Can we discuss storage of hard dies, please?

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Posted 2/1/2013 by hilsmom in General Scrappin'

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Posted: 2/1/2013 8:45:48 AM
I keep the dies for my Bigkick in a very large drawer, so I really don't want to spend the money on Sizzix brand storage boxes. In addition, I have a few Spellbinders dies and a ton of embossing folders and border strips. Also, I find the pictures on the Sizzix packaging inspiring, but the aggrevation of getting the die out of the original packaging every time I use it is something I could do without. Do you throw your original packaging? How do you store your dies?

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Posted: 2/1/2013 9:01:22 AM
I don't have a lot of regular metal dies (i.e. non-wafer thin). What I have are small and they are in the box with my cuttlebug folders. I keep a sample of my embossing folders on a large ring. You can't really see the embossing in the pic but you can see how I have a ring of sheets in this post about using command hooks. This post shows the box I made for my folders and the small amount of cuttlebug dies I have. That's an old pic - I do have a few more dies now but still all in the box. I just had to take out the extra divider on that side to fit them. I have a few boxes of sizzlit alphas but those came in their own cases of course. When I made the box, I didn't have larger folders so I have a few that don't fit in the box so they're just right next to it.
I keep my spellbinders dies (and some memory box/poppystamps) dies in a drawer with other cardmaking supplies like pre-cut/scored blank cards.

I only have a couple of sizzix dies that came with folders as a bonus. I only keep the packaging for the spellbinders because I use them for storage (as my link above shows) and the mb/poppystamps come in envelopes so I use those, too. I did keep part of the packaging for my sizzix alphas, they're just long pieces of the cardboard showing the whole alpha and on the other side is the name of the alpha from the package and it tells you what size it's shown at (i.e. shown 100% of actual size or 97% etc.) I just have those tucked in a drawer.


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Posted: 2/1/2013 9:01:35 AM
I like them in the original packaging too, so to fix the problem of difficulty getting them in and out this is what I do:

Cut away the opening flaps so the packages don't close. Now you can slide your die in and out of the packaging very easily.

I store mine in old bread tins and casserole tins. Here's a picture:


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Posted: 2/1/2013 9:32:28 AM
Awesome ideas! Thanks! I really do like the idea of cutting the top off the packaging. I am also thinking of maybe making myself a flip book with my BIA to hold embossing samples and maybe even the packaging photos for my dies.

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