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Papercrafting Organization: Paints, Sprays, Inks & Ink Pads (& More Giveaways!)

by Stephanie Hackney

Papercrafting Organization: Paints, Sprays, Inks & Ink Pads (& More Giveaways!)
Papercrafting product organization solutions & tips (and giveaways!) – all for you!

Hey there organizing papercrafters!

We sure hope you’ve had a great Summer and that you’re ready for the Fall and the changes this season often brings.

I don’t know about you, but the Fall always signifies a fresh start, a refocusing on what I want to accomplish after the sometimes-lazy days of Summer.

And now, as promised in the last post in our Get Organized Series, we’re focusing on organizing our paints, sprays/mists, inks and ink pads, something many of us have tons of, right?

It’s o.k., we’re all friends here, you can admit it (we won’t tell!).

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Note for the Newbies

If you’re just now joining in on our Get Organized Series
and you haven’t checked out all the previous Get Organized Series posts,
I encourage you to do so now, before you read on.

Why?

The information I’ve shared previously is meant as a foundation.

You need to start from the beginning to really get
the full benefit from it and to have the opportunity
to experience organizing success.

Click the link above to be taken to
all previous Get Organized Series posts,
as well as to other organizing resources,
and learn, learn, learn & comment, comment, comment!

Then, come back here
and get ready to stash your stash!

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Just as I mentioned in one of our previous Get Organized Series posts, it can be valuable to rethink organizational strategies right before a change in seasons, times when our schedules, activities and priorities often change.

This is also often a period when we might have a little down-time in which we want to focus energy on revamping how we organize our possessions and spaces (and time!).

For those who are now heading into the “Holiday Crafting” season and a time of year when we’re all usually quite busy, this is a great time to get your “house in order” so you can be super productive and not waste time looking for supplies which might have been stored away since last year’s holiday season crafting exploits.

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But before we get started, we just have to say another huge thank-you to Go-Organize.com for again sponsoring this Get Organized Seriesthis ongoing series has been produced for you thanks to their support!

And if organizing is at the top of your to-do list, then you’ll really be thankful for them - they’re hosting a huge back-to-school, back-to-crafting sale right now, just for YOU!

There’s no better time to get your craft space (and the rest of the house!) in order than when you can SAVE some hard-earned dollars, right?

And especially when all regular orders are shipped for FREE, another huge savings!


O.K., it’s time to get down to the business at hand, organizing our paints, sprays/mists, inks and ink pads…

An Organizing Refresher

We’ll start with a quick refresher on the principles of getting and staying organized.

Here are a few of the organizing principles that I feel are especially important to remember right now, as we head into Fall, a very busy time for many of us:

  • Being organized ISN’T about being perfect!
  • Being organized IS about quickly and easily finding what we’re looking for
  • Being organized IS about access to what we own so we can use it
  • Being organized IS about making the time of our available time, being productive
  • Being organized IS about creating and maintaining spaces that are comfortable, productive and happy!

When I have time for creating (whether for myself or for PCC), I don’t want to waste time looking for supplies I need for a particular project. Who’s with me?

I want to feel inspired to try new things and use the supplies I HAD to have, neither of which can happen if the supplies aren’t easily accessible and seen at least occasionally. I can’t be the only one who feels this way, right?

And, I want to feel the creative juices flowing, something that doesn’t happen when my environment feels messy or overwhelmingly stuffed. You too?

Oh yeah, and I hate wasting money (by making duplicate purchases, etc.)! Who else is in this camp?


Paints, Sprays, Inks & Ink Pads – Let’s Get ‘Em Organized!
The key thing for these types of products is to store them in a safe manner (meaning in manner that doesn’t cause them to spill, separate and/or dry out), and in such a way that you can easily spot the types and colors you want and quickly get to creating with them.

First, it’s important to store them the way the manufacturer suggests they be stored.

Some ink pads are better stored face down, while others are just fine stored face up - it’s important to know which is best for your particular types of ink pads so they perform well and last!

Inks, paints and sprays/mists may be negatively affected by being stored in locations that are too cold or too hot.

Be sure to read what the manufacturer suggests as “limits” on temperatures and stay within those limits.

There’s nothing worse than grabbing a liquid product and finding it dried up!

Personally, I recommend keeping paints, sprays/mists and inks in plastic containers and/or bags when they are transported (yes, I have had one or two leak and create quite a mess!) and, when being stored in your craft space, standing them up in such a way as to allow you to easily see the brand, type and color so you can quickly grab what you need and use it.

If you use them often (and/or want to use them more!), then a desktop unit or easily-accessed drawer might be the best solution (we’ll be sharing lots of ideas below).

If you use them only occasionally and using them more is not a priority, then keeping them in a container or less accessible drawer might be o.k.


Paints, Sprays/Mists & Inks:

I often take my paints, sprays and inks with me to craft events and get-togethers, so a portable solution was key for me.

I keep mine in Ziploc baggies, by type and color family (ex: Distress Inks sorted by blues, greens, reds, etc.), and then in locking, clear plastic storage containers.

Now, there is a downside to this type of system: more effort is required to access them for use at home or in my office craft studio – I have to unstack the containers (they are stored stacked on top of each other in my closet), unlock the part of the container that has my products inside, open the baggies and dig them out. And, repeat the process to put them away.

Storing them in a drawer that can be easily pulled open, or on a shelf, with no impediment to access, might be a better solution for you. (And this will be the way I go if I end up not needing to transport them much any more.)

