I am so excited about this! I was going to start with whole room shots of my space and then show more detailed pictures but I just had to show this first.
I have been wanting a new way to organize my framelits for quite some time. I love the original sturdy cases, but they are slick. At first I put them in a basket, however I keep accumulating them! The basket was so full I couldn't read the labels. Then I put them on a DVD shelf. They fit great, but each time you move one, they ALL slid. Plus I still found it hard to read the labels and see which one I needed for a project. I had an idea to put them into a binder. I thought it would work, I just didn't want a regular sized binder since I only wanted one set per page and I wanted to be able to easily remove them for use. This fits all my criteria exactly! It is a half sized binder I bought at an office supply store! I anticipate there will be a few questions so I will do my best to answer them now.
Q: How many framelits do you have?
A: All of them (you don't know how hard it was not to say mwahahaha after that)
Q: Does one binder hold all of your framelits?
A: So far yes. They have the binder in a 1" width and a 2" width, I bought the 2" just in case, but I have a ton of room left even with all 16 (I think that is right) sets that Stampin' Up! has ever made.
Q: What size are the sleeves?
A: The sleeves are 5.5" x 8.5" which is half a sheet of cardstock. I cut black cardstock in half to act as a barrier between the sets since there are two in each sleeve.
Q: How do the framelits stay in place?
A: The black piece in front is a magnet sheet, which is how I stored them in the original cases as well. I cut the magnet sheets to fit the cardboard backing that came with each set. They were usually different sizes. Any framelits I get from this point forward, I will cut the magnet sheets just slightly smaller than the 5.5" width.
Q: Do all of the framelits fit, width wise, in the sleeves?
A: That is actually why I showed this particular page, the Floral Frames Framelits are the widest Stampin' Up! currently makes. **ETA There are now dies that are larger than the binder. (ie. The Circle Card Thinlet Die)
Q: How did you put the labels in the sleeve? And what will you do if they retire?
A: I folded the label like this...
so that the top part with the set name could be seen over the magnet sheet. When anything retires I either mark the label with pink or put a small dot sticker in pink on the item to note that it is retired. If I choose to sell them (which is highly unlikely but I digress) I still have the original packaging intact.
Q: Is this system expensive?
A: I bought the binder and a set of sleeves for around $12. There were 15 sleeves in the set, which will hold 30 sets of framelits, so I should be good for a little while.
**ETA: I was asked about the magnet sheets! I forgot about those since I reused the ones I already had. I originally use the magnet sheets available at Stampin' Up!, but when they retired I bought a package of 25 (I think) from Oriental Trading. They were really inexpensive, however the quality isn't the same. They are flimsier and less magnetic, but inside the sleeves that doesn't make a ton of difference.
**ETA: Stampin' Up! refers to these types of dies as Framelits, some other companies refer to them by other names or just as dies. They are made of thin metal.
That is all I can think of at this particular moment. If you have any other questions about this, or any of the other organizational items I am going to show over the next week, please feel free to ask!
Thanks for letting me share!