get drunk and get organized

30 Aug

Do you have a messy studio and are always having trouble always finding essentials like scissors, gluestick or a paintbrush? Do you drink too much beer and are tired of making weekly trips to the recycle depot? Don’t worry my friend, we can turn it around into something positive! I, like you, have a knack for making messes, misplacing supplies and tripping on the recycling pile that is overflowing out of the pantry. I knew there had to be a better way to live, and thus the beer inspired DIY supply carrier was born: Find yourself an empty 6 pack box – one with a carrying handle in the middle. I was particularly fond of this box of honey bear lager with a super cute illustration of a bear having a snack. If you don’t like any of the designs on the boxes kicking around the house, you can always paint it, collage over it OR you could just go to the liquor store & treat yourself to a brand new 6 pack with a fancy label you love! The box now needs to be stabilized, as most of them fold flat on their sides. Plus all the cracks/holes must be sealed so your supplies don’t fall out. To do this you need some more cardboard from your recycling pile or you can use some left over scrapbook paper like I did. Hold the paper up to the bottom and mark the width of the box. Then cut the paper to width. For height make sure you have about 1-2 inches; enough so that when you fold it in half, you will have a good sized flap to wrap around the edge of the box. Make another flap for the other side of the box as well. Now adhere your flaps with tape, ensuring that you thoroughly tape down all 4 corners of the flap. Now the box is stabilized, stronger and will resist the urge to ever fold. The final step is to create flaps that will go inside the 6 slots, so that the holes and spaces inside the carrier are covered up so that your supplies stay in their proper section.Hold your paper up to the box and mark the width of 1 slot. Then across the mark, do a precise fold and then accordion fold the rest of the paper, back and forth. Then cut your accordion down into just 2 folds (L-shapes). Then cut these 2 fold strips to the height of your box or slightly shorter. You will need at least 4 of these (for each corner slot), or you can make 6, (one for each slot) depending on how many spaces are in the middle of your box. Add your L-shaped folds to each slot with the folded corner always facing inwards to the box (ie: don’t line the outside corners with paper, there are no spaces needed to protect, you want to cover the inside corners!) Secure the L folds one at a time with a bit of tape. You are now ready to organize your messy desk and often mis-placed supplies. For one side of my beer box carrier I put all of my cutting tools: x-actos & utility knifes, paper & fabric scissors and decorative-edged scissors. On the other side, in two slots, I have all of my brushes and the last 1 has 2 glue-sticks & a roll of scotch tape. I might have to make a carrier friend for my cute honey bear, to organize my sharpie markers & coloured pencils. The beauty of this carrier is that it cleans up your studio space, re-uses & recycles, and it can be easily moved or transported if you’re doing art on the go, or if you need extra desk space. I was inspired to share this crafty idea when Jeannine Saylor tweeted about possibly doing this cool tutorial by Cynthia Schaffer which shows you how to decorate collected tins & mason jars & place them on a lazy susan to make a rotating supply carousel. However I don’t have tons of desk space or many spare jars and tins, nor do I own a lazy susan… So, I made use of things that were actually laying around my house. I hope you enjoyed my beer-induced version of this DIY studio project. Happy drinking & happy organizing!

14 Responses to “get drunk and get organized”

  1. rhya 30/08/2011 at 08:06 #

    Ohh i like!

  2. eraser carver 30/08/2011 at 08:07 #

    Excellent idea – I might just have to make a few of those ;)

  3. Anna Jane Searle 30/08/2011 at 09:15 #

    What great idea girl.

  4. Anna Jane Searle 30/08/2011 at 09:16 #

    I meant this is a great idea….my wording is terrible…ekkkk

  5. Russelle Adams 30/08/2011 at 09:34 #

    …and the beer looks yummy should send them some of your art to use for their brand…If I was making that beer I would love to buy and use some of your art for my beer….

    Keep up the great stuff!!

  6. Marcus 30/08/2011 at 11:40 #

    Brilliant AND Beautiful!

  7. Jeannine | SaylorMade 30/08/2011 at 13:42 #

    Your title cracks me up! Those two instances don’t always come together with the best results ;-).

    I’m happy to inspire and this is a great idea!

    p.s. Hot Damn you have a lot of scissors.

    • naturesmyfriend 30/08/2011 at 15:24 #

      excuses for my ridiculous amounts of scissors:
      -Teaching workshops & having to supply everything
      -Being DISORGANIZED (until I made this handy carrier kit): I used to think I lost a pair, I’d buy a new pair, then find the old pair later.
      -Tempting scrap-booking decaled-edge scissors at Michaels. DANGEROUS AISLE.

  8. valeria poropat 30/08/2011 at 14:04 #

    I don’t drink beer… I’m doomed to endless disorganization, I guess :)

  9. Jess @ Brown Paper Bunny 30/08/2011 at 18:55 #

    I don’t drink beer either….but I think I’ll start….RIGHT NOW!

    Oh wait, maybe not right now. It’s 11am and I’m at the office. Lunchtime is ok though right?

  10. Jillian Hermansen (@jillianailsa) 31/08/2011 at 07:30 #


  11. Dana Davis 31/08/2011 at 17:13 #

    I love this! You’ve seen my bottle cap collection. This will go over well at my house : )
    BTW…you should send me some new caps! LOL


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