It became difficult to remember what I had in the way of punches so from time to time I would purchase one only to get home and find out that I already had it.
One rainy day, I sat down and took on the task of creating samples of each punch and die cut as a reference. These samples are kept in a notebook small enough that I can tuck it under my arm and carry it to the craft store. Honestly, the punches and die cuts come to life when you actually cut them out. This book has saved me time and time again from purchasing duplicates. In addition, it has helped me figure out what punches I want to add to my collection and which ones will layer with others as well as which nested shapes I want.
The book worked out so well for me that I added samples of all the Cuttlebug embossing folders including the small sets of four. Here again, all these templates come alive when you press them out . I can carry the notebook to my table and flip through it at my leisure instead of having to rummage through the many drawers that currently store my punches.