CTMH Ink Storage Options

Hello friends!

I wanted to drop in and share some CTMH ink storage options with you.

There’s a lot of ink pad storage options out there- from custom made cubbies, to ink pad towers, to up-cycled cheese and cracker boxes. There’s no right or wrong way to store them, and there’s a wide range in prices, too. Find what works for you, and run with it!

Recently, CTMH inks went through a transformation. They had a facelift, if you will, and are now more user friendly; they have a magnetic closure making them easier to open and handle. They’re larger than their predecessor, too. But, with giving them an update, changes to storage needed to occur, as well! If you don’t know what they looked like before, or what they look like now, have a look below.

Before

After

In the picture immediately above, you’ll see all the colors our inks come in. The color scheme has been updated, as well. At one time, our inks were divided into groupings and collections, like Whimsy and Adventure, etc. Not anymore! Now they all stand alone- they are not related to a certain collection or color group. How fun is that? It makes picking your colors easier and less stressful.

So, what did the ink storage look like for the old stamps? And, what does the storage look like now? Let’s find out!

As you can see, ink storage came in tower form in its previous life. There is a handle at the top of the unit that twists and lifts up for portability. (You can’t see it due to the stuff that’s piled on top of it. The handle also lies flat, otherwise). A super handy bag came with it for easy transport and mobility. I still use it, because if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! There were problems with the handles on the towers breaking, so it was discontinued. Boo.

You’ll also note that I still have a number of the old style CTMH inks in my stash. These are some of my favourite colors, and I don’t feel the need to replace them just because they’re outdated. They stamp the same as the new ones; the only difference is that the new ones have a larger stamping area due to their larger size. This makes inking bigger stamps easier! Yay!

The ink storage tower rotated and held our Shin Han markers, as well. It really was quite versatile! Packing up your stamps was simple and quick with this storage system! A lot of us were sad to see it go!

Our new storage towers are sleek and modern, and easily stores 5 ink pads. Each tray is stackable and comes as part of an entire system covering inks, paper, markers, tools, and more! Close to My Heart has thought of everything! Yay!! Talk about streamlining and keeping everything clean and organized!

Trying to envision it all put together? Feast your eyes on this:

Wowzers, right?! Doesn’t that look fantastic?! Love it.

For portability, our storage containers are perfect for transporting or even storing your inks, as well. They come in a variety of sizes, too, but for the purpose of this blog post, I’m only showing you the large one.

But wait, there’s more! CTMH also has the ultimate travel storage system to put all your tools, inks, paper and more into. There is no shortage of options!

Inside, you’ll have an accordion file to store paper, cases for storing your ink, tools and more! Everything is compact and contained, and rolls for easy movement! Look how elegant it is! And, it’s black. It’s timeless and beautiful.

Prices range, depending on what you’re looking for, but each of these items are well worth the investment. I want it all (who doesn’t?!) but I haven’t taken the plunge yet. I’m hoping Santa will give me the travel case set. If he knows what’s good for him, he’ll leave it under my Christmas tree this year πŸ˜†

What do I currently use for ink storage? Well, its nothing pretty. I’ll tell you right now it’s nowhere near as pretty as what I just shared with you from CTMH, but I will say that what I use to store my inks is pretty well an up-cycled match made in heaven.

I’m a mom, and as such, I tend to go through a lot of boxes. Mostly Costco boxes (lots of school lunchy things come from there), and I got smart one day when I was taking the recycling out. I made a bet with myself that those bulk Ritz Handi-snacks boxes would be great for storing my ink.

Guess what? They are! I can get three rows of 8 stamps inside one box. (I’m currently working on emptying another box of the Handi- snacks so that all the new inks I eventually purchase will have a home to reside in. Portability is nice with this stylish ink storage option, too. Turn the box upright, and your stamps are ready to go! Look at that! Handiness at your finger tips!

Just a note- did you know that our stamps are manufactured so that they are stored upside down- as a built- in way to keep ink at the top of the ink pad? (The top of the ink pad is actually the bottom). This way, we don’t need to think about making sure we’re storing them properly so they don’t dry out. It’s already done for us! Be careful, though. The pigment inks were not manufactured that way. Just something to be aware of.

But seriously, the only reason I don’t own the fabulous items shown above is because there are so many things I want from CTMH, these dream worthy items always fall to the bottom of my priority list. I order first for my workshops, and lastly for myself. Once that’s done, my monthly budget is pretty well depleted. Any CTMH cash and Hostess Rewards I accumulate from my orders goes to more product for my workshops. (Or to you!!) You guys are my priority, so I save all the good stuff for you! You’re so lucky!

