Hi everyone, it’s Sharon here from the UK and I’m delighted to be writing my first post for Craft Storage Ideas.
I regularly use Promarkers in my crafting, and was really keen to find a good storage solution for them. I looked at lots of different ideas; Letraset (the company that make Promarkers), sell wallets to store them in, but I didn’t want to be grappling round with various wallets trying to find the colour I wanted. I needed something that would store my pens right next to my workspace, and have the colours clearly visible.
A lot of people have come up with homemade solutions using DVD storage or boxes with cardboard dividers, but I wanted something a bit more streamlined and neat. I even looked into designing my own solution and having it manufactured, but the production costs were pretty high.
Thankfully while I was searching Crafters Companion brought out these trays – you can stack them horizontally or vertically so they will fit into almost any space. They can be wall mounted or sitting on your desk space. It’s easy to add additional trays (each one holds 12 pens) as your collection grows. Each compartment will fit a pen up to 17mm, so the trays work for most popular brands of pen – Copics, Promarkers, Spectrum Noirs, Tria markers and Flexmarkers.
Although I mostly use Promarkers I do have a selection of other brands, but you can see they all fit nicely – and look neat and tidy with this system. Here’s how they look in my craft room:
As you can see, I’ve got some free space for new pens!
Another solution I really like are the Color Cubbies from Studio3 solutions. I think these are great for use with Copics and Spectrum Noirs as the colour numbering is visible, but with Promarkers, I wanted a solution where each pen was in an individual slot.
If you don’t have a ton of pens, and want to have them on your desk ready to use, then a cheap solution is to search online for test tube holders. Most are the perfect size for pen storage and come in a variety of colours and sizes.
One thing to note with this system is that it’s only good for alcohol markers – the water based pens such as Aqua markers should be stored horizontally so the ink remains flowing to both ends of the pens.
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