Just One Tip: Magnetic Boards for Die Cut Storage

Hello, it’s Suzanne here today with a tip for storing magnetic dies cuts. While searching online, I found that the majority of pictures of magnetic die storage were with the magnetic sheets available on the market. Small dies are attached to the sheets, slipped in page protectors, and housed in a 3-ring binder. While this is a great storage option, I wanted to see what else I could find, and came across magnet boards.

Magnet boards come in a variety of sizes. And, for the really ambitious, you can also craft your own!

This beautiful board was custom made with wood, magnetic sheets, and pretty wrapping paper.

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Source: Krafting Kreations

This magnetic board was created to fit right in with the decor!

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Source: Calla Lily Studio Blog

This custom-piece was made with foam board and magnetic vent covers.

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Source: Dietrich Designs

If you are short on space, or just do not like your dies in plain sight, here is a great solution with magnetic sheets inside cupboard doors.

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Source: Klompenstampers

And just for fun, here is a magnetic board covered in magnet stamps. Why stop at die cut storage?

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Source: Better Homes and Gardens

If you are interested in making your own custom magnetic board like the ones shown, be sure to check out the blogs above as some of them have tips on how they made their storage solution!


Product Highlight: EZMount Stamp Storage Panels and EZBinders

I am a huge fan of binders for organizing. I talk about them all the time over at my blog. They work well for papers, but also for storage as well. If you can’t access your supplies easily and be able to find what you are looking for, you will probably not use much of what you have. Also, you may end up buying duplicates.

For today’s product highlight I am sharing a product  I think will help many of us that use stamps. It utilizes one of my favorite tools for organizing – the binder. Crafter’s Companion makes these great EZMount Stamp Storage Panels that can be used in one of their EZBinders.

These binders are really great in that they are fully enclosed. They have a locking clip on the side to keep them shut tight, so none of your items fall out. They are made of plastic so they protect your stamps (or metal die-cuts) from the elements. Who wants to dust all those little stamps?

The EZMount Stamp Storage panels will allow you to mount any temporary mount stamps. You can adhere stamps to both the front and back. You could sort your stamps by theme, holiday, or even designer.

The trend in stamps seems to be moving away from wooden mounted stamps to acrylic stamps. I love these because they are clear so you can see exactly where you stamp. They are also perfect because they do not take up much space. And now you have an easy solution for storing and organizing your stamps.

Do you use acrylic stamps and if so, how do you organize them?


Silhouette Discount and a Giveaway!

Through October 4th, Craft Storage Ideas is offering a sweet discount at the Silhouette store!

You can choose from one of the following bundles:

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(3)   Glass Etching Starter Kit  for $29.99 ($10.00 off the retail price)

Don’t forget to use STORAGE as the promotional code!


Our fabulous sponsor, Dr. Phil Scraps, is giving away a Close To My Heart organizer!




Keep your accessories, My Acrylix® blocks, and other crafting supplies organized in this sturdy plastic, see-through, stackable storage container. 14½” × 10½”× 2″.

To be in the running, all you have to do is comment on this post, telling us what your biggest crafty organizational challenge is.  Go on! Do it!

The giveaway will end October 1st!

Just One Tip: Create a die cutting center!


Hi all! Noelle here today with a quick tip that might just help you manage your crafty time a bit better-a die cut center! I have a “mini center” (above) in my small room, which consists of a simple rolling cart (like a TV cart) and it houses my Cricut Expression, my Big Shot (used to be my Cuttlebug, but I got a Big Shot for Christmas!), and all the coordinating pads, mats, cartridges, and dies. I keep my cartridges, booklets and overlays in a cartridge bag on the floor next to the cart. A die cut center is a great way to make your room’s flow and functionality increase. I have found it best over the years that it really helps to keep all like things together, in other words all papers should be near each other, all stamps should be together, and the same goes for die cutting. Some people like to separate electronic die cutting from press die cutting, and that’s fine too. I know I tend to use the Cricut primarily for scrapbooking, and the Big Shot more for cards, so it would work for me to have the two kinds of cutting separate, if I had room-that is! 😉 I found some options that I can dream about for the future, check them out…..

