Organizing My Ink Pads

When I started accumulating lots of ink pads for stamping, I thought it would be a good idea to have a visual display of every color.  I’ve had this ugly-but-useful display in front of me at my craft desk for years and it has been so helpful as I hold colored paper up to the stamped ink pad to determine which colored inks would work best in my card.

My Old Ink Pad Chart

My Old Ink Pad Chart

Now I live in a new place, have a new craft room and wanted to get more organized, so I grabbed a really pretty Hawaiian flower (Hibiscus? Plumeria?) stamp from local Kent, WA company Denami Design and made it work really hard!  This took me HOURS over a few days.  Maybe if I were more organized, this would have gone faster?  It took a lot of time to clean off the stamp after each impression.

Step one: stamping and stamping!

Step one: stamping and stamping!

I have two jumbo multi-colored raised felt ink pads that I finally made samples of.  I also FINALLY colored each of my stamp markers onto the stamp so I could see which colors I had.  If you’re not an avid stamper, you may not know that brush markers are useful in coloring acrylic and rubber stamps – yes, you color ONTO the stamp and stamp it onto your paper.  This is how you can get a stamped image with several different colors.

 

If I can see the colors of the markers and ink pads I have, I am more likely to use them.  I don’t keep all my stamps out on my work space because they are all different shapes and sizes and they don’t stack well.

Step two: more stamping!

Step two: more stamping and labeling!

Once this was done, I trimmed out each stamped image, grabbed my repositional adhesive and organized them by color.  I got them onto three clean pages – ahhhh, this is a breath of fresh air!  I didn’t realize how stressful looking at that old chart was.  This is much cleaner:

Ink Chart Project: Complete!

Ink Chart Project: Complete!

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So, if you haven’t taken the time to do this for your ink pad and brush marker collection, I suggest you pick a rainy Saturday afternoon and make a chart like this!  Thanks for reading my blog.  🙂

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Let Me Take You on a Trip: a Tour of My Craft Room

Lately I’ve been so busy with work, that when I come home and finish making and eating dinner, I just go off to my craft room to escape and create cards.  I usually have TweetDeck open on my laptop so I can watch my tweet stream and see what my Twitter friends are up to.  My husband enjoys watching TV shows and Netflix DVD’s, so I usually craft for a few hours before we get together in the family room to be couch potatoes.  Last weekend, I felt badly about diving into my hobby after dinner most night because there is laundry to catch up, things to put away, and grocery lists to write.  It’s not responsible to only have fun and no responsibilities, so this week I promised my husband I would take this week off from making cards so I could spend more time working on the house.  It’s been difficult to keep from making cards, but I have stuck by my word and that is why I don’t have any crafty new creations to share with you today.

Instead, let’s take a tour of my craft room!  It’s more functional than it is beautiful.  I used to have my home office in here, and there are still remnants of work in the room: paper and workbooks in the ugly boxes, business books on the bookshelf, and a hutch full of gifts and promotional pieces for Sellers and Buyers.  But, it works for me.  So, here’s my functional craft room – I made this video on February 14, 2010 with my digital camera.  I had to turn the quality way down for the file to be small enough to fit on my SD card.  Little did I know I’d get a Flip Mino HD camcorder the next day for my birthday!

To quote my favorite band [Depeche Mode], “Let me take you on a trip….” to where I write my blogs and create my art!

If you’ve shared a video or pictures of your craft room, please share the link in your comment below!  I’d enjoy taking a tour of your crafty place.