I need HELP!!! I have organized and organized....but my embellishments are the last things left and I don't know how to organize them. I need to be able to find what I have. I have stickers, flowers, and "cards-bingo type things". button, brads, eyelets....how do I organize them? Any pictures to share???!!! Space is limited so I am looking more for crops and storage- I don't have a scrap room but store by stuff on shelves in my sons' playroom.
I have 2 of these and I really like them. I have buttons and metals in one, flowers and misc stuff in the other. The backside is flat, and would be large enough to hold bingo cards. I use that side for my extra large flowers and other assorted items.
i have brads and eyelets and buttons in empty spice jars. i use empty pasta sauce jars for ribbons, felt shapes, bigger buttons. for some stickers and rub-ons i use accordion folders or coupon or receipt folders from walmart. they usually cost about $2-$4. also from walmart for my rhinestones and pearls i use those plastic boxes that are about 50cents to $1.
For all of my brads, metal embelies, and buttons, I use the big clear tackle-type storage things too from a fishing store or WM. I have 2 homemade clip-it-up systems in my room to hang thickers, stickers, diecuts in baggies according to type....ribbons are on a mini dress form, Primas (flowers and bling) are in a handled tote, and flowers Ive made are in a clear round used-to-be pretzel holder. Punches are stored in a clear shoe bag hanging from my shelf so I can see them better, and I have my essentials, inks, tools and cutter on the table in a wooden tray. I only have a corner of my bedroom so space is a premium for me too. Pics in my gallery if youre interested.
I have several clear shoe boxes with various sorted embellies. Flowers I've actually saved the cans some of them came in and then reused them to sort by color. I have a shelved cleaning closet I've dedicated for scrap stuff that I can fit everything in quite nicely.
I have clear plastic jars hanging on pegboard (they're made specifically for this) holding brads, beads, buttons and metal embellies.
I use a homemade clip-it up for everything except letters and chipboard. The chipboard letters and stickers I have in a lined basket.
I really need to get some pictures up in my gallery since these storage ideas are recent.
I have more but this is what is out at all times for easy reach. the little pots are just little pill pots that are prefect if you just have a few of something! the lids are just tight so you have to be careful when you open them.
I use these and LOVE them. They are very portable and I'm able to organize my embellies by color/theme, only have to open the section I want and can stack several together. I have all three sizes.
I used to use the little clear tackle boxes with plastic dividers but found it difficult to dig through and find a color I wanted without things getting mixed up. Plus there was that time that the lid wasn't closed all the way and there was a spill.
recycling is the way to go. I have used the large containers that salad greens come in to store punches, adhesives etc
I find lots of goodies at yard sales.
Another place I have found storage containers for free is at the liquor store. Especially around the holidays many of the bottles come in special packaging that the customers don't want so one of the stores near me puts the tins and boxes etc out for the taking. My best find was a case I store my CatsEye inks in.
This weekend I purchased just a simple Over the Door shoe organizer. Bought it at Kmart for $8.99 and it has 24 pockets. It also came with 3 hooks. They are deep pockets and my stickers fit nicely in them so far.
My plan is to organize my stickers, die-cuts, flowers and everything I else I may have floating around. Each one will get it's own pocket and I will label them, so I know exactly what is in each pocket.
I store my stickers and some embellies in a 3-ring binder in page protectors that have a sheet of copy paper slipped into them. That way I can use both "sides" of the copy paper to store stuff in. I also use spice jars for flowers, divided plastic embellie boxes, and the kind of tackle box/tool box that has the little drawers to store nails and screws and whatnot, but I use it with tictac containers to hold eyelets and brads. May not work for your storage area, but I've also got a couple of 9x12 three-drawer units that also hold cards of flowers and bling. Storing ribbon is another thing again -- a nightmare in my scraproom! -- and I have no clue.
This entirely depends on your space and how/where you scrap.
The jars and other containers are great, IF you have a desk or shelf. But, they typically don't travel well.
I LOVE these containers for small brads and eyelets. They fit in my tote, hold a LOT, and travel well (without spilling):
Another portable solution is zipper top, plastic bags. I have some in different sizes that were sold as makeup bags. They hold my rubons and tuck inside a pocket of my tote.
I've also used the clear, zipper bags that linens and things like pillow cases come in.
This is my new craft wagon. Right front is letter stickers (Pink handle). The one behind it is Eyelts, brads, and my crop-o-dile (also has pink handle). One behind that is a stand up file with lid (from Office Depot) which has 12 x 12 folders for current projects and paper for crops etc.
The big one to the left has my Slice on the bottom, my distress inks in their container, the caddy I set on the desk at crops for my scissors, eraser, and other odds and ends, and my ATG.
I wheel this into crops and I have everything I need. At home I keep it like this and just lift out the container with the eyelets and brads or my ATG or whatever I need.
In the photo are two old magnetic albums I'm re-working into scrapbooks but usually I keep my spare clear ruler and extra fiskars trimmer so I'm always ready for a crop.
Pull the wagon to the car, put the plastic pieces in the back, fold up the wagon and I'm on my way. When I get there just pop out the wagon and set the 4 pieces in it.
But it is wonderful storage in my scrap room. Has really organized everything for crops or at home.
The top drawer of this is perfect for all the flowers and the bottom drawer is filled with punches. It slides under my craft table and is on wheels so I can pull it out or put it away with an easy roll.
If I need my punches or flowers at a crop I just pull the drawers out and set them on top of my craft wagon and pull them to the car.
I don't take this thing to crops anymore since I got my craft wagon but it is still perfect for flowers and other embellies. However, I do take the drawers out and take them if I'm doing flowers or punches.
Henri - interesting with how you put the jewelry organizers individually in the boxes. Great idea. I just have mine all connected or connected in a stack of 10 for the small ones and just throw them in my rolling tool box. I love seeing different ways to use the same tools/organizers/etc
If your space is limited-try using plastic bags for you flowers-take a large bag let's say "ink" then add to it your pink flowers in SMALLER bags by shape and/or size. You can put these in pendaflex folders in a file box marked Flowers. Then do the same with sticker-Halloween-caterog ies: bats, spooks, witches, etc. Works wonders!
Henri - I hadn't seen the jewelry organizers like that. Well they are probably like that, right in front of me at the store, but I found the ones connected like the pics I linked. There are enough lids that I could separate them though.
Love your wagon too. I need to rethink my portable methods because I take way too much with me.
I use the Scraprack system. It is a little pricey but you cannot outgrow it. I've had mine for 4 years now and love love love it. I had the components on my Christmas/Birthday/Mother s Day lists for a couple of years to get it...
I tend to buy a lot of the $1 clear rubber stamps and Michael's and Joann's. I have put them in storage sleeves meant for baseball trading cards. I use double-sided tape to attach the protective cover to some white cardstock (on which I write a name for what's on the stamps - Christmas, Halloween, etc.) Most slide easily into the pockets, though some I've had to trim down the edges of the plastic sheets they come in.
The storage that I admire the most (but unfortunately don't do myself!) is storing by color. I attended a class where a lady brought those 12x12x2" Iris boxes. In one she had ALL of her red embellies - everything from boxes of brads, buttons, ribbons, flowers, etc.. In another all her blue, etc. I thought this was the neatest idea - after all we generally think in terms of needing a "red ribbon" for a particular layout. I have way too much money invested in jars, lazy Susans, etc. to switch now!
I have a piece of sheet metal screwed to the wall in my work space (inside the closet of our spare room) I then have magnet spice containers that I put my brads, eyelets, jewels, etc. They are out of the way, and dont take my valuable table or drawer space.