Only you will know what solution is best suited to what you use, how you use it and how often you use it (or how often you want to use it). And, to how you think and create – remember, you need to be able to quickly find things, and easily access them, to use them!

Ink Pads:
For inks pads, I prefer keeping those I use most often right at hand – they get used more when I don’t have to dig for them.

Those specialty inks and colors I use only a few times a year (think holiday-specific colors) are easily stored away in containers in my craft closet, labeled and away from light and heat (both of which can dry or fade them).

Note: I used to keep all of my ink pads in clear cassette-tape boxes, stacked on top of each other on a closet shelf, but I hated stacking and unstacking them every time I needed one ink pad.

So, I moved my most-often used ink pads to a system that enables me to easily grab what I need without a lot of shuffling of containers.

I recommend you think about how often you use your ink pads now, and how much you hope to use them in the future, and set up a system that enables you to easily find, access and use them. That’s a major goal of all this organizing!


Organizing Exercise

Now, if you need a little help with deciding on the best solution for your paints, sprays/mists, inks and ink pads, I’ll suggest you go through the following exercise so you end up with a solution that’s well-suited to your needs.

Your Stash
The first thing to consider is how much of each type of paint, spray/mist, ink and ink pad you own:

  • Paints
  • Sprays/Mists
  • Inks
  • Ink Pads

Then, how you’ll be sorting each (note: there can be multiple storage options for each type of paint, spray/mist, ink and ink pad):

  • By Type (ex: acrylic vs. watercolor paints; opaque vs. sheer sprays; and, dye vs. pigment inks and ink pads)
  • By Color (all blue paints and inks together vs. paints and inks being sorted by type, not color)
  • By Size (and Maybe By Shape)
  • By Manufacturer
  • By Use (ex: for cardmaking, scrapbooking, stamping, Project Life, mixed media, art journaling, travel scrapping/journaling, etc.)

Then, how you need to store and access each (again, you may want or require more than one option):

  • In plain view (ex: on a shelf)
  • Hidden away (ex: in drawers)
  • In closed, opaque containers
  • In closed, see-through containers
  • In open containers (ex: in baskets or bins)
  • In portable containers (ex: in a crop tote or bag or in handled containers)
  • Loose (tossed in a basket, etc.)
  • With other “like” items (ex: in a type, theme, color, category or manufacturer drawer)

Create a list of the types of paints, sprays/mists, inks and ink pads you have, how many of each you have, how you’ll want them sorted and what kind of access you need or want.

Remember, how you store your paints, sprays/mists, inks and ink pads should be directly related to how you think, and what, how and where you create. And, perhaps most importantly, how you will best recall what you have when it comes time to use it.


Will you be doing most of your creating at home or away, or a mix of both? The answer to this question will help you determine whether or not you should use portable storage.

Do you have trouble remembering what you have if you can’t see it? The answer to this question will help you decide on whether your paints, sprays, inks and ink pads need to be visible or could be stored out of sight.

Are you submitting your work for publication of as part of a design team? Then you might need to keep track of the manufacturer, type and color names of your paints, sprays/mists, inks and ink pads.

The answers to all of these questions will provide guidance as to which type of organizing solutions will work best for you, for your needs.

If you haven’t yet read my previous post on paper organization, I highly recommend you do so now before moving on with choosing a solution as the long-term success of the solution(s) you choose depends on your being able to quickly and easily locate your various supplies (how you think) and having them easily accessible to what, how and where you create.

My previous post on this topic will help you to better understand how you think, and what, how and where you create.

(Yes, I know that linked post above refers to paper, but the principles can just as easily be applied to the items we’re discussing here: paints, sprays/mists, inks and ink pads).

Other papercrafting organization resources,
including all previous Get Organized Series posts, are located here:
Papercrafting Organization Resources.

A few final notes before we check out organization and storage options…

‘Out of Sight, Out of Mind’ Papercrafters

For those of you who find it difficult to recall what you have if you can’t see it, I suggest employing more visually open ways of storing your paints, sprays/mists, inks and ink pads, and storing them in a manner that enables your “first instinct” to quickly lead you to where they are stored.

Just keep in mind that you’ll want to store them in a safe manner so they don’t get damaged (for example, attics, which can get very hot, may not be the best solution for these as they can dry out).

And, be sure to check the manufacturer’s website or your products’ packaging to ensure you are storing the items in the best way for use and longevity of the item.

‘Out of Sight, It’s a Good Thing!’ Papercrafters

For those of you who prefer everything be “behind closed doors” - I fall into this camp! - I suggest you choose storage options that provide easy access, but that keep your paints, sprays/mists, inks and ink pads out of sight, reducing the visual clutter that can derail your creative process or lead to overwhelm.

Keep in mind that I like a clean environment, with most things “hidden” from view. I am keeping my paints, sprays/mists and inks tucked away because I don’t use them that often, but I’m keeping my ink pads more accessible. Why? Because I use these a lot more when they are out and handy and they are a go-to supply for me.

Remember, the more accessible your items are, the more likely you’ll use them, so don’t bury them so they’re never to be found again, o.k.?


Solutions!

Now, because there are lots of different types of papercrafters (and other creative types) out there, and we all have different needs and space requirements, and ways of thinking and creating, here is a collection of options for you to check out, starting with units for paints, sprays/mists and inks (think bottles that need to be standing, or possibly stored on their sides).

