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Posted 1/28/2012 by justkristy in General Stamping
 

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Posted: 1/28/2012 9:08:32 PM
I'm trying to organize my scrap room and my stamps are out of control! How do you store your stamps? I have ALOT of wood mounted stampin up stamps.

Please help... I'm about ready to pull my hair out!

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Posted: 1/28/2012 10:58:36 PM
I purchased a cart at target that has 6 drawers, but the drawers pull out and are each a separate case about 3" deep. Love it. They have some similar at Joanns. Good luck! They accumulate fast.
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Posted: 1/29/2012 1:10:13 AM
I'm unmounting mine and storing them in thin stufftainers on a bookshelf!
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Posted: 1/29/2012 8:18:02 AM
Kristy, First. DON'T pull your hair out! I like to think of myself as having a well organized work space however; the truth is several years ago I gave up on 'organizing' my stamps. My hair is finally starting to come back in.
Several facts that prompted my surrender... Storage space will ALWAYS be an issue. No single solution will work due to the varying sizes, shapes and uses. 'Set' stamps can be used in many ways and often fit more than one category. And finally no matter how hard you try, you will mis-place them.
That havin' been said my ever growing collection is very loosely organized in this way... I keep sets together in the original pkging (when possible), all my block mounted singles are grouped people, places, critters (insects,dogs,cats etc.) florals, keys, feathers, hearts and backgrounds in two wall cabinents. And like most stampers, I have a bunch of plastic drawers where the groups sentiments, baby, holiday, and asian inspired stamps live. Probably way more info than you really wanted but if it saves your hair, I dun good.

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Posted: 1/29/2012 10:53:24 AM
Thanks ladies!

Eagertoretire - You made me laugh sooo hard! Thanks for the advice! I gave up last night looking on the web for a good way to store them. I have WAY too many stampin up stamps and they are taking up almost a whole shelf in my closet and of course when I need one I have to go thru the stacks of clamshell boxes to find one. I think if they were somewhat organized I would use them more.

A friend of mine has hers in a filing cabinet (on their side) and prior to putting them in the cabinet she made a copy of each set and keeps that in a binder so she can go to the binder and look before going thru all her stamps... thats a great idea, however I dont have room for a filing cabinet nor do I have a way to make copies of all my stamp sets.


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Posted: 1/29/2012 2:34:34 PM
Personally, I would just open the clamshell and take a photo of each group of stamps and then print the photos out in contact sheet sort of arrangement - say 3x2 per page and put them in a 3 ring binder. Create an index sheet by stamp type (ie: flowers) and then mark the page that contains that type. When you want to find one, just go to the index, find the type and start flipping through the pages that contain that item. When you find it, just go to the stamps and off you go.

Obviously, this is easier in the beginning... but I think this would come together quickly especially without the index if you don't mind just flipping through your book to find the one you are looking for.

This is another reason why cling mount stamps are so nice... it is so easy to just put them all in clear DVD cases, stamp up the entire set, put a piece of paper in the DVD case, and close the case... voila - instant previews and you could easily scan that copy for online cataloging.

Enjoy!



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Posted: 1/29/2012 4:10:12 PM
I'm confused if you are asking where to store the physical stamps, or how to find what you want quickly where they currently are.

I have LOTS of stamps. Lots of wood mounted, a few SU sets, and lots of unmounted rubber and a few clear cling stamps. Each style has a different storage place. For my wood mounted stamps I have them on my wall in my scraproom on shelves. Don't know if you have a scraproom? This has been wonderful for me-I just have to get up from my desk, go over to that wall and scan my eyes quickly over them all.

My SU sets right now are all in a basket, but I only have 11 sets. That's going to have to change very soon. Where do you store your SU stamp sets currently? A lot of folks use bookshelves and label the side of the boxes with the name of the set. That is probably what I'll change to from my basket when the time comes. My unmounted rubber and clear cling stamps are in 3 ring binders. I have 81/2 x 11 sheets of paper with each binder number and what is in each binder taped up on the wall-these are inside a walk-in closet in my scraproom.

What I REALLY want to do is create a stamp inventory. You can do this very simply in a 3 ring notebook, but I think I'm going to do mine on index cards filed in a index card box file. I plan to stamp each stamp I have (except the ones stored on the shelves on the wall) on each card in categories- travel, animals, greetings, quotes, nature, holidays and so on. I'll further break down those categories into more precise ones-under nature I'll have flowers, trees, sun, leaves and so on. On each card I'll note where the stamp is stored so I can find it easily, and if it's applicable what set it belongs to. This way I can find a flower that I really want to use on my page even if it's stored with the rest of a set. Using the index card I know where the stamp is stored and where to return it too.

