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Posted 10/26/2011 by mabelm in General Stamping
 

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Posted: 10/26/2011 12:22:16 PM
Hi stampers, I've used the Jennifer McGuire Clear Stamp Storage system for years but I need to try a new system because my binders are sooo old

New ideas or solutions?? I was thinking to store in boxes according to the size of their plastic protectors or similar but I don't know if it will be useful for later use

What do you think about?

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Posted: 10/26/2011 5:17:33 PM
I still store all of my clear/unmounted stamps in CD cases. I know that some people use DVD cases as well, which will work better for larger stamps.

It works for me, because CD/DVD cases can be stacked pretty much anywhere.

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Posted: 10/27/2011 2:53:58 AM
I use a mix of box/binders just because I like to keep the stamps on their original packaging sheets. You can see my system here .

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Posted: 11/1/2011 11:48:18 AM
Thanks for your ideas, I'm trying the boxes with label separations for the brands like Laura

The CD or DVD cases is a fabulous idea but my apartment is small to storage them...

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Posted: 11/1/2011 1:51:06 PM
My clear stamps are overflowing my binders, stored a la Jennifer McGuire.
Hmmm, Laura's boxes are pretty nice, and might take up less space ... but I like having them all together, regardless of the size of the set. I use the baseball card inserts for small stamps too.

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Posted: 11/6/2011 8:41:27 PM
I store mine like Ali Edwards does. I keep them in their packaging, and add a tab with it's name to the top. I also keep the sorted by size and then manufacture. So small TT, Med TT, Med Lawn Fawn, Large TT, Large Lawn Fawn, Large Hero Arts, Large Other.

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Posted: 11/11/2011 11:59:40 AM

I store mine like Ali Edwards does. I keep them in their packaging, and add a tab with it's name to the top. I also keep the sorted by size and then manufacture. So small TT, Med TT, Med Lawn Fawn, Large TT, Large Lawn Fawn, Large Hero Arts, Large Other.


I'll try to find the Ali's system, thanks for the tip

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Posted: 11/11/2011 1:27:28 PM
Here's a link to Ali Edwards' stamp storage.

I am also rethinking my stamp storage and I think a combo of the box Laura found and the tabs Ali uses might work for me...

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Posted: 11/12/2011 8:22:29 AM
I keep my clear stamps inside photo albums. Some friends who kept theirs in cd cases have found the stamps have started to disintegrate. The cd /dvd cases are not acid free.

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Posted: 11/29/2011 10:04:12 PM

I use a mix of box/binders just because I like to keep the stamps on their original packaging sheets. You can see my system here. ~Laura O'Donnell



I store mine like Ali Edwards does. I keep them in their packaging, and add a tab with it's name to the top. ~Ann (Characterfan)


Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for these tips!

I have been storing my clear stamp sets in binders, as in this video from Jennifer McGuire. But it is hard to find the CD/DVD storage sheets ... and my stash had grown to more than 3 thick 2" binders, all filled to overflowing.

When you want a stamp, you have to pull the binder down off the shelf, flip through to the stamp set, pull open the flap, pull out the set, get out the stamp, put the set away, put up the binder ... and do that all again when you're finished with the stamp. It was getting to be a problem for me - both space-wise and usage-wise.

Once I saw how Ali Edwards uses the tabs, and how Laura O'Donnell stores hers in a box, I knew this would be a better system for me. Many of my supplies are stored in photo/video boxes. (See photo/video boxes on shelves above my craft table.) If I didn't already have the photo/video boxes, I might have tried the kind of box that Laura found, that has the adjustable back-stop in it, to hold everything up straight.

I went to my local office supply store, and bought some Post-It Filing Tabs in White. And started re-doing my storage. I pulled out all my clear stamp sets, wrote the title of the set, the ID #, and the manufacturer info on the tabs.

The tabs are easy to use and I love the results! I am going to be able to fit all the clear stamps from MORE than 2 overflowing binders in a single photo/video box. Much more compact. And it is so easy to flip through and find what I want. Love it!


Thank you, thank you for these tips! They have helped me!

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Posted: 11/29/2011 10:58:37 PM
So I just looked at the pictures on these links, but I am not seeing any indexes.

