How I Organize and Store my Rubber Stamps
When people hear that I stamp, the question that I'm asked the most is how do I store everything, especially my supply of mounted stamps. If you collect mounted stamps, they are clunky and take up a lot of space. Then there's always the problem of having so many stamps, you don't even know what you have or where to find it! Are you in the same boat?
I don't remember where I got the idea; it might have been from the Carol Duvall Show on HGTV. But for me, it works. I have too many stamps to store in several small plastic containers, but not enough to enlist my husband to build me wall to wall shelving or drawers to hold my collection. (I think he would make me move out with my stamps if it ever came to that!)
This is what I do... I take a 2 gallon freezer bag and place a cut piece of corrugated cardboard to fit inside of it for stability. (A note- use Ziplock or some other very strong bag. I have found that the generic grocery store bags, though a bit cheaper, tear very easily. It's more economical to first buy the good bags than to keep replacing the cheaper ones.) Then, just lay your stamps in side by side and snap shut. The cardboard will help them stand, and I just store mine in a big Rubbermaid container.
I've been doing this for a while and it has worked for me, but I stamp relatively infrequently, so I couldn't ever find what I was looking for when I had a few minutes to make a card. So recently I reorganized my Ziplock bags into categories and filed my stamps that way. Now, my Christmas stamps are together, my flower stamps are together, etc.
A while back I also saw a review for a Stamp Log on the Carol Duvall Show, and I bought one from Artfully Scribed, which is now owned by Create a System. This log is great- it has sections for your stamps, inks, embossing powders, punches, etc. I have also bought some of the inserts for their scrapbooking log so I can include those things in my book as well.
So now what I have done is named and numbered my bags that are in my Rubbermaid container, like Christmas Bag 1 and Backgrounds Bag 2, with a Sharpie marker. Then in my log I write down what bag that stamp or set is stored in so I can easily find it when I get that burst of inspiration.
So far this has worked for me. How do you store your stamps? Please submit your ideas below so we can all find something for us that works!