Since the dawn of WOYWW, we've shared some great storage ideas. And I've been using one of them for ages. I am utterly indebted to Sue Kment for this idea... the link takes you directly to her post about them...all of her storage ideas are great. It's not as pretty or as well organised as some - indeed, Sue's own - but this works so well for me. Visit my die cutting station.
By which of course, I mean the worktop at left of my desk. You can see my cutter of choice and something of the way I store the dies. A4 sheets of chipboard with magnetic sheets stuck to them. Then, when I buy a flat die, I dispose of all the packaging and simply add it to a sheet. Saving packaging for filing and identity purposes means fiddling about just when I hit on an idea to cut something and doesn't work for me. They aren't in any particular order - although the Nestabilities are actually nested..and after use they don't go back onto the sheets in any particular order. I don't want to work that hard. And that works for me. It means too that I can pick up the magazine holder and take my collection to Crop without too much effort or car boot space.
Small dies and Cuttlebug square dies are kept in my Union jack tin. Again, mostly for easy transportation. I confess I rarely use them. I think not because they're in a tin, but probably because in the early days I bought dies that I just wouldn't buy now. There's a Quick Kutz alphabet in the blue holder...I went to a lot of expense to buy that and the QK die file, but never really warmed to it. The actual Squeeze went to a Flea Market years ago. I digress.
Then my embossing folders are all to hand in a cheap plastic basket. I can flip through them relatively easily and again, easy to move as and when required. I really like some of the larger folders that have hit the market this year - the 8 x 8 variety for example, as I like the large Nestability ranges. But I don't like them enough to change and buy a bigger bed die cutter. I'm of the opinion that the Grand Calibur has more drawbacks than credits for me, so despite everything being about making me happy, I do see that a line has to be drawn and I'm perfectly happy looking on and liking.
You see that it's not overly pretty. The magazine file hasn't been covered or made more attractive (unless you count the moustache packing tape that was used in an emergency to prevent a tragic breakage). The plastic basket probably should be a neatly covered cardboard box or something, and certainly I know that the lack of categorising will make some people stare in wonder at my indisciplined storage. But it works so well for me.
So a big up from me for the magnetic sheet system...definitely a GIIGU in this house!