Sharpie, with Paper Mate and EXPO is proud to announce a new partnership with TerraCycle, the pioneering upcycling company that finds new ways to repurpose otherwise throwaway items. Terracycle has become quite popular producing a range of products, including bird feeders, planters and pouches made from recycled materials like used soda bottles and juice boxes. In fact, you’ve probablly seen some of Terracycle’s stuff before! Either of there look familiar?
We are super excited about this particular partnership because we’re launching it off in a way that helps the environment AND your community! In doing so we’ve created the world’s first UPCYCLING program for used pens, markers and other writing instruments, which in turn, raises funds for schools, charities and non-profits nationwide. I mean, seriously…how many pens do have you tossed in a lifetime? – Well now you can pitch in and throw (toss, pitch, throw -get it! funny no?) your used pens, markers, etc.. towards good use!
In participating locales, where writing instruments are used most – primarily large corporations and schools -collection centers called “Writing Instrument Brigades” will be set up. At these collection centers, bring in all your used product and for every writing instrument collected two cents will be donated to the school, community group, charity or non-profit organization of that Brigade’s choice. Overall, the collection efforts will reduce landfill proliferation, educate and inspire consumers to get involved, and provice much needed funding to schools nad non-profits nationwide.
The free program is available to any individual or group and is easy to operate. Simply sign up with Terracycle (www.terracycle.net) to establish your Brigade location, then select the school, charity or non-profit group to which you want the collection funds to be directed. Each Brigade prints a pre-paid shipping label from Terracycle’s website to ship the collected writing instruments to Terracycle for upcycling into new products.
This is a, (to quote the great Tony the Tiger) “GRRRRREAT,” simple and easy way for organizations and individuals, alike to help the environment and local communities.
*Make it easy for yourself and collect at your desk, then bring a whole bunch of used Sharpie, EXPO and Papermate markers, pens and pencils to the larger Brigade all at once! See how quickly 2 CENTS adds up! –Here’s mine! (I used Sharpie markers to DIY a white paint can)!
You’ve seen him as a small town criminal along side Thelma and Louise.
He reversed the aging process, striking curiousity around the world…
He was a Vampire long before Twilighters ever hit the stage.
As Tyler Durden’s alter ego, he made the rules - ”The first rule of fight Club is: you do not talk about Fight Club. The second rule of Fight Club is: you do NOT talk about Fight Club.”
Attracting world-wide media attention, he’s stirred up a play-ground style Hollywood cat fight: Team Aniston vs Team Jolie, anyone?!
He’s outsmarted the Vegas strip with Clooney and Damon, not one, not two, but Eleven, Tweleve, & Thirteen times.
What do you think, does Beckham have a little competition here??
Artists have all different quirks, types of personalities and styles, hence such creativity and self-expression! For instance, maybe you’re the shy-pensive photographer, or perhaps you know a moody- heart broken sculptor, how about those out-of-the-box, off the wall painters (Warhol anyone?). The list can go on and on… but by chance, have you heard of The Gross Uncle? In short, The Gross Uncle encompasses all sorts of personality and talent beyond compare (see question 3 for an accurate formula). Unfortunately for you, Fortunately for him, there is and can be only ONE “Gross Uncle.” Let me introduce you to him..
Grant Gilliland aka “The Gross Uncle” is a cartoonist and illustrator with a style COMPLETELY his own. One cool aspect about this artist is that at your request he will put his Sharpie marker to work, sketching anything you wish and ship it out to you for a measly 20 bucks!! (One-of-a-kind art? Yes please! Placing my order as we stare at monitors) Turning a cool hobby into a career, Gilliland strives to enjoy life, have fun and create work that he loves, while being confident in all that he does. Combining big talent with an even bigger personality, this young artist has a long and successful road ahead of him. Let’s dive right into it and find out more about this Sharpie artist…
Tell me about yourself! Hello! My name is Grant Gilliland; I have a blog called “The Gross Uncle” and I love to draw and make things. I spend the majority of my time drawing cartoons and illustrations for all sorts of reasons…sometimes for clients, sometimes just for fun. I am based in San Francisco, originally from Ohio, a place where I spent a great deal of time playing and being creative. As I recall, I also went to high school there, but really all I remember is skateboarding and making funny home movies with my friends. I also enjoy coffee, bike riding, daydreaming about absurd images, scouring the web for inspiration, and meeting new people. How did you get started as an artist? What kind of experience do you have? I started my artistic career in my high chair, cranking out crayon-styled depictions of geometric cars, amorphous birds, and freakishly proportioned people. I would probably stop a minute to spit up or scream some gibberish towards the sky, then after wiping my face and getting something to drink, it was back to work… Come to think of it, not much has changed since then…besides the fact that I use a regular chair now.
