Recently I saw ArtBin had a new storage case with magnetic sheets for dies. I almost ran out and bought some but after seeing the dimensions and odd shape, I thought there had to be a better way. I’m so glad I thought ahead instead of buying it!
I have lots of dies, more than I should (LOL!), but I love them all! My collection is continuing to grow every month. This storage is perfect for dies that are too big for my other methods, or for dies I want to keep together.
I started off buying this ArtBin Scrapbooking container. I bought it at Joanns for 50% off (it retails at $19.99) and also used my education discount for an extra 15% off.
Then I found some 12×12 chipboard that was also on sale (retails for $9.99) and added that to my stash.
It came with gray, white and black in the pack.
And finally, I bought a Xyron Magnetic 900 cartridge that I used a coupon with. I headed home and hoped it would all work out. 🙂
First I took a sheet of chipboard and then separated the layers of the Xyron cartridge. I don’t know if you can see it, but the plastic is not connected to the magnetic layer (which it would need it to be if you were using it with the Xyron).
I was able to do 7 full 12×12 sheets with this cartridge and had some left over. I didn’t check to see if it was enough for another sheet but wouldn’t be surprised if there was.
Here are a few of my completed sheets.
I would guess you could comfortably fit at least another 6-9 more sheets in this case. It would be heavy, but for storage purposes, perfect. When I’m working on something specific, I pull out the sheet I need, use it, then store it away again. No more remembering where I stashed something and wasting time looking for it! My sheets filled up quickly and I need to pull another cartridge out and make more.
There are a lot of excellent ways to store dies out there and I wanted to share another one that works for me. If you have more ideas or tips, I’d love to hear them! Thanks for stopping by!
I love this stamp by Penny Black. I wish it was made in three parts though, the heart, the branch, and the leaves. I suppose that’s my spoiled self talking…clear stamps have me very spoiled. 🙂 As it turned out, I masked the heart and branches/leaves separately. I used Real Red and Cherry Cobbler (both SU) ink for the heart and Close to Cocoa and Old Olive markers for the branches and leaves. I also accented the leaves a bit with Copics. Edges were sponged with Broken China (Tim Holtz Distress).
This is my “oops” card. I wasn’t going to add the butterfly but apparently I can’t glue as well as I thought, lol! Underneath the butterfly is a smearing of glue and it looked pretty obvious. Thank goodness for options to cover it up with! I used the Cathedral Lace die (Cheery Lynn Designs) and trimmed it down for the focal point. Banner and Birthday sentiment are both from Papertrey Ink.
This card is a Silhouette card file and was cut with the Cameo. I edited it a bit and left only (and rearranged) the hearts. The sentiment is from Heart Prints Sentiments (Papertrey Ink). A pretty simple card and super simple to put together.
This heart is from a stamp set called Heartfelt (Tim Holtz). Love sentiment is from Tiny Tags (Papertrey Ink). Image was colored with Copics…another simple card.
And now, on to some organizing…
Susan from Mad Sky Designs posted HERE about organizing her dies and embossing folders. I went to Staples and had to check out that gorgeous Martha Stewart binder. They also had them in red and a beautiful chestnut color, but I loved this one. I bought some pocket dividers also from Martha Stewart, they were in the same section as the binders and came with sheet protectors divided in twos or fours. Each pack had 10 sheets and retailed at $3.99. Thank you, Susan, for the recommendation and post!
I love that there is a top flap to keep your contents from flying out the top. Perfect for dies and my smaller stamps.
Here’s a shot of the other style, divided into two sections. I bought the magnetic vent covers from Menards and cut them to fit into the pockets (@ 4.25″ x 8″)…perfect for my dies.
Thanks for stopping by!