Hi everyone! This updated blog post will explain what Distress Spacers are and show how to set them up! These spacers keep the Distress Ink Pads from falling too far back into the organizer cubbies. They also make it easy for the ink pads to be grabbed. Each spacer kit contains 30 distress spacers.
Whether this is your first time reading about Distress Spacers, or you've come to this blog post to see pictures on how to set them up, keep reading to learn more about these helpful spacers.
Here is what the Distress Pad Spacers look like. (without the writing...we just wrote that for you to see the size) Each Spacer is made out of thin chip board and is easy to fold....which you will need to do once you're ready for set up.
Fun fact: you can also hand make these yourselves! This is the size you would need to use. Cereal box cardboard is a tiny bit thinner than the material we use, so you could use that as a reference. However, you could use whatever material that's available....maybe even some cardstock paper!
Step 1: Fold each spacer in an accordion fashion four or five times. This will allow the spacers to easily fit in the compact cubbies. You can start the accordion folding from the middle or from either end. It's whatever is easier for you, as long as you create an accordion.
This is what it should look like once the accordion fold has been completed.
Step 2: Now you can place the chipboard in the cubby.
Note: Make sure to slide it all the way to the back of the organizer.
Step 3: This "accordion fold" is ideal for keeping the stability of the chipboard. The pressure from the "zig zag" position will keep the chip board in place and very sturdy when you push an ink pad against it. And once it's pushed to the back of the organizer, you're all done! This will be the blocker so the Distress Ink Pads don't slide back too far.
Here is a close up of what the organizer will look like once the chip board is all set up!
Once the Distress Ink Pad is in the back of the organizer, the ink pad hangs off the organizer perfectly and can be easily pulled out.
Here is the final result! The Distress Ink Pads, along with the Distress Pad Spacer Kit, make your organizer look finished and complete.
Thanks for your comment Arlette. We’ve updated the blog post and hopefully it will be more clear now with the new instructions. Thanks again!
Just received my 60 pad storage unit. Arlette is right the inserts are too long for this unit. Since we don’t use the metric system in the US, I converted it to inches. I trimmed 3/4" off the 5 1/4" side to 4 1/2", I then scored this piece in half at 2 1/4", then on each half I scored it at 1 1/8". It fits perfect.
With the new Pro series, the cubbie size is actually too short for these instructions. For the new 75 cubbie organizer, the spacer needs to be folded in half, and then each half into thirds so that you have 6 panels instead of four. I ended up with a crease at 22mm, 44 mm, 67 mm, 89 mm, and 111 mm. It wasn’t perfect, but it fits! Hope that helps!
Great idea. Thanks so much. I have been struggling with those square Distress pads. Now no more struggles. Do you advise storing the pads right-side-up or up-side-down?
Great storage idea for my distress pads and the spacer’s keep the pads stable. Love it!!!
Great storage solutions!
I did something similiar to that! I like your way better and so now it looks like I will be doing a “do over – DIY” thanks for the measurement!!
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December 28, 2018
Hi Jackie! Thanks for the comment about the spacers. Yes, we used to have everyone create a “W” shape out of the chipboard, but have recently changed it to the “accordion” fold mentioned in this blog. It works much better now! Thanks for the comment!