Hi everyone it’s Sharon here, and today I’d like to share one of my favourite craft studios, belonging to the very talented Regina Easter of Hand to Paper.
What I love most about Regina’s room is that she manages to have a lot of stuff on display, but still manages to create a clean, organised look. It’s very easy when you have open shelving like this for everything to look cluttered and the colour scheme not appear cohesive, but Regina pulls it off, and her cheerful colour scheme just ties it all together and it looks amazing.
I really like her central island for working. This is what I am missing in my current temporary room. I find that die cutting and stamping are so much easier when standing up. A lovely Island like this one is top of my shopping list.
And look at this amazing ribbon storage:
Regina has an amazing amount of photos here on her Flickr pages, you can see all the updates she’s made for her room since these pics, and if you want to check out her blog page with full details about her room, you can find it here.
Hope you’ve enjoyed joining me for this tour of Regina’s gorgeous room.
Hi there all you crafty storage mavens! It’s Noelle popping in today with a peek at my new unmounted stamp and die storage. I am so excited to share this with you! I have missed you, I am starting a new job and cutting back on all my commitments right now. Dear Rebecca has asked me to stay on as Contributor, but I am only posting when I can (Contributor-At-Large?). Thanks Rebecca! I love posting here, so I’m glad to still be able to pop by occasionally. 🙂
Last week, I was chatting with some other designers about keeping it fresh and someone brought up that reorganizing their stash helps them clean out the old gear, see what they have, and inspire that creative “zip” once more. What say you, dear readers? Do you feel that some reorganizing can light up that creative fire under you? I have been struggling with some “stamper’s block” over these last weeks. Just SO much going on, and when I have time to stamp I have no idea where to start. I know that in the past, reorganizing and cleaning has helped me a lot! So, I decided to tackle a project that’s been on my mind for a while now.
I had read Jennifer McGuire’s article on how she stores her stamps. I decided to look around for a similar method for mine. I didn’t want a letter sized binder or something that when open was going to take up a lot of precious “flat space real estate” on my small desk. I have so many different kinds of stamps; acrylic, photopolymer, and cling rubber. All are from dozens of different manufacturers. Plus, the sets I have range from a tiny single stamp to large sets that might include 30 or more stamps on a 10” sheet. So, I figured that mine might not be quite as pretty as her photos show. I knew I would definitely need different sizes of pockets but still loved the idea of being able to quickly flip through them.
I ended up going with some CD sleeves from Office Max that are similar to these (see photo below for the exact ones I used) for the smaller ones which covered the bulk of my stamps. They don’t have the ones I bought online, however. These sleeves have a clear plastic CD pocket on either side of the sleeve, and some white fabric-y stuff in the middle. They were 10.99 for a pack of 50. At 21 cents a piece, that’s a pretty affordable solution! I ended up buying 4 packs of these with some leftover sleeves for the future. You may not have the stamp multiplying problem that I have and may not need nearly as many! 😉 I’m grateful for the crafty design work I do, because it means I get a lot of fun free stuff in the mail.
Since I did this, I’ve seen the CD sleeves even cheaper (I believe the link I sent you to shows them cheaper), but it was a side load sleeve, meaning that seam that I ended up using for the labels would be on the side of the sleeve, not the top if you stored them so the pocket opening is at the top. If I had started out that way I wouldn’t have minded, but since I was already 70% of the way done when I had to buy more, I decided to stick with the original ones I had already purchased.
For the medium and large pockets I got these plastic pockets from Office Depot in 4×6 and 5×8 sizes. I have heard great things about the Avery Elle Stamp Storage Pockets too. But I had a lot of sets that were 8” tall, and I did not want them to stick out the top of the pockets. The ones I got are a bit more expensive that the Avery Elle ones, coming in at about 49-59 cents a piece. But I like that I can pick them up at the local office store, and they are really nice heavy plastic, with a notch at the top so you can easily pull the set out. I think I ended up buying 40 4×6 pockets and 60 5×8 pockets, which added up quickly. Can you say cha-ching? 😉 Throw in 4 rolls of label tape for my label maker, and this was not the cheapest project. But I love it SO much, that the cost was worth it for me. You could also do something like this buying a pack or 2 of pockets every week until you had as many as you needed to keep your budget on track.
One thing I decided to change from my former storage solutions was that I opted to store the stamps and dies together this time. I used to keep stamps and dies separate, with stamps in their original packaging in these metal tubs (see 1st pic below). The small ones always fell to the bottom, and inevitably the cello packaging would tear. Some of my dies were on magnetic cards, but the cards would tangle, and the small dies tended to fall off. In many cases, I ended up slipping the magnetic card right into one of these pockets, so my cards are still valuable.
A few of the sets were too large even for the 5×8 pockets. A few sets got cut in half and fit into the pocket anyway as to keep with their original manufacturers . The rest of the random large sets went into my Tim Holtz Unmounted Stamp Binder. They fit perfectly!
