Friday, June 25, 2010

Organizational {Friday} Embossing Folder Reference

Today, I thought I would share a video I found from Christie. This video shows how she organizes her Cuttlebug embossing folders. You can see her video here. While I think it is a great idea, and some of you may love organizing your folders this way--I prefer to organize mine in a binder. Remember, organizing is all about what works best for you! I use this particular binder for all of my stamp ink colors, my Stickles, Spellbinders dies, Shimmerz & LuminArte H20 colors, etc. Click on each name/word to see how I organized each of those items in previous posts. I need to take the word "Copic" off of my binder cover because I now have a separate "Copic" binder after attending class. I may share that in an upcoming post. Now, let me show you how I took Christie's idea and gave it my own little twist. First I cut a lot of 2 1/4" square pieces of Memory Box paper. The reason I use Memory Box is because it has a white core. You will need paper with a white core so that your sanding will work and show you the embossing. I used scraps from my scrap box. You will want to use fairly dark paper so your embossing shows up after sanding too.
Then I quickly ran the paper scraps and all of my embossing folders and plates through my Big Shot. I did this for each embossing folder or plate that I have (Cuttlebug, Sizzix, and SU). After I embossed a piece, I used my sanding block to sand the piece of paper. I then mounted each sample on a piece of printer paper, wrote the embossing folder name down, and put it in my reference binder. Here are a few samples pages of how they turned out:
Pretty wonderful, huh? :) I really didn't feel I needed large samples so the 2 1/4" inch pieces work great for me. I love my little reference binder. It sits right on my desk, and I am constantly referring to it!! If you haven't made an "all encompassing" reference binder, I highly recommend it. It saves me so much time when creating. It's also easy to see what I have and don't have when putting together a shopping list or a wish list.

If you missed how I store my embossing folders, please see this post here. I focus on Cuttlebug embossing folders in the post but if you look in the photos you will see my Sizzix and SU embossing plates are there too and stored the same way. :)

Well, I hope you have enjoyed today's post. Have a wonderful Friday! Blessings,
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6 comments:

Ashley @ Bride on a Budget said...

Oh wow! Great idea!

I don't have a tool for embossing yet, but when I get one, I will definitely use this idea.

Melissa said...

I am in agreement with the last comment! Love this and I hope to one day use it!! :)

Pati said...

Very cool!!! I'm just getting into organization mode. My area is a mess! So I have been checking out different ideas. Thanks for sharing yours, I really like the idea of small dark cardstock and sanding to show the detail for a reference binder. I will have to pass your link onto a few others also looking for ideas! Thanks!!

Blessed Ladybug said...

what a great idea i'm loving the idea of the cuttlebug .. wow ive got to get mor organized....

Blessed Ladybug said...

what a great idea i'm loving the idea of the cuttlebug .. wow ive got to get mor organized....

Anonymous said...

What an awesome idea! I have been working on my new binder and already love it so much! Thanks for sharing!
-Kayla

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