Product Review: Tim Holtz Unmounted Stamp Binder and Unmounted Stamp Refill Pockets

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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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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The binder comes with three pages. The pages are clear, with a pocket, for storing the contact sheet from the stamps in. The refill page pack has 5 pages in it, and retails for 2.99.

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 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.

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 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:

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 And the back of the page:

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 Hope you have a craftabulous day! 🙂

Noelle

 

 

Product Review: {Stamp-n-Storage}

A few weeks ago, Rebecca approached me about reviewing some products from our new sponsor, Stamp-n-Storage. After checking out their website, my answer wasn’t just yes, it was HECK YES!!!

First of all, let me say a HUGE thank you to Rebecca for this opportunity. Secondly, I’d like to say thanks to the good people at Stamp-n-Storage for creating such awesome products, and for sending me two of them to check out “in person.” Once you visit the Stamp-n-Storage website, you will be able to tell how difficult it was to make a decision as to which two to pick! I mean, they have a storage solution for virtually every craft product you can think of! In the end, I decided to go with the Stickles Desk and the Distress Ink Pad Holder.

First impressions are everything, and I just have to say how well these products are made. Even though the wood is unfinished, you could easily use them “as is.” The finish is smooth like butter, and I will soon be painting mine white, to match my other storage containers, most of those being the Recollections brand from Michael’s.  Not only are the Stamp-n-Storage products better quality than those, in terms of workmanship and materials used, they also come fully assembled!

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There is so much to love about the Stickles Desk. Well-made, and well-designed, being able to store up to 32 half-ounce bottles (’cause you know you have to have ALL the colors!!!), and the added convenience of being able to remove the separate drawers – not to mention they are stored upside down, ready to use – are just a few of the reasons why I chose this product. Taking up a mere 8.1″ wide by 4.75″ deep and 13.25″ tall, this little “desk” is an awesome, welcome addition to my craft room. Be sure to check out the Stickles Drawer Storage here.

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Distress Ink Pad Holder

My second selection was the Distress Ink Pad Holder. Even though they make awesome products for full-size stamp pads (check those out here), I only have a handful of those. My collection of the Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads is a bit more impressive (ha ha), and having storage for them (instead of being stuffed away in a drawer), was something I knew I would like. This piece measures 14.75″ wide by 13.25″ tall and only 3.13″ deep, making it the perfect companion for my Stickles holder!

For those of you that do have a lot of ink pads, pens and refills, here is a little eye candy for you:

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Trust me, friends. You HAVE to check out Stamp-n-Storage products for yourself. Awesome products, amazing workmanship – what’s not to love?? And be sure to let us know if you already own any of their products, or if you end up getting any!

Doris

Blayne White {My Digital Scraproom}

I’m excited to introduce Blayne White to you today!  Blayne is an entrepreneur; work at home mom, wife, and owner of both a professional photography studio and her newest creation, My Digital ScrapRoom.  ScrapRoom was born out of her love for photography and scrapbooking, and an overwhelming passion for helping others organize their tremendous libraries of digital photos.  She lives and works at home with her husband, Bryan, and her two children, Alyx and Tristan (yes, from Legends of the Fall), and her two rescue dogs Daisy and Cuddles.  She has been a scrapbooker for 19 years and loves how her hobby and passion have now become her work. You are going to love her craft room.  And don’t forget to check out the awesome coupon she’s offering to CSI readers at the end of this post!

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When it comes to scrapbooking, I am definitely a collector.  I love to have the complete set of anything – paints, pens, die cuts, you name it.  And that can cause a problem trying to store everything.  Several years ago, my daughter and I turned an extra room at the front of our house into an art room.  I was a little worried about it being the first room in our house that people see, but really, art is what we are all about, so I got over it.  I love that I can be in the middle of everything going on and also creating, or organizing, whenever I have a few minutes.

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I have learned several things about myself when it comes to storage and how I use my ‘stuff’.  I need to be able to see it, touch it, and find it in order to be inspired by it and use it.  I use lots of clear and open storage in my space and find some of my favorite items at The Container Store and Ikea.

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Because my scrapbooking organization is constantly changing and evolving, I don’t really have a budget in mind, but I am continually looking for items that are inexpensive or meaningful in some way.  When we travel, I try to pick up a memento or container that reminds me of that place or time.  For instance, on my desktop, I have a Butterbeer mug to hold my paintbrushes, a Pixar mug for my journaling pens, a George Michael mug for scissors, and an adorable glass vase from Anthropologie to hold Epiphany epoxies – all within reach, meaningful, and adorable at the same time.

