Ink Sample Labelling pt. 1

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.

Ink samples in a tub, rack and label maker.

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!

Muji goodies overview

Here’s another “teaser” post of the goodies qDot brought me back from his most recent trip to Taipei, Taiwan. I got a couple new pairs of silly socks and lots of goodies from Muji. I am apparently never allowed in one. 🙂 I pretty much sent him the entire website and said “get this”.

A list of the (relevant) items he got me are a pencil case, three hex pens, two gel pens, a fine point grip ballpoint pen, a clear pen body with an ingeniously packaged (pink) refill, a little sketchbook with a tie closure, a roll of clear cello tape, a tape dispenser, a set of three (tan, maroon, grey – Muji’s colours) washi tape rolls, a set of kitty notes, and for himself a little plastic case of figured paper clips (of houses, piggies and foxes). Oh, and I cannot forget what I’m super excited about, the Lego/Muji paper play set and hole punch. He got me the Basic set to start. I cannot wait to start playing with it, but I don’t want to use the actual paper, but scan it in and print a copy so I can use that and keep the original pristine. Neurotic, I know. 🙂

Here are some more (phone) overview pics. I’ll focus on individual items in their own posts.




pencil sharpener, electric

Here are a few pics of my electric (3-prong US outlet) electric pencil sharpener. It has a metal case so it’s a prime spot for random magnets. I got this from my father. He came home one day when I was a young teen with it and an equally heavy duty metal-housed wall-plugged electric eraser (yes, awesome, to be featured at another time). A friend tweeted about her father bringing one home that ate pencils and so coloured her view of them since. It probably had no “auto-stop” as this one claims to have. It doesn’t exactly “stop” it just makes a different whirring noise and no longer “eats” the pencil.

I have no idea how old this is (at least 20 years, quite a few more judging from the seventies faux bois case) or if it’s still being made. All I know is it’s brilliant, and the only thing that won’t murder Prismacolor pencils. I should probably look up more info on it. I’ll add more when I find it. (I’m finally on to the sleep-all-the-hours point in my case of mono. I just happened to be awake and the tweet inspired me and my new twitter client wouldn’t post the pics to a service, so I figured I’d just put them here.)