Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Embossing Folder Inventory

Storage and organization are always the largest issues with scrapbooking and papercrafting tools and supplies.  I find with embossing folders, I have a tendency to forget which designs I have without pulling them all out each time I work on a project.  One day while staring at huge selections of paint chips that they have at home improvement stores I decided that I could use my left over swatches to create a swatch book for my embossing folders.



I use the Behr paint chips from Home Depot because they seem to have a little more surface area and a convenient hole to link them together.  Once I emboss them I lightly sand the painted surface so that the design shows through easily. 

I keep this swatch book in my craft tool box so that I always have them in arms reach when I am working on a project and can easily see which design will best suit my project.





Since my collection is relatively small compared to most of you out there, I am able to keep my embossing folders in a small basket.  

Paint Note:   I like the Behr paint colours and have fallen in love with the CIL Smart Paint, it has silicone in it and goes on creamy smooth and is incredibly tough. (former Benjamin Moore painter)  Home Depot can colour match the Behr colours for the CIL Smart Paint.


16 comments:

  1. Great idea! I have a drawer full of folders and do go through them all looking for one that I 'think' I may have. Thankx for the idea.

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  2. This has made my designing much easier - happy to share it. Stay tuned for many more organizing ideas. I just need to find the time to get them posted.

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  3. Great idea....I have quite a few embossing folders & they are in a photo box under categories, but this would be great to have because a few times I have purchased a duplicate but my girlfriend gets it :D

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  4. Brilliant! Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Really good idea even if you don't have many, Can always add to it. Thanks.

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  6. When you pick a paint chip you like, how do you find the folder out of your basket? Just thumb through them?

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    1. My folders have about doubled in size since I first wrote this blog. I try to stick them by manufacturer because that is how I am familiar with the designs. For the most part, I just thumb through them. I found that when I had them filed, I just wasn't spending the time to refile them when I was finished using them.

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  7. hi
    Great collection and Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us all.
    I am artist and do a lot of drawing and intricate patterns and computer art and abstract art and flowers and plants etc

    but please can you tell me where I can buy these embossing sheets from in the UK..?
    I am in London and would like to buy the whole range of the emboosed patterns and I cannot find a suitable site in UK...
    If you can help me - be Fantastic
    Thanks Very Much
    best wishes
    Andy

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  8. Andy

    You can just google embossing folders and should be able to find some locally. You will need a machine to run them through. http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/papercraft/die-cutting/embossing-folders

    Diecut/embossing machines

    http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/guides/how-to-choose-right-die-cutting-machine

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  9. Kathryn, I took different colors of my left over papers and ran through the embossing machine so that I would know what the pattern really looked like. I have my folders in a notebook filed in plastic sleeves. I taped the paper to the front of the sleeve. Found it's an easier way to see the pattern than just the clear plastic folder. Charlotte

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  10. THAT is absolutely brilliant! Thanks for posting it to share with the rest of us.

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment Debby, I love to organize my crazy amount of stuff. I have been a cataloguer for many many years.

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  11. This is awesome! you get the best of both worlds.
    Thank you for sharing!

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  12. Paint chips are free for people using them to select colors, not for crafting. If everyone does this it drives the cost up for all of us. Yes, technically they are free but this could be done just as easily with paper you purchase.

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    1. Lacey, thank you for your concern. I work on many design projects and purchase paint probably monthly. I have to use several of each colour to create design boards for clients. Rather than throw them away, I repurpose them. You can also ask your local paint store for the discards of discontinued paint colours. The thing that I like about using paint chips in this way vs card stock is that they are easily sanded to see the design more prominently.

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