When we moved into the Blue House, and we had a pantry finally, I purchased a large quantity of OXO containers, filled them with dry goods, and wanted to label them, but couldn’t settle on a plan. I liked chalkboard labels, but I lack the ability to write legibly. I can’t exactly explain why, but I don’t like the little paper printed labels – I think they are cute, but they aren’t for me. Then, pinterest came through and introduced me to vinyl labels. The only issue was that I didn’t own a fancy vinyl cutting machine.
Then I learned that all I needed to do was find an etsy shop, give them all of my money, and a few days later I’d have fancy custom vinyl labels to adhere to my containers and bins. A couple of years later, I found my addiction to labels on etsy becoming more expensive than actually owning a machine. Which led to me finally allowing my mother-in-law to purchase a cricut for me (birthday present) which she has been begging to do forever. After which I promptly attached vinyl labels to everything in the house.
I realized that my collection of cricut stuff was going to require some organizing and so I took to YouTube for some ideas.
Wheels or Casters
My favorite tip was to put the machine on wheels. I bought these 1-inch casters and attached them with command strips (I used medium strips unlike in the video, it’s a much better fit and I didn’t see the need to use the velcro strips either). The casters roll easily, but stay put where I roll the machine.
One note though is that while this works perfectly when I use a regular 12″ cutting mat, I have never used a 24″ cutting mat. I’m worried that a longer mat would 1) hit the wall and screw up the cut or 2) hit the wall and roll the machine onto the floor. I would like to not test this out, so if I ever were to use a longer mat, I can just put the machine on my desk. Based on the YouTube videos I’ve seen, it appears that many people who use the vinyl cutting machines place them on a desktop or table to use them anyway, so this is likely a non-issue for most.
As I’ve mentioned numerous times, I’m obsessed with command hooks. I love to use the gold and stainless steel small command hooks for tools. They keep the tools easy to grab, and the mats hung on the inside of the cabinet doors stay sticky and in order. I also keep the clear plastic sheet and reuse it, so the mats don’t get lint or dust in between uses.
Because I still haunt The Container Store almost as much as when I worked there, I knew the best way to store all the vinyl – which is 12″ wide – would be to use Iris 12″x12″ Paper Storage. The Smart Vinyl is just slightly larger but it still fits in the storage bins horizontally instead of vertically for some reason. I paper clip or place vinyl clippings with the vinyl roll it came from, in case I ever figure out how to make use of them. I also attempt not to collect more vinyl than I can store. That has worked out so far.
I love using letter sorters, in various sizes, for things that are easier to store standing up. This works perfectly for the slide cutters that I clearly own too many of. This is the particular one I’m using here.
I’m a casual cricut user, and not a business owner, so I know this collection is exceptionally small by many standards. YouTube has several roundup videos with lots of other ideas to organize your vinyl cutting machine and supplies. If you’ve recently found yourself in possession of a vinyl cutting machine, or if you’re struggling to get organized, I hope this helps!