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!