I’m a papercrafter, and that means EMBELLISHMENTS! Oh, I love embellishments so much 😀 I had a container full of eyelets, a container full of buttons, one with flowers, one with ribbons … fibres … teeny tiny safety pins … staples … charms … yeah, lots of stuff. So when I was making a scrapbooking layout or a card, I would dig through each box, which made a mess and took forever. Then one day I had a lightbulb moment. I work by colour, not by product!
So, I went down to The Reject Shop and bought these cool 5L containers with lids for $2 each (a $20 investment). I also found 4 other small boxes I already had hanging around the house which house Christmas, Swaps, Multicolour and Other (school, zoo, Easter, etc). I made some 4″ x 3″ labels using some of my digital scrapbooking kits, printed them as photos (6c each), trimmed them down and stuck them on the boxes with double sided tape. I also invested in a pack of 100 snaplockbags, and the sorting began.
I laid out the boxes on the floor around my desk, grabbed my box of eyelets, and started sorting. All the red eyelets went into a snaplock bag, then into the red tub … and on I went with blue, silver, green … and then I had to stop for some reason. But the next day I continued with other boxes … buttons were all bagged by colour and put into their colour tub. Then the brads, the flowers, the ribbons … it was great! I had a pile of empty containers piling up on my desk and the colour tubs were looking really pretty!
By the time I was done a quick count showed that I had enough containers that I could put one in each box. Yay! Then I was able to empty the little baggies of eyelets into one compartment, brads in another, buttons in another … and before I knew it, all the tiny stuff was safely stored away.
I did this sorting a couple of years ago, and I am still in love with this system. I have also given the same treatment to my fabrics, which are soooooo much easier to find and use now they’re in colour coded tubs!
I love this system so much that I drove all the way to Cowra (that’s 6 hours drive!) to help my awesome friend Linda sort out her papercraft room so she could find her crafting mojo again! Don’t you just love her before & after desk shot!? Her clever hubby built that great space-saving shelf for her.
So … do you work by colour for your favourite craft? Would sorting your supplies by colour be helpful? Today I am launching my little shop, and you can buy yourself a set of colour labels, printed and trimmed and posted to you for $5! You can buy them HERE.