Storing Die-Cut Letters

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  1. Ms.Jasztal

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    How do you store die-cut letters? I have letters from one of those pre-cut kits. Do you put them in 26 compartments... 26 bags... or all together? I think putting them by letter will make it easier for future reference, but I want to find a really good way that'll reduce the stress when I want to make a quick bulletin board.
     
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    Our Sunday school has a number of different sets (different font styles) for use in the classrooms. What they do is store each set, in alphabetical order, in a zip top freezer bag of the proper size for the font. That way they can see which one they are grabbing for!
     
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    My assistant stores the letters in those small 3-drawer storage containers. If I remember correctly we have 2-3 of those containers and each drawer is labeled with the letters that they contain.
     
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    Or maybe I can put 26 plastic bags in a plastic container. :) Good suggestions so far!
     
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    I have a couple of large 3 ring binders filled with page protectors. Each page protector is a letter (in all different colors or styles). I put all the vowels in one book, consonants in another. Makes it easy to see them all and to pull out what I need. I do hate putting them away, though.
     
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    I glued library pockets on the inside door of a storage cabinet and stored them by individual letter. Well, my students stored them by individual letter-I made that part of somebody's job :D
     
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    I store them in a 4 X 6 index card box. I got the A-Z dividers and store each letter under the correct divider. Easy to find the letters you need and doesn't take up much space.
     
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    I use the smaller manilla clasp envelops to store mine. I trace the letter on the outside and file it. I also have a variety of "tracers" (letters of different fonts to trace out letters for use) that I store the same way... I trace the outside of the letter so I can see easily what the font looks like. I just label the envelop- TRACERS in the top right-hand corner. I also store any smaller bulletin board pieces in these envelopes. I feel that they are sturdy enough to protect the letters inside and can easily be filed in several containers... typically I use a plastic shoebox container w/o the lid.
     
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    I have one of those big brown A-Z file folders. Punctuation is stored in a zip-loc.
     
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    I use the index card file boxes with the letter spacers and behind each letter I put the BB letter. It small, convenient and does not take up space. When not in use put with BB items or in the file cabinet.
     
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    :wow: GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE!:2up:
     
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    I create new letters for each bulletin board. I do save them all, though, in zipper bags. I then have a box that all my accents and letters go in. Before I cut the letters out I laminate them so they last longer. It also helps when you tape or hot glue them on things. They don't rip if they're laminated.
    If I purchase letters (usually from Dollar Tree), then I'll laminate them and store them together in the same bag.
     
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    I do the same thing. It's very easy to find the right letter.
     
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    For the boards I intend to put up each year, I also have zip-locs with the needed letters/punctuation inside. This way I don't need to hunt it down each year!
    Also, for those looking, check the Dollar Trees. They have nice 4-inch letters there (as my mother found out...I don't think I EVER need to buy letters again)!
     
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    Upsadaisy and Forkids, you both have great ideas. After I laminate them :(, (ick!) I'll see what floats my boat.

    I can't put them all together, though. I couldn't imagine... yikes.
     
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    I did a LTS where the teacher had all of her Bulletin board ideas predone. Letters included. Each BB idea's "sayings" were stored in a separate ziploc bag, then hot glued to the back of her supply closet door and labeled. She even had a "map/diagram" that outlined what went on what shelf, and side !!! Talk about micro managing!! :eek:
    But, it did make it exceptionally easy to pull out what you wanted and to slap it up quickly:2up: .
     
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    what about laminating, say 20 sheets of each color BEFORE you diecut whatever you were going to do.... Would that help??:whistle:
     
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    I do this too! If it is a bulletin board that I plan on using year after year, I store all those phrases separately with all of the other materials for the board.
     
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    This is how I do it also!:up:
     

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