Today I thought I’d talk about the Lazy Susan and before anyone pipes up no I am not talking about myself!  This small little round turntable has made my life so much easier. Back in August, I talked about my Gemini die cutting machine which has enabled me to continue using my dies and embossing folders however I failed to talk about the role the Lazy Susan plays. So let me explain how I was liberated by a lazy susan.

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My craft desk is set up with my Gemini to the left of where I sit. I have fantastic access to the front of the machine, however, having to reach over to the back to pull out the plates when they have gone through was quite painful. I appreciate that unlike all the other digital die-cutting/embossing machines the Gemini has a reverse button however it is not always desirable to pass things through twice just to return the plates to the front of the machine.

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The answer came in the form of this lazy Susan which allows me to send the plates through and swivel the Gemini around to pull them out. The lightweight of the plates along with the swivel of the Lazy Susan means that I can use the Gemini for several passes at a time without any pain. My next big project is organising my die storage. I was using the EZMount Storage Folders and Magnetic Sheets and before the Fibromyalgia this was a great solution. Compact storage and easy to organise, however, since I’ve had the Fibro, or more exactly, the symptoms began I had the problem of not being able to pick the folders up anymore. I have tried mounting the magnetic sheets along the beam in my low ceiling but the weight caused them to fall down (even stripping the paint off as they fell!) so I am now looking for a great storage system that doesn’t take up very much space as this is a small flatlet with the said low ceilings, therefore not much wall space. Since I have had my Scan N Cut I have been able to cut out a lot of shapes with this which means I do not have to keep growing my die collection, however, there are some dies that create such wonderful dimensions when they have been cut and then embossed that the Scan N Cut can’t replicate. I was lucky enough to get the embossing set for the Scan and Cut for Christmas though and look forward to seeing what this allows me to do as confession time, I still not have had the chance to play with it yet…

If anyone meanwhile has any storage solutions for dies I’d love to hear about them.

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