Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Mission Organization: Swatches and Color Combos

My goodness I honestly don't know what happens to time lately!  When did 2013 appear....where did Jan go?  Have I really not blogged for almost a month? I'm sorry!!  So much for the resolution of trying to blog more this year!!  I will totally try better in the future.  I am toying around with some regular blogging topics.  Would you be interested in seeing tips on frugal living?  Things like making laundry detergent and household cleansers.  How about posting a few favorite recipes each week?  I know many of you liked my mission organization series.  So...I have the next installment to that ready..read on!

I ordered the sampler pack of cardstock from Papertrey ink.  I absolutely loved it!  I loved their ink too so I wanted a way to make a sampler of ink and cardstock.  I also wanted a way to keep track of my favorite color combos.   Many ideas inspired me to make what I am about to show you.  So first let me give credit to
Capture the Moment, Color to Paper, Handmade by Leanne, Rainbow Gardens, and Triple the Scraps.  Thanks sooo much for the inspiration ladies!!

I used my Monthly Rolodex file to cut swatches of each piece of cardstock.  Then labeled each tab with my trusty label maker. 
Behind the tabs I placed several white index cards.  Using my Monthly Rolodex file and my KNK makes it a breeze to cut several index cards at once.  A great time saver!  I used the computer to capture samples of my favorite color combos and placed them on the index cards.  The color combos comes from sample cards, color challenges and even fabric swatches.

Above you can take a closer look at the tabbed and index cards.  Click on the photo to make it larger if you'd like.  On the back of the tabbed card I used a solid stamp to match the ink color of the tabbed card.  If the ink is a brand other than PTI I list the brand and name of the color.  I also stamp again (like a stamp off) without reinking since sometimes a lighter ink is just in order.  I decided to stamp an outline stamp also.
PTI lists the three Copic colors that match their cardstock so I took a hexagon stamp and colored each hexagon in with the appropriate color.  Eventually, I'd like to take a Versamark ink pad and stamp on the front of the index card so I can see what a watermark stamp would look like on each color. 

PTI has a wonderful hexagon stamp set.  Nicole Heady showed  a great way to use this stamp set.  So I decided to keep track of my favorite hexagon color combos in my rolodex too above you can see one of the cards.

I am thrilled that my rolodex contains cardstock swatches, ink swatches and also color combos in a very small footprint!

If you would like to make your own rolodex you can purchase my file by clicking the preview below or here.  Before you do I have a coupon for you to use!  Simply enter the code SS_organize when checking out and save $1.00.  I do hope this inspires you to get a little more organized.  If you do make one of these yourself I'd love to see it!  I just love the way others put their unique touch on my files!

Oh and look I did manage to put a new file into the store.  It will get you ready for Valentine's Day.

 I hope to have a few more V-day files soon too!

Thanks for visiting me today!  Please come back again!  It is very cold here...-3 this morning at the bus stop.  So my goal for today is to stay warm.  If it is cold where you are...I am sending warm vibes your way!



Caroline said...

What a great idea ! love the idea of including colour swatches and ideas as well!