Today I want to expand on how great the 3 ring binder can be. Basically, this is the same storage method I use for stickers. When scrapbooking and card making first became a hobby, I used all sorts of storage containers. Currently, the endless options for embellishments means that I have way more than a few plastic boxes can handle. When you think about all of the buttons, brads, eyelets, clips, flowers, and other tiny things you have lying around, it can be overwhelming. Trying to keep all of these things sorted and easily accessible can be tricky. The biggest reason I wanted a better way to organize them is because I wanted to use them! It’s really easy to forget about all of the great embellishments you have when you can’t find them and look at them easily. Now I keep almost every embellishment style in my 3 ring binder.
In addition to the clear trading card storage pages, and a 3 ring binder, you will need one other item to make this storage solution work. Tiny zip top bags. I bought mine at JoAnn’s in the jewelry supply section. Just make sure they are small enough to fit into the pocket of a trading card page and you’re all set!
The fun part, call me crazy, is filling all the little zip top bags with embellishments! You might be asking yourself, why can’t I just put the embellishments in the pocket without a bag? Trust me, it’s much quicker to pull out a little bag then trying to pick out the tiny piece you need from a tiny pocket. Also, if you ever drop the binder or pick it up when it’s upside down, you will be glad you took the time to use zip top bags! I haven’t made category tabs for my binders like I did with the sticker binder, but now that my embellishment collection has called for a second binder, it might be time to add tabs! The best part is seeing all of your stuff in one place and being able to get to it easily. A few inches of shelf space per binder makes for a much cleaner looking craft area. I hope this system helps you use your creativity without getting frustrated with your materials.