From Grrrrr to Grrrreat: Watercolor Crayon Storage

What makes you go ‘grrrrrr’?  I’m not talking about things like drivers who don’t use their blinkers or when they forget to put ketchup in your bag to go with your fries.  That’s  a WHOLE different blog.   For stampers like us,  getting organized and fixing those little annoyances really helps us enjoy our creative time when we have it!

Someone asked me recently if I store my watercolor crayons in their tins.   My grrrrrr with my crayons was that I was constantly going in and out of the 4 tins to get different colors.   And THEN reorganizing them to keep the Regals together, the Earth together….seriously, it was driving me mad.  So I gave in and threw them all together!  I realized that I rarely take the complete set to workshops but grab the colors I need and put them in one tin anyway if I need them to travel.

If you store them another way, write in and let me know!



This is a votive holder that was given to me a few years ago by my friends Susie and Dede.  (I think it came from Hallmark) It’s perfect to keep all of my crayons ready for use.


I have a second set that I keep in my SU mug from Leadership 2004.  I think it originally had hot chocolate in it.  It’s nice and easy to transport but not as easy to take them in and out as the votive holder.

Ok, what is YOUR grrrrr…?  Maybe we can come up with a solution  or if I dont’ have an idea, I’ll post it to the stampin’ readers for some help and we can make it GRRRREAT!


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10 Responses to From Grrrrr to Grrrreat: Watercolor Crayon Storage

  1. Sondra says:


    Thanks for the terrific ideas! I have the original tin that included all 48 crayons and it’s difficult to store as well as takes up so much desktop space.

    I look forward to your blog updates. Thanks for sharing your ideas with your fellow demos.



  2. Peg Smith says:

    Thanks Linda,
    Also the crayons are hard to get out of the tins. I will have to see what I have and where to put them on my desk – great idea.
    Love the address label idea too. I have been using a labeler, but this would be much cheaper and less time consuming.

  3. Ann says:

    Love your “grrrrr” tips!
    I think I might even have that votive holder, I might even try using it for some other organization ideas. Wish I had that mug! 🙂 Love the label idea & I went right out to Wal-Mart & purchased them.
    Keep up the “grrrrEAT” tips!

    Stampin’ Smiles from Ear to Ear,
    Ann 🙂

  4. Phillis says:

    I saw and bought that votive holder at Big Lots. It’s been awhile but they may have more by now. I think I paid around $4.

  5. Laurie in MN says:


    I like the votive holer displaying the crayons. It is so much nicer to be able to see the colors instead of keeping them hidden.

    We were throwing out a dishwasher and I used the utinsel holder for water-color pencils and gelly roll pens.

  6. Adrian says:

    My grrrr is organizing my ribbons. I’ve had several things where you put the spool in a holder and then measure out the ribbon, but typically I take the whole spool and put it with the project, so I’d be happier with a way to organize the spools so I can easily grab whichever one I want.

  7. GREAT tips!!! 🙂 My latest Grrrrrrrrr is the Sizzix Dies and Accessories. Especially the BigZ XL stuff … I just can’t seem to come up with anything that’s working for me!

  8. I need storage for 6×6″ paper packs! Right now several of them are in baggies but I need something better. As you use them, they fall apart and the scraps fall out. Some people store them oversized plastic CD bins but I don’t really have a place to put those. Any other ideas?

  9. Laurie in MN says:

    I don’t know if my suggestion for storing ribbons will help Julie E.
    I had used Video/CD boxes bought on sale Michaels but wanted to have the ribbons visable.
    I bought a water gutter at Home Depot and the service guy cut it in half. Cutting it into thirds would also work well. I mounted the gutters on the wall and arranged the spools of ribbon by color inside the gutter so I can see them and remove them easily.

    A company sells something similar that has scissor holders on the ends and costs much more than I paid.

    For the Cuttlebug folders I took my daughters empty makeup case. The top holds the plates and a couple folders, the bottom holds the rest of the collection.

  10. Peggie Sue says:

    I am driving myself crazy looking high and low for something that could act liek your way cool votive holder! My life will be empty until I find it!! LOL Great ideas, thanks bunches for sharing with us!!

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