With all the colors of Blendabilities available now, you’re probably looking for ideas about how to store them. I’ll share my story of the different approaches I tried for storing my new markers, and maybe one of the strategies will work for you!
As you probably know by now, having my paper crafting studio well organized is a necessity for me. It allows me to focus on creating when I’m at my craft table, instead of sorting through the mess looking for things. You can learn more about how to get organized and make the most of your stamping time by using this link: Save Time and Get Organized!!! A Class for Paper Crafters with Clutter!
Anyway, when I first got the new Blendabilities, I knew I’d need something to hold them. They need to be stored on their sides, so the tips will stay saturated with ink, so I rejected some easy ideas right away . I decided to play with them for a while to see what I might need for storage. So the first set of markers went in a Rubbermaid drawer organizing container.
With only a few colors, this worked OK while I got used to using Blendabilities. But I quickly saw I needed a way to keep the colors separated so I wasn’t pawing through the whole pile.
Next I tried using the little boxes they came in. I cut about 1/2″ off the ends, then used Sticky Strip to glue them together. Here’s what that looks like:
This worked great at keeping the colors separated so I could easily find what I wanted. I could have kept adding on to this system, but I found it a little awkward. It wasn’t heavy enough, and sometimes I was chasing the boxes across my table, trying to get the pens out.
So I went online to see if there were better options out there. I found several DIY (do-it-yourself) strategies on Pinterest, including: Re-purposed Crystal Light containers, pieces of PVC pipe, pieces of rain gutter down-spout, even hand-crafted boxes with dividers made of chipboard covered with Designer Series Paper. The problem was, I wanted to make cards, not storage containers. So I looked for ready-made storage units.
I found two. The first is from Stamp-n-Storage.com. It is designed specifically for Blendabilities, so I knew they would fit in the slots. However, it didn’t fit in the space I had for it in my studio. It looks like it would be great if it fits where you want to store your Blendabilities, although it looks a little heavy, and the price is a bit high.
I needed something flatter and wider, and found this system from Crafter’s Companion. I bought a set of 6 trays: each tray holds 12 Markers, and the slots are the perfect size for Blendabilities. Not too tight, easy to grab hold of the pens, and the trays snap together on top of each other. I’ll add more trays as Stampin’ Up! comes out with other colors. It’s lightweight, but sturdy.
This unit fits well on my shelf, right on top of my set of water-based markers.
Then when I want to use the markers, I can move them onto my craft table and have my Blendabilities are right by my work!
Crafter’s Companion makes two versions: The light blue plastic that I bought, and a dark gray plastic for Spectrum Noir Markers. They’re both the same size, as far as I can tell. I just liked the see through plastic, even though it was a bit more expensive.
You can buy them from crafterscompanion.com directly, or from Amazon. When I purchased mine I could get it with Amazon Prime so the shipping was free. But when I checked today, the prices were higher, and no free shipping. So shop around if you go for this system.
There you have it! You’ll have to decide whether you want a DIY approach or something ready-made. Plus only you know what will work best in your craft room–our stamping spaces differ so much, storage solutions are very individual.
If you want more ideas on organizing your craft room, check out the online class, Save Time and Get Organized!
Leave a comment and let me know if this post was helpful, and how you decide to store Blendabilities in YOUR craft room!