Sunday, January 12, 2014

My Die Cut Storage Area


I have had a few questions about how I store my dies and the extra die cuts.  I promised to take a few pictures and post them to show how I organize my dies and die cuts.  This is a picture of the area where I store my card stock, dies, die cuts and off to the right my embossing folders.  In the light blue notebooks, I store my dies by company and category.  I use the Martha Stewart notebooks and clear storage sheets you can purchase from Staples.  I use magnetic vent covers, cut to size, for the pockets in the notebooks, to hold the dies.  Back in November, 2012 I posted information about how I store my dies in the Martha Stewart notebooks.  You can see that post at this link.  My die collection has greatly grown since then!

The Susan's Garden dies comes in uniform plastic "Seed Packets" that store the dies and instructions.  I purchased a storage box that is 6" wide by 11" long to store these packets.  They are filed in alphabetical order. 

 I purchased two of these storage cabinets, each with 24 drawers measuring 4-1/2" x 5-1/2".  There is one drawer for each of the Susan's Garden flowers.  They are labeled in alphabetical order going across.  I have room for the new release that will be out next month.    When I die cut, I usually like to die cut a lot of pieces and all the left overs are stored here.  There are extra die cuts for every flower.  Some flowers are just die cut pieces and some I have colored and shaped.  It is so nice to have them stored like this. 

For my other dies, I have another storage system for extra die cuts.  They are stored in drawers labeled by categories.  By neatly storing extra die cut, it can sometime save a lot of time.  Sometimes I just go through these extra die cut and and come up with a neat layering design I would never of have thought of. 

It is always interesting to see how other people organize their things.  Do you have a special way to store your dies and die cuts?  I would love to read your comments.

Thanks for stopping by today. 

You can go to Ellen Hutson, LLC to this link to see all the Susan's Garden Flower dies I have in my collection.  Be sure to scroll down to see the entire collection.  If you would like for me to do a tutorial on any of these flowers, please leave a comment below.

Sizzix, Susan's Garden Flower Dies

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13 comments:

Desire Fourie said...

You are super organised. Thanks for the look behind the scenes.
Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

MarieL said...

Selma, I love they way you store all your die cutting supplies. Your tutorials are fantastic.
I just purchased the daffodil set and I would like to see a tutorial for these gorgeous flowers.
Thank you very much

Leanne ... said...

Wow...Selma! Thanks for sharing a bit of your home and shop with us. I love your organization.
Hugs...Leanne

Ms said...

Now I see my problem, I'm not organized enough....lol.... not that I have not creativity....

SI love your room.... thx for sharing the pic

Jan Castle said...

Great area Selma....my area is really small by comparison, so I store my dies in snap together 'Snapware' plastic containers and label them by topic. My Spellbinders dies (because I have so many) are stored in photo pockets with magnetic sheets in the pockets, divided by A-Z binder dividers In Two 3" zippered binders. Both systems really work well for me. I also have all my dies in Excel sheets by name, vendor, and number. These are stored on my computer, I-Pad, and I-Phone, which helps when I go shopping...don't want to buy duplicates!!!
Jan

marina41 said...

Merci de nous faire partager votre maison. Pour ma part mes dies sont rangées dans des étuis pour CD dans des tiroirs et classés par sorte.
Merci pour vos excellents tutoriel

Rita said...

What fabulous organization Selma. Everything looks so tidy. Thanks for sharing your ideas. Hugs Rita xxx

Bonnie Weiss said...

You are organized with perfection just as you create your flowers and cards with perfection. Thanks for letting us in for a peek.

Olga said...

I'm not surprised at all at how organized you are.........you are my Hero!!!! thanks for giving us a look!

robinann17 said...

Thanks for sharing your organizational system for your dies. It is always interesting to see how others organize. I keep my dies in the plastic envelopes they come in or if they don't I place them in an envelope. I store these envelopes in an old, but really cool shoe box that has an attached lid. I label each envelope with the name of the die and when I retire at the end of May, I plan on attaching a paper version of each die to the envelope. I really like your notebook system. I might have to think about doing something like that in the future. Anyway, this posting gave me a lot to think about - thanks for sharing! Robin

Antoinette Voorn said...

Awesome craft room!

Eva Van Buuren said...

Oh Selma.....I love the pictures of your craftroom!
Such a good organization and all so neat and tidy!
A great idea, the two storage cabinets with 24 drawers!
I use for my dies the ArtBin Magnetic storage cases, but these pictures lets me a lot of think about.....
Thanks for sharing!
Hugs, Eva.

Lisa S. said...

Wow, great idea! I just Pinned this so everyone can benefit from your organization Selma. Thanks!!

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