Just a quick post to remind you that Christmas Card Camp is tonight at 9:00 PM Eastern USA time over on my USTREAM channel: Kathryn Scraps. Christmas Card Camp is permanently moving to Mondays nights at 9:00 p.m. To convert Eastern USA time to your time zone, click here: Time Zone Converter.
Tonight we'll be working with the Impression Obsession "Lamb Awaiting" stamp. We'll be making at least two projects ~ one more labor intensive and one designed for mass production. I hope to have enough time to make some cute gift cards with this little guy as well, since he is so adorable!
If you're interested in purchasing this adorable little lamb stamp, you can find him in the shop on my new website: Shop.
Last week we were talking about ways to store solid steel dies (these are the wafer thin steel dies like Spellbinders, Lifestyle Crafts, Cottage Cutz, Memory Box, etc.), and there was a gal in the chat who mentioned she stored her Spellbinders Nestabilities in DVD cases lined with magnetic sheets. It sounded like a good idea to me, so I did some research today on DVD cases and found a site with a good solution: Tape Online.
On their site, I found empty DVD cases designed for rubber stamp storage (they have no DVD holders to be removed): Rubber Stamp Case.
They also have adhesive-faced magnetic sheets designed to fit inside the Rubber Stamp Case to convert it into a die storage case: Magnetic Sheets.I haven't purchased or tested either of these products yet, so they are not "Kathryn Approved" at this time. I have read through the reviews of both items on the site and they are overwhelmingly positive. The only reason I haven't checked out with three dozen of each to hold my Spellbinders and other steel dies is because I am unsure how I will store the cases.
I originally wanted them to store them in one of the drawers of my VIKA ALEX table leg, but the cases are 14cm deep and the drawer is 13cm deep. So close! While I could still fit bunches of cases in one of my VIKA ALEX drawers, I couldn't store them in rows with their spines (and therefore labels with the die names) showing. So that was a bummer.
Then I thought about storing them in one of my EXPEDIT cubes. I could get 32 or 33 cases across the front of one cube by my measurements. But then there's not much else that I can store in the cube, and that seems like a waste of storage space. I thought about designing a box to go across the front of one cube that they could all sit in together. Then they could be easily removed to access something stored behind the dies. As long as I stored an item behind them that I don't use all that often, I'm sure it would be fine.
The other problem is I still have no solution for my longer Lifestyle Crafts dies like my border strips, envelopes and even some of the larger nesting dies. I have a couple border dies from other manufacturers as well. Of course, even if I just got the bulk of the dies sorted into these cases, I could store any stragglers in one VIKA ALEX drawer instead of having dies in a binder and an ArtBin and a VIKA drawer and a box on the floor and ... well, you get the idea!
What do you guys think? I love the idea of the cases with the magnets, but am still hung up on the case storage aspect. Plus, I always wonder if I will eventually find a way to store all my thin dies together in one place and then have to completely redo my storage. I realize this may be an unachievable goal.
So how do you guys store your thin dies? Do you do something similar? If so, how do you store the cases? If not, what do you do?
Also, am I over thinking this?
See you tonight!