Distress Oxide Storage Tips & Tricks (not using a tower)

Distress Oxide Storage Tips & Tricks (not using a tower)

Hello There,

Today I am back with a craft room storage tip/hack for you. This storage revolves around Distress Oxides. I love my Distress Oxides, I love my Archival Inks too, however, my Oxides are many more than my inks in my craft room. The issue I have been running into is storing my blending pads with the Distress Oxide so I don’t lose it and then easily storing my Distress Oxides. See, I’ve searched youtube and watched other crafters and a lot of folks I see use these great tower systems, which are wonderful. My issue is I don’t have the vertical space for that. I don’t have wall space that doesn’t have bookcases and my working table is too small to keep the pads on.

My first attempt at a solution:
The first hack I tried for storing my blending tool foams was using the velcro hack, which if you have a tower is fabulous. What you do is get a piece of velcro, stick it to the underside of the Distress Oxide and stick your blending foam to it. Then you can slide your ink pad into the tower and done. Since I don’t have a tower I was storing my ink pads on top of each other in a 12 x 12 plastic scrapbook paper holder. The major issue I ran into was finding the colors I wanted and the foam pads were staining the tops of my ink pads so I was losing my color visibility. Over time I also noticed my velcro would start to fall off as the ink soaked the paper on the underside of the pad. I stuck with this for almost a year and my frustration won over, and now I have my latest solution.

My new solution:

  1. New storage container: I looked online at Michaels.com and I found that the Recollections brand had a scrap paper storage case, clear, similar to the IRIS brand storage case but shallow. I purchased three of them to start with. They will each hold 12 Distress oxides, and only being 1.5″ tall it was shallow enough for easy shelf storage. I have my Distress Oxides now organized by color families. (Note: the plastic clasps don’t like to snap shut, however, I have them stacked on a shelf so it’s not a big deal)
  2. New storage for blending tool foam: I had these clear inserts for baseball cards that I had been using for my Artist Trading Card (ATC) swaps. They are clear inserts, so I trimmed them down to fit the bottom of the Distress Oxide pad. I used double sided tape to adhere the sleeve to the underside of the pad and voila a great way to store my blending foams with the ink pad and contain the ink.

Here is a quick video I did on the storage solution: Distress Oxide Ink Storage

Here are some photos so you can see what I did:

All three (3) cases with the Distress Oxides and the clear sleeves I used

You can see in this photo how the pads being on the underside started to discolor the tops of the pads

Here you can see below the clear inserts I taped to the bottom and put the blending pads in

Another close up of the blending pad and the velcro I use to use.

Lastly, this is how they store neatly on my Ikea Billy Bookcase shelves

With room to grow!!!

I am so glad I am able to share this little storage tip/hacks with you and I hope it will help make crafting in your space even easier. Thanks for stopping in, see you guys soon!

Below are the links to the items I noted in my post in case you want some for your craft room:


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My Top 10 Favorite Supplies of 2018

My Top 10 Favorite Supplies of 2018

Hello, my dear followers,

As I write this 2018 is coming to a close. This was my first full year of blogging as well as the first full year for my Youtube channel. It has been such a wonderful adventure and I have loved sharing all my projects with you guys. I learned a lot this year and I gained lots of fun supplies that are new to me but may be old favorites for you guys. I thought, what better way to close out 2018 then reflect on some of my favorite supplies, do a top ten for you and share a look back on projects I made with them.

Let’s hop right in and get started!

First on my list is the Ranger Ink- Dina Wakley- Large Media journal: at first I had the regular size one, then I was gifted this one by my hubby for Valentine’s day and I love it. Whenever I want a challenge I just pull it out and see where the page takes me. I enjoy having such a large area to work on

In this video I did a full page spread of a Ganesh image in the journal: Watch Video

In this next video, I actually sewed in the journal! Now that was a fun challenge: Watch Video

Second on my list are the Ranger Ink- Dina Wakley- Media Scribble Sticks- Set 2. The colors in this set really called to me and are the main reason I purchased them. I will admit at first I struggled with them when I was just trying to apply them dry to the paper and then add water. Later though as I learned to wet them first, I found I really loved how smooth they were, the vibrancy and they turned into great watercolor pigments for my Holiday cards.

In this video I used my Scribble Sticks 2 to color in some Dina Wakley Stamps for pre-made on the go images: Watch Video

In this video I used my Scribble Sticks 2 to color in Christmas notecards: Watch Video 

Third on my list is the Tonic Studios- Tim Holtz- Stamp Platform. Now this one I was hesitant to buy as I was doing a lot in my art journals and on canvas and you can’t stick a journal easily into the stamp platform. I came around though and found this product wonderful for making tags, pre-stamping images to cut up for coloring later and it saved me at Christmas this year with my card making.

I used the stamp platform on this mermaid Alcohol lift-ink background: Watch video 

I also used the stamp platform to create these cute embossed Cat Christmas Cards: Watch Video

Fourth on my list is Alcohol Lift-Ink I really love the versatility of this product and how nothing is wasted, what you remove if you are using a stamp can be restamped on another image and you end up with two projects instead of one.

