DIY Ink Pad Storage

Hey guys! Today my post is about organization & storage. Now I don’t know about you, but I struggle to stay organized in my craft studio. Being messy and having a small studio don’t mix well. So when I redid my studio I put a lot of thought into how I could maximize the space I had and keep things handy but organized.

One of the first issues I tackled was my ink pad storage. Originally I kept them in my desk drawer, but as my collection grew I realised this system would not work long term. I could only fit 18 pads in one drawer and, since I had 33 total, this would mean filling both drawers up, leaving no room for some of the other things I needed to store close at hand. WP_20160316_16_07_37_Pro

So one day I was looking around on youtube and I found the perfect solution! I came across a video which showed how to make your own ink pad storage tower out of cardstock!  You know I love a good DIY and this is just genius! Super simple to make and you only need a few inexpensive supplies.

The video is in German but the measurements are all written down on post-it notes and it’s really easy to follow.

I’ve changed it up a bit to suit my personal needs (I wanted to fit 12 ink pads in one tower and I also didn’t need the reinker tray on top). You can do the same if you want to (you just have to adjust the backing piece measurements as I did).

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These are all the supplies you’ll need for one tower:

  • 7 sheets of A4 cardstock (I recommend using thicker cardstock, 300g, to ensure the tower is super sturdy and durable)
  • paper trimmer
  • liquid glue
  • double sided tape
  • ruler

In order to make the 12 slots I cut down 6 of the sheets to 10.5 x 25 cm. I scored each one at 2, 12, 14 and 24 cm. Then I folded on the score lines and used some strong double sided tape to glue the flaps.

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After I assembled all 12 slots, I used some liquid glue to adhere one on top of the other (you can see this in the video). To give stability to the tower you need to glue a backing piece. Since I went with 12 slots I adjusted my size by measuring the height of my tower (you can see it’s 24.8 cm). So my piece measures 21 x 24.8 cm (score lines are the same: 5.4 cm and 15.6 cm).

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I glued it to the sides of the tower and voila! The completed project(s)!

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I love that I’m able to store my inks vertically now, which saves me a lot of space, and they’re right behind my desk for easy reach.

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Hope you like the idea as much as I did! Check out the video and give it a try :).

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Banner Blast #GDP026

Hey guys! Life’s been surprisingly hectic lately so I’ve been missing from the blog for a while, but I’ll be returning to a regular posting schedule now (hopefully!).

Today I’m playing along with the Global Design Project. I always check out their challenge on Monday because it’s a great way to get inspired and start off the week with a creative bang. Now, granted, sometimes I procrastinate and things get in the way but it’s a great habit to get into.

This week’s challenge is a Sketch Challenge.

Sketch Challenge

You’ll see that I didn’t take it too literally, which is ok. Often, by trying to be true to the sketch you end up limiting yourself and even getting frustrated with your project. Remember that the sketch is there to give you inspiration but after that initial spark, don’t be afraid to run with it and follow your creative process.

You’ll be surprised what you end up with :). I ended up with a banner! Ok, no surprise there. If you’ve been to my blog a few times you’ll know that I’m a sucker for banners.

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I really like how this turned out. It’s really fun and colorful and great to have around when you need a little pick-me-up. You can hang it in your house or in your craft area for a little fun decor.