One day, I would love to own every one of the items I showed you above. And, one day I will. For now, I’m taking the budget- friendly approach. But, I strongly urge you to look into the storage and travel options CTMH offers. You will not be disappointed!

View my website to see all the options available. Go on. Geek out. I do all the time.

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CTMH Sugarplum and Boutique

Both layouts have something in common. I bet you don’t know what it is!

If you guessed Boutique, you’d be 100% correct! It isn’t as noticeable in the top layout as it is in the bottom layout, but it’s still there. Beautiful Friendship appears in both layouts, as well.

Here’s the differences. In the top layout, I kept the color palette to sapphire, mink and bashful; the bottom layout features Sugarplum, our new color of the month (available soon!!), pansy, sapphire, and black. There’s also much more Boutique in the lower layout than the upper one.

The biggest difference is that I used some Heidi Swapp spray in the background. It’s been a lonnnng time since I used it, and I think I like the finished result. Maybe there’ll be more of it in the future? We’ll see.

I’ll be away on vacation for a week, starting tomorrow, so you won’t hear from me until I return! The beach is calling…

What Can Be Inked?

Are your kids into sports?

Mine are. Gymnastics, specifically. In fact, the twins’ mom (me) really digs it, too. I fill the secretary position on the club board. It keeps us busy during the cold winter months!

I finally got around to making a page in honour of our favourite sport. I also implemented the inking technique (in a small way) on this layout, too. Let me show you:

The stamps I used are old. Ancient, even. One of them, I bought off a lady on Kijiji, and I’m honestly not sure where I bought the other one. They were both second hand and gently used. (If you ever need one to document your babies’ gymnastics careers, let me know. By then I may be ready to pass them on to you!)

See the small black heart πŸ–€ on the tag? It didn’t start out black! Nope, it began its life as a brown chipboard piece from the Documented complements pack. To make it black, I used my sponge dauber to apply black ink to it. Now, it just pops off that chipboard tag!

Inking isn’t just for paper. Using the right type of ink, you could apply ink to the edges of wood veneer, chipboard (like above), paper flowers (like you’d find at Michaels or your LSS), and even your photos! (I’d recommend using Staz-On ink for that option). To ink chipboard, veneer and paper flowers, dye- based or water- based inks work well.

Would you like to try inking on your photos? Let’s do that at our next virtual class- it’s on August 21! It’s at 11 am MST. You’ll need access to my exclusive fb group, though! If you’d like to join, comment on this post to let me know, then head over to Facebook and join my group! Follow this link!

You will need Staz-On ink for inking your pictures. Brown or black will be fine. You choose. Both inks are available on my website. Visit it here. And, of course, inking only happens with sponge daubers. Those are available on my website, too. (The three pack is about $8).

Any other questions? Just ask!

Fresh Air Surprise

Good afternoon, friends!

I’m dropping in with a little layout I created today. The deal was if my husband napped- I scrapped. And, I did. (He napped, too). Lol!

Here’s what I made:

I mixed Gimme Some Sugar with Fresh Air for a layout of a chance encounter we had with a wren building a nest and raising her family in our backyard. Unfortunately, that adventure was short lived. The birds got to her eggs and chased her away.

What have you made recently?

What’s Up at TEDS?!

It’s time to share some news with you!

Here’s what’s on the schedule this week, and for the remainder of the month. Ready?

First, join me for my first ever virtual techniques class! We’re discussing inking and we’ll be making a simple card using this technique. Later in August, on the 21, well apply our knowledge to a layout, and attempt inking on things other than straight lines (such as a punched border). We’ll also discuss storage ideas and when it’s time to replace your sponge dauber. What is a sponge dauber? Find out at tomorrow’s virtual class!

That’s right, my first virtual class it at 11 am MST tomorrow (Monday, August 6). It’s posted to my techniques group on Facebook, so you’ll have to be active on FB, and request admission to the group itself. Links will be found at the bottom of this post.

Secondly, I have a simple challenge going on my Facebook business page right now! You must love paper crafting, paper crafting challenges and winning free CTMH swag. Available only to North American participants. (Canada and the US of A). For your chance to win some fab CTMH products from me, like my business page, then hunt down the pinned post at the top of the page. Share your finished projects using your scrap papers, embellishments, fibres…whatever you’ve got lying around. September 4, 2018 is the deadline to enter; two winners will be announced on the 5th. Come and play!

