Sunday, May 29, 2011

Spray Ink Swatch Book

I love to be organized. It just makes me happy...and less stressed. (Just ask my family!) Keeping up with all this organization, and reorganization is tough though, especially when it seems like stuff around here multiplies like rabbits...especially my scrappy stuff. ;-) Not that I'm complaining, mind you. And so, I've been on an organization kick as of late, and yesterday I finished organizing my spray ink. I'm super happy with the results and thought I'd share with my lovely blog readers in case you're looking for ways to organize your own spray inks. 

I decided to first make a swatch book of all my inks - to make it quicker and easier to find the right color when working on a project. I cut up small rectangles of white cardstock to spray each of my ink colors on. By the way, I LOVE this Color Catcher box by Clearsnap. It's not real big so I also have a large plain cardboard box for spraying larger items, but this box from Clearsnap is great for small projects! I hang this little one up on a wall hook in the closet when I'm not using it.

Here are some of my swatches drying. As you can see I have lots of different brands of spray ink, and I love them all!

This next step isn't really part of creating the swatch book, but it will make it a lot easier to find the color I'm looking for at a glance. I simply punched a small circle from each of my color swatches and added them to the tops of my ink bottles with strong adhesive.

I created my swatch cards using a drawing program, printed them, and then cut them into approximately 2" x 3" rectangles.

I used a square punch to cut squares from each of my color swatches and added them to my little cards just below the color and brand name of each ink. The square overlapped the edge of the card and I trimmed the excess away.

My completed swatch book with plenty of room on the ring to add to it. ;-)

I mounted the color samples flush with the edge of my swatch book pages to make it easier to match my ink with my other project supplies.

Finally I placed all my ink bottles into a bucket along with my swatch book. I can easily pull this bucket off the shelf where it's stored and bring it right to my desk when working. I know, I know, this bucket is already packed to capacity. I think I'll start looking for a bigger bucket. :)

Happy organizing!

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

That's a lot of spray ink! I love the idea of putting the inked swatch on the end of the cardstock rectangle to make it easy to match to your project. I probably would not have thought ahead that thoroughly. Thanks for the idea, Cindy!
~Julia

JENNY K. said...

That is awesome Cindy! What a great idea!

Kristin Hayne said...

I looooooove this... I really need to do one soon. As always, my mists, inks and sprays started out with just a couple of colors....

Kim J said...

Hello swatch book of awesome! You didn't make that into a downloadable PDF by any chance did you? :)

Mel J said...

This is very organised! You certainly do have a lot of inks! I need a little spray booth like that as I always end up ruining my layout or pics when I spray too close to them!

Trista said...

Well done! I love how you added a swatch to the top of the bottles too.

laura vegas said...

this is a fabulous idea cindy! and i have the same exact bucket that i have mine stored in right now. love target! this is a great idea for my stamping ink as well.

Megan said...

Love this, CIndy. I keep meaning to buy the little circle stickers to spray, but I always forget when I'm at the store. Perhaps I'll just do the punch thing. Good thinking! Thanks for the inspiration!

suzyplant said...

Oh my gosh - you are so amazing! I love this! I must do this!!! The cards are so cute! You should write an organization book for all of us! suzy

Danielle said...

I had my daughter do this for me (my 11 year old) and she LOVED spraying all my inks and writing the names down for me (and it kept her busy for awhile)! I put them in a binder on my desk, so I can quick look and find a color I need! I love how you have yours on a key chain! In my binder, I keep calendars for what's due, inspiration ideas, stamping ink colors, log in passwords to the sites I go to, etc. :)
Dani

Mauri CITA said...

Such a great idea - am off to do this straigh away! Thanks for sharing!
Mauri

Emma's Pretties said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial...I make jewelry and was able to take something I already do and make it better because of your suggestions! I am also downloading OpenOffice as we speak. Brilliant!

Take care,

Sandy Witas
Rumford, ME
Emma's Pretties

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