How I solved _______________ · Too Much Stuff!

Embellishment Organization

Dear Fellow Crafters,

If you’re a paper/ card crafter like me, you tend to have a large stash of embellishments- buttons, woodenware, silk and paper flowers, brass and charms. When I first started using ” That Folder” I bought a number of self-adhesive gems and pearls. At first, I stored them in a drawer with the folder. As usual, I found that I was buying duplicates because they weren’t visible. Then I decided to use the clear pocket solution. Years ago, when our son was younger, he collected baseball cards. We bought him plastic storage pockets to store the growing collection. He left some of the pockets behind when he moved out so I thought that I had found a perfect solution.

Well, I started out by separating the colors and shapes of the gems and pearls. Then I took some left over white card stock and cut them down to fit the pockets. Sets of the same color fit together and others stood out because of the white card stock. I found a refrigerator storage box from IKEA and used it to store the gems.

Other ideas you can try are:

You could use ziploc baggies with a piece of cardstock inside to help the baggies keep their shape.
You could staple the sets of embellishments to pieces of cardstock, divide them by color, and store them in a fridge binz or a binder.
You could separate the embellishments by color and put each color group in a different ziploc baggie and then store them in a pretty basket.
You could store them in mason jars or Tupperware containers, grouped by color.
You could store several sets in clear CD  grouped by color.

Happy Crafting,





Adventures in Card-Making

The story continues… The third part

Dear Fellow Crafters,

The saga continues about That Folder:

The design team uses feedback from subscribers in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, UK and USA along with their facebook page and Instagram as well as team collaboration for product ideas. The team is working on a re-design of a popular design with a cross over of dies and stamps.
As of this writing, Craft Stash has begun the rolling out of an exclusive stained glass collection. They’ve already launched additions to the All Occasion Collection  with 3 new folders, a die set (I’m on the wish list for that one!) and a stamp set. (I just got mine!)
So, as you can see, there is so much going on behind the scene. Be sure to follow CraftStash for their latest rollouts. My thanks to everyone at Practical Publishing for their assistance in telling the story of That Folder!

I usually don’t send copies of other blogs or newsletters but this was in my email today and I had to share. It comes from Craftstash:

Send us what you’ve made with “THAT” folder!

The world-wide phenomenon is being taken to the next level… Our friends at Papercraft Essentials magazine first featured ‘THAT Folder’ in issue 122, and now they’re looking for your creations to feature in an All-Occasions Collection Special for issue 153!

The winner will feature on the cover of the supplement, along with runners up being inside the special too!

How to enter:

1. Create a fantastic card using any of the All-Occasion Collection embossing folders, stamps or dies.

2. Include the steps you took to make your card on a separate sheet, along with a list of materials.

3. Write your name, email address and title of your card on the back.

4. Post your card and notes to:

PE153 Comp, Practical Publishing 217 Wellington Road South Stockport Cheshire SK2 6NG

Entries must be received by 15th September and cards will not be returned. One entry per person.


Happy Crafting,


Adventures in Card-Making

The story continues… the second part

Dear Fellow Crafters,

This is part 2 of the story that needs to be told in reference to That Folder a/k/a The All Occasion Embossing Folder. This post will feature more of my interview.

1. How do you decide which magazine to feature your free gift?

We actually do it the other way around. We decide per magazine what type of gift we should include each month. We have to plan months in advance.

2. Are embossing folders easier to design or are stamps? Or for that matter, die-cuts?

          “Stamps are the most time-consuming to design. Dies & embossing folders are about the same – it depends on what we’ve asked for in the brief, as the more intricate the style, the harder it can be to design.”

3.   Is this phenomenon worldwide or only in the United States?

           “It’s global!! It’s incredibly popular in Australia, New Zealand & South Africa – plus the US & of course, the UK where the design originated!”

4.     Are there any articles about the folder that I can share with my readers?

We have written about That Folder on a couple of occasions, and we are aware of the social media explosion – and not surprisingly, it has been mentioned in our magazines, too!

 5. We have our CraftStash YouTube channel – and we also have our Instagram account – – where you will find lots of others who love That Folder!
When reading over the lengthy interview (that took place over several email “days”) I realized that I forgot to mention that I asked the ladies about what inspired the design of the folder in the first place and they answered “home décor” and finally this:

Did you have a clue as to how popular the folder would be?

  1. No!! We know our designers are amazing, but we were astounded when we discovered that our little cover gift had its own Facebook group!!

Please read my final posting on The Folder coming up next week and until then,

Happy Crafting,



Adventures in Card-Making

The story that needs to be told – in three parts

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Popular Embossing Folder

On a sunny morning in 2015 I opened my mailbox and eagerly got ready to read my favorite magazine Paper Craft Essentials Issue 122 and then my jaw dropped – “WOW, what a great folder!” I exclaimed. Little did I know, THAT FOLDER as the All Occasion Embossing Folder came to be called was already creating a world-wide phenomenon in the paper crafting world. Over the next two years, I used “That Folder” for all types of cards – birthday, anniversary, Halloween, Christmas. I started noticing that other crafters were using it too. Pinterest boards were slowly appearing and then a Facebook group popped up. A few months ago just for fun, I typed in “That Folder” in my browser and 3,000,000 hits showed up! I began to wonder if the design team had any idea what a phenomenon their creation had become. Although there were hundreds of Pinterest boards ( I even had one!) See link  and u-tube videos all I could find was Craft Stash’s brief article. I wanted to know the rest of the story and I bet you did too. So I wrote to the editors of Practical Publishing and with the help of Louise Spragg ( On-line Content Editor) and Shirley Foster (Product Development Manager) and my new favorite on-line store Craft Stash I am able to bring you the story that needs to be told. I asked a lot of questions so this story will be told in 3 parts with part of my interview included. Part one will be featured today, with part 2 (The story continues) on 8/16 and Inspiration on 8/23.

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Product Development

The Product Development Team made up of researchers, testers and designers are always looking for “new ideas and concepts and so they came up with the wave instead of a straight separator between two patterns.” Although they have a specialized team that works on designs, many more people are involved in the total process from the conception to packaging and distribution. Remember my post a little while ago about Pinterest? Well it seems that when some of the designers suffer from “creative blockage” they turn to Pinterest too! They are always working because the product launch is usually about 6-8 months which means that they are now working on Christmas designs!

1. Can you take my readers on a brief timeline “trip” on how long the process is from conception to manufacturing?

” The original folder was designed as a cover gift on one of our magazines, so the process is slightly longer than designing a standard commercial product, as we have very strict deadlines. We have to agree product concepts at least 8 months before the on-sale date of the magazine to ensure the gift is produced in time. Once we have an agreed concept, we brief the designer, so that they know what type of product, style, size etc. we need. We also have to brief our manufacturers at this stage, so that they can provide us with estimated costs. The actual design can take anything up to 2 weeks, depending on what it is. Once everyone is happy with both the design & the costs, the artwork is sent to the manufacturer. Again, depending on the type of product, it can take up to a month before we receive samples for testing. Once tested & approved, we’ll brief the designer on how we want the product to be packaged, what wording should be included & what the product should be called. The designer will then create the packaging artwork. Unless we found any problems & needed to retest, that would be more-or-less our involvement. We have a much quicker turn-around for commercial product, however we have to be involved throughout the process, & plan how & when the product will be launched commercially.”

Stay tuned for the next part of the story next week.