This week's tip is aimed at helping you store dies. I am referring to the magnetic dies like Nestabilities, Paper Trey Ink Dies, Direct Dies and other brands of magnetic dies.
-3 Ring Binder (How wide depends on how many dies you want to store)
-Pack of Index Tab Dividers(Any office supply store, Dollar Store or the $1 spot at Target)
-Magnetic Sheets (Sold at Oriental trading.com for $9.99/dozen) I think Wal-mart carries some too by the office supply or craft section, not the scrapbooking section.
-Plastic Page Protectors (You want at least a medium weight-Top Loading)To easily slide your magnetic sheet into.
Here's what you do:
-Sort your dies by manufacturer (or whatever way is best for you) and place them on the magnetic sheet. You will be able to fit 2-3 full sets of the Nestabilities, maybe more.
-Label them underneath using a label maker or just typing the information on regular computer paper, printing it, sizing it & gluing it down under the set.
-Slip it into the page protector
-Then use the tab dividers to categorize the dies
On the tab of your divider put the name of the manufacturer listing them alphabetically.
Then right on the front of the divider you can catalog your dies even further.
Type up a list of the dies that are kept with that manufacturer. Then you can see your die inventory listing at a glance . Or if you prefer you can thumb through the actual dies themselves.
Not only is this a great way to store the dies but you can catalog them & keep better track of your inventory.
Once you type a list on your computer you can save it in your documents & easily access it again & again for updates & modifications. You can easily replace the old list with the updated one in your binder too.
Now initially this may seem like an investment of time and money but if you own a lot of dies and you want an effective way to store them with room to grow your stash, this is a smart way to go.
You can customize your binder as well to match your craft room decor or make it personal to your unique style.
They stand easily in a book shelf or table taking next to no room at all. Freeing up your counter space for your other crafting goodies.
I hope this inspires you to get clever with your storage solutions.
Have a great week!