19 June, 2018

Pen storage

There were times I was constantly running out of pens, simply because I used to make loads of notes. Especially in the first years of University, when I was organizing notes into learning material, I would have my own notes written in one colour, adding sub-notes from one book with colour #2, sub-notes from another book in colour #3... Long story short told: lots of writing, lots of pens used up. 
Nowadays, I still scribble all kinds of notes on papers, but I prefer to prepare my learning stuff on my laptop which makes correcting and rearranging so much easier. Lots of writing, less of pens used up. I still had many pens disappear during my practise due to the fact that I never had a doctor return them after "just borrowing them for a sec", but I also accumulated many writing utensils as part of "welcome packages" at congresses or in form pharma giveaways at such events.

Until recently, all my pens were all over my drawer, but as I've emptied a box of cappuccino powder (which my coffee junkie sister claims is a sacrilege mere due to its existence), I put them all into the stable cardboard/metal tube to keep them organized. No decorations, not even a cardboard disguise, just a plain cappuccino box. 
Finally, however, I found the time to change this sight into something more pleasant. 
Ignoring the recycling instructions at the bottom...
... I wrapped it in a turquoise-shaded paper that came with a huge fairy print. Making sure I cut it in a way to keep the fairy away, I wrapped it around the cardboard base. Then, I covered the meeting edges with a leftover-strip featuring a butterfly which I placed on a layer of green cardboard with a punched border. For some time, that was about it, but then I decided to add tiny pearls onto the border ornament to make it a little more interesting. And as one set of them didn't seem to do the job, I filled the spaces in between with even tinier pearls. 
In the upper part of the tube, I concealed the paper edge with a tiny silver sticker...
... while the lower part is quite OK without it as it already has a silver border that comes from the metal bottom.
What I especially like about the paper itself is that it has a changing scheme of patterns and colours in pastel shades from green to purple and blue...
... and while the pens have a new home now, another cappuccino box is already waiting for its transformation.
A little contribution to the June collection of Create in Austria - artwork created by Austrians and/or in Austria.

- 613 avenue create: ATG
a bit more time to craft: ATG
butterfly challenge: M (butterfly, metallic, maybe a little bit of medium blue)
crafting with an attitude: ATG
crafty catz: ATG
create and inspire: ATG
creative moments: ATG
inspiration destination: ATG
love to craft: ATG 
pennys papertake: ATG
through the craftroom door: ATG
wortartwednesday: ATG
worldwide open design team challenge: ATG


  1. Wow that is so pretty. Thank you for joining us at Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge Blog for challenge 419 the theme is Anything and the sponsor is Scrap N’ Dipity. Hugs Jackie (DT)

  2. Was just about to run the numbers for my challenge and then spotted your entry and one other after you as well. (Good job I checked!!) I like this transformation of the cappuccino tin. Thee background paper is so pretty and I love the addition of the butterfly. Thankyou for coming and spinning the wheel with me this week. Hugs Mrs A.

  3. You have done an absolutely fantastic job with this Pen Holder with the coffee tin. Very creative and the end result looks amazing. Great work. I love it.
    Thank you for sharing with us here today at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT Registered Owners/Admin for World Wide Open Design Team Challenge


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  5. Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    craftartista.blogspot.com {My Blog}
    Through The Craft Room Door

  6. Thanks for sharing this past challenge week at PPCC blog! I love seeing other paper crafting besides cards. Cover the other container so you sort and organize into pens and pencils in one and markers in the other, possibly. And I love the teal! Becca/DT

  7. Cheiro, thank you so much for sharing your project and creativity at 613 - this transformation is beautiful and would make a wonderful gift for your sister!
    ~ginny, DT for 613 Ave C
    RubberMAD (GettyCollection.com)

  8. Such a interessing project. Very well done!
    Thank You for joining us at Creative Moments challange. DT Ella.

  9. Great transformation love the colour of the paper and the little butterfly----Thank you for joining us at 613 Avenue Create
    Carol DT x
    I laughed when I read your post as I have pencils in an undecorated coffee tin on my desk lol
    Carol x

  10. This is fantastic. I would love to see you come over and enter Morgan's Artworld Open Challenge Blog here on this link..... https://morgansartworldopenchallenge.blogspot.com/

  11. Beautiful way to upcycle a can. Thanks for joining us at LTCCB
    Tina dt

  12. Lovely project. Thank you very much for entering the challenge at Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenges.

  13. Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Jodie DT for  World Wide Open Design Team Challenge

  14. Well done!Nice project!
    Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Ewa DT for  World Wide Open Design Team Challenge