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Studio3 Color Cubbie Storage

Reported by Beth Silaika

In my quest for the ultimate in craft studio organization, I have tried many options for Copic Marker storage. I have tried the clear Copic storage containers, black velcro wallet cases, small metal buckets from the Target dollar spot, but nothing seems to be the right fit for the sheer mass of markers which I quickly accumulated. I ended up filling up 4 buckets with my Copic markers and the buckets took up too much space on my craft surface. I wanted to find a clean cut solution which would not break the bank!


While blog surfing one day, I stumbled across the Color Cubbie from Studio3 Solutions. This little storage is BIG on value and storage area! Each color cubbie is 4 5/16″ wide and 14″ high. The unit is only 5 1/2″ deep, which is perfect for most desks and crafting surfaces. It has a durable, white vinyl finish that coordinates well with every color craft room! At $16.95 per cubbie, the storage is affordable for my needs.

I ended up ordering a few cubbies, thinking I could use it for my collection of gel pens, copic markers and aquapainters. I was amazed at the quality of the product and the sheer volume that each shelf can hold. Each little shelf holds approximately 24 Copic sketch markers. You can fit at least 30 gel pens, Stampin’ Up! markers, Prismacolor pens or pencils on each shelf!

Here are shelves side by side with my Copic markers and a variety of gel pens. What I love about the storage is that it fit on my book shelf directly above my craft desk. I can see the pens and the numbers on the caps easily, which I could not do when they were in the metal Target dollar spot buckets. It is so easy to color now because I can grab the exact color I need and clean up is a snap! The shelves are at a slight angle, so the markers and pens don’t slip out. They stay nice and secure in their little shelf! Since they are on the book shelf right above my craft desk, I have them at eye level and they even look pretty with all the Copic marker colors divided up into like colors.
As previously mentioned, I ordered a few of these shelves. Even after dividing up my Copics and gel pens into a variety of color families, I still had two more Color Cubbies to fill. I looked around my craft room for my next problem storage area and realized that I had a small plastic CD container holding my Papertrey Ink Perfect Match ink pads. I was always having a difficult time locating the correct color ink in the bin and suddenly had a “lightbulb” moment. There was plenty of space for the inks and they fit quite perfectly in the shelves. I was able to fit four ink pads on each shelf.


In order to tell the various colors apart, I used a label maker and printed out the name of the ink color and used a swipe from a coordinating Copic marker to label the appropriate ink to the shelf.

The entire storage solution for four Color Cubbies, side by side, is approximately 17 1/4 inches wide, still only 5 1/2 inches deep and 14 inches high. The sheer volume of storage is impressive and it has cleared so much of the clutter on my desk. It has made me a more efficient stamper and allows me to clean up my craft space so much quicker!


I love my Color Cubbie. I am pleased because it takes up so much less space than all the previous storage containers I used before for my Copic markers, Sakura and Spica gel pens, Aqua painters, and Papertrey Ink Perfect Match ink pads. The cost was also relatively inexpensive compared to having a custom piece made. The shipping was very quick and the product is well made and very sturdy. Next, I will be tackling my paper and stamp storage in my craft space.

Pros:

  • inexpensive solution to your storage needs
  • well made, sturdy design
  • clean style
  • white color, which fits most craft room color schemes
  • slanted shelves to prevent items from falling out
  • finish can be cleaned with a damp cloth
  • holds 24 Copic sketch makers per shelf
  • holds more than 30 Stampin’ Up markers per shelf
  • holds more than 30 Skaura or Spica gel pens per shelf
  • holds more than 30 Prismacolor pencils per shelf
  • great storage solution for Papertrey Ink Perfect Match ink pads
  • allows you to see the colors/numbers on the end of your markers/pens
  • takes up very little space for the amount of storage!

Cons:

  • online purchase, not available in retail locations (but worth the wait)
  • once you see your items organized, you realize that you need more Copic markers

Do you have the Studio3 Color Cubbie storage unit? What do you think of it?

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Ikea for Craft Storage

Reported by Lexi Daly

For an additional perspective on using Ikea for craft storage see our more current article on our sister publication Scrapbook Update.

I recently moved homes and into a new craft studio with lots of space to fill and no built in storage or closets. While researching my options for new furniture to fit my new needs, Ikea Workspaces came to mind and I soon discovered that a limited offering is available to order online for those of us who are not lucky to have one nearby. I ordered several pieces, but there are two that really stand out now that I have them in my new room–the Helmer and the Alex. Both of these would be perfect in any craft room. And since my life has been more about unpacking and organizing than stamping lately, I wanted to tell you all about them in case you need organizing ideas, too.

The Helmer, a small metal drawer unit on casters, retails for $39.99. I saw it in so many rooms for so many purposes all over the Ikea website, it was impossible not to notice it! And I was even more impressed when I got my hands on it in person. It is not very big, at 11″w x 16 3/4″d x 27 1/8″h and you can roll it around, so it’s easy to place or bring to you as needed. You can also put several together for a bigger impact and lots of drawers, picking just the right number of units to fill the space you have. Although the size is great, the drawers are what make it perfect. The Helmer has six drawers, each measuring 15” x 9.25″ x 3.5″, with a slot for labeling on the outside; perfect for all the little parts and pieces we collect. The drawers can also be pulled out all the way if needed for a project or simply to rearrange them. I chose to buy several units and put them together to form sort of a credenza.

