Creating a Ranger Color Board


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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.


I’m so glad I took the time to do this.  I still need to do all my Alcohol Inks, but that’s a project for another day. I smile every time I pass the bulletin board and I’m glad to have such easy reference to see immediately which shade of blue/green/etc I want to use.

Be sure to check out all the free downloads at the Ranger website.  Thanks for the visit!


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Your comments are very much appreciated!


  1. Oh my goodness!! How beautiful! I want my space to look like that 🙂 Thanks for sharing – maybe when the heat breaks I’ll do some re-organizing ~

  2. All looks so cool… and the spice rack is a brilliant idea – I’m going to scour the thrift stores! Inspirational colour organisation…
    Alison x

  3. WOWW!!. Amazing organization :). So inspiring, seeing colors on the walls. I’m all smiling looking at your mood board!. And the stacks of inks & paint :D. Pretty, clever storage & inspiring. HUGS.

  4. I don’t know which I admire more — your organization or the wonderful products you have! Fab!!

  5. Karenliz says:

    What a fantastic idea. I have some of these sheets and they are buried until who knows what.

  6. looks amazing Marjie!!

  7. Su Roberts says:

    fabulous idea – thanks for sharing! Don’t forget to store the White Dylusional Ink on its side! lol Susiesu xxx

  8. What a great idea! Very handy to have it displayed like that! Hugs, Sandra

  9. Looks awesome!! Now come organize mine….. I can only wish! Actually, I’ve been working on mine and I keep my charts right at my storage areas for each products and have my ink pads all labeled up too. On paint bottles, I’ve been punching either a 1″ or 1/2″ circle depending on the lid size and apply the paint, etc to the punch then stick it on the lid because most of my paint I have drawers or trays.

    • Marjie Kemper says:

      Aaah, me too with the paints and the circle punches… it’s so helpful to pull out the right one that way. I do it with the Stains, too.

  10. Loved sneaking into your scrapspace Marjie! WOW!! Awesome board you have – looks like a nice big space!!!

  11. Caroline says:

    Amazing! I too would smile…. Especially if I had even half your collection! If only I had a pc & printer, lol… TFS 🙂

  12. Oooo fab idea marjie! Now how are you at organising sheds??
    Kaz x

  13. I love it!!

  14. All that color looks fabulous! I notice you have a couple of empty spots though… time to go shopping!

  15. Lovely organization! I love doing things like this–sometimes even more fun than the actual projects to me!

  16. looks awesome~I don’t have near that many inks but a color chart would be nice to make:):)

  17. fabby idea!

  18. Come and organize for me! This is so practical and pleasing on the eye!

  19. What a wonderful idea, and how organized. I love it, especially the love how you store the Dylusion sprays

  20. Ooooh you are so organised here and it’s right up my street. Might have to case this at some time.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  21. I just fell in love with you, Marjie, all over again! You have no idea how many times I have made lists of all my Ranger products so that I don’t buy duplicates (before I need them!). I just cannot keep in my head any longer what I have. This is totally brilliant! Thanks for the link, too! Mwah!!

  22. Looks good! Valerie

  23. Such a great idea! Loved seeing your charts & storage.

  24. Great organisation Marjie, so good to have all the colours close at hand too. Love that stamp on the top left of your Mum’s gorgeous tea rack. You have reminded me that I really need to update my colour charts too! Hugs, Anne x

  25. Oh Marjie.. this makes my heart go pitter patter. Wow. What organization.

  26. OMG how organized this makes you. And it’s visually stimulating too…….color buzz. xox

  27. Wow! You are so organised Marjie! Your colour charts look fabulous! And, yes…you definitely need grunge paste, it’s the best! x

  28. Your bullentin board is to die for….you have managed to make the color swatchs look artistic!! I have a a sheet completed for the inks, but not some of the others….so thanks for the ANOTHER great idea! Rock on Marjie!

  29. I have a book…and they just aren’t convenient. What great idea and I love your storage with your tea rack and the spice rack. Wonderful!

  30. wonderful idea! It looks so organized and the colors look so luscious displayed this way.

  31. Very nice and some great ideas! Actually I have to thank you for the reminder to use my old spice racks, which I have wanted to use for the stains or other product! Hugs!

  32. Thanks for sharing your system with us! The spice rack is ingenious! I wish I didn’t need mine for spices…

  33. Wow!! It looks AMAZING!! I love it!

  34. This is such a great idea, Marjie…and a lot of work, too! Love how you put things out where you will see, use and be inspired by them. I didn’t know those download sheets were available…thanks for the tip!

  35. Very inspirational board Marjie!

    kind regards, Alie 🙂

  36. How cool, that’s a great idea.

  37. Now that is brilliant Marjie. You’ve inspired me to get organised this way, especially now I know there are downloadable resources from Ranger. Hugs, Jenny x

  38. Marjie, this is brilliant I had no idea these colour charts even existed! Thanks so much for this idea! I don’t have the wall space but may well make myself a book with charts like this. Love your ink and spray storage too, that tea rack looks amazing!