Category Archives: Embellishments

5 reasons to embrace the embellishment rainbow

Organize Embellishments with Totally-Tiffany

One of the toughest concepts for crafters to embrace is organizing their supplies by color. We’ve been programmed to think about organizing by “like items”. Think about your closet, all your socks are probably stored together, in the bathroom towels are stored with towels, in the pantry canned goods are stored with other canned goods. This makes sense, if you need a towel, a pair of socks or a can of beans, you’ll know exactly where to go to find them. However, with crafting, the most important thing about non-themed embellishments is COLOR! If you've been hesitating about organizing by color, here are just a few reasons to embrace the embellishment rainbow.

Organize Embellishments by color with Totally-Tiffany.

One – What color do you need?

If you need a red brad, you don’t need to see, or dig through, every other color of brad you own - you just need red. Sorting your embellishments by color will help you find what you need and show you all of the options you might have (bright red, brick red, rose red) more quickly.

Two – Use more of what you’ve learned

As crafters, we tend to use the information we’ve most recently learned more often than things we’ve learned about in the past. If you doubt this, take a look through your scrapbooks or cards. I know mine follow along with the classes I’ve taken and the supplies I purchased – specifically in this order; Eyelet Basics and Beyond, Give Motion to your Pages with Brads, Paper Dolls, Pages that Sparkle, Layering with Flowers, Magic Mesh, Splash and Spray…

Organize Embellishments by color with Totally-Tiffany.

It makes sense! Not only were the ideas I learned in those classes at the front of my brain, but the supplies I need to create them were at the front of my workspace. When your supplies are organized by color, you’re mixing your supplies and knowledge together. You see what you have and you’re reminded of what you know!

Organize Embellishments by color with Totally-Tiffany.

Three –Become a better designer.

Looking at your card, scrapbook page or mixed media project as a work of art is very different than looking at it as a card, page, or mixed media project. If you want to elevate the artistry in your craft, you need to improve your design skills.

Looking at a project and thinking, ''this project needs a flower'' is very different than looking at a project and thinking, ''this project needs something with a little texture, a bit of dimension and a pop of red''. When you go to your red section, you might think – ''this flower will give me the dimension and texture, but I could add another layer and maybe a button or brad in the center''.

Four – Know what you have, and what you don’t

It’s just as important to find out what you don’t have when you’re looking for a particular embellishment as it is to find what you do have. If you’ve got your embellishments organized in the rainbow and you’re looking for a blue button, when you go to your blue section, you’ll know it immediately if there are no blue buttons.

Organize Embellishments by color with Totally-Tiffany.

Knowing that information, you can confidently purchase some blue buttons. If your embellishments are stored around your room by brand or type, you may not remember what you have where, and you’re almost certain to purchase a duplicate of what you already own.

Organize Embellishments by color with Totally-Tiffany.

Five – Plan, pack and unpack for crafting events quickly and completely

One reason crafters haul so much stuff to crafting events is because they’re afraid they aren’t going to have something that they need. When you’re using the rainbow section, you’ll have everything you need in one nice, neat, organized place.

It’s easy to pack up your supplies and it’s easy to put them away.  Imagine being able to put your crafting supplies away in the correct place as soon as you get home – you’ll be ready to craft again at home with very little - maybe no - stress.

Six – Bonus reason, it’s so pretty to look at!

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope you found these 5 reasons for embracing the rainbow helpful and inspiring.

Happy Crafting!

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Embellishment Organization Class

It’s time to stop searching for supplies and start crafting with them.  In this 1 hour class we go through the step-by-step process of getting your crafting embellishments organized.  (Sign up for class information emails.) Glitter, buttons, eyelets, stickers, ribbon flowers… there’s a way to organize all of them so they are visible and accessible. … Continue Reading

3 ways to use the Spinder Binder.

This lightweight plastic “cover” is designed to hold 1 Spinder on its hook & loop spine. The zipper keeps everything contained. The Spinder Binder is oversized to easily accommodate scrapbooking supplies. Exterior measurements are: 16.25L” x  15″T x 2.5″D or  41.5cm x 38.2cm x 6.2cm The Spinder Binder was what we call a “popular demand” creation.… Continue Reading

11 ways to use your Rotating Design Board

You can use your Rotating Design Board for so many different projects! Here are just a few ideas. Adult Coloring Dot to Dot Stamping and Card Making Spray Painting – easy! Decoupage Projects Floral Arranging, Cake Decorating Color by Number TH Distress Crayons Coloring Projects Zentangle Small Painting Projects Ditto Bag Holder These are just… Continue Reading

ScrapRack Users – Tip of the Day: Use small zip lock type baggies for small stuff.

