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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Organization: Embossing Folders Strike back (Part 2)

Hi friends,
Today I'm sharing ways to organize your smaller embossing folders. I don't have anywhere near as many of these as I do the A2 sized folders (are you disappointed?) and I hardly ever use these little 'uns as well. But, I wanted a place where they wouldn't take up valuable space & be organized. So, today I'm sharing 3 different ideas on how to organize & store your smaller toys. Why three? 'Cause I like three---> 3 is a good number :) How about we get on with the deets:

IDEA #1: You know I luuuuv boxes so that was my first go-to idea. I bought this super cute Mary Engelbreit recipe box at Mikes (dollar section.) I love her whimsy style :) I just typed out a title for the top of the box & popped it on the lid- so easy peasy.


I cut the divider cards that came with the box in half to create dividers for my folders. I have 2 basic types of folders: 1) Medium sized folders that come with a coordinating die (3 3/4" x 3") and the small ones that come in a 4-pack (2" x 2 3/4"). I put the medium ones behind a tabbed labeled divider and the smaller ones I actually attached to the divider itself. Here's what it looks like:


Here's how I attached them onto the divider:

I added a REMOVABLE glue dot to the divider & simply placed the folder on top- voilĂ !


Here's the front view & the back view:




Don't like the idea of glue dots? Then you can do the same thing, except use a binder clip to hold them on to the divider:

Now just pop them into the box & when you want to use them, you can just pull out the one labeled divider & all 4 little folders will be at your finger tips. Putting them back will be a breeze too :) It's your own little folder Rolodex :)



Idea #2:

I saw this cute little bin while making my rounds at Aunt Joann's. I bought it with the "Miranda Mantra" of "buy now, think of something to do with it later." I think this would also be a great way to store these little folders:


Idea #3
Storing them in a 4x6 photo album/brag book.




I bought this one for $1. All you do is pop them into the sleeves & you're done!



As you can see, 2 of the medium folders fit perfectly in each sleeve and the 4 small ones fit in one sleeve:

You can now pop this album in the back of your A2 box & have all your folders in one place!
Speaking of A2 folders... you can also store your A2 sized folders in here as well:

They fit just perfectly! They're pretty secure because they fit so snuggly in the sleeves, but I would always keep the album upright to be sure. This is a great option if you don't have too many in your collection yet. It's also a great way to take them with you to crops & such. A much cheaper option too :) BTW, the SU!/Sizzix folders don't fit in the sleeves :(

There you have it! Are any of these ideas helpful or inspiring you to think of your own way to organize your toys? I sure hope so :) If you missed my previous post on organizing your A2 sized folders, you can check it out---> here

Thanks for peeking today! I'm off to work on report cards (which take 4-5 hours to complete- all on the computer- because I have to input 67 grades per student. Gotta love standards based report cards :( I may be MIA for a while...
Gotta Go!

9 comments:

  1. I'm a 1st grade teacher and love my cardmaking/scrapbooking for 'sanity Prozac' too, lol! I have a version of your folder storage--again, from Michael's: almost the same box, but the one that premade cards came in...from my before SU addiction. I saved them for later use and now use them for Cuttlebug folder storage. But I'm going to make the dividers like you did. What a great idea. And your website is great!

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  2. TFS these great ideas! I love the first one because I love ME too!

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  3. Wow, I love all 3 ideas!! Right now mine are in the Metal SU box, but no where as neat as yours!!!

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  4. You are just SO full of ideas!! I love the recipe box idea. I really need to do something with mine! They're all over the place! ;) Thanks for the inspiration AND the ideas!

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  5. Oh Karli, you are just too clever! I have mine in a large index card box but I am ready to rethink that now! Blessings to you!

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  6. This is a great idea- I am working on reorganizing now- moving my stamping supplies into another space- i will have to go visit Uncle Mike and Aunt Joann! Thanks for the great ideas!

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  7. I have mine in baseball sleeves, in a big 3in. binder that works great for the little guys. It will not hold anything bigger than the little guys bcuz of the size of sleeves I bought at the baseball/football card store. Just another idea...

    TFS....

    Deborah~

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  8. Thanks for the great idea, I had made the samples in the size of my folders, I think I want to cut them down, I like the number suggestion, specially now since I'm a little overwheled between cuttle bugs, sizzix and force, I'm afraid to count but I'm at least close to 100 and waiting for a delivery from Cricut of 6 more. :-) they are so addicting. Thank u again.

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  9. Love the recipe box idea, I'm sharing on CraftStorageIdeas.com. Thanks!

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