Thursday, July 30, 2015

Gilding Storage + GIVEAWAY

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You've probably read and seen a lot about storage options, especially from Jennifer McGuire's videos and blog. When I first started collecting sequins, I bought this CraftMates 28-Compartment Caddy for about $6. Unfortunately, I did not realize that it was about to get super popular with all the crafters and eventually more than doubled in price and finally was discontinued. Insert sad face for always being late to the party. So I waited and, with my sequin and bead and confetti collection growing, waited some more. All of the gilding was still in the original plastic packaging so whenever I crafted, I would have to dig through bags to find the colors I needed. When I received The Ton's latest beautiful beads, I knew I had to invest in something. I had seen the Darice 82-piece Tiny Container Storage Tray around for a while but did not want to invest in it for $30-something at the time. Then I saw a friend post about it in the Facebook Stamp Junkies Group and that pretty much enabled me into finally purchasing it. I started with one to test it out. I filled it up with all the seed and bugle beads.


I love that it's small enough so there isn't too much empty space. I had invested in the other Craftmates boxes, but those were TOO big. I could not stand how much space they were taking up. 


Now it's easier for me to organize ALL my beads together and sort it by color! The tray comes with a cover so that they don't fall out. 


Then I tested out to see if I could fit my sequins in there. As you can see below, it was a success so I ordered one more tray. 



These are also sorted by color. However, I placed all my colors sequins together, ranging from 4mm to 10mm. The larger ones were divided into two containers but since I had more than enough, that was fine. 


I also stored The Ton's Couture Mixes in these. Here's a view with the container open: 


This is the side view. Pretty simple design. 


Finally, I bought a third tray because I wanted to store all my neutral colors and confetti separately. If you have a lot of sequins and gilding, this is a great investment. Do not let the price turn you off because there are 78 containers altogether. The 28-compartment was going for about $14 anyway so relatively speaking, it is worth the cost. 



I also added The Ton's latest star confetti in these containers, too. Aren't they gorgeous? Now all I want to do is stare at my gilding! ;-) 



I hope you found this post useful. All of The Ton's gilding can be found here. How do you store your sequins?

Also, I wanted to share how I am storing my embossing powders now. I bought this cool coffee pod tray and look - it fits all my embossing powders except for Zing! I still have to do samples and improve on my organization but it's coming together slowly. :-)




I have one of these CraftMates Lockables to giveaway to a lucky commenter.

U.S. only due to shipping costs. I'll select a winner from all the comments left on any of today's posts by Friday, August 7. Have a good week! 

58 comments:

  1. Looks amazing. If only you could get them in the UK! Thanks for the info and advice. I'm going to try to look for something similar here - sometimes the containers are just too big like you say. Xx

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    1. I love them! They definitely work for me. It sucks that so many products aren't available internationally, but I really do hope you find something! Be sure to share with your crafty friends when something works out :) Hugs

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  2. You are sooooo wonderfully organized...will you come over and help a girl out?! Love seeing how you store all your sequins and beads. Genius organizing technique for the embossing powders...love seeing all of your pretty pens too.

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  3. Wow! Nice organization. I have just started to collect sequins so maybe someday I will have that many. 😊

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  4. WOW. That's some awesome organizing! And it's so pretty to look at! ;) I have seen those coffee trays before and I was trying to figure out what I could possibly use it for...thanks for sharing a great idea! ;)

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  5. Bought one using your affiliate link! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Mr. Monk and I are drooling at your fabulously organized bling!! (but are they in groups on 100? lol!) : ) Thanks for the coffee pod tip and I'm now off to check out that link for sequin storage. I use the Craft Mates for my jewelry findings, so that would come in handy. Thanks for the chance to win it!

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    1. Love your comment, D.Ann! Love, Love, LOVE Mr. Mon, Adrian Monk, The Monk, Tony Shaloub! Ruby N's organization is off the charts and gorgeous too!

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  7. I love the Darice organizer. I currently am using the craftmates, but quickly running out of space!

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  8. Awesome awesome awesome info! I have my sequins in trays from WalMart, and they're OK, but not great. I really want to eventually get something better. These look perfect!! I've seen the Craftmate's Caddy before, but it is too expensive! Thanks for the Post - great info!

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  9. Your organization is off the charts gorgeous and being able to see all that blinginess would up inspiration and createcraftivity for sure! I would sooooooooo love to win the Craftmate Lockables giveaway storage system! I have a tiny living space which is 66x125. Organization is key and these would certainly help. :)

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  10. wow you go girl with your organizing.. yay for lots of sequins.. :)

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  11. This looks so amazing! Love this idea and must look into them! Want come help me when you're done? Haha!

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  12. Great post! I think I'll have to invest in this??

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  13. Wow! You have a lot of sequins! That is impressive! I've got a much smaller supply, in plastic bags....which are a royal pain!

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  14. Very nicely done. Sometimes we have to bite the bullet on prices when it's worth it. Being frugal is part of my everyday, but if it is necessary, I buy it. I love that the little pods are clear plastic, you can see exactly what color is holding!

