Storing Dies

I’ve made quite an investment in die sets – they’re metal cutters that you run through a die cut machine to cut your desired image. If you’re not a card maker or papercrafter – you probably have no idea what I’m talking about. It’s OK! I learned very quickly early on that there are many options in the ways of cutting paper from scissors to punches and dies (and lots of different types of dies – dies that cut, dies that emboss, dies that cut and emboss…are you dizzy yet?). I can’t tell how many times I’ve gotten overwhelmed by building this collection – often wondering what I’ve gotten myself into and asking do I want to keep going with this? There are hundreds of stamps, hundreds of dies, hundreds of inks and markers and more options for adhesives than I ever knew existed. Because I love doing it so much and because it is the only thing I can justify spending my spare time on, the answer is 100% positively, undoubtedly, YES.

Everything comes in a small packages for stamping/papercrafting. Just about every kit comes taped on paper and wrapped in plastic! My OCD at first told me to keep everything as the come – in the original package. Of course, this comes with disadvantages – you have to pull everything out every time you want to do something! So, I decided I had to stop that – I needed to find another way to organize all my dies. Stamp-n-Storage makes storage products for stamping products!!! Once upon a time, there was a woman who loved to stamp and her husband, who loved her very much, built storage cabinets for all her inks and tools (sounds a bit like my husband and I…hehe) – true story. It is seriously how Stamp-n-Storage came to be. I didn’t realize it at the time, but my ink/marker storage unit is one we built from inspiration off one of Stamp-n-Storage’s units. I had a point to this story – really!

Like so many other times, I wondered if I could buy magnet sheets to hold my dies. But I realized that would be too flimsy and I would have to have a backing to make them more sturdy. To avoid all that work, I caved and purchased Magnet cards from Stamp-n-Storage as a Christmas gift to myself – BIG SMILES.  I anxiously waited for them to come in the mail and as I waited, I also made labels for all the dies I had and their coordinating stamp sets, vice versa.  Here’s what I mean:

This Holiday Home Stamp Set comes with 3 matching dies that cuts out the homes for you (I seriously debated getting these dies…because it’s not hard to cut out a house! But of course…it was a deal and I had to get them!). My OCD has been re-routed! I put my dies on this Magnet card and it just holds it in place with no fuss (much better than how they came stuck to paper with very strong tape).

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Here’s the inside of the stamp case. I put a label in there to remind myself that I have coordinating dies for my stamp set.

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I LOVE it!!! I have all my magnet cards sitting in an open box that I cut from a used cardboard box wrapped with heavy duty wrapping paper. It’s easy to access – I just flip through it and get what I need. My embossing folders also fit well in this box in front of my dies.

If you don’t want to go through all this trouble – invest in an electric cutter instead! You don’t have to buy all these die sets and with an electric cutter – you can cut any shape in any size using your computer! I’m already in too deep with these dies, so it’s not an option I’d consider at this point. I hope this is helpful for those of you who are considering what’s best for you.

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