Hey guys! I’ve been meaning to share a few tips with you on craft room organization. I’m hoping to do a whole series on this as it’s something that a lot of us struggle with (particularly those of us who don’t have a lot of space).
I’m always looking for new ways to efficiently organize my art/craft supplies. Often, as your supplies multiply, you end up outgrowing the system you originally had in place.
This was the case with my die storage system. The dies I have from SU come in nice, thick plastic envelopes. What most people do with these is put them on a piece of magnetic sheet and store them in their envelope.
This worked really well for me while I only had a few die sets. You can see here that all my Big Shot items fit into one little Variera basket from Ikea.
However, as my collection grew, the basket got pretty full. It still worked ok but I wanted something more accessible (less rummaging to find what I needed). So yesterday, as I was sitting at my desk, the perfect idea came to me! I already had a magnetic board from Ikea which I wasn’t using for anything important (it was holding some miscellaneous items, postcards, old drawings, etc.) so I repurposed it!
All you need for this DIY magnetic die storage system is:
6 A4 magnetic sheets (if you can find a bigger size even better) You’ll see that I initially only got five and I ended up with a naked corner :)) )
1 Spontan magnetic board from Ikea
Regardless of the size of your sheets just make sure they are strong enough to hold your dies in place.
Put some double-sided tape on the back of each sheet.
After using four full sheets, you will have to cut a few long, narrow pieces to cover the remaining space. Here’s where I realised five sheets were just shy of what I needed…
No worries, I fixed that later :). Here’s how the finished board looks on the wall. It took me maybe ten minutes to put it together so I’m very pleased with the result.
I put my most used dies on the bottom (for easy access even when I’m sitting down) and the seasonal ones (mostly Christmas) at the very top since I won’t be reaching for them for a while. The beauty of this is that you can see everything at a glance and move them around as you like. It’s also easier and quicker to put them back after you’ve finished with them (considering how messy my desk usually gets anything that helps with clean up is awesome).
Let me know if you guys give it a try!