Thursday, March 8, 2012

Another Chore Finished---(well, almost!)

My neck hurts, my hands hurt and my butt hurts from sitting back here hour after hour reorganizing and cataloging my stamps!

Here's what I started out with:


Clear CD cases are wonderful to store acrylic stamps! Until you get so many stamps that you just run out of room!

I went from having some stamps stored this way, some in Stampin' Up stamp cases, some still in their plastic wrappers and some stashed in drawers........




to this!   There are 60 Stampin Up stamp cases on a single shelf.  ***notice there's a "little bit" of room left? LOL! 












Each case has a number on it so I'll know exactly where it belongs on the shelf.










 This is a photo of the front of the stamp case.  I cut a piece of paper 7 x 4 3/4" to fit inside the clear overlay and then stamped the images onto it and placed it inside so I can easily locate the stamp I need.

This is the back of the same stamp case.
















I laid the stamped pages side by side and made a copy and numbered each of these pages.










The pages were put into a 3 ring binder inside page protectors.  Now, when I want a stamp, I can just flip through my catalog, find the image and take the numbered case off the shelf.

Until I did my catalog, I was constantly flipping through the CD cases to find a stamp I wanted to use.  

I know I could have kept them in the clear CD cases and just made the catalog, but, I replaced the carpet in my craft room with commercial tile.  Every time I drop one of those hard plastic cases on the floor, it breaks! 
There are a few stamps still needing to be cataloged.  I ran out of stamp cases---and motivation, for now!  Next time I get an invitation to a SU party I'll order about a dozen more and will get those done too.

Even thought it's taken me three full days to get this project done, I think it's going to save me so much frustration when I'm looking for a certain stamp.  Also, now I can "shop" for inspiration with my catalog!

48 comments:

Jana said...

Well done Linda! I need to adopt this system, any system. If I haven't used a stamp for a while I forget I have it. When I remember I can't find it. It gets so fustrating.

char52 said...

WOW can you come do mine please :-)

Debby said...

It is such a big job but, so nice to have them done. Now, I would probably forget to put the new stamps in the system, and forget where they are!!
Nice Job!

AndreaA said...

This looks so nice!!

I so need to do this. I am out of room for everything!!

But I am afraid I will regret taking them off of the wood.

Shawnee said...

Linda,
This is a great system. I needed something for my clear stamps. Thank you for this wonderful idea.

MaryH said...

I really admire your fortitude in sitting down - getting this done. I must do it too! I really like your system. Will save a lot of time looking for stamps. I spend way too much time, trying to find stuff I 'think' I have. Good job. TFS

Emerald said...

Fantastic! Great idea with the stamp catalog. Thank you for sharing your accomplishment! Cheri

Linda said...

Andrea--do a single set and see what you think. I felt the same way when Okie told me about unmounting my stamps. Now, I'm so glad that I have them all done, and I only purchase the clear acrylic stamps now. They take up so much less space and are easier to position on the paper.

KAT said...

first off, i need to find the info on 'unmounting' mine. i'm out of room too, no more wood stamps for me...ever! my ? is, the pics of your stampin ups, did you cut them from the catalog? or stamp each stamp thats in the case on a sheet? and...where did you get all you cd cases?

Moi said...

Love your new system. It looks so neat and organized. Thanks for sharing your idea. :)

Nana Donna said...

Great organization. I heard this catalog idea before and so want to set mine up this way, but oh such a project I love it, thanks for sharing

Donna K U said...

I have used the 3-ring binder idea for a while now & have my stamps divided into catagories such as Christmas, Easter, birthdays etc. The containers I keep the stamps in are labeled the same way. I also stamp a sample of each of my ink pads so you can get the right shade of ink for your projects.

Barbara H. said...

Linda, I see a row of your punches under the cabinet. What do you have on the wall to use for hanging your punches.
Thanks, Barbara

Linda said...

Barbara--these are towel rods. Some are Bigel rods from Ikea and the others are old style Ekko rods from a local hardware store. They're perfect for hanging punches and getting them out where they're visible and easy to grab and use.

tndj said...

I also store my stamps in CD cases but not as organized as you. Did not know that Stampin up sold the cases. Have to check on that. Need more. And then have to get started on my organization binder like yours. Thanks for the great inspiration

Sandra Smith said...