Yes, it seems a lot of work to stamp out each stamp-but I plan to do it in front of the TV during commercials. Also I can scan the image pages that come with some stamp sets, print out that page and then cut apart the images to put on each index card. That's another way of doing it.

Sorry this got so long!

Debbie in MD.


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Posted: 1/29/2012 4:49:12 PM
Hey Debbie - try the DVD/CD case approach instead - it is so easy and quick to do its mind blowing. Just place all your stamps on the inside cover the of DVD case stamp side down, ink up the whole batch, add a sheet of paper and close the container. Do this again on another sheet and you have your index cards all done in one swoop!



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Posted: 1/29/2012 11:55:48 PM
I have most of my stamps on my clip it up up that I was about to sell. So glad I didn't. My smaller ones are in a box.

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Posted: 1/30/2012 1:21:57 AM
I have my wood mounted in an Iris cart. Used to keep them on a wall shelf so I could see them, but didn't have enough wall space for my favs . CTMH are in their own specialized ctmh boxes, and I stamped each stamp on a 4x4 card (it took forever!) and put each box's worth on a ring that is color coded to the box. I wish it was all that simple though. Most of the rest of my acrylics are in half size 3 ring binders as to sentiments, Floral, Christmas etc. I have a pile of newer ones that aren't organized at all. Unmounted rubber are in plastic boxes that Target used to sell for a buck (now they want like ten bucks for the "new and improved" ones), Making Memories foam stamps in the same plastic school boxes, except the alpha's that are in original containers.

Funny though, as I was reading eagertoretire's post it reminded me that after I was all done with my 120 Christmas cards, I found a 9x12 three ringer binder full of "organized" Christmas stamps that I forgot I had.

I would love to have all my stamps inventoried with image like the ctmh, but I think it's a pipe dream.

Funny as I was reading your post eagertoretire I remembered that after I got all my


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Posted: 1/30/2012 8:53:42 AM
I've unmounted all but my big background stamps, brushed on some Aleene's Tack It Over & Over, and have them in CD cases in photo boxes. Saved me TONS of space and I like the system. Only thing I would do differently, because of the way my brain works, lol, is to separate the sets somewhat- blasphemy for some, I know - and put all the sentiments together.

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Posted: 1/30/2012 8:50:01 PM
Everyone is talking about organizing their stamps and it sounds like you are really trying to figure out how to keep track of your stamps, right? I know it's probably bad form to toot my own horn, but I'm really proud of my Little Black Book. I scanned my collection, shrunk down the jpg, printed and glued it into my little book. I really love to collect stamps and i go to a lot of yard sales at my local crafting stores. You have to be careful not to buy duplicates. My system was really fast to set up, too. I scanned all my (hundreds of) stamps in two afternoons. Now whenever I want to make a card or go shopping, I just flip through my book for inspiration.

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Posted: 1/31/2012 7:38:27 AM
^^ Why scan the items into the book though - why not just.. you know.. Stamp Them?



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Posted: 1/31/2012 11:33:52 AM
I bought a unit from Best Craft Products with lots of 1 inch and 2 drawers. Wood mounts fit in there nicely. I basically split up my wood sets into catagories. You can see the unit in my gallery. I now have a craft room of my own and bought a second unit for just my 12 x 12 cardstock. I do not have a huge assortment of stamps because if you don't use a stamp in a 2 year period then maybe you don't need it. I have now started collecting MFT stamps and now have to put them into sleeves in a box on my desk so that I can flip through them to find what I want.

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Posted: 1/31/2012 2:49:20 PM
I store my wood stamps on spice shelves in the cabinet however I don't have that many. I don't know if that will work for you since you have so many. I store my clear stamps in their original packaging in magazine holders by type.. sentiments, critters, nature, etc. If you haven't already check out YouTube you can see all sorts of craft room set ups, great for ideas.

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Posted: 2/2/2012 9:39:47 PM
I unmounted all of my stamps and mounted them with foam and store them all in cd cases. They fit perfectly in my four drawer jetmax cubes and I have an inventory binder where I've stamped each and every stamp. I just look through my binder, find the stamps I want and then pull them from the drawer. I have a video showing my stamp storage on my youtube channel (in my signature) if you are interested. Best of luck!