This first one is just ideal. I love the cabinetry underneath to house just about everything you could need to use with your machines. I also love the long countertop which would give you plenty of room to cut things before you need to pile things up. 🙂 What I wouldn’t give for all this space!

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 This next one is more like what I have, but I love that her cart is taller (she tells you where to get one in the comments below the photo) and has a drawer in it, she also has gorgeous custom-made dustcovers over her machines for when they’re not in use! Very cool!

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I think even a vintage dresser would make an AMAZING start for a die cut center. If I can find a secondhand one small enough, I might end up replacing that old TV cart at some point! 😉

Have a great weekend!






Storage Solution Roundup: Wafer Thin Dies


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.


 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.


 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.



 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.


 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!  🙂


Storage Solution Roundup: Cricut Cartidge Handbooks!

Hello, this is Cicily the Pink Dalmatian Scrapper! I’m excited to be a contributor to CSI. I love to scrapbook, make cards & lately I’ve been creating more 3D and altered items. Scrapbooking has been a passion of mine for several years & with 3 little ones, I’m fortunate to have my own crafting room. As much fun as crafting is, shopping for paper, flowers, buttons, washi tape & all the other embellishments in their beautiful array of colors is just as fun. Now what to do with all these beautiful finds when we get home! I love sites like CSI that give us great inspiration and now I’m so excited to be a part of this group!

For my first post I wanted to share some great ways to store Cricut Cartridge Handbooks.

I know there are several ways to search for images, but I still like to pull out the actual handbook on occassion and brouse to see what I’m forgetting! I keep all my actual cartridges in their boxes up high on a shelf for decoration. I use the Cricut Craft Room so all my cartridges are loaded on my account & I don’t need to get to them.

But back to the handbooks. I came across this idea & decided to try it out myself.


I found this great video from Robin’s Creative Cottage & thought it would work for me. I cut tags from TBBM, added grommits in the holes and using hair bands attached them to the handbook binding. I wrote the title on each side and staggered the placement of the tag. Then I put them in the tin alphabetically to easily find the right one!

Follow this link to see Robin’s video with a little more detail and a few other handbook storage ideas.


Here’s another great idea from Michelle of Scrappin with My Bug! I think this is a great solution, especially if you have a ton of cartridges and need to keep the actual cartridges with the handbooks.


I also found this great tutorial creating pockets for the handbooks and overlays.storage1

Do you have a unique way of storing your handbooks? We’d love to see it, leave a comment with a link.



My Little Corner of the World (Noelle McAdams of paper & ICE)

Hi there! Noelle here with a tour of my own Studio space today, I hope you like it. Not a big shocker that the walls are blue, I bet! Lately I’ve been thinking of repainting more of a robin’s egg blue, though. I just don’t want to deal with the mess of clearing it out so I can paint!  It’s my happy place, my own little corner of the world where I can get lost in my latest creative venture. Of course, like all crafters, I have a wish list a mile long! 😉 I wish it was bigger, that I could have custom built-ins, and that I had a room all to myself.  Also, a door to close would be nice for when I get into a creative frenzy. But I’m sure that many of you have similar issues that you are struggling with. Maybe I can help you with some of that, so come along with me to check it out!

This next shot is taken from the OUTSIDE of my craft room. That blue door on the right is actually my front door, so you can see how very much in plain sight my space sits. You can also maybe tell that there is no window to the outside in it (which means no natural light). It’s a very open space that everyone who comes over to my home can see. Budget has definitely been a consideration with this room in every configuration it’s seen since we bought this house nearly 7 years ago. Many of the containers I use are from the Dollar Spot at Target. I have a lot of open shelving, and that is great for being able to store all kinds of supplies, as well as change containers to suit my latest needs.


