Wednesday, November 28, 2012
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.