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Posted: 2/5/2012 10:42:45 AM
I also amounted mine and put.them in cd cases. if they came as a set such as SU they stated that way and if not I grouped several in one case . I grouped them according to theme and then labelled the cd case and I have them all in a wood cd rack. again used the aileens and love it ! Saved a ton of room for me !

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Posted: 2/6/2012 11:40:31 PM
I store my stamps in my scrapbook.

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Posted: 2/8/2012 11:26:14 AM
I have two towers with four drawers each. I unmounted almost all my SU wood stamps. They are stored in the SU DVD cases. BIG space saver. Some acrylics like CTMH are in one drawer, then the rest are in my Tim Holtz Faux leather binder but it's full. I put my SU stamps in groups - xmas, birthday, nature, flowers,animals or bugs, other holidays combined, stamps that match punches, then others that dont have a group.
It work for me for now! LOL Good luck



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Posted: 2/10/2012 7:45:31 AM
A friend of mine has reorganised her clear stamps in such a god way I've started doing mine the same way.
Categorise the stamps and stamp the designs onto A4 paper. Laminate the paper and then put your clear stamps onto the back of the laminated sheet. Place another clear laminated sheet on top of that and slide into an A4 zip folder.The second sheets stops the stamps clinging to the zip folder. These can then be stored in a magazine rack or similar

I have also colour coded my stamps by using different colour paper to stamp on so I don't have to browse through all the stamp folders.
It's surprising how many stamps you can get onto one sheet. Its also surprising to realise how many stamps I actually have.

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Posted: 2/10/2012 7:53:30 AM
Here is another thread about stamp storage.

After reading it, I changed the way I store my clear sets. I use tabs like Ali Edwards and put them in a box like Laura O'Donnell.

I don't have a hard-copy index in a binder. Instead, I download the photos of my stamps from the manufacturer's websites and keep all of them in one folder on my computer. I can quickly scan around the thumbnails in there - or preview a set larger. That's my "index." Easy peasy!



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Posted: 2/11/2012 8:05:45 AM
Since I have stamps from various companies, in various forms my storage is a bit crazy..... ctmh stamps are in the boxes they sell, stampin up in their packaging stacked (slightly neatly) , PTI (in the cd cases) in a cd holder and the small ones in a basket, hero arts wood in a basket and the packed ones hanging on a pegboard, unity pegboard..... i'm trying to be organized. trying.

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Posted: 2/13/2012 4:48:31 AM
I store my clear stamps by theme...alpha, holidays, birthdays, florals, etc. My SU stamps are stacked and labled in the boxes they came in. Single stamps are out on a shelf in a single row so I can see what I have.


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Posted: 2/13/2012 5:49:40 AM
I have them on drawers, sorted by size (large plates behing) but I really do not have that much so I think I anot a big help lol



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Posted: 2/14/2012 2:27:00 PM
Pesto126-I'm so sorry I didn't get back to you re the DVD stamp/ink idea to make index sheets of my stamps. What a completely amazing, awesome idea! Thanks so much!

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Posted: 2/16/2012 10:59:54 AM
oh brother, i just posted this question under the general stamping board! well, i am still not really finding exactly waht answers i'm looking for (notice the plural, ha - really indicisive) but it's great to see how everyone is doing it a little differently. my question is regarding cling/clear stamps; how i do it now, and a better way to organize them if there is one. i don't want to do cd/dvd storage boxes because i keep them in the original sheets (in binders). however the categorizing/planning/referencing is the part i can't decide on. i like a couple of different ideas i've seen about indexing on file cards or in a notebook, or scanning them... even the one idea about pulling down the manufacturers' images was a great one i may end up doing... i think indexing may be the answer to my problem instead of trying to find a way to make every stamp/set fit into a category, which i am sure is just not going to happen neatly!


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Posted: 6/3/2013 10:26:15 AM
I bought four hanging file folders and the clear plastic box-like hanging files for my cling and clear stamps. I labeled each on top with a category or brand....such as Birthday, Travel, MME etc. I take the stamps out of their original package but leave them on the plastic sheets and then put them in the holders. I can pull a file based on group and quickly see inside. My wooden stamps are in old wooden trays which are fun and decorative.
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