How do you keep track of your dies? If you’re like me, then you have multiple storage systems for different types of dies. Speaking from experience, the greater the number of dies you own, the greater the chance is that you will accidentally purchase them twice. I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve done this with books! All of this creates the need for a master inventory system, something I’ve talked about in the past but had not started. Well, this past weekend I decided to get busy. I gathered all of the loose dies that hadn’t yet been put away, created an Excel spreadsheet with columns for Company, Type of Die, Description, Product No., and Location, and entered the information for the loose dies.
Then I tackled the existing storage systems and methodically went through the contents of my binder, box, drawer and hanging pocket systems. I was surprised to discover that I have more than 150 individual dies or die sets. Definitely too many to keep track of in my head!
When I completed my spreadsheet, I felt pretty good about knowing what dies I own and—possibly more importantly—how to locate them quickly. I store my foam-backed dies (Sizzix Sizzlits and similar thin dies) in a three-ring binder, large steel rule dies (Sizzix and Tim Holtz Alterations Dies) in a drawer, small steel rule dies (Movers & Shapers from Tim Holtz Alterations) in vinyl hanging pockets, and all wafer thin steel dies (such as Sizzix Thinlits, Framelits, Nestabilities, Edgeabilities and similar dies from other companies) in boxes with magnetic sheets. When it works, I like to pretty up my storage systems with recycled calendar pages.
I’ve only had my inventory system for a little less than a week, but already it prevented me from re-purchasing a couple of dies I already own. I suspect I need to do the same with some other categories of tools. What tool or supply-tracking systems have you developed for yourself?
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