February 12

Ink Pads – Craft Inventory Binder

What Ink Pads Do I Have?

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!