Sunday, May 01, 2011

Marker Storage

Sorry, no card today, but oh, look, look!!! Look at what I made. Woo-hooooo....don't you love it?

My craft table is neat and tidy right now, but we'll see how long that will last...LOL.

I've had this idea of a storage box for my markers for well over a year, but only got around to making it now. I got so frustrated because when I work, my markers are all over the place on my table that I have hardly any clear space to work on...LOL.

It's actually not hard to make that now I wonder why I kept putting it off.

I used this type of CD rack to make the shelves. I bought mine at Lee Valley Tools. (Link to their catalogue item if you're interested here.)

If I place a CD jewel case on every other rail for the shelves, then the space in between 2 shelves is just right for my markers. The CD cases you can buy at your dollar store for about 25 cents each--even at Future Shop they work out to about 40 cents each.

You can make this as wide as you need. One tower measures 10 3/4 inches high and 5 1/8 inches wide. You just have to make a box to accommodate that height and the width of the number of towers you want, in the inside of your box. I used 2 pine boards (4-ft long, 5 1/4" wide, 3/4" thick) which I bought at Home Depot. I have a scroll saw to cut the 2 end pieces and then I just screwed them in place. I used a foam board to cover the back. Hmmm...I bet you can make the whole thing with just foam boards--so much easier!

I have 3 types of markers: Letraset Promarkers, ShiHan Touch markers and Letraset Pantone Tria markers. The barrels of all these 3 brands are of about the same size. You can fit seven markers in each shelf. There are 10 shelves within a pair of CD rails, so each set can accommodate 70 markers.

I don't have any Copic markers, but I think the Copic Markers are the same size as the Touch markers, so this will work just fine for them. I don't know about the Sketch or the Ciao markers, though. I do believe they are slimmer in size, are they not?

OMG, I didn't realize I had so many markers until I had them laid out like this. Wait a minute though! I didn't spend as much money as you think!!! I only buy markers when they are on SALE...LOL...I am a cheapskate!

The Letraset Pantone Tria markers were the first ones in my collection--they are my favorites. I started with them when my local art store DeSerres (formerly Loomis Art Store) had a clearance sale. Little did I know that they were clearing them because they were being discontinued. Boo hoo hoo...I cried when I found out. But hey, I stocked up on all the colours that I could get. The markers were about $.099 - $1.29--woo-hoo...almost like they were giving them away--I was like a kid in a candy store!!!

The Promarkers are what replace the Pantone Trias I believe. I could be wrong, but it's the same barrel size and similar nibs. The Promarkers and the Touch markers, when they are on sale, are about $2 - $2.39 each.

That's it. Sorry no card this time, but I just wanted to share this.

As an afterthought, I am also sharing this with the ladies at Top Tip Tuesday.


Denise said...

Wow what a brilliant idea. Unfortunately I live in the UK but I'm sure I could find something similar to make one of these. You truly are inspiring!!! Hugs Denise xx

dolcreations said...

You are genius! What a fantastic idea! We have a Lee Valley about an hour from here...maybe a trip is in store!

Debbie said...

OMG Norma, I cannot bellieve this. I WANT ONE.....NOW!!
I am going to show it hubby after and tell him how you did it, it's adorable and so nice lookin, you are a genius...Brilliant.

Teri said...

Not only are you so incredibly creative with your coloring and card design, but now look at you!!! Designing storage solutions!!! Wish I had that many markers!!

Card Crazy said...

Norma, everything you create is a work of art and this is no exception. Brilliant idea, and how lovely it looks sitting on your desk.
Sue S.

♥♥RubyM:)♥♥ said...

Norma how brilliant!!!!!

OH GF My first coloring medium are the letraset pantone Tria markers.I was so sad when they discontinued them.

I got over 50 markers for $5 from a guy at the flea market!!! I got me the whole set of the warm collection for $20 on ebay. Yeah I LOVE THEM!!! Aren't they awsome!!!

I love love your storage unit.I love that it's at a close reach!!! Ruby♥

Cami said...

What a fantastic storage unit you made for your markers! OMG Norma, you definitely are a creative genius! Both in paper crafting and making such a functional storage unit!
Hugs, Cami

cabio's craft corner said...

Congratulations on this fabulous storage Norma. BRAVO!!!!!! What a great and smart idea :-)

miislucky said...

I just love this storage bin!!! I just bought some more copics that I had got on sale and when I saw this I almost died! I want and need this. Thanks for showing us your beautiful work and this awesome project!!!

Suzi Mac said...

This is totally amazing, I want one!!! I'm going to show my hubby this in the morning, he loves working with wood so maybe he'll build me one. Thank you for the inspiration.
Suzi x

Loz said...

am so jealous ;) ♥

Chris said...

Brilliant! I like that they are all at your fingertips. Clever girl!

Debbie Pamment said...

WOW Norma - way to think up a fabulous idea - and one we DON'T need a handyman for!!! WOoohoooo! I have a mix of markers too - and one of the stores near here is stocking your Trias over copics so they must still be around!!! I bought my touch markers on sale too - they are what I started with - but I prefer to brush nibs and re-fills on the copics. AWESOME idea my friend!

Anonymous said...

way cool Norma! I've been working on organizing stamps... I'll have to get some pictures fun to make progress! Although I have a way to go to have more room! lol TFS!

justme1972 said...

WOW -- now THAT is one impressive storage set up!!! How nice of you to share your idea with us!!!!


Agnieszka said...

Zazdroszczę tych markerów, u nas niestety są bardzo drogie. Półeczka jest rewelacyjna, miałaś niesamowity pomysł. Pozdrawiam serdecznie z Polski

Schadow said...

Wow, nice idea. I like that. Best wishes from Germany.


Leanne said...

Wow this is an absolutely fabulous tip!! Thanks for sharing it with us at Top Tip Tuesday!

Leanne xx

Merry said...

Brilliant post and such a clever storage idea. Can't wait to show this to my teenage son who has just finished constructing a shelf for all my papers. :-) Something else to keep him busy.

Fuzzy Slippers said...

Oh my goodness! I'm crying tears of joy over this creation!!!!!!! THANKS SO MUCH for sharing this. I'm totally putting it on my to-do list. Thanks for sharing with us this week at Top Tip Tuesday! :)

Anonymous said...

well look at your storage AWESOME job! thanks for sharing with us at Top Tip Tuesday! great! hugs Samantha :0)

Caroljenks said...

Amazing! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Top Tip Tuesday :)

Carol x

Elaine Stark said...

An ingenious idea, thank you for sharing. Off to see what I can find in the UK. Elaine

Anonymous said...

WOW!! This is so so clever!!! Thanks so much for sharing this lovely idea with us!! After my teens leave home...I get a new stamp area and will be keeping this in mind!! THANKS!! :)


An amazing top tip Norma. I would love one of these for my Copics - it would be such a help. I am definitely going to search for similar materials here in the UK.
Sylvia x

Nora Dolan said...

Don't your markers dry out faster if they aren't stored caps-down? I might make it with a steep slant to help with this. It IS a brilliant idea, well done!

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