When I was a little older, I took art classes after school and then once I got too cool (air quotes) for those, I started making comics with some of my friends. I went to The Columbus College of Art & Design in 2001 and got super-inspired there - It’s when I started to take art a bit more seriously. After graduating with a Bachelor’s in Illustration, I balanced a part-time job as a barista with freelance work. I started getting my feet wet and figuring out my style and eventually met up with my agent, Scott Hull in 2007. I am still pretty new to the world of freelance illustration and am looking forward to what things I am inspired to make in the future.
How would you describe your personal style? This personal style recipe yields one to two editorial illustrations, one overworked 4×4 painting and about half a dozen blog posts with too much writing, it serves an infinite number of portions if rationed correctly.
Directions: Mix in a blender. Pour over a 4 year art-school education, slowly adding strong black coffee to the batter, while playing a post-punk mixtape in the background. Sprinkle sarcasm over the condensed result. Let bake in the California sun for four years, and enjoy.
Where do you draw inspiration from? I spend a lot of time absorbing podcasts, YouTube videos, music, comedy albums, you name it… I just like hearing creative material from people. If there is a sense that they know what they’re doing and have their own voice, usually I’m game to listen. I get in these modes where I get into a certain podcast and just listen to it nonstop…even if I don’t really like it all that much or wouldn’t want someone to walk in on me listening to it. I will go into the archives and listen to the whole thing – sometimes I will listen to the same episode several times. I guess I’m sort of sponge-like when it comes to most things…sometimes vaguely loofa-like, but rarely. How do you use Sharpie markers in your work? What is your favorite Sharpie?! I like the way Sharpie markers make a nice strong line. I have used other pens in the past, but I always ended up coming back to Sharpie for their consistent quality. I love the way they draw on laser jet photo paper…so smooth! I like the regular fine-point Sharpie marker…I have about two dozen lying around at any given time.
Where did you come up with the idea to sell $20 Sharpie drawings? How does this work? I wanted to sell something on my blog that was affordable and fun for me to make. The cool thing about doing these drawings is that I get to post them on the blog and say who they are for and where they are being mailed. People seem to like the idea, and each drawing is made just for them. Also, it’s really helped me loosen up…the more people that order the drawings, the better they will get because of all the great drawing practice I’m getting. All you need to do to get your own is email me at email@example.com and ask! I am open to creative suggestions and I will gladly draw your dog.
What children’s books have you illustrated for? Just one. The book is called “Theo” and there is a blog where you can check the whole thing out (http://theobook.blogspot.com). The book was conceived and written by the talented author Kentucky Lim. We are planning a whole series of books together.
So tell me, do you have a gross uncle or are you the Gross Uncle? Maybe I should just ask this: Where did you come up with the name for your blog?
I him! He me! We be me!
…Actually, the whole alias came about one summer when I was thinking about how great and sneaky it would be to have this “alter ego” that I could get extra illustration work as. So there’s Grant with his cute little round style and then there’s The Gross Uncle with his bizarre, awkward, hairy drawings…and all the time it’s just one guy. I basically scrapped the idea when I decided to use the name for my blog, so I just ended up mixing elements from the two styles over time. Nowadays, The Gross Uncle moniker gets used the most when I participate in gallery shows…seems to fit…and it’s easier to say than my last name.
If you could design for any one person who would it be? Why? I would design for the auto-tune machine because that’s the most popular singer these days. Other than that, I have made a character design for my friend Donny Papermaker…he’s pretty famous on the YouTube nation.
I’m curious…What do you think is the “funniest looking appendage” and why? Great question! I like the nose. That’s an appendage, right? There are just so many great ways to make a nose…you can abstract it and add all sorts of funny joints and angles and planes that shouldn’t be there and it can really add a lot in terms of visual punch. If your drawing is looking real good, then you could put a blue nose on a guy and it could work.
