Do you break up your stamp sets into categories?

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Posted 3/29/2013 by aJerseyGirl in General Scrappin'

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PeaNut 246,022
January 2006
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Posted: 3/29/2013 3:26:26 PM
I'm sure there have been threads on this, but I couldn't find one with the search. I'm thinking about breaking them up but I wonder if I'll regret it later and want to put them all back.
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PeaNut 310,234
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Posted: 3/29/2013 4:14:12 PM
I break mine into categories, floral, masculine, vintage, alphas, frames an journaling, kids, nature, borders, backgrounds and misc and I have never been sorry. The only thing is if you are posting online and need identify where the stamp came from you need to remember that, otherwise I love having it in this system because when I want to stamp a butterfly I don't have to try and think which sets all had butterflies. I know that my butterfly stamps are with my animal stamps.
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PeaNut 121,208
December 2003
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Posted: 3/29/2013 4:26:24 PM
I think the wookiemouse organizational challenge talks about this within the stamp organization piece. If you search the overrall challenge I think you can find it

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PeaNut 221,552
September 2005
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Posted: 3/29/2013 4:49:23 PM
I store mine by original sets in Univenture Binders and then catalog them by theme in a Rolodex inventory. You can see them here:

Rolodex Inventory

Univenture Binder Stamp Storage

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Posted: 3/29/2013 5:30:09 PM
Yes, I broke up the sets and I don't regret it at all, I love to open a binder and all my flowers are there. I kept the image sheets including $1 sheets, in case, I might put them back on the card stock (I kept bc some I had stamped the image) and put them in a report like folder.

I just took mine out of 3 ring notebook binders (using the page protectors) and converted to identicaltriplets (above) Universal Unikeep 7x9 enclosed binder cases. I did not like having to pull the card stock out of the protector then pull the acetate sheet up to retrieve the stamp plus taking up all that space on your workspace.

With these binder cases retrieval is so easy I don't have to lay the BIG notebook binder on my table pull out the cardstock ...I can just open it up (can do this while standing) and get stamp then get to stampin' and put binder back on shelf or on work space. I love the idea that they are enclosed.

I encourage you to consider these binder cases if you haven't decide on a system. The cost is comparative maybe a little more to the heavy duty notebook 3 ring binders that I was using.

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PeaNut 401,675
November 2008
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Posted: 3/29/2013 8:33:44 PM
I recently did that and I have no regrets. I did save the original packaging in case I need to identify a stamp or I revert to putting the sets back together.
I blogged about it today.
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PeaNut 42,180
July 2002
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Posted: 3/29/2013 8:42:41 PM
I have my stamps sorted into 5 binders: Alphas, Words, Shapes, Backgrounds & Frames and Holidays.

I store all my stamps on transparency sheets and have seperated some sets to go into different binders. I just write the name of the manufacturer on the transparency, so I know who it is if I need to provide the name. I don't buy a lot of Shape stamps, but the binder is starting to get very full, so I may need to divide that one into some of the categories I've seen some of you post.


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Posted: 3/30/2013 12:59:17 AM
I have them in binders but I think I am going to do them in categories. I have all my Studio Calico stamps together, OA together,TH together and so forth.

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September 2007
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Posted: 3/30/2013 6:22:55 AM
I use the Rolodex like identicaltriplets. Got the idea from her, in fact. I store my sets differently, but I love using the Rolodex for searching by category.
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PeaNut 413,587
February 2009
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Posted: 3/30/2013 9:11:30 AM
No. I keep them in their original packaging and store them by theme...alphas, florals, kids, pets, holidays, etc. Works well for me.


PeaNut 95,025
July 2003
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Posted: 3/30/2013 9:42:01 AM
I do the same as scrappycass. Most of my stamps are CTMH, and they already come in those nifty little storage envelopes. I've got four boxes of those, sorted into categories, plus one basket on my desk that I have deemed "scrapbooking" stamps (vs. cardmaking, I suppose). Still, I would like an easy, quick way to catalog what I've got so that I can find things faster.

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December 2004
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Posted: 3/30/2013 4:12:20 PM
Lisa H, identicaltriplets stamped a Rolodex and then those are arraigned by category. that would be fast.

Or you could stamp all flowers on reg sheep of paper and keep in a binder.

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March 2006
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Posted: 3/31/2013 11:06:51 AM
I'm saving this for a summertime project. I want to weed out the stamps that I know I won't use. I'm talking about extra stamps in a set. I want to put like stamps together and just keep the ones I really love.

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PeaNut 52,171
October 2002
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Posted: 3/31/2013 11:54:33 AM
Yep. Clear stamps I cut around the image on the backing and use it when I rearrage my stamps onto laminate sheets.

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PeaNut 251,919
March 2006
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Posted: 3/31/2013 12:43:22 PM
No, I don't. I do love Patter's method of the binder and rolodex ... and I even considered doing it myself. But when the time came to actually take start this system, I was overwhelmed and just didn't want to go to that much trouble. So, instead, I did this:

Stamp Storage


PeaNut 149,537
May 2004
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Posted: 3/31/2013 2:41:38 PM
I have binders of clear stamps separated by theme. Sentiments, floral, images, backgrounds/textures, etc. Though I haven't broken up individual sets that have both sentiments and flowers or what not. I'm tempted to but haven't taken the plunge yet.


PeaNut 409,644
January 2009
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Posted: 3/31/2013 3:57:39 PM
I have mine separated by theme/type. No regrets. I don't pay attention to who makes stuff so it's easier for me to find that way.

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PeaNut 268,110
July 2006
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Posted: 3/31/2013 4:18:58 PM
I broke all mine up and use them a lot more since I've done it. I stamp each image in a 3-ring binder and then assign a set number to it, so if I ever want to regroup them, I can.
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