Papercrafting Organization: Paints in Baskets on Peg Board (image)

Papercrafting Organization: Paints in Baskets on Peg Board

Source: Just A Girl & Her Blog

Grab some hanging baskets like those in the photo above this one,
and a few of these pegboards

from Go-Organize.com (below)
and you’re set!

Papercrafting Organization: Pegboards from Go-Organize.com (image)

Papercrafting Organization: Pegboards from Go-Organize.com

Source: Go-Organize.com

Or, if you prefer,

you could grab some of the magnetic boards
from Go-Organize.com (below),
attach small magnets or magnetic strips to the backs of
your paints, sprays/mists and inks,

and hang them from the magnetic boards -
a great way to keep them visible and accessible!

Papercrafting Organization: Go-Organize.com Memo Board w/ 4 Magnetic Canisters (image)

Papercrafting Organization: Magnetic Memo Board from Go-Organize.com

Source: Go-Organize.com

Hoping to keep your paints, sprays/mists, inks and ink pads at-hand, but out of sight?
These drawer units are perfect!

Papercrafting Organization: Go-Organize 3-Drawer Storage Cube (image)

Papercrafting Organization: Go-Organize.com 3-Drawer Storage Cube

Source: Go-Organize.com

Papercrafting Organization: Go-Organize.com 4-Drawer Organizer Cube (image)

Papercrafting Organization: Go-Organize.com 4-Drawer Organizer Cube

Source: Go-Organize.com

Papercrafting Organization: Go-Organize Letterpress Drawers (image)

Papercrafting Organization: Go-Organize.com Letterpress Drawers

Source: Go-Organize.com

And paints, sprays/mists and inks can easily be organized in the above drawer unit options:

Papercrafting Organization: Paints, Inks, Etc. in a Go-Organize Drawer Cube (image)

Papercrafting Organization: Paints, Inks, Etc. in a Go-Organize.com Drawer Cube

Source: Pinterest

Papercrafting Organization: Stickles Inside Go-Organize 3-Drawer Cube Drawer (image)

Papercrafting Organization: Stickles Inside Go-Organize.com 3-Drawer Cube Drawer

Source: Pinterest


Looking for a solution that can be wheeled to where you want to use

your paints, sprays/mists and inks?
Then these portable units,
might be just the ticket!

This one has tons of room in the drawers, but a lot in the open top as well!

Papercrafting Organization: Go-Organize.com Mobile Storage Center (image)

Papercrafting Organization: Go-Organize.com Mobile Storage Center

Source: Go-Organize.com

This one has drawer space galore!

Papercrafting organization: Go-organize.com Five Drawer Mobile Organizer (image)

Papercrafting organization: Go-Organize.com Five Drawer Mobile Organizer

Source: Go-Organize.com

And this one would be great for storing portable containers and/or
containers meant for holding potentially messy stuff
(like paints, sprays/mists, inks and ink pads!) -
this is what I use for my in-process scrapbooking projects and I am considering
moving my mixed-media supplies to a second unit so they’re more easily accessed.

Papercrafting Organization: Go-Organize.com Mobile Storage Tower (image)

Papercrafting Organization: Go-Organize.com Mobile Storage Tower

Source: Go-Organize.com

Remember this awesome pull-apart unit (below) from our
post about organizing your pens, pencils and art markers?

If you store the slide-out portion meant for those
writing and drawing implements outside its “home,”

there’s lots of room for your paints, sprays/mists, inks and ink pads
on the shelves and in the drawer.

How great would it be to keep all your “coloring” supplies in one place?

O.K., some of us may need more than one of these! ;)

Papercrafting Organization: Desktop Craft Organizer from Go-Organize.com (image)

Papercrafting Organization: Desktop Craft Organizer from Go-Organize.com

Source: Go-Organize.com

This is another unit I would seriously consider for storing paints, sprays/mists and inks
(as well as bottled embellishments such as those shown).

Of course, you could stack your ink pads in the cubbies as well.

Papercrafting Organization: Go-Organize.com Desktop Organizer (image)

Papercrafting Organization: Go-Organize.com Desktop Organizer

Source: Go-Organize.com

This is another unit that could be used for storing ink pads, inks, paints and sprays/mists.

If you don’t need to store ribbon in the unit, simply remove the rod and use that space as well.

Papercrafting Organization: Go-Organize Embellishment Organizer (image)

Papercrafting Organization: Go-Organize.com Embellishment Organizer

Source: Go-Organize.com


Looking for something for an empty corner space?

These Corner Organizer Cubes
(there are two stacked below)
from Go-Organize.com could be your answer!

Papercrafting Organization: Go-Organize Corner Units in Action (image)

Papercrafting Organization: Go-Organize.com Corner Units in Action

Source: Pinterest

Limited on work surface/counter space?
Why not use open wall space?

This unit can hold a lot of bottles, as well as stacked ink pads,
keeping them front-and-center and easily accessible.

Plus, who doesn’t love looking at all the pretty colors?!

Papercrafting Organization: Go-Organize.com Wall Mount Embellishment Organizer (image)

Papercrafting Organization: Go-Organize.com Wall Mount Embellishment Organizer

Source:  Go-Organize.com

Here are some more examples of this type of unit in action…

Papercrafting Organization: Paints in a Wall Unit 3 (image)

Papercrafting Organization: Paints in a Wall Unit 3

Source: Pinterest

Papercrafting Organization: Paints in a Wall Unit (image)

Papercrafting Organization: Paints in a Wall Unit

Source: Pinterest

And, here’s another style of wall unit
(MUCH more expensive and not nearly as pretty though!):

Papercrafting Organization: Paints in a Wall Unit 2

Papercrafting Organization: Paints in a Wall Unit 2

Source: Pinterest

And two more wall-unit options,
both “homemade, repurposed” options:

Papercrafting Organization: Repurposed Kitchen Drawer (image)

Papercrafting Organization: Repurposed Kitchen Drawer

Source: Hometalk.com

Papercrafting Organization: Repurposed Vintage Spice Rack (image)

Papercrafting Organization: Repurposed Vintage Spice Rack

Source: Pinterest

Got spray paints?

