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While I am working on the cutest Valentine project, the marker storage system I ordered (compliments of my younger brother who gave me a “universal gift certificate” for Christmas!) arrived this morning.  I think I had it 10 whole minutes before heading to my craft room to “install” it.

The system I ordered is the Spectrum Noir Marker storage trays.  You get a set of 6 trays in a box and each tray holds 12 markers (yes, 72 markers per set).  The trays are stackable and can be staggered at a slight angle or aligned vertically.  There are channels on the side of the trays so if you wanted them side by side (think 2×3 trays instead of 1×6) you could do that as well.  The channel system keeps the unit sturdy and stable.  While I do have a handful of Spectrum Noir markers (picked up during a trip to the States a couple of years ago – they were on super sale at Archivers and I wanted to try them out) I use Copic markers – which do fit in these trays.

I actually ordered 2 sets of trays as I have just under 144 Copic Markers.  I’m not really planning on expanding my collection – I’m currently focused on refills – I probably only have refills for 15% of my collection – so the 2 sets of trays should be fine for my needs for quite some time.

Previously, I kept all my markers in a $3.00 USD metal tub that I bought at Target (during the same shopping spree while in the US).  The tub worked until my markers outgrew the space.  Once there were too many markers in there, they tended to pop out of the tub and sometimes fell down into the tub which made finding the right marker a bit difficult.

Here’s the old “system” (apologies for the quality of the picture…My Ott lamp was on):

marker storage before

As you can see, a handful of markers are popping out of the tub and they’d fall out on to the work top as I was digging around for the right marker.

…and here’s the new system.  I chose to connect them on an angle and I stacked all 12 trays in one tower as my horizontal space is sacrosanct to me.

marker storage after

If you look at the bottom tray, you’ll see a few Spectrum Noir markers (the purple array) and a Copic “Ciao” blender directly to the right of them.  In the trays directly above, the 3rd and 4th marker are regular Copics (I use Sketch but got the regular Copics and the Ciao as part of my package during my certification course).  So, whether you use Spectrum Noir, or Sketch, Ciao or regular Copics, this system would work for you (Wide Copics won’t fit in the trays).

…and here’s a sneak peek at my current project:

sneak peek valentine