  Use small baggies for embellishments. Small embellishments like buttons, brads, and eyelets are the perfect type of supply to store in your ScrapRack page pockets.  To make it easier to get them in and out of the pockets use small ziplock type baggies. Small baggies are available on our website in both 2×2 and… Continue Reading

An idea from Gail in Grapevine, TX – Washi Tape Organizer

One of the cool things about attending the Scrapbooking/Stamping Shows is meeting all of you and hearing your great ideas about how you’ll use our products. Last weekend at the Grapevine SB Expo I met lots of fun ladies.  One of them was Gail Wheeler, a fellow planner addict.  She’s a member of the “The… Continue Reading

Organizing your washi tape with Shelly

Shelly was born for washi tape. If you’re a “gottalittle” crafter you may find that 1 Shelly bag will be perfect to contain all of your washi, but if you’ve got a washi addiction like I do, you’ll need 3,4,5… Organizing your washi tape is no different than organizing other craft supplies.  Follow the same steps,… Continue Reading

Tip 28 – Adding Ribbon to your organization system

This tip is targeted towards those of you (us) who are NOT ribbon junkies. Add your small amounts of ribbon right into your 4 section organization system. Put colored ribbon in the rainbow section, themed ribbon (like sports or birthday) in the themed section and holiday ribbon in the calendar year. One simple way to do… Continue Reading

Embellishment Storage Page – Specialty Storage Page Collection

The Embellishment Storage page is part of our Specialty Storage Page collection.  These pages are different than our Basic Storage Pages in a number of ways.  Most of the Specialty pages, including this one, are made of a heavier gauge of plastic, so they are quite a bit thicker and more stiff than the Basic… Continue Reading

Back to Basics – Why you need a 4 Section System

  What better place to start than at the beginning.  The key to being organized is having a system that is easy to use, easy to remember and easy to stick with.  Think about your system  as a foundation – it’s the thing that gives stability, ensures longevity, and provides security.  Many of us have… Continue Reading

Practicing What I Preach – How to Plan, Pack, and Scrap on vacation – Bl…

Happy Monday! Today I combined all the products I had, with all the products I purchased at the Lancaster Creating Keepsakes convention and packed them all up. I used out new Project Planner Pages and combined products for a couple of different events/activities in each page. I used 2 additional Project Planner Pages to pack… Continue Reading

Update on the Border Hoarder

Hi Ladies – I got an update from Jean our friendly neighborhood, self-descibed, Borderline Horder.  Here’s the latest from her double-scrap rooms.  I’ve included some images below.  Click on them to enlarge. Hi Tif!I made some tremendous strides this past weekend. Like many others, I to had today (MLK day) off so I concentrated on my… Continue Reading

Embellishment Organization

If you haven’t added embellishments to your ScrapRack now is the time to do it.  The ScrapRack is designed to hold all types of crafting supplies, not just the “flat stuff.” If you haven’t moved your Brads, Eyelets, Glitter, Beads,….into your ScrapRack System, you aren’t getting maximum use of your investment. The Embellishment Storage page is… Continue Reading

Jewelry and Beading Organization

Are you looking for a great way to organize your Jewelry and Beading Supplies?  The ScrapRack is the perfect answer.  You can group your beading/Jewelry making supplies by Color and Style.  Group your findings by Gold/Silver, etc. Use small ziplock bags for your beads and finding then slip them into our pocket pages.  We used… Continue Reading

Get your Glue Dots, Pop Dots, and other Adhesives Organized

Hi Scrapper’s –  We’ve spent the last couple of weeks moving into our new offices.  One really nice thing about our new space is that we’ve got a separate “scrapping” room.  Imagine having a place to crop while you’re at work (this could be dangerous).  Anyway, as I began moving into this new scrapping space, (which… Continue Reading

Update on Page Arrival

  To all of you who have been waiting so patiently for our pages to arrive from China.  Well, after a couple of crazy delays, our freight company has given us a port arrival date of May 24th.  If all goes well with US Customs, we should be able to start shipping the 25th or… Continue Reading

Holiday Organization – How to get yourself set up for storing and organizing holiday photos, memorabilia and more.

The Holiday season is always stressful. Often times during the holiday season things that should be fun become overwhelming and the joy disappears. Minimize your holiday stress where scrapbooking is concerned by getting ready for the holiday season today. Step 1Designate a Place for Holiday Stuff.Having a designated place to accumulate holiday materials is key.… Continue Reading

Embellishment Organization

One of the biggest challenges with embellishment organization is that there are so many little things to keep track of. Don’t get frustrated, get organized. Combine and Conquer your embellishments by using the 4 Section System. Click here to read more about the 4 Section System.To get your embellishments organized group them together based on… Continue Reading