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Posted 10/30/2012 by maslex3 in General Stamping


PeaNut 219,857
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Posted: 10/30/2012 5:16:40 AM
I'm getting back into stamping (sold all my stuff a few years ago). Right now I only have about 20 stamp pads (SU) and now I'm looking to get an organizer for them instead of just throwing them in a box, like I have been.

As of right now, I'm not sure if I'll end up buying all of SU's ink pads, I'm just buying the colors that I know I'll be using. I'm only making Christmas cards right now. Maybe down the line, I'll venture out into other cards (so I might need more colors, who knows). But to be prepared in case I do end up with all the colors, I'd like to get an organizer that will hold 48 inks, markers and the refills.

I've been tossing around the idea of buying the wood and having my brother make me one (he's a carpenter) but looking at the prices on ebay of similar products, he said it'd be about the same amount of money in lumber to build one. So if that's the case, I would just buy one. Or what do you think of the quality of SU's color caddy? I thought I had read a couple years ago that it was kind of flimsy. Any thoughts?

And another question...do you like the kind that swivels, whether it's SU's color caddy or a wood one? Or would you rather have one that either mounts on the wall or sits on your desk that is stationary so you can see all the inks at once?

Where did you buy yours and I'm also looking for a decent price too. Thanks for your help.


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Posted: 10/31/2012 7:20:36 AM
All good questions about ink pad storage. I wish I could help you answer some of them. I use cardboard boxes to vertically stack my inks in, they've been working fine for the last five years or so and were a VERY inexpensive solution for me.

Maybe by bumping the thread to the top again someone will chime in. Good luck.

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Posted: 11/1/2012 2:03:52 PM
Thanks for your reply.

I actually went to Michaels the other day to see if I could find something. I didn't find anything specifically for ink storage but I decided to buy one of those photo boxes for like $3. I brought it home and put it on it's side (horizontally) and put whatever ink pads that I had in it. I'm able to fit 30 ink pads in it (3 across/10 high).

Works for me for now. We'll see down the line when I get a larger collection of ink pads.


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Posted: 11/1/2012 3:07:15 PM
Check the thrift store. I was able to find older storage racks for cassette tapes. A quick trim on some chipboard to fit into each slot, a spray paint with some plastic paint, and the original $1 for the rack...and a new stamp pad holder.



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Posted: 11/5/2012 10:27:01 PM

Hope it helps!


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Posted: 11/6/2012 1:26:07 PM
I use this letter tray from Ikea Kvissle

I can store 9 Hero Arts inks per shelf. They pull out so I can easily reach all my pads I use the bottom area to hold my blocks and I can fit some other stuff there too.


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Posted: 11/9/2012 12:08:04 AM
I use a cassette tape shelf that has perfect storage and size for ink pads

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Posted: 11/9/2012 10:36:39 PM
I also use cassette tape storage shelves....wood ones with all the slits that hangs on the wall or will sit on a table. Look at the thrift stores and garage sales. Found them for $3 at a local thift store. they are perfect!


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Posted: 11/17/2012 9:47:50 PM
Here is what I have: http://www.organizemore.com/Ink-Stamp-Pad-Storage_c_15.html

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Posted: 11/19/2012 1:03:15 AM
I was ready to find more advanced in years space racks for tape tapes. A brisk trim on some chipboard to fit into every opening a spray paint with some plastic paint, and the first $1 for the rack.

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Posted: 11/19/2012 8:06:49 AM
Some of those Organize More shelves look perfect for my Distress Inks! I bookmarked them, hopefully they will still be available when I eventually get enough space to design my fantasy stamp/scrap room. I think they'd be too large for the space I have available now.

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Posted: 11/20/2012 4:27:51 PM
I stand my CTMH pads in those small plastic crates. Two rows fit perfectly (not sure what size the SU pads are) and you can leave it flat or stand it up. It's easy to tote to crops. All for a buck.

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