Hi all! Happy New Year! Are you feeling that New Year’s urge to diet, save money, and organize every aspect of your world yet? Haha, I know I am! In the crafty corner of my world, I started thinking about my pens and markers, and how I’d like to have them all where I can see them, and how I’d also like to have them all together. In my recent post about my studio, you might remember that I kept all my pens and markers in these little drawers that are in my shelving unit, and the spot I store my inkpads in, there’s another little drawer where I was keeping my Copics. There were two problems with this system, first of all, every time I needed a pen or marker, I’d end up pulling the whole drawer out (they didn’t have runners, they were just like little boxes with a handle…) and the other problem was I’d either have to rifle through the whole drawer/box to find the one I want, or end up dumping all the markers out looking for the one I wanted. This takes up PRECIOUS workspace, and I don’t have a lot to spare.
The other day, I saw this photo on Pinterest, (go ahead and ooooh, and aaaaah, at all the Copics that she has! I sure did). Here’s her blog post about this cool storage. It inspired me to do something different with my pens….
Now, I don’t have nearly as many Copics, but I’d sure LOVE to expand my collection! 😉
Here is a color chart similar to the one in the above photo, for you to download if you like.
And if you have a smartphone, there is an AWESOME and FREE app for Copic users to keep track of what colors you already have. I am using it on my iPhone, and I LOVE it! Here’s a link go to it on your smartphone and it will give you step by step instructions on how to install it on your iPhone or Android. You will never again have to wonder “Hm, do I already have this color?”
I do have a lot of other kinds of pens, a lot of Stampin’ Up! markers particularly, since I used to be a Demonstrator. I wanted to use something that would have plenty of room for me to grow into, too. The other thing that was important to me, was keeping the markers horizontal. It really is the best way to store your markers, as most scrapbook/crafty/art markers have two different tips, and you don’t want all the ink to flow into one end or another. One thing I loved about her pen storage above was that she used a grid from a fluorescent light to make a little hole for each marker. I may end up adding that to my new storage system that I’ll show you in a minute.
Since it is a New Year and all, I knew that reorganizing my pens needed to be more than just putting them in a different place. I took the time to test out all my pens (yep, every single one!) making a note of which ones I need to replace.
Some of them ended up in the pen graveyard….
I just don’t tend to be one who likes to use a specific box made for pens, I just feel like I’ve somehow failed creatively, ha! Also I have several different brands so I knew that Copic-specific, or Stampin’ Up!-specific storage wouldn’t cut it. But if you are NOT as neurotic as me (I’d imagine that’s most of you!) 😉 here are some cool products specifically manufactured for storing pens. You know for sure that they would fit well in these boxes, whereas with your own storage solution, you may not be so lucky.
Marker Organizer from Organize More
Copic Sketch Marker Case from Joann Crafts
Kaisercraft Marker Storage from Scrapbook.com (this one is totally customizable!)
ArtBin Storage Marker Satchel at Create For Less
Copic Storage Rack at markerpop
And here’s some AWESOME ideas to repurpose something old that you may no longer be using. Particularly if you are on a New Year’s spending freeze. I think the CD holders as pen storage are brilliant! And the drain pipe, and Crystal Light containers, what great uses of everyday items.
Baby Bottle Dishwasher Basket
Wine Bottle Rack
Storage made from drainpipe
Kitchen Tool Caddy
Altered Crystal Light Containers
Altered Shoebox with toilet paper roll dividers
For my space, I ended up going to Hobby Lobby and found this crate/wood box in my fave color at half off. The only bummer is that I wish you could see the cool numbers painted on the end, but where I have it situated, you don’t. However, it does fit perfectly in this spot, and it’s in easy reach of my workspace.
Like I mentioned above, I might add some of that fluorescent light grid stuff in the compartments, to give each pen his own little home (neuroses again, so sorry!) As for my old “pen drawers” I used them to store my ink refills, and some other inkpads. I then moved the punches that used to sit here, up to where the ink refill basket used to be. It looks great, and between my new storage, and Copic app, I can see exactly what I have, and it won’t clutter my workspace either! 🙂
I also like, that if I work out in my dining room, this has handles and can be carried out easily.
That’s it for me today, Happy New Year!