Storage Solutions for Die cutting

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Today’s video is a follow up to my Craft Room Tour.

In the video, I talked about the Craft Bin.  I like the Craft Bin, but I definitely do not love it.  It just goes against my “no lid policy” that I try to live by.  No lids just makes my life easier and my supplies happier because when I can see them and get to them, I USE them!

Some of my friends suggested that I get magnetic vent covers.

Oh, BOY!  View the video above to hear all about that….

Below, I have linked my favorite dies in the Ellen Huston store (um…they are having 20% off store wide, then 15% off, so get ready to stock up!) and the Storage Envelopes by Ellen Hutson and Avery Elle.

If you don’t feel like running out to Lowe’s or Home Depot (believe me, I wouldn’t have if I didn’t have time to kill while Anna was at swim practice!), check out the Magnetic Sheets below by Ellen Huston.  $13.00 for 25!  It’s a great price and you don’t have to cut them yourself.    Just another option!

If you have other storage tips to share, please leave a comment.  I am always learning from all of you!

 

  • Barbara Barron November 28, 2014, 6:41 am

    i have been looking for magnetic sheets for my die storage, great idea using the vent covers! Next time I am out ,I will be going by the hardware store to see what they have! Thanks for sharing!

  • Michele Smith November 28, 2014, 8:50 am

    Oh shoot, the magnetic die sheets are already out of stock! Thanks so much for the tips….especially the “no lid” one! It made a world of difference in my production time!! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  • Clare November 28, 2014, 11:05 am

    I use the Artbin for my dies too and need to change. It works great when I’m traveling to keep everything together, but I have the same issue with having them tucked away. Out of sight, out of mind. Lol I have used magnetic sheets like you got from Lowe’s. I got mine in the craft aisle at Wal-Mart though. Can’t remember how much they were. I like the idea of putting them in a plastic sleeve. Do you just put them in a basket at that point? I probably missed that part in the video. Lol

  • nina m. November 28, 2014, 11:45 am

    Hi Catherine, i organize my stamp sets on shelves, but i have numbered them, and made copies of the front of the package, and then put same number on copy as the stamp and it is all stored in a 3 ring binder. I also make copies of the labels (if the had one)of all my dies,framelits, sizzlits, etc. All of the copies are in a pocket page protector, which makes everything so easy. They are all in a HUGE 3 ring binder which is on a table to me right, so i have access to it quickly. thanks for the tip about vent covers, so helpfull.

  • Mary ReineckeMaryhreinecke November 28, 2014, 1:44 pm

    Wow! Magnetic vent covers, brilliant! I’ll have to get to Lowes this weekend and find some. Thanks for the info.

  • Christine Smith November 28, 2014, 7:00 pm

    Brilliant die storage ideas, thank you! xxx

  • Linda Wilkinson November 28, 2014, 10:48 pm

    Love it thank you so much for showing !

  • mary schmidt November 29, 2014, 5:21 pm

    Simon says Stamps has bags 5 x 7+, 50 for like $7.00 or something. They are similar to Avery Elle bags but you get twice as many bags for the same price. Simon is having discounts this weekend. Check out how Jennifer MacQuire stores her dies in these envelopes and uses clear acrylic refrigerator bins to file the envelopes in. No Lids!She has done several organizing videos which have been great!

  • SUSAN MCFEGGAN November 30, 2014, 11:48 am

    Was the winner posted yet? I haven’t seen an update with the winner and today’s post looks like contest is still on going. Anyway Love the magnetic vent cover sheets idea. Not sure what those cost but at some Dollar Tree’s you can get 8 x 10 photo magnetic sheets and it’s only a dollar. Even tho 1 side has removeable paper to reveal a sticky side you could always decorate that side with DSP. Then you’d have pretty magnetic storage for your dies! :)

  • Tammy November 30, 2014, 11:49 am

    i use the vent covers and the Tim Holtz stamp binder. I insert the dies on the magnetic sheets into the Tim Holtz clear stamp sleeve that goes in the binder. Wal-Mart also sells the vent covers

  • Catherine November 30, 2014, 11:55 am

    Great tip! I will check it out!
    The winner was announced yesterday: http://catherinepooler.com/2014/11/we-have-a-winner/

  • April November 30, 2014, 12:08 pm

    I love love love this ideal. I am headed to the store now to get some. Thank you for the ideal.

  • Carla Hundley November 30, 2014, 12:33 pm

    Great idea and I
    use the magnetic
    sheets also.
    Carla from Utah

  • Ann Hall November 30, 2014, 12:57 pm

    Catherine
    I feel the same way about no lids. However I have a small room and have to stack things. Now that I am having to down size it’s going to be even worse. I am asking Santa for any thing he can make for storage.

