Die Organization

If you’re like me, you’ve simply fallen in love with thin metal dies like those from Spellbinders and Sizzix. I love them…which meas that storing them quickly became a huge problem. At first, I tried a small ArtBin container. Then I moved them into binders,  but when that became untenable (ridiculously heavy), I got realistic. What I needed was something that could store the dies that I had, but still leave me room to grow without becoming a bulky (and expensive) mess. Stamp-n-Storage to the rescue!

IMG_2661No, I’m not affiliated and I’m not getting paid for this, I’m just that happy to be organized. They make Die Totes that hold (correspondingly awesome) Magnet Cards. This combination has allowed me to store my dies by set and by category in a card catalog fashion. Holiday dies? Tags or labels? No problem! Simply placing my die sets on their respective magnet cards made keeping them organized and visible a breeze. Each pack of magnet cards now comes with a set of dividers…which means that I no longer need to guess where one category of dies ends and the next begins. When I’m not using them, they store neatly on top of my cabinet…instead of scattered all over my work surface.

I keep the labels from each die set and add them to my quick reference binders. These binders not only allow me to flip through all of my dies quickly when I’m working on a project, but also keep me from buying repeats when I’m shopping for more dies!

There are TONS of ways to store dies (I’m by no means an expert), but this is the way that works best for me. Why not give it a try? If you want to see what I make with my dies, check out my Etsy store here. Have questions or want to see more pictures? Leave a comment or send me a message, I’d love to know what you think!

Keeping Crafts Organized

ink header There are so many tools and supplies available for crafting that the sky would seem to be the limit. In actuality,  that limit is more likely to be the size of your crafting space. I’ve scoured the internet searching for what I thought might be the very best ways to store my tools and supplies in a fashion that keeps them both organized and accessible.

1350958902036Yep, its hard to hard to believe that space used to be what I used for crafting. I started out just making cards for my grandmother because they made her smile. No matter the occasion, if there was a stamp or sticker that fit, another card was in the mail. As you can imagine, I accumulated supplies very quickly that way. I stored what I had in small plastic containers that stayed stacked on the floor near my table until I had a formidable pile of plastic containers.

Eventually, I made some changes…and then more changes as my family crafting project transformed into a business. My studio today is an ever-evolving place of papercrafting that I adore. Its my place of creative inspiration, sanity, and peace (even if there is a baby jumper near my desk).