It's already day FIVE of My Favorite Things' series on organizing your craft supplies. I hope you've gotten some great ideas so far for your own stash!
Today, we're focusing on ink!
Here's a peek at how I store my ink pads. This is right across the front of my desk; so I have super-easy access to whatever ink I'm looking for. These wonderful cubbies are from Organize More. I have two of the 60 Ink Pad Holders and one of the 48 Ink Pad Holders, which fits beautifully into that space across the front of my desk. Some of the ink pad holders have wider spaces, which allow you to store wider ink pads OR the narrow ink pads plus a refill in each slot. I wanted to fit more ink pads into the space that I had; so I went with the narrower slots. I gotta tell you…I'm in love! 🙂
This one stores my MFT Hybrid Ink Pads. As you can see I have some empty slots. I am awaiting a lovely package from MFT (shipped yesterday…woot!) that has some of the yummy new colors in it, which will fill in those slots beautifully. 🙂
This is the center section, which stores all of my MFT Premium Dye Ink Pads. It is such a beautiful site to behold, isn't it?!
This is a peek at some of my MFT Pigment Ink Pads. I do not yet have the entire collection (soon, dahling, soon); so I still have some other ink pads stored on this side. Now that MFT has every kind of ink pad you could ever want in every color you could ever want, who needs any other ink pads?! They are even carrying the fabulous Delicata Gold and Silver ink pads, as well as VersaMark ink.
As you can see, I label all of my ink pads on the ends, which obviously makes it a whole lot easier to find the color I'm looking for. I use the same Brother P-Touch Labeler that I use for everything else I label in my office. That thing is worth it's weight in gold!
Now…let's chat about refills. I store mine all together in a plastic drawer unit that sits right by my desk. I like to divide them up with sweet metal tins, which keeps them all upright and in order, regardless of how quickly I whip open that drawer.
Just like everything else in my studio, I've labeled the drawer with the contents inside, eliminating the guess work. 😉
Once the refills are all lined up in the tins inside the drawer, it's kinda hard to tell which color is which without having to take them out one by one until you find the one you're looking for. So, I've punched out coordinating card stock circles, and adhered them to the top of their coordinating refill bottle with a bit of X-Press It Clear Gel Glue. After a bit of experimenting, I've found that 1/8" circles are too small, 1/4" circles are too big (over-hang the top of the lid), and 3/16" circles are just right. I used my Crop-a-Dile to punch the 3/16" circles. I also put them in ROYGBIV color order, which makes it even easier…and is a pretty site to behold as well. 🙂
I meant to share this photo with you the other day when I shared my stamp storage; but I didn't, so I'll share it now. The plastic holder is another product from InterDesign, just like my Fridge Binz. This one's called a Packet Organizer. As you can see, I use it to organize my clear blocks. It sits right on my desk, where I can quickly access the size I need. Accessability is the key for functional storage, as far as I'm concerned…and pretty doesn't hurt either.
So, you want a peek at a little more of my crafty organization? I made a purchase this past summer (spring?) that I am in l-o-v-e with. It's the Raskog Kitchen Cart from IKEA. It comes in gray, cream, and aqua, and I just had to have the aqua one…so pretty!
I had no trouble filling mine up, and even found a handy way to store my frequently used paper towels…right on the end of the cart! I roll this cart right under my desk next to where I work; so it's very handy for me. I can also take it into another room to work, as it's on wheels. I think I may need to buy another one soon… 🙂
Here's a look at what I store on the bottom shelf: Paint palettes, all of my texture and embossing pastes, Gamsol and other blending mediums, Peerless Watercolors, glue guns, and a big beautiful set of Faber-Castell Gelatos.
The middle section stores all manner of paint brushes, blending stumps, water brushes, distress paints, spray mists, and various other artsy fartsy tools. I've stored them all in fun little ceramic pots that I also purchased at IKEA.
Finally, the top section (and my favorite) holds everything planner related, including my planner itself when it isn't traipsing about with me. Stickers, washi tapes, clips, labels, elastic bands, extra covers, gorgeous erasable pens, and my On-the-Go Notebook all fit in there perfectly. It really makes my planning sessions easy-peasy, as well as giving me a little extra time for creativity. I have enjoyed it so!
Okay, friends, that is it from me! I do hope you have THOROUGHLY enjoyed MFT's fabulous series on organizing your crafty stash. Today's prize is a BIG one! Check it out:
Isn't that AMAZING?! Those Hybrid Inks are seriously the best ink pads EVER, as are the Organize More Ink Pad Holders! That is one of the best prizes I've seen in a loooong time! Get on over to the MFT Blog for your chance to win, as well as for links to the other designers' blogs.
Have a beautiful day, friends!