Are you currently working on anything that you can tell us about? I’m finally getting back around to working on a cartoon show called “Touch Base with Gregg Sween.” The show is basically a cartoon version of a daytime talk show…it started out as a puppet show that my friend Patrick Kouse and I did last summer. We performed the whole show live at Fivepoints Arthouse in San Francisco – we only did it twice. We haven’t touched it for a year and now I think it’s time for us to get back in touch with our inner thespians (cue laughter here).
Anything I didn’t ask that you would like to add? Yes. Can you direct me to the Instant Sharpie Replacement Hotline? That would be nice. I’d put it on speed dial and then a Sharpie representative can send new pens to my house in 2-3 business days. You accept drawings as payment, right? (Grant, you can reach me (the Sharpie Rep) at 1-800 illlosemyjob) -cue sarcasm here : )
Do you have any advice for other young artists? It’s always important to be into what you’re doing for the fun of it. No matter what circumstances you are under in life, fun plays a major role. Just being in a good mood can really negate and remove (even permanently) any real or perceived obstacles in life. Also just keep the world up to date on what you’re doing…post blog entries about it, take progress pictures, share…being active is more important than being really good.What do you hope for in 2010? There are some major projects that I hope to finish either this year or next…patience can be tough. Honestly, just to be happy and satisfied with life sounds nice…to be happy with whatever I am working on without doubting it and to spend the rest of my time playing.
Deciding on a new piece of art can be intimidating, yes, but what if I told you that you had the option to pick out EXACTLY what you wanted. You could tailor your art to fit exactly your needs. We’re talking size, shape, color, patterns… Forget about spending countless hours, days, months hunting for one specific piece, not to mention you wouldn’t have to break the bank to get this art. Sounds like a dream come true if you ask me!
Well with the new year comes new opportunity, so why not start off 2010 by hanging a one-of-a-kind “(YOUR NAME HERE)” art work on your wall that actually looks pretty spectacular! All you will need are plain white canvases (it’s up to you how many), Sharpie markers and a bit of creativity and imagination to create art that will update any space!
An option to make this DIY project a bit easier for those who may be intimidated – just do what I did - hunt around online and search for patterns that you like and can recreate. I found my pattern online and used an assortment of Sharpie permanent markers in Red, Navy Blue, Green and Yellow to draw on plain white, hard wood canvases (see pics below) to make my Sharpie wall art. The great part about this is that your options are endless – you can choose to make one giant piece, several small canvases, or collect an assortment of sizes. With so many different Sharpie colors to choose from, when it comes to color and design the choice is completely yours!
*Another great thing about canvas art is how free your are to arrange the pieces until you figure out what works best for you. Have fun with it!
Now that we are winding down the holidays and approaching the new year, how about starting off 2010 on the right foot! It’s important to organize all of your decorations, ornaments, lights, etc. so things don’t get lost or forgotten. This part of the holidays can be so A-N-N-O-Y-I-N-G…Annoying! However, it has to be done at some point and what better time than now?! While you may feel like putting this off, keep telling yourself that you’ll be happy you got it out of the way now and next year finding things and unpacking will be that much easier!
Gather up boxes that you can neatly and carefully pack everything up into. Here’s a tip: Re-organize storage bins to maximize space and re-use the gift boxes from the holidays instead of buying new ones to store your things in (Pictured below: a shirt box, a box that came with a mug and one large mailing box).
Label your boxes with the coordinating items inside and when putting away, arrange them so that labels are easily seen and organized for your convenience when you take them out next year!
Some holiday items to consider organizing to keep you ahead of the pack:
Most likely, you have had your tree up and decorated for some time now, right? Yeah, me too.. but I had an idea after throwing a Sharpie DIY holiday party with some co-workers, where we customized and designed holiday gift wrap, cards, boxes, ornaments and more. Ornaments, being the biggest hit, got me thinking that this would make for a fun activity to do with friends and family on a day like Christmas!
What you’ll need:
Take this in whatever direction you feel like! If you’re a group of artists, go to town and get all artsy on the ornaments. If you all have little to no artistic talent, scribble down favorite holiday memories, funny stories or write each other’s character traits on the ornaments (hah that one could get interesting!) Whatever you decide make it fun! With Sharpie markers and your imagination, the direction you take it is completely up to you!
These are some of the ornaments that my co-workers and I made. As you can see, some are more detailed than others and they all still look great!
