Go10 7, How to Organize your Dies

Welcome to GO10, Class 7 – The organization solution you’ve been “die-ing” for!  🙂

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Dies, similar to punches, can be a challenge to sort, organize, and store. The struggle to keep “like” items together often results in a constant process of rearranging. Whether you’re a “Gottalittle” or a “Gottalot”, numbering your dies and creating a catalog can make it much easier to find the dies you need quickly and to add new dies to your collection.

Things you’ll need:

Dies
Storage Tool – ScrapRack/pages, Die-namic, Sticky, CD cases…
Scrap Paper
Gottalittles – 4×6″ cards
Gottalots – The Catalog you made last week….?
Catalog Paper
Permanent Marker

 

Step 1 – Everyone – Choose your storage tool

You can store your dies in our Die-namic Storage, in our Stuck-On-Dies system, on Sticky Cards or magnet sheets in your ScrapRack. You can also use magnet sheets in plastic CD cases. I didn’t cover this in the video, but you would number the cases the same way I numbered the Die-namic or Stuck On Dies boxes.

Step 2 – “Gottalittles” – Sort and Store

If you fall into the Gottalittle category, the process is quite easy. Just simply add the dies to the appropriate section of you 4 Section System. If you have Christmas dies, they’ll go in the winter category of your calendar section. Use our Sticky Cards or a CD case depending on the type of storage tool you are using.

If you’ve got dies that might work in a variety of areas, punch a couple of examples of the dies, note on the example where the actual die is stored, and store the example in the appropriate section. You saw this on the video with the Birthday 4×6″ card.

  1. We attached the example of the die to the card.
  2. Labeled the example “winter” (which is the location of the die).
  3. Placed the 4×6″ card in the birthday section.

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Step 2 – “Gottalots” – Cut, Add, Number, and Store

This is as simple as it sounds.

Gather your dies. Cut examples.

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Add the examples to your catalog.

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Place the dies in your storage tool – Scraprack, Die-Namic, Stuck on Dies, CD case…etc. – Number the tool.

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Give the catalog example the same number.

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Step 3 – Start small, finish, begin again

As we recommend every week, work in small batches of dies. You’ll be amazed at how much you can get done in just a few minutes each day. When you work through a task from start to finish, you’re more likely to follow through the next time.

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If you’re cutting “nesting” dies, cut them in two different colors so each size is easily visible.

Throw away dies that don’t work!

When setting your dies on the table place the cutting side down, they’ll be easier to pick up.

Cut multiples of dies that can be used in multiple categories.

For Gottalittles – Store Dies and Stamps that go together in the same place.

Step 4 – Move your dies into your Organized Only Space!!

Go10 7 9Go10 7 010Each week we’ve added a little more to our Organized Only Space. It’s filling up nicely. Everything is visible and accessible. Hopefully you’ll find a little time to craft over the next week. I’m sure you’ll find the work you’ve done will make crafting even more fun!

 

 

Step 5 – Watch for your next Go-10 Email!

Thanks for participating in Go-10. Remember if you want to connect with other Go-10 or Get Organized Challenge participants, you can join them on FaceBook by searching: 2011GetOrganizedChallenge Group – Or just click here.

Download a printable version of the class presentation – click here.

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