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November 22, 2015


Christy S.

I have a binder kinda like that with SU! cardstock swatches in it, I use it all the time when I'm scrapbooking. I got page protectors with 4 pockets per page though because I like bigger swatches to see what looks best with pictures :) Love it! Trying to put the colors in order from light to dark just gave me a headache though so I file them alphabetically by color name (but all reds are together, and oranges, etc. because if they weren't, that would be weird).

Jeanne Jordan

Hi Jan,
Yes, you do have a lot of inks!! LOL I have thought of doing this myself, but I am a beginner so I don't have that many yet. Still, if I start now, and keep up with it, maybe it would be easier in the long run (not take 3 days!) Thanks for sharing your interesting tale of color comparisons! I should get started tomorrow. Nah, maybe after Thanksgiving! LOL Jeanne Jordan

Mitzi Luttrull

Boy, you sure have been busy! What a great idea for organization! It's almost scary as I entertain thought of doing the same... with the holidays upon us, I'm not sure I have time to disappear for days and days. I love your posts!


Jan, you are such a hoot! Love your sense of humor. We joke about the "Pat" sketch a lot in our house (for whatever reason - that's a little troubling on its own)! Thanks for all that you share with us - always brings a smile to my face! Happy Thanksgiving!!


I have a system that I use too. I cut down white paper and black paper. I stamp at the top, then blend a little on the bottom and ink the edges. I cut a hole in the top left corner and attach them all to a ring so I can flip thru the swatches and put them next to papers and photo's. It's so helpful.

AmyMarie R

I created a similar binder a couple, ah um well, decades ago but got behind in updating with all the ink colors that keep coming out. I have it arranged by company since I do keep ink pads by company. Also some companies like Ranger have PDFs to print on 8.5" x 11" paper that can also fit in the binder. Their pages are divided to fit whatever colors of the product they have - inks, sprays, paints, stickles, etc. But I see how pages by the colors is helpful to tell which shade works for the project.

I seem to be more of a collector of art / craft supplies who catalogs and labels the supplies rather than using said supplies. My brother came over recently and saw my "new" art room (we only slept in the master bedroom so why not use all that space for awake activities? Of course, now that we sleep in the guest room, we have less room for guests...) After seeing your post, I have the urge to update my ink binder.

I use the coin holder pages for my embossing powder samples too. I use a somewhat detailed stamp for the image so I can tell how fine the embossing powder really is.

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