Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Design Box Fun

One of my crafting resolutions for 2011 is to become more organized, so I decided to create what I am calling a design box. I use Design Studio and my Gypsy to do most of my designing, but there are times, when I need to see how other die cuts or punches work with my Cricut designs. I also want to be able to lay out different Cricut design elements on different card shapes and sizes before making final cuts.

Last August, thanks to Okie, I made file folders and a container that I used to store my Cuttlebug folders. I took the folders Okie designed and made them larger to use to store my design cuts.

To see how to make and use a design box, please check out my video. I also included my original post in case you want to make file folders and a container to store your Cuttlebug folders.



Here is my original post from August on how to make a storage container for your Cuttlebug folders

Cuttlebug Fun

I decided it was time to organize my Cuttlebug folders, so I searched for a way to use my Cricut to make file folders. Needless to say, I was excited when I found that Okieladybug’s Scrap N’More had created Cuttlebug folders using the George cartridge and posted them on her blog for everyone to use. She also created a version using Plantin. Thanks Okie for designing and sharing these files. Please check out her blog while you are there….it is amazing!

Next, I decorated a white tin container using left over buttons. For this project, I used the Cosmo Cricket Material Girl paper stack and tons of buttons. Here are a few pictures of the final project.







I love my Cuttlebug and use it frequently. However, when I used it on thinner papers it would always crack the paper. For a quick and easy way to prevent your paper from cracking please check out the video below.



Whew! This is my longest post ever! Hope you enjoyed the videos.


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17 comments:

Angi @ CokiePop said...

I use some of these tin boxes myself for storage. This project is sooooo fab. :)

Linda Kaiser said...

Thanks Angi!

Luv 2 Create said...

I also have used Okie's folder idea for storing my cuttlebug folders. Sure makes life alot easier. I love your idea and will be adopting it also. Thanks for sharing this with us Linda. I love practical ideas for organization like this. This is great.
Marcie

Linda Kaiser said...

Thanks Marci!

A splash here and there said...

What a fun project! You are so organized. I use a similar system of organizing my folders but use the ones from Fabulous Finds cart but I did see it first at Okie's blog too.

Sandy from Ukiah said...

Thanks for the tip on using the thinner paper.. I love your cuttlebug folder box.

ScrapCrazyyyy! said...

I use the same tin for my CB folders also...but it's not at pretty as yours! Great job on this and thanks for the inspiration.

Kris in Alaska said...

Awesome! I need to do that for my CB folders too!

Kris in Alaska
funamom at yahoo dot com

Betsy said...

Very nice! You always do such a beautiful job.

How did you print the names using the word processing on the files folders? Did you do it after they were cut?

Linda Kaiser said...

Thanks everyone for your nice comments!

Linda

Linda Kaiser said...

Betsy,thanks for the question. I did print on the folders after they were cut. I used Word and taped the folders to a sheet of computer paper and then ran through my printer.

Linda

Kate said...

I tend to be incredibly organized, but have been looking for something better for my embossing folders. Thank you so much for sharing this! Also, I went on a hunt and found the posting to which you were referring:
http://okieladybugsscrapnmore.blogspot.com/search/label/Cuttlebug%20A2%20folders%20storage
That might help some of your readers.
Thanks again! I'm just thrilled with this idea! (I enjoyed both videos.)

Kate said...

Hi Linda - Sorry for the double response here, but I just realized that I forgot to mention that I got a HUGE stack of 8x11 plain cardstock from Staples. It's perfect for test cuts and is a bit thicker than most so I also use that as scraps to run through the Cuttlebug with my nicer papers. The price was very reasonable as well.

paper said...

Wow! For this tutorial. I think your designer Box could be a gift set container of cards for my niece. She'll love it.

Kate said...

Hello yet again!
I braved the elements at lunch to go and purchase a little storage box. What do you suggest I use to adhere the paper to the tin box? (I'm pretty sure that my tin is identical to yours.) Thanks so much for your help. I can't wait to put it together!

Dusti said...

I'm very new to scrapbooking and cricut. I have made a few things but mainly since Christmas which is when I got started I have been living on YouTube and Blogs trying to learn all I could. Thanks to you for all your wonderful designs, videos, and tips on getting organized.

Hugs
Dusti
dusti@dustisdesigns.com

gdtwin1 said...

Well, no luck finding the tin box... if anyone knows where I can find it (online?), I'd love to have one. Love the idea and the video- really inspiring! BTW, Oriental Trading has a side opening box- not the top opening one necessary for this system to work...

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