Ah, my FAVORITE thing. Organization! I’m a freak for organization. If you’re like me, chances are you have a ridiculous amount of stuff, and it becomes difficult to keep track of. (And sometimes it’s difficult to remember what I have, so I overlook materials or stamps that would have been great for a project.) Hopefully this will help!
Some of you may remember my post back in January 2011 about the way I store my dies. If you missed it, you can see it HERE. Since then, my die collection has doubled. I’ve tried different methods for storing my dies but I really can’t seem to find anything I like as much as I do these magnetic folders from Quick Kutz, now Lifestyle Crafts. I have only been able to find them at Hobby Lobby.
In trying another one of my *great* ideas (wink wink) I purchased this small three ring binder with some page protectors.
I had imagined putting each die set into it’s own sheet protector- making it easy for me to flip through the dies. Of course I ran into several other problems, like, it was WAY too bulky. So, I put them back into my magnetic folders, I really think that’s the best storage solution.
I didn’t want the binder or sheet protectors to go to waste, so I got to cutting. (And working in photoshop!)
I made this fun cover for my binder. When I find more time, I’ll fill it with more of the stuff I have so I can keep it as reference. Currently, I’m working on my rubber stamps. The sentiments that I strain to read, so I never use! Those ones.
So here are my magnetic folders… since the last post, you’ll notice I’ve added numbers to each folder.
I’m a visual person, I really need to see the die so I can visualize what it would look like on whatever I’m working on. But going through eight folders wasn’t really the smartest way of seeing everything I have. So I cut each and every single die… Tedious, but totally worth it. Totally.
I decided to also label each die so when I do my posts, I don’t have to search for the name or numbers of each die. I can easily reference which Spellbinder dies I have! On the photo above, you’ll see the number three- that number corresponds with the magnetic folder, so I can easily grab the folder and the die I want.
I decided to also cut the other dies I have. I need to work on a way to label each of these, but above I have dies from Papertrey Ink, Heartfelt Creations and My Favorite Things. I can’t express enough how much I love my dies.
I did a video last night, my first one in a while. But, it’s about making shaped cards. Which is a new favorite of mine. I realize it’s not a new technique, but, it’s so easy to do! So here is the card I made.
I’m going to try the inkinkz tool to show you hte products I’ve used. Fingers crossed it works as planned!
Here’s the video about making shaped cards. Hope it’s helpful, and you enjoy it!