Hey there, stamping friend! Lately, I’ve been on a bit of a push to get myself organized. Purge what I don’t need; organize what I want to keep – and of course order more to fill in what I don’t have! Organization is not my strongest suit, so I thought that if I have difficulty with it, chances are you might, too. So I thought I’d share what I’ve found, to help you organize and track your supplies.
KNOW WHAT YOU HAVE
Have you ever ordered the same product twice, just because you forgot you had it? Yeah – you can put your hands down; you’re among friends! I’m sure we’ve all done it, at least once. When it comes to basics like adhesives or white cardstock, it’s not so bad. It’s a little worse if it’s pricey items like dies or tools. Even so, I get frustrated when I duplicate my inks.
Since I’ve been using & building my supply of Distress and Distress Oxide inks, I thought that now is a good time to start tracking what I have. The best source for this? Go direct to the supplier!
CHART YOUR PRODUCTS
Ranger Ink’s website has done all the hard work for us – creating the templates for ink charts! The first one I downloaded (they are all available in PDF format – print & go!) is for the Distress Ink. You can click the words to go directly to that chart. The next one is for Distress Oxide Ink. Those are the 2 I need most right now. There are loads of other charts, including label sheets for everything from their Archival inks to Alcohol inks, to embossing powders, Stickles and more. Just click here to go to the Ranger Ink website, Organize your Products page, and download & print what you need.
If you’re like me and enjoy using Lawn Fawn products, they’ve done the same! Charts for days, my friends! They provide both ‘checklist’ type charts, where you check off what you have by name on a chart, as well as swatch type charts. Personally, for colours I prefer the swatch charts. With the range of shades & tones in any particular colour, sometimes the name alone doesn’t tell you whether you have the ‘right’ colour. For the Lawn Fawn resources, CLICK HERE.
Jennifer McGuire, Ink.
Looking for ALL of the different ink brands? Our crafty hero, Jennifer McGuire has created charts for I’m sure about every brand known to mankind! And, she has them free to download from her blog. To see all of the charts Jennifer has created & shared, CLICK HERE to go to her complete swatch book guide page. She also has an editable file, so you can create your own custom charts!
SUPPLIES TO KEEP YOUR CHARTS
Once you’ve created these wonderful charts, you’ll want to keep them safe, and close by for reference. I’d suggest putting them in page protectors, and keeping them in binders. That way you can categorize by brand, or by colour, and use tabs to separate them. You can also use this type of charting for your Markers, as well! For ideas, videos and more links, Scrapbook.com has a great post – CLICK HERE to have a look! I hope that these resources I’ve shared today will help you organize and track your supplies, too!
Next time, I’ll talk about stamp & die storage. If you have a topic you’d like to discuss, leave me a comment and let me know!