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I also like to use supplies as the decor in my room – washi tape is in a wooden tray I found at a thrift store, and I also raided my kitchen for tiny sauce cups/ramekins for my new baker’s cart.  This is my absolute favorite item at the moment.  I saw one in Ali Edwards’ office when I visited her recently and found my own once I returned home.  It has ten 18×24 removable trays and I store not only supplies, but also projects I’m working on.  When I need something, I just grab it and place it on my worktable, then put it away to work on something else.  It really helps keep my tabletop a little more clear.DSC08700

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My favorite Ikea find is the little turquoise cart my friend Mary bought for me.  It has wheels so it can go anywhere I want it to.  I use this to store my paint, sticker letters, journaling cards and tags, stencil letters, ink pads, spray paints/inks, and stamping supplies.  It doesn’t take up much space, but because of the vertical storage, it holds a lot.

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Along with organizing in open or clear containers, I also organize by color.  I use color on my Clip It Up, as well as some clear plastic boxes I found at the Container Store, and of course, all my paper.  The boxes are great for taking with me to a crop since they are portable and while I’d love to have all my embellishments in one spot, for now the two options are working for me.

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I have a problem with stamps.  I love them, but I am bad about not using them.  I found some cute little baskets trimmed in my favorite color – turquoise – at Target.  I bought them without knowing how or even if I was going to use them. (Always, if you see something you love, buy all they have.  You can always take it back.)  I reorganized an Ikea printer cart for my stamps.  I placed a cutting pad on top so I could stamp right where my stamps live, and stored my stamps in the new baskets below.  I cut the snap closure off the Close To My Heart stamp cases (I know, I know – I had a hard time doing that!), and I was able to fit THREE times as many stamps in a basket.  I do not miss the snaps at all.  My larger stamps are stored in clear snap folders in larger baskets.  Again, with the clear storage, I can just flip through and quickly see what I have.

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My absolute love of organization was really the reasoning behind the creation of My Digital ScrapRoom, the world’s first all-in-one digital photo organizational and scrapbooking solution.  I was so frustrated with the overwhelming amounts of digital photos I was taking and the process of finding them again to use in my projects.  I almost stopped scrapbooking at one point.  Now, with easy but robust searching and tagging options and a mobile app on the way, finding my photos is a snap.  And extra bonus:  I can use the same software to store my digital elements and make a custom digital project without having to use multiple programs!  For more info, please visit my website:  www.MyDigitalScrapRoom.com

I hope you have found some tips and tricks that help you in your own organizational journey.  You can also visit my YouTube channel for more videos on organizing your supplies, as well as your photos.

Thank you for tuning in!

Blayne White

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Isn’t Blayne’s room lovely?  I especially love her baker’s cart.  What a brilliant idea!

Not only has she given us a peek into her craft room, but Blayne is also offering a sweet discount to CSI readers who are interested in using My Digital Scraproom.  Just use code: craftstorageideasrocks for 20% off!  This offer is good through July 31st!

Update:  Blayne has also posted a video tour of her space here.

5 Quick Q&A’s with Alexandra Sirugue-Macleod

Hallo, it’s Hazel all the way from (not so) Sunny South Africa!   Normally I’m not curious but I always think that someone out there will have a solution for a storage problem like mine.  So, I decided to do something about it – to ask someone.

First on my list is Alexandra Sirugue-Macleod  You can hop over to her blog, Art, Scrap and More and read her full resume – I promise you won’t be disappointed; this woman is a SERIOUS artist.  What she does is not craft to me – it’s art.

Alexandra is my favorite Project Lifer.  She makes most of  her embellishments herself – paint, stamp, stencil – you name is, she’s done it and also, the most beautiful pictures to show exactly how. Why did I choose her?  Because if you are a follower of her blog, you would know – Alexandra uses what she’s got and – she’s got a lot of stamps.

And this is what I wanted to know:

Q: How many stamps do you have?

A:  So many I couldn’t even tell you…let’s just ball park it at around a few hundred!

Q: How do you store them?

A: They’re essentially in a huge wood cabinet that I had made especially for my stamping obsession 😉

Q: Do you have a favorite brand?

A: I design for Penny Black Inc and I love their stamps. Other than that I must say I’m addicted to Papertrey Ink!

Q: Why this specific brand?

A: Papertrey Ink is very contemporary and you cannot find a better quality. I also love the stamps and matching dies concept.

Q: Can you send me a picture of  your stamp storage system?  Craft Storage Ideas would love to have a sneak peek.

