"Organizing and storage is not one of my strong suits, but as I've become a hoarder collector of dies, I really needed to get them into some sort of order that made them easier to use! I saw this idea on Pinterest for storing embellishments, so I modified it to fit my die storage needs.
Memorex makes these really cool CD/DVD boxes called a "File-n-Store" storage box. Each box comes with 80 two-sided, mini hanging folders and are available at most Walmart stores, Staples, OfficeMax and Office Depot. They retail for around $20.
I trimmed kraft cardstock squares to fit loosely inside each hanging folder, and applied three strips of thin magnet to each kraft square. The gaps in between each strip of magnet allow you to grab just the die you need, especially handy if they are nested dies. Although you can't see it in my photos, the hanging sleeves are two-sided, so you can place dies on each side. I found that the boxes hold anywhere from 30-40 hanging folders, depending on whether you use both sides of the sleeve.
What I love about this storage is that it keeps my dies all in one place and I only have to slide out the folder that I need while I am working on a project. Oh, and the box looks great on a shelf when not in use." ~ Becky Fleck
"I keep a pretty wooden tray on my desk that’s home to my everyday supplies such as my scissors, exacto knife, pencils and a random assortment of miscellaneous buttons. There’s also a tiny dish on the tray where I store my most frequently used washi tapes, as well as an assortment of embellishments that are waiting to return to their proper home.
My tiny embellishments are stored in stackable divided containers. This is the perfect way to find what I need quickly and easily. Prior to this system, those little packages would tend to get lost, or I’d simply forget about supplies that I actually had on hand." ~ Sheri Reguly
"The best item I have to organize my supplies by far is an Alex cart from IKEA. It houses most of my punches, tools, stamps, inks, smaller embellishments and many more items!
Each drawer has several drawers that keep my items neatly organized and close at hand. It has great casters so I can roll it around and use the top as an extra workspace area when needed too!" ~ Nicole Nowosad
"I use iPhoto to organize my photos. My favorite tip is one that helps me manage my images for Project Life. I create a folder called "Project Life" and in that folder, I create a Smart Album for Week 1. I define the album to Match the Following Condition and I set it to Date and In the Range Of. Then I change the dates to match whatever the week 1 dates are. Next, I duplicate this album and change the name and dates for Week 2, 3 and so on. I break the weeks into quarters. Now, every photo I take will show up in the correct week so when I sit down to work on my Project Life album, all the weeks are nicely organized. It's a little work to set it up, but then it makes for seamless photo gathering for the rest of the year." ~ Cathy Zielske
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