My collection of Tim Holtz Distress Inkpads has grown a fair bit over the last 12 months and until recently they have been stored in a plastic box which I have to wrench out from under other boxes in order to get to them.
After a recent craft stash avalanche, whilst trying to get to the inkpads, I thought that I would have a try at making some storage for these so that I can access them at anytime without causing a disaster each time.
The starting point for this was a quick trip around the internet. There were lots of tutorials and different ways of doing things.
Me being me, I did take in some of the info that I saw however I felt that I could maybe do it my way.
I did try a couple of attempts using lightweight card, but these were just not sturdy enough so I paid my local craft shop a visit and got a large (about A2 I think) sheet of foam board.
I measured, drew, doodled, drank coffee, ate a bag of mini cheddars, deliberated and eventually worked out a plan.
The plan was as followings…
- Cut 1 piece 25cm wide by 11.5cm high for the back.
- Cut 2 pieces 26cm wide by 7.5cm high for the top and bottom.
- Cut 2 pieces 7.5cm wide by 11.5cm high for the sides.
- Cut 3 pieces 25cm wide by 7cm high for the shelves.
- Cut 2 pieces 7cm wide by 11.5cm high for the struts.
I transferred these measurements to the foam board, making sure to label each piece as I went so that I didn’t get confused. Here is how I laid out the pieces on the board.
- At the bottom you have the three shelves and backing panel.
- Next up you have the two side panels and two vertical struts.
- At the top you have the top and bottom panels.
Not shown in this image is the addition of the slots that I needed to cut to fit it altogether so here is a quick guide for those.
On the two vertical struts, I first made a line disecting the piece in half (in the longest direction). Then, from the left edge, I made marks at the following points – 2.5cm, 3cm, 5.5cm, 6cm, 8.5cm & 9cm and then connected that all up … oh hang on, this is getting a bit wordy isn’t it? Why don’t I just do a picture, that’ll probably make more sense won’t it?
Ok, *shakes magic glitter pot* – kapow!
I did a similar thing for the shelves only this time the marks, from the left edge, are as follows – 8cm, 8.5cm, 16.5cm & 17cm. Another picture perhaps?
Ok :) Paff!
I then went on to cut these all out, and cut the relevant notches so that the shelves and columns could slide into each other.
Ooo, I feel like I’m back at college doing a mock up of a 1980’s concrete block building (not something that I did but we did use foamboard to mock up building projects).
Anyway, from here it’s all down to gluing sticking and decorating, the measurements are over – *breathes sigh of relief*.
For the next stage I slotted the shelves and columns together, adding a little PVA glue at the joints and then stuck this to the back panel.
I then added the sides.
And finally the top and bottom pieces.
So that was the basic shell all made up.
I then decorated it by adding some docrafts Madame Payraud’s Tissue Paper with some Mod Podge and painted the inside of the shelves with black acrylic paint.
This did however need a second coat of paint, so I went in again after the first coat had dried. It probably would have been easier had I used black foam board, but hey ho, you live and learn, lol!
And that my dear friends is how I put together some storage for my distress inkpads. There is even enough room to pop a piece of cut n dry blending foam on top of each inkpad so that they are to hand and don’t cross contaminate.
This is only half of my collection of inkpads at the moment and I by no means have a full set. I understand that there are 48 in the range so I’m going to need to get collecting and am also either going to need to make 3 more of these or make one four times the size.
So this was just a little fun tester project for myself but I hope that you’ve enjoyed it.
How do you store your ink pads? I bet you’ve got lovely shelving and a labeling machine… ;)
Anyway, that’s it for this post. If you’ve any questions about this post, please feel free to get in touch via the comments section below.
See you again soon Monday Mashers!