Pen storage. *sigh* Who hasn't tried a million different ways to store these? Well, I have! And someone here at Scrapbook.com (or a few people...) kept theirs in wine racks, so the pens could stay lying flat. I LOVED the idea, but I was VERY specific when I set out on my wine-rack-pen-holder quest. It took me over a year to find what I wanted, and when I did... I.WAS.ECSTATIC.
I *specifically* wanted a wicker one with silver metal. It didn't matter what color the wicker was because I could spray paint it (which I did... an Antique White). I finally found this one on eBay, after weeding through thousands of them (literally).
It was more than I wanted to spend on a "pen holder," (about $30, including shipping), but I had cut money corners in so many other ways in my room, that it was SO worth it for me. I LOVE it. One of my favorite things in my room.
I've had quite a few scrap rooms now, and one thing I knew I needed when I had been scrapping a while is a place to put papers while I'm working. The paper storage next to the pens are where I put papers I'm working on at any given moment. (Out of the way until I need them on the page.)
You know... you're working on a page, and you have like a whole handful of coordinating papers to choose from. You choose three... or seven, but you can't use them/trim them/glue them at the same time, so you need *somewhere* to put them that's away from your workspace, but still in arm's reach when you *do* need them. That's why I needed this. Plus, it's a place to put aside a project if your eyes need a break from it and you want (or need) to work on something else.
It's from The Container Store. And though it's more expensive than one of the ones from Michaels or Jo-Ann, it has SIX shelves instead of four or five and still takes up the same amount of space. That was worth the extra money to me. :)