How do you store your embellishments?
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PeaNut 583,275
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Posted: 7/4/2013 5:49:47 PM
Do you separate them into color groups in containers or keep the collections together? (i.e. brads, bottoms, diecuts, journaling tags)

Any advice greatly appreciated!

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Posted: 7/4/2013 6:19:18 PM
I keep things together but have them in colored drawers by theme. This way I can take the drawer out to my scrapbook counter if I need summer embellies or school ones or whatnot


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Posted: 7/4/2013 6:31:32 PM
I flip-flop every two years or so. I started putting everything by color (ribbons, buttons, inks, etc.) Now I am moving everything back by items (all buttons together in one bin etc.). Putting things by color allows you to get something red, pink, etc. But putting all like items, regardless of color, together allows for some serendipitous combinations. Which is why I flip-flop. I can never decide which I prefer.

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Posted: 7/4/2013 6:42:57 PM
Those that are a theme are stored by theme and those that are only colored and not really a theme are by color. I am all for grabbing just the container I need rather than picking through everything.


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Posted: 7/4/2013 7:06:16 PM
Most of my embellishments are sorted by 'collection' (ribbons, brads, eyelets, buttons). This does not include themed (Christmas, beach, etc.) embellishments.

Usually when I scrap and am looking for something to put somewhere, a button won't substitute for a piece of ribbon or vice versa, so I go for the item first and then see what color(s) will work w/my layout.

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PeaNut 487,706
November 2010
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Posted: 7/4/2013 7:35:09 PM
In bins, by items.

Buttons and twine I take out and put into jars.

I like to rummage and flip through things, so the bins work out nicely for me.

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Posted: 7/4/2013 7:48:15 PM
i keep collections together and when i begin a page i decide what type of embellishments i want to use and pull a small pile in the colors i am working with.


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Posted: 7/4/2013 7:51:15 PM
By theme in 12x12 plastic envies, non themed by color in 12x12 envies. It's what works best for me.



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Posted: 7/4/2013 9:17:35 PM
Thank you all! It helps to see what works and why for other scrappers.


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Posted: 7/5/2013 6:06:18 AM
I use the photo boxes sold at Ms. I store things by theme. I store buttons, brads, etc., by color-I store them in 24 cup muffin tins I spray painted to match my scrap room. I keep them out on my desk, two fold, I love they way they look and see them so I use them more.


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Posted: 7/5/2013 6:40:21 AM
I have two small wire bins (think they're called locker bins), and one large one...

I put all my paper embellishments in the large bin - chipboard, die cuts, flags, labels, tags, etc...

In one small bin I have things I think of as fasteners - paper clips, brads, eyelets, pins, staples, etc...

In the other small bin I have anything else that isn't paper or fasteners - enamel dots, buttons, sequins, flair, etc...

I have a tiny container that holds twine, ribbon, and other fabric type stuff... I don't have a lot so they just sit in there for now but once I use up some of my stash I'll probably move this into the fastener bin...

I have a min wire shopping basket I bought at target and that holds all my washi tapes (+100)... Washi is my addiction...

I have little 5" tall white enamel bucket that holds glitters and powdery stuff and a 6x6 plastic box that came in a set of drawer inserts that I keep my mists in... Mostly so if they leak or drip it doesn't make a mess in the cabinet...

My stickers are all in folders that hang from a frame that slides in/out of the cabinet...


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Posted: 7/5/2013 10:00:38 AM
All of my stickers and things like Jolees are in my Crop in Style PSB and a CM sticker binder. They are organized by in sections by theme.

My chipboard letters, slide mounts and things like that are in a ScrapOnizer. Scraponizer

My Prima flowers are in little connecting plastic containers with locking lids.

Eyelets, buttons and brads are in a Craft Mates tote like this Craft Mates

I've never bought whole lines of scrapping stuff per se, but I have bought several sets of CM papers/sticker/journaling/mat blocks and I keep them all together in these. CM power pallet folders I have several different sets of their Christmas papers/stickers and I keep all of those together. I also have a few sets of CTMH papers and embellishments I keep together in these folders. As I use them up, the "left overs" go into my regular sticker binder.

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Posted: 7/5/2013 10:09:12 AM
I mostly keep collections together in Iris boxes.


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Posted: 7/5/2013 12:05:16 PM
I keep them sorted by item, unless they are brand new and part of a collection that I want to keep together.
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Posted: 7/5/2013 12:48:53 PM
Mine are stored in vintage spice jars, apothecary jars and my library card catalog

I do keep themed embellishments in turquoise photo boxes though so I can just grab a box and work on my December daily or a baby album for example

ETA: all my brads are together, buttons are sorted by color in apothecary jars, pips, ki ice, mm threads, Tim Holtz metal, scrabble tiles etc are all stored in the spice jars, mason jars or frap bottles.

You can see my storage on my blog

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Posted: 7/5/2013 1:34:21 PM
Small embellishments are lumped together in iris 4x6 photo containers- brads in one, Buttons in one, etc. the containers are in 31 Littles totes.

Now I have more flowers & buttons than those containers can hold, so the overflow is in jars. Basically I keep the iris boxes full. They are easy to take to crops this way.

Ribbons and trims are on the cropper hopper ribbon cards, in a 31Littles Tote.

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PeaNut 520,709
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Posted: 7/6/2013 10:21:44 AM
I keep similar things together - I have a binder for rubons and die-cuts, a binder for brads, etc. I don't do color groups.


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June 2010
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Posted: 7/6/2013 10:36:40 AM
I keep like things together - brads & buttons; wood veneer; flair; die cuts; ribbon; twine, etc...

Though, I will admit that my newer embellishments are all kind of thrown together in a big box! I need to get that sorted out for sure.

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Posted: 7/6/2013 11:29:48 AM
Am I the only one that just keeps them loosey goosey in bowls around my work area? Honestly, I just like to go through them all when I scrap. Sometimes it inspires me to use things I wouldn't have thought of.

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Posted: 7/6/2013 12:19:51 PM

I keep them sorted by item, unless they are brand new and part of a collection that I want to keep together.

This is me. I have craft containers (the ones originally used for embroidery floss) sorted by item. I have one for buttons, brads, wood veneers and dare I admit, one for eyelits? Yes, I've been sorting them this way for awhile.

More recently, I've been keeping collections or manufacturers together in Iris 12x12 plastic containers (Studio Calico, Amy Tangerine, Maggie Holmes, Dear Lizzy, etc).

Maybe not the best method of organization but it works for me. At least for now anyway.

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Posted: 7/6/2013 12:21:38 PM
I don't have a lot of small embellishments like brads, but I do have a lot of die cuts, stickers, and wood veneer. I keep the wood in little bowls on my desk. Any embellishment or die cut packs go lined up in a basket on my desk. Everything else, like sticker sheets and stuff goes on my home made clip it up (made from a Walmart shoe rack) that sits next to my desk. It's pretty tall so I can just reach and spin through my stuff from my chair. This I what has worked best. I like to have stuff out so I will use it!
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