Craft Case Update + Companion

About a month and a half ago I shared my the contents of my craft case. I want to update you on what changed.

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Actually not a lot. Mostly just the pens (I switched out my blue body Coleto for the clear body, and added the Pilot Petit1 FP) and added a new set of washi samples.

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The main change is in the additions to the outer pocket. I put the older washi sample card here, and replaced my single magnetic cat bookmark with two other magnetic bookmarks and two metallic paperclips. Not a lot of changes, really. But what I really wanted to show you is my newest acquisition: this companion craft case of the same pattern! I now have matching craft cases!

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This bigger craft case is of the A5 size, and has a velcro closure instead of a zipper.

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It’s a trifold, and has four zipped clear pockets inside. As it’s a velcro-closure case, it has some leeway to insert some things outside of the actual clear pockets.

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I have decided on this very nondescript A5 notebook by Ilycraft, which is thin and has nice cream paper. I use it as an art notebook of sorts, where I practice my lettering, brush calligraphy, and watercolor. Prior to this I actually had a small coloring book (and the accompanying plain colored pencils) but this piece by Liz made me realize that I can make my own, so here we are!

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The contents of the actual pockets vary, but this is a good representation of what’s usually in there. On the rightmost biggest pocket I have a handpicked selection of my Faber-Castelle watercolor pencils. In the three smaller ones I have a pack of Target page flags, three Stabilo fineliners, a small paintbrush, a Sakura Micron marker, a small craft scissors, a paperclip, a pack of sticker flakes, and a strip of leather that goes with my Macata traveler’s notebooks.

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I really like the combination of this and the smaller craft case. I don’t, however, bring both of them along everywhere I go as they can be heavy and bulky. If I knew I would just be doing planning and/or journaling, I would bring only the smaller case. If I knew I would have time to practice, I would bring the bigger case. If I knew I would have a good amount of time and the space to spread my stuff (such as my office) I would bring both!

For my local readers, I found both of these in National Bookstore. For everyone, I will be giving out one of the smaller craft case through my Instagram soon, so watch out for that!

What’s in my craft case?

Lately I’ve realized that I have been lugging around such a huge and heavy bag everyday because of all my planning and crafting supplies. I even had two completely filled pencil cases, and the travel craft box! I really didn’t need to be bringing everything all the time, so I decided to downsize and consolidate my planning and crafting supplies to a single case too keep the weight down. Here is the case I chose.

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I like the fact that it’s very compact and small, which forced me to really consider what I think are the essentials. It is made of some thick linen-type cloth, and has a zipper that goes all the way around so it opens like a book. I think it really goes well with my Blue. I also like the fact that it’s slightly smaller than my travelers notebook.

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It measures 195x100mm when closed, and is currently around 35mm thick. (That’s about 7.75×4″, 1.25″ thick.) Let’s take a look at what I was able to fit in this case.

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First there is an expandable zipped pocket on the back. I tend to not use this and only put really flat items to keep it, well, flat. I have only this magnetic cat bookmark in here at the moment. Here is the case when fully opened:

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There are four elastic pen loops on the left side. At the moment I carry only three: a pink Pilot Petit3 brush pen, a 3-barrel Pilot Coleto, and a Pilot Metropolitan (ahem, Pilot fan). Only the Metro is fully inserted in the loops; the other two hang from the loops by their clips. On the right side of the case, there are four card slots. In the bottom slot I have a washi sample card full of my favorite slim washi and a portable box cutter which is again hanging on the pocket by its clip.

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The other three slots have the following: a Post-It Full Adhesive sticky note in the second pocket, a set of sticky tabs and some DIY stickers in the third pocket, and more stickers and page flags in the fourth pocket.

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The left side of the case actually has an expandable pocket under the pen loops. In there I was able to fit quite a bit of stickers and a set of sticky notes.

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The right side also has a pocket under the four slots, and in there are… more stickers. I really love stickers. These are the slightly larger sheets that I have.

There we go! I am really pleased with my craft case at the moment, and I feel that I do have the essentials all in there. There are a lot of options for cases (check out passport cases, travel wallets, and pencil cases), but I particularly like this one because it’s small but can still pack a lot.

I’m interested to see what’s inside your craft case! Leave a link to your post/photo in the comments below!