Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Cricut Cartridge Storage

After I'd bought several Cricut cartridges, I started realizing that keeping them in their original boxes was getting awkward. There had to be a better way to store them. After looking online to see what other Cricut owners use, I decided to try Snapware and went off to JoAnn Fabrics to find the Snapware Ribbon Organizer that most Cricut owners seemed to use. There were NO Snapware ribbon organizers to be found. However, JoAnn's did have other Snapware containers that looked like they'd work with a little adaptation.

The left side (front) shows how I cut plastic canvas to make dividers that interlock, as well as how the dividers fit together in the container (back). I cut three long dividers, and four short ones. This gives me room to store up to 15 cartridges, with room enough in the same container for the overlays. I keep the handbooks in a separate container. Notice how the handbooks are kind of staggered in the container. Snapware containers snap/lock together, so I can snap the cartridge/overlay container on top of the matching handbook container, and keep them together; or I can snap multiple cartridge containers in one stack and handbook containers in another stack. I tend to do the two stacks. They have a handle on the lid of each stack, so they're easy to carry if needed. It works well for me, and it's pretty quick and easy to find the cartridge I want, since I store them in alphabetical order. I used a fine point Sharpie to write the name of each cartridge on the top so I can see the names without pulling them all out.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

January 2011 Make & Take

This is the newest monthly Make & Take project I designed for the LSS where I work. The stamps are a set by Stampendous, and I used Stickles to add a little shine. The ribbon also has a shimmer to it. The embossing was done with a Cuttlebug folder.

Simple and easy. Perfect for the season and the weather right now.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Halloween Layout

Yes, it's a little late for Halloween. However, I knew this layout would take a fair amount of time to scan because of the hidden journal tag at the top of the left page, so I procrastinated. I finally scanned it this morning, and it was just as big a pain to scan as I had expected. However, I'm very happy with the layout and wanted to post it.

I found the paper at the LSS in September or October (2010), but I don't remember who makes it. I added some little die-cut bats to go with the bats that were in the paper design to tie the two pages together a little better. They may have been from two different manufacturers, but I'm not sure.

The pocket for the hidden journal tag is behind the black cardstock background of the left page. I do a lot of hidden journal tags. Usually it's because I run out of room and don't want the layout to seem crowded. In this case, not everyone would want to read the journaling on the tag (bet I've made you curious enough to want to read it now, but it might gross a few people out). The tag is shown below, mainly so you can get a close up of the top of it in case you're interested. I think the file folder tab at the top of the tag is a punch by McGill. I popped the little bat on the tag, as well as a few of the bats on the layout. All the bats were from the Paper Doll Dress Up Cricut cartridge. The Trick or Treat title was from the Happy Hauntings Cricut cartridge.