Embellishments are like your personal finishing touch and add your own unique flair to your projects. It is important to find an organizing system which will work for you without being overwhelming and visible enough that you don’t forget to use your items.
First you must bring all of your embellishments together and sort, determining what to purge and, ultimately, deciding how to sort the rest in a way that makes sense to you.
Some ideas for sorting your embellishments:
- By category (buttons, brads, alphabet charms, etc.)
- By color
- By manufacturer or lines within manufacturers
- By type (metal, acrylic, tin)
- By theme
- Separate your alphabets by letter and have an “A”, "B", "C", etc. section that will store your metal, button, tin, eyelet, and game board letters together.
- Sort each type of letter separately (i.e. your alphabet buttons in one place with each section devoted to a different letter).
- Sort each color separately and then separate the letters.
Now that you’ve decided how to sort your embellishments, the next step is deciding how to store them. Which embellishments do you find you use the most? Those should be the closest and most easily accessible to you. Do you crop away from home often? If you do, your embellishment holders should be portable enough to be able to toss in your Cropper Hopper and go, without your having to stop and transfer them to another container.
Some ideas for storing your embellishments:
- Original packaging in baskets, peg boards or small drawers
- Photo Boxes
- Tackle Boxes
- Watch tins
- Can you easy to find exactly what you need?