Monday, May 31, 2010

Copic Marker Storage

Edited:  For more detailed directions regarding my foam board projects, please see my post here.  It gives some general tips for cutting, etc.  If you want to see all my posts regarding foam board projects, click on the "foam board" label on the left sidebar of my blog.  Thanks!

After I posted my last entry, I was sitting there feeling sorry for myself, and was trying to think of something I could do to make myself feel better.  Then I remembered Patter's post last Friday about her new Copic storage that she purchased from Studio 3 Solutions.  I love her organizational ideas, and thought this would be a great foam board project for me to make.

I have been using a photo box that I put cardboard dividers in to store my Copic markers.  It was inexpensive, and works pretty well, but every time I want to use a marker, I have to drag the whole box down off the shelf, find a place to put it on my work table (which is next to impossible), then put it back when I am done.  I almost always find a stray marker after I'm done and have to get the box down and put it back again.

My cheap storage wasn't working for me any more, and was in need of a makeover.

Foam board to the rescue!!!

After making my ink pad holder, I had a better idea of what I was doing, and this project only took a couple of hours.  I angled the shelves down toward the back so the markers would stay in place.  Like before, I made channels for the shelves to fit into.

I hot glued the shelves to one side, then put hot glue in all the channels of the second side and quickly attached it to the shelves that were already in place.  I added top and back pieces, and my project was finished.

Doesn't this look much better?  I love how all my markers will be at my finger tips instead of lugging that box off the shelf every time.  And when I reorganize my room, I can stack them vertically if I want.

I have 26 markers in one of the shelves, and could possibly fit one more in there if I needed to.  These two cubbies could hold over 300 sketch markers.  I doubt I will ever have that many, but I still have a lot of room to grow.

Patter's storage cubbies cost $16.95 each.  I was able to use some of the left over foam board from my ink pad storage, plus most of a whole new 20" x 30" piece.  I figured mine cost less than $2.00 for both cubbies since I bought the foam board when it was 50% off.  That is a savings of  $31.90 plus S&H.

I'll add that to my piggy bank for the Scrap 'n Cube storage I am pining for!

I'm not feeling so bad about losing my mojo after all!



Susan Raihala said...


Sillyfilly said...

I would love to have the dimensions on this and what did you use to make your channels? If you would be so kind to send me this info I would greatly appreciate it. I am Sillyfilly on SCS. This is a great idea. Did you make your stamp holder the same way? Thanks so much.

Lisa Lara said...

Hi my BSF K!!!! How creative and industrious are you!!!! I am so proud of you. Your storage is fantastic. You go gf. How you bean?

Dana said...

Karen would you mind sharing the dimensions? I'm a little cash strapped (LOL) and need storage for my Copics. You can PM me on SCS (mzdjoy)Thanks and what a great idea!


Jenny said...

I agree with all the other ladies, would you mind us dimensions??? I am also looking for cheap Copic storage I can make myself.

Betty said...

Awesome, can't wait for the instructions. As soon as I recover from my broken wrist and ankle, I will have to try this. Thanks.

polkadot12 said...

I just discovered your copic holder. Love it. I would also like to know how you made the channels and the dimensions if you don't mind sharing.

Tammy Moussa said...

Hi Karen, just wondering how you made your channels...I am just delving into copics and googles storage and your amazing post came up! Any info would be great! Tammy

scrapping my heart out said...

Thanks so much for posting this! I made the Copic storage tower and I love it! Since then, I've used the leftover foam board for all sorts of little things. I don't know whether I should thank you or consider you an enabler for getting me started on this, so I'll just do both!

Jennifer S said...

Oh yes, please share. I would love this. They don't make the cubbies anymore so I'm at a loss, and cheap sounds great to me.

Rose Marie said...

I would love to have the details to make the copic marker storage shelve you made. I just got 84 new copic markers on ebay...and would love to have this for them...I am at

Thank you so much,
Rose Marie

Pam said...

awesome idea. Tfs