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.