Friday, March 12, 2010

Challange #4 - Tools and Machines

Challenge #4: Tools (This includes cutting, die and embossing machines, punches, paper trimmers, brushes, scissors, cropadials, tool kits etc.)

TOOLS AT YOUR DESK: What tools do you use 100% on every page? Exacto knife, bone folder, files, paper piercing tools, cropadial (finally totally stoked mine is the orange one and not pink cause it matches my room now...LOL), compass, adhesive eraser, bone folder, etc... These can be stored in a drawer, on a shelf or on your desk the key is to try to keep them in arms reach.


Pegboard and more Pegboard:

Tool Caddy:

Baskets and buckets

Home made (for those handy with real tools)


These need table top space. If you don't store them on the table top you at least need a sheared space you can use when you bring the machine out to use it. The dies and cartridges need to be stored close at hand to the machine. If you have electrical cartridges store them in a dry, temperature controlled, dust free environment. The cricut needs storage for the tools and a place to store the mats flat as well.


Cartridges and books:
Space saver

Stack-able container

In boxes

Machine needs a flat surface with enough room to operate it.

Cubby and shelf storage

CD Tower Storage

Shoe Cubby

Wooden Shelf

Thincuts container

Cuddlebug: Similar storage to the Sizzix. Please share your ideas.


Can be stored just about any where! They are durable though they are bulky.

Towel rack or curtain rods:


Fruit Basket

Thumbtacks (Cheap and ingenious):

In a drawer

Door hanging shoe rack:

On a shelf

CropinStyle Punch Pall


Paper trimmers must have a flat surface to work correctly. They can be stored else where but when operating them they need to be on a hard table top. Some paper trimmers come with decorative blades that can be switched out. These blades and extra strait edge or perforated replacement blades need a storage place out of reach of little ones.

Did I miss anything? Lamination machines etc... does anyone have those?

There are many ways to do this so you need to pick what is right for you. Here are my storage solutions for these tools.

MY DESK TOP TOOLS: This is a "gag" paint spill so it is completely movable! All these colors are on my walls.

MY CUTTING MACHINE AND SUPPLIES: When organizing always leave room to grow.

MY PUNCHES: Be careful using large racks. Punches are heavy you need proper support.

MY PAPER TRIMMER: Fits so nicely just under the top of my desk ready and at my fingertips.

I hope you all have a fun weekend working on these and had time to play catch up in my tardiness of posting this challenge.