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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Organizing Your Ink Refills

Here is the July article...and it's still July! I'm caught up and have the August article ready to post next week! :)

Have you purchased the Ink Refills for all of your Stampin’ Pads? You should! In addition to refilling your ink pads, you can use refills for Stampin’ Around Wheel Cartridges, to dye ribbon and embellishments so they match your projects, to watercolor with, and more! You can buy them individually or in Color Collections.
Now that you have all these little ink bottles, how do you store them? If you have the Color Caddy from Stampin’ Up!, 48 ink refills will fit in the tray on top. I used to keep my refills in a small box, but quickly outgrew that. I have 38 Classic Ink Refills (there is no white or vanilla Classic Ink), 40 Craft Ink Refills, 10 In Color Refills, refills for Versamark, black and white Staz On, plus a few others that are discontinued. That’s a lot of little bottles! Luckily the containers that I store my stamps in have drawers that are just the right height for refills.
To keep the bottles from moving around, I made dividers out of thin cardboard. I made cuts about halfway down in the pieces that run front to back, then made cuts about half way up on the pieces that go left to right and put them together to make the framework you see. They’re all measured so the bottles just fit. I have them arranged so that a Color Collection fits in each row from front to back. The Classic Inks are on the left, the Craft Inks on the right. In the center I have the In Colors in the front and Staz On in the back. It makes it very easy to find the refill I need when an ink pad is getting dry or I need a certain color for a project. There’s room for more in case I decide to keep anything that retires.
Next Month: Wheels

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