Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Me and My Space - Makes Me Happy Copic Storage :0)

Hello! Oh how shocking is this, back to another normal post! Me and My Space went on break a few months back... and I am going to try really hard to get it back into the schedule. May not make every Wednesday but I am going to try! Promise.

Today I have something VERY exciting to show you!!! My Copic Storage! I have had a few different ways of storing my markers over time. But this just makes me giggle - so I hope this one works out as a keeper!

Now I can't take the credit for this idea... other than using the pretty box that is :0)

Here is my Copic Storage Box....

I already had the box. Don't you just love those pretty deco boxes? I adore them, This one was part of a set of thee I got at Michaels way back.

Now I have seen this whole "technique" many times all over the Internet - I saw it on Pinterest even. But all the ones I have seen are in plastic boxes for easy traveling. Well I don't travel with my Copics. They sit on my desk, slides a few inches side to side is about all the movement they get. So I took their idea and well used it in something pretty and happy :0)

So my box - I measured it and then used a piece of Plaskolite Ceiling Light Panel, I purchased this at Lowes for less than $15.00 and only used 1/2 of the sheet for my storage. I have enough for my buddy Tracey to make one too. So what is this panel? It is hard to describe.. It fits in those large Florescent light fixtures, but it has square openings in it, that the Copics fit perfectly in. I measured my box and cut two pieces to fit tight into the box. I then took four - 5inch bolts, put them into the corners, slipped one panel in, then a washer, then a nut. On all four corners. then measure to see how high you need the second panel, put a nut on each bolt, then a washer, then the panel. Then a washer and nut to hold it tight on top. ( I forgot the top nuts, so they are missing in my photo sorry)

The Fun begins at this point-  just place the markers in! I decided to follow the Copic Color chart while putting mine in -

I was so proud I did this all on my own. :0) Hubby came home and looked at it and asked why are there empty places? That is the markers I am missing and I am leaving the spots open so I can easily fill in as I get them. He looked at me and rolled his eyes and walked away. LOL  I have lots to fill in don't I? A few at time I'll one day get them all!

So my box makes me happy - and my markers are all safe and sound and sitting pretty on my desk :0)

Thanks for visiting "Me and My Space"

HUGS and

22 comments:

Allie Gower said...

this is awesome - I have tried so many things - I even HAVE copic cases but they are noisy on my plastic table so right now I am using an old store display - I think I have to look into this. Thanks for sharing.

I'm not sure I understand the nuts and bolts - but I bet my friends at the hardware store could help!

Helen said...

Wow, what a great idea and it looks very easy to make. Thanks for sharing. Regards, Helen

paola said...

FABULOUS!!! i have had various methods of storing copics too, but this looks really cool, off to the hardware, probably will have a real pain trying to get this in SA, but sure gonna try, thanks for sharing
smiles
Paola

PeeJay said...

Brilliant! Not a way I've seen them stored before and I've seen many ways. I have a question though. I know you also use ProMarkers. Do they fit in the holes as well or are they a little too fat?

Heather said...

Love this idea, I've seen it around the internet too but yours looks so pretty! I've thought about doing it but it's quite expensive to get those grids here in the UK!

Gail said...

I love the idea of using those boxes! I have some from JoAnn's. It looks like it would travel well too. I do travel with my copics...to Crops as I usually end of coloring instead of scrapping ;).

Carol Dee said...

PERFECT. I only have about 20 pens so far! All in a zip bag. Looking for storage that can grow with my collection. LOVE this.

smd46 said...

Hi Michelle,
I'm not sure about the description you wrote about the second panel. The picture looks to be one layer deep, do you need one on top too?
sharyn

Niki said...

Michelle,
This is great, will have to try it. I aspire to have as many Copics as you do!

Ann said...

What a terrific idea thanks so much for sharing. Ann Lind

Heidi Brawley said...

wow what a great idea!!!!! love it!!!

Anonymous said...

What a great space saving, easy to find storage idea. Love it...
Texas Cropper

Anonymous said...

What a great space saving, easy to find storage idea. Love it...
Texas Cropper

Rufus said...

Well that is really clever! Not only that, but when closed it's a very pretty box!! Congrats to you for doing it all on your own!
R/

paperscribe said...

Lovely organization, tfs!

What did you cut the grid with? Lynda

DiDi said...

I love this idea! I currently have three copic plastic containers and it's a pain to keep reaching for one depending on the color I want. I'm going to make one of these - and I'll have something that looks pretty too!!

DiDi said...

I love this idea! I currently have three copic plastic containers and it's a pain to keep reaching for one depending on the color I want. I'm going to make one of these - and I'll have something that looks pretty too!!

okienurse said...

I finally broke down and made a box to hold my markers. I am using distress and Stampin Up markers mainly so I went to Michael's and bought a treasure chest to hold them! Copics are about 2" shorter and I needed the dome top for space! Check it out @ www.okienurse.blogspot.com

okienurse said...

I finally broke down and made a box to hold my markers. I am using distress and Stampin Up markers mainly so I went to Michael's and bought a treasure chest to hold them! Copics are about 2" shorter and I needed the dome top for space! Check it out @ www.okienurse.blogspot.com

Alice said...

this reminds me of the old Pokemon saying - Gotta catch 'em all! - so true! what are the dimensions of your pretty box? i have several of these from michael's and joann's and would love to make one. thanks for the directions :)

Jen said...

This is genius!!! Great job...I think I'm going to try it. I just got my first set of copics so i'm very excited but was wondering how to store them. This is PERFECT!!! Thanks for the idea...im stealing it if you don't mind lol

Lisa said...

Great idea to use this.. wish we could get the grid stuff in the UK! I have all my ciaos (180) in a pampered chef carousel... I am gradually building up the rest of the colours in sketch pens... good job I bought a spare carousel and hid it in my crafting room ;)

Best wishes
Lisa x
West Country (GB)