Sticking with the ornament theme, you may remember these bells from back in the day or maybe your kids are at that age now and have brought them home from school. I actually made these when I was in grade school and thought since I’m older, actually have control over my hands and have legible handwriting, I could take a second stab at this..
What you’ll need:
Color the pots any color you’d like – and be sure to color a little on the inside too so that you don’t see any clay from an outside view (I had a ton of silver, red, blue and black, hence the color scheme – even Sharpie employees run low own product from time to time). After coloring, embellish however you’d like! When finished, thread the ribbon through the drainage hole to make a loop for hanging, then loop another ribbon inside the pot and attach a bell. Now, start obnoxiously ringing your bells (heehee)!
These are the ones that I made…
Now, just for fun I wanted to include this… When I was out to lunch the other day with a coworker, the restaurant we went to decorated their tree with Sharpie-made ornaments! In a timeless and classic style, employees names were handwritten on ornaments in metallic gold Sharpie. Take a look..
So what do you think?
How did you decorate for the holidays? Post your pictures at www.Facebook.com/Sharpie, leave your name, favorite holiday memory, as well as how you used Sharpie markers this year! I’d like to write up a blog post and feature your Sharpie creations! Can’t wait to see the pictures and hear how you celebrated!
From my experience, stocking stuffers can be a tricky thing. Giving gifts to loved ones is half the fun of the holidays and let’s be honest, you usually don’t hear that “Oprah gave the audience new cars” scream of delight when revealing the value-pack of socks and scratch-off lotto ticket. Oftentimes, stocking stuffers are chosen because they convienently fit in the stocking itself but why not chose something that 1) fits nicely and 2) is a gauranteed winner! Hmm..now what could that be?
Sharpie markers actually do make perfect stocking stuffers when you think about it! There are an assortment of tips, colors, styles and types to choose from with different uses and purposes. With such a wide variety of Sharpie products, everyone on your holiday list will be thrilled!
Have you seen the new family of Sharpie Pens? These will definitely bring a smile to anyone’s face!
Take Sharpie gifting to a new level by personalizing your markers with a phrase, name, quote…anything you want to say! Choose from 8 different colors and even choose a graphic to match! Visit www.mysharpie.com to play around with the styling of your custom Sharpie markers! *Order by December 16th to receive your personalized Sharpie markers in time for Christmas.
Embarrassing as it may be, I took a wonderful piece of wisdom away from one of “the Girls Next Door,” Bridget Marquardt. While it has nothing to do with romping around the Playboy mansion with Hef, it does relate to taking pride in your work. You see, in one episode, Bridget explained that when giving a present, she finds the importance in not only the present itself but the overall presentation as well (aka the wrapping)!
As a victim of receiving unappealing gift-wrap, (ie: a brown paper bag with “Happy Birthday” written boldly in green Sharpie over the grocery store name) I fully believe in this concept. You should always take pride in anything and everything that you associate yourself with and put your name on. “Lazy” gift wrapping doesn’t send the message you want (unless you plan to leave it on someone’s front door step in flames - wink, wink) nor does it reflect positively on you, the gifter! Something like grocer gift-wrap tells me, you either A) Forgot B) Did this in the car C) Don’t care all too much about me or D) All of the above. It may seem to be asking a lot but it really isn’t difficult to put a little creativity, personality, at least some ♥ into wrapping a present!
Before you scoff at me, here is a perfect example of simple and thoughtful wrapping that has been created by a veteran to the Sharpie Blog, Brian Graves. Brian was previously featured for his Sharpie art work at the J Bar in Chicago in a post entitled, “BIG Sharpie Art.” Today, however Brian shares his take on gift wrapping…
Attending a benefit this month, Champagne Wrap-ture 2009, this BIG artist designed his own wrapping on faux alligator paper from a local paper store with just 2 Sharpie Chisel Tip Permanent Markers! Overlapping different quotes about France, champagne and style, Graves created this beautiful presentation to house a bottle of champagne. (Thank you for sharing Brian!) Take a closer look..
What you need to recreate this beautiful gift-wrap:
With these same materials here are a few other inspirations created by our very own Phil Ginnodo (Associate Creative Director). Thanks Phil!
