Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A little more information about my Spellbinder's storage

A few people asked me for a bit more information about the storage solution I posted for my Spellbinders dies.  I have started to accumulate quite a collection (but aren't all crafters also collectors?) and I am excited to have this inexpensive and easy way to keep the dies stored safely but readily accessible when I want to use them.

This is another one of the frames I found in the Michael's dollar bins.  There were three different colors - brown, red-orange and yellow-green.  By the time I found them they were 60% off and I searched these out in several stores - at the last they were 90% off and with a 25% off entire purchase coupon I got some for 7 cents each!

The magnet material is thick and strong - about the thickness of heavy chipboard.

When you remove the frames from the packages they are one solid piece.  You are meant to punch out the shapes but nearly all of the frames I found were still securely together giving me in a solid sheet of heavy duty magnet material for a very low price.

I removed the dies from the packaging cards and then added some tape on top of the tape that was holding the dies in the package.  I used my ATG adhesive which is quite strong and adhered a magnet sheet directly to the packaging.

Then I returned my dies to the new magnetic surface - they are held flat and tight but easily removed when I need to make a cut.  I could add pretty paper to this side but I am fine with the utilitarian look.

I used the original packaging so on the newer sets I don't even need to add labels - I can flip through the images to quickly find the set I want.  For my older dies that came in "nests" of four sets, I added labels to the generic packaging cards to make it easier to find the correct set of squares or ovals or whatever shape I need.

You may still be able to find these frames at a Michael's near you, but I think they have been clearanced from most stores by now.  I would check in your local dollar stores or general discount stores for something similar if you want to try to make a storage system like this.

If you have any more questions, please let me know through a comment or an email.

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