It's day three of My Favorite Things' 5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash series. Today, we're sharing ideas for organizing your metal dies. If you're like me, you have about a gazillion of them, and they are way too easily lost!
Does this look familiar? Yes, you guessed it, I use the very same system to store my dies as I do to store my stamps. The bins I use are 12" x 15" Fridge Binz. You can get them HERE or HERE. The styles are slightly different at the two stores; so if you're like me, and you like things to match, you'll want to buy all of yours at the same store.
This bin has two rows, which perfectly fit MFT's awesome Large Clear Storage Pockets. You get 50 pockets in a pack; so they go a long way! Here's another peek at the pockets:
…and a look at the pocket loaded with the Joy Ride Die-namics set.
As you can see, there are some very small dies in this set; so I needed a storage system that would prevent me from losing those tiny dies. For me, magnetic sheets do the trick! Now, I am lucky enough to have a local sign maker who sells me the thin magnetic sheets by the roll, and I just cut it to size as needed. If you don't have that option, you can purchase magnetic air vent covers at your local home improvement store.
If a Die-namics set has a coordinating stamp set, I always store that on the opposite side of the pocket, with a piece of Smooth White cardstock in between. This makes it oh-so-easy for me to use them together…no hunting for the coordinating pieces!
Here's another great example of a die set that has lots of pieces that are easily lost:
MFT has a beautiful selection of Alphabet & Number Die-namics. I love that I can easily find the letters I want to use on the magnetic sheets, without searching through a pile of letters. It really appeals to my neat freak side. 🙂
Here's a look at what I do with my Border Die-namics:
I try to keep similar border dies together; so when I'm looking for grass, for example, I can easily choose the one I want. I label every die in the package, beginning with the die on the left and working my way to the right. If they're being stored horizontally instead, I label them top to bottom (just the way they appear in the pocket).
Now, here's something I haven't found the perfect solution for just yet. I have my extra large dies stored in the very same pockets, and simply allow them to stick out the top. Does this bother me? Yes, yes, it does (have you met me???). Until I have a better solution that is the way they will stay. I only have a few that are too large to fit perfectly in the pockets.
Finally, just like my stamp storage, I have dividers made from tear-proof and water-resistant plastic folders, which I purchased from HERE. I rounded the top two corners with a heavy-duty corner rounder, to get rid of those sharp corners.
Here's a look at today's fabulous prize package:
So AWESOME, isn't it?! Hop on over to the MFT Blog for your chance to win, as well as for links to the other designers' fantastic die storage solutions!
Have a beautiful day, friends!