Hi there, all you crafty storage mavens! It’s Noelle today with a great product review. This is a review of the Tim Holtz idea-ology Unmounted Stamp Binder and coordinating refill pocket pages. I met the folks at Advantus Corp. when I was at CHA. They were generous enough to send me 4 products to review, including these.
I currently keep all my clear and cling rubber stamps in these galvanized bins. I try to sort by manufacturer. Since I work for manufacturers (creating projects with their products) keeping them sorted by manufacturer works well for me. However, I know many crafters prefer to sort their stamps by theme (holiday, sentiments, animals, etc.) You could easily use this product to sort your stamps whichever way you prefer. There is a luggage tag on each binder, with a clear window so you could label each binder however you wish.
The first thing I noticed, upon taking this out of the box, is how attractive it is. Tim Holtz products are always known for looking cool, and this binder is no exception. It has the look of embossed or hand-tooled leather. It’s not a leather cover, but for the price point (34.95 USD) that’s not terribly surprising. I have a lot of vintage items in my studio, and it’s a look I personally love, so the rich, antique look to this binder really appeals to me.
It has a zipper that extends beyond the binding and snaps down for when not in use. The great thing about this, as that when you have the binder open, it lays completely flat for flipping through your stamp sets. As a designer, I appreciate that small detail, because it could really make or break using a product like this one.
The inside of the front cover has a mesh pocket. I believe it’s intended for stamping blocks, and mine fit in there nicely. If you had more than one binder,you could fit more pages in the books that weren’t storing your blocks. Also, you could potentially use the pocket for storing other small tools, ink pads, or embellishments.
If you have a lot of Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous stamps already, it’s important to note that you won’t need the refill pages, as the clear plastic cards they come on are already hole punched and fit perfectly in this binder.
I decided to store my Verve stamps in here. I chose them to start with as I have so many small, single (“Plain Jane”) Verve stamps, and they tend to get lost in the bottom of my galvanized bins. Here’s a page storing 6 single stamps. I used a small bit of adhesive to stick the contact cards to the inside of the pocket, so they wouldn’t slide around. Here’s the front of the page:
And the back of the page:
Here’s a larger set of Verve stamps, the contact sheet in this one was clear, and it fit perfectly inside the pocket. I did opt to put the clear acetate sheet that normally covers the back of the stamps on the back of them to keep them from drying out and cracking in my dry Colorado climate. I don’t know how big of a concern that is, but I had the sheets and figured why not be on the safe side? With cling rubber stamps, you don’t need to worry about that. They are a bit heartier. And to be honest, if the binder is kept zipped up most of the time, it’s a actually a great place to keep clear stamps, because light is the reason that acrylic and photopolymer stamps tend to yellow over time.
Here’s a pic of some Stampendous cling rubber stamps. These did not come with a contact card, so I just stuck them to the back of the page. Because the pages are clear, it’s easy to see the design right through the page.
I was really surprised at how many stamps fit in this little binder. I fit 8 stamp sets, and 15 single stamps on the 8 pages. I added the one Tim Holtz set, plus my blocks, and I still have room for at least a couple more pages. I’m pretty sure that having several of these would save me quite a bit of space in my tiny studio.
One more thing to note about this product is that it is not a huge binder. For me, this is actually a selling feature, since I have small, fixed shelves in my studio. This binder actually fits on them nicely! For your reference, the binder in 9 ¾” tall and 10” deep. The pages are 7” wide and 8 ½” tall. This is really only an issue if you have some large sets that won’t fit easily in the pockets.
Thanks again to Kathleen at Advantus Corp. for sending me these to review. A final note would be that you could use these to store other flat items, such as small sticker sheets and rub-ons. The fact that the pages are pockets offers many other uses than only stamps.
Hope you have a craftabulous day! 🙂