Friday, July 22, 2011

You Paid for It: Use It! - Spellbinders Storage

The owner of one of the crafting Facebook groups I’m on issued a challenge to group members; by the end of July, create a project using at least one tool that you haven't used yet. My tool of choice was the “MUST HAVE” Cinch…purchased in February, and gathering dust on a shelf until just last week.

When I started collecting Spellbinders dies about six months ago, I happened on this YouTube video with a great storage idea. So I decided to use that idea to store my Mega Nestabilities and my Impressabilities. This is what I came up with…not very artistic, but it does the job! I purchased my magnetic sheets from Home Depot; they’re magnetic vent    

But wait, I know you don’t think those are the only Spellbinders dies I have, do you? The rest of my dies are in this nifty little CD box purchased from here and labeled with my Avery label maker. 

The sleeves are the perfect size for the nesties and I just file them alphabetically. I haven’t filled one box yet, but I’m sure it won’t be long so I have another empty one waiting in the wings.

So today’s lesson is a really simple one…if you spend good money for it (and what money isn’t good!?) USE IT!


  1. I hope you don't mind me doing a spellbinders storage notebook for my nesties. Thanks for sharing Karen.

  2. Love it! It's about time to got the dust off your cinch!

  3. Karen, love your storage album!! You are so organized, when you are ready come on down to NC. LOL

  4. Love the storage album - I use the magnetic but I keep it in the case that it came in - this is soooo much better. I see a scrap lift I mean a storage album lift coming on lol thanks for sharing!!!

  5. Super idea! Great job!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a sweet comment.

    Just wanted to let you know that I've updated my Cricut Cartridge Checklist, so it has the lastest Cricut carts on it. :-)

  6. Great storage album, and I think I will revamp my dies. Wonderful idea!

  7. I found this once before and forgot to mark it. Not making that mistake again. Love this idea and definitely going to make my own. You rock and thanks so much for sharing.

  8. I just came across your blog while searching for storage solutions to my growing Spellbinder die collection. I am hoping to ask you a few questions, if you don't mind.

    I had previously seen the video on youtube that you used as inspiration for your beautiful binders for the larger dies. Can you tell me the size of your binders and if you sandwiched your magnetic sheets between cardstock weight paper or text weight paper? I am excited about purchasing the magnetic sheets from Home Depot as the 8.5 x11" sheets purchased from Michael's do not seem strong enough so the larger dies do not always hold well. I am concerned that adding paper or cardstock on top will lessen the hold even more. That is also why I am asking about cardstock weight paper and text weight paper.

    I also love your use of the cd/dvd sleeves and container for the smaller dies. Some of the sets, particularly flower and flourish dies come with many small dies. I have been trying to figure out a way to avoid losing the smaller parts and your idea seems perfect. I followed the link and the box is very reasonably priced. I really like that the sleeves can be pulled out as you need them. Does the storage box come with the sleeves? I suspect it does not but I am not certain which holders I should order for the box. Can you provide some assistance? I will truly appreciate it.

    As a side note, I live in Arizona also but I am on the east side of the valley in Queen Creek. My son and his family lived in Surprise for about 4 years before moving to Gilbert so I haven't been to Surprise in awhile. I am sure it has grown considerably.

    I appreciate your crafting ideas and your blog. I look forward to hearing from you when you have a moment.
    Thank you so much.
    Sandra Smith

  9. Hi Sandra...I couldn't find a way to contact you, so hopefully you will see this reply. The binders I made for my Spellbinders are approximately 5.5 x 8 in. I adhered the magnetic sheets to old cardboard and them covered them with regular weight (not cardstock) patterned paper.

    Believe it or not, the CD boxes DO come with the sleeves (and you can store on both sides of each sleeve) so that makes them an even better price. I think there are 40 sleeves in each box. I just cut a piece of the magnetic sheet to fit in the CD holder to put the dies on, and then cut out the front part of the packaging to put on the front side of the sleeve so that I can see what the dies look like. I have all of my basic shapes (squares, circles, ovals, etc.) in one box and my labels and other shapeabilities in another box. And although I have lots and lots of dies, I still have room to grow in both boxes.

    Nice hearing from a fellow Arizonan. If you have more questions, please do not hesitate to email me at

  10. Easy to make!!!
    Wow...This is what i have been looking for and you have done a great job. Beautiful cards.