First, I found this 5'x12'x 6" bookcase-like structure by the trash can in my complex. I wasn't "dumpster diving," but my apartment is right next to our complex' trash compacter and this is the second time something caught my eye. I think this was probably one of those tall, narrow, shallow bookcases for CDs or videos as it had the little shelf pegs in it. Anyway, I took out all the shelf pegs and placed it horizontally across the back of my craft table. It serves as a 2 level shelf and has really helped me clear off the majority of my table and enlarge my workspace! Yippee! One can never have too much workspace.
However, and here is a question some of you might have an opinion about - Why is it that no matter how much space I clear, I either fill up everything outside of my double craft sheet or somehow end up working in a space about 18"x24"? It never ceases to amaze me!
Then, I decided to catalog my spray inks - I have a lot. No... that doesn't really tell the story... I have more than 150 spray inks. I am almost embarrassed about that! Yes, there are some colors that are practically duplicated from one manufacturer to the next, but barely!
A while back I had gotten the idea from another crafter (sadly, I don't remember who!) to store them in the Swivel Store. If you haven't seen these, check them out on Youtube.com; they are very cool! And more recently, the idea to create a swatch-book of colors from another creative soul - each swatch has the color sprayed on, the name and manufacturer written on it. And still yet a 3rd idea from another to create a numbering system - each bottle has a number on the top and the corresponding number on the swatch card. Then, my own idea, which has proved most useful - So each swivel store has 2 shelves within each of the 2 sides and they hold about 7 per shelf or about 24 per Swivel Store. I created a little index card with columns representing the rows of the SS (Swivel Stores) and labeled the index card columns with the numbers and the color families.
So now I can find colors in a couple of ways. I can decide on a color family, look at the index card to see what rows it is in and open up the SS to look or I can flip through the swatch-book to find the color I want and then refer to the index card to find the number's location!
Lastly, I created a spreadsheet that has the color family, manufacturer and color name, number as well as qualities about the color like sheer, opaque, glimmer or flat. I am hopeful this system will keep my spray ink addiction in check!