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Becca Bit: Distress Ink Blenders Storage

by on June 18, 2010

Hi Stampers:

Recently I shared a palette I made using Distress Inks.  I was tickled with my solution because I can keep the palette within an arms reach and frequently reach for it to paint images up.  In fact, in my work area I like having my most used items within arms reach because I’ve found that anything outside of that radius doesn’t get used frequently.  Then again, everything can’t be within that radius.  Since I use the blenders frequently and I picked up all 36 Distress Inks, I was in a bit of a dilemma because all 36 take more room that I had available sitting on my table.  So I came up with an easy solution – I found a way to put them all together in a way they could hang from the pegboard within an arms reach!

Remember, you can click any picture to make it larger.

Here is my ring of distress ink blenders.  I consulted the list of inks from the Ranger website because they put them in color group order.  So each blender was put in the same order and it coincidentally match the order of my palette.
The ring is made up of little plastic bags that you get in the jewelry department of a craft store.  I wrote the names on (you can type labels if you’re a neatnik) and I made sure the names all ran the same way.  Keeping the opening at the bottom I applied a plastic hang tag.
Here are the supplies I used.  They can all be found at Michaels and many in other craft stores.

Thankfully these are up and off of my desk but hanging close by where I know I will use them!!

Thanks for stopping by, back soon with something crafty!

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Beth Greco
June 19, 2010
7:40 am

That is simply brilliant. What a great idea. I’ve a got a peg board right beside where I work and this makes such good sense. I’m on it. TFS

June 19, 2010
7:44 am

What a Clever idea.
Thank U 4 sharing.

June 19, 2010
7:49 am

What a great idea. I am totally with you – if you don’t see it, it doesn’t get used.

Carlos Haun
June 19, 2010
7:57 am

Where did you get the plastic hang tags? I’ve never seen them for sale anywhere. Thanks! You are just so dang clever and organized.

Alyssa B
June 19, 2010
8:00 am


June 19, 2010
8:09 am

Thanks for the infro. this will be helpful to a lot of people.

Judie Ryman
June 19, 2010
8:24 am

You little fount of information!! Useful info, of course!! As I read this, I realized I can do this with OTHER items…..awesome! Thanks.

Becky Green
June 19, 2010
8:35 am

WOW!!! SUPER idea!!! I think I’ll follow your lead and do the same!!! You could even do the same thing with sponge daubers!!!! THANK YOU!!! :)

June 19, 2010
9:11 am

Great idea but I just read somewhere and even more space saving idea. put a piece of velcro under the stampad case itself and attach your blender pad under there. There is just enough room!

Pam (aka/YorkieMom)
June 19, 2010
9:44 am

Becca, this is a marvelous idea…….thanks so much for sharing!!!


Anne Dodd
June 19, 2010
11:14 am

Becca, I have already used a couple of your organizing tips and here is another brilliant one! Not only are you incredibly talented, but obviously very busy thinking up creative ideas for organization! Thanks so much for sharing with us!

Becca Feeken
June 19, 2010
11:18 am

Barbara, I tried to do the velcro and the blender underneath and it wouldn’t work for me :( The blender was so thick that the inkpads would not sit level when they were stacked. Maybe I went about it the wrong way?

June 19, 2010
11:29 am

I love your creativity and organization Becca. I’m a neat freak, but crafting kinda goes against the grain there. You always have great ideas for keeping your toys neat yet convenient and best of all well cataloged. My kind of gal. Although it does take time to do all of these things. It is worth it in the long run.

Joanne Lowe
June 19, 2010
11:42 am

LOVE this idea, your brain is just wired to be so organized. Hoping I might even “catch” it someday! :) It’s so helpful to learn from your tutorials (PLEASE keep those coming–I can very rarely get out to classes because of being disabled in a car accident, so these online tutorials are my classes), and I love your artistry in your cards. You always think of a new way to use materials, especially paper punches.

Blessings to you, and thanks again for this latest gem of an idea!


