I Said I Wouldn't Do This!

Ok, I was talked into creating a blog to showcase my creativity. I have been resisting this for far too long, but now is the time to finally get the ball rolling.

So here goes. Come with me on my journey into creativity.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Cricut Cartridge Storage

So, I'm trying to get my scraproom organized... like really organized.... so I can actually scrapbook in here vs all over the house.  I've been slowly trying to do things and do them right.  What I actually need is a professional organizer to just come, do it and get it over with.  Wishful thinking!

I have amassed quite a bit of Cricut cartridges.  I love using my Pink Expression , and no, I can't leave out my Create.  I usually take my Create when I go to my crops.  In talking with one of my good scrapbooking buddies Karen (check her out on Still Young and Croppin ), we were discussing space issues.  She challenged me to get rid of the cricut cart boxes because they were just taking up space.  So, I posted on my local scrapbook group website that I had boxes to give away and people emailed me to say how many they wanted.  At the next crop, I loaded them up in the car and off they went.  Now, I had valuable space for something else.

I had bought a Gypsy which I'm trying to use more often and have no need to carry all of those carts with me everytime I go to a crop.  I have them in 2 separate storage containers... one being the Cgull cartridge bag.  This was not working for me, so I set out to find a better system.

My dear friend Shirley ... who's head is big enough, so lets not even brag too much on her... with all of her awesomeness... has created some wonderful .cut files for Design Studio over the years... created a cut file for cartridge boxes.   Check her out on Okieladybug .  You'll be amazed.  I had the good fortune to meet here a little bit back and boy did we have fun.  I have the pictures to prove it (blackmail... lol) .  She found some storage at Staples for these boxes called "Really Useful Box" in the 9L size.  They will hold 84 of these cartridge boxes.  If you go here , you'll even see the video that she put together.  Didn't I tell you she was awesome! 

I thought to myself... self, I think this is going to work.  I pulled out that old crappy paper that I've had for years from when I first started scrapbooking and didn't know any better... lol ... and decided to create my boxes out of that paper.  It's called "using your stash" .... and yes, I have lots of it.  But that was a lot of cutting to the point where I actually wore out a blade on my Cricut.

So, without further ado... here are my cricut cartridges in their new home.

Yes, there are some empty spaces.  I seem to have hidden some cartrridges in my room from myself.   And I created space holders for some new cartridges that I have on order.

I also found these labels that fit perfectly on the boxes.   They are the Avery 5422 Multi-Use Labels.  There are 42 sheets for a total of 840 labels.

One last thing, I store my overlays and books in those photo boxes that you can get at Joann or Michaels.  They work out perfect for me.


  1. Wish I had that great new home for mine!!! LOL!

    Looks great!

  2. Thanks Audrey. The hard part was putting together all of those little boxes.

  3. I love this idea Helen!!! You should see my storage system, overlays in binders and cartridges in a BAG...lol don't used them much after I sync them to the gyspy..

    I may have to try this..TFS


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