December 27, 2011

MFT Creative Chat - Embellishments

It's time for the MFT Creative Chat. The My Favorite Things Design Team Creative Chat is a monthly feature, where we are challenged to explore our creative spaces and share valuable organizational methods, tools, and shopping strategies with you. You'll be able to peek into our creative spaces, ask questions, and share your own ideas in the MFT forum.  This month, we were asked the following questions: 

Show us how you store your embellishments.
What are your absolute favorite embellishments?
Any tips or tricks on how to use embellishments on stamped creations?
I hope you've all been having a wonderful time with friends and family during this festive time of year, I know I've been loving every minute of having Shanan home for the holidays! I'm popping in today with this month's creative chat. I have a few photos of how I store my embellishments and a couple of tips.
We move around a lot, so everything in my stamp room is modular - and cheap! I like to spend my stamp budget on the fun things, not furniture. This is the top of three small bookcases I've stacked to create cubbies. Because I use my embellishments to decorate my room, they are spread out all over the place. I love glass jars so I can see what's inside.
Most of my older embellies are all jumbled up together, I like hunting through them to find just the right thing for a card! Here I've sorted them into metallics, brights and pastels to save me a little bit of time.

Some of my newer embellishments are hung on this board I picked up for $10. This way I can keep them in the orginal packaging, and can store a lot in a small amount of space. 

Here is one of the cubbies I mentioned earlier. I like to look in thrift stores for bargain jars and bottles for cute storage - this set of bottles and the carry tray cost $1 and house all my Basic Grey brads. If items come in cute packaging, I leave them in there to be displayed. Right in back there I have some American Crafts jars that were too cute to ditch.

Kitchen items make great storage! I picked up this spice rack recently. The bottles have wide openings perfect for lots of little treasures. I have this one right on my stamp desk for convenience.

I think my favourite embellishment would have to be buttons! I have jars and trays of them everywhere. These are my faves, just a few from my Grandma's vintage collection displayed in one of her old butter dishes. It's so fun to hunt through these and the rest of my vintage stash looking for the best fit for my card, and it's decorative too!
My tip for using embellies on your stamped creations would be to "audition" items first. Try a variety of different embellishments by laying them on your card to see which ones look best. Don't stick them down till you're decided! Also, I love to layer. Layer a button over a bow or flower, layer brads and grommets together - more is more in my book!

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Thanks for stopping by!   


  1. I agree ... save the budget for stuff, not furniture or containers. :) I like to store in clear containers as well. If I can't readily see it, I'm not likely to use it. Oh, and I'm a button-lover, too! TFS a peek into your craft area. G

  2. love your spice rack and bottles as containers for your embellishments

  3. You and I store much in the same way. I LOVE jars, containers and boxes of all kind! Your vintage buttons are fabulous. I, too, have a treasured jar that were my Great-Grandmother's. LOVE!

    Hugs girlie!

  4. Sarah, love all your decorative containers!! Especially that trio of bottles, so pretty and functional :)

  5. Love the glass jars, i bought myself those storage units, small drawers that they normally use for the mens screws, ect, find they work perfect for storage , have a look at your hardware section, or dollar store, which we dont have, lol, also 1st place an embellie, shift around, change to something else, ok, now i like, then on it goes......hehehe
    tfs and lotsa luv

  6. I love all your beautiful jars, I need to start looking for stuff like that for my displays as well. Thanks for the great tips.

  7. Love the creative way in which you store, those bottles with brad and the spice jars look great

  8. Sarah,

    Your work is beautiful! You have given me some great storage ideas!


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