Monday, December 12, 2016

Tips on Storing Framelits

One of the biggest frustrations I have with the framelit/dies is that after using them they no longer stick to the paper they were originally attached to and they lay loosely in the bottom of the case.  I am so worried that I'm going to loose one of more, especially since the framelit/dies now have some really small pieces.

Here is one solution.

In the past I have automatically photocopied the framelit/dies when I first receive them.  I am now taking this one step further. - using a magnetic sheet.

I will go through this process you step by step (with pictures).

To do this, I am going to use the new Detailed Dragonfly Framelit/dies, which coordinate with the Dragonfly Dreams - new in the Occasions catalogue Jan. 2017

Supplies Needed: 
  • Magnetic Vent Cover or peel off magnetic sheet.  The vent covers can be obtained at any hardware store and can be cut to size.  The peel off magnetic sheet does not fit all sizes.
  • Printer
  • Photocopy paper
  • Scissors
  • Tombo glue

Step 1:
Photocopy the framelits (the copied framelits is on the left)

Step 2:
Remove the framelits from the card board piece to which they were attached.  You can see the strips of tape below. to which the framelits were adhered for transport.

Step 3:
Cover this piece with photocopy paper and trim to size. This piece is used as a template for the correct size so that when you are finished it will fit back in the case.

Turn this piece over and apply a magnetic sheet.  You can get some magnetic vent covers and cut them to size, or you can use what I am using here, which is the peel off magnetic sheet (this does not fit the larger die cases so you will have to piece)

Step 4:
If using the magnetic vent cover, apply tombo adhesive to the magnetic sheet, and adhere photocopied picture to the top of this.  Trim to size.

Then take the dies one by one and lay them over top of the images with the cutting side up. Yes the magnet will work through the photocopy paper.

Once all the dies have been placed you can tell at a glance if any are missing.

Step 5:
Write the name and number of the framelits  on the top. You can either count them or look on the reverse side of the insert near the bottom - the number of dies in the package are indicated there.
Step 6:
Insert the now mounted framelets back into the case with the product insert at the back.

No more loose framelits in the case.

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