Thursday, August 06, 2020
Hey, crafty friends!
Hey, crafty friends! It’s an exciting (and long-awaited) day at Taylored Expressions! After over 8 months of concepting, tweaking, perfecting, tweaking some more, and manufacturing I’m so excited to introduce you to our new Simple Storage collection! I am incredibly proud of all of the ingenious ideas and hard work that went into making this collection a reality – and you can bet I didn’t do it alone! I thought you might find it interesting to get an inside look at how an idea for a new product becomes a reality.
Typically, we set out to solve a problem with our product development. As our Simple Strips collection continued to grow we heard from many of you about the struggles you were having finding a way to store your Simple Strips. So we set out to solve this problem with the hope of creating a storage solution for our Simple Strips sentiments.
Jami Sibley is one of the product developers who work with me behind the scenes in designing many of our products. In one of our conversations, I floated the idea of a storage solution for Simple Strips. Simultaneously, we were also discussing a tote that would store blender brushes for easy travel. I told her about a couple ideas that I had and we left the conversation saying we’d do some more thinking and talk more down the road.
‘Down the road’ happened the next day when Jami sent me a video of an idea she roughly mocked up with cardstock, creating slots for the Simple Strips and a case for them to fit in! And she had also figured out how the same case could hold the perfect number of blender brushes for easy travel. Genius!
I did my own mockups based on her original, sent them off to our manufacturing partners, and before we knew it we were discussing the specs for the coordinating tote to hold the storage cases and we started receiving the first prototypes.
It seems like there’s always at least one time during the process where the words “Should we just scrap it?” cross my lips. We definitely had our ups and downs throughout the process and went through several prototypes, but in the end, we always persevere to bring you the best product we possibly can!
So now that you’ve made it through the whole story, are you ready to shop the new Simple Storage collection? Click below to head over the to the TE webstore, or keep scrolling for a closer look at everything included in this new storage collection.
Watch the short video below to get a look at the items available in the Simple Storage product line:
Let’s take a closer look at the products in the Simple Storage Collection:
The Simple Storage Collection starts with these durable, clear plastic cases with latching lids. The cases hold 15 of our mini ink pads or 5 of our Blender Brushes. The cases will keep your crafty supplies organized and ready to grab when you need them!
You can fill the Simple Storage cases with up to 14 Copic markers.
Or tuck away other crafty supplies like an acrylic block, scissors, adhesive, tweezers, waterbrush, and more for a quick little case of essentials for crafting on the go.
Next up is what we have all been waiting for: Simple Storage for Simple Strips! Simple Storage for Simple Strips includes one of the Simple Storage cases that is fitted with molded plastic tray inserts that nest together to give you compartments to house up to 19 Simple Strips sentiments in one case.
Now you can organize all of those sentiments by stamp set or occasion so they’ll be quick and easy to find exactly what you need for your next project.
You can also purchase the Simple Storage for Simple Strips Labels: a set of pre-printed labels with the names of all of our Simple Strips stamps sized perfectly to adhere to the side of each storage cases so you can find the strips you’re looking for at a glance.
Next up is the Tag Along Tote! The Tag Along Tote is a fabric, zippered tote with clear vinyl sides that perfectly holds two Simple Storage cases (included with the tote) and makes it super convenient to carry your crafty stash.
When opened up the tote lies flat so you have easy access to your supplies.
And each tote has the cutest enamel Grumpling zipper pull!
We’re excited to partner with Stamp-n-Storage, a reputable craft storage company known for its high-quality craftsmanship and excellent service, to offer an innovative storage solution for our Simple Storage cases! The Simple Storage Cabinet is specially designed to hold up to eight storage cases (sold separately).
Each unit measures 6 1/2″ wide x 13″ tall x 7 1/4″ deep, and comes unfinished and ready for you to paint, stain or decorate to complement your craft space. Two Simple Storage Cabinets will fit side by side in the Ikea Kallax shelving units.
When you purchase the Simple Storage Cabinet, you will be ordering it directly from Stamp-n-Storage. Click below to order your Simple Storage Cabinet:
**Note: This link will take you to the Stamp-n-Storage website. Orders for the Simple Storage Cabinet will be placed on their website and fulfilled by the Stamp-n-Storage team. Any purchase made on the Stamp-n-Storage site does not qualify for TE promotions (including free U.S. shipping or exclusive items with purchase). And although it won’t be eligible for earning or redeeming Crafty Points, your purchase can earn Stamp-n-Storage Rewards.
That wraps up all of the new products I am introducing today in our Simple Storage collection. Getting your crafty supplies organized has never been more fun!
A few more things I want to share before I go today…
Right now through Sunday, August 9th, all of the Simple Strips stamp sets are 15% off in the TE webstore. If there are stamps that you need to complete your Simple Strips collection, now is the time to pick them up! Here is the complete list of Simple Strips stamps that are available:
- Simple Strips Background stamp
- Simple Strips – Woof stamp
- Simple Strips – Meow stamp
- Simple Strips – Sympathy stamp
- Simple Strips – Birthday stamp
- Simple Strips – Friendship stamp
- Simple Strips – Christmas
*Simple Strips dies are not included in the promotion.
Also today, I’ll be showing you a closer look at the Simple Storage products during “T Time” at 9:30AM Central Time on the Taylored Expressions Facebook Page. I would love to have you join me as I share this whole new collection of products! Hope to see you there!
Thank you so much for stopping by the TE Blog today and I hope you are as excited about the new Simple Storage collection as we are! Stop by the blog this Saturday for fresh Simple Strips inspiration with a new card created by Heather – see you then!
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