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Polarbearla Offline
#1 Posted : Saturday, September 25, 2010 3:54:21 PM(UTC)
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I have a Gypsy but I still enjoy having access to my Cricut handbooks. I have looked around Michaels, Joanns and Walmart and I just can't seem to find anything that I can store them in so I can still have easy access.

What do you guys use? Do you not use them much?
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#2 Posted : Saturday, September 25, 2010 3:56:43 PM(UTC)
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I have my carts and handbooks in the snap ware containers. I still reference my handbooks quite a bit, even with the gypsy, and having my carts there makes it easier when I go to crops as friends can use the cartridges while I use my gypsy. BigGrin
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#3 Posted : Saturday, September 25, 2010 3:58:53 PM(UTC)
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I have heard of the snap ware but I have not seen them. Which store do you get them at and what size works? Anyone have pictures on their blog.

Thanks so much for the help!Smile
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#4 Posted : Saturday, September 25, 2010 4:05:11 PM(UTC)
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I got my snapware containers at M's. I just got the Snapware Ribbon Holders. Here is the blog where I got the instructions from to cut the mesh dividers for the cartridges. It also shows a picture of the storage system.

http://splatpat.blogspot...t-cartridge-storage.html

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#5 Posted : Saturday, September 25, 2010 4:09:34 PM(UTC)
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I too must have my handbooks 'handy' while designing. I use more images from different carts that way. I can say that I am starting to like the search feature on the Gypsy, and that is cutting down on my handbook use some.

I store all of the real handbooks in my craft closet and I keep my own handbook notebook updated for everyday use. For this notebook, I download the full PDF handbook from PC. Then I reprint it to a color printer, printing 3 handbook pages to 1 real page. I also selectively print the handbook pages, omitting the foreign language pages & misc. stuff I don't want. (These are print options within Acrobat.) Then I add the new print-outs to a 3 ring notebook and separate carts with divider tabs.

It works for me. HTH! Good luck! BigGrin BigGrin

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#6 Posted : Saturday, September 25, 2010 4:12:03 PM(UTC)
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Oh wow Jess! thanks for the blog link!

3 Ring Binder! That's an interesting idea and may be easier for me to store.

Thanks for all the ideas and help.

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#7 Posted : Saturday, September 25, 2010 4:14:58 PM(UTC)
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Just before I bought my gypsy, I bought a 3 drawer rolling cart from Js. I organized my handbooks, overlays, and carts together each in it's own custom file folder and filed alphabetically. It is handy to grab a handbook with this system, and had been handy to grab my carts too before my gypsy. With the 3 drawers, I still have lots of room to expand my collection. And I like that it rolls out of the way when not needed.
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#8 Posted : Saturday, September 25, 2010 7:13:09 PM(UTC)
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I downloaded all my handbooks to my Ipad. Love it.
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#9 Posted : Saturday, September 25, 2010 8:10:37 PM(UTC)
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I have all the handbooks on my IPhone, I use an app called good reader to download and view them on my Iphone. Great app for 99 cents. I also have started using a site called circutsearch.com to look for specific images.
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#10 Posted : Saturday, September 25, 2010 8:25:51 PM(UTC)
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I have my handbooks in a plastic drawer made by sterlite or rubbermaid. They fit in perfectly.

I have my cart in Daphne's great invention the scrap caddy and after several reorganizing this is the best way and I love it love it..........did I say

I LOVE IT!!!!


