So one of my favourite
dealers (I don’t have a problem!) I mean pen shops is Goulet Pens. This video/blog post they made on ink samples and organising them prompted this post.
So, Goulet Pens has this awesome program called Ink Drop that is like a cheese-of-the-month club but for inks. You sign up for a subscription (go there for the full details) and get a monthly package of several vials of ink samples, usually seasonally or topically themed, they are always awesome.
I started my subscription immediately after seeing the video reveal for July 2011’s Ink Drop, themed Flashlight Tag. I have not been disappointed and it’s well worth the money to me as I’d rather have a large variety of samples than only one or two bottles of ink. I have ADHD and this is perfect for me. No excruciating decisions, just awesome samples, every month! Sorry if I sound like an advertisement, I’m not getting paid for this, I just LOVE the service.
Anyway, the one problem with the subscription, and always adding a few samples to every order I make (they have HUNDREDS of inks, so there is always something new to try) is the samples pile up FAST. So what to do with them? I’m still working on this (why this post is part 1) but the one thing I do right now, which is different from what I’ve seen others do, is label the tops with a label maker. Here I’ve posted the end result of labelling some of my inks and the label maker I use. I will put the detailed process with lots more pics in another post.
As you can see when they’re in a tub or the rack the Goulets sell, you can’t see the nice labels they put on the sides of the vials. So after several different tries of different products and processes, I settled on the label maker. I tried laser address labels punched out with a 1/2″ round punch, but the toner rubbed off, so I tried “laminating” those punched labels with clear cellophane tape, but then they curled and wouldn’t stay stuck to the lids. I tried a couple other things, but so far the label maker labels stick and last the best. It’s been about 4 months and I haven’t seen any come off yet.
Here’s a close up of the lids in the IKEA tub. You don’t have to dump them out and sift through them like this.
I will post the process with more in depth and detailed photos soon. All my pens, samples and everything are all still packed from when I moved house a while ago, so it may be a bit. I wanted to at least get these phone pics from before the move up to show the concept. Once I find the box they’re packed in, I’ll post part 2. Until then, thanks for reading and I hope this helps!