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
- 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.
- Space saving
- A great concept
- Constructed with good quality
- Extremely inexpensive
- 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!