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Quick Tip on Organizing Your Embellishments

by Teri M Bethel

posted in Home and Family

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Are you tired of the clutter in your studio? Do you need to get your embellishments organized? This is the case of many artisans. As artists we generally have a knack for collecting embellishments until they are stashed in every imaginable nook and cranny.
It's almost as though we're hiding it for the great reveal. The problem is when we are ready to begin using them we have to rummage through the many shopping bags to get to one simple item. So what do we do? We end up buying more of the same items.
How do we over come this challenge? Well it is a very quick and doable fix. Of course this may not as simple as organizing fabric paint by virtue of the variety and size of items. Nonetheless it can be done and should be done as much as possible.
I've tried the cute little drawer organizers that stack on shelves and the plastic drawers on casters, but none seem to be as effective as the stacking plastic food storage containers with lids.
These are ideal when transparent because you can see through them to get an idea of the contents and colors at a quick glance (though labeling on the front is recommended). Your gems, seeds, beads etc. can be separated by size, color and item and then stacked on a shelf.
I've found the deeper containers to be more practical for my use; perhaps four inches deep. It really depends on your needs and the size of the items being stored. But for effective storage, you will want some degree of uniformity in the size and shape of your container.
It is therefore a good idea to determine the amount of containers you will need and for good measure consider buying a dozen or so more. This is where wholesale shopping comes in very handy.
When labeling, you may want to include the cost of the product (per piece) and the manufacturer's item number for ease of reordering as well as keeping note of the value/cost of the embellishments you are using on a particular design.
This way you are able to keep track of the amount of money you are investing in your product.
About the Author: Teri M. Bethel is an artsy couture handbag designer, fabric painter and purse making instructor. In addition to her training DVD's Teri offers free purse making and painting tips to jump start artisans on their artistic journey at: http://www.paintwithtexture.com/

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