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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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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