Lastly, I have two additional events taking place in September- Hostess Rewards Club in the 8th, and card blitz on the 22. You’re welcome to join both! Both events have been shared in previous posts, but in case you missed it, here’s the important details:

Hostess Rewards Club September 8 from 1-5 pm at the Days Inn Whitecourt. Join me monthly, and create 2-3 double page layouts every month. By the end of the year (May), you’ll have a completed album! The best part? Earn free ctmh products in your hostess month. Each guest will take turns playing hostess. If it sounds like fun, RSVP!

On September 22, from 1-1:45 (same location) set aside time to get a jump start on your greeting cards. Make as many as you can in 45 minutes, but please do not take home any of the supplies. There are 10 cards to choose from and create for yourself. The cutting and stamping is done; you get to color, watercolour fussy cut and assemble! Easy peasy!

So. Which event(S) would you like to attend? Choose one or choose all! Find the links below:

August 6 virtual inking class

https://www.facebook.com/events/1725464440894815/?ti=icl

August 21 virtual inking class

https://www.facebook.com/events/274949543286675/?ti=icl

Try It Out Tuesday with TEDS (my fb group page)

https://m.facebook.com/groups/2057047594515697

Hostess Rewards Club

https://www.facebook.com/events/437036340098563/?ti=icl

Card Blitz

https://www.facebook.com/events/1253996201369803/?ti=icl

The Everyday Scrapbooker Business Page

http://www.facebook.com/theeverydayscrapbooker.ctmh

Up For a Challenge?

Do you like participating in challenges, especially paper crafting challenges? What if CTMH swag was involved? Would you participate then?

I’m holding a challenge over on my fb right now- on my business page, and it’s super easy to enter.

If you’re familiar with paper crafts of any kind, you’ll know that scrap happens. Scrap pieces of paper, embellishments you’re hoarding, bits you’ve decided not to use after you cut it with your die cutting machines…the list goes on.

Exhibit A

Notice all the (messy) paper and junk around my little orange paper bin? That’s all (mostly) scraps, too. I was mid- workshop prep, which is why it looks as though a tornado ripped through. It did; her name is Alison πŸ˜ƒ

Of course, there’s little pieces of paper in my orange bin, too. It’s what I’ve set aside because it’s too large to throw out. It can be used for something. Eventually. Maybe?

There are two more three- drawer sterilite containers on the floor underneath my desk with larger pieces of card stock and patterned paper in them. I dive into them any time I prep for my card blitzes. The orange container- not so much. Rarely, actually. (That’s not including my box full of CTMH zip strips and die cuts that haven’t been used for one reason or another).

So, what to do, what to do? Hmmm.

Exhibit B

Exhibit C

The layout features way old CTMH chipboard (it’s at least 4 years old; I’ve been with CTMH that long). I still have lots of it left from the Skylark collection. My embellishment binder keeps growing, instead of shrinking. Like everything else I’d rather not grow πŸ˜‰

The card features Make Waves, of which I still have some patterned paper left. There was a good chunk of it left in my three drawer containers (those papers are organized by colour, btw). It found a home here!

A challenge I was involved in inspired me to hold my own. Mostly as a way to pay it forward. Share the wealth, right?! So, I’m looking for people that like winning things, that enjoy simple challenges, and that adores paper crafting, but hates wasting precious materials. This challenge is for you.

Between now and September 4, share to my fb business page projects you’ve created using your scraps. May it be paper, fabric (think ribbon, twine, other fibres) or embellishments, anything goes. Look for the pinned post at the top of the page. Two lucky winners will win CTMH swag! Play along and you could win!

Visit my business page here: http://www.facebook.com/theeverydayscrapbooker.ctmh

If you haven’t visited before, say hi then give it a like! I hope you join! I want to share fab CTMH stuff with you!

September Card Blitz

Hello friends!

I’m so excited to share September’s card blitz with you! I got them completed this morning- just in enough time for my husband to arrive home with my new dishwasher. Hooking it up has taken the afternoon, so far! Good times!

Did you see the little furry paw in the bottom right corner of my photo? Miss Ava wanted to help me snap a photo of my cards. She’s so helpful πŸ˜ƒ

Some of the cards came from my CTMH website (inspo can come from anywhere), so if they look familiar to you, that would be why!

There’s a mix of techniques amongst these cards. There’s some inking, colouring and water colouring, and even some doodling. (The simplest version of doodling- drawing straight lines). So, if you’ve got them, bring your journaling pens and straight edge rulers to my card blitz. The fun starts on September 22, from 1-1:45 pm at the Days Inn. Make as many cards as you can in that period of time.

