I waited to review this until after I used it for a crop weekend. I flew to a crop weekend and used this. Previously I'd loaded up my car with every cardmaking tool I owned -- the only challenge now was determining what I HAD to take vs what I WANTED to take! All told, i fit everything in here but found myself removing items ... to keep it under the 50 pound airline bag limit! You can get a lot in here -- and you'd be surprised how heavy a lot of paper and punches can be! But in the end, it traveled extremely well (44 pounds going to the crop, 48 pounds coming back!). seems the baggage handlers managed to keep it upright too! My only wish is that the zippers could accomodate TSA-approved locks -- there's one little lock but could be cut by TSA. so i swallowed hard, put a travel strap around it, and hoped the unlocked compartments on all 4 sides (including the top) didnt unzip! (they didn't) But definitely a good investment, especially for those of us that travel or carry our stuff around!
I already own one of these (for three years) and ordered a second one. This product is very sturdy and withstands the abuse of my travels to scrapbooking event 2 to 3 times a week for the past year ( and I've even taken it on a plane). It offers the most space of all the totes out there. As well you have many possibilities on how to organize you material inside the tote itself as it has adjustable/removable dividers. The handle is comfortable, the wheels are very sturdy, the zippers are resistant to heavy use. You have straps that hold your tote lid up for easy access while you work on your project and it hold tons of stuff. The see several see through pockets make it easy to locate your stuff. It's great.
I received my new XXL Tote and wondered why I did not purchase this item earlier. This product for the price you can not beat.
The size alone you can not image. There is so much room to put all of your scrapbook items that you do not need anything else. The contruction of the tote is so sturdy that it will last a life time.
I am recommend it to everyone.
Eagle Creek, OR
i am so in love with this tote. i drag mine around at least once a week, usually more. XXL is certainly true even though i cant say it holds all of my scrapbooking needs, but thats more due to the surplus of "needs" (my fault, not the tote). a slight con with this tote (and any other of this size) it does get a bit heavy once you've loaded it up with all of your scrapbooking goodies. the tote itself is very flexable. the interior is basically dividers that are velcro'd in and can be adjusted to accomodate your needs. the velcro panels also have additional storage pockets, which i thought was a good thought.
if there is one MINOR downer for this tote, i feel it would be that you definately need one, if not more, extra organization in order to make this tote work for you. definately something that will protect your papers. i use artbin's super satchel system. (1-deep single compartment for paper and 1-slim multiple compartment for embellishments and what nots) quite a few people use the crop-in-style PSB with this tote as well.
for a random side note, i got bored with the basic black of my tote so i embellished it too! i mostly used iron-on embelishments and it held up really perfectly my iron. the panels that i ironed on (the front and side pockets) were unzipped. i held them from the back and ironed the front. the padding of the panel was enough to protect my hand from the heat, so it obviously protects anything you put into those pockets as well.
I love this tote. I got it shortly after I started scrapbooking after I saw a friend with it. It's incredible. I can change my storage in it so easily. My scrapbook style changes every once in a while and this adapts perfectly to my needs. It has great pockets in the middle that I can remove and replace to accomodate my stuff with ease. I use the pen holder as a permanent fixture on my table (except when I go to crops). I can bring everything I need to crops with this tote. The rolling feature is great. It helps me bring it anywhere. I have had this tote for 3 years and it's still really durable. I love the little pocket in the front. I like to store business cards from my favorite scrapbook stores and vendors in there so I can always have them near me when I want to recommend them or call them to see if they have a product I need. There are so many pockets in this tote I don't have any problem storing anything they way I want it. This is a must have for scrapbookers to bring to crops.
I love my XXL for many reasons, but the best of all is that it really stands up crop after crop after crop!!
Aside from the huge amount of room inside, the partitions are removable - they attach with velcro - so you can customize the interior storage.
I only use one divider to hold my PSB in the back and then I loaded up the rest with stuff and more stuff!!
I've also never had the leanining/tipping problem that I've seen other totes have. The XXL stands straight up, even totally full.
