Hi everyone. Just a quick post for today. If you do daylight saving time - did you remember to put your clocks forward :-)
To all my bloggie friends in the UK, Happy Mother's Day.
It's March break here this week, so I am taking the girls down to the US today, for a few days, much needed, retail therapy. Clothes shopping, treats and of course a visit to some craft stores :-) First time going over the border, without Andy, wish me luck.
One of my bloggie friends Tracy of Tracy's Treasures, has been doing a lot of reorganizing of her craft room and she made a storage for her distress ink pads out of foam board. Why have I never thought of using foam board before, its sturdy and so easy to work with.
I wanted to share with you, what I got up to Friday afternoon. After spending about an hour procrastinating over what to do - this took me about an hour, max, to make.
The box (yep I cheated why make the box when I had one I could use!) is one of the Michaels photo boxes. You know, the ones you can get like 5 for $10 when they are on sale.
Anyways, I found a large sheet of black foam board at my local dollar store. Picked up two, but I now have a spare:-)
I cut 9 pieces of the foam board, each measuring 5" deep by 11" wide. I had picked up some of that decorative tape in the sales, this one has little bird cages on it and I used it to edge each of the fronts of the cut board to hide the inner white core, and it makes it look nice and neat - thanks for that idea too Tracy :-)
I placed the first foam board shelf, using my hot glue gun for all the sticking, on the bottom inside edge (the bottom is the box on its side. I did this because I wanted there to be a shelf, as such, on the first part of the box to lift it slightly for ease of accessing those bottom pens.
As you can see the shelves stick a little ways out of the box, but they are slightly shorter than the actual pens, again to make easy access of the pens. In order to get placement of the shelves, I placed 3 or 4 pens at each end then placed hot glue on the sides of the foam board - slotted it in on top of the pens and then held the sides together to set. It takes seconds so be quick:-)
I did that all the way up, creating 9 shelves. Now, you can fit 17 pens on each row and there are 9 rows - get the calculator out LOL, that means this little box can hold 153 pens. I am just shy of it being able to hold the full 168 pens that are available. Hey I can always attach another shelf in some way, or when the time comes - get a bigger shoe box :-) For now I am well pleased with this and I will be adding some more of the pens - hopefully 2 of the 24 sets, soon.
I am thinking that I will make some canvas straps at some stage, so that I can make it like a carrier, for ease of taking them upstairs to the main floor, if I'm having a colouring session.
Hope you like my nifty bit of craftsmanship.
Thanks for stopping by today - we'll be out shopping till we drop tomorrow, so back soon!