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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Make it work Wednesday #10

I can't believe this is already make it work #10! This week, I am going to share how I store my reinkers. I try to purchase the reinker with the pad so that I have them when needed. They are also handy for watercoloring, dying ribbon and other background techniques. I want to be able to find the color I am looking for quickly. This system will take a little time to incorporate initially, but if you do this as you purchase reinkers it will be a very small investment that will save tons of time searching in the long run. My classic reinkers are sorted by color families and color coded by punching 1/4" circles of coordinating CS for the tops of the bottles. From trial & error, I have learned to adhere them to the concave tops using Crystal Effects or Glassy Accents. Tacky glue will harden and not adhere to the plastic for long. Just apply the Crystal Effects in a small drop directly to the cap, turn the bottle over and place over the punched circle like you are stamping an image. All classic inks are stored in my roll top desk. You can see them in the drawers with the cut outs.


They are organized by color families and the drawers are labeled inside. (of course) Initially, I tried writing the color on the caps w/ a sharpie, but I still couldn't find the color I wanted quickly.


Less used reinkers such as Stazon, are stored in shallow drawers of a vintage tool box. It also houses cleaning pads in the top, wheels/handles/cartridges and individual stamps.


The colors I use the most - (Distress inks & Adirondack Pigments) are stored on the top of my SU! color caddy. I don't label these bottles because I can easily see the color through the bottles or see the labels. You may also notice from the caddy, that I don't use it to store SU! classic pads as designed. Anybody interested in purchasing gently used Classic ink pads??????????? To make the caddy work for the pad I use the most, I placed black dominos at the back of the slots. The domino's are placed the long way for the shorter Distress pads and the short way for Adirondacks, Versafine, Encore Metallics & Stazon pads.


You have seen the system that works for me. Take a couple minutes to organize and find a solution that works for you. Here are the past MIW Wednesdays:

#1 Ribbon & lots more (Clip it Up!)

#2 Cardstock/Scrap Storage

#3 DP & 12 x 12 Storage

#4 Punches & Wood Mounted Stamps

#5 Unmounted Stamp Storage

#6 Embellishment Storage

#7 Cuttlebug Embossing Folders

#8 Die Cut Storage

#9 Spellbinder Magnet Storage

Have a great Wednesday & remember, Make it Work!


  1. Oooh I love your desk! I see you have an old tool box too. I use one of my dad's to store my punches and other gadgets in.

  2. what helpful ideas you have here, Shelly! of course what's not to love about your old roll top.

  3. Gorgeous pieces of furniture!! Oh, and you organizing is nice too, lol!


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