Today’s Organizing Tips come to you from Paper Crafts Online. There are some really great storage ideas in here that I know I’ll be looking into as I try to tackle the ‘creative clutter’ in my craft room this holiday season. It’s always easier for me to start creating when I can find what I need!
Stacy Croninger, Digital Managing Editor
My craft room typically looks like a tornado hit it. Over the past few weeks I’ve been cleaning, purging (not much but some), and organizing my supplies. Some things just needed to be put in their designated homes. Others needed new homes. And some of my organization needed to be adjusted. It isn’t perfect, but at least now I can see and find things.
But one area of my supplies that still has me wanting something different is my stamp storage. I have my stamps in either bins (wood mount and cling), drawers (small stamps), or buckets (for foam stamps) by category such as occasions/other holidays or animals.
Bins for wood mounted and cling stamps
Basically this system works, but I still have some stamps that don’t fit – large sets that are mostly cling. So I started looking at stamp organization ideas on the internet. Here’s what I found.
I found this lovely idea on Created By Jess. She bought Stackable Desktop Drawers from The Container Store. She said they are the perfect height for wood mounted rubber stamps. And look how pretty they look in the drawers! Might need to look into this option.
Stackable Desktop Drawers from The Container Store as seen on Created by Jess
This idea speaks to my DIY heart! Place your wood mounted stamps in a wall louver (air vent). They are relatively inexpensive, can be painted any color, and make it easy to see your stamps. Love when you can use an item for something other than its intended purpose! I found the idea on Decorating Files.
Wall louvers (air vents) painted to match your room as seen on Decorating Files
Next up is an idea from a guest post Jennifer McGuire did on Ali Edwards blog. She uses pockets you can purchase from Avery Elle and then includes her cling sets in individual pockets. Each pocket is labeled with the stamp sets name and info. This idea creates a clean look, which really, I should be trying to achieve more often.
Stamp Pockets from Avery Elle used by Jennifer McGuire and shared on Ali Edwards’ blog.
My final idea to share is one from the Paper Crafts July/August 2013 issue. Betsy Veldman created a Rolodex that contains a stamped version of each of her stamps. They are then organized by category. The great thing about this idea is you could number each stamp or stamp set and store them however you want as long as the bin or storage showed what numbers were included (for example, bin 1 contains stamps 1-10, bin 2 contains stamps 11-25, etc.). Also, remember to note the storage bin where the stamp is located on the Rolodex card. Regardless of how the stamps are stored, its much easier to flip through the Rolodex to decide on a stamp than pull out bins to search through.
Now to find the time, energy, and money to get my stamps organized. Actually, the hardest part is deciding which option to use. How do you store your stamps? Do you like it or are you looking for new ideas? I’d love to hear and see your method for storing and organizing.
Have a great day and have fun creating!