Tuesday, November 8, 2011

An inexpensive storage solution

I am an organization addict. I love to get my new supplies home and organize - I know not normal. I also don't like to spend too much money to do this. So here is what I have come up with to store my Tim Holtz Distress Inks.

The container is from Joanne Fabrics. It is made by Snapware, has a wonderful handle on top for traveling purposes, and closes tightly.

I wanted separate compartments for my ink storage. However, I could not find the right container with separates compartments. So I made my own. I used plastic canvas to do this. I cut 3 pieces of plastic canvas to fit the width of the container (10") and 2 pieces to fit the length of the container (13"). All of the pieces are the same height to fit into the container (12 squares high) .

Now you need to figure out the correct spacing for the compartments. So I figured out 4 ink pads will fit along the length of the container and 2 across with storage for the ink tool in the middle. Next you need to cut into the plastic strips so they fit into each other. The short pieces going across have 2 cuts into them while the longer pieces have 5 cuts into them. You cut out 1 block of squares wide and 6 blocks high. For the short plastic canvas pieces go in on each side 25 squares or 4" and make you cut. For the long pieces go in 4 squares and make you cut on each side. Then from this cut go in 21 squares and cut on the 21st square. I hope all of this is making some sense. If you have questions please feel free to contact me on this.

Next just slide the pieces together where you cut the squares out.

Know you can put the canvas compartments into your container and presto you have  wonderful storage solution. I have my inks separated by colors as well. And of course the ink tool fits right into the middle compartment.

So hope this was helpful. Next post this week will be about labeling the ink pads and storage of the ink applicator pads.

1 comment:

  1. that's really clever, I love it but what is plastic canvas.