June 19, 2010
11:58 am

I think your attention to detail (making sure all the names were in the same direction; having the opening of the bag at the bottom) transfers easily to your designing of cards – the beauty of a card is often in your details.

Thank you, Becca!

Susan G
June 19, 2010
12:50 pm

Terrific storage idea. I’ve never heard of Hang Ups. I’ll have to look for them.

June 19, 2010
1:23 pm

What a great idea Becca, and thanks sooo much for sharing it too. I think, that´s the problem, we all face every single day, how to store everything and still keep it inside reach. This is really an aexelent idea and can definately be trnsferred to many other things as well, so I hope, you don´t mind me “borrowing” the idea for some things here, cause I can see amny new possibilities in this system.
Thank you sooo much for your always soo terrific ideas hun, and hav a wonderful week-end with your family.
Biiiig hugs Maryann

June 19, 2010
1:43 pm

I really enjoy your “Becca Bits” I have learned so much. Thank you for taking the time to put them together. Oh, your cards are amazing!

June 19, 2010
2:05 pm

O.K. so are you saying that you inked your pad, then enclosed it in a bag, attached it to the hanging ring? Does this stay moist enough to use? I too never get to things out of reach.

Billie A
June 19, 2010
2:46 pm

Great idea for the stamp blender pads, I like that idea. I have the ring stand that holds the tools but the pads hummm need to do this and I can just attach it somehow to the standing ring. Thanks for sharing.

June 19, 2010
3:09 pm

Becca, I love all your storage and organizing ideas. These are great too. I just sorted all my inks and reills also. You have inspired me to get my studio in shape. I now have all the reinkers with the inkpads.

I also just did my ribbons the way you did. I do have a question though – what did you do with the wider ribbons. You use the wider ribbons frequently in you cards so I am curious as to how you store them. I have all the others in the drawers. Also, how about ones that you have more than 4 yards or so.

Thank you for all your card and storage ideas.

June 19, 2010
3:46 pm

Great idea, you are so talented. I would love to have your creativity and talent for just one day. Thanks for sharing your ideas they are brilliant!

June 19, 2010
3:52 pm

Becca you are just too organized for me…could you come and do my room? LOL…

Nancy W
June 19, 2010
3:57 pm

I love all your punchouts with the MS corner punches. Have you been using them with different circle sizes as well? I’ve tried the ladybug punch along the outside edge of a circle and it is so cute and hilarious.

Rhonda Zamora
June 19, 2010
4:02 pm

You have got the BEST organizing tips! Thank you for sharing.

Maxine Naumann
June 19, 2010
5:49 pm

I too like distress ink pads but have not found a supplier for the reinkers. Got any ideas to share.

Valerie Matin
June 19, 2010
8:27 pm

Oh Becca!!!
I LOVE this idea!!! I too did not like the Velcro on the bottom…my stacks were all wobbly with the foam on the bottoms. Now this…I see it working out.
So glad that you honey is doing good!!!

Regina N
June 19, 2010
11:30 pm

I love this idea. but I love all your ideas so whats new.

lois skiathitis
June 20, 2010
4:23 am

What a clever idea Becca. I store all of mine in a plastic bag and I’m always digging in there if you know what I mean. I’m laughing at your word [neatnik], it just tickled me. I have organized chaos. As always Becca, TFS!!!

Michel E
June 20, 2010
8:53 am

Great idea thanks.

June 20, 2010
8:55 am

What a great idea, thanks.

Linda E
June 20, 2010
12:41 pm

Can’t wait to incorporate this into my craft storage

June 20, 2010
2:32 pm

great idea, I only have a small amount of them right now, but will be investing in more

Mary Lou
June 23, 2010
5:42 pm

Thanks for the superb tip Becca!!

Krafty Diva
June 25, 2010
3:21 pm


What a WONDERFUL idea!

Can you tell us which section of the Michaels store you found the Hang Ups. I’ve checked several stores and without looking all of the sales associates have told me that they don’t have them.


July 25, 2010
5:20 pm


You are brilliant! Thanks for sharing this great idea. You are always such an inspiration.