen

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Posted: 4/2/2014 8:54:18 PM
Michele, I like your kind of thinking! I'll will even pay for shipping these boxes-probably without insurance (I call that free purging LOL!}

Maureen your pictures are great inspiration but at the moment sorting is keeping me plenty busy...so no need to hurry for me.

Maureen mentioned that she is organizing by theme. I don't think I have any embellishments that are specific to a theme. I try to keep similar type objects together. Does anyone have a list?

Sarah I have 1 container like you mention with the individual sections closing...Love it!


...Jan
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Posted: 4/3/2014 9:02:42 AM
No worries, Maureen. Whenever you get a chance. I look foward to seeing the rest of your pics.

Jan - I don't have many that are theme specific. So most of mine are by color or item type. But theme-wise, I've got all my Christmas embellishments togehter and all my Halloween ones together. I have to pull out my containers and see if I have any other themes. Plus, since I added stuff to the containers over time, they many need to be reorganized some.

Michele - If not for the fact that I have a full time job, I'd be more than happy to organize your space for you. I'm really good at organizing other people's stuff. I just have problems with my own stuff and keeping it organized once I do organize the stuff.



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Posted: 4/6/2014 11:07:45 AM
Yes, Maureen must be a natural organizer. Your space looks great. Not only organized, but inspiring!

My non ribbon embellishments are placed in "glad" plastic food containers. I have buttons and paper flowers in one, washi tape in another, and brads,gems and misc items in a third. Unfortunately, I also have a pile of stuff, including enamel dots and larger brads. I should decide if I just want to buy another container (cheap) or do something different. I do not have tons of embellishments. Like Jan, I don't use them all the time. Not only because of mailing, but I just don't have the knack with them that the rest of you do.

If I had a sheet of stickers, I would probably keep those either in with my paper pads or stamps, since they would not fit in the smallish glad containers.


~~Heidi~~

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Posted: 4/6/2014 11:08:37 AM

Michele - If not for the fact that I have a full time job, I'd be more than happy to organize your space for you. I'm really good at organizing other people's stuff. I just have problems with my own stuff and keeping it organized once I do organize the stuff.


I am much better organizing other people's stuff too. lol


~~Heidi~~

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Posted: 4/8/2014 1:15:34 AM
I am finally back with some of the photos I promised.
These photos of my two hanging embellishment centers from Michaels.

The one on the left stores Xmas embellishments...charms, brads, doodads, punched out shapes, cut out dies, 3D stickers, pins, jewels, etc. The one on the right holds embellishments that are used year round.

There is more info in my write up in the gallery.
Maureen

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Posted: 4/8/2014 9:12:50 AM
I think we may have to ban Maureen from posting any more pictures of her craft space. She's just making all of us jealous.

I really love your idea for storing stamped images. I may have to give that a try. It also might work for storing gems/ pearls. I'm going to have to think on this.

And I still owe you guys a picture of my storage.



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Posted: 4/8/2014 11:23:34 AM
Craft Nerd - I go to a monthly crop at a girlfriends. It is really casual...just a group of about 8 ladies that go to one certain woman's house to have fun and craft.
That lady runs a day care in her basement. On the Saturday of the crop, she sets up banquet tables for us to work, and one for the buffet supper.

She has to be really organized with her crafts as this is her craft room in the evenings and weekends when the daycare is closed. She is an organizational queen. I just love her room. It is beautiful! She has all her items in matching baskets on the higher shelves of her storage units.
Other items hang on Ikea type railing systems.

She keeps all her bling (pearls, jewels etc) in Martha Stewart binders from Staples office supply store. They have wonderful pocket pages that have sort of flaps so things don't fall out. It is a great way to store bling as you could fit a few sheets in each pocket flap...maybe all your reds together, then another is all your greens, etc

The next time I am there, I will ask to take a photo as it is such a good system.

Organizing Peas - I still owe you a photo of my white stacking wood 3 drawer units. That is where I keep 3D stickers, matched sets, journal blocks, stickers, feathers, paper flowers, book pages (cut or torn from old books), chipboard, alpha's, etc. They are all sorted by theme (with the exception of the bling and the alphas).

It is a hard area to get a good shot of as there is a desk just beyond it and it blocks me standing back to get a good photo...I will see what type of shots I can get today.

Maureen

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Posted: 4/13/2014 1:11:16 AM
Popped back to add that in line with this months organizing topic, I am going through my 3 drawer units of embellishments and fine sorting them a wee bit better. Seems I have some drawers overflowing with stash and others that are only 1/4 full. Think I will do a little condensing and combine a couple of the less full drawers to free up some drawers for the overflow.

I seem to be overflowing with gardening themed,water themed and Christmas themed items. That makes sense as I like to make cards in those themes.
Tags are another item that I could fill two drawers with!
Time to thin out some of the other drawers and organize these favourite things to be a little tidier.

Maureen

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Posted: 4/28/2014 12:55:19 PM
Yes, I have put lots of hours into sorting and tossing. But afraid I still am not finished with organizing embellishments. Just wondering if folks have a specific way they organize paper diecuts? I don't have many but some are intricate and are a challenge to keep from being tangled. Generally I only like to cut when I use them but I have some great one that were RAKs. Thanks!


...Jan
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Posted: 4/29/2014 12:12:45 AM
I have all my diecuts that are 4x6 or smaller in dollar store one photo per page photo albums. That way all the openings are on the top and nothing falls out. I have them organized by colour.

Larger that that are stored in glassine bags. I got 2 packets of 50 for pennies at a yard sale last year.

If you mean the diecuts that you press out of 12x12 paper, then I store those in my Michael's 3 drawer units (by theme). Smalls are stored in cello sleeves, similar to a card sleeves but ATC sized, slightly larger in slightly larger cello sleeves and larger in 6x6 cello etc.
My RAK wins or gifts in the mail type ones go in there.

Hope that helps.

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Posted: 4/29/2014 5:17:42 PM
Thanks for your suggestion Maureen! I have a small album that just might work.


...Jan
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Posted: 4/30/2014 1:46:40 PM
Well it is the end of the month and I got about 3/4 of the way through sorting all my embellishments. I got off track when I had to go to Mums for that week.
I hoe to finish by the end of the first week of May. I changed a few things up and need to finnish that task...and have two drawers still to sort through.
Anything that I hated or was really dated (including stamps, I put in a box for my friends garage sale table. Even if they are 25 cents each it helps pay for her table.
I did take the box of stamps over to a crop day at her house and let all the ladies look them over...the box is only half full now...so a few stamps found a new home.
Wish me luck on the final finishing touches to this months organizing task.
Maureen
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Posted: 4/30/2014 9:51:09 PM
I can't believe the month is over already.

Thanks Maureen for all your great tips.

I'm still working on my gem storage. But I did finally post pictures of my storage for other embellishments.
Embellishment Storage

And I will post a new topic for May tomorrow.


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