Today I want to share with you how I store my ink pads. Over the next couple of weeks I am going to share with you how I store my different stamping supplies.   Last week I posted this picture on Facebook, and someone asked what the numbers on the pads are, well, now you will find out.  It’s part of my ink pad storage system!  When I received all my new colors awhile back, I decided to make a HUGE CHANGE in how I store my ink pads.  For the past 23+ years I have always kept them by color group, in the same order they were shown in the catalog.  It was all I knew, and I could easily keep them in order and where they belonged.  But it was time for a change.  I have decided to store my ink pads by colors, rather than by color groups.  All the blues together, all the greens together, etc…..  My brain is struggling, but I am really liking this new system.

How I Store My Ink Pads

I keep my ink pads in a holder I purchased from Stamp-n-Storage.  They have awesome storage products.  If you’d like to see what they have, CLICK HERE to go to their website.  (I am not an affiliate and do not get anything for referrals, just want to share these awesome products with you!). This is what the storage unit looks like on my counter.  I like that I have the Stampin’ Pad, Marker and Reinker all together!

My storage solution for Stampin' Up! Ink Pads

Here is a better view of the first 2 rows.  (I still need to get the new reinkers, so there are a few empty spots!)

Stampin' up ink pads stored by color family

Order I Put Them In

Like I said, I wanted to keep the pads by colors, not by color groups.  I wanted the blacks, grays and browns on the left, closest to where I stand so I could easily grab them since at least one of them is used on almost every card I make.  Next I started with the pinks and reds.  Actually I began by putting all of the colors in the order that I wanted them, and then started with the first one at the top of the 2nd column…..PETAL PINK.  To fit into 3 columns, I needed to put 11 pads in a row, as you see above.  So row 1 has Petal Pink to Calypso Coral.  Row 2 started with the next in my order, Pumpkin Pie, and ends with Shaded Spruce.  Then I moved on to Bermuda Bay through Blackberry Bliss

Stampin' Up! rainbow of ink pad colors. Great storage solution for ink pads

And then the final row has the 2 groups of In Colors.  I did not want to mix these into the other colors because they will change every year.

Now What About The Numbers?

Once I had them all arranged, I knew I would never remember where any of the pads belonged to put them away.  Thus, the numbers!  I actually started with Petal Pink and numbered it “1.”  And I went all the way through Blackberry Bliss, number “33.”  I left the neutral colors in their own little group and numbered them “N1” to “N8.”  (don’t confuse this with the “Neutrals Collection” in the catalog). The 2 different In Color Groups were left un-numbered in the right column.

I have been using this for about a month now and love it.  Everyday it gets easier, but I love having all the “greens” together, and the “blues” together, etc.  It really makes me look at all of our gorgeous colors differently.  As I am stamping, it is easy to know where each pad goes on the shelf by the numbers!

What do you think?

If you have any questions about how I store my pads, or anything else, please leave me a comment.  I love to hear from you!

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