Craftroom Storage: Ink Pads – Hang Them Up!

Craftroom Storage: Ink Pads – Hang Them Up!
Craftroom storage for your ink pads frustrating you? Come ‘hang with us!’

Hello There Crafty Peeps!

We hope this post finds you kicking off your week with a focus on creating.

I’ll be working on party decor for my mother-in-law’s 80th birthday.

I’ve got a picture in my head of how I want the room decor to look and I’ve been ‘collecting’ items to make it a reality.

I can’t wait to see if it comes together like the image I have in my head! Fingers crossed…


And now, on to today’s share – it’s a quick one, a simple and inexpensive solution for storing your ink pads.

I love having lots of ink pads available when I’m creating, but having so many on hand has resulted in my having them stashed in large containers, containers that (when stacked) can get quite heavy and aren’t as easy to access (in my space) as I’d like.

And, these large containers take up a lot of space on my work area when I bring them out of where they’re stored.

Craftroom Organization - Snapware Snap N Stack 10 x 14 Rectangular Container (image)
Craftroom Organization – Snapware Snap N Stack 10 x 14 Rectangular Container

I’ve stored my Ranger Distress Ink Pads (along with other ink pads) in these 10″ x 14″ Snapware Snap N Stack rectangular containers for years and it’s been a great solution when I needed to take them with me to crafting events (where I did most of my crafting).

But now that I craft almost exclusively in my craft studio/office, I need a different solution – a solution that not only provides ample storage, but easy access and portability (should I need to take them along on a future crafting adventure).

And, a solution that doesn’t take up valuable real estate on my work surface.


Well folks, I’ve found a solution I absolutely adore!

Craftroom Organization - Ink Storage - Hanging Jewelry Organizers (image)
Craftroom Organization – Ink Storage – Hanging Jewelry Organizers

Check out this Hanging Jewelry Organizer from Sheffield Home.

This version is called the ‘Amour,’ which is perfect considering it’ll be home to my beloved Ranger Distress Ink Pads!

It has 30 small pockets and three larger pockets on each side.

And you know what that means, right?

It’s perfect for holding all 60 colors of Distress Inkand then some!

Craftroom Organization - Ink Storage - Ranger Distress Inks Stored in a Hanging Jewelry Organizer (image)
Craftroom Organization – Ink Storage – Ranger Distress Inks Stored in a Hanging Jewelry Organizer

It’s also trimmed with black and white stripes and has a huge silver heart in the background – could it be any cuter?!


As you can see, I bought two of these…well actually, I bought four!!!

I am so in love with this craftroom storage solution, which is ideal for my limited closet storage space, that I had to make sure I had enough space for ALL of my ink pads to be stored in this fashion.

Now all four of these organizers will be hung in my craft studio/office closet and I’ll have super easy access to my inks without their storage container taking up space on my work area when I’m creating.

Craftroom Organization - Ink Storage - Ranger Distress Inks Hanging in Craft Closet (image)
Craftroom Organization – Ink Storage – Ranger Distress Inks Hanging in My Craftroom Closet

(In case you’re wondering, my closet is just to the left of my work table.)

And, the larger pockets in this organizer are perfect for my other Ranger ink pads, or even inking tools – see below.

Craftroom Organization - Ink Storage - Add'l Ranger Inks in Jewelry Organizer (image)
Craftroom Organization – Ink Storage – Add’l Ranger Inks in the Jewelry Organizer


Think you might want one of these hanging organizers?

I took a picture of the tag that came on these in case any of you want to try and find one (or more) for your ink pads – here’s the front of the tag:

Craftroom Organization - Ink Storage - Tag for My Find, A Hanging Jewelry Organizer from Sheffield Home (image)
Craftroom Organization – Ink Storage – Tag for My Find, A Hanging Jewelry Organizer from Sheffield Home

And here’s the back of the tag (with the UPC, item number and price – these were purchased at Tuesday Morning):

Craftroom Organization - Ink Storage - UPC Code, Item Number & Price of the Hanging Jewelry Organizer from Sheffield Home (image)
Craftroom Organization – Ink Storage – UPC Code, Item Number & Price of the Hanging Jewelry Organizer from Sheffield Home


So, what do you think?

Does a hanging organizer sound like a solution
that’d work for your ink pads?

Or, perhaps for another crafty supply?

Please share your thoughts with us
on this craftroom organization and storage solution –

how would YOU use it?

BTW, if you’re looking to organize your Ranger products and label your ink pads, etc., be sure to check out their site for blank color charts which you can fill in and color labels which you can print out and adhere to your products – all can be found here: Ranger Color Charts & Product Labels

Well, that wraps up today’s craftroom organization and storage share – see you next time!
Steph & The CSI Team

Craft Storage Ideas Editor & Owner - Stephanie Hackney (image)
Craft Storage Ideas Editor & Owner – Stephanie Hackney

 

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16 thoughts on “Craftroom Storage: Ink Pads – Hang Them Up!”

  1. That would certainly free up space. I’m wondering about something, though. I’ve always heard to store your ink pads upside down to keep the ink spaced evenly and the tops wet. Is this not important? In addition to the ink pads, I’m thinking this would be a great way of sorting those rarely used ornamental brads. Time for a trip to Tuesday Morning!

