Well, I figured it was high time that I attempt another video, so I thought I’d share a close-up of my recently updated stamp and die storage. Nothing here is truly revolutionary – Jennifer McGuire already came up with the best ideas, LOL – but I’ve put my own spin on it, and I thought it might interest someone. Besides, organizational posts and videos are just fun. 🙂
I’ll give you a few close-up details here, but the video will show you the whole process:
I am using a variety of storage pockets/sleeves for my stamps, dies, and stencils (and I’m working on something similar for my embossing folders), but my greatest find, so far, is the Maxtek CD sleeves I found on Amazon: Maxtek 100 Pieces Clear Transparent CPP Plastic CD DVD Sleeves Envelope Holder, 100 micron thickness.. It’s the best deal I’ve found for a really nice, good quality 5″ x 5″ clear plastic sleeve with a fold-in flap.
However, that doesn’t work for the “standard-sized stamp sets, or many of the larger die sets. For those, I either use the Avery Elle storage pockets that everyone loves, or a much less expensive (and much less impressive) card sleeve from Ultra Pro. (Links for everything are at the bottom of the post.) And while it’s not necessary if you use a good quality sleeve, I do really like using magnets to hold my dies in place.
All of my sleeves are numbered – just numbers for stamps, “D” for dies, “ST” for stencils, etc. For that, I use my beloved Brother P-Touch label maker. To save a little money, though, I’ve started printing the name and vendor details directly on the cardstock piece that add to the sleeves. I really like the nice, clean, consistent look that I get from this system.
Instead of sorting my stamps and dies by manufacturer, or by type, I just keep them in numerical order. When I’m looking for something, I use my index system, instead of flipping through a bunch of sleeves. I put the images on scraps of cardstock (2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″), and organize them with baseball card sleeves, in 3-ring binders. With this system, I can actually put a single stamp set in a number of different categories. On the back of each card, I put the name and manufacturer, and location, so I know just where to find it – easy-peasy, with the numbered sleeves. This is my favorite part of the system! And I recently made it even more handy with little, round colored stickers, for differentiating brands at a glance.
I’m doing something very similar with dies and stencils, though due to the size, I can’t use the baseball pockets. For those, I just use full-size pieces of cardstock. To store the sleeves, I use a variety of baskets and crates. The plastic Fridge Bins that Jennifer uses are nice, but I love baskets, and the more casual feel I get from them. I want my sleeves to all look very similar, but I like that the baskets are not all the same. It makes my crafty space feel warmer, I think.
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