I've been in a cleaning and sorting mode lately--not because I really wanted to be, but because the stacks of *STUFF* in my studio were sapping every ounce of creativity and making me want to go read a book instead of working. Have you ever been there? One of the areas that was really getting out of control was the sheer number of dies that I have. Let's see. . . about twelve years of this hobby, with at least eight of that being a job, and I can tell you that it all starts to add up! See the drawer above? That is after I took about ten die template sets out. I have several drawers this full of dies--some current, some retired, some not even labeled with the actual name of the die set. I know, I know--BAD me. Gulp. . .
The morning that we headed to the airport from CHA, my sweet friend Taylor (Taylored Expressions) handed me a three-pack of her new Magnetic Binder Box Inserts to try when I got home. Oh. My. Goodness--I loved them! I promptly ordered a number of them that I can't won't admit to, and that probably won't be enough. Oh yeah--they have really helped with my die storage issues.
Now I had tried a couple of solutions in the past; one was ordering magnetic sheets and then making them into a spiral bound book. Unfortunately, I didn't take time to BACK the self-adhesive magnetic sheets with a really thick piece of chipboard, so the pages bend much too easily when I turn pages, and the dies then pop off. Yes, I can still go back and add chipboard to make my homemade spiral magnetic book be more usable, but it definitely wasn't the best solution for me. (My binder punch wouldn't handle the thickness of the magnetic sheet plus a thick piece of chipboard.)
These are Taylor's Magnetic Binder Box Inserts. Pretty sweet, hey? I can use Taylor's Magnetic Binder Box Inserts with ANY of the thin dies that I typically use, and at 5-1/2" x 8-1/2", each sheet hold several dies! And these pages are stiff enough that I haven't had a problem with the dies popping off.
Now Taylor also has the Binder Boxes that will hold several sheets of dies. I have so many dies though. . . Don't even ask how many, because I don't know. I think I have maybe a third of them on sheets now. Anyway, that's the reason that I am currently storing my Magnetic Binder Box Inserts in an Iris container instead of in binder boxes. I pull out the entire sheet when I am using a die that lives on that sheet, and I don't put the sheet back in the box until all of the dies are back on it. I can flip through them, Roladex style too. I like it. A lot.
Disclaimer: Just in case you are wondering, this was a totally unsolicited post. Taylor gave me my first pack, but I have purchased many, many packs since then. I'm a happy customer. :-} Evidently I'm not the only happy one--you can see that from THIS Splitcoaststampers product focus that recently came out. And unlike me, it tells you about using the backs of the sheets too. Hey, I'll be happy if I can just organize the FRONTS! Thanks for visiting.