I am not an impulsive shopper but before I knew it, I had my room flooded with craft supplies. I have storage space but I often found my desktop covered with paper and stamps and I couldn’t find any pair of my scissors. I knew I needed some kind of system to keep the items I use most often organized and most importantly: handy. I spent an afternoon labeling my ink pads and found them each a cuddly home:
I did not realize but I was organizing my Active Storage – a designated place for items used on a daily basis and accessed frequently. This little ink storage system is working quite well for me and I started looking for more products that can help me organize.
Lucky me was contacted by Rubbermaid to review and test their new line of decorative, fabric storage containers called Bento™. I got a set of all sizes of Bento Boxes and Toppers in Paprika color to test. The boxes are covered with polyester – easy to clean with a damp cloth.
I have a little open space connected to my office where I use my die cut machine and dies. I used to spend a lot of time digging through the scraps to find the die I needed, but the large Bento box with dividers solved my problem. The dividers are flexible and allow me to easily create division inside the box to fit my need.
Have a divided craft space means that I need to run back and forth for supplies… I used multiple small containers to keep my supplies easier to find but they were a pain to carry around. Not anymore, the x-large Bento box has divided space for my organization needs: paper, stamps and inks all have their own little space in this box and I can take them all at once! Score!
The x-large box has two dividers on each end. If keep dividers on one end closed, I could put 12 x 12 paper in it but I was afraid that it would be too heavy. The box is very sturdy and has some weight itself. It was tempting to fill it up but I managed to keep it light and easy to carry – so I will actually use it (Wink!)
Have you noticed the small Bento box taking up a divider’s space? Yes, yes, it is perfect for my daily tools: adhesives, scissors, markers and acrylic blocks! I used to have a tray for them but it turned into another junk pile: (scissors and pens were missing)
I picked the ones I use most often and put the rest of them away. Now it is much easier to remember to put my tools back:
I experimented a little with the medium Bento box. I wanted to use it as a “To Use” box andI ended up with the stamp storage idea for now. I keep getting stamps at these sizes from a monthly scrapbook kit and I want to use them at least once before I put them away. With Flex Dividers, I can easily change the division if needed at anytime.
Last but not least, the Toppers! I had a lot of fun with them! They can be used as lids as well as trays! I used them all as trays: the x-large topper is good for some basic tools, the large topper is great for washi tape and the medium one has a perfect depth for wood-mount stamps! I put them there for display :) Pretty? The toppers can be purchased separately. The boxes are also nestable and stackable with or without the toppers.
Fun? I hope that you are inspired to be more aware of creating your Organized Active Storage. Happy crafting and organizing!
Bento sample I used was provided free of charge from Jo-Ann’s Stores, Inc. and Rubbermaid. You can find more product information on Rubbermaid’s website Bento Section Here. And Jo-Ann’s is carrying Bento in Chadwick, Loose Linen and Lombard:
If you like the Paprika color I tested, I was generously given a set of all sizes to giveaway to my blog readers! (As shown in the photo, the toppers can be used as lids as well! Neat!)
The prize will be shipped directly from Rubbermaid and can only be shipped to U.S. and Canada. I hate to say no to my readers from the rest of the world, so if my first winner does not have a valid address in U.S. and Canada, I will draw a new winner for the Bento prize and mail the first winner some fancy craft supplies from my collections. Sounds fun? Here is how to enter:
How to Enter
I want to make sure you have many opportunities to win this fab set, so I came up with eight chances to enter. You do not need to do them all to enter. Remember you will need to leave a comment to this post for each chance! If you are already a follower, just leave a comment:)
* Leave a comment. You can tell me your favorite color/pattern of the Bento Boxes or whether you are aware of active storage before (it is new to me), 1 entry.
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Giveaway ends at 11:59pm PT on October 11, 2012.