A Swatch Book

 A quick post today to share a little tool that saves me time every day.  I use so many mediums to color and for each medium, when I get ready to use it, I scribble a sample so that I can see the actual color.  Well, scribbling samples every time I sat down to color something seemed like such a waste of time.  So I purchased an easel scrapbook that was top bound.  At one setting, I scribbled samples of all my colors and slipped the sample sheet into a sleeve of my easel scrapbook.

This saves me time and I love it that it is propped right in front of me.  I can match colors and see the difference in shades as well as match colors across mediums.  Plus, I’ve been known to carry my swatch book to the store when I need to match something or so that I don’t duplicate colors that I purchase.


I’ve also scribbled samples of my often used Prismacolors and since they look different when they are blended with Gamsol or odorless mineral spirits, I went ahead and scribbled samples of the Gamsol blended results.  Here is one of sample Prismacolor  pages.

I did it with my glitter glues as well.  There are too many pages to show here, but I’ve also done the same with some of my inkpads, chalks, watercolors and some other mediums. 

Have a blessed day!


  • nancy bMarch 21, 2008 - 6:15 am

    Great idea…..your new name is going to be Ms. Organized!!
    have a blessed weekend as we celebrate our Saviors death and resurrection!ReplyCancel

  • Pattie's passionMarch 21, 2008 - 11:56 am

    I love your idea…. Such a great way to keep track of all you colors…. Thanks for the idea….

    Pattie’s passionReplyCancel

  • Sharon CanterMarch 21, 2008 - 11:57 am

    Becca……I just discovered your blog today and I have been blessed reading through all of your posts. Thank you for your inspiration not only in our shared love of paper crafting, collecting craft stuff, organization of that stuff, but more importantly in your spiritual inspiration.
    God bless you and your family!ReplyCancel

  • Jamie W.March 21, 2008 - 2:17 pm

    Oh my, what a wonderful idea. I hear you on scribbling on scratch paper everytime I color something. I’ve been thinking of doing a swatch book, but now that I see how good yours looks, I think I better get to it!

    Thanks for another great idea!ReplyCancel

  • Val SMarch 22, 2008 - 7:38 am

    Awesome idea. I have a lot of little pieces of cardstock that I save because it has my “scribbles” on it. Yours is a much more practical and easier solution. Thanks so much!ReplyCancel

  • RobinMarch 22, 2008 - 8:29 pm

    What a great idea! TFSReplyCancel

  • KathleenNovember 18, 2008 - 8:55 pm

    What a great idea – will add this to my ‘to do’ list for the New Year!
    My suggestion to you is that you find some small stickers and a small dot stamp and stamp up your colours onto the stickers and attach them to the underside of your stamp pads. This will show you immediately what colour the inks stamp out as (at least on white!)

  • Diana CrickApril 28, 2010 - 4:21 pm

    Hi Becca, I would love you to come and visit and help me organize . Your swatch book is a brilliant idea.
    hugs, DianaReplyCancel