Diary of a Scrapbook Room Makeover: Your Questions Answered

Since I started writing my scrapbook room makeover posts, some of you lovely readers have been asking questions about certain items. I wanted to catch up on answering those, if you don’t mind. Or even if you do….bwaha!

From the FIRST POST, “Diary of a Scrapbook Room Makeover: A Prologue”…

JUDY asked:

“My first question for your organizational knowledge is this: What are you going to do with your stickles? I can’t decide how I want to organize mine. I know they should be upside down, but I also like them in a container that I can just grab and go when I get ready to go somewhere else and crop. So, do you have any suggestions for that?”

Answer: Ever since I started collecting Stickles (yes, you are not allowed to own just one Stickle….if you buy one, you will soon find yourself needing more, and before you know it, you have a Gang of Stickles….I currently have 15 bottles)….Okay, so, ever since I started collecting them, Judy, I’ve been keeping them lined up in anal-retentive, ROYGBIV color order on my Making Memories Embellishment Shelf. This is an older photo, from when I only had 7 Stickles, but you get the idea:

I did hear at some point that it’s best to store them upside down to avoid the applicator clogging but, since clogging hasn’t been a problem for me, I totally ignored that suggestion. It reminds of those pesky exercise tips you see bandied about. I mean, exercise??? Doesn’t apply to me, so why would I take note??? But in the interest of helping out my Stickles Sista, Judy, I went and found a couple ideas for ya…

Here’s an economical route from SHAYLA’S CREATIONS. Looks simple, and it’s pretty to boot.

Tons of great Stickles Upside Down Storage ideas here at OBSESSED WITH SCRAPBOOKING. Now, even though the names of our blogs are similar, we are NOT sisters. But I do love her. She shows people who have more Stickles than I do, which makes me feel not so ashamed. I think my favorite idea is the mini-lunchbox, although then your pretty Stickles are hidden away and their bottled sparkliness cannot add extra shine and glimmer to your day each time you glance their way.

At the bottom of her post, you’ll see where TIM HOLTZ says it’s fine to store them either way, but if you store your Stickles upside down, they may glurb out when you open them. {Glurb is not an official word, if you were to ask Merriam-Webster, but it seriously should be. Are you with me? Let’s start a petition!}. So, it’s sort of like the G.D. ketchup that G.D. glurbs out because I store it upside down in the refrigerator because that’s how the bottle is made and I’m just following directions. Yep, your Stickles’ll be just like the G.D. ketchup. Just sayin’….

Judy, I’m sure I’ve answered your question and about 50 others by now, right? So moving on….

Here is a question from my THIRD POST, “Diary of a Scrapbook Room Makeover, Part Two”:

Jkaye asks: “very interested in your JETMAX cubes- do you like them? And are they heavy- as in too heavy to stack on a Rubbermaid like table? I might have to stick with my rubbermaid 3-drawer containers as for the weight is okay for now..I am sure the Jetmax ones would be much heavier..”

Answer: First, let me clarify (see photos below). The stack of cubes I have along the wall (there are 10 cubes plus a half cube) are the heavier duty cubes called Store in Style. As for the Jetmax cubes, which are lighter weight and can be found at Target and Michaels, I own 3 of the 3-drawer cubes. However, I’ve only assembled one and haven’t stored anything in it yet. So I’m not an expert on the Jetmax cubes, but they are definitely lighter and smaller than the Store in Style cubes. I did a weight comparison test of the Jetmax cubes and the Sterlite (like Rubbermaid) 3-drawer containers with the 12×12 drawers. I actually weighed them on a scale. The Jetmax 3-drawer cube weighed 15 pounds, and the Sterlite 3-drawer container weighed 5 pounds. So, Jkaye, I’m not sure if putting the Jetmax cubes on your table would be do-able. But definitely do not plan on putting the Store in Style cubes on a tabletop. They are MUCH heavier then the Sterlite containers.

STORE IN STYLE CUBE (3-drawer)

JETMAX CUBE (3-drawer)

STERLITE 12×12 CONTAINER (3-drawer)

On that same post, YvetteDownUnder {who has a cute, funky, phresh scrap studio} said: “Can I ask you about the Powersort boxes? What dimensions are they? You guys in the US have an abundance of cube options, but we are more limited here in Oz, so I wonder if they would fit in an Ikea Expedit? Most of my photos of now scrapped in albums :) and I need to downsize those that aren’t from multiple photo boxes. I am tempted by the Power Sort, but not yet 100% sold on it. So fitting it into my storage could sway things.”

Answer: To answer this question, I thought I’d pop my azz right over to CreativeMemories.com and find the dimensions of the Power Sort Box for Miss Yvette. But, no, they aren’t listed on the website. Isn’t that a little weird? I mean, how many potential buyers have NOT boughten them (no, “boughten” is not an official word either, but seriously, if we can make “blog” and “snorkel” and “obfuscate” real words, can we not make “boughten” official? It sounds much cooler than any of those other words. Man, someone needs to have a talk with those dictionary people!). Okay, so how many people have not boughten those Power Sort boxes because they didn’t want to commit without knowing the dimensions?? Oh, I get it! That’s their way of forcing you to speak with a Creative Memories Consultant! Ah, yes, mystery solved.