This hanging option looks plausible:

Papercrafting Organization: Hanging (Behind a Door) Storage for Spray Paints (image)

Papercrafting Organization: Hanging (Behind a Door) Storage for Spray Paints

Source: Hometalk.com

Tubes of paint?
Here’s another homemade storage solution:

Papercrafting Organization: Paint Tubes Hanging from Binder Clips Hung From Board (image)

Papercrafting Organization: Paint Tubes Hanging from Binder Clips Hung From Board

Source: Pinterest

Lots of small ink pads?
Repurpose a hanging jewelry organizer like this:

Papercrafting Organization: Ink Pads in a Hanging Jewelry Organizer Behind a Door (image)

Papercrafting Organization: Ink Pads in a Hanging Jewelry Organizer Behind a Door

Source: Pinterest

Those “old-school” wire paper rack systems
taking up storage space?
Repurpose them!

Papercrafting Organization: Paints Stored in Homemade Wire Shelf Racks (image)

Papercrafting Organization: Paints Stored in Homemade Wire Shelf Racks

Source: Pinterest

If you prefer to keep your paints, inks and small sprays/mists lying down,
the unit above is a great option, as is this homemade unit:

Papercrafting Organization: Pens, Pencils & Art Markers Storage Option 5 (image)

Papercrafting Organization: Pens, Pencils & Art Markers Storage Option 5

Source: Home Talk

Or, perhaps one of these?

Papercrafting Organization: Paints in Cubbies (image)

Papercrafting Organization: Paints in Cubbies

Source: Hometalk.com

Papercrafting Organization: Repurposed Spice Rack as Paint Organizer (image)

Papercrafting Organization: Repurposed Spice Rack as Paint Organizer

Source: Hometalk.com

Papercrafting Organization: Paints on Slanted Shelves (image)

Papercrafting Organization: Paints on Slanted Shelves

Source: Hometalk.com

Papercrafting Organization: Paints in a Drawer Organizer in a Drawer (image)

Papercrafting Organization: Paints in a Drawer Organizer in a Drawer

Source: Pinterest

Like the look of rails, or have some extras from the kitchen?
Perhaps one of these would work for you:

Papercrafting Organization: Paints & Inks in Hanging Baskets on Rails (image)

Papercrafting Organization: Paints & Inks in Hanging Baskets on Rails

Source: Pinterest

Papercrafting Organization: Paints Hanging in Baskets on Rails 2 (image)

Papercrafting Organization: Paints Hanging in Baskets on Rails 2

Source: UnskinnyBop.com

Papercrafting Organizatio: Paints Held By Rails Mounted Inside Cube or Cabinet Doors (image)

Papercrafting Organizatio: Paints Held By Rails Mounted Inside Cube or Cabinet Doors

Source: Pinterest

And here are two more “rail” options:

Papercrafting Organization: Paints on Rails Mounted to Wall (image)

Papercrafting Organization: Paints on Rails Mounted to Wall

Source: Pinterest

Papercrafting Organization: Paints on Rails Mounted to Wall 2 (image)

Papercrafting Organization: Paints on Rails Mounted to Wall 2

Source: Tracy Weinzapfel

Prefer a vertically-oriented, rotating system?
We’ve got those too:

Papercrafting Organization: Paints in a Homemade Tiered Organizer (image)

Papercrafting Organization: Paints in a Homemade Tiered Organizer

Source: Pinterest

Papercrafting Organization: Stickles Mounted With Velcro to Revolving Organizer (image)

Papercrafting Organization: Stickles Mounted With Velcro to A Revolving Organizer

Source: Pinterest

Papercrafting Organization: Paints on Lazy Susans on Shelves (image)

Papercrafting Organization: Paints on Lazy Susans on Shelves

Source: Pinterest

Crates and tins and bins and buckets more your style?
We have options for you too!

Let’s start with these open, stackable bins from Go-Organize.com:

Papercrafting Organization: Go-Organize Stackable Bins (image)

Papercrafting Organization: Go-Organize.com Stackable Bins

These are perfect for bottles and jars,
especially for those of you who need to have things out in the open, but also corralled,
and/or who take your supplies to other areas of your home.

I’m thinking you could easily take these to crafting events as well.

Source: Go-Organize.com

Papercrafting Organization: Inks Paints and Sprays Stored in Wooden Crates (image)

Papercrafting Organization: Inks Paints and Sprays Stored in Wooden Crates

Source: Pinterest

Papercrafting Organization: Paints in a Handmade Caddy (image)

Papercrafting Organization: Paints in a Handmade “Hacked” Caddy

Source: Pinterest

Papercrafting Organization: Paints & Sprays in a Metal Bucket (image)

Papercrafting Organization: Paints & Sprays in a Metal Bucket

Source: Pinterest

Three final stationary options for keeping all the
“messy” and fun products corralled:

Papercrafting Organization: Paints & Other Mediums on Repurposed Changing Table (image)

Papercrafting Organization: Paints & Other Mediums on Repurposed Changing Table

Source: Junquemail.wordpress.com

Papercrafting Organization: Ink Pads in Plastic Tray in Cart (image)

Papercrafting Organization: Ink Pads in Plastic Tray in Cart

Source: Pinterest

Papercrafting Organization: Pens, Pencils & Art Markers Storage Option 6 (image)

Papercrafting Organization: Rolling Cart of Goodies!

