What Paint Do I Have On Hand?
Paint is one of those items that many crafters tend to accumulate a lot of. There are many different types and colors to choose from so we may grab one or two for a project and after awhile (and several projects), we have a pretty decent supply of paint. So how do I know what paint I already have when I’m at the store looking at the paint sale?
Believe it or not, there was one point in time where I bought a couple of the Folk Art Sahara Gold only to find out that I already had SIX of them at home! Talk about a waste, I could’ve spent that money on other colors or other supplies. Oh well, such is life. We live and we learn, right?
To prevent this from happening again, I created a specific section in my Craft Inventory Binder to keep track of what I already have on hand. Now I can just double check the Inventory Binder while I’m standing in the paint aisle to ensure I don’t purchase duplicates…again.
This section of my Inventory Binder is very similar to the Ink Section.
The divider for the section was made with a 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.
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.
There are three main types that I use for crafting. Folk Art Acrylic Paint is what I use most often, so I created sheets for those first. 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 created the Folk Art sheet using Microsoft Word but the others were already out there so I just printed them.
Once printed, I just color in the appropriate box. 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.