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Lately I’ve been trying to get more organized, and to figure out the way my brain works best. I realize list-making means nothing if my lists get buried in folders or binders that are left on a shelf. I decided to take advantage of the organizational labels and color swatch charts that are available for free download on the Ranger website. I’d printed some of these out a few years ago but never updated them as I bought additional colors, so they weren’t as effective as they are for me now, all up-to-date.
There are color swatch charts available for nearly every Ranger product. For some, like the Distress Inks, I applied my product directly to the print-out using an Ink Blending tool. For others, like the Paints, I applied directly from the bottle to the paper.
For the really wet ones, I applied color to small pieces of manila cardstock that I ran through my Xyron® 1.5” Create-a-Sticker before adhering the color swatch to the form. This one is the Dylusions Ink Sprays sheet.
For something wet like that, it was important to spray separate pieces and let dry before adhering, or else the colors would all overlap.
Ink pad labels are also available for download. Here I’ve cut the download into strips, applied Distress Ink to each color I have, and run those strips through my Xyron® 9” Creative Station. I love using the re-positionable adhesives from Xyron because I can rearrange and reapply the labels as necessary.
I cut up the labels and fit them on the bottoms of my Ink Pads. Here’s my happy storage area, complete with Distress Inks, Archival Inks, and Dylusions Ink Sprays. These racks are right next to my work table for easy access. The top one was my mom’s tea rack. She’d love that I use it for something that I enjoy so much! The spice rack was a tag sale find that’s perfect for all my Dylusions.
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