Source: Scrapbook & Cards Today Mag


Whew!

That’s a lot of options for our
paints, sprays/mists and inks, right?!

But wait, there’s more!


Next up, let’s look at a couple options that (in addition to some above) would work quite well for our ink pads

This portable, locking container is well suited to the smaller ink pads,
inks like the Distress Ink Pads from Tim Holtz.

Papercrafting Organization: Distress Ink Pads in Portable, Plastic Container (image)

Papercrafting Organization: Distress Ink Pads in Portable, Plastic Container

Source: Pinterest

These wall-mounted CD/DVD racks work well for thicker, larger ink pads,
such as the Stampin’ Up pads shown below.

Papercrafting Organization : Ink Pads Stored on CD DVD Racks (image)

Papercrafting Organization : Ink Pads Stored on CD DVD Racks

Source: Pinterest


Taking Your Paints, Sprays/Mists, Inks & Ink Pads With You!

How many of you like to take your papercrafting supplies with you when you travel?

Me, me, me!

Here are some portable organizing options for our paints, sprays/mists, inks and ink pads…

Papercrafting Organization: Pens, Pencils & Art Markers Travel Storage Option 2 (image)

Papercrafting Organization: On-The-Go Painting Supplies

Source: Donna Downey

This box could easily accommodate small bottles of paint, spray/mist and inks,
as well as ink pad refills, lying down on their sides.

Papercrafting Organization: Pens, Pencils & Art Markers Travel Storage Option 3 (image)

Papercrafting Organization: Portability for Art Supplies

Source: Kiwi Crate

This unit is the same one in which I keep all my small ink refill bottles and Stickles.

It’s portable and holds a lot, but again,
there’s a bit more effort involved in accessing the items inside
since this unit is stacked under other portable cases in my craft closet.

Papercrafting Organization: Ink Refills in A Portable Container (image)

Papercrafting Organization: Ink Refills in A Portable Container

Source: Pinterest

This is a close-up of the cases that come inside the unit above
(shown holding ink refill bottles).

Papercrafting Organization: Ink Refills in A Portable Container (Inner Container) (image)

Papercrafting Organization: Ink Refills in A Portable Container (Inner Container from Unit Above)

Source: Pinterest

This unit is exactly like the one I keep my Distress Ink Pads in,
and I have two more, one which holds paints
and one which holds all my mixed media supplies.

Again, portable, but access is more laborious.

I am considering switching all of the supplies contained in these containers
to one of the Go-Organize.com wall units shown above
(making my supplies much more accessible).

Papercrafting Organization: Paints, Etc. Stored in Portable, Stacking, Locking Container (image)

Papercrafting Organization: Paints, Etc. Stored in Portable, Stacking, Locking Container

Source: Pinterest

Note this divider system created for one of the trays
of a unit like the one directly above -
it’s created from plastic needlepoint canvas.

I created this same type of divider system
for my Cricut cartridges, which are also stored in containers like those above.

Papercrafting Organization: Stickles Stored in Plastic Container (image)

Papercrafting Organization: Stickles Stored in Plastic Container

Source: Pinterest

Did you notice the dots of color on the bottoms of the bottles above?

That’s a great way to see what’s in bottles of paints and inks stored upside-down.

Special Note:
If you’re a fan of Ranger’s products,
you’ll be happy to know that Ranger has made available labels
for all of their inks, paints, sprays, ink pads, glitters, embossing powders, etc.

I especially love the labels for the Distress Ink Pads
because they are perfectly sized for the sides of the pads,
making storing them on their sides, and seeing what color each one is, super easy!

Make even better use of the space in the Go-Organize.com drawer units shown above
and easily see at a glance what’s in the drawers!

Here’s a link to the Ranger product labelshappy organizing!

So, what do you think?

Have you found a solution that’s perfect for you,
right now?

Remember, very few solutions are “perfect” -
even fewer are “perfect forever!”

Many of the options shared above are ideally suited
to at least a few of us…

…and the Go-Organize.com options
I shared above can not only be adapted

for other uses in your creative space,
but for other areas of your home or office as well.

Thanks & A Giveaway!

Again, a HUGE thanks to our
Get Organized Series sponsor,
Go-Organize.com!

They’ve already given away
quite a few of their wonderful products,
and some fun shopping sprees,

to members of our papercrafting community.

And well, that’s what we’re here to do again today!

Go-Organize.com
is again giving away
(2) $25 Shopping Codes
to spend at
Go-Organize.com


Excited?

Well, just check out the video one of our winners shared!

Gina O.’s Winner Video

How do you enter to win
this giveaway?

It’s easy…

Leave a comment on this post -
tell us which option, of ALL the options above,
you think might work best for you (now) and why

AND

LIKE
the Go-Organize Facebook Page,

AND

Share this post
using the social media icons at the end of this post
(and leave a link to your share in your comment on this post)

Deadline:
midnight (central)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Note: Choosing one of the Go-Organize.com products
will not improve your chances of winning the giveaway -
we really want to know what you think would work best for you (now),
whether it’s a Go-Organize.com product or not!