And Alexandra kindly supplied these pictures just for us at Craft Storage Ideas:

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I just love how neat and tidy everything looks, don’t you?

Didn’t you enjoy this peek into Alexandra’s “stampendous” life?  I know that I did. Thanks Alexandra for sharing with us.

Now,  I’m off to ask someone how to store a Big Shot Pro!  Any suggestions? Please leave me a comment here or hop over to my blog and get my details there –  I’ll follow up ASAP. Thanks for visiting Craft Storage Ideas today and please check back as we have a lot more to share right here.

Hazel

Organized Clear Stamp Storage

Always hunting for stamp storage ideas that are simple and organized, I was thrilled when I stumbled across Jennifer McGuire’s recent post!  Using plastic containers originally designated for storing soda cans in the refrigerator, she discovered a way to store her clear stamps with the help of either Office Depot CD sleeves or Avery Elle stamp storage pockets:

A girl after my own obsessive compulsive heart, she labels each and every pocket with an electronic label machine for additional efficiency when looking through her stamp sets:

I love that these clear sleeves make it easy to see what stamps are in each set when searching through your stash!  I think this may just be the solution I’ve been looking for!  Go take a look at her post where you’ll find even more information, including links to the specific products!

 

Melissa

Contributor Team Studio/Space Tour: {Doris Weeaks}

Hello everyone, and welcome to my my little slice of heaven! I am very fortunate to have one of the spare rooms in our home to use for my crafty endeavors! Over the years, as my obsession with scrapbooking has grown, so has my collection of craft supplies. Like many of you, my first “major” scrapbook purchase was a Crop In Style wheeled tote. As you can guess, it didn’t take long at all to outgrow it and to start longing for my own little scrappy space. My first dedicated area was a corner desk in our tiny den. You can see that I made sure to make the most of every square inch of space!!!

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My very first craft area

Once my oldest son graduated and moved out, I was able to take over his bedroom and convert it to my craft room. We had allowed him to paint the walls a dark blue, and I decided to go with it, rather than repaint. I was too excited to have my own room to wait a second longer to get everything set up! Fortunately, I had white furniture, so it brightened things up a bit!

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My son’s former-bedroom-turned-mom’s-craft room

Over the next few years, this room was arranged and rearranged as my craft and scrapbook collection grew. As I’ve mentioned before, I have an addiction to all things storage, and I’ve tried just about every type of storage product that’s ever been created! Fortunately, some of the local scrapbook stores in my area started having “garage sales,” and I’ve been able to purge supplies and storage products along the way – otherwise, I would need my own scrapbook HOUSE!!!

Speaking of house, a little over a year ago, we moved to another home in our same area. We love our new place, especially because it has an amazing floor plan, one that allows my husband to have his own study/office, and I get to have my scrap room downstairs, and in an area of the house that is away from the main living areas. Knowing we were going to be moving gave me the perfect opportunity to be thinking about setting up a craft room “from the ground up.” I spent a lot of time, checking out craft spaces on CSI and Google, coming up with ideas that would work with my existing furniture. Even though it’s been tweaked a time or two since we first moved in, here is my (I think!) amazing craft room!

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View of current craft room from doorway

The photo above is taken from the doorway looking in. You can check out my posts on using the Jetmax/Recollections “cubes” and accessories from Michael’s, and for modifying their embellishment shelves to allow for extra stamp storage, to get more information on how most of my storage is set up. 

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Closer look at main craft area

Believe it or not, that’s still my original corner desk! A few months ago, I decided I wanted to raise the height of the desk, which I accomplished by purchasing two 3-shelf and 1 corner shelf closet organizers from Lowe’s and just sat the existing desk on top! Sometimes, I even amaze myself with my crafty ideas!!! Of course, that meant I had to get my hands on an office chair that would sit high enough to work with the “new” desk! Fortunately, I found one on Craig’s List, that I was able to cover with cute zebra print fabric from Hobby Lobby. LOVE IT!

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Large workspace with Silhouette Cameo electronic cutting machine

This is a close up of my latest revamp. Previously, my electronic cutter station was the Deluxe Craft Table from Michael’s (of course!). Because I am one of those crafters who has to have all their supplies visible and handy, much of my horizontal workspace is limited. I found myself moving things from place to place, even using my paper cutter in my lap, just to be able to work on a project. Obviously, this created more frustration than creative juices, so something had to give! I took drug my hubby with me to Home Depot, where the helpful men in the orange vests were willing to cut a piece of laminated MDF board down to 4 ft. by 6 ft. section for me. They also sell this stripping you “iron on” the cut edges, so you end up with a nice, finished piece of table top! I simply sat it on top of the Deluxe Craft Table, added the extras you see here, and I’m good to go! Ahhhhh! So nice to be able to spread out and CREATE! 

