Welcome to GO10, Class 8 – Tackling your embossing folders
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Embossing folders are small, lightweight and come in somewhat standard sizes. This makes them easier to work with than some of our other materials. The downside is that they’re all the same color. Sometimes it’s difficult to really know what the pattern is going to look like until you run it through your embosser/cutter.
Things you’ll need:
Storage Tool – Flippin’ Storage Binder, ScrapRack Pages, Flippin’ Pages, Shoe Box, Photo Storage Box
The Catalog you’ve been working on – (New? View lesson 5 to learn about catalogs.)
Catalog Paper (I used the back side of some ugly printed paper)
Step 1 – Gather together, sort by size
Embossing folders come in a few different sizes. There are a couple of standard sizes; 4”x 6” and 5”x 7”. Recently we’ve seen more variation in sizes – 3”x 4” designed for Artist Trading Cards, some 1” border designs, a few larger designs – 8” x 8” etc. The majority though, still fall into the 2 standard card making sizes. Sorting by size will make it easier to catalog and store them regardless of their size.
Step 2 – Add packaging images if you’ve got them
If you’ve got the original packaging from your embossing folders you can use the images from the packaging to label your embossing folders. Some brands have a thin paper image. I used my Xyron to turn this image into a sticker (I also used Scotch tape and that worked as well.) If your embossing folder packaging is THICK – printed on a lightweight chipboard – it’s better to “hinge” the picture to the embossing folder. The thicker paper will disrupt the pattern on the embossing folder if you stick it to the folder. The tape hinge allows you to “flip” the image out of the way when you use the folder.
Step 3 – Create a catalog of designs
The majority of embossing folders are background type designs. So a catalog is a great way to view all of your options. You can always create multiple impressions of an embossing folder if you think it would work in multiple categories.
My original idea was to create an impression of each folder by actually running it through the press (whatever brand you’ve got) but just figuring out the shims for each brand was cumbersome and overwhelming. Not to mention the process was taking a long time.
You can create a quick catalog just by using crayon rubbings of each folder. This also allows you to get a “positive” and a “negative” image right next to each other if you want both.
I used 12×12″ paper (divided it into 3”x 3” squares) to create my catalog pages. (I actually used the white, back side, of some ugly printed paper.) Paper works better than cardstock.
Some of my embossing folders had coordinating border strips. I rubbed an example of the border strips next to the rubbing of the folder.
The crayon method was Fast, Easy and FUN!!! It also gave me a good excuse to buy a new box of crayons. 🙂
Step 4 – Number your folders and put them away
Folders can be numbered to coordinate with your ScrapRack pocket pages. I used the same system we used for numbering stamps and dies. You can integrate your folders right into the pocket pages where your stamps and dies are stored. I added the Flippin’ Storage Pages to my system. These are indicated with a letter “F” before the number. You can also use the numbering system to store your embossing folders in a Flippin’ Storage Binder, drawer, box, etc.
If you have double sided embossing folders you’re only going to be able to see 1 side – so be sure you note on your catalog sheet that the folder is doubled sided. I used DS on the catalog image to remind myself that the folder was Double Sided.
If you’re using crayons, rub the point of the crayon to a “flat” edge before you store rubbing your designs.
Roll up your sleeves or wear short sleeves, if your sleeve hook the edge of the folder when you are “rubbing” you’ll move the embossing folder and disrupt the image you’re creating.
If you like everything to be “neat”, create grid lines on your paper before you start rubbing. I used 3” x 3” squares.
Pre-number your pocket pages so it is faster and easier to label and put away your folders after you’ve made your “rubbings.”
I used a permanent “sharpie” brand marker on my embossing folders. If you make a mistake, you can actually “rub” the marker off the folder by applying a fair amount of pressure, or a little “un-du” on a cotton swab will clean the sharpie off as well.
If the embossing folder package comes with a full-size image of the folder, add that to the storage pocket with the folder.
If you think about styles or designs by brand or artist, you can create additional catalog sheets for each of the different brands or artists you like to work with. Anna Griffin and Tim Holtz are couple of common examples.
Step 5 – Add to your Organized Only Space!
With the addition of your Embossing Folders (maybe yours are in a box on the empty shelf), you’ve got Paper, Stickers, Embellishments, Stamps, Dies and more all in one easy-to-access area. WOW!!! You’re so organized! 🙂
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