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I store my dies in the Hobby Lobby version of the Tim Holtz folders for clear stamps. I use the same folders for my clear stamps too.
I cut a piece of chipboard to 6 x 8, then I use the adhesive magnetic sheets from Oriental Trading on top of the chipboard. The sheets are 8 1/2 x 11, so I cut them in half and get 2 sheets out of it. I also cut the magnetic sheet about a half inch shorter than the chipboard so that I can label it with the die name.
I can fit several dies on each sheet, depending on the size. I don't sort them by manufacturer, but rather by theme. It's easier for me to find what I need that way.
I keep the folders on bins on my desk so it's easy to flip through and find what I'm looking for. And I have plenty of room to grow.
After trying several different ways and none of them really working for me, I got the EZ Magnetic 2-N-1 mini size binder set from Crafter's Companion. I liked it so much I now have 4 and will get more for the rest of my dies. I have all florals in one, borders & tags in another, Christmas in #3 and other holidays in #4. I was going to keep my Nesties on the magnetic sheets I have attached to the back of the original but I'm planning on putting them into these binders too. I'm using the mini size since I have arthritis and felt the full size would be too heavy for me to lift.
Location: In the great Northeast where we have four seasons!
I'm a very visual person. If I don't see it, I tend to forget I have it. So I've taken most of my spellbinders dies out of those obnoxious folders they come in (I find them hard to open and the sticky tape doesn't last long so pieces start to move around inside) and put them on binder rings (not sure if that's the right name but they're like the rings in 3-ring binders but they are free standing) and put each set on its own ring with a small tag that identifies which die set it is. They hang on cup hooks down the side of a peg board that hands near my desk with like groups together...circles with circles, ovals with ovals, etc.
Some of the fancier sets have pieces that don't really work on the binder rings. I have about 5 of these, and right now they're in a small basket under the ones on binder rings so that I can see them easily and remember I have them.
My Sizzix dies, other larger dies and embossing envelopes are in a set of drawers right next to my Sizzix Big Kick. I'm working on making samples of the cuts and embossing folders with numbers to tell me which draw I'll find the coordinating item with.
If I traveled as much as I used to with my stuff, I probably wouldn't use this system. But I attend only one weekend crop a year, and I have an iris cart with 6 iris locking containers in it from Michael's. I just take the spellbinders and other dies I want and put them in one of the containers. They don't get
tangled at all.
Hope this makes sense and helps someone,
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Location: I'm from Austin, TX. Well, actually Cedar Park.
I made my own system with 2 Cropper Hopper Sticker Clippers that I got at Tuesday Morning for about $5/each. Magnetic sheets that I got at Hobby Lobby.
I also use labels and chipboard.
The chipboard and magnetic sheets I cut to about 8 1/2 x 5 1/2. Then I run the die through my Big Shot with the label and then I write the name of the die cut on it. That way I don't have to figure out what the name of the dies are. It works for me and there's room to grow. The only bad part is I've had trouble finding the clips for it which is the only reason I bought the second clipper.
I currently have my dies (I only own SB so far) in CD cases with a magnetic sheet inside. I buy magnetic vent covers at Lowe's or Home Depot and cut them up to put inside. This is the cheapest way I've found to get the magnetic sheets. I also make a sample cut of each of the dies in the set and store it in the case too. I label each sample with the die name and the # of the die. This is very helpful in planning what size cuts I need for my projects. I label the outside of each CD case and store them in one of the drawers in my jetmax cube (the 4 drawer unit).
My long border dies and Grand dies are stored in a regular 3-ring notebook. I put strips of magnetic tape on black cardstock. I labeled the cardstock and slipped it in a sheet protector. I can put the card that came in the die packaging in the sheet protector too.
I store my dies on magnet sheets and the sheets are stored in a plastic picture frame. Originally I adhered the magnet sheets heavy plastic dividers but I ran out and now I'm adhering to heavy cardstock. I cut up the original package and adhere to the back of the cardstock for my index. I have dividers for categories like squares, circles/ovals, garden, critters, holidays, etc.
I've been using this method for almost a year and it really works well for me. I tried the binder method but it was too heavy. I find that flipping through the dies is easy and when I take a die off the magnet, I turn the magnet sheet up so I know exactly where the die is supposed to be when I'm finished. I don't go to crops so portability is not an issue for me.
These pictures are from when I first did the project and I had room to store my embossing plates. Now the box is almost full so I've move the plates out. Also, I've taken my SU dies out of the envelopes and store them on the magnetic sheets.