Wednesday, June 6, 2012

WOYWW #157


Happy WOYWW #157...hope everyone had a great time visiting all the linked blogs last week and swapping ATC's.  I am working on another batch so if you would like to swap this week let me know and I will ship one your way!  Email me at okienurse@gmail.com!  What's WOYWW...well Julia at Stamping Ground can fill you in on it...

What's on my work desk tonight you say?  Well a lot of  "stuffs" still but I am working on making a marker/copic/pen holder.  I got this idea off another blog, Stamp, Paper, Scissors, and Donkey Smiles where Michele took a chipboard box and converted it to hold hers so I can't claim an original idea here but it is a lot cheaper adaptation of buying a ready made box to hold your Copics or markers!
This is my 'treasure chest that I bought to make my holder with!  Sorry about the picture!

The component that makes this such a workable idea is the dropped ceiling light grid tile that you can buy at just about any hardware store.  It runs about $12 a 2' x 4' section but you can make multiple boxes with one tile so get together with friends and split the cost.  I decided not to use a chipboard box but a wooden travel case I found on sale at Michael's for 50% off then I threw in a 20% off total purchase coupon and I walked away with it for $9 plus change.

I cut the ceiling grid into lengths to fit my box.  17 x 9 squares and cut two for the bottom of the box and one for the top and glued it in with quick set glue.  Gorilla glue puffs out a bit when in sets and makes an excellent mount for the tile bit.   This box is 11.24" x 6.25" and will hold
This box is 11.25" x 6.25" and will hold 153 markers/Copic markers/pens.  I think you could actually get by a little cheaper making one using a covered box or re purposing a box and covering with a nice paper!
Finished!  All loaded up with my markers, distress markers, and some other pens.  I don't have enough room to put my Copics in this box!  It is all distress markers and Stampin Up! Stamp and Write markers.  Guess I will have to make another for the Copics!  It works for  me!
Update:  I like to store my markers horizontal so which ever tip I want to use if juicy when I want to use it!  To keep the markers in place I cut a piece of eggcrate foam to fit the box lid so when the lid is closed and turned on its side they stay put !

 This latest addition to my color collection will make it easy to go to crops and take colors with me.
Okay that's what's on my desk today.  I am off to check out other blogs around the world and have a snoop to see what else everyone is doing.  Join us!  It is addictive.



52 comments:

  1. I typed a comment and it didn't appear - so lucky that I checked when an error message appeared. Happy WOYWW. What a good idea for storing Copics. Love your treasure chest. Wish we had Michaels here in the UK. Keep seeing it mentioned on blogs and it sounds a great store/shop. Ali x #54

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  2. what excellent storage and so personal to you,love it
    have a fab crafty week
    kay #52

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  3. I have not seen that light grid to purchase here, what a clever idea...i love clever. I am always looking for stuff to re purpose, this is right up my ally.

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  4. What a brilliant idea! Love the treasure chest.

    Happy WOYWW

    Zoe #60

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  5. ...what a fabby idea & so nice of you to share the link, I don't own a single pen yet (I must be the only person in our blogging world!) but one day I will just can't afford it yet, thanks for sharing...Mel :) #27

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  6. Now that's a fab idea! Great work. Take care my WOYWW friend. Zo xx 65

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  7. Wow - what an amazing storage idea! You should share this at Inspire Me Monday!

    Have a fabulouslous WOYWW!

    Create WIth Joy
    http://create-with-joy.com

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  8. What a brilliant idea with the pen storage.
    Hugs,
    A x #59

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  9. I love those "trunks" and have envy all over my face each time I see them at Michaels. Too much to transport home I am afraid but nice to see you making use of one and doing it for the Copics.
    Thanks for sharing, Hugs, Neet #6 xx

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  10. Oh Vickie I love that chest and what a fabulous idea I so could do with making something along the same lines. Thanks for sharing and have a great Wednesday, hugs Erika. #61

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  11. Wonderful box - what a great idea, it never ceases to amaze me how inventive people are.

    I've emailed you about an ATC swap, as I managed to miss posting last week! :(
    Helen S #77

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  12. Hi Vickie, brilliant box - love the idea, the pens fit perfectly and it looks so smart when closed. If I wasn't going of on holiday I wouldn't hesitate to join in your ATC swap but I just know I'm not going to have the time ... hopefully next time :) Hope you have a good day and Happy WOYWW. Elizabeth x #48

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  13. Hi there Vickie, Thanks so much for popping over and thanks for sharing ~ simply brilliant idea - but only have two copics and would be too fat my promarkers they would have to go on a diet! have sent you an email too :D! happy WOYWW! Shaz in Oz. x #8

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  14. Quite the bargain hunter! You have made a brilliant job of fitting out your chest, it looks so smart and so useful if you want to take them anywhere. Happy WOYWW, Anne x #24

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  15. That is amazing, I WANT ONE!
    I love it.
    I would love those copics but my local art suppliers don't have them :(
    Thanks for popping over to my place and leaving such lovely comments. Have a great WOYWW! Neesie #10

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  16. WOW! what a fantastic idea I guess I need to get my shopping list and give this a try thanks so much for sharing!