I now have everything arranged by manufacturer, so all my Paper Smooches dies are with my Paper Smooches stamps, etc. If there was a coordinating die and stamp set, I included the die in the sleeve with the stamps. On these CD sleeves, I actually could use the pocket on the backside of the sleeve, but on the larger sets with dies, I just dropped the die/s in with the set. I have these arranged mostly alphabetically by manufacturer. But, The Cat’s Pajamas product took up two entire baskets! Since I design for them, I have almost everything they make, so they get their own 2 baskets.
I used my own shorthand to label the manufacturer, so “TCP” is The Cat’s Pajamas, “PS” is Paper Smooches and so on. I know what each one is, so it’s all good. I labeled each one with the manufacturer shorthand and the set or die’s name. This way when I’m linking readers up to specific stamp sets, I have the right set name to find the link quickly.
One way to save space and money on this project is to put two single stamps or mini sets into one pocket together. I utilized this a lot. If there was a contact card, I sometimes put the card in the front pocket and the stamps in the back pocket.
One place I saved a little coin was on the containers. I found these blue baskets at my local Dollar Tree, so they were only a buck each. I can honestly not believe I got all these stamps and dies into 6 baskets. 238 stamp sets, plus dozens of dies. It saved a lot of space in my studio and each basket takes up only a small amount of room on my desk when I pull them out to flip through. The baskets also work nicely for my 6″ paper pads, so I used the two I had leftover for that. They also fit perfectly on my shelves. that was a happy accident, since I didn’t measure. But I love that they don’t overhang the shelf. 🙂 After much debate, I kept my Stampin’ Up stamps in their original containers, as I wasn’t interested in “un-mounting” the wood stamps. Their cling stamps come in nice cases already. I may eventually move the Stampin’ Up! cling stamps to this kind of storage, I am still on the fence about that.
All in all, I am LOVING this, I can see so much better what I have, and it’s much easier to find what I’m looking for. I also love having things arranged by manufacturer, and keeping dies with coordinating stamps in the same pocket has been wonderful. I hope this helps you “stash your stash” a bit better today.
Hi all, it’s Noelle stopping in today with a few photos from my friend Kelli’s craft room. On thing that I found particularly intriguing about her room is that she used a lot of bags and containers from thirty-one. Now, I’m not trying to sell you on thirty-one bags, I don’t even own one myself. But I have heard from a few different crafters how sturdy their bags and containers are. So I thought it might be worth showing you these photos.They have a lot of fun prints on their bags, and do big clearance sales sometimes.
Here’s a pic of some of Kelli’s stamps in these containers. How easy would it be to move one to your dining room table to work elsewhere in your house?
And some card stock in larger thirty-one bags….
This shelf looks very neat even though Kelli has a variety of products stashed in the containers. The opaque fabric keeps everything looking nice and clean.
I also like her use of Ribbon Carousels for her twine and ribbon storage.
Kelli doesn’t have a craft room post on her blog just yet, but be sure to stop by and see her pretty cards if you can.
I am very much an on-again, off-again crafter when it comes to paper crafts. I love making cards but rarely have the time to make anything really special. I convince myself every couple of years that I’m the kind of person who scrapbooks, only to buy a lot of stuff, have it sit around until I get sick of it and then give it to someone else.
But one thing I manage to hang onto in all that crafty purging is my small collection of rubber stamps. I have about 20, and maybe eight or 10 ink pads, that I’ve been accumulating for years.
I have long kept them in a shoebox-sized plastic storage container, which I guess is fine, but I wanted to store them in a way that was a little more organized and made it easier to see what I had (so I would know, for instance, that I have two “happy birthday” stamps and two red stamp pads).
So on a recent trip to my local crafts superstore, I picked up an ArtBin Super Satchel Series container with fixed and removable dividers to see if it could help me store my stamps in style.
About the Bin
The ArtBin Super Satchel 6-Compartment organizer has six fixed compartments and comes with 12 dividers you can use to further break down the large spaces. The container measures 15.25 inches by 14 inches and is 3.5 inches tall.
It’s made of plastic and the containers are stackable and acid free, so they’re a good choice for all sorts of little items you might want to store. It has a hinged lid with snap closure and a handle for easy carrying. According to the company’s website, this container retails for $18.49. I paid less for mine, but it was on sale.
Using the Satchel
I gathered up all my stamps and pads and set to work finding the best way to put them in. The smaller fixed dividers at the front of the bin are perfect for ink pads, and it is great that you can divide up the rest of the container as you need to for your other supplies. The dividers are semi-flexible plastic, and you have to cut them apart and cut the little tabs off the sides before using them.
I found that I had to squeeze the divider walls together slightly as I inserted the tab to get it to go in correctly and firmly. Not a big deal, just something to be aware of. Also, some of the tabs have As on them and some Bs. There’s no explanation, but it seemed the Bs were bigger and only fit on the top row. I could be wrong.
Rubber stamps are not quite optimally sized for this bin, however. At least my collection is not. I found that I had to put many of the stamps in on their sides to get them all to fit, and really big stamps had to “slouch” in the container, and even so the lid doesn’t really close completely.
Still, the snap closures are secure, even when the container is completely full. I carried it around the house and it didn’t seem in danger of coming open.
I think I’ll keep using this container for now, because it does hold everything, is nicely portable and will fit on the shelf in my closet where I need it to go, but I’d love to hear your storage solutions for rubber stamps and ink.