Product Highlight ~ ArtBin

Hello friends, Lisa here today with a product highlight to share. The product I’m featuring is from ArtBin.  They offer several storage containers in a variety of shapes and sizes. I use two styles of the Prism Compartment Box. I like the box because they’re crystal clear, lightweight and a good size for me. Before I show you what I use this item for, let me share a few more organizational ideas.


They’re good for storing those little office type supplies neatly in a drawer.


This six compartment box is great for specialty markers, pens Sharpies or even Copics.


Perhaps you’re a scrapbooker with just a few rubber stamps in your collection.


And finally they way I use the Prism Boxes, to store my ink pads! The six compartment box holds cat’s eye and dew drop inks perfectly. The one compartment box stores my larger ink pads. Papertrey Ink ink pads have a curve that lets me stack and store 18 pads per box.  Or you can use it for 10 stacked rectangle ink pads.


I purchase my boxes at Joann. With a coupon you can get them for about $5 each. They’re also available at Walmart and online thru Amazon and several art supply sites. Just Google ArtBin and you’ll find more options available.


DIY Cork Covered Pencil Cups

Are you into recycling everyday things into useful storage items?  I found the perfect little DIY project for such a thing!

Cork covered cans, anyone?!  Who knew tin cans could be so adorable?

Allison over at The 3 R’s Blog provides complete instructions for these eye appealing holders!  You can personalize these by using any silhouette images you’d like!  Be sure to go take a peek!

Enjoy your day!


Trash to Treasure: Up-Cycled Craft Storage Ideas

I love seeing how people re-purpose their trash into useful and decorative storage. Here are some clever ideas to inspire you:

This great idea for twine storage, from The Scrap Shoppe Blog  started out as lowly empty Pringles containers:

twine containers

A variation on this theme from Pinterest, some re-purposed cans, make a cute desk storage unit. I love the mix of  patterns. These would be great made with different patterns from your favorite paper line:

Some more re-purposed tin from Pinterest, this time mounted to the wall. I love this idea for the craft room – particularly if your desk space is limited.  You could cover them with patterned paper or not:

This idea from Country Home uses empty cans covered with vintage labels printed on the computer. I love the idea of punching holes in them for the wires and hanging them on the rack:

From Puppy Love Preschool blog come these adorable altered jars – would love a set of these on my desk:

animal jars

Here simple jars wrapped with paper scraps become pretty desk storage for paintbrushes and pens (from Stampington and Co.):

re-purposed jars

Another clever re-purposed jar idea, this one from Curbly blog , uses washi tape to dress up cast-offs:

washi jars

This cute idea up-cycles mis-matched vintage tea cups and dishes for drawer storage that would be great for small embellishments. I’d actually glue these to the drawer bottom to prevent them from sliding around:

Another drawer storage idea, from Upcycle the Gift blog,  uses cereal boxes cut and covered with patterned paper. Great modular storage with limitless possibilities!

Hope these ideas inspire you to re-imagine your cast offs and put them to good use in your craft space!

CSI Valerie

13 in 2013: Pen and Marker Storage

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 (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 

CD Rack

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!