OK, this isn’t really organization, but I can get more stamps on my limited shelving when I use clear-mount stamps. I used to use standard bookcase shelves. They are about 12″ deep and the stamp cases are under 5 1/2″ deep, so I put my stamps into photo boxes to use all of my shelf space. Now I store them in a media cabinet which fit the stamp cases better.
When I first get my stamp sets, I place the sticker sheet between the case and the case insert (label). I can still see it through the clear plastic case. If I leave it loose with the stamps, I’m liable to take it out to when stamping and set it down… uh…. someplace… er…, it’s got to be here somewhere!
I stick the “frame” from around the stamps so I can see at a glance that all my stamps are in their place.
Now, where is that little antennae stamp?
When I get a set that comes in 2 cases, I put them all into one case.
I put the “2 of 2” insert under the back of the case between the case itself and the clear plastic overlay. This requires that I fold under the spine section of the insert.
I remove all of the stamps from the rubber sheet and toss the rubber sheet (or use it to make custom stamps, etc.).
The only problem with this is that I have to count the stamps before I put it away so I don’t lose one.
Both the original insert and my little stamp case slip show the number of stamps included in the set.
Use the second case for other supplies.
I have recently discovered that many sets will fit in the “frame” if I trim the top and bottom off. I have also put one “frame” on each side of the case. It’s a little thick, but I have been able to get my case to close.
And of course, no matter what kind of stamp set, I put in my stamp case slips so I know where to find it in the catalog, the item numbers for both clear and wood-mount, prices, how many stamps in the set, suggested blocks, and coordinating products. These labels are also very handy when a set is retired!
Thank you for sharing your ideas. I definitely intend to use your stamp pad storage idea that you shared for your new work area. It will be perfect for my bookshelves. Your idea for storing stamps and stamp pad refills is a winner for me also. I just happened to stumble across you on You Tube and so glad I did. Thanks so much Bev!!
Welcome Pat! I’m glad you found me.