Are you all just keeping the stamps sets together without any type of index, other than memory?

thanks..


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Posted: 11/30/2011 2:35:24 AM
I started to build the binder system for myself however I quickly realized it wasn't for me!

In the future when I have some spare change I will do the CD thing, I think it will be much easier for me to store

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Posted: 11/30/2011 11:53:05 AM
what does one do with their cling stamps?

I am liking the box idea. I have 7 binders going. I have all my clings in there as well though and really the binders do not hold much because they get really thick quite fast.

I think smaller stamps would still benefit from the binder method.
My 6x6 stamps (Cornish Heritage background stamps) Still not sure what to do with all those.


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Posted: 11/30/2011 12:31:03 PM
@FurryPea: I do not have a hard-copy index. But, I do download the photo of my stamps from the manufacturer's web sites, and keep all of them in one folder on my computer. I can quickly scan around the thumbnails in there... that's my "index."

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Posted: 11/30/2011 12:31:45 PM
@mccrafter: I am also struggling to figure out how to store cling stamps and other odd size sets (like mini clear stamp sets). Anyone have any great ideas?

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@FurryPea: I do not have a hard-copy index. But, I do download the photo of my stamps from the manufacturer's web sites, and keep all of them in one folder on my computer. I can quickly scan around the thumbnails in there... that's my "index."


Ahhh...good idea! Thanks


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Posted: 12/1/2011 3:55:14 PM
It's great seeing all the storage solutions ppl use. As they say, different strokes for different folks! I stamp for publication, and my collection is HUGE, including clear & cling sets. In case there are others like me, I'm going to add my 2 cents worth. It's rather long, so bear with me. (Did I mention I have lots of stamps??!!)

As time & money allow, I'm coverting my wood mounted stamps to EZ Mount cling, placing them in small, clear designer bags (the ones commonly used for jewelry,) and then storing them in zip lock bags by theme (i.e.,holidays, animals, backgrounds, people, sentiments, etc.) The wood mounted images are in Iris office carts. Right now, I'm keeping the newly-mounted clings in the same drawers as the wood mounts. But when I'm through converting, I'll transfer them to plastic sheets (cut from recycled clear containers) add stamped reference pages, and place them in zip locks. Since the EZ Mounts are flat, my carts will have ample room to store them.

The clear & cling sets are in the same carts. But over time, I found that I wasn't using many of them as much as I should, mainly because the variety in certain sets makes them hard to categorize (and thus to locate when needed.) I've been keeping my clear/cling dollar stamps in 2-1/2" or 3" deep binders with trading card pockets, also indexed by theme. Hated to do it, but I finally cut up the "problem" sets and added them to the binders. Smaller stamps fit the trading card pockets, and larger images fit photo pages. When the binders get too full, I just buy another. They stack nicely on top of my carts. Instead of sorting through individual sets to find a stamp, it's much simpler to flip through the pages!


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Posted: 12/3/2011 10:35:10 AM
I have my stamps in zip up binders on stamp storage sheets. I have notebooks with all of my stamps listed according to company and then sets or collections. Unfortunately I'm at 6 binders and they are overflowing and now have stamps stuck in everything I own.

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Posted: 12/5/2011 8:59:36 AM
I keep mine in a vintage Rolodex. Its super handy and love how easy it is to rearrange! You can see it on my blog http://www.theoddgirl.com/2011/10/stamp-storage/

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Posted: 12/9/2011 6:37:28 PM
I love keeping my acrylic stamps in cd cases by collection or theme, depending on the stamps themselves. The cd cases are then stored in a cd rack. I have an awesome labelmaker that I use to label the ends and then I have them alphabetized. Americana, Babies, Friends, etc. My fave word stamps and journal box stamps stay on my desk easily accessable.

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Posted: 10/5/2012 9:30:12 AM
Good tips on storing stamps. I have debated if it is worth the effort to take my stamps off their wooden blocks and store just the rubber designs. Anyone else change to this method and was it worth it?

Also, I store all my clear smaller stamp sets (less than a ATC size like the dollar stamps) in a binder within pocket pages. The kind used for baseball cards and I can place 9 within each pocket page.
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