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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

My Stamp Organization

Hello all,

Well, I thought I would start the blog (v 2.0) with a brief (yeah, right!) post on how I organize my stamps.

Disclaimer: This is after many different attempts at many different systems. It may not work for everybody, but it works for me. :)

Second Disclaimer: MANY photos. Sorry! :)

In my Craft Cave, I have taken out some closet doors to give me some more room. Within that closet area, I have the following configuration of cubes (which I purchased at Michaels store):


Here's a close-up of one of the drawers:


And even closer still:


Opening up one of these drawers, and you'll see it filled with CD cases:


Want to see a closer shot? You got it!


I'm often asked how many CDs would fit in one of the drawers. I believe it's approximately 25 comfortably.

Now. That's where all of my physical stamps are (via clinging to the sides of the  CD cases). What about how I find any given stamp set? Yeah...not an easy to task to be certain!

I have many binders. Many. I have the stamp sets in alphabetical binders (located to the left of the stamp drawers):


When you open up one of the binders, you'll see that there are alphabetical tabs. The following photos are from the "A to F" binder you see in the above photo:



Purchased at Office Depot

I use these binders to either find a specific stamp set, or just browse (as if I'm browsing through a catalog):


In this case, I was looking for "Beautiful Blessings" (from Papertrey Ink). How do I get those printed out sheets? Most of the time, I just download the picture from the store website and print it out. :)

Now what if I want to find a certain stamp set by either sentiment, or topic? I have a way to do just that!

Here's a page from my "Sentiment Binder". Notice the tabs on the right side:


How did I get all those sentiments in there? Yes, I had to actually stamp them! Once I caught up, I would then just see if there was any given sentiment from a newly purchased stamp set and stamp it in the appropriate section.

If I have a topic, for example "Birthdays" and I want to see all the sets that pertain to that? I have this system here:



Then, as I get new stamp sets, I just list them on the pages I created (using MS Word).

I also wanted to coddle my OCD self and create a couple of large binders that would have topics and contain the stamp sets themselves! (Yeah, it's the teacher in me! :P)


And between the tabs:



Hey Ted! How do you store the stamp sets that don't fit in the CD cases?! Glad you asked.



So, there you have my crazy system. As I said, it works for me. :)

How do you store and organize your stamps? Please do leave a comment and share. Also, if possible, provide a link so I can come and check out your blog!

Thanks for reading!
Ted



10 comments:

  1. I wish my husbands garage was as organized as your craft cave.

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  2. I'm so jealous of your space and organizational skills. I'm on the process taking my hundreds of stamps off the wood blocks and storing in cd cases but still need to classify them as you have done. Sorry but i don't have a blog. Haven't figured out how to start one! Ha ha. Fantastic job!

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  3. Nicely done! I am working on my storage system as well.

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  4. Ted,
    i have to actually see my stamps to use them, so I keep mine in a raskog cart from Ikea or its look-a-like friend from Sams club. I have to say that the asthetic in me loves the peaceful vibe of looking at your room. Perhaps I should sew up a cover for my cart.

    You've definitely inspired me!

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  5. Great looking storage solution! My biggest issue is that I really need to suck it up and un-mount my thousands of wood mounted stamps. It just seems like such a daunting task but seeing yours all organized is definitely an inspiration.

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  6. Just was talking to hubbs about this system last night. (Sale at Michaels 14.99). Could you measure interior of the square drawers. TIA.

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  7. Just was talking to hubbs about this system last night. (Sale at Michaels 14.99). Could you measure interior of the square drawers. TIA.

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    1. Hello, the interior dimensions of each drawer:
      6 1/8" wide
      13" long
      5 1/4" deep

      These are all approximations. I hope this helps. :)

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  8. Ted, thank you for sharing your method. This is very inspiring. I am trying to sort my stamps and dies and am using empty 5 1/4" floppy cases. You can take the top off and have two holders. Not nice like yours, but a step in the right direction. Now to be as organized as you with the listings, :-)

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    1. Hey Mike! Thanks for commenting. Hmm, I think I'd have to see what you mean to visualize it. Do you separate the cases at the hinge?

      Do you have a blog? I'd love to visit it from time to time! :)

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