I love, love, LOVE my Silhouette Cameo! Now that I’ve gotten rid of all the “Bugs” in my craft room (wink, wink!), I have so much more space, especially when I can just set my laptop on the shelf above the Cameo, connect them to each other, and away I go! Which brings me to my latest obsession:

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Over-the-door shoe rack for storing vinyl collection

VINYL!!! Yep, this is my vinyl collection, neatly stored in this hanging storage rack from Bed, Bath and Beyond. I started out with the adhesive craft vinyl, which is on the left side, but decided to use some of the iron-on vinyl to make some baby “onesies” – yeah, big mistake! Now I have to have every color and pattern out there!!! I gotta say, I am having so much fun with it all, and the Cameo makes coming up with designs and cutting them a breeze!!!

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Sewing desk area

And, finally, here’s my sewing table. On the right are my mason jars filled with buttons. On the left are my containers and drawers with embellishments. The spinning rack on top is from Hobby Lobby and has most of my alphabet sticker sets and miscellaneous stickers clipped on it. The shelf above is my collection of silk flowers, separated by color. The top shelf holds my cork board and my flat screen television.

Well, that’s a “quick” tour of my happy place. Thanks for coming along for the tour! If you have any questions regarding more specific ways I store embellishments or other craft products, please let me know! You can comment on this post, or send me an email (@ djweeaks at att dot com). ~ Doris

Doris

 

 

Craft Room Feature {Soapbox Creations}

Today’s craft room was an unexpected, but very welcomed find! I was originally checking out this die, which combines the use of a card and a gift sack to make one awesome present for someone! Laurie of Soapbox Creations must be the brainchild behind the Card Hanger Die, and it’s so popular, it’s currently sold out! In any case, she has a lovely room that I want to share with you.

 

As you can see by the photo above, she has everything neatly stored and organized with her “go-to” supplies situated where they are nice and handy!

 

The ribbon shelf was made by her father, modifying instructions she found on Nichole Heady’s blog.

Another smaller table holds her stamp pads, Copic Markers, and her Big Shot cutter.

Be sure to check out her post on her craft space to see more photos. She also posts a link to her original craft room, which looked much different! Nice to know that my room is not the only one that is a “work in progress!”

Speaking of my craft room, looks like my next post will be featuring my “happy place.” I’ve recently be purging and doing a bit of reorganizing, so it’ s not photo-ready, at the moment, by any stretch of the imagination! I can’t wait to share it with you and give you the “grand tour!”

Doris

The Playhouse Craft Sanctuary

Hallo, I’m Hazel all the way from Sunny South Africa.  I live in the beautiful university town of  Stellenbosch with my husband, Wynand.  Both my boys are grown-up and I hope to extend my family to daughters-in-law and grandchildren soon.

I call myself a hybrid crafter – the only thing I can’t do is knit but don’t get me wrong, I try that as well.  My husband says it’s only an excuse to own more stuff but I do use everything I buy and keep it organized most of the time.

This is my first blog post for Craft Storage Ideas and I’m here to share my favourite craft room with you.  When I initially ventured out on Pinterest, this was one of my first pins and to this day, still one of my best.

I have a mini book with the title “I love …………” and one of the things on my list is log cabins – actually I love little houses – fabric, wood, real ones, even house stamps!

So, without further ado ………………………. THE PLAYHOUSE:

Darnell J Knauss used to craft in her husband’s garage (without windows and insulation!) but when this 10 x 12 (120 square feet) “shed” in her backyard became available, she converted it into craft heaven. I love the calm and serene feel of the room as well as the way that Darnell used ordinary items in extraordinary ways.  Just look at this chest of drawers:

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All the stamps arranged by theme.  Have a look at the birthday drawer:

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That’s a lot of birthday stamps isn’t it? What I love is that you can see them all in one glance.

Another “ordinary item” – the filing cabinets:

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Darnell got them inexpensively from Office Max and I just love how she divided her stash by colour – each cabinet houses a different colour.

Here it is the “green” cabinet opened up:

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Pens, ink pads, ribbon and paper all in its own cabinet!

That’s it!  I hope you have enjoyed my tour of  Darnell’s  PLAYHOUSE.  Please hop over to her blog, djkardkreations and see for yourself – there are a lot more pictures, ideas and detail of her craft storage system.  I promise you, you won’t be disappointed!

