Today I will share my solution for those punches that have become all the rage in 2010. I would consider myself a moderate-level punch owner in that I own enough punches to need a storage solution. However, the easiest way to tame your punches is to make sure you only buy the ones that you know you will use over and over again. Furthermore, if I buy a punch and find that I don't use it within a couple of months, I try to trade it with a friend or give it to someone who will use it.
Ok, onto my punch storage:
First, I purchased some of these "eyelet totes" from Bed, Bath, and Beyond over time. I would consider myself somewhat of a frugal person when it comes to things like this, so I use coupons whenever possible. The small bins are 5.99 each, so I buy them three at a time with a $5 off $15 coupon, which means every third bin is $.99 + tax. It is important to purchase the smallest, sturdiest bin you can find for punches. They are so heavy that piling too many into one container will inevitably cause a bin failure or a back failure (bin failures are less costly, but still undesireable). If you have a Bed, Bath, and Beyond near you, you can find these bins in various neutral colors and even a few brighter colors. Here are some links for you to check out in their online store:
Neutral Eyelet Totes ("flax" is their name for it)
I have three shelves that are hung up behind my scrapbooking table. I can reach the punch bins from my chair without pulling them off of the shelf. If I am feeling extra motivated, I can pop up out of my chair to look into a bin and grab the punch I want to use. Or, if I know I am going to be using a variety of circles on my current project, for example, I might pull down a whole bin and place it on my desk for the duration of the task.
Each tote has a label on it, and punches are grouped according to type (or type and brand). I use the same labels on many different items of organization in my scrapbook room in order to keep the decor looking a bit more cohesive. I made a huge stack of labels all in one sitting from a few sheets of kraft cardstock and the frame stamp from Studio Calico's Cotillion Kit (2009-retired). Now, it's easy for me to change things up by simply grabbing a label from that stack.
Here is an example of what the inside of a bin looks like. I really tend to like the EK brand punches since they are extremely versatile and they store so well.
I hope you have enjoyed reading about my punch organization today! Let me know if this post has inspired you to save your back by organizing your punches. Also, please let me know if you have any questions that I have not covered above.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of my Punch organization, where I will explain how I keep track of which punches I have in my stash.
AND....last, but not least, leave a comment about your punch storage (or lack thereof) in order to receive some punch-inspired ribbon from me! I will draw a winner on Tuesday. :)
ETA: Jennifer, commenter #2, won the ribbon giveaway. Congratulations, Jennifer! Make sure you email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your yummy ribbon!