5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash 2016 – Ink Organization
Craft room organization — it’s something that’s always changing and always evolving. Whether your space is mini, massive, or mobile, taming the stash is something we all work on. Suffice it to say, sometimes we spend more time organizing than actually creating!
Since we know that you’re always in search of ways to better store products and organize your area, we’re taking this week to give you tips and tricks and great ideas for making everything easily accessible, usable, AND pretty. Get ready for so many great ideas you’ll be excited to organize your space!
Each day this week we’ll be focusing on one portion of your crafty stash — from ink and stamps, to Die-namics, card stock, and stencils. And we’ll round out the week with a little peek into the craft spaces of a few MFT Designers. So buckle up and get ready to be inspired!
In your never ending quest to find the PERFECT color, it’s likely that you’ve amassed a rather large collection of inks, and for the colors you love the most, you may have purchased refills as well to make sure that you never run out. But how do you organize everything to make the most of your collection AND find just the right color when you need it? Let’s take a look at a few great ideas from the MFT Creative Team.
One of the cardinal rules of organizing and storing ANYTHING is to properly label everything. You can see that Julie has labeled each color of ink that she stores in ink storage from Stamp-n-Storage. She also has a dot on top of her refills in the coordinating card stock color for easy identification. Very smart!
The storage systems from Stamp-n-Storage come as bare wood, so Julie simply spray paints hers to match the furniture in the rest of her room.
Debbie has carefully labeled all of her inks by color, and she stores her pads upside down to keep them juicy. Looks like she started labeling right side up and then got the brilliant idea to have her labels upside down so that when the pad is upside down, the label will be right side up!
Karolyn takes the guess work out of color by creating a chart with the ink colors so that she can easily choose the perfect shade for what she is going for. If you follow this link HERE you can download a handy dandy chart similar to Karolyn’s to do the same with your inks.
Kimberly also stores her inks in a system from Stamp-n-Storage. You’ll notice that she uses the top of the unit for paintbrushes, markers, and colored pencils. When working in a small space, going UP is one of the best secret weapons to make the most of a space.
Kimberly organizes her inks by type and by color (which is so pretty!). You could also organize by name as well. This particular unit includes a spot for refills. Very handy!
If you don’t have a spot for your refills like Julie and Kimberly do, you can easily do what Karolyn does. In a well-labeled clear plastic box, you can store your refills and then simply stash them somewhere you can grab when you need them.
You’ll notice the AZ/WA notation on the container. Karolyn splits her years between Arizona (in the winter) and Washington State, so it’s necessary for her supplies to be portable and packable. For many of us who aren’t able to dedicate an entire room to our creative pursuits, this type of storage is a fantastic solution.
When stamping with ink and stamps from My Favorite Things, it’s likely you’ll be tempted to color those images with markers, so we want to make sure to share some ideas for that. Julie’s robust marker collection is stored by color and type in Marker Nooks from Stamp-n-Storage. Again, the bare wood is easy to customize with spray paint to match your space. Imagine them in aqua or sunny yellow!
Debbie keeps everything in reach along the wall in her craft space. Her inks are stored in some repurposed old QuicKutz cabinets. They don’t make these any more, so she’s not sure what she’s going to do when she runs out of space. Sometimes you can find the perfect storage solution by browsing second hand stores or even your attic or garage. You just never know what you might find that would work!
To make it even easier and more fun for you to pump up your ink stash, we have this AWESOME deal to entice you! But don’t delay – it’s a one day only sale. Please note: This sale is good on in stock items only. No rain checks. Excludes brand new. Shop Premium Dye Inks, Hybrid Inks, and Pigment Inks.
Here’s a look of some of the great inks and refills that you can add to your stash! Click the pictures to be taken directly to the MFT store.
Leave a comment below, and we’ll choose two randomly selected people to win a $50 gift certificate to the My Favorite Things boutique to stock up your ink stash (or whatever you want!). All winners will be announced on Monday, February 15th, so make sure to check back to see if your name is on the list!
Before you go, be sure to stop by the blogs of these members of our Creative Team for more ideas of how to organize your inks.
Now, who wants to get organized?