Welcome to another sneak peek into my craft space! This month, we are going tackle the stamp collection which is ever-growing and difficult to maintain in our craft rooms. To help you out, I am going to show you a few ways to store your stamps and keep track of the stamps that you own. I have even included a short little video to help you start organizing your accumulation of images.
If you are like me, your collection has grown over the years, so I suggest that you to FIRST go through all of your stamps sets.♥ Be honest with yourself and gift-away a few that you haven’t used in the last three years. It’s okay …. there will always be more wonderful creations from Close to My Heart and you need to make room for them.
Now that you have gone through you stamp collection, you are ready to start organizing them in your craft space.
As you search the Pinterest rabbit hole, you will see that there are so many wonderful ways to store your stamp sets. I am going to show you a few that I have used in the past, what I use now, and how I keep track of the stamps I have in my collection.
My Acrylix Storage Boxes
When I first started adding stamps to my collection, I purchased some Mini Stamp Organizers and quite a few My Acrylix Organizers. (As a consultant, I was able to use my half-price hostess rewards to add to my collection each month.)
Each one of these are made from hard plastic and have divider inserts. The Mini Organizer holds smaller stamps like our 3-inch M-Size stamp sets, while the larger organizer is designed to hold our 6½” clear stamps. You can decorate the outside, add labels, and stack them on a shelf where you store your stamps. When I moved into my new craft space, I needed a new way to store my stamps.
Decorative Storage Boxes
In my new space I wanted more of a decorative, vintage feel and I needed my stamps to be stored on the wall. If you had read any of my previous Craft Space posts, you know that I use the wall for most of my storage. My wonderful husband came up with solution.
These “shelves” are actually altered fryer baskets destined for the trash. My sweet husband cleaned, painted, and attached some decorative wood slats to them to hold some storage boxes I found at Michaels. To add to the vintage feel of my space, I added some Ornate Metal Frames with stamped labels on the front. Each box holds about forty sets of stamps in two rows of twenty and they are easily brought down from the wall when I need them.
Travel Stamp Storage
When I take my stamps to workshops or retreats, I do not bring all of my big decorative boxes. Instead, I grab a few of my Travel Stamp Cases. Not only do these store flat when not in use, but they are easy to fill and toss into a bag when I am packing for an event.
If you are handy with a Cricut, you could easily personalize these fabric totes with iron-on decorations.
Keeping Track of ALL those Stamps
If you watch the video, you will see that at one time I created a print-out of each stamp set I own, placed on a book binder ring, and stored it in the box. Now that my collection has grown and I have become diligent about gifting away stamps every six months, I have found a new way to keep track of what I have.
Evernote has become my new go-to organizer for stamps. It’s basically my little binder-ring of images that goes with me everywhere – on my phone, on my tablet, and on my laptop. I can search the stamps set I own for images, phrases, and icons without having to dig through bins of stamps.
I especially like that I can add a note showing the last time I used a particular stamp set. When it comes time to gift-way stamps, I can see which ones I used more often and which ones I rarely used. It makes purging so much easier.
I hope that you were inspired to start going through your stamp stash and found a few new ways to organize them. Hopefully, in the near future, I will give you a full Craft Space tour, but for now I will be offering little sneak peeks into my world.
Next month, we will be tackling the Cricut collection – one of my favorites – and I will show you a few new ideas for storing your Cricut crafting items.
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