Besides, the giveaway is via random drawing!

Fun giveaway, right?

Please Note:
This giveaway is open to U.S. entrants only -
see information below*.

Today’s Paints, Sprays/Mists, Inks & Ink Pads Organization Homework

Just a few items for you to do…

  • Look through the papercrafting organization options that were suggested for your “thinking” type and “creative” process – which do you find most attractive to you? Create a storage options list which includes all those you find attractive (both aestethically and functionally) and that you think will work in your space.
  • Then, click around through the links provided with each image and see the options for how each solution is being used – there are some very creative organizers out there and some have come up with great ways to re-purpose household and storage items! Add these ideas to your list.
  • With the above list in hand, refer to your current available space and determine whether or not those items will work for you given your available space and how you want your creative process to flow. Narrow down your storage options list.
  • You now have a storage options list filled with options that are highly likely to work for you – it’s time to re-purpose or shop. If you already have solutions that can be re-purposed for your paints, sprays, inks and ink pads, grab them and get started with organizing in them. If you don’t own any viable options, or you need additional supplies to make one of the above-recommended options work for your purposes, then it’s time to shop. Yup, your personal organizer is giving you permission to shop! ;) Some products above are linked to their source and/or shopping options (some of which may be sponsor links – please see more info at the end of this post**), but I can assist you if you are having trouble finding a solution you saw above, or if you need something similar, but not exactly like what I shared.
  • Once you have your re-purposed or new options in hand, enjoy the process of placing your stash into its respective new home(s) - this is the fun part, a great reward for all your hard work!
  • Share the products you like best from those I shared in this post, and which one(s) you have chosen to use. Post pix of them in use if possible!

I’m happy to assist you with your organizing challenges and finding solution for your paints, sprays/mists, inks and ink pads.

I will also continue to answer papercrafting organization questions left in the comments section or sent to me via email (shackney {at} papercrafterscorner {dot} com).

Again, if I find that a particular struggle is common among many of you, I may provide additional guidance in the next papercrafting organization blog post in this Get Organized Series.

Happy organizing!
Steph

Thanks again to Our Sponsor:

Go-Organize.com

What could be more perfect than a sponsor known for
quality papercrafting/crafting organizing products,
products such as the Jetmax® craft storage solutions?

Go-Organize.com not only offers products
to get your creative space organized, but
organizing products for the rest of your home too! 

After all, once you get one space organized,
it’s highly likely you’ll be so motivated by the results
that you’ll want to take on the whole house! Or, office!

Papercrafting Organization: SAVE BIG at the Go-Organize.com Back-to-School, Back-to-Crafting Sale! Shop NOW, Sale Ends 9/7! (image)

Papercrafting Organization: SAVE BIG at the Go-Organize.com Back-to-School, Back-to-Crafting Sale! Shop NOW, Sale Ends 9/7!

We are thrilled to have Go-Organize.com
as a sponsor of our papercrafting community,
and of this ongoing Get Organized Series,

and we look forward to sharing more
of their organizing solutions

with you as we work on getting
our creative spaces more organized.

 And, we’re thrilled to again be hosting
a fabulous giveaway!

And don’t forget,
they’re having a GREAT SALE right now
and shipping’s FREE*!

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**Some product links are links to our sponsor, Go-Organize.com
Paid site sponsorships are one way PaperCrafter’s Corner is able to provide all of the FREE resources we provide you, our papercrafters. We greatly appreciate your using these links when researching and/or buying products from this supplier, one of our valued sponsors. Please note that we do not receive a sales commission when you make a purchase from this sponsor. Thanks for supporting us and being a valuable member of our papercrafting community. Lastly, we are sometimes provided with products for review and testing, but we are never paid for these reviews and all opinions are strictly our own.

*Because Go-Organize.com only ships within the Continental U.S., only entrants with a Continental U.S. (non-FPO/APO) address are eligible for this giveaway.

*Go-Organize.com currently ships only to continental U.S. addresses – see the Go-Organize.com Shipping Information page for info.



Papercrafting Product Release: Paper House Productions & A Giveaway

by Monica Bradford

Papercrafting Product Release: Paper House Productions & A Giveaway
Papercrafting with Paper House Productions – we’re sharing fun new papercrafting products!

Papercrafting Product Release: Paper House Productions (image)

Papercrafting Product Release: Paper House Productions


Just wait until you see the new products from Paper House Productions!

You are going to love them!

Papercrafting Product Release: Paper House Productions - 3D Stickers - Sports (image)

Papercrafting Product Release: Paper House Productions – 3D Stickers – Sports

As a mom of two boys, I am especially excited to see these 3D Sports Stickers.

The baseball stickers may need to find their way home with me.

Papercrafting Product Release: Paper House Productions - 3D Stickers - Halloween (image)

Papercrafting Product Release: Paper House Productions – 3D Stickers – Halloween

And I’m a sucker for jack-o-lantern stickers, so I’m loving the Halloween 3D Stickers as well!

Is it wrong that I’m getting a little excited for Halloween already?

Papercrafting Product Release: Paper House Productions - United States Navy Collection (image)

Papercrafting Product Release: Paper House Productions – United States Navy Collection

Paper House Productions has teamed up with the U.S. Military to create four new, licensed Military collections!

The authenticity, texture and overall feel means they are appropriate and not too cutesy (which some may not care for).

As the daughter of a Navy man, I like the United States Navy collection the best!

