Hello! It’s Lisa with a couple storage tips to share with you today. I think it is so easy to become overwhelmed by supplies. The various sizes, packaging, and the rainbow of colors can make a craft space feel cluttered and small. When supplies are disorganized, it’s hard to remember what you have in inventory and it can be hard to create when the walls are closing in with all the STUFF.
In my previous post about organizing supplies, I mentioned the three things that I try to remember:
- It needs to be easy.
- It needs to be low cost.
- It needs to be visible.
Acrylic nail polish racks are a favorite way to store supplies. First, they are tiered, so if you have bottles, you’ll be able to see what you have in each row. The clear design is also a perfect neutral option with the various supplies you might store.
The acrylic counter displays/racks are relatively inexpensive. I purchased this design from Amazon
for my Distress re-inkers and stains. It’s ideal for my countertop and makes finding the re-inkers easy to find and use. And who doesn’t love a rainbow?
I use this smaller design
from Amazon for watercolors.
The angled design gives perfect visibility to all the bottles in the rack. I’ve stored similar items in a basket or drawer. Bottles have a tendency to fall over and become a jumbled mess … or worse, something will spill. This makes it so easy to reach for exactly what you need. And of course, my supplies are in sight, so I’ll use them. I think this would be ideal for bottles of glitter or embossing powders too.
I thought I would also share how I store my Peerless Watercolors. I purchased these unique pigments several years ago. The colors are lovely and vibrant—and last a long time. In fact, I think they are a great value. My challenge with them in the past was always the fact they were so messy. I’ve seen various ways to store them over the years, from file folder flip books to coin pockets. I kept mine in the original packaging for years, but finally decided to try using low-cost photo albums. I have a disclaimer here … this is not my original concept, but I couldn’t find where I’d learned this trick. I think it’s a great idea and makes my Peerless watercolors so much easier to use.
I use two photo albums to store my pigments. I purchased these 4 x 6-inch albums from Amazon
and seem to recall a much better price point at the time. I’m sure you can find something similar at Walmart, Walgreens or the dollar store for the same purpose.
What I like most about this method is that it allows you to see the pigment sheet’s true color. Some of the sheets are so saturated that it’s hard to tell what they are! I trimmed a 2 x 6-inch strip of watercolor paper and painted saturated color to a wash for a true representation of the color.
One Peerless sheet is adhered to the right side, leaving the opposite side blank. This allows me to close the page and move to another color, even if my sheet is wet. The opposite page will not be damaged. I also added a label for each color. I did have some Peerless pieces that were half pieces. In that case, I store two colors per page. And because I have more than one set of Peerless watercolors, I needed two albums for storage. I have them in rainbow order so I can find the right color quickly.
Because my watercolor supplies were in sight, I thought I’d create a fast card.
This card took about 10 minutes. I stamped the fabulous pineapple with VersaFine onyx black ink and covered with clear embossing powder. I opted to watercolor with my Dr. Ph Martin’s Hydrus Watercolors. They are so vibrant and once dry, remain set on the paper. The color does not reactivate. This is a great property for certain projects and the reason I used them for this project. I didn’t want the yellow and blue to potentially blend.
Here’s a close -up of the colors. Who’s ready for the beach?
I’d love to know if either of these tips were useful. Drop me a note if this tip helped or inspired you. I’d love to hear from you!
Thanks for visiting!
Supplies used: Banana split Pop-Tone cardstock from French Paper Co.; desert storm cardstock from Neenah Paper Inc.; Tim Holtz Distress watercolor cardstock from Ranger Industries Inc.; Aloha stamp set by Amy Tangerine from Sakuralala; VersaFine onyx black ink pad from IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko; clear embossing powder from WOW! Embossing Powder; Hydrus watercolors (gamboge, hansa deep yellow, sap green, cobalt blue, payne’s gray) from Dr. Ph Martin’s; Aquash water brush from Pentel; Wagner heat gun from Hero Arts.