Wednesday, November 28, 2012

My Die Storage System


Today I thought I would share with you my die cutting area and how I store all my dies.   As you know, Joan's Gardens sells so many different dies that I design with,  and in order to have them in some kind of order, I have filed them in notebooks.  In this picture you can see the blue notebooks which contain all my dies.   I store these notebooks right by my eBosser and all my card stock. These are the Martha Stewart Notebooks you can only purchase at Staples.  She also has three different  styles of insert sheets that I use to store the dies in. Staples does have a whole Center of Martha Stewart organization and office supplies.   

This is a picture of dies in one of the inserts that has two separated pockets.  Each pocket measures 5" x 8".  On the top of each open sleeve is a little flap that closes the opening so any loose dies do not fall out.  These are also in the Martha Stewart Center at Staples.

This picture shows dies in one of the inserts that has four separate pockets. These pockets are 5" x 4".  There is also an insert that does not have any dividers that I use for the long border dies, which would measure 10" x 8".  I did not take a picture of that pocket.

In order for the dies to stay in place in each pocket, I purchased Magnetic Vent Covers from Home Depot that at 8"x15".  These are the perfect size to cut 3 pieces that are 5"x8", then I can cut these in half to make 4" x 4" squares for the smallest pockets. I use my large paper cutter to cut these magnetic sheets.

I have labeled my notebooks according to categories such as: "Flowers", "Leaves & Trees", Dollies; Holidays etc.  I actually purchased a Red Notebook for the holiday dies.  The inserts come in either clear or green and I use the green inserts for the Holiday Notebook.

I like this storage system because the notebooks lay flat for easy viewing and I can easily remove a single die or even an entire section.  By being able to easily see each die, it helps me come up with different ideas too.   

Hope this helps any of you looking for a way to store your dies.   

I'll be back in the morning with my post for the Weekly Challenge At Joan's Gardens

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22 comments:

Hellilote (YanChik) said...

Очень хорошо сделано рабочее место!

May said...

Fantastic idea, Thank you so much for sharing... Hugs May x x x

ednamburgess said...

Mine aren't as organized as yours may be, but I've been doing mine this way for several years. They're easy to store and easy to find this way and don't get separated. Thanks for sharing and I hope others try it too. Edna

Frann said...

Thank you for showing the die storage system you use. I was discussing how to store dies with Joan last week and she explained how you store yours. I think I'll give it a try.

Antonella said...

Thank you so much for this wonderful tip. I have a friend who uses CD cases so she can see her dies, but I really like the notebook idea. By the way, where did you get your inserts with the flaps?

Hugs, antonella :-)

Sheila - Ginger said...

This is a great idea Selma, might give it a go myself. Thank you for sharing it and I wish I was so neat and orderly! Lol!

Love Sheila xx

Mihaela said...

Great ideea for storage your die cuts,Selma!

Rita said...

Good Morning Selma. I love this idea and its certainly a neat & tidy way to store the dies. I also love your card storage too. Enjoy your Day. Hugs Rita xx

Ann Marie Governale said...

What a great idea! xxx Ann Marie

Hilda said...

I store my dies in a similar system - I use A5 lever arch files to store my dies on black card with magnetic strips attached, then these are put into filing pockets. Have not seen the Martha Stewart files here in the UK, but they do look very nice

Olga said...

awesome!

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU, SELMA! I have mine store in notebooks, too, but not as nocely as yours. Had not idea that Staples had such items.
Jan McLeod

Anonymous said...

one of our dollar trees have the magnet covers .I bet they are cheaper than Lowes .
Peggy Dannel

Nancy Seed said...

Great idea. Guess what I will be shopping for this weekend! This idea could also possibly work for the embossing folders as well, which would keep everything together in one ORGANIZED spot! Thanks for sharing this idea with us.

Nancy Seed
seedstlc.blgospot.com

Nancy Hill said...

I store my dies about the same way. We have a lot of plastic old disk holders that have which hold two to 4 disk per page. Good way to through out those ole disk and use those folders. Then, I use plastic page protectors for my larger dies and store them in a folder. I don't use up as much space and I know where I can find my dies each time. Not the "Piling System" anymore.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for sharing.
Peggy Reichert

DebraK said...

My first attempt at storing dies was with 3 large magnetic photo dies using magnetic sheets. Problem was always having to pull plastic off and it became messy--also was very bulky and heavy. Currently I use the CD cube storage from Staples and it is nice, but not easy to see. Very compact though. An index system would make it work great since each pocket is numbered. Your idea is awesome--I love the flaps on the plastic sheets, the vent covers are a great idea!

Anonymous said...

WOW! Selma,

This is a fantastic idea. All of a sudden, I am getting more and more dies and the little wire baskets and little drawers I have them in are starting to overflow and are so tight together, that it is getting hard to find what I am looking for. I think I will try this as soon as the holidays are over. Thanks a lot.

Lorna Baumann

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing this! I have been wanting to do this but I haven't had luck in finding the albums. Think I will go visit Staples in the near future.

Merry Christmas.

Sylvia

Francie in Montreal said...

Thank you, Selma for this great idea. It would make die selection for a project so much easier than the so-called system that I have now. I appreciate this very much and have my fingers crossed that Bureau en Gros (Staples in Quebec) have the materials.

Anonymous said...

Awesome tip! Thank you!

Ann Hilliard

Anonymous said...

Hi!

What AWESOME paper storage you have - what is it??? Where did you get it?
I just love it!

Mlou

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