And of course, Steph, the daughter of a retired Marine, is all about the United States Marine Corps collection.

Papercrafting Product Release: Paper House Productions - Chipoxy Stickers (image)

Papercrafting Product Release: Paper House Productions – Chipoxy Stickers

Glossy, dimensional Chipoxy Stickers - awesome!

I love the colors and the message in the Teamwork set.

Come to Mama!

Papercrafting Product Release: Paper House Productions - Specialty Journals (image)

Papercrafting Product Release: Paper House Productions – Specialty Journals

Paper House Productions also has a wide range of stationery and gift items.

And this summer they have released a series of Specialty Journals.

I love all the colors and designs in these awesome journals!

Papercrafting Product Release: Paper House Productions - Tricky Notebooks (image)

Papercrafting Product Release: Paper House Productions – Tricky Notebooks

But I am over the moon WOWed with these Tricky Notebooks!

I want one of each!

Be sure to take a look
at the entire
Paper House Productions
new release
!

Love what you see?

You can connect with

Paper House Productions

on the

Paper House Productions Facebook page 

or by following the

Paper House Productions Pinterest Boards

Papercrafting Product Release: Paper House Productions (image)

Papercrafting Product Release: Paper House Productions


I bet you wanna know what
Paper House Productions
is giving away, right?

One lucky papercrafter
will WIN a collection

of products from the new release!

This prize is a $75 value!


Want to know how to enter to win
?

It’s really simple…

Once you check out the full

new release,

come back and leave a comment on this post - 

let us know which of these

Paper House Production products

YOU love most and how you’d use them

AND

share this post

using the social media icons

at the end of the post

AND

LIKE

the Paper House Productions Facebook page

and let them know how much you appreciate

their generosity!
(and be sure to tell ‘em we sent ya!)

What’s that again?

Comment, Share & LIKE!

See, easy!

Deadline:
Midnight (central, GMT-6),
August 31, 2014

Thanks for stopping by to check out all the new goodies and good luck to all the Paper House Productions fans,
Monica

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Papercrafting Product Release: Stampendous & A Giveaway

by Monica Bradford

Papercrafting Product Release: Stampendous & A Giveaway
Papercrafting goodness from Stampendous and a chance to win some fabulous products!

Papercrafting Product Release: Stampendous (image)

Papercrafting Product Releases: Stampendous

If you love stamping and die cutting, then you are going to swoon for the new releases from Stampendous!

Papercrafting Product Release: Stampendous - Punkin Ghouls Rubber Stamp (image)

Papercrafting Product Release: Stampendous – Punkin Ghouls Rubber Stamp

The Punkin Ghouls Rubber Stamp set is spooktacularly amazing.

The perfect mix of sweet and spook!

Papercrafting Product Release: Stampendous - Bat Doodle Rubber Stamp (image)

Papercrafting Product Release: Stampendous – Bat Doodle Rubber Stamp

And I adore the patterns on the Bat Doodle Rubber Stamp!

So very cute!

Papercrafting Product Release: Stampendous - Tricky Words Perfectly Clear Stamps Set (image)

Papercrafting Product Release: Stampendous – Tricky Words Perfectly Clear Stamps Set

No matter the project, the phrases in the Tricky Words Perfectly Clear Stamps Set will complement your Halloween crafting!

Papercrafting Product Release: Stampendous - Halloween Diamonds Perfectly Clear Stamps Set (image)

Papercrafting Product Release: Stampendous – Halloween Diamonds Perfectly Clear Stamps Set

The diamond shapes in the Halloween Diamonds Perfectly Clear Stamps Set are just what you need for fun, repeating backgrounds.

But, they would be even more adorable to use for making Halloween jewelry. Ooh, yeah!

And wait till you see what Steph’s got in store for you – the lovely folks at Stampendous sent her some of their newest products to play with and she’ll be sharing a few papercrafted Halloween items next month!

Papercrafting Product Release: Stampendous - Cling Delicate Snow (image)

Papercrafting Product Release: Stampendous – Cling Delicate Snow Cling Rubber Stamps

They say that no two snowflakes are alike.

And the snowflakes in the Cling Delicate Snow cling rubber stamp set are beyond gorgeous.

Intricate designs that make each snowflake truly unique.

I’m in love!

Papercrafting Product Release: Stampendous - Snowflake Die Set (image)

Papercrafting Product Release: Stampendous – Snowflake Die Set

And if you love those snowflakes as much as I do, you are going to want to grab the matching Snowflake Die Set!

I would be a snowflake-making fool with these two products.

Amazing!

Papercrafting Product Release: Stampendous - Gingerbread House Rubber Stamp (image)

Papercrafting Product Release: Stampendous – Gingerbread House Rubber Stamp

In my opinion there is nothing cuter than a good gingerbread house.

And this “House Mouse” Gingerbread House Rubber Stamp is beyond cute.

It’s cute all hopped up on sugar!

If you’re planning a gingerbread house-making party for the little one (or the bigs!), then you NEED this stamp for making invites.

Of course, it’d also be super cute stamped on a scrapbook layout about the tradition of making gingerbread houses or as the center of attention on holiday cards, right?!

Yes it would!

Papercrafting Product Release: Stampendous - Build A Snowman Perfectly Clear Stamps Set (image)

Papercrafting Product Release: Stampendous – Build A Snowman Perfectly Clear Stamps Set

And oh my, just look at these snowmen!

I have a sweet little snowman collection.

And with the Build A Snowman Perfectly Clear Stamps Set, I could create even more sweet little snowmen all day long!