Since I can’t find the dimensions online ~ and as much as my CMC would luuurrve a phone call from me at 2am ~ I decided to get out of my comfy recliner, put my laptop aside, pause “TMZ” on the Tivo, and go measure my Power Sort Box myself. No, really, Yvette, it’s alright. Don’t feel badly. It wasn’t THAT much trouble. Really. (Man, am I making you sorry you ever asked this question? LOL!). So the measurements of the Power Sort Box are: 14.75″ x 13″ x 5.5″. I don’t know if that works with the Expedit but I hope so. They are crack-a-lackin’. I love how they hold so many photos, are archival safe, and you can pull the little holders out to rearrange how they are in the box, to take a chunk of photos to a crop, or just to your desk to scrapbook.

Okay, I think I got all your wonderful questions answered. Thanks for asking, and I hope my answers were helpful. No worries, the smart-assidness was no extra charge. See, “smart-assidness”….yet ANOTHER unofficial word that should be official! For shizzle….

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12 Comments on Diary of a Scrapbook Room Makeover: Your Questions Answered

  1. jkaye
    October 5, 2009 at 5:25 am (5 years ago)

    You are such a doll to go thru all this work to answer our questions. and funny ta boot…yeah, not found in a dictionary either…

    loved your posts- keep blogging away, and again- THANKS!

    Reply
  2. Laura Solomon
    October 5, 2009 at 8:27 am (5 years ago)

    LOVE how you organize! And thanks for answering questions!

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  3. Jingle
    October 5, 2009 at 9:17 am (5 years ago)

    Thanks for answering these! I have never been interested in the Power Sort boxes until just now. I think they would fit in the Expedit one way (the 14inch. side is too large, but it could hang over the edge a bit). Hmmm…I may have to look into these.

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  4. YvetteDownunder
    October 5, 2009 at 11:50 am (5 years ago)

    Ah, now you appreciate the dilemma I faced when I saw your photos and innocently went to the CM site to answer my query! Thank you so much for the physical act of getting up to measure for me! Saved me boughten them and being disappointed :)

    Sadly, that 14.75″ bit means they won’t fit where I had hoped so I will go back to the drawing board!

    Keep up your hard work – we are watching!

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  5. heidi y
    October 5, 2009 at 11:53 am (5 years ago)

    great info! and love scraprooms!!

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  6. Julie Howard
    October 5, 2009 at 1:44 pm (5 years ago)

    Have I ever told you how much you crack me up!? LOL

    As for stickles.. I agree.. you can’t have just one.. I tried.. and now I have.. erm.. about… *sigh* 60 of them. They are an illness, I tell you. MOST of them are different colors, but I have a couple of favorites that I use A LOT.

    I keep mine in a little chrome holder thingy that was meant for the bathroom. I got it at TJ Maxx. It also holds my alcohol inks and a couple of reinkers. (I used to keep them in a spice rack on my wall, until I reorganized and the racks had to go.) I dont know that it is ideal storage, but it keeps them on my desk where I can see their sparkly happiness. (and, yeah, I tend to use them more this way!)

    I have never had a problem with them getting clogged either, so they are just upright.

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  7. Craftyria
    October 5, 2009 at 5:28 pm (5 years ago)

    I have lots of the sterilite 12×12 containers. They are inexpensive and easy to collect, LOL.

    I have about 27 drawers FULL of paper. Yeah, umm.. that may be to much…. no.

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  8. Mary Demmons
    October 5, 2009 at 8:06 pm (5 years ago)

    I use the sterilite containers. I have a small space so I use them for just about everything. The embellishment shelf is on my wish list though.

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  9. Jenny McGee
    October 8, 2009 at 12:23 pm (5 years ago)

    I love stickles. I don’t have many yet, 5. So, storage is not a problem. Your embellishment shelf is adorable, I love it.

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  10. Abby
    October 15, 2009 at 7:39 am (5 years ago)

    Right now, my scrappy stuff is stored in a 9-cube closetmaid shelf from Target, in a hall coat closet, and in a large trunk in the living room.

    Love your mm shelf. I wanna see pics of it packed now.

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  11. kristene Murry
    December 16, 2009 at 7:44 am (5 years ago)

    I was wondering the best product to produce your own stickers. Is there a computer program that you can use to transfer to a sticker cutter?

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  12. Juliet Bogan
    March 18, 2010 at 9:06 am (5 years ago)

    The CM Power Sort fits PERFECTLY in the Ikea Expedit if you put them in sideways. You can stack one on top of another in each cube which means theoretically like 5000 photos or more in one little cube.

    Just happened upon your blog and I’m enjoying it! Thanks!

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