Friday, April 23, 2010

Organizational {Friday} Refining Spellbinder Storage

In 2008, I shared how I store my Spellbinder Nestabilities and Quickutz Cookie Cutter dies in the Quickutz magnetic binders. You can see that very old post here. I still store them the same way but I have refined my storage a bit as my collection has grown over the past 2 years. I used to have a couple of binders; now I have 11 full binders and the collection continues to grow. See the 3 new binders on the left waiting to be used. Eeek! :) As I started getting more of these dies, I found it was very hard to find the dies I wanted to use because I had too many binders to flip through. So, first I labeled the spine of each binder with my trusty labeler. Then I cut the front off of each Spellbinders card that comes in the packaging. I hole punched each card, sorted them in alphabetical order, and put them in my index binder that also contains all of my ink color samples, my Stickles color samples, etc. You can see more information on that here and here. Then I used my Sharpie to label each card with the binder number where the dies are stored.

**Edited to add that my dear friend Stephanie mentioned she threw away these cards that come in the packaging. I told her to go to the Spellbinders site and just print the pictures out and make her binder that way. Be sure to read the comment section for more details if you don't know how to do that. :) All is not lost; you still can create a notebook!I also typed the name of each set into an Excel worksheet and inclued the binder number there also. I keep a printout of this at the front of my die section of the notebook. If I happen to know the name of the set I am looking for, I can find the binder number faster on the printout.Now inside the binders I continue to label each set. I include the set name, item number, and number of dies the set contains.This is working very well for me. I can easily find the dies I am looking for now instead of looking through 11 Quickutz binders. I hope you find this helpful. Have a blessed Friday!
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9 comments:

Robbie said...

Thank you for sharing your storage ideas WITH pictures. Great job. I need to do something with my Spellbinders dies and this sounds great!

Stephanie said...

Thanks for posting your refinements, Patter. I'm still working out my own Spellbinder storage & like your ideas. Except, I don't think I've kept all the fronts of my packaging. Oops....that probably was NOT a good idea. Oh well....

Patter Cross said...

Stephanie and for those of you that didn't keep the cards that came with your dies--just go to the Spellbinders website, right click, copy, and print them in a Microsoft Word document. That will work too! :) Hope that helps!

Stephanie said...

Thanks for "saving my bacon" on this one, Patter. I never even thought of doing that...{as my kids would say, "duh, Mom!!" LOL} I'll know to save the inserts from now on. Thanks so much.

Laura - Layers of Color said...

Great organizational ideas, Patter! Thanks!

GrammaR said...

Thank you for your storage hints! I'm working on getting my stamps organized. I only have two Nestabilities, but hope to add more, and I know it will be much easier to start notebooks now.

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Tracy said...

Wow and I thought I was organized, you took it to a whole new level.

Michelle said...

Very good idea, and I bet after about 6 months you know where they all are and dont even need the index anymore.

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