Friday, March 1, 2013

Organizational {Friday} Flowers or Other Small Embellishments

Most of you know from my creations that I LOVE flowers and leaves. I really have an obsession.  Well, I used to keep them in two drawers of my Scrap 'n Cube; however, I have recently discovered that I have flowers buried below other flowers, and I am not using everything wisely. In fact, I almost placed an order for some larger leaves only to find out I had a bunch buried. So, I set out to reorganize them.

First, I purchased two sets of four Plano Stowaway boxes from Amazon for a total of eight boxes. I then began organizing my flowers by color. I love these boxes because the dividers can be put wherever you need them. That means you can have a large section, small section—any size that you need. As you can see in the photos below that I have many different sized sections.




Each of my eight boxes are arranged this way, and these boxes can accommodate many different sized flowers and leaves. These boxes also work for wood veneers and other embellishments. There are all sorts of possibilities. :)

Once I was done organizing, I labeled the end of each box with washi tape. The color of washi tape on the end matches the color of flowers inside the box. If there are two different colors of flowers in the box, then there are two different colors of washi tape on the end of the box. :) Makes it super easy to grab a box with the flowers I need. They then stack on my new shelving unit which I think I will share about next week.
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Most of my flowers are purchased from Wild Orchid Crafts as their prices are incredible and shipping is cheap even though they are shipped from England! Their customer service is great too!

And before I close today, I have decided to give away some of these beautiful flowers to one blessed reader. All you have to do is leave a comment here by Thursday, March 7, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern, and I will announce the winner in next Friday's organizational post. Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy your weekend!

27 comments:

Swissdutchy8 said...

Thanks for sharing! Really good idea, I make a mess with my flowers in two BIG draws. Never can find anything.But most of all thank you for the adress where you buy your flowers. I went on their page....love the flowers and the prices! I am gonna order there and let it ship to Switzerland.Bye bye!

Grace said...

Great idea Patter! I have all mine still sorted by manufacturer because I have several names, but I love the color seperation you have done! Will have to evaluate how many I need! I might just be "reorganizing" again! Been praying for you all!
hugs,
Grace

Lisa Rukin Swift said...

I knew I liked you for a reason, Patter. You are so organized and full of great ideas. LOL! :) Not only do I love how you used the containers, but that you marked them with washi to note the colors inside is genius. :)

Cassie said...

Thanks, Patter! I always appreciate your organizational tips :)

Becky said...

Such a great tip for organizing flowers and a chance to win some of your lovely flowers.

Scraprageous said...

Thanks for the idea! I have one of those boxes around and hope to sort my flowers soon.

sdg22 said...

Thanks for the tips. I haven't worked much with flowers, but I look forward to incorporating them more. They look great on your hymns!

Julia said...

My goodness, you have alot of flowers!!!!! I certainly love organiztion threads and reading about the process that brought you to use those containers!!

Anonymous said...

What pretty flowers, and arrayed so beautifully. Easy to see what you seek, or even get an idea to use something that might have been neglected. You inspire me to get my embellishments more visibly stored. Thank you---Jennifer in Ohio

AggieMom said...

Love your organizational ideas and have put many of them to use in my craft studio. I also have a weakness for pretty flowers and rarely pass up an opportunity to add to my stash

AggieMom said...

Love your organizational ideas and have put many of them to use in my craft studio. I also have a weakness for pretty flowers and rarely pass up an opportunity to add to my stash

Shawna said...

Love the idea of putting washi tape on the boxes to code the color of embellies inside. I checked out Wild Orchid Crafts and yes, I will be ordering from them :). In the mean time I am off to Amazon to buy some Plano boxes........Patter you are such an enabler!! LOL!

Anne Payne said...

Thanks for the organizational tips about the boxes and tape. That seems to be my most challenging area, whether in my craft space or elsewhere.

LauraB whosthischick said...

I use these for my wood veneers :)

Scrapycandy said...

Thank you for thinking of us! I love this idea. I just started using these kinds of boxes for my diecuts. I never thought of using it for the flowers. Just a terrific idea! Of course I have boys to scrap for so I do not have the large number of flowers that you have, naturally.

Fleursbydesign said...

Wow you have a lot of flowers, great tip TFS

Bernadette Bliss said...

What great and manageable way to organize flowers. Love it! Thank you for the show&tell...

Lana Vassallo said...

What a great idea. Always looking for better ways to organize my supplies. Thanks for the give away

Caryn S said...

Really clever organizational idea! Not really sure that I have enough flowers to employ this but it certainly makes sense to store flowers in a hard sided container.

Roberta Broussard said...

What a great idea! Thank you for sharing all your organizational ideas! They inspire me to organize my supplies.

Janet Zeppa said...

That's alot of flowers for sure! Love how you organized them.

MaxineD said...

What an awesome way to organise your flowers - and what an awesome collection of flowers!!
Blessings
Maxine

JoyBelle said...

I have more than a dozen of similar containers for my jewelry needs! I've seen some people use them to store batteries and other small things, too. Just love them!!!

Lexi said...

You always come up with clever ways to organize scrapbooking items! Thanks for sharing with all of us!

annieb said...

Great idea for the embellishments, especially the flowers. I can see a change coming on at my house. Thanks for all your tips.

Stephanie said...

With two fisherman in the house (well, one insisted on growing up and moved out to start his own family :) ), I'm well acquainted with Plano boxes. I've used them for other scrappy items but never thought about them for flowers (yes, I'm having a DUH! moment!). The washi tape is pure genius. Thanks so much for another great idea. Praying for all of you.

Babs said...

I love your organization! I've been working on organizing everything by color and this will work perfectly for my flowers. Just wish I had as many beautiful ones as you do!

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