storage solution

Almost every crafter has one thing in common – no matter what your craft – and that is how to store all the stuff you use (keep) for your craft.  There are storage solutions for every imaginable problem and you can spend a ton on just storage boxes.

I’ve been meaning to get a handle on my thin metal dies.  They seem to multiply and the smaller ones tend to get “lost” temporarily.  Since I don’t have an electronic/digital cutting machine (which would probably eliminate many of these dies)  containing them so that they are easily accessible yet, well, “contained” was key for me.  And I found a simple solution at my local JoAnns, but you can do a diy version as well.

I went from a stack of plastic cases that did not even hold all my dies to one smaller plastic container – there is the photo.  The left pile shows the “before”, the right shows the “after”.

Here is the container – a simple plastic container with a handle that measures about 9.5 inches (roughly) and about 3.5 inches deep from Art Bin.  It comes with three magnetic sheets shaped to fit the container and you can purchase additional sheets.  They were on sale for 40% off at JoAnns a few weeks ago.

Here is what one of the sheets looks like with a bunch of my metal dies on it.   I have 9 sheets in the box right now (with all my dies stored) , and can probably fit about 15 or so in total in the box so there is room to grow.

The box closes nicely and fits on a bookshelf – very accessible.

You can do this on your own by purchasing a small plastic bin and get magnetic sheets to fit inside.  I will say this – the  magnetic sheets from the Art Bin case are very sturdy – much sturdier than what you can get at the big box stores.

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