If you are in the situation that I am in with craft storage, you might be looking for an easy and efficient way to store your thinlits and framelits. Right now, my family and I are living in a small apartment while our house is being built. Once the house is done, I will have an official craft room with lots of storage! (I. CAN’T. WAIT.) But for now, I am working out of a cabinet behind my dining room table, so I have very little place to store anything. I have a ton of cutting die sets, and I need a way to store them efficiently, while also wanting an easy way to see what’s in each set at a glance. So here’s what I do each time I get a new set of thinlits or framelits:
Step 1: Remove dies from their package.
Step 2: Without removing any dies, place the full card with dies on a copy machine or scanner (dies down), and make two copies/printouts of the set.
Step 3: Trim both printouts along edges of the image.
Step 4: Slip one copy into the front of the dies’ envelope, and the other into the back side of the envelope.
Step 5: Store all cutting die sets in a bin.
The bin I use was bought at Target a few years back. It’s wide enough to hold both small and large sets. Another thing I do that is extremely helpful is I write the number of dies in the set somewhere on the printouts so I can see at a glance how many dies are in each set. Here’s an example:
This system has been very helpful to me in multiple ways since I started using it a few years ago:
- It allows me to keep all of my cutting dies in ONE place.
- It allows me to flip through them quickly to see not only which sets I have, but also which dies are in each set.
- Copying/scanning the picture before using them allows me to see how they are placed on the card, so if I am having a hard time figuring out how to fit them back on, I have a visual of how they were put on there initially.
- The copies let me compare the dies once they are used to make sure they are all accounted for. It’s easy to see if one is missing when you have a picture of the full set!
- Having the copies allows for writing info on the copy, rather than on the actual packaging so your packaging stays clean and looking new!
With all that being said, I wish I could take credit for coming up with this idea, but I can’t. I bought a set of used dies from another demonstrator years ago, and she sent them to me with copies in them. I thought it was brilliant, and I have used it ever since! (I wish I could remember her name so I could give her credit, but unfortunately, I don’t.) I never would have come up with this on my own, so I am hoping by sharing it here that it will help some of you as well!
I hope my post today has been helpful! Please let me know if you have any questions!
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