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  15. This looks like a awesome organizer! I could really get some great use out of it!

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  16. oh my gosh I just cam across your blog and I am in love. thanks for the storage idea's I always have trouble with that :) thanks

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  17. Thank you for sharing about the storage containers πŸ˜€ I also love your idea on the swatches for your peoniesπŸ˜€

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  18. How yummy is that? Beautiful colour, so inspiring!
    Dolly

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  19. Wow. I am so glad I found your blog. Jennifer has your site on her blog today I love the container for sequins. Thanks

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  20. Wow! I have never seen so many beautiful colors lined up before. Thanks for the opportunity to win. I would love, love, love to be that organized!

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  21. Oh wowza! I LOVE the container! I just wish I had that many sequin colors! Thanks for sharing!!

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  22. Wow, if I had all the goodies you have,organized so beautifully, I would spend my days just gazing at the gorgeousness and not even get around to crafting!! Love clear storage so you can see what you've got. If I can't see it, I never use it! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

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  23. What a great organizer...I'm so glad I stumbled on to your site! LOVE how organized everything is and that you can see the beauty of the craft products!

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  24. Such an awesome post! I've been so bummed that I couldn't find another Craftmates compartment caddy as I filled mine up quite some time ago. $30 is a little pricey but it beats buying a ton of separate small organizers and I can finally have all of my sequins organized woohoo! Just placed my order and thanks again for the awesome review!

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  25. That storage box looks awesome! and I love your idea for the coffee storage drawer! :) genius!

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  26. Oh my goodness! this is so amazing and not only love the little containers but also the beautiful pictures showing us how each one looks when they are open. Love all the organizing and everything looks so fabulous.

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  27. Wow, that is impressive. I keep adding to my "must have" list!

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  28. I have been watching various ideas on sequin storage. This is great!!!

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  29. Oh wow, I am new to sequins and just have about 8 packs but you make me want to add on to my collection. Thanks for sharing!

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  30. omg....I HEART your sequin/confetti/seed bead storage. It makes me SOOOO happy to look at all of those gorgeous colors so neatly organized!! How do you get any work done?? I'd be too busy taking them out, shaking them and stare at them like all the time!! haha Never saw this storage option before. Really great!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  31. This would be a great way to store all the tiny craft things that I use! Thank you for offering this!!!

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  32. Thank you for sharing your organizational ideas. I always seem to find new ideas for improving my crafting space from blogs like yours. It is greatly appreciated.

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  33. Ok, your collection is seriously gorgeous!! I've recently discovered The Ton, through another blogger. I have only just begun stocking up on sequins. I have had beads for years, due to jewelry making, but they are still in their little packets and in a box. I never could decide the best way to store them, so they would be easy to see, and keep track of for ordering more. Thank you for the wonderful suggestion, because I think this is the answer. Thanks so much for sharing!!

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  34. love how you have them in color sequence lol fantastic idea I'm going to get a couple. Thank you

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  35. It is bling AND organizing...what's not to love? Thanks for sharing!

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  36. thanks for the ideas...I always struggle with storage and this container is awesome!!

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  37. Great storage ideas.....very creative and pretty!!

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  38. Love your collection! Thanks for sharing your storage set up!

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  39. This would be perfect for my sequins! Now they're stored in small clear bags in a drawer of my vintage library catalog!

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  40. Thanks for sharing! My sequins are in little baggies, everywhere, lol! You seriously have more sequins than my local Michael's store.

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  41. Thanks for sharing! My sequins are in little baggies, everywhere, lol! You seriously have more sequins than my local Michael's store.

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  42. I would definitely make ths investment too Ruby waht a beautiful tray. The gif is also a great way the sort this sequins that reproduce like bunnies. Geez. I do jewelry and i know that organization is the clue for good crafting. Thanks for the info. Would love to win it would make life easier 😜

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  43. Wow! Your organization is a crafters dream!!! So awesome! By the way, thanks for sharing the love and for being so generous ‧⁺◟( α΅’̴̶̷̥́ ·̫ α΅’̴̶̷̣̥̀ )

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  44. Love your organization. I just started with sequins and have been looking for a way to store them.

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  45. Love your organization. I just started with sequins and have been looking for a way to store them.

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  46. Awesome sequins, beads and confetti organization! I recently just started collecting sequins and even though my stash are still small, I am looking for a better and more efficient way to store them. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  47. OMG look at all the sparkly pretties! so jealous! Mine all a complete disorganzied disaster!

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  48. Thank you, Ruby, for this great review. You helped me solidify my sequin storage solution. I just placed an order via your link. Have a great day!

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  49. Love it! Totally fabulous! So jelly of your collections!

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  50. Love how that storage container stores like a book -- easy to store, easy to use~

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  51. Such a clever, efficient and great looking storage solution!

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  52. I'm still doing the "original bag" thing, too! This looks so much better!!!

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