Hints & Tips No.7 – How To Make Your Own Ink Catalogue

If you are anything like me, you have what we will politely call a ‘respectable selection of inks’ to choose from.

Now the problem we all face, regardless of the extent of our ink collections, is how to remember what we have and equally importantly what the colour looks like because like it or not the day will come (if it hasn’t already) when you accidentally buy a duplicate or two.

With this in mind I set about finding a solution and ended up in Muji looking for the components to make my own catalogue; I figured I’d need a folder, a pack or two of dividers and some suitable paper and happily they had everything.

Planted Tree Paper

  • The paper is A5, 6mm line spacing, 20 ring punched, 200 sheets and bleed proof.
  • Muji are not kidding, I’ve tested it using Montblanc Scarlet Red and it really is bleed proof; so whilst it’s not Tomoe River it is good paper and it comes in a range of sizes and formats.


  • The folder is a 20 ring folder (to match the paper) and it comes in either black or craft brown. It’s made from durable card and will hold approximately half a pack of paper.

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  • I really like these dividers they are made of sturdy brown craft card and come in a pack of 5 and are designed to be used in portrait orientation and like the paper they are also 20 ring punched.

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Assembling your ink catalogue is really easy. Sort your inks into colour groups and then label your dividers accordingly. I recommend doing your ink samples on the paper and letting them dry before adding them to the folder.

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And whilst this paper is bleed proof and the colour does not show through the moisture from the ink does cause slight rippling in the paper so only using one side of the paper is probably best.

Finally, I spent just less than £6.00GBP making this folder and I still have half a pack of paper left over so if you’re looking for an economical solution to creating a personal ink catalogue this might be the answer.

Disclaimer: Everything used to make the catalogue was bought at retail price with my own funds. The opinions expressed in this review are my own; and I am not connected with either the retailers or manufacturers in any way.

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