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Cricut Solutions Shape Storage Binder

Reported by Emilie Ahern


The Cricut Solutions Shape Storage Binder is a fairly new addition to the Cricut line of products. I was very excited to order one, since I have always found lugging around all of the font boxes was very bulky. Seemed like a pretty great product to me.

I order a storage box almost as soon as they were released and I was extremely disappointed.

You know they have some brilliant minds working at ProvoCraft….just look at the Cricut itself! But the genius ends where this storage case was invented. The main problem? It doesn’t really hold stuff. And that’s important for a storage case don’t ya think?

The case itself has two sides, each of which is as deep as a traditional Cricut cartridge case. Each side has a plastic insert which holds 4 cartridges and then there is enough space left to store 4 of the cartridge overlays. So, in theory, if you filled it to capacity it should hold 8 cartridges and 8 overlays.


Here’s where the problems start. This comes with one (yes, just one) green ribbon which you are supposed to use to tie in a little bow to hold the overlays in place when you close the unit. But, if it is filled to capacity, that only holds down one side. And who has time to tie a little bow every time they close this storage case anyway. Not to mention that when you open it, the side without the bow has overlays flying everywhere.

Now, you know I am not just going to bash this product without offering a solution. As I mourned the loss of my $10 purchase price, I realized I could fix the glaring problems with stuff I had on hand.

What you’ll need:
– 2 feet ribbon
– Velcro
– scissors
– sewing machine

Step One. Cut two equal pieces of ribbon measuring 11 inches long each. I used Bohemia Bungalo Twill Ribbon (available for sale here and here) that matched the light orange storage box perfectly. But you could use any ribbon you want.

Step Two. Fold down the top edge of the ribbon 1/2″ (wrong side together). Lay the Velcro piece over folded down edge and sew in place with sewing machine. (please excuse the man hands)





Step Three. On the opposite end of the ribbon fold down the edge 1/2″ with right sides together. Lay Velcro piece over folded down edge and sew in place with sewing machine. Your finished ribbon should measure about 10″ long.

Repeat with second ribbon.

Step Four. Remove plastic insert from one side of your storage box.

Step Five. Place ribbon face down in box, letting the sides hang over the edges and outside of the box itself.

Step Six. Replace plastic insert in the box, making sure the ribbon stays flat in the bottom. Load with cartridges and font overlays. Close by adhering ribbon closed with Velcro.

Step Seven. Repeat with other side. But be sure to stagger the placement of your new closures so there is not too much bulk which prevents the box from closing properly.




Overall, I found this to be an excellent solution to the current design flaws of this product. Would I buy another one if I ever exceed 8 cartridges? Sure, but I would add my own closures to that one as well.

Pros:
  • Space saving
  • A great concept
  • Constructed with good quality
  • Extremely inexpensive

Cons:
  • No closure for second side
  • Suggestion to tie green ribbon around one side seems excessively time consuming
  • Could use a stronger magnet closer to keep box securely closed

The cost of the case was $10 and can be found at creativeexpress.com and at cutncrop.com. It holds 8 Cricut font cartridges and 8 font overlays.

So, think I am too lazy and should have just tied the green ribbon every time? Would you ever purchase the Cricut storage binder? Do you think the above tutorial is too much work for a product that should really work on it’s own? I would love your feedback!

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9 Responses to Cricut Solutions Shape Storage Binder

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    Phyllis June 20, 2008 at 12:30 pm #

    WOw so glad I found your review before I bought one of these. I agree 1) what were they thinking – tie a bow??? Sheeesh, that is not what comes to mine when I think of a storage box. 2) Yes, It is WAY WAY to much effort to alter an item that you purchased! $10 seems a little steep for a cardboard box.

    I don’t know what they were thinking. I am pretty sure the designer does not use the Cricut or store cartridges. They must have had requests for something like this, but didn’t think it through

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    Ashley June 20, 2008 at 2:21 pm #

    ugghhh i bought one of these. even though i only have 2 solutions carts i felt like i might as well get one.

    that little green ribbon is a JOKE! it’s not long enough and it’s slippery.

    as soon as i get home going to alter mine too!! thanks so much for the view and the tutorial.

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    Emilie Ahern June 20, 2008 at 9:12 pm #

    Ashley…it IS so slippery! LOL! My man hands just could not handle it!!!

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    Siobhan June 21, 2008 at 12:17 am #

    I refuse to admit how many of these I needed to buy…lol…but what I did was use 1 binder for 4 carts. This reduced my storage space needs by half, which was necessary as I was outgrowing my drawer, much to DH’s dismay!

    What I did was I took out the plastic insert on the side with the green ribbon and put the overlays and books on that side. I hated not being able to store it “all” in once place.

    By doing this, I don’t need the green ribbon at all. But if I did need it, your idea is perfect!! 🙂

    I should add that I removed all the Spanish, French, and German pages in the books to make them less bulky.

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    Anonymous June 21, 2008 at 10:06 pm #

    They did it the way they did so that they wouldn’t have to do all the specs for a new box (just the graphics on the outside), plus they “had” to get it to market fairly quickly. I don’t like it either — there are things you can get from Wal-Mart or Home Depot that work better, hold more stuff, and you don’t have to make all of the adjustments! I do want to thank you for taking out the time to review the product & make suggestions (rather good ones, I might add) on how to fix it. Plus you’d die if you found out how much it really cost them to produce this.

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    Jann Gray June 22, 2008 at 8:48 pm #

    Great solution…I was about to throw my box away! Thank you!

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    MV June 23, 2008 at 8:54 am #

    Great idea, hopefully someone at Provo Craft will see this and maybe they’ll update the product. (I found mine for $8.90 from scrapbookfarm.com) I’m going to give your idea a try!

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    Anonymous June 25, 2008 at 7:26 am #

    Thanks for the review and your solution! I recently purchased a couple of these boxes to reduce the space my cartidges currently take up. I am only storing 4 in each box because I want to keep the books with the cartidges and overlays. Some cartidges don’t show all the options on the overlays and I would be lost without the books on those! Thanks for you idea though, a great fix to that useless ribbon

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    Anonymous March 30, 2011 at 12:48 pm #

    wow. you put in a LOT of time, love, and effort to fix an overall cruddy product.
    it is ridiculous that you can’t put your book with the overlay and cartridge. i love flipping through the books – they have more images! who would want to NOT store those WITH the cartridges?
    these are sad little boxes that are better suited for holding only 4 cartridges, plus their books and overlays.
    the problem, though, still persists in how to actually keep the product IN the box. your solution sounds good, though really – NOT WORTH THE TIME OR EFFORT to bother with.