Here’s another challenge: see that GINORMOUS computer desk on the left hand side of this wall? That’s the computer my kids use, and our home office filing has to fit in this tiny room as well (I believe the dimensions of the room are 11’ square, pretty small for a room that serves so many purposes). The open shelving on the right was put up by hubby for me when we bought this house. They are just particle board shelves painted black and trimmed out with some decorative trim. The baskets with the little chalkboards are from Lowe’s. And I love that generally you can’t see what’s inside, so if what’s in the basket is a mess, no one will know! 😉 Since it’s Christmas time you are getting a peek at a few of my snowman collection on top of the desk.

Here’s my desk where I do all my projects. It’s not huge, so I usually have to clean up between every project so I can find everything and it doesn’t get buried. I have some problems with my back, and hubby bought me this nice ergonomic office chair to sit in for my birthday last year…. Shhh, don’t tell him that I thought it was ugly, though he does know I recently slipcovered it! 😉 It is very comfortable though. That black shelf that sits on the desk along that far wall is a piece of an old bookcase wall unit I took from my Gramma’s house years ago. I just painted it black and it fits right in, while providing more shelving. It’s very shallow so it doesn’t suck up too much precious flat space. On that shelf I keep my punches that can fold flat, my most-used tools, and all my supplies for embossing and glittering things.

My desk has 3 shallow drawers where I store most of my embellishments in clear compartmentalized boxes.

On my desk you can see this cool vintage train case that I use to store all my stamp pads. It cost me less than 20$ at an antiques place. It’s smaller and holds a lot more pads than my old inkpad organizer did. The pads on the right are current colors, the pads on the left with the red dots are retired colors, though I think I may have a few more I need to mark. The little drawer in this case is perfect to hold my Copics and Memento inkpads. On top there is a mini loaf pan holding a few things that I never used, and an old candy dish that I store all my fancy pins in. Both the candy dish and the loaf pan cost less than a dollar at the local thrift store. The blue tin holds my one set of Stampin’ Spots (tiny 1″ stamp pads).

Also on my desk the tiered organizer I recently showed you how to make.  I sure have LOVED having all these things out in plain sight (thanks again for this great tip, Valerie Mangan!) I have used a lot more of these bits and pieces since I have been able to see them!

This tall skinny shelf is where aaaaaalllllllllll of my stamps live. This used to be two shelves in our old house. There was never really a good home for them in this house, so I had hubby cut the curved top off one of them and attach them together in the back with metal plates. This has been such a great place to store my stamps, right in reach of my desk. It’s also relatively shallow, and I love that it doesn’t suck up too much floor real estate in the room. All the big oval silver buckets that hold my clear and cling stamps are from the Target Dollar Spot. I even managed to make a wee bit of room for my collection of “N’s,” my washi tape and watercolor pencils. I also have a few vintage metal drawers on the top shelf where I keep all my Inkadinkado stamps. I have a lot more of those than other brands since I won a lot of prizes from the Spotted Canary. The decorative stack of boxes on the floor to the right of the shelf hold some more, less used Stampin’ Up! sets.

There are cool little drawers in this shelf, too. They hold all my other pens and some of my smaller tools.

You can see on the left side of that same shelf I have attached some Command Adhesive hooks, and hung some more mini Dollar Spot pails. These hold all my gems and spritzes.

This is my die cutting area, under that window type opening that overlooks the living room. I have this rolling cart that my Cricut sits on. I love that I can roll it over to my desk so I can hook the machine up to my laptop, and for the times I use those BIG 12”x24” mats that need a lot of clearance in the back of the machine. In the box directly underneath the Cricut there is my Cuttlebug, and all the Cuttlebug pads. The polka dot bag on the floor to the left of the rolling cart holds all my cartridges, overlays, and booklets. There is a cup hook behind the rolling cart. On there I hook all my mats, and a current list of cartridges, so I don’t have to rifle through the bag every time I want to cut something. The black and white tins with lids on the bottom shelf are where I store my embossing folders.

This cool filing cabinet was given to me by a friend. The top three drawers hold all my 8 ½” x 11” Stampin’ Up cardstock, here’s a pic to show you how I organize that. The bottom drawer holds empty tins, boxes, things I might like to give a makeover too, and other craft supplies. You can also spy my cutesy apron hanging there that I use when I go to sell my wares at craft shows.

