Card making toolbox

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Once a month or so, I pack up my craft goodies and head to a crop across town. I’ve been doing this for a couple of years now and I’ve learned that now productive I am depends entirely on 1) if I’ve planned my projects ahead of time and 2) how well I’ve packed my supplies.

Well, anyway, I’m more of a “fly by the seat of my pants” kind of gal, so planning my projects ahead doesn’t always (okay, usually) happen. But I’ve found a way to help solve the second problem.

I’ve created a box with all the basics for card making, since that’s what I do most often. I love these medium organizer boxes from Close to My Heart. They’re easy to stack on shelves or stick in a bag for traveling, and with their adjustable dividers, perfect for what I needed. If you don’t have a CTMH advisor, I’ve linked to mine. (If you order from her, tell her that Becca sent ya!) 🙂

Here’s what I’ve put in mine:

  • Card blanks in white, vanilla, and kraft colors, and corresponding envelopes
  • Foam for adding dimension to card panels
  • Basic adhesives (including my Stampin’ Up Snail tape, dimensionals, and glue dots)
  • Embellishments like rhinestones, pearls, sequins, and candy dots
  • Anti-static powder for heat embossing and deactivating adhesives (an Embossing Buddy or similar)
  • Some of my favorite ribbons
  • Sponge daubers
  • Nuvo dots (if you haven’t tried these, they are amazeballs)
  • Small scissors

Now, whether I’m at home or on the go, all I need to do to get a card project started is pull out my card toolbox!

Do you have a similar toolbox? What’s in yours?


Review: New storage and travel totes from Cricut

I just got my new tweed totes from Cricut! I was so excited to get them that I drove almost an hour to my old neighborhood because this dingbat forgot to update her shipping profile on 😉 Before I dive in, let’s get the disclaimers out of the way: this review is in no way solicited by Cricut. I bought these myself and this is my unvarnished opinion. Also, I do use affiliate links, which you can learn more about via my disclosure link above. On to the fun stuff!

First impressions

My first impression? Wow, these puppies are sturdy. Like, really sturdy. I’ve had so many different craft totes over the years and these are the first I’ve owned that make me confident that they’ll protect my gear, not just haul it. The sides are rigid, so it’s like you’ve got a pretty tweed box on wheels.

With that sturdiness comes weight, though. If you’re looking for really light-weight storage, these are not for you. Once this rolling tote is loaded up, I’m a little worried about hefting it in and out of my car. But maybe I’m just a weakling. Time will tell!

You can buy the totes separately or in a bundle, which is discounted. And, if you have Cricut Access membership, you get 10% off! PLUS, check the end of my post to see if there’s an additional discount or free shipping coupon.

Bottom line: I’m really glad I splurged on these! Two thumbs up. And I can’t wait for my next crop so I can test them in a travel-crafting situation.

Machine tote

I’ve been lucky enough to find a group of women that I really enjoy crafting with. The only problem is that they’re 45 minutes away. So on crop days, I need to schlep all my things across town. And I’m not the best about planning ahead, which means I usually end up scurrying around the same morning and tossing stuff in the back of my car. With this Machine Tote, I now have no doubt my beloved Explore will arrive safe and sound.

The machine is surrounded on all sides by thick padding. It’s not going anywhere in this tote. Snug as a bug in a rug.

My only beef with the external pockets is that they aren’t large enough for the power cable. I’m sure I could’ve crammed it in the pocket and forced the zipper shut, but I didn’t want my pretty new tote all bulgy. You could separate the cable and they’d fit better, but then your cable would be in two pieces. So I stashed mine inside with the Explore.

The tote is designed to be stacked on the Rolling Tote like luggage. The strap that secures the tote to the roller handle is elastic. This is nice because I don’t need two hands to unfasten and refasten a strap around it; but I worry that the elastic may lose its stretch over time. Again, time will tell.

Rolling tote

This big guy comes with the same rigid sides as the Machine Tote, which is great for supporting the Machine Tote when you stack them together.

The second thing I noticed was the wheels. These things are big! Almost as big as my palm. Having worked in a luggage store for several years, I appreciate well-made wheels. A rolling tote that doesn’t roll is just a pain-in-the-neck fancy box.

I was so excited about the wheels that I tried snapping them on the tote without really paying attention. Cue a few minutes of Three Stooge comedy and my wheels still weren’t attached. Until I looked closer and noticed I was almost literally trying to cram a square peg in a round hole. Once you’ve got the pegs lined up, they snap on easy as pie.

This one has a lot of pockets–several on the outside and a couple of removable pockets on the inside. The removable pockets are perfect for pens, tools, scissors, and the like. The compartments are attached, so you won’t be able to change up the configuration. However, the size and shape of each offer a fair bit of flexibility.

There’s the padded pouch for a laptop (my 13″ Mac fits with room to spare). There’s a 12″+ slot that’s perfect for paper and mats. If you’re a Close To My Heart fan, the small organization box fits in the smaller compartment and the medium box fits in the larger one. My ArtBin 12×12 paper box also fits in the compartment.

The side compartments are perfect for vinyl rolls. You fit about 5 in the small compartment, many more in the larger side compartment.

I noticed this little pouch on the lid and thought, “Now what the heck is this for?”

But when I realized it’s to hold the tote open by hooking over the handle, I was, like, OMG! How clever!

Find pleasure in the little things, right? 🙂 Speaking of pleasure, I had to laugh when I pulled this image into the post—didn’t realize I’d captured one of my favorite craft room TV shows in the background. I <3 Dean!

Do you have the totes? Let us know what you think of them! Or if you’re thinking about getting them, I hoped this helped.


Check out these current Cricut deals:

An organized crafter is a happy crafter

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Yes! And for me, better organization makes me not just a happy crafter, but a more productive crafter.

We recently moved and I’m still getting used to my new space. You know, it’s that stage where the new space still feels a little like it’s not your own because it’s different than what you’re used to. Add to that, I’ve attended a few crops recently and my craft space is a Disaster. With a capital D. And when it’s a disaster, it’s not very fun to craft.

Since my primary workspace is usually the only place in my room with a clear surface, it tends to be the spot that collects the most flotsam.


So I decided to get some organizers for my desktop–something that would allow me to keep the important supplies close at hand. I wanted something that wasn’t too deep. It’s my workspace, after all, so I need to keep as much space as possible to work.

The other requirement was that it match my white furniture. I found other manufacturers but most of their products were unpainted. Organize More had exactly what I was looking for!

The organization units are only about 4 inches deep, so I still have plenty of task space. And I can keep my stamp pads, punches, tools, and current project stamp sets right in front of me. I’m over the moon!


I wanted to say a little about the shopping experience with Organize More. They’re a small shop so it takes a few weeks to fulfill your order. From their web site:

OrganizeMore is a family-operated business located in our little shop in the hills of Tennessee. We have offered handcrafted storage organizers since 2007. Our organizers are hand painted and completely finished so the product you receive is ready-to-use, right out of the box. We do not mass produce our products. We do not outsource to other countries.

I’m totally okay with that! In fact, I love supporting family-operated businesses who gauge their success on good service and great products.

What’s more, they packed and shipped my units incredibly well. One box on my porch today from a different vendor was smashed and almost completely opened by the time it got to my doorstep. These boxes? In perfect condition thanks to the thick cardboard and sturdy tape.


Each shelf and component was wrapped in paper and covered with a slab of protective cardboard. It took a little patience to unwrap everything but it’s worth it!

Note: I purchased the products myself. This is not a paid review, nor did Organize More provide any compensation or solicit my review. I just really like this product.