Of Implants, Geometry, and Steel Die Storage

I know that I have been MIA for a few days, and I do apologize. But I was having work on my implants. There, I said it. I am not ashamed.

But YOU should be, for going there. I’m talking about dental implants, Silly, not the ones that you were probably imagining. Last Saturday I had the third of three jaw implants for titanium roots, and hopefully, in a few months (sigh) I will at long last have all of the teeth any normal person should have on my top left. For those of you in the trade, that would be numbers 14 and 15. I have to wait for everything to heal, then they cut you open again, this time to put a little screw into the implant, then everything has to heal again, and then I go to the dentists where they will make two crowns and I will wait a month or so, and then FINALLY have the crowns inserted and then I can go back to being a carnivore once more.  It is a very lengthy process, and very expensive. And all I can think of the whole time is, boy, I could have bought a LOT of crafting supplies if I had had better dental care in my youth! Seriously!

And now you may be wondering how geometry fits into this story. Well, seeing as how I was existing for a few days in a drug induced state, I really didn’t trust myself with a pair of scissors. Good thinking on my part, believe me. So I decided to play with one of the new items from the upcoming Holiday Catalog, the Gift Box Punch Board. With said board you can make a gift box up to 4″ x 4″ x 2.5″ and I tried, and failed, to make one that was 4.25″ x 4.25″ x 1.75.” Blame it on the Bossanova, I guess. You know that saying, you can’t fit a round hole into a square peg? Well, that’s where I landed. Please don’t misunderstand, I can certainly make a box out of paper with those dimensions, no problem. But I was trying to fool that darn board into making a slightly larger size, thinking that the manufacturer  just didn’t have room on the front panel showing all the dimensions possible. I even enlisted the help of my engineer husband, but he just couldn’t fathom why I wanted to make a box using a board with such limited dimensions, and even volunteered to make the size I wanted while I waited. Yes, Dear, I appreciate your help, but you see, I’m trying to figure out how to do it by just using…oh, never mind.  So, Dear Reader, you will eventually see how I made a 4″ x 4″ box with the new board, and indeed, one not a smidge bigger than that.

DIY Steel Die Storage

One thing that I did manage to attempt and complete was a method of steel die storage for all the Stampin’ Up! framelits and thinlits I have. This idea is not my own, but I saw a similar version online and figured I could pretty much make the same thing and do it cheaper. Here’s what I did:

I started with a few sheets of 12″ x 12″ chipboard I had been saving for…um, just this reason, yeah! I cut it into 6″ squares with my awesome trimmer. I purchased a few rolls of adhesive-backed magnetic sheets from Amazon (click here to view), which came in 12″ x 24″ rolls.

(It make take a little effort to straighten it out a bit, but if you reverse roll it somewhat it’ll work just fine).

I cut the magnet sheeting (do NOT use your trimmer to cut these; you’ll need heavy duty scissors!!) into 6″ squares also, peeled off the backing, and adhered the magnet to my pre-cut chipboard squares. I also wrote down the name of the framelit on the back, with the order code number and the sizes of the various pieces.

And voilà, just like that, a flat place to store my dies, and in a size for which I am reasonably sure I can find a handled container of some sort.

I have the new magnetic squares temporarily housed in an old stamp storage box, along with all my Textured Impressions Embossing Folders. All my Big Shot stuff, all in one place, in a grab-and-go box. So not a wasted week after all! At least, what I remember of it…