I am wrapping up the product reveal blog posts today by sharing my steel rule dies. I am so thankful for all of you who have checked in each day and let me share about the products. I wanted to do more than just so photos of the releases, I wanted to to tell you a bit more about each one, so sharing them over several days has helped me do that. So if you have joined me each day, thank you for letting me drag it all out a bit and talk so much about it all.
Just like I have shared with the other dies, I really wanted the steel rule dies that I offer to be good basics. I wanted any one using them to see lots of uses. I believe that a steel rule die is an investment and something that will last you a very long time. Because of that, I believe in having good staples. I think pockets and folders are great basics.
I have three folder style steel rule dies. The Tab Page (show above) folds in half and has a notch tab in it that holds it closed. The Tab Page makes a fun mini card, a page element perfect for hidden journaling, and great page for mini books and journals.
The Trifold Page has two fold lines and has a notch that keeps the page closed.
The Trifold Page makes a great addition to a scrapbook page for hidden journaling and is a fun interactive page for mini books and journals. It also makes a great base for a small card. I think both the Trifold and Tab Page would make lovely gift cards to add to a package!
The third folder style die is a traditional file folder style folder. It is mini of course compared to the original.
Like the other folder dies, this one is great on a page, a mini book or journal page, or as a small card. I am even thinking about how fun they will be to use to organize some business cards and small paper bits on my desk. I have an old wooden cheese box that is just the right width for the folders. More on that later…
There are three pocket steel rule dies. The pockets are all wide enough to hold a #8 manila tag (my favorite size of tag, just trim a bit off of the bottom) and many different brands of pre-printed pocket cards (including my favorites by Tim Holtz). I didn’t do it on purpose, but my sweet friend Audrey Pettit discovered that the Waterfall dies are also the perfect width for the pockets. Check out her Just A Note card to see how she used a Waterfall as the base for her insert card.
The first of the three pockets is a traditional library pocket. I have always loved library style pockets. They are so handy!
You can use them on layouts, mini album and journal pages, in your planners, and so much more! Add a tag inside for an alternate style card!
The Scoop Pocket is a fun pocket that completely covers the insert except for a round scoop notch on the front of the pocket.
The scoop makes it easy to pull items out of the pocket. Of course, the addition of a Page Tab, Frayed Tab, or Shortie Tab on the top of the tag is super cute too!
I love this pocket madly! I love punching holes in the side of it to add to junk books in binder albums.
Of course it is super fun adhere to a page also! Like all the others, it makes a great “envelope” for a mini card and looks great on scrapbook and mini album/journal pages. If you use a planner that has a ring binding, this pocket would be great to add to your planner to hold things like pens, rulers and sticky tabs.
I have already introduced you to Floweret Posies, but I thought I would share it again since we are talking about steel rule dies.
One thing to note, all of my steel rule pocket and folder dies (with the exception of Floweret Posies) are 8″ wide dies. This is important because you will need an 8″ wide or larger die cutting machine (Spellbinders Platinum, Big Shot Plus or Pro). The flowers are a 6″ die so a regular Big Shot or Cuttlebug will work. I would love to offer these pockets on a die size that will work in the smaller machines, but there is just no way to get this size of pocket that is simple to assemble on a smaller die. There are a ton of dies coming out in this larger size so you may start finding yourself tempted to upgrade! 😉
Because these dies are steel rule dies, they are going to last you a really long time. I love thin dies for the easy storage and lower cost, but they don’t have the same life or versatility of a steel rule die. That is why I wanted these pockets in steel rule, I want them to be forever tools in your collection and be the most versatile with tons of surface possibilities.
If you are new to steel rule dies versus thin dies, I would urge you to learn more about how much and what you can cut with them (and learn about my favorite die cutting machine) on these informative pages on the Spellbinders website: Spellbinders Platinum Die Cutting Machine and Contour Steel Rule Dies.
Whew! Talk about a ton of info shared this week! I hope you can tell how excited I am about all the new products! I can’t wait to share ideas with you on how to use them and how well they will combine with lots of other favorite products and brands.
I have a quick recap for you tomorrow and then I will dive into project photos. I can’t wait!
PS. The ship date for all of my products is April. They will be available at stores worldwide (independents and online) and online at www.spellbinderspaperarts.com!
PS2. Some people have asked, will I still use and share projects using Tim Holtz Distress, Idea-ology, and Alterations dies? The answer is YES! I love those products and I think they will work well with mine so you will still be seeing lots of those things that I have always used and shared. I love lots of brads and products and want to create and share with them all!