Excellent job!!!

judy333 said...

I am in the process of converting all of my wood-block stamps. I, too, was planning on making a binder. This "tutorial" has changed my mind on how I was going to do it. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!

Kathy D said...

I had a binder started for my stamps, then spotted your system, which got me motivated to finish mine. It sure helps to find and remember what stamps I have. I also included sections for samples of each of my embossing folders, ink colors, framelits/die cuts, punches and border punches in the binder. What a timesaver this has been! It was well worth the time spent putting my binder together!

Lynn E said...

Brilliant. I can see I am going to be busy

kp said...

I was wondering as some else was, does Stampin Up sell the stamping cases by a set number?
Thank you.

Linda said...

kp--check their catalog online and you can see how many of the cases come in a package.

facsmom said...

I changed all my wood mount to clear mount several years ago. Since then I have decided to purchase large background stamps as wood mount. I had read that some people also prefer very small stamps as wood mount. I just did that with a set but haven't played enough to make my decision. I would do a few before totally changing your organization. We are all different in what will work for us:)

Anonymous said...

This is the first plan that I have seen,
that sounds doable to me.

LOVE, LOVE LOVE IT!

nanci said...

Love this idea also . So in each # case do you have just one stamp set or multiple? I also have run out of room!!! This is my project for this week. Do you write the name of the Stamp set any where or just the #?
Thank You
Nanci

Linda said...

I put as many stamps in each case as I can, trying not to separate stamps from a set.

It didn't occur to me to write the names of the sets on the cases or my image pages in the binder until I needed to know what one was. It would be helpful to write the names onto the sheets in the binder.

nanci said...

Thank You

nanci said...

I am getting ready to start this project can you please tell me how you got started it is just so overwhelming I do not know where to start. Did You put like stamps together? Did you categorize your binder?
Thanks for any help you can give to me.
Nanci

Linda said...

I left the Stampin' Up stamp sets together and stamped them onto the sheets.

The only stamps that I put into categories were things like Halloween or Christmas.

It does seem like an overwhelming job, but you just have to arrange them in a way that makes sense to you. I do wind up having to flip through the 3--ring binder's pages to locate a stamp, but it's much easier than sorting through shelves full of stamp cases.

nanci said...

Thank You"

Kellie 0:) said...

Great ideas. Thanks for taking the time to post.

Carol Walters said...

What a wonderful idea.

Claire Miller said...

I was wondering where you get your clear DVD cases the clear stamps are in? I know that Stampin up has their own case, but what about other clear stamps we buy elsewhere? It seems the DVD cases are not readily available for minimal cost. I did find some at Amazon but although the cost of the 10 cases is fair (9.99), there is a $7.99 shipping charge.

Linda said...

Claire Miller---all my stamps are in the Stampin' Up clear stamp cases now. I had stored them in clear CD cases for a long time but you can put at least twice as many stamps into the SU cases so they take up much less room. A lot of the clear DVD cases have a spindle in them to secure the DVD and they don't work well for stamps. I decided it was best to use the SU cases so everything is in the same size case. They fit great in the cabinet above my work ares.

Vyonne said...

Did that too and I used it for a year now. Works perfect.
I just copied the wrapping in the plastic and cut it to the size of the binder page protectors
.

Netta K said...

I just finished mine. So far I have 178 cases! but I do my book a bit different. I have stamped images on themes. works excellent for me!! Example: I have a cute giraffe stamp...I have that stamped in the theme of Animals tab and it is stamped again on Children theme tab. A Pine Tree would be stamped in Nature and also in Xmas because that makes sense to me. so now if I am doing a Xmas card, all the stamps that would be or could be for Xmas are all in the theme of Xmas and I can go right to that section. LOVE LOVE love my book!!

Linda said...

Wow, Netta K! You are way more organized than I am! I should do mine like yours so I could easily find a bird, etc. So far, there are less than 100 stamp cases on my shelves so there aren't as many pages in my book to search when I need to find an image. Thanks for sharing your hint on how to organize the images in your catalog.

linda said...

I started organizing my craft room and I came up with the same idea for my clear stamps I put a C in front of the number because I am going to do the s as me thing to my wooden stamps only use a W and will be able alto use the same numbers in the same book. I copy the SU cover page and put it in the book with the letter and number assigned. I am also starting a book for spellbinders with SP and the numbers. That is a good idea for the stamp pads to make a sample sheet with the different shades of ink. Good ideas.

