Organizing some favorite crafting supplies

Earlier in the week I was able to spend some time organizing a drawer of embossing powders and I can’t tell you how much I love seeing these!

now I know what the powders will look like!
now I know what the powders will look like!

I absolutely love thumbing through the swatches to find the color that’s going to work with my current project. I used two cute stamps, 2 circle punches (one for the swatch book, the other for the lids of the containers), versamark watermark stamp pad and each color of embossing powder. On the back of each tag, I added the color/name and manufacturer.

This week I created Valentine Tag samples for a class I’ll be teaching later this month. Having these swatches made it fun to find the perfect color and finish for each tag!

I have to be honest… every time I’ve gone into the embossing powder drawer, I’ve had to pull at least 5 (okay, 10) containers in search of the color I’m looking for.

this makes me happy!
this makes me happy!

Now I won’t have that problem anymore! And considering I have taken to embossing on everything – layouts, tags, cards, etc. – I know this will be totally worth the time it took!

Last January Michael’s cleared out their supply of Slice products. I got a steal on the Slice machine and a ton of design cards. Over this past year, I’ve used the machine to cut some great elements to use on all my crafts. Everything from words, to frames, to shapes for an art lesson in my daughter’s kindergarten class. Knowing the company is no longer producing design cards, I’ve been on a quest to find the design cards at deeply discounted prices.

at-a-glance view cards for the slice design cards
at-a-glance view cards for the slice design cards

Now I have a nice stash and created a quick, at-a-glance-ish book of all the designs on each card. Each card comes with a booklet, but I wanted a quick and dirty way to find what I was looking for. I scanned each booklet, then took the components into Photoshop and created a template to create the collage. This might be totally nerdy, but this type of organizing makes my heart sing!

Hope you are making time for your creative joy as well! Creative souls need to be fed, too! Happy crafting!!!


5 responses to “Organizing some favorite crafting supplies”

  1. Connie, I love your new blog! (I found it through ScrapHappy.) Looks great, and I love your organization ideas. I’m trying to get going on a fledgling blog, too, so I can “sympathize” with you. Congratulations on getting started.


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