On a recent post, I showed you my hanging bar where I store these bags of themed items. It’s actually a curtain rod that was mounted upside down underneath this shelf. There is a giant Hefty slider bag for every theme, and also I have a bag for each of my 3 sons to store their report cards, school photos and other keepsakes that I like to scrapbook. This makes scrapbooking really fast when I’m working on a lot of Christmas pages, I just pull the Christmas bag. Some other themes I have bags for are: School, Sports, Animals, Autumn, Halloween, Boys/Brothers, and Alphabet Stickers. They are big enough to hold 12″ papers and sticker sheets. I use pant hangers to hang the bags from.

Under the hanging bars are the old suitcases I took from my grandparents home, they are the same color as all my favorite things, blue. 🙂 They are another great place for those “extra” items like extra pant hangers for my hanging bags, cookie sheets that I like to make into message boards and more random things.

I store all my wafer thin-dies on these magnetic knife bars from Ikea. I have one down lower, by that die cut center/rolling cart, where I keep the dies I’m currently using and the rest go up here above the filing cabinet. I only have 2 dies that are not this thin metal kind, so this pretty much covers it. I like how I can see all the dies at once.

These are my Itso cubes from Target. They sit on the end of my desk facing the doorway. (Gee I bet you can’t tell I buy almost everything at Target, can you? LOL). I mentioned here on my own blog that I had to cut my old Cropper Hopper paper pouches down a little bit to make them fit in here, but it worked fine. The paper has plenty of room, as you can see.

No space could possibly be wasted in my teeny room, even under the desk some things are stashed, my tool kit, my sewing machine and my vintage egg basket that I use to store all my non-Stampin’ Up! scraps.

These decorative shelves above my desk are handy and I love that they are metal so I can use a magnet to stick things to them! The little metal rectangular boxes (also from the Dollar Spot, I know, I know….) hold all my 6” paper pads nicely.

I also have this cool old milk crate that I use as sort of an extra shelf. On it you can see one of the vintage muffin tins that I use to store some of my favorite buttons, embellishments, and other goodies. It sure is nice having older kids now, that I can keep something like this within reach! 🙂

I have no closet in my room, but there is a little coat closet in the wall right outside my space. On the inside of that door, I have all my “old-school” chunky punches in a clear shoe container. I love that I can see them all at a glance.

Well, that is all for me today! I hope you like my space. Have a wonderful weekend! 🙂


Just 1 Tip: {Create an Inventory Binder}

Part of the fun of being a crafter is shopping for and “collecting” the various tools and elements that go into the making of our works of heART.  To be honest, I’m pretty sure I spend more time looking online and shopping in stores for my craft supplies than I actually do crafting! And nothing is more frustrating than discovering you’ve managed to bring home something you’ve previously purchased – or, not being able to find something you’ve previously purchased and having to buy a duplicate (knowing the one you’ve been searching high and low for will “magically” appear as soon as you’ve begun to use the replacement – especially if it’s something that’s non-returnable!!!).

I’m also a sucker for the $1 spots at Michael’s and Joann’s and anything that has a clearance sticker attached to it. There’s so much hoarded crafty goodness crammed stashed in my craft room that there’s just no way I could keep up with what’s-what and where, so I decided to create an inventory binder to help me with that.

There are a ton of ways to create a binder. I did a Google search and came across a few ideas to pass along:

This is a list of files created by one of the “Queen’s” of scrapbook organization, “Rockester” (a/k/a Kathy Aho), of Scrapper’s Challenge.

Here is another amazing resource for pages to put in a binder from Kathleen Driggers of Kat’s Scrappy, Bloggy Life.

The first thing I did was to come up with a list of the basic categories I wanted to include in the binder. From this, I was able to decide on any sub-categories I wanted to include. I’ll warn you upfront, I’m pretty anal OCD when it comes to organizing – you wouldn’t have to go to the lengths I did to create something that will fit your needs. For instance, the binder I originally purchased for this project ended up being too small, so I switched to a larger size. You might want to create something smaller that would be easy to take with you on shopping trips or could even fit in your purse.