To Darnell, thanks for the inspiration and to all of you, thanks for stopping by.  Please check back as we have a lot more to share with you right here on Craft Storage Ideas. Have a great day!

Hazel

Storage Solution – Unmounted Stamps

Hi everyone, it’s my turn to offer a storage tip and today I want to talk about storing all those unmounted stamps that come on the clear sheets. Are you like me and you have hundreds of them? I am so sad, I have sheets of them I have never even used one of the stamps from it! I am working on that though and using them one by one!!

I have wonderful storage cabinets in my studio that I got from a retail store when they retired. I wanted to be able to store my stamps in the cubbies in those cabinets, but I couldn’t find anything that would fit my needs. Sooo, I called my wonderful friend who can build anything and who works for cake and told him what I needed. Voila! Two weeks later I had a custom solution to my problem. I can store ALL of my stamps in a little bitty space now and have super easy access to them!

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They are sized to hold an 8 1/2 X 11 sheet protector. A lot of my stamps came on plastic sheets that were this size so I was able to slide them right in and put the page protector on the rings. For those that were a different size I bought a package of 8 1/2 X 11 craft plastic at the craft store and used Glue Dots® to stick the stamps on. This was I could display more than one small stamp set in a page protector like the ones below.

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I can get about 10-12 page protectors onto each holder depending on the brand of stamps. I have them sorted by theme so I can just grab a holder a flip through to find the stamps I want. Easy peasy.

They are only 3″ wide across the bottom so I can fit a lot of storage into a small space- AND it fit into the fixtures I already had- exactly what I was looking for.

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And, yes, I do have a serious Prima addiction. I am maintaining a Prima Breeding Program in my Scrap Studio – if they ever stop making Prima’s I want to have enough of them to breed in captivity 😉

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That’s it for me today.

Anita

13 in 2013: Managing The Stamp Stash

Let’s face it – trends come and go in the craft industry. The must-haves change pretty quickly and one area where I find this particularly obvious is in my stamp stash. Since my storage space is at an extreme minimum, it’s important for me to keep a tight grip on the size of the stamp collection. Stamps – acrylic, unmounted and wood mounted rubber –  take up a lot of craft room real estate and for me, need to be purged on a regular basis.

I admit, there are so many great ways to store them. I love the ‘binder with cling pages’ idea, in fact, I have one of my own:

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I love the cd holder idea – there are some brands of un-mounted stamps that come in similar style cases. This example from the Delightful Order blog is very nice:

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And I like the simplicity of these simple, flat, plastic packages that come from a kit club. I store these together in this small bin:

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The problem is when they start to accumulate, they take up a lot of space regardless of their storage format. In addition, the wood mounted stamps can get heavy in large groups.

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Since I store my stamps in an Ikea dresser, I always have a problem with the drawer bottoms bowing. So I need to be careful about adding to this part of the collection.

Another problem I have when there are too many; I lose track of what I have and don’t use them. Having that excess saps my creativity so keeping the stamp stash lean and mean is essential for me. Here is how I approach a purge:

Trends: The first category I focus on. Trendy imagery and shapes (like owls, hedgehogs, hexagons, chevrons, doilies, etc) usually don’t have ‘crafty’ staying power. I’m pretty ruthless here. If I haven’t used it in at least a year and it’s a trendy image, it has to go.

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Sentiments/Words:  As a cardmaker these are an essential in my stash but even they can become dated. I’m on the lookout for current and/or timeless fonts & phrases. I’m not above keeping the sentiment portion of a stamp set and purging the rest of the pieces for the sake of saving space. The binder pages are especially handy for keeping these all together in one place.

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The ‘Basics’: This category has more staying power. The are the lined journaling spots, classic shapes like hearts and arrows, etc. When I’m purging this group I’m thinking more about how much I’ve used them. Are they looking dated? Unless I have something specific in mind for a project and  it’s been more than 2 years, I purge them.

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And lastly, Condition: I have a few stamps (mostly acrylic) that I’ve used & abused so much that they no longer make a clean impression. If they are torn or no longer making a clean print, they need to go.

I’m ruthless but not to the point of removing the stuff I love. I keep some stamps  just because they make me happy. I even keep them out where I can see them.

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Regular purging of product helps me justify keeping my faves and adding new ones. In addition, reviewing the stamp stash on a regular basis, or any part of my stash for that matter, is a sure fire way to spark my creativity. Don’t be afraid to let go of the products that aren’t working for you. The manufacturers will keep making more!