As my collection of Big Shot Dies grows, I was faced with the problem of storing them.  I am sure most of you can relate.  🙂

My dies were piled all over and some were in an old ink pad holder, most were stacked here and there.. so I googled Big Shot Die Storage and found several options.  I opted for the holders that could stack along the wall as oppsed to a spinning rack.. I just don't have space for that. 

After die stg

I have 7 of the racks stacked side by side on top of my Craft ink pad holder. Each rack holds 10 dies. My Embossing Folders and Texturz plates are stored on top of the racks. 

After googling them, I simply opted for the company who offered them the cheapest.  In keeping with Stampin' Up!'s new policy I will not post a direct link but you can find them easily on google. 

Close up views:

Close up dies 1

I write on the ends of my dies… I indicate the size of the paper I'll need to cut for each die.

And I make my own labels because I can't read the small print on the labels that come on them.  The joys of aging eyeballs.

Close up dies 2

For my Sizzlits and Embosslits, I store them in the small Stampin" Up! containers that our personalized stamps come in:

Sizzlets

UPDATE:  Tip from Kim Schneider who credits Kimberly Moynihan and her mom Barb Schafer  for this idea… you can use empty CD cases to store 4 sizzlits, or 2 embosslits.. nice idea! Thanks!

and my XL dies are stacked in stacked letter trays… super inexpensive storage solution!

XL dies

and I suppose you'll want to see the BEFORE shot… ugh… such a mess.

Before die stg

Thanks for tuning in .. have a GREAT holiday weekend!

EDITED TO ADD ON 9/6/09…

Many of you have asked if I would post the minimum sizes of paper for all of my dies.. you can see from the photos that I write that info on each die.  Thanks to Sarah Paraday for typing up the list for me.. I've filled in all the sizes… these are MINIMUM sizes of cardstock/DSP you will need for each die:

Top Note – 4-1/4" x 5-1/4"
Petal Card – 4-3/4" square
Scallop #2 – 5" x 5"
Oval Scallop – 5" x 5-1/2"
Scallop – 5" x 5"
Envelope – 4-1/2" x 5-1/4"  (see THIS POST for how to make the envelope larger)
Lattice – 3-1/2" square
Scallop Square – 5" x 9" for folded card, 5"x5" for square
Rollodex – 3" x 4-1/4"
Clear Flower – 4-3/4" square
Clear Circle – 4-1/2" square
Two Tags – 5-1/4" x 5"
Butterfly – cut at 10"x 5-1/4" and FOLDED in 1/2
Daisies #2 – 5" x 5-1/4"
Snowflake – 4-1/4" x 4-1/2"
Ovals – 4-1/4" x 5-1/4"
Tags – 5" x 4-1/4"
Circles – 4-1/4" x 5"
Leaves #2 – 4-1/2" x 5-1/4"

Decorative Accent – 5-1/4" x 5"
Tulipe – 4-3/4" x 5"
 
Bigz XL dies – I usually cut them all at 6"x12", except the Flower Folds (needs more than one piece) and the MatchBox die – VIDEO can be viewed HERE for cutting instructions. 

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