May 18, 2011

My Dies and Punches Book

This is another installment in my gradual organization of tools in my new stamping and cardmaking world.  I have collected so many dies and punches that I forget what I have.  So, after seeing ideas from members of the Papertrey Ink Forum, I decided to make a book that showcases every die and punch I have.  I finally did this several weeks ago.  I took pictures but am just now getting around to posting them.

This took a whole weekend to do.  By the time I was done, (1) I didn't want to see another die or punch for a long time, (2) I realized that I have a ridiculous number of dies, and (3) cheap black paper probably wasn't a great idea as I had black fibers and chads everywhere.

Here are some photos, sorry about the quality:

I stored each diecut and its negative in 5x7 sheet protecters.

This is how thick it ended up.  It is now in a 2.5" binder.

As much work as it was to do this, I love it.  I use it all the time now to find the die I want to use.  One more organization project I can cross off my list.  Yay!

5 comments:

  1. Great idea, Linda. I need to do this at some point. I'm getting overwhelmed by all of my dies as well. Thanks for the plan.

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  2. Very cool idea Linda! Organized and compact. What could be better? *smile*

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  3. Wow, that's a crazy number of dies! What a great idea to include both the die cut and the negative!

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  4. Great job Linda! I am still trying to figure out what I want to do with my dies!

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  5. Linda, can you come over and do my dies? Please? What a wonderful idea, thank you for sharing.

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