And so, if I may ask one thing of you, my Sharpie enthusiasts, this holiday season pleeease don’t be THAT person gifting poorly wrapped presents. After all the hard work you put into choosing the perfect present why stop short? Wrap that baby up and let it stand out as the envy of all the other gifts!
In the spirit of the season, throughout the month of December we will be showing you how Sharpie makes its mark on holiday gift-giving, decorating, organizing and more! Through all sorts of how-to videos and pictorals, we will take you through the step-by-step DIY process and show you the tools you’ll need to add a personal touch to the holidays!
Below you will find a list of 25 ways to utilize Sharpie markers to put a creative twist on all of your gift giving, decorating and organizational needs. Come back and visit to see the how-to videos and pictorals all month long! Happy Holidays!
1 Think Beyond a White (as well as Red and Green) Christmas – Holiday décors are getting a colorful makeover this December. Mix it up this year with unique Sharpie marker color combos. Re-vamp ornaments, paper goods, tree trim and more using Sharpie markers in Magenta and Lime, Turquoise and Red, Berry and Pomegranate. Kick it up a notch with color and let Sharpie transform white to bright.
2 Tacky Times Two – Throw a tacky-themed holiday party, encouraging guests to come up with their most ridiculous holiday outfits. Customize holiday sweaters, suspenders, ties, socks and more with Sharpie markers and create a look distinctly your own. Get twice the tacky with Sharpie Twin Tip markers offering both fine and ultra-fine tips in one marker.
3 Green-A-Ling– Create your very own flower pot bell ornament for the tree using Sharpie paint markers. Color small terra-cotta flowerpots (available at your local craft store) and let dry. Personalize the pots with stars, bows, berries and other fun holiday designs. Thread ribbon (or wire) through the drainage hole to make a loop for hanging. Loop another ribbon inside the pot and attach a bell.
4 My Tube – Choose from among Sharpie’s 34 bold colors to decorate a roll of solid-colored wrapping paper (tissue, crepe, foil, vellum, craft paper – gift bags too). Use a stencil or cookie cutter and trace a hand, shoe, leaf, key or other object to create a personalized motif. Tip: Use the wrapping paper tube as a gift box to hold kids’ artwork; wrap the tube using your new Sharpie “signature” gift wrap and ship to Grandma.
5 Sharp Cookie – Give the gift that won’t get lost – Sharpie personalized markers imprinted with the name and icon of your choice on the marker barrel. Smart shoppers give personalized Sharpie markers to friends, family, teachers, postmen, milkmen, hairdressers, receptionists, babysitters, pet walkers, Girl Scout troops, Bunko groups, golf buddies, favorite baristas and more! For a stocking stuffer with a personal touch, go to www.mysharpie.com to order.
6 Sharp Bookie – Sharpie-created bookmarks are a good bet for gift-giving. Make your mark by doodling the usual suspects – dogs, stars, hearts, swirls – or exercise your inner artist and take a stab at recreating art from one of the masters (go online to download inspirations). Tip: Use the Sharpie marker itself as the bookmark. Just clip to the page!
7 Keeper Cards – Design your own “keeper card.” Use Sharpie markers to create personalized greeting cards, the kind that won’t wind up in the waste basket. Kids can create personalized cards for classmates. Kids tip: Whip up a mod mosaic in minutes by holding a bundle of Sharpie markers in your hand and drawing circles on circles.
8 Card Jar – Keep track of cards in a holiday-themed box or jar decorated with Sharpie markers. Use a glass or acrylic box/jar and decorate with these holiday-inspired themes in mind: candy canes, twinkly lights, mistletoe, silver bells. *Make smaller containers for gift receipts and recipes.
9 Tree Hugger – Write your child’s name in Sharpie marker on a small silver or gold bell. Help them find a spot on the tree and let them give the bell a ring each night before bedtime to make a holiday wish. This will become a favorite holiday tradition.
10 Table That– The Stay-cation travel trend is continuing into the holidays. Use time at home around the table to create one-of-a-kind holiday gifts with Sharpie markers. (2011 UPDATE: Check out Stained by Sharpie fabric markers to make your mark in your festive fanfare) Embellish socks, t-shirts, sneakers, headbands, belts, backpacks, aprons, picture frames and more. Kids can make special keepsakes for mom; teens can get creative and add their favorite expressions. Mom tip: Create a family of matching tees or sweatshirts – one for everyone in the brood.