  • Mary Madsen November 30, 2014, 1:34 pm

    I, too, started with the magnetic Art Bin for die storage. It was great for taking to Scramp (some scrap, others stamp!) Weekends, but I didn’t like rifling through the sheets. When I redid my craft room (and painted my desk a gorgeous aqua blue!) I saw a 2 handled aqua and white basket in Hobby Lobby I just had to have. I took the magnetic sheets out of my Art Bin and placed them in the basket with all my embossing folders in front. STILL had to rifle through them, though! I took all the SU stamp sets with coordinating dies and put magnetic tape inside the DVD case the stamps come in and stuck the dies to the magnet. Part of the problem solved! Dividers made from old plastic chart dividers from the hospital where I work destined for the garbage helped to organize the rest into categories. As for embossing folders, I used my envelope punch board to create approx. 5 X 7 file folders (2 folds on the bottom about 1/4″ apart gives it a flat bottom) out of CS I no longer care for. I ran the front of the folder through the Big Shot using the embossing folder it was meant to hold, and used my label maker to put the name of the embossing folder on the tab. No lid on the basket, but I feel it is organized now. If I find an empty folder, I always know what embossing folder is missing. I didn’t have a clue what folders I had before! As far as the dies, I have to come up with a way to know what dies I have that are in a stamp storage case other than relying on my memory!

  • Rickie Schossow November 30, 2014, 1:35 pm

    Love this idea. Look like I’ll be making a trip to HD this week. :) Thanks!

  • Wendy Billings December 1, 2014, 4:17 pm

    Catherine, I use these. I love them. The magnet holds well and they store upright on my desk in front of my big shot. They take up very little room. They hold several sets of dies per folder. (about 4 sets of the spellbinders labels dies. ) I label the spines so I know where to find the die I am looking for.
    http://www.amazon.com/Memory-Keepers-10-inch-Magnetic-Storage/dp/B001681NTC thanks for all your amazing ideas. :)

  • Linda Hyden December 4, 2014, 6:39 am

    Catherine, a less expensive magnetic sheet can be found at Oriental Trading Company. Works just as well and you get much more for your money. Best, Linda

  • ROSE December 9, 2014, 3:14 pm

    GREAT AND CHEAP IDEA. MY GRANDDAUGHTER AND I ARE JUST STARTING TO MAKE CARDS SO THIS IS A GREAT TIP.

  • Emilou March 18, 2015, 4:01 pm

    OK I am heading into town on Saturday and buying the magnetic vent covers. I too found the “die box” too cumbersome. Blessings and smiles

  • Jo Peters May 18, 2015, 12:45 pm

    I too use the magnetic vent cover…Unlike Catherine, I take stuff out of the original packaging but keep the name/vendor and I cut the magnetic covers down and put them into old cd/dvd cases..then with my trusty label maker, label the spine vertically so they can all sit on the shelf like little soldiers!

  • Daphne Baker May 18, 2015, 12:52 pm

    This is what I use and it’s great! I adhered them to the inside of my cabinet. They are out of sight but still in plain view.

  • Linda Vich May 19, 2015, 10:11 am

    i use the ArtBin sheets but have them in large Iris card boxes (with lids!). I would like to switch to this system but some of my Stampin Up dies are 6 x 6″ in size! What do I do with them?

  • Gloria Gorby June 26, 2015, 7:31 pm

    You can also get magnetic sheets at Staples or Office Depot for printers. I cut them with scissors to fit a cd case after taking the plastic insert out of the case. works great for me. The case I use is the thin clear ones.

  • Jo Peters July 8, 2015, 12:42 pm

    I have used the vent covers for quite a while for my cutting die storage…I use my dvd/cd cases and my label maker so I know what’s in there..Catherine, I keep just the top of original packaging so I know the vendor/mfgr/name of the die…great idea and the word is spreading!!

  • auntbubbels July 8, 2015, 1:47 pm

    I bought these about one month ago and still haven’t used them. I too had to have them.

  • christi July 8, 2015, 5:02 pm

    I use the vent covers also but instead of putting them in the packaging I put them in cd organizers. not the plastic ones the ones that you can put 300 cd’s in. they fit most dies and if they are taller you can use 2 spaces. you can organize by company or put the packaging behind the magnet. I also writ on the magnet the name of the set and the number of dies. sometimes they play hide and seek so … the only down fall is that it gets heavy. mine has a zippered compartment and fits nicely on the self. I have about 300 sets in it now. I can flip through. I have them sorted by co and style. basic shapes then fancy ones.

  • Annette Fougere July 8, 2015, 7:40 pm

    I have been using magnetic sheets in original packages for some time. I get mine from the Dollar Store and cut to size. It is great.

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