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Old 07-04-2018, 02:31 AM   #1
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Default Storing Distress Oxide ink pads

i would love some ideas on how to store my Distress Oxide ink pads. Right now they are sitting in my desk drawer taking up way to much real estate and I have to shuffle thru 24 ink pads to find the three colors I want to use today.

I researched a little and found they need to be stored flat and not on their side. I have a really nice acrylic ink pad holder that works great for my SU, Lawn Fawn, Avery Elle and MFT Ink pads. It is awful for Distress Inks and Altenew ink pads as the pads are to small and get pushed to the back of the holder and I canít get them out.

I am aware that Stamp n Storage makes a petite something but I was hoping to not spend that much money. Any suggestions?
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Old 07-04-2018, 05:03 AM   #2
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Organize More units may be a little less expensive (?) than Stamp n Storage units. I like them since they’re white, lighter weight. They hang on the wall easily or sit on the desk. I ordered a second one recently.
https://www.organizemore.com/collect...marter-cubby-1

But meanwhile I’ve been using Totally Tiffany’s Edna bags and was surprised how much I liked them. You do have to take out inks to work with those on lower levels, but the bag holds them securely and it’s see-through. They hold about 15 each:
Ribbon Organizer, Distress Ink Organizer - perfect for scrapbooking, stamping, embossing supplies

Or a 3-pack: The perfect Tim Holtz Distress Ink Organizer, great for ribbon too

Oddly, the “more photos” tabs aren’t showing photos right now - they used to have a lot. They only show Distress inks with the bag vertical and inks piled one on top of the other in a long tower. That would be really annoying for me. The bag can be put in its normal horizontal position with inks going across with inks stacked. I can try to take a photo if you want. Mine are in ROYGBIV order.
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Third photo (not a U.S. site). The plastic insert which makes the bag stiff is also shown.
Totally Tiffany - EZ2O - EDNA Buddy Bag
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I made my own holders from this video...
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i would love some ideas on how to store my Distress Oxide ink pads. Right now they are sitting in my desk drawer taking up way to much real estate and I have to shuffle thru 24 ink pads to find the three colors I want to use today.

I researched a little and found they need to be stored flat and not on their side. I have a really nice acrylic ink pad holder that works great for my SU, Lawn Fawn, Avery Elle and MFT Ink pads. It is awful for Distress Inks and Altenew ink pads as the pads are to small and get pushed to the back of the holder and I canít get them out.
My brain is slow - maybe this is a solution since you like your acrylic ink pad holders.

Would one work if you made W shapes out of chip board and pushed each one to the back of each space that holds a pad? Then the pad would stay forward in the space. Thatís what Organize More provides for smaller ink pads in their units. Itís just a strip of chipboard scored so it can be bent it into a W. The ink canít go further back than the two points of the W.

While you could also just bend each end of a strip of chipboard, the two points of the W make it a bit stronger. Thereís no middle to sag, IOW.

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Old 07-29-2018, 10:37 AM   #6
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I use a Kitchen Binz acrylic organizer and haven't come up with anything better. Two of them will probably hold all the pads, including the newest release. When you move the bins to your work area, they can be laid with the pads vertical for easy access and return. I have two bins and stack them.

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I like that, GypsyRoseStamper! If I wasnít getting another Organize More unit Iíd consider yours. They have so many Kitchen Binz (InterDesign) - do you know the measurements or have a link?

And just a reminder to anyone whoís new to Oxides, as per Tonic, they should be stored as shown in the photo, flat, not on edge, due to the ink mixture.

I use the InterDesign bins for so many other things and it never occured to me to put them on their side.

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I measured the upper edges of the bin, which are a bit larger than the base: 4" x 16". The printed measurements on a new one may be slightly smaller.
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Maybe this one?
https://www.containerstore.com/s/kit...BoCdfAQAvD_BwE
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Not quite. The height on mine is less than 3". I'm not sure whether a deeper one would be more or less convenient. The pads stick out a tad on mine.
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Last try:

Amazon.com: InterDesign Refrigerator, Freezer and Pantry Storage Container ? Food Organizer Bin, Clear: Home & Kitchen
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Yep, that looks like it. I bought them at one of several stores (TJ Maxx, Marshall's, Ross, etc.) and paid less than that for each.
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I use the Kitchen Binz to store my oxide inks and stamps in. They do get a little pricey. I was at the Family dollar store recently and saw their version of the bins for about half the price.
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I was at a T.J. Maxx today and saw a similar one but different (obscure) brand. I think it was 14"x4"x4" and was only $2.99. Maybe I should have picked up some and worked on a use for them later!
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I do not have all of the oxide inks. Only about 18, I think.
I have one of the old Stampin Up tins that are blue with a clear window on the lid. Still have to dig, but I love it for being able to pull all of them out at once. Until I get more, there’s room for the tool in there as well. I keep a list of which colors I have on top, for easy checking if I decide to buy more.
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I gave in and bought a bunch of the oxide inks finally. I know to store them flat. My question is would it be better to store them upside down so the ink stays towards the top of the pad? (Knowing me, it could be years before I get around to actually using them.)
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i would love some ideas on how to store my Distress Oxide ink pads. Right now they are sitting in my desk drawer taking up way to much real estate and I have to shuffle thru 24 ink pads to find the three colors I want to use today.

I researched a little and found they need to be stored flat and not on their side. I have a really nice acrylic ink pad holder that works great for my SU, Lawn Fawn, Avery Elle and MFT Ink pads. It is awful for Distress Inks and Altenew ink pads as the pads are to small and get pushed to the back of the holder and I can’t get them out.

I am aware that Stamp n Storage makes a petite something but I was hoping to not spend that much money. Any suggestions?
I had mentioned folding a strip of chipboard into a W so your inks wouldn’t get pushed to the back of your unit. Here are the details from Organize More. You’d just cut the height of your chipboard (or cardboard) strips to fit your container:

Distress Ink Pad Spacer Kit - OrganizeMore

Or like their note states, you could fold the strip in an accordion fold.

If your trimmer doesn’t like cutting chipboard, an Exacto and ruler work on a self-healing cutting mat. If you’re careful. We like our fingers.

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I have created a distress ink pad holder out of foam board for $5. Here is the youtube tutorial on how I created it.
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Over the years I have tried many storage solutions for my ink pads. At this time I'm using a latch top storage container found at Target and Michael's. I have several in different sizes for storing ink pads (by formula) and markers. They are stored in my raskog cart. I have all my distress pads in the following container.
Sterilite Clip Storage Box Green : Target
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