Quick Tip | Embellishment Storage

When I was unpacking all of my supplies last month, I noticed that I have been keeping too many embellishments in their original packaging. These packages take up a lot of room and now that I don’t have a big crafting space, I had to come up with a better solution.

To open or not to open?

It really is a dilemma for me. I hate to take things out of their packaging too soon because once it’s out of sight, it’s too easy to forget you have it or who made it or what line it came from. But if you don’t have a ton of storage space, these packages can pile up quickly.

My tip is to keep these embellishments in their packaging when something is new. In our scrapbooking world, that’s about 3 to 6 months. I keep a bin full of new products right in my work area for easy access. (I talked about my “new” bins in this post.) When a new product release comes out and I buy the newest, latest and greatest embellishments, I remove whatever is left over from the bin and mix it up with the rest of my stash.

I’m starting to collect brads in these tool box drawers. It’s easy to dump the contents out and find the right color or style for the project I’ve got in progress. I’m using some of these brads in a layout on my desk right now. Out of the package, some of these more theme specific brads no longer feel so theme specific.

I was worried about taking the paper embellishments apart because it’s always good to keep the coordinating items together. But I’m actually finding I’ve been using them more now. Rather than having to open four different packages to find the right color and right size, I can just go through everything at once and pull out what works.

I may regret this one day, but for now it’s working!

Thanks for stopping by today.

11 Comments

  1. Yay! I can comment today 🙂

    Anyway, so true! I do take lots of things out of their packages like buttons, brads, and a few older types. But I have noticed that their is still a lot I don’t take out. Especially like those Sassafras Whimsies you showed. Maybe that is what I need to do to get more use out of them!

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    • I don’t know why it keeps happening! The comments are always on as default. I don’t know why the two posts had comments turned off. Now I’m checking every single post. So weird!

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  2. I keep my stuff in packages too, but I wonder if I would use it more if it was out? It’s a bit cumbersome sometimes opening the package, taking the item out and then repackaging. What about sticky items, like Puffies?

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    • I’ve not been able to take these out of the packages. The pkgs are nice and slim and really don’t take up much room like the plastics over the brads. And because these items have adhesive, it might be best to keep them on the acetate sheet they came on. I could see cutting apart that acetate sheet to keep the adhesive covered up til you use it, but because the pkgs aren’t bulky, I just tend to keep them together. 🙂

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    • Thank you! 🙂

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  3. You are absolutely right about it taking up much more space in the package, but I can not bring myself to empty them out until they are nearly empty anyway. I had emptied a bunch of odds and ends by color into a muffin tin for a class I was taking, and I found that I didn’t necessarily use them up any faster. I think that is because I’ve gotten in the habit of using two or three coordinated items out of a package at the same time, so I like having them together. But thanks for the reminder that I need to tackle that muffin tin of items by color.

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    • I know, it’s funny isn’t it? I have always liked looking at the packages to get fun color combo ideas so I liked keeping them together. But space has become an issue so I had no choice but to take these things apart.

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  4. I keep all my brads together in the package as well and then when there are only a couple i throw them in my brad box.

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  5. I used to keep my stuff in the packaging, but if just wasted to much space. They have so much filler to their packaging that is unnecessary.
    Great way to organize your embellishments.

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  6. Hey! I love the flower collection you have!!! Can’t wait to get all my stuff lined out & organized!!

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