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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Quick Tip Tuesday

Good morning everyone! Angie here from Angie’s Paper Passion with another Quick Tip for you. As promised, I will share a few small organizing tips this month along with a crafting tip, too! 
If you are anything like me, you are always looking for new ways to organize your stash of scrapping supplies. I remember when I started this journey many years ago, my entire stash fit into a small 8” x 10” container, LOL, but today not only do I have an entire craft room but supplies from that room have somehow started overflowing into others rooms! (No, really, I have NO IDEA how that happened!!!)

So my first quick tip has to do with brads and eyelets. Yes, I think we all still have them in our stash whether you want to admit it or not! I personally like to keep my brads and eyelets in containers that I can grab and go. So I separate mine by color (or color family) and put them in those little Tic Tac containers then those go into a slightly bigger clear box. I have one clear box for big brads and one that contains mini brads. I use this same system for my eyelets.

 If I’m going to a crop, I can just grab the box that I want or just take a few of the smaller boxes containing the colors and/or sizes that I need.
And speaking of brads, did you know that you can take plain silver or gold brads and change them to any color that you want? Well, as long as you have some different colored embossing powders and VersaMark!
First, take your plain brad and dip it into your VersaMark pad.
Next dip it into your color of choice of embossing powder.

Now heat your brad with a heat gun. Make sure you use a pair of crafting tweezers to do this last step! After it’s heated, you can dip it again into the embossing powder while it’s still hot and heat it again to create a thicker coating.

Now you have a brad with a custom color! Try experimenting with different colors of embossing powders.
Here are a few different colors that I tried. I used Platinum, Green, and Interference Blue.

How do you store your brads and eyelets? Comment below and share your storage solutions. Next week I’ll be back with another organizing and crafting tip.

Until next time, Happy Crafting,


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  1. That is so cool! Thanks for the great tip to customizing your brads!

  2. I store mine in the divided boxes used for beads. The small compartments are perfect.

  3. Great tips! Thank you.
    Rae Ann O.

  4. I love how you store your brads and eyelets! Are all those "tic tac" containers from Tic Tacs?!! That's a lot of tic tacs. lol

    1. LOL, Brenda! I do have an addiction but not to Tic Tacs! It's to buying crafting supplies!!! But you can get these little boxes at many stores. I bought mine many years ago at Recollections (remember them?) but you can check at your local craft store or even at Wal-Mart. Look in the craft storage section and the bead section.
      Thanks for your comment!

  5. I love this idea. I think I am going to have to use it for my brads.

  6. Great tutorial, will be trying this out :)


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