All the extra pockets and loops that are in the fold down panels on the sides and front are really helpful for organizing your smaller tools, embellies etc.
The pen caddy tucks neatly underneath the cover when you're not using it. When you need it, it opens into a triangular shape and holds together with a velcro strip so you can stand it on the table in front of you.
I used to keep ALL of my SB supplies in my XXL tote and pull it out of my closet when I wanted to scrap but I've definitely outgrown those days. Still love to use this for crops though. It's a great use of space. Love the outside pockets around the sides, perfect for holding scissors, punches, various adhesives, idea books, etc. You can fit so much in those pockets alone! Love the pen case on top too, very efficient and keeps pens stored on their side so they don't dry out. SOOO much room on the inside and I like that you can put up or remove the dividers to fit all of your stuff. It does get very heavy when full but still pulls pretty easily. I also like that you can loop other bags over the handle to carry more if needed. Works great with the regular size Crop in Style, or even just a purse or other tote bag.
Love this bag!
I have had this bag for over 8 years and beleive me it has taken some abuse. The other day I was pulling it up over the door jam in my home and the plastic handle cracked and broke. I called Crop-in-Style's Customer Service and asked if I could order a new top part of the handle. She said sure and took my order. When I asked how much it would be, she said it was no charge. They then shipped it FEDEX (again no charge) and I recieved it in 2 days. WOW! Talk about standing behind your product! My daughter had a similar experience and was sent the replacement part without any questions asked. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this bag to anyone. Besides the great customer service it is the largest tote out there and holds a ton of scrapbooking supplies!
I'm a home-based scrapbooker but have had my XXL tote for years and store my sewing machine and sewing supplies in it. I empty it out when I teach to carry my teaching supplies. Occasionally I think I'll make a change to something more updated and colorful with all the new styles available. But after doing my research and test driving many styles I came back to the sturdiness of this tote and the hard top that I just love. True it's large and can be heavy when full but it's the sturdiness that I love. I trust this tote to hold and transport my belongings safely.
Jill Davis, Founder
I love my XXL! It holds everthing I need so this is the only thing that I ever need to take when I go to crops. It's got loops and pockets for everything you could think of and there is tons of room in the middle for all your supplies. It can get a little heavy, but even stuffed full, it's still not so heavy that I can't lift it. Mine has lasted through many, many trips to my lss, friends and trips and still rolls perfectly. I definately think this is the cropping station to get if you want something that holds it all - ie. fewer trips back and forth to the car for supplies...
When I bought this I thought it was too big, and I would never be able to fill it, now I need another one :) This is one of the best rolling totes, it has so much storage space, and tones of pockets!!. I store all of my paper in files inside as well as my cutting mats, and then all of my scissors, punches, glitter, extra tools, templates, cutters, and more inside all of the pockets around the edges! It stores so much more than you would ever think it could!! Plus it is so easy to cart around! (Mine has gotten a little heavy, but it still works great!!!)
I had a regular tote before and I could not fit all of my items in it. Never again! I bought this and was a little put off by the cost, but I do not regret shelling out the money. When I first got it, I was late for a crop so I just threw all of my stuff in it. Guess what? It all fit! I zipped it up and was on my way. There is a compartment for every little thing and tons of pen holders. The thing I appreciate most about this tote is the fact that it is sturdy. It does not tip over when you add a lot of things to it.
I've had this tote for years & it's still in great shape. Yes, it's heavy when you load it with goodies. But anything would be heavy with all of the stuff we want at our fingertips. Besides it's size, I like how flexible it is with the removable velcro dividers. As my scrap style has changed, the tote has been capable of changing along with me. I must admit though that I have bought a mini tote to carry all of my tools. I got tired of bending down to search for them as the XXL sat on the floor.
I love this tote. It fits everything I need to take with me for crops. I can fit a lot of paper in it. Love that it holds all my scissors on one side. I put all my different adhesives in the other, and load the front will all sorts of goodies. I am the type of cropper that wants most of my stuff brought with me and this helps out a lot. Only downfall is it is heavy when full. Doesn't bother me though!!! The wheels are great. The dividers are great.
