February 12

Ink Pads – Craft Inventory Binder

What Ink Pads Do I Have?

Ink
Ink, Ink, and More Ink!

From distress inks to alcohol inks, smooches, ink pads, Staz-On, and more, how in the world do we keep up with all of them?

There’s nothing like buying multiples of the same item because you can’t remember if you already have it or not.  I HATE when I do that!  It usually means I have two, or more, of something now when I could’ve used that money to buy something I didn’t already have on hand.

Naturally, I had to create an Ink section in my Craft Inventory Binder to keep track of them.  Now I can just take it with me and easily check what I already have before dropping something in my cart.  It’s very convenient.

Ink Section

Ink Section
Various Ink Pad Sets

Just like my Marker Section, the Ink section of my Inventory Binder was a pretty easy section to get done.

The divider for the section is another piece of cardstock from the K&Company 8-1/2-Inch by 8-1/2-Inch Ancestry.Com Scrapbook Album Kit.  I cut the paper down to 5  7/8 in. to 8  3/4 in. to fit the mini binder.

Next I distressed the edges using the distress tool from my Making Memories Distressing Kit.

I used a regular hole punch to punch the three holes for the binder, then I inked the edges of the paper with the Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad, Tea Dye.

In order to get the divider tab, I used the ancestry.com paper and my Tim Holtz File Tabs die to cut out the tab.  The Sizzix Bigz Die – Tiny Tabs & Tags by Tim Holtz will also work for this.

I stamped the word Ink on the file tabs using the Miniature Alphabet and Punctuation Marks Rubber Stamp Set by Hampton Art.

I also used a stencil and Stickles to put the section name on the divider page.  The final step was to actually set up the inventory sheets.

Inventory Sheets

Ink Samples
Ink on Hand

There are several different manufacturers of ink pads and sprays used for crafting.  Tim Holtz’ Distress Inks are my favorite and the ones I use the most so I started with those.  I only printed inventory sheets for brands I actually own, just like I did with my Markers.  The brands I have inventory sheets for are as follows:

Feel free to click on any of the links to obtain the inventory sheet for your own use.  I did not create any of these sheets as they were already out there and I didn’t see any point in recreating the wheel.

Once printed, I then used a stamp to mark the appropriate box for each color I own.  By doing this, I know when I’m at the store that, if the box is blank, I don’t have that color in my inventory.

Keeping track of products I already have on hand reduces the chance of me buying duplicate items which saves money, space, and frustration.  I just have to remember to take the Inventory Binder with me when I’m headed to the craft stores.

I hope this post was helpful to you all as you work on your own organization.  This is yet another small step to my goal of getting organized for more efficient crafting.

Happy Crafting!

~Ki



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Posted February 12, 2016 by Ki in category "Ink Inventory

About the Author

Kris (otherwise known as Ki) recently achieved her Bachelor's Degree in Computer Information Systems and is currently working to turn her dreams into reality by writing, crafting, and building a business. She is a single mom seeking to show her only son that hard work and dedication will get you to a point where you can enjoy the best things in life without becoming a slave to the corporate world.

6 COMMENTS :

  1. By Andrea on

    Wow, that is quite the process of organization! Makes sense to do it though. I wish your photos were bigger, so that I could see your method better.

    Have you ever cut your own stamps? I have just gotten into hand carving stamps and it is really fun! I got a really good book on Amazon called “Making an Impression” I really like her style of stamping. You should check it out 🙂

    Reply
    1. By Ki (Post author) on

      Hi Andrea,

      Thanks for the feedback, I will start using larger pictures. I have not cut my own stamps before, I’m not sure I could with my medical issues and unsteady hands, but I’ll definitely check out that book. Thanks for the advice!

      ~Ki

      Reply
  2. By coughlanmaureen on

    Nice website!
    I really like the look of this website.
    The layout reflects the website niche very well.
    Great images and we’ll written content which explains in detail how to get organised.
    I am not a very tidy person myself so I will be visiting this website again as it has many useful tips!

    Reply
    1. By Ki (Post author) on

      Hi there,

      Thank you so much for the compliments, I appreciate it. It would be fantastic if I could help you, even a little, with getting organized. Thanks for stopping by!

      ~Ki

      Reply
  3. By Kenny on

    What a great idea. I will suggest this to my wife as she loves crafting. Having a rather small book to take to the store to buy your craft supplies could definitely come in handy. Do you have an organization method to all of your craft products that you have? Enjoyed your page.

    Reply
    1. By Ki (Post author) on

      Hi Kenny,

      Thank you for the compliment, it means a lot. I hope my post helps your wife find some inspiration. I am still working on organization methods for all of the supplies and am also working on a book with suggestions for that, so be sure to stay tuned!

      Thanks for visiting,

      ~Ki

      Reply

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