Organizing Inks, Pearls, and Glitter Glue:
I found with my initial way of organizing my inks, pearls, and glitter glue (on a shelf in my room) didn’t work well. I would find a great sale on an ink pad, bring it home only to find that I already had that great colour in my stash. So I decided to get organized, and stop doubling up on products I already had! Now I use charts to keep my stash, and myself organized. Posted below are blank colour charts for you to use to keep your stash organized. Just click on the chart you would like. Save the chart to your computer, print it off, and your ready to get organized!
Organizing Metal Die
Metal Die storage can be challenging to find a storage solution that works. Now that I have found a solution that works for me I’m saving time, and having a lot less “Now, where did I put that” feeling! In this segment I will share with you how I did my Metal Die organization, and the supplies I used.
I had this plastic card holder container that I had purchased from Michaels to hold my completed cards. This was a spare I had on hand, and it seemed to be the perfect size (10 1/4 w x 8 1/2 d x 7 1/2 h).
Next I went on a mission to find magnetic sheets. This turned out to be not quite as easy an exercise as I initially thought. All I could find where rolled like the one on the mirror behind my door. I decided against this as I knew it would be difficult to cut and adhere with any accuracy. I had checked all of the craft, home, and hardware stores which had nothing that would suit my needs. I had resigned myself to purchase online knowing the weight of these magnetic sheets could greatly affect shipping costs. Surprisingly, I had to look no further than a Dollar Store here in town! They had available in the craft section these Magnetic sheets. I find they are a perfect size (5 x 8) for the Card container, and fit my Metal Dies perfectly.
Next item I needed was good heavy card stock to adhere the magnet. I wanted the magnets backed so the sheets wouldn’t stick together when in the case. I found this solution at a local art store here in town. The great thing about this was that I asked if the 2 large sheets of card stock could be cut into 28 (5 x 8) pieces, and they did this for only 2 dollars more!
The knowledgeable staff at the art store also gave me a great tip on how to apply the adhesive to the card stock. She suggested that I line the bottom card stock up against a sturdy wall. Then set the second piece with the adhesive exposed above the cardstock angled towards the wall at the back. Using the wall to lineup the adhesive and the card stock you can slowly drop the top to the bottom. It turned out straight, and lined up beautifully every time! The picture above shows the positioning. I left the paper on the adhesive side just to show up more in the picture.
When your done this step this is what the stack should somewhat look like.
I organized my Metal Dies by Spellbinders, Special Holidays, and Mixed on the now completed magnetic sheets.
This is my completed stack of organized Metal Dies just waiting to be filed!
I then moved to labelling the plastic dividers.
Inserted my dividers, and Magnetic sheets… and another project done!
These are pictures of my Metal Die storage behind my door. The one on the left is messy, and outta control! I had no more room for dies, and was storing them wherever I could. Which meant, of course, that I could never find what I was looking for! The righthand picture shows my door now that it has been cleaned up, and organized. I decided to leave one die from each set displayed so I could visually see what dies I have available for my next card project.
I hope this helped by giving you some idea of what to do with your Metal Die storage.
Wishing you Sunshine filled days,
Organizing Copic Sketch Markers:
Copic Sketch Markers are my all-time favourite markers to use! What makes these alcohol based markers so special is how well they blend together. There are a total of 358 wonderful colours available. Each coming with a Medium Broad Nib, and a Super Brush Nib. There is also an optional Medium Round Nib giving you the flexibility to switch up the ends. The sketch marker is also compatible with the Copic Airbrush System to give you even more creative flexibility! I love the coloured, numbered ends as it makes finding the exact colour I’m looking for easy! Another great thing about this marker is the barrel is oval, so it doesn’t roll on my table when not in use! Copic markers are not cheap so I appreciate that you can buy refill ink when the marker is empty rather than throwing them away!
However, a word of caution… these markers have quite a learning curve to them! Be prepared to spend time learning how to properly blend with these markers. One thing that works well for me is blending from darkest to lightest, rather than lightest to darkest. Although, from what I have read both styles are acceptable, and it is just personal preference. The best advice I can give you is just to practice, and play with them! These markers are great fun, making your card even more personal by adding unlimited colour choices to your design! In the future I will do a tutorial on how the numbering system works, and is used for blending. For this post however, I will stick to the organizational aspect of my Copic Markers.
using your colour charts
I have a few copies of my Copic Colour chart, and I use them in different ways. This picture above is a copy of the chart that I carry in my purse. It becomes particularly handy when I am shopping for markers and want to know which I have, or don’t have. It is just printed on my 8.5″ x 11″ printer paper (nothing fancy here!). I keep this copy up to date. When I purchase a colour I colour the corresponding number right away so I don’t forget …. I haven’t always done this… and yes, I have had a
few number of duplicates! Lesson learned, save myself a return trip by keeping my on-the-go chart up to date! Don’t worry about being messy, just colour in the spot. 🙂
This second Chart shown above is a bit fancier. What I wanted was a larger rectangle to colour in. I also needed cardstock that would work for alcohol markers, and not bleed too much. What I was really going for here was the true colour of my markers. I made a trip to my favourite copy store here in town, and told them what I needed. They were very helpful in picking a heavier cardstock that wouldn’t bleed the ink outside the rectangle when coloured. I decided on a size of 17″ x 11″, with rectangles of 1/2″ x 1/4″ each. They printed out 2 copies for $1.25…bargain!
Above is an example of how I use this chart. The rectangles are large enough to lay the paper beside the corresponding Copic Colour family. Doing this helps me be accurate in my colour choices as the colours are from my own markers. I can also see complimentary colours for blending possibilities by using this same coloured chart system. I find myself using this chart to match paper to ink, or pre-picking inks for image colouring. I love that it saves me so much time having all the colours I have in my collection right in front of me. Thinking back I wish I had started this chart when I started collecting my Copics!
Below are the blank Copic Colour Charts that I used to make my charts … click on the image if you would like a copy, and save to your computer. Then just print them off on your printer 🙂
storing charts, and markers
This is where I store my large Copic Colour Chart. I put 2 pieces of Velcro on the backside of the chart, and it hangs perfectly on the inside of my door! Handy, and ready to use!
And finally above is how I store my Sketch markers. I purchased this holder a while ago, it is a CSVDISP display case. This will hold 288 Sketch Markers, and has a longer undivided section on the side that holds 16 of my Copic Wide Markers. This is the best way I have found for organizing my markers. It is functional by showing the numbers and colours. I just love how great it looks with all the beautiful colours lined up!
I hope you found this post on how I store my Copic Markers, and stay organized helpful. Possibly giving you a few ideas on how to organize your own supplies of markers!