JoAnne said...

I have been working on a similar system for my entire craft room because I am tired of saying "where is my...?" Even though I am OCD organized, I needed to find a way to save time...maybe a few of my ideas will help you. All my clear stamps are re-pkgd (Jennifer McGuire style...woman is my mentor)..,labeled & filed by category...I intend to make copies or stamp on cardstock, cover w/ page protector. & file in binder by category again. If I lend a stamp, then I just place a small sticky on the page w/ the info on who borrowed it. i also have all my large dies on magnetic 3-hole heavy "sheets?" And filed in 5x8 binders. I die-cut a sample of each which are taped on the backside of the mounted dies. I am very new (like 6 mos) new to this hobby, so I am still learning my way. A copy of the dies will also be filed same as my stamps in their own binder. I still have to make my color swatch gizmo & my copic color & blending thingy...what can I say...still a work in progress....however if you keep up w/ your organizing no matter what system, it is very easy...however when you get backed-up...mama mia'

Winifred Kennedy said...

Great idea I thought. I used to do this when I started crafting. The problem was when I hadn't used a stamp for a while it became very very sticky as if there was a reaction with the plastic. I nearly ruined my stamps.

Anonymous said...

I am so happy I took all my stamps off the wood..
Makes storing alot easier..less room.

Anonymous said...

I would love to organize my wood stamps this way but how do you you take them off the wood? Then,how do you stamp with the rubber part without the wood part to support it?

Linda said...

Just gently peel the stamp off the wood block. You can also put them in the microwave for about 5-10 seconds to soften the adhesive and make them easier to remove. I applied some adhesive cling foam to the back side of the stamp. That makes them cling to a clear acrylic block to stamp.

Unknown said...

What do you mean by adhesive cling foam and where do I purchase that?

Linda said...

Google "cling foam for unmounting wooden stamps" and you'll find several sources for it.

Linda said...

My friend Shirley has good instructions on her blog on how to unmount the stamps. http://www.okieladybug.com/2011/04/unmounting-stamps-revisited.html

Mary Wright said...

I came here, looking for ideas of how to organize my stamps...i was going to do the dvd thing, because I had bought a bunch of Inque Boutique and See-d's, which came like that, and I thought it would be neat to change all of mine over...then saw your binder idea. I might not leave mine on a shelf, but put them into storage boxes, when the binders are easy to flip through.

However, I noted in a comment above, a person mentioned like "stamping a pine tree in Nature, but also in Christmas tree"...to me, it would make sense to do it "first" like the blogger did, having the set on it's own page(s). That way, sets are together. Then having seperate sections, or a seperate binder, having pages, that you stamp the individual stamp...that way a set that is christmas, not all the stamps might also fit in "nature"...but you could write below "pine tree box A-123" (for me, it would be in box 1, case 123). I think it would be good, because if a set has a stamp you "know" you would never use, then you don't have to waste the visual space on either. Or could even organize, say Christmas, by the stamps you would grab first, and other ones on further pages.

A bit more stamping...but I would think having a setup, that you stamp your page, then the binder with the tabs, that you flip to the section that that stamp would work in, and stamp that page right away, should work.

I would even think you could have a 2d binder, with the pages reduced, for even quicker glancing (so it's thinner?)...one to take with you to the store/etc. And...perhaps even making a duplicate, to carry with you in the store, or when you go to a hop and the hostess is selling her stamps, or someone goes "argh, I just don't like this stamp...anyone wanna trade?"

Hope the comment from a relatively new beginner (have been a "beginner" for a lot of years now...i lurk, i get my things out, make 2 or 3 things...then RL steps in, or depression, or pain...bleh, and it goes away again. But today, with my roommate and his girlfriend mostly organizing my craft room...I can see the light!......well, I will be able to, when i get a lamp in there to work by.

Diana said...

Fabulous ideas. I copied all the Stampin' Up boxes, but I haven't made it to the older stamp sets or odd stamps yet. Your ideas have given me a lot of ideas and motivation. Thank yo so much.

Pine Bird Knitter said...

your post is relevant no matter when it was posted. Your post was the first one I found on line and it completely answered all my questions. Great organizational plan. Thank you!