3D Thursday: Magazine Holder for Cards

This week’s 3D Thursday project was created by Guest Designer France Martin, affectionately known to many of us as “Frenchie”! Her project is not only adorable, but is also functional and stylish for card makers who wish to keep their cards neatly organized and accessible. Check it out:

It’s a magazine holder style holder for cards! You could make as many as you want, label them by occasion, and line them up neatly on a shelf to keep your cards close at hand. Right now, all of MY cards are mixed together in bins. Organizing them this way is definitely on my list of things to do, probably this summer when all the craziness with distance learning finally slows down!

Frenchie has provided us with step by step instructions on her FREE project sheet, available HERE, or by clicking on the image below. You can make these fit your own personality and space by using your favorite colors, sentiments, and papers! I can’t wait to make some of my own!

Thank you to Frenchie for joining is today and thank YOU for visiting! I’ll be back next week with a new project!

Have a great day!

Nicolle

An Easy Way to Store Framelits and Thinlits

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:

  1. It allows me to keep all of my cutting dies in ONE place.
  2. It allows me to flip through them quickly to see not only which sets I have, but also which dies are in each set.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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!

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicolle