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Organizing Die Cutting Shapes

Being creative for me involves lots of stuff.  Thankfully, Creative Every Day helps keep me on the path to using my stuff everyday.  I am envious of artists who use just one medium and can neatly put all their supplies on one small desk.  Not envious enough to get rid of some of mine or stop buy more mind you.  So I have to find ways to organize my stuff – cheaply since I keep buying more stuff.  I am sure there isn’t anyone else out there who buys lots of stuff…

I love the new thin all metal dies – so many fun designs but they started getting to be a real mess in my drawer.  That means it made it hard for me to find what I was looking for which means I won’t do it as often.  So, I made a way to store them thanks to my heating vents.  I have magnetic covers for the vents in the basement & I found they hold the dies perfectly.

I ordered the magnetic covers, which really are just a think sheet of magnets.  Had to order more to replace the ones I stole from my vents!  They were too flimsy by themselves so I just glued them to a piece of cardboard (actually from the box they arrived in). Once dry I started organizing my dies on them.  It is so much easier to find a die when I need it now!  Now that CHA winter is over I am sure there will be more wonderful dies for me to own…

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  • Carol February 6, 2012, 4:25 pm

    Fun and creativity time ~ namaste, Carol (A Creative harbor)

  • Rita McGregor February 7, 2012, 12:39 am

    I use magnetic sheets that they sell to attach photos to for your frig. Same idea. Then store them in a photo box. They are thin so I use two and bought the plastic index tabs (like you’d use for recipes) to also help hold them up and separate them. Hard to describe, but I love how those magnetic sheets work, too. 🙂

  • FranT February 7, 2012, 8:26 am

    this is so clever. Now I want to use those. I have to figure out what i can use them for:)

  • Paula - Buenos Aires February 7, 2012, 6:20 pm

    Cool system! Have fun creating with them. 🙂

  • Currie Silver February 12, 2012, 7:15 am

    what a clever idea!! brava!!!

    I live in a tiny space, The Wee Cottage, which is just 300 square feet and I share those 300 square feet with a 60-something pound Golden Retriever, Gracie Mae. I’ve learned to make use of vertical space to store stuff AND to DO decluttering daily. as a collage artist I have paper EVERYWHERE and have found some clever little ways to keep it organised AND at hand yet out of my “creating” way.

    I love the metal dies you’ve shown here though. what fun they must BE!!