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  17. Love what you've done Vickie. I don't have copics either, but I do have Promarkers though. Enjoy your day. Hugs from Scotland. Rita xx

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  18. I love your box and I think what you have created is brilliant ...who would have thought one of those ceiling grids would be so useful.xx

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  19. WOW! great pen storage! love it x April #79

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  20. Loving the treasure chest storage system, and what a fantastic buy you got, very smart shopping! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

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  21. love your treasure chest and thanks for sharing this idea, love that you adapted the tile and it looks so good!
    Debxx

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  22. well hooray for a bit of plastic I say! That's such a great idea and a lovely piece too! Thanks so much for the visit! Sarah.

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  23. What a great DIY project! Now you've got a functional piece that you really like and you'll get compliments on it, too. :) Hope you have a happy crafty week. ~ Laura #101

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  24. This is brilliant! Kudos to you and Michelle for sharing this creative solution.

    Cheers,
    Susan #115

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  25. I LOVE IT!!! Fabulous treasure chest ;0) I would have loved something more decorative like this, if I had the dome though where would the cat sleep? She love the top of my Copic box. Great job!
    HUGS
    MichelleO

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  26. Hello!

    This is a great idea - I love your creation! A lovely addition to your workspace. Wishing you a happy one!

    Barbara Diane

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  27. Fabulous treasure box..filled with scrummy copics fab storage idea... Enjoy! Have a colourful week.. Hugs May x x x#34

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  28. That's a great pen storage idea and cheap too!

    Hugs
    Brenda 94

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  29. Hi Vickie,

    What a great idea for the markers. I don't have any copics but am thinking about trying them out. I bought some new watercolor pencils and aren't happy with them - they aren't as vibrant as I'd like. Do the copics leave shadows of where they overlap?

    And when is the new SU catalog coming out? I feel the need......

    Happy WOYWW
    Hugs,
    Kay #114

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  30. Do Copics truly fit in the ceiling grid thing? I may have to invest in some of that stuff! My Copics outgrew their basket and I bought a cute lock box from the office store. It didn't have to lock, but it was hard to find a square box with a handle that looked to be the right size. However, it is too big. I shoved some empty boxes in there to fill up space but my markers sag and fall over. I do plan to really FILL the box someday but until then.... Love your fun box! That's a great find and probably cheaper than my lock box.

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  31. what a fantastic idea, I will file that away for my new Distress marker (not used them yet. I'm off to email you so we can swap I still have a few left
    janet #53

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  32. Awesome storage, might give that a go with my Promarkers, thanks for sharing. Happy WOYWW!
    Sophie
    #81

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  33. Amazing storage idea, will give that a go for my Promarkers. Happy WOYWW!
    Sophie
    #81

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  34. Super awesome idea and I love the trunk you've used. Great job. Sheri #118

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  35. Brilliant idea and as you say very useful for transporting them. Happy WOYWW Anne x

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  36. How great to have all of your markers at your fingertips! Nice idea!
    Have a great WOYWW and thanks for visiting my desk!
    Lisa
    #12

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  37. You are so clever, that looks amazing and it's practical too. Got a shock when I saw how many pens you had to fill it. I think you may need another box soon.
    Have a great week.
    Von #1

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  38. Now that's what I call a super cool idea!! I never in a hundred years would have thought of it. There's real treasure in your chest! Happy WOYWW! #2

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  39. I love your copic holder! What a cool idea!

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  40. Somtimes Miss Vickie, I wonder if you aren't too smart for me. That box is something else. And I love that you've just got on and used it without turning it into a make-over first and thereby putting off it's usefulness.

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  41. What a fab storage idea Vicki. I brought one of those CD storage cases for mine but find with my slap handedness that I keep missing the pockets when I put them away. I may have a rethink and see if I can get hold of anything like that over here and do a re-model!

    Thanks for sharing and

    Happy Crafting!
    Sue
    x
    #127

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  42. Great box for your markers! what a fab idea to use the lighting grid :-)

    Thanks for sharing

    debs

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  43. Absolutely brilliant idea - you can see all the colours at a glance and it looks fab too. You clever thing :)
    Hugs, LLJ ~70 xx

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  44. What a clever idea for your pen storage - so colourful set out like that too. x Jo

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  45. Looks gorgeous! Just one question...where will you put it? Well, that doesn't really matter, does it? As long as it looks fabulous and it does! :)
    ~Deeyll #154

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  46. It's amazing what can be found in hardware stores to supply the art world, you have done a fab job, love it.

    Happy crafting
    Eliza #50
    http://queenartoypia.blogspot.com.au/

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  47. Totally Love this post. Awesome way to organize those markers. I found you from a blog hop and am now a follower!

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    1. Welcome to my blog! I am always happy to have new followers. Glad you like the storage box. I really liked it too when I saw it on Michelle Oblig. It is super easy to make and fun.

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  48. omg thats so clever i love that idea
    thanks for showing us ur stash xxx
    Erin

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  49. What a gorgeous treasure chest. Full of the perfect treasure aswell!!! Thank you for showing us your stash!
    Hugs Trudie xx

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