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Close to my Heart Embellishment Storage

Reported by: Katie Renz

Today I’m reviewing Close to my Heart’s (CTMH) My Accents Embellishment Organizer. Organization is a topic that arises in almost all craft message boards and/or chat groups. As crafters, if we are more organized we generally get more accomplished. In fact, I think many of us consider organizing a craft sub-category all by itself. I know for me, I think I enjoy the process of arranging and rearranging my scrapbooking stash just a little too much.

Here are some specific details about the CTMH My Accents Embellishment Organizer (page 105) that I own. The holder measures 12 3/8″ x 10 1/4″ x 2″ and is constructed of a sturdy plastic. Both sides of the holder are translucent plastic so the items inside are visible. There are 2 latches on top and handles that fold down on either side. The inside is lined with a stiff foam with cut out circles for the craft jars. The holder can either sit up on your shelf and only take up 2″ width or can be stacked on top of each other.

The original reason I purchased CTMH’s embellishment organizer was because I wanted to be able to house some CTMH embellishments that I was also purchasing, but what I found out though was that it would also hold many of my other small embellishments. What I liked about this case and the reason I bought another one is because I like having all my things in one spot. Because the case opens like a sandwich I can also have access to everything right at my finger tips.

It is important to note that the embellishment case does come empty. If you purchase CTMH’s line of embellishments, most come in small, round, clear plastic containers with a screw top lid that fit perfectly into the case. I like the fact that the jars are clear and I can see what is in them. I also like the fact that I am able to unscrew just the lid and have access to my embellishment – I don’t have to pull the entire jar out of the case.

But what if you don’t fancy CTMH’s specific brand of embellishments? Fortunately, CTMH offers a 6 pack of empty containers simply called Craft Jars (retail value $2.50). These craft jars work perfectly for a variety of embellishments from a variety of manufacturers.

In the following picture, I have CTMH embellishments on the right side and embellishments from other manufacturers on the left side. They are actually some dew drops and one container of grommets that came with the Big Bite.

Pros:

  • Lots of storage in a relatively small space
  • Cases store side by side or are stackable
  • Appears to be well constructed

Cons:

  • Price might be prohibitive for some
  • There are no replaceable foam inserts available
  • Will only fit CTMH plastic containers
  • Need to find a CTMH Independent Consultant

Retail value for this case is $19.95 and can only be purchased from a CTMH Independent Consultant. Click here for their main website. From there you can browse their online catalog, but you will have to do an online search for a nearby consultant. At that point you can decide to contact the consultant or find one that has a website you can purchase from.

The case is very easy to use and in my book the value is good considering that the case holds 60 plastic jars. I would rate this embellishment organizer an 8 out 10.

You know that I like mine, but we would love to hear what you think of this holder if you have one and if you don’t, would you consider buying one?

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Photo Storage Boxes

Reported by Kim Fox

Photo storages boxes are easy to come by and they’re often on sale at the big box stores. They look like shoe boxes except that most are acid free and perfect for archival use. They come in a variety of colors and in some cases, patterns.

For those that are not even remotely obsessive compulsive, this could be an ideal part of your organizing system – getting organized without the hassle. With the photo storage boxes, you can dumb down the organizing or ramp it up – just depends on your style.

My method says a lot of abut my style … and I’m sure that you are not like me – I just dump my stash in them; however, there is some method to my madness, I manage to dump things by company name or by other themes like say, Valentine’s Day and Christmas.

I would also guess that you label your photo storage boxes nicely and stack them up neatly. I do that stacking part, but only so high because I need to get to the goodies hiding beneath the box top. These boxes are perfect for quickly labeling ‘paints’, ‘ribbon’, ‘chipboard’, etc.

You really differ from me if you go as far as to decorate your boxes. It’s a wonderful project idea, just not one that I’ve gotten around to yet.

So if you are not storing your crafting supplies in them, the uses for the photo boxes are still exponential:

  • You could use them as gift boxes – again I’d recommend decorating the box in the theme of the gift giving moment. For example, if you are presenting a gift for a teenage girl, you could adorn the box in the patterned paper, ribbon, buttons, flowers, etc. and include goodies like gift cards, journals and every girl’s best friend, jewelry. Other themes could be as a bridal or wedding gift box, or you could add the appropriate accouterments for your themed craft swap.
  • I make lots of cards, so I have boxes filled with the cards that I make. I did take the time to decorate the file dividers and that creates a nice system when I sell my cards at craft fairs and flea markets. So if someone is seeking a Thank You card, then they could go to that section and begin to browse through that selection of cards.
  • And here’s an unheard of idea, you could use the photo storage boxes to store…photos. I know, it’s an aha moment. Now, before you go and just dump your photos in a box, I should warn you that it’s not the same theory as dumping your stash in a box. You see, if you are using your stash frequently enough, you are in and out of that box often enough and you generally will know what is where. With the photos, you should make some attempt at actually organizing them. The file dividers are there for quick use and you can scribble something on them to acknowledge what is where – you will love yourself when you go looking for a particular photo for a beach themed layout and there are the photos in a box labeled ‘family vacations’ for the past three years.

You can get these photo storage boxes at Joann, Michaels as well as Hobby Lobby (don’t forget to stock up on them when they are on sale).

Pros:

  • Easy to use and label
  • Stackable
  • Inexpensive; usually less than $4

Cons:

  • After a good amount of wear and tear, your favorite less-than-$5 storage item may actually die

Rating: 10 out of 10, you can always find a use for this item

So what are you doing with your photo storage boxes? Let us know!

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Fiskars Craft Caddy

Reported by Melissa Norris

I am smitten with my Craft Caddy by Fiskars. After receiving, I couldn’t even decide what to put in it. I feel all of my supplies needed such a deserving home.

The Craft Caddy is a superb organization tool, because you aren’t limited in what it can be used for. You can place whatever your heart desires into the 4 cups. From office supplies on your desk, to your collection of deco scissors, to those markers and pens you use on every project, everything can have a home in this storage system.

The Craft Caddy is made up of 5 pieces, 4 removable cups and a spinning carry handle/cup holder. It’s made of sturdy, durable plastic and comes in a variety of colors (red, blue, green, purple).


I choose to keep my Prismacolor colored pencils, Sharpie Markers, and a couple of my daughter’s paintbrushes in mine. I really like having bright colored objects in mine, because let’s face it, they’re so pretty to look at.

Pros:

  • A storage system that isn’t particular to one item. This can store anything and everything, all over your home.
  • Made of lightweight and durable plastic.
  • Cups are removable, if you only need one set of items and have limited space.

Cons:

  • None really, when it first came out it was hard for me to find online, but that’s not the case any more. However, most of the websites I’ve looked at don’t give you an option to choose the color, so I’m not sure if you just get what you get, or if you can put in the comments on those websites what color you want.

The Craft Caddy retails for $12.99 USD and can be purchased online from Fiskars, All Art Supplies, and JoAnn. I’m also sure they can be purchased or ordered at local scrapbooking stores that carry Fiskars products. I’ve even seen them on occasion at my local Target.

Do you have this caddy? What do you use it for? Let us know!!

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