Friday, January 21, 2011

Organizational {Friday} Snapware

Okay, I am probably the only person on this earth that has never seen or heard of Snapware! Gracious, where have I been? I do not go to crops as we have nothing where I live. But now that I am teaching classes at Stamp Salado (35 minutes or so from my home), I have had a need to invest in a bit of "travel goodies." Snapware has been my greatest find! Let me show you what it is, how I use it, and then we can brainstorm on other ways to use it!

What is Snapware?
I wonder if there are really others out there like me that have never heard of this stuff? Well, it is definitely something that can be used for organization in your craft space or for "on the go" crafting. My favorite pieces are the Snap 'n Stack pieces. I love that they stack and snap together. You can carry them as one piece with the handle on the lid. Ingenious! Here is the medium 3-layer unit I have: How to Use It
I have two of these now. I use one for my Christmas tags, small bows, etc. It even fits down inside my wrapping paper container. Perfect! For paper crafting, I am using it to take supplies to my classes. I LOVE it! Look how it fits perfectly down inside my rolling tote:
Now my tote is not full yet as I am currently packing for my class tomorrow but I wanted you to see how wonderful this little gem is! In the particular piece I have, the first two trays are open and thus fit lots of stamps and supplies. Here you can see some of my stamps for tomorrow's class in the top tray:
The bottom tray is really neat because it has 6 divided sections. This will be full of goodies for tomorrow once I am packed!Isn't this a great piece? I think I paid $6-$7 for it at Target. Now Snapware makes many different styles and sizes but this was the only Snap 'n Stack piece I found at my local store. I know you can order them online but I would rather just buy it here.

Brainstorming Uses for Other Storage

So, do you currently have one of these pieces? How do you use it? Leave a comment in the comment section, and I will update this post along with your name because I certainly can't take credit for your ideas! :) Some ideas I have thought of are:

*Storing small ink pads (Memento, SU spots, etc.)
*Storing Stickles
*Small tags
*Chipboard storage

*Take pre-stamped images & colored pencils/Copics with you (suggested by Stephanie)
*Storing Cricut Cartridges, rubber keypads, and booklets (suggested by Barbara B.)
*Storing large lace and large flowers (suggested by Kim)
*Separating themed stamps: christian-themed in 1 tier, alcohol inks/supplies in 1 tier, Stampscapes stamps/supplies in 1 tier (suggested by Jo4Him)
*Take to swaps and use one tray to collect swap (suggested by Stephen)
*Use divided tray for microbeads (suggested by Stephen)

So, what do you think? How do you use Snapware? And as a little bonus--if you haven't heard, Core'dinations has teamed up with Tim Holtz and is releasing two new paper packs--Distress and Adirondack collections. You can enter to win one of these new paper packs by visiting this link here. Good luck to all who enter. I entered myself too as I love Tim Holtz Distress stuff! Thanks to Becca for letting me know about the contest! And please note, this giveaway is only open the residents of the U.S. and Canada. Sorry, I didn't realize that but I am hoping that maybe some of my blog readers will win! :) Have a blessed weekend everyone! Thanks for stopping by!


Stephanie said...

Patter, I'm going to have to check these out tomorrow. They would be great for taking pre-stamped (or printed if you use digi-stamps) and your colored pencils/copics with you. We travel for the ministry a lot and I'd love something like this to take just a few things with us when we stay over at a church for Sunday afternoon. I usually take my Kindle but I can't read & be sociable. I can however, color & be sociable. Thanks for the tip.

Barbara B said...

I LOVE the snapware containers. I have been using them for a few years. I first found them at JoAnn's, then Target. I have event seen a ribbon version at Michaels.
I use them for my Cricut Cartridges, rubber keypads, and booklets. One stack holds a tray (with dividers) for the cartridges, the next for keypads, and the other for booklets (I actually use a deep tray for the booklets because the stack can hold a lot of cartridge sets).

I also use them for organizing and toting stuff when I go to a crop.

Unknown said...

Love Sanpware! I have a bunch of Snapware. Some I found at Big Lots last year for $3. I put everything in them to take to gatherings...shoebox projects, swaps. I take one empty tray to collect swaps as I go through our swap lines...take a card out of one tray to give and the other person deposits hers into my empty tray. There are square ones, too, with a divided tray that I put micro beads in to store and use during projects. They are handy for car trips, too. I even turned it over to use the bottom as a lap tray to stamp on top of. One that came from Big Lots had a tray marked for various sized batteries.

Kim said...

I have to sets. The first was a after Christmas find and was only $2!! I use mine for lace and flowers that are too big for my Ikea jars. I do love the idea of using it to hold stuff for classes though! Thanks Patter for another great tip!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your organizational tips, Patter. I LOVE Snapware. I have 3 large size; 2 are 2-tier and 1 is 3-tier. I use them to separate some particular stamps/items: christian-themed in 1 tier, alcohol inks/supplies in 1 tier, Stampscapes stamps/supplies in 1 tier, etc. Jo4Him

Marcia said...

My scrapping friends and I have used the snapware for holding our Cricut cartridges and booklets. We have also found that Michaels has a ribbon tote. It has the small top section and a larger bottom designed to hold ribbon spools. If you take the spool rod out,the cricut booklets will fit nicely standing up. You can stack several sections together-snapping them in place.,

Linda said...

Thanks so much Patter for all your helpful organizational tips. I have loved snapware for a few years now. I keep ribbon in the larger verisons. I also have my cricut cartiridges organized in the size you have shown and I have over forty cartridges. I just keep snapping them together on the outside have used a label maker to label which booklet/overlay are in that particular section. I organized the booklets/overlays in alphabetical order.

Lim said...


I love your blog. I always find so much inspiration. I love your organization tips and ideas and I'm following some of them. Thanks!

What brand are the stamps that you have in your snapware...Hero Arts??? I love those birds, also the bird with the heart. Gorgeous!

Patter Cross said...

Agh, Lim, thank you! And those are Memory Box stamps. I was on my way to teach a class for them. :) You can see my Memory Box blog here:

We have giveaways going on right now with the new releases. :)

wanda50 said...

I love Snapware. I store my full size stamp pads in them. I can get 12 in one. Works for me. Projects for cards too.

Yoli said...

I luv your Organizational {Friday} post so much I've nominated you for a blog award. I've posted the details on my blog. Thank you for the inspiration and organizational ideas. They are awesome!

Anonymous said...

I can't believe you didn't know about SnapWare! I thionk you are the queen of organization. I've been using it for years and just keep finding more uses for it. I get mine at Joann's when I have a coupon or when all plastic storage containers are on sale.

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