Saturday, July 21, 2012

Storing Dies

The combination of being on holiday, coupled with the most dire summer weather has meant I have had time to do stuff around the house. (Up until July 18th Edinburgh had had one and a half hours of sunshine!! Yes, you did read that correctly- 1 and  1/2  hours only!!)
 I've gutted my son's room and redecorated it-and it remains tidy a week and a half later. (That must be a record!)

And I've tidied my scrap space, including reorganising my die cutting stuff. I have been slow to take up die cutting. I won a sissix sidekick and some dies about 5 years ago, and about a year later I bought a cuttlebug-mainly because I wanted to cut chipboard alphabets. So my dies were limited to some cuttlebug alphabets and a few small sissix dies.

However, recently I have developed a bit of an interest in dies and have collected some Nestabilities, some Sissix Bigz, and some Marianne Creatables. I kept most of the big dies in a large plastic box in the bottom of a cupboard, but they were a bit heavy to lug out, and so didn't get the use they deserved. The magnetic dies were kept in an A4 folder on magnetic sheets, but they tended to slip about a bit, and the A4 folder took up valuable large shelf space that I wanted to use for my growing collection of stamps. And the cuttlebug was in yet another cupboard. I decided I wanted to reorganise so that all my diecutting and embossing was together, and easily accessible so that I got good use from it.

I had this storage cupboard which I think I bought from Argos. I think it was a video cupboard, but what I like about it is that although it is quite deep, it has shelves on the door, so it is easy to access everything, and things don't get lost in the back of the cupboard. So now it houses my printer on top, with printing paraphenalia in the left hand bit, and the right hand side is now where I keep all the diecutting stuff.

Here it is open-See what I mean about shelves on the door? So, on the top shelf I have my cuttlebug, plates, and Sizzix dies. On the middle shelf are sizzix alphabet dies, and on the bottom shelf I have Sizzix Big dies and cuttlebug alphabet dies. They are stored in wooden boxes from IKEA. On the door I shelves are Time Holtz dies, and embossing folders on the top shelf, and  the sidekick on the middle shelf. (I don't actually use that very much-maybe I should get rid if it?) And on the bottom shelf I have A5 folders which store my magnetic dies.
As you can see, I still have plenty of space to store more!

 The magnetic dies are stored on magnetic sheets, with the name of packaging kept behind. I've kept the packaging so that I know what size dies I have, in case I ever want to buy corresponding sets of dies. The magnetic sheets came from Hobbycraft, but I think they have no longer stock them, which is a pity. Yesterday I bought some Poundland magnetic photopaper, so I'm going to see if that works. If so I will stick it to some chipboard and use that instead. The plastic wallets are made by Kaisercrafts and are very sturdy.

So that's it- simple, organised and all together. So much easier to use!! What do you think?


Emy said...

That cupboard looks great with all your die-cutting tools in it. I am about to buy a Big Shot and so maybe I need a new cupboard too!

Angie said...

I love that storage ...perfect for your needs.
Wonderful LO below ...I have probably said it before but ... when you put an embelishment on a LO it was meant to be there fits ...never in my eyes, does anything seem out of place ....and the photo still stands out too.

sixofone aka Leah said...

It all looks brilliant, Pam. My cuttlebug sits on my craft table so I use it much more than I used to

Rosiemac said...

This looks brilliant Pam. That cupboard is useful with the shallower shelves. Hopefully now you've finished 'gutting' the weather will improve !

Linda said...

Pam, could you e-mail me? :)


Al Hannah said...

Great storage idea Pam ... it looks compact all folded up :)