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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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CHA New Product Alert: Slapitz

Invented by sisters Tana, age ten (“almost 11!”) and Myla, age eight, Slapitz is a cool product that allows kids to keep stuffed animals displayed on walls without any nail holes or marks left on either the animal, or the wall.

We shot this super cute video on Sunday at CHA, and we just love them… the product, and the kids!

They should be on Oprah, don’tcha think?

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Vendor Spotlight: EK Success Brands – Jewelry with Jolees Jewels

This week we are presenting products made by EK Success brands. EKSuccess Brands™ (www.eksuccessbrands.com) is a creative consumer products company focused on producing innovative products under brands you know and trust. From scrapbooking, stamping and paper crafting to jewelry making, needlecrafts and kids’ crafts, our products will inspire you to celebrate everyday life! EK Success Brands consist of nationally recognized and respected products in the industry, such as K&Company, Martha Stewart Crafts™, EK Success, Inkadinkado®, Dimensions Crafts, Jolee’s®, Sticko®, Jolee’s™ Jewels and Perler. We have over 10,000 wonderful products for you. Dream. Make. Celebrate.™
Reported by Sara McKenzie

When the opportunity arose to test some products from EK Success, I chose the Jolee’s Jewels line of jewelry supplies and products.

I received a storage box, the Specialty Pliers, a bracelet, charms and some Swarovski crystal elements. I’ll tell you my experience with each of these, and will show you some projects that I made with them.


Jewelry


I’ll start with the bling: The Swarovski crystal elements. EK Success/Jolee’s Jewels licensed the name, and so these are the high quality Swarovski crystals that you’d expect. Various selections can be found at AC Moore, Michael’s and Hobby Lobby. There are also many internet retailers who you can find by searching on “Jolee’s Jewels.”


Below is a photo of green, 6 mm bicone Swarovski crystals. They come in a package of 15, and I’ve seen prices ranging from $4.49 to $5.29 in various places on the internet. The bicone crystals also come packaged in the tiny 4 mm size (30 pcs) and the large 8 mm size (6 pcs), all at the same price point.

Above: 6 mm green Swarovski Bicone Crystals
Jolee’s Jewels also creates charms, spacers, and other metal-based beads with Swarovski crytals embedded in them. I received a package of silver-colored Star Charms, filled with clear crystals, which contained 5 pcs of various sizes. Surprisingly, I cannot find them online, so I am not sure of the price. But a comparable package of Jolee’s Jewels charms retails for $5.99. So it looks like they are pricing competitively to other manufacturers of this type of jewelry product. These charms do state that they contain lead- so keep that in mind if you are thinking about creating jewelry for children.

Above: Star Charms; Package of 5 assorted sizes, silver-colored metal (contains lead) with inset clear crystals.

I also received a silver-colored metal charm bracelet. It is 7″ long, with a toggle clasp. The metal content is not shown on the packaging- which I found perplexing. I liked the design though, because the links alternate between twisted wire, and heavier, flat, smooth pieces. So it is decorative in and of itself, and I like it for that reason.

Above: Close-up of links and toggle clasp from 7″ silver-colored metal bracelet.

Here are a few things I made with the crystals, bracelet, and charms:

Charm bracelet, with glass and ceramic beads (NOT Jolee’s brand), star charms, and 8 mm brown bicone Swarovski crystals.

Above: Close up of 8mm brown Swarovski bicone crystal and large star charm.

Earrings with 4 mm purple bicone and 8 mm brown bicone Swarovski crystals and tiny star charms.

Above: Earrings incorporating 8mm brown and 4 mm purple Swarovski bicone crystals, and the smallest Star charm.

Simple bracelet from decorated Style Stones (ClearSnap), pink pony beads (not Jolee’s) and 6 mm green bicone Swarovski crystals.

Above: Style Stone bracelet with 6 mm green Swarovski biocone crystal spacers.

Storage

I also received the “Combo Storage Box”. It is a hard plastic box, filled with 10 “large” containers that have a single compartment, and 20 “small” containers that have two compartments. The outer box is hard, clear plastic, a good thickness so it feels sturdy, and it snaps securely closed.

Above: Close-up of large container in the Combo Storage Box.

Each inner container has a lid that is friction-fit inside the container, which you take out completely to fill with your beads. Once the lid is back in place, the top slides back so you can pour out the contents.

Above: Large bead container. (10 included in the combo box)

Above: Small bead container, with two compartments. (20 in Combo Storage Box)

I took advantage of this new storage and filled it with beads that had been in bags, and stuffed in a drawer where I could not see them. This is a definite improvement! A single compartment of the small container is large enough to hold the 6-large bicones, the 15-medium bicones, or the 30-small bicones. And, the box is designed to be stacked; the lid has a slightly raised area, and the bottom has a small lip. So you can stack them securely on a shelf.

I have two minor complaints about the storage box:

  1. The sliding lid does not click firmly into the closed position. As a result, I found that I occasionally and unintentionally slid the top open as I was trying to pull a single container out of the box.
  2. Yes, some beads spilled out into the main box.


Tools

Last but not least, I received the Specialty pliers. These are an interesting design that I have not seen before: one side is conical, and the other is concave. The conical side fits exactly into the concave side. They are described as great for “making easy loops and wire wraps.”Above: Close-up of Specialty Pliers.

They are a good quality, with a smooth finish that does not mar the wire. They have a comfortable rubber grip, and simple spring loaded mechanism that holds them slightly open until you squeeze them closed.

Alas, I could not discover an advantage over my own round-nose pliers, on which both sides are round. I could not discover a way that was easier or better to create eyepins or wraps with the Specialty Pliers. EK Success is missing the boat by not having a simple video, or even step-by-step still-photos available to demonstrate why these pliers might be better. At least, I could not find anything on the internet. Nor could I find a price.

Overall Pros:

  • High quality jewelry elements for the price (in other words: you are not buying Sterling Silver!!).
  • Elements are made to mix and match. They have the same finishes and styles.
  • Good assortments available at the big box stores.
  • Some products also available online.
  • Price points are comparable to other brands, such as Blue Moon.
  • Pliers are good quality, with smooth surfaces that won’t mar your wire.
  • Storage box holds a lot of beads and crystals! And you can easily see your assortment inside. The boxes stack well.

Overall Cons:

  • The Swarovski bicone crystals are more expensive than you can find elsewhere. For example, I easily found online sources of the same 6 mm bicones for $0.18 each and less. (Jolee’s Jewels are $0.30 each at the lowest price I found.)
  • None of the Jolee’s Jewels products are available on the EK Success online store (maybe that will change??).
  • I could not figure out how to take advantage of the Specialty Pliers’ unique design, because I could not find anything anywhere to instruct me on their optimum use.
  • Not all of the metal jewelry components have their contents listed. Use caution if you (or your gift recipients) have skin that is sensitive to various metals.
  • The sliding lid on the bead containers in the “Combo Box” should close more securely.

If you are looking for one-stop shopping for jewelry elements and supplies, I would recommend Jolee’s Jewels. But if you are looking for the best prices on Swarovski bicones, or sterling silver findings, you could look elsewhere.

Anyone know how to properly use the Specialty Pliers??? I’d love to hear from you!

EK Success has generously donated some of the products featured in the weeks reviews to give away to our great readers! Please leave your comments on this article to win a set of the Jolee’s Jewels Specialty Pliers from EK Success. You have until Sunday, October 18 at Midnight to enter.

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