Here is the list in my “Table of Contents” – created using Avery dividers purchased at Staples:

  • Cricut Font Samples (list found here)
  • Dies
  • Embossing Folders
  • Inks/Stickles (here and here)
  • Punches
  • Scissors
  • Sew Easy/Stitch’z
  • Stamps – Alpha Sets
  • Stamps – Backgrounds/Borders/Fourishes
  • Stamps – Baby/Birthday/Celebrate
  • Stamps – Flowers/Bugs/Animals
  • Stamps – Friends
  • Stamps – Get Well/Sympathy
  • Stamps – Journaling
  • Stamps – Love/Wedding/Anniversary
  • Stamps – Miscellaneous
  • Stamps – Phrase Sets
  • Stamps – Tags/Frames
  • Stamps – Thank You/Thinking of You
  • Stamps – Through the Year/School
  • Spellbinder’s List (found here)

I’m not going to kid you, this took a some time to compile. Instead of just listing out the various items in this list, I opted to cut or stamp a sample of each item. Since I decided to stamp my images in black ink onto white cardstock (sold in the office supply section of Walmart), I used black cardstock to cut my dies and punches, and samples of my embossing folders. I am so “visual” when it comes to learning or trying to figure out what would look best on a project, I knew I would like the ability to refer to the actual images, shapes, dimensions, etc. I also used my handy dandy P-Touch label machine to help me keep up with who-made-what!

I also came up with a system of marking where each item is stored, but I’ll spare you that part of the process for now!

As always, we’d love to see what you’ve come up with to go along with this topic! If you have any comments or questions, I hope you’ll post them below, or shoot me an email at djweeaks@att.net.

~ Doris

Studio Tour with Katie Tate

Hello every one, today I am going to share with you a fabulous studio and you will just drool when you see it.  Katie Tate from Both Sides of The Paper has an amazingly organized and well thought out space to work and play in. Katie lives just up the road from me, I am going to have to get up there to see her space in person pretty soon. I may never leave once I get there!  Here are some of my favorite spots in her room;

Katie says:   Here is my wonderful desk! The work surface is a full 4′ by 5′, lots of space to spread out. The island is made of Jetmax cubes that are raised up on my plinth that my lovely husband made from wooden and base board molding. The top is a piece of MDF trimmed with wooden beading and then painted white to match. The front side holds all my 12″ by 12″ cardstock and my paper stacks and other designer paper. (Below)  On this side are small drawers that hold my wooden dies, Sizzix dies and Big Shot dies.

Did someone say punches?  Take a look at this!!

Here is my wall of punches. These are all “old style” pre Martha Stewart. I have been a “Punch addict” since I started paper crafting and so have gathered a big collection. Sadly these tend to get a little neglected in favor of the newer styles but some, such as circles, squares, tags etc, will always be used.

Martha! I use can risers to store the punches as it makes a little space work really well. I got mine at Target but I know the container store sells them too in the pantry section.

This is my Expedit and it holds (going from top to bottom) my rubber stamps, my color cubes, Christmas products and then my acrylic stamps.

There are lots more photos and a video of Katie’s studio so be sure to stop by and take a look. You will be amazed at what you see.



How To Decorate A 10×10 Space {Lauren Brekelmans}


If you’re not sure how to decorate your 10×10 space Lauren Breklmans sure found the ticket and did a fantastic job with deal upon deal to furnish her room.   I believe like most that when your space is empty it is hard imagine much of anything fitting into a room, but using furniture from Ikea and  Michaels it makes getting the job done a bit easier. I have to admit my favorite piece is the standing island, it holds her dies to cut with and it also acts as an anchor to keep the table in place. 


I love her idea of mounting the inks on the wall, which was purchased from Organize More .



Looking at Lauren’s space makes me a little “white” with envy.  From the cabinets on the floor to the wall, she just did a fantastic job.