This product is well made and probably the best investment I have ever made in a scrapbooking product. I bought mine about six years ago, and it is still in GREAT condition even though I have lugged it to many weekend and local crops. The only negative I have found for this product is that it can hold so much that it can get pretty heavy. Other than that, I have absolutely no complaints.
I bought one of these when they came out. I was so excited! It holds everything. For yrs I took it to 2 crops a week & took it to scrap retreats & took it when I traveled. I also used it at home to crop out of. It took a beating! It is very rugged & sturdy. This company is great! It never broke. It never looked like it had taken a beating. lol
Great way to get organized for crops! I also now use it to store my bin of scraps, basic colors of cardstock, album I'm working on and my WIP (works in process) album with page kits I'm prepping and photos for each project!
So much better than stacking boxes and bags and making several trips to pack and unpack!
I love my XXL Tote! I take it with me whenever I go to a crop. I tend to be a pack rat and I put everything in there and it all fits! LOL! I would recommend this item to any scrapbooker. It's an 'essential', especially if you like to go to crops or to your friends house to scrapbook!
I purchased the smaller one first...what was I thinking?? This is the ultimate scrapping tote. Can't live without it. Love it so much that I have two. A definite must have for the scrapper who is on the move. Holds every necessity and has lots of side pockets.
I have this although it is great for the extreme crop, a one time crop I would go with the one smaller. Reason being it gets heavy!!! Other then that the wheels hold up, just dont abuse it by going in the rocks or setting it down hard.
What I like about this tote is that I can take a lot of my supplies with me. I can even carry an entire scrapbook and still have plenty of space. I like the compartments for organization and it is very easy to roll around.
Excellent quality and price! I am very satisfied with this product as it is so roomy inside and will hold most everything I need to scrapbook when away from home. I highly recommend this product.
Got this for my mother to keep her knitting and beading and crossword ouzzle books. I got one for myself a few weeks earlier for scrapbooking. Very sturdy, roomy. Get organizer.
I have purchased three (3) of the Crop in Style XXL Totes & use them to take to the crops. They hold a lot of supplies that are necessary for a 2 or 3 day crop.
I have come to the conclusion that finding the perfect crop tote is equal in dauntingness (is that a word?) to finding the perfect purse... in other words: you're never going to find one that is everything you want it to be. The XXL is big and holds a lot but there is way too much pen storage for my needs and the velcro divider inserts are a little troublesome. There are also some storage pockets and some velcro straps that I have yet to figure out what their function is/could be. But overall it's a big scrap tote that holds a lot of stuff so you can't go too wrong, right?
I used my XXL tote this weekend, it has so much to offer in organizing your scrapbook areas. The only thing that I think could be better is to have wider wheel bases to make it more stable and keep it from rocking when you wheel it over a threshold of a place or a step.
i have this tote and i love it for long crops. it holds everything you would need. there is plenty of room for papers, cutting tools, adhesives and embellishments. It does get a little heavy when its totally full, but you get a lot in there.
This is a really nice tote for the paper lover. It fits a ton of paper and other stuff in the compartments on the sides. It gets super heavy when full, but all together is a great product!
This tote holds a ton of supplies. There's pockets on all four sides and a large pocket inside the cover. There's a separate piece that holds pens and markers (I use it for my deco scissors too). The inside is large enough to hold 12x12 paper, albums and anything else you can think of. The downside of this tote is that it's very heavy if you fill it. If all you plan to do is roll it that's not a problem. If you need to lift it into a car or up stairs then it can be a problem. I gave it 3 stars for quality and the fact that it holds a ton. Personally if I were to do it again, I would buy something a little bit smaller. The extra large size makes it hard for me to handle so I usually take my CIS Jr. to crops.
I wasn't too happy with this tote. Once loaded up, it was hard to pick up to load in the car. I scrap in the 2nd floor of my house and I was worried about my back when I carried it up. I sold mine at my scrapbook store's yard sale.