I use Alcohol Lift- Ink to create some custom tags in this video: Watch Here

I also tried to think outside the box with the Alcohol Lift-Ink and used it with my art foamies too! Watch Here

Fifth on my list is Distress Resist Spray. When this came out I was really hooked I love that you can use it thru stencils to create unique textured backgrounds or spray it ahead of time to save a background you love before working over top of it.

I used it on this mini journal spread page to create a bohemian stencil background: Watch Here

I also used it on this tag to create a Victorian style patterned background with a floral stencil: Watch Here

Sixth and Seventh on my list as they go hand in hand are Distress Oxides and Distress Micro-Glaze. I am addicted to Distress Oxides and they are my go-to supply for background and stamping. Then when I discovered the micro-glaze that can seal the Distress Oxide it made them my favorite tool in my kit.

I used Distress Oxides and Micro-Glaze to create these Halloween Artist Trading Cards: Watch Video

I used DIstress Oxides and Micro-Glaze to make these quick fall leaves on my Cricut: Watch Video

Eighth on my list is Dylusions Paint. Next, to my Distress Oxides these are my favorite paint to use especially on any Dylusions Paper.

I made this full page spread in one of my Dylusions Journals using the paints: Watch Here

Here is a sample of a Gelli background I made using my Dylusions paints: Watch Here

Ninth on my list is Dylusions Shimmer Spray. These I use sparingly as I love them and hate to use them up. I went from paper to 3D with my sprays this year using them in journals, tags and then on some Tim Holtz Woodland Trees for the holidays!

I tested shimmer sprays in my black Dylusions journal to make this page: Watch Here

I also tried them on a black tag: Watch Here

Lastly, I used them to make beautiful Christmas Trees: Watch Here

Last but not least the tenth item on my list is the Tonic Studios- Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat. Now I don’t have a particular video for this one but since I purchased this mat halfway thru the year you can see it in many of the videos on my Youtube Channel

I hope you enjoyed my little recap of some of my 2018 projects. I have more treats in store for you in 2019 including starting my own facebook journal group with monthly prompts. I will post on that when it is up and running. I also hope to be releasing new stencils this year and bringing you at leat 5-6 vidoes a month starting in February.

Currently my studio is in the year end overall phase (which means I can’t find an empty tabletop), I also purchased some new ikea furntiure for storage and I will share those before and after photos with you soon.

Thanks for following along guys and here’s to a fantastic 2019!


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2018 Studio Makeover – Organized vs Unorganized Art Studio

2018 Studio Makeover – Organized vs Unorganized Art Studio

For a long time, I thought my studio being messy was part of my creative process. In the beginning, organization wasn’t an issue for me; I was just a painter. At that time all I had were canvases and paints in a toolbox. Then my creativity branched out, and I began making jewelry and that needed storage. From jewelry, I then got into mixed media so now there was scrapbook paper, ephemera, embellishments and oh yeah tons and tons of stamps and stencils. Fast forward about five years, and I was sitting in a mess.

I would go into my studio after work to create and spend half my time trying to find what I needed for the project. Some disorganization is okay it helps you get inspiration but being able to find what you need quickly is critical when you’re creating on limited time.  That lightbulb moment is what led me to my 2018 studio makeover. I was off work for a week in December and barely touched my studio the clutter just drove me out so for 2018  I resolved to get cleaned up and organized. Two factors helped me. Factor one was knowing my development is having a community yard sale. I know I want a new camera for filming my videos, so that gave me the push to start purge and sell items at the yard sale. Factor two was organization, and IKEA was having a sale on their bookcases. Fast forward a month of spending weekends purging, and I was finally able to get my studio organized, and it is wonderful. It was hard, I love to hoard my craft supplies, but I realized I don’t need 30 packets of scrapbook paper, I’ll never get thru it all. I also had bead supplies I hadn’t touched in years, and they just weren’t me anymore. So if you are living in the chaos I was, look for something to help push you. The yardsale to earn money from my supplies was a big help.

I still have more to do next year in getting my desk area setup better, but the new bookcases made a world of difference. I can now go in and pull out what I need, and I make sure I put it back. A smaller work table helps keep me in line as I can’t have too much clutter or I have no place to work!.

Here are some tips from my experience:
1. Save and invest in some good shelving systems that will work for you. (It will help keep you organized) These are what I got:  Ikea Billy Bookcase
2. Don’t buy storage containers for items until you are done purging. You may get more than you need. I found shoe boxes were great temporary storage while I wait and old cardboard boxes.
3. Live with temporary storage containers. Get things grouped and in their places, then live with it for a few months. You can save up for better containers and won’t waste on things that don’t work.
4. Invest in a label maker. Visual cues help so much in staying organized.
5. Set limit’s. Pick a shelf for a supply and when it’s filled the rest goes to yardsale or donation (It’s hard, but it helps)
6.  Do a little at a time. Pick a section at a time an hour or so a night. It will help keep you from getting overwhelmed, and you won’t be tired and keep more than you meant to.

I hope these little tips from my experience help! Below are some of the before and after shots.







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