ORGANIZING EMBOSSING FOLDERS

I have been a fan of Totally-Tiffany.com for about a year, since I discovered her wonderful see-through plastic organizers. I absolutely LOVE her Karen bag. It’s made for card makers, but I have found a wonderful use for it — organizing embossing folders!

I recently won a Tim Holtz Vagabond 2 embossing machine, and also received quite a few embossing folders with it. I got about 20 more embossing folders at Tuesday Morning for $1.00-$1.49 each. I quickly found that I needed a way to keep them safe and organized.

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I started by making a file folder on my Cricut machine, and added a tab to the top. After cutting the folder out, I embossed the front of the folder with the embossing folder contained within. I labeled the folder with a name that I would remember and find — NOT with the manufacturer’s name. That doesn’t help me at all.

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I then used the hard plastic laminated dividers that come with the Karen bag to make alpha tags. I filed the embossing folders alphabetically, and I’m done!sbc_sr-sng13

It’s easy for me to use both at home, and away, and the clear see-through bags are ideal for easily spotting the folder you need. No more digging through something to try to find the one I need.

If you’re looking for a relatively inexpensive and portable way to organize your embossing folders, you can’t beat Totally Tiffany’s Karen bags!  I’ve included a link so that you can buy your own.

 

Do you have a favorite way of organizing or storing your embossing folders? Share your method in the comments below! Until next time, happy crafting!

Upcycling old furniture for craft storage

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Nothing makes my frugal self more happy than to see new life for something I was ready to donate, especially when it comes to organization and storage!

Last year, I was looking at a very old clothing armoire from Ikea and saw an old, tired, dated piece of solid wood furniture. I saw the quality was still there but the style was sorrily lacking.

I took my armoire, painted it, sealed it, and repurposed it for craft room storage! It took me about 6 hours to repaint it because I had to dissassemble pieces. But once it was done, wow was it worth it!

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The best thing is it stores 12×12 albums perfectly. Now they’re protected from light, dirt, and dust and stored upright — the preferred method to store them. Best of all — it gives me a place for a TV 🙂

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Look at your old furniture — pull out that old TV stand, that old nightstand, that old piece of furniture that’s collecting dust in your garage or attic. With a little TLC and imagination, it can become your favorite new piece of furniture in your craft room!

Have a great weekend & happy crafting!

Kitchen organizational items for craft storage

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The art of being able to find great organizational items for your craft room starts with the ability to see different uses for things you already have in your home. Maybe it’s using a silverware sorter to hold markers. Maybe it’s a divided box for a knives to hold paintbrushes. Or a lazy Susan to hold your supplies on your desktop. Or it’s looking in the kitchen section at your nearest big box store!

I was at Sam’s Club yesterday, and found this three-tiered fruit stand. It is iron, has a small footprint side to side on the bottom, and fits perfectly on an Ikea Kallax shelf. Instead of using it for fruit, I’m using it for all of my baker’s twine, large ribbon, jute, and string. It’s great for me, as I can see what I need and instantly grab it and go.

Start thinking of different uses for everyday organizers, especially kitchen related. There are some great crossover uses for your craft room!

What great items have you repurposed for organizing your scrapbook room?

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The Cricut Explore ~ Life Changer for Crafting!

I saved for months to buy a Cricut Explore. The Explore is the latest/greatest die cutting machine from Provocraft. I wanted it even before I knew all of the capabilities it had for crafting.

Did you know the Explore can write? It has two areas for use — one is for the cutting blade, and the other is for a marker or pen. It can even write your own handwriting!

Did you know you can upload pictures from the internet and convert them into cuttable files? With the Design Space feature (online access) you can upload SVG files — virtually any picture from the internet — and convert it into a cuttable image?

Upload a close up of your child’s face, and convert it into an SVG. Upload it into Design Space, and you can print then cut a picture of your child!

Print then cut is wonderful! Upload any picture into Design Space. Print it, then place the printed page on a Cricut mat. Load it into the Cricut Explore, and it will cut precisely around the edges! NO MORE HAND TRIMMING WITH SCISSORS!

Went to Disneyland but forgot to get a picture of the sign? No problem! Find a picture off the internet, upload it into Design Space. Print it, then cut it, and you have a custom die cut!

Want to cut chipboard? You CAN do that with the Cricut Explore! Want to duct duct tape? You CAN do that with the Cricut Explore! Want to cut fabric? You CAN do that with the Cricut Explore!

Want to see a video overview of the Cricut Explore? https://youtu.be/qT-TV1P2Z-A

I’m not exaggerating when I say Cricut has changed the way I scrapbook and create paper crafts. I make banners for birthday parties, treat boxes, centerpieces, adorable custom wreaths for my front door, scrapbook pages, die cuts, my own t-shirts with heat transfer vinyl, and so much more.

Here’s a link so that you can get your very own Cricut Explore!

 

Cheat sheet for embossing and die cutting machines

I was recently the very lucky winner of a Tim Holtz Vagabond 2 electric embossing and die cutting machine. I’ve included the link to buy this fabulous machine on Amazon. It normally retails for $199, and a price of $172.78 with Amazon Prime shipping is a great deal. In case you haven’t noticed, I’m all about Provocraft and Cricut products, but I’ve really come to love my Vagabond 2.

It’s electric and wonderful for crafters who don’t want to crank an embossing machine handle or someone (like me) who has arthritis and can’t crank very much without having pain. It has a very easy learning curve, but being that I’m relatively new to embossing and die cutting outside of a Cricut machine, I have been having a very difficult time figuring out how to ‘sandwich’ my embossing folders and metal dies.

This morning, I was very excited to find a cheat sheet for the Vagabond (1 and 2) die cutting machine, and I’m going to share it with you! I’m attaching this reference chart for you here. It’s a ‘cheat sheet’ from Die Cutting for Paper Crafters magazine (link below) to help you figure out the plates to use for what you’re trying to accomplish. I hope it helps you as much as it has helped me.

Have a fabulous weekend & happy crafting!