What I like best about this storage method is that it’s very portable, easy to use and easy to adjust as new cartridges are added to my inventory.
You’ll need at least one Snapware Ribbon Container. The ribbon container comes with 2 sections- a larger container that will hold about 19 handbooks and a smaller section that will hold about 40 cartridges.
Use Plastic canvas to create the dividers for the cartridges.
Plastic Canvas – #7 (7 holes per inch)
Cut 7 strips – each 59 holes ×10 holes
To get 59 rows by 10 rows you will need to be cutting at 60 and 11.
Cut 5 holes out (upward) at 12, 24, 36, 48
Cut 4 strips – each 39×10 (#of holes)
To get 39 rows by 10 rows you will need to be cutting at 40 and 11.
Cut 6 holes out (upward) at 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 & 35
For the handbooks I first remove all non-English pages. This is usually just 3 or 4 per book but it helps out and makes flipping through the handbooks easier. Be careful – some have a foreign language on the front & English on the back. I store the overlay in the handbook.
I use Creative Memories Power Sort Dividers in between the handbooks. I trim a bit from the bottom – about 3/4” – and label them with my handy dandy label maker (LOVE that thing!) sorting these alphabetically.
I use a fine point Sharpie marker to label each cartridge and store them alphabetically. I put a red dot by those that I’ve linked to my Gypsy and a blue CM by my Creative Memories Cricut cartridges because those are the ones I use the most and I like to find them easily. I have thought about just keeping my CM Cricut cartridges together but I don’t think the part of my brain that
I keep these tools with my Cricut cartridges at all times: MultiPurpose Tool – the flat end is perfect for lifting delicate pieces from the Cricut mat and also scraping off the leftovers. The pointed tool is a big help when I need to pop out the cut pieces that haven’t separated easily on their own. Precision Point Adhesive Pen – perfect for applying adhesive to those Cricut cuts! Excess adhesive is easily removed with the Pick Up Square. I’m messy. Thank goodness this little tool erases all the dried up adhesive I seem to leave everywhere!!
These tools seem to be made to work with the Cricut - I have a set that I’ve dedicated to using with my Cricut crafts and keep them in another smaller sized storage container. You can purchase this size on it’s own with a divided container that fits inside – perfect place to store extra blades and other smaller accessories.
Now, if anyone has suggestions for those Cricut boxes…