11 A+ in Gift Giving– Send your kids to school with a present teachers can really use – school supplies! Place an assortment of Sharpie markers in a large soup can covered in plain white paper and decorated with Sharpie markers. Wrap it up, top with a festive bow and take your seat at the head of the class.
12 Santa‘s Sharpie– Make a list and check it twice with the Sharpie Pen. The newest addition to the Sharpie family, the Sharpie Pen doesn’t bleed through paper and is perfect for all your holiday writing needs – and it’s now available in a retractable version! Use it for list-making, note-cards, gift tags, journal writing, work and school – and don’t forget that important letter to Santa! Make your mark with the Sharpie Pen in black, blue, orange, red, green, or purple (2011 UPDATE: NOW available in Coral, Turquoise, Clover and Hot Pink!).
13 Stock Up – Instead of paying to have names embroidered on holiday stockings, this year buy some white felt and create your own colorful, unique version using Sharpie markers. Stock the stocking with Sharpie markers to make a permanent impression.
14 Draw The Line – Pick up a copy of your favorite holiday classic at a used book store and carefully remove a page. Sketch or trace an image right over the print to make a beautiful greeting card, wall decoration, or holiday embellishment. Laminate or frame your page to preserve for next year.
15 A Little Flakey – Create a cost-saving winter wonderland by making do-it-yourself snowflakes. Decorate paper with the colors of the season or stay monochromatic with Sharpie Metallic Permanent marker. Color then fold and cut into snowflake shapes.
16 Made Not Manufactured – Show family and friends how thankful you are for their gifts with homemade, colorful thank-you cards. Design one card with Sharpie markers and make copies to save money on store-bought versions.
17 Tag You’re It – Let loved ones see how truly personal the gift they are receiving is with a one-of-a- kind gift tag. Liven up your present by adding your own unique way of stating “To” and “From” on a square of card stock. Tie a Sharpie MINI marker to your tag for the gift tag that keeps on giving.
18 Take A Shine– What better way to top off the perfect holiday gift than with a Stainless Steel Sharpie Permanent Marker. Add a little extra sophistication and shine to your gift by attaching the Stainless Steel Sharpie with its refillable cartridge and etched logo on the barrel to the top of the package — the perfect complement to your Sharpie Metallic Permanent marker custom-designed gift wrap.
19 Ring in the Bling – Use a Sharpie Metallic silver marker to ring in the New Year. Add some bling by creating a silver celebration of party ware – decorate glassware, placemats, votive holders, candlesticks, party hats, favors and more. Tip: Use a paper tablecloth and give guests a pack of Sharpie markers as table favors so they can write their resolutions as they count down the New Year.
20 Wax Poetic – Thinking about throwing out those old candle sticks? Why not bring new life to them with Sharpie markers. Use a Sharpie marker and cover them with script writing of your favorite poetic verses. Combine with Sharpie Metallic silver accents and display year-round.
21 Holiday Calendar Countdown – With a ruler, cardstock and Sharpie markers, draw out a calendar. Find small holiday ornaments and trinkets around the house (buttons, pins, last year’s holiday card cut-outs – any small embellishment) and stick magnets onto the back of each. Hang your calendar on refrigerator and use your magnetic ornaments to count down the days of your holiday season!
22 Pen The Perfect Present – Assemble a gift box full of Sharpie Pens (in all six colors – black, blue, red, green, orange, purple). Top the gift off with several sheets of pretty stationery, perfect for the art enthusiast with a penchant for the age-old art of letter writing.
23 You’ve Been Framed – Bring life to a plain white picture frame by doodling inspiring words around the edges in black Sharpie marker. Insert a black-and-white photo for an elegant holiday gift. Attach a matching hand-made gift tag with a thoughtful message. Write your note in red with a Sharpie marker to give the gift a little pop!
24 For Keep Sake! – Start a holiday memories book. As the holidays wind down, pass around a book of blank pages and have your family take turns writing a special holiday message. What was your favorite moment or memory? Best present? What are you thankful for? Build a collection of wonderful memories and create a keepsake that can be shared for generations to come.
25 Ahead of the Pack – Once the holidays are over, it is important to organize all of your decorations, ornaments, lights, etc. so things don’t get lost or forgotten. Label boxes with Sharpie markers and store them away neatly. Pack smart with Sharpie and spend time with family and friends instead!