There are so many different ideas on storage for our precious dies so I thought I’d share how I keep mine organised.
Some time ago my brother-in-law changed the name of his videography business and therefore had a couple of those magnetic advertising signs you put on your car doors going spare. You know as a crafter that you can’t let anything be thrown away and nor can you resist a bargain – free is a very good price I’m sure you’d agree. 🙂 He has since retired so I begged the others from him too. 😀
Also, a sister of mine was re-vamping her kitchen and she’d had all this wire racking which she no longer wanted so……that arrived in my craft room too. My DH mounted the racking on what bit of wall was free of cupboards and shelving and I hung the magnetic sheets on there with cable ties (my crop-a-dile punched holes in them like they were butter!).
I used to have all of my dies on these but – once I started buying Grand Nestabilities – I found they were getting a little unruly so I moved a lot of the ones I don’t often use to a different area (I’ll talk about that below) and spread out the most popular ones.
Click on the thumbnails for more info (and I apologise for the glare on some of the photos):
For all the other thin dies (my Sizzix dies are all in another cupboard – I still have my Wizard to use them with) I re-purposed an old photo album. It’s quite a nice one as it is but I may have to ‘alter’ it sometime in the future ;).
I didn’t trust the stickiness of the pages as they are so I put some strips of magnetic tape on them and I fold the clear protective cover back over them – belt ‘n braces and all that! Where I still had the packaging I put it opposite the dies so I have a clearer indication of how they look when cut.
If you look back at the earlier post about my craft room you’ll see that I index all my stamps…..well, I do the same for all my dies. When I get one I cut it out of plain, cheap cardstock and glue that onto a contrasting colour and file in page protectors. This way I can just flip through the book and see what I’ve got very easily. Haven’t done this with all the plain labels/nesties which are out on display, only the decorative ones.