Friday, February 12, 2010

Organizational {Friday} Sponges & Daubers

A couple of weeks ago, someone posted this amazing storage for sponges on Splitcoaststampers. It looks so colorful and beautiful, doesn't it? Well, I don't use that many sponges, and I really wanted to see what the ink looks like sponged. It certainly looks different than when it is stamped and different than a piece of cardstock in the same color. So, today I want to share how I organize my sponges and daubers so that I also get a sampling of the ink.

First, I found this great storage box in my daughter's room. I think I had purchased it a long time ago from Michael's but never used it. She wasn't using it either, so I took it for this great organizational purpose. LOL! Now let's look at each section in detail. The sponges I purchased at Michaels some time ago. I don't use too many different colors so I only bought one package. The package contained two circular sponges. In my box you only see one circular sponge cut into pieces. First, I cut out several "tickets" using my Quickutz ticket die and PaperTrey Ink cardstock.Then I folded each ticket half. I wrote the name of the ink one one side of the ticket and also sponged the ticket in that ink color so that I can see how it looks sponged. Next, I used the cute little flower stamp from the Layers of Color Touch of Elegance stamp set to stamp a sample of the color. After creating each ticket, I stapled them to each appropriate sponge. This way I now have a sample of both the stamped ink and the sponged ink.
I only have a few daubers, and they fit perfectly in one section. I labeled each dauber with the ink name using my labeler and store them in a section of the box.And lastly, my Tim Holtz ink blender tool along with the felt and sponge refills also fit perfectly in my box. I have never had a convenient place for this tool and refills so it was SO nice to see them fit so beautifully in this box.And just a note, sponges and daubers give a very different look. You may even want to store a sponge and a dauber using the same ink color so that you can achieve different looks. Also, cosmetic sponges are great to use too and give yet a different look. So, lots of fun things to play with and organize. I hope this has been helpful. And remember, to see all of my previous organizational posts, see this post here with the full listing. Have fun!
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10 comments:

STAMPING SAM said...

Great idea, always looking for better storage/organization - and sponges/daubers/Tim Holtz is one area I needed help in! Thanks!

~Q~ said...

Fabulous! I had seen the blogger who originally posted the idea but never thought to put it all together like you did with the TH applicators.

Tracy said...

Love your idea.
I am trying to figure out a way to get a stamping area together for my tiny scraproom.

ScrapAddict'sAttic said...

I love this idea too! I've been wanting to take my fibers out of the clear box I have them in (just like the one you used) but didn't know what to do that that empty box... now I do! Thanks for the post :-)

scrapiegirl75 said...

I didn't realize that each kind gives a different look. I might have to make a sample sheet with each. Thanks for this idea I love it and plan on getting mine together like this!!!

Leslie Rodriguez said...

Thanks for the inspiration, Patter! I've been contemplating organizing my sponges and this is just the kick start I need. :)

Vic said...

How Cool! and Organized! I really like the idea of the sample tickets :)

liannallama said...

oh, my! I love how you did this and it was so smart to put a sample of the ink and stamping on the sponge. Now I am really feeling the need to organize!

Anonymous said...

Yeah~Deja Vu~ this is what I do.Love this case...it is only 1.99 (1.00 with a coupon!) at Micheals.
In each compartment I store the cut yellow sponge piece, dauber and make-up sponge for that "color". Also, I made labels for the bottom of each compartment for the specific ink color names.

Tammy Moore said...

Great idea! I really love this, esp. as my sponges and daubers are right now falling off my window ledge and not labeled. ;)
TFS!

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