The Alex is just as useful and maybe a little more impressive. I chose to list it second because it is bulkier, created mainly of particleboard, and measuring in at 26 3/8″w x 18 7/8″d x 26″h. Bigger and bulkier also means higher in price, at $119.00, but even so I wish I had room for one more! Like the Helmer, the Alex is shown in a variety of different rooms online and was hard not to notice. And also like the Helmer, I was even more impressed with it in person. This unit is very sturdy and the drawers are long and shallow–actually the top three are quite shallow and the bottom three, slightly deeper. These drawers are on metal rollers, so they don’t come out all the way, but they hold heavy items like my punches and stamps quite well. The size of the drawers would also be perfect for larger pieces of artwork.

One thing I had heard about Ikea is that you have to put it all together yourself and that it’s not always easy. As I mentioned earlier these are only two of the many pieces I purchased. All in all, I put together 12 total items, some like the Helmer more than once. While some pieces were easier than others, I didn’t find any of them to be particularly difficult. The Helmer was probably one of the easiest, so I was happy to put that one together several times! Because it was metal, most of it was clicking this here, pushing that tab there–the only screws used were for the wheels and bottom of the unit. The Alex was a little more difficult and I needed a little extra strength from my husband for some screws, but all of the holes are pre-drilled and the picture directions were easy to follow. On both units, you repeat the same thing for each drawer, so that gets easier as you go along. I was actually wowed just as much by the construction and assembly design as I was with the functionality and appearance!

I also want to point out that while a limited Ikea selection is available online, shipping can be very high depending on where you are. It really is best to go directly to the store if you can. But if you don’t have an Ikea nearby, you might want to be sure you’re ordering a lot to get your best shipping value or maybe order with a friend if you can.

So, here’s the break down…

Pros:

  • nice looking furniture
  • perfect storage spaces for crafty pieces and parts
  • casters for easy placement
  • great price

Cons:

  • you have to assemble yourself
  • if you don’t have a store nearby, shipping could be high

There are so many storage options out there and I love seeing what other people have and love. I hope this has helped some of you looking for something new for your space. And since I’m still putting my room together, I’d love to hear what storage solutions you can’t live without, Ikea or otherwise!

ScrapOnizer ToolBox

Reported by Julie Campbell

The Scraponizer ToolBox made it’s debut at CHA this year and is quickly becoming one of the hottest storage items to hit the craft world. Made of acid-free, durable poly-vinyl, this crystal clear organizing system is a great way to clean up your craft space!

ScrapOnizers are compact and easy to store in a variety of ways. They can be stored traditionally (vertically as shown in the photo) and can also be stacked horizontally on a shelf. They are also compatible with hanging letter filing systems, which makes clearing your work space very easy.

Each ScrapOnizer Starter Kit comes with:

  • White tagboard box (similar to a magazine organizer)
  • Self-adhesive labels
  • 4 clear cases (1″ w x 12″h x 10″d)
  • 4 individual cavity trays:

– 5.5″ X 8.75″ (2 cavity tray)
– 3.75″ X 8.5″ (3 cavity tray)
– 5.5″ X 4.25″ (4 cavity tray)
– 2.5″ X 4.5″ (8 cavity tray)

I use my ScrapOnizer to organize all of my small paper crafting embellishments, but this system can be used to organize just about anything. (Some of the really creative ideas I saw at CHA included a babysitting kit and a Lego organizer for kids.) Since this system is so light weight and impact resistant, it’s easy to pack a few cases in a bag to take to a crop or stamping event.

With the special “Snap-Lock” design, ScrapOnizers store your items in self-sealing compartments. The trays and cases have a “tongue and groove” like system, so even small items stay in the proper compartment.

One of the things I love about this system is how easy it is to customize it to coordinate with your style or decor. In the picture below, the company demonstrates how they transformed a plainToolBox simply by applyingscrapbooking paper and a few embellishments.

Pros:

  • Clear cases make it easy to locate stored contents.
  • Material is light weight & impact resistant.
  • ToolBoxes can be customized to coordinate with your space.
  • Tongue & Groove design keeps small items from migrating.

Cons:

  • Not ideal for items you reach for daily. (I prefer to have my “essentials” right at hand instead of in a closed container on a shelf)
  • I would also like to see a pattern included with the ScrapOnizer to make it easier to cover the tagboard box with patterned paper.

The ScrapOnizer Toolbox system retails for $24.95 (USD). You can also purchase additional cases ($15.50 for 4 cases) and cavity trays ($11.25 for 4). You can find a local retailer HERE. Some online retailers include Scrapbooks.com, Scrapbook.com, and Stamping Bella.

I think the ScrapOnizer is a really innovative idea and can be used to organize just about anything! On a scale of 1-10, I would give this product an 8. If you own this organizer, I would love to hear about what YOU use it for and what your opinion is of this new system!