Storage Solution Roundup: Wafer Thin Dies

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Hi all! Noelle here today with my latest storage solution for my ever-expanding collection of dies. You may remember from my Studio Tour that I had been using these knife racks from Ikea for storing my dies. I had five of them, and they eventually became so crammed that I was faced with a dilemma… Either get another knife rack or come up with a better way to store them since I had way too many. Being that I design for The Cat’s Pajamas, and sometimes guest design for other companies, I am blessed because I get a lot of free stuff in the mail. It’s wonderful! 🙂 However, lately my tiny space is feeling even more cramped than normal. I have barely any wall space and I knew that adding another knife rack (maybe even 2 or 3 more down the road…) just wasn’t going to work. So I needed to come up with a new idea. Then looking around on Pinterest I found a few cool ones…

Magnetic vent covers nailed straight to the wall.

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 Decorative magnetic board

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  Pocket binder

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Die storage on rings

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 ArtBin magnetic storage case

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And I came up with my own system, though very similar to others I’ve seen. I had this long silver bin I got at the thrift store a few months ago, I decided to make that my bin for the dies, though in hindsight I might end up putting the cards in plastic pocket sheets in a binder instead of this bin. The cards I made are 3 ¾” by 5 ½” so they would fit nicely in 4” x 6” pockets. But for now, the bin works well. The width of the bin dictated the width of my cards and you can see that some of the dies overhang their cards a bit.

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 I started out using those cheap magnets that come on the phonebooks. I have a pile of them and they’re so thin that they cut well with a paper cutter. You can even punch through them I once discovered while trying to turn my sons Perler Beads creations into magnets! When I ran out of those, I went to the craft store and got two packs of that magnetic strip that comes in rolls. It even has adhesive already on the back.

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 I used more of that cheap white cardstock that I’m trying to use up. I cut one of each die also from the white and adhered the white die-cuts that would be included on that card on the front. On the back I put the magnetic strip, and the dies that were for that card.  One thing to note is that while nesting dies work fine on this magnetic strip, you can’t really layer dies on it. The magnetic pull of the knife racks is far stronger than these little craft magnet strips.

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 I decided to use a color coding system, since I tend to work in terms of manufacturer, but you could also break it down by themes, shapes, borders, etc. I started with my Cat’s Pajamas (TCP) CutUps, since I have more of them than any other kind. I didn’t get any more done before this was due, so sorry you won’t get to see the rainbow of manufacturers! When I was all done with all the die cards, I made a yellow divider card, and yellow tabs with the names of the dies included on each card. I’ll do blue for Spellbinders, green for My Favorite Things, red for Papertrey Ink, and so on. This is how the one section looked, the others won’t be nearly as big as this one, but I like how I can keep expanding this without needing to use up more precious wall space.

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 Maybe a couple of the knife racks will end up in my kitchen…. I’m sure something else will take up that wall space in my studio soon enough!

Have a stellar day!  🙂

Noelle

3 thoughts on “Storage Solution Roundup: Wafer Thin Dies”

  1. I use the binder option with the thin magnetic sheets (best price I’ve found is at Oriental Trading when shipping is free). I use the 5.5″ x 8.5″ binders from Staples and the clear, plastic pocket sheets. I have tried various other options, and this one is still not perfect for me, although the best so far. I don’t really like having to pull the magnetic sheet out to grab a die. And the magnetic strength isn’t as good as I’d like it to be–the dies, especially nested ones that overlap, tend to fall out if you don’t hold the binder just right. I thought of just 3-hole punching the magnetic sheet and using it without the plastic sheet, but then I figured I’d have to add some double-sided tape to keep the dies attached. ‘Problem with that is the sheets would stick together. I have yet to find the perfect solution for my dies. It has to be easily accessible and viewable, not too heavy, able to handle single small dies as well as large, oversized dies and border dies, and maybe portable. Maybe someone should have a contest to see who comes up with the best solution? Dies are a big part of scrapbooking, and a perfect storage solution would be so great. Thanks for showing us your method…lots to think about… 🙂

    1. There sure IS a lot to think about! I thought I might put these in pocket pages, because it would be faster to flip through a book than 100 cards! Also, I agree the dies stick but since these craft magnets aren’t super strong, they will fall off if you don’t double check that they aren’t overlapped. Thanks for stopping by CSI! 🙂

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