For die cutting, you're going to need some dies. And if you've ever purchased dies before, you know they come in a myriad of shapes and sizes. So how do you store them?
As it turns out, there are a lot of ways to organize your dies. And while there is no one right way to store them, here are some of the most popular options:
Put them in storage albums. If you have a fairly small collection of dies, this might be the best option for you. Slip each die into a clear storing page and label it accordingly. You can also keep your album in a drawer or box if you prefer. You can find storage albums with a compatible box right in our store. Just make sure everything is clearly labeled so that when you go looking for that perfect die, all you have to do is grab it from its home!
If your dies are all different sizes, then it might be easier to put them all in one box. You can label each box or even color them so that you know which one contains which kind of die cuts. The best thing about using plastic boxes is that they are easy to clean and they don't get damaged easily like wooden drawers do when they get wet or dusty. They are also airtight so your metal dies will not get rusty. The boxes are stackable, so it’s easy to store them on shelves or in cabinets when not in use (which is most of the time).
To make the most of your storage space, create a die storage shelf in a closet or on a wall. You'll have all your dies right at hand when you need them. A simple shelf, like the ones found at IKEA or your local hardware store, will do the trick. You can also use old bookshelves or even build your shelves from wood or metal.
Use an old shoe rack or other shelving unit from around the house. This is another easy way to keep large numbers of dies organized in one place without spending much money on new products. You can also use closet organizers for smaller amounts of dies.
Before you start organizing, take note of how many dies you have and how much space they take up. Then gather all your dies together in one place so you can see what you have. If there are some dies you don't use often, consider selling them online or donating them to someone who can use them instead of keeping them around for years not being used at all!
There are two main ways to organize dies and die-cutting equipment. The first is by grouping similar dies together, which makes sense if you're using them frequently. For example, if you have a lot of different border die cuts, you can group them by size and style. Then, when it's time to cut a project with a particular word die, all you have to do is flip through your collection until you find the right one.
The second way to organize dies and die-cutting equipment is by theme. For example, if you have many die cuts of totally different content, but they are all related to Christmas, then they can be organized into "Christmas" This method works well when you have many different types of dies but can serve the same theme.