Monday, February 7, 2011
A storage tip for Nestabilities
I have a new way to store my Spellbinders Nestabilities - it is inexpensive and easy (both of these are good things!). I had devised a fairly elaborate system of storing these in CD cases with some pretty paper and labels. I found it fiddly to work with and didn't like having to open and shut the cases all of the time. I also found that some of the dies I have collected would not fit in the CD cases (the long rectangles and borders).
I recently came across these magnetic frames in the $1 bins at Michael's. By the time I found them, they were 60% off. I searched out various Michael's stores in my area to add to my stash and paid 40 cents, 30 cents, 20 cents, 10 cents and 7 cents for the various groups that I found. (I just love a bargain!)
The frames are not really my style but the magnets are fairly thick and quite strong. They work perfectly to keep the sets of Nesties together. I had saved all of the original cards they came on and I found that I could adhere the decorative side to the cards and then add my dies.
On the sets that come with a booklet style folder the sets are identified by the photos. On the basic sets that came in groups (or "nests") I used the smaller cards and added labels. These fit easily in the same small crates that I use for my Cuttlebug folders. I really like the one step action of pulling up a folder and taking off the die I want to use. I am happy not to open and close cases and I don't worry about the dies falling off the strong magnetic sheet.
You can buy packages of magnetic sheets but they are fairly expensive and the ones that I have tried are quite thin and won't grip the dies nearly as well as these thicker frame magnets. This was a great economical solution for me and you might try checking the clearance bins at Michael's or look at bargain and dollar stores in your area for something similar.
The photo at the top of this post is of one of the decorative items at the place we stayed in Hollywood for CHA. The furnishings were "eclectic" and I took a few photos to remind me of the interesting combination of styles - there were paintings and "art" objects everywhere, a gym and six or seven large televisions (I don't think we ever turned any of them on!).
Tuesday morning I will be going to the hospital for the more permanent version of the procedure I had in November to help me deal with the leg and back pain issues that started last summer. It shouldn't be very complicated but I'd appreciate any positive vibes you can send my way! I'll post when I am home again - should be in the early afternoon.
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