Happy Friday everyone! Where does the time go? I was going to post these pics on Wednesday for 'What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday' but busy, busy......
So here they are now, on Friday, a couple of days late. I just wanted to show you my latest way of storing my Promarkers.
I have always stored my beloved Copics flat, in shallow boxes and trays. This takes up lots of space though, they're a pain to move around the house (I craft all over the house) and I can't really find the right colour very quickly. Now that I have built up my collection of Promarkers, I seem to use these more than my Copics (mainly because they are cheaper to replace) and I wanted a space saving solution. Most importantly of all, I wanted to be able to pick out the right colour quickly without searching.
This little basket was only a £1 from Tesco a while back. It has a handle so is easy to carry about the house or to take to my Mum's. It fits around 110 promarkers in it.
With Promarkers all having a black lid, I punched out lots of little sticky circles with a tiny hole punch from a sheet of white labels, and coloured each with the actual pen to give a true colour. Now, I am sure that you can buy sheets of tiny circle stickers, but I like to make life difficult for myself, lol! It took ages to do!
As you can see, I also put the initials of each colour name on each pen, as some colours are very similar. I have also made a colour swatch showing the 'true' colour of each pen. I have divided the basket with scrap card (nothing fancy-lol!) to make 3 colour families; reds/pinks/lilacs, oranges/browns/naturals, greens/yellows/blues. All this means I can pick out the colour I want almost instantly.
In retrospect maybe I should have numbered each colour on my swatch, and put the corresponding number on each pen rather than initials. But never mind, this way works fine for me!
I know some people say that you should store them flat but as I only really use the fine tip, I find it handy storing them with this tip down. I have actually managed to revive a couple of mine this way. My girls had left the lids off them, lol!
If you were worried I guess you could store the basket on it's side when you're not using them?
Anyway, I hope someone finds this useful, and if you have a better storage solution I would love to know.