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#1 Posted : Saturday, February 16, 2013 6:35:01 PM(UTC)
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I grew out of my old Cricut storage; a combination of 3 ring binders, Velcro, and coupon holders. I also wanted something that was more portable and had everything: carts, handbooks, overlays, all together. So, I spent last weekend re-doing the way I store it all, trying to only use items from my stash. There are a lot of pictures, so bear with me.

I have a few old hard bodied Samsonite suitcases that I use to store craft books and art books. I had four of them stacked on top of each other to make a light stand for a chair in our family room. That left me with one which is pictured below:

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I decided to take some fabric I already had and refinish the inside of the suitcase:

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I then took strips of sticky backed Velcro and put them on the fabric in the lid of the suitcase. I added Velcro dots to the back of each cart and stuck the carts to the Velcro strips in alphabetical order. I was able to get 76 carts in the lid:


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I then cut a piece of black foam core to fit inside the lid. I again used the Velcro dots, ending up with enough room for 70 more carts. There is also room in the lid for one more foam core layer. The bar that goes across holds the foam core in place when the suitcase is open or closed, though I do want to make some sort of strap system with Velcro to hold it in instead.:

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I then made straps of Velcro to hold my handbooks, tri-folds, and overlays, all of which fit, with plenty of room for more! There was even room for my Gypsy!:

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I still have some cleaning up to do to make everything the way I want it, and I need to paint a pretty design on the outside of the suitcase, but I am very happy with my new storage. DH is going to put wheels on the suitcase for me to make it easily portable. What do you all think? GG







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#2 Posted : Saturday, February 16, 2013 6:43:44 PM(UTC)
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Excellent!

TFS

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#3 Posted : Saturday, February 16, 2013 6:49:18 PM(UTC)
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Very clever! Love it. Can't wait to see it after you paint it.
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#4 Posted : Saturday, February 16, 2013 6:53:16 PM(UTC)
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That's great; very creative!
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#5 Posted : Saturday, February 16, 2013 6:58:37 PM(UTC)
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Oh WOW! I absolutely love this idea!
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#6 Posted : Saturday, February 16, 2013 7:57:59 PM(UTC)
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That's awesome! Your a very handy girl!! I can't seem to part with the clam shell storage the carts. came in. Blushing
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#7 Posted : Saturday, February 16, 2013 8:27:35 PM(UTC)
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What a great idea! You are very crafty and resourceful! ThumpUp ThumpUp
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#8 Posted : Saturday, February 16, 2013 8:30:27 PM(UTC)
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Nice example of re-purposing! BigGrin
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#9 Posted : Saturday, February 16, 2013 10:45:37 PM(UTC)
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Looks GREAT! TFS!
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#10 Posted : Saturday, February 16, 2013 10:52:38 PM(UTC)
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Love Love it! fabulous idea!
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#11 Posted : Sunday, February 17, 2013 12:06:05 AM(UTC)
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Fabulous idea! You made it look fantastic too!BigGrin
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#12 Posted : Sunday, February 17, 2013 12:36:48 AM(UTC)
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WOW! That is awesome! Fantastic job. TFS.
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#13 Posted : Sunday, February 17, 2013 1:02:58 AM(UTC)
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This is a great idea, and wow.........you were able to store a lot of carts in there!
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#14 Posted : Sunday, February 17, 2013 9:45:48 AM(UTC)
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I love the vintage look! What a great idea!!
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#15 Posted : Sunday, February 17, 2013 12:45:14 PM(UTC)
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What a great idea! You are very creative!
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#16 Posted : Sunday, February 17, 2013 3:15:55 PM(UTC)
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That's fantastic! I love the material. It looks great and you did a great job on your case.
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#17 Posted : Sunday, February 17, 2013 4:43:37 PM(UTC)
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Great idea! We are on the same wave length, I've been organizing my carts this past weekend too! I'm using the snapware bin method. :0)
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#18 Posted : Sunday, February 17, 2013 5:13:03 PM(UTC)
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Great idea. ThumpUp



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#19 Posted : Sunday, February 17, 2013 6:14:33 PM(UTC)
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Very cleaver. Must say I'm impressed. I love it when people recycle instead of always rebutting. Good for you.
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#20 Posted : Sunday, February 17, 2013 6:19:35 PM(UTC)
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Love That is very clever
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#21 Posted : Sunday, February 17, 2013 7:52:15 PM(UTC)
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GG I love your new storage. You did a great job. BigGrin ThumpUp

I had to be creative for my storage too. I didn't use something in my stash but I did get something at Goodwill for a couple of bucks and adapted that.
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#22 Posted : Sunday, February 17, 2013 9:23:21 PM(UTC)
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Love it. What a great job of re-purposing!
Congratulations.Wub
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#23 Posted : Monday, February 18, 2013 9:44:38 AM(UTC)
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Awesome!!!!!Love Love Love
Totally Cool!!!!!Love Love Love
Brilliant!!!!!Love Love Love

What a great storage solution!!!!!


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#24 Posted : Monday, February 18, 2013 10:21:56 AM(UTC)
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What a great job!! Wish I could persuade myself I don't need the boxes.....


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#25 Posted : Thursday, February 21, 2013 6:28:39 AM(UTC)
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What a great job!! Wish I could persuade myself I don't need the boxes.....


NGGG


hah I have not gone that far. I kept all the boxes, just boxed them up in a big box and put them under the stairs in the basement. so they are still taking up space, just not in my craftroom.

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#27 Posted : Thursday, February 21, 2013 3:11:41 PM(UTC)
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WOW! Never in a million years would I have thought of that! It would disguise itself so well in the craft room/spare bedroom I am planning in my head! Thanks for sharing!!
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#28 Posted : Thursday, February 21, 2013 6:51:16 PM(UTC)
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i very much appreciate this post. I will consider this storage method since I really don't have space for keeping all my carts in their boxes and still have crafting room. i too love my boxes so this is a really big step to consider an alternate arrangement. i do not plan to get rid of my boxes however, just not ready for that step. lol.
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