Lately, I've not only been scrapbooking, but making cards. I owe this to the number of tools I've acquired over the years, my small craft space, and my ambition in organizing it all. I have a number of [Cuttlebug and Darice] embossing folders. I use these folders with my Cuttlebug (emboss and die cut machine) when I want to emboss a piece of paper. These folders add a decorative element to the paper, enhancing the presentation layer. As I've started to [re]organize my craft space, I found a way to help me with my design process. It's a quick and easy method that aids in my creativity, specifically when trying to select the right embossing folders…for my handmade cards.
Example of a card made with the [Happy Birthday] embossing folder:
|50th Birthday Card|
When organizing my embossing folders, my first steps were to emboss each tag using one of the folders. The tags were cut using my Cricut Expression [Plantin SchoolBook cartridge] and scrap pieces of paper. The next step was organizing my embossing folders and numbering them.
The final steps are numbering each tag to match the associated embossing folder, and adding each tag to a ring in numerical order. Not only does this organized method help with being able to identify the embossing folders more quickly, but it gives you a quick view to what you have in your stash (lack of a better term).
Now, I carry the ring of tags with me when I visit craft stores. It's definitely helpful when I'm in design mode, and it keeps me aware of the folders I already have…preventing me from purchasing duplicates. After all, I try to stay within my craft budget.
What do you think of this idea? What ideas do you have to organize your craft tools?
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