I’d love for you to join us! This year is going to be amazing- even better than last year (and last year was fantastic!!) Comment on this post if you plan to come; if not, no sweat! I also make card kits for my long distance customers! Everything will be stamped, coloured and water coloured for you. Your job will be to fussy cut images out, glue pieces to the card bases and doodle! Easy peasy. If you’d like one of my kits, all you have to do is comment! PayPal and E-transfer are acceptable methods of payment. I’ll ship anywhere, as long as you’re comfortable paying postage! So, what do you say? Jump on board. We’re missing you!

July CTMH SOTM

This layout makes my heart go pitter- patter.

Bright colors make me so happy. When it jives it makes me even happier. I paired Raspberry card stock with some retired Whimsy patterned papers for this sweet layout about a homework assignment the twins brought home. It included Flat Stanley. I have space for journaling, but I’m leaving it blank right now because I need a few important details from the twins. (Mainly, what the homework assignment was, lol). It’s so important to record the details- big or little- and this is why! My memory sucks!

I used two different stamp sets in this layout too, but you’ll have to look hard to see the second one. Central Park is easy to spot- it’s the houses and title; July’s stamp of the month is harder to spot because it’s in one small area of the layout. The arrow in the upper left of page 1, with home stamped in it is from the SOTM. Check out this layout:

The SOTM is all over the place in this one. It’s perfect for a ton of different layout themes- from work to birthdays to concerts to even your pets. What’s not to love about this stamp set?!

The SOTM is only available until the end of July, so it’s for a limited time. It’s yours for $23 CAD when you order from my website. If that order reaches $50 total (or more), our gift to you is dropping the SOTM price to just $6 CAD. This is such a great deal. A lot of people love getting it at a discounted price; I know you will too. (I think I’ll be hanging onto this stamp set for awhile. It’s so versatile, I can see it being useful for lots of things). If you agree (even if you don’t), you’ll find it very useful. You should buy it. Don’t miss out!

CTMH Playtime

My kids are at a day camp this week, which means I get some glorious downtime to myself! I played, of course. Here’s what I made:

Have you noticed? No stamping! I realized it only after I started my third layout of the day. That one will have stamping in it, but this one, and the next one I’ll show you, is strictly paper and stickers. How refreshing! By the way, how delicious is the burlap paper? It almost looks real. I love the texture it adds!

There’s two journaling cards in this layout, but one is all cut up. I wanted to use the balloon, but didn’t want the 3×4 it was printed on. Solution? Fussy cut it out!

The next layout is two pages. There are kids in it (and the one above, actually), so I’m leaving them out and just sharing the sneak peeks. There’s no stamping here, either, but there is lots of cricut die cuts, Fresh Air complements and some stickers. The rose gold really pops off the page. I also found Chelsea Gardens pairs really nicely with Documented. This colour scheme is to die for!

Try It Out Tuesday Virtual Classroom

Ever experimented with inking? Do you know what it is, or how to do it? If you answered no to any of those questions, consider joining me on August 8 at 1 pm mst on Facebook. I’m hosting my first ever virtual class, and we’re tackling this very simple and stunning technique. We’ll create a couple projects together, then I’ll turn you loose to try it out on your own!

A small order is required, but ONLY if you do not own the tools needed for this particular technique. What would those tools be? Easy!

Sponge daubers. They come in packs of three from CTMH and cost $7.75 for the pack. They also come in a handy value pack of 12, and cost $24.25. View each below.

Regular pack

Value pack

Ink. For the two projects, in particular, that we’re creating, you’ll need CTMH Pewter ink if you don’t currently own it. All ink pads at CTMH are $10.25, and come in a wide range of hues. See this particular ink below.

Pewter Exclusive Ink

What are we creating? Two simple projects: one 4.25×5.5 inch card, and one double page layout. Each project features inking, though the layout will be more inking- intensive. (Meaning there’s much more inked elements in it.)

The theme for each of your projects is up to you, as is the papers you use. However, if you add the Fresh Air paper packet and Documented cardmaking stamp to your order, I’ll give you $5 CTMH cash as a thank you gift!

Fresh Air Paper Packet

Documented Card Stamp Set

Of course, you’ll use your own basic tools and embellishments to complete the projects.

Are you in? I hope so! Facebook is where all the fun will be taking place! Follow this link to find the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1725464440894815/?ti=icl

If you’d like to be added to my Facebook group (its a closed group so you’ll need to request to be added), search Try It Out Tuesday With TEDS. Click Join if you’d like to learn more! I hope to see you there!