Wednesday, April 1

Embossing Folder & Wafer Thin Die Storage and Organization

A couple of days ago, I blogged about my new craft space.  And as promised, I will share about my storage and organization ideas.  

For this post,  I will show you how I organize my embossing folders and wafer thin dies.  They are situated in this CD/DVD tower on the left hand side of my craft desk.  I find the CD/DVD towers best in storing a lot of my stuff, especially with the adjustable shelves.  My manual die cut machine  is right next to it - the Big Shot machine.  I've had this from when it first came out, and I can't tell you how much I appreciate this tool.  This is my best friend in due cutting, and continues to serve me well.  However, I plan to upgrade to the Big Shot Plus sometime soon, as my collection of bigger dies is growing.  Anyway, I call this spot my die cutting and embossing station.

My embossing folders are arranged by brand, the same way I had it before.

My wafer thin dies are still stored this way.  

I use metal sheets for roofing as my base, then adhered two layers of 1/4" strips of mounting tape.  After that, I topped with cork strips.  Magnets keep the dies in place.

When I started having bigger dies, I had to store them in this Artbin case.  The only thing about this is that the dies are hidden, so I end up not using them as often as I should. 

For a while I've been looking for a better way to store my bigger dies.  And when I went to the Great Lakes Mega Meet last year, I found these magnet cards by Stamp n' Storage.  They'd be perfect for the bigger dies.  However, I wasn't fond of the price.  I did buy a pack, hoping they would be enough for the dies I already have.

So I did my research online, and I found a way to make my own.  I already have 8.5 x 11 chipboards.

So maybe, just maybe there are 8.5 x 11 magnet sheets with adhesive out there.  And this is why I love Amazon.  There's a bunch of them there at a good price.

It's very easy to make.  Peel off the backing just like so.

Then align the magnet sheet against the chip board.

Then with a scraper,  adhere the rest of the magnet sheet as you slowly pull the backing out.

I was so excited with this new system. 

The size is perfect for my die sets and the big dies.  It saves so much space, and I can easily find the die I need.

 I attach the instructions on the back.

For some, I attached a sleeve for instructions that won't fit the 8.5 x 11 space.

I'd hate to say goodbye to my Artbin Magnetic Die Case, but this new system is perfect for all my big dies.  I'll have to transfer all of them to the magnetic panels soon.

I hope you enjoyed this post.  More on crafting storage and organization in my next post.  Until then!

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