Papercrafting Product Release: Stampendous - Christmas Diamonds Perfectly Clear Stamps Set (image)

Papercrafting Product Release: Stampendous – Christmas Diamonds Perfectly Clear Stamps Set

The Christmas Diamonds Perfectly Clear Stamps Set is full of holiday perfection.

Steph immediately thought about stained glass made with these stamps, clear acetate and dye inks.

What do you think?

Whatever your decide to make with these, we’re sure it will be lovely!

Be sure to stop by

and check out all of the

Stampendous new releases,

including the new Lux Mixes

&

Spoonful Embossing Powder & Elements,

Love what you see?

You can connect with Stampendous

on the

Stampendous Facebook page,

Stampendous Pinterest account,

Stampendous YouTube account
(where they have lots of fun tutorial videos!),

Stampendous Tumbler feed,

and by following

the Stampendous Twitter feed.

Papercrafting Product Release: Stampendous (image)

Papercrafting Product Release: Stampendous

So, I bet you wanna know what

Stampendous

is giving away, right?

Well, take a gander at these!

Papercrafting Product Release: Stampendous - Leaves Die Set (image)

Papercrafting Product Release: Stampendous – Leaves Die Set

Papercrafting Product Release: Stampendous - Cling PenPattern Leaves (image)

Papercrafting Product Release: Stampendous – Cling PenPattern Leaves

Papercrafting Product Release: Stampendous - Perfectly Clear Acrylic Stamp Handle (image)

Papercrafting Product Release: Stampendous – Perfectly Clear Acrylic Stamp Handle

One lucky papercrafter
will WIN the
PenPattern Leaves Stamp Set,
the matching
Leaves Die Set
&
the Perfectly Clear Acrylic Stamp Handle!


Amazing RIGHT?!!

Yeah, that’s what we thought too! 


Want to know how to enter to win?

It’s really simple…

Once you’ve checked out the

Stampendous new releases

(and their other products)

come back and

leave a comment on this post -

let us know which of their products

YOU love most

AND

share this post

using the social media icons

at the end of the post

AND

LIKE

the Stampendous Facebook page

and let them know how much you appreciate

their generosity!

(and be sure to tell ‘em we sent ya!)


What’s that again?

Comment, Share & LIKE!

See, easy!


Deadline:
Midnight (central),
August 30 , 2014

Good luck to all who enter,
Monica


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Papercrafting Industry Event Report: SPC Mixed Media Event 2014

by Stephanie Hackney

Papercrafting Industry Event Report: SPC Mixed Media Event 2014
Papercrafting Products, Projects, Booths & Education – An “Inside” Look!

Hello There Papercrafters!

Are you ready for another peek inside a papercrafting industry trade show?

For shots of the booths of some of your favorite papercrafting product manufacturers, companies like American Crafts?

For video tours of some of the latest papercrafting product releases, including a “personal tour” from Teresa Collins?

For a chance to be inspired by the many wonderful papercrafted projects your favorite designers made to show off the latest papercrafting products, products we’ve been giving away?


Well, here we go!

The SPC Mixed Media Event - Salt Lake City, UT (USA) - July 22-24, 2014 (image)

The SPC Mixed Media Event - Salt Lake City, UT (USA) – July 22-24, 2014

I attended two papercrafting industry events last month and this group of photos and videos (linked below) are from the first event I attended, the Sierra Pacific Crafts Mixed Media Event, which took place in Salt Lake City, UT (USA), July 22nd-24th, 2014.

Sheraton - Salt Lake City, UT (USA) (image)

Sheraton Hotel – Salt Lake City, UT (USA)

The event was held at the Sheraton Salt Lake City and included papercrafting workshops for the attendees (the majority of which are the owners of the local, independent papercrafting stores we work hard to promote here at PCC), several days for attendees to walk the expo floor (that’s where the eye candy is!) and lots of opportunities for networking with industry colleagues.

A big thanks to the team at Sierra Pacific Crafts for inviting me to attend this industry event (if you’re a store owner and you’re looking for assistance with growing your papercrafting supply business, you should check them out!).

Their whole team was wonderful and I really enjoyed covering the event!

SPC Mixed Media Event 2014 - Teresa Collins Booth (image)

SPC Mixed Media Event 2014 – Teresa Collins Booth

I arrived the night before the expo floor opened to ensure that I could be on the expo floor first thing on the opening day and I was so glad I did.

Why?

Well, the booths were all set up that evening and I was able to walk around the expo floor and take pictures without waiting for clear shots (meaning there were no other attendees in the booths) and while the booths were still “fresh.”

This made the process so much quicker and enabled me to spend the show hours speaking with the papercrafting manufacturers and other attendees, something I really value and enjoy.

And now, here are the links to our two galleries, one for the videos I shot and one for the hundreds of photos I took:

Papercrafting | Mixed Media Event Coverage -Videos

Papercrafting | Mixed Media Event Coverage – Photos

We hope you enjoy this “inside” peek into the show and we welcome your questions and comments.

Leave a comment and you might just win a few NEW papercrafting goodies!

And, answer the question below (by sending me your answer in an email to shackney {at} papercrafterscorner {dot} com) and you might win a bonus papercrafting prize!

***Please do NOT post the answer to the following question in the comments – send your answer in an email as instructed above,  thanks!***

Video Question: What does Teresa Collins do every year?


Thanks for being a member of PaperCrafter’s Corner and happy papercrafting,
Steph

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