Hey there, Jessica here! I ADORE my distress inks. If my craft room was on fire and I could only save one thing…I’d save my distress inks. I love their versatility and all the bright, cheerful colors! When I bought my first distress ink pads last year I just threw them in a drawer with the rest of my ink pads. As I started using them I found myself keeping them out on a regular basis. Then I discovered distress markers…and the reinkers…and the blending tools…and I was in trouble.
I had an ink organizer from Organize More that I loved and while browsing their site one day I realized that they had distress ink specific organizers but not ones that would hold the reinkers and markers. So I put in a request for one and a few months later they added it to the line-up!
After I received the organizer I really got into using the mini ink blending tools. I started off with just two tools and a handful of pads but ended up making the investment for individual tools for each color. I found myself accidentally smudging and ruining cards when trying to change the blending pads. And I also had a tendency to accidentally mistake the colors and contaminate the blending pad or the actual ink pad. I use them often enough that I figured it was worth it to have easy access to them. I lucked out and was able to find the blending tools at JoAnn’s on sale and was able to add an extra coupon near Christmas bringing each tool to 75% off! (Actually I think they may have been mismarked at JoAnn’s…but I wasn’t going to argue with the cashier!)
Then I had to figure out how to store them…I had wanted to have easy access to them but didn’t want them out on my workspace. I found an Artbin container and realized the tools would fit perfectly. I ended up grouping them in threes (in the same order as my ink organizer).
I also made up a diagram with the name of each color in the grouping and washi-taped it to both sides of the lid so that I could easily find individual colors.
In the front compartments I keep extra pads and a handful of leftover tools (including the older rectangular tools). I also labeled each tool so that I wouldn’t make any mistakes with the colors.
If you couldn’t tell I get a little excited about organizing supplies in my craft room! I hope this gives you some ideas for how to store your distress inks and supplies!