hth,


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#11 Posted : Sunday, September 26, 2010 12:54:56 AM(UTC)
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I'm having that problem too. I just bought one of those CGull cart bags and it holds the actual carts great, but doesn't really have a place for the books like I thought it would. I'm trying to find a box or something small enough to be able to fit in the center of the bag.
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#12 Posted : Sunday, September 26, 2010 9:51:05 AM(UTC)
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I bought 2 photo boxes from WM for $5 and I store my handbooks along with the overlay alphabetically. It works for me. I use the Snapware for my carts and file them alphabetically as well.
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#13 Posted : Sunday, September 26, 2010 9:57:19 AM(UTC)
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I use the photo boxes from Ms as well. I think they look great and they are easily alphabetized. I also have the binder. I have many carts downloaded to 8.5 x 11 paper - 6 to a sheet and put them in page protectors. This is great for having them all at once. I also have them all downloaded on my computer. Hmmm, maybe I am obsessed! LOL
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#14 Posted : Sunday, September 26, 2010 10:28:20 AM(UTC)
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My handbooks are in each snapware cartridge containers with the carts. I don't think I've looked at those handbooks a dozen times in the year I've had cricuts. I just view it all from Design Studio, Gypsy and now the Imagine if I want to look at the graphics, fonts and such.
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#15 Posted : Sunday, September 26, 2010 10:47:25 AM(UTC)
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I keep my handbooks and carts in the original boxes and then in jetmax cubes in alphabetical order. That way they're easy to find.
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#16 Posted : Sunday, September 26, 2010 5:34:04 PM(UTC)
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I also have the gypsy so my cart boxes are stored ontop of my cabinets.
But I LOVE my books so I wanted access to them. I store them in photo boxes!
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#17 Posted : Monday, September 27, 2010 6:56:26 AM(UTC)
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GracefulGrammar wrote:
I have all the handbooks on my IPhone, I use an app called good reader to download and view them on my Iphone. Great app for 99 cents. I also have started using a site called circutsearch.com to look for specific images.


Just one more reason why I MUST get an Phone. Wink
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#18 Posted : Monday, September 27, 2010 6:59:29 AM(UTC)
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I had my hubby help me create the website CricutSearch.com to organize all of my handbooks, and now I can search for the image I want easily.
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#19 Posted : Monday, September 27, 2010 7:12:29 AM(UTC)
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ShawnMosch wrote:
I had my hubby help me create the website CricutSearch.com to organize all of my handbooks, and now I can search for the image I want easily.


Well KUDOS to you and hubby for all your hard work. The site is AMAZING and was long over do.
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#20 Posted : Monday, September 27, 2010 7:46:24 AM(UTC)
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I downloaded the cart books in the pdf file too. I put 10 cart pages on each 81/2 *11 paper, then I put them into paper protectors and added tabs in a binder. I love being able to flip through them to find specific designs. I also put them in alphabetical order so that they are in the same order as on my gypsy. It's easy to transport and store too. BigGrin
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#21 Posted : Monday, September 27, 2010 8:01:13 AM(UTC)
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I ordered a snapware container on Ebay for my mom and I. It came with 4 sections, and my mom and I split them into 2. It will hold about 45 Cartridges, the bottom section is getting pretty full.

I can't live without my handbooks and don't mind them at all. I would waste so much paper without them.

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#22 Posted : Monday, September 27, 2010 9:00:56 AM(UTC)
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Jess, I love your grave stone! So funny! I print the back of the handbook off of this site, and carry that around with me in sheet protectors because my eyesite is so bad. I keep the rest of the books in Scrapcessories Cartridge Caddies from Scrapbook.com
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#23 Posted : Monday, September 27, 2010 9:52:27 AM(UTC)
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I use Snapware and put each handbook and overlay in a folder that someone made a cut file for. I label them with my label maker and alphabetize them.
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#24 Posted : Monday, September 27, 2010 10:12:13 AM(UTC)
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I keep mine in the original box and then put those into photo storage boxes. They fit perfectly. The only thing is you can't fit a ton of them in one box so if you have a lot of carts they can begin to take up a lot of space but for right now it's working for me. Also a great big THANKS to the creator of CricuitSearch. I just love it!! BigGrin
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#25 Posted : Monday, September 27, 2010 11:58:28 AM(UTC)
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I still keep all my carts, overlays and books in the original boxes, alpha order on a book shelf, handy to my Cricut and my desk.
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