    1. Darla,

      Thanks for your question.

      I just left a reply for another commenter.

      Here’s what I wrote about this:

      I have stored my ink pads, on their sides, in the clear containers that I showed in the post and I have never had any issue with the ink pooling at the bottom or leaking out. And they’ve been stored in this manner for many years.

      Also, I recently heard Tim Holtz talk about the belief that ink pads should be stored upside down and he also said this is not true. The ink floats in the pad just like water stays in a sponge.

      As for these hanging organizers, yes, they’d be great for lots of items!

      I wish I had a huge closet rod – I’d probably store all of my embellishments in baggies in those pockets!

      Stephanie

  2. I ould be afraid that the ink would leak out the bottom end and get all over the pocket it is in. I have had a few of my TH Distress mini ink pads, stored upside down, leak and get all over the rest of the pads in the tin I store them in. What a mess that was! LOL
    I am working on reorganizing a few areas in my craft room now to free up some vertical space to store things in. I just hung all of my Prima flowers (well, not all but all that would fit) on a wire mobile frame and have it hanging above my work island so that when I need them I just lower it down and when I don’t need them they are floating above me! I figured that using the ceiling as a storage element gives me more room to store things!
    See you next post!

    1. Barb,

      Thanks for your comment.

      I just left a reply for another commenter.

      Here’s what I wrote about this:

      I have stored my ink pads, on their sides, in the clear containers that I showed in the post and I have never had any issue with the ink pooling at the bottom or leaking out. And they’ve been stored in this manner for many years.

      Also, I recently heard Tim Holtz talk about the belief that ink pads should be stored upside down and he also said this is not true. The ink floats in the pad just like water stays in a sponge.

      I like the idea of using the ceiling for storage – there’s lots of unused space up there! 😉

      Stephanie

    1. Nancy,

      Thanks for your question.

      I just left a reply for another commenter.

      Here’s what I wrote about this:

      I have stored my ink pads, on their sides, in the clear containers that I showed in the post and I have never had any issue with the ink pooling at the bottom or leaking out. And they’ve been stored in this manner for many years.

      Also, I recently heard Tim Holtz talk about the belief that ink pads should be stored upside down and he also said this is not true. The ink floats in the pad just like water stays in a sponge.

      Stephanie

  3. Hmm, won’t the ink leak out when they are stored on there sides like that? I think you might find puddles of in in the bottoms of the pockets. I know I have some ink pads that leak even when they are stored flat.

    1. Phyllis,

      Thanks for your question.

      I just left a reply for another commenter.

      Here’s what I wrote about this:

      I have stored my ink pads, on their sides, in the clear containers that I showed in the post and I have never had any issue with the ink pooling at the bottom or leaking out. And they’ve been stored in this manner for many years.

      Also, I recently heard Tim Holtz talk about the belief that ink pads should be stored upside down and he also said this is not true. The ink floats in the pad just like water stays in a sponge.

      Stephanie

  4. I love your ink storage method using a hanging jewelry organizer. I was always told to store my pads upside down to keep the ink at the top when it’s opened for use. Which is the better way? Thanks so much!

    1. Kathy,

      Thanks for your question.

      I just left a reply for another commenter.

      Here’s what I wrote about this:

      I have stored my ink pads, on their sides, in the clear containers that I showed in the post and I have never had any issue with the ink pooling at the bottom or leaking out. And they’ve been stored in this manner for many years.

      Also, I recently heard Tim Holtz talk about the belief that ink pads should be stored upside down and he also said this is not true. The ink floats in the pad just like water stays in a sponge.

      Stephanie

  5. My only concern is. ….
    Will the ink drain to the bottom? If not, then I’m off to purchase a few of these ?

    1. Lisa,

      I just left a reply for another commenter.

      Here’s what I wrote about this:

      I have stored my ink pads, on their sides, in the clear containers that I showed in the post and I have never had any issue with the ink pooling at the bottom or leaking out. And they’ve been stored in this manner for many years.

      Also, I recently heard Tim Holtz talk about the belief that ink pads should be stored upside down and he also said this is not true. The ink floats in the pad just like water stays in a sponge.

      Stephanie

  6. Not a good way to store ink pads ever – all ink would go to one end of pad. All ink pads should be stored with the pad face down – horizontally – so the ink stays in the top of the pad for immediate use.

    Sorry – can’t agree with this one – great visually but not for ind pads.

    1. Roxanne,

      I’ll respectfully disagree.

      I have stored my ink pads, on their sides, in the clear containers that I showed in the post and I have never had any issue with the ink pooling at the bottom or leaking out. And they’ve been stored in this manner for many years.

      The pads did (and still do) have a rubber band wrapped around them to ensure the lid stays on tight, but the pockets in this hanging organizer also provide a snug fit.

      Also, I recently heard Tim Holtz talk about the belief that ink pads should be stored upside down and he also said this is not true. The ink floats in the pad just like water stays in a sponge.

      Sorry to disagree,

      Stephanie

    1. Jeanne,

      That’s a great idea too!

      I’m using a similar product – one I’ll be sharing soon – for my punches.

      Stay tuned,

      Steph

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