Sunday, February 12, 2012

Organizing Dies (and reinkers recap)

I had a few people ask me to post something about how I organize my dies.  I've tried several methods, but I'm loving how I have my dies organized now.

I bought several Univenture 3-ring 1.5" binders when they were on clearance ($1.09 per binder...wish I had bought more!!!).  The outside dimensions are 7" x 9 3/8" x 1 1/4".

 You can find magnetic vent cover sheets at your local hardware store (Home Depot, Lowes, Ace Hardware, etc).  As you can see, they come in packs of 3 that are 8" x 15".  I bought mine at Home Depot for less than $5 per pack.  Much more economical than buying the smaller packs of magnet sheets at the craft stores.

 I bought a few binder panels from Joann Fabric and Craft Store.  You can find these panels elsewhere online.  I try to wait until they are on sale and use Joann's free shipping coupon.  I buy the full sheet panels (sale price $5.39) and then cut them in half.   You get twice as many than buying the half size would have to punch your own holes and have extra holes on the bottom.   (You can also use chipboard or thick acetate).

I cut the magnetic sheet into strips.  You can cut them however you want (like covering the entire panel).  You could just use the magnetic sheet without the panel, but I find it too flimsy/bendy.  By cutting them into strips, I get more out of them.  I used double sided tape to adhere them to the binder panel.  

 Of course, having 2 strips of magnet isn't "pretty".  So, I covered them with white cardstock.  I corner punched each corner on one edge to match the binder panel.  Again, I used double sided tape to adhere the cardstock to the binder panel, covering up the magnets.  For my Spellbinders nesties binders, I used designer paper to cover up the binder panel....I like the clean look of the white cardstock though.

With the a|s dies that come with templates, I created a pocket on the back of the binder panel by using some thick acetate.  Now, they won't fall out and get lost.

I organized my binders by theme:  shapes, frames, 3-D, borders, etc.  The Univenture binders come with a clear cover, so you can design your own cover.  I just labeled the spine with the theme.  

I'd love to see how others organize their dies....please leave a comment with either a link or description. 

Thanks for visiting.


ETA:  Also, someone asked me about how I store my ink refills.  I found these storage containers at to shop at IKEA!!!  They are the Krus containers and these were $4.99 each.  They are the perfect size for a|s refills (too small for SU refills).  


  1. I like those binders and what a great price! I store my dies and embossing folders all in one place.
    Here is a link: