Tuesday with the Team by Sue Sykes

Storing your dies

by Sue Sykes


Hi everyone!  Rather than share a layout or card today, I’m going to share a project that I just completed for my studio!

Many of us are just as preoccupied with organizing our scrapbooking supplies, as we are with using them.  You can find ideas in magazines, online galleries, Pinterest and on blogs across the web.  When I started my studio renovation a few years ago (yes, it’s been a long process!), I scoured the Internet for ideas on storing my products.

When I came across this post I immediately started to think how I could adapt this idea for my scrapping space – there are no cupboards in my studio, and I find that I use my products more often if they are on display.  I had a few criteria that I wanted to meet:

1)  I wanted something I could “grow” into, as my collection grew (as we all know it will…)

2)  It had to fit somewhere on my studio wall where it would be accessible but not obtrusive.

3)  I wanted to keep this as cost effective as I could.


First things first:  the base.  All of the frames I wanted to recycle were too small, so I repurposed an old magnetic board from Ikea (no longer available, but it measures around 16″ x 23″).  Best of all, it tucks perfectly into a small space on one of my walls.


The magnetic surface:  While the large magnetic vent covers are available at Bed, Bath & Beyond  for only $13.99, the nearest store is 2 hours away from me and shipping was nearly $10.  Home Depot carries a 3 pack of the smaller size  but after checking my local store, I discovered that they are only available through online ordering.  However, in persevering, I found 5″ x 8″ self-adhesive magnetic sheets available at my local dollar store for only $1 each.


Here’s what I ended up with – and I’m thrilled with the results!



To jazz it up and to coordinate with my studio colours, I covered the edges with a combination of 7Gypsies gaffer tape and K&Company Smash tape.



Rather than label the die positions at the bottom of each space,  I added my labels UNDERNEATH the dies themselves – this not only used less room on my magnetic board, but it’s less visible, too.



I LOVE how handy this keeps my dies… Now, to add to my collection! :)





20 responses to “Tuesday with the Team by Sue Sykes”

  1. That is the coolest die cut organizing method I’ve seen! Thanks for sharing!!!!

  2. Gail P says:

    What an awesome idea. . . love things organized in my scrap room!

  3. Susan says:

    This is a great way to display your die cuts and have them readily available for use. I’m going to try to adapt this for my space. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Penny H. says:

    This is a great idea! My friend has a HUGE collection of dies (which she so kindly allows me to borrow. She doesn’t have wall space but using the magnets would be a great way to organize. I could make boards (cardboard and magnet sheets) for them. It would allow them to travel better as well. Thanks!!!!

  5. Cheryl Layton says:

    This is fantastic. I just started purchasing die cuts and already have about 8 sets and was just thinking last night that I need to figure out something to store them…now I have a project to work on. Thanks!!

  6. Suba says:

    Love, love, love it! I’ve been hunting around for the magnetic sheets as well. I’ll have to stop by the dollar store. I think I’ll call around first. It’s 115 degrees today! EEEK! Love the magnetic board from Ikea as well. I think I might have one somewhere! Wonderful!

  7. Love The ideas. How awesome is that!!! Totally hope to incorporate in my space! Thanks

  8. Fantastic idea, Sue! Now come on over and make one for me :) lol!

  9. What a great idea, thanks for sharing!

  10. Alice says:


  11. What a great organizational idea! I wish I had the wall space to make some of these and hang then up. I have mine on the sheets but inside if a plastic container and smaller ones in dvd cases. thanks for the chance to win. Tami

  12. I’ve been looking for a good way to store my Spellbinders and I think I’ve found it. Can’t wait to try this out. Thanks!

  13. Sam says:

    What a great idea! I have been looking into this ever since I was on your site this morning….you mentioned the $$ store magnetic sheets, ,I really don’t find them as strong holding as the SU ones I have. SU doesn’t sell them any more so ,now I need to look further…So happy I found your site. Does the Home depot ones have a strong magnet on them???Thanks, Sam

  14. Tina says:

    So excited to see this post. I have a large magnet sheet that I have been saving for “something”. I get out all my dies only to discover that they do not stick. What are I doing wrong?? This seemed like a no brainer to me.

  15. Tina says:

    OMG is my face red. I had the magnetic board backwards. I guess I have no brain today. :)

  16. Kathy says:

    Thanks so much for sharing… I am off to try it right now!

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