All organization works until it doesn't. . . and my die storage does not work anymore... Too many thin dies to keep track of replacing the steel ruled thicker dies . . . Bought the magnetic storage
ArtBin cases with magnetic sheets to store the thinner dies. But -- do you store them by the manufacturer name? What the dies are? All holidays together? Flowers together? Etc.
Stumbled across the video by "Biblescraps" on Youtube explaining her system for her thinner metal dies and decided to watch that to see if it could help me with my storage. Began with all these ArtBins on my shelf:
Although the ArtBins keep the dies dust free they are just too bulky for storage. Some cases are light and others are so heavy as they are full. Became a chore to even want to look through them for a die to use . . . So lined up in a row and ready to go....but that was about it.
In her video "Biblescraps" explains her system and some of her ideas. I used some of them for my system and others I did not. That is the good thing about other crafter's sharing their storage ideas as you can use it as they do or adapt it to your needs or space.
To begin with she uses adhesive magnetic sheets from Oriental Trading --- I read reviews on those and a lot of crafters said they are not very strong and items will slide to the bottom. I did not want that to happen so I used the vent magnetic covers by Accord sold at Lowes Home Improvement stores. I already had a few packages of that on hand for other crafting so I began with those and just added to the amount I already had. As for the box I used I had two empty refrigerator bins on hand that I had bought long ago at Bed Bath and Beyond. I had used them for SU cling stamp storage but I have since weeded out a lot of my older sets so the two bins were empty.
Where to begin? First thing I did was cut all my magnetic sheets to the size I needed and then emptied the ArtBins -- put like dies on the magnetic sheets:
I used white "backer board" sheets from Clearbags.com for my magnetic sheets to attach to using the ATG. As she did in her video I then used washi tapes I have on hand for the tops of my magnetic sheets so I will know at a glance what dies I am wanting to use by looking at my bin. Here is a photo of one of the two bins and this one is mainly for holidays and words:
In the front of this bin you will see I have my letters and numbers. The washi tape I used for those is the black and white checkered tape. If you look at the photo you will see this same black and white checkered tape on some of my other magnetic sheets. This black and white checkered tape marks the sheets that have word dies on them. Here are photos of some of the filled sheets:
Is it time consuming to do this? Yes but it is also time consuming to look for dies that you know you have but where?? These two bins take up a quarter of the space the ArtBins did and I am selling the ArtBins on Craigs List so they can find new homes. Thanks to "Biblescraps" for sharing this idea on her video. TFL and YOLO