Welcome to day three of My Favorite Things Stamps 5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash posts! Today is about Die-namics storage. My system for storing Die-namics hasn't changed much since last year, but my die box is definitely fuller! (It's heavy too--not a box you want to move very often.) I've used the ubiquitous InterDesign Divided Storage Container that Jennifer McGuire introduced to the stamping world a few years back.
I have used 5-1/2" x 8" magnetic sheets from Taylored Expressions for several years. They are nice and stiff, which helps the dies not to pop off as you flip through the stack of die sheets. (These are currently out of stock.) The only thing that I have changed is to add a couple of categories to my dividers since I had one section that was getting too large to flip through quickly. Most of my Die-namics are stored with my stamp sets; my Die-namics that coordinate with stamp sets are all in the same clear bag envelope as the stamp set. So this container has to hold only Die-namics that are general purpose and do not coordinate with a specific stamp set.
I try to keep similar dies together on the same sheet and use as much of each sheet as I can since magnetic sheets are an investment! Sometimes I get an odd die on a sheet just because it fits the space that's left, but most of the sheets are pretty well-organized.
I keep my label maker in the bin with the magnetic die storage sheets, along with a little tool container for a couple of pairs of metal nippers (for separating dies), needle-nose pliers and round nose pliers for crimping binder coils, and a tool for cleaning little bits out of my dies. (In reality, this area is usually covered with little bits of paper, but I cleaned it up for you--I guess that makes you "company!")
I hope you get a chance to visit the MFT Stamps blog for more organization tips and inspiration. Thanks for visiting!